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Posted: 03/10/2016

Indiana Landmarks
Northern Regional Office

Indiana Landmarks is a nonprofit, membership based organization, fighting to defend architecturally unique, historically significant, and communally cherished properties in Indiana. The organization accomplishes its mission through its headquarters in Indianapolis and Regional and Field offices located around the state.

Community Preservation Speciailist
Professional Opportunity
South Bend, IN


The Community Preservation Specialist helps the Regional Director carry out Indiana Landmarks preservation efforts in the northern part of Indiana. Specially the Community Preservation specialist will:

Help identify endangered structures within the region (partly by interacting with local nonprofit organizations and commission members, taking calls from concerned citizen advocates, and acting as a consulting party for Section 106 reviews of federally funded projects); work with the Regional Director to determine the significance of the structures and what strategies, if any, the organization should undertake to preserve them; help design and implement action plans to save them.

Provide technical support to local preservation commissions, government officials, community organizations, and other groups and individuals interested in preserving historic structures (this includes helping the Regional Director to provide restoration recommendations, list properties on the National Register of Historic Places, secure local designation, evaluate the scope of restoration projects, provide research assistance and guidance, etc.).

Under the guidance of the Regional Director, work with communities to save endangered structures by assisting with advocacy, fundraising, marketing, and other methods (this includes providing testimony at public hearings, preparing reports and findings of fact, writing letters to elected officials and the media, meeting with key stakeholders, assisting communities with drafting preservation ordinances and developing historic districts, helping groups secure grants and tax credits, etc.).

Help the Regional Director with the creation and growth of local historic preservation organizations; work with existing groups to strengthen their work and to maintain a strong rapport.

Work with regional commissions that have Community Assistance Program contracts, providing services outlined in those contracts. These services include reviewing certificates of appropriateness, reporting on findings, serving as a liaison with property owners, providing training, and assisting with other preservation-related operations.

Help the Regional Director organize, develop, and present educational programs (speeches, public programs, workshops, etc.) to a variety of audiences across the region.

The position requires travel, evening meetings and occasional weekend and overnight responsibilities.

The successful candidate will have at a minimum:

Bachelors degree in historic preservation or a related field.

Three to five years of experience in historic preservation (with a thorough understanding of preservation techniques and construction and design principles), community development/organizing, and work with historic preservation commissions.


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How to apply
Send Cover letter and Resume by March 25, 2016
Todd Zeiger
Phone: 574-232-4534
402 W. Washington
South Bend, IN 46601

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