Position Details

Type Full Time
Offered By National Trust for Historic Preservation
Office of Public Affairs
Washington , District of Columbia
Salary Exempt

Help save the past to enrich the future! The National Trust for Historic Preservation is the nationally recognized leader of a movement to save America’s historic places and revitalize our older neighborhoods. You can be a part of that mission by helping to craft messages and presentations from our CEO that engage our local Preservation Allies and inspire them to take action on behalf of endangered places that represent our diverse cultural heritage.

The Speechwriter is a key senior level position within the Public Affairs department working closely with the President and CEO of the National Trust. The position manages the executive speechwriting function, crafting all external talking points, and writing speeches and related materials for the President and CEO. Under the direction of the VP of Public Affairs, the speechwriter ensures a consistent tone across external Presidential communication and is an advisor on the President’s external brand. He/she will ensure maximum exposure of President and CEO speaking engagements by managing any pre-and post promotion of speeches, coordinating social and traditional media outreach through the Public Affairs team. This position requires some travel to accompany the President and CEO at speaking engagements.


  • Research and write speech text, briefings, talking and proof points for the President and CEO’s speaking engagements, working closely with the President’s Office and VP of Public Affairs to help ensure that strategic messaging and external branding for the President is integrated with National Trust branding.
  • Tailor remarks of primary speeches for significant speaking engagements as assigned.
  • Share the vision of the President and CEO speeches and platforms with the Public Affairs team to encourage consistent, strategic National Trust media outreach and messaging.
  • Ensure the pre- and post-promotion of high profile speeches through social media and manage the posting online of speeches and related materials after they are delivered, as appropriate, in coordination with Associate Director of Social Media and Online Managing Editor
  • Write and edit related external pieces (ie. op-eds, blogs, letters to the editor)
  • Staff the President and CEO at speaking events and manage details of the event program
  • Serve as an editor for other Public Affairs staff as needed, and provide speech-writing or -editing assistance for other executive staff as requested.


  • At least eight to ten years overall experience, including experience writing in a public affairs/ communications setting with a specialty in writing C-suite speeches and talking points for leading nonprofit or government executives.
  • Top notch writing, communications and presentation skills, with ability to think creatively and craft compelling narratives; ability to synthesize and summarize high level strategic or sensitive information for communication to both broad public audiences and targeted recipients; and most importantly, an ability to effectively master the voice and message of the CEO.
  • Experience working closely with heads of departments and organizations on high profile projects requiring discretion. Proven ability to collaborate across divisions to implement processes and achieve results. Track record of building and maintaining productive relationships with multiple stakeholders, including establishing a rapport with the CEO and President’s Office staff.
  • Advanced analytical and problem solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization.
  • Advanced project-management skills, with ability to achieve results with only general supervision.
  • Detail oriented, with ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently and respond to a high volume of ongoing requests in a timely fashion, as well as ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment
  • Poised and highly professional with a positive demeanor
  • Proven ability to continually develop skills related to use of rapidly changing technology and communications best practices.
  • Demonstrated success assisting with outreach to and engagement of culturally diverse audiences and partners preferred; bi-lingual (English/Spanish) a plus.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office products, demonstrated proficiency in creating professional and engaging Power Points and other presentation materials.
  • Familiarity with or ability to come up to speed quickly on key issues in Historic Preservation.
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Communications, Journalism or Public Affairs or related discipline required.

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 196182-CS-815@nthp.hrmdirect.com.

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.