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Associate Director, Easement Programs

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JOB SUMMARY:

The Associate Director, Easement Program is responsible for administering, with general supervision, the National Trust's easements through regular travel to easement properties to conduct inspections and communicating with easement property owners. The National Trust holds over 135 preservation easements across the country and also administers Preservation Services Agreements with several non-profit preservation groups.

The Associate Director, through the development and implementation of standard operating procedures, coordinates and streamlines the overall management of the Easement Program. The Associate Director also routinely consults with senior Law Division staff on general program administrative issues and easement violations and enforcement actions. The Associate Director also works on projects, as assigned, with other National Trust staff, including Development and Preservation Services and Outreach staff, as well as with external preservation and conservation partners and constituencies. The Associate Director conducts educational programs to promote easement stewardship best practices. The Associate Director supervises and directs work performed by the Manager, Easement Program, who supports the full range of work relating to the administration of the Easement Program. This job requires the ability to travel nationally up to 50% of the time to both urban and remote areas of the country.

This position will be based in Washington, DC (at the time the National Trust returns to the office) and eligible for a hybrid work arrangement which allows the employee to work from the Washington, DC office 1-4 days per week on average and to work from a remote location the remainder of the work week.

DUTIES:

  • Maintain regular contact with easement property owners through on-site property inspections and written correspondence and virtual meetings.
  • Review and evaluate requests for minor and major alterations using The Secretary's Standards and Guidelines for the Treatment of Historic Properties and any specific terms of relevant easements, working with the Easement Program Project Review Committee, as necessary.
  • Conduct on-site monitoring and generate inspection reports on a routine basis.
  • Develop and coordinate timely and appropriate easement enforcement actions, as necessary, in coordination with Law Division staff.
  • Develop and update easement standard operating procedures to align with best practices and the Land Trust Standards and Practices.
  • Provide technical assistance, guidance, and information to easement property and Preservation Services Agreement owners and/or representatives regarding historic building materials, restoration treatments/tools, preservation technologies, historic preservation standards, and local preservation regulations.
  • Evaluate, through on-site inspection and research, the historic significance of potential gifts of real estate and prospective easement properties and the feasibility and appropriateness of protecting properties using preservation easements; prepare written descriptions and photographic documentation of prospective easement properties.
  • Manage the Easement Program’s digital and hard copy records and implement records management best practices.
  • Assist in preparing responses to press inquiries or statements related to National Trust easements.
  • Educate and provide technical assistance to other organizations on easement issues, particularly relating to easement stewardship best practices.
  • Supervise the Manager, Easement Program, assign and review work; ensure timely, accurate, and professional completion of duties; provide instruction, coaching, and training; develop workplans, organize workflow, and delegate assignments.
  • Continually enhance skills related to the use of rapidly changing technology and communications best practices.
  • Prepare, review, and monitor the Easement Program budget, in consultation with the Deputy General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • At least 8-10 years of professional experience, including at least 3 years of demonstrable professional activity with an historic preservation organization, governmental agency, or other professional institution.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with preservation and conservation easements required.
  • In-depth experience in the application of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
  • Advanced analytical, problem solving, communication, and presentation skills are essential.
  • Advanced project-management and client-management skills, including experience responding to and engaging diverse audiences are essential.
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment, with 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 communications best practices.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word/Excel/Outlook/PowerPoint/Access; Adobe Acrobat; Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop/Bridge; and common GIS software platforms with proven ability to continually develop skills related to the use of changing technology; demonstrated experience working with digital photography; familiarity with other software, including databases, a plus.
  • Prior supervisory experience strongly preferred.
  • Regular and reliable attendance is required.
  • Travel required.

PAY & BENEFITS

This is a full time, exempt-level position, eligible for full benefits, including affordable health, dental, vision and life insurance, retirement plan contributions, and 3.5 weeks of paid vacation, plus sick time and holidays.  

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this and most other National Trust positions at our DC headquarters will continue to work remotely for the foreseeable future (currently projected through December 2021). 

The National Trust has recently implemented a policy requiring all staff to show proof of vaccination by October 31 (with limited exceptions for religious or medical reasons, subject to conditions such as weekly testing.)  

Hiring range: $75-85,000 per year

JOB SUMMARY:

The Associate Director, Easement Program is responsible for administering, with general supervision, the National Trust's easements through regular travel to easement properties to conduct inspections and communicating…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    November 4, 2021
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Compensation

USD 75,000 - USD 85,000

Benefits

This is a full time, exempt-level position, eligible for full benefits, including affordable health, dental, vision and life insurance, retirement plan contributions, and 3.5 weeks of paid vacation, plus sick time and holidays.  

This is a full time, exempt-level position, eligible for full benefits, including affordable health, dental, vision and life insurance, retirement plan contributions, and 3.5 weeks…

Location

On-site
2600 Virignia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037, United States

How to Apply

Please submit resume and cover letter via the link provided.

Please submit resume and cover letter via the link provided.

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