NRF promotes and invests in the architectural heritage of the Newport community, the traditional building trades, and Doris Duke’s fine and decorative arts collections, for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of all.
As a leader in the preservation of early American architecture, NRF supports research and education in areas directly related to its collections and issues of critical concern to the field of historic preservation.
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The Newport Restoration Foundation seeks a dynamic and engaging individual to serve as its Manager of Education and Public Engagement. Reporting to the Director of Museums, the Manager of Education and Public Engagement will assess the current state of NRF’s public programs and communal engagement and work with NRF museum staff to strengthen existing efforts or develop new forms of museum education and community outreach. The ideal candidate will have a record of accomplishment working with and possess significant knowledge of at least one of the following communities/organizations (K-12 education, Aquidneck Island’s year round residents, organizations working in marginalized communities, senior and retirement communities, and the tourism industry) and demonstrate the ability to engage quickly the other communities listed above. Candidates can come from a number of fields, including museum education, K-12 education, social work, and community services to name a few.
The successful candidate will help guide the museums of NRF in developing engaging educational programs and meaningful, mutually beneficial relationships with a range of communities who visit or call Aquidneck Island their home. In so doing, the organization hopes to make NRF an integral part of the Island’s communal life. Outreach projects will include efforts at strengthening existing relationships with local school districts and tourism professionals, new initiatives to engage the people who call Aquidneck Island their home, many of whom work very hard to make Newport one of the region’s premier tourist destinations, and to find ways to engage the large community of local retirees in the life of NRF’s museums and other programmatic initiatives. Such projects will require discussions with local leaders, listening sessions and other forms of evaluation with community members as well as strategic planning, and program development and implementation at NRF sites and across Aquidneck Island.
NRF was established in 1968 by 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. In 1999, NRF inherited Doris Duke’s Newport estate, Rough Point, along with her extensive collection of furnishings, fine arts and decorative arts. Rough Point opened as a museum the following year. NRF also operates Whitehorne House Museum, which features a collection of 18th century, Newport furniture. Additionally, NRF also owns and operates Prescott Farm in Middletown, Rhode Island, a 48 acre property to which NRF has moved several historic buildings, including an early 19th century windmill. NRF leadership believes that these sites and the historical themes they explore should be a resource for all of the communities listed above, and while many people do visit NRF sites annually, there is still much work to be done. The Manager of Education and Public Engagement will play a pivotal role in that work.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé to email@example.com. Applications accepted until Monday September 9, 2019. EOE.