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Posted: 08/22/2012

Hartford Preservation Alliance

Hartford Preservation Alliance is dedicated to advocating for the preservation and revitalization of the unique architectural heritage and neighborhood character of Hartford. The Hartford Preservation Alliance (HPA) is Hartford’s voice for the preservation of the city’s unique architectural heritage. It is focused on educating the public about preservation issues, convening and collaborating with interested parties to affect positive change, advocating for rehabilitation and proper mothballing of older structures, and using all appropriate means for protecting historic properties, including their placement on the state and federal historic registries. HPA is a professionally-operated, volunteer-assisted 501(c)(3) organization with a staff of four, including associate director, senior program associate and financial assistant, and is supported by a 13-member board of directors. HPA also relies upon its membership to support its programs, activities and services. HPA accomplishes its mission in the following ways: • Provides technical assistance to private and public property owners • Creates historic districts and list individual properties including parks, monuments, bridges and cemeteries • Participates in researching, writing and advocating for stronger preservation laws and local ordinances • Raises community awareness of the value of historic preservation through programs and activities, and participates with other community organizations • Works with City of Hartford officials and statewide organizations on preservation issues.

Executive Director
Professional Opportunity
Hartford, CT

The Challenge and Opportunity

HPA has been led over the past seven years by a passionate and talented executive director who has guided the organization through a period of sustainability and growth during a difficult economic period, and has professionalized the approach to historic preservation. The current executive director has also built a strong network of foundation, community and governmental support for HPAs mission and vision, as well as a strong staff and board.

The position provides an opportunity for a leader to combine a passion for HPAs mission, with creative ideas and operational expertise, towards creating new ways to expand on HPAs impact, as well as broadening an awareness of the benefits of preservation. HPA views historic buildings as community assets that can play an important role in creating value and stabilizing neighborhoods within the city.

The challenge and the opportunity for the new executive director of HPA will be to build upon past successes and upon its current excellent reputation to:

·         Increase public and political outreach

·         Provide new leadership for an organization involved in education, advocacy and revitalization

·         Explore new partnerships, community relations, fund development and volunteer management

·         Work to advance HPA as a key contributor in the development of the City of Hartford


Strategic Goals

In November 2011, the HPA board of directors adopted these strategic goals for 2012-2014:

1.      Advocacy advocate for increased community-wide commitment to preservation

2.      Education build awareness and support for the issues of preservation

3.      Technical Assistance assist property owners to find resources, techniques and cost-effective tools for historic preservation; significantly increase research, analysis and data input, both in-house and on the website

4.      Governance build and maintain ownership of the organization by the board of directors

5.      Resource Development identify and secure resources to support HPA


Profile of the Ideal Candidate


The executive director must be a passionate advocate for preserving Hartfords historic architecture, which is a key element for the revitalization of our city and maintaining ties to our heritage. Candidates must have a professional background that demonstrates an ability to work successfully and respectfully with individuals with different experiences, including the staff, board, volunteers, government, community and professional service partners.


The executive director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of HPA, according to the strategic direction set by the board, and within HPAs stated mission. S/he will have success as a strategic thinker, a problem solver and a community collaboration builder, ideally in an urban setting. S/he will possess excellent communication skills, be well-organized, results-driven, have a strong fundraising acumen and integrity, and be able to lead technical advisory services around preservation.


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How to apply
This executive search is being conducted by Third Sector New England’s Executive Transitions Program. All submissions are confidential. For a more detailed job description and/or to apply, please visit: http://www.tsne.org/jobs/hpa Only online applications will be accepted. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. Hartford Preservation Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates.
Rodney Byrd
Phone: 617-523-6565
Third Sector New England
89 South Street 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02111

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