Cleveland Park Historical Society
Executive Director (part-time)
Cleveland Park is a National Register Historic District in Washington, D.C. The neighborhood developed as a “streetcar suburb” of Washington from the 1890s and contains a remarkable variety of architecture as well as designed and natural landscapes from the 18th to 20th centuries.
The Cleveland Park Historical Society (CPHS) is the neighborhood’s historic preservation and local history organization, working to preserve our legacy of architectural and landscape design. CPHS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
CPHS is seeking our next Executive Director (part-time).
Essential knowledge and skills:
- Excellent communications skills, especially in writing and editing, for routine communications; maintaining member and community relations; public and press queries; giving talks and workshops; writing for Voices (the CPHS publication), the CPHS website, brochures and tour programs; editing CPHS Architectural Review Committee (ARC) reports; preparation of testimony before the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB); and acting as liaison with Historic Preservation Office (HPO) staff and the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission.
- Organization and initiative sufficient to run all aspects of the organization with very limited oversight by an elected Board of Directors. The ED will assist officers of the Board of Directors with developing agendas for board meetings, planning the annual meeting, and undertaking related governance matters.
- Knowledge of historic preservation principles, a passion for historic preservation, and willingness to learn about Washington, DC-specific preservation policies and procedures.
- Excellent research skills, with an interest in local history and willingness to learn more. A substantial portion of the job involves answering queries about neighborhood history and researching house histories for preservation purposes and member inquiries. A person with advanced-level Google skills, comfort with library research, and a willingness to learn the resources of specialized local collections could get up to speed on neighborhood history on the job.
- Willingness to make connections and maintain relationships in Washington, DC’s preservation and local history communities and with local government staff.
- Grant writing: should have experience with researching and seeking funding through grants.
- Comfort with WordPress content creation platform sufficient to administer website content.
- Ability to administer the Google Apps for Nonprofits suite, creating and troubleshooting email accounts at CPHS’s domain.
- Comfort with fairly simple, user-friendly online platforms for event registration (Eventbrite), email lists (Mailchimp), payroll admin, PayPal, and cloud backup.
- Comfort with simple database software to maintain the membership database. (New hire could use program of choice.)
- Basic layout/graphics skills in order to lay out print newsletters, tour programs, brochures, and the like. (New hire could use program of choice—InDesign, Pages, or another option.)
- Proficiency in social media to administer CPHS’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Willingness to be online and engaged enough to maintain a presence in the online community.
Preferred skills and interests:
- Event planning
- Children’s educational programming
- Knowledge of Cleveland Park is a bonus
Hours may vary depending on the CPHS annual programming calendar and priorities set by the Board. In the past three years, hours have tended to range between 35 to 55 hours per month.
For additional information about the Cleveland Park Historical Society, please see our website, https://www.clevelandparkhistoricalsociety.org
Please send statement of interest and resume to:
Board of Directors, Cleveland Park Historical Society, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Review of applications will begin on June 30, 2019, and will continue until a hire is made.
CPHS is an equal opportunity employer.