Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) is seeking an Executive Director to lead this nationally recognized and successful historic preservation and neighborhood non-profit organization. RAP, founded in 1974, is a volunteer driven organization with a small staff and a large mission: to enhance and preserve the architecture, history, culture, and economic vibrancy of the Riverside Avondale neighborhood.
RAP is seeking an Executive Director who is entrepreneurial, energetic, imaginative, and results oriented. The ideal candidate will possess a versatile skill set managing a small paid staff and working collaboratively with a diverse set of constituents. The Executive Director must be sensitive to design and preservation issues and should be driven to understand and address the issues confronting residents, local business people, and public agencies.
1) Lead historic preservation, guide the resolution of zoning issues, and assist with community improvement projects:
i. Build strong and productive relationships with public officials to negotiate issues of historic preservation and zoning. Develop in-depth knowledge of the Riverside/Avondale Zoning Overlay and city zoning and planning processes. Ensure successful implementation and enforcement within a complex system.
ii. Serve as a resource on historic preservation and encourage a cooperative climate among neighborhood interests, including residents, developers, public officials, and local businesses.
iii. Interface with the City, governmental agencies, and local interests to coordinate projects in the neighborhood such as the Boone Park improvement project, the rewiring of electric lines, and the Citys tree trimming project.
2) Lead development, marketing, and membership events and initiatives:
i. Develop and manage efficient fundraising strategies. Oversee key fundraising events including Luminaria, Bootleggers Ball, and the Home Tour.
ii. Direct RAPs communications including communications via RAPs newsletter, website, and social media assets. Use speaking engagements, media interviews, and personal appearances to keep RAP and the neighborhood in the public eye.
iii. Develop membership and donor base to achieve financial growth and allow the organization to expand its reach and effectiveness.
3) Manage personnel, finances, and information:
i. Hire, supervise, and evaluate all RAP employees and professional consultants. Ensure sound human resource practices are in place. Supervise the director of the Riverside Arts Market and ensure financial and event success. Promote active participation by volunteers.
ii. Ensure RAPs financial health. Oversee bookkeeping and retention of financial records. Ensure that RAP meets its budgetary targets.
iii. Develop and maintain technical resource files and libraries.
4) Provide strategic and tactical support to the Board of Directors in evaluating RAPs progress and planning for the future:
i. Assist the Board in formulating a long-term strategic plan, annual goals, and an annual budget.
ii. With the Board Chair, set monthly Board agendas. Advise the Board monthly on RAPs finances and progress in achieving strategic and operational goals.
A bachelors degree or higher.
Five or more years work experience.
Substantive people and project management experience.
Financial and budgetary acumen.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills and supervisory skills.
Leadership and collaboration skills necessary to build relationships and work effectively with a board of directors, local government, and other constituents.
Preferred Added Qualifications
Advanced degree such as MBA, MPP, or JD.
Knowledge of historic preservation.
Knowledge of zoning, city planning, and government.
Knowledge of nonprofit fiscal management, including budgeting and grant writing.
Fundraising and development experience.
Currently resides, works, or volunteers within the Riverside Avondale neighborhood.
History of Riverside Avondale and RAP - https://www.facebook.com/riversideavondalepreservation/videos/1701879549558/