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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 unpaid interns to support a variety of programs.


Director of Preservation Resources, Open Through Nov. 6, 2020

Historic Denver, Inc. seeks a strategic thinker and self-motivated individual for the full-time position of Director of Preservation Resources. The Director of Preservation Resources will play an integral role in implementing the organization’s advocacy agenda, providing resource information to owners of historic properties, managing existing technical preservation programs, and communicating the benefits of preservation to policy-makers and community members.

Organization Background

Founded in 1970, Historic Denver has been a leader in the preservation movement for fifty years, with numerous notable achievements. The organization’s mission is to empower people to actively experience and thoughtfully maintain our city’s historic places today and long into the future. Historic Denver achieves its mission through a set of core programs centered in education, advocacy, and direct preservation.

Education programs include events, walking tours, forums, trainings and outreach. Chief among the organization’s programs is the Molly Brown House Museum, the organization’s first “save” and a carefully preserved 1889 home that provides interpretation and engagement related to women’s history, social history, and preservation.

Historic Denver also has a strong reputation as a thoughtful and creative advocate for historic places, and as a resource for solving challenging preservation dilemmas. Advocacy is conducted through the Action Fund, which provides financial and technical support to community groups seeking preservation outcomes, through support for local designations and historic districts, through negotiations with property owners and local officials, and through efforts to encourage preservation-friendly land use policies.

Direct preservation services include a robust grant-management program to support owners of historic properties with rehabilitation work, and an easement program that protects over 60 structures. To learn more, visit www.historicdenver.org.

Position Responsibilities

  • Serve as the Preservation team-leader, engaging up to three other staff members in regular planning related to the organization’s Strategic Vision
  • Manage Historic Denver’s Action Fund, which includes developing criteria for project selection, building relationships with community groups, and developing strategies that advance community preservation goals.
  • Develop protocols for outreach and engagement with the owners of properties identified as potentially significant through on-going survey work
  • Implement the 50th Anniversary advocacy campaign, seeking 50 places worthy of recognition and preservation action in the future and reflective of the diversity in the city’s history
  • Work with the Executive Director as an advocate for preservation in municipal planning efforts, redevelopment projects involving historic properties, and in responding to demolition notices
  • Attend hearings and legislative sessions as needed
  • Serve as an organizational spokesperson on advocacy matters as needed
  • Build and maintain relationships with policy makers, including elected officials
  • Provide regular preservation content for organizational communications, including newsletters and electronic publications
  • Engage in education and outreach to build the constituency for historic preservation
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Desirable skills and experience include:

  • Bachelors or master’s degree in historic preservation, architecture, urban planning, history or related field
  • Knowledge of historic preservation values, techniques and resources
  • Strong communication skills, including extensive written and verbal communications
  • Past work in a political environment, including interaction with elected officials
  • Comfort with public speaking
  • Ability to work effectively with a team and meet deadlines
  • Flexibility and ability to respond to urgent issues
  • Strong organizational skills

This is a full-time exempt position. Historic Denver provides a benefits package including health insurance, a matched retirement plan after one year of employment, vacation, sick time, 10 paid holidays and a flexible work schedule. Compensation range is $47,000 and $57,000, commensurate with experience. Partially remote work until early 2021 is expected, due to COVID-19 safety precautions.

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.

To apply please send a resume and cover letter in PDF format describing your relevant experience. No calls please.

Applications accepted by e-mail only to: alevinsky@historicdenver.org

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, November 6, 2020 by 5 pm.

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.

Visit the Molly Brown House Museum website for more opportunities.