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 Director will:

  • Report to the AACHAF Executive Director and work in close collaboration with other staff of the AACHAF Department and the grantmaking staff in the Preservation Services & Outreach Department to manage and coordinate all AACHAF grant-making activities, including grants 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.
  • Manage and support the AACHAF Associate Grants Manager, which is a new staff position, to achieve desired program outcomes.
  • Ensure appropriate and timely response to technical inquiries from the field, applicants, and grantees by providing preservation expertise; coordinate and direct inquiries to other Technical Assistance (TA) staff; and track inquiries for reporting and trends. Additional systems management is also needed for managing and coordinating the large number of technical inquiries from across the country.
  • Update grant guidelines and applications each grant cycle, review applicant letters and applications, make recommendations for awarding of grants, and coordinate program activities with the Grants Department.
  • Ensure the tracking of AACHAF National Grant Program data, outcomes, and performance, implementing systems to improve program efficiencies and responsiveness as needed. The Senior Manager and staff will write reports disseminating findings and analyze grant data (LOIs, applications, TA inquiries) to inform resource development, priorities, and trends.
  • Develop systems for sharing internally interim and final grantee reports, monitor grantee funding allocations once grantee projects are active, and create a library of resources (completed project documents) developed through AACHAF grant-making to promote best practices nationally.
  • Support fundraising proposals with grant-making metrics, data, and information and write updates for the AACHAF Executive Director and other senior staff on the program’s overall grant-making and technical assistance performance.
  • Prepare documents for and participate in presentations, workshops, and conference sessions and/or help produce content in support of AACHAF programs, outreach and promotion as needed.
  • Support fiscal year management of the budget for grant-making and technical assistance.
  • Complete other duties and special projects as assigned.

More information and apply

Date posted: May 29, 2022