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Associate Field Director

Department: Preservation
Location: Houston, TX

Job Summary:

The Associate Field Director works in the Houston Field Office, reporting to the Senior Field Director in the National Trust’s Denver Field Office. The Associate Field Director will have up to one Field Officer or Senior Field Officer reporting to them. The Associate Field Director will manage relationships with preservation leaders in Houston to expand the influence and reach of the National Trust in Houston and Texas in collaboration with other National Trust staff in preservation and philanthropy.

Additionally, the Associate Field Director works to save historic places by leading high-profile projects in the National Trust’s signature National Treasures program. The Associate Field Director will draw on their expertise in the historic preservation field to successfully preserve and revitalize historic places using creative strategies that respect the significance of the places and that support the needs and vision of local communities. This position requires a mature professional with demonstrated experience managing complex and collaborative projects, leading multi-disciplinary teams, and functioning effectively under pressure to meet multiple deadlines.

The Associate Field Director is a persuasive public-interest advocate who tenaciously pursues strategic opportunities, in public forums and private settings, to protect and preserve important historic places for the benefit of human communities.

The Associate Field Director is a self-starter who advocates to save historic places by applying specialized areas of professional expertise for the protection of nationally significant historic places through our National Treasures Program, assisting in the raising of funds for the National Trust, and working as needed on related programs within the Preservation Division.


Expand the Influence and Reach of the Houston Field Office – The National Trust established a new field office in Houston in 2012.   Working closely with the Trust’s Senior Field Director, Development and Marketing staff, and other senior members of the Preservation Division, the Associate Director will help to build strategic preservation relationships in Houston and in Texas to help with the expansion of the Trust’s work. The Associate Field Director will work collaboratively with the Development Division to assist in meeting fundraising goals for the Houston Field Office and National Treasures, as required, working as a strategic partner in identifying and stewarding emerging and existing supporters, in addition to taking part in specific solicitations as requested.

Develop and Implement National Treasure Campaigns– The Associate Field Director will identify, vet and nominate potential National Treasures, and manage multi-disciplinary teams to create and implement project plans with stated goals and objectives that ensure successful outcomes for selected National Treasure campaigns. The person will lead and participate in multiple project teams and work collaboratively with National Trust staff, outside partners, National Trust Advisors, and other interested parties to undertake assigned campaigns. 

Integrate Work into National Trust Programs – The Associate Field Director will lead and work collaboratively with cross-Trust project teams to ensure successful outcomes for assigned National Treasures and portfolios. The person will be considered a thought leader in preservation, contributing and developing ideas that achieve work of scale and implications.

Other duties as assigned The Associate Field Director will complete other duties as assigned by the Senior Field Director.





  • At least 5 years of professional work in historic preservation or a closely related field is required, preferably in the context of 8-10+ years of overall work experience. Experience managing large or complex projects or programs, and with budgeting, staffing, supervising professionals and leading teams to generate high quality results strongly preferred.
  • Special expertise and perspective in a related professional field is a strong plus, including, for example, real estate, sustainability, resilience, urbanism, social justice, good government, and community development. 
  • Experience or significant volunteer activity working in non-profit and advocacy sectors.
  • Significant experience in fundraising and donor relationship building.
  • Experience collaborating with non-profits, for-profits, and government agencies, with demonstrated success in building relationships with partner organizations.
  • Strong working relationships with key players in the preservation field within Houston, Texas and surrounding states is a plus.
  • Demonstrated success in engaging culturally and ethnically diverse audiences, communities, constituents, and partners. Ties to diverse affitnity groups, professional organizations, or related associations are a plus.
  • Experience managing large, cross-functional projects and teams, preferably within a national level non-profit setting, and including experience building, managing and tracking complex project budgets.
  • Ability to achieve results with general supervision.
  • Advanced analytical, problem solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization
  • Advanced project-management, team-management and client-management skills, as well as experience engaging, scoping projects for, and working with paid consultants.
  • Demonstrated capability to work effectively within a geographically distributed organization including demonstrated success leading and managing diverse and geographically dispersed teams with varied skills.
  • Experience coaching or leading staff, as well as successfully managing key internal and external stakeholders and relationships.
  • 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 implement processes and achieve results. Track record of building and maintaining productive relationships with multiple stakeholders.
  • 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 required, 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 a plus.
  • Proven ability to continually develop skills related to use of rapidly changing technology and communications best practices.
  • Advanced knowledge of the Microsoft suite (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) is required.
  • Mapping experience with ESRI ArcMap GIS or Quantum GIS a plus
  • Bi-lingual fluency in English and Spanish, or other relevant language a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in historic preservation or related field (or equivalent combination of training and experience) strongly preferred. 
  • Regular and reliable attendance required.
  • Frequent travel required.


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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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