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Historic Wilmington Foundation: Executive Director Job Description
The Executive Director of the Historic Wilmington Foundation is the principal administrator of the organization and reports directly to the President and the Board of Trustees.
- Serves as liaison for historic preservation issues for residents of Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear region. Advances the mission of Historic Wilmington Foundation.
- Maintains relationships with government officials and community organizations.
- Prepares agenda and reports for Committees and Board of Trustees Meetings in conjunction with President
- Hires, supervises, and evaluates staff. Terminates staff when necessary.
- Manages the office lease and all relationships with vendors, service people, and utility providers.
- Develops and oversees internship projects, volunteers, and Public History Graduate Scholarship Recipients.
- Ensures integrity of financial records, and compliance with all financial standards and regulations. Maintains a relationship with financial auditing firm. Works very closely with the staff accountant to create clear and accurate financial reporting for board and members.
- Ensures compliance with North Carolina employment standards, and North Carolina non-profit compliance.
Historic Preservation Initiatives:
- Identifies potential threatened historic properties and develops strategies for saving them.
- Oversees maintenance of properties owned by the Foundation. Markets the properties to buyers.
- In consultation with the Foundation’s attorneys, develops and executes offers to purchase, rehabilitation agreements and easements/restrictive covenants for properties.
- Responsible for developing and implementing preservation agenda.
- Proposes action to the board regarding preservation initiatives and policy.
- Monitors properties with preservation easements and covenants.
- Plans preservation projects to assist property owners, i.e. Repair Affair.
- Works closely with government planning staff in regards to land use and preservation issues, and works with Wilmington Historic Preservation Commission and Wilmington Downtown.
- Develop and implement annual Most Threatened Historic Places program, including the creation of distribution of the Most Threatened Historic Places traveling exhibit.
- Create and implement a Preservation Month schedule including the awards, and lecture programs and workshops. Assist community members with grant applications for historic preservation projects
- Oversees the new Legacy Architectural Salvage operation in conjunction with the manager and assistant manager. This will include oversight of the budget, lease of facilities, and City grant compliance and reporting.
- Works with staff and board to ensure that the annual operating budget is raised, through a combination of member contributions, special events, corporate underwriting, and foundation and grant applications.
- Seeks to enlarge the Revolving Fund through donations of properties, services and monies.
- Works with board to develop and implement strategies for capitol and endowment drives as needed.
- Develops and nurtures relationships of funding sources to the HWF.
- Identifies potential new donors.
- Solicits membership support along with the Membership & Preservation Services Coordinator
Education and Outreach:
- Maintains resources and updated information on preservation techniques, issues, materials and contractors.
- Disseminates information on historic properties, tax credits, financial assistance, preservation standards and techniques, and preservation planning.
- Executes all printed materials and seeks cost-efficient printing agreements.
- Works with staff and Education Committee in planning programs and the development of outreach efforts.
- Speaks to civic organizations, schools and other groups.
- Conducts tours of historic districts to interested groups, works to develop new opportunities for walking tours.
- Initiates efforts to save threatened buildings.
- Promotes/manages various workshops for the education of the community, including the Buildings Worth Saving/Preservation for Profit tax credit workshop.
- Works with the New Hanover County school system to coordinate educational programs, such as the Tar Heels Go Walking tour.
Publicity and Public Relations:
- Serves as the official spokesperson for the Foundation and Board of Trustees.
- Oversees public relations and all media contact to promote preservation and Foundation activities
- Serves as the editor/publisher of the newsletter. Works with staff and volunteers to write and produce the newsletter and other printed materials. Oversees the creation and distribution of e-publications.
- Ensures that the Foundation’s website is a clear and effective tool for presenting the organization.
- Oversees the creation and use of effective social media tools to expand and extend the Foundation’s message to the community.
Keywords: Executive Director, Wilmington, North Carolina, ED, Historic Preservation
Posted: October 5, 2017
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