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Executive Director, Historic Macon Foundation (Macon, GA)
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Contributed By: Mary Ruffin Hanbury
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Job Title: Executive Director
Salary: $115,000 - 128,000 - commensurate with experience, plus per-annum benefits

Benefits: 10 paid holidays, 18 vacation days, bonus paid time off during July Fourth week or at calendar year end, flexible work schedule, eligible for health insurance after three-month probationary period (75% of premiums paid by employer), employer will match 3% retirement contribution after six months, monthly cell phone stipend, Down Payment Assistance (up to $10K for an eligible house in Beall’s Hill), quarterly and annual performances bonuses, continuing education opportunities, discretionary expense account.

Application instructions:  To apply for this position, email a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to Applications are due by June 23, 2023, at noon.  Please do not call about the position.  The position is not remote and the preference is for the Executive Director to reside in Macon-Bibb County.

Preferred Start Date: August 21, 2023

Reporting to the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director provides strategic vision and creative leadership, developing resources and managing business operations of the organization. He or she also develops policies and plans and implements activities and programs that support the Foundation’s mission and vision. She or he serves as public spokesperson, preservation advocate and coalition builder for preservation programs. In addition, the Executive Director leads, guides and directs staff and supports the volunteer board, committees and task forces. Furthermore, the individual oversees and manages all construction of Historic Macon Rehabs, LLC, a state licensed general contractor company.  Finally, he or she increases the national stature and recognition of Historic Macon Foundation.
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
With the staff and board, lead strategic planning process on a regular basis using the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS), which is a tool typically used by for-profit businesses, but HMF has used successfully
Manage, implement, update and report progress on current Vision Traction Organizer (VTO), which is the organization’s strategic plan
Public Relations and Image
Be the face of HMF, representing the organization through public speaking and written communications
Represent HMF at national events and on the national scale
Preservation and Policy
Develop and implement public policy and advocacy campaigns, including the annual Fading Five list of endangered places
Pursue preservation agreements and formal Memoranda of Understanding and Agreement with major institutional parties in Middle Georgia
Use innovative and entrepreneurial programs to save historic places
Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with funders and donors
Create real estate pro formas in conjunction with construction staff
Monitor the planning and budgeting for events
Raise major donations from individuals, corporations and foundations
With the Finance Committee and board, develop and oversee the annual budget
Diversify revenue sources to ensure long-term growth and sustainability
Human Resources
Supervise, hire and fire staff
Develop an organizational chart and staffing plan to support HMF’s goals and objectives
Supervise outside consulting work performed by staff
Create and promote ongoing educational opportunities for the staff and the board
Serve as liaison between the board and the staff
Oversee the financial status of the organization
Determine the necessary policy and procedure manuals and supervise their production, participate in their creation as appropriate
Provide oversight for significant contractual agreements of HMF
Travel and research best practices in other communities for possible use in Macon
Be available for meetings and events on nights and weekends
Other duties as assigned by the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee

Job Qualifications:
A graduate level degree in history, preservation, cultural heritage management or a related field is preferred, and a bachelor's degree is required. Extensive computer, media and web literacy is required.  Five years of relevant professional experience required.

Preferred Skills:
The successful candidate will demonstrate competency from past work experience and education in the following skills:
Securing and managing grants
Creating and managing budgets
Raising funds for preservation projects
Public speaking
Nonprofit management
Personnel recruitment, retention and management
Board management and training
Construction management
Special and fundraising event management
Strategic planning and visioning

Necessary Traits:
The successful candidate will exhibit the following traits:
Builds and sustains strong relationships, both professional and personal
A passionate historic preservationist with a thorough knowledge of practice and theory
A savvy financial planner and manager, used to addressing and solving complex budgeting issues
Interest and ability to revitalize neighborhoods and communities
Advanced organizational skills, able to think through problems creatively, identify options and present solutions with a clear vision
A real estate professional, or experience in analyzing, designing, projecting and executing real estate deals
A political advocate, with experience in community organizing and activism
Ability to not only understand their work, but can easily teach others to understand and appreciate preservation      
A servant leader who cares, and believes in, the HMF staff, mission, volunteers, donors, Macon, and the HMF legacy.

HMF Core Values:
We are innovative and leaders in our field.
We are scrappy and we hustle.
We are stewards of financial, built, and environmental resources.
We are bigger than our mission.  We are an extended family.

About Historic Macon Foundation
Historic Macon Foundation (HMF), a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is one of the nation’s largest, most productive, and most innovative local preservation organizations, with over 800 members and 6,000 listed historic buildings in its stewardship. The mission of HMF is to revitalize communities by preserving architecture and sharing history.  Since its founding in 1964, HMF has served as a leader in the nonprofit historic preservation industry. Historic Macon boasts total net assets of over $6 million, 2022 revenue of over $2.3 million, and access to $2 million in revolving funds. Just in the past seven years its annual operating budget has tripled and its staff has doubled.

HMF saves Macon’s architectural treasures by purchasing, rehabilitating and selling structures listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Its programs in economic development and neighborhood revitalization are award winners on a national scale and serve as a model for other preservation and revitalization organizations.  In 2018 HMF was awarded the highest honor for a preservation organization, the Trustee’s Award for Organizational Excellence, by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In April 2021 the organization adopted a road map for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility to ensure that HMF’s work reflects the community.

The organization is staffed by eight full-time employees (including this position) and one part-time employee, all of whom are entrepreneurial, vibrant, dedicated, fun and hardworking.  In February 2022, HMF relocated its offices to a newly rehabilitated historic Fire Hall in downtown Macon. Employees are treated as professionals in their expertise. Each staff person has the opportunity to lead and teach other team members and hundreds of volunteers who are interested in its mission.  Staff members manage their own time and tasks, and a flexible work schedule is a benefit.  All staff occasionally work nights and weekends for meetings and special events.

The Executive Director joins a staff made up of a full-time Director of Finance & Operations, Director of Preservation Field Services, Director of Office Administration, Director of Communications, Director of Construction, Preservation Project Manager, Lanier Education Coordinator and a part-time Director of Engagement.

HMF is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.


Posted: May 23, 2023
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