Brief Job Description:
The Director is responsible for leading the newly independent Office of Historic Preservation. The Director is charged with building upon the work of the Preservation Team to execute a vision of historic preservation in the City of Boston that encapsulates all of Boston’s history in an equitable and inclusive manner.
The Director will lead the Office in setting and executing a vision and strategy that ensures that inclusive and honest historical memory is a crucial public good worthy of attention and resources; that our diverse and intertwined community histories are elevated within the City of Boston and within every neighborhoods of Boston; that communities all over the City have the tools and resources to research, preserve, acknowledge, and celebrate their history; and that historical tourism is a driver of true shared prosperity.
The Director will have oversight of the Boston Landmarks Commission, the City’s ten District Commissions, the Archaeology Program, and the Commemoration Commission. As such, this position will direct historic preservation activities on behalf of the City to promote rehabilitation, adaptive use and restoration of historic resources through identification, evaluation and documentation of the City's historic, architectural, and archaeological heritage. The Director will report to the Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space.
This role will require outstanding leadership qualities, including experience building, managing and supporting successful teams; the ability to build productive partnerships with City departments, non-profit organizations, diverse community-based organizations, businesses and other stakeholders; a deep commitment to centering racial equity and justice; and the ability to translate a broad, aspirational vision of historic preservation into an actionable set of policies and programs, including advocating for legislative changes at the City, state and federal level. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track record of successfully leading and/or implementing community-centered programs and creative, bold initiatives around historic preservation, as well as being an excellent team leader who will retain and motivate people. This is a role for someone who is prepared to act with urgency to transform Boston into a city where all of Boston’s rich, diverse history is preserved and showcased.
Essential Job Duties/Functions:
Boston Residency Required
Hours per week: 35