Job Description

Salary range: $60,000 – $65,000

Benefits: Fully paid individual health & eye care insurance, Simple IRA, vacation and paid holidays

Mission

The National Road Heritage Corridor’s multifaceted mission and associated work includes advocating for, building awareness of, and encouraging the conservation of the cultural, historic, natural, and recreational resources along Pennsylvania’s Historic National Road and throughout the region through education and interpretation vis-à-vis community development. Working with partners, the NRHC leverages financial and human capital resources to deliver economic development. Fully engaged in restoration and development of key regional assets and amenities that are the lynchpin of a tourism infrastructure, the NRHC’s work supports Pennsylvania’s tourism product – one of the top two leading industries in the Commonwealth.

The National Road Heritage Corridor is an apolitical organization, which interfaces regularly with federal and state legislators, county commissioners and municipal officials as well as federal and state agencies. Partnerships are extremely important to its mission. Partnership projects focus on community and economic development strategies that enhance livability, redevelop the built environment, conserve the heritage and culture of a community and build capacity.

Since 2001, the NRHC has leveraged grants and funds delivering in excess of $14M in completed projects and programs across southwestern Pennsylvania.

While the office is currently located in Uniontown, the organization works in a 5 county region (Somerset, Fayette, Washington, Westmoreland and Greene). Much of the executive director’s work takes place outside the office, building relationships and partnerships that lead to projects and programs that support its mission and the goals of the Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program.

Organization

The National Road Heritage Corridor (NRHC) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. As one of twelve state designated heritage areas under the Department of Conservation and Natural Resource’s “Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program”, the designation represents the recognition of the Historic National Road’s wealth of historic, cultural, scenic and recreational resources and potential as a tourism destination. Established in 1994, the Historic National Road was named a state scenic byway in 1996 and a National Scenic Byway, All American Road in 2002.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Regular engagement with the Board Chair to ensure that projects and programs are continually measured against the organization’s goals and objectives.
  • Communicate and articulate the mission and vision of the NRHC. The area of responsibility is the 90-mile corridor of Pennsylvania’s portion of the Historic National Road in Somerset, Fayette, and Washington Counties as well as the surrounding region.  
  • Coordinate the development of and implement the NRHC’s plans including but not limited to:  Management Action Plan, Interpretive Plan, Marketing Plan, and 3-5 Year Strategic Plan.
  • Write grants, letters of intent, and proposals to secure funds from state, federal, corporations, and private foundations, which support the organization’s operations, projects, and programs.
  • Responsible for day-to-day management of the organization including: supervision and evaluation of NRHC employees, interns, and volunteers; management of all facets of the organization’s fiscal wellbeing including the maintenance of corporate records in compliance with federal, state and private funding agencies specific reporting and grant requirements; the coordination and execution of all programs and projects undertaken by the organization; and marketing and public relations to increase awareness and support the long term viability of the NRHC.    
  • Identify and establish partnerships with public and private organizations who share the NRHC’s mission and goals.
  • Initiate efforts to diversify the organization’s funding through the development of relationships with potential public and private funders outside the normal agencies that currently provide grants to the NRHC. While this is a shared responsibility, the executive director is the lead on this outreach and development. A yearly fundraising goal is set by the Board of Directors prior to the development of the annual budget.
  • Represent the NRHC, exercising leadership on issues related to the historic, interpretive, scenic, cultural, recreational and economic resources of the Historic National Road and surrounding region.
  • Develop Request for Proposals, Partnership Agreements, Contracts, etc. for projects and programs.  The Executive Director acts as the point of contact for all projects and programs unless they choose to assign the responsibility to a staff member.
  • All other duties as assigned by the Board. 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree with at least five years of demonstrated advancement in responsibility relating to management skills. Professional knowledge in the principles, techniques and application of resource stewardship, planning, conservation, tourism, community and economic development.
  • Non-profit management and event planning experience.
  • Proven grant writing and grant administration expertise.
  • Extensive experience in developing and managing organizational and project/ program budgets, grant tracking and reporting, forecasting and reporting.
  • Genuine interest/passion for history and conservation
  • Demonstrated success at managing time and adhering to deadlines, identifying and implementing innovative solutions to complex, evolving and potentially politically sensitive problems.
  • Exemplary communication skills both oral and written. Ability to work with the general public, government agencies, elected officials, private foundations, and corporations.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Programs, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and QuickBooks as well as social media platforms.

Physical Aspects of Job

  • A valid PA driver’s license, reliable transportation, and a clean driving record
  • Ability to travel to day and evening meetings and presentations in the evening in the region as well as Harrisburg and out of state
  • Must be able to climb stairs
  • Must be able to lift 20# boxes
  • Long periods of time at the desk and computer

To be considered for the position, the applicant must submit the following:

A cover letter that must include salary requirements
A resume as well as personal and professional references
Two writing samples that demonstrate written communication skills at least one full page (12pt).

  • An external communication to a potential client regarding a project
  • An internal communication to peers or employees
  • All submissions are to be sent to: newnrhced@gmail.com