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🔗Preservation Director

  • Full Time
  • Pasadena, CA
  • $57,000 - $60.000 USD / Year
  • Department: Advocacy/Preservation
  • Job Qualifications:

    Qualifications and Skills

    • Bachelor’s degree and at least two years of work experience in historic preservation, architectural history, architecture, planning, or related field.
    • Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation preferred, but not required, depending on work experience.
    • The ability to recognize and describe historic building styles and materials and apply the appropriate standards.
    • Excellent communication skills and organizational skills.
    • The ability to work successfully both independently and as a team member.
    • Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, FileMaker) and basic photographic skills for documentation and publication purposes.

    Technical Expertise

    • Knowledge of historic architecture (in Pasadena/Southern California particularly), preservation practices, the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards, and other technical standards and resources.
    • Knowledge of local preservation ordinances, guidelines, and other city policies and practices related to preservation; general knowledge of state and national preservation laws and practices.
    • Knowledge of historic preservation incentive programs, including federal tax credits, the Mills Act, and preservation easements.
    • Knowledge of preservation practices and resources and their application to residential and commercial buildings.
  • How to Apply:

    If you are interested in exploring this opportunity, please send a cover letter and resume and/or CV to

    Pasadena Heritage is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, and any other characteristic as required by the law.

  • Job benefits: Paid Time Off, Healthcare, Dental, Vision, and Access to a 403b Account
  • Application Email:

Website Pasadena Heritage

Pasadena Heritage was founded in 1977 as a non-profit historic preservation organization. We advocate for the protection and preservation of the historic resources of Pasadena and provide educational programming and events showcasing the city’s rich history and extraordinary architectural legacy. Currently, we are a staff of six with a large and dedicated volunteer base. We have grown from a small group of concerned citizens to one of the largest preservation organization in California and were voted “favorite non-profit in San Gabriel Valley” by the San Gabriel Valley News Reader’s Choice Awards. Our preservation efforts have received numerous awards and accolades over the years.

Areas of Responsibility:

Easement Program

  • Monitor existing historic preservation easements, conduct annual inspections, and prepare inspection notices and reports.
  • Review requests for changes to easement buildings and prepare recommendations and approval documents.
  • Seek new easements, consult with interested owners on benefits and restrictions, and prepare and file documentation, including future covenants on Caltrans properties.


  • Research, analyze and document concerns about and threats to historic buildings; draft correspondence; and prepare and give oral presentations to defend endangered properties and sites.
  • Work with owners, developers and other stakeholders to find preservation-sensitive solutions for projects that involve historic resources.
  • Provide leadership, support and expertise to the Advocacy Vice Chair and members of the Advocacy Committee in studying and developing organizational positions on important preservation issues.
  • Prepare landmark nominations and assist with local landmark and National Register nominations.
  • Serve as the primary liaison with City staff and commissions.
  • Serve as spokesperson on preservation issues at commissions and other meetings.

Preservation Programs

  • Create, organize and execute specific programs (in conjunction with the annual calendar) for members and the public relating to preservation, incentives, best practices, and/or city planning.

Other Responsibilities

  • Maintain and update Pasadena Heritage Craftsman Referral files and provide referrals upon request.
  • Maintain all computer and paper files related to the job.
  • Write advocacy-related copy for the e-news, newsletter and other publications.
  • Develop working relationships with city staff, commissioners, private consultants, preservation architects, legal experts and others who can provide consultation and collaboration.
  • Oversee interns or volunteers assigned to projects under your direction
  • Support other programs and activities of the organization.
  • NCPE Internships: Eligibility & How to Apply


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