The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum is seeking a dynamic, experienced, and innovative President and Chief Executive Officer to lead the organization while working collaboratively with a dedicated and committed Board of Directors and an experienced and highly motivated leadership team.


The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum exists to preserve and promote the legacy of President Kennedy, his family, and their deep connection to Cape Cod. As stewards of this civic memory, the Museum presents distinctive exhibits, expanding collections, and dynamic educational and cultural programs centered on nonpartisan themes of civic engagement, public service, and JFK era American and world history.

JFK is one of the most memorable world leaders in modern history. Today, his ideals about civil rights, public service, and civic-mindedness remain important, compelling, and relevant. JFK continues to be an icon of American ideology that still resonates with the global community and with audiences of all ages. Cape Cod played a significant role in JFK’s family life and presidency. Some of the most historical and memorable events in the U.S. and world history played out in our community – on the ocean shores and in the neighborhoods of Cape Cod.

This local history is represented in the exhibits and programs of the Museum, making it a major attraction on Cape Cod, with an average attendance of 70,000 people, 20% of whom are international visitors.

The Position

The President and Chief Executive Officer reports to a twelve-member Foundation Board of Directors and is responsible for developing and articulating the vision and strategic direction that will mobilize the Board to fulfill its mission to its visitors and community. The President also directly supervises a leadership team of four professionals who are responsible for the operating areas of the Museum. The President will be a visionary and collaborative leader who is passionate about the role of museums in a community, while driving an ongoing planned modernization of the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Establishing the Museum’s Strategic Plan with the Board of Directors, design, develop, an own responsibility for the successful execution of the Plan, regularly monitoring progress and reporting the status of the Plan to the Board
  • Actively leads the major fundraising efforts and serves as the chief spokesperson for the Museum. Works with the Development Director and leadership team to secure and expand all fundraising activities and relationships including major gifts, corporate and individual giving, grants, and sponsorships
  • Leads the ongoing modernization of the Museum over the next three years that includes assuring the ongoing Capital Campaign raises the funding required
  • Communicates with the Board of Directors in a clear, concise, and timely manner, cultivating a strong working relationship with all members; assures effective Board Committee participation and impact for the Museum
  • Assures strong attention to the operating and financial performance of the Museum that sustains the favorable annual operating performance profile
  • Be the face and visible presence to the Museum’s donors, members, visitors, and Cape Cod’s business and community leaders
  • Leads collaborations with other community organizations.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Ten plus years of progressive leadership experience in organization, ideally at least five years’ experience directing a museum or in a leadership position directing a significant function/group in a larger organization.
  • Fundraising experience including the ability to work with major donors, collectors, and grantors. Actively and successfully lead major fundraising activities
  • Demonstrated organization leadership skills, creative and enterprising, detail oriented, confident, collaborative by nature, high energy, sociable, mentoring, hands-on leader, multi tasker, ability to inspire others
  • Established track record of successful financial and operating performance results for an organization
  • Demonstrated ability to work closely with an engaged Board of Directors, volunteers, and the community
  • Experienced at leading change both organizational, facilities, programming, and content.

Personal Skills and Experience Required

  • Position demands an open and honest communication style with a wide range of constituencies that include Museum Foundation’s Board of Directors, Museum Employees, visitors, business and community leaders, donors, and local government officials
  • Uncompromising personal and professional integrity
  • Ability to effectively interact with the Museum’s Directors and maintain active Board and Board Committee meetings
  • Strong drive and work ethic. Dedication and commitment to achieving performance goals
  • Develops and nurtures relationships well and sees the value in doing so. Has the social skills and ability to relate to people in a straightforward and highly credible manner
  • Collaborative leadership style with a record of building proactive, visible, and credible leadership teams
  • Able to develop, convey, and drive a vision and carry it forward, along with the leadership team, throughout the Museum’s organization
  • Results oriented and well organized with the ability to make things happen and implement key directives; hands on style with the ability to roll up sleeves and dig in
  • A positive and self-motivated attitude; candid approach to taking on challenges, adaptable and flexible
  • Maintains a public presence in the community, networking for the benefit of the Museum and strengthens relationships within the community
  • Encourages appropriate partnerships with organizations and community groups that further the Museum’s Mission
  • Excellent communication skills


The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience.

How To Apply

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