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🔗Executive Director

  • Full Time
  • Dallas, TX
  • $85,000 - $100,000+ USD / Year
  • March 15, 2023
  • Job Summary: The Executive Director is responsible for leading PD’s preservation advocacy, membership development, fundraising, and external relations. The Executive Director is charged with delivering on the mission and goals of PD in a fiscally-sound manner.
  • Job Qualifications:

    Desired Education: BS/BA

    • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and implement ideas.
    • Proven ability to successfully manage change and to motivate an organization and community to embrace it.
    • Demonstrated knowledge, leadership, advocacy, and management skills, with previous experience in historic preservation and neighborhood grassroots preservation efforts a big plus.
    • Knowledge of and a commitment to restoration, architectural history, preservation principles and techniques, conservation and an understanding of their relevance to current local development patterns.
    • Demonstrated ability to create and implement an effective political and communication network for PD’s advocacy.
    • Proven successful fundraising and marketing experience.
    • Demonstrated ability as a spokesperson for an organization that has gained attention and respect through effective public speaking and written communication.
    • Administrative experience, including staff supervision; budget management and oversight; ability to effectively manage day-to-day operations; and maintain appropriate records.
    • the courage to fight for preservation principles, keeping in mind that even lost battles are opportunities for public education.
    • A sense of humor.
    • Ability to think creatively, while working within an organizational framework.

  • How to Apply:

    Applicants for the position should submit a statement of interest describing how the applicant meets or exceeds the above qualifications along with a resume to:

  • Job benefits: Optional medical for employee ($400 of employee monthly premium paid by PD); life insurance; 3% salary match to a Simple IRA plan, annual leave; and holidays.
  • Contact Name: Norman Alston, FAIA
  • Application Email:

Website Preservation Dallas

Since its founding in 1972, Preservation Dallas (PD) has been dedicated to preserving and sharing Dallas’ rich history as it is expressed in historic buildings, sites and neighborhoods. It is the only city-wide, umbrella non-profit promoting the value of historic preservation. The organization is creating a culture of preservation in the city and surrounding communities through an expanding range of programs and activities.

This is an entrepreneurial position, where the Executive Director plays a leading role, working closely with the Board in developing, articulating, and implementing the strategic direction of PD while also serving as PD’s key liaison with the community.


• Report to and work closely with the Board.
• Lead the Board and staff in developing programs, organizational plans, and financial plans for PD, and implement those plans in accordance with PD policies.
• Recruit, hire, supervise and manage staff.
• Advocate publicly for preservation in Dallas and serve as a spokesperson for PD, including serving as chief liaison with city, county, and state officials and the public.
• Manage the development of the budget and monitor compliance throughout the year.


• A principled leader with unquestionable ethical standards and integrity, who is mission-focused.
• A clear, persuasive, and reliable communicator. An accomplished salesperson to promote PD’s mission. An influencer.
• Approachable, disarming, and accessible. A people-person.
• Dedicated to nurturing a culture of inclusion with staff, members, and the community.
• Organized and disciplined.
• Self-motivated and have a passion for the job.

  • NCPE Internships: Eligibility & How to Apply


    All NCPE interns received an hourly stipend, the rate is listed at each position description. Additionally, interns receive paid time off (PTO), paid Federal holidays if working full-time, and access to NCPE's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for career and personal counseling, coaching, and referrals. Project sites may also offer a housing allowance and/or commuting stipend; this information is also listed in the description or offered during the interview.

    As an organization operating under Public Land Corps Act (PLC) authority, many NCPE positions qualify the intern for Federal Hiring Preference if (1) they complete a minimum of 640 hours at one or more qualifying conservation project(s); (2) are between the ages of 16 and 30 years (35 if a veteran); and (3) apply for a Federal position at USAJOBS with PLC noted in the announcement within two years of completing the internship. Find out more about this hiring preference during the interview or contact for details.


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    The successful candidate is responsible for finding and paying for travel to and housing at the internship location; some exceptions apply. The supervising office may be able to assist in locating housing but it is ultimately up to the individual accepting the internship to find accommodation.

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