$160K — $170K
About Weeksville Heritage Center:
Recently announced as New York City's newest Cultural Institutions Group (CIG) member, the first since 1998, Weeksville Heritage Center (Weeksville) is one of New York City’s cultural treasures. Located in the heart of central Brooklyn, Weeksville is a multidisciplinary historic cultural center dedicated to preserving and modernizing the story of the 19th century African American community of Weeksville.
Rediscovered in 1968 by community activists and restored and renovated in 2005, Weeksville includes three historic and fully furnished homes which date back to the 1860’s, 1900’s, and 1930’s, as well as a 20,0000 sq ft. cultural and educational center. Today the work of Weeksville is to document, preserve, and interpret the history of free African American communities and to create, inspire, generate, and catalyze innovative, contemporary uses of Black history through education, the arts, and civic engagement.
Weeksville is a nationally significant, exceptionally well-documented and rare extant example of an independent African American community organized by Black entrepreneurs and land investors to promote economic, social, and political rights. Unlike other known antebellum free Black communities, Weeksville survived by becoming the core of the racially mixed Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn after the Civil War, and is now a haven for the community, where people can come together with a sense of shared history, birthright, and purpose.
About the Opportunity:
The story of Weeksville is different from the traditional Black history narrative, providing a unique and extraordinary opportunity for discussions of economic freedom and social justice that is universal and timeless. This history has particular significance and resonance in today’s climate of racial reckoning, making Weeksville primed to be a national symbol in the quest for equity and racial justice. Weeksville is currently at an inflection point in its history. With a strong legacy, recent designation as a CIG, and an expanded portfolio of programming, we seek a leader to take us into the next stage of our evolution and impact, seizing the opportunity to build on what has been done and define the story we tell for the future.
Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the President will set the vision for how Weeksville will evolve to meet the current moment, as well as lead, expand, and inform the implementation of Weeksville’s recently developed strategic plan. This exciting work will include continuing to build the organization’s infrastructure, team, and culture; expanding and diversifying philanthropic revenue opportunities; overseeing the strengthening of Weeksville’s programming; and defining Weeksville’s identity as a meaningful institution in Black American history, present, and future.
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What Qualifies You:
Commitment to Equity
The Weeksville Heritage Center is an equal opportunity employer, and strongly encourages applicants from all identities inclusive of race, gender expression, gender identity, sexual identity, ability, religion, age, education, national origin, citizenship, and ethnicity as well as applicants from historically marginalized communities.
Valid through: 9/30/2020