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Administrative Coordinator/Executive Director

World History Association
Boston, Massachusetts (US)

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World History Association Executive Director

The World History Association, a nonprofit academic organization, seeks an executive director to work at its Boston headquarters. The successful candidate will be responsible for the organization of the association’s annual conference and for the day-to-day management of the association, under the supervision of and in cooperation with the Council and officers, and with the assistance of a graduate assistant from the Northeastern University History Department.

This position is part-time, benefits-eligible, and will be on-site at our institutional host, Northeastern University, in Boston.  The initial appointment will be for one year, beginning on 1 September 2023, with the potential for a longer-term renewal in the late summer of 2024. 

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applicants on August 10, and will continue to do so until the position is filled.

About the WHA
The World History Association is a professional association of scholars, teachers, and students organized to promote world history by encouraging teaching, research, publications, and personal interactions. It was founded in 1982 to address the needs of a newly emerging historical sub-discipline. As described in its constitution, its mission is to “promote activities which will increase historical awareness, understanding among and between peoples, and global consciousness.” 

The WHA brings together university professors, college and community college instructors, secondary school teachers, graduate students, and independent scholars in a collegial camaraderie rarely found in more narrowly focused academic and professional societies. Its mission remains the advancement of scholarship and teaching within transnational, transregional, and transcultural perspectives, designed to prepare students and the public for an increasingly interdependent world.

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  • organize and coordinate the WHA annual conference which occurs in June/July manage association memberships manage WHA Web site and coordinate social media activity supervise the work of a graduate assistant communicate with and coordinate activities of standing committees communicate and coordinate with editors and publishers of Journal of World HistoryWorld History Connected, and World History Bulletin manage association finances and coordinate with bookkeeper and accountant seek grant funding, partnerships, and donations act as liaison with ACLS, AHA, the History/21 project, and regional world history affiliates


  • $40,000 annual salary 0.67 FTE benefits-eligible position full-time for 8 weeks in the summer and approx. Average of 24 hr/wk the rest of the year health insurance and retirement 2 weeks annual vacation


  • ability to work independently and manage time efficiently excellent written and spoken language skills excellent organizational and people skills basic proficiency with office software and diverse social media platforms comfortable with learning new technologies


  • M.A. or Ph.D. in history or related humanities or social science discipline history of engagement with the world history community
  • experience teaching world history experience with nonprofit management or governance
  • experience with grant-writing and institutional advancement
  • experience with event management

TO APPLY:  Please submit the following to Northeastern Workday at

  • a cover letter addressing the following:
  • how does your background prepare you for this position? how do you see yourself contributing to WHA mission? how do you see yourself developing in this position?
  • CV, including technical and software skills contact information for three professional references

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