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Preservation Services Manager

Historic Denver/ Molly Brown House Museum

Full Time
Posted November 17, 2022

Who We Are

As one of the nation’s premier nonprofit urban preservation organizations, Historic Denver, Inc. works every day to promote and protect Denver’s historic places and spaces. Founded in 1970, Historic Denver believes Denver’s historic assets are part of its cultural fabric and essential to a diverse, dynamic, and distinctive city — and that everyone should see themselves in the story of their city through its places. Through our flagship property the Molly Brown House Museum, technical assistance, project management, and public programs, HDI engages with and tells the stories of generations of Denverites.

Position Purpose

Historic Denver, Inc. seeks an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual for the full-time position of Preservation Services Manager.  This Manager will play an integral role in implementing the organization’s proactive advocacy agenda, providing resources to owners of historic properties, and supporting existing preservation programs. Key responsibilities include:

Grant Writing & Grant Management

Historic Denver operates a robust program that provides technical assistance, grant writing, and grant management to partner agencies and owners of historic buildings.  This involves seeking grant funds from the Colorado State Historical Fund and fostering new partnerships for future grant opportunities.   The Preservation Services Manager will prepare project concepts, write grant applications, and manage grant projects, which requires strong organizational skills to monitor and report financial progress, oversee contractors, review proposed work, and communicate with the funder and property owner.

Preservation Easements

Historic Denver holds more than 70 preservation easements and is responsible for communicating with the owners of all easement properties.  Easement management includes a bi-annual easement inspection and managing easement inspection interns and volunteers charged with visiting each property and preparing condition reports. The Preservation Services Manager will serve as the primary conduit for the easement program, to include accepting new easement properties, as well as fielding requests for alteration to existing HDI easement properties that occur throughout the year as well as maintaining all related files.


As part of the duties described above, as well as through other assignments, the Preservation Services Manager will support the organization’s advocacy agenda, serving as a spokesperson and representative for specific assigned efforts as needed.  This involves working with community members and fostering relationships presenting preservation information, providing advice and assistance, and interfacing with elected officials.

Historic Property Research & Writing

The Preservation Services Manager regularly conducts property research for not only the grant applications but also related to potential demolitions, potential designations, and neighborhood history.  In some cases, the Preservation Services Manager will support the production of historic designation applications for individual properties, sometimes on a short timeline.  Other research is used to produce newsletter articles, reports for internal and external use, and advocacy efforts, which need to be clear, concise, and written for a general audience.

Other Duties

  • Assist with Action Fund project implementation as assigned
  • Managing and updating the organization’s Contractor Resource List
  • Providing content for the organization’s newsletter and electronic communications
  • Providing support for outreach events, including occasional tours, forums, neighborhood events and fundraisers
  • Monitoring Section 106 notifications and maintaining archive of notices


What it Takes

If you are flexible, change-adept, proactive, and creative, and are energized by small work environments, we want to hear from you. Strong candidates will be committed to our core values, including diversity, equity, inclusion, and access, and be friendly with a demonstrated ability to communicate, motivate, lead, and relate effectively to a variety of people. Qualified candidates will also have experience working with city planners, councils, or historic commissions. Additionally, we seek candidates that have:

  • A Bachelors or Masters degree in historic preservation, architecture or planning, history or related field with knowledge of historic preservation values, techniques, and resources.
  • Experience with local and national register designations
  • Historical and property history research experience.
  • Strong communication skills and comfort with public speaking.
  • Excellent written and verbal acuity, with strong record-keeping and organizational skills.
  • Can work closely with an internal preservation team and volunteers, and support Board committees
  • An ability to work effectively with external community partners and stakeholders.
  • Past work in a political environment, including interaction with elected officials.
  • Adaptable problem-solving skills to respond to urgent issues.

Please share with us if you are bilingual (Spanish/English). Requirements include the physical capability to sit, stand, walk, climb stairs and ladders, lift 30 pounds, and function in high-energy environment throughout the day. Some weekend and evening hours are required per assigned projects and duties. Public Health policy may require the ability to wear a properly fitted face mask for up to 8 hours / day. Depending on local, state, and institutional requirements of partners, such as school districts, employees should be prepared to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to perform essential job functions.


Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time position. Benefits for our full-time staff members include sick and vacation time accrual; group medical insurance (employee contributes 35% of premium; dental insurance, short-term and long-term leave policies, employer-matched retirement savings after one year; and annual flex benefit spending accounts. Salary Range $48,000 – $50,000 annual salary, commensurate with experience and skills.


Ready to Apply?

If you’re excited to support our community’s built and cultural heritage, we want to hear from you as soon as possible! Please email a cover letter and resume by 5:00 pm on December 9th, 2022, to: Andrea Malcomb at .


Historic Denver is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity. We prohibit discrimination against applicants and employees on any basis protected by applicable federal or state laws including, but not limited to race, color, national origin or ancestry, religion, creed, age, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, or gender expression, marital status, political affiliation or political service, military or veteran status, or disability.

Compensation: $48,000 - $50,000

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