The Interpretation Specialist uses their professional experience and expertise interpreting historic sites for the public to provide technical assistance to historic site stewards, primarily to NTHP’s grantees that have received financial support through NTHP’s various grants programs, including the Preservation Funds and the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.
The Interpretation Specialist reaches out, engages, and provides technical assistance, primarily to NTHP grantees, to support those stewards who are responsible for interpreting historic sites, especially places that focus on women’s narratives or reflect the cultural heritage of people of color, immigrants and LGBTQ+ people. The Interpretation Specialist consults with historic site stewards about their interpretive programming including tours, signage, exhibits, marketing as well as digital and in-person storytelling that bring historic places to life. With the stewards of historic sites, the Interpretation Specialist convenes stakeholders and facilitates community processes.
The Interpretation Specialist is an excellent writer, editor, and public speaker who produces informational content about historic site interpretation – through blog posts, essays, issue briefs, case studies, webinars, conference sessions, and other communication platforms – to support the work of historic site stewards who are responsible for public interpretation at historic sites. The Interpretation Specialist develops, identifies, evaluates, and promotes best practices and innovative new strategies for equitable interpretation and/or re-interpretation of historic sites to ensure that the full American story is told at the authentic places where our history happened. The Interpretation Specialist has strong problem solving and critical thinking skills, can identify blind-spots and interpretive challenges, understand how to use inclusive language, and adjust or augment interpretation for different age groups and visitor types.
The Interpretation Specialist promotes protection and equitable interpretation of historic sites by providing consultation and technical assistance to support stewards of historic sites as they lift-up unvarnished and compelling stories that have been ignored, erased, trivialized, or inaccurately told. The Interpretation Specialist actively collaborates to complete all their work with grantees, colleagues, partners, and allies — especially those who represent historically minoritized communities or identities — in ways that advance public interpretation of historic places as a constructive force for social change, justice, and equity.
The Interpretation Specialist is responsible, working with the Vice President, Preservation Services & Outreach, for:
- Providing technical assistance to NTHP grantees and other partners and allies to support inclusive and truthful interpretation of historic places.
- Developing and disseminating educational content about public interpretation of historic sites.
- Cultivating relationships with partners and allies who are leading the preservation movement (volunteer and professional), especially those associated with historically minoritized communities.
- Contributing to National Trust programs, projects, and initiatives. The Interpretation Specialist will work collaboratively with cross-Trust teams to contribute to various work undertaken by the Preservation Division, as assigned, especially the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, Where Women Made History campaign, and the Preservation Priorities Task Force with the National Preservation Partners Network.
- Fundraising for the National Trust. The Interpretation Specialist will work collaboratively with the Preservation, Development, and Marketing divisions to identify potential funders and opportunities for earned revenue and to develop proposals.
- The Interpretation Specialist will complete other duties as assigned by the Vice President, Preservation Services & Outreach.
Experience in Historic Site Interpretation & Historic Preservation:
- Minimum 3 years of professional experience in historic site interpretation are required, and at least 5 years of overall work experience are required.
- Must be an excellent and persuasive writer, editor, and public speaker.
- Demonstrated success engaging historically minoritized communities, constituents, and partners is required. Ties to diverse affinity groups, professional organizations, or related associations are a plus.
- Experience in consulting, facilitative, or advisory roles a plus.
Date Posted: April 29, 2021