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🔗Neighborhood Preservation Coordinator

  • Full Time
  • Staunton, VA
  • 45,000 - 50,000 USD / Year
  • December 16, 2023
  • Job Qualifications:

    A minimum of a four-year college or university degree in historic preservation, urban or rural planning, or a similar field of study corresponding to architectural preservation and neighborhood revitalization.

    A combination of the following skills and knowledge are essential:

    Excellent organization and communication skills with the public via the internet, telephone, and in person.

    Ability to communicate and apply knowledge of architectural history relevant to Staunton’s varied context.

    Knowledge of and demonstrated ability to communicate construction techniques, building materials, building science, and diagnosis of building deterioration.

    Knowledge of urban and community planning relevant to historic preservation.

    Research skills including use of public records, maps, and archives.

    Analyze and utilize data to create accurate historic preservation reports.

    Careful and thoughtful handling of historic documents in an archival setting.

    Organization of data and documents for easy retrieval and sharing.

    Understanding and use of computer technology, associated software, processes, and data preservation.

    Knowledge of photography including lighting, composition, subject matter, and display

    Candidates must have a valid Virginia driver’s license and have access to their own vehicle.

    Three professional references from individuals knowledgeable of the candidate’s work performance.

  • How to Apply:

    You may email and/or snail mail your resume, cover letter, and references to:

    Frank Strassler

    Historic Staunton Foundation

    20 South New Street

    Staunton, Va 24401


  • Job benefits: Dental, Health, HSA Paid time off, Retirement plan
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: Duties performed typically in office and outdoor settings to include: Sitting at a desk and computer for long periods, walking (including extended outdoor events), stooping, climbing stairs, standing, lifting, up to approximately 30 pounds, and occasional lifting of equipment and materials weighing up to approximately 50 pounds may be required. Other limited physical activities are required. Operation of a vehicle and office equipment is required. Vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word and conveying detailed or important instructions to others accurately; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels; visual acuity is required for preparing and analyzing written or computer data, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, observing general surroundings and activities; the worker is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions. Regular contact with staff, board of directors, and public is required.
  • Contact Name: Frank Strassler
  • Application Email:
  • Application Phone #: 5408864002
  • Application Address: 20 South New Street

Website Historic Staunton Foundation

MISSION Historic Staunton Foundation provides leadership, education and advocacy to preserve diverse historic places and revitalize our community. VISION Our vision is to partner with the Staunton community to support policies and programs that protect, maintain and enhance the sense of place created by our historic structures and the built environment.

The Neighborhood Preservation Coordinator will represent HSF in an engaging, professional manner while performing historic preservation activities as directed by the Executive Director and in conjunction with activities of the Board of Directors. The position supports the daily operation of the office while providing direct assistance for programs and events including providing content, interacting with donors, and community members.

Proactive analytical skills, actions, and private project confidentiality reflecting the mission and vision of the organization are required. The position develops reports and facilitates communication including social media, website, email, digital, and print publications.  Insightful and proactive analysis of historic buildings and neighborhoods is key to understanding and communicating the historic character of the community.

The Neighborhood Preservation Coordinator will provide direct assistance to the City of Staunton Historic Preservation Commission. This includes written reviews of all project applications as well as guidance for potential projects. All reviews will be completed accurately and on time. Knowledge and consistent application of the Secretary of Interior Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitation and Staunton’s Historic District Guidelines are central to the process. Consistent application and communication of rehabilitation best practices and design review are important.

The Neighborhood Preservation Coordinator will assist in ongoing effort to document historic buildings and landscapes. Utilizing established resources, the individual will provide daily guidance for inquiries concerning dating properties, identifying architectural periods, preservation treatments, neighborhood revitalization, historical information, and images.

This is a customer-facing position and is not eligible for remote work.

  • NCPE Internships: Eligibility & How to Apply


    All NCPE interns received an hourly stipend, the rate is listed at each position description. Additionally, interns receive paid time off (PTO), paid Federal holidays if working full-time, and access to NCPE's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for career and personal counseling, coaching, and referrals. Project sites may also offer a housing allowance and/or commuting stipend; this information is also listed in the description or offered during the interview.

    As an organization operating under Public Land Corps Act (PLC) authority, many NCPE positions qualify the intern for Federal Hiring Preference if (1) they complete a minimum of 640 hours at one or more qualifying conservation project(s); (2) are between the ages of 16 and 30 years (35 if a veteran); and (3) apply for a Federal position at USAJOBS with PLC noted in the announcement within two years of completing the internship. Find out more about this hiring preference during the interview or contact for details.


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