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JOB TITLE:                  Executive Director/CEO

REPORTS TO:              Executive Committee, Board of Directors

HOURS:                         Full Time Salaried Exempt Position

SALARY:                      Commensurate with experience.

BENEFITS:                   Health Insurance, Paid Vacation, Sick Leave, Holidays, 403.b match.

EFFECTIVE DATE:     TBD - NLT 1.01.2014


Aspen Historical Society is seeking an individual with strong leadership and organizational capabilities who understands the eccentricities of this valley. This person will need to demonstrate exceptional fundraising capabilities, great communication skills and an ability to thrive in an innovative environment that is inclusive, equality based and a tad irreverent. We seek professionalism with flexibility and sound judgment without being judgmental.




MISSION: The Aspen Historical Society enriches the community by preserving and communicating our remarkable history.


SUMMARY: The Executive Director of Aspen Historical Society (AHS) functions as the Chief Executive Officer of the corporation. In this capacity the incumbent is responsible for implementation of policies set by the Board of Directors as well as annual goals and objectives, and financial, program and administrative management of the corporation. Guidance and direction is provided by the Board President and by the Board and its Executive Committee.


In addition, the Executive Director functions as the liaison with the Aspen Historic Park and Recreation District (AHPRD), responsible for implementation of legal requirements, policies, annual goals and objectives, the financial program and meeting state statute requirements.


The two boards function separately yet cooperatively. The AHPRD board is elected by tax-paying members of the district to oversee the distribution of tax revenue received. Said monies must be spent in accordance with the Service Agreement approved for the district. This AHPRD board is responsible for maintaining the fiscal integrity of the tax dollar distribution. The AHS board governs the non-profit and is responsible for the good governance of the Society. The AHPRD monies are a portion of the income received by AHS. Other income comes from donations and program fees.


The Executive Director functions as the guardian of museum best practices as they are executed by the Society. The Society supports a progressive approach to exhibit and program design.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to the following:


  • Responsible for overall leadership of staff in the development and implementation of short and long range plans and policies and other activities including the annual work plan of the corporation as approved by the Board of Directors.
  • Responsible for the financial management of the corporation, including the development and implementation of the annual budget.
  • Responsible for the management and public record requirements of the Aspen Historic Park and Recreation District, including posting of public meetings and financial record keeping.
  • Responsible for liaison with other organizations, seeking collaborative partnerships. Serves as official representative – the public face – at all required functions and public gatherings where representation is required.
  • Responsible for providing information, advice and counsel to the Board President, Board Committees and the Board of Directors in the creation of policies, programs and strategic direction of the corporation.
  • Responsible for support of all activities associated with the Board of Directors, including staffing for all Board and Committee meetings, meeting schedules, locations, development of agenda and meeting materials.
  • Responsible for administration of overall operation of the corporation, including: reviewing and evaluating the results of program activities, ensuring that continuing contractual obligations are being fulfilled; allocating resources for greater program effectiveness and efficiency; developing organizational and administrative policies and program objectives for Board consideration; maintaining the highest standards for museum quality decision-making while balancing the public demand.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Attainment of an MBA or other equivalent advanced degree in a related field and/or seven years of increasingly responsible progressive administrative experience, at least five of which have been in a supervisory capacity. Some background in museum studies is preferred but not mandatory.
  • LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, financial reports, legal documents, technical procedures or governmental regulations; write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals; efficiently respond to questions from membership, staff and member of the community; communicate effectively in both written and oral form; and, effectively present information to membership, top management, public groups and/or board of directors. Must be confident and adept at public speaking.


  • REASONING ABILITY: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; exhibit independent judgment in the development, implementation and evaluation of plans, procedures and policies and interpret an extensive variety of museum and exhibit related information.
  • OTHER KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of the principles and techniques of fundraising, grant administration, contract administration and negotiation, community organization, fiscal and organizational management, principles and practices of marketing and public relations. Knowledge of local history is preferred but not required.



  • Demonstrate dynamic leadership and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Be an energetic, self-motivated proven leader who is able to develop beneficial relationships with key individuals in the Roaring Fork valley community in order to maintain the prestige, visibility and support that has been bestowed upon AHS over the past decade.
  • Work collegially with staff, board members, colleagues and visitors to foster an environment of trust, a willing exchange of information and a commitment to solving problems.
  • Demonstrate personal stability, maturity, optimism and a sense of humor.
  • Show the ability to motivate, delegate and follow through in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrate confidence to maintain accountability in staff performance.
  • Demonstrate wide-ranging competency with social media and internet technology.
  • Be available to travel and to work evenings and weekends as required in the representative role of AHS Ambassador.
  • Hold current National Association of Interpretation certification – and/or commit to training for same within a year.
  • Have the ability and passion to dedicate as much time and energy for the Society as is required to carry the Society to a new level of professionalism and success.
  • Observe and comply with AHS’s mission, vision, policies & procedures and personnel regulations.



  • Please submit cover letter and resume via email to
  • We are accepting applications until 5 p.m. MST on September 10, 2013 at which point we will begin a selection process. We expect to have our new executive director in place by December 31, 2013.
  • Applicants will receive an email confirmation that the application has been received. Each applicant will then be notified of status and possible requests for interview no later than September 17, 2013.
  • No phone calls will be entertained with regard to applications unless initiated by the Selection Committee. Please honor this request.


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