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🔗Executive Director

  • Full Time
  • Providence, RI
  • $90,000 - $110,000 USD / Year
  • March 30, 2023
  • Job Summary: The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) is seeking an Executive Director to lead this iconic 67-year-old organization into its next chapter. The successful candidate will be a 21st-century preservationist and a thoughtful, creative leader.
  • Job Qualifications:
    • A background in historic preservation or a related field (e.g. architecture, urban planning, community development) is preferred for this position.
    • A track record of effectively leading and scaling an outcomes-based organization and staff.
    • Proven ability to translate vision into action: prioritize and communicate key objectives and tactics to achieve organizational goals.
    • A skilled mediator with strong listening skills and the ability to navigate complex relationships.
    • A persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
    • Ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams.
    • Commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.
    • Successful management of budgets; having an innovative approach to business planning and budget development a plus.
    • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing Board member relationships.
    • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience.
    • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, collaborative, positive, and passionate.
  • How to Apply:

    Interested candidates should submit their resume along with a cover letter explaining their relevant experience and interest in the position to the Search Committee at Applications will be reviewed starting March 20, 2023.

  • Job benefits: We offer a generous and comprehensive employee benefits package which includes: Health and dental options; Simple IRA retirement plan with 3% match; generous paid holidays and vacation; and the opportunity for remote work. The Executive Director is a member of the Providence Preservation Society and should live in Providence. A relocation stipend is available.
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Website Providence Preservation Society

Founded in 1956, PPS is a growing and dynamic membership-based advocacy organization for historic preservation and neighborhood reinvestment. PPS has grown to be one of the most respected and influential voices in the City with a national reputation as a thought-leader in the field of preservation. Today’s PPS aims to engage a broad and diverse community and understands that preservation can address a wide range of contemporary urban challenges. These include economic vitality, safe and healthy neighborhoods, social justice, historical integration, and respectful planning and design for all residents of Providence. This is an exciting time at PPS for a new Executive Director. The 2021-2026 Strategic Plan outlines a progressive approach that embraces pivotal change towards city-wide impact and expansive opportunities. This document resets and elevates the mission and vision of the PPS with a goal of opening more doors to promote greater participation in the organization’s work.

The Executive Director serves as the chief executive and primary spokesperson for the organization,  doing the day-to-day management of the organization and working to implement strategic plans and innovative programs while overseeing the organization’s finances, staff, and assets. The Executive Director is a passionate advocate, inspiring leader, growth-oriented executive, and skilled manager.

The successful candidate will embrace and direct an intentional expansion of the organization, attracting new supporters and building a financial model that allows PPS to develop and sustain new and continuing initiatives. The Executive Director will seek out varying perspectives to identify shared problems and opportunities, then organize the people and resources to seize those opportunities. The Executive Director will lead and inspire staff, board, advisory members, residents, and stakeholders throughout the City of Providence. This leader will strengthen partnerships with like-minded organizations, collaborating toward a shared mission of making preservation a catalyst for positive change that is thoughtful and inclusive.


  • Advocate and be the spokesperson for preservation principles and practices that represent PPS’s mission and goals.
  • Fundraise successfully to strengthen the organization’s work.
  • Build bridges between long-standing supporters and new constituents.
  • Demonstrate preservation’s relevance across communities and to a wide range of urban issues.
  • Identify and cultivate critical allies in the public, private, non-profit, and media sectors.
  • Support progressive economic development and community growth within a preservation framework.
  • Be an active, engaged, and highly visible member of the community.
  • 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.


    To be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking academic program or recently graduated (within the past 12 months) and be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. Interns are not eligible to work more than 1200 hours total in the program; previous interns must stay within this overall limit. The length of an internship can vary from 10 to 30 weeks if full time (40 hours per week) or longer if on a part-time schedule. If selected, the exact starting date will be determined by you and the NPS supervisor. The stipend rate is $17.00 per hour unless otherwise listed.

    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.

    The National Council requires all interns working in-person at Federal facilities and/or with Federal employees receive the Covid-19 vaccination. Please be advised that you may also be required to wear a mask, depending on the protocols adopted by your work site. Also be aware that, due to Government-wide security requirements, a background check will be required if you are selected for a position. This will include providing information about recent housing and employment history. The position supervisor will have more information about these requirements and procedures at the time of hiring. You may direct any questions to NCPE's Internship Program Director, Julee Johnson, at

    Please note that interns are not NCPE or NPS employees. Stipends are academic awards and taxes are not withheld, nor are social security contributions made on your behalf. These funds may be taxable, however, so consult a tax preparation professional if you have questions.

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