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🔗Historic Curatorship Program Manager, Regional Planner III

  • Full Time
  • Boston, MA
  • $68,564.34 - $100,370.14 USD / Year
  • Department: Office of Cultural Resources
  • Job Reference #: 220009QD
  • Job Summary: This position is responsible for overseeing a dynamic preservation partnership program that connects outside parties with vulnerable but significant historic state park properties.
  • Job Qualifications:

    Preferred Qualifications

    -Solid knowledge of land planning principles and practices, including the governing regulations, statutes, and agency policies.

    -Knowledge of the laws, rules, and regulations related to grant and permit application processes.

    -Ability to interact with public officials and influence decisions.

    -Ability to interpret complex laws, rules, regulations, policies, and standards.

    -Ability to ascertain or project the impact of environmental and social planning and development.

    -Applicants must have knowledge of the theories, methods and practices of historic rehabilitation, restoration and cultural resource management that enables professional judgments to be made about the identification, documentation, protection and treatment of properties under the care or control of DCR.  Coursework and/or training in Historic Preservation, Architecture, Real Estate, Construction Management preferred.

    -Experience in project management of construction, rehabilitation and maintenance projects, in both the design and construction phases, as well as scheduling, budgeting, billing and monitoring building related projects is required.

    -Experience in soliciting opportunities to third parties and promoting the benefits of historic preservation and public private partnerships is preferred.

    -Experience in adaptive reuse and historic review and compliance, specifically with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 9, sections 26-27C, is preferred.

    -Applicants must have strong organizational skills; excellent written and verbal communication skills; flexibility to perform a wide range of complex projects and assignments and respond the changing deadlines, budget cycles and the transparency inherent in public projects ; the ability to work in teams and independently; tact, and good judgment.

    -Applicants must have a strong working knowledge of computer skills, including Microsoft Applications, including Teams, One Drive, Sharepoint,Word, Excel and Powerpoint as well as Adobe products including Adobe Acrobat, and GIS applications.

    -Experience in software and applications relevant to construction design and planning, such CAD and Google Sketchup is preferred.

  • How to Apply:

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  • Job benefits: Employees of the Commonwealth are offered benefits that add greatly to the value of the compensation package. Want the specifics? Explore:
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: DCR employees are currently working in a hybrid format, with expected in-person workplace attendance 1-2 days per week.
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Website Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation

DCR manages the Massachusetts State Parks system and protects more than 450,000 acres throughout Massachusetts under its mission to "protect, promote and enhance our common wealth of natural, cultural and recreational resources for the well-being of all." The Office of Cultural Resources (OCR) carries out the DCR’s preservation mission through stewardship of the agency’s historic buildings, structures, landscapes, archaeological sites, and archival resources.

The Massachusett’s Dept. of Conservation & Recreation (DCR)’s Historic Curatorship Program is a public-private historic preservation program that offers the opportunity for outside parties to lease unique historic houses and buildings in return for sweat equity and rehabilitation work.  DCR’s 450,000 acres of parks and forests contain hundreds of historic buildings and landscapes representing the full range of the Commonwealth’s long pre-history and history.  While DCR uses many of these properties for park-related uses, many others are in need of rehabilitation and reuse by a third-party partner.  The program is an important preservation tool and has leveraged over $42 million in outside investment in dozens of the Commonwealth’s most significant properties and associated landscapes.  The properties preserved through the program range from humble farmhouses to Gilded-Era mansions, unique agency and CCC-built park buildings, agricultural and industrial landmarks, located in every corner of Massachusetts, from busy downtown Boston to peaks of the Appalachians to the canals of Lowell and the coast of Cape Cod.  The reuses range from single-family residential to mountaintop lodges to house museums, event venues, restaurants, and non-profits.  This important position is poised to take the Program into its next chapter, building upon past success and adapting the model for current conditions, all with the goal of preserving and reusing as many historic properties as possible.

Under the general supervision of the Senior Planner, the HCP Planner’s main duties and responsibilities are to:

-Act as project Historic Curatorship Program Manager.  Duties include the day-to-day operation of the Historic Curatorship Program, identifying new Curators and other preservation partners, ensuring lease compliance, developing new RFPs, developing rehab work plans, managing existing lessees, and   planning, implementing and monitoring historic preservation stabilization, assessment and construction projects and participating in other assigned capital projects, management plans and other initiatives involving projects with a cultural resource component.

-Manage program budgets and staff, as assigned.

-Work with the Senior Planner and the Office of General Counsel (OGC) to review and approve all work items in leases, permits, and MOUs.  Accompany OGC representative for inspections of historic properties under agreement to ensure compliance with leases, permits, and MOUs, specifically compliance with rehabilitation and maintenance requirements and adherence to historic preservation requirements including MGL Ch. 9, §26-27C and rehabilitation, as well as all other pertinent state and local regulations; document all Curator activity, including proof of required insurance coverage, annual investment and updates the progress of any rehabilitation and maintenance projects;

-Directly manage the evaluation, design, stabilization, construction, interpretive and other projects for Historic Curatorship Program properties and other historic properties. Develop project scopes and oversee solicitation, evaluation, selection, management, and payment of contractors and consultants on a range of historic preservation and cultural resource-related projects. Coordinate project compliance with Office of Cultural Resource staff, including the DCR Archaeologist, DCR Design & Engineering Staff, DCR Office of General Counsel, the Massachusetts Historical Commission, State Building Inspectors, MA Architectural Access Board, local historic commissions, and any other pertinent regulatory authorities.

-Coordinate Historic Preservation Corps of the Student Conservation Association, including contract oversight, work plan development, communications to DCR divisions and bureaus, and coordination with “SCA East” trails crew.  Seek out other potential preservation partnership projects with youth groups, vocational schools, and other pertinent organizations

-Assist Senior Planner in the development of short and long-range program planning, property evaluation and prioritization, cross-DCR departmental planning coordination, managing budget and 5-year plans for various OCR preservation programs and initiatives.

-Provide support to the Resource Management Planning Staff in the preparation of the Cultural Resources section of the Resource Management Plans; support includes documentation of cultural resources through research and on-site GPS identification, writing narrative descriptive sections, and providing management recommendations.

-Work with Office of Cultural Resource staff to develop procedures, policies, training initiatives, and best management practices for the documentation, preservation, and management of cultural resources throughout DCR properties.

-Provide technical preservation planning assistance to the Bureau of Resource Protection and other divisions of DCR for planning initiatives concerning cultural resources and long-term partnerships with outside parties.

-Participate in public meetings, educational programs, and presentations for DCR staff, special interest groups, and the general public.

-Respond to requests for information and prepare regular project updates, briefings, and press releases.

-Perform duties as assigned.

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