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Posted: 05/15/2013

Waterfront Historic Area LeaguE (WHALE)

WHALE is New Bedford, MA's 50-year-old member-supported historic preservation education, advocacy and community development nonprofit. WHALE was founded in 1962 during a time in our nationís history when city centers were in decline and their buildings decaying. The Federal Governmentís solution was Urban Renewal, a program of demolition and clearance of blighted areas to make way for new construction they hoped would follow. Today, the rescue and transformation of New Bedfordís historic waterfront area and downtown is nationally recognized. And, today, that area that was once in deep decay is now home to a multitude of historic and cultural attractions, to two universities, to a diversity of retail operations and eateries, to office workers and, in recent years, to hundreds of residents who have chosen to live downtown. It has been reborn. And, it is contributing mightily to the cityís economy and vitality.

Executive Director
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New Bedford, ME
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The Executive Director serves as Chief Executive Officer and reports to and works closely with the President and the Board of Directors. The Executive Director works with the President to prepare Board meeting agendas and with the Treasurer and Finance Committee to prepare annual budgets and monthly financial reports. S/he and the Board share responsibility for planning, particularly long-term strategic planning and priority-setting. S/he has broad decision-making responsibility for the implementation of plans and programs in accordance with the policies adopted by the Board. S/he also has responsibility for management of WHALEs operations, finances and human resources. The Executive Director, in collaboration with the Board, has responsibility for developing and implementing all fundraising plans and activities.


Provide creative, energetic leadership to guide WHALEs mission-driven work and to ensure its long-term viability and financial stability

Direct the implementation of WHALEs current and future strategic plans, working closely with the Board and its committees and with paid and volunteer staff

Provide dynamic fundraising leadership, working closely with the Development Committee of the Board, staff and volunteers to raise funds necessary to fulfill the organizations mission

Cultivate and maintain enduring relationships with current and potential donors; develop new initiatives and programs to increase membership and to retain existing members

Build partnerships with state and local government and allied organizations and agencies to create preservation-friendly policies and programs

Advocate for historic properties in New Bedford, ensuring their preservation and continued use

Facilitate preservation and sound stewardship of historic properties by offering technical preservation assistance and organizing education and training programs for property owners


WHALE is seeking a dynamic, experienced Executive Director who will welcome the challenge of implementing an ambitious strategic plan and make a commitment to building the organizations capacity and impact over time. The ideal candidate is an energetic, visionary leader with a passion for the organizations mission and legacy, a proven record in fundraising, and solid historic preservation credentials. A graduate degree in historic preservation or related field is preferred, along with 5-10 years of work experience in the field, including solid nonprofit management experience; a Bachelors degree is required.

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How to apply
Applications should be submitted electronically to and include a resume, cover letter and salary history. All applications will be kept confidential. Applications received by May 31st will receive full consideration. WHALE is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates.

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