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Posted: 02/09/2016

Wheeling National Heritage Area

Our Mission The Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation leads community efforts to recognize, communicate and preserve Wheeling’s heritage. Through a focus on the core of the Heritage Area and its unique Heritage Port, we serve as a catalyst for economic revitalization, acting in public/private partnerships, which offer our citizens the opportunity to actively participate in the benefits of our activities. Our projects and programs support the “Plan for the Wheeling National Heritage Area.” Our Vision Wheeling’s economic future is enhanced, providing new employment opportunities and economic revitalization through preservation and utilization of the Wheeling National Heritage Area’s natural setting and historic resources. Our Goals Public Awareness and Identity - Citizens and officials in Wheeling support and understand WNHAC’s mission and how it provides vision, leadership, and resources to the community. Preservation - WNHAC assists public and private entities in Wheeling to appreciate and value historic resources within the community, providing assistance and encouragement to achieve appropriate preservation and reuse. Interpretation and Education - Residents and visitors understand Wheeling’s history and the community’s part in the national story, including its roles in transportation, commerce, and conflict, as well as the important contribution of the city’s resources to these themes. Economic and Community Development - WNHAC projects, including completed facilities such as the Artisan Center, Heritage Port, Inter-modal Transportation Center, and Wheeling Stamping as well as activities defined in the revised Plan, build a pride of place and sense of vitality in the core of the City, encouraging new and expanded shopping, office, recreational, entertainment, and residential opportunities in the core of the Heritage Area. Recreation - Public open spaces in Wheeling, including Heritage Port, the Heritage Trail, and other venues defined in the Plan, allow citizens and visitors to appreciate the natural and man-made beauty of our city’s resources, understand its history, and engage in a variety of public activities that will enliven the city and contribute to its economic vitality. Sustainability - WNHAC assists the community and its public and private institutions to act cooperatively to preserve and use the community’s heritage to advance revitalization and reinvestment initiatives, developing sources of income that can sustain the organization when federal heritage funds are no longer available after 2015.

Executive Director
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Wheeling, WV
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Executive Director


Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation (WNHAC) is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. This position will direct and carry out the day-to-day activities of WNHAC in order to sustain an organization that identifies, conserves, interprets, and promotes Wheelings historic and cultural resources.


Key responsibilities include planning and directing all aspects of WNHACs activities to achieve goals with available resources, including the operation and management of the Wheeling Artisan Center; overseeing a Main Street program (Reinvent Wheeling); overseeing WNHAC properties; ensuring compliance with all federal and state regulations; communicating goals and accomplishments to the general public; administering the budget; maintaining federal and other funding streams; and ensuring ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, consistent quality of finance, administration and communication, and strong collaboration with the WNHAC Board of Directors.


The successful candidate will be innovative, experienced in project management, highly organized, able to advance multiple concurrent programs, a strong verbal and written communicator,  experienced in grant writing and grant managementand a passionate proponent of historic preservation and rehabilitation. He/she will have a demonstrated capacity to build and strengthen partnerships among key local stakeholders and with city, state, and federal agencies and with the private sector.



How to apply
Applicants should submit resumes and letter describing their vision for this position by March 15, 2016 to Director Search Wheeling Heritage P.O. Box 350 Wheeling, WV 26003
Bekah Karelis
Phone: 304-232-3087
1400 Main St.
Wheeling, WV 26003

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