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Posted: 07/06/2017

The Preservation Society of Newport County

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 Project Manager
Professional Opportunity
Newport, RI




To manage the facilities and resources of the PSNC heritage to ensure the long term viability of the buildings. While the position has a practical focus, the incumbent is not required to personally provide maintenance in all instances but to manage trades-people who have the specific skills required for the job.Proven management and leadership skills with a demonstrated ability to motivate, direct and provide effective and positive communication with employees.


PRIMARY WORK SCHEDULE: 40 hours/week. Primary schedule is Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm, however hours and days may vary in order to meet the operational needs of the organization. Special projects or events may require occasional evening or weekend work. Responsible to provide assistance during emergency situations.



  • Advanced knowledge of plumbing and septic systems, oil/gas heating systems, chimney and electrical maintenance and repair with emphasis on historic architecture.
  • Test and report the safe usage and handling of hazardous materials.
  • Possess fundamental ability to track expenditures and maintain a budget.
  • Flexibility to work independently, and in team settings.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to exercise good judgment.
  • Integrity, credibility and dedication expected when interacting with PSNC tenants and outside contractors.
  • Must follow all rules and regulations in the PSNC Personnel Policy and Safety Program.
  • Ability to multi-task and establish priorities while maintaining a flexible behavior and approach towards assignments.
  • Must possess a valid Drivers License with clean driving record.



·         Review and assess work order requests in an equitable and prioritized way assigning and overseeing Maintenance Dept staffs daily and weekly duties, based upon a sense of urgency.

·         Advise the Properties Director of any potential problems in meeting assigned project schedules or potential budget shortfalls.

·         Interact both orally and in writing with all PSNC departments, subordinates, contractors and committees.

·         Authorize purchase of necessary materials within the scope of work and budget guidelines.

·         Recommend and oversee all maintenance staff hiring, disciplinary actions, and annual reviews.

·         Forecast and design a short and long term program associated with the building services, facilities and equipment to proactively prevent and anticipate for potential upcoming maintenance and emergency situations that may arise.

·         Assist in the development and operation of maintenance recording systems including timeline tracking, costs, and outcomes to ensure that work is carried out within agreed parameters and organizational priorities.

·         Review and develop processes and procedures associated with regular maintenance tasks that ensure for minimal interruption to the daily operations within the building.

·         Manage the projects and maintenance program for all aspects of the buildings in conjunction with the Director of Properties.


OPen until
Until Filled

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

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