Now Hiring: Executive Director


The mission of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia is to discover, collect, preserve, and share the history, cultural heritage, and genealogical legacy of Germanic settlers in the Russian Empire. We fill the mission, in part, by providing quarterly professional journals and holding an annual convention where members meet and conduct family research, hear from scholars of German Russian history and ongoing research and activities, learn about the latest technology for family research, and renew old and make new acquaintances. We have purchased and translated hundreds of vital and other relevant records from Russia, conducted multiple educational classes both virtually and in person, collected stories and family histories, and assisted members and nonmembers seeking their family history and connections.

Founded in 1968, we have 2,500 members worldwide, six staff members, a museum campus with replica buildings and artifacts of our German Russian ancestors, and a research library that houses the largest collections of German Russian ancestral records and documents in the Western Hemisphere.


  • An undergraduate or/graduate degree in history, museum studies, archives, business administration, management, or a related field
  • 5 years of progressively responsible experience in a nonprofit/for-profit leadership position
  • Successful leadership experience that includes governance, operations and facility management, strategic planning, finance, personnel and volunteer management, website and database management, and day-to-day organizational administration
  • Demonstrated experience in building, inspiring, and managing a cohesive staff team
  • A proven track record in successful fundraising (building/sustaining donor relationships, major gift development, and grant writing)
  • Experience with nonprofit budgeting and financial management
  • Event and project management experience
  • The ability to lead and grow programs and outreach opportunities
  • Skill in working with a wide range of age groups at all levels of the organization
  • Experience working with active and involved board committees and board leadership
  • Capacity to successfully work with ambiguous situations and to bring order and set priorities for multiple projects involving staff and board members
  • Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills
  • Willingness to learn about and embrace the German Russian heritage and culture


  • Convention planning and management
  • Membership recruitment and retention
  • Oversight of an electronic and print publication program
  • Website and membership database management (WordPress preferred)


  • Full-Time, on-site position
  • Work hours Monday-Friday with some flexibility in schedule
  • Occasional evening and weekend events/meetings
  • Occasional same day or overnight travel


  • $65,000 – $75,000 based on experience and education
  • Accruing PTO and paid holidays, paid leave Christmas through New Year’s Day, retirement plan with employer match, healthcare/insurance premium allowance


Resumes must be received no later than June 21, 2024. Email letter of interest, resume, and three professional references in PDF format to AHSGR Search Committee at using the job title and your name in the subject line (example: “Executive Director – Sally Smith”). All attachments should include your name in the file name (for example: “Sally Smith, Resume”). Interviews will be scheduled beginning in July 2024.

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