President of the Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery

 The Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery (APHCC) is recruiting for the position of President.

Congressional Cemetery is a privately chartered cemetery founded in 1807 in Washington, DC. Owned by Christ Church Washington Parish, the cemetery is operated by the Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery, a 501(c)(3) organization. The 35-acre property, situated in the heart of Capitol Hill, serves as both an active burial site and a historic location that preserves the legacy of those buried in the cemetery, many of whom played instrumental roles in the history of our nation. As a National Historic Landmark, the cemetery not only has local architectural and social significance but also contributes to the national heritage of the United States and is a national tourist destination.

Historic Congressional Cemetery is also an active hub for community engagement including a robust dog walking program, historic preservation projects, unique educational programs, and environmental stewardship efforts. A staff of eleven works together with a robust cadre of volunteers on all aspects of the cemetery’s operations. The cemetery is financially stable with reliable sources of funding, including an endowment, and has tremendous growth potential.

In this search for a new President, we are seeking an enthusiastic candidate who will manage the day-to-day operations of this beautiful historic property, preserve and enhance the unique attributes of the cemetery, help to create and carry out innovative programs to engage the community, expand development activities, and maintain the financial stability of the organization.

Detailed requirements for the position follow. Additional information about the cemetery and many of the programs offered is available on our website, www.congressionalcemetery.org.

 

Job Description

Major Responsibilities

 Operation of the Cemetery

 – Oversight of all cemetery operations and programs, including: plot sales, burials, maintenance, contract negotiation, data base management, construction and preservation projects, and special events

  • Effective management of a diverse staff
  • Leadership and guidance in staff professional development, including coaching and the development of performance goals
  • Collaboration with the APHCC Board to implement long- and short-term strategic plans, financial strategies, and development of annual budgets
  • Oversight of the annual financial audit process
  • Active engagement and support of APHCC volunteers o Development and oversight of educational programs  o Cultivation of community support and partnerships
  • Representation of the cemetery in a range of settings, including before Christ Church constituencies, local and federal governmental bodies, and local and national press

 

Development

Oversight of all fundraising activities, including the implementation and execution of an annual development plan

  • Advancement of constituent data management protocols to ensure accuracy, consistent growth, and prompt stewardship
  • Cultivation of new and existing funding partnerships with an emphasis on major donor relationship building
  • Ownership of established revenue goals, marketing targets, and strategic development strategies focused on expanding the current donor base
  • Active leadership and management of volunteer board development committee

 

Preferred Knowledge an Skils

Property management experience, preferably related to cemetery and/or historic properties

  • Experience managing personnel and creating and overseeing budgets
  • Demonstrated familiarity with non-profit organization management
  • Knowledge and experience in historic preservation, preferably related to cemeteries
  • Strong oral and written communications skills and experience with public speaking
  • Ability to relate to and comfort bereaved individuals
  • Experience collaborating with diverse stakeholders – in the case of HCC this includes site owners, dog walkers, volunteer grave site caretakers, prospective donors, Christ Church rector and vestry
  • Demonstrated ability to perform tasks and roles as enumerated in the development responsibilities discussion above
  • Knowledge and experience in grant writing and management
  • Knowledge of American history

 

Educational Requirements

Ideal candidates will have a bachelors or master’s degree in a relevant field as well as experience in one or more of the areas listed below. In lieu of a degree in a relevant field, significant work history in one or more of the following areas is required:

  • Non-profit Management
  • Cemetery Management
  • Historic Preservation
  • Urban Planning
  • Landscape Architecture

 Compensation

The salary range for the position is $80,000-$100,000, commensurate with experience. There is also an incentive package based on meeting mission requirements and fundraising goals. Other benefits include a health insurance subsidy, four weeks of personal time off, and time off for federal holidays.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to the APHCC Search Committee at PresidentSearchAPHCC@gmail.com no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 30, 2021.