Director, Fruitlands Museum and the Old Manse

The Trustees of Reservations - Harvard, MA3.8

Full-timeEstimated: $81,000 - $110,000 a year
Please Note:
Applications for this position should be sent via e-mail to or please call Kathy Bremer or Patti Kish at 404-BoardWalk (404-262-7392).

The Director of Fruitlands Museum and the Old Manse will be a leader of people, ideas, transformation and growth. The Director will have expertise leading public-facing sites and passion for the mission of The Trustees.

Reporting to the Regional Vice President, the Director serves on the Senior Management Team and manages several important cultural and natural places, most prominently Fruitlands Museum and the Old Manse.

The Director will:
Lead Fruitlands to become a world-class destination. The Director will be a compelling leader able to envision and implement a plan that takes marketing, visitor experience, storytelling, stewardship of natural and cultural resources and financial resources to the next level. The Director will have proven strengths that include articulating vision to community audiences, building innovative and inspiring programming, team building, business planning and execution, growing audiences and achieving ambitious results.

Enhance the visitor experience. Within the properties, the Director will refresh the visitor experience to best deliver the spirit of place of each site. The Director will create an environment of excitement and storytelling where all guests are engaged and enjoy outstanding Trustees experiences.

Elevate awareness and destination appeal. The Director will be able to crystallize the magic of Fruitlands and the Old Manse, create compelling programming and tell the stories in fresh ways that build audiences. Through marketing, as well as regular community engagement across the region, the Director will increase positive attention and support.

Grow resources, membership and a culture of hospitality. The Director will drive growth in visitation, Trustees membership and revenue, and will create a culture focused on enhancing guest services. The Director will increase new and overall revenue by enhancing earned revenue sources, funder and donor relationships in collaboration with Trustees development colleagues.

Build and leverage relationships. The Director will create effective relationships with community leaders and influencers in tourism, government and business. As the public face of the properties, the Director will be a compelling representative, building trust and relationships with volunteers, donors and diverse stakeholders across the community. The Director will collaborate well with other Trustees properties and partners, and will integrate and optimize experiences across the cultural sites, making these properties integral to the tourism scene and their local communities.

Manage the business and the team. The Director will be expert at coalescing teams, leading planning, projecting a vision and managing execution. An authentic, energizing team leader, the Director will recruit, develop, manage and inspire staff and stakeholders. The Director will be both entrepreneurial and collaborative, able to draw upon the expertise of others across The Trustees as a matrix organization. The Director will build a high-performing team and create a positive culture of success, leading and facilitating achievement of ambitious objectives.
The ideal candidate is a big-picture leader of teams, transformation and growth in the context of cultural institutions. The Director will inspire, collaborate and communicate passion for The Trustees’ mission and vision, and for these destinations.

Personal assets being sought include:
Passion for nature, culture, art and connecting people to place.

A spirit of innovation and creativity.

Strong desire for excellence in hospitality and guest services.

Entrepreneurial business savvy, coupled with good communication and collaboration skills.

A leadership style that inspires and engages all stakeholders including community members.

High emotional intelligence and relationship building skills.

High drive for the mission, coupled with low personal ego.

A combination of vision, action orientation, project skills and tenacity.

A mindset of growth and continuous improvement.

Ability to persuade and influence.

Resourcefulness, flexibility and resiliency.

A sense of humor and ability to build a great culture.

The Director reports to Regional Vice President Joanna Ballantine. The Director manages engagement, enterprise and stewardship staff, and interacts with statewide stewardship, curatorial, public programs and education, retail and enterprise, marketing, development, finance and other Trustees staff experts.

Direct reports include a Stewardship Manager, two Engagement Managers and two Guest Services Managers. Additionally, the Director collaborates extensively with central team members across the organization.

The Director, Fruitlands Museum and the Old Manse is based at Fruitlands. The Director works within the Metrowest/Central area of Massachusetts, collaborating effectively with teammates around the state and at The Trustees’ headquarters in Boston.

Salary commensurate with the position.

Medical, Dental and Vision insurance, with employer premium contributions ranging from 75% - 85% based on plan level.

Traditional and Roth 401K Retirement accounts available for employees to contribute to upon hire and a 5% employer match after one year of employment.

Three weeks of vacation time in the first year of employment, as well as 10 sick days, two personal days, 12 Holidays and one floating holiday per year. Four weeks of Paid Parental Leave following the birth or adoption of a child, after one year of employment.

Day of Service: employees take one regular work day per year to travel to another property to help with a specific project.

Day of Wonder: employees take one regular work day to explore a Trustees property.

Discounts and access to properties equivalent to a family membership to The Trustees.

The Trustees offers competitive compensation and the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across the Commonwealth who love the outdoors, who love the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever.

Fruitlands Museum joined The Trustees family as its 116th property in 2016 and has seamlessly integrated with the statewide organization. The property is in good condition, with strong staff and the potential for additional investment in support of a new, focused vision and plan.

Founded in 1914 by Clara Endicott Sears, Fruitlands takes its name from an experimental utopian community led by Bronson Alcott and Charles Lane. Its farmhouse sheltered 10-year-old Louisa May Alcott and her family for 9 months, a trying period of life that inspired some of her best writings including “Little Women.”

Fruitlands programs explore the pursuit of spiritual meaning in nature and the land through historic and contemporary art and material culture. Visitors can learn about the lives of the Transcendentalists, experience the Hudson River School painting collection, investigate the history of the Harvard Shakers and the craftsmanship of Native American tribes, and be inspired by contemporary art and sculpture throughout the grounds. Annual exhibitions link history to contemporary artists and audiences, offering a broad range of topics from Utopian communities to 20th century design. The site offers hiking, art and history on 210 wooded acres with five unique curatorial collections.

The Old Manse is a National Historic Landmark, built in 1770 for patriot minister William Emerson. It has been the home of authors, artists, philosophers, botanists, intellectual thinkers, and reformers who shaped our nation’s history. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne both called the Old Manse home for a time, and leading Transcendentalists and intellects such as Bronson Alcott, Henry David Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller discussed the issues of the day here. The walls of the attic are inscribed with the signatures of Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Emerson, artist Edward Emerson Simmons and the many theological students who lived in the upper garret, and who became leaders of Concord’s theological and social reform. These early ‘cultural environmentalists’ wrote the poems, short stories, editorials and prose that launched the Transcendentalist movement and the establishment of America’s national literary and landscape identity.

Innovative, ambitious and growing, The Trustees is a $35 million nonprofit managing 117 diverse properties. These include 11 public gardens; 7 National Historic Landmarks; 14 historic houses and structures; gardens, waterfalls, gorges and woodlands; working landscapes including the nation’s oldest farm, Appleton Farms; and 76 miles of Massachusetts shoreline including some of its most beautiful beaches including Crane Beach in Ipswich and Great Point on Nantucket.

The Trustees’ Momentum Strategic Plan 2023 focuses on five directions:

Protect the places people love

Effectively respond to a changing coast

Elevate our cultural and agricultural experiences

Invite the next generation outside

Build The Trustees of the future

For more about The Trustees and these properties, go to

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees of Reservations aim to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts, who are at the core of our mission.

Please Note:
Applications for this position should be sent via e-mail to or please call Kathy Bremer or Patti Kish at 404-BoardWalk (404-262-7392).

We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.