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Posted: 01/14/2016

Historic Macon Foundation

Historic Macon Foundation, a 501©3 non-profit organization, is one of the nationís largest, most productive and most innovative local historic preservation organizations with nearly 600 member households in Middle Georgia and 6,000 listed historic buildings in our stewardship. Since our founding in 1964, Historic Macon Foundation has served as the regional historical society of note. Our mission is to revitalize our community by preserving architecture and sharing history. Historic Macon saves Maconís architectural treasures by purchasing, rehabilitating and selling structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition, Historic Macon educates the public about the importance of Maconís history and architecture, runs events to help celebrate Maconís unique assets and operates the Sidney Lanier Cottage. Our programs in economic development and neighborhood revitalization are award winners on a national scale and serve as a model for other preservation and revitalization organizations. The organization is staffed by eight full-time employees (including this position) and one part-time staff person, all of whom are vibrant, dedicated, fun and hard working. The office atmosphere is fast-paced, multi-tasking, technology-oriented and highly collaborative. Employees are treated as professionals in their expertise; each staff person has the opportunity to lead and teach other team members and literally hundreds of volunteers who are interested in our mission. Staff members manage their own time and tasks, and a flexible work schedule is a benefit. To learn more about Historic Macon, visit www.historicmacon.org.

Preservation Designer
Professional Opportunity
Macon, GA
Open Until


The Preservation Designer is a full-time staff level position providing creative management and administrative assistance for all of Historic Macon Foundations real estate holdings, interests and activities.This staff member assists with all real estate development including neighborhood revitalization planning, reporting, construction, infrastructure, advertising and sales.Primary and independent responsibilities will include designing finishes in all new-build and rehabilitation projects and guiding homebuyers through the construction process.The Preservation Designer also assists with general administrative tasks.This position reports to the Executive Director and works closely with staff, Board members and numerous committee members.

The successful employee will be well-organized, artistic, creative, efficient and able to multi-task.Excellent interpersonal skills are required, as the employee will work closely with professional contractors, vendors, homebuyers and volunteers.Because Historic Macon Foundation is a very small office, ideal candidates will be team players who are able to work across all areas of operation.The successful employee will also be an excellent communicator, fluent in digital and traditional communication forms, including graphic design.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage the planning process for the rehabilitation of historic homes (approximately 10-20 per year)
  • Design rehabilitation floor plans conforming to the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation
  • Manage the planning process for the construction of new-build infill homes (approximately 5 per year)
  • Estimate the cost for rehabilitation project
  • Create real estate development pro formas to demonstrate to viability of projects
  • Propose completed rehabilitation projects to the Executive Director and the Preservation Committee
  • Serve as staff support for the Preservation Committee including drafting agendas, notifying the committee, recruiting new committee members, presenting materials at the meeting in conjunction with the Executive Director
  • Visit and inspect each construction project underway every day to ensure construction conforms to the plans and specifications for each project
  • Prepare sales contracts and addendums
  • Assist buyers with the selection of finishes within the project budget
  • Guide first time homebuyers through home buying process including incentive programs, mortgages, etc.
  • Maintain comprehensive, up to date and careful records of all issues of property for Historic Macon Foundation
  • Assist other staff members with fundraisers and special events, including a lead role in the annual Design House
  • Efficiently managing construction budgets and identifying opportunities to reduce expenses and increase revenues
  • The Preservation Designer must be occasionally available for meetings and events on nights and weekends


A Bachelors degree in interior design, construction management, architecture, historic preservation, or a closely related field is required. Experience with real estate transfer and/or construction management is preferred.Extensive computer, media and web literacy is required.

How to apply
To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to info@historicmacon.org. Applications are due by Friday, January 22, 2016, 5pm.

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