Pasadena Heritage Seeks Preservation Director
Pasadena Heritage, the second largest nonprofit historic preservation organization in California and founded in 1977, is currently seeking applicants for the position of Preservation Director.
The Preservation Director is responsible for the organization’s 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 organization’s 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 Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation or a related field and have two years’ work experience in historic preservation; candidates with a Bachelor’s 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. The starting salary range is $43-$46,000.
• 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.
• 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
• Oversee interns or volunteers assigned to projects under your direction
• Support other programs and activities of the organization
• Knowledge of historic architecture (in Pasadena/Southern California particularly), preservation practices, the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards, and other technical standards and resources
• Knowledge of local preservation ordinances, guidelines, and other city policies and practices related to preservation; general knowledge of state and national preservation laws and practices
• Knowledge of historic preservation incentive programs, including federal tax credits, the Mills Act, and preservation easements
• Knowledge of preservation practices and resources and their application to residential and commercial buildings
Qualifications and Skills
• Bachelor’s degree and at least two years work experience in historic preservation, architectural history, architecture, planning, or related field
• Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation ideal, but not required, depending on work experience
• The ability to recognize and describe historic building styles and materials and apply the appropriate standards
• Excellent communication skills and organizational skills
• The ability to work successfully both independently and as a team member
• Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Filemaker) and basic photographic skills for documentation and publication purposes
Please submit cover letter and resume to: Executive Director, Pasadena Heritage 651 South St. John Avenue, Pasadena, California 91105 or email email@example.com with “Preservation Director” as the subject.