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Executive Director Chicago, IL

The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) invites nominations and applications for the position of Executive Director. Established in 1940, SAH supports scholarly excellence in the field of architectural history, broadly defined in terms of topic and methodology, and promotes meaningful public engagement with the insights that emerge from that scholarship. Through its state-of-the-art peer-reviewed scholarly journal to its digital archive of over 155,000 images to its annual international conference, SAH connects scholars, architects, historic preservationists, teachers, students, writers, curators, public historians, independent scholars, and other individuals from around the world. 

SAH invites a creative, strategic, and dynamic leader to advance the Society’s mission and lead nearly 3,000 members in defining the organization’s role during a critical phase as it approaches its centennial. Reporting to an engaged Board of Directors and directing an exceptionally talented and hard-working staff, the next Executive Director will collaboratively shape a compelling vision and strategic plan for the future of SAH as an inclusive, global home for scholars of the built environment and related disciplines. 

The next Executive Director must bring a passion for the history of the built environment to collaborations across diverse constituencies. They are expected to have prior senior-level administrative or management experience in complex organizational contexts, exceptional communication skills, the capacity to be a successful fundraiser, and strong business and financial acumen. Responsibilities include identifying avenues for and implementing the support, growth, and diversification of SAH membership and participating communities, and expanding the resources—financial and otherwise—to position SAH for continued long-term stability and sustainability. 

Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence below.

Jeff Kessner is leading this search with Kelly McLaughlin.


The Society of Architectural Historians is an internationally focused membership organization headquartered in Chicago for people who are professionally or personally invested in the history of the built environment. SAH is one of the oldest and largest professional organizations that supports scholarly approaches to documenting and interpreting the history of architecture, landscapes, and townscapes/cityscapes worldwide in all time periods.

The Society of Architectural Historians is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

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