September 24, 2019

Executive Director

Ashbrook Center
September 24, 2019
Ashland, OH
Job Type


Executive Director

Ashbrook Center

Ashland, OH

Our Founders knew that for our freedom to endure, Americans need to understand the principles of self-government and their rights and duties as citizens. The Ashbrook Center’s educational programs help Americans learn what it means to be an American and understand why they ought to love their country.

The Executive Director will play a pivotal role in advancing Ashbrook’s critical mission. This is a unique opportunity for a passionate, articulate, and persuasive leader to take a highly regarded organization to new levels of success and influence.

About the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University

Inaugurated by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, the Ashbrook Center is an independent educational center at Ashland University, located in Ashland, Ohio.

The Ashbrook Center seeks to restore and strengthen the capacities of the American people for constitutional self-government. Ashbrook teaches students and teachers across our country what America is and what she represents in the long history of the world. Ashbrook creates informed patriots.

Through our Academies for high school students and our Scholar Program for university undergraduates, Ashbrook helps the next generation of leaders to understand why America is worthy of their study and love, and equips them to take important roles in our country’s civic life.

Through our programs for teachers that include on-site seminars, graduate programs, and educational resources like our website, Ashbrook works with thousands of teachers every year to take on the critical national challenge of preparing American history and civics teachers to educate new generations of Americans. Ashbrook’s content-rich teacher education programs are nationally recognized for offering seminar-style conversations based on primary source documents. Ashbrook’s approach encourages teachers to supplement or replace textbooks and teach the actual story of America by engaging in discussions that help them to understand the history of our country through the words and deeds of those who lived it.

For citizens, Ashbrook offers educational programs on and off the Ashland University campus, and publications encouraging Americans to develop a deeper understanding of the history of the country and the principles upon which our great nation was founded.

About the Executive Director Opening

Due to the untimely death of its Executive Director in Fall 2018, the Ashbrook Center seeks a passionate leader who will carry on and expand our national civic education mission that creates informed patriots among students, teachers and the public.

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Advisors of the Ashbrook Center. The Executive Director is the chief executive officer with the overall responsibility for carrying out the Mission of the Ashbrook Center and implementing the polices and directives of the Board of Advisors.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Executive Director will:

  • Serve as a passionate, articulate, and persuasive ambassador to donors, the media, the conservative community, and Ashbrook Center stakeholders.
  • Expand and promote Ashbrook’s growing national reputation and ensure that the organization is consistently and positively presented to the public. The Executive Director is expected to represent the Center in written articles and speaking appearances. The Executive Director is also expected to maintain productive relationships with counterparts at competing and/or partnering organizations.
  • Ensure the necessary financial resources are secured to fulfill Ashbrook’s Mission. The Executive Director is ultimately responsible for the success of the Center’s development operation, including developing fundraising strategies and taking the lead in cultivating and soliciting Board members and top donors.
  • Implement Ashbrook’s strategic plan and work with the Board to regularly update the strategic plan.
  • Foster strong relationships with individual members of the Board and help recruit new Board members.
  • Work with the Deputy Director to ensure the effective administration of Ashbrook and the operation of its programs.
  • Work in full cooperation with the President of Ashland University and its administration for the benefit of both Ashbrook and the University.
  • Ensure that Ashbrook complies with all federal, state, and local accrediting and reporting requirements.

Key Qualifications

  • A fundamental understanding of and passionate commitment to the principles of the American founding, constitutional self-government, and American exceptionalism
  • 10+ years of professional experience, with at least 5 years of management experience
  • Proven leadership; experience managing, coaching, and mentoring staff
  • Prior experience in the education field or with education-related nonprofits is desirable, but not required
  • Proven success in fundraising from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other grantors
  • Excellent oratory skills; ability to engage diverse audiences
  • Integrity, positive attitude, sound judgment and commitment to the values of the Ashbrook Center and Ashland University
  • An advanced degree in history, political science, law, or a related field preferred but not required
  • Experience working with volunteer boards of directors; understanding of the role of the governing board; a commitment to working in partnership with the board

Application Process

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:

  • A cover letter including:
      • Your philosophical interest in the mission of the Ashbrook Center
      • An overview of your leadership experience, including highlights of success
      • An overview of your fundraising experience, including specific figures on dollars raised, what your donor interaction has entailed, and other details demonstrating your development abilities
      • An overview of your experience serving as the public face of an organization or significant initiative, including interactions with the media, public speaking, etc.
      • Salary requirements
  • Résumé
  • A list of at least four professional references who can attest to the material presented by the candidate

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:   

Questions can be directed to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: [email protected].

Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise.

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