Executive Director Position (Full-Time Exempt)
Application Deadline Extended to July 31, 2017

June 14, 2017

Historic Ithaca, Inc. is seeking an executive director: a creative leader who is collaborative, experienced, and able to view challenges as opportunities.

Historic Ithaca, Inc. (HI) is a nonprofit preservation organization founded in 1966 during the height of local urban renewal demolitions. Notable successes have included purchasing, saving and restoring the landmark Clinton House (1972); advocating for the adoption of the Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Ordinance (1971); and purchasing, restoring and operating the State Theater, the city’s last remaining cinema and vaudeville palace (1997-2008).

The organization’s headquarters and library are located in a former 1890s warehouse in Ithaca’s Southside neighborhood. This building also houses Significant Elements, HI’s architectural salvage retail store, which has offered recycled building parts for sale to the public for over 25 years. The organization’s 50th anniversary was held in 2016 and featured a year-long schedule of celebrations and events. The Executive Director will build upon the goodwill and momentum occasioned by this milestone.

We are seeking an individual who is knowledgeable in historic preservation or an allied field; has experience with nonprofits or social enterprises; committed to our core values of advocacy, education, and action; and fully capable of implementing HI’s recently adopted 5-year Strategic Plan.

Responsibilities include:

​•​Providing strong management, vision, and collaborative leadership to support the organization’s mission, values, and goals

​•​Preparing and monitoring the annual budget and monthly financial statements;

​•​Leading a dedicated, professional team of staff and volunteers;

​•​Serving as an articulate spokesperson to guide the organization in sensitive preservation issues;

​•​Strengthening and enhancing positive relationships with local, state, and federal decision-makers;

​•​Developing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising plan for fiscal stability.

Experience in historic preservation or an allied field is required. Nonprofit leadership and management experience highly desired. Masters degree preferred. Salary range is $60,000 – $65,000 with generous health and other benefits.

Deadline for Online Application: July 31, 2017

Located in central New York State, Tompkins County is a singular place of great natural beauty and historic significance, with an exciting array of cultural assets. Home to Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Tompkins Cortland Community College, Ithaca and the surrounding towns are currently attracting a tremendous degree of investment and development. With the lowest unemployment rate in the state, Tompkins County attracts job-seekers from a wide spectrum, creating unique challenges and opportunities for the preservation community.

Click here to read the job description.

How to Apply: Submit a cover letter to Julee Johnson, president of the Board of Directors, at that succinctly explains how your skills and relevant experience meets the requirements of the position as outlined in the job description. Attach your resume and the names of three references; no letters of reference are required at this time. You may wish to consult Historic Ithaca’s Strategic Plan, as well as visit and to inform your letter.

If you have questions or need clarification about the position or hiring process, you may contact Julee Johnson at

Historic Ithaca’s Search Committee will review applications in early August and contact candidates at that time. Additional information will be requested of certain candidates and interviews scheduled in August-September. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

Historic Ithaca, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Historic Ithaca, Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, compensation, and training.

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