Career Opportunities

Executive Director

Luzerne County Historical Society


The Luzerne County Historical Society seeks a visionary Executive Director to build on past successes and guide the organization to the next level.  Our mission is to preserve and promote the collective history and heritage of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, which includes but is not limited to pioneer settlements of the mid-18th Century, a Revolutionary War battle, the legacy of anthracite coal mining and waves of change through the 20th century.


On February 11, 1858, a group of prominent residents met at the Old Fell Tavern in Wilkes-Barre to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the first known successful burning of anthracite coal in an open grate by Judge Jesse Fell.  During the ceremony, General E. L. Dana suggested the founding of a historical society. A resolution was passed unanimously, and the Wyoming Historical and Geological Society was incorporated in May of that year. In 1999, the Board of Directors voted to conduct business as the Luzerne County Historical Society.


The Society owns and operates three historic properties: Bishop Memorial Library, Wilkes-Barre; Swetland Homestead, Wyoming; and Denison House, Forty Fort, Pennsylvania.  It also manages the Luzerne County Historical Society Museum, which is on the property of the Osterhout Free Library, Wilkes-Barre. The Society is a 501(c)(3) organization with an annual budget of $200,000 and $1.9 million in restricted trusts.


The LCHS is staffed by three full-time and one part-time employees with the support of 21 members of the board of Directors and approximately 500 members. 


The Executive Director of the Luzerne County Historical Society implements the policies and directives of the Board of Directors and provides leadership that enables the organization to create and administer effective services in alignment with the vision and mission of the society.


The Executive Director is expected to effectively manage financial and human resources through the application of strategic planning and budgeting processes, fundraising and financial development, volunteer and staff development, cost control, competent systems and processes, performance monitoring and reporting, and other appropriate resource enhancements.


The Executive Director will work with a high degree of independence in decision-making and problem-solving and will lead and build consensus toward predetermined objectives and goals, and will share rewards and responsibilities, and support the initiatives and successes of others. The Executive Director will represent his/herself and the society with integrity, will collaborate with all constituents and will motivate people to work together to accomplish organizational goals and to satisfy the mission of the society. 


Knowledge, Skills and Experience:


  • M.A. required in history, museum studies, public history, or related field or equivalent experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking
  • Ability to collaborate with Board in developing goals and objectives, motivate staff through teamwork, network within the community, and relate to diverse constituencies
  • Demonstrated knowledge of museum organization and collections management
  • Demonstrated knowledge of fundraising, grant writing and implementation, membership and donor development
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, MS Teams, and Quick Books, Social Media as well as a variety of online apps
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license, automobile insurance, and access to an automobile to perform program related duties


  • Three (3) to 5 years of experience in non-profit management is preferred
  • Experience in strategic planning
  • Experience in fundraising or development capacity with measurable results
  • Knowledge of best practices in non-profit management
  • Two (2) to 3 years of experience supervising and managing staff and volunteers



  1. Governance:
    • Work with the Board, staff and stakeholders to develop a vision for the future of the Society and create and implement a strategic plan
    • Provide information and leadership so that the Board of Directors is able to be alert to changing community needs and agency activities and is able to modify Agency policies accordingly
    • Prepare and provide regular reports and updates to the Board and its Committees
    • Serve as liaison between staff, board, committee members, and volunteers
    • Serve as ex-officio member of all standing Board committees
    • Establish procedures and activities to implement policies outlined by the Board of Directors
    • Arrange Board and Committee meetings and agendas
    • Maintain awareness of licensing and all other legal requirements, and ensure program meets minimum requirements
    • Attend all Board meetings and attend or be represented by a designated staff at all Board committee meetings
    • Recommend and implement policy decisions
    • Write and submit an annual report
    • Coordinate all Society activities in collaboration with Committees
  1. Financial:
    • Provide for a strong fundraising and development program which builds upon fundraising efforts through the Annual Appeal, grant writing, major gifts, and special events
    • Work with the Treasurer to develop the annual budget and effectively manage the organization’s resources
    • Present on-going accurate and timely financial reports to the Board of Directors
    • Prepare grant applications and proposals for submission to funding sources
    • Secure and administer all grants to the Society
    • Oversee the development and maintenance of a database of grant/funding sources, individual donors and potential funding sources
    • Oversee the management of finances, including general ledger, payroll, taxes and other financial responsibilities as necessary
  1.  Program:
    • Oversee the day-to-day operation of Society including hours of operation
    • Oversee the acquisition, care, use, storage and exhibition of the Society’s collections as detailed in the Collections Policy
    • Oversee the management of the properties of the Society in collaboration with the Building and Grounds Committee, and advise the Board of needed repairs and improvements
    • Ensure innovation and creativity in program planning and development
    • Develop and oversee a system for evaluation of the Society’s programs/activities
    • Ensure the organization, management and training of an active volunteer force
  1. Human Resource Administration:
    • Recruit, interview, hire, orient, supervise, evaluate, and as necessary terminate staff
    • Provide for staff development as necessary through mentoring and training
    • Determine staffing size, assignments and duties
    • Recommend staff increases and benefits to the Board
    • Manage and report on all personnel matters to Society Board in accordance with by-laws, personnel and volunteer policies
    • Develop, administer, and implement applicable employment policies as needed, and in coordination with the Board as appropriate
    • Provide leadership direction, support, coaching, encouraging a positive and creative work environment to and for staff to increase individual abilities, motivate, build teamwork in keeping with the Society’s mission
  1. Marketing and Public Relations:
    • Build relationships with local cultural and historical organizations, media, the education community and governmental entities to promote the Society and its mission in the community
    • Develop, promote and maintain open communication to produce positive recognition with the community and constituent groups
    • Attend appropriate meetings and functions and engage in relevant community activities and networking to advance the cause and interest of, and to generate the potential for additional funding for, the agency, and to build the Society’s stakeholder base
    • Develop, implement and manage an agency public relations plan in coordination with the Board of Directors
    • Oversee the development, distribution, and/or operation of a newsletter, Facebook page, website, and other outreach and media materials
    • Serve as the Society representative and spokesperson in conjunction with select Board members and volunteers as appropriate
    • Oversee or function as liaison to the media relative to the Society and related issues


Salary:  Commensurate with experience


Benefits:  Rent-free housing on the property of the Swetland Homestead (Hancock House) with site-supervision responsibilities; assistance with health insurance; and professional dues including required membership in the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Application Deadline is July 31, 2022

Please submit resume to: 

Stephen B. Killian, Esq.

575 Pierce Street

Suite 303

Kingston, PA  18704