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Posted: 04/05/2011

Save Our Cemeteries

Save Our Cemeteries (SOC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the historic cemeteries of New Orleans, and to fostering a public appreciation for their architectural and cultural significance.

Executive Director
Professional Opportunity
New Orleans, LA

The Executive Director (ED) is the Chief Executive Officer of the organization and reports to the Board of Directors. The ED is responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission and management of the organization within the financial parameters set by the Board.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

• Assure that SOC has both the short and long-range programs in place to achieve the organization's strategic plan in a timely manner.

• Work with the Board of Directors to create and maintain an effective, diverse body that governs the affairs of the organization.

• Provide leadership in developing programs, organizational and financial plans with the board of directors and staff, as well as executing those programs and plans.

• Promote active participation by volunteers in all areas of the organization's work.

• Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.

• Represent the organization and its point-of-view to government agencies, organizations and the general public.

• Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups, government agencies and other organizations, especially with entities and agencies that own or supervise historic cemeteries.

• Be responsible for the recruitment and supervision of all SOC personnel including both paid staff and volunteers.

• Ensure that sound human resource practices are in place, including regular staff employment evaluations.

• Clearly define staff roles, limits and expectations, as well as model appropriate professional behavior and maintain a climate that promotes staff development and motivation.

• Work with the staff, Finance Committee and board VP's to prepare an annual operating budget; see that the organization operates within the budget guidelines.

• Solicit gifts and grants from foundations, corporations, and individuals, via written and personal requests, volunteer activities, events, and direct mail appeals.


• Bachelor's degree required. Graduate degree in Preservation, Architecture, History or Cultural or Heritage Resources a plus.

• A minimum of three years professional administration experience. Non-profit management experience a plus.

• Experience working with volunteers and a commitment to volunteer leadership and involvement.

• Demonstrated experience and success in fundraising (including grant writing, personal/corporate solicitation, and direct mail appeals), special events planning and public relations.

• Strong oral and written communication skills, including comfort and expertise in making public presentations.

• Mature, self-motivated, and able to work independently.

• Proficiency with computers and software programs, including Word, Excel, Publisher, QuickBooks and DonorPerfect, as well as social network media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

• Strong management ability and a sincere commitment to the protection and preservation of New Orleans' cultural assets, including its historic cemeteries.

Applicant must have:

• A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation

• Availability to work non-traditional hours for events and programs

OPen until
none given

How to apply
To apply send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: Executive Director Search PO 58105 New Orleans, LA 70158 Applications may also be submitted electronically to soc@saveourcemeteries.org with "Executive Director Search" in the subject line. Deadline: Monday, May 2, 2011

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