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Posted: 07/16/2013

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Preservation Resources

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places.

Director of Preservation Publications & Programs
Professional Opportunity
Washngton, DC

Job Summary:

The Director oversees the design, development, and distribution of all leader audience publications and programs.  These include but are not limited to the Preservation Leadership Forum web site, Forum Reference Desk, Forum publications (Blog, Bulletin, Journal, White Papers, and books), Preservation Leadership Training Series, and the National Preservation Conference.  The Director assists the Senior Director in building a robust suite of preservation resources that support and convey the work of the National Trust, position the National Trust as a thought leader,  have a high degree of relevancy, capture industry wide best practices, and build the skills and competencies of preservation leaders and emerging leaders.   In addition, the Director will ensure that publications and programs are delivered in an efficient and engaging manner and capitalize on the latest advances and thinking in digital distribution and event planning.


  • Direct a professional staff of five
  • Work with staff to set editorial agenda and content for publications and on-line offerings, directing the development, implementation and distribution of materials, information and programs.
  • Working with the National Trusts preservation leadership, identify content goals for conferences and trainings, and direct implementation to produce high-quality events that meet or exceed programmatic and financial goals.
  • Continuously review conference procedures and events to ensure the best use of human and financial resources; work in tandem with the local committee and National Trust development staff to prepare fundraising plans and meet funding goals for conferences.
  • Develop an annual budget for approval by the Senior Director
  • Develop and maintain working relationship with key internal and external partners
  • Responsible for ensuring the Trust effectively engages with a larger, broader and more culturally diverse audience
  • Continually enhance skills related to use of rapidly changing technology and communications best practices.
  • Responsible for achieving high quality results with only general supervision.


  • At least 10 years of professional level experience, including experience with budgeting, staffing, supervising professionals and leading  teams to generate high quality results.
  • At least 3 years of experience managing large, cross-functional projects and teams, preferably within a national level non-profit setting.
  • Must be well acquainted with preservation issues and practices and be able to monitor and assess the relevancy of emerging trends and new approaches for the leader audience.
  • Experience in designing and delivering training and information through conference sessions, workshops and on-line platforms.
  • Exceptional communications skills and ability to guide the development of publications and programs. 
  • Advanced analytical  and problem solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization.
  • Advanced project-management, team-management and client-management skills. Ability to achieve results with only general supervision.
  • Experience supervising professional staff, as well as successfully managing key internal and external stakeholders and relationships.
  • Proven ability to collaborate across divisions to implement processes and achieve results.  Track record of building and maintaining productive relationships with multiple stakeholders.
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently and respond to a high volume of ongoing requests in a timely fashion, with ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment
  • Effective presentation skills.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and skill set essential.
  • Demonstrated success in marketing to and engaging culturally diverse audiences and partners.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel required, with experience with data management, web content management and social media tools. Proven ability to continually develop skills related to use of rapidly changing technology and communication
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How to apply
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to 133251-CS-1121@nthp.hrmdirect.com

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