DC Legacy Project Director

DC Legacy Project Director

Classification Full-Time, Exempt
Salary $75,000
Start Date Immediate
Reports to Executive Director
Location Washington, DC (remote & in-person)
Schedule 40 hours per week, Monday - Friday (some evenings & weekends)

Join one of DC’s most fierce and effective community organizing groups! Empower DC is seeking experienced candidates for the newly created DC Legacy Project Director position to help our dynamic, grassroots organization build political power with DC residents to advance racial, economic and environmental justice.

The organization was founded in 2003 and since that time has engaged a multi-generational and multi-ethnic membership base in neighborhood-specific and citywide campaigns addressing issues of affordable housing, childcare, education, public land, community development and environmental justice. Empower DC is known for taking on tough issues and engaging in long-term battles in support of some of the lowest income communities in DC.  At the center of our organizing model are directly impacted grassroots leaders who influence the goals and strategies we employ in our efforts. 


The DC Legacy Project Director will advance Empower DC’s mission by leading efforts of the DC Legacy Project, an initiative created by Empower DC in 2021 that is dedicated to preserving and uplifting the history of Black-led struggle for land, housing and justice in DC. In particular, the DC Legacy Project Director will dedicate their time to realizing the restoration of the Barry Farm historic landmark as a site of public commemoration, education and activation. The DCLP Director will work alongside the DCLP Steering Committee and Advisory Committee to engage experts, decision makers and community members in planning and implementation of activities to secure the future of the Barry Farm landmark. This will include advocating for funding in the DC budget to support the renovation of the site, carrying out public activities to uplift the project’s goals, and securing funding to support the ongoing work of the DC Legacy Project.

Position Duties:

  • Shape and implement the DC Legacy Project’s strategic activities to advance the project goals.
  • Design and lead activities that increase visibility and support for the project among decision makers and the broader community.
  • Facilitate the work of the Steering Committee, Advisory Board and other key experts and allies.
  • Develop a strategy for outreach and engagement of Empower DC’s base in DCLP related advocacy.
  • Develop a model for the governance, management and operations of the Barry Farm historic landmark.
  • Help to research, write, secure and report on funding for the DC Legacy Project.
  • Represent the DCLP in Coalitions as necessary.
  • Cultivate relationships with key elected and appointed officials, policy makers, and related governmental and nongovernmental bodies and leaders.
  • Support advocacy for the project through coordinating meetings with decision makers, drafting position papers, letters, public testimony, talking points and presentations in a variety of formats to engage a diverse range of constituents.
  • Support communications with our membership and the general public through preparing action alerts, press statements, opinion editorials, website and newsletter posts, and other communications.
  • Attend conferences and other networking events relative to the project's mission.
  • Maintain the DC Legacy Project website and social media accounts.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate is a visionary leader who flourishes in a fast-paced environment and can effectively manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously and independently. They will enjoy working alongside staff and members and cultivating an appreciation for and engagement in preservation of DC’s Black history. They will have a demonstrated commitment to advancing racial equity, substantial project management experience, knowledge about civil rights history, and experience in working within fields related to the interpretation and presentation of history, historic preservation and design, and/or management and operations of a public cultural facility. They are a thoughtful leader who values and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance, and they actively work to foster an equitable and inclusive experience for everyone in their work.

The DC Legacy Project Director should hold a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of four years of experience in a similar position, or equivalent master’s level degree plus two years of experience.

The ideal candidate will also have the following experience and skills:

  • Experience with the preservation of historic properties, policies pertaining to historic landmarks, and/or interpretation of history within public settings.
  • Experience with advocacy and knowledge of DC’s political and community landscapes.
  • Working knowledge of relevant coalitions, initiatives and organizations that are aligned with the project’s goals
  • Ability to think strategically and conceptually with an unbiased approach to solutions using an equity and justice lens and facilitate the engagement of others in developing and carrying out strategy and related activities.
  • Exceptional analytical, research, writing, and oral advocacy skills, as well as the ability to articulate complex issues and communicate them appropriately and effectively to a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in working productively with impacted populations, coalitions, and community groups; ability to motivate volunteers, work across the political spectrum, and value differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance.
  • Make sound, timely, and informed decisions in complex situations.
  • Experience with proposal writing and grant management


This is a hybrid position. The DC Legacy Project Director should be based in Washington, DC or nearby and able to attend in-person meetings and events, as well as work in Empower DC’s office (1419 V St, NW), approximately four - six days per month.

Compensation & Benefits:

This is a full-time, exempt level position, eligible for full benefits. Empower DC covers 100% of the costs of health, dental and vision insurance. Empower DC annually contributes 2.5% of each full-time employee’s salary to a retirement benefit plan. Employees accrue 10 days of vacation leave, 10 days sick leave, two personal days and all federal holidays. Our office also closes between Christmas and New Year’s. After each five-year anniversary with Empower DC, an employee is entitled to one month of paid leave as a thank you for long-time service, and as a time to refresh and rejuvenate. During the pandemic employees also receive a monthly $100 telework stipend.

To Apply:

Send an email with a resume and cover letter of why you are interested in the position to hello@empowerdc.org. Please include "DCLP Director" in the email subject. 

This position is funded by a grant for two years. If additional funds become available, the contract will be extended

Applicants must have authorization to work in the US. Empower DC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Empower DC requires all staff to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters (with limited exceptions for religious or medical reasons).