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Project Manager, Engaging Artists and Communities to Preserve Nordic Heritage Churches

Overview and Project Description:

Partners for Sacred Places (PSP) seeks candidates for the position of Project Manager to manage a new initiative, Engaging Artists and Communities to Preserve Nordic Heritage Churches. This is a part-time position with benefits. The Project Manager will be a remote employee based in the Upper Midwest, reporting to the national headquarters in Philadelphia.

This three-year, grant-funded project will lift the profile of Nordic cultural heritage in the Upper Midwest by:

Developing and promoting a searchable inventory/database of Nordic heritage churches in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, the Dakotas and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Advancing the care and preservation of Nordic cultural heritage in the Upper Midwest by identifying, convening and building the capacity of 8 to 16 historic, Nordic heritage churches.  Supporting projects with churches in the two project cohorts, engaging them with their communities and providing re-grants to fund successful repair and restoration projects with local artists and artisans.


Key Responsibilities of the Project Manager:


Organization, Communication and Project Leadership

  • Communicate frequently and work closely with PSP’s executive leadership to plan and implement project tasks and outputs
  • Be responsible for the accomplishment of project goals
  • Serve a liaison with Partners’ program staff, volunteer Advisory Committee, and church/denominational leaders, scholars/historians, and Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic and Norwegian heritage society leaders


Data Collection and Management

  • Act as primary field-based representative and liaison for this three-year funded program.
  • Identify existing documentation – in state historic preservation offices/ historical societies, denominational organizations, universities, and ethnic heritage societies -- of historic Nordic churches in the Upper Midwest.
  • Extract data from these resources and input into a database/website specifically created for this project, with input from the Advisory Committee and Partners’ staff, modeled on PSP’s Texas Sacred Places Project website.
  • Verify data and determine GPS coordinates for all churches in the database.


Training, Technical and Financial Support

  • Help identify possible churches and/or clusters of churches that could be good candidates for receiving training, asset-mapping and grants available through this program. Two cohorts, 8-16 churches total, will be supported.
  • Provide logistical support for planning and delivering these services.
  • Oversee provision of planning and capital grants, working with Partners’ program and finance staff.
  • Visit churches in the program for on-site coaching and monitoring of project related work.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred in Historic Preservation; History/Public History; Folk Arts; or related field.
  • Minimum 7 years work experience.
  • Must live in the Upper Midwest or be very familiar with one more of the states in this region.
  • Must have ability to travel and operate a motor vehicle, and have possession of a valid driver’s license.
  • Have a clear record of success in management and implementation of complex projects with multiple collaborators and actors.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills required, including comfort conversing by phone and in-person with a wide range of constituencies.
  • Knowledge of denominational history, and/or the history of one or more the national heritages of interest to this project is preferred.
  • Experience in working with historic preservation documentation (National and State register nomination materials) and similar data preferred.
  • Experience in public speaking, teaching, and/or training preferred.
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite, website content management systems, and database management.
  • Project management training/experience.
  • Experience in graphic design and GIS software a plus.

To Apply:

Partners for Sacred Places offers a dynamic and demanding work environment with a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to No phone calls, please. EOE.

No current internship opportunities. 

If you are interested in future volunteer opportunities with Partners for Sacred Places, please send an email to and include some background information about yourself and your areas of interest.