WANTED: Executive Director for school of restoration & sustainability (Ontario, CN)

The School for Restoration Art at Willowbank seeks a dynamic Executive Director to lead continued growth in educating students, cultivation of its historic place and development of consulting and sponsored research.

Through the Willowbank School, which offers a Diploma in Heritage Conservation, and the Willowbank Centre, which promotes community engagement, we are developing an innovative way of thinking about the past, in order to create a more sustainable future.

Willowbank is an innovative institution which shapes new approaches to the stewardship of historic places and sustainable communities through a model balancing the theoretical and practical. Its multi-disciplinary, experiential curriculum educates a new generation of leaders in the field of heritage conservation who are able to understand complex challenges across disciplines, from design firms to skilled trades to community development. Willowbank’s pioneering approach has earned national media coverage and received national and global endorsement.

Based along the Canada-United States border in Queenston, Ontario, Willowbank’s mandate in higher education is supported by its majestic 13-acre National Historic Site campus with rich, multi-layered significance and great potential as a venue for prominent local, national and international gatherings.

At the milestone of its first decade, Willowbank is also working to sustain its emerging success by expanding its Centre for Cultural Landscape which promotes the Willowbank’s integrated, ecological and humane approach to both education and the conservation field through publications, lectures, and consultancy allowing space for continued philosophical discussion and experimentation.

This is an open position with a desired start date of August 1, 2017.
Please submit a cover letter and CV to humanresources@willowbank.ca by June 23, 2017.
No phone calls, please.
Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

Note from Storm:
Willowbank is a fascinating institution. I met with their first Executive Director, Julian Smith, shortly after it was founded in 2006, and gave him a copy of my first book, The Restoration Economy. I’d like to think that this influenced their current slogan, which is “Restore. Revive. Renew.

Photo courtesy of Willowbank.

See Willowbank website.

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