Executive Director Tippecanoe County Historical Association

Website Tippecanoe County Historical Association

Position Description

The Tippecanoe County Historical Association (TCHA) is a community-engaged 501(c)3 nonprofit historical organization with a large collection encapsulating 300 years of county history, and a mission to actively curate, preserve, research, and share the county’s diverse history.

We are seeking an enthusiastic Executive Director with leadership and management skills, as well as a strong appreciation of history’s role in today’s society, to work with the Board of Governors, staff, and volunteers to continue to broaden the impact of the Association and its historical resources throughout the community.

The Executive Director is the team leader for staff and volunteers and reports directly to the Board.  The Executive Director is the public face of TCHA and oversees all aspects of the Association’s operation, working in conjunction with the experienced staff, engaged volunteers, and the Board of Governors.

The position is full time, salaried, and exempt.  Duties include some evenings and weekends. The position primarily requires an on-site presence with remote technologies used for selected hybrid in-person/remote meetings or events. The starting salary range is between $60,000 to $65,000 (plus benefits) based upon experience and qualifications.

TCHA is located in Lafayette, Indiana, a sister community with adjacent West Lafayette (the home of Purdue University) and within 1 hour of Indianapolis and 2 hours of Chicago. Tippecanoe County enjoys a Midwest cost of living and highly rated schools.  The Purdue University influence infuses the community with a youthful level of energy and provides opportunities to experience a diverse and varied range of entertainment, dining, and cultural experiences. Tippecanoe County is uniquely situated to have experienced a rich and significant history ranging from early indigenous settlements and 18th century French traders at Fort Ouiatenon, to the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811.


●       Oversee the daily operation of the TCHA facilities to ensure facilities are functional, safe, well-maintained, and are operated in an ethical and professional manner

●       Utilize effective leadership, management, and communication skills to ensure staff and volunteers continue to advance the mission and strategic goals of TCHA

●       Maintain effective communication and working relationship with the Board of Governors and the Board Committees

●       Work closely, and communicate frequently, with the Board Treasurer and the Budget and Risk Management Committee to assure that appropriate fiscal oversight and procedures are maintained across Association operations, and that fiscal spending is in compliance with the Board-approved budget.

●       Be the public-face of TCHA.  Facilitate the development of mutually supportive relationships with diverse groups, individuals, and potential donors within the community through face-to-face meetings and the use of social media.

●       Work with the Membership and Development Committee to increase membership, community engagement,  the visibility of TCHA and its mission, and the methods by which additional fiscal income streams, donations, and endowment can be created.

●       Work with the Programming Committee, the Publications Committee, and the Bicentennial Committee to help assure production of quality publications and programming (live in-person, live remote, and archived on-line).

●       Facilitate or perform additional duties as assigned by the President of the Board or the Board of Governors


The candidate will have post-secondary education that involves development of management and leadership skills, either through formal coursework or other extra-curricular experiences, with preference given to candidates who have developed these skills in the context of not-for-profit (NFP) organizations.


A minimum of 2-year experience, either as a paid employee or as an active unpaid volunteer, working with the operation of a museum, historical association, or other community-engaged NFP.

Demonstrated effective, goal-achieving, team leadership and management experiences.

Demonstrated examples of self-starting and proactive problem-solving behaviors.

Effective communication skills.

Understanding of fundamentals of social media, marketing, and public relations.

Projects a professional image appropriate for representing the Association.

Preference given to candidates with a demonstrated interest or motivation in acquiring knowledge about local history.

The Tippecanoe County Historical Association is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  We do not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.  Submitting an application does not constitute a promise or guarantee of employment.

To Apply: submit cover letter and resume to Jeff Schwab, President, TCHA Board of Governors, 1001 South Street, Lafayette, IN 47901 or to tchasearch@gmail.com.

Applications accepted until December 10, 2022 or until the position is filled.

To apply for this job email your details to tchasearch@gmail.com