• Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area
  • Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, West 1st Street, Yuma, AZ, United States
  • Nov 07, 2017
Full time Administrator/Executive

Job Description

The Executive Director is the key leader and manager of Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area Corporation (YCNHAC) which was established in 2002 with an annual budget of approximately $2.5 million, located in southwestern Arizona. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing administration and programs, including:

  • Enhancing the historic resources of the community, particularly within the Yuma Crossing National Historic Landmark, including the direct management of two state historic parks;
  • Undertaking restoration of and improving public access to the Colorado River;
  • Initiating redevelopment projects at the request of the City of Yuma, subject to YCNHA board approval; and,
  • Managing and conducting partner and public relations, fundraising, marketing, and community outreach.

The position reports directly to the Board of Directors with concurrence of the Yuma City Administrator and coordinates closely with the City of Yuma’s City Administrator and staff.


  • Oversight of ongoing program of work involving multiple and diverse projects, ensuring efficient administration and careful financial management.
  • Initiate redevelopment projects at the request of the City of Yuma, subject to YCNHA board approval.
  • Retain and grow the working relationships between the organization and the Arizona Congressional delegation, the National Park Service, the Alliance of National Heritage Areas, and key local partners such as the City of Yuma, Quechan Indian Tribe, Yuma Visitors Bureau, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Arizona State Parks and Trails, Arizona Historical Society, Yuma farming community, the Bureau of Reclamation, and state legislative representatives.
  • Maintain and grow new sources of grant funding and develop new revenue streams through partnerships with the public, philanthropic, and private sectors.
  • Advance a communications program—from web presence and social media to paid advertising and media relations—with a goal of increasing attendance and creating stronger brand awareness.
  • Promote YCNHA’’s role as an advocate for the Lower Colorado River.
  • Guide the development of a new and updated 15-year management plan, building upon current accomplishments and expanding the vision for the organization while remaining flexible to new opportunities.
  • Develop a Phasing Plan to implement a master plan for the two state parks under YCNHA management.
  • Maintain absolute confidentiality of work-related issues and information.

Perform other duties as required or assigned.


  1. Bachelor’s Degree, with five years of executive management experience in history, preservation, natural resources, recreation, tourism, marketing, community development, archeology, or resource management, or combination thereof.
  2. The ability to guide the preparation and management of a complex budget, involving multiple streams of revenue.
  3. The ability to manage and develop high-performance employees within a culture of innovation and empowerment.
  4. Past success in working with a board of directors, and possess strong marketing, public relations, and fund-raising experience with strong written and verbal communication skills.
  5. Experience in overseeing grant writing and grant management.
  6. Action-oriented with an entrepreneurial and innovative approach to management and program development and the ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
  7. Some working knowledge of the unique cultural and heritage aspects of the desert southwest is a plus.


The position carries with it a salary and benefits package commensurate with other National Heritage Areas around the nation. Salary range is $85,000 to $125,000.


Interested individuals should email their cover letter, resume and two references no later than January 31, 2018 to . Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so the YCNHAC encourages qualified candidates to apply early. To obtain more information about the YCNHAC please visit the website:

Job Level

C-level (CEO, President, Exec Director)


Nonprofit- NGO


85,000 - 125,000