The Michigan Historic Preservation Network and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are seeking a historic preservation professional for the position of Preservation Specialist in Detroit, Michigan.
The Preservation Specialist will work for both MHPN and NTHP organizations and provide direct services in the city of Detroit to support historic preservation efforts in connection with ongoing revitalization efforts. The Preservation Specialist will work with nonprofit organizations, local preservationists, Detroits city staff and elected officials and other stakeholders to ensure that plans for vacant buildings and blighted neighborhoods are accomplished in a thoughtful and participatory way that considers the historic merit of neighborhoods and landmarks. This will be accomplished by increasing the capacity of local preservation focused organizations, growing public involvement; strengthening alliances, and expanding collaborative efforts and preservation infrastructure.
- Demonstrated work style of accomplishing deliverables, maintaining accountability and "getting things done."
- Finds potential opportunities and builds creative and/or innovative solutions
- Team player, internally and externally
- Polished presentation skills
- Sense of humor
The ideal candidate has excellent written and verbal communication skills, the skill to develop strong working relationships with a wide range of agencies and organizations, and the ability to prioritize a large number of tasks and responsibilities. In addition to knowledge of historic preservation process and procedures, experience in neighborhood housing services, community organizing, preservation law, organizational development, planning, development, government, and outreach and advocacy strengthens a candidacy. Strong computer skills using applications of Microsoft Office products are critical. An undergraduate degree is required, with a degree in preservation or a related field preferred. A master's degree is desirable.