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Position: Mount Hope Farm Executive Director

Reports to: Board of Trustees

Supervises: Mount Hope Farm staff (currently 6 full time FTE plus 5 seasonal staff)

Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt

The Farm

In its 325 plus years of history, there have been only a dozen owners of Mount Hope Farm. They
include: Nathaniel Byfield, Henry MacIntosh, Isaac Royall, the State of Rhode Island, Nathan Miller,
William Bradford, John Bradford, Samuel W. Church, Rufolph F. Haffenreffer II and Rudolph F.
Haffenreffer III, the Haffenreffer family and the Mount Hope Trust in Bristol.

In the Settlement era, the Mount Hope Lands, comprised of Mount Hope and Poppasquash Necks,
belonged to King Philip, Sachem of the Wampanoags. After his death in the miry swamp at the foot of
Mount Hope in 1676, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts Bay Colony and Rhode Island all claimed this
prized territory. By a royal grant, King Charles II of England awarded the land to Plymouth Colony
on January 12, 1680. On September 14, 1680, the Mount Hope Lands, totaling 7,000 acres were sold
to John Walley, Nathaniel Byfield, Stephen Burton and Nathaniel Oliver, four wealthy Boston
merchants, for 1100 pounds.

By 1702, Mount Hope Farm consisted of about 550 acres owned by the Royall family, among the
wealthiest and largest slave-holding families in New England. The 2-story gambrel roof Georgian
mansion was built in 1745. Later it was used by Generals Start and Sullivan during the Revolution
and the 2nd Rhode Island Continental regiment camped in its fields.

In 1917, the Farm was sold to Rudolph L. Haffenreffer II. The Haffenreffer family were industrial
giants in Rhode Island, owning the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. from 1932-1942, the Mount Hope
Bridge from 1932-1955, and the Narragansett Brewery from 1933-1965. They undertook extensive
restoration of the Mansion and developed the Farm, adding extensive gardens and Cove Cabin, the
Caretakers Cottage and the North Pasture House. Prize Guernsey cattle replaced traditional sheep in
the Farms pastures.

Rudolph Haffenreffer II, a collector of Cigar Store Indians, carousel figures and mastheads had a true
passion for Native Americans. His large collection of artifacts, housed in the King Philip Museum,
became the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, and was part of the 1955 donation of 220 acres of
Mount Hope Farm to Brown University. In 1877 a monument was erected by the Rhode Island
Historical Society on Brown University lands; the monument commemorates King Philip and the site
where it is believed he lost his life. His death ended King Philips War and brought peace to New

On July 4, 1976, Mount Hope Farm was listed in the National Register of Historic Sites and Places
because of its historic and architectural significance.

The Mount Hope Trust in Bristol acquired Mount Hope Farm in 1999. The Trust purchased the
property for $3.3 million with the support of a $1.5 million bond issue, approved by the citizens of
Bristol with an 83% margin, a State Open Space grant of $400,000, a loan from St. Michaels
Episcopal Church (that was repaid with the help of an angel), and a gift of $1 million by an anonymous

Today, the Mount Hope Trust, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, operates Mount Hope Farm. Its
mission is to preserve and protect the integrity of its natural assets and its historical structures. The
Trust provides the public, visitors and guests with an extraordinary opportunity to learn, to
understand, to explore, and enjoy five centuries of American history.

The Job

The Executive Director serves as chief executive of Mount Hope Farm (Farm), reports to the Board of
Trustees, and is responsible for the 127-acre coastal property. The ED must have a passion for the
Farm and our mission and needs to inspire and motivate both staff and volunteers. He/she will grow
board partnerships, engage external stakeholders, continuing building partnerships with other
community organizations and ensure the success and vitality of the Farm, as prudent financial

Currently, much of the Farm’s revenue is from weddings and corporate events, and from Inn rentals of
the rooms in the Governor Bradford House and two other buildings on the site, the North Pasture
House and the South Pasture House, and with a much smaller percentage from memberships, donor
gifts and external funding from grants.

The Executive Director is charged with preserving the natural, cultural, and historic resources of the
Farm for the benefit of Bristol residents and the general public. Core duties include preparing and
meeting the Farm’s financial plan, overseeing donor and public relations, and managing staff and

The work involves conducting educational programming, and providing sound stewardship of the
landmark estate, which includes a 12-room B&B and event facilities. The Executive Director is in
charge of fundraising, helps guide, develop and implement long-range plans, business development,
and marketing plans, and evaluates progress toward goals. Developing and implementing approved
plans for income generation is critical.

The position also includes supervision of an adjacent property owned by Brown University and
managed by Mt. Hope Farm, including maintenance and repairs, in addition to supervising visitations
approved by Brown under an annual contract with Brown.

Position Duties

Administration & Operations:

  • Responsible for fiscal management and ensuring the fiscal integrity of Farm operations through
    fundraising events, grants and other development activities; implementation and monitoring of
    policies and procedures and appropriate accounting principles and assistance in the preparation
    of annual operating and capital budgets. Prepares monthly profit and loss statements. Works
    closely with the Treasurer and Finance committee of the Trustees on all matters related to the
    fiscal management of the Farm, including maintaining established financial controls and
    accounting procedures and coordinating budget development, annual audit, and tax filings with
    the appropriate agencies.
  • Develops and implements, in conjunction with appropriate staff, Trustee committees and
    consultants, a development plan to include: fundraising goals and strategies, all fundraising
    activities and donor cultivation and recognition activities adequate to ensure that the Farm’s
    income exceeds its expenses.
  • Assists in planning and fundraising for capital improvements to the Farm and oversees the
    execution of those improvements as funding permits. Priority is given to plans for
    improvements that contribute to building long-term income generating capacity.
  • Responsible for the proper maintenance of facilities and physical assets and submitting written
    reports to the Trustees at least quarterly on a detailed preventive maintenance plan and
    prioritized capital improvements.
  • Assists in the development of administrative policies and procedures, educates staff, and ensures
    that operations and conduct conform to the employee handbook.
  • Responsible for managing staff and consultants in a manner consistent with Trustee-approved
    budgets and direction of the Executive Committee; authority includes recruiting and hiring
    qualified personnel, terminating personnel, scheduling, training, evaluating, counseling and
    maintaining personnel files for all staff.
  • Provides direction to staff to ensure that systems and procedures are in place and result in the
    delivery of outstanding guest services.
  • Promotes the Farm through the development and implementation of public relations and
    marketing strategies that support and enhance the organization’s visibility in the community
    and its sustainability. Acts as the primary spokesperson in the community and develops and
    maintains community contacts for the betterment of Farm operations.

Interaction with Trustees:

  • Responsible for carrying out the strategic plan, policies, directives and decisions of the Board of
  • Reports at regular meetings of the Board of Trustees on Farm operations and activities to
    include: financial reports, public relations, development, and event management and
  • Advises the Board of Trustees of significant problems or issues affecting Farm operations and
    assets and proposes actions to address those problems, with the primary contact being with the
    president and other members of the executive committee.
  • Serves as ex officio member on committees, most notably on Finance, Strategic Planning, and
  • Provides staff support to activities designed to encourage excellence in the governance function.
  • Performs other functions as assigned by the Board of Trustees.
  • Provides a written annual report to the Board of Trustees summarizing the past year’s activities
    and results. Reports on achievement of mission goals. Outlines the plan for the coming year to
    include major goals and objectives and threats to the same.

Performance Measures:

  • Achievement of goals and objectives tied to the direction and implementation of the budget and
    strategic plan coupled with comprehensive financial reporting
  • Achievement of fundraising goals and increased donor participation as reflected by the
    development plan and the annual budget
  • Expanded membership, donor pool and community outreach


Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience

Significant experience and success in management, fundraising activities, donor solicitation and
stewardship, as well as working with or serving on a not-for-profit board of directors.

Demonstrated leadership and staff management experience with excellent human relations skills.

Excellent communication (verbal and written), assessment, problem solving, organizational and timemanagement

Strong computer skills (Word and Excel); experience with QuickBooks, and website management
experience is a plus; needs to understand and use social media, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

Ability to set priorities, work under pressure, multitask and meet deadlines with good cheer.

Please submit a cover letter and a resume to:
No phone calls please.
The application period closes on December 30, 2016
Hours and salary are negotiable.

Printable Version of Job Description

The mission of the Mount Hope Trust is to steward its land and structures, including the historic 1745 Governor Bradford House, to cultivate appreciation of its natural, historic, and cultural character, and to make
Mount Hope Farm accessible to all.