Preservation Coordinator

Position Details

Type Full Time
Offered By Los Angeles Conservancy
523 West 6th Street, Suite 826
Los Angeles, California
Salary Commensurate with experience
Deadline April 30, 2014
For More
Name: Adrian Scott Fine
Title: Director of Advocacy
Phone: 213-430-4203
Fax: 213-623-3909

The Los Angeles Conservancy is looking for an individual with preservation experience and that comes prepared to collaborate as a team, as part of the organization’s advocacy work to preserve and revitalize the built heritage of Los Angeles County. Creative and innovative thinkers that are able to get things done are encouraged to apply. The Los Angeles Conservancy, formed in 1978 over the battle to save Los Angeles’ Central Library, is now the largest local historic preservation organization in the United States, with nearly 6,500 members from around the Los Angeles area. The Conservancy works to protect threatened historic structures from demolition or damaging alterations, and aims to put in place strong public policies to support historic preservation in Los Angeles.


  • Prepare responses to Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs) and other documents on preservation issues related to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
  • Monitor and track relevant public hearings and schedules for Conservancy issues.
  • Oversee the Conservancy’s preservation easement program, including the management and monitoring of properties.
  • Coordinate periodic Conservancy public workshops on preservation topics (local landmark designation, Realtor trainings, etc.), and training workshops for Los Angeles’ Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) boards.
  • Write and regularly update materials on Conservancy issues for website and newsletter outlets.
  • Represent the Conservancy at public hearings and meetings on preservation issues.
  • Assist in the Conservancy’s legislative initiatives on historic preservation policy in the City of Los Angeles and around Los Angeles County.
  • Provide assistance to neighborhoods seeking designation as historic districts, or City of Los Angeles Historic Preservation Overlay Zones (HPOZs), and to existing HPOZs
  • Give presentations to community organizations on historic preservation and the work of the Conservancy.
  • Provide technical assistance and responses to telephone inquiries on preservation issues.
  • Help provide support for the Conservancy’s Advocacy Committee and its all-volunteer Modern Committee (ModCom), focused on the preservation of Modern architectural resources.
  • Manage advocacy interns and oversee projects.
  • Occasionally, research and prepare nominations for City, State and National designations of historic properties.
  • Provide support, when needed, on general office administration and with special Conservancy events throughout the year.


  • At least three years of relevant professional experience in historic preservation, or a Master’s degree in historic preservation or a related field.
  • Good working knowledge of historic preservation, urban planning, public policy, and architectural history.
  • Familiarity with and full understanding of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
  • Politically savvy and familiarity with government decision-making on historic preservation and planning issues in the City of Los Angeles, other local governments, and state and national levels.
  • Excellent writing, editing, research and analytical skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Self-starter with good teamwork and organizational skills.
  • Good oral communication skills, and comfort with public speaking.
  • Ability to speak Spanish or other languages a plus.

How to Apply

For applicants with relevant experience, please send cover letter, resume and writing sample(s) by April 30th to: Adrian Scott Fine Director of Advocacy Los Angeles Conservancy 523 W. Sixth St., Suite 826 Los Angeles, CA 90014 No phone calls please.