The Community Preservation Specialist works closely with the Vice President on providing preservation services in central Indiana, and is based in the organizations headquarters in Indianapolis. Related responsibilities include:
· providing a full range of preservation services for a 12 county region centered around Indianapolis, focusing on issues such as smart growth, sustainability, historic preservation commissions and downtown revitalization;
· representing the Vice President in the field and assisting with advocacy efforts to save endangered landmarks in the regional area, utilizing our Endangered Places Fund;
· working with private individuals as well as community groups and local municipalities on preservation issues and projects;
· establishing new preservation organizations within the region;
· responding to requests for technical assistance from owners of historic properties;
· providing staff assistance to historic preservation commissions.
In addition, the Community Preservation Specialist is responsible for:
· planning and coordinating various educational and community programs such as those associated with National Historic Preservation Month or our annual Holiday Open House;
· contributing articles to the Indiana Preservationist, our bi-monthly magazine; and
· assisting with other projects and programs in Indianapolis as assigned by the Director.
Minimum requirements of the position include:
· knowledge of historic preservation principles and programs; Bachelors degree in historic preservation, or a related field, is required; Masters degree is preferred.
· excellent organizational and communication skills; proven people and problem-solving skills; ability to interact with the public, including regular public speaking; and general knowledge of computers, photography and grant writing.