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Posted: 04/05/2010

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Southwest Office

The National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to a national network of people and organizations committed to saving historic places, revitalizing older neighborhoods, and creating diverse, sustainable neighborhoods.

South Texas Community Outreach Coordinator
Professional Opportunity
Laredo, TX

Job Summary:

To assist the National Trust for Historic Preservationís Southwest Office and the Webb County Heritage Foundation in advocacy work to preserve and revitalize the built and cultural heritage of Webb and Zapata counties. The Coordinator will provide technical assistance to members of these South Texas communities, particularly Latino residents, building relationships with neighborhood organizations, and encouraging a reciprocal dialogue with residents to help identify and protect significant cultural resources.

This is an 8 month grant funded position, not eligible for benefits. An 8 month commitment will be required for this position which is made possible through a grant from the Meadows Foundation. This is a pilot program and will be a model for other organizations. While it is the hope of the Southwest Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation to continue this position at the end of 8 months, we are unable to guarantee that at this time. Any extension of this program will be contingent on future funding.


  • Provide technical assistance to property owners, developers, and city/county officials involved in preservation projects within Webb and Zapata county neighborhoods
  • Lead community outreach efforts in neighborhoods, including collaboration with residents, neighborhood organizations, and elected officials on preservation education and advocacy issues and, when necessary, organize and prepare residents with essential tools for fighting preservation battles
  • Develop special educational projects and/or bilingual printed materials addressing historic preservation (i.e. sensitive home repairs, sustainable energy tips for historic buildings, real estate workshops, value of preserving historic structures, reference guides to city/county departments involved with historic preservation issues, etc.)
  • Conduct public relations work through Spanish-language and other local media outlets
  • Develop a program of dialogue with residents (especially in Latino communities) to identify significant cultural resources focusing on the attitudes towards historic preservation of different generations and cultural groups
  • Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree required
  • Familiarity with both longtime and first-generation Latino residents, as well as the diverse cultural groups within South Texas communities
  • Completed coursework in historic preservation preferred, and demonstrated interest in urban planning, public policy, public history, and/or architectural history
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in both Spanish and English, and comfort with public speaking
  • Ability to effectively communicate the value of historic preservation to residents and elected officials
  • Successful experience with community organizing, including facilitating small-group discussion
  • Experience with developing, guiding and managing special programs
  • Must be willing to travel and have dependable transportation
  • OPen until
    none given

    How to apply
    To apply please include your cover letter in the body of a message and email your resume as a Word or PDF attachment to 50491-CS-1121@nthp.hrmdirect.com

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