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Posted: 08/27/2015

Historic Seattle

Historic Seattle Preservation and Development Authority Historic Property Manager August 27, 2015 POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT Historic Seattle’s Mission For the mutual pride and benefit of all citizens and to foster a more livable environment, Historic Seattle protects Seattle's architectural heritage through educational programs, advocacy and the preservation of buildings and cultural landscapes.

Historic Property Manager
Professional Opportunity
Seattle, WA
$40,000 - $50,000

Invitation to Apply

Historic Seattle Preservation and Development Authority (HSPDA) invites applications for the position of Historic Property Manager.  Historic Seattle is the only city-wide non-profit organization devoted exclusively to the preservation of Seattles historic and architectural legacy.  Since its founding in 1974, Historic Seattle has been a major advocate for and active participant in thoughtful and meaningful preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings and landscapes. Historic Seattle seeks an exceptional property manager professional to join our team of 15 staff members, 200 volunteers and 600 members.  Our Historic Property Manager will be tasked with taking exceptional care not only of our historic property portfolio totaling 174,000 square feet but providing extraordinary customer service to over 90 tenants and countless users and visitors who live, work and play within our properties. This position is integral to maintaining and growing our current $2.6M annual operating budget.

Position Summary

The Historic Property Manager will be:

  • Closely aligned with the mission of Historic Seattle. 
  • A seasoned property management professional who proactively addresses property needs, efficiently and effectively manages all aspects of maintenance and minor capital improvement projects. 
  • Focused on customer service and will be sensitive to interpersonal dynamics and relationships with building tenants and users.
  • An experienced negotiator of both residential and commercial property leases.
  • Organized in order to thoroughly, efficiently and accurately process invoices, produce reports, collect rent, issue and manage contracts with vendors, consultants and contractors.
  • Able to efficiently and simultaneously focus upon strategic planning and goal setting in addition to the completion of both day-to-day tasks and unexpected emergencies.
  • Team oriented in achieving organizational goals.

The responsibilities of this position include:

  • Working closely with the Executive Director and staff of HSPDA.
  • Provide complete management and oversight of on-site property staff and contracted property managers.
  • Responsible stewardship for the organizations multiple asset class portfolio of eight buildings consisting of housing, mixed use, office, single family, and public assembly.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with all real estate partners in addition to leading all lease negotiations, renewals and compliance for tenants including the Federal Government, commercial for-profit businesses, non-profit organizations, low income and artist housing tenants.
  • Managing HSPDAs preservation easement program.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
  • This position reports to the Executive Director.  A comprehensive salary and benefits package is offered.  Historic Seattle offers a positive and flexible working environment.  Candidate must be willing to work occasionally outside of normal business hours.

Required Qualifications

Education:  Baccalaureate Degree or equivalent experience is required.

  • Three years of progressive, results-oriented experience providing stewardship of historic properties.
  • Demonstrable experience providing exemplary customer service.
  • Demonstrable experience identifying and solving property related issues and concerns.

Desired Qualifications


  • Delivering projects and initiatives on-time and under budget with effective project management skills, pro-active and accurate reporting and clear communication meeting the specifics needs of all parties. 
  • Managing consultants, contractors and vendors by authoring Request for Proposals/Qualifications, leading the bid process, authoring contracts, and providing effective project close-out following State of Washington statutes. 
  • Leading projects with required Landmark Board review and approval.
  • Knowledge and experience with applying the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation to the treatment of historic properties.  
  • Experience in and knowledge of historic preservation and real estate development. 
  • Provide effective communication, writing, organizational, leadership, administrative, marketing, and computer skills.
  • Ability and desire to work effectively with people of diverse personalities, cultures and communication styles, including volunteers, consultants, vendors, contractors, Council and Board members, and colleagues.
  • Experience in a non-profit setting.



OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
Comments Posting Date: August 28, 2015. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply by September 18, 2015. Please email a cover letter addressing qualifications and interest in the position, resume highlighting relevant experience and at least three references to info@historicseattle.org. More information concerning Historic Seattle and our historic property portfolio can be found at www.historicseattle.org. Questions may be directed to Kji Kelly, Executive Director at kjik@historicseattle.org. Historic Seattle is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants representing the diversity of our community are encouraged to apply.
Kji Kelly
Phone: 206-622-6952
1117 Minor Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

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