Preservation Manager 

About Weeksville Heritage Center

Weeksville Heritage Center (WHC) is a historic site and cultural center in Central Brooklyn that uses education, arts, and a social justice lens to preserve, document and inspire engagement with the history of Weeksville, one of the largest free Black communities in pre-Civil War America, and the Historic Hunterfly Road Houses.
Founded in 1838, Weeksville was the second largest of approximately 100 independent African American communities established before the Civil War.

When a group of community activists rediscovered three remaining original homes 1968, they purchased, rehabilitated, and restored the Hunterfly Road Houses, re-opening their doors as the Weeksville Heritage Center in 1973. In 2014, WHC opened its new Cultural Arts and Education Center and campus, including a visual arts gallery, performance space, resource center, and administrative offices. WHC is now poised for a bright new era, with the resources and vision in place to fully activate our history and expand our education, preservation, and public programming.

Recently announced as New York City’s newest Cultural Institutions Group (CIG) member, the first since 1998, WHC is one of New York City’s cultural treasures, dedicated to preserving and celebrating the story of the 19th century African-American community of Weeksville, a nationally significant, exceptionally well-documented and rare extant example of an independent African American community organized by Black entrepreneurs and land investors to promote economic, social, and political rights.

The Opportunity

The Preservation Manager will ensure the integrity and longevity preservation of the Historic Hunterfly Road Houses, Weeksville’s last four residential structures. The Preservation Manager will be supervised by the Executive Director and work in collaboration with the Collections and Archives staff and the Director of Operations to achieve the responsibilities listed below.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop a broader philosophy of preservation, conservation and maintenance of the Hunterfly Road Houses.
  • Manage, develop and implement a comprehensive maintenance, housekeeping and repair plan for the historic properties. 
  • Review and update the museum’s existing condition report, specification, drawings and bid requirements concerning all restoration repairs.
  • Manage Contractual Caretakers, Site Coordinators, other contractors and facility staff related to maintenance and preservation of the Houses and landscape
  • Work closely with Development staff to identify resources and grant opportunities to  support preservation priorities
  • Establish new and strengthen existing collaborative relationships with local community leaders, organizations and residents to optimize historic and cultural resources and to support preservation and planning; 
  • Assist in the development and implementation of an Emergency Preparedness/Disaster Management Plan in accordance with the guidelines of all regulatory agencies.
  • Assist in refining the vision for Collections and Archives as relates to climate monitoring, preventative conservation, collections rotations, and objects conservation.
  • Attend and present at industry forums and conferences as WHC’s authority on cultural resource management. 

Required Skills, Knowledge, and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in Historic Preservation, with an emphasis in Archaeology, History (preferably African American history), Anthropology, and/or Architecture. Two to four years’ professional experience in the field preferred.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Strong skills in critical thinking, communication, negotiation, and conflict resolution.
  • Ability to research, write, analyze and interpret complex documents with technical details.
  • Extensive understanding of the archaeological and historic preservation standards.
  • Skills in the identification and evaluation of historic buildings, structures, objects, sites, and districts including historic landscapes.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time exempt position with a salary range of $70,000- $75,000 annually. Weeksville Heritage Center offers a benefits package that is competitive with the market, including medical, dental, and vision insurance; a retirement plan that employees can contribute to after the eligibility period, and paid vacation, paid sick leave, and personal days.

How to Apply

Submit a resume and cover letter to: Please include Preservation Manager in the subject line and include where you found this job posting in the body of your email. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for your interest in the position.

Weeksville Heritage Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All candidates for employment are considered without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, physical disability, military or veteran status, genetic information or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state or local law.