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Posted: 02/08/2017

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Chicago Field Office

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

Preservation Field Officer
Professional Opportunity
Chicago, IL

Job Summary:

The Field Officer is a persuasive public-interest advocate who tenaciously pursues strategic opportunities, in public forums and private settings, to protect and preserve important historic places for the benefit of human communities.

The Field Officer advocates to save historic places by applying specialized areas of professional expertise for the protection of nationally significant historic places through our National Treasures Program, assisting in the raising of funds for National Treasure projects, and consulting as needed on related programs within the Preservation Division.

The Field Officer spends approximately 70% of their time on National Treasures work, including: identifying potential National Treasure projects, crafting and implementing strategic advocacy plans, and ensuring the success of selected multi-year Treasure projects as a project manager or team member.

The Field Officer also is responsible for applying the National Trusts intervention criteria to non-National Treasure projects to recommend if it is appropriate for the organization to take action. When approved, the Field Officer takes direct action to save historic places outside of the National Treasures program.


Identify potential National Treasures. The Field Officer will work with the Field Director and others to identify potential National Treasure projects, vet and nominate those projects, and identify a distinct objective and advocacy role for the National Trust. Working within the process for selecting National Treasures, the Field Officer will assemble a team to vet potential Treasures, complete nomination and budget forms, and present potential Treasures for review.

Develop and implement project plans and budgets for National Treasures. The Field Officer will create and implement project plans and budgets with stated goals and objectives to ensure successful outcomes for selected National Treasure projects. This person will lead or participate in multiple project teams and will work collaboratively with National Trust staff, outside partners, National Trust Advisors, and other interested parties to undertake these advocacy campaigns.

Integrate programs in the work of the National Trust. The Field Officer will work collaboratively with cross-Trust project teams to ensure successful outcomes for National Treasures, and will contribute to other work undertaken on Preservation Priorities and by the Preservation Division when appropriate. This integration will be reflected in strategic plans, the annual work plan, and performance metrics, and will be part of evaluation cycles.

Fundraise for National Treasure projects. The Field Officer will work collaboratively with Field Services and the Advancement Division to meet established fundraising goals for assigned National Treasure projects.

Other duties as assigned. The Field Officer will complete other duties as assigned by the Field Director. The Field Officer will have some administrative duties related to the operations at the Chicago Field Office.


Historic Preservation & Advocacy Experience

  • Demonstrated professional knowledge, experience, and success in advocacy for historic preservation is required.
  • Special expertise and perspective in a related professional field is a strong plus, including real estate development, sustainability, resilience, urbanism, social justice, good government, and community organizing.
  • Experience or significant volunteer activity in the non-profit and advocacy sectors and experience or interest in preservation, conservation and history.
  • Demonstrated success in engaging culturally and ethnically diverse communities, constituents, and partners. Ties to diverse affinity groups, professional organizations, or related associations.

 Leadership and Management Skills

  • Demonstrated success in working collaboratively with internal and external players, and demonstrated project management skills and effective team leadership skills is required.
  • Demonstrated capability to work effectively within a geographically distributed organization and across internal departments and programs.
  • Demonstrated capability to develop and implement strategies with paid and volunteer staff and outside vendors.
  • Experience in working collaboratively with non-profit and for-profit partners.
  • Experience building and managing complex project budgets.
  • Demonstrated success in helping to meet fundraising goals.

Hands-On Experience in Advocacy

  • Minimum 3 years of professional work in historic preservation, environmental conservation, urban planning, or allied fields is required, preferably in a context of 5 or more years of overall experience.
  • Demonstrated success in building, managing, and leading complex advocacy programs and projects to meet quantifiable outcomes.
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit, energy, and skill set.
  • Demonstrated diplomacy, teamwork, and optimism.
  • Knowledge of key-players in the preservation field a plus.

Academic and Related Qualifications.

  • Bachelors degree, or equivalent professional experience, in historic preservation or a related field is required.
  • Excellent verbal, written, public speaking, and electronic communication skills are required.
  • Demonstrated written and verbal bilingual fluency in Spanish and English strongly desired.
  • Academic training and professional experience in a related field is desired.
  • Demonstrated interest in, and commitment to, the values and goals of the National Trust for Historic Preservation is required.
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How to apply
Please email cover letter and resume to 502286-CS-1121@nthp.hrmdirect.com

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