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Posted: 09/23/2016

German Village Society

Are you a preservation professional ready to help us shape the next 50 years of one of America’s oldest architectural review districts? German Village Society in Columbus, Ohio, seeks a vibrant, broad-based program leader to help us continue to implements a 5-year strategic plan that is chock full of preservation projects. German Village is one of the preeminent historic districts in the United States. It was officially designated by the city as a local historic district in 1963, the template of which was used to write guidelines for Victorian and Italian Villages. From that point forward, German Village Society (GVS), led the way for creating preservation in Columbus. In 1974, German Village was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2007, it was made a "Preserve America Community" by the White House. And in 2011, the American Planning Association designated German Village a Top 10 Great Neighborhood in the US.

Historic Preservation Advocate
Professional Opportunity
Columbus, OH

We are looking for the staff leader that is the center of our nonprofit mission to preserve, protect and celebrate our community. Youll join three permanent full-time staff, a small stable of professional contractors, an army of regular volunteers and a stable, active board of 13. A combination of independent judgement, strong preservation principles, and ability to drive projects should meet a personality that loves outreach in a small community, collaboration across the 15th largest city in the nation, and the pace of a small nonprofit.


We offer competitive wages and health insurance after 90 days.  Send cover letter, resume, and three references (with preference for a past colleague by whom you were managed, a volunteer you managed, and a peer with whom youve collaborated at another organization) to Shiloh Todorov, Todorov@germanvillage.com.  Position open until filled.  EOE  www.germanvillage.com


Heres a peek at the preservation projects our strategic plan includes:

COA coaching and education

Implement comprehensive sidewalk strategy

Complete archive digitization and create permanent collection by overseeing contractor's work

Lead comprehensive signage plan

Re-survey district for National Register amendment

Code compliance

Educational workshops for property owners

Caretakers of a Legacy Awards annually working with Commissioners to finalize awards, create event

Meeting Haus and Visitors Center updates

German Village Innovators tour launch and marketing

Field trip addition for students completed in 2018

Oral histories oversight




OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
Send cover letter, resume, and three references (with preference for a past colleague by whom you were managed, a volunteer you managed, and a peer with whom you’ve collaborated at another organization) to Shiloh Todorov, Todorov@germanvillage.com. Position open until filled. EOE www.germanvillage.com
Shiloh Todorov

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