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Posted: 11/01/2017

Pasadena Heritage

Pasadena Heritage, the second largest nonprofit historic preservation organization in California and founded in 1977. Pasadena Heritage works to identify, preserve, and protect the historic, architectural, and cultural resources of the City of Pasadena through advocacy and education.

Preservation Director
Professional Opportunity
Pasadena, CA

The Preservation Director is responsible for the organizations advocacy efforts for historic resources and preservation easement programs. The easement program currently protects more than 80 buildings, and responsibilities include annual inspections, review and oversight of proposed projects, and recruitment of new easement contracts. The Preservation Director also works with the Executive Director, Advocacy Committee, and Board of Directors on advocacy efforts, including tracking projects during the City approval process, working with developers and property owners to influence projects impacting historic resources, and regularly representing Pasadena Heritage at Commission and City Council meetings. The Preservation Director often serves as the organizations spokesperson or representative at city commissions and other public meetings. Preparing local landmark and National Register nominations, providing technical advice and assistance to owners of historic properties, and other projects are also part of the job.


The ideal candidate will hold a Masters Degree in Historic Preservation or a related field and have two years work experience in historic preservation; candidates with a Bachelors Degree and relevant experience will also be considered. Familiarity with historic building styles and materials, accepted preservation practices and resources, including the Secretary of the Interior Standards for Restoration and Rehabilitation, city planning procedures, and preservation easements is highly preferable. Excellent writing, organization, and communication skills are a must.  

This is a full-time position with benefits including paid health insurance and paid vacation.  Some evening and weekend hours are required.

Job Description


Easement Program

·      Monitor existing 83 easements conduct annual inspections, and prepare reports

·      Review requests for changes to easement buildings and prepare recommendations and approval documents

·      Seek new easements, consult with interested owners on benefits and restrictions, prepare and file documentation, including future covenants on Caltrans properties.


·      Research, analyze and document concerns about and threats to historic buildings; draft correspondence; and prepare and give oral presentations to defend endangered properties and sites

·      Work with owners, developers and other stakeholders to find preservation-sensitive solutions for projects that involve historic resources

·      Provide leadership, support and expertise to the Advocacy Vice Chair and members of the Advocacy Committee in studying and developing organizational positions on important preservation issues

·      Prepare landmark nominations and assist with National Register and California Register nominations

·      Serve as the primary liaison with city staff and commissions

·      Serve as spokesperson on preservation issues at commissions and other meetings

Preservation Programs

·      Create, organize and execute specific programs (in conjunction with the annual calendar) for members and the public relating to preservation, incentives, best practices, and/or city planning.

Other  Responsibilities

·      Maintain and update Pasadena Heritage Craftsman Referral files and provide referrals upon request.

·      Maintain all computer and paper files related to job

·      Write advocacy-related copy for the e-news, newsletter and other publications

·      Develop working relationships with city staff, commissioners, private consultants, preservation architects, legal experts and others who can provide consultation and collaboration

OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
Please submit cover letter and resume to: Executive Director, Pasadena Heritage 651 South St. John Avenue, Pasadena, California 91105 or email preservation@pasadenaheritage.org with “Preservation Director” as the subject.
Sue Mossman
Phone: 626-441-6333
651 S. St. John Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105

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