The Director of Historic Preservation conducts research on and oversees the care and repair/restoration of Historic Deerfield's 55 antique structures. More specifically, the person shall:
· Conduct detailed structure conservation surveys entailing close inspection of all Historic Deerfield's properties to document present conditions and to determine potential problems. Compile a prioritized list of projects to aid long-range planning.
· Oversee all work conducted on Historic Deerfield's historic building fabric either by in-house maintenance crew members or by outside contractors. Work closely with the Superintendent of Properties Maintenance in scheduling projects.
· Work closely with the Superintendent of Properties Maintenance on yearly and long-range planning and budgeting for maintenance, repair, and restoration of Historic Deerfield's buildings and landscape features.
· Review and update specifications for various projects, contact appropriate contractors for bidding, oversee and document all work (written/photographic), and approve all related billing.
· Research materials, products, and firms to better preserve Historic Deerfield's buildings.
· Conduct research and building archaeology on Historic Deerfield's structures as required for restoration work and for a better understanding of local building practices from the late 17th to early 20th centuries.
· Curate the museums extensive collection of architectural fragments in conjunction with the Deerfield home lot files. Conduct research regarding historic paints, wallpapers and floor treatments.
· Create basic floor plans and elevations compatible with historic structures reports.
· Collaborate with curatorial department staff on repair and restoration plans and environmental issues that affect the institution's historic buildings and the Flynt Center of Early New England Life.
· Prepare lectures and articles for the general public, professional organizations, museum education programs, and staff training. Reply to inquiries from the public and other institutions regarding preservation/restoration questions/issues.
The Director of Historic Preservation reports directly to the Senior Vice President; works closely with the Superintendent of Properties Maintenance, the Director of Finance, and the Director of the Curatorial Department; and oversees the work of Historic Deerfield staff on antique buildings.
· M.S. in Historic Preservation
· 5 years minimum in the preservation field, with an emphasis on 18th to mid-19th century construction preferred
· Public speaking experience
· Hands-on restoration/construction experience
While not required, the following are desirable:
· Lead Safe renovator-Supervisor certificate
· Construction Supervisor license
· Introductory CAD technology
Hours: The Director of Historic Preservation will work 35 hours per week, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am 4:00 pm. Evenings and weekends may occasionally be required for programs, special events, or other needs.