Interested candidates may submit their resume to Karen Mullen:

1.    Overview

The JFK Library Foundation seeks a Deputy Director in a newly defined role, to serve as the Chief Operating Officer responsible for assisting the Chief Executive Officer in implementing a new Long-term Strategic Plan as approved by the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Reporting directly to the CEO, the Deputy Director will be responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the foundation and for operations management, in the oversight and administration of the 501(c)(3) non-profit providing financial and creative resources for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

The Deputy Director will assist the CEO in leading the Foundation staff through sizable change to both promote and reenergize the importance of the legacy of President Kennedy for new generations in the U.S., and globally. This includes reinvention of the Foundation’s programs and approaches, leveraging social networks and other emerging technologies to connect President Kennedy’s legacy in relevant and meaningful ways to new audiences, particularly those who increasingly have no living memory of President Kennedy.
2.    Roles, Responsibilities

The Deputy Director will serve on the Foundation’s Senior Management Team, and work in close collaboration with the Foundation’s Chief Financial Officer, and the Chief Development Officer, in managing the Foundation’s staff and leading its day-to-day operations, implementing the directives and policies of the CEO and Board of Directors; and facilitating the Foundation’s partnership with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

While the CEO will bear ultimate responsibility for the Foundation, its 28 staff persons and a $7.5 million annual budget, the Deputy Director will be responsible for overall Operations, Project Management, and integrating Strategic Communications, Marketing and Outreach and Programming functions.

The Deputy Director is directly responsible for overseeing and managing the Foundation’s public programs and external affairs including all communications and marketing programs, the Profile in Courage Award Program, the New Frontier Award Program, the Profile in Courage Essay Contest, publications, media relations, special events, program development, outreach to new audiences, community relations, tourism promotion, crisis communications, and information technology and services.

In addition, the Deputy Director will work closely with the CEO in the development of, and will be responsible for managing sizable new projects to successfully implement the Foundation’s Long-term Strategic Plan, including, but not limited to:

  • Serving as the Foundation’s principal liaison for the Museum’s Design Enhancement Project; and possible future Library and Museum projects.
  • Assisting in the development of programs and collaborating with the Library and other institutions on exhibits in cities across the country and around the globe.
  • Implementation of activities related to key strategic partnerships to be developed with educational institutions, non-profits, other presidential library foundations, corporations, media, and government. 
  • Assisting in the planning and responsible for execution of programs, activities and events related to the Centennial Celebration of President Kennedy’s birthday in 2017.
  • Overseeing the Foundation’s annual budget for program support of approximately $5.5 million.
  • Working with the Library staff to manage all Foundation supported programs including education, digitization, archives and museum support.
  • Licensing and oversight of the Foundation’s intellectual property, including revenue producing items.
  • Serving as liaison for Board Governance including Board of Directors and Committees, Board of Advisors, ensuring proper scheduling, planning and support for meetings. 

Specific responsibilities of the Deputy Director include direct supervision of:

  • The VP of Communications and Digital Media, responsible for press, media, digital marketing, Foundation publications, and technology including ongoing development of the Kennedy Presidential Library’s website and digital archives.
  • The Director of Marketing and Sales responsible for promoting the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum as a national and international tourist destination and attraction; 
  • The Director of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award and the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards programs responsible for the research and logistical planning associated with the annual national award programs;
  • The Public Engagement and Projects Coordinator, responsible for identifying and reaching out to new audiences and supporting partnerships to ensure the Library’s future growth and success.
  • The Project Manager for the Museum Design Enhancement project; and other outside consultants hired by the Foundation as needed.

3.    Qualities and Experience Required

Deputy Director must be a seasoned professional with demonstrated success in management, operations, marketing, and communications. Must be a person of high integrity, be highly organized, and have a very strong work ethic. Must be creative, resourceful, a self-starter, and solutions oriented.

This position requires strong interpersonal skills and management experience. Must be a respected leader in recruiting and developing high caliber talent.  Must also be skilled at building teams, and maximizing performance of teams. Experience in managing institutional change in complex environments is important.

Must have experience with developing and integrating strategies for marketing, communications, online and social media, and other external functions. Must understand how to effectively build and use marketing metrics to enhance visibility, engagement, drive attendance and donations. Must have broad communications experience, including press relations, online media, internal communications, newsletters and promotional publications, and community relations.  Experience in developing successful partnerships with external organizations also desired.  

Position will require the ability to collaborate effectively with the Foundation’s Library and National Archive Administration partners in enhancing existing programs and creating new activities to carry the Library and Foundation forward.
Must be committed to the ideals and legacy of John F. Kennedy. Experience in both the public and non-profit sectors strongly preferred. Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degrees a plus.

The ideal candidate will also possess the following:

  • Strong project management skills
  • Substantial experience with and understanding of marketing analytics to drive impact
  • Strong working knowledge of current and emerging marketing and communications trends and technologies
  • Strong verbal and writing skills
  • Extensive, successful writing and editing experience with a variety of print and online communications media for both internal and external use
  • A positive, can-do attitude and enthusiasm for problem solving
  • Ability to multi-task and deliver under tight deadlines

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The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, veteran status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.