Job Posting: Executive Director

Job Description for Executive Director Position

Location:                    St. Paul, Minnesota
Activity Area:
           Historic Preservation
                  Executive Director/CEO
Closing Date:
            July 30, 2012
Job Type:
                  Full Time
                       Dependent upon Experience


Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, (PAM) is seeking an Executive Director who will provide strategic vision, creative leadership, fundraising and general management for a dynamic statewide historic preservation nonprofit. He/she will build on the organization’s past successes, expand reach and influence statewide and broaden support for the organization and its programs. The Executive Director(ED), reports to the Chair of the Board of Directors and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. The ED provides leadership to the Board in the areas of public policy, planning, and program development. The ED is the organization’s chief fundraiser and spokesperson, and is responsible for statewide preservation advocacy and cultivating partnerships with members, advocates, policymakers, and organizations throughout Minnesota. The ED leads and directs PAM staff, and provides support and assistance to volunteers, including the Board of Directors and committees. The ED will oversee a $400,000 annual operating budget.

The successful candidate will be experienced in historic preservation with a track record of leadership and financial success. He or she will have the ability to develop relationships with and win the confidence of a range of stakeholders, including donors, government officials, members, staff and partners.


  • The successful candidate will be a proven leader in the nonprofit preservation arena and comfortable advocating for historic preservation principles and projects.
  • Demonstrated success in building and sustaining a comprehensive fundraising program, ideally with experience across a full range of funding sources including individuals, corporations, foundations and government.
  • Significant experience creating, building and managing partnerships with an array of groups and individuals.
  • Knowledge of management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, leadership technique, and the effective use of time and resources.
  • Experience in fiscal planning and budget management for an organization of similar size and scope.
  • Ability to work and make judgments independently and take initiative.
  • High level of comfort with public relations and public speaking as well as communicating information to a wide range of audiences, from donors and volunteers to the press and the general public.
  • Experience with government relations processes and working with other local, state and national groups in the field.
  • Experience reporting to and supporting a governing Board.
  • Knowledge of Minnesota history and fundraising is desirable.

Personal Attributes:

  • Comfortable and assertive in many different social and professional circles including public officials, funders, legal, architects, government, etc.
  • High degree of energy, integrity, creativity as well as the intellectual, organizational, and personal qualities to earn respect and cooperation from all constituencies.
  • Superb communications skills and the ability to engage in effective dialogue with partners/ constituencies as well as adversaries.
  • Comfortable rolling up sleeves in a small office setting with a staff who are dedicated and experienced.
  • Creative with the ability to think out of the box.
  • Ability to travel.


  • Master’s degree in historic preservation, business/non-profit management, or related field; Bachelor’s degree with an additional five years of related experience can be substituted for a Master’s degree.
  • Five years’ experience in demonstrated leadership position in organizational or business management, preferably in historic preservation, management, or equivalent.


How to Apply: E-mail resume and cover letter with salary requirements to Questions may be emailed to the same address, please include preferred contact information. The position is open until July 30, 2012.

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) is the only statewide, private, non-profit organization advocating for the preservation of Minnesota’s historic resources. PAM was established in 1981 by citizens concerned about the loss of irreplaceable segments of our state’s heritage: structures, neighborhoods, community fabric.

Today, PAM works with groups like the State Historic Preservation Office and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to preserve our communities. It steps forward when rare sites or structures are threatened. It works to educate citizens about heritage preservation. It develops networks among people and organizations to help increase awareness of state history, community preservation, and important community values.

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