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Posted: 04/02/2014

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's regular activities include: sponsoring a series of summer and fall tours to historic places throughout the region; holding workshops and conferences; giving educational slide 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 and, for example, was largely responsible for getting the state to change its twenty- year policy of neglect toward Camp Santanoni, a National Historic Landmark, in the Town of Newcomb. Since then AARCH has overseen planning work, ongoing restoration, and a summer interpretive program there through the Friends of Camp Santanoni. AARCH has also sought to ensure a future for Adirondack fire towers by nominating them to the National Register of Historic Places and by sponsoring and supporting four fire tower preservation projects, the Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine, the Friends of Mt. Arab, Azure Mountain Friends, and the Friends of Bald Mountain. AARCH also has a small publishing program, which seeks to publish books and other materials related to the regionís architectural history and legacy. In 2000, AARCH published Santanoni: From Japanese Temple to Life at an Adirondack Great Camp by Rob Engel, Paul Malo and Howie Kirschenbaum. In 2006, AARCH published Adirondack Churches: A History of Design and Building by Sally E. Svenson. AARCH also maintains a growing resource center at its office in Keeseville. The collection includes books, other publications, clippings, correspondence and other printed material, photographs, and a collection of more than 5000 slides. The focus of the collection is materials that relate 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. These materials are used by AARCH staff for research, for planning public educational events, for publications, and for providing information to members and others researchers. AARCH is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit corporation and a registered New York State charitable institution. For more information, see our website www.aarch.org

Program Director
Professional Opportunity
Keeseville, NY
$32,000 - $38,000

AARCH seeks a creative, collaborative, and highly organized individual to serve as our Program Director. This person will provide leadership and delivery in all areas of AARCHs innovative and ambitious public education program, which is central to the organizations work and mission. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Program Director will be an integral member of a four person staff.

Duties and Responsibilities

Working often in conjunction with other AARCH staff and appropriate AARCH board committee members, the Program Director will:

  • Develop, organize, and execute AARCHs annual tour and workshop program that typically includes thirty-five day-long outings to a wide variety of historic places and communities throughout the region. These events are typically held between June 1 and October 15.
  • Develop, organize, and execute periodic workshops and conferences.
  • Develop and organize AARCHs public lecture program series.
  • Work to design and carry out other periodic special events, including benefit events and an annual meeting.
  • Develop and execute, where possible, arts-in-education programs in several regional public schools.
  • Provide content for AARCHs web site, biannual Newsletter, and AARCHs social media vehicles.
  • Administer AARCHs annual historic preservation awards program.
  • Provide occasional technical assistance to individuals, organizations, municipalities, and businesses to further historic preservation projects.
  • Undertake occasional fee for service work (National Register nominations).
  • Assist the Executive Director with other projects, as needed.

Experience and Training

Applicants should have:

  • A degree in historic preservation or a closely related field; graduate degree preferred.

†††††††† Two years experience in the historic preservation field; program experience is preferred.

†††††††† A demonstrated ability to plan and execute complex programs with great attention to detail.

†††††††† Excellent writing, research, and communication skills.

†††††††† Knowledge of Adirondack history and architecture is desirable.

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How to apply
The salary range for this position is $32,000 to $36,000, commensurate with education and experience. The benefits package includes health insurance, a 403(b) retirement plan, and generous vacation, holiday, and sick leave allowances. AARCH is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds. Please send a letter of interest, resume, and appropriate work/writing samples to the address below. Application deadline is April 18, 2014. Steven Engelhart, Executive Director Adirondack Architectural Heritage 1745 Main Street Keeseville, NY 12944 (518) 834-9328 steven@aarch.org
Steven Engelhart
Phone: (518) 834-9328
Fax: (518) 834-9225
1745 Main Street
Keeseville, NY 12944

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