POSITION: DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL INITIATIVES
ABOUT PARTNERS FOR SACRED PLACES
Partners for Sacred Places (Partners) is the
only national, non-sectarian, non-profit organization in the United States
devoted to helping congregations and their communities sustain and actively use
older and historic sacred places. Partners’ approach is consistently
entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary, embracing a range of expertise and
knowledge from historic preservation, community development, philanthropy, and
faith. Founded in 1989, Partners is headquartered in Philadelphia with
additional senior and project staff across the nation.
DESCRIPTION & RESPONSIBILITIES
The Director of Special Initiatives (DSI) is a
senior member of Partners’ team who provides direction and leadership for a
unique portfolio of programs and projects that deploy Partners’ tools and
services in new ways and emerging contexts. The DSI works closely with
Partners’ executive and senior organizational leadership to work with ongoing projects
and explore new opportunities for grant-funded and fee-for-service projects
that enlarge Partners’ reach, deepen existing relationships and collaborations
with core audiences, and advance Partners’ approach to the stewardship,
community value, and future of historic religious properties.
The DSI reports to the Senior Director of
Programs. On an ongoing basis the DSI will collaborate with staff to develop
new ideas and manage and lead complex projects and staff teams nationally in
efforts that represent growing edges of Partners’ market. These projects may
include training, grant-making, and hands-on work with congregations and
judicatories, individually or in cohorts. These projects may include both
grant-funded programs and fee-for-service clients. Examples of current programs
Central Appalachia Program: funded by a grant from Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, Partners’ staff work with cohorts of congregations whose properties represent examples of significant architecture or history in the region. The program includes training in assessing property issues and community engagement, re-grants for capital projects, and funding for folk art.
Playing and Preserving: a Philadelphia area program focused on significant pipe organs. The program involves surveying instruments in the city and their condition, re-grants for repair and preservation of the instruments, concerts featuring the organists and other musicians, and community engagement among neighbors to increase awareness of neighbors about local sacred places and their congregations.
New Dollars/New Partners: a core training program of Partners that builds the capacity of groups of congregations around communication, community engagement, fundraising, and property use.
An advanced degree in the following is preferred: historic preservation, public history, or architecture.
Five to ten years of experience working in the field.
Significant knowledge of, and comfort working with, diverse faith communities.
Demonstrated capacity for leadership of a small staff team.
Demonstrated ability to work with individuals and small groups in different formats, including both in person and online, including experience in planning and conducting training.
Ability to set and meet project goals on schedule.
Experience and capacity to manage complex and multi-year projects.
Record and interest in developing program services, tools, projects, research, or other innovative growth areas.
Effective client/customer relations experience.
Excellent organizational skills, acute attention to detail.
Demonstrated strength and clarity in both written and oral communication.
Willingness to travel on a regular basis.
Willingness to relocate (if necessary) to Philadelphia.
Understanding of and commitment to the mission, vision, and values of Partners for Sacred Places
Compensation: $72-75,000 plus full benefits
Partners for Sacred Places provides
equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment
and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race,
color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics,
protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or
any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.
This policy applies to
all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring,
placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence,
compensation, and training.
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