The Sample-McDougald House, listed on the National and Local Register of Historic Places, is a distinctive 1916 Colonial Georgian-revival historic house museum. It was built by Albert Neal Sample and later owned and donated by Sarah & William McDougald. The 4,500 sq. ft. structure was moved to its current location in Centennial Park in May of 2001. Hundreds of local residents and businesses contributed to the restoration and site development through financial and in-kind contributions. After more than a decade-long restoration funded by individuals, businesses and local governments, the home opened to the public in November of 2012. The City of Pompano Beach Preserve America designation solidifies the importance of our community’s heritage, and the Sample-McDougald House is proud to be part of the fabric that makes up that heritage.
Today, this historic house museum hosts approximately 7,500 visitors per year, offering opportunities to learn about the heritage of two of Pompano Beach's prominent families through daily guided tours. Visitors learn about the unique south Florida architecture, early 20th century lifestyles and discover the regional connections to agricultural and coastal history. Guests may also visit, picnic and enjoy the 5-acre Centennial Park, in which the home sits and our edible heritage garden.
The Sample-McDougald House has just five operating years under its belt, in which our focus was on community events, venue rentals and daily historic tours. Now, the organization aims to increase impact in the community and broaden audience reach by offering a fully comprehensive, educational and diverse range of cultural, arts and heritage programs and events. A new calendar of special events and public programs was implemented in the fall of 2017.
A new strategic plan was completed in the summer of 2017, and the Executive Director will be responsible for carrying out the following major goals to continue to build upon this growing organization: 1) Growing Capacity and Building Financial Sustainability; 2) Enhancing the Visitor Experience; 3) Generating Greater Public Awareness, and; 4) Enhancing and Maintaining Our Presence.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is a full-time position, which provides creative, collaborative and fiscally mindful leadership and is responsible for the achievement of the Sample McDougald House Preservation Society, Inc. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing all paid and non-paid staff, implementing and leading all fundraising endeavors, budget writing and forecasting, implementing policies and procedures, working with the board of directors, staff, volunteers, members, donors and community leaders, community outreach, fiscal accounting and reporting, compliance with all 501 (c)(3) standards of operations, branding and marketing, serving as the organization’s spokesperson, overseeing programming, calendar of events, the permanent collection and the preservation of the physical building.
The ideal candidate will be willing and capable of a variety of activities which requires a dynamic, energetic and engaging leader who has excellent communication skills, organization, a passion for history, preservation and culture, a strong work ethic, high level of business and financial acumen, flexibility, the ability to work and lead all types of people, elected officials and government entities, proven fundraising, grant writing, marketing, preservation and financial management experience, at least five years of non-profit leadership and a Bachelor’s degree.