The Senior Field Officer in the Atlanta Field Office will save historic places by leading high-profile projects in the National Trusts signature National Treasures program. The Senior Field Officer will draw on their expertise in the historic preservation field to successfully preserve and revitalize historic places using creative strategies that respect the significance of the places and that support the needs and vision of local communities. This position requires a mature professional with demonstrated experience managing complex and collaborative projects, leading multi-disciplinary teams, and functioning effectively under pressure to meet multiple deadlines.
The Senior 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 Senior Field Officer is a self-starter who 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 the National Trust, and consulting as needed on related programs within the Preservation Division.
The Senior Field Officer will spend approximately 70% of their time on National Treasures work, including:
- Identifying and nominating potential National Treasure projects that support the policy and programmatic goals of the National Trust and that can serve as models for other places, neighborhoods, and cities;
- Designing and implementing strategic, long-term advocacy plans with their project teams and with multiple external stakeholders;
- Advocating actively to ensure the success of multi-year National Treasure projects as a project manager or team member;
- Raising awareness of the National Trust and the impact of our work; and,
- Collaborating with colleagues in the Advancement Division and Preservation Division to meet fundraising goals for the National Trust.
The Senior Field Officer will spend approximately 30 percent of their time on related projects within the Preservation Division. For example, the Senior Field Officer is responsible for applying the National Trusts intervention criteria to non-National Treasure projects to recommend if it would be appropriate for the organization to take action to save places that have not been named as National Treasure. When approved, the Senior Field Officer takes direct action to save historic places outside of the National Treasures program.
Identify and vet potential National Treasures. The Senior Field Officer will work with the Senior Field Director in DC, and with others inside and outside of the National Trust, to identify potential National Treasure projects, vet and nominate those potential projects, identifying a distinct objective and advocacy role for the National Trust. Working within the process for selecting National Treasures, the Senior 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 Senior Field Officer will create and implement project plans and budgets with stated goals and objectives to ensure successful outcomes for selected National Treasure projects. Importantly, the Senior Field Officer will collaboratively design innovative preservation-based strategies for rehabilitation, reuse, and re-activation of significant and threatened historic places in order to promote sustainable and equitable goals that respond to larger community needs and vision. This staff person will lead multiple project teams and will work collaboratively with National Trust staff, outside partners, National Trust Advisors, and other stakeholders to undertake these advocacy campaigns.
Integrate programs in the work of the National Trust. In every instance, the Senior Field Officer will work collaboratively with project teams drawn from the internal divisions of the National Trust (e.g., Field Services, Public Affairs, Marketing, Government Relations, Philanthropy, Historic Sites, Law, etc.) to bring the best set of resources to support each Treasure project and to ensure successful outcomes for National Treasures. This programmatic integration reflects a core value of the National Trust and will be incorporated in strategic plans, the annual work plan and performance metrics, and the annual evaluation cycles.
Fundraise for National Treasure projects. The Senior Field Officer will work collaboratively with the Field Services Department and Advancement Division to meet fundraising goals for the National Trust and National Treasure projects.
Other duties as assigned. The Senior Field Officer will complete other duties as assigned by the Senior Field Director. The Senior Field Officer will have some administrative duties related to the operation of the new Atlanta Field Office.
Historic Preservation & Public Advocacy.
- Demonstrated professional knowledge, experience, and success in public advocacy for historic preservation is required.
- Special expertise and perspective in a related professional field is a strong plus, including, for example, real estate, sustainability, resilience, urbanism, social justice, good government, and community development.
- Experience or significant volunteer activity in the non-profit advocacy sector.
- Demonstrated success in engaging culturally and ethnically diverse communities, constituents, and partners. Ties to diverse affinity groups, professional organizations, or related associations.
- Effective presentation skills. Excellent writing, spelling, grammar, and proofreading skills, as well as strong verbal communication and customer service skills.
- Bi-lingual fluency in English and Spanish, or other relevant language.
Leadership and Management.
- 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.
Hands-On Advocacy and Field Work.
- Minimum 5 years of professional work in historic preservation or a closely related field is required, preferably in a context of 8+ years of overall work experience.
- Demonstrated success in building, managing, and leading complex advocacy programs and projects to meet quantifiable outcomes with limited supervision.
- Advanced knowledge of the Microsoft suite (e.g., Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook) is required.
- Ability and willingness to travel overnight away from home for work up to 30 percent of time, depending on the nature and location of projects.
- Ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently and respond to a high volume of ongoing requests in a timely fashion. Ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment. Ability to work effectively with frequent interruptions required. Able to handle frequently changing and/or unscheduled tasks with accuracy.
- Demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit, energy, and skill set.
- Demonstrated diplomacy, teamwork, and optim