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!


  • Handle all administrative tasks required to successfully support implementation of the strategies of the AACHAF.
  • Handle day-to-day scheduling, meeting planning and travel coordination for the Executive Director, and for other AACHAF staff as directed by the Associate Director of Fellowships & Administration.
  • Assist with logistics for convenings, presentations, workshops and other meetings and events.
  • Assist with tracking program performance and processing of expenses, including travel reimbursements and vendor payments, and help monitor the department budget.
  • Maintain contact lists and databases of programmatic information, compose email and other correspondence from notes or drafts to final form, and prepare PowerPoint presentations from notes into formal professional presentations.
  • Attend meetings to take notes and help follow up on next steps and assignments. Track work plan tasks and alert the AACHAF ED, or other staff on his behalf, of upcoming deadlines.
  • Maintain office files and help create efficiencies for the smooth operation of the program.
  • Monitor the AACHAF email account for external inquiries and provide programmatic resources, support, information, and referrals as needed, or elevate inquiries to the senior AACHAF staff or other staff as appropriate.
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned.

More information and apply

Date posted: May 29, 2022