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CAREER OPPORTUNITY: Director of Advocacy

Posted: April 24, 2024

Historic Charleston Foundation is seeking a Director of Advocacy to support mission-driven work in the Charleston community. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter with salary requirements and a resume to Laurie Ouellette, HR Coordinator via email to [email protected]. Download PDF HERE


Position: Director of Advocacy

Classification: Full-Time Exempt

Reports to: President & CEO


Position Summary: The Director of Advocacy manages the advocacy and outreach initiatives of HCF as established by the strategic plan, working closely with the preservation team and the President & CEO. Advocacy initiatives include the review and analysis of development projects in the Charleston region that impact historic resources and landscapes, as well as broader land use issues related to smart growth and livability. The critical outreach component of this position entails direct communication with the development community, governmental entities, policymakers, advocacy colleagues, and the general public. Attendance at public hearings—particularly Charleston City Council, Boards of Architectural Review, Planning Commission, and zoning boards—is paramount.

Essential Job Functions:

Position Duties:

  1. Attend public meetings and hearings to represent HCF and voice its formal position on development, land use policy, and other projects.
  2. Complete data collection and research to fully understand development projects, potential preservation issues, and land use trends. Proactively monitor and identify HCF’s ability to impact broader community issues, such as rural preservation, flooding, and housing accessibility.
  3. Provide leadership and support to grassroots advocacy efforts.
  4. Serve as main staff liaison to the Advocacy Committee, organize committee meetings and prepare agendas and minutes for the meetings.
  5. Help to plan and organize public advocacy forums on pressing community topics.
  6. Assist with the preparation of bi-monthly Board Reports.
  7. Assist President & CEO with national advocacy and lobbying.
  8. Assist Advocacy Committee and President & CEO with research assignments and special projects as required to advance strategic priorities.
  9. Help develop and nurture relationships with HCF’s Board members, donors, and community partners.
  10. Lead in identifying and writing grants to support the advocacy initiatives of the organization.
  11. Assist with after-hours programs and events as required.

Education & Experience Requirements:

Time Requirements:

All members of the staff of Historic Charleston Foundation are called on, from time to time, to support cooperative Foundation programs that are held after normal working hours and on weekends and to assist with projects that may lie outside their primary areas of responsibility.

Work Environment:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter with salary requirements and a resume to Laurie Ouellette, HR Coordinator via email to [email protected]. Download PDF HERE

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