Executive Director Position

Alabama African American Civil Rights Heritage Sites Consortium logo

Executive Director

Reports to: Board of Directors

Type: Full-time, exempt

Salary Range: $80-90,000


The Alabama African American Civil Rights Heritage Sites Consortium (AAACRHSC or Consortium) seeks a dynamic and visionary executive leader with a proven track record to guide the evolution of this thriving, emerging organization.   The Consortium seeks candidates with demonstrated commitment to collaborative leadership, experience in effective community-based programs, understanding and respect for regional culture, and passion for preserving and promoting African America history and culture.  The Consortium supports capacity building for historic civil rights sites in the iconic cities of Montgomery, Birmingham, and Selma as well as the Black Belt.  The Alabama African American Civil Rights Heritage Sites Consortium became an independent 501c3 organization in 2020, based on its unprecedented impact as a project that was launched in 2017.  During its five years of operation, the Consortium has become a model of effective collaboration as evidenced by its relationships with constituents, funders, and partners. The Consortium safeguards the important legacy of African Americans by preserving historic places, protecting authentic stories, and engaging a new generation as stewards of this history. Operating with a philosophy of “plan with, not for,” the organization has built a collaborative model that connects historic places with resources and each other. This philosophy of collaborative leadership is reflected in an inclusive staff culture with a team of skilled, passionate and mission-driven professionals working together to effectively implement organizational goals.  As successor to the founding director, the Consortium’s Executive Director will lead this dynamic team in expanding the role and increasing the impact of the Alabama African American Civil Rights Heritage Sites Consortium.

For more information about the Consortium’s history, mission, values and programs, please visit www.aaacrhsc.org


1) Organization Mission and Strategy:  Works with board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and advocacy.

  • Responsible for implementation of programs that carry out AAACRHSC’s mission.
  • Responsible for strategic planning to ensure that AAACRHSC can successfully fulfill its Mission into the future.
  • Responsible for the enhancement of AAACRHSC’s image by being active and visible with constituents and by working closely with other professional, civic, and private organizations.

2) Financial Performance and Viability:   Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.

  • Responsible for fundraising and developing other revenues necessary to support AAACRHSC’s mission.
  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of AAACRHSC, to include submission to the Board of Directors a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
  • Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.

3) Oversees and assists in implementation of AAACRHSC mission while ensuring that the operations of the organization adhere to best professional practice.

  • Responsible for the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff.
  • Responsible for effective administration of AAACRHSC operations.
  • Responsible for signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.

4) Board Governance: Works with board to fulfill the AAACRHSC mission.

  •  Responsible for leading AAACRHSC in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.
  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.

Professional Qualifications

Demonstrated skill and expertise in the following areas:

  • Three (3) or more years senior nonprofit management experience.
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership.
  • Experience and skill in working with a Board of Directors.
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership.
  • High level strategic thinking and planning. Ability to envision and convey the organization’s strategic future to the staff, board, constituents, volunteers and donors.
  • Ability to effectively communicate the organization’s mission to donors, volunteers and constituents.
  • Ability to oversee and collaborate with staff.
  • A history of successfully generating new revenue streams and improving financial results.
  • Active fundraising experience. Excellent donor relations skills and understanding of the funding community.
  • Previous success in establishing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence including funders, partner agencies and volunteers.
  • Solid organizational abilities, including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.
  • Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills including public speaking.
  • Knowledgeable in use of online resources for communication including website and social media.
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Office (including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint), Adobe Acrobat and Zoomand comfort with utilizing collaborative software and other online programs and resources.
  • Education and/or experience relevant to African American history and culture, historic preservation or other related content area.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Graduate degree preferred.
  • Strong work ethic with a high degree of energy.
  • Grace under pressure and a sense of humor.


Generous vacation and Federal holidays schedule. Health insurance with individual premium paid by AAACRHSC.


Applications will be confidential and should be submitted electronically as a single PDF with the following components:

  1. A cover letter that addresses the following questions:
  • Why are you interested in working with AAACRHSC?
  • How are your past accomplishments relevant to this position?
  • What skills and attributes do you believe you would bring to the position of Executive Director?
  1. A resume
  2. Three professional contacts for references, including a past supervisor, past supervisee and third professional contact with email addresses and phone numbers. References will not be contacted until the finalist stage and candidates will have an opportunity to notify references in advance.

Please submit your application as a single PDF to careers@aaacrhsc.org with the subject line Executive Director Search. Applications will be accepted until September 16, 2022.  Selected applicants will be contacted for initial virtual interviews with the Leadership Transition Committee. No phone inquiries, please.


The AAACRHSC office location is in Birmingham, AL, with part-time employees in Montgomery and Selma.  All staff primarily work remotely. This position requires comfort managing remote work.  In-person work and meeting restrictions are based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control.  There is a reasonable expectation that a new Executive Director will  meet with staff and Board members in-person, as possible, to develop close working relationships.

AAACRHSC is a 501(c)(3) non‐profit organization and Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment is open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.