Executive Director Search

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.

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