Preservation Durham has entered into a new partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to provide expanded preservation field services in Durham County. The Preservation Field Services Coordinator will be responsible for planning and carrying out activities that insure the achievement of these program goals.
The Trust/Preservation Durham partnership was formed to increase focus on preserving and maintaining historic structures in the African American communities of Durham County. While some historic sites have been recognized (Black Wall Street, etc.), more needs to be done to gain the perspective and collaboration of the African American community in identifying more sites for documentation and nomination.
* Initiate actions to preserve the African-American heritage of Durham and Durham County
* Work with a community steering committee to determine a methodology for community input
* Establish and maintain relationships with local and state agencies and their representatives, neighborhood and community organizations and others conducive to cooperative action
* Coordinate and supervise architectural surveys of potential historic districts and evaluate historic sites for consideration to the National Register of Historic Places
* Coordinate National Register preparation and submission
* Engage in advocacy activities designed to spur the preservation of endangered African-American historic structures and open spaces
* Conduct community meetings to outline the value of a survey and receive input as to its content
* Design and administer a survey of the community to determine public perception of what is recognized as historically significant in the African-American community
* Provide technical assistance to organizations engaged in preservation activities and/or those that impact historic properties using resources available from Preservation Durham, the State Historic Preservation Office and the National Trust for Historic Preservation
* Plan workshops on the tools and financial incentives available to preserve historic structures through local, state and Federal programs
* In partnership with the Historic Properties Coordinator, identify, acquire or option significant historic properties in need of protection; market properties; and secure buyers for properties, ensuring that appropriate and adequate covenants protect such properties.
* Provide assistance in the creation of publications and expansion of the Preservation Durham website to provide information and resources relating to Durhams African-American heritage
* Implement media relations activities to increase public awareness of African-American historic places in Durham as well as the community and economic benefits of historic preservation
* Assist with planning special events designed to engage more citizens in preservation activities and increase overall community support for preservation as a basic community value. Promote membership in Preservation Durham and the National Trust.
* Provide day-to-day assistance for the work of the organization and for maintaining a functional, efficient office.
Necessary Requirements of Work
* Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in historic preservation, real estate, public policy, political science, planning or a related field
* At least 3 years of experience as a leader in community involvement, a related non-profit field or the equivalent combination of education, experience and ability to provide the necessary critical knowledge, abilities and skills for the position.
* Applicants should exhibit the following:
o High energy level and positive attitude
o Ability to work under deadlines
o Consistent attention to detail and above average work ethic
o Ability to interact effectively with a diverse group of
o Community residents and volunteers
o Excellent oral and written communication skills
o Knowledge of historic preservation organizations and activities
o Experience in planning and promoting events and activities
o Experience in volunteer recruitment and retention
o Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with fellow staff members, members of the Board, volunteers and community leaders
o Computer literacy in Microsoft software applications
This is an opportunity to utilize your experience and knowledge while working for a dynamic organization. It is considered a three-year, temporary position with a 40-hour work week and some evening or weekend hours as necessary, 10 days vacation and 1 day/month sick leave. The Preservation Field Services Coordinator is an employee of Preservation Durham, but will collaborate with and recognize funding of their position by the National Trust for Historic Preser-vation. A review will follow the first three months of employment. The Preservation Field Ser-vices Coordinator will report directly to the Preservation Durham Executive Director and is sub-ject to a background check.