The Preservation Manager, Milton Properties, is a key staff member responsible for overseeing preservation, maintenance, and capital improvements of structures and landscapes at the Milton, Massachusetts, properties owned by Historic New England, and for seven southern region properties in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Western Massachusetts.
Historic New England is a leader in establishing preservation philosophy, standards, and methods, and continues to provide models of historic preservation for preservation professionals, organizations, and the public. The Preservation Manager is the keeper of the Historic New England philosophy as it is applied to the preservation and maintenance of the sites under his/her management and follows the standards for care established by the property care team. The Preservation Manager will establish and sustain a thorough understanding of each historic resource, will develop budgets and work plans, and then contract out needed preservation, capital improvements, or maintenance work; will document all phases of work in an appropriate manner; and will demonstrate in all actions a commitment to long-term preservation and excellent maintenance of Historic New England historic resources.
The Preservation Manager is responsible for coordinating work with other teams within Historic New England. This includes working closely with collections staff and the historic site managers who manage day-to-day operation of the properties. This employee responds to emergencies at the sites as required.
- Milton property management includes inspection of all structures on the property not less than weekly for signs of deterioration or vandalism, and coordination of all maintenance activities in tandem with Landscape Manager and site staff as appropriate. The Preservation Manager erves as Historic New Englands presence on site during the construction project to ensure adherence to preservation philosophy throughout. Prepares regular reports and serves as liaison between construction management staff on site and Team Leader for Property Care. Prepares all appropriate project documentation including the completion report.
- Southern region and Milton property management includes regularly surveying properties to ensure a full understanding of property needs and issues, documenting existing conditions, and researching preservation issues. The Preservation Manager esearches the historic record of a site to understand the history of the resource and past repairs. Creates project plans and writes completion reports for all work undertaken at the sites, whether undertaken by Historic New England staff or outside contractors. Creates construction documents, coordinates the bidding process, selects contractor(s); oversees and documents repair and maintenance work; approves contractor work; approves and processes contract payments. Develops and maintains a list of preservation, capital improvement, and maintenance needs for assigned properties and proposes prioritized annual work plan of projects for assigned properties. Develops accurate budget estimates for preservation and maintenance work proposed for the sites. Works on grant proposals and funding requests as assigned. Monitors boundaries, neighbor relations, community issues, and other factors that may affect the short or long-term preservation of the properties and surroundings. Coordinates all site activities with Site Managers and functions staff, and work affecting the interiors with the collection services team to ensure exceptional customer service for visitors. Responds to emergencies at the sites and other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: Masters degree in historic preservation, architecture, engineering, conservation, or a related field and at least two years of experience; bachelors degree and a minimum of four years of job-related experience; or six years of job-related experience under the supervision of a preservation professional. Requires fully competent computer skills including skilled use of MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel spreadsheet functions; internet research; e-mail; and digital photography. Must be able to operate effectively in a team environment, where communication within and among teams is essential to success. Ability to interact and communicate orally and in writing is essential. Requires problem-solving skills and ability to effectively plan and implement work processes to complete tasks according to schedule. Ability to coordinate with neighbors and local officials diplomatically and with a high level of sensitivity to expectations and potential issues is essential. Requires a valid drivers license and a means of transportation.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience with facility management, project management, HVAC, other mechanical systems, and security equipment desirable.
Work Environment: Weekend and evening work periodically required through planned activities or necessary because of emergency response. The position requires regular travel to the Historic New England properties under management as well as Historic New England offices in Boston, Haverhill, and Waltham, Massachusetts, for meetings.
As typically performed, this position regularly involves talking, hearing, sitting, standing, walking, and bending/stooping. The position also involves lifting up to fifty pounds. The employee must apply manual dexterity in combination with eye-hand coordination such as basic keyboarding, operation of basic hand tools, and/or handling of objects. The employee in this position is exposed to weather extremes. The visual demands of the position require regularly reading documents for general understanding. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.