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Executive Director, SWVA Cultural Heritage Foundation/Friends of SWVA
Virginia Dept of Housing and Comm Dev in Washington, Virginia
Date Posted 03/17/2021
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation is seeking a dynamic and experienced leader to provide strategic management, leadership, policy development, program, and staff oversight. The Executive Director will provide staff support for the Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation as well as the board of the Friends of Southwest Virginia (a 501c3 nonprofit) and ‘Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network (a 501c3 nonprofit). The Executive Director will oversee the staff implementation of the priorities and vision of these boards. A key focus is working with local and regional partners to develop and implement programs and projects that will achieve economic impact at the community level and help to diversify the overall economy of Southwest Virginia. Also, the position participates in and supports SWVA economic and community development organizations, events, and initiatives to promote the inclusion of creative economy goals and the SWVA brand. The position works and coordinates with the Crooked Road which is a separate entity closely aligned with the mission of the Foundation. A major role of the Executive Director is to manage the staff and develop and maintain partner and contractual relationships that operate the Southwest Virginia Cultural Center and Marketplace. This is a state position within the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and includes state benefits. DHCD provides administrative support to the Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation.

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is committed to creating safe, affordable and prosperous communities to live, work and do business in Virginia.

Minimum Qualifications

Considerable knowledge of tourism, facilities management, community development, marketing and board management. Working knowledge of state and federal programs designed to provide community development, and community economic development. Skilled in strategic and nonprofit management. Ability to foster and promote collaboration across a range of community, regional, state and federal organizations and to work within an outcome framework. Considerable knowledge and experience in program and policy development, personnel management and overall financial and budget management. Ability to research and analyze complex issues and to develop and implement innovative solutions, policies, and programs. Ability to operate at a higher policy level with frequent interaction with senior state and local executives and legislative policy makers. Considerable knowledge of managing diverse and complex programs and budgets. Demonstrated ability to design and conduct public information sessions, training workshops, and conferences as well as make technical and complex presentations. Demonstrated ability and skill to negotiate sensitive issues, resolve problems, and effectively communicate both orally and in writing with all levels of government officials, nonprofits, client groups and the public. Strong interpersonal skills. Ability to work in a collaborative environment. College degree in public administration, nonprofit management, urban and regional planning, community or economic development, public administration, business administration, tourism development, marketing or related field. Advanced degree preferred. Experience indicating possession of above knowledge, skills, and abilities. An equivalent combination of training and experience will be considered in lieu of educational requirements. Considerable knowledge and ability in planning and coordination the work of diverse organizations and partners.

Preferred Qualifications
Special Requirements

Valid driver’s license and travel when necessary are required.

Special Instructions to Applicants

DHCD is an equal opportunity employer who values diversity in the workforce. All qualified applicants are afforded equal opportunities without regard for race, sex, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, political affiliation or disability. Reasonable accommodations are available to applicants with disabilities, if requested, during the application and/or interview process.

If accommodations are needed with the application and/or interview process, please contact the Human Resources Office at 804-371-7080.

This website will provide a confirmation of receipt when the application is submitted for consideration. Consideration for an interview is based solely on the information within the application.

Please refer to your RMS account for the status of your application. You will be required to respond to position specific questions at the end of this application.

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Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation
One Heartwood Circle
Abingdon, VA 24210

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