Historic Yellow Springs, Inc.
Historic Yellow Springs, 610-827-7414, 1685 Art School Road, PO Box 62, Chester Springs, PA 19425 Yellowsprings.org
Position Type: Salaried; Full-Time
Pay Rate: $85,000 a year
Summary: The Executive Director is the face of the organization and chief spokesperson, conveying passion of place, caretaking of its historic buildings and grounds, showcasing its art exhibitions and promoting its educational programs. The Executive Director oversees operations, finances, development and a small dedicated staff as well as partners with the Board of Directors to guide strategic direction and planning.
Education: Relevant bachelor’s or master’s degree.
Experience: Minimum 5 years nonprofit leadership and management experience; Arts and cultural, historical or preservation experience preferred;
Ability to lead staff of 8, independent contractors/art instructors, and volunteers.
Skills/abilities: Management, finance and administrative skills; Proven track-record of fundraising and development;
Excellent written and verbal communications skills; ability to speak in public;
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to reach out to community leaders and dialogue with colleagues in related fields;
Knowledge of Microsoft office; QuickBooks knowledge a plus.
Competitive salary, schedule flexibility and attractive benefits; some nights and weekends required. Historic Yellow Springs, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
Submit resume and brief cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org; learn more at yellowsprings.org.
Executive Director, Historic Yellow Springs: Responsibility Details Priorities
- Broaden visibility, increase community outreach and build awareness of art events and educational programs in line with the current Board-approved Strategic Plan.
- Lead new Strategic Planning process with
- Continue and expand educational programming for the Chester Springs
- Continue and expand awareness of event venue and the range of events
- Increase support, expanding pipeline of individual gifts, institutional sponsorship and
- Programs & Events: oversee the development and coordination of seasonal art exhibitions, art education programs, tours, specialty workshops and fundraising events.
- Event Space Rentals: oversee the rentals of Village properties and protection of the
- Buildings/Facilities/Property Management: oversee the care and protection of the historic structures as well as the grounds and trails, project prioritization and regular maintenance.
- The Moore Archives: oversee the preservation and access for research to the Village
- Personnel: lead full-time and part-time staff as well as independent contractors, volunteers and other resources; coordinate with local groups and area businesses for volunteer opportunities.
- Governance: with Board of Directors, lead planning objectives as directed by the Strategic Plan and coordinate board recruitment efforts/board orientation.
- Finance: monitor monthly finances; develop and manage annual operating budget; coordinate audit process. $900K annual budget; fiscal year ends 12/31.
- Fundraising: cultivate new and major donors; identify and pursue new grant opportunities; seek event sponsors and reach out to key supporters for special projects; develop and carry-out mid- year and year-end appeal strategies.
- Community Outreach: maintain collaborative relationships with other historical/art-and-cultural organizations, regional nonprofits and the business community.
- Event Rentals: coordinate rental agreements for short-term and long-term event
- Marketing: oversee Yellow Springs’ brand, website, advertising, social media,
The mission of Historic Yellow Springs, Inc. (HYS) is to share, preserve and celebrate the unique living village of Yellow Springs. With the focus on history, art, education and the environment, Historic Yellow Springs enriches the lives of all who visit.
The Village of Historic Yellow Springs is on the National Register of Historic Places, and Historic Yellow Springs, Inc., has operated as a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), for the past 47 years. Located in Chester Springs, Chester County, Pennsylvania, the Yellow Springs area was known to the native Lenape Indians, who identified and made use of the iron, magnesium and sulphur springs. First referenced in a Philadelphia newspaper in 1722, the village has a unique and wonderfully storied past. It is home to six historic structures and three 19th Century bathhouses, on a property of 140 acres with large portions under conservation easements administered by Natural Lands Trust.
A tavern and associated barns and stables were constructed in 1750. The American Army camped in the village in September, 1777, and in 1778 Congress authorized the construction of a hospital to support the Valley Forge encampment. After the Revolutionary War, the village operated as a medicinal spa until the Civil War. Throughout the early 19th century Yellow Springs was a popular retreat for many prominent Americans and foreign visitors. After the end of the Civil War, the property was operated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through 1912 as a school for children orphaned by the war. In 1917, the revered Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Center City Philadelphia acquired the village to operate a summer art program for students to paint the natural landscape. In 1952, the village was sold to filmmaker Irvin Yeaworth who turned it into a soundstage and production facility. He made over 100 Christian films, and to underwrite his gospel-promoting projects, Yeaworth also made a few commercial films including The Blob and 4D Man. These featured rising Hollywood actors such as Steve McQueen, Patty Duke and Lee Meriweather. When Yeaworth closed his operations in 1973 and the property was offered for sale, area residents united to form what became Historic Yellow Springs to preserve the village from commercial development.
Today Historic Yellow Springs is home to a large and highly-regarded annual Art Show; it operates an art school featuring fine arts and ceramics classes; and it is a successful event venue hosting over 50 weddings each year. Additionally, there are seasonal Town Tours and Village Walks plus trails from the East & West Meadows for nature walks dawn-to-dusk. The Jazz at the Springs is one of many musical events held through the year. And the Holiday Stroll, Fine Arts & Crafts Show and HYS Members Show are always big draws.