Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) welcomes applications for the position of Administrative Director. AARCH is the regional, nonprofit, historic preservation organization for the beautiful and diverse Adirondack region of New York State with a mission to further public understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of the Adirondacks’ unique architectural and cultural heritage, communities, and historic sites through educational programs, advocacy, technical assistance, and partnership projects. The architectural legacy of the Adirondacks includes not only nationally recognized rustic “Great Camps” but also the wide variety of structures that embody the whole range of human experience in the region, including homes and farmsteads, churches, commercial buildings, town halls, libraries, bridges, railroad buildings, lighthouses, and industrial sites.
AARCH seeks a highly dedicated professional with a demonstrated administrative and office management experience to join our four-person team. The Administrative Director is responsible for a variety of management duties including membership, finances, programming assistance, personnel, communications, and project work, all of which are critical to AARCH’s effectiveness as a nonprofit organization.
The AARCH office building is a beautifully restored historic stone building on the Ausable River in Keeseville and includes offices, a gallery space, meeting room, and resource center.
You can learn more about the position and how to apply HERE.
In anticipation of Executive Director Steven Engelhart’s retirement in 2021, the Adirondack Architectural Heritage board of directors is pleased to announce that the search for his successor is now underway.
This is an incredible opportunity for someone to lead what National Trust President Stephanie Meeks called “one of the most effective rural preservation organizations in the nation.” Over the past 30 years AARCH has developed an effective and far-ranging program of public education, advocacy, technical assistance, and historic site management that serves hundreds of communities in New York State’s Adirondack region.
About the Organization
AARCH’s regular activities include: sponsoring a series of summer and fall tours to historic places throughout the region; holding workshops and conferences; giving educational slide presentations; publishing a biannual Newsletter; and providing technical assistance to homeowners, municipalities, businesses and other organizations. AARCH seeks to find solutions for endangered historic and architectural resources and, for example, was largely responsible for getting the state to change its twenty- year policy of neglect toward Camp Santanoni, a National Historic Landmark, in the Town of Newcomb. Since then AARCH has overseen planning work, ongoing restoration, and a summer interpretive program there through the Friends of Camp Santanoni. AARCH has also sought to ensure a future for Adirondack fire towers by nominating them to the National Register of Historic Places and currently by sponsoring and supporting two fire tower preservation projects, the Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine and the Friends of Hurricane Mountain.
AARCH also has a small publishing program, which seeks to publish books and other materials related to the region’s architectural history and legacy. In 2000, AARCH published Santanoni: From Japanese Temple to Life at an Adirondack Great Camp by Rob Engel, Paul Malo and Howie Kirschenbaum. In 2006, AARCH published Adirondack Churches: A History of Design and Building by Sally E. Svenson. In 2017, AARCH published A Guide to Architecture in the Adirondacks by Richard Longstreth.
AARCH also maintains a growing resource center at its office in Keeseville. The collection includes books, other publications, clippings, correspondence and other printed material, photographs, and a collection of more than 5000 slides. The focus of the collection is materials that relate to the region’s architectural heritage, to the study of architectural history, in general, to historic preservation, and on resources on local and regional history. These materials are used by AARCH staff for research, for planning public educational events, for publications, and for providing information to members and others researchers.
AARCH’s 25 years of work and accomplishment was recognized in 2015 when the National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded AARCH the prestigious Trustee’s Award for Organizational Excellence.
AARCH is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit corporation and a registered New York State charitable institution.