Shaker Historical Society

We inspire people to engage in and celebrate the Shaker Heights story and its impact on the region… past, present, and future.


The Trustees of the Shaker Historical Society are currently seeking applications for a full time Executive Director. Interested parties should send a letter of interest, three references and resume to  Job description is below.

Kate is an award-winning communications professional who has experience working in a variety of industries including: non-profit, corporate, and government agencies. She graduated from John Carroll Universtiy with a degree in Communications in 2004. She has worked in Washington DC, Chicago, and Cleveland doing strategic communications, consulting as well as sales and marketing work. Kate loves working with people and learning about their history. Kate lives with her family in Shaker Heights and is excited about working at the Shaker Historical Society and utilizing her communications experience to help raise awareness about this history of our great community!

Executive Director

We are currently seeking an Executive Director. 



Executive Director

The Executive Director reports to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, as appointed by the Board of Directors.

The Executive Director carries out the mission of the Shaker Historical Society either directly or through appropriate delegation.  Key responsibilities and duties include:



  • The Executive Director, in conjunction with the Board Treasurer and Budget Committee shall prepare and present to the Board an Annual Budget.
  • The Executive Director shall manage the approved expenses of the SHS and shall recommend needed expenditures to maintain operations and the physical grounds of the Museum in good order.
  • The Executive Director shall be responsible for spearheading the Annual Fund campaign to raise funds from the membership and friends.
  • The Executive Director will be responsible for maintaining the membership rolls and soliciting new and renewing members to join the SHS in conjunction with SHS standard membership policies.
  • The Executive Director will be responsible for supporting major fund raising initiatives such as Gracious Gardens and Movers & Shakers and the Corporate Membership Program.
  • The Executive Director shall research and identify appropriate grants which will reduce operating expenditures and/or which enable the SHS to better fulfill its mission.  The Executive Director will be responsible for writing and/or overseeing the writing of said grants and ensure timely submission.
  • The Executive Director will oversee and manage revenue producing services such as grounds rentals, Admissions, the Spirit Tree and special programs.
  • The Executive Director shall conceive, develop and implement new strategies to generate additional revenue for the SHS.



  • The Executive Director shall conceive, develop and implement educational programming to engage area schools.
  • The Executive Director shall develop and deliver, as appropriate, programming as per the SHS mission to engage the community.


  • The Executive Director will recruit, supervise and train, as appropriate, staff, interns and volunteers.
  • Manages physical facility resources
  • Plan, direct and organize the activities of the Museum.
  • Engages and utilizes outside contractors as appropriate to maintain upkeep of the Museum.
  • Exhibits/Collections/Galleries
  • The Executive Director shall develop and implement innovative exhibits at the Museum, which reflect the history of Shaker Heights and surrounding communities and exhibits which engage the community.
  • The Executive Director will be responsible for curating and maintaining historic Collections.
  • Researches, solicits and acquires new additions to collections.
  • Directs the proper care, movement, environment, documentation, identification, conservation and research about the SHS collections.
  • The Executive Director will   gain and maintain a current knowledge of Shaker Heights’ stories, including but not limited to the Western Reserve, Warrensville Township, The North Union Shakers, the Development of Shaker Heights as a Garden City Suburb, current trends in Shaker Heights and constantly keeping abreast of news in any of the above fields from other museums, organizations, publications and printed and on-line information.
  • The Executive Director will engage the artistic community in order to display and feature artists work in the Museum’s galleries.

Marketing/Public Relations

  • The Executive Director will be responsible for ensuring maintenance of the SHS website, newsletter and Facebook Page.
  • The Executive Director will create or obtain outside resources to generate appropriate marketing literature to promote the SHS, its mission, activities and special events.
  • The Executive Director will engage with local communication outlets in order to publicize the SHS story, programs, fundraisers and special events.

Community Relations

  • The Executive Director will be the primary spokesperson to the community on behalf of the SHS.
  • The Executive Director will establish and maintain relationships as appropriate with local politicians (e.g., The Mayor of Shaker Heights); community leaders, the Ohio History Connection, other local organizations, schools, educators and other community figures as required to further the SHS mission.




Salaried position with paid vacation and medical benefits.  BA required;  MA preferred.  Three or more years' experience in nonprofit and/or small museum management.  Starting salary between $35,000 and $40,000 depending on experience and expertise.  Some weekend and evening work will be required.


Position will remain open until filled.

No calls please.



We are always looking for volunteers. We will train you if you are interested in learning about museums, libraries and art galleries. We also have a retail space - The Spirit Tree Gift Shop! Lots of opportunities to join us for a few hours here and there or more! Contact Rick if want to check out our volunteering opportunities. 


Kate Walker, Marketing Coordinator

An avid reader of history and visitor to historic sites, Rick Smith has found a new home for his hobby at The Shaker Historical Society. 

A corporate “PR guy” for more than 30 years, Rick knows a lot of history about the aluminum, aerospace and automotive industries and a little history about the eye care, energy and travel businesses.

Rick and his wife, Anne, a retired independent school administrator and public school history teacher are enjoying their second “tour” of Shaker Heights as grandparents.  They lived and worked in Shaker Heights for thirteen years during their first tour and reared their two children, Rick and Carolyn.  Their son, also a Rick, served on the SHS Board and his daughter, Hazel, serves as a student volunteer at SHS.   If you don’t believe history repeats itself, albeit in genealogical reverse, just ask the Smiths.

Rick, the elder, holds a bachelor’s degree in history (what else?) from Muskingum University and a master’s degree in public relations from American University.

Rick looks forward to meeting and hearing the history stories from many SHS members and guests at the Museum. 

Samantha Rodgers, Docent 

Samantha is a student at Case Western Reserve University pursuing not one, not two, but three majors! 

Rick Smith, Office Manager