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 in consultation with the AACHAF Director for Fellowships and Interpretative Strategies to direct planning activities for special projects and advance the AACHAF’s priorities and work. This staff person will collaboratively work within the AACHAF Department and with NTHP staff across the organization to coordinate and deliver measurable outcomes through the national projects, easement and protection strategies, and two national convenings.
  • Consult with AACHAF management to plan and coordinate in-person national summits with national partners and stakeholders and liaison with various NTHP departments on preservation leadership trainings, and other convenings as needed.
  • Work closely with Research & Development Department to plan, implement, and manage a new project to map nationwide extant historic places important in Black history. Research & Development manages the methodology and GIS work. The Senior Manager will be responsible for:
    • Establishing protocols with Research & Development and other departments across the organization to clearly delineate roles and responsibilities for managing the national mapping project and play a central role in organizing the advisory committee of stakeholders and project partners, symposiums and convenings, and partnership meetings to deliver defined goals and outcomes.
    • Identifying, securing, and convening project partners across diverse sectors such as technology and GIS companies, academic and cultural institutions, and others to advance project ideas and goals, build consensus, and coordinate with partners on all planning and management activities.
    • Defining, managing, and reporting on the project timeline, milestones, and outcomes and creating and implementing a strategy for the long-term management and hosting of the publicly accessible data and information created through the mapping project.
    • Identifying stories for broader promotion and interpretation by the AACHAF Department and Marketing Division.
    • Working with Legal Division to develop partnership agreements and MOUs and intellectual property rights agreements for managing and sharing project data.
    • Tracking project performance for dissemination to AACHAF Executive Director, Director for Fellowships & Interpretative Strategies, and other key staff across the organization.
  • Manage complex teams and stakeholders and engage directly with a diverse set of civic, preservation, business, and governmental leaders to achieve vision and goals. 
  • Identify Black-owned and minority-led consulting firms and manage a database of diverse consulting firms.
  • Manage special project budgets and track project performance and metrics for dissemination internally and externally, in coordination with the AACHAF Director for Fellowships & Interpretative Strategies and Director of Finance.
  • Collaborate with AACHAF Director for National Grant Program, Marketing, and other Department staff to create a library/database/systems for disseminating AACHAF-funded plans and reports.
  • Identify easement opportunities and support the Legal Department to protect Black heritage sites in perpetuity.
  • Prepare documents for and participate in the development of fundraising proposals, presentations, workshops, and conference sessions and/or help produce content in support of AACHAF programs, outreach and promotion as needed.
  • Provide regular reports to project team and manage special project budgets. 
  • Complete other duties and special projects as assigned.

More information and apply

Date posted: May 29, 2022