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Posted: 04/14/2018

The Historic Trust
Historic preservation and maintenance

The Historic Trust is a non-profit 501c(3) organization with a mission to inspires civic pride and economic vitality through education, preservation and celebration of our community’s history. We currently manage properties on the Vancouver National Historic Reserve and own and manage the Providence Academy, one of the most significantly historic buildings in the Northwest.

Director of Historic Preservation
Professional Opportunity
Vancouver, WA
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The Historic Trust seeks a Director of Historic Preservation who can lead its property preservation initiatives, including future renovations and development of the Providence Academy. The person selected to fill this position will plan for and implement The Historic Trusts long-term vision in property management, preservation, renovation and property development. A passion for The Historic Trusts mission and experience in project management, property management and historic preservation a plus.






  • Bachelors Degree in real estate, architecture, business, construction, historic preservation, or related program


  • A minimum of five years working experience in real estate project management, development, or historic preservation


  • Demonstrated, excellent leadership, organizational, written and verbal communication skills, the ability to develop and foster strong working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, and the ability to prioritize a large number of tasks and responsibilities.  He/she must be energetic, self-motivated, imaginative, and well-organized.

  • Experience in effectively leading and managing a team.

  • Proficiency using the Microsoft Business suite.





  • Understanding of non-profit operations is a plus

  • Knowledge in any of the following areas will strengthen a candidacy: real estate development, historic preservation design, planning, and law, business administration, customer service, finance, budgeting and accounting, marketing and communications.

  • 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 is highly preferable.

  • Ability to establish priorities, work independently, effectively problem solve and proceed with objectives with limited supervision.






  • Oversee daily property operations, including leasing, maintenance, and building management.

  • Plan, project manage and monitor major historic preservation projects.

  • Spearhead and manage improvements to the Providence Academy site and its transition into an urban mixed-use campus.

  • Serve as the primary liaison with the City of Vancouver related to the Master Lease for Officers Row and West Vancouver Barracks.

  • Initiate long-term preservation initiatives adopted by the Board of Directors.

  • Work creatively and collaboratively with staff to achieve fundraising goals for historic preservation projects, including grants, donor outreach and stewardship.

  • Work in collaboration with staff to develop new ways to enhance the public use and engagement in the properties under stewardship by the Trust.

  • Oversee and collaborate with facilities maintenance staff on preventative maintenance programs, tenant improvements, preservation projects a

How to apply
HOW TO APPLY If interested, please email the following to resume@thehistorictrust.org: • A cover letter explaining how you meet position requirements and compensation expectations. • Your resume (including at least three professional references). • A one-page statement of your involvement with non-profit groups/organizations
MIchelle Howell
Phone: 360-992-1813
Fax: 360-992-1800
750 Anderson Street
Vancouver, WA 98661

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