HSV brings the Shaker story to life and preserves it for future generations.
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Hancock Shaker Village offers a great atmosphere, expert training and employee discounts.  


Team Members  needed for the 2016 season, April 16 to October 30

Facilities  – Assist maintenance team with upkeep of buildings and grounds, gardens, and event set up, including  painting, mowing, gardening and visitor safety.

Interpreter – Bring the Shaker story to life for our visitors with talks, tours, and hands-on demonstrations. Must have strong people  skills, experience with public speaking and ability to work both independently and as part of a team.  Background in history, architecture, religion, and/or material culture a plus. Training and support provided. Flexible schedule, with some weekends and holidays required.

Visitor Services –  Engage visitors at our Ticket Desk and in the Village Store.  Experience with computers, retail sales, and e-commerce a plus. Flexible schedule; training and support provided.

All applicants must be team players and enjoy working with the public. Weekend hours may be required. Respond with cover letter, resume and three employment references to Leslie Pizani, Human Resources Manager, at lpizani@hancockshakervillage.org, or by regular mail to Leslie Pizani, Human Resources Manager, Hancock Shaker Village, P.O. Box 927, Pittsfield, MA  01202.  Include the job title of interest in the subject line.


Director of Development – Application deadline May 25, 2016

Hancock Shaker Village, an AAM-accredited museum, National Historic Landmark and Michelin-rated destination, seeks candidates for Director of Development (DOD). This pivotal, full-time, exempt position (with benefits) reports to the President & CEO. The DOD helps instill a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization, supervises a Development Associate, and works closely with Trustees, the CEO, a Program Registrar/Gifts Officer, other staff, and volunteers. S/he provides leadership, strategy, and oversight for all aspects of the museum’s fundraising, including prospect identification and donor stewardship to membership, annual fund, business partners, sponsorships, annual gala event, grants, major gifts and planned giving. Also, the DOD supervises and advances a growing function-rental program. Requirements: a bachelor’s degree and 5 years experience in a similar position with a proven track record of success, preferably with a museum or cultural entity. S/he will develop and achieve ambitious fundraising goals and oversee the department budget, operations and systems, aspects of database (Raiser’s Edge) and reporting. Respond by May 25, 2016, with a cover letter and resume quantifying your fundraising success, and three employment references to Leslie Pizani, Human Resources Manager, at lpizani@hancockshakervillage.org, or by regular mail to Leslie Pizani, Human Resources Manager, Hancock Shaker Village, P.O. Box 927, Pittsfield, MA  01202.  Include the job title in the subject line. (No phone calls, please.)


President / CEO  –  Application deadline April 1, 2016

Hancock Shaker Village (HSV) is a living-history museum dedicated to preserving America’s unique Shaker heritage and bringing to life the ongoing Shaker story of principled living – sustainability, community, equality, non-violence, hard work, and a reverence for creating a “thing well made.” HSV’s richly diverse interpretive and educational programming transpires in its 20 historic and 3 contemporary buildings, its gardens, its working farm and farm-share program, and its exhibits, inter-museum loans and traveling exhibitions. The excellent staff includes 11 professionals, 40 part-time or seasonal staff, and 103 volunteers. For the past three years, HSV has balanced its operating budget of $1.6 million, reversing the previous trend. Capital projects of $1.59 million have recently been completed, with an additional $500,000 now underway as funds are secured. In 2010 the Kresge Foundation invested $1-million over a three-year period, including a $450,000 Building Reserve fund for capital restoration and improvements. HSV’s annual visitation averages 50,000, including 13,500 children. HSV is one of only two three-star Michelin-rated museums in Berkshire County, and attracts a strong international audience.

The Position  Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President/CEO will be the visionary and operational leader for HSV as it enters into a new phase of growth, refining and implementing HSV’s Strategic Plan. The successful candidate will be innovative, charismatic, and entrepreneurial. He/she will have a proven record demonstrating strategic thinking, successful fundraising, strong management, excellent communication skills, and will be the primary liaison between HSV and individual, corporate and foundation donors. The candidate will have a passion for history, preservation, and for the mission of HSV. The President will be the public face of HSV, directing its full- and part-time professional staff. The ideal candidate will have experience working with and supporting volunteers and have a track record of successfully leading change within an organization.

Primary Responsibilities of the President/CEO

  • Provide HSV with strategic, collaborative, visionary leadership.
  • Serve as HSV’s spokesperson and represent the museum regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • Develop fund-development plans and lead the museum’s fundraising efforts by working closely with the Board, staff and volunteers to increase contributed and earned income.
  • Oversee the management of the museum and its programs, including collections, education, outreach, and the buildings and properties.
  • Work with the Board and staff to finalize and implement HSV’s strategic vision.



  • Bachelor’s degree; Masters Degree preferred.
  • 5-10 years of relevant experience, including business planning, fundraising, budgeting, staffing, preservation, and programming.
  • Experience in the nonprofit sector as a senior manager, director, or in other leadership role, preferably at a museum.
  • Experience building and working with a board of directors.
  • Prior success raising funds from diverse streams.
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit, comfortable with a fluid, dynamic, collaborative workplace.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management of professional staff and internal and external relationships; ability to collaborate and inspire diverse groups of people.
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving and team-building skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong public-speaking ability.
  • Knowledge of information-technology systems and experience developing and working with relevant social-media platforms.


Compensation   Salary commensurate with skill and experience.


  • Cover letter and Resume
  • Answer one of the questions below (on one page or less):
  1. How does a living-history museum need to evolve to be successful in the 21st century?
  2. How do Shaker values have compelling relevance to contemporary and future society?
  3. What in your work experience would serve as a platform for effecting growth and a sustainable future in the 21st-century cultural marketplace?


Submit application in PDF format to: hsvsearch2016@gmail.com



Museum Internship – ongoing deadlines

Transcribe an original manuscript, learn to catalog artifacts, or interpret Shaker life and practices — Hancock Shaker Village offers supervised, structured internships for qualified students and others pursuing a career in the museum profession. Contact Lesley Herzberg, HSV Curator, at 413.443.0188 x 232, for information.