Jobs and Fellowships

RESEARCH GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT
The Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to announce the LTC John William Whitman Research Grant.  This grant of up to $1,750 is designed to provide monetary support to unfunded independent researchers who are working on under-explored topics of military history.  Funded research is to be conducted at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pa. 
 
Funds to support a grantee’s research is calculated on the following basis – up to $1,750 to cover lodging and meals for any nights spent in the local area when conducting research, mileage reimbursement or airfare to USAHEC and an allowance for photocopying. Upon the submittal of vouchers and receipts, the Foundation will reimburse grantee for expenses related to research.
 
Grantees retain intellectual property rights for the materials develop as a result of this research.  The Foundation may use your name and likeness on our website and in promotional materials for the Army Heritage Center Foundation and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
 
Individuals interested in the LTC John William Whitman Research Grant should submit the applications packet that is available on the Army Heritage Center Foundation website at https://www.armyheritage.org/research/research-fellowships/ltc-john-william-whitman-research-fellowship.  Applications are due not later than March 1, 2018.


JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
Robert R. McCormick Foundations
Executive Search Announcement

About the Organization - The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is a charitable foundation committed to strengthening our nation's civic health by fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. Through its grant-making programs (Education, Communities, Democracy, Veterans, and Special Initiatives), Cantigny Park and Golf, the Foundation helps build citizen leaders and improve communities. The Foundation was established in 1955, upon the death of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the long-time editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The McCormick Foundation is one of the nation's largest charities, with more than $1.5 billion in assets. For more information, please visit www.McCormickFoundation.org.

The Foundation focuses on staff professional development and organizational learning in order to foster a culture of innovation and risk-taking, creating an adaptive organization capable of seizing emerging opportunities and increasing social impact.

About the Executive Search - We are seeking a new Executive Director for the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park, in Wheaton, Illinois. The chosen candidate must be at Cantigny Park by February 1, 2018, with a projected assumption of the position on or before July 1, 2018. Required credentials are a recently retired Army Colonel (O-6) with a PhD or other very strong credentials in military history. Among the lead qualifications are: an excellent mix of troop and command duty; scholarly achievement and teaching of military history; and experience at the national policy and strategy level. Energy, passion, and an engaging personality are key characteristics for this position to actively engage our many constituencies stateside and abroad. Service with the 1st Infantry Division and a background in museums are not required.

The First Division Museum focuses exclusively on the 100-year history of the 1st Infantry Division as our benefactor, the late Colonel Robert R. McCormick, was a World War I veteran of the division. Having just completed a year-long, multi-million dollar renovation, the Museum is considered by many to be the best military museum of its size in the country. The Museum hosts more than 170,000 visitors annually, including 20,000 school children on guided tours, thanks to the fulltime staff of 18 (20 FTEs) and more than 5 dozen volunteers. Fully endowed by its parent organization, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation of Chicago, the Museum operates with an annual net budget of $2.5M.

Operational Highlights:
• A vigorous relationship with the active Big Red One allows staff to visit the division at Fort Riley, KS, and on deployments
• An active public education program for children and adults.
• An extensive military archive, currently being digitized, in a research center that responds to more than 2,000 inquiries annually.
• An artifact collection of some 15,000 objects
• An active public relations plan, digital strategy and book publishing business.
• A fleet of operating historic military vehicles.
• Extensive collaboration with military museums, veteran organizations and commemorative institutions throughout the US and abroad
• Opportunities to award fellowships and other prizes to individuals or organizations aligning with the Museum’s mission.

The Museum is located in Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois, a suburb 35 miles west of downtown Chicago. Security, facility maintenance and other services are provided by the Cantigny Park staff. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.

For more information, see www.fdmuseum.org, or www.mccormickfoundation.org or contact Paul Herbert, the current Executive Director, 630-260-8225 or [email protected].

Applications must consist of a cover letter; resume, curriculum vitae or biography; a copy of the applicant’s Officer Record Brief (ORB) upon retirement; and three references. Applications should be mailed in hard copy to Executive Director, First Division Museum at Cantigny, 1 S 151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, IL 60189, to arrive no later than August 31, 2017.


FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT
The University of Southern Mississippi is currently seeking candidates for a newly established two year post-doctoral fellowship in the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society in the Department of History. In collaboration with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) of the Department of Defense, the successful candidate will serve as a researcher and local-resource research coordinator between the DPAA, the University of Southern Mississippi, and other individuals and organizations involved in the study of military history, to develop historical and archival research concerning the more than 80,000 Americans still missing from military conflicts dating back to the 1940s, including World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the Gulf Wars, and other recent conflicts. The fellow will work in the Department of History and have access to departmental resources and services, as well as a modest travel budget for activities related to the position. The position will start in August 2017. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Minimum Qualifications: PhD in History or related field, archival research experience; strong written and oral communication skills.

Applicants must complete an online application at https://jobs.usm.edu, including the submission of a letter of application, curriculum vitae, official graduate transcripts, contacts for three recommenders, and an article/chapter length writing sample. Questions should be directed to: Dr. Kyle Zelner, Chair, Department of History, 118 College Drive #5047, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001; Phone: 601-266-4333, Email: [email protected]. Consideration of applicants will commence immediately, but to ensure full consideration, the complete application and all required materials should be submitted to the Southern Miss website by July 5, 2017.


FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT
The Smith Richardson Foundation is pleased to announce its annual World Politics & Statecraft Fellowship competition to support Ph.D. dissertation research on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, strategic studies, area studies, and diplomatic and military history.
The purpose of the program is to strengthen the U.S. community of young scholars and researchers conducting policy analysis in these fields by supporting the research and writing of policy-relevant dissertations through funding of field work, archival research, and language training.

The Foundation will award up to twenty grants of $7,500 each.

The deadline is October 20, 2017.

For further information, please visit: https://www.srf.org/programs/international-security-foreign-policy/world-politics-statecraft-fellowship/.

Please submit your application to [email protected] - do not mail a hardcopy.


JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE MIGHTY EIGHTH AIR FORCE
POSITION DESCRIPTION
PRESIDENT/CEO

The President/CEO is responsible for leading and managing the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force (NMAF), including a large museum, library and archives, memorial garden and chapel, public exhibitions, educational programs and meeting rooms for corporate retreats. The Museum also operates a gift shop and restaurant. The President/CEO is responsible for all aspects of management and program development for NMAF, including strategic vision and planning; fundraising and membership development; budgeting and financial management; marketing and promotion; personnel supervision and administration; educational and public program development and implementation; community and constituent relations; and relations with representatives of international, national, state, regional and local organizations and agencies.

Located twelve miles west of Savannah, Georgia along Interstate 95, the NMAF opened in 1996 to tell the story of the United States Eighth Air Force, established in Savannah in January 1942, and to honor more than 350,000 members who served during World War II and during the Cold War period. Savannah, one of America’s great historic cities, is a major tourist attraction with 11 million visitors each year. It is also an important port city, the fourth largest and fastest growing container port in the United States.

The NMAF occupies a 90,000 square foot facility on a 12-acre site and houses a significant collection of artifacts, aircraft, art, books, photographs, oral history interviews, and films. Through exhibitions, educational programs and research centers, the Museum offers a wide range of resources and materials for use by the general public, teachers and students, scholars, authors, journalists, and amateur historians. A total of 120,000 people visit the museum annually.

The NAFM is a 501(c)(3) organization, governed by a Board of Trustees that enjoys significant private support and does not depend on government support for its general operations. The annual operating budget is approximately $2.5 million with 18 full-time and 16 part-time staff members. In addition, there are more than 60 dedicated volunteers who provide guided tours, conduct research, and participate in special projects and events. The President/CEO must work with and motivate the staff and volunteers, build a spirit of teamwork, and maintain a positive working relationship with the Board and the NAFM’s various constituencies and stakeholders.

The President/CEO reports directly to and participates as an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees and is a non-voting member of the Executive Committee.

Major duties include:

  • Lead the institution in shaping and expressing a vision of NAFM as a valued and valuable local, national and international asset in understanding the history and contemporary significance of the Mighty Eighth Air Force in America and around the world.
  • With the Board of Directors, NAFM members, and staff establish and implement periodic strategic plans to accomplish the institutional vision through measurable outcomes and accountability.
  • Propose and manage the NAFM budget to achieve annual and long-range goals, to provide for financial accountability and to ensure the organization’s long-term financial health.
  • Organize, plan and direct private fundraising efforts, including capital and membership campaigns, corporate grants, annual giving, planned giving, major gifts, and public and private grants in order to meet organization priorities.
  • Ensure successful operation of earned income activities including admissions, memberships, rentals, retail and restaurant.
  • Lead, inspire, and supervise staff and volunteers to meet the organization’s goals.
  • Supervise the development and implementation of programs that serve identified audiences, realize the full educational potential of NAFM’s resources, meet the highest professional standards, and achieve the strategic goals of the organization.
  • Ensure that all artifacts, aircraft, art, library and research materials, and historical resources are protected, conserved, cared for, and accurately interpreted in a variety of formats.

Education and Experience
  • Graduate level degree in history, public history, museum studies, business, public administration or another field related to the mission and activities of NAFM. Undergraduate degree in one of the above or related fields is acceptable with additional experience.
  • Minimum of three years of successful leadership experience in a non-profit organization, agency or business, or senior management level leadership of a unit of a larger organization or agency with responsibilities for strategic planning, fundraising, personnel supervision and evaluation, budget preparation and management, and program implementation.
  • Minimum of five years of experience working in a non-profit organization, museum or historic site, corporation or business, military service or government agency, with progressive responsibility.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills
  • Experience and success in working with a board of directors in either the non-profit, private, or public sector and a broad understanding of the role of cultural and conservation organizations.
  • Understanding of the roles and potential of museums, research libraries, museums, and cultural organizations in contemporary society.
  • Appreciation of the professional requirements, standards and best practices in historical interpretation, public programs, and education activities.
  • Supervisory knowledge of the principles of nonprofit accounting and financial management systems.
  • Success as a supervisor in organizing, motivating, leading, and managing paid and volunteer staff for results in a nonprofit organization and/or government agency.
  • Practical experience in establishing, measuring, and analyzing program goals and objectives.
  • Proven success in presenting and representing a historical or cultural organization or agency to funders, constituents and their communities, peer organizations, governing boards, public officials and agencies, and representatives of the press.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of electronic information systems generally used in museums, libraries, archives, and nonprofit organizations.
  • Awareness of, and proven ability to implement, the opportunities that digital technologies and social media offer for expanding the reach and impact of museums, libraries, archives, and other cultural organizations.
  • Familiarity and appreciation of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, World War II, and the core values of NAFM.

Preferred Characteristics
  • Ability to manage an organization successfully and motivate staff and board to fulfill the NAFM’s mission
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Strategic thinking and problem solving ability
  • Ability to maintain balance and perspective in a demanding work environment
  • High People Quotient
  • Energy, enthusiasm, and creativity
  • High ethical standards and personal integrity
  • Working knowledge of and appreciation for the field of military history

The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer

How to apply
Review of candidate materials will begin immediately with a deadline of June 30, 2017. Please email your application to [email protected]. The application should include a resume with contact information for at least three professional references and a letter of interest addressed to Dr. Brent Glass, c/o Bryan and Jordan Consulting LLC, 1921 Sunderland Place NW, Washington, DC 20036.


FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT
The Smith Richardson Foundation is pleased to announce its annual Strategy and Policy Fellows grant competition to support young scholars and policy thinkers on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, military policy, and diplomatic and military history. The Foundation will award at least three research grants of $60,000 each. The deadline is June 23, 2017.

For further information, please visit: https://www.srf.org/programs/international-security-foreign-policy/strategy-policy-fellows-program/.

Please submit your application to [email protected]; do not mail a hardcopy.