Job Description – Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Ford Hall Forum seeks to hire a high-energy, detail-oriented Executive Director who will creatively lead this one-person-shop — a private nonprofit organization in residence at Suffolk University.  Responsibilities include:

Programming – Plan, implement, and evaluate 12 to 16 public lecture programs per year designed to engage diverse audiences in discussions and debates about timely issues.

  • Collaborate with the Forum’s Board of Directors and Program Committee to plan and manage lectures;
  • Engage event staff and volunteers for smooth coordination of events;
  • Work with A/V staff and organizational partners (WGBH,, and iTunes) to distribute content online.

Fundraising – Work with Board of Directors to procure resources for the Forum’s operations.

  • Research and identify prospects and seek financial support from individual, foundation, corporate, and government sources.
  • Plan and implement fundraising that will generate income for the Ford Hall Forum.

Marketing Promote and market events through communications with press and media representatives, audiences, and other interested parties.

  • Collaborate with FHF Media Consultant and Suffolk University’s Public Affairs office to expand outreach to press.
  • Manage content on website, online event listings, and keep the Forum’s presence in current and emerging social media platforms.
  • Oversee design, printing, and distribution of brochures for spring and fall seasons.

General & Administrative – Work in close collaboration with the Board of Directors to plan and evaluate progress toward achieving goals and objectives.

  • Plan, manage and monitor organizational and project budgets.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with groups and organizations to enhance program offerings, expand our organizational resources, reach new communities, and raise the profile of the Ford Hall Forum.
  • Manage day-to-day operations of the office and perform other work-related duties as required.
  • In addition, the executive director will play a leading role in a 2010 strategic planning process headed by the nonprofit consulting firm ESC New England.


Bachelor’s degree
Self-starter, intellectually curious and well-informed
Highly organized with demonstrated attention to detail
Ability to work with a wide range of audiences from diverse backgrounds
Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
Experience planning and managing events
Strong research and computer skills, especially new technologies and social networking platforms
Budgeting and fundraising experience a plus


Full-time benefits for a salaried executive director include vacation/personal/sick days, holidays, medical insurance, and contributions to a retirement plan.  Salary is commensurate with experience and the resources of a small, non-profit organization.


E-mail a cover letter and resume to:  (Please include the words “FHF Executive Director” in the subject line.)  Deadline for applications is February 28, 2010.  No phone inquiries, please.

The Ford Hall Forum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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