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Newport Restoration Foundation in Newport, Rhode Island is looking for an experienced and highly-skilled historic preservation practitioner to serve as its next Director of Preservation. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Preservation oversees the preservation, maintenance, and protection of NRF’s historic properties and directly supervises the organization’s Operations Coordinator and Crew Foreman.
NRF was established in 1968 by preservationist, philanthropist, and collector Doris Duke, who devoted her resources to the acquisition and restoration of Colonial-era buildings in Newport. NRF owns 78 historic properties, including 70 buildings that are rented as residences. This portfolio represents one of the largest collections of period architecture owned by a single organization anywhere in the United States. The impact of NRF’s preservation work has been transformative for the city of Newport, with its earliest neighborhoods and streetscapes revitalized, public spaces created and enhanced, and the city’s tax base and economy strengthened.
The Director of Preservation oversees the preservation and protection of NRF’s historic properties. S/he will serve as the leader in the effort to ensure the long-term stewardship of NRF’s collection of houses. Of particular importance currently are conservation-level projects involving some of NRF’s most noteworthy properties, including Rough Point, the Whitehorne House Museum, Vernon House, and the Christopher Townsend House (74 Bridge Street), but the Director of Preservation provides guidance as well to NRF’s ten-person crew on the more routine work performed on our rental houses. In addition, the Director of Preservation serves on an ongoing basis as an advocate and spokesperson with regard to all preservation-related issues of interest to NRF.
In 2016, NRF organized and hosted Keeping History Above Water, one of the first national conferences addressing the threat to historic properties posed by climate change. Although the annual conference continues to be an important component of our work – the 2019 conference will take place in St. Augustine, FL – NRF is increasingly focusing its attention on the need to prepare for the impact of sea-level rise in Newport. NRF has more than 25 historic houses in the highly-vulnerable Point neighborhood alone. The Director of Preservation will play a critical role in helping NRF “design” and implement its response to this threat, in concert with stakeholders in the community and nationwide.
Preferred Additional Qualifications:
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, résumé and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org or to Human Resources, 51 Touro Street, Newport, RI 02840. Applications accepted until Monday, February 4 2019. EOE.
NRF is accepting applications for its Laird Internship in Museum Studies for summer 2019. Applications are due by February 19, 2019.