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Posted: 03/11/2014

Adirondack Architectural Heritage

Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) is the regional, nonprofit, historic preservation organization for the Adirondack Park, with a mission to further better public understanding, appreciation and stewardship of the Adirondacks' architectural heritage, communities, and historic sites through education, advocacy, technical assistance, and direct action. AARCH is among the largest preservation organizations in New York State. Its regular annual activities include: sponsoring a series of summer and fall tours to historic places throughout the region; holding workshops and conferences; giving educational graphic presentations; publishing a biannual Newsletter; and providing technical assistance to homeowners, municipalities, businesses and other organizations. AARCH seeks to find solutions for endangered historic and architectural resources through advocacy and partnership projects such as our successful work at Camp Santanoni, a National Historic Landmark. The AARCH staff undertakes fee-for-services work, largely National Register of Historic Places nominations. AARCH also has a small publishing program, which publishes books and other materials related to the region’s architectural history. At its offices in Keeseville, AARCH has two exhibit spaces, a community meeting room, and a growing resource center that includes books, other publications, clippings, correspondence and other printed material, photographs, and a collection of more than 5000 slides all relating to the region's architectural heritage, to the study of architectural history, in general, to historic preservation, and on resources on local and regional history. AARCH is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit corporation and a registered New York State charitable institution.

Communications and Development Director
Professional Opportunity
Keeseville, NY

AARCH seeks a creative, collaborative, and highly organized individual to serve as our Communications and Development Director. This person will provide leadership and delivery in all areas of communications and development to promote and strengthen the mission and programs of AARCH to current and potential members, funders, and the larger community and to help maintain and grow diverse revenue streams in support of AARCHs program and budget goals. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Communications and Development Director will be an integral member of a four person staff.

Communication Responsibilities

In cooperation with the Executive Director and other appropriate staff and board members: 

  • Develop and implement communication strategies and campaigns to promote the mission and programs of AARCH with an emphasis on reaching new and diverse audiences, growing AARCHs effectiveness and influence, and enhancing understanding of and financial support for the organizations work.
  • Increase the visibility of AARCH through these communications strategies across multiple platforms including the web, social media, print and digital publications, and other public relations vehicles.
  • Manage communication tools including newsletter, e-newsletter, brochures, website, and AARCHs social media strategy and ensure consistency in all AARCH communications.
  • Conduct presentations at various venues including but not limited to community meetings and AARCH sponsored events.
  • Create and cultivate an AARCH ambassadors network within the region.

Development Responsibilities:

In cooperation with the Executive Director and other appropriate staff and board members, the Communications and Development Director will oversee the planning and implementation of a strategic, well-positioned development plan with multiple revenue development initiatives that includes: 

§  Growing the AARCH membership and cultivating greater individual giving to the organization, including through major gifts, the annual appeal, and an expanded program of planned giving.  

§  Growing corporate and business support through memberships, sponsorships, and unrestricted giving.

  • Growing the support that AARCH receives from foundations.
  • Organizing annual fundraising events, including the annual benefit event, raffle, and golf tournament; and member/donor cultivation events.
  • Developing web and social media based initiatives for fundraising.
  • Identifying and responding to potential new funding sources.
  • Developing merchandise offerings.
  • Managing databases related to these development activities.  

Required Skills & Qualifications:


  • General: Bachelors degree, with advanced degree in relevant field preferred, and 3-5 years of professional experience in the nonprofit sector or in a related field. Interest and experience in historic preservation is desirable.


  • Communications: Demonstrated track record as an effective communicator with excellent writing and verbal skills, and exceptional interpersonal, networking, and presentation skills; demonstrated expertise in traditional public relations and effective web-based communications including social media marketing.
  • Development: Strong track record in developing and cultivating a variety of nonprofit funding streams, including membership and individual donors, business and corporate giving, public and
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How to apply
Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and references via email or mail to: Steven Engelhart, Executive Director Adirondack Architectural Heritage 1745 Main Street Keeseville, NY 12944 steven@aarch.org
Steven Engelhart
Phone: 518-834-9328
1745 Main Street
Keeseville, NY 12944

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