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October 15, 2009 - No Comments

by Sarah Barnes

Eleanor Roosevelt Dancing in Arthurdale, WV

Eleanor Roosevelt Dancing in Arthurdale, WV

Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. one of West Virginia’s connections to the New Deal, the Great Depression, FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt is looking for a full-time Executive Director.  If you aren’t interested, maybe you know someone who is? So please share this information with anyone you know who might be interested.

Here is the ad from the AHI website:

Executive Director, Arthurdale Heritage, Inc.

Salary: competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Education: Bachelor (BA, BS, etc.)
Location: Arthurdale, West Virginia, 26520, United States
Posted by: Arthurdale Heritage, Inc.
Job Category: Administration, Fundraising & Development, Management
Sector: Non-profit
Type: Full time
Language(s): English

Area of Focus: Fundraising, Historic Preservation, Tourism, Education, Foundations, Museums and Historical Societies

Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director.

Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of historic Arthurdale, WV. The United States government established Arthurdale in 1933 and it was the nation’s first New Deal Homestead Community. Created through President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal legislation, the community provided a new chance at life for residents of West Virginia who were suffering from the Great Depression. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt served as the empathetic force behind the community, which became known as “Eleanor’s Little Village” because of her interest. Today, Arthurdale is a National Historic District that features 160 of the 165 original homesteads.

The Board of Directors seeks a candidate with the vision and energy necessary to lead our organization with the goal of expanding recognition of the Arthurdale “brand” and enhancing the organization’s overall fiscal strength through operational and fund-raising success. In addition to the role of leadership of Arthurdale Heritage, this executive is expected to network with all related organizations within the region and throughout the US while working toward an overall goal of making Arthurdale a national historic landmark.

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and works directly with the Board’s Executive Committee. The Executive Director is responsible for the AHI’s fundamental areas of activity: Development and Communications; Operations and Administration; Programs and Education.

Primary responsibilities include Development, Grant Writing, Administration and Finance, Education and Programming, Communication and Evaluation. The ideal candidate carries a commitment to historic preservation and community development at all levels, especially for youth and families; has strong interpersonal skills, energy and enthusiasm; carries a strategic focus to their work and brings strong fiscal management and grant-writing skills.

Additional Qualifications:
A Bachelors degree in an appropriate field is required; and advanced degree is preferred.  The ideal candidate is currently functioning as the top executive of a comparable nonprofit organization or of a complex nonprofit organization with a mission focused on historic preservation. Alternative backgrounds could include: a leadership position in private industry or public agencies with a demonstrated commitment to and involvement with nonprofit organizations; a role as the “#2” or other senior leader at a similar/larger organization who is professionally prepared to step up to the Executive Director-level position; or a top or senior leadership position with another kind of nonprofit organization.

How to Apply:
Send letter of intent, resume, three letters of reference, and compensation expectations by November 15, 2009 to or

AHI Executive Director Search Committee
c/o Sarah R. Barnes
PO Box 542
Arthurdale, WV 26520

To find out more about Arthurdale, visit

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