Historic Denver, Inc. is leading Discover Denver, the Citywide Historic Resources Survey Project (www.historicdenver.org). This multi-year effort, beginning with a two-year pilot program, is made possible through a grant agreement between Historic Denver, Inc. and Colorado State Historical Fund (SHF) in partnership with the City and County of Denver.
Discover Denver is a ground-breaking project and one of the most ambitious historic resources survey initiatives in the nation. An essential element of Discover Denver is the innovative methodology designed to conduct research and provide results that are citywide in reach and intended to engage diverse perspectives reflective of the citys heritage. The pilot, under the leadership of the Director of Discover Denver, will allow Historic Denver and its partners to 1) Test the survey methodology, including the multiple property documentation approach; 2) Produce a context statement framework and several contexts; 3) Support the development of an initial database with the ability to populate other databases, including the States; 4) Test survey software in the field; 5) Provide survey information for 3 pilot areas; 6) Create educational outreach and volunteer opportunities; 7) Provide a model for multi-disciplinary collaboration on survey activities. The results of the pilot will shape the final rollout of the survey initiative across all Denver neighborhoods.
The Director of Discover Denver will serve as a spokesperson for the project with the media, the public and elected officials and advocate for its importance among those groups. While the primary sources of funding for the pilot project have already been identified the Director of Discover Denver will work on efforts to identify and secure supplemental funding for interactive project components and sample applications.
The Director of Discover Denver will also act as the grant manager to ensure the project and its deliverables meet established preservation standards and the expectations and approval of SHF staff while meeting the needs of the City and Historic Denver.
Additional responsibilities include oversight of several survey advisory groups consisting of community members with a wide range of backgrounds and interests, including neighborhood advocates, realtors, architects, historians, developers, city council members, educators, librarians, planners, students, and preservationists; and presentations of Discover Denver to a variety of audiences.
The position will supervise the Discover Denver/Special Projects Coordinator and work closely with the Executive Director of Historic Denver in addition to staff at the City and State.
· Manage SHF and other grants related to Discover Denver initiative
· Working with City, State and advisory groups, develop, launch and evaluate pilot program
· Oversee consulting teams involved in providing content and identifying possible historic resources in the city
· Lead survey advisory groups
· Assist with development of context statements including themes, related property types, architectural styles, and periods of significance, consistent with the multiple property documentation approach to survey
· Write grants and deliver presentations to private and public sector sources for additional funding opportunities
· Prepare and present Discover Denver to variety of audiences, including neighborhood groups and elected officials