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Posted: 06/02/2016

Association for Preservation Technology International (APT)

APT is a cross - disciplinary, membership organization dedicated to promoting the best technology for conserving historic structures and their settings. Membership in APT provides exceptional opportunities for networking and the exchange of ideas. APT members, who hail from more than 30 countries, include preservationists, architects, engineers, conservators, consultants, contractors, craftspersons, curators, developers, educators, historians, landscape architects, students, technicians, and other persons directly involved in the application of methods and materials to maintain, conserve, and protect historic structures and sites for future use and appreciation. The international, interdisciplinary character of APT—with its outstanding publications, conferences, technical committees, training courses, student scholarships, regional chapters, and awards—makes it the premier worldwide network for anyone involved in the field of historic preservation. APT Mission Statement: The mission of APT is to preserve the built environment through the application of appropriate technology. APT has two strategies that support the mission: To develop and deliver excellent interdisciplinary technical content for the community of practice that preserves the building environment. To identify and define upcoming issues, set the direction for development of best practices, and actively cultivate evidence-based innovative solutions, specific to preservation technology.

Executive Director
Professional Opportunity


The Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) is seeking a highly qualified and experienced individual to fill the position of Executive Director (ED) of the organization. This is a new position to work with the APT Board and Executive Committee.  Having an Executive Director presents APT with an opportunity for a vastly increased presence and growth. The new Executive Director will be charged with leading APT aggressively in the direction established by the APT Board of Directors and Executive Committee.


The ED position is defined by APT as follows:

The Executive Director reports to the APT President, Executive Committee, and Board of Directors. The Executive Director has three primary areas of responsibility:


  • The management and general supervision of the affairs of APT in accordance with APT Bylaws and strategic advice from the Board

  • The initiation and coordination of development of funding for the organization to support the current APT Strategic Plan.
  • The facilitation and stewardship of connections with allied organizations for the development of technical resources and materials that further the mission and vision of APT as established through the Board-developed Strategic Plan.


The qualifications for the position are set forth below.


Applicants must have demonstrated experience and achievements in the following areas:

  • Managing a professional staff to conduct programs and provide support to a volunteer board and international membership organization.
  • Fundraising from public and private sources, including governments, corporations, foundations and individuals.
  • Obtaining and leveraging volunteer resources to accomplish organizational goals.


Applicants should have:


  • Familiarity with historic preservation, particularly technological aspects, including international preservation issues, as well as experience in the heritage field or a related industry.
  • Association management experience, including familiarity with membership development, communications, event planning, budgeting, fundraising and revenue generation.
  • Familiarity with APT
  • Effective team building skills, mixing paid staff, consultants and volunteer individuals, to achieve common objectives.
  • Capacity to be a self-starter requiring minimal supervision, while knowing when Board approval is needed.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English and preferably in one additional language (French greatly preferred, or Spanish).
  • Willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.


In executing the responsibilities for management and general supervision of APT, the Executive Director must ensure the functioning of APT (through a combination of personal, staff, and Board involvement):

     1.      Be a spokesperson for the organization, in collaboration with thepresident,            Executive Committee, Board of Directors and committee chairs;

2.    Implement a planning and execution process whereby APT Board and staff, in coordination with partners and stakeholders, meet organizational goals in a measurable and timely manner;

3.     Work with the Board and staff to establish and meet annual fund raising goals to sustain APT programs and staff;

4. Manage effectively contracts and cooperative agreements with governmental, public, and private entities in performance of APT programs;

5.     Support the Board and members in representing APT at other national and international projects and assemblies that relate to the program priorities of APT, in ways that build on, and use, international and national networks to achieve concrete results;

6.      Manage a process for permanent membership development and retention;

7.       Carry out activities that advocate and advance the cause of APT mission and vision;

8.       Identify and disseminate information essential or useful to the mission of APT to the Board, officers, members and other components and partners of APT; and

9.    Manage Board and committee meetings and activities, including APT board meetings, with effectiveness and efficiency, so that follow-up is assured, duplication avoided, and results are attained.

APT is a membership organization currently managed by an Association management company with an administrative staff located in Springfield, Illinois. The Executive Director position is envisioned as an independent contractor whose location could be remote from the Associations location. The successful candidate will be responsible for an aggressive fundraising program which will augment the budget.

Compensation Levels
Compensation will be commensurate with the qualifications of the candidate offered the position. APT is a relatively small organization, and the successful candidates compensation will depend in part on fundraising.




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How to apply
Applicants should submit a resume and supporting documents electronically to “Executive Director Recruitment” at nchatara@associationcentral.org or by mail to: Nathela Chatara, Administrative Director Association for Preservation Technology International 3085 Stevenson Drive, Suite 200 Springfield, IL 62703
Nathela Chatara
Phone: 217-529-9039
3085 Stevenson Drive, Suite 200
Springfield, IL 62703

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