Career Opportunities

Preservation Coordinator

preservation-admin , June 9, 2022

The Preservation Coordinator is an integral member of the PSC’s Advocacy Department of the Preservation Society of Charleston (PSC), working to advance the organization’s roles in serving as a resource for technical preservation assistance, a partner in stewarding Charleston’s historic places, and a strong advocate in the public process. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter that brings an enthusiasm for architecture and people-centered preservation and has a foundational knowledge of the policies that guide both the preservation and growth of our built environment.

The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, possess strong written and verbal communication skills, and enjoy working as part of a team. The Preservation Coordinator will work in support of the Director of Historic Preservation on public meeting advocacy, easement program administration, and archival research and management.

About

Founded in 1920, the Preservation Society of Charleston is the oldest grassroots preservation organization in the nation. We play an important role in 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 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 include protecting the City’s one-of-a-kind architecture and advocating for its livability. Our programmatic focuses include growth management, over-tourism, and the promotion of resilient infrastructure.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Reviews public meeting agendas and materials, and assists in the formulation and presentation of advocacy positions on matters related to architectural review, planning, and zoning;
  • Participates in meetings with property owners, neighborhood representatives, municipal staff and officials, architects, developers, and other project professionals;
  • Conducts research and analysis of relevant planning documents, development proposals, and the history/evolution of properties;
  • Supports content development for advocacy related communications;
  • Supports content development for PSC events (i.e. property research for home tours);
  • Administers the easement program in coordination with the Director of Historic Preservation, including maintenance of easement paper and digital files, conducting annual easement inspections, corresponding with easement owners, and reviewing requests for alterations/repair of easement properties;
  • Creates and maintains filing and database systems for archival material relating to Charleston’s history and historic properties;
  • Completes research requests that are directed to the department.

Skills and Experience 

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field (i.e. Architectural History, Historic Preservation, History, Urban/Community Planning). Advanced degree preferred;
  • At least one to three years of experience working in a professional setting with similar job duties;
  • Knowledge of architectural styles, features, and descriptive terms, as well as historic building construction methods and materials;
  • Competence with local land-use policies and procedures, including the zoning ordinances, historic district regulations, and the authority and function of various Boards and Commissions;
  • Competence with national historic preservation best practices and legal framework, including Secretary of the Interior’s Standards, National Register of Historic Places, and the Section 106 review process;
  • Ability to compose compelling, clear, written communication both in short-form comments and long-form narratives;
  • High-degree of comfort speaking within a public setting;
  • Strong organization skills, and excels at time and project management;
  • Capacity to meet tight deadlines and works well under pressure.

All qualified candidates should apply by submitting a cover letter and resume via email to Victoria Bock, Manager of Operations and Communications, at vbock@preservationsociety.org with Preservation Coordinator in the subject heading. No telephone calls, please.

PSC Full-Time Employee Benefits

  • Health and dental insurance – 90% employer-paid coverage for employees; 50% employer-paid coverage for dependents
  • Vision insurance at a group rate
  • Short-term disability – 100% employer-paid coverage
  • Long-term disability – 100% employer-paid coverage
  • Life Insurance ($25,000)
  • Simple IRA – 100% of contributions matched up to 6% of salary, fully vested
  • 15 days annual paid time off
  • 6 days annual paid sick leave
  • 11 annual paid holidays
  • Paid maternity and paternity leave
  • Paid parking within one block of PSC offices
  • Professional development opportunities

Salary Range

$45,000-50,000 based on experience

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

Preservation Society of Charleston is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an equitable and inclusive environment for all employees. Applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

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