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  • A.J. Wright
    fyi...aj wright // ajwright@uab.edu ... EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ALABAMA PRESERVATION ALLIANCE (APA) Executive Director (ED) for private, nonprofit membership
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 19, 2001
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      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
      Montgomery Ballet.


      Executive Director
      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.

      Qualifications Desired

      Energetic, articulate, experienced leader with a demonstrated commitment to
      historic preservation.

      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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