Executive Director

Company Name: 

Heritage Square Foundation


113 N. 6th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Contact Name: 

Patty Talahongva





Job Description: 

Heritage Square Foundation

113 N. 6th Street

Phoenix, AZ 85004


Heritage Square Foundation seeks an Executive Director to provide dynamic leadership and to direct policymaking, planning, organization, staffing, and operations. The Executive Director of the Foundation is responsible for the day-to-day management of Foundation operations and Heritage Square facilities, including the Rosson House Museum, Lath Pavilion event venue, gallery spaces, and commercial tenants. This position reports directly to the Board of Directors.

About Heritage Square Foundation

Heritage Square is the last remaining residential block of the original town site of Phoenix. With 11historic buildings, including a two-story Victorian house museum, bungalows, carriage houses, and an event venue, it is an inviting, green respite in the middle of an otherwise bustling downtown. The Rosson House Museum, the Square's crowning jewel, was recently named one of Phoenix's top ten museums. It is open five days a week for guests to step back in time and experience the city's rich turn-of-the-century past. Heritage Square is managed by a nonprofit foundation that works under an operating agreement with the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department. It is governed by a visionary board of directors and has a professional staff of 11.

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Works in conjunction with the Board of Directors to develop strategic direction and establish initiatives to fulfill the mission of the Foundation and increase local, state, and national awareness of and prominence.
  • Directs Foundation operations to include development, education, visitor services, public programing, marketing, venue rentals, property management, financials, and staffing.
  • Manages and leads staff, volunteers, intern, and contracted labor.
  • Leads all fundraising and development activities, including grant-writing, developing relationships with finders, sponsors, and foundations, corporations, and private donors.
  • Serves as spokesperson and chief advocate for the Foundation.  Establishes strong partnerships with downtown Phoenix stakeholders, including the City of Phoenix leadership, Parks and Recreation staff, Non-Profit Facilitators, tenants, and the broader community.  Enhances the Foundation’s public image to expand interest and support.
  • Directs the overall development of public relations and marketing initiatives. Develops an effective communications plan to raise the profile of the museum.
  • Manages, secures and maintains the property and facilities of the Foundation, as well as the museum permanent collections held in public trust
  • Develops a robust visitor engagement plan to maximize patronage of the Park
  • Provides property management services for four commercial tenants to maximize revenue, highlight historic preservation efforts, and create an engaging destination in downtown Phoenix through commercial and non-profit activities.
  • Develops plans to maximize use of the Park through short-term event rentals.
  • Serves and the chief liaison between the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and the Foundation.

The successful candidate will demonstrate experience, skills, and knowledge in the following areas:

  • Proven ability to work cooperatively, diplomatically, and effectively with Boards, volunteers, and in community relations and outreach capacities.
  • Ability to provide strong leadership, vision and strategic direction. Experience developing and implementing strategic plans.
  • Competence in managing museum operations, including personnel matters. Demonstrated ability to supervise, as well as to work successfully with, museum staff, volunteers, and diverse public constituencies.
  • Evidence of success in developing, managing, and growing an annual operating budget.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of standards and best practices for museums, non-profits, or similar organizations, as well as a history of involvement in relevant professional organizations.
  • Strong record of success in fundraising and audience development.
  • Familiarity with preservation laws and procedures, including Secretary of the Interior Standards for Historic Preservation.
  • Experience with exhibit development from concept to presentation.
  • Experience managing commercial retail properties
  • Event planning experience and venue management

Position Requirements:

  • Minimum education requires a Bachelor’s degree. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Five years of experience in a museum, nonprofit organization, or business. At least two years at a senior managerial level preferred.
  • Willingness to work a variable schedule, including weekends and evenings when needed.
  • Excellent planning, time management, and decision making skills.


            This is a full-time salaried position with paid time off.  This position has no health or retirement plan benefits.

  Salary Range: $48,000 – 58,000