Johns Island, SC – Oct. 28, 2020 – The Board of Commissioners for the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor is seeking a dynamic, non-profit executive with significant experience in community engagement and resource development for the 12,000-square-mile Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, a National Heritage Area.  The organization’s mission is to collaborate with Gullah Geechee communities and partners to preserve, interpret and share the history, traditional cultural practices, heritage sites, and natural resources associated with Gullah Geechee people in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

Applications can be found at https://form.jotform.com/202994611841155, and the deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18. In addition to completing an application form, the process requires candidates to submit a 3- to 5-minute video demonstrating skills in leadership and knowledge of the Gullah Geechee culture.

The Executive Director has overall strategic and operational responsibility for implementing the Management Plan for the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor NHA and for managing staff, programs, and execution of the organization’s mission (http://www.gullahgeecheecorridor.org/index.php/about-us/resources/management-plan.)

The position requires significant experience in operational and fiscal management, program planning, grant writing and fundraising, and external relations, including stakeholder partnerships and the strategic use of social media.

Candidates must:
•       have a bachelor’s degree or an educational equivalent;
•       have three or more years of non-profit management experience;
•       have demonstrated knowledge of Gullah Geechee heritage, cultural and historic preservation, historic interpretation and heritage tourism as it relates to the mission and work of the organization;
•       be proficient with financial management skills, including budget preparation and grants management, and
•       have excellent written and verbal communication skills, including strong public speaking and social media skills.

The position requires significant, regional and weekend travel. The annual salary will be commensurate with experience and could range from $65,000 to $80,000.

For more information, contact Page Meyer at admin@gullahgeecheecorridor.org.

About the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission
The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission was designated by an act of Congress on October 12, 2006 through the National Heritage Areas Act of 2006. The Corridor is one of the country’s 49 National Heritage Areas. The Corridor was created to:

1.  Recognize the important contributions made to American culture and history by African Americans known as Gullah Geechee who settled in the coastal counties of South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida.

2.  Assist state and local governments and public and private entities in South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida in interpreting the story of the Gullah Geechee and preserving Gullah Geechee folklore, arts, crafts, and music.

3.  Assist in identifying and preserving sites, historical data, artifacts, and objects associated with the Gullah Geechee for the benefit and education of the public.

The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor extends from Pender County, NC, to St. Johns County, FL, and extends 30 miles inland. It covers more than 12,000 square miles and 27 counties and includes coastal communities in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Throughout the Corridor today there are Gullah Geechee communities, made up of direct descendants of West and Central Africans who survived the Middle Passage across the Atlantic Ocean and were enslaved for almost two centuries to labor on coastal plantations in the Corridor.