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Executive Director, WMF India
World Monuments Fund (WMF) is the leading independent (non-governmental) organization working globally for the protection of the world’s architectural heritage of significant monuments, buildings, and sites. WMF’s mission is to protect against loss of architectural heritage by building partnerships to conserve key sites and by building public understanding about the central importance of cultural heritage in contemporary life. WMF’s work makes historic places accessible and sustainable, builds and replenishes skills needed to care for these places, and communicates the benefits of this work to the global public.
After working for approximately 20 years as a foreign NGO in India, WMF has recently registered as a not-for-profit organization in India and is expecting final approval of this status by late 2015. It now seeks to create a position of Executive Director, WMF India. (See WMF’s work in India. )
The Executive Director, India, will lead the future development of WMF in India by managing operations, communications and programs, acting as WMF’s spokesperson in India, and serving as a liaison between the WMF headquarters staff in New York and the Board of Directors of its Indian affiliate. Operating within a flexible office framework, the Executive Director will provide a key point of coordination between members of the Board, donors and partners, and the WMF headquarters in New York.
WMF Operations in India
- Act as a liaison between the WMF Headquarters and WMF India Board and program advisors concerning the selection and management of field projects;
- Coordinate contact and relation with projects teams, as directed including meetings and periodic reports;
- Act as a resource for the World Monuments Watch and collaborate with NY program staff to solicit nominations and disseminate information on the Watch program, and work with NY staff and Watch sites to develop Watch Day activities;
- Track project budgeting and payments to ensure timely release of funds for work in progress and compliance with budgets; and
- Develop, from time to time, special programs such as conferences, lectures and seminars that interpret WMF’s work to the field and engage with other local organizations in India.
- In coordination with Headquarters, organize communications activities in India relating to WMF programs, including press releases, press conferences, marketing and promotional activities, and events that focus public attention on WMF work;
- Communicate project status reports to WMF headquarters for maintenance and updating of the WMF website and archives; and
- Act as a spokesperson for WMF India in public forums and represent the organization at events and in meetings pertaining to WMF or WMF India’s participation in the field of heritage conservation.
Development and Fundraising
- Develop a fundraising strategy for WMF India that generates support for general expenses and conservation projects and ensures the long-term sustainability of WMF India;
- Develop funding prospects and make presentations about WMF’s work in India in order to generate support for current programs and activities; and
- Support the organization of such events as are planned by the Board and WMF Headquarters to generate funds and recognition for WMF in India.
- Develop, implement and monitor a Five-Year action plan for WMF India.
- Manage all activities related to WMF India operations, including the organization of quarterly meetings of the Board of Directors, as directed by WMF Headquarters.
- Ensure and oversee any tasks required to complete non-profit registration and FCRA exemption
- Be responsible to the Board of Directors of WMF India and WMF Headquarters for the overall financial health of the organization, ensuring that expenditures are controlled in line with budgets as approved by the Board;
- Recommend a yearly budget for the approval of the Board of Directors of WMF India the WMF Headquarters and prudently manage the organization’s yearly budget within those budget guidelines;
- Oversee keeping the books and coordination with external accountant;
- Oversee the compliance of internal legal procedures included in the Articles of Association;
- Take responsibility for complying with the periodic submission of documents required to maintained tax benefits and status;
- Ensure compliance with all the obligations related to receiving local or foreign donations and transferring them to the projects (according to the approved structure for money transfer);
- Prepare information and documentation to be presented to WMF India chairman and Board meetings;
- Provide monthly report on activities to WMF India and WMF Headquarters;
The Executive Director reports to the Board of WMF India. Because WMF Headquarters is a substantial shareholder, the Executive Director has a responsibility to liaise with WMF Headquarters, including the President, Executive Vice President, and the Vice President for International Affairs, concerning all program, development, communications, and general office activities and to communicate the priorities and strategies set by WMF Headquarters to the WMF India board.
The Executive Director will be the only staff person at WMF India. This position will be located in Mumbai.
- Bachelor’s degree;
- Minimum of five years of experience in non-governmental management, preferably in the field of heritage conservation or a related cultural field, in India;
- Good financial management skills and financial literacy, including creating and managing budgets;
- Strong communication skills;
- Evidence of team management experience;
- Evidence of fundraising experience; and
- Fluency in Hindi and English languages required.
Compensation is commensurate with experience, including benefits and service taxes for a 12-month renewable contract, plus travel and other related expenses.
How to Apply
- Initial inquiries and applications should be emailed to email@example.com
- All applications must be no longer than four pages. The document should include a cover letter outlining your interest in the role and demonstrating your experience as related to the key priorities in this job description. Please include the names and contact details of two people who would provide references. Note: those people would only be contacted upon receiving consent from the applicant.
- All applicants will receive a receipt of application and qualified applicants will be notified regarding interview status. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis.
The Postgraduate Intern will provide administrative, communications, and program support for the World Monuments Watch, the primary advocacy program of World Monuments Fund. Issued every two years, the World Monuments Watch is a call to action for cultural heritage around the globe that is at risk from the forces of nature and the impact of social, political, and economic change (http://www.wmf.org/watch). The Postgraduate Intern will report to the Program Manager who has oversight of the World Monuments Watch program. This is a full-time position for a 12-month term, with the possibility of extension for a second 12-month term.
World Monuments Fund (http://www.wmf.org) is the leading independent (non-governmental) organization working globally for the protection of the world’s architectural heritage of significant monuments, buildings, and sites. WMF’s mission is to protect against loss of architectural heritage by building partnerships to conserve key sites and by building public understanding about the central importance of cultural heritage in contemporary life. WMF’s work makes historic places accessible and sustainable, builds and replenishes skills needed to care for these places, and communicates the benefits of this work to the global public.
- Collect information on new developments and funding at World Monuments Watch sites by soliciting updates from WMF Program Managers and applying superior research skills to the task.
- Monitor and maintain information on media coverage of World Monuments Watch sites.
- Produce written content related to World Monuments Watch sites for dissemination through WMF’s website and social media in collaboration with WMF staff and local partners.
- Assist in the development of action plans and fundraising proposals for World Monuments Watch sites.
- Ensure that administrative requirements for activities at World Monuments Watch sites are met, including the drafting of project agreements.
- Coordinate planning for Watch Day activities (locally organized events dedicated to raising awareness and celebrating the importance of each World Monuments Watch site to the local community and beyond) with WMF staff and local partners.
- Support the writing of a publication reporting on the outcomes of the two-year World Monuments Watch cycle.
- Maintain statistics on the history of the World Monuments Watch program and update information on past sites on an ad hoc basis.
- Support the call for nominations and the review and selection process for the following World Monuments Watch cycle.
- Carry out other administrative tasks related to the World Monuments Watch throughout the various phases of the two-year cycle.
Skills and other qualities
- Exceptional research and writing skills;
- Attention to detail, organization skills, work management skills, and general office procedures;
- Ability to handle multiple tasks and a willingness to help with a wide range of assignments;
- Ability to carry out tasks as assigned and communicate effectively with supervisor if questions arise;
- Warm, professional, and engaging manner.
- 0-2 years work experience;
- Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent;
- Willingness to make a commitment of 12 months to World Monuments Fund;
- Demonstrated interest in cultural heritage conservation and/or allied fields (the arts, architecture, art history, urban planning, history, international development).
Salary and benefits
Competitive with full benefits package
How to apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample as e-mail attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 pm (EDT) on Monday, October 5, 2015. The cover letter should explain your interest in this position and how your experience matches the requirements of the job description. Cover letter length: one page strongly recommended.