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Posted: 11/20/2017

Regional Operations Manager - Historic Preservation Projects

HistoriCorps® is seeking a historic preservation professional with construction management experience. The successful applicant will be located in Petersburg, VA, home of our eastern regional office and HistoriCorps Institute™. Organization: HistoriCorps®, a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization based in Denver, Colorado, is the nationally recognized leader in mobilizing volunteers-at-large, students, veterans, and professional practitioners to save and protect places that matter. Since its founding in 2009, HistoriCorps has experienced exponential growth preserving more than 250 historic buildings and structures in 24 states and logged over 124,000 volunteer hours. HistoriCorps’ mission is to save and sustains historic places for public benefit through partnerships that foster public involvement, engage volunteers, and provide training and education. HistoriCorps Institute™ is the formal education and training arm of HistoriCorps. Through its innovative “Program in Heritage Conservation and Construction”, students learn the decision making and time honored hands-on skills necessary to successfully complete preservation construction projects on time, on budget, and with the quality deserving of historic places. A project based learning model is used to translate the learning that occurs from student participation in HistoriCorps’ projects into assessable learning outcomes. Students completing the program receive a Certificate of Achievement in Heritage Conservation and Construction and may receive academic credit from partner academic institutions.

Regional Operations Manager
Professional Opportunity
Petersburg, VA

Under the supervision of the Operations and Projects Manager, the HistoriCorps Regional Operations Manager is responsible for all functions of HistoriCorps regional field operations including but not limited to: historic structures conditions assessments, project scopes of work and financial estimates, coordination and deployment of multiple project crews, regional relationship and public relations engagement.  This position is expected to coordinate these activities closely with the Volunteer/Student/Veterans and Communications Managers based in Denver and the Regional Office.  The Regional Operations Manager is a member of the Operations Team and responsible for optimizing collaboration between Denver and Petersburg.

The duties of the position will include but are not limited to the following:

  • The overall construction and project management functions of HistoriCorps:
  • Manage third party contractors when applicable;
  • Develop and maintain inventory system and database for tools and equipment;
  • Prepare and maintain vehicles, trailers, tools, equipment, and camp kitchen inventory for field deployment;
  • Develop and manage annual maintenance, repair, and replacement budget for regional operations office;
  • Maintain coordination and close communication with Management Team;
  • Recruit, hire, train, and supervise field staff and instructors in collaboration with members of Management Team. Create and post job descriptions for seasonal and permanent field staff. Coordinate the interviews (by committee); once hired, plan and conduct leadership and management training;
  • Develop, update, and/or revise field packets in collaboration with Management Team, including but not limited to, Volunteer Management Manual, Training Manuals, Risk Management Manual, Sponsors project site protocols, Safety Plans, Evacuation Plans;
  • Manage field staff. Conduct evaluations on productivity, effectiveness, leadership, attitude, and rapport with volunteers, Veterans, students, youth, and clients; 
  • Coordinate with HistoriCorps Volunteer Manager and HistoriCorps Institute Marketing Manager to ensure seamless flow of information to and from field staff regarding their volunteers, students and veterans;
  • Cooperate and collaborate with the Denver office to ensure that project planning, scheduling, and execution are fully synchronized.

The knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform this job include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Bachelors degree in historic preservation or related discipline Masters degree preferred.
  • Minimum of five years experience onsite in preservation or related construction field;
  • Knowledge of historic preservation theory, practice, and compliance;
  • Working knowledge of, and experience with,The Secretary of the Interiors Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties (SOIS), with Guidelines for Preserving, Rehabilitating, restoring, & Reconstructing Historic Buildings;
  • Experience in Project Management tools i.e. Gantt charts, Critical Path Scheduling and Management, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Office;
  • Advanced understanding of project materials and methods, processes and supervision of construction crews;
  • Exhibit clear, proven leadership skills;
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication, interpersonal and management skills;
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in a team environment, and with management, vendors and clients;
  • Conflict resolution, mediation and negotiations skills to resolve disagreements quickly and effectively, bringing a problem- solving attitude to conflicting approaches and priorities involving others.
  • Advanced analytic skills to resolve complex issues;
  • Ability to analyze operational performance and produce reports that outline areas of improvement;
  • Ability to fully comprehend construction documents, architectural drawings and specifications, and legal contracts and agreements, using them as a reference when change-orders, discrepancies, or disagreements arise in the field.
  • Ability to track and manage project actual expenses to budget 
  • Valid drivers license and reliable transportation
Mission Critical Tasks: 
  • Management: Champion continuous improvement efforts. Assess and support the change management effects associated with the implementation of improvements. Proactively support, encourage and facilitate field staff to engage in continuous improvement activities; foster improvement in all areas of leadership, management, and skills as an ethic and culture;
  • FinanceWork in unison with Office Manager to ensure that all procedures and policies are followed as defined.
  • Project Management: The Regional Operations Manager is the primary client contact for projects, once under agreement and scheduled for execution, including ensuring timely, quality and cost-effective work. Maintain effective client communications.  Direct and support the processes that coordinate and manage field teams. Work directly with the Management Team to improve existing and initiate new policies and procedures that support the financial and operational objectives of HistoriCorps.
  • Team and Interpersonal skillsSuccess in this position requires positive relationships with other team members including support staff and senior staff, sponsors, academic institution partners, community members, contractors, etc., always representing and fostering the HistoriCorps ethic and organizational culture. These persons must thus be approached in a way that makes them feel valued as individuals and team members and considers the necessities of work as seen from their perspective.
  • Service orientation:Success in this position requires a service-oriented perspective in which, to the greatest extent possible, volunteers, students, veterans and Field Staff are treated in such a way as to feel valued and well served in their contacts with HistoriCorps through you.
  • Confidentiality and discretion:Success in this position requires the ability not only to maintain the confidentiality of prospective volunteer, student, veteran, staff, and contracted services records, but also the ability to discern when it is appropriate to divulge privileged, if not necessarily confidential, information.


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How to apply
Please submit the following for consideration: -Submit a letter of interest (400 words maximum) that describes the reasons for your interest and includes your email address, physical street address, and daytime phone number. Please indicate how you would like to be contacted (by email or phone) if you are selected for an interview; -A descriptive resume Submit all materials electronically to: Jonas Landes, jlandes@historicorps.org, subject line: “Regional Operations Manager”
Jonas Landes

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