Director of engagement

Salary: $38,000 – $41,000 commensurate with experience, per annum plus benefits

Benefits: 10 paid holidays, 18 vacation days, flexible work schedule, eligible for health insurance after three-month probationary period, employer will match 3% retirement contribution after six months, monthly cell phone stipend

Application deadline: May 17, 2019

Start date: June 10, 2019 (flexible)

Application instructions:  To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, resume, a graphic design sample, and three references to No phone calls please.


The Director of Engagement plans and executes all fundraising events for Historic Macon Foundation and manages digital and print communication materials such as press releases, quarterly newsletters, and e-newsletters.  In 2018 the organization worked with Jessica Lanier Walden to create a Communications Strategy Report that guides Director of Engagement.

Additionally, the Director of Engagement is responsible for fulfilling our mission by using communication techniques to engage new audiences in historic preservation, advertise our success and growth, and to inspire the public to appreciate Macon through engaging events.  This staff person plans and executes all fundraising and “friend-raising” events (50% of position) for Historic Macon Foundation, manages digital and print communication materials, including graphic design (40% of position), and assists with general administrative tasks (10% of position).  This position reports to the Executive Director and works closely with staff, Board members, and numerous committee members and volunteers.  The position requires regular work on evenings and weekends outside of normal business hours, but is offset by monthly flexible time.

 The successful employee will be creative, well-organized, efficient and extroverted.  The employee will also be an excellent communicator and fluent in digital and traditional communication forms. We are looking for a team member who brings professional skills in marketing, communications and event planning and who can assist in strengthening all aspects of our mission, including public outreach, fundraising, marketing real estate, event management, and increasing general awareness about our activities and success.

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience in planning and executing special events and fundraisers with a variety of stakeholders

  • Confidence and enthusiasm working with a diverse volunteer cohort

  • Bachelor’s degree in mass communication, marketing, public relations or related field

  • Extensive computer, media, and web literacy

  • Knowledge of Abode Suite (or similar tools) and demonstrated experience with graphic design

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

Proficiency in the following is strongly desired.

  • SquareSpace (or experience in website maintenance using similar content management system)

  • Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint

  • Constant Contact (or experience with similar email marketing site)

  • Social media (primarily Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)

Performance Measures:

  • Meet fundraising goals for Historic Macon’s Flea Market events with the assistance of volunteers and committees including - coordinating donations and pickups, managing the warehouse(s), and the weekly volunteer workdays - 45% of job

  • Grow the audience for preservation through monthly e-newsletters, social media, and website - 15% of job

  • Improve the visibility and knowledge about preservation and Historic Macon’s activities in the community by securing press coverage through print, digital, web, social, television, and radio media - 15% of job

  • Successfully plan events that increase membership and build awareness of Historic Macon’s mission and generate new members and volunteers - 10% of job

  • Use PR and marketing to recruit new members and to increase the number of attendants at educational, advocacy, and fundraising events - 10% of job

  • Inspire appreciation for Macon and its historic architecture by expanding Historic Macon’s “Macon is Preservation” brand and marketing - 5% of job

About Historic Macon Foundation

Historic Macon Foundation, non-profit organization, is one of the nation’s largest, most productive and most innovative local historic preservation organizations with over 500 member households in Middle Georgia and over 6,000 listed historic buildings in our stewardship. Since our founding in 1964, Historic Macon Foundation has served as the regional historical society and preservation organization of note. Our mission is to revitalize our community by preserving architecture and sharing history. Our vision is to be the premier preservation organization in the nation.

Historic Macon saves Macon’s architectural treasures by purchasing, rehabilitating and selling structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition, Historic Macon educates the public about the importance of Macon’s history and architecture, runs events to help celebrate Macon’s unique assets, and operates the Sidney Lanier Cottage house museum. Our programs in economic development and neighborhood revitalization are award winners on a national scale and serve as a model for other preservation and revitalization organizations.

The organization is staffed by eight full-time employees (including this one) and one part-time staff person, all of whom are vibrant, dedicated, fun and hardworking. The office atmosphere is fast-paced, multi-tasking, technology-oriented and highly collaborative. In August 2017, Historic Macon relocated its offices to a newly rehabilitated commercial building downtown. Employees are treated as professionals in their expertise; each staff person has the opportunity to lead and teach other team members and literally hundreds of volunteers who are interested in our mission. Staff members manage their own time and tasks, and a flexible work schedule is a benefit.

About Macon, Georgia

Macon is a hidden gem undergoing an exciting renaissance. Live in one of 396 loft units, eat at one of 38 restaurants and eateries, enjoy nightlife at one of 28 music venues and bars, tour one of 3 breweries – all within downtown Macon.

Enjoy annual festivals such as Bragg Jam, Macon Film Festival, Macon Beer Fest, Cherry Blossom Street Party, Jazz and Arts on Riverdale Festival, and the Pan-African Festival. Home to Little Richard, Otis Redding, and The Allman Brothers Band, Macon boasts a rich musical heritage that continues to this day with live music almost every night.

Explore the remarkable architecture ranging from Greek Revival mansions to vernacular mill housing. On top of all of these incredible activities and events, it’s extremely affordable to live here.

Macon only gets better from year to year. Now is the time to experience its exciting renaissance and play an active role in the transformation.