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
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
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 functions.
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 funding.
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 members.
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) requirements.
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
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
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 historic preservation.
Excellent organizational and administrative skills, preferably in
managing a private, nonprofit organization.
Successful experience raising funds from individuals, corporations,
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
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@...
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.