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Posted: 11/12/2014

Historic New England
Preservation Services

Historic New England is a museum of cultural history that collects and preserves buildings, landscapes, and objects dating from the seventeenth century to the present and uses them to keep history alive and to help people develop a deeper understanding and enjoyment of New England life and appreciation for its preservation. Program Areas We fulfill our mission through five key program areas: • Historic Properties: Visit our thirty-six historic sites, spanning five states and four centuries of New England life. Hear the stories of the New Englanders who called these sites home, stroll through formal gardens, or visit a working farm. Historic New England offers scores of public programs at our sites each year, ranging from courses and workshops to walking tours, craft festivals, and concerts. • Collections: With more than 110,000 objects Historic New England has the most comprehensive and best documented collection of New England decorative arts and household furnishings in the country. These collections, which date from the mid-seventeenth to the twentieth-first centuries, include the whole range of goods needed for day-to-day life, from furniture and clothing to cooking and heating equipment. • Preservation Services: Historic New England's preservation services include caring for and managing our own thirty-six historic museums and working with private property owners to protect and maintain their old and historic homes. We advocate for the preservation of significant New England residential resources representing all time periods, architectural styles, and cultural stories. • Education: Historic New England's school and youth programs, serving more than 42,000 students each year, receive national attention for the creative way in which they use historical resources to enrich learning. The programs are fun and multi-disciplinary, encouraging learning through a variety of approaches, including hands-on activities and role playing. • Archives and Publications: Every year hundreds of researchers come to the Library and Archives to study the more than one million items that document New England's architectural and cultural history. The archival collections include photographs, prints and engravings, architectural drawings, books, manuscripts, and ephemera.

Team Leader, Preservation Services
Professional Opportunity
Waltham, MA
$mid 70,000


Description: The team leader works as a member of the Leadership Team with responsibility for the operation of programs and services that present preservation information to the public, provide perpetual easement protection of privately-owned historic properties, assist homeowners through Historic Homeowner membership, and respond to preservation advocacy issues in accordance with the Preservation Intervention Strategy.


Responsibilities: Implements strategic externally-focused preservation programs, proposes annual plans and budget, and supervises staff in program implementation.  Serves as staff liaison to a trustee-level easement committee. Directs the development and ongoing regional operation of the preservation easement program, currently holding easements on 94 privately-owned historic properties throughout New England.  Directs planning and implementation of homeowner services programs and provides general historic preservation information for members and the public.  Serves as the public face of externally-focused preservation programs including administering the Preservation Intervention Strategy advocacy program, primarily focused on Historic New England properties and easement properties.  Monitors state, regional and national trends and issues in the historic preservation field. Writes articles, presents public programs. Serves as a member of the senior management Leadership Team, participating in institutional planning and addressing cross-organizational issues and projects. 


The position requires frequent travel throughout New England.  A valid drivers license and means of transportation are required. Weekend and evening work periodically required.


Qualifications: Masters degree in historic preservation, architectural history, or related field. Minimum of six years job-related experience, including supervisory experience. Requires fully competent computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite. Requires excellent oral and written communication skills. Requires knowledge of the issues of preservation philosophy and practice as they relate to the care of buildings and landscapes. Requires specialized knowledge of the philosophy, legal requirements and practices of easements, both land and buildings, and experience in the development, negotiation, administration and enforcement of easements.


Requires understanding, experience and enthusiasm for engaging the public in preservation activities through membership, creative program development and promotion, and cooperation with partners internally and externally to reach, engage and serve a wide audience. Requires general knowledge of state and federal grant fundig opportunities and processes, along with regulatory and statutory requirements related to both public and private funding. Other Preferred Qualification:  J. D. degree with specialization in preservation law.


Salary range:  Salary in the mid-$70s, plus 25% benefits pkg.  Slightly higher with J. D. degree.  Includes generous vacation and paid holidays program.


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Until Filled

How to apply
Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@HistoricNewEngland.org or mail to Historic New England, 151 Essex Street, Haverhill, Mass. 01832; Attn: Human Resources.
Wendy Gus
Phone: 617 994 5962
151 Essex St
Haverhill, MA 01832

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