President & CEO (USCHS)

United States Capitol Historical Society
Arlington, VA

The only organization specifically dedicated to the living history of the United States Capitol seeks a President & Chief Executive Officer to lead the continued evolution of its partnerships and programs for a 21st-century citizenry.

The United States Capitol is the working embodiment of the legislative branch of government and the prime symbol of the American constitutional system. The United States Capitol Historical Society was founded to study and interpret to the public the rich heritage of the Capitol building and the United States Congress that it houses. For more than 50 years, it has inspired informed citizenship by finding new and creative ways to bring the fascinating story of the Capitol to life – through books that have sold millions of copies, Academy Award-nominated film, walking tours of Constitutional history, and more.

The spirit of inventive, non-partisan public education is critical to the Society’s future direction as it sets out to craft a vision of its work for the twenty-first century, a vision that will establish a reimagined purpose, an expanded national footprint, and modernized systems to support these efforts. The Board and CEO will work together to evaluate and set the distinctive direction of the Society within the landscape of contemporary historical research, education, and public service. The CEO will serve as the embodiment of the Society’s mission and as both its internal leader and public face.


The ideal CEO will bring key leadership values to the Society along with a record of relevant accomplishment in executive roles:

  • 10 to 15 years of progressively responsible experience in a governmental, non-governmental, or non-profit organization, with 5 to 8 years of successful experience as the chief executive of a similarly-sized organization or experience as a former Member of Congress or Congressional Chief of Staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead development of a shared vision for an evolving institution.
  • Proven track record of revenue generation from individuals and corporations.
  • Successful record of fiscal management and oversight.
  • Significant success in building, motivating, and retaining excellent teams and fostering positive staff environments and cultures.
  • Extensive press and public relations experience in all media, including one-on-one interviews, conferences, etc.
  • Proven coalition-building skills with a variety of stakeholders, including other non-profit organizations and corporations.