The CEO & Executive Director (CEO) provides visionary, entrepreneurial leadership, focused strategic direction, and exceptional operational management for President Lincoln’s Cottage (PLC). The CEO will steward PLC’s current 2018-2022 strategic plan and will work closely with the Board of Directors and staff to develop the organization’s next strategic plan. In alignment with President Lincoln’s ideals, the CEO will commit to leading an equity-focused and forward-thinking organization that approaches education and programs as a matter of social justice. This role calls for candid and responsive collaboration across and among staff, board, community partners, and funders. The CEO reports to the Board of Directors and has direct supervision of senior staff and the senior executive assistant.

The ideal candidate will have the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:

Strategic Leadership

  • At least ten years of progressive leadership and executive management experience with a track record of motivating results-oriented teams and taking an organization through its next stage of growth.
  • A strategic mindset and the ability to balance long-term initiatives with short-term opportunities.
  • Advanced analytical and problem-solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization.
  • Excellent management and interpersonal skills and experience leading a highly capable staff in a way that emphasizes collaboration and teamwork.
  • Demonstrated track record of leadership in implementing programs and institutional practices that serve the outcomes of social equity, inclusion, and justice, both internally and externally.
  • An understanding of technology and how it can be implemented to help fulfill PLC’s mission and attract audiences. 

Fundraising and Resource Mobilization

  • Extensive experience fundraising with the ability to cultivate relationships and to close contributions from all revenue sources.

External Relations

  • Must be able to articulate the site’s mission to a wide range of audiences using a variety of methods and tools. Demonstrated success in reach out to and engaging culturally diverse audiences.
  • Past success working with fiduciary and advisory board members, with the ability to expand existing and develop new board member relationships.

In addition, strong candidates will offer:

  • Emotional intelligence, a winning personality, and the ability to engage with a diverse group of stakeholders.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and a persuasive and passionate communication style.
  • Ability to adapt, continually develop skills, and be flexible in a dynamic work environment; Entrepreneurial spirit and skill set essential.
  • Ability to balance the need for transparency and confidentiality.
  • A comfort with complexity and the ability to conceive and drive multidisciplinary projects forward.
  • Unwavering commitment to programmatic and preservation excellence.
  • Integrity, passion, idealism, a sense of humor, a positive attitude, a mission-centric orientation, and self-directed work style.
  • Advanced degree and experience in non-profits required; experience in public history or museums a plus. Candidates with equivalent professional and leadership experience, along with a passion and interest in history and preservation, will also be considered.

Compensation & Benefits

The salary range for this role is $150,000 – $175,000 and is commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits offered, including a residence on site.

Stephen Milbauer and Naree W.S. Viner of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here or email Stephen directly at All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

President Lincoln’s Cottage is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

Date Posted: May 30, 2021