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Contributed By: Maine Preservation
Email The Author: ...@gwi.net
Maine Preservation is the statewide private nonprofit membership organization dedicated to promoting the preservation, protection and vitality of Maine's historic places and encourages quality design that contributes to the livability of our communities.
The Executive Director (ED) will manage the overall operations of the organization within the scope of policies and guidance set forth by the Board of Trustees. This is a small office with a big program. Presently the Executive Director is assisted by a full-time Office Manager. The ED is involved in all current program components organized by the following committees: Executive, Development, Public Policy, Education/Outreach, Easements, Nominations, and Publications. Specifically the ED is responsible for the following essential functions including:
Planning and Visioning
Executive Director (ED) ensures adherence to Maine Preservation's Strategic Plan and assists the Board of Trustees in revising and developing new plans. Recognizes and presents to the Board new opportunities for mission fulfillment.
Advocacy, Lobbying and Representation
Represents Maine Preservation to the public, government agencies and elected officials, both in person and print, to enhance the preservation ethic in Maine and to obtain support for the organization, its mission and core belief. Creates and maintains effective partnerships with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and other national, state and local organizations sharing Maine Preservation's goals. Promotes strong advocacy in favor of historic preservation. Testifies before state legislative committees as needed and maintains relationship with Maine's federal congressional delegation. Serves on boards, advisory boards (i.e., Maine Downtown Center) and ad hoc committees (i.e. GrowSmart Maine) as mutually agreed to between ED and Board.
In teamwork with the Board of Trustees, approximately 40% of ED's time is dedicated to development, including raising funds from sources including individual, organization and corporate members, events, conferences, workshops, grants, sponsorships, auctions, raffles, retail sales and other creative income sources. Assists in recruiting and retaining members and increasing the quantity and quality of the Spires Club (higher donor club.) Oversees the Office Manager to insure proper management of database and ensures timely delivery of membership correspondence and benefits. Searches and applies for grants and follows up with requisite reports. Helps to develop and implement fundraising and development plans.
Programs and Technical Assistance
Assists in planning, implementing, and promoting various programs, including Maine's Most Endangered Historic Properties, Heritage Education grants, annual conference, historic home owner workshops, and Board of Trustees Speakers Bureau. Education and Outreach program management includes extensive public speaking and technical expertise in historic building maintenance and understanding of contextually-compatible new design. ED understands federal preservation programs, policies and documents including the Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Buildings and Section 106 compliance. ED also coordinates continuing education of the Board and Advisors through tours, site visits, and unique meeting locations, including annual meeting.
Assists in negotiation and monitoring, working with the Easement Committee and (future) contracted consultants to assist with monitoring properties under easement protection by the organization, including Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village.
Prepares and edits the organization's news journal, Maine Preservation News, and online articles; promotes book sales of organization's extensive bookstore inventory.
Oversees the appropriate production and handling of finances, reports, correspondence, electronic messages, and other official documents. Negotiates contracts, approving those within the limits set by the Board and forwarding others to the Board for approval. Works with Treasurer, Committee Chairs and Executive Committee to formulate annual operating budget. Prepares financial reports. Assists in recruiting and briefing new Trustees to the Board. Supervises the full-time Office Manager and works with interns, volunteers and committees as required.
The office is currently in space rented within an architect's office in downtown Portland. The Board is looking for an opportunity to relocate to a more accessible and historic location, probably northeast of Portland in the Yarmouth to Brunswick area.
Background and Skills
A proven track record of development experience and fundraising success. Experience working with boards and local governments. Excellent writing and speaking skills. Substantial experience in historic preservation, cultural resource management or related field. Established knowledge of nonprofit accounting and administration. Ability to work effectively in the political arena. Prior experience managing a non-profit organization highly desirable. Computer skills are essential. Frequent travel statewide in personal vehicle will be required, mileage reimbursed.
Position is open until filled. Current salary is around $50,000. Submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to: Maine Preservation Transition Team, Attn: Christopher Glass, President, 500 Congress St., 2nd floor, Portland, ME 04101 or email ...@gwi.net .
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