As the Frances Perkins Center opens the newly restored Frances Perkins Homestead National Historic Landmark in Newcastle, Maine in 2023, we are embarking on an exciting new chapter of continued growth and increased impact.

We seek an executive director who will bring to the challenge the strength and spirit of Perkins herself: a leader who is bold but pragmatic, extraordinarily effective yet humble, highly collaborative, and deeply engaged in the essential work of human betterment. As the primary spokesperson, principal fundraiser and chief of staff, this individual will provide leadership internally and externally to advance the Center’s mission strategically and sustainably.

The next executive director will succeed Michael Chaney, who will step down later this year after nine years at the Center’s helm. Chaney partnered with the board in raising more than $3.5 million in capital funds and successfully transitioning the privately-owned 57-acre saltwater farm held by the Perkins family for six generations into a recognized national treasure.

“Working with an engaged board of directors,” said Board Chair Sarah Peskin, “Michael has been instrumental in making the Homestead a place of respite, renewal, and inspiration for those who seek deeper understanding of our past and creative solutions to contemporary social and economic problems. We’re grateful for his steadfast leadership and commitment to facilitate a smooth transition; and we’re incredibly excited about the opportunities ahead!”

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