Executive Director Shaker Heritage Society
Job Type: Full Time
Career Level: Executive
Education: Masters Degree Preferred
Salary and Benefits: Commensurate with experience
The Shaker Heritage Society (the Society) seeks a skilled leader to serve as its Executive Director (ED). Founded in 1977, the Shaker Heritage Society is the steward of the Watervliet Shaker National Historic District. The historic district encompasses just over one square mile of public and private lands that are the site of Americas first Shaker settlement. The Society leases portions of the historic district from Albany County.
The ED is responsible for the general and fiscal leadership and management of the Society, including fundraising and earned income, programs, historic preservation, partnerships, grant writing/administration, annual giving, membership, budgeting, building preservation and maintenance, and external relations. The ED is charged with delivering on the mission and goals of the Society in a fiscally sound and continuously relevant manner.
The ED reports to the Board of Trustees, leads and directs a current staff of 4, and manages an annual expense budget of $392k. The ED must be a pro-active and highly visible symbol of the Society.
The new ED will preferably have a graduate degree in Historic Preservation, Museum Studies, Public History, Non-Profit Management, or a related field, a minimum of 5 years management experience, strong writing and speaking skills, demonstrated fund-raising success, a working understanding of technology and finance, and demonstrated collaborative skills. The new ED must also have a deep passion for preserving the rich history of the historic district, in promoting its continued relevance, and have the drive to achieve meaningful results. The ED must have the ability to work closely with an active Board of Trustees.
1. Work with the Boards Site Committee to monitor new development projects within the historic district; Negotiate with property owners to reduce adverse impacts of new construction; Provide information and guidance to property owners as needed to help maintain the integrity of Shaker buildings in the historic district;
2. Work with the Boards Site Committee to implement capital improvement projects to ensure the integrity of historic structures within the Societys lease; and
3. Maintain a positive working relationship with the County of Albany, the Town of Colonie Historian, the New York State Historic Preservation Office and other entities engaged in history and historic preservation activities.
1. Lead all long-term and short-term earned income and fundraising efforts including but not limited to Shaker Heritage Barn rentals, craft fairs, annual funding appeals, membership drives, etc;
2. Develop strategies to optimize the use of the property;
3. Execute the Societys short- and long-range strategies andplans;