The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) established the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund (AACHAF) in 2017 to preserve and uplift sites of Black American resilience, activism, and achievement that are fundamental to the nation itself. In partnership with diverse communities and stakeholders, the AACHAF works to center Black American history and historic places at the core of our democracy, while also protecting and preserving the buildings, landscapes, and stories where that history happened. During the AACHAF’s first phase, the NTHP has supported more than 200 preservation projects nationally and is leading a national movement that uses preservation as a force for enacting positive social change.

The AACHAF is a department within the Preservation Division that manages a diverse and evolving set of preservation projects and national initiatives. To grow its impact and improved internal efficiencies, the AACHAF is building a talented team of professionals to (1) implement existing strategies and new priorities, (2) collaboratively manage the work in coordination with internal staff and external stakeholders, and (3) deliver quantifiable, equity-driven outcomes. The Senior Manager will help develop and launch the new, $20 million, Preserving Black Churches Project, which is a three-year pilot program of advocacy, preservation projects, outreach & promotion, technical assistance, and grant-making focused on the preservation of 50 historic Black Churches nationwide. The Senior Manager will develop and manage a series of preservation projects exemplifying best practices for preserving Black churches as significant cultural and community assets. A culturally competent, passionate, highly motivated, organized, and detailed professional will contribute to the daily management, work, and enhancement of the systems, reporting, and performance of the AACHAF Preserving Black Churches Project.  

Washington, DC, area candidates are a plus but the National Trust is seeking the best and brightest prospects for this opening, so work location is flexible and applicants from anywhere within the U.S. will be considered!


The Associate Manager will:

  • Collaborate closely with the grantmaking staff in the Preservation Services & Outreach Department to coordinate and help manage the AACHAF National Grant Program’s grant-making support duties, such as reviewing initial proposals for eligibility and managing grant materials in the grants management system Foundant.
  • Help manage three existing, annual, grant rounds and the planning activities such as soliciting grant proposals, coordinating review schedules and timelines, and tracking program data and performance for grants including those funded through the National Grant Program, HBCU Campus Stewardship Initiative, and Preserving Black Churches Project and the out-of-round grants and others grant-making activities.
  • Review all submitted materials to ensure the Letters-of-Intent and full grant applications are eligible and complete and follow-up with applicants if additional information is needed.
  • Update and help create program related materials, including application materials and grant guidelines on and in an online grant management system. This includes regularly updating and maintaining electronic files for awarded grants using an online grant management system.
  • Process grantee payments in a timely manner and according to standard procedures by working in coordination with the AACHF Director of Program Finance.
  • Respond to technical grant assistance inquiries from the field and assist applicants and grantees in accessing the National Trust’s online grant system.
  • Provide information to grant applicants about key criteria the grant program is seeking and answer phone calls and respond to emails from organizations across the country. The number of inquiries varies per month, but heavy volume can be anticipated leading up to grant application deadlines.
  • Help manage the internal review process for AACHAF grant applications, maintain a calendar of key dates, and ensure that grant materials are sent for review in a timely fashion.
  • Assemble and organize the review materials and background for internal and external grant review committees.
  • Coordinate scheduling, meetings, and tasks to maintain efficiencies and effectiveness of grant-making activities.
  • Track grant-making activities and metrics, analyze program data, and help write reports for dissemination to the AACHAF and Grants departments.
  • Participate in presentations, workshops, and conference sessions and/or help produce content in support of AACHAF programs, outreach and promotion as needed.
  • Conduct additional duties as assigned.

More information and apply

Date posted: May 29, 2022