Foundation seeks an Executive Director to help usher in a new era of
preservation in Salisbury, North Carolina.
Director will be responsible for administration and management according to the
strategic direction set by the Board of Trustees. The organization has a small
staff, energetic volunteers and an active board. The Executive Director will
be expected to build upon past achievements while growing the foundation to
tackle the unique challenges of 21st century preservation.
Historic Salisbury Foundation, founded in 1972, has been
described as "a model of a historic preservation organization" by
Donovan Rypkema of Place Economics and a national expert in historic preservation.
Salisbury was one of America's first National Trust for Historic Preservation's
Main Street Programs and it continues to boast of a strong vibrant downtown
with a mix of retail and residential usage.
Historic Salisbury Foundation operates an Endangered Properties
Program (Revolving Fund) which has saved and protected over 120 properties. The
Foundation advocates for, defends, protects and promotes the extensive historic
architectural resources of one of America’s most desirable small cities. The Foundation owns and operates three
historic properties: the meticulously-restored 1908 Salisbury Southern
Railroad Passenger Station featured both at the Smithsonian and in Hollywood
films and currently is used as offices, an event center and AMTRAK station with
eight daily passenger trains; the 1820
Dr. Josephus Hall House (a period house museum); and the former Salisbury Ice
and Fuel building, now functioning as an architectural salvage warehouse open
to the public.
In Salisbury and throughout Rowan County, the influences of
heritage and history are observable at every turn. Historic Salisbury Foundation brings the community together for its annual
OctoberTour, which draws nationwide visitors to view highlighted historic homes
and properties and the preservation successes of the community.
The city and county boast 11 National Register Historic districts,
five local historic districts, a history museum, the NC Transportation Museum,
three house museums, two nationally-recognized historic cemeteries and a
Confederate Prison site.
In addition to its history,
Salisbury has a vibrant arts and entertainment scene with a culture that
celebrates individualism and the creative spirit. Salisbury has three
nationally-recognized theaters, art galleries, a professional symphony,
breweries and wineries. The thriving downtown has local one-of-a-kind retail
businesses, bars, restaurants and festivals.
Salisbury has two four-year colleges, one of the most
advanced and successful community colleges in the state, and numerous other
specialized masters and other educational programs involving entrepreneurship,
arts, music, theater, and theology. The
region continues to grow and thrive with history and heritage at its center.
Salisbury, NC, US
The successful candidate
will have a passionate preservation ethic, and background, interest, experience
and ability that enables them to perform a wide range of demanding tasks,
including fundraising, public advocacy, historic property management,
organizational and events management and successful grant writing. The
executive director is the spokesperson and main public advocate for
preservation in this historic city. Relocation to historic
Salisbury, NC is required.
The Executive Director
works with a small permanent staff, an active and dedicated board, several
committees and volunteers, neighborhood groups, other affinity organizations,
the municipality managers and a broad public preservation
program. The person chosen must be able to work well with a wide
range of individuals and groups, but also have new ideas and enthusiasm.
BA/BS degree expected
Substantial experience in historic preservation
or related field
Knowledge of nonprofit fiscal management,
Fundraising and development experience,
including grant writing
Strong relationship skills, tact, and
Excellent written and verbal communication
Knowledge of IT, Microsoft Office products and
social media platforms
Preferred Additional Qualifications:
Familiar with property management and real
Advanced degree in historic preservation, public
administration or business administration
Revolving Fund experience
Salary commensurate with experience
December 15, 2018
Apply in confidence: Send cover letter, resume, salary
requirement, and names of 3 references with contact information by December 15,
2018. References will not be contacted
without prior permission of the applicant. EOE
Diane Hooper, Chair, Search Committee
1314 Overhill Road
Salisbury, NC 28144