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        Napa County Landmarks

        937 Coombs St, Napa, CA 94559

        Napa, CA 94559

NCL Executive Director Position Description

Napa County Landmarks, Inc. (NCL) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit historic preservation organization looking for an Executive Director to lead the organization through its next phase of growth and evolution as it enters its 49th year of operation.

This full-time, salaried position reports directly to the Board of Directors and is based at NCL’s offices located at the Native Sons of the Golden West historic building in downtown Napa, CA. NCL is governed by a 12–15-member Board of Directors and is an active member of the California Preservation Foundation.

NCL is a member-based organization whose mission is devoted to promoting stewardship and awareness of the historic, cultural, and economic value of Napa’s built heritage by encouraging diverse audiences, embracing partnerships, and providing thought leadership throughout the community and beyond.

Our Mission

Napa County Landmarks fosters appreciation and preservation of historic buildings, sites and districts through education programs, public policy, research, and technical assistance.

Our Founding

Napa Landmarks was founded in 1974 by John Whitridge III along with a group of local citizens who were upset by the demolition of many of downtown Napa’s historic buildings. By the 1980s it was clear that the historic structures and landscapes up-valley needed protection as well, prompting Landmarks to expand its advocacy throughout the County. As the organization extended its geographical reach, its name was changed to Napa County Landmarks in 1986.

Position Summary

NCL is seeking an energetic and entrepreneurial leader to direct the organization with strong grounding in institutional and financial management, fundraising and community engagement as well as an interest in preservation issues. The Executive Director, reporting to the Board of Directors, should bring vitality and direction to the organization; working with the staff and external partners to build on the organization’s educational mission; to augment its financial resources; and to develop and implement short- and long- term strategic plans. The Executive Director must be creative and passionate in his/her approach to preservation and be highly regarded by his/her peers. S/he must be able to articulate a strategic vision for the Organization. The Executive Director serves as the organization’s spokesperson and ambassador to all constituencies, both external and internal, increasing awareness of NCL by clearly articulating

the organization’s ambitious goals and programs. The Executive Director will help define the future of this unique and exciting organization by creating multiple partnerships with Preservation and Historic organizations in the Napa Valley.


Subject to the direction of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director serves as the Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for directing all aspects of the NCL Organization, including overseeing the development of educational and other mission-related programs; for maintaining the standards of integrity and excellence that characterize the NCL Organization; for prudent management of the operations and finances of the organization; for leading efforts to raise public and private awareness and funding for projects and programs; and for direct supervision of the staff and its day- to-day operations.

In particular, the Executive Director will:

  • Oversee and expand high-quality, innovative educational and advocacy programs for multiple audiences.
  • Promote the profile of NCL in the local community and with local community leaders and government elected officials; develop and implement fundraising strategies; marshal public, private, foundation and corporate support for NCL operations, programs, and objectives.
  • Develop and implement budgets approved by the Board of Directors and monitor the financial performance.
  • Oversee the overall operation and maintenance of NCL’s real assets.
  • Promote inclusivity within and outside the organization; inspire and facilitate informed discourse, research, and scholarship.


The Board of Directors consider the following characteristics desirable:

  • An advanced academic and/or professional degree, preferably in the field of Architecture, Architectural History, Art History, Engineering, Heritage Conservation, Urban Planning, etc.
  • Five to seven years of experience in a leadership position in a cultural, educational, non-profit, private sector or governmental entity.
  • Demonstrable leadership, interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills, and the desire and ability to relate to diverse constituencies.
  • Broad-gauged interests, and the energy, enthusiasm, desire, and ability to manage multiple and multi-faceted projects simultaneously.
  • Knowledge or serious interest in historic preservation.
  • Prior success and enthusiasm for fundraising.

In sum, candidates must be visionary and strategic, having already given thought to the future of preservation. They must be ambitious and enthusiastic about the opportunity to make their mark while building on the excellent reputation of Napa County Landmarks.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Napa County Landmarks does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non- merit factor.


Starting compensation range is $120k - $125k, plus a generous benefits package.

Procedure for Application

Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume (including two references) to: by April 19, 2023. Your cover letter should describe how your existing skills and experience would benefit NCL. Phone screens, Zoom and in-person interviews will be scheduled for qualified candidates. The anticipated start date will be determined based upon the Candidate’s availability.

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