The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Senior Manager, Easement Program, is responsible, working directly with other senior Law Division staff, for administering the National Trust's easements through on-going travel to easement properties to conduct easement property inspections, and by serving as a representative of the National Trust through communication with easement property owners and/or representatives. The National Trust administers easements on over 120 historic properties located across the country and, in addition, oversees Preservation Services Agreements with several non-profit preservation groups.
Applying specialized skill sets and knowledge, the Senior Manager routinely works with other senior Law Division staff on requests for alterations at easement properties and Preservation Services Agreement properties, easement violations, and other easement enforcement actions. The Senior Manager also works on projects, as assigned, with other National Trust staff, including Development, Preservation and Field Offices, as well as with external preservation and conservation partners and constituencies. The Senior Manager may participate in outreach activities relating to historic preservation easements, including educational programs to promote easement stewardship best practices. The Senior Manager supervises and directs work performed by the Manager, Easement Program, who supports the full range of work relating to the administration of the Easement Program. This job requires the ability to travel nationally up to 50% of the time to both urban and remote areas of the country.
Maintain on-going contact with easement property owners and/or representatives through on-site inspection meetings, written correspondence, telephone calls and other channels, as appropriate.
Working directly with other senior Law Division staff, help ensure monitoring of all easement properties, including physical inspection and documentation of existing conditions, on a routine basis.
Create and generate reports following easement property inspections or site visits, corresponding with easement property owners/representatives as necessary.
Working directly with other senior Law Division staff, help develop and coordinate timely and appropriate easement enforcement actions, as necessary.
Review and evaluate requests for minor alterations as well as larger-scale rehabilitation or restoration projects at easement and Preservation Services Agreement properties, using The Secretary's Standards and Guidelines for the Treatment of Historic Properties (or other standards stated in easement documents), working directly with other Law Division staff and the Easement Project Review Committee, as necessary.
Provide technical assistance, guidance and information to easement property and Preservation Services Agreement owners and/or representatives regarding preservation of their property, including on historic building materials, restoration treatments/tools, preservation technologies, historic preservation standards, and local preservation regulations.
Assist in the evaluation, development, and documentation of new easements to be held by the National Trust, particularly by determining architectural and landscape features to be protected.
Help develop and manage easement monitoring/inspection agreements with external preservation organizations, consultants or others, working with other Law Division staff, as needed.
Help maintain the digital and paper records related to the National Trusts easement properties to improve management of and accessibility to the files.
Working directly with other senior Law Division staff, help develop and, as necessary update, easement policies and procedures.
Work with the Law Division and other National Trust staff to provide education and technical assistance to other organizations on easement issues, particularly relating to easement stewardship best practices.
Supervise Manager, Easement Program, who supports all of these functions, assigning and reviewing work; ensuring timely, accurate and professional completion of duties; providing instruction, coaching and training as needed; and evaluating performance. The Senior Managers portfolio will typically handle more complex or sensitive easement properties and relationships as well as establishing new owner relationships, while the Manager will typically handle more routine properties and issues.
Continually enhance skills related to use of rapidly changing technology and communications best practices.
Responsible for achieving high quality results with limited supervision.
Other duties as assigned.
At least 8 years of professional-level experience, including at least 3 years of demonstrable professional activity with an historic preservation organization, governmental agency or other professional institution.
Previous work in historic preservation, planning, or allied fields required; experience in the nonprofit and advocacy sectors strongly preferred.
Knowledge of and experience working with preservation and conservation easements required.
Advanced analytical skills, problem solving (issue identification and prioritization) skills, communication and presentation skills are essential for this role, including experience responding to and engaging culturally diverse audiences.
Advanced project-management, team-management and client-management skills. Ability to achieve results with limited supervision.
Proven ability to collaborate across divisions to implement processes and achieve results; track record of building and maintaining productive relationships with multiple stakeholders.
Ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment, with ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently and respond to a high volume of ongoing requests in a timely fashion.
Proven ability to continually develop skills related to use of rapidly changing technology and communications best practices.
Entrepreneurial spirit and skill set essential.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word/Excel/Outlook/PowerPoint/Access and Adobe Acrobat/Bridge, with proven ability to continually develop skills related to use of rapidly changing technology and communications best practices; demonstrated experience working with digital photography; familiarity with other software, including databases, a plus.
Prior supervisory experience strongly preferred.
Bachelor's degree (or equivalent years of experience) in historic preservation or closely related field required. Master's degree in relevant field or equivalent experience required.