Preservation NC is hiring a President/CEO – SUBMISSIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED

Myrick Howard will be retiring after 45 years of outstanding preservation work throughout North Carolina.

Founded in 1939, Preservation North Carolina is North Carolina’s only private nonprofit statewide historic preservation organization. Its mission is to protect and promote buildings, landscapes and sites important to the diverse heritage of North Carolina. It enjoys a national reputation, having been cited by the National Park Service as “the premier statewide preservation organization of the South, if not the Nation” and the National Trust for Historic Preservation as “the model organization of its kind.” It is best known for its award-winning Endangered Properties Program and its groundbreaking work at the Bellamy Mansion Museum in Wilmington.

Preservation NC is seeking a full-time President/CEO responsible for advancing its mission and ensuring its long-term success and sustainability. In addition to overseeing the organization’s operations and programs, which are largely real estate-oriented, the President/CEO is responsible for securing funding, marketing, human resource activities, and community outreach. The organization is seeking an enthusiastic, professional individual who can support a collaborative, cohesive, and mission-driven work environment.

The President/CEO position requires knowledge of nonprofit best practices and experience with program and service oversight, including but not limited to: working with the Board of Directors to set vision, overall strategy, goals, and budget for the organization; leading and developing staff; developing mutually beneficial community partnerships; cultivating corporate, philanthropic and individual donors; overseeing financial management and budgeting; ensuring the quality of programs and events; and serving as the spokesperson for the organization.

The President/CEO position also requires knowledge of historic preservation laws, incentives, and programs, especially as they relate to the acquisition and resale of real property with protective covenants and to obtaining and monitoring preservation easements.

This position requires passion, integrity, self-direction, and good communication skills. The President/CEO reports directly to the Board of Directors and leads a staff of twelve full-time individuals and multiple part-time employees as well as numerous volunteers, and manages an annual budget of approximately $1.6 million.

Strategic Leadership

  • Responsible for the overall planning, development, implementation and administration of multiple historic preservation programs/projects in accordance with the local, state and federal laws governing real estate, historic preservation, and nonprofit museum administration. Coordinates with the Board, staff and stakeholders to develop and propose a Strategic Plan for approval by the Board of Directors.
  • Responsible for determining operational, project, and program goals and objectives and to establish and administer the necessary scope of action, general policies and work schedules for historic preservation projects and programs, including museum management, and to supervise the execution of assignments.
  • Demonstrates personal commitment and thought leadership to the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access across the organization to benefit employees, the community we serve, and external stakeholders.
  • Develops with staff input and board approval major multi-year special projects or initiatives that build the stature of the organization and advance the cause of historic preservation.
  • Analyzes progress on key performance indicators identified in the Strategic Plan.
  • Measures, evaluates, and communicates progress toward the achievement of organizational goals.

Fund Development and Community Relationships

  • Advances development opportunities that generate funding streams, including gifts of property for resale, for Preservation NC.
  • Serves as Preservation NC’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media, and the general public.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with various organizations and utilizes those relationships to strategically enhance Preservation NC’s mission.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with diverse communities through a diversity, equity and inclusion lens.
  • Helps build Preservation NC’s presence and grow its constituency by being active and visible in the statewide preservation community.

Operations and Finance

  • Develops, proposes, and monitors the Board-approved annual budget and the overall financial health of the organization, in conjunction with the Executive Committee.
  • Ensures timely and accurate submission of all financial, operational and programmatic reports to the Preservation NC Board of Directors and all relevant public and funding agencies.
  • Oversees risk management activities.

Human Resources and Leadership Development

  • Fosters an organizational culture that attracts, engages, motivates, and retains a diverse team of competent, qualified staff and volunteers.
  • Delegates tasks and responsibilities. Builds and sustains morale among staff, the Board of Directors and volunteers.
  • Ensures that adequate performance evaluations of staff are conducted.

Board of Directors Partnership

  • Develops positive and effective board relationships; provides appropriate, adequate and timely information to the board and support to board committees.
  • Shares responsibility for the facilitation and coordination of board, staff and committee meetings, retreats and trainings.
  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
  • Attends board meetings and submits program reports.
  • Suggests any new policies and procedures deemed necessary and presents them to the Board for review and approval.
  • Coordinates the relationship between the Board and the advisory board for the Bellamy Mansion Museum.

Professional Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree. Possession of an advanced degree in disciplinary areas in humanities and social sciences that are related to historic preservation.
  • Five or more years of managerial experience with a nonprofit organization.
  • Previous experience in professional historic preservation leadership and planning in a federal, state, municipal agency or nonprofit organization engaged in historic preservation functions, or any combination of education and experience that shall be a substantially equivalent to the above education and experience.
  • Real estate and legal experience.
  • Previous leadership experience with diverse communities/populations to address issues of diversity, equity and inclusion and race.
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership.
  • Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong public speaking ability.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and stressful situations with poise, positivity, humor and realistic expectations; display a strong work ethic and attention to detail.

The Executive Director position is on-site based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Some travel is required.

Salary Range: $90,000-120,000 plus benefits including health insurance, retirement contribution, paid holidays, vacation and paid time off. Salary is commensurate to experience.

Preservation NC provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any time without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, gender identity, protected veteran status or disability status.

Please submit your cover letter and CV/resume to Ruth Peebles, at by May 5, 2023. No phone calls please.