Job Search: Executive Director of the Mormon History Association

The Mormon History Association is seeking qualified applicants for the independent-contractor position of Executive Director. The Executive Director serves as an officer and member of the MHA Board of Directors. The term is for three years with an annual review and may be renewed. The job is a substantial one, with some variability in workload over the course of the year. Compensation negotiable and commensurate with experience. We seek an energetic person with a commitment to the importance of Mormon history. Duties include the following:

  • Fundraising: endowment development; active solicitation of new members; representation of MHA to diverse audiences; collaborating with other organizations to promote the public presence of the MHA
  • Promotion and Communication: management of the organization’s website and social media presence; preparing and distributing the MHA digital quarterly newsletter (using InDesign software)
  • Administration and Record-keeping: promptly managing the routine daily business, financial, correspondence, accounting, and other operations of the MHA office; preparing annual budgets, maintaining MHA’s office files, records, correspondence
  • Conference Management: staging the annual MHA conference, including contract negotiations, conference pre-planning, publicity, management, etc.
  • Interface and community-building: working with the MHA Board of Directors to plan and host the Board’s quarterly meetings (including preparation of agenda and taking of minutes); preparing new Board members; developing and implementing strategic planning initiatives, coordinating and thanking volunteers and donors

Education and/or commensurate experience in business administration, fundraising, and management are required. The successful applicant will:

  • possess strong administrative, office management, and interpersonal skills
  • manage and coordinate the responsibilities, activities, and objectives of the Board
  • have strong written and verbal communication skills; be comfortable in addressing diverse audiences
  • possess a working knowledge of QuickBooks, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe InDesign, and Act/Sage
  • deal well with periods of high pressure and stress, especially during the annual conference; be highly organized with great attention to detail
  • understand and work with financial reports, budgets, investments, tax returns; negotiate contracts for conference sites, facilities, services, advertisers, and exhibitors
  • possess an interest in Mormonism and the Mormon historical community

Applicants must submit a letter of interest with résumé, and contact information for three references. Please include a brief description of your vision for the future of the MHA. Review of applications will begin July 10, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions and applications should be directed to Laurie Maffly-Kipp ( No telephone inquiries, please.


  1. ProvoCenterStreet says:

    so can we post odds on who gets it?

  2. I can think of no one more suited for the position than John Dehlin.

  3. ^Hey, the Friday Firestorm is back!

    But seriously, if it weren’t for the “fundraising”, “promotion and communication”, and “community building” parts of the job, Dehlin would probably be a great director. But as it is, hard to be a Director when most of the donors think you are apostate.

  4. (grin) yeah, that was needlessly incendiary for me to say. I take it back!

  5. “I can think of no one more suited for the position than John Dehlin.”

    cough cough

    – unless, of course, that “no one” is D. Michael Quinn and screw the fundraising. The genuine article would be nice for a change.

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