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Historic Denver, Inc. was founded in 1970 to preserve and protect Denver’s important historic buildings and sites. The primary catalyst for the group’s original efforts, led by Ann Love (the wife of former Colorado Governor John Love), was the purchase of the historic Denver residence of “Molly” (Margaret Tobin) Brown in order to save it from demolition and preserve the structure for future generations of Denver’s citizens. The Molly Brown House continues to be owned and operated by Historic Denver today.

Current openings are posted below. Historic Denver also frequently welcomes interns to support a variety of programs.


President and CEO

For a link to the full position posting please visit: https://bit.ly/3ArJ8uU

What It Takes

Historic Denver needs a leader who is passionate about preserving our cultural heritage and community assets across the city and who see and anticipate opportunities that others may miss. We need a leader who is visionary, dynamic, flexible, and committed. Our work requires outstanding communication and negotiation skills, political acumen and a proven ability to partner successfully with multiple stakeholders including policy-makers, community groups, property owners, and elected and appointed city leaders. This work frequently does not follow a straight line, and thus, the incoming President & CEO will be comfortable with complex and creative problem solving and finding mutually beneficial solutions in a variety of circumstances.

Qualified candidates will also have demonstrated experience or skills in these areas:

Mission and Advocacy

  • Strong strategic visioning experience including the successful implementation of that vision
  • Direct knowledge of nonprofit governance and how to optimize working with a volunteer governing board
  • Success in informal and formal advocacy roles with a strong ability to navigate changing and nuanced political dynamics, ideally in Denver
  • Proactive, highly professional negotiation and mediation skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of buildings, city planning, public history, and/or architecture is preferred but candidates do not have to be technical preservation experts

Revenue Generation and Operations

  • Experience in senior leadership roles in nonprofit, public service, or business operations
  • Proven success in philanthropic fundraising as well as building effective sources of earned income
  • Demonstrated skills and appreciation for cultivating and stewarding donors and members for long term support
  • Professional skills in effective financial and organization development
  • Management experience based on trust, support, and accountability, supporting a culture of autonomy and cooperation

Community Engagement and Communication

  • Strong voice/face of the organization experience, has experience as a respected spokesperson and in interacting with the media
  • Outstanding ability to build relationships with multiple constituents
  • Proven experience in leading inclusivity and diversity efforts with external constituents, as well as with internal staff and board

Ideally candidates will have some personal or professional knowledge of Denver and its history though this is not mandatory provided the candidate is willing and able to become deeply immersed in the community and its history. An undergraduate degree in a field appropriate to the profession is preferred but not required. Candidates must agree to live in the metro Denver area but do not have to be residents in the City and County of Denver.

Working at Historic Denver

Our staff have a deep passion for preservation work and the storytelling that brings events and places alive to community members. We have a culture that encourages cooperation, flexibility, and autonomy. Our people are creative, knowledgeable, and tenacious, and we are personally and collectively committed to a culture and set of practices that foster diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Our offices are located in a 1885 former historic school building in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver.

Salary and Benefits

The salary range for the position is $110,00-$125,000 commensurate with experience.

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 insurance, employer-matched retirement savings after one year; and annual flex benefit spending accounts.

Some relocation assistance, if needed, will be provided to a successful candidate who currently does not reside in the Denver metro area.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible by sending a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Carolyn McCormick of Peak HR Consulting, LLC at Carolyn.McCormick@peakhrconsulting.com. In your cover letter, please outline why you would be excited to lead Historic Denver and its innovative solutions.

All applications are to be submitted via email. To learn more about this position and the work of Historic Denver, please visit us at https://historicdenver.org

Historic Denver recognizes the multi-faceted history of our community including the original use of local land by indigenous tribes. We are committed to preserving and amplifying an inclusive history that represents all people of Denver and Colorado. We prioritize representation in our staff, leadership, and board that reflects the diversity of our community. We encourage candidates of all backgrounds and circumstance to apply for this impactful position.

Non-Discrimination Commitment

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.


Discover Denver Survey Coordinator

Position Purpose

The Discover Denver Survey Coordinator oversees daily field survey-related activities for the Discover Denver project. Primary activities for this position include training, scheduling and supervising the work of volunteer field survey teams, administration of the Discover Denver survey software and database, and field evaluation of surveyed properties.

Discover Denver is a building and neighborhood survey meant to identify historic and architecturally significant structures citywide. A partnership between Historic Denver and the City and County of Denver, the survey gathers information about the city’s buildings through field survey, public records, academic research, and tips from the public. Findings from the survey will be accessible online so that everyone can learn about Denver’s past — building by building.

Key Responsibilities

The Survey Coordinator plans for, coordinates, and directly supervises multiple field survey shifts each week. Field survey crews made up of trained community volunteers use handheld tablets and proprietary software to photograph and gather information about Denver’s buildings. Field survey shifts are scheduled both during the week and on several weekend mornings each month. A flexible workweek is available to account for weekend work.

In this role, you’ll manage the Discover Denver survey database and ensure that data collected by project volunteers is accurate and consistent. You’ll evaluate surveyed buildings for architectural integrity and identify candidate properties for historical research.

Discover Denver has a volunteer corps of 60 volunteers spanning a wide range of ages and backgrounds. You’ll hold regular trainings for new field survey volunteers and monitor the performance of existing volunteers to identify retraining needs.

You’ll serve as an ambassador and spokesperson for Discover Denver while in the field with survey teams, and work with local university programs to provide opportunities for students to gain real-world field survey experience. You’ll also assist with Discover Denver outreach efforts by giving public presentations and writing articles for Historic Denver publications.

What it Takes

Effectively coordinating Discover Denver field survey efforts takes someone who is friendly, energetic, organized, and collaborative. Strong candidates will be committed to Historic Denver’s core values, including diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

The ideal candidate will:

• Have knowledge of terminology related to architectural features and styles, and the ability to apply them in the field

• Have experience leading or being part of an architectural field survey team

• Have experience working with volunteers

• Be able to work independently in a fast-paced environment

• Work collaboratively and proactively, and have exceptional organizational skills

• Be proficient with the Microsoft Office Suite of products (particularly Excel and Word) with the additional ability to learn and use the Discover Denver survey software and Esri GIS software

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time position required to work in the office one day each week in addition to time spent in the field with survey volunteers. 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. $45,000 – $50,000 annual salary, commensurate with experience and skills.

Ready to Apply?

Please send a cover letter and resume to: Beth Glandon, Director of Research and Engagement, bglandon@historicdenver.org. This posting will remain open until filled. Please share with us if you are bilingual (Spanish/English).

Visit the Molly Brown House Museum website for additional opportunities.

Equal Opportunity Employer: Historic Denver, Inc. is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity in any term, condition, or privilege of employment. We do not discriminate against applicants or employees on the basis of age, race, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by state or local law. Prospective employees are subject to a background check.


Internships with Discover Denver

Discover Denver has great opportunities for historic preservation, history, urban planning or urban design students to get real-world experience and make an impact on a dynamic and important project.  Click here to learn more about internship opportunities with Discover Denver.