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🔗Executive Director

  • Full Time
  • Nashville, TN
  • 90,000-125,000 USD / Year
  • Applications have closed
  • Job Summary: Under general oversight from the PSN Board of Directors, the Executive Director provides overall leadership for fundraising, advocacy, educational programming, financial oversight and operations, events and volunteer management, and marketing/comms.
  • Job Qualifications:

    Key Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in disciplines related to business, public administration, communications, planning, and/or historic preservation.
    • 7 – 10+ years of professional nonprofit experience, with clear record of achievement in complex, mission-driven organizations.
    • Proven success in a fundraising leadership role, particularly in establishing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence including funders, partner agencies, and volunteers.
    • Strong financial management skills including budget preparation, analysis, decision making, and reporting.
    • Ability to be a passionate spokesperson/representative of PSN’s mission.
    • High degree of energy, integrity, transparency, and creativity.
    • Excellent verbal, analytical, organizational, and written skills.
    • Strong digital/technical skills such as those in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), Canva, CRM/Database systems, etc.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Two years in a supervisory capacity preferred.
    • Experience in historic preservation, historical interpretation, museum management, cultural resource management, or other related activity within a historic organization/nonprofit, government agency, academic institution, museum, or similar institution preferred.
    • Experience with managing a preservation revolving fund and/or preservation projects preferred.
  • How to Apply:

    Please direct any questions to Meg Hershey at To formally apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Ms. Hershey with subject line “PSN Executive Director Candidate.” All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential. Resumes will be accepted until March 15, 2024. The Society aims to have the selected candidate in place by May 2024.

  • Job benefits: Access to Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance; Three (3) Weeks Paid Time Off (PTO); Eleven (11) Paid Company Holidays
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: Office environment; Typical 40hrs/week Monday-Friday schedule; Some evenings and weekends for events, meetings, donor cultivation
  • Contact Name: Meg Hershey
  • Application Email:

Website Preservation Society of Nashville

The Preservation Society of Nashville was founded in December 2022 following several years of exponential growth and development in Music City. The Society’s mission is to protect and champion Nashville’s unique stories, neighborhoods, and architecture through three focus areas: education, advocacy, and historic preservation. The Board of Directors envisions a Nashville that knows its future is deeply connected to its past and a Nashville community that honors both historic preservation and growth as vital ingredients that breathe life into the unique character of the city.

Strategic and Executive Leadership

  • Provides inspiring leadership to the Board of Directors, volunteers, contractors, and future staff; mobilizing varied talents and resources available to further the mission of the organization.
  • Creates and manages annual strategic plans and budgets to support the organization’s goals and prioritizes new and emerging challenges or opportunities.
  • Assesses, pitches, and implements strategic growth initiatives such as: revolving fund, revival fund, easement program, etc.
  • As the organization grows and funds allow, recruits, hires, and manages all PSN staff. Leads and grows future team members by providing professional development, regular performance reviews, and facilitating appropriate recognition.
  • Liaises with all consultants, contractors, agencies, and vendors.
  • Ensures all policies, systems, and procedures follow ethical standards and best practices.

Fundraising, Membership Development, and Volunteer Management

  • Strengthens and grows diverse funding base, including corporate, foundation, and individual giving.
  • Cultivates and stewards donors through targeted outreach, meetings, lunches, dinners, and events.
  • Implements creative strategies to increase membership and expand public awareness of PSN’s work and impact.
  • Seeks, applies for, and administers applicable grants.
  • Further develops and manages PSN’s volunteer program, including recruitment, training, and supervision.
  • Maintains accurate donor records and manages CRM/database .

Advocacy & Programming

  • Positions PSN as an effective and vital historic preservation organization.
  • Creates thoughtful strategies for the preservation of historic structures and resources, legacy neighborhoods, and local culture.
  • Leads the organization’s advocacy and government relations efforts, regularly interfacing with elected officials, municipality staff, commercial developers, etc. and regularly attending public meetings in the evenings.
  • Serves as a strong advocate for local, state, and national preservation efforts and legislation.
  • Formulates positions on preservation issues of importance to the diverse communities of Nashville. Evaluates and responds to preservation issues.
  • Produces approximately 10 – 15 public programs for various audiences throughout the year.

Marketing, Communications, and Outreach

  • Oversees the development of all promotional and communications strategies.
    Leads all public relations efforts and serves as the Preservation Society of Nashville spokesperson.
  • Keeps members and the community engaged and informed of PSN’s activities by ensuring timely communications via email, website, and social media.
  • Cultivates and nurtures relationships with key preservation partners like industry associations, academic institutions, other community organizations, other preservation societies, etc.

Financial Management

  • Develops and manages annual budget in consultation with board to ensure the organization operates within approved budget parameters.
  • Ensures high quality financial management, presenting monthly financial reports to board, maintaining internal controls, and ensuring that organization follows all financial policies established by Board of Directors.
  • Establishes administrative policies and procedures for all day-to-day functions.

Board Recruitment & Development

  • Nurtures ongoing development of an engaged and high-performing board by fostering mutual trust and respect, emphasizing shared leadership and responsibility, and providing thoughtful reflection on performance.