Website Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH)
Founded in 1990, AARCH promotes public understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of the Adirondacks’ architectural heritage and unique communities through education, advocacy, technical assistance, and direct action. AARCH has over 1,500 members from 38 states, and four countries and a full-time staff of four, an active board, an advisory council that is dedicated to ensuring that the region’s history and architecture are preserved to help the communities of the Adirondacks flourish. AARCH is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with an average annual budget of $385,000. In 2015, AARCH was nationally recognized for its leadership and accomplishments in the field of preservation when it received the prestigious Trustee’s Award for Organizational Excellence from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
1. Provide leadership to an effective, high-quality organization. Advance the strategic goals of AARCH in consultation with the board of directors and staff and keep it informed of conditions, opportunities, issues, and challenges the organization faces so that it can carry out its leadership, governance, financial, and oversight roles.
2. Act as the primary spokesperson for AARCH and uphold the organization’s standing as a respected leader of historic preservation in our region, maintain a working knowledge of trends in the field of historic preservation, and is informed of preservation-related matters throughout the Adirondack region.
3. Serve as chief operating and finance officer of the organization, working with the board and staff to ensure that the organization has the necessary long-term resources to fulfill its mission.
4. Foster and maintain strong, collaborative relationships with the staff, board, committees, and other identified stakeholders and partners, such as non-profits, governmental entities, and historic preservation organizations to advance AARCH’s mission and initiatives.
5. Encourage a positive work environment that attracts and supports a motivated and productive team of qualified people.
6. Increase and diversify the revenue sources necessary to support the mission of AARCH in partnership with the board. This includes overseeing special events, major fundraisers, membership initiatives, and identifying potential donors as well as actively seeking grant opportunities.
7. Manage special projects and technical services. Work with the Director of Preservation Services and the board to identify potential projects, solicit requests for proposals, review and implement contracts, and manage construction as well as complete historic resource surveys and nominations for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
8. Oversee educational programs and technical assistance. Work with the Educational Programs Director and the board to identify and develop a robust educational program, including walking tours, presentations, and travel tours.