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Posted: 09/25/2017

Historic Wilmington Foundation

Since 1966 the Historic Wilmington Foundation (HWF) has worked to protect and preserve the irreplaceable architectural and historical resources of the Lower Cape Fear region. The Foundation was established in 1966 by a group of citizens concerned about the demolition of Wilmington’s historic buildings. A revolving fund (the first of its kind in NC) was set up to enable the HWF to save historic properties by buying them, placing protective easements on them to ensure their continued protection, and selling them for rehabilitation. The Foundation purchased and saved the Wright Murphy House in 1967 with the revolving fund. Since then the funds have also been creatively used to make loans and guarantee loans from banks. Nearly one hundred and fifty properties have been directly saved by HWF with its loans and easements. Hundreds more have been preserved because of the Foundation’s influence.

Executive Director
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Wilmington, NC
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Historic Wilmington Foundation: Executive Director Job Description    





The Executive Director of the Historic Wilmington Foundation is the principal administrator of the organization and reports directly to the President and the Board of Trustees.  




Key responsibilities:


  • Serves as liaison for historic preservation issues for residents of Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear region.   Advances the mission of Historic Wilmington Foundation. 

  • Maintains relationships with government officials and community organizations.

  • Prepares agenda and reports for Committees and Board of Trustees Meetings in conjunction with President

  • Hires, supervises, and evaluates staff. Terminates staff when necessary.

  • Manages the office lease and all relationships with vendors, service people, and utility providers.


  • Develops and oversees internship projects, volunteers, and Public History Graduate Scholarship Recipients.

  • Ensures integrity of financial records, and compliance with all financial standards and regulations. Maintains a relationship with financial auditing firm. Works very closely with the staff accountant to create clear and accurate financial reporting for board and members.

  • Ensures compliance with North Carolina employment standards, and North Carolina non-profit compliance.


    Historic Preservation Initiatives:

  • Identifies potential threatened historic properties and develops strategies for saving them.

  • Oversees maintenance of properties owned by the Foundation.  Markets the properties to buyers.

  • In consultation with the Foundations attorneys, develops and executes offers to purchase, rehabilitation agreements and easements/restrictive covenants for properties.

  • Responsible for developing and implementing preservation agenda.

  • Proposes action to the board regarding preservation initiatives and policy.


How to apply
Please provide cover letter detailing your interest and resume detailing your qualifications to the email address provided.

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