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Title:                           Action Center Project Manager; Part-time project- based

Classification:             Onsite, Hourly Employee

Reports to:                  Director of Engagement & Presidential Initiatives

Salary Range:            $32.00-$35.00 per hour (commensurate with experience), 401(k) contribution (not a match), sick leave in accordance with Rhode Island Sick and Safe Leave Act, Newport oceanfront location and free on-site parking

Job Summary:            The Action Center Project Manager plays an integral role in making the Keeping History Above Water® (KHAW) Action Center and Newport Preservation Center at Rough Point accessible to the public. Working closely with the Rough Point Phase II Project Team, this position is responsible for developing a design and implementation plan for both action centers. This is a project-based position, with up to 20 hours per week (depending on the scheduling needs of the candidate and NRF) for a period of two years, with the possibility of extension. This will be a phased project, with Phase A focusing on designing the exhibition and work spaces, while Phase B will include implementation.

About NRF:

The Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) is a non-profit organization established by philanthropist Doris Duke in 1968 to preserve the architectural and cultural heritage of 18th and 19th century Newport. NRF promotes economic and community restoration through historic preservation initiatives like Keeping History Above Water, which addresses the impact of sea-level rise on the built environment in the wake of climate change, and the Historic Trades Initiative, which harnesses the knowledge of local specialists to train the next generation of preservation craftspeople. In addition to a collection of more than 70 colonial houses, now rented to tenant stewards, NRF operates properties that are open to the public —including Rough Point, the Newport home of Doris Duke, and The Vernon House, a site of expansive storytelling, contemporary dialogue, and preservation trades skill-building.

About the Action Centers:

  • The Keeping History Above Water ® Action Center is a public-facing center for tangible, forward-thinking solutions to the challenges of protecting cultural heritage in the wake of climate change.
  • The Newport Preservation Center is a space to explore the legacy of Doris Duke’s impulse to “preserve and restore” the city of Newport and to work towards the future of preservation.

Specific Responsibilities:

Phase A:

  • As a member of the Rough Point Phase II Project Team, develop a functional, community-centered design for the action center spaces, including work, research, and exhibition spaces
    • Work closely with the Director of Preservation, Director of Engagement, and contracted architectural firm to design a plan of use and layout for each space—including lighting, graphics, and projection installation
    • Work closely with the Director of Engagement to develop charrettes for community stakeholders with the goal of supporting community partners
    • Work closely with the Director of Facilities on all facility-related projects—including life safety planning
    • Work closely with the Director of Preservation, Director of Facilities, and Director of Engagement on a budget for the projects and track the budget
    • Develop a timeline for the project (including implementation)
    • In conjunction with the Filing Task Force, facilitate the administrative aspects of exhibitions/permanent installations, including project files

Phase B:

  • Responsible for helping coordinate contractors, suppliers, graphic designers; onsite installation
  • Help maintain the implementation timeline and schedule
    • Work closely with Director of Facilities on all facility-related projects—including electrical and systems
    • Work closely with Director of Preservation on architectural plans and other preservation-related activities
    • Work closely with Director of Engagement & Presidential Initiatives to align plan with NRF interpretation and research

General:

  • Follow prescribed safety rules, regulations, and practices
  • Perform other related duties as required or directed

Qualifications:

  • Evidence of experience working on similar design project
  • 2+ years’ experience (volunteer experience included) in architecture, museum studies/museum exhibition design, or related field
  • Knowledge of best practices and policy development for exhibition spaces
  • Detail-oriented, organized, and has the demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Experience handling museum and archival objects
  • Excellent communications skills; can communicate effectively with folks from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences (colleagues, Board members, and other stakeholders)
  • A team player who is capable of collaborating across NRF departments
  • Ability to lift and move boxes; carry up to 40 lbs; and safely use a ladder

 

The job description is meant to outline the role, but not define potential candidates. If you do not meet all the qualifications, but are enthusiastic about the work of NRF and this position, please apply!

 

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé to maeve@newportrestoration.org by EOB Friday, March 29th, 2024. EOE.

Title:                           Field Carpenter

Classification:            Full-time (Non-exempt)

Reports to:                 Senior Field Carpenter

Job Summary:           NRF is seeking a Field Carpenter to contribute to the organization’s dynamic and growing Preservation Department. This position will assist with restoration and routine repair and maintenance of NRF’s collection of over seventy 18th– and 19th-century houses, the majority of which are rented to residential or commercial tenant stewards. The Field Carpenter will serve as part of a larger Preservation Crew composed of five carpenters and four painters, all overseen by the Preservation Crew Supervisor.

 

Salary Range:            $49,920 annually ($24.00 per hour)

Full-time, year round position

100% employer paid medical, dental vision, insurance,

100% employer paid life, long term disability and AD & D insurance

Employer contribution to health savings account,

401(k) contribution (not a match)

15 vacation days, 10 sick days, 12 holidays

Professional development assistance.

Interesting work environment and free on-site parking

 

Specific Responsibilities:

Field Carpentry (100%)

  • Prepare interiors and exteriors for preservation jobs.
  • Perform carpentry repairs at Preservation Properties and museums including – but not limited to – siding, fences, railings, doors, water tables, corner boards, and windows.
  • Carry out carpentry replacements, dutchman repairs, and/or replications.
  • Resolve tenant work orders as assigned by the Preservation Crew Supervisor and/or Senior Field Carpenter.
  • Assist with the installation, removal, and repair of storm windows.
  • Contribute to vacancy turnovers, which may include – but is not limited to – clean up, minor interior painting, and other related duties.
  • Assist with general maintenance and repair at Preservation Properties and museums when needed.

General

  • Contribute to NRF’s Trades Training Initiative as assigned by the Preservation Crew Supervisor or Director of Preservation.
  • Participate in other preservation-related educational programming, as assigned by the Preservation Crew Supervisor or Director of Preservation.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Preservation Crew Supervisor, Director of Preservation, and/or President.
  • Opportunity for participating in a rotating on-call schedule with stipend.

Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience in general carpentry.
  • Knowledge of rough framing and finish carpentry.
  • Skilled in the use of both hand and power tools and possess extensive awareness of the safe operation of all tools.
  • Basic knowledge of heavy equipment used in NRF’s mill (e.g., large table saw, thickness planer, radial arm saw, etc.).
  • Knowledge of workplace safety procedures and hazardous materials in order to prevent injuries and accidents and ensure compliance.
  • Ability to effectively communicate, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to work independently and in team settings.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment with a strong attention to detail.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility and dedication, including when interacting with NRF’s tenants and outside contacts.
  • Must possess basic carpentry hand tools and willingness to bring them to the job.
  • Must possess the ability to work in a variety of inclement weather conditions.
  • Must be able to work from extended heights using extension ladders, staging, and lifts.
  • Must have the ability to lift 50 lbs alone or in concert with others.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and vehicle for commuting to and from job sites.
  • Speak and take direction in English.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

 

  • Experience working on historic buildings and/or restoration carpentry.
  • Knowledge of Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting protocols.

 

The job description is meant to outline the role, but not define potential candidates. If you do not meet all the qualifications, but are enthusiastic about the work of NRF and this position, please apply!

 

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé to maeve@newportrestoration.org by EOB Friday, March 15th, 2024. EOE.

Classification:             Onsite, Non-exempt, Hourly Employee

Reports to:                  Director of Engagement & Presidential Initiatives

Salary:                         $25 per hour

Job Summary:            The Archivist plays an integral role in making the institutional records of the Newport Restoration Foundation accessible to NRF stakeholders, including NRF employees, researchers, students, and members of the public. This position is responsible for organizing and sorting records, rehousing records, creating finding aids, and digitizing NRF institutional records. This is a project-based position, with up to 20 hours per week (depending on the scheduling needs of the candidate and NRF) for a period of two years. This will be a phased project, with Phase 1 focusing on developing finding aids and rehousing physical archival materials, while Phase 2 will include digitization and organization of digitized records on the NRF institutional server.

Specific Responsibilities:

Phase 1:

  • Develop finding aids for all NRF institutional physical records
  • Work with members of the NRF Filing Taskforce to create and implement archival records standards, policies, and best practices
  • Rehouse physical institutional records—including creating a system for organizing physical records
  • Apply best practices for housing records—including monitoring and recording temperature and RH levels in record storage spaces

Phase 2:

  • Digitize institutional records
  • Create finding aid for digital records
  • Work with members of the NRF Filing Taskforce to create and implement digital archival records standards, policies, and best practices including a Digitization Protocol and Asset Management Policy

Qualifications:

  • MSLIS/MSLS, with a concentration in Archival studies, record management, or digital collections
  • 2+ years experience with archival and digitization documents (volunteer experience included)
  • Knowledge of digital preservation methods, practices, and equipment
  • Knowledge of best practices and policy development for physical and digital records
  • Detail-oriented, organized, and has the demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Excellent communications skills; can communicate effectively with folks from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences (colleagues and other stakeholders)
  • A team player who is capable of collaborating across NRF departments
  • Physical requirements include the ability to lift 40 pounds and move boxes of materials

 

The job description is meant to outline the role, but not define potential candidates. If you do not meet all the qualifications, but are enthusiastic about the work of NRF and this position, please apply!

 

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé to maeve@newportrestoration.org by February 23, 2024.

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