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ALABAMA PRESERVATION ALLIANCE (APA)
Executive Director (ED) for private, nonprofit membership corporation and
Statewide Partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. ED serves
as the APA's chief executive officer, responsible to the Board of Directors.
Responsibilities include development and implementation of a strategic plan
process; financial management; administration of operations and programs;
responding to calls for assistance and information; and membership and
funding development working with board of directors. Serves as chief
spokesperson and represents the APA in public forums and with the
legislature. Experience and demonstrated abilities in these areas essential.
APA is the only grassroots citizens group that provides a statewide voice
for preservation of historic properties, sites, and cultural resources that
contribute to Alabama's heritage. Active program of outreach and assistance,
rambles, workshops, and events associated with annual meeting held in
conjunction with Alabama Historical Commission (the SHPO). Cosponsors annual
most endangered list and has a small revolving fund. APA budget is
approximately $100,000. APA has had an Executive Director since 1998.
The APA office is in Montgomery, a city of 220,000 that is the state capital
and the location of the Alabama Historical Commission. Montgomery has two
four-year colleges, several junior colleges and technical schools, and
branch campuses of two State universities. The City has its own symphony and
is the home of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, a major Southern repertory
theater. Additionally there are several museums in the City, including an
art museum and historical museums. The capital is the home of statewide arts
and cultural organizations as well as the Alabama Dance Theater and
FULL JOB DESCRIPTION
Reports to President, Alabama Preservation Alliance
The executive director (ED) serves as the chief executive officer and chief
spokesperson of the APA, responsible to the Board of Directors for achieving
the goals set forth in the strategic plan and for successfully managing all
operations of the Alliance. With the president, the executive director
assists the board of directors in fulfilling its governance and fiduciary
The executive director, in partnership with the board, ensures that the flow
of funds permits the APA to make steady progress toward the achievement of
its mission, and that those funds are allocated properly to reflect the
present needs and future potential of the organization. The ED develops an
annual budget for adoption by the Board, maintains that budget throughout
the year, and works with Board members to cultivate sources of major
As the chief executive officer, the ED is responsible for implementing the
APA's mission as the guiding principle of the organization: "The Alabama
Preservation Alliance promotes, educates, and advocates the preservation and
conservation of historic properties, sites, and cultural resources that
contribute significantly to the heritage of the State of Alabama, its
institutions, and its people. The ED assists the Board in developing a
long-range plan to achieve the mission. The ED ensures consistent and timely
progress in developing and implementing programs as directed by the board.
The ED, working with the president, develops agendas for meetings and annual
calendars of events, and ensures their implementation. The ED keeps the
president and board fully informed on the financial condition of the
organization. He or she works with the president to ensure the committee
structure of the board functions effectively.
The ED works with the board to formulate and administer all major policies.
The ED also acts as liaison to other historic preservation entities at the
local, state and national levels (e.g., the National Trust, local historic
preservation commissions, Main Street programs, the Alabama Historical
Commission, etc.). This will include travel throughout the State when
necessary to meet with affiliated organizations and provide services to
Principal duties and responsibilities:
Board Relationship: Reports to the president and accountable to the Board of
Directors. Works in a team relationship with the president and with members
of the executive committee, as appropriate. Provides guidance and
information leading to planning, program and policy adoption by the board
and responsible for implementation after adoption. Serves as staff to
designated committees and task forces, maintains records of all meetings,
and assists committees and task forces in their work. Provides board
guidance in establishment of policies in compliance with 501 (c) (3)
Planning: Works with the Board to develop and maintain a strategic planning
process with long-term and short-term objectives that identify and address
the needs of preservation in Alabama through programs and services, public
policy, and advocacy. The planning process and its implementation must also
address and always consider the needs of the organization for long term
stability and growth.
Financial Management/Fund Development: Has overall responsibility for all
aspects of fiscal management, including assuring adequate financing for
current operating needs and long-term goals. Writes and administers grants
at the direction of the board of directors. Works with the finance committee
by (1) implementing the budget process; (2) reporting APA's total financial
position in a timely manner; and (3) maintaining financial controls.
Prepares monthly financial information for the finance committee and for an
annual audit by the organization's accounting firm.
Leadership Development: Assures leadership development for board and staff
through regular training opportunities, working with the Board Development
Committee and utilizing local, state and national resources.
Public Relations: Works to achieve and maintain a positive, visible image
throughout the State, assuring that the Alabama Preservation Alliance is
known as a valued and effective preservation agency. Serves as co-editor of
the quarterly newsletter, which requires article solicitation and writing,
and oversight of production for timely distribution. Represents the Alabama
Preservation Alliance to appropriate community groups. Interprets and
markets the Alabama Preservation Alliance through the media and the
production of Alabama Preservation Alliance materials.
Facilities Management: Assures the proper use, management, security and
upkeep of APA facilities, owned and rented. Through the budgeting process,
allocates resources for necessary maintenance as well as capital
Human Resources Management: Employs, assigns, supervises, evaluates
performance of and terminates staff. Works with the president and executive
committee to develop personnel policies and administers those policies.
Ensures that (1) legal requirements of employer are met; (2) personnel
policies are reviewed and updated regularly; and (3) consideration is given
to any questions or deviations from policy.
Relationships and Outreach: Maintains contacts with Board members, APA
membership, volunteers, and staff. Works extensively with other funding
sources, community groups and planning agencies. Maintains sound
relationships with community, statewide, and national organizations, and
serves as a resource on the special needs of preservation in Alabama.
Education: College degree required; nonprofit management, leadership, and
historic preservation training preferred.
Energetic, articulate, experienced leader with a demonstrated commitment to
Excellent organizational and administrative skills, preferably in managing a
private, nonprofit organization.
Successful experience raising funds from individuals, corporations, and
Able to work effectively and persuasively with a wide variety of people and
institutions, including Board, members, staff, volunteers, donors,
local/neighborhood groups, elected officials, government leaders, business
community, real estate community, and media.
Strong communications skills, both oral and written.
Demonstrated ability to recruit, develop, and manage volunteers and staff.
Skill or experience in marketing or sales.
Knowledge of Alabama history a plus.
The successful applicant will be required to keep flexible hours with
evening and weekend work anticipated.
Salary: Commensurate with experience.
References: A minimum of three professional references is required.
Process: Cover letter and resume that address the above points must be
received by February 27 (include email and telephone contact information).
Send to Alice Bowsher, APA Search Committee Chair, 5 Norman Drive,
Birmingham, AL 35213, email TurboAMB@...
(if resume is sent by email,
paste it into the document rather than as an attachment). Applications will
be held in confidence. Qualified applicants will be sent a brief
questionnaire to be returned within 7 days. Personal interviews are
anticipated April 6.
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