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National Trust for Historic Preservation President & CEO Stephanie Meeks
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start a career in the historic preservation field, long haul unlikely, 3 to 5 years and then evaluate?

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    Former Employee - Architect in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Architect in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Trust for Historic Preservation full-time (more than 10 years)


    networking with people nationwide
    good resume line
    maybe travel for projects
    diverse projects possible
    work with other groups possible


    salary slow
    new job unlikely, new projects possible
    leaders vary: Potomac Fever, nonteam player, or great
    Trust identity/future uncertain

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO: try to not get Potomac Fever or the imperial presidency syndrome as some Trust CEOs have exhibited. Department leaders: learn to be respectful to other professionals on staff who have lots of experiences that you do not have. Trustees and advisors: your job is not a social climbing notch on your belt, your job is to oversee senior management and help bring in donors who believe in the mission. Some of the perks are good - Historic Hotels, but promotions are rare other than working with other groups and expanding one's experiences. Staff/candidates: staying with the Trust for the long haul is not feasible unless one has a very low personal budget, private income, great personal investments, a partner who makes real money somewhere else, or the expectation of a great inheritance coming to you. The Trust is the place to start or fills in the middle of a career path and then one moves on to somewhere else. Use the networking & learning opportunities; learn to do cold calling; reaching out to others; & don't be shy.

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    Program Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at National Trust for Historic Preservation in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    Friendly and welcoming. Seemed well coordinated. Took a little while between some steps but felt like I was kept informed. Applied on line by simply emailing my cover letter and resume to a specific email address. Quickly received a confirmation email, inviting me to review a data base profile that had been created for me. It was nice that I didn't have to key in all my information myself. Later I received an email from HR saying they were interested in speaking with me, and asking about salary requirements, and then I had a short phone interview with HR. When I went in, I met with HR, and then with the hiring manager. Later I went in for another interview where I met with other people (co-workers of the position).

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    • The hiring manager asked for multiple specific examples demonstrating work I had done, not just one. And she waited until I came up with a response, where as a lot of interviewers will move on if you can't come up with something right away.   Answer Question
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    The salary range and benefits were pretty clear cut and discussed up front at the start of the process. While I probably could have negotiated more, I felt like I knew what the offer would be and it was decent, and what I expected for the type of job. The first person who contacted me was someone from HR to do some screening, so they sort of got that out of the way up front.
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Headquarters Washington, DC
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 1949
Type Nonprofit Organization
Industry Travel & Tourism
Revenue $25 to $50 million (USD) per year
Competitors Unknown

National Trust for Historic Preservation wants to ensure that historic America is protected against destruction and negligence. The not-for-profit organization was founded in 1949 and educates, advocates, and provides resources for the preservation of historic buildings and land (not to be confused with the National Register of Historical Places, which designates buildings and neighborhoods as historic). The group also operates about 30 historic sites across the US. National Trust, which boasts about 270,000 members, operates out of a Washington, DC, headquarters and nine... More

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