Opening: Director

Director, Villa Finale Historic Site
Posted January 9, 2012
Offered By National Trust for Historic Preservation
Department of Historic Sites
San Antonio , Texas


Villa Finale is located in the King William Historic District of San Antonio, Texas, and was once the home of Walter Mathis, an important figure in the historic preservation movement in San Antonio. While the site contains a collection of more than 12,500 objects, including American and European fine and decorative arts, Napoleonic memorabilia and artifacts, an extensive library, and works by Texas artists, its potential lies in the creative use and interpretation of these objects to inform and inspire the general public about history and historic preservation. The site itself holds this same potential, to serve as a leader in historic preservation at the local level. Villa Finale is owned and operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is therefore the local San Antonio site reflecting the organization’s overall mission, to save America’s diverse historic places and revitalize our communities by providing leadership, education, advocacy and resources.


The Villa Finale Director provides leadership, strategic direction and operational management for Villa Finale, demonstrated by a high level of knowledge and enthusiasm in non-profit/historic site management, including oversight for human resources, finance, governance, site maintenance, and development/fundraising. The Director will be responsible for ensuring that this remarkable asset is well maintained and used creatively to engage and inform the public about the people and stories associated with the site and the work of the National Trust. The opportunity to inspire an understanding and appreciation for history and historic preservation will be led by the Director with their staff.


The Director is responsible for long term strategic planning, as well as for all aspects of daily site operations, including financial management, site maintenance, fundraising and overall programming, and promotion. The Director supervises and manages a site staff of 6 fulltime employees and reports to the Senior Director of Site Stewardship at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Director also interfaces with an Advisory Council comprised of approximately 15 members, and is responsible for managing the site in a manner that accomplishes the mission and goals of the National Trust, for the creation of a site strategic plan consistent with those mission and goals, and for the development and management of a fundraising program to secure the necessary resources.


Minimum of 5 years of experience in non-profit/historic site management;
Demonstrated success in fundraising and building relationships with potential donors and/or in raising capital funds;
Demonstrated success in managing a diverse staff with varied skill sets; effective team leadership skills, and a commitment to diversity;
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including strong public speaking skills
Demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit;
Demonstrated interest in, and commitment to, the values and goals of the National Trust
Advanced degree in management or equivalent preferred; degree in history or historic preservation also a plus.
Experience marketing to and engaging culturally diverse audiences, constituents and partners a plus.

How to Apply
To apply, please include a cover letter in the body of a message and email your resume as a Word, PDF or Text document to

The National Trust for Historic Preservation an equal opportunity organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability. The National Trust for Historic Preservation actively seeks opportunities to include members of these groups in its programs and activities.