The Preservation Project Manager for Rhode Island is responsible for the development and management of preservation projects primarily at the museum properties owned by Historic New England in Rhode Island. The Historic New England property collection spans four centuries and five New England states and is comprised of 15 National Historic Landmark sites and 28 National Register sites. The Rhode Island properties include the Arnold House, Clemence-Irons, Casey Farm and Watson Farm. The Preservation Project Manager will work as part of the property care team to complete projects as assigned. Historic New England has been a leader in establishing preservation philosophy, standards and methods, and continues to provide models of historic preservation for preservation professionals, organizations and the public. The Preservation Project Manager is the keeper of the Historic New England philosophy as it is applied to their assigned projects. The Preservation Project Manager is responsible for project planning, project scope development, creation and dissemination of bid documents, coordination with contractors and staff, weekly status reports and project documentation, completion reports and other paperwork as required. The total number of projects assigned will be determined by project scope, work load considerations and the requirements of funding. Additional responsibilities include supporting fundraising and programming opportunities in the region. The Preservation Project Manager is responsible for coordinating their work within the property care team and also with other Historic New England teams. This includes working closely with preservation managers, collection staff and historic site managers who oversee day-to-day operation of the properties.
Responsibilities: Familiarize oneself with site history and history of repairs at project site for the development of project scope as well as possible granting opportunities. Develop treatment plans for proposed projects; coordinate as necessary with architect/engineer for creation of specifications for the project items; draft bid documents for all project components and coordinate bid process and bid review; coordinate all necessary teams in regards to scope of the project and impact of the project with tenants, staff, the landscape, building and collections, and the public. Oversee preservation and construction projects, including status meetings with the contractor, site manger, preservation manager, and team leader for property care; produce written documents including weekly written status repairs, written minutes from contractor meetings, project reports and a completion report for each project to conform to property care standards and the standards of the funding agencies. Support fundraising efforts by creating grant narratives based on projects details. Produce, label and properly store photographs documenting all phases of the project to conform to property care standards and the standards of the granting agencies; manage paperwork required for granting agencies and ensure timely compliance with all requirements; participate and/or coordinate surveys of properties and systems to determine work lists. Writes internal documents, white papers and articles for professional dissemination, and makes public presentations related to Historic New England property care and projects and develops outreach programs on preservation issues; serves on task forces and committees as assigned, both specific to expertise and in support of organizational priorities. Perform other duties as assigned.
Masters degree in historic preservation, architecture, engineering, conservation or a related field and at least one year of experience; Bachelors degree and a minimum of 4 years of job-related experience; or 6 years of job-related experience under the supervision of a preservation professional. Requires computer skills and understanding of basic word processing and spreadsheet use. This position is a full time (40 hours per week) with a grant funded term of one year. This position is based at the Arnold House in Lincoln, Rhode Island. This position requires travel to other Historic New England sites in Rhode Island and throughout the region as required including regular trips to the property care headquarters at the Lyman Estate in Waltham, Massachusetts. Valid drivers license and means of transportation required.