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Apply to be ASEH Executive Director

March 06, 2024 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Search for Executive Director

The American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) seeks an executive director who will provide vision, leadership, and management for a nonprofit professional and scholarly association. 

The executive director represents and advocates for the interests of environmental history and environmental historians to the public.. The executive director also coordinates the work of staff and committees to provide services, to prepare publications for the environmental history community, and to organize the annual conference and other events, including online programming. In addition, the executive director seeks to strengthen the organization through effective communication, financial management, relationship building, and collaborative initiatives. In all these duties, the executive director should make a priority of diversity and inclusion. Compensation will be commensurate with education and experience.

The executive director will be appointed to an initial four-year term (subject to annual review) and with opportunity for renewal. The executive director will work with a part-time assistant and volunteers. The executive director can work remotely from any place in the U.S. The position will start in summer 2024.

Requirements for this position are:

  1. Three years professional experience or five years experience in an academic setting.
  2. Bachelor's degree, with a preference for graduate training.
  3. An ability to attend the annual meeting and undertake other society-related travel.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a combination of the following:

  1. Excellent leadership, managerial, planning, digital communication, and administrative skills in an academic or similar setting, including conference and event planning.
  2. Professional experience in board relations, management, fundraising, and development.
  3. Experience with strategic thinking and negotiations.
  4. Strong interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills.
  5. A commitment to outreach, diversity, and inclusion.
  6. A demonstrated interest in history, the environment, or related fields of scholarship.
  7. The ability to be an articulate advocate for ASEH, its membership, and environmental history across the profession, other professional organizations, and with the public.

For more information:

Direct questions about the position to the co-chair of the search committee, Nancy Jacobs, at nancy_jacobs@brown.edu

To apply:

The application file should include:

  1.  a detailed letter of interest that describes:
  • the candidate’s qualifications for the position;
  • how the candidates’ experiences will contribute to their success as executive director;
  • the candidate’s vision for ways the executive director can help the society achieve its goals; and
  • the candidate's contributions to and vision for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
   2.  a CV with the names, affiliations, emails, and phone numbers of 3 persons willing to provide a reference.

Applications must be submitted electronically to the co-chair of the search committee, Jay Turner, at jturner@wellesley.edu. Please submit materials as a single PDF file with the file name “ApplicantLastName_ASEH_ED.”

Review of applications will begin on April 8, 2024.


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