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As the Preservation Society of Charleston continues to adapt to the rising change in Charleston and its surround areas, we are staffing up to meet the challenge. Do you think you have what it takes to be a part of our team?

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Director of Advancement

Director of Advancement

The Preservation Society of Charleston (PSC), founded in 1920, is the oldest community-based preservation organization in America. In striving to honor and sustain the architectural and cultural heritage of the South Carolina Lowcountry, the PSC serves as a strong advocacy leader for citizens concerned about preserving Charleston’s distinctive character, quality of life, and diverse neighborhoods. The Society is located in Charleston, SC, and is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that relies on private philanthropy, membership revenue, and grants to fulfill its mission.

The Director of Advancement (DA) maintains strategic and operational responsibility for the planning, execution, and evaluation of all advancement programs with an emphasis on private fundraising. In collaboration with the Executive Director, the Director of Advancement establishes mutually agreed upon annual goals, develops plans to meet those goals, and manages the necessary and appropriate activity to ensure that those goals are met so as to support and extend the mission of the Preservation Society.

Activities:

With the Executive Director develop and execute a comprehensive fund-raising and advancement strategy in support of the mission.

Plan, implement, and evaluate initiatives for member and donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship in partnership with the Executive Director.

Establish key fundraising processes and communications for the Society.

Develop and execute plans to expand and enhance planned giving.

Develop and execute fund raising plan and programs for the Society’s centennial in 2020.

Participate regularly in community activities and events to enhance the image and position of the Society.

Actively build strong relationships across all segments of the community and the membership with particular focus on potential and current individual donors and contributors.

Working with the Director of Advocacy & Communications, manage organizational brand and messaging through a comprehensive media and marketing strategy.

Identify new sources of income including but not limited to grants and business sponsorships.

Develops solid measurements of success and utilizes development based software systems to enhance overall efforts.

Skills and Experience:

Five to seven years of demonstrated success working with all elements of fundraising: major gifts, direct campaigns, grant-writing; familiarity with online marketing tools, including social media, web-based giving, and donor relations.

Bachelor’s degree (Business, Marketing, Communications, Community Development, Planning, the liberal arts), or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s Degree preferred.

Excellent interpersonal and communications skills and experience.

Interest in preservation, community planning, urban design, and/or conservation issues.

Proven ability to collaborate across divisions to implement processes and achieve results. Track record of building and maintaining productive relationships with multiple stakeholders.

Advanced project-management and client-management skills. Ability to achieve results with minimal supervision.

Entrepreneurial spirit and skill set essential.

Proficiency in the use of advancement-related computer software.

This position will be required to work out of the PSC office in Charleston, SC. All qualified candidates should apply by submitting a cover letter and resume via email to Jessica Cutler, Director of Operations, at jcutler@preservationsociety.org by November 24, 2017. No telephone calls, please.

 

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2016 Carolopolis Award Recipients

  • 1 Wesson Avenue | The Kuhne-Drews House
    Carolopolis Award
    Owner: English Drews and Stephen Giebner
    Architect: Tim Maguire and Lauren Oller Sanchez
    Contractor: Marc Engelke, Engelke Homes

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  • 9 Rutledge Avenue
    Carolopolis Award
    Owner: Adam and Jennifer Steen
    Architect: NA
    Contractor: Marc Engelke, Engelke Homes

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  • 23 Legare Street | The Robert Trail Chisolm House
    Pro Merito Award
    Owner: Peter and Diane Horan
    Architect: Glenn Keyes Architects
    Contractor: Richard Marks Restorations

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  • 26 Parkwood Avenue
    Carolopolis Award
    Owner: Jason Maxwell, CH2012 LLC
    Architect: Julia F. Martin Architects
    Contractor: Anthony Gentile

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  • 47 East Bay Street | The Anne Boone House
    Carolopolis Award
    Owner: Nathan Berry and Ceara Donnelley
    Architect: Glenn Keyes Architects
    Contractor: Richard Marks Restorations

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  • 83 Magnolia Avenue
    Carolopolis Award – Compatible New Construction
    Owner: Alexander E. Storch, MD, Barndog Ventures LLC
    Architect: Tyler A. Smyth Architects
    Contractor: Luxury Simplified

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  • 151 Sheppard Street
    Carolopolis Award
    Owner: Julie O’Connor
    Project Designer: Julie O’Connor, American Vernacular
    Contractor: John Frick, Level Building Projects

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  • 258 King Street
    Carolopolis Award
    Owner: Jenel Management Corp.
    Architect: Bill Huey + Associates
    Contractor: Renew Urban

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  • 464 Huger Street
    Carolopolis Award
    Owner: Andrew and Janye Wilkins
    Architects: Tim Maguire and Lindsey Stang
    Contractor: Marc Engelke, Engelke Homes

464 huger before 464 huger after

  • 649 Meeting Street | The Trolley Barn
    Carolopolis Award
    Owner: American College of the Building Arts
    Architect: WGM Design Inc. and Bill Huey + AssociatesContractor: Hitt Contracting Inc.

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  • 1096 Navy Way | The Eternal Father of the Sea Chapel
    Carolopolis Award – Interior
    Owner: City of North Charleston and the Charleston Naval Complex Redevelopment Authority
    Architect: Glenn Keyes Architects
    Contractor: Richard Marks Restorations

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  • 135 Meeting Street | The Gibbes Museum of Art
    Carolopolis Award – Interior
    Owner: Carolina Art Association and the City of Charleston
    Architect: Evans and Schmidt Architects
    Contr: NBM Construction Company

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Preservation Parlance: Preservation, Rehabilitation, Restoration, and Reconstruction

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When Congress passed the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) 50 years ago, it affirmed historic preservation’s importance to the United States’ cultural, environmental, and economic well-being. The passing of the NHPA also formed an official framework for what had previously been a largely informal activity, taken up in grassroots efforts like those seen in Charleston in the 1920s and 1930s. The NHPA charged the Secretary of the Interior (SOI) with establishing professional standards for preserving historic properties and created the Section 106 process, among other programs.

Every profession has its jargon, and from the NHPA comes a complexity of terminology, which can, at times, make historic preservation and its processes inaccessible. With May being Preservation Month, let’s clarify some of the ambiguous aspects of preservation parlance. Continue reading

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Starchitecture

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Susan Macdonald’s article, “Contemporary Architecture in Historic Urban Environments,” discusses the complex issue of adding new layers to historic cities over time. It is critical that contemporary architecture reinforce the existing context and architectural value of a place, rather than detract from it by standing out and running counter to the finely-tuned grain of an historic area’s “look” and “feel” (i.e., the siting, setback, height, rhythm, scale, and massing of its buildings). Continue reading

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The Sweetgrass Basket

Ms. Henrietta Snype has been weaving sweetgrass baskets her whole life and was recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning. Lucky for us, we have the INSIDE SCOOP on her sweetgrass baskets! Check out this amazing photoshoot we recently did for the Charleston CVB!

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Love is Progress, Hate is Expensive: Esau Jenkins

On June 1, 2014, at the site of the future International African American Museum on Concord Street, the community gathered to honor an influential Civil Rights figure from Johns Island, SC as a portion of Esau Jenkins’ iconic VW van was sent to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture.  The Mt. Zion Spiritual singers sang in the style of the Moving Star Hall Singers and members of the Charleston community and Jenkins family shared reflections on his life and work.

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