The Executive Director will lead a well-established and respected organization with an outstanding professional staff and strong support from communities and grass-roots constituents statewide. In Rhode Island, historic preservation has been oriented toward community and economic development as well as protection of heritage and historical architecture.
The executive director should have a passion for understanding the past and be able to bring knowledge and a sensitivity to history, architecture and archaeology towards meeting contemporary needs, and to work towards a sustainable future for Rhode Islands historic resources. He or she will work with Commissioners and Staff to develop strategic goals for historic preservation in Rhode Island, and will form effective partnerships with state and local government officials, property owners, and advocates to articulate and carry out the Commissions vision. The executive director must also be a consummate administrator able to lead the staff to achieve desired results and to oversee management of the Commissions financial resources for effectiveness and accountability, and should be comfortable interacting with legislators, professional colleagues, and RI citizens.
The Executive Director will serve as the States Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) or Deputy SHPO.
A thorough knowledge of the principles, methods, techniques, and practices of historic preservation and the ability to apply such knowledge in planning, organizing, directing and administering the functions and related programs of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission.
Supervisory, financial management and administrative experience.
Possession of a graduate degree in history, architectural history, archeology, architecture, or a closely related field such as American studies or historic preservation or the equivalent educational experience.