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Executive Director - Presbyterian Heritage Center

12 Jun 2023 2:24 PM | Walter Somerville

Position Status:       Part time, 25-30 hours per week

Salary Range:         $44,000 - $67,000

The Opportunity

This unique opportunity is to lead the Presbyterian Heritage Center (PHC) into a new chapter, providing an educational atmosphere that creatively presents its threefold focus: the history of Presbyterianism and Reformed theology; the history of global Presbyterian mission; and the history of Montreat. One of the exciting opportunities for the PHC’s new leader will be to make and keep the mission relevant to changing demographics while fulfilling its purpose of Honoring the Past, Informing the Present, and Influencing the Future.

This position reports to and coordinates with a dedicated volunteer board of directors. The board seeks someone with passion for the PHC’s mission who will provide an enjoyable and meaningful experience for each visitor and those who participate in its programs and outreach services.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • ·       Provide oversight of all aspects of PHC operations
  • ·       Recruit, supervise, and evaluate paid staff
  • ·       Train and mentor staff on an ongoing basis
  • ·       Provide curator oversight of the library, collections, exhibits, archives, artifacts, and research
  • ·       Lead the development of new exhibits, events and other activities to support the PHC mission
  • ·       Ensure the development of positive relationships with the local community, donors, foundations and Presbyterian/Reformed churches and organizations
  • ·       Speak to various groups about the work of the PHC
  • ·       Work with the CFO and board on financial and budget oversight
  • ·       Cultivate donor participation, community relationships, and funding sources
  • ·       Be the “face” of the PHC

Abilities/Skills/Ideal Experience

  • ·       Creative skills and an active imagination
  • ·       Ability to work well with others
  • ·       Management skills/experience (at least 10 years)
  • ·       Knowledge of Presbyterian/Reformed faith
  • ·       Significant technological and research skills
  • ·       Knowledge and love of history
  • ·       Written and oral communication expertise
  • ·       Master’s degree or equivalent experience in a relevant field

The Setting

Montreat is situated in a cove of the Blue Ridge Mountains, approximately 15 miles outside of Asheville. This small community is an idyllic mountain village, offering peace and respite to its residents and guests. Founded in 1897 as a retreat center, it continues in that role but has grown into a residential community, vacation haven, home to Montreat College, a hiker’s paradise, and so much more.

If interested in this opportunity, please send a cover letter and resume to The PHC is an equal opportunity employer.

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