WMF India Executive Director

Position Title: WMF India Executive Director
Reports to: The Chair & Board of WMFI, with a dotted line into the Chief Executive Officer and the Executive Vice President of WMF New York
Direct Reports: WMFI Projects Director, WMFI Finance and Administrative Officer in charge of compliance, audits as well as CSR management, and with oversight of a small team who as consultants support in book-keeping, PR, Events and Social Media

I. Position Summary

The Board of World Monuments Fund India (WMFI) are seeking a new Executive Director to lead this active and ambitious organisation to safeguard irreplaceable heritage in India, aligning and supporting World Monuments Fund in its global mission.

This is a highly rewarding opportunity for a creative and energetic leader to make a real difference in the conservation of extraordinary diversity of historic buildings, landscapes, and monuments and to the people who care for them.

We are looking for a person who can substantially increase our support and make a step change to our visibility. The candidate will have a proven track record as a big-picture and creative thinker and a networked strategic fundraiser with the vision and skills to successfully enable WMFI to secure the future of exceptional heritage throughout India via fundraising, conservation management, education, advocacy, and partnership building, growing the mandates of WMFI within the global goals and objectives. Flexibility and nimbleness to respond to the needs and challenges as they emerge in the culture space; ensuring balance of big vision and carefully crafted deliverables.

Reporting to WMFI’s Board of Trustees, you will lead a small and dedicated team, and be the key representative of the WMFI along with WMF Headquarters in the USA. You will also be an important voice in WMFs International Leadership team, liaising with colleagues in New York and with other affiliate leads across the world.

ORGANISATION

World Monuments Fund (WMF) is the leading independent nonprofit organisation dedicated to safeguarding the world’s most treasured places to enrich people’s lives and build mutual understanding across cultures and communities. Since its inception in 1965, WMF’s experts have been racing against time, applying proven techniques to preserve important architectural and cultural heritage sites on more than 700 projects in 112 countries and advocating for the protection of over 800 treasured places. Headquartered in New York City with affiliate organisations in Britain, Cambodia, India, Peru, Portugal, and Spain, WMF champions the conservation of cultural heritage worldwide.

WMFI is an Indian section 25 company with Income Tax 12(A) and 80 (G) certification with joint shareholding in India and WMF NY.

BACKGROUND

Each of the sites WMFI supports has different needs. It could be any type of building, a church or water body, cultural landscape, or historic garden. A building might be chosen for its iconic design, or it might be historically significant, or perhaps its unusually rare or fragile. WMFI primarily sources its funds through Corporate Social Responsibility allocations and so cultivation of these donor bases is vital.

WMF has an outstanding record of work in India, ranging from the restoration of Dwarkadeesh Temple in Ahmedabad in response to the Gujarat earthquake, partnering with central and state governments at iconic sites like Jaisalmer Fort and the historic Mughal Gardens in Itimad ud Daulah. A significant partnership was with the Madhya Pradesh Government to provide specialized expertise, training, and skills development for over 27 sites.

At present the WMFI has no endowment, nor do we receive Government support. Our work relies on the support of our members and CSR. Fundraising is an essential task of the Executive Director.

II. Priorities

  • To be the public face of the organisation – representing WMF in India, as the leading global not-for profit, and helping to shape the future of heritage.
  • To develop WMFI’s strategy which contributes towards WMFs global mission and priorities and makes the most of India’s rich and diverse cultural heritage.
  • To drive support to WMFI – seeking, creating, and delivering ambitious fundraising programmes to underpin our cause, growing our International Council membership community, and raise the visibility of WMF through our events, communications, and partnerships.
  • To work closely with the Chair of WMFI and the Board to ensure excellence in governance practice, high standards of operational management and financial probity.
  • To work closely with WMF Hearquarters as part of a global organisation, and to liaise with the WMF affiliate heads to contribute to the organisation’s mission as an international leadership team. This will include the building of a New York based corpus – contributed to by NRIs – for supporting projects in India.
  • To develop and lead a small and dedicated team in India to deliver a portfolio of innovative conservation projects, advocacy, training programmes and fund raising.
  • To provide leadership to the organisation, in ensuring that the Board of Trustees fulfils its responsibilities in the governance according to regulations.
  • To work with the Board, WMFI staff, and WMF Headquarters, to formulate and achieve business strategy, and align with the global goals and objectives.
  • To ensure the long-term sustainability of the organisation, through effective leadership, the overall management and administration of WMFI (sound financial and staff management, project engagement and fundraising), as well as in the execution of the organisation’s policies.
  • To ensure the Global Agreement as executed in 2022 between WMF and WMFI is upheld.
  • To expand the community engaged in conservation/ heritage – through outreach programmes, growing the Indian Chapter of the International Council, capacity building programmes at sites, etc

III. Key Result Areas

  • To provide the leadership to deliver the agreed vision, strategy values and specific objectives of the WMFI by:
  • Develop, with agreement from the Board and WMF Headquarters, the strategic plan, business plans and fundraising and communications and outreach strategy.
  • Cooperate with WMF heaquarters to pursue the global agenda including the World Monuments Watch™ Programme, the International Council, the corpus for India and other worldwide initiatives.
  • Develop existing and build new relationships with funders, strategic partners, heritage bodies and other stakeholders.
  • Identify, build, and generate fundraising opportunities in line with the aims of WMFI.
  • With the support of the Project Director identify new projects, oversee projects to completion, and successfully promote WMFI’s contribution.

IV. Principal Tasks

1. Strategic Leadership

  • To lead the organisation including growing the membership and major donor base, developing vital fundraising relationships, and reaching targets as set by the Board of Trustees. To articulate the mission of WMFI at public and private events.
  • To ensure that a long-term strategy is in place that will guide the organisation in achieving its objectives, as well as support those of WMF Heaquarters, as and where possible.
  • To be responsible to the Board for the overall financial health of the organisation, ensuring that expenditure is controlled in line with budgets as approved by the Board. Recommend yearly office budget as well as project budgets for Board approval and exercise prudent management of the organisation’s resources within those budget guidelines.
  • To ensure the organisation discharges its constitutional and legal obligations in India as well as its responsibilities to WMF NY as per the Global Operating Agreement.
  • To integrate the plans and strategies of the organisation to ensure continuity.
  • To protect and enhance the reputation of the organisation.
  • To maintain effective networks with all principal supporters and stakeholders and the wider community of conservators and preservationists.
  • To represent WMFI at external events and other opportunities, through carefully devised PR and media strategies, approved by the Board and, in some instances approved by and in collaboration with WMF NY.
  • To build out community outreach/ capacity building programmes that enhance WMF-Is reputation with donors and other stake-holders.
  • To manage a small, but dedicated team of WMFI professionals.

2. Governance and relationship with the Board and WMF head office.

  • To ensure that the Board has at its disposal sufficient resources, guidance and professional advice on matters concerning compliance with its governing instrument, the law, and the need to remain solvent.
  • To liaise with the Chair and Board as appropriate.
  • In consultation with the Chair, to prepare meeting agendas and draw the Board’s attention to matters that need a decision. To ensure that there is prompt provision of the minutes of the Board meetings.
  • To enable proper constitution of the Board to provide good governance.
  • As appropriate, and in collaboration with the Chair and WMF, monitor and advise on the composition of the Board, its committees, and any sub-groups.
  • To help the Board acquire appropriate skills and ensure that appropriate review by the Board takes place.
  • Ensure an annual calendar of meetings of the board, its principal sub-committees and other main events is in place.
  • Attend board meetings of WMF in New York, as appropriate, in order to report on activities of WMFI.

3. Operational Framework

  • To establish policies and procedures to create and maintain a consistent work culture, relating to all members of WMFI.
  • To review the overall performance of the organisation.
  • To supply all reports required by the Board in the exercise of its legal, financial, and other responsibilities, in accordance with Indian laws, regulations and current legislation pertaining to Not-for-Profit Companies as well as compliance with CSR regulations as they emerge from time to time.
  • To monitor HR strategy, appraisal systems and training programmes and provide leadership, supervision, and direction to staff within the framework of their contracts.
  • To manage office resources and staff, to meet the agreed plan and strategies of WMFI.
  • Participate in WMF Headquarters meetings as required.

4. Fundraising

  • To lead the development and implementation of the fundraising strategy for WMFI, to ensure long-term financial sustainability and project funding.
  • To work collaboratively with WMF NY on the development of international major donor/philanthropic relationships, including harnessing the community of NRIs to build a corpus for India projects.
  • To make best use of funds raised and allocated through WMF NY.
  • To build the IC as a community that can give WMFI access to unrestricted funds and also, project funding.

5. Finance

  • To consult with the Board and liaise with the Finance Director to generate an Annual Budget.
  • To manage the overall budgets and resources as a whole.
  • To ensure the timely and complete preparation of the annual audited accounts and Annual Report, and the presentation of these documents to the India Board and as required by WMF NY.

6. Project Management

  • To lead conservation/restoration projects with the Project Director, in consultation with WMF Headquarters and project stakeholders.

7. Culture

  • To promote diversity and equality of opportunity in all WMFI’s work and practices.
  • To build a staff culture where everyone is valued and equipped to do their job.

V. EEO Statement 

World Monuments Fund is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions regardless of race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

VI. Application Procedure

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (up to 10 pages) to jobs@wmf.org by 5 pm (Eastern Time) on February 16, 2024.

Candidates must be authorized to work in India.

Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted. No Phone Calls.