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Posted: 07/25/2011

Providence Preservation Society

Providence Preservation Society Organizational Description The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) is a 501(c)(3) membership organization founded in 1956. Its mission is to improve the quality of life in the city of Providence through historic preservation and enhancement of the built environment. It acts on its mission primarily through advocacy and education endeavors. PPS advocates for restoration, appropriate rehabilitation, and sustainable use of historic buildings and neighborhoods citywide; best city planning and zoning practices; and well designed contemporary architecture so that new construction will complement the existing built environment. Advocacy Advocacy efforts are advanced through development and publication of the Most Endangered Properties List, annual historic preservation awards, and direct advocacy to and for the community, and to elected and appointed officials. In addition, the Planning and Architectural Review Committee (PAR), a non-regulatory design review board, reviews and advises on rehabilitation of historic properties, new construction in historic areas, and urban planning and design issues. Education PPS develops educational programs, primarily focused on an adult audience, informing the public about Providence’s rich architectural legacy. These include a variety of lectures and tours as well as annual in-depth symposia on preservation-related topics. The organization also raises awareness of preservation issues through monthly e-newsletters, semiannual print newsletters, and the historic building marker program. PPS is currently developing a partnership with the Providence Career and Technical Academy to build a curriculum based on preservation-related building trades. Programs such as the Festival of Historic Houses and the Benefit Street Holiday Festival celebrate the city’s architectural heritage and success of preservation efforts citywide, with tours that showcase Providence’s vibrant historic neighborhoods. These nationally recognized events attract people from throughout the region, raise organizational visibility, and raise funds to support PPS’s mission. PPS collaborates with numerous organizations, including neighborhood associations, statewide advocacy groups, and state and local regulatory agencies.

Coordinator of Advocacy and Education
Professional Opportunity
Providence, RI

Coordinator of Advocacy and Education (Job Overview)

Working directly with the Executive Director, the Coordinator of Advocacy and Education, by means of programs and outreach, supports and communicates PPS’s public message regarding the importance of historic preservation in Providence. S/he is the primary in-house preservation resource and in the absence of the Executive Director speaks for the organization with regard to preservation strategy. S/he also contributes to the general operation of the organization; works collaboratively with other staff, volunteers, and board members on committees and events as needed; and seeks generally to promote historic preservation and PPS.

Specific responsibilitie

• Advocacy & Community Outreach

With Executive Director, act as liason with neighborhood groups, city officials, and others in order to track community and preservation concerns and ensure that PPS is fully engaged with local preservation, planning, and applicable quality-of-life and development issues. Track specific projects over time and bring to attention of PPS staff and board as needed. Represent PPS and provide testimony before various review boards and public bodies (e.g., Downcity Design Review Committee, Historic District Commission, City Plan Commission, Zoning Board of Review, Capital Center Commission).

• Educational Programming

Work with Executive Director to develop and implement diverse educational initiatives to help build an informed audience for the organization. Research and create content for educational/public programming in support of the Director.

• Planning and Architectural Review (PAR)

Identify projects for review by committee, contact developers and architects, arrange for presentations, conduct research, draft committee meeting minutes and comment letters, and prepare documents and information for public use, website, and newsletter as needed. Follow up with presenters/developers as necessary as project progresses; maintain accurate files of all projects.

• Most Endangered Properties Program (MEP)

Solicit and research nominations; present recommendations to PAR and Board of Trustees; prepare all supporting documentation and press releases; plan and coordinate press conference; plan annual photography exhibit: recruit professional photographers to photograph MEPs; provide access to properties (if possible); make assignments; prepare grant applications to cover program costs; coordinate gallery exhibit logistics, marketing, and implementation; prepare press releases; design postcard (and additional print collateral) and coordinate mailing and distribution; plan and coordinate gallery reception and exhibit.

• Annual Historic Preservation Awards

Oversee all aspects of this annual program, including but not limited to: design nomination form; coordinate mailing and solicitation of nominations from general public, membership, architects, developers, non-profits and others; research nominations; present recommendations to Annual Awards selection committee; coordinate site visits and follow-up contact with nominees; prepare press releases; correspond with honorees; staff Annual Awards committee and coordinate Awards ceremony logistics; prepare slideshow for presentation; create awards certificates; coordinate guest list and ticket sales,;prepare articles and photos for newsletter, e-news,and website.

• Public Inquiries/ Technical Assistance

Field inquiries from the public on preservation issues and suggest appropriate resources, government offices, neighborhood associations, local non-profits, etc. Provide technical assistance to members and the general public as appropriate.

• National Register nominations and Local Historic District nominations

As needed, coordinate surveys for National Register nominations and new Local Historic Districts.

• Interns and volunteers

Draft internship descriptions for preservation and advocacy-focused internships as needed. Supervise interns/work-study students/volunteers on various projects and programs, including soliciting, interviewing and supervising their work.


• Annual Meeting “Year-In-Review”: prepare text and images on preservation projects and advocacy initiatives for PowerPoint presentation at annual meeting.

• PPS Communications: prepare newsletter articles and photographs for all preservation-related issues and write updates about programs and preservation projects. Responsible for preservation/advocacy website content and updates.

• PPS Special Events: For each special event, craft and implement event-specific preservation message with appropriate staff, committee members, & board.. Work as needed with development staff in planning, and staffing special events.

The successful applicant will have (1) at least three years of work experience that includes preservation planning and/or architectural history or a related field, and (2) an undergraduate degree and/or, preferably a graduate degree in preservation planning, and/or architectural history, or a related field. The successful candidate must possess outstanding interpersonal, oral and written communication, and organizational skills, as well as the ability to balance multiple ongoing tasks and special projects. Experience developing and motivating volunteers is preferred. Superior Microsoft Office, Photoshop, design software, and general computer skills essential. The position requires a candidate comfortable with working independently yet also as a strong team player.

For meetings and events, some evening and weekend work is required. Extent and relevance of prior experience will influence compensation.

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How to apply
E-mail letter of interest, resume, and a brief writing sample (maximum two pages) to: James Brayton Hall Executive Director Providence Preservation Society jobs@ppsri.org No mail or phone calls, please.
James Hall
Phone: (401) 831-7440
Fax: (401) 831-8583
Providence Preservation Society
21 Meeting Street
Providence, RI 02903

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