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Posted: 04/01/2010

Anacostia Trails Heritage Area, Inc.

The Anacostia Trails Heritage Area (the “Heritage Area”) is one of 10 such heritage areas in Maryland, overseen by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (“MHAA”). The Heritage Area is located in Northern Prince George’s County, just north of Washington, DC along the Anacostia River and U.S. Route 1 (Baltimore Blvd). Anacostia Trails Heritage Area, Inc (“ATHA, Inc”) is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization which serves as the management entity and organizational catalyst for ensuring implementation of the management plan approved by MHAA for the Heritage Area (the “Management Plan”) . The Management Plan, first approved in 2001 and recently revised in 2009, spells out the role of various stakeholders within the Heritage Area, including the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the Conference and Visitors Bureau, and the 14 municipalities located within the geographic boundaries of the Heritage Area. ATHA, Inc is lead by a board of directors, and separate governing body made up of elected or appointed representatives from the 14 municipalities. The mission of ATHA, Inc, is to advocate for, organize and promote heritage tourism in a way that fosters economic development while revealing and protecting the cultural, historic, and natural resources in each community within the Heritage Area.

Executive Director
Professional Opportunity
Hyattsville, MD

Executive Director Responsibilities:

ATHA, Inc. seeks an executive director to lead the organization, fulfill its mission and facilitate implementation of the Heritage Area Management Plan. Responsibilities include:

Facilitation of Heritage Area functions

• Communicate with stakeholders about the benefits of being in the Heritage Area

• Work with the Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission to provide technical assistance to historic, cultural and natural sites

• Provide workshops and assistance to potential MHAA grantees, and facilitate the effective grants review process.

• Convene and facilitate stakeholders and partners to develop driving signage, advocate for preservation/conservation initiatives, emphasize heritage product development, and other initiatives laid out in the Management Plan and Strategic Plan.

Resource development and fundraising

• Work with the Fundraising committee and all Board members to set and execute an effective annual fundraising plan that will supplement state funding from a diverse funding base.

o Includes writing grants, develop and maintain effective donor campaigns, and execute fundraising events.

• Build and maintain partnerships that enable effective resource development and fundraising.

Public Relations

• Build and maintain critical relationships with municipality officials and the Conference and Visitors Bureau to market the Heritage Area

• Communicate with government agency leaders, funders, stakeholders, and the public regarding program needs and the benefits ATHA, Inc can provide to municipalities and other stakeholders.

• Develop and maintain public relations and communications strategy with the Conference and Visitors Bureau.

Administration of organization and personnel

• Work with the Board of Directors to ensure the mandate and mission of the organization is fulfilled.

• Inspire and supervise staff so they are effective.

• Set high performance standards, expectations, and goals and work with staff and board to meet those goals and standards.

• Make decisions on hiring and removal of staff.

• Work with the Board of Directors and Board Committees to oversee implementation of policies of the organization and monitor compliance with non-profit requirements, and requirements set by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.

• Develop annual budget and track expenses accordingly in cooperation with the Treasurer and the Finance Committee of the Board.

• Maintain and improve, where needed, the oversight of insurance policies, bill payment, spending, and cash flow.

Qualifications: Candidates must have a minimum total of five years work experience, at least three of which must be in organizational management, including public relations, budgetary oversight, employee supervision, and contract management. Candidates must have a strong background in historic preservation or heritage tourism as well as excellent communication, negotiation and writing skills; organizational and systems capacity; problem solving and resource development ability. Candidates must also be able to work flexible hours and be comfortable communicating and working with a range of people including residents, business owners, public officials, funders, and the media.

ATHA, Inc is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to identifying and recruiting a broad and diverse pool of qualified candidates for this position. We encourage applications from all qualified persons, and will take each application into consideration without regard to the applicant’s race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual preference, nationality, marital status, age, physical disability, citizenship status or any other characteristic protected by law.

OPen until
none given

How to apply
Interested candidates should address questions and send a cover letter, writing sample, and resume by April 9, 2010 to: ATHA, Inc Executive Search c/o Strategic Management Consulting oramos@strategicmgmt.net or 443-801-8137

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