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Posted: 03/20/2012

Landmarks Illinois

Founded in 1971 in response to the demolition of Adler and Sullivan's masterpiece old Chicago Stock Exchange Building, Landmarks Illinois is the state’s leading voice for historic preservation and has saved countless of its architectural and historical treasures. It has grown to become a 2,500-member statewide organization and is an active partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For the past 40 years Landmarks Illinois has succeeded in preserving, protecting and advocating for Illinois' architecturally and historically significant buildings and neighborhoods. Landmarks Illinois: •Educates the public and elected officials about the importance of historic preservation. •Sustains programs that support and facilitate thoughtful redevelopment. •Proactively develops initiatives that positively impact public policy and the needs of Illinois' historic resources so that they continue to contribute to the economy, tourism and quality of life. With an annual budget of approximately $1 million and a full-time staff of 5 plus part-time staff and interns, Landmarks Illinois is the most respected voice of preservation in Chicago and all of Illinois. Landmark Illinois has established a variety of programs to save buildings by facilitating, educating and promoting historic preservation.

Professional Opportunity
Chicago, IL


Landmarks Illinois is seeking a President who will be highly visible and the public face of the statewide organization. He/she will build on the organizations past successes, expand reach and influence statewide and broaden support for the organization and its programs. Based in Chicago, the President, reports to the Board of Directors through the Chair. Landmarks Illinois has a 15-member Executive Committee and a total Board of approximately 33 prominent business and community leaders.  Board member and preservationist Jean Follett is Interim President.


The President will oversee a $1 million operating budget, including over $600,000 in annual fundraising from events, individual membership, and contributions and major gifts. In addition, grant monies represent over $212,000 annually. The remainder of the budget is generated by investment income and the easements program.


The successful candidate will be an experienced leader in preservation with a track record of leading with vision and inspiring enthusiasm for the success of their organizations. He or she will have the ability to develop relationships with and win the confidence of a range of Landmarks Illinois constituencies, including donors, government officials and partners.


·The successful candidate will be a proven leader in the nonprofit preservation arena. For-profit professionals with significant preservation and nonprofit experience (e.g. Board leadership) will be considered.


·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.


·Effectively multi-task and establish priorities. Highly efficient in time management and can meet deadlines under pressure. Ability to work and make judgments independently and take initiative. Well-disciplined and resourceful self-starter.


·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.




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. A sense of humor always helps!


·       Comfortable rolling up sleeves in a small office setting with a staff who is excited about the new change.


·       Creative with the ability to think out of the box.


·       Ability to travel.





 ·       Masters degree preferred; minimum of a Bachelors degree with significant management experience.



OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
Landmarks Illinois has exclusively retained the services of DHR International to lead the initiative for the new President. The DHR team is being led by DHR Executive Vice President Mary Lee Montague. All inquiries should be directed to DHR team member: Michele Counter Principal, Nonprofit Practice DHR International 919-465-9354 mcounter@dhrinternational.com

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