🔗History Colorado State Historical Fund Director
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Established in 1879, History Colorado is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and an agency of the State of Colorado under the Department of Higher Education. We are the trusted leader in helping people understand what it means to be a Coloradan—by sharing powerful stories, honoring our state’s treasured memories, and creating vibrant communities. We offer access to Colorado’s history through cultural and heritage resources like our museums and historic sites statewide, programs for families and adults, stewardship of Colorado’s historic treasures, and resources for students and teachers making a positive impact on preschoolers, students in grades K-12, and those in higher education. We provide programs and services related to historic preservation and archaeology as well as access to a vast collection of archives, artifacts, and historical photography.
Since 1991, the History Colorado State Historical Fund (SHF) has awarded more than $330 Million in grant funding to 5000 historic preservation and archaeology projects across Colorado. With grant-funded projects in all 64 Colorado counties, the results of this work are felt across the state with an estimated $3 billion in economic impact. Beyond the economic impact, the State Historical Fund has been instrumental in saving the places Coloradans love.
History Colorado seeks an innovative, thoughtful, visionary leader to serve as the next State Historical Fund Director. With an impressive 30+-year program reputation, highly skilled staff, and deeply committed organizational leadership, the following State Historical Fund Director will be well-positioned to implement an ambitious agenda for the program’s future.
Beginning in 2021, the State Historical Fund cash match requirements, application, and grant review process were significantly revised to elevate and place more emphasis on supporting historic preservation projects that are developed with, by, and for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities in Colorado.
The next Director will be responsible for continuing and deepening this work through inclusive and community-focused grant-making. One area of primary importance is continued excellence in identifying and funding high-quality historic preservation and archaeology projects. However, the next Director should also work with the team to find opportunities to invest in rural prosperity, addressing housing supply and affordability challenges via the rehabilitation of historic properties, “greening” landmark places, and diversifying the National and State Registers through a survey by designating grants for resources associated with underrepresented communities.
Community Engagement and Government Relations
Develop and implement a community engagement strategy that emphasizes “in-community” work and prioritizes reaching new audiences of grant applicants/recipients.
Significantly advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) grant-making goals as defined by the History Colorado Board of Directors and executive leadership.
Completing an Annual Report for the State Historical fund that is content-rich, visually appealing, and provides program information to elected and appointed officials and the public.
Providing technical assistance to grant applicants through application reviews, grant workshops, and property site visits.
Overseeing the Fund’s successful branding, marketing, and public relations efforts in coordination with the History Colorado Marketing & Communications team and external consultants/contractors.
Leveraging and amplifying the impact of the State Historical Fund grant funding through strategic partnership opportunities with other public and private funders.
Working effectively with local officials on the development and execution of grant-funded projects.
Revising the State Historical Fund website and digital and printed informational materials focused on accessibility, intuitiveness, and visual appeal.
Supporting and assisting the Chief Preservation Officer in providing information about the State Historical Fund to the General Assembly, the Gaming Commission, and History Colorado’s legislative liaisons.
Leading and implementing actions that support History Colorado’s Wildly Important Goal (WIG) to engage one million people annually.
Departmental Leadership & Management
Building and supporting a highly effective staff team with a culture of exceptional customer service and radical program accessibility.
Ensuring SHF staff have the opportunity to pursue and complete professional development and ongoing learning activities that will help advance strategic program goals.
Fostering a culture of collaboration with other staff and departments at History Colorado in support of the “One History Colorado” vision.
Maintaining impeccable integrity and transparency in decision-making and effectively communicating program changes and organizational updates to Fund staff.
Offering timely, well-reasoned, and thoughtful responses to inquiries from History Colorado leadership, staff, and grantees.
Operating the Fund with high efficiency and effectiveness based on a staffing plan developed in collaboration with the Chief Preservation Officer.
Grant Program Oversight
Developing and implementing a Continuous Improvement Program (CIP) to ensure a high-performing grants program that is highly relevant, responsive, deeply accessible, and can be measured and tracked against a strategic framework established by the History Colorado Board of Directors.
Staying current on best practices for inclusive and community-centered grant-making.
Writing and refining applications, application materials, and the Fund Guidebook with a priority on customer service and accessibility.
Recruiting State Historical Fund Grants Council Members with diverse backgrounds, experience, and geographic locations.
Continuously reviewing and making program improvements that result in a highly professional process of grant application intake, review, scoring, and award.
Developing and executing a training program for external reviewers and Grants Council members that focuses on DEIA values and Fund policies and procedures.
Implementing administrative program reforms that increase efficiency and effectiveness while delivering exceptional customer service.
Ensuring that all grant-funded projects adhere to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation, as well as all applicable state rules and regulations.
Leading staff review meetings of grant applications by current program policies.
Collaborating with the Chief Preservation Officer and History Colorado accounting staff on developing and implementing an annual program budget.
Special Events Planning & Other Duties
Planning, promoting and executing the annual Stephen H. Hart Awards celebration with a priority on a polished and engaging program that elected officials and the public increasingly well attended.
Pursuing professional development opportunities to ensure expertise in the best practices of grant-making, community engagement, historic preservation policies, training, construction techniques, and contracting processes.
Maintaining active participation in allied organizations and building a solid network of professional resources and relationships.
Works with volunteers and interns.