Employment Opportunities

Chief Executive Officer Position 

*Please submit cover letter, resume and references to info@cliveden.org. No phone calls please.*

The Chief Executive Officer has responsibility for the site, staff, programs, development/financial management and communications/community relations of Cliveden of the National Trust. The Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer reports to the Board of Directors to develop and implement a visionary strategic plan and creates measurable strategic objectives that responsibly engage all relevant stakeholders and available resources.

Cliveden of the National Trust is the historic home of the Chew family and the location of the Revolutionary War Battle of Germantown. Benjamin Chew (1722 – 1810), Chief Justice of Pennsylvania and a prominent slave-holder, and subsequently his descendants, resided in and adapted Cliveden until donating it to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1972. As a historic site, Cliveden interprets its Revolutionary history and tells the stories of all its inhabitants, free, indentured and enslaved. While Cliveden attracts visitors from across the nation, the organization particularly serves and proactively engages with the Germantown section of Philadelphia, a neighborhood with 80% African-American population. By providing a safe, respectful and welcoming place to consider the past from differing perspectives, Cliveden has encouraged people to consider our history anew.
Cliveden is a co-stewardship site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation that is operated by Cliveden, Inc. in collaboration with the National Trust as the owner of the buildings, grounds and collections at the property. The National Trust provides technical support and expertise to Cliveden, Inc. related to preservation, interpretation, and collections management, as well as competitive grant funds and other opportunities for collaborative programming and promotion.

Strategic Management

  • Leads the Board and staff in a collaborative process to develop a mission driven and visionary strategic plan with associated objectives, milestones and measures
  • Develops and implements business and organization plans, associated resource allocations and performance targets
  • Functions as staff to the Board and is responsible for coordination of communication and action of and between the Board’s Committees

Staff Management and Development

  • Engage, assign and develop staff to achieve alignment with and attainment of strategic and operational goals
  • Create and implement policies that all legal and regulatory workplace requirements
  • Provide the necessary resources and structures (e.g. performance reviews, tools and technology, workplace environment) to enable efficient operation and goal attainment
  • Devise and implement workplace procedures and practices that create a respectful environment for staff and stakeholders

Financial Management

  • Develop and implement sound practices of oversight and control in alignment with Cliveden’s established financial policies and procedures and any auditor recommendations endorsed by the Board
  • In cooperation with the Board, Audit Committee and Finance Committee, prepare an annual budget and report monthly on actual performance in relation to it, and annually to enable a formal audit to produce auditor recommendations and management letters
  • Provide monitoring and quarterly reporting on endowment funds and facilitate communication between the Trust and the Board’s Finance and Audit Committees
  • Develop financial analysis tools and processes that provide cost/benefit rationale and return on investment of resources into specific efforts


  • In collaboration with the Development Committee, establish fundraising goals
  • Lead fund development activities including grant writing, cultivation and stewardship of donors, event development and prospecting, including development of recognition processes that have high significance to funders
  • Establish targeted interactive relationships with the community of relevant nonprofits based on learning, teaching, collaboration and emulation 
  • Broaden the base of funding sources especially in areas of major gifts, business relations and earned revenue

Site Management & Interpretation

  • Oversee and support staff in conservation and maintenance of the buildings, collections and grounds to model best practices in historic site management and fulfill the co-stewardship agreement with the National Trust consistent with extant best practices
  • In collaboration with staff and the Preservation Committee, manage the collection for greatest impact including coordination of loans, acquisitions and conservation
  • In collaboration with the Education Committee, oversee and support staff in developing and implementing education programming, including the regular on-site interpretation of Cliveden, and in creating any educational materials
  • Lead the development and execution of innovative public programming that meaningfully and creatively interprets the full diversity of the site and its assets
  • Ensure program design, marketing, promotion and delivery are aligned with the strategic plan and appropriately evaluated 

Communications and Stakeholder Collaboration

  • Speak publicly and authoritatively for the organization in response to community inquiries, and in the formation of partnerships and initiatives
  • Build and maintain ties to relevant stakeholders including educators, community leaders, foundations, donors, historians, preservationists, government officials, tourism leaders and businesses
  • Participate in bi-annual National Trust Site Directors meetings as well as other National Trust initiatives and trainings

Cliveden as a thought leader: