Historic Denver, Inc. Director of Discover Denver
Historic Denver seeks a motivated and self-directed individual for the full-time position of Director of Discover Denver (40 hours per week, including some evenings and weekends). The Director of Discover Denver will lead the Discover Denver program, an accelerated citywide historic survey initiative. The position is currently funded through Spring 2016, with continued funding anticipated for future years. The Director of Discover Denver will report to the Executive Director of Historic Denver.
Discover Denver and Position Background
Historic Denver, Inc. is leading Discover Denver, a Citywide Historic Resources Survey Project (www.DiscoverDenver.CO). This multi-year effort is made possible through a grant agreement between Historic Denver and the Colorado State Historical Fund (SHF). The project is operated in close partnership with the City and County of Denver Landmark Preservation Department.
Discover Denver is a ground-breaking project, and is one of the most ambitious historic resources survey initiatives in the nation. An essential element of Discover Denver is the innovative methodology that is designed to conduct research and provide results that are citywide in reach and intended to engage diverse perspectives that are reflective of the citys heritage. Phase 1, the Citywide Launch of the Discover Denver project, will continue to build on the momentum and activities of the recently completed Discover Denver Pilot Program. Under the leadership of the Director of Discover Denver, Phase 1 will allow Historic Denver and their partners to: 1) Continue to complete survey in diverse neighborhoods using Discover Denvers proprietary electronic survey app; 2) Produce context statements for use in evaluating historic resources on a citywide level; 3) Engage the community of Denver to appreciate and understand the citys historic resources; 4) Develop a means for soliciting the communitys input on their local historic places, stories, and history; 5) Create educational outreach and volunteer opportunities to engage Denvers residents; 6) Continue to foster and promote the successes of this multi-disciplinary, collaborative project by working with diverse stakeholders; and 7) Use the gathered survey data to create informative graphic and written content to support preservation activities and appreciation throughout the city.
The Director of Discover Denver will also act as the grant manager to ensure that the project and its deliverables meet established preservation standards and the expectations and approval of SHF staff, while also meeting the needs of the City and Historic Denver. Additional responsibilities include oversight of an advisory group consisting of community members with a wide range of backgrounds and interests, including neighborhood advocates, realtors, architects, historians, developers, city council members, educators, librarians, planners, students, and preservationists; and presentations of Discover Denver to a variety of audiences. The position will work very closely with the Executive Director of Historic Denver in addition to staff at the City and State.
Specific responsibilities will include:
Grant and Project Management
· Manage the State Historical Fund and other grants related to the Discover Denver initiative.
· Coordinate bi-weekly project management meetings with City of Denver staff members set agenda, follow-up on work tasks, identify and resolve project management issues.
· Administer the Discover Denver Partners advisory group (City, State and various community stakeholders), including subcommittees/subcommittee meetings and quarterly meetings to implement and evaluate the survey programs progress.
· Oversee the work of professional consultants providing historic preservation services.
· Collaborate with City of Denver staff to ensure compatibility and integration of survey information with city records.