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Executive Director

Position Description

Responsibilities and Duties:

  1. Advocacy, Development and Community Outreach
    1. Vigorously advocate the Board’s position on historic preservation and land use including liaising with relevant organizations, government entities and developers
    2. Lead by the Board, plan and implement fundraising events, obtain grants, increase membership and cultivate donors


  1. Policy Implementation and Public Relations
    1. Provide the central point of communication for PAC*SJ
    2. Represent PAC*SJ in public meetings/hearings and to the media
    3. Lead and coordinate social media presence


  1. Organizational Management and Development
    1. Evaluate and report to the Board on a quarterly basis the progress of the Strategic Plan and recommend updates to the Plan to ensure satisfactory continued implementation in conjunction with PAC*SJ committees


  1. Administrative Management
  2. Manage administration including staffing, budgets and reporting along with the Treasurer and Board President.



Four-year degree majoring in a relevant field or equivalent; Experience and familiarity with historic preservation principles and guidelines

Specific requirements:

Experience working with City Planning departments or similar and past success with not-for-profit organizations, Boards and working with diverse groups

Strong problem solving, team building, and conflict resolution skills

Familiarity with local land use processes, historic reports, CEQA and landmark designation

Strong marketing, PR, fundraising experience and written and verbal skills

Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data driven program evaluation

Passion, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven and self-directed

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About PAC*SJ

The Preservation Action Council of San Jose (PAC*SJ), founded in 1990, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, dedicated to preserving and promoting the continued use of historically significant resources in San Jose,
and to encouraging quality new design. We believe that preserving San Jose’s past encourages community
pride, enhances local quality of life, benefits the environment by supporting reuse and recycling, helps increase property values, and promotes tourism and trade.

We strive to build consensus among residents, city government, and developers to support historic preservation land use and development decisions in the City of San Jose. We work with these constituencies when planning development projects to advocate historic sensitivity that also makes economic sense.

What We Do

PAC*SJ works closely with city staff and elected officials to draft guidelines and publications relating  to San Jose’s historic structures.

We act as citizen advocates for San Jose’s neighborhoods, working with developers and tracking new development proposals and their effects on historic resources. We also promote historic surveys and  the development of conservation districts.

PAC*SJ offers educational outreach such as lectures, walking tours, workshops and
film programs on smart growth and the architectural heritage of San Jose, to show both what we  have lost and how to save what is left.

We partner with other organizations, such as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the California Peservation Foundation, California Pioneers, Argonauts, History San Jose, Victorian Preservation Association of Santa Clara Valley, and neighborhood associations, to present social and educational events as well as publishing books on San Jose’s history.

• Provide educational lectures, walking tours and movie nights about the architectural heritage of San José, to show both what we have lost and how to save what is left.

• Provide Technical assistance from our experts in home restoration, tax credits, landmark
designation and construction financing.

• Publish Continuity, our quarterly newsletter, offers features and updates on preservation and development in San José.

• Our Resource Center helps residents research the history of their homes and obtain copies of local codes, ordinances, guidelines and environmental reports.

Pay Range (Annual): Commensurate with Experience/Negotiable
Location: San Jose, CA
Job Type: Full Time, Part Time

How to Apply

References:  Relevant to the role; position, names and details

Submit resume to: jobs@preservation.org

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