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Programs Director, Preservation New Jersey (Trenton, NJ)
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - Preservation New Jersey, Trenton, Preservation Employment, jobs, New Jersey Historic Trust, Statewide Partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Alliance of Preservation
Contributed By: Preservation New Jersey
Email The Author: ron@preservationnj.org
Website: http://www.preservationnj.org

About Preservation New Jersey: Founded in 1978, Preservation NJ is the statewide non-profit historic preservation organization for New Jersey and is a Statewide Partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. We are funded primarily through membership dues, special events, grants and program fees. We have an active and diverse board of directors and broad support across the state. We specialize in helping individuals and communities to preserve historic architecture and cultural resources and building and maintaining strong partnerships in the environmental, arts and other communities. For more information, please visit www.preservationnj.org.

Nature of Work: The Garden State has a rich urban, rural and suburban history that is manifest in its built and natural environments. An expanding statewide appreciation for these assets is thanks to the work of PNJ and our many partners, including the NJ Historic Trust, the Crossroads of the American Revolution (National Heritage Area) Association and numerous local and regional historic preservation and environmental organizations. Preservation NJ serves as the only staffed statewide preservation education and advocacy organization in the state.

PNJ has recently expanded the scope of the Programs Director position, partially in anticipation of expected funding for further organizational expansion in the coming months. This full time position, the Programs Director, will provide support and technical assistance to PNJ members, individuals and groups across the state that are concerned with historic preservation, responding to inquiries for preservation information, assistance and referrals by phone, letter and in person and maintaining resource files and materials to be used for responding to inquiries; will promote the organization, its mission, and its programs through individual contacts, public speaking engagements and other organizational contacts; and represent the organization in meetings, lobbying efforts, and other public forums. The Programs Director is directly responsible for coordinating all activities of the annual 10 Most Endangered Historic Sites program, coordinating press conferences and other events to announce and promote the Endangered list and providing assistance to local groups and constituencies working to preserve endangered sites. The Programs Director is also directly responsible for PNJ's Heritage Partnership programs in collaboration with land trusts and other open space advocates, and the annual training program for local preservation commissioners (CAMP) co-presented with the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions.

The Programs Director is responsible for the following specific activities:

  • Provide technical assistance to neighborhood and community organizations and individuals, either in person, by phone or e-mail, or via the website, blog, e-newsletters and other electronic means, while leading PNJ's efforts to build a stronger and broader network of preservation leaders across the state
  • Provide technical assistance to preservation organizations in order to make them more effective advocates and increase the level of services they provide in their communities
  • Collaborate with staff and board in the creation of PNJ quarterly newsletter, semimonthly e-blasts, blog, other publications and expansion of the PNJ website in order to broadly provide information and resources
  • Working with the Board of Directors and Executive Director, engage in preservation advocacy activities designed to spur the preservation of endangered historic structures and cultural resources and improve public policy
  • Manage the 10 Most Endangered Historic Sites in NJ program in collaboration with steering committee of board members and community leaders; organize annual solicitation of site nominations, coordinate committee review, assist in preparing reports; organize follow-up training workshops for endangered sites advocates
  • Manage the annual Commission Assistance and Mentoring Program (CAMP) in collaboration with NAPC; work with SHPO staff and local commissions to identify host community, assist Executive Director in fundraising; coordinate workshop with NAPC staff
  • Assist with planning and presenting PNJ educational and special events designed to engage more citizens, building industry professionals and others in preservation activities to increase overall support for preservation as a basic community value.

Necessary Requirements of Work: An advanced degree in historic preservation or related field, or graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in historic preservation, history, architectural history, real estate, public policy, political science, planning or a related field with at least 3 years of experience in the historic preservation, planning, community organizing, or a related non-profit field; or the equivalent combination of education, experience and ability to provide the necessary critical knowledge, abilities and skills for the position. The ideal candidate will have a background in historic preservation and community outreach and possess a passion for this type of work. In addition, applicants should have experience or strong interest in building strong grassroots networks and using historic preservation as a tool for urban and rural revitalization, environmental sustainability, protection of rural character and cultural landscapes and exhibit the following:

  • High energy level and positive attitude
  • Ability to work under deadlines
  • Consistent attention to detail and above average work ethic
  • Ability to interact effectively with a diverse group of community residents and volunteers
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of historic preservation infrastructure, organizations and activities
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with fellow staff members, members of the Board, volunteers and community leaders
  • Ability to work evening or weekend hours as necessary
  • Willingness to travel within New Jersey (including nights and weekends as needed), with valid driver's license and vehicle (travel expenses reimbursed)
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft software applications; basic knowledge of Adobe CS graphic design software and html preferred

The Programs Director will report directly to the Preservation New Jersey Executive Director.

Please note: Minority applicants are encouraged to apply.

Group health insurance coverage offered 10 paid holidays per year 5 to 10 paid vacation days per year 6 days of paid sick leave per year

Compensatory Time To Apply: Please respond by sending your resume, at least two writing samples and references to: Ron Emrich, Executive Director, Preservation New Jersey, ron@preservationnj.org, www.preservationnj.org.

 


Keywords: Preservation New Jersey, Trenton, Preservation Employment, jobs, New Jersey Historic Trust, Statewide Partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Alliance of Preservation

Posted: October 10, 2008
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