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Posted: 04/01/2015

The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation

The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation (The Trust) is a non-profit, state-wide membership organization, with a thirty-three-member board, three of whom are appointed by the governor. It was established by special act of the Connecticut General Assembly in 1975. The Trust is headquartered in the Eli Whitney boardinghouse (c. 1827) in Hamden, CT which it bought and restored in 1989. Our strategic plan demonstrates our commitment to statewide preservation activity by reaching people through four interrelated program areas: • Field service • Grant programs • Research • Education

Executive Director
Professional Opportunity
Hamden, CT

The Executive Director of the Trust will lead the organization as it enters its fifth decade, by working collaboratively with board, staff and partners, and managing all operations, with staff support. 


The Executive Director will look for new opportunities that fit into the working model set by the 2014 strategic plan and encourage creative ideas though board committees and staff meetings. 


Duties include but are not limited to:


Report to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and work closely with the Board of Trustees to accomplish your duties. Manage a staff of nine people at present including, a Deputy Director, three part time Circuit Riders (20 hours per week each), one Director of Preservation Services, a Communications Manager, Membership and Office Manager and the Manager of the Making Places Mill Project.


Full responsibility for overseeing a Revolving Fund of approximately $900,000, and various grants that will total approximately $1,200,000 yearly and an annual expense budget, excluding grants, of approximately $1,400,000.  The Revolving Fund has a part time Managing Director.

  • Provide leadership on all programs and projects and look for new opportunities.  
  • Encourage staff development in all aspects of their work, through team building and sharing of projects and programs, daily and at weekly staff meetings.   
  • Maintain and strengthen partnerships with SHPO, Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD), The 1772 Foundation, other private foundations and all regional and local history and preservation organizations.
  • Direct the Trusts legislative outreach to reflect program priorities, in consultation with board of trustees committee, Trust staff, government affairs staff and relevant partners including the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). 
  • Maintain and strengthen relationships with members of the State Legislature and their staff.
  • Grow and strengthen the financial stability of the Trust through various means including private fundraising and building an endowment.
  • Maintain strong relationships with other state-wide historic preservation organizations throughout the country as well as the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
  • Manage outside vendors including Lobbyist firm, Bookkeeper, Attorney, etc.
  • Maintain historic Eli Whitney Boardinghouse, c.1827, (the Trusts office building) to highest preservation standards, in cooperation with and support of trustees and staff.




Masters Degree in Historic Preservation or a related field is required.


We require someone in this role who is open minded and a big thinker.  The culture at the Trust is not,

What can we do with our resources? but, What is our mission, what projects should we be involved in and how do we get the resources to make those things happen?  We require a can do person who is in line with that culture and knows how to make things happen.


You must possess a passion for history and historic preservation. You should be a high energy, top achiever. Someone who is creative, persistent, passionate, detail-oriented, who takes ownership of projects. Someone who is driven to meet objectives and goals--who devises contingency plans to prevent the unexpected from causing failure and does not alienate others--a self-starter driven by a desire to succeed, knows what needs to be done and takes all appropriate steps to get the job done, yet has personal warmth that comes across to the people you deal with.


Experience in dealing with and winning over legislators and state agencies is crucial.  In addition, the ability to build relationships and coalitions with partner organizations is essential.


Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential as is a personal professional presence that instills confidence in others.




§  Experience in historic preservation is paramount.

§  Leadership the ability to take the lead and drive the process.

§  Creativity with a solutions-based thought process--an out of the box thinker.

§  Superior interpersonal skills for representing the Trust to donors, state officials and the public as       well as the Board.

§  A professional demeanor that inspires confidence in donors, board and staff.


§  Project management skills exceptional planning and organizational skills.  Detail oriented.

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How to apply
Please send a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to contact@cttrust.org with the job title as a subject line. Or mail them to: Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, 940 Whitney Avenue. Hamden, CT 06517
940 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CA 06517

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