Historic Denver Searches for a New President and CEO

Historic Denver is undertaking the important and thoughtful work to of finding a new leader to bring us into the future. The board has engaged an experienced search consultant to help navigate this effort, and we are now actively encouraging applications for the position from qualified local and national candidates. For a link to the full position posting please click here.

What It Takes

Historic Denver needs a leader who is passionate about preserving our cultural heritage and community assets across the city and who see and anticipate opportunities that others may miss. We need a leader who is visionary, dynamic, flexible, and committed. Our work requires outstanding communication and negotiation skills, political acumen and a proven ability to partner successfully with multiple stakeholders including policy-makers, community groups, property owners, and elected and appointed city leaders. This work frequently does not follow a straight line, and thus, the incoming President & CEO will be comfortable with complex and creative problem solving and finding mutually beneficial solutions in a variety of circumstances.

Qualified candidates will also have demonstrated experience or skills in these areas:

Mission and Advocacy

  • Strong strategic visioning experience including the successful implementation of that vision
  • Direct knowledge of nonprofit governance and how to optimize working with a volunteer governing board
  • Success in informal and formal advocacy roles with a strong ability to navigate changing and nuanced political dynamics, ideally in Denver
  • Proactive, highly professional negotiation and mediation skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of buildings, city planning, public history, and/or architecture is preferred but candidates do not have to be technical preservation experts

Revenue Generation and Operations

  • Experience in senior leadership roles in nonprofit, public service, or business operations
  • Proven success in philanthropic fundraising as well as building effective sources of earned income
  • Demonstrated skills and appreciation for cultivating and stewarding donors and members for long term support
  • Professional skills in effective financial and organization development
  • Management experience based on trust, support, and accountability, supporting a culture of autonomy and cooperation

Community Engagement and Communication

  • Strong voice/face of the organization experience, has experience as a respected spokesperson and in interacting with the media
  • Outstanding ability to build relationships with multiple constituents
  • Proven experience in leading inclusivity and diversity efforts with external constituents, as well as with internal staff and board

Ideally candidates will have some personal or professional knowledge of Denver and its history though this is not mandatory provided the candidate is willing and able to become deeply immersed in the community and its history. An undergraduate degree in a field appropriate to the profession is preferred but not required. Candidates must agree to live in the metro Denver area but do not have to be residents in the City and County of Denver.

Working at Historic Denver

Our staff have a deep passion for preservation work and the storytelling that brings events and places alive to community members. We have a culture that encourages cooperation, flexibility, and autonomy. Our people are creative, knowledgeable, and tenacious, and we are personally and collectively committed to a culture and set of practices that foster diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Our offices are located in a 1885 former historic school building in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver.

Salary and Benefits

The salary range for the position is $110,00-$125,000 commensurate with experience. 

Benefits for our full-time staff members include sick and vacation time accrual; group medical insurance (employee contributes 35% of premium); dental insurance, short-term and long-term leave insurance, employer-matched retirement savings after one year; and annual flex benefit spending accounts.

Some relocation assistance, if needed, will be provided to a successful candidate who currently does not reside in the Denver metro area.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible by sending a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Carolyn McCormick of Peak HR Consulting, LLC at Carolyn.McCormick@peakhrconsulting.com. In your cover letter, please outline why you would be excited to lead Historic Denver and its innovative solutions.

All applications are to be submitted via email. To learn more about this position and the work of Historic Denver, please visit us at https://historicdenver.org

Historic Denver recognizes the multi-faceted history of our community including the original use of local land by indigenous tribes. We are committed to preserving and amplifying an inclusive history that represents all people of Denver and Colorado. We prioritize representation in our staff, leadership, and board that reflects the diversity of our community. We encourage candidates of all backgrounds and circumstance to apply for this impactful position.

Non-Discrimination Commitment

Historic Denver is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity. We prohibit discrimination against applicants and employees on any basis protected by applicable federal or state laws including, but not limited to race, color, national origin or ancestry, religion, creed, age, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, or gender expression, marital status, political affiliation or political service, military or veteran status, or disability.