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Cultural Resources Director

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Mar 27, 2023

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Date: December 1, 2022

Position Title: Director, Cultural Resources - Government Affairs

Grade: O

Job Status: Full-Time

FLSA: Exempt

Department: Government Affairs

Location: Washington, DC

Immediate Supervisor: Alan Spears, Senior Director, Cultural Resources

Supervisor’s Supervisor: Kristen Brengel Hajibrahim, Vice President, Government Affairs

Incumbent: New Position

Salary: Up to $105K based upon experience and location

Primary Purpose of the Position: This position will enable NPCA to broaden our advocacy efforts including collaborating with partners and improving cultural resource preservation within the National Park System and other public lands. NPCA is looking for a director to lobby congress for more agency funding for cultural resource programs and staffing as well as work with agency officials, historic preservation groups, and many other diverse partners to protect parks from resource damage and deficiencies in preservation. The primary role of the Director for Cultural Resources is to manage the daily operations of priority campaigns and initiatives undertaken by our staff-led Cultural Resources team. In particular, the director of cultural resources is charged with the implementation of strategies and tactics that will achieve the successful resolution of our advocacy initiatives.

Essential Functions: % of Time

1. Will assume hands on management of the day-to-day operations of campaigns and initiatives undertaken by the Cultural Resources multi-department staff team including our National Heritage Area defense work, our new national parks campaigns, and our efforts to increase congressional funding. Will coordinate with the Senior Director and the Senior Vice President for Government Affairs to identify challenges and, opportunities and to then select the optimal path(s) to take to successfully advance the administrative and legislative work. 40%

2. Manages all cultural resources staff and any interns, consultants, or volunteers. Uses expert knowledge of historic and cultural resource management, National Park Service policy, and the legislative and administrative processes for policy making to effectively coach and guide team members towards the achievement of campaign goals.


3. Serves as a spokesperson for cultural resource campaign priorities and collaborates with NPCA colleagues in Regional programs, Communications, and Development departments on programmatic work and fundraising opportunities. 15%

4. Develops and maintains proficient knowledge of the current academic, professional and policy trends, views, and laws that impact and influence historic preservation and cultural resource management on federal lands. Instructs NPCA staff on those trends and maintains the ability to speak or write about their meaning and impact. 15%

Total 100%


Promotes policies that are sensitive to the needs of a diverse workforce. Respect employees regardless of their position or background. Participates in developing department goals, objectives, and systems. Participates in administrative staff meetings, organization-wide meetings, staff committee meetings, training programs, and attends other meetings and seminars as designated by the supervisor. Assists in evaluation of reports, decisions, and results of department in relation to established goals. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee in this position.

Minimum Work Schedule: 32 hours per week

Minimum Scope of Position: The position requires the ability to communicate effectively with all levels of NPCA staff both in the Washington, D.C. office and regional offices. The legislative representative will interact personally and by telephone and email with members of Congress, congressional staff, Department of Interior staff, and Executive Branch staff. There will also be interaction with NPCA Board and National Council members at the annual Congressional Visit Day event and at other times as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications, Competencies, Skills, Education, and Traits:

1. Education: Minimum of an MA in history, environmental policy, or political science preferred, or 6 to 7 years of equivalent experience in the development, implementation, and management of state or federal campaigns designed to protect and promote historic, cultural, or natural resources.

2. The ability to effectively interpret and communicate key policy initiatives in written and oral form.

3. Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations. Contributes to the creation and maintenance of a diverse, inclusive, and equitable work place culture that encourages and celebrates differences.

Core Values

Live, honor, and own the organization’s Core Values:

  1. Commitment: We are passionate about NPCA and dedicated to achieving excellence through our work and mission. We seek to improve our performance by taking opportunities for professional and personal development and encouraging reasonable risk-taking and innovation.
  2. Inclusion: We value diversity of thought, background, experience, and opinion. We create a culture of empowerment by welcoming and encouraging meaningful participation from all people and promoting an environment that embraces different perspectives.
  3. Integrity: We hold ourselves accountable to each other, our members and partners, and our mission. We evaluate the impact of our work and strive for honesty and transparency across the organization. We operate ethically in the organization's best interests.
  4. Respect: We collaborate in results-oriented teams based on trust and consideration for each other. We promote harmony between our work and our personal lives. We foster a healthy and positive workplace culture and work collaboratively with external partners.

Physical Effort and Dexterity: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Covid-19: Candidates must be aware that NPCA requires all employees who will work onsite, whether regularly or sporadically, to be vaccinated for Covid-19. Candidates fors this position will need to show proof of vaccination. NPCA is an equal opportunity employer and will provide reasonable accommodation according to local, state, and federal law to those individuals who are unable to be vaccinated. This does not apply to to applicants residing in Florida, Montana, and Tennessee.

Physical Environment: Typical office setting; cube

Signature and Date of Incumbent:

Prepared by: Kristen Brengel Hajibrahim

Employer’s Rights: NPCA reserves the right to revise this position description at any time. This position description is not a contract for employment implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship. Incumbent will be evaluated in part based upon the performance of the tasks listed in this position description.

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