Position Open: Executive Director

Executive Director
Historic Districts Council

SEARCH OVERVIEW

The Historic Districts Council (HDC) seeks an Executive Director to lead New York City’s 51-year old, citywide grassroots preservation advocacy organization. HDC’s mission is to ensure the preservation of significant historic neighborhoods, buildings, and public spaces in New York City, uphold the integrity of New York’s City’s Landmarks Law and further the preservation ethic in New York City. The ideal candidate for this position will be a collaborative and visionary strategic-minded leader with a strong preservation ethic, proven management skills, demonstrated fundraising abilities, and a passion for New York City. Experience in historic preservation and/or planning, politics, community development, neighborhood revitalization, and advocacy is a must. The Executive Director serves as the principal leader, advocate, and fundraiser for HDC with overall responsibilities for all its activities including advocacy, education, development, communications, finance, and general operations. This is a full-time position reporting to HDC’s Board of Directors.

ABOUT THE HISTORIC DISTRICTS COUNCIL

Originally created as a committee of the Municipal Art Society, becoming its own 501(c) (3) over 50 years ago, HDC has grown to become the citywide grassroots advocate for preservation in New York City. HDC actively provides outreach, advice, and education to communities throughout the five boroughs about historic preservation of landmarks and historic and cultural sites or their thoughtful restoration. With a staff of five, a Board of Directors of 22, and an Advisory Board of 34, HDC operates citywide from its headquarters at 232 East 11th Street, NYC.

CONTEXT FOR THE SEARCH

This is a time of great challenge and opportunity for preservation in New York City. Buildings and neighborhoods worthy of protection still lack it, development pressure and misguided public policies are threatening both protected and unprotected resources, unsympathetic changes to protected resources continue to be advanced and the challenges of climate change, affordable housing, and equity must be met. With greater public awareness of and support for preservation than ever before, there are exciting opportunities to advance preservation through innovation, collaboration, and pro preservation initiatives.

As HDC enters its second-half century, it seeks a dynamic, innovative, and optimistic leader to creatively address these challenges and take advantage of these opportunities. With a solid record of accomplishment, HDC now seeks an Executive Director who can build on its past successes and bring the organization to an even greater level of effectiveness and impact. Vision, passion, and experience will enable the new Executive Director to help HDC successfully tackle the preservation challenges facing New York City today. If not HDC, who? If not now, when?

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Organizational Management: Oversee the smooth operations of a small, nimble non-profit,
including financial oversight and reporting, budgeting, and H.R.

Development: Lead all fundraising efforts for HDC, including donor outreach and stewardship, prospect cultivation, major gift initiatives, and annual appeal. Work closely with the Board to fully engage them in development activities.

Advocacy and Preservation: In consultation with the Board and in concert with staff, lead HDC’s advocacy efforts at both the strategic and operational level.

Communications: Serve as the primary spokesperson for HDC, including in print, at major hearings conducted by city agencies, at rallies and at meetings.

Desired Skills and Experience:
Demonstrated management experience. Knowledge and understanding of not-for-profit finances and reporting. Proven fundraising ability. Background in preservation, planning, community development, conservation, urbanism, or relevant field. Passion for and knowledge of New York City. Understanding of New York City government and politics. Compelling communicator. Advocacy abilities. Political acumen. Collaborative working style. High energy. HDC values diversity and seeks Executive Director candidates who represent the diversity of the communities that it serves.

Salary Range: $115,000 to $125,000, or more, commensurate with experience, including a
generous package of benefits.

Please send a cover letter and resume electronically to [email protected]. Hard copies will not be accepted. Materials received by December 31, 2021, will be held in confidence and be given full consideration.

The Historic Districts Council is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or disability. For additional information on HDC, please see www.hdc.org.