Historic Harrisville focuses on the preservation and development of a National Historic Landmark District important because it is the only 19th-century industrial community which survives in anything like its original form (Pierson). HHI leases business spaces and affordable housing units, conserves land, operates the Harrisville General Store, sponsors community events, supports a community garden, maintains archives of historic interest and invests in renewable energy.
The organization has an annual operating budget of more than $1 million and has raised and invested nearly $6 million in the preservation and development of the mill village a total of 14 commercial and residential properties. It employs a full-time Executive Director, a part-time Administrative Assistant, a full-time conservation professional, a team of Harrisville General Store employees, and works with numerous local and regional contractors.
The foundation is led by 25 Trustees and an Executive Committee and is supported by more than 500 Incorporators who meet regularly to learn and discuss progress toward goals.
The Executive Director reports to the HHI Executive Committee and is responsible for:
· Managing the foundation and its properties in pursuit of HHIs goals
· Preparing and administering the foundations budget
· Supervising staff and contractors
· Overseeing management of the Harrisville General Store
· Recruiting and managing tenants (currently numbering 40)
· Preparing building assessments and documentation
· Planning and implementing repair and maintenance projects
· Planning and implementing major improvements in collaboration with architects and consultants
· Developing and administering contracts
· Writing and administering grants
· Supporting Trustees in fund-raising and development
· Monitoring preservation covenants
· Serving as the public face of HHI in dealings with the public, the media, government officials at all levels and audiences interested in learning more about historic preservation and Historic Harrisvilles widely recognized model.
Requirements include significant experience in most if not all of the above-mentioned functions, a record of leadership, integrity and dependable service, and outstanding personal and communication skills.
Historic Harrisville does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.