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Posted: 07/24/2012

Mill Springs Battlefield Association, Inc.
Historic Preservation, Non-Profit

MISSION The Mill Springs Battlefield Association, Inc., formed in 1992, is a non-profit, publicly supported 501 (c) 3 corporation dedicated to preserving, protecting, maintaining and interpreting the Mill Springs Battlefield. The battlefield was designated by the Department of the Interior as one of the top twenty-five “most endangered battlefields” in the United States. VISION The Association has steadily grown and continues its valuable efforts in the field of battlefield preservation. To date, nearly 500 acres of battlefield lands in Pulaski and Wayne Counties have been acquired and preserved with funding obtained primarily through the Pulaski County and Wayne County Fiscal Courts, the Civil War Preservation Trust, the American Battlefield Protection Program of the National Park Service, Land and Water Conservation Funds, the Transportation Enhancement Act (ISTEA/TEA-21) and through private donations and memberships. BACKGROUND Facilities: At the helm of our operation sits a $1.7 million, 10,000 sq. ft. Mill Springs Battlefield Visitor Center and Museum, which opened November 4, 2006, in Nancy, KY. Here visitors start their Civil War journey with a free 20-minute video on the History of the Battle of Mill Springs. The Visitor Center also includes a 3000 sq. ft. Museum, Civil War Reference Library, a Gift Shop, and a Community Room. Interpretation of the battlefield includes extensive use of split rail fences in the battlefield area, directional and interpretive signage. A self-guided walking tour, on designated trails, gives the visitor a 360 degree experience of the battlefield. A driving tour can be taken using the 10-stop Driving Tour Brochure. Guided tours are also available for groups. The battlefield and all land associated has been designated as a National Historic Landmark. Collection: The museum hosts authentic Mill Springs Battlefield artifacts, authentic Civil War artifacts, and replicas of Civil War weapons, clothing and artifacts. Many of the authentic items are on loan from local private collections. The Museum also occasionally hosts traveling exhibits related to Civil War or Local history. We also occasionally display post-Civil War items due to our proximity to the Mill Springs National Cemetery. Programs: The Association hosts several educational programs and events annually: Anniversary, Meet Mr. Lincoln, Memorial Day Services, Living History Weekend, Mill Springs Heritage Festival, Ghostwalk, Christmas Open House. These events offer potential to build tourist and membership audience. Human and Financial Resources: The Mill Springs Battlefield Association, Inc. operates with an annual budget of $200,000. The staff currently includes two full-time and five part-time employees, who are supported by volunteers. The Executive Director reports to the 15-member board of the Mill Springs Battlefield Association, Inc.

Executive Director
Professional Opportunity
Nancy, KY




The successful candidate will have a track record of success in fundraising and resource development, community relations, marketing and public relations, staff and volunteer management, as well as excellent oral/written communication and public speaking skills. S/he will also have the ability to inspire and empower staff, board, community members and donors, through a collaborative and community-minded approach and appreciation of diverse perspectives.  Realizing the Associations mission and vision will require a team builder who leads by example.  Candidates should have a Masters degree in History, Historic Preservation or Public Administration; with a minimum of five years of work experience in this field.  Salary commensurate with experience. 




The Executive Director will be charged with advancing the strategic initiatives, as follows:


Develop and secure financial resources needed to ensure the future by working with board and staff to achieve a balanced budget and monitor finances regularly; cultivating relationships with private and corporate donors; pursuing grant opportunities; networking with city, county and state officials to establish equitable support from governmental agencies; overseeing an integrated plan to build the membership base; developing a robust facility rental program for the Visitor Center and historic homes.


Ensure that necessary human resources are developed by fostering a culture of mutual respect and appreciation between board and staff; working with board leadership to create a strong executive/board partnership; strengthening staff capacities by modeling best practices and providing professional development opportunities; building accountability through clear expectations and regular performance evaluations.


Become an integral part of the communitys cultural and educational life by forging mutually rewarding partnerships with community organizations, public schools and institutions of higher learning; collaborating with governmental and economic development agencies to maximize resources and advance common goals; strengthening relationships with organizations that serve diverse communities; making the Visitor Center and Museum a community gathering place.


Provide leadership in promoting and preserving the areas heritage by positioning the Visitor Center and Museum as an asset for the entire community and a means of attracting economic development; reaching out to a diverse community of locals and tourists while planning and presenting exhibits and programs that tell their stories and celebrate their cultures.


Maximize the potential and relevance of the collection by articulating a collections policy and adding objects to the collection that create relevance for a broad audience; demonstrating the relevance of historical lessons for todays challenging times.


Enhance the image and understanding of the Association in the community, region and beyond by creating a focused marketing strategy to attract and serve target audiences; harnessing technology to attract and serve younger audiences and engaging with an active Young Professionals group; cultivating new members while retaining current members.


Ensure that facilities meet future needs by managing and maintaining historic properties and developing them in ways that allow for strategic growth.


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How to apply
Please submit cover letter, resume and references to: MSBA P.O. Box 282 Nancy, Kentucky 42544 or MillSprings1862@gmail.com
PO Box 282
Nancy, KY 42544

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