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Posted: 06/08/2009

California Preservation Foundation

Director of Field Services
Professional Opportunity
San Francisco, CA

POSITION OBJECTIVES: The California Preservation Foundation (CPF) is seeking a historic preservation professional for the position of Director of Field Services. The Director of Field Services will be responsible for providing service-driven, direct technical support to underserved areas in State of California. The goal of this position is to make historic preservation an integral part of community planning and economical development especially in underserved communities.

POSITION FUNDING: The Director of Field Services position is made possible through the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) Partners in the Field challenge grant, intended to expand field services across the nation. Monies raised through the challenge provide funding for the Director of Field Services position for a period of three years.

This is considered a three-year, temporary position with the possibility of creating a permanent position based on available funding. The Director of Field Services is an employee of the California Preservation Foundation, but will collaborate with and recognize funding of their position by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Director of Field Serviceswill report directly to the CPF Executive Director.


This highly responsible and self-directed position contributes 100% of his/her work to the Preservation Field Services. The Director is responsible for preserving and protecting Californias heritage through field service to provide comprehensive community-based preservation services that will increase access to and expand the variety of resources related to historic property protection through three major service lines  technical assistance, information services, and preservation programs. Work is performed under the direction of, and reporting to, the Executive Director.

The Director of Field Services is responsible for providing technical services, developing programming, administering and working on preservation projects in targeted areas throughout the state. The Director monitors, evaluates and reports on program activities and results. The Director contributes to CPF publications and website.

The ideal candidate must demonstrate enthusiasm for building strong grassroots efforts and have experience in using historic preservation as a technique for neighborhood and urban revitalization, environmental sustainability, protection of rural character and cultural landscapes and otherwise bringing stakeholders together to address issues that affect quality of life.

Other duties as assigned.


" Masters Degree in historic preservation, urban planning, architectural history, architecture with preservation experience, archeology or law. May substitute 3-5 years of practical experience in historic preservation with a Bachelors degree in an applicable discipline;

" Have knowledge of and expertise regarding historic and cultural sites and the built environment of California;

" Ability to convey to the public the importance of preservation, interpretation of local historic ordinances, state and national regulations and requirements;

" Highly skilled in the provision of technical preservation services and knowledge to members and the public including site visits; referrals for contractors and specialists; grant writing; State and National Register nominations; best practices in preservation; familiarity with community development planning practices and the capacity to facilitate technical knowledge to community leaders, government officials, and relevant stakeholders;

" Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including one-on-one interaction, presentations to large groups and faciltiating discussions;

" Ability to conduct research;

" Flexibility, ability to prioritize quickly, self-directed and goal-oriented; and

" Valid California drivers license required, with proof of insurance.


Schedule is based on a 40-hour work week. Schedule is flexible and at the discretion of the employee, in consultation with the Executive Director. Must be available for evening and weekend meetings and site visits. The position requires frequent travel statewide and attendance at the National Trusts Annual Conference.

The office is located in San Francisco. Community meetings and public outreach occur statewide. Position requires frequent travel to communities across the state. The successful candidate must have a willingness to travel for up to 10 days at a time (overnight).

Work setting is equally divided between an office environment and field work. Office work includes periods of sitting, manual use of keyboards and computers, repetitive motion, lifting up to 40 pounds, looking at a computer screen, and use of the telephone. Proficiency in written and spoken English is required. Office is wheelchair accessible, but some field locations (historic buildings and archeological sites) are not. The position requires walking, hiking or climbing in remote locations, entering construction or uninhabited locations, and unimproved areas.

It is the policy and practice of the Foundation to ensure that there will be no discrimination as to race, creed, gender, age, religion, color, sexual preference, national origin, handicapped status, ancestry, marital status or other grounds protected under state and federal equal opportunity laws or regulations.

The Foundation is committed to conducting its business in accordance with the highest ethical standards. No employee should place himself or herself in a position where his/her actions, personal interests or the activities or interests of those for whom he/she acts, is, or is likely to be, in conflict with the interests of the organization. All employees must avoid conduct in the capacity of employment or association that may injure or harm the organizations reputation in the community.

STATUS: Full-time, exempt position. Employment is at the will of the Executive Director and may be terminated for any or no cause at any time. Work is preformed under the direction of the Executive Director.

COMPENSATION: Commensurate with experience. Medical and dental benefits. Fifteen (15) paid leave (vacation and sick) per year. Paid holidays.

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How to apply
APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Interested applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, a list of references, and a position-related writing sample to:
Cindy Heitzman
Phone: (415) 495-0349
Fax: (415) 495-0265
5 3rd Street
Suite 424
San Francisco, CA 94103

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