Field Director, Chicago Office (re-posted)

Position Details

Type Full Time
Offered By National Trust for Historic Preservation
Chicago , Illinois
Salary Exempt

The National Trust has a rare opportunity for a strategic, dynamic leader to direct our Chicago Field Office. The Field Director works to save historic places by providing management of field staff and on-the-ground support for our direct-action work to protect places we call National Treasures. National Treasures are a growing portfolio of historic places in imminent danger or facing a significant threat. They are diverse places selected by National Trust experts in communities throughout the United States. Places that retain their essential integrity and have made a significant contribution to our nation’s story. Places that catalyze support, and where preservation action plans can be replicated across America to help save other historic resources.

This position is being re-posted following an initial round of recruitment.  Candidates who submitted their resumes previously do not need to apply again to be considered.


  • The Field Director is responsible for helping identify potential National Treasure campaigns and ensuring the success of selected campaigns in their region, as well as for helping determine when action is warranted on other, non-National Treasure projects.
  • The Director’s role includes developing and implementing project plans for National Treasures, serving as Project Manager and overseeing staffing, budgeting, goal-setting, communications, coalition-building and problem solving, working collaboratively with all departments of the National Trust as well as outside partners, Advisors, and other advocates.
  • The Director also works closely with our Development staff to set and achieve fundraising goals for National Treasures projects, and acts as spokesperson for the National Trust and its programs.


  • At least 10 years’ professional experience, with ability to manage complex projects with outside partners.
  • Previous work in historic preservation, planning, or allied fields, preferably with experience in preservation-based real estate development.
  • Advocacy experience, including campaigns for public opinion, as well as political advocacy.
  • A creative and entrepreneurial mindset - experience in business development is a plus.
  • A key role is helping the Trust to reach new audiences, and expanding the inclusiveness of our National Treasures portfolio, so a track record of success in engaging culturally diverse constituents and partners is preferred. Ties to diverse communities or affinity groups in the region are a plus, as is bi-lingual fluency in English and Spanish, or another language prevalent in the region.

How to Apply

To apply, please include a cover letter in the body of a message and email your resume as a Word, PDF or Text document to

The National Trust for Historic Preservation an equal opportunity organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability.  The National Trust for Historic Preservation  actively seeks opportunities to include members of these groups in its programs and activities.