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Posted: 09/28/2015

National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers

The National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO) is seeking an experienced full-time Director of Government Relations. The incumbent is responsible for all aspects of the NSCHPO federal legislative agenda with particular focus on the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) and other federal historic preservation legislation and funding mechanisms. The ideal candidate will possess experience in federal advocacy, outstanding communications skills, confidence in juggling multiple tasks and an outgoing, positive attitude. Experience in historic preservation is a major plus – but not necessarily required. NCSHPO is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), professional association representing the State Historic Preservation Officers (SHPOs) in the 50 states, eight territories, and the District of Columbia.

Government Relations Director
Professional Opportunity
Washington, DC


Work with NCSHPO leadership, members and partners to develop and implement a comprehensive legislative agenda, strategy and approach to address the federal legislative and regulatory issues and concerns of State Historic Preservation Officers (SHPOs). 


  • Develops and carries out the NCSHPO legislative agenda.
  • Establishes and maintains productive and positive relationships with Congress and advocacy groups
  • Provides information to Congressional offices, develops and presents recommendations for legislation and policy, responds to Congressional inquiries, and assists Congressional preservation initiatives.
  • Liaises with private sector partners such as Preservation Action, the National Trust, National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, and the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, to incorporate NCSHPOs agenda into the national preservation agenda.
  • Informs, facilitate and track SHPO contacts with their congressional delegations. Provides guidance and training, coordination, and assistance to SHPOs for their successful interaction with Members of Congress and their staffs, Administration officials throughout the year including through in-State visits.
  • Draft and manage print and electronic communications and content educating and informing both internal and external audiences as appropriate including weekly member e-newsletter, website and social media.
  • Monitors electronic, print media, special reports and studies, and other information sources to keep NCSHPO and its members informed.
  • Drafts testimony, issue papers, talking points, and one-page briefings.
  • Plays an active role in planning and coordinating an annual membership meeting and legislative advocacy day and/or other appropriate organizational convenings or events.
  • Stays abreast of developments in the field and participates in professional organizations and meetings to understand and, as appropriate, incorporate recent trends and new approaches.
  • Other duties assigned as needed.


Bachelors degree, in public policy, political science, historic preservation or related/equivalent experience.


Six years demonstrated, successful experience in advocacy.  Has established and nurtured substantial, collegial relationships with Congress, legislative staff, relevant local, state and federal agencies and private sector organizations.  Strong knowledge of and experience with the federal legislative process.


  • Expertise in legislative advocacy
  • Stellar oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Comfort in working and negotiating with people of opposing views towards consensus
  • Ability and desire to work independently and comfortable working collaboratively in an active, team-oriented environment
  • Successful track record in training others to advocate
  • Strong ability to network and interact, as well as support, effective partnerships, with key groups and individuals
  • Ability to speak publicly and knowledgeably, both extemporaneously and from prepared text
  • Strong analytic and strategic thinking skills
  • Impeccable multi-tasking and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of the federal historic preservation program strongly encouraged, although not required


Ability to spend considerable time working on the Hill. Willingness and ability to travel to meet NCSHPO requirements.



NCSHPO offers a competitive salary and a generous and comprehensive benefits package.  NCSHPO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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How to apply
To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, salary requirements and writing sample to Erik Hein, Executive Director, NCSHPO, 444. N. Capitol Street NW, Suite 342, Washington, DC 20001 or to info@ncshpo.org.
Erik Hein
Phone: 202-624-5465
444 N. Capitol Street NW
Suite 342
Washington, DC 20001

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