Job Posting: Executive Director

Franklinton Center at Bricks, Inc. – Whitakers, NC

The primary goal of this position is to work with the Board in implementing the vision and mission of Franklinton Center at Bricks, Inc. (FCAB).

Franklinton Center at Bricks, Inc. represents 152 years of faith, freedom, justice and equality. It is located on 245 acres of land in Whitakers, North Carolina that has been transformed from a slave plantation into sacred life-giving space for justice, equality, inclusivity and healing.

The Center’s symbol is the Sankofa Bird, whose feet are firmly planted forward while its head is turned backwards carrying a precious egg in its mouth, which represents our belief that the past, present and future connect; our past serves as a guide for our present and a blueprint for the next 152 years.

FCAB is on the Register of North Carolina State Historic Preservation and efforts are underway to secure recognition for the Center as a National Historic Landmark.


To promote justice, equality, inclusivity and healing by providing a life-giving home to local, national, global programs and organizations.

To manifest a world where systematic oppression does not exist; to promote community, environmental, spiritual healing where the whole divinity of a person is realized; to honor and embrace memory and contributions of our elders; and to be an advocate for the educational and economic development of the rural area where the Center is located.

Four programmatic centers, called “Pillars,” embrace and represent our holistic mission and values. The Executive Director will work with the Board in providing staffing and financial resources to undergird each pillar.


PILLAR ONE: Center for African American Historic Preservation

This center researches, documents, and preserves our history. It further translates the wisdom and insights from the past into strategies and programs for the present.


PILLAR TWO: Center for Social Justice Conferences and Retreats

FCAB as a year-round welcoming facility which offers overnight accommodations, meals and meeting spaces for social justice training, education and empowerment; provides meditation spaces, gardens and nature trails for transformation and healing. The Center is a space for environmental and recreational events.

PILLAR THREE: Center for Rural Educational and Economic Development

FCAB has been rooted as an agricultural existence in this rural area since 1895. It exists as a life-giving presence working in partnership with city, county, and educational leaders for educational and economic development.

PILLAR FOUR: Center for Land-based Innovation

Our 250-plus acres is a major asset for addressing economic and educational issues of the rural setting in which we are located.



  • Willingness to work cooperative and collaboratively with the Board of Trustees and staff in implementing fiscal, programmatic, and governance policies that ensure the Center’s on-going effectiveness as a resource for transformative social justice, historic preservation, rural education, and economic development and land-based innovation are evident.
  • Committed to helping improve the quality of life in the rural communities which frame the FCAB site.
  • Willingness to embrace the Center’s history as a sacred space for life, justice advocacy, equity, inclusivity, and healing.
  • Willingness to capture, embrace and communicate the Vision and Mission of FCAB especially as related to the Center’s Four PILLARS.
  • Committed to personal integrity, professionalism and excellence to engage with diverse volunteer groups.
  • Capacity to execute fundraising strategies to sustain donor relations unique to the non-profit sector and competency at cultivating major donor relationships.


Direct the Center’s 245-acre site, including historic buildings, conference and retreat facilities, hospitality functions (Food and Lodging), land and cemetery in a manner that ensures these resources are maintained as sanitary, safe, secure and sacred.

  • Direct culturally appropriate community-focused programs.
  • Collaborate with the Board to plan, create and implement an annual budget.
  • Establish administrative policies and procedures and procedures for all functions and the day-to-day operation of the Center.
  • Collaborate with the Board to fulfill the Center’s mission by effectively communicating with the Board and providing timely and accurate data to make informed decisions and develop meaningful policies.
  • Develop and submit to the Board financial resources to ensure the Center’s fiscal health, annual budgets, monthly financial statements all operate within approved budgets. This ensures maximum resource utilization and maintains the Center’s positive financial integrity.
  • Direct and supervise staff according to Board-approved personnel policies. Recommend to the Board staffing structures essential to effectively carrying out the Center’s Mission and hire staff as appropriate.
  • Serve as the Center’s primary spokesperson to its constituencies, the media and public.
  • Attend regular meetings of the Board of Trustees (voice but without vote), and meetings of the Board’s Committees, including the Executive Committee, as requested.
  • Maintain a positive work climate.
  • Attract and retain dynamic supporters/sponsors of FCAB’s mission.


  • Bachelor’s degree, MBA or JD is a plus.
  • Solid business management skills and experience, including budget development, analysis, and decision making.
  • Hospitality Management oversight skills and the capacity to offer high quality customer service to individuals and groups visiting and staying on the campus of FCAB.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to address a variety of audiences.


This position is full-time salaried and not remote.


The benefits package includes paid time off, holiday pay, medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, and retirement. The salary range is $75,000-$85,000 annually. Opportunity for bonuses.


We strive for a diverse representation and inclusion at FCAB. We are an Equal Opportunity organization.

Persons interested in this position must submit the following materials no later than 5:00 PM (EDT) on June 17, 2023 via email to simmons.pastor91@gmail.com

  • A cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position.
  • A current resume.

Please include your full name in the subject line of the email.

For questions regarding this announcement, please contact Henry Simmons, Search Committee Convenor by email at simmons.pastor91@gmail.com.

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Franklinton Center at Bricks (FCAB) builds upon the lessons of history by creating forward looking programs that are relevant to the global struggle for justice and equality. FCAB has a rich and varied past, with many names and uses. Today it is a conference center where local, regional, national and international justice advocates, leaders and truth seekers continue to learn and do the work needed to transform lives. Your generous contributions support the life of Franklinton Center at Bricks and our community.

Franklinton Center at Bricks, Inc.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 220, Whitakers, NC 27891
Physical Address: 281 Bricks Lane, Whitakers, NC 27891

A nonprofit, charitable organization under Section 501©(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.