Director of Advocacy
preservation-admin , April 21, 2022
The Director of Advocacy is a leadership position at the Preservation Society, focusing on the execution of campaigns to safeguard cultural heritage in the Charleston region. The Director manages a talented group of staff that uplifts and empowers communities by protecting the built environment where they thrive. Utilizing expertise in coalition-building, project management, and strategic communications, their role is central for expanding the organization’s influence and impact.
The ideal candidate will combine an enthusiasm for Charleston’s layered history with an ability to be an effective communicator, listener, and agent of change. They will possess demonstrated leadership in previous supervisory responsibilities as well as sufficient fluency in the land use entitlement process to spearhead communications across written platforms and with the media.
Founded in 1920, the Preservation Society of Charleston is the oldest grassroots preservation organization in the nation. We play an important role convening timely conversations and collaborating with community partners to advocate for a well-planned city that promotes strong neighborhoods and vibrant commercial districts. As a membership-based organization, we support integrity in the planning process and good government by informing and inspiring an engaged citizenship.
The Preservation Society has a long track record of success saving iconic historic places in Charleston and has, in recent years, expanded its scope to address existential issues facing the City. Following on its recently completed centennial campaign, the organization is now in a position to expand its core work to including protecting the City’s one-of-a-kind architecture and advocating for its livability. Our programmatic focuses include growth management, overtourism, and the promotion of resilient infrastructure.
Responsibilities and Duties
The key function of the Director of Advocacy is to direct the Preservation Society’s advocacy and community outreach programs. They will be expected to:
- Develop detailed goals and strategies to advance the PSC’s advocacy agenda;
- Lead a set of programs that focus on creating a positive impact for Charleston’s cultural heritage;
- Manage staff and contractors through active listening, engagement, and a commitment to effective team-building;
- Cultivate relationships with various community organizations, elected and appointed officials, and media outlets in order to expand the PSC’s reach and effectiveness;
- Serve as a spokesperson for the organization through proactive, strategic communication with media, community partners, public officials and to the community at large.
Skills and Experience:
- At least seven years of broad-based experience in advocacy work, politics, public affairs, community outreach, or a closely related field. Specific experience in community planning, urban design, zoning and/or preservation/conservation preferred;
- Bachelor’s degree in related field (i.e. Public or Business Administration, Community Development, Planning), or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Advanced degree preferred;
- Ability to develop and execute strategic programs and initiatives to build capacity internally and empower community stakeholders;
- Successful track record in engaging, motivating and supporting both staff and volunteers to achieve their maximum potential for the benefit of the organization;
- Experience overseeing and managing community outreach programs;
- Strong background in the land use entitlement process and proven experience conducting independent research on federal, state, and local land use policies;
- Strong networking/interpersonal relationship skills;
- Ability to multi-task and maintain a high degree of flexibility and creativity within a fluid and fast-moving work environment;
- Strong team player who is collegial, positive, and supportive of team members;
- Capacity to meet tight deadlines and work well under pressure.
PSC Full-Time Employee Benefits
- 15 days annual paid vacation leave
- 6 days annual paid sick leave
- 10 annual paid holidays
- Up to 3% company matching SIMPLE-IRA retirement fund (after first year of employment).
- Health, dental and vision insurance plans at group rates
- Professional development
$80,000 – $90,000 based on experience
All qualified candidates should apply by submitting a cover letter, resume, and two writing or relevant work samples via email to Victoria Bock, Manager of Operations and Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Director of Advocacy” in the subject heading by the closing date of May 26. No telephone calls, please.
The Preservation Society is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability. The Preservation Society actively seeks opportunities to include members of these groups in its programs and activities.