From choir boys to museum walls, Stonewall National Museum & Archives’ new executive director is expecting a change of pace.
Stonewall — home to the largest collection of LGBT historical artifacts — has been leaderless since Nov. 2012, when the former executive director left. After two months of searching, Stonewall has selected David Jobin as the new executive director to begin on June 1.
According to Gregory Stephens, board member and chair of the 7-member executive director search committee, over 140 applicants applied for the position.
“We looked at the skills we needed to select a new director and targeted those applicants,” he said.
Jobin previously managed the Gay Men’s Choir of Washington D.C. after 20 years of background in theater management. His duties with the choir included fundraising and management of day-to-day operations.
“He had a proven record of success and ability to raise funds,” Stephens said.
Jobin first applied for the position because he wanted to move to South Florida, but remain active in the LGBT community. His husband of four years, Angel Borges, took a job at Florida International University over a year ago and the couple had been traveling back and forth since.
“It was hard commuting back and forth from Washington all the time,” he said. “I love South Florida and I really wanted to move here.”
The couple will be living in Wilton Manors with their two dogs.
He is most excited about working with an organization so dedicated to the LGBT cause.
“While I loved my work with the choir, now I’m working with an organization that is documenting all of this important history,” he said.
He hopes that his background in fundraising and management will bring something new to Stonewall.
“My first inclination is ‘how can I get people excited?’” he said.
Jobin is getting to know the museum and staff now and preparing to begin in June.
“I’m really just learning my way around at this point,” he said.
Tom Tabor, chair of Stonewall’s board of directors, is hopeful that Jobin’s background will help Stonewall get more national recognition.
“His background in building the Gay Men’s Choir and taking it national is what attracted us,” Tabor said. “He’s done the kind of things we hope to see done in our museum.”
“One of the most critical things I see in David is his ability to take us to that national level,” he said.
“It feels like a tremendous responsibility,” Jobin said. And he’s ready for it. “There are developments in LGBT history every day. There’s still so much important work to be done.”