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Development & Communications Director

AARCH is Preservation

The Development and Communications Director provides leadership and delivery in all areas of development and communications to maintain and grow diverse revenue streams in support of AARCH’s program and budget goals and to promote and strengthen the mission and programs of AARCH to current and potential members, funders, and the larger community. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Development and Communications Director is an integral member of a four person team.

Application deadline: February 15, 2017



Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) is the regional, nonprofit, historic preservation organization for the Adirondack Park, with a mission to further better public understanding, appreciation and stewardship of the Adirondacks’ architectural heritage, communities, and historic sites through education, advocacy, technical assistance, and direct action.

Development Responsibilities:

The primary focus of this position is to help maintain and grow diverse revenue streams which support AARCH’s program and budget goals. In cooperation with the Executive Director and other appropriate staff and board members, the Development and Communications Director will plan and implement a strategic, well-positioned development plan with multiple revenue development initiatives including:

  • Grow the AARCH membership and cultivate greater individual giving to the organization, including through major gifts, the annual appeal, and an expanded program of planned giving.
  • Grow corporate and business support through memberships, sponsorships, and unrestricted giving.
  • Grow the support that AARCH receives from foundations.
  • Organize development events ranging from the annual benefit event to intimate gatherings in people’s homes.
  • Develop web and social media based initiatives for fundraising.
  • Identify and respond to potential new funding sources.
  • Fund-raise for special AARCH projects including, for example, the adaptive reuse of AARCH’s Stone Mill.
  • Manage all other aspects of the above work including maintain databases, work with the AARCH board and board committees, write development materials, ensure prompt and thorough acknowledgement of gifts, conduct detailed record keeping, assist in preparing and monitoring organizational budget, and oversee other administrative duties associated with a strong development program.

Communication Responsibilities

The secondary focus of this position is to promote and strengthen, through communications, the mission and programs of AARCH to current and potential members, funders, and the larger community. In cooperation with the Executive Director and other staff and board members, the Development and Communications Director will help to plan, oversee and implement a strategic, well-positioned communications plan that includes:

  • Develop and implement communication strategies and campaigns to promote the mission and programs of AARCH with an emphasis on reaching new and diverse audiences, growing AARCH’s effectiveness and influence, and enhancing understanding of and financial support for the organization’s work.
  • Contribute to AARCH’s communication vehicles including its newsletter, e-newsletter, brochures, website, and AARCH’s social media platforms.
  • Prepare press releases and field inquiries from the press.
  • Offer presentations at various venues including but not limited to community meetings and AARCH sponsored events.

 Other Responsibilities

  •  Assist the Executive Director and other staff members with other projects, as needed.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • General: Bachelor’s degree, with advanced degree in relevant field preferred, and 3-5 years of professional experience in the nonprofit sector or in a related field. Interest and experience in historic preservation is desirable.
  • Development: Strong track record in developing and cultivating a variety of nonprofit funding streams, including membership and individual donors, business and corporate giving, public and foundation support using traditional and nontraditional (web based, crowd funding) means; and a demonstrated experience in organizing and tracking development strategies.
  • Communications: Demonstrated track record as an effective communicator with excellent writing and verbal skills, and exceptional interpersonal, networking, and presentation skills; demonstrated expertise in traditional public relations and effective web-based communications including social media marketing.  WordPress or other Content Management System experience is highly suggested.
  • Professional: Experience and success in a collaborative work setting; the ability to multi-task with high-volume workloads; excellent time management skills and the ability to consistently meet deadlines; familiarity with appropriate software (design, fundraising, web tools, communications), a strong eye for design and attention to detail; ability to maintain professional relationships with various stakeholders; a commitment to AARCH’s mission as well as extensive knowledge of the complexity of issues relating to AARCH’s work

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is $37,000 to $42,000, commensurate with education and experience. The benefits package includes health insurance, a 403(b) retirement plan, and generous vacation, holiday, and sick leave allowances. AARCH is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds.

About the Organization

AARCH’s regular activities include: sponsoring a series of summer and fall tours to historic places throughout the region; holding workshops and conferences; giving educational slide presentations; publishing a biannual Newsletter; and providing technical assistance to homeowners, municipalities, businesses and other organizations.  AARCH seeks to find solutions for endangered historic and architectural resources and, for example, was largely responsible for getting the state to change its twenty- year policy of neglect toward Camp Santanoni, a National Historic Landmark, in the Town of Newcomb.  Since then AARCH has overseen planning work, ongoing restoration, and a summer interpretive program there through the Friends of Camp Santanoni.  AARCH has also sought to ensure a future for Adirondack fire towers by nominating them to the National Register of Historic Places and currently by sponsoring and supporting two fire tower preservation projects, the Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine and the Friends of Hurricane Mountain.

AARCH also has a small publishing program, which seeks to publish books and other materials related to the region’s architectural history and legacy. In 2000, AARCH published Santanoni: From Japanese Temple to Life at an Adirondack Great Camp by Rob Engel, Paul Malo and Howie Kirschenbaum. In 2006, AARCH published Adirondack Churches: A History of Design and Building by Sally E. Svenson. In 2017, AARCH will publish A Guide to the Architecture of the Adirondacks by Richard Longstreth.

AARCH also maintains a growing resource center at its office in Keeseville. The collection includes books, other publications, clippings, correspondence and other printed material, photographs, and a collection of more than 5000 slides. The focus of the collection is materials that relate to the region’s architectural heritage, to the study of architectural history, in general, to historic preservation, and on resources on local and regional history. These materials are used by AARCH staff for research, for planning public educational events, for publications, and for providing information to members and others researchers.

AARCH’s 25 years of work and accomplishment was recognized in 2015 when the National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded AARCH the prestigious Trustee’s Award for Organizational Excellence.   

AARCH is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit corporation and a registered New York State charitable institution. For more information, see our website


To Apply

Please send a letter of interest, resume, and appropriate work/writing samples to the address below. Application deadline is February 15, 2017

Steven Engelhart, Executive Director

Adirondack Architectural Heritage

1745 Main Street

Keeseville, NY  12944

(518) 834-9328