City of Boston

Historic Preservation Project Manager

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Reporting to the Community Preservation Director, the Historic Preservation Project Manager serves as the principal CPA team member responsible for monitoring, assessing, analyzing, and strategizing historic preservation projects with the City of Boston's Community Preservation Office. This individual will participate as a member of a small, highly functioning, multi-disciplinary team advancing the policies, procedures, and mission of the Community Preservation Act.

About Community Preservation Act (CPA):

In November 2016, 74% of Boston voters approved the Community Preservation Act (CPA) by voting “yes” on Ballot Question 5. By adopting the CPA, the City has created a Community Preservation Fund. The City finances this fund in part by a 1% property tax-based surcharge on residential and business property tax bills, beginning in July 2017. Since 2018, the City has used funds from the CPA grant fund to support historic preservation, affordable housing, and open space and recreation projects. 


A nine-member Community Preservation Committee (CPC) reviews all applications and recommends a slate of projects to the Mayor and City Council each year.


  • Responsible for monitoring, assessing, analyzing, and strategizing historic preservation projects with the City of Boston's Community Preservation Office under the supervision and guidance of the CPA Director and Manager of Projects and Planning.
  • Conducts monthly check-ins of historic preservation projects funded by CPA. This includes fiscal monitoring of the projects, such as site inspections, ensuring compliance with scoping, project reporting, and reviewing and approving invoices. Helping to identify potential areas of risk factors.
  • Oversees the historic preservation project planning process from conceptualization to completion.
  • Works closely with the Manager of Project and Planning (MPP) on the development and documentation of resources needed to improve project management duties.
  • Assists and monitor the Preservation Restriction (PR) process for CPA historic preservation acquisition projects with the Director and MPP.
  • Works with the CPA Office to develop summary reports, information, and materials for internal use and public distribution.
  • Works closely with potential applicants during the eligibility determination process to ensure their projects align with the allowable uses of the CPA statute.
  • Reviews historic preservation project applications in collaboration with the CPA team to develop and refine annual Community Preservation Committee (CPC) recommendations.
  • Serves as historic preservation liaison to the Boston Landmarks Commission, the City of Boston Historic Preservation Office, and related city and state agencies under the Director’s management.
  • Remains abreast of CPA historic preservation Grant Agreements and Memorandum of Agreements (MOA) requirements to communicate appropriately with the CPA Director when grant agreements or MOA amendments are needed.
  • Attends CPC public hearings and meetings to provide project summary reports, presentation materials, and final project recommendations to the Committee, Mayor, and City Council.
  • Assists during the extended hours and crunch periods in the CPA funding round cycle, when the workload is heaviest, including work on evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Attends CPA workshops, meetings, and events to highlight historic preservation projects, requirements, and Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties during community engagement periods.
  • Performs related work as needed.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • Applicant must have at least four (4) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, architectural, historic, or construction project management experience.
  • B.A./B.S. in Historic Preservation, history, historic preservation planning, or other related fields is strongly preferred and may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience.
  • A master’s degree in the above-listed fields or a related field is highly preferred and may be substituted for three (3) years of the required experience.
  • Knowledge of public policy and regulation related to historic preservation and historic resources and properties, historic preservation building redevelopment, and preservation restrictions.
  • Experience in Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
  • Experience reviewing historic preservation condition assessments and knowledge of general construction or preservation carpentry.
  • Familiarity with historic properties and resources, and historic preservation advocates and organizations. 
  • Knowledge of three issue areas: affordable housing, open space and recreation, and historic preservation a plus.
  • The ability to both work independently and stay in regular communication with the Director and the CPA team.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft applications (MS Word, Excel) and Google Suite.
  • Strong writing and presentation skills; able to share information in a direct and user-friendly manner; demonstrated customer service skills.
  • Superior organizational skills and ability to pay close attention to detail.
  • Ability to respond quickly in a fast-paced environment when needed and manage multiple projects at a time.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with diverse community groups and colleagues in the City of Boston.
  • Familiarity with Boston neighborhoods; experience working across race, community, age, and class lines; ability to work without bias.
  • Must be able to attend occasional meetings and events evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.




Union/Salary/Grade: Non-union/MM2-9

Hours: 35


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