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Cultural Tourism DC Seeks Executive Director
Cultural Tourism DC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen the image and economy of Washington, D.C. by linking 185 cultural and neighborhood organizations with partners in tourism, hospitality, government, and business. Cultural Tourism DC seeks an executive director whose key responsibilities will include:
- Creating and carrying out programs consistent with a new strategic plan
- Raising money from a variety of sources, including both government as well as private donors and earned income activities.
- Strengthening the infrastructure, including its financial management and human resources functions.
The executive director should be:
- Passionate about Cultural Tourism DC’s mission. Professional experience in economic development, tourism, or with cultural organizations is preferred, but not required as long as commitment to the mission can be demonstrated through relevant experience and knowledge.
- Familiar with the District of Columbia, including its governance, diverse neighborhoods, and local history.
- A successful fundraiser, especially in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, with a track record that includes having secured grants and contributions from foundations, corporations, and individuals. The organization hopes to increase the percentage of its budget that comes from private sources while maintaining its support from the DC and federal government.
- An excellent communicator who can establish credibility with donors, government officials, leaders of cultural organizations, business groups, and the media.
- Adept at forming coalitions among cultural organizations, and partnerships with neighborhood economic development organizations, retailers, developers, the hospitality industry, and relevant local and federal government agencies.
- Capable of both thinking strategically and putting together detailed operating plans to turn good ideas into well-executed activities.
- Knowledgeable about the effective management of mission-driven nonprofit organizations, including program development, financial management, and board development.
- A skilled leader of people, especially able to attract, develop, and retain a first-class staff.
- Able to develop a strong working relationship with a board of directors made up of diverse individuals dedicated to the success of the organization.
Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Compensation also includes a comprehensive benefits package. To apply please e-mail (or mail):
1) Cover letter that explains interest and qualifications,
2) Resume, and
3) three-year salary history (which will be held in strict confidence) to:
Slesinger Management Services
5016 Westpath Terrace
Bethesda, MD 20816
(Please include “Cultural Tourism” in subject line; attached files in Microsoft Word or PDF only)
All applications will be acknowledged promptly as long as an e-mail address is provided. This job announcement can also be found at www.SlesingerManagement.com. To learn more about Cultural Tourism DC, please see www.CulturalTourismDC.org.
J. Paul Loether Named
National Register and Landmarks Chief
Connecticut’s deputy state historic preservation officer J. Paul Loether joins the National Park Service (NPS) in January as Chief of the National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks Division. The Register and Landmarks Division are part of the NPS Historical Documentation Programs, Cultural Resources.
“Mr. Loether brings a lifetime of historic preservation experience in Connecticut to benefit these national programs,” said Antoinette Lee, the NPS Assistant Associate Director for Historical Documentation Programs. Loether is a recognized expert in the National Register of Historic Places nominations, historical and architectural surveys, and the use of this information in historic rehabilitation, city planning, and research. He holds a Master of Arts degree in public policy and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, both from Trinity College (CT.)
The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of properties—districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects—that are significant at the national, state, and local levels. National Historic Landmarks are acknowledged as among the nation’s most significant places that possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating and interpreting the heritage of the United States. Both programs recognize and promote preservation efforts of private organizations, individuals, and government agencies.
In addition to his position as state historic preservation officer, Loether also served as Connecticut’s Director of Culture with Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. He is responsible for directing the State Historic Preservation Office and the federal National Register Program in the state. Prior to this, he was National Register specialist with the Connecticut Historical Commission where he wrote, reviewed, and edited National Register and State Register nominations and increased participation in the state’s Certified Local Government Program.
Loether headed his own firm for two years, completing historical surveys, National Register nominations, and project applications for the Federal historic tax incentives program. He also served as Director of Technical Services at the New Haven Preservation Trust, during which time he conducted the historic resource survey of the City of New Haven, covering more than 6,000 buildings, and served as historic preservation rehabilitation consultant for the New Haven Historic District Commission. Previously, Loether served as Assistant Director of the Greater Middletown Preservation Trust and directed historical and architectural surveys of the Connecticut towns of East Hampton, Portland, Cromwell, and Middlefield.
Cheryl Hargrove Joins
National Geographic Society
Cheryl Hargrove has accepted a newly created position as the Associate Director in the Center for Sustainable Destinations at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. Hargrove was the founding director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Heritage Tourism Program and has been working as a private cultural heritage tourism consultant.
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