Now Hiring: Executive Director

Preserve the Burg is seeking a dynamic individual to fill the role of Executive Director. Preserve the Burg will be accepting letters of interest during the last quarter of 2020. We expect to complete a formal hiring process and fill the position in the first quarter of 2021.  Please email a resume and letter of interest to

Preserve the ‘Burg Executive Director Role Description

The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for leading Preserve the ‘Burg as it overall management of the organization and furthering the strategic initiatives set forth by the Board of Directors. 

The ED shall, at the direction of the Board of Directors, serve as one of the primary faces of the organization in the community.

The ED is expected to identify and implement short-and-long term membership goals and events/parties/tours, and to be accountable to the President of the Board and Board of Directors for achieving those goals, events, parties and tours.  Additionally, the ED coordinates with existing leadership to shape the future of Preserve the ‘Burg including its fundraising programs, newsletters and other external facing promotional efforts.

The ED is also responsible for the daily operation of the organization, budget, and all personnel management (fulltime, Part-time and contractor – including hiring, supervising, evaluation, and termination).

Job Title: Executive Director

Organization: Preserve the ‘Burg

Reports to: President of the Board (liases the Board of Directors through the Executive Committee)

Supervises: Preserve the ‘Burg Employees and Contractors

Overtime Status: Employee / Exempt

Compensation: $60,000 to $75,000 per year.

Essential Job Responsibilities


  • Ensures that the organization achieves its preservation mission in a highly strategic and focused manner.
  • Leads the efforts to build and nurture relationships with key stakeholders and partnerships.
  • Assists in the development of preservation plans that guide future work.

Community Outreach and Education: 

  • Supervises all communications and outreach efforts.
  • Oversees the creation and production of all communication materials, including newsletters, marketing materials, social media, and news releases.
  • Establishes and maintains strong, positive working relationships with a wide range of partners and stakeholders.
  • Represents Preserve the ‘Burg to a variety of audiences, including volunteers, members, government agencies and officials, community leaders and other partners.
  • Communicates Preserve the ‘Burg vision and exemplifies its core values.


  • Assists the Board in implementing the organization’s strategic plan, fundraising plan, outreach and communication plan, and preservation plan.
  • Works with staff to develop multi-year and annual work plans.

Program Management: 

  • Builds on current successful programs and works closely with staff to develop and implement programing to include sustainable budgets, historic properties program, tour and events programs and similar efforts to increase revenue and membership.

Staff and Board Leadership:

  • Serves as staff liaison to the Board of Directors, including preparing materials for meetings, minute-taking, staffing Board committees, and assisting with special projects.
  • With the Board President, recruits, orients, trains, motivates, engages and recognizes Board members.
  • Create or update annual board calendar and ensure dates are communicated to Board
  • Keeps updated board lists, board member conflicts of interest documents
  • Recruits, trains, motivates and evaluates staff. Performs written self-evaluation at 90-day and annual anniversary
  • Creates a positive working environment.

Fundraising and Resource Development: 

  • Cultivates and stewards major donor prospects, including individuals, corporations, and private family foundations.
  • Maintains a portfolio of individual major gift prospects and donors.
  • Supports gift solicitations by Board and staff members.
  • Supports the Board in the cultivation of major donors and program sponsors.
  • Provides staff support and direction to Board development committees.
  • Research locates and applies for appropriate grants.
  • Ensures grant compliance and provides written compliance reports to Board
  • Leads fundraising and annual campaigns.

Organization Management and Financial Responsibility: 

  • Develops and monitors an annual budget and provides overall management of the fiscal operations of Preserve the ‘Burg in cooperation with the Board Treasurer and Executive committee.
  • Ensures regular evaluations and reporting of budget results
  • Ensure that systems are in place for effective financial management, fundraising management, and preservation management.
  • Ensures Board and staff compliance with all internal policies and procedures, legal requirements, and recommended audits.
  • Keep the President promptly informed of progress, projects and issues, including weekly written reports (emails accepted) of work


Job Requirements

Competencies include:

  • Advocacy/Leadership – Ability to confidently guide the organization to inspire and enroll people into action.
  • Knowledge of Preservation Rules, Regulations and Standards – Ability to work and understand the legal strengths and limitations of historic preservation.
  • Understanding of local Histories and the Treatment of the Buildings and Landscape Within - 
  • Commitment to Vision/Mission - Commitment or ability to commit to our organization’s mission and community.
  • Community Engagement – Ability to understand our organization’s primary community and develop a vision, strategies and strategic direction that serves the customers and delivers our organization’s mission.
  • Program – Ability to assume the appropriate leadership role for our programs.
  • Fund Raising – Ability to provide leadership to (and involvement in) the fundraising efforts that are important to our organization.
  • General Management & Internal Operations/Systems – Ability to guide the development of overall structure, methods, and controls - organize the whole, plan the action/follow the plan, develop the methods/systems and exercise control.
  • Team Builder/Staff leadership – Ability to select and develop staff and motivate the best work from them.  Has a commitment to staff development and efficient use of contractors.
  • Financial Leadership – Ability to provide the appropriate level of guidance, oversight and involvement in our organization’s financial management and its development.  Is financially literate.
  • External Visibility – Ability to communicate clearly with appropriate audiences using appropriate means.  Ability to build the organization’s stature and raise its profile.
  • Board Relations/Development – Ability to be an effective leadership partner with the board and to support the board’s work and its development.
  • Cultural Competency – Ability to relate to people of varied economic, racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds.


  • BA or BS degree in business, management, communication, urban planning, historic preservation or other relevant degree, or the equivalent combination of education, training, and relevant experience.
  • MA or MS degree in business, management, communication, urban planning, historic preservation or other relevant degree, or the equivalent combination of education, training, and relevant experience.


  • Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible management experience with an organization in a leadership capacity managing staff and volunteers, preferrably as an Executive Director
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office Suite and competency with online software, social media, and genera accounting.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours including nights and weekend, as necessary.
  • Familiarity with Wild Apricot and Constant Contact
  • Familiarity with Asana
  • Leadership experience with a small or medium not-for-profit organization

Physical Requirements:

  • Must possess the physical and mental abilities to perform the tasks normally associated with this position.

About Preserve the ‘Burg   

Since 1977 we have been working to secure the preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, maintenance, and/or acquisition of important natural, scenic, historic, and architectural sites and structures.  We accomplish this by working with the City, County, businesses, and individuals to identify historic districts and sites, landmark significant structures, and foster appreciation of St. Petersburg’s historic environment.  And no matter what project we undertake, the overarching goal is to instill in St. Pete’s citizens an appreciation of our shared heritage and culture and how this contributes to our quality of life and economic success.

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Preserve the 'Burg
P.O. Box 838
St. Petersburg, FL 33731
(727) 824-7802
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