National Search Underway for New CPA Executive Director

Cincinnati Preservation Association Executive Director Paul Muller has announced his retirement from the organization. After more than 12 years with CPA, Muller is stepping down to return to his architectural practice. A national search is now underway for his replacement. For more information about the search, please see below.

Cincinnati Preservation Executive Director Search

A competitive nationwide search is underway for an Executive Director of Cincinnati Preservation Association in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Organization: Cincinnati Preservation Association (CPA) is Cincinnati’s leading nonprofit organization for historic preservation. CPA was founded in 1964, comprises more than 300 members, and has an annual operating budget of approximately $500,000.

Mission: Cincinnati Preservation Association promotes the city’s diverse cultural heritage through the preservation of historic places.

Job Description: The Executive Director is responsible for the professional management of CPA and will foster the organization’s role as Cincinnati’s leading advocate for the preservation of historic places.


Public Policy and Advocacy

Positions Cincinnati Preservation Association as an effective, vital, historic preservation organization.

Ensures the representation of CPA’s concerns to local, state, and federal policymakers, task forces, advisory committees, planners and funding bodies.

Assures professional relationships with individuals and organizations, which share a stake in historic preservation in Cincinnati.

Serves as spokesperson for the organization.

Fiscal Management

Directs financial activities (bookkeeping, accounting, etc.) and makes decisions based on plans and policies developed in concert with the Board of Directors.

Engages with the Treasurer and Board of Directors in financial planning,diversification, accounting, banking and an annual audit. Presents annual budget, quarterly financial reports for Board of Directors.

Staff Management

Recruits, manages, inspires, motivates and empowers a strong staff

Prepares for the anticipated growth of the organization; develops and implements appropriate human resource policies and procedures, including training, career development, hiring and firing, succession planning, and performance management for all staff.

Oversees an appropriate organizational structure and ensures that the programmatic objectives are supported internally: facilities, technology, finances, communication, and functional needs.

Supports inclusive annual strategic planning process and ensures planning decisions are used in setting annual program/project goals.

Board Development

Serves as the primary staff person for the Board of Directors and the ExecutiveCommittee. Assists in recruiting and training Board of Directors and committees.

Fundraising, Membership Development and Volunteer Management

Sustains and grows a diverse funding base.

Raises the visibility of the organization through the continued implementation of events. Oversees volunteer management for committees and coordination of public events.

Develops and implements educational and membership programs.

Implements creative strategies to increase membership and expand publicawareness of the CPA’s work and organization value.

Program Planning

Gains consensus for goals and objectives and obtains the Board of Directors’ assistance in implementation; provides leadership in choosing which tasks to undertake to achieve the goals and objectives and assigns priorities tothose tasks.

Marketing, Communications and Public Relations

Leads public relations efforts and oversees the development of promotional and communication strategies.

Property Management

Oversee the management of three CPA properties

Major Qualifications:

Education and/or Experience:

Bachelor’s degree from a college or university, with major work in fieldrelated to historic preservation, public administration, planning, preferred.

Experience in nonprofit management, public relations, public administration,business, organizational development, and/or team-oriented work. Nonprofit leadership experience is strongly preferred.

Application Process:

Please send cover letter, writing sample and resume by email to

All inquiries should include Executive Director in the subject line and all attachments should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. The compensation package for this position is mid $90s annually. Application deadline: January 31, 2022

This job posting provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. Cincinnati Preservation Association reserves the right to change the job posting at any time without advance notice.

Cincinnati Preservation Association is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. Cincinnati Preservation Association encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.