The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) seeks a collaborative, visible, and visionary leader to serve as its next Executive Director. The ALPLM is the world’s leading museum and library dedicated to the life and presidency of Abraham Lincoln, America’s 16th president. In addition to its focus on Lincoln, the Museum also hosts exhibits on related topics, including the American presidency, politics, and Illinois and American history.
This search comes at a significant moment for the ALPLM, the state of Illinois, and the country. As the nation engages in a wide variety of discussions—from the role of the president in times of crisis to discussions of race and equality, the next Executive Director will have an opportunity to position the organization as a thought leader and convener, while extending Lincoln’s legacy and relevance. The next Executive Director will collaboratively develop a strategic plan for future activities of the Library and Museum, including the archives, exhibits, and public and educational programs, while also leading a talented and dedicated staff of approximately 80 people. In addition, the Executive Director will act as a liaison and partner to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation to ensure mission alignment and the success of its fundraising objectives. Finally, the next Executive Director will engage with the local Springfield community and find ways for the ALPLM to be as powerful a local resource as it is a national one.
The successful candidate for this position will have experience directing a historical, archival, cultural, philanthropic, educational, or governmental institution; excellent communication skills; a proven ability to inspire enthusiasm and motivate others; a demonstrated commitment to the management and development of staff; demonstrated leadership in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion; and the highest standards of integrity, ethics, and performance.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
An ideal candidate will bring many of the following professional experiences and personal characteristics:
• Extensive experience directing a historical, archival, cultural, philanthropic, educational, or governmental institution.
• Experience connecting history to current and future events.
• success in cultivating and maintaining public-private or other coalitions and partnerships to advance programs and missions.
• Superb communication skills, both oral and written. Charisma and public presence. Proven ability to inspire enthusiasm and motivate others.
• Conversant in the use of technology and digital media to promote an institution and its collections, reaching audiences, and creating innovative and engaging exhibitions and programs. • Demonstrated commitment to the management and development of staff. A record of successful mentorship and tangible efforts that have supported staff.
• Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
• Interest in and understanding of events and issues of the 19th century and President Lincoln sufficient to contribute appropriate historical perspective and intellectual leadership to the work of the Library and Museum and its presentation to the public
.• Highest standards of integrity, ethics, and performance.
• Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree or an equivalent combination of education and related experience is preferred.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has retained Isaacson, Miller to assist in this search. Please direct all inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications to:
Andrew Lee, Partner
Jeff Kessner Managing Associate
Phone: (202) 682-1504
Electronic submission of application materials is strongly preferred.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum (ALPLM) is committed to the following:
1. Decisions regarding recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, layoff and awarding of benefits will be made without regard to the following bases; including but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin/ancestry, citizenship status, disability, age, the order of protection status, marital status, pregnancy, arrest record, military status, including veteran status, and unfavorable discharge from military service.
2. The agency will reasonably accommodate pregnant employees as required by the law (PA 98- 1050; Illinois Human Rights Act 775 ICLS 5/1et.seq). Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Page 7 of 7 Executive Director
3. A commitment to undertaking affirmative action to correct the underutilization of minorities and females in all levels of employment.
4. The agency is committed to implementing sexual harassment and other harassment policies and programs.
5. The agency is committed to undertaking affirmative action to increase the number of persons with disabilities in the agency as a whole.
6. The support and commitment is expected of all executive, managerial, and supervisory staff in implementing the agency affirmative action plan. 7. Employees who file a complaint will do so with the EEO Officer without fear of retaliation.