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🔗Director of Facilities

  • Full Time
  • Newport, RI
  • $70,000 - $85,000 annually USD / Year
  • Applications have closed
  • Job Qualifications:

    Required Qualifications:

    5+ years’ experience in one or more of the following fields:  HVAC Technician, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing trades, in addition to a working knowledge of all trades.
    Advanced mechanical skills and knowledge of plumbing, HVAC and other building systems.
    5+ years’ experience with project management and personnel management.
    Sensitivity to historic buildings and museums as well as a willingness to learn and adopt NRF’s preservation and museum ethics.
    Ability to read and understand blueprints and schematics.
    Must possess fundamental ability to track expenditures and operate within a budget.
    Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (i.e., Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
    Ability to effectively communicate, present information and respond to questions, 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 have a valid driver’s license.
    Speak and take direction in English.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    Gas and oil boiler/furnace licenses

    Refrigerant certificate

    Experience working with historic buildings and/or museum environments.

  • How to Apply:

    Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé to  Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. The position will remain open until filled.  EOE.

  • Job benefits: 100% employer paid medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, health savings account, employer 401(k) contribution (no match required), 15 vacation days, 10 sick days,12 holidays and professional development assistance.
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: • Ability to climb stairs, work from elevated surfaces including ladders, staging, and roofs as well as work in tight spaces. • Ability to lift or move item(s) up to 80 lbs. with assistance, and occasionally assist with heavier item(s).
  • Contact Name: Maeve Sheehan
  • Application Email:
  • Application Address: 51 Touro Street Newport, RI 02840

Website Newport Restoration Foundation

The Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) is a non-profit organization based in Newport, RI. It 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 Rough Point Museum, Whitehorne House Museum, Prescott Farm and historic properties, including 70 buildings that are rented as residences.

The Newport Restoration Foundation, a non-profit organization in Newport, RI, is seeking a Director of Facilities. This position is responsible for managing the day-to-day facilities maintenance of NRF’s portfolio of properties; This includes, but is not limited to, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, landscaping, hardscaping, security, and fire. NRF is seeking a strategic thinker that will bring to the position a strong management background as well as the technical expertise to serve in a hands-on capacity. The Director of Facilities will have an office at Rough Point where they will spend most of their time.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Manage and maintain Rough Point’s HVAC system and computer to provide continuous operation.
  • Manage and maintain mechanical, electrical, plumbing, water heaters, and septics at all NRF properties; This includes managing routine maintenance and emergency repairs and responding to tenant work orders in coordination with Tenant Liaison.
  • Manage, maintain, and upgrade – as needed – appliances and water fixtures (e.g., faucets, toilets, showers, sinks, mixing valves, outdoor water fixtures) at all NRF properties.
  • Oversee landscaping and hardscaping at all NRF properties, including managing a team of groundskeeper(s) and gardener(s).
  • Manage and maintain security systems and security vendor(s) at NRF’s public-facing properties.
  • Manage and maintain fire alarm systems and vendors at all NRF properties and ensure continued fire code compliance.
  • Manage remediation and air quality concerns, when the need arises, at all NRF properties.
  • When the need arises, manage mold concerns at all NRF properties in collaboration with the Director of Preservation.
  • Manage pest control at NRF’s public-facing properties in coordination with the Director of Preservation and Senior Curator.
  • Manage and maintain water quality at Rough Point, including coordinating with vendors.
  • Oversee trash removal contracts at NRF’s public-facing properties.
  • Manage subcontracted housekeeping NRF’s public-facing properties.
  • Manage and maintain sump pumps at all NRF properties.
  • Oversee on-call and emergency responses to all trades mentioned above and projects.
  • Assist in setting up programs and events, including setting up and taking down tables and chairs.
  • Assist in developing and managing annual facilities budget.
  • Monitor conditions and strategically plan for all the above trades and projects to address deferred maintenance, preventative maintenance, and long-term projects. This includes collaborating with the Director of Preservation on tracking and addressing conditions that pertain to strategic initiatives such as the collection’s response to sea level rise and the organization’s approach to energy efficiency.
  • Execute and track HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and other facilities-related projects outlined in the Rough Point, Vernon House, and Whitehorne House Museum strategic planning documents in collaboration with the Director of Preservation.
  • Ensure that OSHA standards are met at all times and other industry best practices.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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