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Posted: 11/03/2016

Quapaw Quarter Association (Little Rock, Arkansas)

Executive Director
Professional Opportunity
Little Rock, AR
$40,000 - $55,000

The Quapaw Quarter Association (QQA) is the preservation organization for the Little Rock metropolitan area. Incorporated in 1968, its mission is to preserve greater Little Rock’s historic places. QQA pursues its mission through advocacy, marketing, and education. More at http://www.quapaw.com

Current programs include transitional historic property holding of the Woodruff House, implementation of the strategic plan adopted in early 2016, publication of an e-newsletter, The Chronicle; advocacy work on behalf of historic buildings, neighborhoods; and other places, an annual Spring Tour of Historic Homes and other fundraisers and events; educational workshops; a historic house marker program; and management of Historic Curran Hall, the Little Rock Visitor Information Center.

As the chief administrative officer of the Quapaw Quarter Association, the Executive Director is the “face of the QQA” representing the organization to the public and to state and municipal organizations, as well as to other neighborhood association and historic preservation organizations. The Executive Director provides dynamic leadership and serves as the primary spokesperson for the organization. Working in partnership with the Board of Directors, s/he engages in fundraising and membership development; plans, and initiates and directs activities and programs that support the QQA's mission; supervises a small staff; and oversees the organization's finances and operations.

The Executive Director is a visionary for the QQA, articulating its mission to those both inside and outside of the organization. The Quapaw Quarter historic district is one of Little Rock’s oldest neighborhoods and its preservation inspired the formation of the organization and its name. Now the mission and reach of the organization goes well beyond the boundaries of the Quapaw Quarter neighborhood, with assistance and advocacy efforts throughout greater Little Rock.


Little Rock was ranked #1 on “America’s 10 Great Places to Live” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine in 2013. Arkansas’s capitol city sits on the banks of the Arkansas River in Pulaski County. With a population of nearly 200,000 people, it's the largest city in Arkansas.

Little Rock’s metro area is home to a thriving New South culture that offers a vibrant nightlife, big-time entertainment, world-class attractions and a booming dining scene with the best Arkansas restaurants serving up dishes from all over the globe.

The fact that Little Rock is one of the top Arkansas vacation spots and among America’s most affordable cities means residents and visitors can have fun and keep money in their pocket. Little Rock has a big role in history and looks to the future. Learn about Central High School’s place in the civil rights movement, explore the Clinton Presidential Center and imagine a world free of hunger and poverty at the Heifer Village.

Outdoorsy types can lace up their running shoes or hop on a bicycle and cruise the Arkansas River Trail – it features more than 15 miles of scenic riverfront and one of the longest pedestrian and bicycle bridges in America.

Read more about Little Rock at these sites, from which some of the above information was taken:

http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/real-estate/T006-S003-10-great-places-to-live-2013/index.html http://www.littlerock.com/ http://www.arkansas.com/places-to-go/cities-and-towns/city-detail.aspx?city=little+rock http://www.littlerock.com/travel-tools/neighborhoods/

Please see the full job description at www.quapaw.com

In summary, the Executive Director's duties fall into three general categories: developing QQA membership and other sources of funding; implementing QQAs mission; and overall management of a non-profit organization.  

In coordination with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director assists in the planning and execution of a variety of fund development initiatives; provides leadership, and participates actively in all types of fundraising.  The Executive Directors also cultivates and stewards the membership of the QQA, with assistant from the QQA Board.

The Executive Director monitors preservation issues in Little Rock and surrounding areas and develops strategies for addressing problems or threats; serves as an advocate for preservation at all levels of government and throughout the City; is an articulate spokesperson for the QQA; provides technical and planning advice regarding preservation; oversees all QQA programs and activities; and develops and implements the QQA's communication and public relations efforts.

The Executive Director ensures that the QQA's strategic plan and goals are updated regularly, prepares an annual work plan and budget, directs and supervises the work of QQA staff and volunteers, oversees management of the QQA office, and ensures that buildings under the QQA's control are well-maintained.


Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish priorities and work independently; excellent communication skills; knowledge of budgeting and financial reporting; good computer skills (including electronic office and accounting applications, desk-top publishing, website maintenance); knowledge of historic preservation methods and procedures, historic building maintenance, governmental policies governing historic resources.

A master's degree in historic preservation, business or nonprofit management, or a related field, or equivalent experience; at least two years' experience in an administrative position with a nonprofit organization (preferred); experience in fund development and strategic planning; ability to attend evening and weekend events and meetings.

Salary: $40,000 to $55,000, depending on experience. Benefits negotiable.



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How to apply
Application deadline is December 2, 2016. Send cover letter, resume, one writing sample, and three professional references to: Search Committee - Quapaw Quarter Association P. O. Box 165023 Little Rock, AR 72216 Or send cover letter, resume, one writing sample, and three professional references via e-mail to: careers@quapaw.com (this is the corrected email address as of 11/3) No calls, please.
Little Rock, AR 72216

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