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Preservation Society of Nashville

Executive Director

Preservation Society of Nashville


Job Summary

Under general oversight from the Preservation Society of Nashville (PSN) Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the professional management and growth of PSN and for fostering the organization’s role as Nashville’s leading advocate for historic preservation.

The Executive Director will move the organization forward in the continued development and implementation of goals that reflect PSN’s mission. The Executive Director provides overall leadership for strategic plan implementation, organizational development, fundraising, advocacy, educational programming, financial oversight and operations, events and volunteer management, and marketing and communications. As the public-facing leader of the organization, the Executive Director serves as spokesperson and preservation expert.

A successful Executive Director will have an entrepreneurial spirit and proven track record of significant fundraising, ensure the organization’s growth and sustainability, maintain a reputation of excellence, and identify opportunities for mission-related impact in the community.

Job Responsibilities

Strategic and Executive Leadership

  • Provides inspiring leadership to the Board of Directors, volunteers, contractors, and future staff; mobilizing varied talents and resources available to further the mission of the organization.
  • Creates and manages annual strategic plans and budgets to support the organization’s goals and prioritizes new and emerging challenges or opportunities.
  • Assesses, pitches, and implements strategic growth initiatives such as revolving funds, revival funds, easement programs, etc.
  • As the organization grows and funds allow, recruits, hires, and manages all PSN staff. Leads and grows future team members by providing professional development, regular performance reviews, and facilitating appropriate recognition.
  • Liaises with all consultants, contractors, agencies, and vendors.
  • Ensures all policies, systems, and procedures follow ethical standards and best practices.

Fundraising, Membership Development, and Volunteer Management

  • Strengthens and grows diverse funding base, including corporate, foundation, and individual giving.
  • Cultivates and stewards donors through targeted outreach, meetings, lunches, dinners, and events.
  • Implements creative strategies to increase membership and expand public awareness of PSN’s work and impact.
  • Seeks, applies for, and administers applicable grants.
  • Further develops and manages PSN’s volunteer program, including recruitment, training, and supervision.
  • Maintains accurate donor records and manages CRM/database.

Advocacy & Programming

  • Positions PSN as an effective and vital historic preservation organization.
  • Creates thoughtful strategies for the preservation of historic structures and resources, legacy neighborhoods, and local culture.
  • Leads the organization’s advocacy and government relations efforts, regularly interfacing with elected officials, municipality staff, commercial developers, etc. and regularly attending public meetings in the evenings.
  • Serves as a strong advocate for local, state, and national preservation efforts and legislation.
  • Formulates positions on preservation issues of importance to the diverse communities of Nashville. Evaluate and respond to preservation issues.
  • Produces approximately 10 – 15 public programs for various audiences throughout the year.

Marketing, Communications, and Outreach

  • Oversees the development of all promotional and communications strategies.
  • Leads all public relations efforts and serves as the Preservation Society of Nashville spokesperson.
  • Keeps members and the community engaged and informed of PSN’s activities by ensuring timely communications via email, website, and social media.
  • Cultivates and nurtures relationships with key preservation partners like industry associations, academic institutions, other community organizations, other preservation societies, etc.

Financial Management

  • Develops and manages an annual budget in consultation with the board to ensure the organization operates within approved budget parameters.
  • Ensures high-quality financial management, presenting monthly financial reports to the board, maintaining internal controls, and ensuring that the organization follows all financial policies established by the Board of Directors.
  • Establishes administrative policies and procedures for all day-to-day functions.

Board Recruitment & Development

  • Nurtures ongoing development of an engaged and high-performing board by fostering mutual trust and respect, emphasizing shared leadership and responsibility, and providing thoughtful reflection on performance.


Key Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in disciplines related to business, public administration, communications, planning, and/or historic preservation.
  • 6+ years of professional nonprofit experience, with a clear record of achievement in complex, mission-driven organizations.
  • Proven success in a fundraising leadership role, particularly in establishing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence including funders, partner agencies, and volunteers.
  • Strong financial management skills including budget preparation, analysis, decision making, and reporting.
  • Ability to be a passionate spokesperson/representative of PSN’s mission.
  • High degree of energy, integrity, transparency, and creativity.
  • Excellent verbal, analytical, organizational, and written skills.
  • Strong digital/technical skills such as those in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), Canva, CRM/Database systems, etc.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Two years in a supervisory capacity.
  • Experience in historic preservation, historical interpretation, museum management, cultural resource management, or other related activity within a historic organization/nonprofit, government agency, academic institution, museum, or similar institution.
  • Experience with managing a preservation revolving fund and/or preservation projects.

Additional Information


The annual compensation range for this role is $115,000-$145,000 with a benefits package that includes:

  • Access to Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Three (3) Weeks of Paid Time Off (PTO), which includes both vacation, personal time, and sick leave
  • Eleven (11) Paid Company Holidays: 
  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Juneteenth
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • One (1) Floating Holiday

The position is hybrid in-office/remote but located in Nashville, Tennessee, and the selected candidate will be expected to live in the area.

How to Apply

Nonprofit Leadership LLC has been retained to manage the search process. Please email a resume and cover letter addressing your commitment to historic preservation to elle@nonprofit-leadership.com by July 10, 2024. In the subject line, write Preservation Society of Nashville. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.


  • Date Posted: June 8, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Executive Leadership
  • Service Area: Arts / Culture
  • Start Date: 09/03/2024
  • Salary Range: $115,000-$145,000
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk; M-F; Some evenings and weekends required