The Director of Preservation will advance the organizations work plan by developing and implementing advocacy efforts and educational programs that further the organizations mission and strategic goals. The Director of Preservation will identify and cultivate critical allies in the public, private, non-profit and media sectors, communicating PPS progressive values emphasizing that economic development and community growth are more successful within a preservation framework. The Director of Preservation is expected to be an active, engaged, and highly visible member of the community, seeking partnering opportunities to help advance PPS objectives. They will participate collegially with neighborhood organizations; city planning, economic development, and regulatory agencies; and institutional partners. They will be involved in diversifying the organizations funding streams using innovative and entrepreneurial initiatives. Given the dominant community-facing nature of the position, it requires a commitment to working frequent evening and weekend hours.
Education and Experience
A graduate or professional degree in a relevant discipline are required. Three or more years of high-level historic preservation experience are desired.
Knowledge, Skills and Capacities
PPS seeks for its Director of Preservation an entrepreneurial not-for-profit leader with an informed passion for historic preservation advocacy. Candidates must have a thorough knowledge of historic architecture and preservation policies at the local, state, and national levels, as well as the ability to effectively communicate and apply such knowledge. Candidates should have experience working with volunteers, community organizing, creating educational and engaging public programs and managing multiple projects at once.
The ideal candidate will have excellent writing, speaking, organization, negotiation, and technology skills and the ability to meet multiple, overlapping deadlines. The character of applicants must be professional, energetic, organized, patient, self-motivated, and have skills to connect with and manage people of diverse backgrounds. Desired qualifications include fluency in Spanish and high comfort level in public speaking and working with groups of any size.
Overview of Providence Preservation Society
Founded in 1956, the Society is a non-profit membership organization whose mission is to improve Providence by advocating for historic preservation and the enhancement of its unique character through thoughtful design and planning. Among the pioneers of the American historic preservation movement, no city organization has had a greater impact than PPS on the identity, appearance and ethos of its community, beginning with the rescue of College Hill in the 1950s and 60s, not as a museum but as a revitalized neighborhood that today provides a dynamic setting for the worlds pre-eminent art school (Rhode Island School of Design) and one of its leading research universities (Brown).
PPS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. PPS is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. Employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex, age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.
There is currently a 19-member Board of Trustees and a full-time staff of five, currently operating out of the Old Brick School House (1769) in the College Hill National Historic Landmark District. With an operating budget of approximately $600K and an endowment of approximately $1.2 million, PPS maintains a current membership of approximately 500.