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Posted: 04/24/2017

The Preservation Society of Newport County
Office of CEO

The Preservation Society of Newport County is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1945 to preserve and protect the architectural heritage of Newport County, Rhode Island. The Preservation Society’s collection of historic houses together with their landscapes, fine and decorative arts constitutes a unique cultural museum spanning the colonial period through the Gilded Age. Each house museum plays a significant role in the effort to preserve and interpret the evolution of Newport’s artistic, social, and cultural past, which reflects developments on the national level. The Preservation Society is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, a designation achieved by only six percent of American museums. The Preservation Society of Newport County is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect, preserve, and present an exceptional collection of house museums and landscapes in one of the most historically intact cities in America. We hold in public trust the Newport Mansions, which are an integral part of the living fabric of Newport, Rhode Island. These sites exemplify three centuries of the finest achievements in American architecture, decorative arts, and landscape design spanning the Colonial era to the Gilded Age. Through our historic properties, educational programs, and related activities, we engage the public in the story of America’s vibrant cultural heritage. We seek to inspire and promote an appreciation of the value of preservation to enrich the lives of people everywhere.

Preservation Policy Associate
Professional Opportunity
Newport, RI
Open Until

The Preservation Society of Newport County seeks a Preservation Policy Associate to support the organizations advocacy and outreach efforts. This is a full-time position, offering a competitive salary and benefits package. The Preservation Policy staff comprises a small team that works in close alignment with the Preservation Societys Board of Trustees, Preservation Policy Committee, CEO and Executive Director, and Chief of Staff. Evening and weekend hours may be required.

Job Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Preservation Policy Manager, the Preservation Policy Associate will help the Preservation Society continue to strengthen its impact locally, with a particular focus on positively enhancing quality of life by advocating for the preservation of architecture, landscapes, and the scenic character of Newport County.


To that end, the Preservation Policy Associate contributes to the ongoing development of strategic partnerships, analytical data, and research in key policy areas related to the Preservation Society and its mission, including:

  • Preservation, Architecture, Landscape and Planning
  • Scenic Conservation and Environmental Resources
  • Transportation
  • Economic Development
  • Legislative, Civic, and Political Engagement

Required Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in historic preservation, architectural history, or a closely related discipline;
  • Minimum of two years of professional experience, including historical and architectural research, writing, editing, and photographic documentation;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Experience with spatial data visualization and mapping platforms is preferred;
  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (including Excel), Access, Adobe Photoshop, and social media tools;
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task, establish priorities, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment;
  • Hands-on experience with successful inter-organizational collaborative projects/initiatives is preferred;
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal preservation policy and regulation is preferred;
  • Successful applicants will be creative, detail-oriented, and able to manage complex and sensitive projects with discretion;
  • Familiarity with Rhode Islands cultural heritage is a plus;
  • The ability to create, edit, and manage a website is a plus.








How to apply
Please email a cover letter, and resume with contact information for professional references to humanresources@newportmansions.org or mail to Human Resources Department, 424 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840
Phone: 401-847-1000
Fax: 401-847-1361
424 Bellevue Ave

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