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Executive Director Announcement + Job Description

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Job Description


Tulsa Foundation for Architecture (TFA) seeks an effective, experienced, and action-oriented Executive Director to lead the organization into its next chapter. The Executive Director is the face and voice of the nonprofit. This is a full-time, salaried position, based in our historic midcentury office in downtown Tulsa. TFA is currently accepting applications


The Executive Director is responsible for daily management as well as the realization of long-term goals.

The Executive Director supports and reports to the Board of Trustees, working collaboratively with the Board to promote TFA’s mission, goals and objectives.

The Executive Director oversees and coordinates all TFA activities, including organizational management, finance, communications, and public relations.

Major Goals and Opportunities

The Executive Director will have the unique and exciting opportunity to plan, implement, and launch the Tulsa Center for Architecture and Design in its historic space.

The Executive Director will work to improve our collections techniques and technology, and make the Architecture Archives more accessible to the public through programming, merchandise, and outreach. TFA envisions successful grant writing and fundraising that will bring the Archives to a new level as a community asset for all of Tulsa.

The Executive Director will oversee the development and coordination of high quality programs consistent with our mission and the needs of the community, leveraging TFA’s Archives assets, community partners, and exhibit space at the Tulsa Center for Architecture and Design.   

Key Responsibilities

• Develop and implement organizational, program, and financial strategies to effectively manage the organization and its resources

• Lead an active and ongoing fundraising effort with the Board of Trustees and Development Committee

• Manage grants and financial support, and oversee revenue-generating programming and sales

• Manage administrative aspects of the organization including purchasing, record keeping, and budgeting

• Help TFA build and maintain strong and productive working relationships with public agencies and policy-makers

• Expand and maintain relationships with a wide range of community partners

• Develop and conduct ongoing public awareness and education programs designed to foster an understanding of the organization, enhance TFA’s public image, and build support for TFA’s mission

• Coordinate speaking engagements, media interviews, and personal appearances to keep TFA programs in the public eye

• Manage contract employees, volunteers, tour guides, and professional consultants

• Develop, maintain and utilize data and storage systems for the organization’s physical assets in coordination with the TFA Archives Committee

• Ensure that TFA Archives and any other public spaces are attractive, professional, organized, and functional

• Encourage design excellence in all aspects of promotion and programming


The ideal candidate is an experienced nonprofit or design professional with a demonstrated passion for Tulsa Foundation for Architecture’s mission and goals.

The ideal candidate has a strong background and work experience in architecture, design, museum/archive management, urban planning, construction, or architectural history, with at least five years of management experience.

Bachelor’s degree, with Master’s degree preferred, in architecture, planning, landscape architecture, museum studies, preservation or a related field.

Experience with collections care and management is desired; a willingness to obtain archival management skills is required.

The successful candidate will have:

• A demonstrated passion for Tulsa Foundation for Architecture’s mission and goals

• A proven record of effective fundraising, including grant writing

• A proven record of effective leadership, with specific examples of having developed operational strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth

• Exceptional action-oriented planning skills with a record of achievement

• Ability to set goals, manage time, meet deadlines, and evaluate results

• Ability to engage and work effectively with culturally and politically diverse communities

• Excellent communications and networking skills

• Ability to listen, engage, inspire, educate, and move people to action, as a public speaker, in personal meetings, and in written communication

• Technical familiarity with social media in reaching new audiences


Salary of $63,000 to $72,000 per year, commensurate with knowledge, experience, and skills. Benefits include health insurance, paid time off and paid holidays, and matching contributions to a retirement account.   


Please send your résumé, cover letter, and references in PDF format to 


Tulsa Foundation for Architecture (TFA) celebrates the art of architecture and champions the power of design. TFA is a 25-year-old nonprofit organization that provides expertise and leadership in historic preservation, urban design and architecture. Creating a community culture that embraces the value of our architectural history is central to TFA’s purpose.

TFA Objectives

Today, TFA continues to build on its original mission to recognize, record, and preserve the built environment, and advocate for quality future development that enhances Tulsa’s livability. TFA is charged with these objectives:

• Identify valuable architectural structures, spaces, sites, and works of merit

• Educate the public about the architectural environment

• Promote and encourage preservation and rehabilitation of significant architectural structures

• Maintain and expand our repository for historical architectural materials

TFA Programming

TFA’s robust architecture and history walking tours programs serve all walks of life, from students to seniors. Our Dwell in the IDL downtown living tour and Members’ Open House are popular events that serve its mission and members. In 2021-22, TFA will resume Archives events and Awards programs. TFA envisions fresh programming and exhibits for the Tulsa Center for Architecture and Design.

The Architecture Archives

TFA owns an extensive collection of architectural drawings of many significant Tulsa-area buildings and residences, from beaux-arts to art deco to modern movement. Our Archives also include architectural periodicals and books dating from 1920 to 1980, as well as photographs, project specifications and artifacts.

The Tulsa Center for Architecture and Design

Tulsa Foundation for Architecture makes its home in the Ponca City Savings & Loan building, a striking 1956 landmark designed by Tulsa architect Robert Buchner. The building houses TFA’s offices and Archives, a library, conference room and exhibit space. TFA shares the space with AIA Eastern Oklahoma. The next Executive Director will shape, implement and launch the Tulsa Center for Architecture and Design, in concert with the Board of Trustees.


Tulsa is a small city with big-city amenities. Tulsa offers an exceptionally low cost of living, short commutes, and an endless array of things to see and do. Opportunities to enjoy the arts, music, museums, sports, parks and trails abound. Known for art deco, Tulsa also boasts a significant collection of midcentury modern architecture and charming residential neighborhoods of every era.

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