January 18, 2019 – The Old South Meeting House has selected the services of Boston-based recruitment firm Lois L. Lindauer Searches to lead its search for a new executive director. Vice president Maureen Huminik is spearheading the assignment.
Reporting to the board of managers of Old South Association in Boston, the executive director is the CEO of the Old South Meeting House museum and historic site and is responsible for the leadership and management of the organization and for achieving its mission and strategic goals. This position also involves being the organization’s chief development officer,
The individual will oversee the design, development, delivery and quality of the marketing and promotion of Old South Meeting House and its exhibitions, programs and publications. Being a visible presence at programs, the incoming leader will ensure the historic site is open to the public all year with an active ongoing schedule of engaging programs and events.
“This is an exceptional leadership role for an experienced senior-level professional who desires the challenges of setting a vision and creating programs for diverse audiences, including tourists, students on field trips, opinion leaders, local and national political leadership, and knowledge seekers,” said Lois L. Lindauer Searches.
The search firm said that the successful candidate will bring a wealth of experience and talent, which includes a minimum of seven to 10 years’ non-profit experience, ideally with familiarity in the public history surrounding historic preservation and museum collections. Prospects must have demonstrated success in developing and implementing short- and long-term strategic fundraising strategies, including corporate sponsorships, foundations, individual donors and government agencies. Candidates must bring experience building, managing and leading a high-performing team as well as experience as an inspiring team builder who engenders trust and builds group commitment to goals and objectives.
Part of American History
The Old South Meeting House is a historic Congregational church in Boston, built in 1729. It gained fame as the organizing point for the Boston Tea Party in 1773. Five thousand or more colonists gathered at the Meeting House, the largest building in Boston at the time.
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Today, Old South Meeting House is a site along the Freedom Trail, with more than 80,000 annual visitors. Upwards of 10,000 students visit as part of school trips, and more than 50 functions use the space. Old South Meeting House embodies the American tradition of civic discussion with thought-provoking programs that bring together people from different walks of life with a wide range of viewpoints.
Lois L. Lindauer Searches serves higher and secondary education, hospitals and academic research centers, think tanks, research facilities and foundations, and advocacy, public service, social justice and other mission-driven non-profits. It has led searches for the Boston YMCA, Center for Applied Special Technology, Healthy Minds Innovations/Center for Healthy Minds, the University of Texas at Austin and the Cockrell School of Engineering, among others.
Ms. Huminik has a range of charitable organization experience and a vast network of exceptional talent across every segment of the non-profit sector. She served such clients as City of Hope, Foundation Fighting Blindness, Stanford University, Kansas State University and Columbia University. Ms. Huminik has also placed numerous leaders including the VP for development for the Archdiocese of Boston, the executive director of development for the Archdiocese of New York, and the vice chancellor for development and alumni affairs at the University of Tennessee.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media