The Manager plays a key role in one of the Trust’s most dynamic programs, an initiative to train young people in preservation crafts while helping to protect historic cultural sites on public lands. Named HOPE Crew for Hands-On Preservation Experience, the program links preservation projects to the national youth corps movement. It brings the potential for thousands of crew members to work on hundreds of sites, learning preservation craft skills while rehabilitating historic places. The role combines management of projects and partnerships with the development and growth of the overall HOPE Crew program. The role is an important part of the Trust’s Special Projects department and works to help the Trust effectively engage with a larger, broader and more culturally diverse audience.
- As assigned by the Associate Director, manage the planning and execution of 10 to 15 HOPE Crew projects per year, ensuring that all work meets preservation standards.
- Develop project scopes and budgets, define project roles and resource requirements, and manage allocation of National Trust assets as appropriate. Recruit and manage outside contractors as preservation experts, as well as identifying and serving as liaison with other vendors. Manage onsite video and photography, including selection of contractors.
- Manage partnerships with specific youth corps and ensure participants meet HOPE Crew programmatic objectives.
- Monitor and report on progress of the project to all stakeholders; lead weekly calls with partners and contractors.
- Collaborate with other Trust staff on Marketing, Public Affairs, Development and Government Relations activities associated with the program. Work with Public Affairs to serve as a media contact and program spokesperson as assigned.
- Assist with content creation for disseminating information about the HOPE Crew program.
- Work with Trust project managers on HOPE Crews at National Treasures.
- Proactively communicate with internal stakeholders on HOPE Crew and other issues.
- At least 5 years of professional level experience. Experience with budgeting, staffing, and leading teams to generate high quality results strongly preferred.
- Project-management, team-management and client-management skills. Ability to achieve results with general supervision.
- Experience managing large, cross-functional projects and teams, preferably within a national level non-profit setting.
- Experience managing projects that involve multiple non-profit, for profit and governmental partners, balancing the needs of the various partners and driving projects to successful completion.
- Advanced analytical and problem solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization.
- Ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently and respond to a high volume of ongoing requests in a timely fashion.
- Proven ability to continually develop skills related to use of rapidly changing technology and communication platforms.
- Effective presentation skills. Excellent writing, spelling, grammar, and proofreading skills, as well as strong verbal communication and customer service skills. Strong organizational skills. Excellent attention to detail.
- Ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment, including working effectively with frequent interruptions and handling changing and/or unscheduled tasks with accuracy. Public contact and ability to work successfully in close proximity to others required.
- Entrepreneurial spirit and skill set essential.
- Demonstrated success in marketing to and engaging culturally diverse audiences and partners. Bi-lingual language skills, especially English/Spanish, a plus.
- Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel required. Familiarity with other software, including databases, a plus.
- Bachelor’s degree in historic preservation, construction management or relevant discipline (or equivalent years of experience) required. Master’s degree or equivalent experience strongly preferred.
- Regular and reliable attendance required.
- Frequent travel required.