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Posted: 08/01/2017

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Preservation Field Services

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

Historic Preservation Specialist
Professional Opportunity
Los Angeles, CA

Job Summary:

The Historic Preservation Specialist will save and celebrate historic places by identifying and managing high-profile projects in the National Trusts signature National Treasures program. The Historic Preservation Specialist will draw on their expertise in the fields of real estate development, historic preservation, planning, and advocacy to successfully preserve and revitalize historic sites in creative ways that respect their significance and support the needs of local communities. This position requires a professional with expertise in project management, a proven ability to carry out complex tasks by leading a multi-disciplinary team, and the capacity to function effectively under pressure and meet multiple deadlines.

An effective Historic Preservation Specialist is a persuasive advocate, experienced technical expert, and creative problem-solver who identifies strategic opportunities and devises specific solutions to revitalize, adaptively use, and sustainably redevelop older and historic structures for the benefit of people. In their work, the Historic Preservation Specialist is expected to advocate for the reuse of significant and redeemable buildings that contribute to a communitys overall character, not just the most iconic buildings and sites.

The Historic Preservation Specialist spends approximately 70% of their time on National Treasures programmatic and management activities, which include but are not limited to:

  • Identifying and nominating potential National Treasure projects that support the broader policy and programmatic goals of the National Trust, and can serve as national models for other sites, neighborhoods, and cities;
  • Designing and implementing strategic long-range plans with their project teams and multiple external stakeholders;
  • Ensuring the success of multi-year Treasure projects as a project manager or team member;
  • Raising awareness of the National Trust and the impact of our National Treasures work; and
  • Working with staff in the Advancement Division to meet fundraising goals for the National Trust and select National Treasure projects.

Approximately 30% of this position will work is dedicated to related programs within the Preservation Division and the application of the National Trusts intervention criteria to potential non-National Treasure projects to determine if they are appropriate for the organization to take action. When approved, the Historic Preservation Specialist will take direct action on issues and sites outside of the National Treasures program.


National Treasures: Work directly with the Senior Field Director in Los Angeles and others to identify possible National Treasure projects; vet the potential of those projects with staff from across the organization, and external partners and stakeholders as appropriate; define a meaningful role and achievable objectives for the National Trust; and make a compelling case for the significance and impact of the proposed Treasures projects. This position will lead multiple Treasure teams and work with National Trust staff, outside partners, National Trust Advisors, community members, and other interested and critical stakeholders on each National Treasure.

Develop and implement project plans and budgets for National Treasures: Evaluate and design innovative preservation-based solutions for a range of significant and threatened sites, buildings, or landscapes. Collaboratively develop strategies for adaptive reuse and reactivation of underutilized or threatened places to promote sustainable reuse and redevelopment that responds to larger community needs. Create and implement project plans and budgets with clear goals and objectives to ensure successful National Treasure projects.

Integrate programs in the work of the National Trust: Coordinate across the internal divisions of the National Trust (Field Services, Public Affairs, Government Relations, Philanthropy, Legal, etc.) and their programs to bring the best set of resources and tools to each National Treasure, and ensure a successful outcome for Treasures projects. This integration will be reflected in strategic plans, the annual work plan, and performance metrics, and will be assessed in annual performance evaluations.

Fundraise for National Treasure projects: Work creatively and collaboratively with staff in the Preservation Field Services and the Advancement Divisions to support fundraising goals for the National Trust and specified National Treasure projects.


Work Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience with project management is required, preferably      in a context of at least 5-8 years of overall work experience that includes one or more of the following: preservation-based planning, land-use planning, real estate transactions, or real estate redevelopment.
  • Demonstrated capability to work effectively within a geographically dispersed organization and across internal departments and programs.
  • Track record of facilitating and managing multiple internal and external stakeholder relationships, including partner, industry, government, community, and donor representatives.
  • Direct experience designing and managing multi-year project budgets.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategies by managing relationships with partners, staff, volunteers, and external consultants.
  • Experience working on preservation issues, or demonstrated interest in historic preservation,  advocacy, and history. Strong contacts in preservation and related fields are a plus.

Other Qualifications

  • Advanced analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills, including the ability to identify, assess, and prioritize issues.
  • Effective and persuasive communications and public presentation skills.
  • Ability to facilitate stakeholder engagement and public outreach to build consensus.
  • Adaptability and flexibility in working across a dispersed and dynamic work environment.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize judiciously in response to a high-volume of competing requests.
  • Flexibility  to adopt new, creative, and collaborative approaches in response to changing project scenarios and requirements.
  • Demonstrated success in engaging culturally and ethnically diverse audiences, constituents, and partners.
  • Bi-lingual fluency in English and Spanish, or other relevant language, is strongly preferred.
  • Advanced knowledge of and experience with Microsoft suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook) required.
  • Familiarity with GIS, mapping, modeling, and data collection software is a plus.

Academic and Related Qualifications.

  • Masters degree--or equivalent combination of training and professional experience--in Planning, Real Estate Development, or Historic Preservation.
  • Demonstrated interest in, and commitment to, the values and goals of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


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How to apply
Please email cover letter and resume to 594678-CS-1121@nthp.hrmdirect.com
David Field

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