Job Listing: Executive Director
Old City Cemetery Museums & Arboretum - Lynchburg, VA
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Position Title – Executive Director
Salary - $60,000 - $70,000 a year
Job Type - Full Time
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Old City Cemetery Museums & Arboretum Seeks Executive Director
Old City Cemetery Museums & Arboretum is seeking a senior level executive director with 5-10 years management experience to lead this internationally recognized historic cemetery with five museum buildings. The 217-year-old Cemetery is listed as tourists’ favorite place to visit in Lynchburg on www.tripadvisor.com and includes 27 acres of gardens and grounds. With a dual mission of engaging people through history and horticulture, the Cemetery offers an annual Antique Rose Festival each spring and a will hold its 16th annual Candlelight Tours living history program this October, plus monthly programs, tours and events. Approximately 20,000 people are buried at OCC, and two-thirds of those are African American. The residents include soldiers from every major American war from the Revolution to Vietnam, plus a wide representation of Lynchburg’s past citizens, rich and poor, black and white, enslaved and free. Candidates should have experience in leading a successful team, as well as organizing, planning and directing programs and events and financial management, board governance, and fundraising. Details are below and applicants should apply through Indeed.com at: https://www.indeed.com/viewjob?cmp=Old-City-Cemetery%2FSMA&t=Executive+Director&jk=227106e101d36067&q=old+city+cemetery&vjs=3
Old City Cemetery Museums & Arboretum
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SEARCH - POSITION DESCRIPTION
OLD CITY CEMETERY
1973: RECOGNIZED AS A VIRGINIA HISTORIC LANDMARK, NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES.
2022: ACHIEVED LEVEL II ARBORETUM ACCREDITATION FROM THE MORTON REGISTER OF ARBORETA, AN INTERANATIONALLY RECOGNIZED STANDARD OF ARBORETA.
The mission of Old City Cemetery, founded in 1806, is to be a sustainable and enduring landmark that engages the greater Lynchburg community through its history and horticulture. Its vision is to be “a landscape that remembers, comforts, and inspires.” The Southern Memorial Association (SMA), founded in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1866 is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. SMA manages the cemetery for the City of Lynchburg.
The Executive Director provides leadership on planning, organizing, and directing OCC’s operations and programs consistent with its mission, vision, values, and Board approved strategic imperatives.
1. BOARD GOVERNANCE: Works with the Board to fulfill the organization’s mission.
· Responsible for leading OCC in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.
· Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board of Directors and providing in a timely and accurate manner all information necessary for the Board to function properly and make informed decisions.
2 FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE AND VIABILITY: Develops resources sufficient to ensure the
financial health and sustainability of the organization.
· Responsible for fundraising and developing other sources of revenue necessary to support the mission.
· Responsible for the fiscal integrity of OCC to include submission to the Board proposed annual budgets and monthly financial statements which accurately reflect the financial health of the organization.
· Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget and ensures maximum utilization and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.
3 ORGANIZATION, MISSION, AND STRATEGY: Works with Board and staff to ensure that the
mission is fulfilled, through programs, strategic planning, and community outreach.
· Responsible for programs that carry out OCC’s mission.
· Responsible for strategic planning to ensure that OCC can successfully fulfill its mission.
· Responsible for the enhancement of OCC’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with the Department of Public Works and with professional, civic, and private organizations.
4. ORGANIZATION OPERATIONS: Implements and oversees appropriate resources to ensure efficient and effective operations of the organization.
· Responsible for the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff.
· Responsible for effective administration of all operations.
· Responsible for signing all notes, agreements and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.
· Ensure engagement of appropriate number of volunteers to augment the work of the staff
· Ensure the preservation and promote the value of all the historic elements present at OCC, including horticulture, graves, buildings, and architectural artifacts.
· Plan and operationalize the annual budget.
· Serve as the organization’s primary spokesperson to OCC’s constituents, volunteers, donors, the media, and the City of Lynchburg.
· Oversee marketing and communication efforts to include, but not limited to, website design and maintenance, social and print media, and other opportunities.
· Ensure adequate technology available to support strategic imperatives and operating objectives.
· Update, or establish, employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and the day-to-day operations of the OCC.
· Establish partnerships with other community organizations when appropriate.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE:
· Demonstrated commitment to DEI principles and practices.
· Excellent Communicator: will tailor messages to the audience, will actively listen and deliver fact-based information and requests.
· Development leader will demonstrate the ability to implement multifaceted fundraising initiatives.
· Extraordinary relationship builder: storytelling and “friend-raising “powers, and ability to connect with diverse constituencies.
· Demonstrated Board relationship experience: will determine what is critical for Board to know, send materials ahead of time, bring in experts as appropriate and ask for support when needed.
· Demonstrated visionary: ability to put mission into a long-term view accompanied by solid financial planning and management, clear achievable milestones, and a framework to manage them.
· Proven track record to attract, motivate, and manage the best available staff and volunteers creating an environment where people want to work.
· Demonstrated leadership, not just managerial ability: will give examples of building trust through openness and transparency and a willingness to discuss even difficult topics and hold self and others accountable.
· 5-10 years successful senior/executive leadership experience at a nonprofit or for profit.
· Experience working in a non-profit is a plus.
· A degree in Nonprofit Management, Business Administration, or Finance is a plus.
COMPENSATION: The annual salary range for this position is $60-$70K with a competitive benefit package.
HIRING PROCESS: It is anticipated that interviewing with begin late February. There will be a minimum of three interviews. The anticipated start date is June 2023.