Senior Director of Field Projects

Position Title: Senior Director of Field Projects
Department: Programs
Classification: Exempt
Reports to: Vice President of Programs

Direct Reports: Six (6) Regional Directors and Managers
Location: New York Headquarters

I. Position Summary

World Monuments Fund (WMF) is seeking a Senior Director of Field Projects to oversee WMF’s portfolio of field projects. Based at WMF’s global headquarters in New York, the Senior Director of Field Projects will work with international staff to develop, design, implement, and facilitate the evaluation of preservation projects around the world. Reporting to the Vice President of Programs, the Senior Director of Field Projects directly manages six experienced Regional Directors and Managers and supervises the management of approximately 50 preservation projects that range from research and documentation to major physical interventions, and often include expansive stakeholder engagement and capacity-building. The Senior Director provides counsel on project management and decision-making, contributes to fundraising and donor relations through personal interactions and public events, and supports the Vice President of Programs in professional engagement and thought leadership. This is a full-time, exempt position based at WMF’s global headquarters in New York.

About World Monuments Fund

World Monuments Fund (WMF) is the leading independent organization devoted to safeguarding the world’s most treasured places to enrich people’s lives and build mutual understanding across cultures and communities. The organization is headquartered in New York City with offices and affiliates in Cambodia, France, India, Peru, Portugal, Spain and the UK. Since 1965, our global team of experts has preserved the world’s diverse cultural heritage using the highest international standards at more than 700 sites in 112 countries. Partnering with local communities, funders, and governments, WMF draws on heritage to address some of today’s most pressing challenges: climate change, underrepresentation, imbalanced tourism, and post-crisis recovery. With a commitment to the people who bring places to life, WMF embraces the potential of the past to create a more resilient and inclusive society.

II. Responsibilities 

Field Projects Supervision (75%)

  • Oversee a large portion of the WMF portfolio, working closely with project managers to shape individual projects and ensure their timely delivery and reliable reporting to headquarters and donors;
  • Supervise project managers in the development of new projects and associated proposals, budgets, and workplans, ensuring professional rigor, relevance, and alignment with institutional priorities and strategies;
  • Review and approve all project materials, including proposals, budgets, workplans, consultant and partner agreements, and professional and donor reporting;
  • Support project managers in the development of reliable local partnerships and professional relationships, stepping in to resolve challenges as needed;
  • Work closely with the Senior Director of Programs and Programs Coordinator to ensure all internal reporting, financial tracking, and general recordkeeping meet WMF requirements;
  • Integrate monitoring, evaluation, and learning into project development, implementation, and review, in close collaboration with Senior Director of Monitoring and Evaluation;
  • Work collaboratively across Departments to ensure effective fundraising and communication in support of the project portfolio.

Professional Engagement and Public Education (15%)

  • Represent WMF and its work at professional meetings, conferences, and public events, as needed;
  • Identify and develop opportunities for dissemination and publication of project outcomes through a variety of professional and public platforms and venues;
  • Support creation and expansion of professional partnerships.

Administration (10%)

  • Review and approve all project-related contracts and agreements, with support from Programs Coordinator;
  • Support Vice President of Programs in the periodic review of the project portfolio and implementing strategies for optimization;
  • Contribute to project selection processes, including Executive Team review meetings and World Monuments Watch.

III. Qualifications

  • 10+ years of hands-on international heritage experience working on projects in the field;
  • Graduate degree in architecture, historic preservation/cultural resource management, archaeology, urban planning, or related fields;
  • Conservation architect, preferred;
  • Proven professional network and familiarity with multiple distinct cultural contexts;
  • Demonstrated experience in professional communications through public talks and published work;
  • Facility with Microsoft applications and multiple mobile messaging platforms;
  • Preferred: Facility with languages other than English

IV. EEO Statement

The World Monuments Fund provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, genetics, creed, national origin, age, disability, marital and/or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. The World Monuments Fund is a NY State at-will employer. In addition to federal law requirements, World Monuments Fund also complies with all other applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities and or operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

V. Compensation and Benefits

The World Monuments Fund offers a comprehensive and highly competitive compensation and benefits package, including paid time off, wellness and sick time off, holiday time off, and a multitude of other insurance benefits such as medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and a fully comprehensive retirement plan.

The salary range for this position will be $110,000 – $130,000, depending on experience.

VI. Application Procedure

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (up to 10 pages) to by 5 pm (Eastern Time) on January 15, 2024.

Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States.

Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted.

No Phone Calls.