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Public Affairs Manager

Department: Marketing
Location: Washington, DC


This position is responsible for managing high-profile projects, which may include work related to the National Trustís African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund (AACHAF), our campaign to save places associated with Womenís History, and other key initiatives. A strong background in media relations is essential, including both traditional and digital PR, with experience incorporating social media elements into media relations campaigns strongly preferred. As the organization increasingly focuses on donor events and other fundraising tools, this position plays a key role in managing the Public Affairs teamís work for the Development Divisionís philanthropic and fundraising events.


  • Manage public affairs efforts for current and future National Treasure campaigns. Develop and manage effective media strategies to ensure that the public affairs needs of a portfolio of Treasures are fully supported.
  • Serve as the Public Affairs team lead on digital media outreach by successfully cultivating and maintaining relationships with specially focused online outlets, including Latino- and Millennial-oriented outlets. Develop and maintain a list of key online outlets and work with them to publicize National Trust priorities.
  • Expand the Trustís reach in nontraditional media outlets.
  • Work with our donor and philanthropy teams to develop and provide strategic media outreach around donor events and other fundraising activities.
  • Manage our speakerís bureau of National Trust senior leadership, including collaborating with social media to generate maximum media impressions.
  • Proactively suggest methods to increase the National Trustís brand in key donor markets.
  • As assigned, manage publicity and outreach efforts for the annual 11 Most Endangered Historic Places program.
  • Meet deadlines, track and proactively communicate project status, and maintain frequent and effective communication within the team and between Public Affairs and the organization.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • At least 5 years of experience in communications, media relations or public affairs, ideally in a matrixed and geographically dispersed non-profit.
  • Strong writing, communications and interpersonal and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to represent the department and the organization professionally and effectively to key stakeholders and the public.
  • Strong social media skills and digital public relations experience preferred.
  • Experience supporting philanthropic efforts of an organization. A background in philanthropy, including event planning and promotion, is a plus.
  • Advanced organizational, analytical and problem solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization.
  • Intermediate project-management skills, including project budgeting and planning. Ability to achieve results with general supervision.
  • 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.
  • Experience successfully managing key stakeholders and relationships. Proven ability to collaborate across departments to and achieve results. Track record of building and maintaining productive relationships with multiple stakeholders. Public contact and ability to work successfully in close proximity to others required.
  • Demonstrated success in engaging culturally diverse audiences and stakeholders. Memberships or connections within culturally diverse professional, social or community affinity groups preferred.  Bi-lingual language skills a plus, especially English/Spanish native fluency.
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently and respond to a high volume of ongoing requests in a timely fashion. Ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment. Ability to work effectively with frequent interruptions required. Able to handle frequently changing and/or unscheduled tasks with accuracy.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and skill set a plus.
  • Proven ability to continually develop skills related to use of rapidly changing technology and communications best practices.
  • Knowledge of MS Office, presentation software and project management tools; familiarity with media databases like Cision strongly preferred.
  • Bachelorís degree (or equivalent years of experience) in journalism, communications, public affairs or related field required. Masterís degree preferred.
  • Familiarity with and interest in historic preservation or related topics a plus.
  • Regular and reliable attendance is required.
  • Some travel required.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation an equal opportunity organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability.  The National Trust for Historic Preservation  actively seeks opportunities to include members of these groups in its programs and activities.

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