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Executive Director - Historic Rugby, Rugby, Tennessee
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Contributed By: Historic Rugby
Email The Author: rugbylegacy@highland.net
Website: http://www.historicrugby.org

Historic Rugby, a multi-building, rural National Register historic site on East Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, seeks an Executive Director to operate this multi-faceted, entrepreneurial organization. The ideal candidate will have a strong business management background, preferably within the non-profit world, and excellent computer skills; will be experienced in cultural and natural resource restoration and preservation, public education, and heritage tourism; and will excel in a hands-on position with high variety of activities. He/she would enjoy living and working in a small community in an area of great natural beauty.

The Executive Director is hired by and reports to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for daily operations, providing general coordination and oversight for ongoing programs and facilities and assistance with planning and development of new programs and facilities. The Executive Director leads and assists in broad-based fundraising to assure that Historic Rugby is managed, preserved, and interpreted to professional standards. The Executive Director works to increase Historic Rugby’s audience and provide them with quality museum and historic site experiences, and works to achieve the fullest benefits possible from board members’ support potential, abilities, and connections.

Specific job responsibilities include implementation/oversight/management of:

  • Daily educational programming and year-round special events and workshops;
  • Mission-related business activities – museum store, food service, lodging, heirloom gardens;
  • Preservation, restoration and maintenance of buildings, grounds, and collections;
  • Marketing and public relations, including preparation of 3-4 newsletters annually;
  • Financial accounting and reporting;
  • General office operations, including membership retention and increase, public information fulfillment, computer data and records;
  • Fundraising activites, including grant research and preparation, annual fund campaign, membership maintenance and expansion, and other board-approved fundraising initiatives;
  • Easements and restrictive covenants held by Historic Rugby and related activities;
  • Rugby and Cumberland Plateau heritage tourism initiatives and activities.

Required skills & abilities include:

  • 4-yr degree from accredited college or university and at least five years of job experience at management level;
  • Strong computer proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, data management, web/internet utilization, accounting, and fundraising software;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong public presentation skills;
  • Demonstrated fundraising successes
  • Ability to lead & direct staff.
  • Ability to lead special groups, on occasion, through large historic site, climb stairs in historic buildings, walk to related sites through wooded terrain.

Organization Information
Historic Rugby was established in 1966 with one house museum. Organization holdings today include a new visitor center and theater, four historic museum buildings, three historic buildings used for visitor lodging, two historically reconstructed buildings used as museum stores and archival holdings, an 80-seat restaurant, small heirloom greenhouse operation, shop/outbuildings, and protected woodland tracts. Several new visitor facilities are in planning and implementation stages. Organizational goals embrace controlled, architecturally compatible community development, which includes selling of design and use restricted lots based on the 1880s town plan. The current operating budget, including capital activities, is $950,000. The current executive director of long standing will assist in a full transition of operations to the new executive director, and will move to an associate position, working primarily in capital activities and fundraising. Go to www.historicrugby.org
 for more information, including vision and mission statement.

To Apply: Submit a letter of interest with salary requirements, resume, and business references to Search Committee, Historic Rugby, Inc., P.O. Box 8, Rugby, TN 37733 or email to rugbylegacy@highland.net

Email to request a job description. The position is open until filled. Expected start date is Fall, 2008. Historic Rugby is an equal opportunity employer.


Keywords: historic rugby tennessee, preservation employment

Posted: June 2, 2008
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