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Vice President of Programs

World Monuments Fund

This is a Contract position in Walton, NY posted November 20, 2019.

Overview Since World Monuments Fund (WMF) was founded over half a century ago, it has been a groundbreaking organization conserving in an innovative way the world’s irreplaceable treasures — architectural and cultural sites that span the history of human civilization.

Cultural heritage sites are under constant attack by time, neglect, natural forces, and human actions.

Preserving this heritage has from the beginning been the principal mission of WMF—working with local partners around the globe to provide financial and technical support for preservation, restoration, and long-term sustainability of these sites.

In continuing this legacy of a pioneering, entrepreneurial, and ambitious spirit, WMF seeks a new Vice President of Programs to craft and implement forward looking projects, identify emerging trends, explore new frontiers in heritage, and create opportunities for communities around the world through preservation of iconic sites and monuments.

Our Activities as executed: Physical Conservation WMF is dedicated to working at the highest international standards to conserve exceptional works of historic architecture and cultural heritage sites.

Our goal is to ensure that endangered sites have a long-term future and that these places are fully integrated into the social fabric of their local communities.

Responding to the Unexpected Earthquakes.


Wars and revolutions.

Whether natural or man-made, disasters cannot be predicted or foreseen.

But once they occur, WMF is prepared to respond quickly and decisively to assess damage to sites that are iconic to communities, undertake emergency conservation, and help develop plans for recovery in coordination with our local partners.

Generating Awareness, Inspiring Action As much as WMF has accomplished, more remains to be done to act as a voice of vigilance around the world.

WMF advocacy programs such as the World Monuments Watch raise awareness of the importance of heritage preservation for people around the globe, today and in the future.

Fostering Sustainable Communities WMF works with local partners to help foster the economic, technical, and social infrastructures necessary to create opportunities for the present and preserve sites well into the future.

When local resources are lacking, WMF assembles teams of international specialists to conduct pilot projects, develop training programs, and plan for the long-term stewardship of sites.

Sharing Knowledge, Teaching Skills Many of the skills that were used to build the world’s treasures are also in need of preservation.

There is a widespread and growing need for craftspeople and professionals who can both revive lost arts and apply modern methods.

By incorporating capacity building training programs into many of our projects, we seek to ensure longevity and stability.

Strategic Direction For this newly-created position, WMF seeks a compelling leader who will bring the mission to new prominence and a rigorous thinker who can champion excellence and execute on that vision.

WMF is at the forefront of forging the nexus of conservation and social impact.

Heritage is a dynamic element of the built and social fabric of communities and plays a role in advancing the quality of life of communities surrounding it.

Through cultural heritage, WMF and its local partners address some of the most important issues of our time: the impact of climate change, human migration, encroaching urbanization, and violent conflicts.

By creating new programs around the world that preserve monuments and culturally important sites at the highest standards, WMF aims to create empowering opportunities for local communities.

Responsibilities Vice President of Programs will report to Bénédicte de Montlaur, CEO.

He/she is responsible for directly managing a New York-based staff of six and an international staff of nine, supplemented by local hires, consultants, and institutional partners, depending on the projects.

Strategic Leadership 1.

Develop with the CEO a curatorial vision for all initiatives, conservation projects, and advocacy efforts to ensure an inspiring and cohesive program mix that sends a powerful message about WMF to the public, funders, and partners in the field.


Create and foster relationships with academia, local governments, project partners, and key organizations in the heritage field, but also beyond it, including institutions focused on the environment, community development, and public education.


In close cooperation with the development team, help to identify new funding sources and strengthen relationships with current donors in the United States and internationally.


Explore ways to advance WMF’s educational and thought leadership role, building on the experience acquired through WMF’s field projects.


Work closely with the CEO, VP of Development, and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer in advancing WMF’s goals and contributions.

Initiatives Assure, with the CEO and senior management, that the organization executes a long-range strategy that makes consistent and timely progress toward fulfilment of mission.


Provide leadership in developing conservation initiatives, including identifying opportunities and assessing them with rigor, creating programs, selecting projects, and overseeing the day-to-day implementation of all initiatives to the highest standards.


Develop and execute criteria for project selection and evaluation to make sure that our projects encourage and build upon an understanding of the past that ultimately makes the world a better place for local communities, today and in the future.


Maximize the demonstrated potential of the World Monuments Watch and other WMF programs.

Management and Administration 1.

Manage, train and empower staff and consultants to maintain a high degree of excellence.


As a member of the senior management team, work closely with the CEO and the entire development team to achieve funding objectives.


Maintain sound financial practices and controls.


Work with staff in New York and in the field to prepare and adhere to project and annual budgets.

Location and Compensation WMF is located in New York City (NYC).

The successful candidate is expected to work in the NYC offices and to travel as the job requires.

It is anticipated that an attractive compensation package including competitive salary, health coverage, contribution to a 403(b) and four weeks of vacation will be offered.

Legal authorization to work in the United States is required.

The Successful Candidate He or she is likely to have: 1.

A broad and informed point of view about the importance of cultural heritage and the new directions this field is taking.


Ten years’ experience in implementing complex international preservation projects.


Keen execution skills with proven ability to deliver in time and within budget.


Vision and imagination, coupled with proven team and project management experience.


A consultative leadership style, proven ability to manage change, and patience with people and process.


A refined understanding of the workings and needs of mission-driven organizations.


Skillful and sophisticated oral and written communications abilities, as well as experience engaging a wide range of audiences: board members, stakeholders, funders, partners, experts in the field, as well as the general public.


Tech-savvy (able to work without an assistant) and continuously open to new approaches.


A master’s degree is expected in a related field.


Experience in and comfort with working in international settings.


Proficiency/fluency in one or more foreign languages is a plus.

For Confidential Consideration: Kindly email a letter of interest and Resume to JOBSWMF.ORG