WMF Team at San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas Church
WMF Team at San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas Church


World Monuments Fund's mission is to preserve the world’s architectural heritage of significant monuments, buildings, and sites. In partnership with local communities, funders, and governments, WMF seeks to inspire an enduring commitment to stewardship for future generations. To achieve these goals, WMF's Communications Director will assist the organization in reaching and engaging audiences including those with a general interest in the fields of art, architecture, cultural heritage, and conservation. WMF's communications devices must also be appealing to donors, issue and policy leaders and other decision makers.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide guidance to improve the effectiveness of WMF’s communication, advocacy, thought leadership and network-building activities
  • Lead staff efforts to refine the organization's communications strategy
  • Refresh, as necessary, the overall organizational narrative and prepare talking points, FAQs and other materials based on that narrative
  • Develop strategies for issue-focused campaigns and audience engagement
  • Guide the development of media packages, toolkits, visual and written content and other materials for special events
  • Participate in meetings to develop communications priorities and created related content
  • Provide support for social media strategies
  • Write and distribute approximately 15-20 press releases per year
  • Manage relationships with journalists
  • Manage a press database and file clips
  • Developing the monthly e-newsletter
  • Oversee the development of, and take responsibility for copyediting and review of printed and electronic materials
  • Organize press events, primarily for the World Monument Watch
  • Manage departmental budget


  • A bachelor’s degree in communications, history, English, art history, or related field. Interest in or experience with historic preservation organizations a plus.
  • Ten years of experience working in public relations
  • Excellent organizational skills and experience managing projects
  • A solid grasp of English grammar, familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style, and excellent editing skills
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Constant Contact, Google Analytics, and other media related software
  • Familiarity with a foreign language a plus


Compensation is commensurate with experience. WMF maintains an employee handbook that describes all benefits and eligibility requirements.


The Communications Director position is full-time onsite at WMF's headquarters in New York City. Office hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. However, given the international nature of WMF's work, it is frequently necessary to respond to emails off hours and on weekends. The position reports to WMF's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. The position will work broadly with all senior staff, program staff, and other communications positions such as the Art Director, Archivist and Information Manager, and Digital Communications Director. The Communications Director will work collaboratively with the Development Department on public outreach and audience development activities. The Communications Director does not have any staff that report directly to him or her.


Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

World Monuments Fund is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample of no more than 1000 words to


World Monuments Fund, founded in 1965, is dedicated to the preservation of historic sites around the world. Although WMF's work focuses on site-specific conservation, throughout its history WMF has also engaged in advocacy, education, and training through its field project activities. These activities have included publications, seminars, training activities, planning, and documentation work in conjunction with field projects. WMF has also developed a high-school-level curriculum in historic preservation and continues to steward its implementation. In 1996 WMF founded World Monuments Watch, which gave shape to its advocacy through a biennial call to action. Inclusion on the Watch has regularly been a springboard for robust advocacy and public education activities initiated by WMF, and many Watch sites have ultimately become WMF field projects. WMF’s website serves as a portal for WMF to communicate its work to the field and to the general public, and to provide access to a rich archive of WMF's projects and publications. As a result of the completion of a strategic plan in early 2014, WMF is consolidating its education, outreach, and advocacy work through the creation of World Monuments Institute as a department within the organization. WMF will create a new staff position to oversee this department: Director, World Monuments Institute.


The Director of World Monuments Institute will guide, oversee, and initiate WMF's education, advocacy, and outreach activities at a global level and will be responsible for developing engagement with universities, research centers, and other institutions. The Director, World Monuments Institute will manage staff who are involved with ongoing educational, documentation, and advocacy activities and will work closely with the President to development a meaningful strategy for the Institute. The Director will work with the President and Executive Vice President to define objectives and to plan and execute international collaborations. The Director, World Monuments Institute will collaborate with WMF senior staff, including the VP for Development to ensure that programs adopted under the Institute's purview are adequately funded.

The Director will oversee the World Monuments Watch, as well as supervise staff assigned to WMF's thematic programs such as the Jewish Heritage Program and Modernism at Risk. The position will also work closely with WMF's communications director and manager of digital media to develop content for the website, promote WMF’s educational activities, and generate blogs, field dispatches, slide shows, videos and other web features to highlight the work of the organization. The Director, World Monuments Institute will represent WMF internationally at conferences and other events relating to WMF’s educational activities and relationships within the field of heritage conservation. The Director of World Monuments Institute will report to the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, who oversees all WMF program activities.


A final degree in historic preservation, planning, education, art history, public policy, or other relevant area of study is required. A minimum of 10 years professional experience in historic preservation, a related field, or at an academic institution active in the field is required. Foreign-language fluency is a plus. Proficiency in MS Office and other standard business software is essential. Strong research and writing skills are necessary. Ease with public speaking and ability to make formal presentations to board members, government officials, and peers in the field are required, as is comfort with cultivating donors and supporters of World Monuments Fund’s activities.

WMF is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.
Salary: Range commensurate with experience

Work Schedule: 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday. However, given WMF’s international activities and schedule of events, the successful candidate should be prepared to undertake international travel, attend evening and weekend events, and be available for conference calls and meetings that may take place before 9am or after 5pm to accommodate international partners.


Please send a cover letter and CV to Lisa Ackerman, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at

Final candidate is subject to background check.