October 26, 2017

After six years of leadership, Sally Bates, the Museum’s first professional Executive Director, will step down on August 31, 2018.

Sally has often said that one of the E.D.’s responsibilities is “choreography”, noting “The Museum is blessed with many talented volunteers who are dancing their hearts out…and I’m here to help them produce a winning show.”

As E.D. and Comptroller, Sally has worked closely with the Board of Trustees on strategic planning issues while managing financial, marketing, public relations, development, and property functions.

During her tenure the Museum’s admissions and event revenues have grown, as has its profile and partnerships in neighboring communities. We also initiated the Preserve, Protect & Present Campaign that is leading to significant improvement of our campus buildings.

Before joining the Museum, Sally held positions in finance, economic development, education, and accounting in both the public and private sector. She had also served on a number of non-profit boards. She holds an M.S. in Accounting, a B.S. in Accounting/Finance, and a B.A. in Studio Art.

Sally remains fully engaged in helping the Museum move forward. She is focused on implementing additional process improvements between now and August 31, 2018 for the benefit of the Museum and her successor.

The Board of Trustees is working closely with Sally to effect a smooth transition, and has appointed a search committee to recruit and screen candidates for the Executive Director’s position.

Individuals who would like to apply for this position (description below) are encouraged to send a confidential cover letter and resume to
Seashore President Jim Schantz at [email protected]


The Organization

Mission: New England Electric Railway Historical Society shares powerful connections between the past and present. We preserve knowledge, context, and resources for future generations by collecting, restoring, operating, and exhibiting significant public transit vehicles and artifacts.
Vision: We continue the legacy of our founders by maintaining and sharing our world-class transit collections and knowledge with a growing membership, our many visitors, our communities, and the public transportation industry.

The New England Electric Railway Historical Society’s Seashore Trolley Museum, located in Kennebunkport, Maine pioneered the field of volunteer-sponsored rail preservation worldwide when it was founded in 1939. It has built the leading national collection of transit vehicles and related artifacts and library material. It has also developed comprehensive restoration capabilities and since the early 1950s has operated historic vehicles for the visiting public. All of this development has been largely undertaken and financed by the organization’s member-volunteers.

The museum attracts many thousands of visitors to York County resulting in a significant positive economic impact on the area.

Date Available: Aug 15,2018 (Shortly before incumbent’s planned retirement date)

The Position
• The position of Executive Director is the focal point for driving the Seashore Trolley Museum to its optimal level of financial stability and interpretational excellence by having overall responsibility for development, marketing, public programs, and external relations.
• The Executive Director has the overall responsibility for implementing fundraising programs and works with the appropriate committees, board members, and volunteers in establishing and completing fundraising initiatives.
• The Executive Director is the initial contact for media and public relations for the Museum and shall develop and implement innovative ways of marketing the Museum to the public and increasing visitor attendance and revenues from public operations. This shall include activities which will improve and expand relations with external communities both locally and regionally.
• The Executive Director shall, along with officers and trustees, represent the Museum and the Society in the general museum community and in the greater community, and shall maintain communications with appropriate organizations, governmental bodies, and associations to promote the Society’s interests.
• The Executive Director shall have the overall responsibility for exhibits and displays, including the development of exhibitions, interpretive displays, special events and educational programs.
• The Executive Director shall provide staff support to the Finance and Executive Committees of the Board of Trustees and maintain an active leadership role in developing and establishing strategic plans, financial plans, development and fund-raising plans, capital program plans and personnel plans.
• The Executive Director shall submit written activity reports to the Board of Trustees for every Board meeting.
• In accordance with the Society’s nonprofit status, the Executive Director shall not in his/her official capacity participate in political campaigns or other activities that could compromise that nonprofit status.
• The Executive Director has day to day responsibility for facilities and grounds maintenance.
• The Executive Director shall have overall responsibility for recruitment, orientation of volunteers and coordination of their activities.
• The Executive Director has overall responsibility for the Museum Store; the Store Manager/Visitor Center Manager reports to the E.D. and has direct responsibility for the store function.
• The Bookkeeper reports to the E.D. on a day-to-day basis.

Reporting Relationships
• The position of Executive Director reports directly to the President & CEO of the organization.
• In matters relating to facilities, the Executive Director is expected to work collaboratively and in cooperation with the Vice President of Facilities.
• The Executive Director serves at the pleasure of the Board of Trustees.
• Employees reporting to the Executive Director: Store Manager/Visitor Center Manager; Bookkeeper
• Volunteer positions reporting to the Executive Director: Volunteer Coordinators

Desirable Professional Qualifications:
• Strong administrative skills
• Significant supervisory and management experience
• Strong understanding and achievement in museum and/or nonprofit management
• Excellent communication, public relations, writing, and computer skills
• Proven ability in fundraising, grant writing, and planned giving or equivalent sales experience
• Solid business and financial management experience
• Ability to work closely and effectively with the Board of Trustees
• Expertise in crafting partnerships with external organizations
• Strategic planning and project management skills
• Strong networking skills
• Significant professional experience in the following or closely related fields: Humanities, Business Administration, Economic Development, or Public Administration, Non-profit Management

Personal Characteristics:
• Confident, flexible, enthusiastic, persuasive, open-minded, decisive, willing and able to confront/resolve conflict
• Self-directed, resourceful, energetic, flexible, enthusiastic

The New England Electric Railway Historical Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates. Competitive salary and benefits package is offered, commensurate with experience.

To apply please send a confidential cover letter and resume to President Jim Schantz at [email protected]