Institution: 
Hriends of John Jay Homestead
City: 
Katonah
State: 
New York

Friends of John Jay Homestead (FOJJH) is the private side of an exemplary public-private partnership with the John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, a property of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Located in Katonah, New York, an hour north of New York City, the Homestead is the retirement home of Founder John Jay, and then to four later generations of his family, many involved in public life themselves. The property includes a beautiful historic house with strong collections and restored outbuildings; and 62 open acres with flower and vegetable gardens, riding and hiking paths, a demonstration apiary and chicken coop, and other opportunities for active and contemplative enjoyment. The site offers a busy and diverse calendar of programs for students, families, scholars and other visitors.

FOJJH Mission Statement:

  • to increase public appreciation for history, especially that of Founding Father John Jay and his descendants;
  • to encourage use of the John Jay Homestead State Historic Site for both educational and recreational purposes;
  • to supplement the work of New York State by providing funding and volunteer assistance for the preservation, restoration and interpretation of the site.

The job of the Executive Director is to raise and manage the resources necessary to execute the expansive mission of FOJJH. Financial resources come currently from memberships, an annual appeal, events, and targeted solicitations; there is no endowment. Non-financial resources include a small staff, strong Board of Trustees, motivated volunteers, dynamic and involved community partners, and strong partnership with the staff of the John Jay Homestead State Historic Site.

The Executive Director manages the budget ($500,000 in 2014) and supervises a small staff. S/he reports to the Board of FOJJH, a 501(c)(3) corporation, and also works closely with the site manager and staff of John Jay Homestead State Historic Site.
1. Development- Our highest priority is increasing fundraising, and we expect that the area of greatest potential is through donor solicitations and targeted grant writing. The new ED will be asked to grow these sources of restricted and unrestricted revenues.
2. Membership: Growing this is a high priority for the Friends. The ED will be asked to develop and execute a multi-faceted marketing, PR and event-based plan that will translate into increased membership, both number of members and funds contributed. Must manage, update, and expand Access-based Database.
3. Event and program planning: the ED will manage an annual events calendar, coordinating with Parks site staff, that typically includes 2 significant fundraisers, 2 lecture series, and multiple other events/programs, encouraging visitors to use the site for multiple purposes. Developing new initiatives and new supporter groups is a priority, as is being strategic about the events currently offered.
4. Communication and PR: The Friends office manages a website and produces monthly e-newsletters, an annual newsletter, multiple invitations and solicitation and development letters. Writing and communications skills are very important; publicity and social media development skills a plus.
5. Personal Qualities.

The successful applicant will be a Leader:

  • Ambitious about the potential of the site for growth and impact
  • Articulate in describing that potential, in writing and speaking
  • Collaborative about working with volunteers, partner groups and NYS Parks
  • Organized about keeping many balls in the air
  • Creative about finding new sources of funding and support
  • Committed to staying through the next chapter of growth
  • Experienced at running a small office
  • College degree and minimum 5 years progressive development experience required, with demonstrated success at grant-writing and major gifts a plus.

Full-time job, with some weekend and evening time required. Salary commensurate with experience. EOE. Send letter of interest, resume (as a Word document attachment), and names of professional references to: fjjhsearch@gmail.com.
Please reply by Monday, March 10. The new ED will begin work on Monday, June 2, 2014.