Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Employment Opportunity with Historic Germantown

Historic Germantown (HG) located in Northwest Philadelphia, PA
Position Available:  Executive Director

For over three decades, Germantown’s historic sites and cultural organizations have worked together to further their collective and individual interests. The group can point to great results of its collective volunteer efforts: unified programming across sites, school programs, public events spanning multiple sites, significant funds raised, an engaged community, joint marketing, professional development, etc.  The time has come to take this success to the next level by forming a stronger, unified HG with professional staff to harness collective resources even further. As the “brand manager,” HG’s charge will be to raise Historic Germantown’s profile as a destination and to facilitate the development of ‘product’ in order to attract additional visitors and resources to its 15 member organizations.

The organization’s first Executive Director will have the opportunity to build an organization as a national model.  The ideal candidate will implement this vision in ways that include: raising the visibility of Historic Germantown as a regional and national resource; raising funds for marketing and joint programming; advocating for Historic Germantown as a destination; helping members build and market the HG brand (; capitalizing on and exploring economies of scale for combining resources; and working with a new board of directors and hiring permanent and consulting staff toward the goal of creating a compelling and cohesive visitor experience of Historic Germantown member sites.

Skills and experience: The Executive Director will be expected to have successfully managed both programs and staff in the nonprofit arts and culture, education or tourism field; exhibit financial and business acumen; possess strong marketing skills; have demonstrated successful growth of a collaborative or regional organization; and gained a high level of respect earned from a working relationship with key leaders in the cultural and philanthropic community in Philadelphia.  An advanced degree is preferred.  Salary commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest and resume electronically to search consultant Lee van de Velde at

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