CANDLES Holocaust Museum seeking new executive director; plans to commemorate Yom Hashoah

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — CANDLES Holocaust Museum is looking for a new executive director. Leah Simpson, who served as interim director, said she will return to her original focus at the museum, Holocaust education.

“I am thrilled to be able to turn my attention to education, programming, and guest experience, which is my passion. I have truly appreciated the opportunity to serve as interim director and look forward to returning to my original focus when I joined CANDLES,” Simpson said. “We have many new initiatives and exciting opportunities emerging in the next year for education, especially focusing on digital resources for educators.”

Simpson said the new executive director will have an external focus and work on fundraising and capital campaigns, as well as moving to a potential new site for the museum in downtown Terre Haute.

“A new director will have experience with raising money, will have experience with strategy, will have experience being a leader of a small staff. They will have relationship-building skills, really just an all-around business-minded person with an understanding of the Holocaust,” Simpson said.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Simpson at leah@candlesholocaustmuseum.org or via regular mail to CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center, 1532 South Third St., Terre Haute, IN 47802. Applications for the position will be taken through May 7.

Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, is Thursday, and the museum will commemorate the day on Sunday via Zoom at 3 p.m. There will be a candle-lighting ceremony leading up to the speaker series featuring Max Steinmetz, who will share his story of concentration camp survival.

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