The position of Executive Director is a challenging and rewarding job that provides a broad range of experiences and opportunities for professional growth. The Executive Director must be a self-directed entrepreneurial leader, ensuring that the organization is financially stable and that its work furthers its mission and is conducted in a professional manner.
The ED is the chief spokesperson for the KPA, articulating its mission and priorities as defined by the Board of Directors, to the public, elected and appointed officials, and other organizations. The ED works to ensure that the members of the Alliance Board of Directors receive the information and training they need to effectively discharge their responsibilities. The ED communicates regularly with the Board of Directors and reports on Alliance finances and programs at all board meetings.
The ED will plan, direct and evaluate initiatives including advocacy, communications and special events. The ED will actively participate in developing support for the organization and in managing its finances and operations.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Review and develop the Alliance's strategic plan and action plans, revising goals and objectives; and work with the board to develop the Alliance budget. Develop and implement programs and the funding base necessary to ensure the Alliance's financial stability to carry out its programs through membership development and fundraising activities.
- Assemble agendas and supporting materials for Board meetings and the annual Board retreat. Oversee all KPA programs including the Awards for Excellence; Most Endangered; Preservation Opportunity Fund; and Brick Sidewalks and Streets.
- Ensure that the Alliance newsletter is published on schedule with the appropriate editorial content. Ensure that the Alliance's website is kept up-to-date making periodic modifications to design or content as needed.
- Manage and track the Alliance membership database; manage all membership activities. Create reports and activities using the database.
- Serve as chief spokesperson for the Alliance, ensuring that the Alliance's voice is heard throughout the state on advocacy issues and for educational purposes. This may require some travel and field work to communities and sites within the state.
- The ED may make presentations to and meet with elected and/or appointed officials and their staff, as well as actively pursuing policies and procedures to benefit historic preservation efforts in the state.
Qualifications and Conditions:
Demonstrated leadership ability; experience in working with a Board of Directors and in strategic and financial planning; budget preparation; fundraising; program development; political advocacy and public relations; strong computer skills including knowledge of desktop publishing; excellent communication and organization skills.
A BA in public or business administration, historic preservation, history or a related field; an MA in historic preservation or related field preferred. Previous experience in fundraising, membership development, special events, and grant writing a plus.
The ED will not accept outside compensation for work which can reasonably be construed to be part of his or her responsibilities for the Alliance. Honoraria and reimbursements for out-of-state speaking engagements, as well as fees paid for manuscripts produced at night or on weekends are specifically permitted.
How To Apply:
Email resumes and qualifications to Janine Joslin: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kansas Preservation Alliance (KPA) is a private nonprofit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1979. the KPA is an advocacy organization helping to revitalize communities across the state through the preservation of their architectural and cultural heritage. The KPA is a statewide partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.