The Landmark Trust USA (The Landmark Trust) was established in 1991 to carry on historic preservation work in America according to the model established by the Landmark Trust UK. The Landmark Trust identifies neglected properties of architectural and historical merit and restores them using traditional skills and methods. The restoration provides opportunities to teach these traditional skills to local craftspeople. Rescued buildings are then sustained as “living history” by making them available year-round as vacation rentals for those seeking inspiring places to stay. The hope is that giving customers a one-on-one experience with history will make them appreciate and support historic preservation.
The Landmark Trust now owns five properties built between 1800 and the 1930’s, all of which have been authentically restored and fully furnished with period pieces, and with modern, well-equipped kitchens and bathrooms. The properties selected for restoration are submitted to an evaluation process that investigates and ascertains historical importance, structural integrity, market appeal, cultural relevance and durability. Once cleared through that process, a financial analysis determines the viability of adding the property to the existing Landmark Trust mix, and then finally a business plan is developed that will drive the success of the investments.
The Landmark Trust also has 100% ownership of the Scott Farm, a B Corporation (a for-profit organized for social benefit), which it acquired in 1995. The farm consists of 571 acres and 23 buildings, all of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The combination of the two organizations manages over 600 acres of land, a majority of which is in current use, and 28 historic buildings.
Combined, The Landmark Trust and the Scott Farm focus on the following programs, activities and services:
The Landmark Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation overseen by a volunteer board of directors currently consisting of seven members who are business, community and/or preservation leaders. Over the last three years, The Landmark Trust’s annual operating expenditures have averaged about $305,000. Although a separate B corporation, Scott Farm, of which The Landmark Trust has 100% ownership, had operating expenditures of approximately $670,000 on average over the last four years. Combined, the two entities employ 17 full- and part-time staff members.
For the last five years, The Landmark Trust has been ably led by an interim executive director, who succeeded a long-serving, permanent executive director. The interim leader primarily focused on community relations and institutional sustainability and profitability. Having successfully moved those tasks forward and after improving institutional culture, the board of directors is now prepared to hire a permanent executive director who will have the opportunity to influence the mission and vision of this well-regarded, unique and diverse organization for the foreseeable future.
Having grown its businesses, stabilized its operations and improved its governance, The Landmark Trust is now poised to create a refreshed vision for its future, one which will further expand its impact and position the organization for long-term sustainability. High priorities for the next executive director include:
Experienced and Strategic Administrator
The executive director must bring an entrepreneurial spirit to the work and be able to engage in “big picture” thinking, ultimately and collaboratively leading The Landmark Trust to develop and implement a comprehensive and clear mission, vision and strategy. Also, as the agency’s chief executive and administrative officer, the new leader will be responsible for overseeing the organization’s operations, finances, facilities and staff, efficiently aligning and maximizing resources to achieve The Landmark Trust’s strategic goals, while also serving as the primary liaison to the board of directors to engage all members in effective governance and fundraising.
Networker and Relationship Builder
The leader must be a savvy and tireless networker on behalf of The Landmark Trust, able to interact equally well with public officials, community leaders, residents and land owners, business leaders, tourists, preservationists, supporters and detractors. The leader also must possess exceptionally strong interpersonal skills to form and sustain mutually supportive and beneficial relationships and partnerships to sustain The Landmark Trust and grow its impact.
Skilled Communicator and Marketer
The executive director must be a compelling spokesperson, able to use persuasive written and verbal communications to promote and grow interest in The Landmark Trust and its work. The leader must also be able to develop and execute a comprehensive marketing strategy and program to expand awareness of The Landmark Trust, to grow participation and partnerships, to sustain The Landmark Trust’s operations and to increase financial support.
Experienced and Enthusiastic Fundraiser
The executive director will have experience in and a desire to engage self and others in private fundraising, with the ability to create a vision and strategy for a fundraising program aligned with The Landmark Trust’s mission and financial needs. The new leader must be eager, poised and proactive in assuming the executive director’s role in fundraising and utilizing available relationships, including board members, to establish a fundraising program to achieve significant financial results. Finally, the new leader must be able to understand and negotiate potential partnership agreements.
Although the executive director does not need to be a preservationist by trade or training, as a mission-driven nonprofit committed to protecting and preserving historic properties and lands, the leader must be inspired by preservation within an historical context and able to marry preservation principles with practical restoration, use and maintenance of properties within the unique model imported from LTUK for use by The Landmark Trust.
Empowering Teambuilder and Team Player
An experienced personnel manager, the executive director must inspire, develop and empower others, while generating trust and respect across the entire organization. The leader will need to be an active listener who values the contributions of a highly committed, long serving and diverse staff who support multiple properties, several locations and diverse businesses within two distinct, yet complementary, organizations. The executive director will create a collaborative and mutually supportive work culture and climate, actively demonstrating being a team player while still holding staff accountable to high expectations.
Please include a resume and a cover letter with salary requirements, information regarding how you learned of the position, and a description of how your qualifications and experience match The Landmark Trust’s needs and mission. All submissions of candidacy will be accepted until the position is filled. Salary is commensurate with experience, within the framework of the organization’s annual operating budget.
The Landmark Trust is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates.