The Sacramento History Alliance (SHA) is dedicated to making Sacramento’s history accessible to all.  SHA operates the Sacramento History Museum, creating exhibitions and programs that connect students and adults to our history and engages them in discussions of their future.   Exciting interpretive programs, including the popular Underground Tours in Old Sacramento, History Camp, and Gold Rush Days, plus interactive and timely exhibits at the Visitors’ Center bring history alive.  SHA also supports programs, events, and collections care at the Center for Sacramento History, the official repository and research center for Sacramento City and County’s historic archives and collections.  


Reporting directly to the Board of Directors of the Sacramento History Alliance, the Executive Director oversees all aspects of operations, including fundraising, financial management, program development and implementation, relationships with the public and constituent groups, governance, planning, and general administration.  The Executive Director works closely with the City of Sacramento in a public-private partnership that showcases the City’s outstanding archives, collections, and educational assets.




Resource Development



  • Direct a growing organization as it assumes a greater, more visible role in the vibrant and diverse array of historical resources in the Sacramento region. 
  • Lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising plan that successfully achieves immediate goals and establishes long-term financial stability.
  • Develop and implement entrepreneurial, and enterprise opportunities.
  • Present and represent SHA in a positive way to constituent groups, the general public, professional organizations and colleagues, the media, and others.
  • Actively develop positive relationships and collaborations with other organizations and public agencies to enable SHA to serve the community, achieve its mission and meet its goals.
  • Inspire and support members of the Board of Directors in institutional advancement activities to realize the full reach of their community connections.
  • Engage and develop a robust volunteer corps that supports activities, programs and events, insuring that they feel they are a valued asset of the organization.



  • Demonstrated success in establishing and meeting multi-function organizational fundraising goals, including major donor support, annual fund, foundation and corporate support, planned giving, and membership.
  • Demonstrated success in developing entrepreneurial and enterprise opportunities.
  • Proven success in establishing and maintaining productive personal relationships with prospective and active funders, members, peer organizations, governing board, and public agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to positively present and represent a cultural organization to the media, constituents, and the public.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work successfully with the varieties of cultures that comprise contemporary California. 


Strategic Planning



  • Provide an overall vision and direction, as well as specific outcomes, by which to establish and measure organizational performance.
  • In concert with the Board of Directors, staff, and constituent groups, develop and implement strategic plans to ensure the periodic review of institutional needs and performance.
  • Develop and manage the annual budget to achieve annual goals and outcomes, ensure accountability, and provide for the ongoing financial health of the organization.
  • Supervise the development and implementation of exhibits, programs and services that target identified public needs, meet the highest professional standards, and achieve the strategic goals of the organization.



  • Exhibit a passion for history and insight on its impact on modern lives.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the roles of museums, historical, and cultural institutions in contemporary society.
  • Demonstrated success in conceiving and working with others to implement creative programs that serve targeted audiences and meet established benchmarks.
  • Proven ability to create and lead an effective, results-driven staff team.
  • Demonstrated success in developing and managing nonprofit budgets to meet established goals.





  • Ensure that financial management systems, safeguards, and personnel are in place to administer the organization’s finances in an accurate and timely manner that meets the needs of management, the governing board, and external auditors.
  • Maintain outstanding donor stewardship and foster an organizational culture of philanthropy.
  • Directly supervise senior management staff and provide for the personnel systems and environment necessary to recruit and retain the staff that will achieve the organization’s strategic goals.
  • Ensure that the organization meets all legal, financial, and ethical requirements and conditions to maintain its status as a 501(c)(3) California corporation as well as its professional and public standing as a museum that meets the standards established by the American Alliance of Museums.
  • Ensure that collections and programs are made accessible for the maximum benefit of the people of the region and visitors to the area.
  • Provide for the timely and orderly management of all governance functions and maintain a positive and productive relationship with the Board of Directors, committees and individual members.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.



  • Knowledge of the principles of nonprofit accounting and financial management systems.
  • Active knowledge of non-profit legal issues and personnel law.
  • Understanding of museum best practices.
  • Working knowledge of electronic information systems generally used in a contemporary nonprofit organization.




The ideal candidate will hold a degree in museum studies, history, business management, marketing, or related fields, and have at least five years of senior non-profit management and fundraising experience, preferably in a museum, history, cultural or academic institution.