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The Board of Connecticut Explored Inc. Seeks an Executive Director & Publisher.

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Executive Director & Publisher

Connecticut Explored Inc. is a nonprofit, multi-media organization that for nearly 20 years has published the quarterly magazine Connecticut Explored (which is devoted to the state’s history), co-produces a podcast of Connecticut history, and provides an array of social studies resources about Connecticut for grades K-12. It partners with 30 of the leading museums, historical societies, and libraries in Connecticut.

The Executive Director & Publisher will be responsible for maintaining the excellence and integrity of CT Explored’s scholarship and content across platforms and ensuring that the nonprofit’s operations are efficient and financially sound.

The ideal candidate must have a passion for American history and  CT Explored’s mission to stimulate curiosity about and deepen knowledge of the state’s shared history and culture among all residents.

The Executive Director & Publisher must be a strategically minded, highly organized, collaborative, innovative, and entrepreneurial leader/manager who has in-depth knowledge of the market and editorial direction. The Executive Director & Publisher will serve as the organization’s chief ambassador/networker/advocate. They will be responsible for leading the organization in its continued success while adapting to a changing world; the overall management and direction of the organization and team members; setting the editorial vision and managing operations so that each media component provides constituents with high-quality content; audience development and marketing, including maintaining an effective digital presence; and fundraising and development, including identifying new sources of revenue.

Master’s in History or American Studies or a comparable field required. 5 years of nonprofit management experience required. Editorial or publishing experience preferred. Connecticut residency and work from home required.

The Executive Director & Publisher position is .8 FTE (32 hours per week). Salary starting at $70,000 is competitive with comparable positions and negotiable based on candidate’s qualifications. Healthcare benefits are negotiable.

For more information and to indicate interest in the position, e-mail a message and your CV to: pbarrett@nesc.org and stanwar@nesc.org with the subject line: Executive Director/Publisher: [Your Name].

 

Search Announced

February 9, 2022: The board of Connecticut Explored Inc. announced today that founding publisher Elizabeth J. Normen will retire later this year. The search for her successor is underway. Normen will continue to lead the organization until a successor is found and will continue with the transition as needed.

The nonprofit organization, which has grown from publishing Connecticut Explored, a quarterly magazine devoted to the state’s history, to produce a podcast of Connecticut history and an array of social studies resources about Connecticut for grades K-12, will celebrate its 20th anniversary in Fall 2022 beginning in Fall 2022 with an array of special programs and stories under the organizing theme: 20 for 20: Innovations in Connecticut History.

Normen said, “It has been my great pleasure and privilege to lead the outstanding team that created, launched, and produced Connecticut Explored since 2002, along with our expanded offerings, including the Grating the Nutmeg podcast launched in 2015 , the book African American Connecticut Explored published by Wesleyan University Press in 2014, and the classroom resources Where I Live: Connecticut and Venture Smith’s Colonial Connecticut.” Normen reflected that “It feels right, at 20 years, for the organization to begin its next chapter under new leadership and vision.”

The search for a new publisher is being led by board member Olivia White. White said, “Elizabeth is leaving the organization on a high note programmatically. She leaves it financially sound and having accomplished a great deal, leading the organization from a start-up quarterly magazine to a multi-media organization with books, a podcast, and an emerging education arm—all produced in collaboration with our 30 partners who represent the best museums, historical societies, and libraries across the state. We have a loyal and growing base of subscribers in print and online. We’re excited to transition to new leadership on behalf of all of our loyal subscribers and partners as we move forward into our next 20 years.”

The Board of Connecticut Explored Inc. has engaged National Executive Service Corps to conduct the search. For more information, including details about applying for the publisher position as they become available, contact Sugandhi Tanwar at NESC at stanwar@nesc.org. Enter subject heading “CT Explored Publisher: Last Name, First Name.”

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