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:

  • Lead and manage a concurrent group of national preservation projects and campaigns at historic sites of national significance, providing targeted and specialized preservation expertise to protect, preserve, and activate sites. Examples of projects include North Carolina’s Nina Simone Childhood Home, New York’s Langston Hughes House, and Kentucky’s St. James AME Church. This staff person will advance these projects along their individual timelines, collaborating across the AACHAF Department and the entire organization to implement existing strategies and help to determine new opportunities for increased preservation impacts.
  • Define preservation strategies in consultation with the AACHAF Senior Director for Preservation and other staff, prepare the strategic plan and schedules for each project, and work with interdisciplinary internal teams and external consultants and partners to advance project plans and goals.
  • Manage complex teams and stakeholders and engage directly with a diverse set of civic, preservation, business, and governmental leaders to achieve vision and goals. 
  • Organize and facilitate visioning meetings with local and national stakeholders utilizing digital tools and identify and contract with Black-owned and minority-led consulting firms.
  • Manage project budgets and track project performance and metrics for dissemination internally and externally, in coordination with the AACHAF Senior Director of Preservation and Director of Finance.
  • Support promotion of the projects, organizations, and site histories to increase public education and engage new audiences in the work.
  • Prepare project reports and participate in the development of funding proposals, presentations, workshops, and conference sessions and/or help produce content in support of AACHAF programs, outreach and promotion as needed and produce content in support of AACHAF programs as needed.
  • Report to the AACHAF Senior Director for Preservation.
  • Complete other duties and special projects as assigned.

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Date posted: May 29, 2022