Michigan Historic Preservation Network

MHPN Executive Director
Job Description

Apply by October 4, 2021, 6 P.M. Eastern Time

The Michigan Historic Preservation Network is a statewide 501(c)3 organization founded in 1981 to advocate for Michigan’s historic places to contribute to the economic vitality, sense of place, and connection to the past. The Executive Director works closely with the Board of Directors and staff to lead the development and implementation of strategic initiatives, policies, and practices, while ensuring that they are aligned with the organization’s mission and vision.



● Leads and directs staff to ensure mission, strategic initiatives and programs are developed, implemented and undertaken in a professional and efficient manner;

● Manages and maintains a workplace culture that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people;

● Manages all personnel functions;

● Oversees compliance with all federal, state, and local government requirements, including those relating to the organization’s non-profit, 501(c)(3) status;

● Oversees operation and management of office building.


● Oversees financial operations of the organization and the LLCs it owns and operates;

● Assures adequate control and accounting of all funds, including developing and maintaining sound financial practices;

● Prepares annual budgets with input from board treasurer and staff for presentation to Board of Directors;

● Works with independent accounting firm to complete annual audit and tax returns for MHPN and the LLCs it owns and operates.

Strategic Oversight


● Acts as the public face and voice of the organization, providing leadership in the execution of MHPN’s mission;

● Provides direction for the consistent messaging of all online and print communications, including the website, social media, newsletter, and traditional media outlets;

● Provides direction for creating public awareness of MHPN, its mission, accomplishments, and ongoing activities in Michigan and nationally, expanding the knowledge and reach of MHPN;

● Prepares and publishes Annual Report.


● Provides direction for all membership activities including annual membership renewals, membership acquisition and special membership initiatives.


● Provides direction for all educational initiatives including workshops, trades training, educational programs developed for specific communities, print publications, research initiatives and the annual statewide conference.

Programs & Projects

● Works with the Board of Directors to shape annual objectives and long-term strategies, and leads their implementation;

● Creates and administers programs and projects based on objectives that identify, protect, preserve and promote sites, buildings and structures that portray the history and build a future for underrepresented communities.

● Develops and implements programs and projects based on objectives that strengthen the sustainability of MHPN operations.

Key Programmatic Responsibilities

● Oversees the coordination of key programs including annual statewide preservation conference, historic preservation awards, preservation easements, revolving loan fund, publishing of historic resource council directory, historic preservation workshops and trades training;

● Takes the lead on all legislative advocacy and policy initiatives;

● Manages MHPN’s Revolving Fund to rehab and place properties back into productive use, coordinating projects and seeking opportunities;

● Manages MHPN’s historic tax credit syndication, including seeking new investment opportunities, maintaining relationships with developers and financial consultants, and authorizing and overseeing all financial transactions;

● Develops and oversees all grant funded initiatives;

● Takes the lead in raising the funds needed to support and grow the organization’s programs, operations, and staff, including from grants, donor cultivation and solicitation, and direction and support for fundraising events such as the annual Spring Conference and Fall Benefit, in collaboration with the Board of Directors.

Salary Range

● $70,000-$90,000, commensurate with experience. Full benefits package available.

Candidates for the position of Executive Director should be familiar with the programs and structure of historic preservation practice; have experience managing finances and budgets, endowments, and investments; be able to demonstrate success in project management; and have obtained favorable outcomes through significant fundraising efforts. Team leadership experience and entrepreneurial background strongly desired.

Candidates should possess a Master’s Degree in a related field.

To apply, send cover letter, resume and a list of at least three references to David Jackson, Board President, at Hiring@MHPN.org no later than October 4, 2021, 6:00 PM Eastern Time.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information.