Introducing Friends of the Institute

As a tribute to Senator Kennedy's 47-year career, gifts of $47 and up recognize you as a Friend of the Institute.

About the Institute

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate (the Institute) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, civic education organization in Boston envisioned by the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Through a range of exhibits, interactive educational offerings, and topical programs, the Institute engages students and visitors in a conversation about the essential role each person plays in our democracy and in our society.

The Institute Board of Directors is currently comprised of 18 committed political, civil rights and professional volunteers. The CEO oversees a staff of approximately 14 full-time employees and an operating budget of approximately $5 million.

In a time of intense stress on democratic institutions, the role of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute has never been more important. The next CEO will have the opportunity to work with a motivated and professional Board of political and civil rights leaders to elevate the profile of the Institute, increase its role in promoting civil discourse in the United States Senate, and develop the next generation of political leaders.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute including strategic direction, finances, fundraising, programs, staff, partnerships, and external relations. The CEO is charged with achieving the mission and goals of the Institute in a manner that is fiscally sound and reflects best practices in nonprofit management.

The CEO will be the face of the Institute as it expands its mission to lead a national effort to restore civil discourse to the United States Senate and to our democratic institutions. While leading this effort, our next leader must also be a steward who builds upon our success while growing and evolving for the future. The ideal candidate is a proven leader who understands the power of collaboration and has extensive experience and success leading high performing teams that foster a culture of excellence, from programming to facilities to the visitor experience. The skills and qualities we seek include Political Experience, Vision, Communication, Fundraising, Executive Leadership, Financial Management, Institute Oversight, and Team Building and Mentoring.

The salary range for this position is between $250,000 and $300,000 and will be commensurate with experience. The Edward M. Kennedy Institute offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to 12 paid holidays, 15 vacation days (for less than three years of service) and group health and dental, as well as a 401K plan.

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the principle and policy of equal employment opportunity. The Edward M. Kennedy Institute will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis including, but not limited to, veteran status, military status, race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, creed, national origin, genetic predisposition, physical or mental disability, age, sexual orientation, or any other protected class recognized by federal, state, or local law.

To apply, please send a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at (click on the Apply button at the bottom of the page).

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