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Posted: 04/02/2015

Samuel Plato Academy of Historic Preservation Trades

Title: Executive Director Organization Name: Samuel Plato Academy of Historic Preservation Trades (SPA) Location: Building C, Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage, 1701 West Muhammad Ali Blvd. Louisville, Kentucky Summary: The SPA is a new historic preservation trades, educational program designed to provide underserved individuals from Louisville Kentucky with a one year certificate in Historic Preservation Trades Technology. Underserved individuals who reside in neighborhoods located on the west side of Jefferson County, Kentucky will be the primary target for recruitment for this program

Executive Director
Professional Opportunity
Louisville, KY




  • Responsible for planning and directing all educational and organizational activities for SPA.

  • Work closely with the SPA Advisory Board (SPAAB) Kentucky Heritage Council (KHC), Jefferson Community & Technical College (JCTC) and other community/regional/state partners, consultants & stakeholders. 

  • Direct all fundraising efforts for the SPA and manage all SPA staff.

  • Work closely with SPA's not-for-profit fiscal partner.

  • Responsible for managing all finances for the SPA as well as regular financial reporting to all involved entities, as required.

  • Must be able to demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Word.

  • Responsible for regular programmatic reporting to the SPAAB as well as all involved entities, as required.

  • Responsible for setting up the existing facility located at Building C at the Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage The end use of this space will include a classroom, woodworking shop, offices, kitchen, storage area and serve as a base for the preservation,  hands-on field school.

  • Responsible for the acquisition of one suitable historic house each year for the field school portion of the project.

  • Manage the rehabilitation of one historic structure in Louisville's west end each year. This includes identifying and utilizing local sub-contractors willing to work on the project house rehabilitations with students.

  • Work with the SPA's not-for-profit fiscal partner to obtain low interest construction loans for the rehabilitation of one historic property a year.

  • Work with local Realtors to facilitate the sale of all completed rehabilitation projects.

  • Provide instruction in the classroom, shop and field by teaching the historic preservation trades, as needed, in concert with a full time SPA field/classroom Program Instructor and  JCTC instructor.

  • Manage all marketing and public relations for SPA

  • Organize, attend and report to all SPA Advisory Board & Committee meetings.

  • Develop existing and create new relationships with companies and organizations able to provide employment for graduating students.

  • Attend ten days of programmatic training in Louisville, Kentucky in the spring and/or summer of 2015




Required Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree and ten years of related work experience in not-for-profit and/or business management, historic preservation policy and the historic preservation trades. Experience in the following areas is also desired:




  • Demonstrated ten years of historic preservation, hands-on construction trades experience.

  • Demonstrated experience managing historic preservation rehabilitation projects.

  • Demonstrated expertise with the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation.

  • Demonstrated experience managing an organization or company.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Experience writing and securing grants.

  • Excellent interpersonal communications skills.

  • General understanding of all the different trades involved in historic preservation rehabilitation of historic properties.

  • Demonstrated experience teaching the historic preservation trades. 

  • Demonstrated marketing and community development experience.



This position can be a full time, at-will, salaried position or a full time contract position depending on the successful applicants situation. Compensation and benefits negotiable.



This position answers directly to the Chairperson of the SPA Advisory Board.


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How to apply
Submit resume and cover letter, including salary expectations by April 17, 2015, to: Craig Potts, Executive Director, Kentucky Heritage Council and State Historic Preservation Officer, 300 Washington Street, Frankfort, KY 40601, 502-564-7005 x 111 or submit by email at craig.potts@ky.gov. For additional questions contact Bob Yapp, yapperman@msn.com or 217-474-6052. The position begins June 1, 2015. The Samuel Plato Academy of Historic Preservation Trades is an equal educational and employment opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of; race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, family medical history, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, military service, any other non-merit based factor or genetic information.
Bob Yapp
Phone: 217-474-6052
521 Bird Street
Hannibal, MO 63401

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