Job Listing

  • Full Time
  • Charleston, SC
  • $85,000 USD / Year
  • Department: Advocacy
  • Job Summary: The Director of Advocacy manages the advocacy and outreach initiatives of HCF as established by the strategic plan, working closely with the preservation team and reporting to the President & CEO.
  • Job Qualifications:

    Education & Experience Requirements
    ·         An advanced degree in historic preservation, urban planning, public policy, or related field coupled with at least 5 years of professional experience.

    ·         A strong knowledge base in historic preservation policy, design review, preservation law (including Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act), land use, urban policy, and community development.

    ·         Experience and/or education in analysis of land use/development projects, writing position statements, public speaking, community engagement, and creating and managing budgets.

  • How to Apply:

    Please submit a cover letter with salary requirements and resume to Laurie Ouellette, HR Coordinator via email at

  • Job benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, 403(b) w generous match, ST disability, Flex Friday (alternating Fridays off), LI, EAP, optional supplemental insurances, discounts, parking
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: The Director of Advocacy works in an office environment and frequently travels to attend meetings and events.
  • Application Address: 40 E. Bay Street Charleston, SC 29401

Website Historic Charleston Foundation

Our mission is to advocate for a future for Charleston that honors and protects its people, places, culture, and community.

Essential Job Functions
·         Strong written and verbal communication and negotiation skills and the ability to speak confidently in public.

·         Ability to comprehend written reports and architectural plans for proposed projects.

·         Ability to plan and execute diverse projects under multiple deadlines, manage internal and external relationships, and make executive decisions in a variety of situations.

·         Strong organizational skills with ability to plan and meet deadlines as well as organize committee meetings.

·         Ability to make decisions relating to strategy and implementation such as determining timelines for projects, meetings to attend, and comments to submit.

·         Ability to travel to attend meetings and events.

1.       Attend public meetings and hearings to represent HCF and voice its formal position on development, land use policy, and other projects.

2.       Complete data collection and research to fully understand development projects, potential preservation issues, and land use trends. Proactively monitor and identify HCF’s ability to impact broader community issues, such as rural preservation, flooding, and housing accessibility.

3.       Provide leadership and support to grassroots advocacy efforts.

4.       Serve as main staff liaison to the Advocacy Committee, organize committee meetings and prepare agendas and minutes for the meetings.

5.       Help to plan and organize public advocacy forums on pressing community topics.

6.       Assist with the preparation of bi-monthly Board Reports.

7.       Assist President & CEO with national advocacy and lobbying.

8.       Assist Advocacy Committee and President & CEO with research assignments and special projects as required to advance strategic priorities.

9.       Help develop and nurture relationships with HCF’s Board members, donors, and community partners.

10.   Lead in identifying and writing grants to support the advocacy initiatives of the organization.

11.   Assist with after-hours programs and events as required.

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