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Preservation Manager, Cogswell’s Grant and Coolidge Point

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Posted: 06/14/2016

Historic New England
Property Care

We serve the public by preserving and presenting New England heritage. Historic New England is the oldest and largest regional heritage organization in the nation. We share the region’s history through vast collections, publications, exhibitions, museum properties, and archives that document more than 400 years of life in New England. One of Historic New England's primary goals is the preservation of cultural resources. Recognizing that the resources administered by Historic New England, including landscapes, buildings, structures, archeological resources, objects, and archival material, may have different preservation needs and ideologies, Historic New England's preservation philosophy is to: •Research and document the history, evolution, features, materials, integrity, and areas of significance of resources prior to undertaking any repair or conservation work. Research should be considered a continuum that serves to direct the overall management approach for resources, and records Historic New England's contribution to their care and maintenance; •Monitor usage to prevent irreparable loss of historic fabric; •Choose maintenance and conservation treatments that reflect a commitment to retaining and preserving historic material; •Recognize and preserve the design and craftsmanship that has uniquely shaped a resource over time; •Disseminate the experiences and information associated with resources to internal and external audiences; and •Follow or exceed nationally-accepted professional standards and guidelines, as appropriate for each discipline, in order to ensure the longevity of resources and maintain a reputation for innovation and the highest quality of work.

Preservation Manager, Cogswell’s Grant and Coolidge Point
Professional Opportunity
Essex and Manchester, MA


The preservation manager, Cogswells Grant and Coolidge Point, is a key staff member responsible for overseeing preservation, maintenance and capital improvements of structures and landscapes at those two properties, in Essex and Manchester, Massachusetts. Historic New England is 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 manager is the keeper of the Historic New England philosophy as it is applied to the preservation and maintenance of the sites under his/her management and follows the standards for care established by the property care team.  The preservation manager will establish and sustain a thorough understanding of each historic resource, will develop budgets and work plans, and then contract out needed preservation, capital improvements, or maintenance work; will document all phases of work in an appropriate manner; and will demonstrate in all actions a commitment to long-term preservation and excellent maintenance of Historic New England historic resources.  The preservation manager is responsible for coordinating work with other teams within Historic New England. This includes working closely with collections staff and the historic site managers who manage day-to-day operation of the properties. This employee responds to emergencies at the sites as required.


Responsibilities:  Regularly survey properties to ensure a full understanding of property needs and issues, document existing conditions, and research preservation issues. Research the historic record of a site to understand the history of the resource and past repairs. Create project plans and write completion reports for all work undertaken at the sites; whether undertaken by Historic New England staff or outside contractors. Develop and maintain a list of preservation, capital improvement and maintenance needs for assigned properties and propose prioritized annual work plan of projects for assigned properties.  Develop accurate budget estimates for preservation and maintenance work proposed for the sites. Work on grant proposals and funding requests as assigned. Create construction documents, coordinate the bidding process, select contractor(s); oversee and document repair and maintenance work; approve contractor work; approve and process contract payments. Monitor boundaries, neighbor relations, community issues and other factors that may affect the short or long-term preservation of the properties and surroundings. Coordinate all site activities with site managers and functions staff, and work affecting the interiors with the collections team to ensure exceptional customer service for visitors. Respond to emergencies at the sites. Perform or assist in building and landscape maintenance tasks as assigned.




Qualifications:  Masters degree in historic preservation, architecture, engineering, conservation or a related field and at least two years 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 fully competent computer skills including skilled use of MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel spreadsheet functions, internet research, e-mail, and digital photography. Must be able to operate effectively in a team environment, where communication within and among the teams is essential to success.  Ability to interact and communicate orally and in writing is essential. Requires problem solving skills and ability to effectively plan and implement work processes to complete tasks according to schedule. Ability to coordinate with neighbors and local officials diplomatically and with a high level of sensitivity to expectations and potential issues is essential.  Requires a valid drivers license and a means of transportation.


Preferred Qualifications: Experience with facility management, project management, HVAC, other mechanical systems and security equipment desirable.  Use of minor tools and ability to perform minor maintenance a plus.


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How to apply
Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@historicnewengland.org.

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