Job Search: OI Executive Director



Williamsburg, Virginia—The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture (OI) in Williamsburg, Virginia, invites nominations and applications for the position of Executive Director, to be filled on July 1, 2022.

The executive director is the chief administrative officer of the OI. OI programs include publication of the William and Mary Quarterly; publication of books and documentary volumes; postdoctoral fellowships; graduate-level training in historical editing; and conferences and seminars. William & Mary, which shares in its governance, assisted by a Board of Directors and an Advisory Council, sponsor the Omohundro Institute. The executive director, who reports to the university’s Presidential Liaison for Strategic Cultural Partnerships, works with a nineteen-member staff, plus research fellows in residence and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, with support from members of the Board of Directors and the Council, to administer OI operations and conduct all OI scholarly programs and fund-raising activities. Qualifications of the executive director include a doctorate in an appropriate field; a record of scholarly accomplishment; and experience in an academic institution, learned society, or other historical organization, or a manifest aptitude for such duties. Depending on qualifications, the executive director may be appointed to a concurrent tenured position on the faculty of William & Mary with some teaching responsibilities or to an administrative appointment with affiliate faculty status. The executive director will have access to a team of colleagues leading other prominent university units including the Muscarelle Museum of Art, James Monroe’s Highland, and the Bray School Lab.

We seek an energetic leader with a collaborative spirit who will excel at connecting with individuals and partner organizations to advance the OI’s mission. We envision an executive director who will continue to expand and enhance our reputation as an engine for innovative scholarship, public-facing history, and the expansion of the field of Vast Early America.

The position is a twelve-month appointment. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and qualifications. Applications should include a letter discussing scholarly research, leadership experience as it relates to the OI, and a statement outlining engagement with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; a resume; and names and addresses (including email contact information) of three references should be submitted via William & Mary’s online recruitment system at

William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

William & Mary is committed to providing a safe campus community. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

All staff and faculty must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination must be provided on the employee’s first day of employment. If an accommodation is needed, please contact Human Resources.

The review of applications will begin on November 15, 2021.