BACKGROUND: The National Trust for Historic Preservation protects significant places representing our diverse cultural experience by taking direct action and inspiring broad public support. A privately funded non-profit organization, the Trust seeks to expand the preservation movement through direct, on-the-ground action and advocacy campaigns. Operating out of its headquarters in Washington, DC, eight field offices, and 28 historic sites nationwide, the Trust is the leading advocate to save America’s heritage, and strives to create a cultural legacy that is as diverse as the nation itself so all of us can take pride in the full American story. Please click here for more information about the Trust.
THE OPPORTUNITY: The President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) reports to and works closely with the Board of Trustees. S/he will bring the strategic vision and collaborative partnership approach needed to enable the organization to continue to lead and drive the evolution of the preservation movement as the national standard bearer. The ideal candidate will have polished communication and presentation skills and serve as an articulate and passionate ambassador and revenue generator for the organization in a broad range of settings to diverse audiences. Reporting to the CEO is a staff of more than 300 experts in advocacy, funding, interpretation, law, marketing, and preservation services. This is an exceptional, high-profile national leadership opportunity.
FUNDING: The Trust is supported entirely by private contributions and earned income and has a current consolidated annual operating budget of $68M. Sources of support include as strong base of 85,000 actively contributing members, major donors, foundations and corporations, who together contribute 50% of all annual revenue. The Trust’s for-profit subsidiary generates $1-2M annually, and the organization has an endowment with a current market value of $269M. A recently completed six-year $200M campaign raised a total of $305M.
- Successful executive leadership experience, preferably in a non-profit organization with a national presence.
- Genuine passion for the cultural heritage of the nation and its diverse stories.
- Experience working effectively with a diverse board and senior leadership to establish strategies and tactics to achieve complex goals.
- Successful front-line fundraiser on a large scale.
- Charismatic and inspiring communicator and presenter who is able to articulate the National Trust’s mission and values to a broad range of constituents.
- Well-honed relationship-building skills.
- History of working effectively with corporate leadership, policymakers, preservationists, other non-profit organizations, donors, and staff.
- History of effectively guiding an organization through a period of executive leadership transition.
- Strategic thinker capable of forecasting short- and long-term objectives.
- Deep understanding of non-profit finances.
- Entrepreneurial and creative.
- Collegial, collaborative leader and consensus builder.
- Willing to experiment, take risks, and challenge existing orthodoxy to build a more dynamic, impactful, and sustainable organization.
- Success building, leading, motivating, and mentoring a large, diverse workforce.
- Able to travel frequently nationwide.
- Bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.