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🔗Director of Preservation

  • Full Time
  • Natchez, MS, USA
  • Salary ($): $40,000 - $50,000 commensurate with education and experience
  • Job Qualifications:

    The ideal candidate for Director of Preservation would fulfill the qualifications listed below:

    • Master’s degree in architecture, architectural history, historic preservation, art history, material culture, or city planning with a concentration in historic preservation
    • Education and experience in historic preservation with expertise in interpreting preservation programs and in completing applications for both the National Register of Historic Places and the Rehabilitation Tax Credit program
    • Excellent written and verbal communication and photography skills; self-motivated and energetic, with strong interpersonal, administrative, and leadership skills
    • Strong computer expertise with a command of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint); familiarity with or willingness to learn PastPerfect for membership and collections management.  The Foundation also utilizes Adobe software like InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.  Knowledge of social media and website development is a plus.
    • Good sense of design for in-house publishing of Foundation newsletters, special event mail-outs, exhibit panels, and other graphics.  A good sense of design is also essential in working with the Natchez Preservation Commission on new construction in historic districts and new additions to historic buildings.
    • Experience, education, knowledge, and/or strong appreciation for the fields of archaeology, material culture, and museum and archival management, with a commitment to the highest professional standards of those fields
    • Working knowledge of architectural documentation methods and the ability to conduct fieldwork
    • Ability to be flexible in a fast-paced, small non-profit environment
    • Understanding of the special demands of non-profit work (some weekend and night work)
  • How to Apply:

    Send cover letter, resume (with professional references), and writing sample by mail or email to the address below:

    Carter Burns, Executive Director

    Historic Natchez Foundation

    P.O. Box 1761

    Natchez, MS 39121


  • Job benefits: Health Insurance, 403b retirement plan
  • Contact Name: Carter Burns
  • Application Email:
  • Application URL:
  • Application Address: P.O. Box 1761 Natchez, MS 39121

Website Historic Natchez Foundation

The Historic Natchez Foundation, chartered in 1974, is a multi-faceted non-profit organization with a focus on historic preservation and long-range plans for development of a museum.

Natchez, Mississippi, enjoys a picturesque location on a high bluff overlooking the Mississippi River and has a national reputation as one of America’s most significant historic places.  The city adopted its first historic preservation ordinance in 1951 and its current ordinance inspired the state’s model ordinance.  Natchez is 100 miles from Jackson, the state capital; 87 miles from Baton Rouge; and 175 miles from New Orleans.

The Historic Natchez Foundation was chartered in 1974 and is a multi-faceted organization with a focus on historic preservation and long-range plans for the development of a museum.  It shares an on-site collections and archival storage facility with the Natchez National Historical Park.

More information about the Foundation can be found on its website:

The Director of Preservation reports to the Executive Director.

The ideal candidate would successfully carry out the responsibilities listed below:

  • Complete National Register nominations
  • Attend Natchez Preservation Commission and other public meetings as necessary
  • Complete Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit applications and guide property owners through the rehabilitation process
  • Manage the social media, website, and email listserv for the Foundation in conjunction with other employees
  • Oversee the maintenance and repair of historic properties owned by the Foundation and work with the revolving fund to save endangered historic buildings and find new owners to restore them
  • Identify and complete applications for grant funding opportunities for historic preservation projects for the Foundation and other community organizations
  • Assist in planning and facilitating Foundation activities, including fundraisers, member events, and tours
  • Provide governmental entities, community organizations, and citizens with preservation-related services and assistance with preservation-related issues.
  • Assist scholars, students, genealogists, and others with research in the Foundation’s library and collections
  • Other duties as required in a small non-profit
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