Heritage Trust Searching for New Director

You may recall that David Preziosi recently left his post as executive director at the Mississippi Heritage Trust for a similar position at Preservation Dallas. MHT has recently posted a job announcement to fill their vacant position. Maybe you’ve been thinking about a career change? Love old buildings, good at organization, enjoy interacting with people? Want to get more involved in preservation and make a difference in Mississippi? Read on:

Mississippi Heritage Trust
Mississippi Heritage Trust is a statewide, membership-based preservation nonprofit and a state partner of the National Trust. The mission of the organization is to save and renew places meaningful to Mississippians and their history. In doing so, the organization engages in preservation advocacy, education, and outreach.
Executive Director
Professional Opportunity
Jackson, MS

Administration/Organizational Operations

– Oversees daily administrative functions of the organization

– Oversees general financial matters of the organization

– Oversees organizational programs and recommends and/or provides input on proposed new programs

– Maintains chief administrative responsibility for public accountability of the organization and regular reporting to various bodies

– Carries chief officer responsibility for ensuring that legal obligations of the organization are met

– Maintains oversight of the historic Lowry House

Preservation Advocacy and Community Services

– Advocates for preservation policy at the federal, state and local levels

– Works in conjunction with applicable state agencies, local governments and other organizations to identify historic assets in Mississippi communities

– Advises communities throughout Mississippi on the mechanisms necessary for preservation of their historic assets

Public Relations

– Communicates the mission of the organization to its members

– Communicates the mission of the organization to communities throughout Mississippi by various means, such as personal contact with local preservationists

– Develops and distributes descriptive organizational literature

– Develops and maintains media relations

– Maintains relationships with relevant state agencies and national organizations


– Works to increase organizational members with assistance from the board and other volunteers

– Assists with capital campaign and fundraising for the organization and the Lowry House, a historic house and preservation resource center

– Seeks funding from individual donors and granting entities

Human Resources

– Maintains effective relationships and communications with Board of Trustees and membership, including any committees

– Supervises and directs staff in the performance of their duties, evaluates the performance of staff members

Minimal Job Requirements

Education: B.A. or B.S. degree in Communications, Public Administration, Business Management or similar field.  M.A./M.S. or Master of Historic Preservation preferred.

Experience: Three years of supervisory or managerial experience. Experience working with preservation issues and nonprofit organizations is preferred.


  • Ability to work effectively with volunteer boards and committees
  • Ability to plan, monitor and evaluate budgets
  • Ability to manage people
  • A public presence, media savvy and outstanding communication skills
  • Ability to organize, plan and implement activities appropriate to further organizations goals
  • Ability to assist with membership growth and fundraising
Until Filled
Please submit resume and three references to info@mississippiheritage.com. If technical problems occur, the above may be faxed to 601-354-0220
Sarah McCullough
Phone: 601-359-5751

Categories: Mississippi Heritage Trust, Preservation People/Events

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  1. MHT Announces New Executive Director « Preservation in Mississippi

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