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 Senior Manager will:

  • Work under the supervision of and with direction and support from the AACHAF Senior Director for Preservation, managing and implementing the Preserving Black Churches Project.
  • Manage up to five national preservation projects in collaboration with AACHAF staff and local and national stakeholders and implement the full scope of stewardship planning activities defined by the AACHAF Executive Director and Senior Director for Preservation. Based on existing funding, the Senior Manager will manage and coordinate projects in the state of Alabama and nationwide with support from a diverse team of staff and external partners.
  • Collaborate with the AACHAF Department staff, including the Director of National Grant Program, Senior Manager for Preservation Projects, Associate Grants Manager, Preservation Architect, Director for Finance, Marketing, and other staff across the organization on grant-making, technical assistance, and promotional activities. Grant-making and technical assistance is an important component of the work. This work also includes supporting the AACHAF National Grant Program in reviewing and approving Letters of Intent, grant applications, and interim and final grant reports. 
  • Manage teams of external preservation consultants to advance Project goals and help to identify Black-led-and-owned firms and minority-and-women-owned firms for consulting services.
  • Develop internal systems for project management and reporting and work with the Law Division  on contracting, MOUs, and partnership agreements.
  • Work with the AACHAF Executive Director, Senior Director for Preservation, Senior Director for Social Impact & Marketing Strategies and other preservation and marketing staff to support promotion and public education through media engagement, editorial, and other outreach strategies.
  • Track Project performance and write reports on Project outcomes and analyze Project data to identify trends, gaps, lessons learned, and best practices for internal and external dissemination.
  • Participate in presentations, workshops, and conference sessions and/or help produce content in support of AACHAF programs, outreach and promotion as needed.
  • Complete other duties and special projects as assigned.

More information and apply

Date posted: May 29, 2022