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Posted: 01/17/2012

Preservation Dallas

Preservation Dallas is dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of Dallas’ historic buildings, neighborhoods and places in order to enhance the vitality of our city. Preservation Dallas, a nonprofit organization founded in 1972, is governed by a seventeen-member Board of Trustees; has a staff of 3.1 FTEs; an annual budget of approximately $275,000 and an endowment of approximately $600,000.

Executive Director
Professional Opportunity
Dallas, TX
$ Commensurate with experience

The Preservation Dallas Executive Director reports to and works closely with the Board of Trustees and serves as chief executive officer and public spokesperson for Preservation Dallas. She/he provides leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the Board and staff and carries out those plans in accordance with organizational policies.

The Executive Director assures that the organization has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress. A primary responsibility of the Executive Director will be to fight for preservation principles, to serve as advocate and spokesperson for Preservation Dallas and to represent it, its mission and goals, to public and private concerns and individuals.  She/he will be the chief liaison with the city, state and county officials and the public at large and will be expected to be an active and visible member of the community. She/he oversees publicity for the organization and develops sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations. The Executive Director is responsible for maintaining contact between membership, the Board, staff and the outside community to keep them informed on critical issues, the policies and activities.

The Executive Director, with support from the Board and staff, is responsible for ensuring that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work and develops the annual budget for the organization. The Executive Director is also responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices and has broad decision-making authority for the implementation of plans and programs, subject to such practices.

The Executive Director maintains official records and documents, and ensures compliance with federal, state and local regulations. She/he recruits, hires, supervises and releases staff (both paid staff and volunteers) and is responsible for job descriptions, performance evaluations and maintaining sound human resources practices. Jointly, with the president and secretary of the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director conducts official correspondence of the organization, and jointly, with designated officers, executes legal documents.

The Executive Director will interact with the President of the Board on a regular basis to review progress, make strategic plans to achieve objectives, and to seek guidance on complex problems.  She/he also will propose and respond to questions concerning new initiatives and see that the board is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it.


The successful candidate should have:

  • Bachelors degree required and masters degree in historic preservation or related field preferred. 
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and implement ideas.
  • Proven ability to successfully manage change and to motivate an organization and community to embrace it.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, leadership, advocacy and management skills, with previous experience in historic preservation and neighborhood grassroots preservation efforts.
  • Knowledge of and a commitment to restoration, architectural history, preservation principles and techniques, conservation and an understanding of their relevance to current local development patterns.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and implement and effective political and communication network for the advocacy of the organization.
  • Proven successful fundraising and marketing experience.
  • Demonstrated ability as a spokesperson for an organization that has gained attention and respect through effective public speaking and written communication.
  • Hands-on experience and demonstrated comfort with current software and communication technologies, including social networking and websites.  Understanding of new advances and ability to implement changes.
  • Administrative experience, including staff supervision; budget management and oversight; ability to effectively manage day-to-day operations and maintain appropriate records
  • Must be flexible, politic, and communicative, and have the courage to fight for preservation principles, keeping in mind that even lost battles are opportunities for public education.
  • Sense of humor.
  • Ability to say No.
  • Self-motivated and passion for the job that needs to be done.
  • Ability to think creatively, while working within an organizational framework.


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How to apply
Send cover letter and resume to: edsearch@preservationdallas.org
Carol Roark
Phone: 214-821-3290
2922 Swiss Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204

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