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 Preservation Architect will:

  • Deliver specialized preservation architect expertise to AACHAF grantees and project teams in consultation with and under the supervision of the AACHAF Senior Director for Preservation.
  • Advise AACHAF grantees in coordination with the AACHAF Director for National Grant Programs and project partners on the development of preservation plans, cost estimates, Historic Structure Reports and other planning documents and advise on topical areas such as historical and architectural significance, scopes of work, construction documents, safety and building code regulations, The  Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Buildings, etc.
  • Manage or co-manage a portfolio of national demonstration projects concurrently in partnership with the AACHAF Senior Manager for Preservation Projects, property owners and external and community stakeholders, etc. Examples of projects include North Carolina’s Nina Simone Childhood Home, New York’s Langston Hughes House, New York’s John and Alice Coltrane Home and Kentucky’s St. James AME Church. This staff person will implement existing strategies and help to determine opportunities for increased impacts.
  • Direct complex teams and stakeholders and engage directly with a diverse set of civic, preservation, business, and governmental leaders to achieve vision and goals. 
  • Produce and prepare stewardship/preservation plans/condition assessment reports as needed, working in conjunction with project architects for individual projects.
  • Facilitate visioning meetings using innovative digital tools, utilize design thinking and graphics to visually communicate project plans, and write and disseminate findings and recommendations.
  • 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.
  • Report to the Senior Director for Preservation.
  • Complete other duties and special projects as assigned.

More information and apply

Date posted: May 29, 2022