Weeksville Heritage Center is a historic site of great national significance. Weeksville is one of the only African American historic sites in the Northeast on its original property and the only African American historic site in New York that teaches post enslavement history. During the 19th century, the village of Weeksville was a vibrant and independent African American community. Weeksville is steward to three historic houses, each restored to a different time period: the 1860s, 1900s and 1930s. Our mission is to document, preserve and interpret the history of free African American communities in Weeksville, Brooklyn and beyond and to create and inspire innovative, contemporary uses of African American history through education, the arts, and civic engagement.
Weeksville seeks a part-time Preservation Manager who will be responsible for actively researching the historic Hunterfly Road Houses and related architectural properties in the area. The Preservation Manager will report to the Director of Research.
* Pursue detailed buildings and architectural research on key sites in area
* Research, catalog and annotate historic map collection
* Follow-up on potential landmark designations in historic Weeksville area, as identified by staff, community members and independent researchers
* Supplement existing architectural research on historic Hunterfly Road Houses
* Investigate national monument and world heritage status for relevant sites
* Work with community boards to identify cultural assets in area
* Investigate the possibilities of a Weeksville historic district
The ideal Preservation Manager candidate will:
* Have 3 to 5 years of professional experience in researching historic sites or conducting place-based research
* Hold an advanced degree in a relevant discipline (Masters or above), such as preservation, urban planning or architecture
* Be an excellent project manager and communicator, capable of thinking and working strategically and handling administrative tasks thoroughly;
* Have a dedicated work ethic, including being a self-starter with the ability to work independently but also be able to be a hands-on team member;
* Be well-organized, detail-oriented, and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously, often under time constraints; and
* Have excellent database, computer, and time management skills.
* Familiarity with GIS applications preferred.
The candidate should be flexible, committed, personable and comfortable multi-tasking while working in a small, fast-paced office.