This week marks the final days of German Village Society executive director Katharine Moore's 13-year tenure with the nonprofit organization.

This week marks the final days of German Village Society executive director Katharine Moore's 13-year tenure with the nonprofit organization.

Moore announced earlier this month that she is stepping down to take a full-time director position at the Jefferson Center for Learning and the Arts. Jody Graichen, director of preservation programs, will act as the interim director.

The society, now tasked with finding a new director, and essentially a public face, has already gathered a search committee, which will discuss what qualities the next director needs to continue Moore's strong track record.

"Clearly every new director is going to have their own style and operating procedure and that's what we are going to have to measure," said society trustee Bill Curlis. "The job that Katharine has now works around her skill set. So it is going to be interesting to see how you find someone with the same kinds of skills."

Regardless of skills there are specific areas that some search committee and trustee members have mentioned as extremely positive.

Society members have lauded Moore for her ability to communicate, whether through newspaper columns or other means.

Curlis, who is not on the search committee, said in his opinion, communications skills are a must.

"The strongest thing that they could look for is communication skills," he said of the search committee.

Trustee Brigid Butler, who will be the society's president next year, agreed.

She said not only does the new director have to be hardworking and have a passion for the village, but also be able to deal with myriad people and organizations.

"I think because of the nature of the job, the communication ability and talent become more important than in other positions," Butler said. "You are dealing with so many different constituents."

Society president Mary Cusick added fundraising to the list of attributes.

"It's really important with a member-driven and volunteer-driven organization," she said.

Tim Marker is heading the search committee with the help of society trustee Norm Hall.

Marker said the committee's next step is to draft a job description and present it to the board.

"As we re-look at it, we owe it to ourselves to give it a fresh look, but I don't see it radically changing," Marker said. "A lot of it is not too surprising; as in most jobs, there are fundamental parts of the job that are important. We are going to make sure to document those."

Marker said more information will be available at the society's next meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.

In related news, Columbus City Council Monday passed a resolution honoring Moore's service with the society.

At a party at Barcelona Restaurant Sunday, the society thanked her with a bracelet featuring charms that represented different aspects of the area and Moore's personality.