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Maine Irish Heritage Center seeks Interim Executive Director

Thursday, September 15, 2022

The Maine Irish Heritage Center (MIHC) seeks an Interim Executive Director for approximately six to nine months. The ideal interim candidate will have senior management level experience, non-profit organization experience, and the skills required to conduct an objective assessment of administrative and financial systems and prepare recommendations for operational improvements. Additional skills include demonstrated leadership ability, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and a proven ability for relationship building, decision-making, and problem-solving. Candidates should have familiarity with, or an interest in, arts, history, cultural organizations, or a related field. Experience with historic preservation is a plus.

About the employer

The MIHC is the hub of all things Irish in Maine. Its mission is to provide a community resource where connections to Maine’s Irish history and culture can flourish. Housed in the former St. Dominic’s Church in Portland – a historic landmark built by Irish immigrants – the MIHC has served as a community center for nearly two decades. The MIHC serves as a cultural and community center that provides a place for Maine’s diverse communities to share their cultural experiences through a wide array of programs and events including cultural and educational gatherings, concerts, and art exhibits, as well as family celebrations. The MIHC is also home to a genealogical center and library that now houses an impressive collection of more than 5,000 books, movies, and artifacts concerning the Irish immigrant experience in Maine, as well as the Governor Brennan Archives and the John & Francis Ford Collection. To learn more, visit

Job duties


  • Manage all aspects of current operations, including running an office and establishing a visible presence for the Center.
  • Analyze appropriate staffing requirements to fulfill the organization’s goals and mission. Review the current staffing and make long-term recommendations related to people and talent, including identifying which functions should be paid positions and what can be accomplished by volunteers.
  • Work with the Board and existing staff to develop short-term solutions for removing organizational barriers and provide long-term recommendations to achieve and maintain operational excellence.
  • Be an effective leader/collaborator with the Board of Directors and effectively engage Board members to gather meaningful and strategic input to further the organizational mission.
  • Support and facilitate the work of the Board’s Committees.
  • Provide recommendations and support in the search for a permanent Executive Director, including guidance on formulating the job description.

Budgeting /Financial Review

  • Review all aspects of budgeting and finance processes and develop written recommendations for the Board’s Finance Committee regarding spending and accounts payable procedures and financial reporting requirements.


  • In cooperation with the Board’s Development Committee, recommend financial goals and fundraising activities that ensure MIHC’s ability to carry out its current mission and expand its organizational capacity.
  • Work with the Board’s Development Committee to assess and recommend strategies to operationalize the organization’s fundraising capabilities.
  • Conduct outreach with external stakeholders, particularly funders, to ensure no loss of program momentum and engage them in helping to create the organization’s future fundraising strategy.


  • In conjunction with the Board’s Program Committee, engage all key stakeholders in creating a fresh vision for executing the organization’s mission and strategic plan and making recommendations about how to support future programming that promote the mission of the Center and the facility.

Facility Operations

  • In conjunction with the Board’s Program Facilities Committee, develop an understanding of the day-to-day building operations and long-term maintenance needs of our historic structure and recommend a plan for meeting those needs from a staffing and funding standpoint.

Additional experience

  • Ten years of senior leadership experience in a non-profit organization or similar experience is preferred.
  • Experience thinking creatively and independently on concepts requiring advanced analytical skills.
  • Advanced skills in short- and long-term strategic planning and analysis. Must demonstrate successful innovative problem-solving skills using diplomacy and judgment within a complex environment.
  • Experience partnering with governing boards to move an organization forward.
  • Experience with and knowledge of interpreting financial statements and overall stewardship of good financial health.
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills to include active listening, persuasiveness, giving and receiving feedback, and the ability to work with diverse groups and individuals to achieve positive results.
  • Experience in developing and working collaboratively with a team, focusing on leadership development.


An annual salary range between $45,000 - $60,000, commensurate with experience and skill level.

How to apply

Please submit your cover letter describing your interest in the position and how your background and experience make you uniquely suited to achieve success in this role, along with a resume, no later than October 2, 2022 to

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