Cherokee Heritage Center

The Center consists of a living history Cherokee village, a museum, and small township of historical buildings. Dedicated to the perservation of Cherokee culture and history, it is one of the most widely visited Native American sites in Oklahoma.

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Friday, August 26, 2005

Center Seeks New Executive Director

Cherokee National Historical Society, Inc.
dba The Cherokee Heritage Center
P. O. Box 515
Tahlequah, OK 74465
(918) 456-6007



The Cherokee National Historical Society, Inc. (CNHS) is searching for an Executive Director. The successful applicant will have the following qualifications:
A broad knowledge of the history and culture of the Cherokee people and sensitivity to issues concerning the Cherokees and other Native American tribes.

Masters Degree in Liberal Arts with a Cherokee or American Indian concentration and/or museum management or related fields of study with American Indian/Cherokee concentration.

Five Years’ experience in successful management and supervising at least 30 employees with appropriate knowledge of personnel law and policies.

Must be able to communicate well; facilitate staff; work with designers, architects and contractors; co-ordinate an effective and aggressive development campaign which includes funding from tribal, federal and state governments, and corporate and individual donors; oversee expansion of educational opportunities, including distance learning; promote traditional and contemporary arts; and work co-operatively with other museums, tribal, inter-tribal, regional, state, national and international tourism groups to most effectively market the Heritage Center.

Should be able to read and report on financial statements.

CNHS, a 501(c)(3) membership organization, operates the Cherokee Heritage Center (CHC) – 44 beautiful acres south of Tahlequah, OK, the capitol of the Cherokee Nation. The Cherokee Heritage Center includes a living history ancient village, an 1890s Cherokee Nation town and farm, an amphitheatre, a chapel and the Cherokee National Museum which contains exhibits, a museum store, the Cherokee Family Research Center (genealogy library), and houses the National Archives of the Cherokee Nation. The CHC has a growing program of educational opportunities.

The Executive Director is the chief executive officer, authorized by and reporting to the Board of Trustees, and must understand and articulate the purposes of the Society to preserve and promote Cherokee history, traditions and culture and the Society’s goal of becoming the best and most visited tribally specific educational center in the world; have an excellent understanding of Cherokee culture, language and traditions; and the ability to present and interpret Cherokee culture for Cherokee people, as well as the general public, and possess a full knowledge of the strategic planning process. The salary range is $60,000 to $70,000, with benefits.

Interested candidates should e-mail a resume and cover letter. The letter should state the reasons the candidate is interested in this position, include a summary of relevant qualifications and salary requirements. Applications should be sent to


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