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Posted: 06/30/2011

San Francisco Architectural Heritage

About San Francisco Architectural Heritage Charged to preserve and enhance San Franciscoís unique architectural and cultural identity, Heritage aims to help manage change over time, advocating for smart growth through the protection and reuse of historic structures and landscapes. Acknowledging the symbiosis between cultural and material sustainability, Heritage collaborates with local, state and national partners on education, neighborhood outreach and public testimony to help preserve the built environment that defines the San Francisco. Since its founding in 1971, Heritage has built on its activist underpinnings and has dedicated itself to citywide advocacy and education. This includes special programs, regularly-scheduled tours and rental of the Haas-Lilienthal House and grounds.

Preservation Project Manager
Professional Opportunity
San Francisco, CA
Commensurate with experience



Job Description

To assist the Executive Director in the organizationís education and advocacy work to preserve and revitalize the built heritage of San Francisco, including targeted outreach and technical assistance in culturally diverse communities.


Working with the Executive Director, the Preservation Project Manager will:

  • Lead Heritageís outreach efforts in culturally diverse communities, including collaboration with residents, neighborhood organizations, and elected officials on preservation education and advocacy issues;
  • Learn about the priorities of culturally diverse communities through constituent interviews and other market research, focusing on the attitudes of different generations and cultural groups within those communities towards historic preservation;
  • Develop special projects, technical assistance programs, and engagement strategies in culturally diverse communities;
  • Collaborate with local and national organizations on legislative initiatives and advocacy issues, including enforcement of the California Environmental Policy Act;
  • Provide technical assistance to property owners, developers, and the public on Planning Department procedures, CEQA review, and landmark designation process;
  • Serve as spokesperson for Heritage at the Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors, and neighborhood groups;
  • Provide staff support for Heritageís Issues Committee, including scheduling and taking minutes, coordinating project presentations, reviewing project materials, and drafting comment letters;
  • Oversee Heritageís preservation easement program, including annual inspections, marketing, and reviewing requests for changes to easement properties;
  • Draft content for Heritage News, E-News and website, including articles on advocacy issues and updates to the Advocacy section of website;
  • Provide support, when needed, on general office administration, such as answering incoming phone calls and signing for deliveries to Heritage office;
  • Attend after-work events, including annual lecture series, membership meetings, Holiday Open House, and special receptions;
  • Work with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and continue Heritageís collaboration with the Trust on advocacy, grants, programs and research.
  • Qualifications

  • At least two years of relevant professional experience in historic preservation, or a graduate degree in historic preservation or a related field;
  • Excellent writing, editing, research and analytical skills;
  • Good working knowledge or interest in historic preservation, urban planning, public policy, and/or architectural history;
  • Experience working with the Secretary of the Interiorís Standards for Rehabilitation;
  • Political savvy, and familiarity with government decision making on historic preservation issues on the local, state and national levels;
  • Successful experience with community organizing, including facilitating small-group discussion;
  • Ability to effectively communicate the value of historic preservation to residents and elected officials;
  • Experience with developing, guiding and managing special programs;
  • Ability to speak Spanish, Chinese or other languages a plus.
  • Salary

    Commensurate with experience. Heritage offers a competitive benefits package that includes a monthly stipend for medical insurance and ten (10) vacation days per year.

    This position is being funded in part by a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservationís Partner in the Field Matching Grant Program.

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    How to apply
    Send resume and writing sample to: Mike Buhler Executive Director San Francisco Architectural Heritage 2007 Franklin Street San Francisco, CA 94109 mbuhler@sfheritage.org

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