Preservation Society of Charleston Summer 2018 Internship Notice

The Preservation Society of Charleston is seeking a diligent, self-motivated and preservation-minded intern to work within our Advocacy and Preservation Department this summer. Applications due April 17, 2018. Follow the link below to view the complete internship description.

PSC 2018 Summer Internship Notice


2017 Carolopolis Award Recipients

720 Magnolia Road
Owner: Kingfisher Investments VI, LLC
Nominator: John Hagerty, Manager of the owner LLC
Designer: Susan Simons
Contractor: Riverland Builders, LLC

The brick school building at 720 Magnolia Drive was first opened as a public elementary school in the mid-twentieth century, and was historically known as Albemarle Elementary School. The school closed its doors in the early 1980’s, and after abandonment in 2011, the building was vacant until rehabilitation work commenced in 2017. The building is now an event and gathering space known as The Schoolhouse.

Preservation of the historic character and fabric was integrated with goals of retaining a traditional neighborhood gathering space. Through this project, original oak flooring was retained throughout, and dropped ceilings were removed to expose original wood trusses. Original concrete floors were maintained and polished, and windows were repaired in place where possible. Over all, historic spatial relationships were maintained by preserving the dimensions of most original classrooms, hallways and gathering spaces, maintaining its connection as an historic community space.

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PSC is hiring!

As the Preservation Society of Charleston continues to adapt to the rising change in Charleston and its surround areas, we are staffing up to meet the challenge. Do you think you have what it takes to be a part of our team?


Director of Advancement

Director of Advancement

The Preservation Society of Charleston (PSC), founded in 1920, is the oldest community-based preservation organization in America. In striving to honor and sustain the architectural and cultural heritage of the South Carolina Lowcountry, the PSC serves as a strong advocacy leader for citizens concerned about preserving Charleston’s distinctive character, quality of life, and diverse neighborhoods. The Society is located in Charleston, SC, and is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that relies on private philanthropy, membership revenue, and grants to fulfill its mission.

The Director of Advancement (DA) maintains strategic and operational responsibility for the planning, execution, and evaluation of all advancement programs with an emphasis on private fundraising. In collaboration with the Executive Director, the Director of Advancement establishes mutually agreed upon annual goals, develops plans to meet those goals, and manages the necessary and appropriate activity to ensure that those goals are met so as to support and extend the mission of the Preservation Society.


With the Executive Director develop and execute a comprehensive fund-raising and advancement strategy in support of the mission.

Plan, implement, and evaluate initiatives for member and donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship in partnership with the Executive Director.

Establish key fundraising processes and communications for the Society.

Develop and execute plans to expand and enhance planned giving.

Develop and execute fund raising plan and programs for the Society’s centennial in 2020.

Participate regularly in community activities and events to enhance the image and position of the Society.

Actively build strong relationships across all segments of the community and the membership with particular focus on potential and current individual donors and contributors.

Working with the Director of Advocacy & Communications, manage organizational brand and messaging through a comprehensive media and marketing strategy.

Identify new sources of income including but not limited to grants and business sponsorships.

Develops solid measurements of success and utilizes development based software systems to enhance overall efforts.

Skills and Experience:

Five to seven years of demonstrated success working with all elements of fundraising: major gifts, direct campaigns, grant-writing; familiarity with online marketing tools, including social media, web-based giving, and donor relations.

Bachelor’s degree (Business, Marketing, Communications, Community Development, Planning, the liberal arts), or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s Degree preferred.

Excellent interpersonal and communications skills and experience.

Interest in preservation, community planning, urban design, and/or conservation issues.

Proven ability to collaborate across divisions to implement processes and achieve results. Track record of building and maintaining productive relationships with multiple stakeholders.

Advanced project-management and client-management skills. Ability to achieve results with minimal supervision.

Entrepreneurial spirit and skill set essential.

Proficiency in the use of advancement-related computer software.

This position will be required to work out of the PSC office in Charleston, SC. All qualified candidates should apply by submitting a cover letter and resume via email to Jessica Cutler, Director of Operations, at by November 24, 2017. No telephone calls, please.



Get Engaged: PSC’s new website makes it easier than ever


A letter to the editor that recently appeared in the Post and Courier calls attention to the benefits of citizen engagement. Are you frustrated over what is happening in your community? Rather than venting to your neighbors and on social media, the author advises, get involved and gain an understanding of the issues, current efforts to address them, and hurdles to overcome.

With the Preservation Society’s improved website, it is now easier than ever to get engaged and to play an active role in shaping the future of the city and region.

The website is the next step in what began as our Keep Charleston REAL concept. As we believe an engaged citizenry is instrumental to Charleston’s future success, we have transformed the site from the traditional, static look at the organization’s past, to an active, one-stop source for Charleston’s growth-related, planning, preservation, and quality of life issues.

We invite you to interact with all of the positive changes. The advocacy toolkit places at your fingertips:

  • news on relevant issues, updated daily
  • a guide to participating, complete with a public meeting calendar, the latest meeting agendas, and insight into the public comment processes of various public meetings
  • a guide to supporting strong local leadership, which includes information about City Council members and their districts, as well as how to get involved with your neighborhood association.

Help ensure Charleston’s future success, and get engaged!