About The Bostonian Society
The Bostonian Society brings people together to explore the vital debates about self-government that were sparked at the Old State House during Boston’s Revolutionary Era and that still animate our civic life today. We sustain and share the Old State House and our collections to inspire generations to come.
The Bostonian Society is committed to:
Inspiring everyone to wrestle with the question of how to draw the circle of “We” in “We the People”.
Exciting imagination by sharing the diverse voices and conversations of Boston’s Revolutionary Era in fresh and honest ways.
Motivating people to directly participate in today’s debates about self-government that are rooted in discussions begun 250 years ago in the Old State House.
Unlocking the power of place by creating a transporting experience at the Old State House that is accessible and lively.
Cultivating new strengths to grow as an adaptive organization that builds collaborative and enduring relationships as we preserve the Old State House and refine our collections.
Jobs - Full-Time
The Bostonian Society manages Boston’s Old State House, built in 1713 to serve as the seat of government for Massachusetts and now one of the most visible stops on Boston’s Freedom Trail. The Bostonian Society brings people together to explore the vital debates about self-government sparked at this nationally significant historic site during Boston’s Revolutionary Era and still animate our civic life today. We sustain and share the Old State House to inspire generations to come.
The Director of Facilities and Historic Preservation is responsible for managing the building’s ongoing preservation needs and also overseeing maintenance of the Old State House and rented spaces (office space and two nearby gift shops). In addition, the Director will be a member of the Society’s leadership team and will ensure that the preservation needs of the Old State House are appropriately represented in all strategic decision-making.
This position reports directly to the Executive Director and works with the Facilities Committee of the Board of Governors of the Bostonian Society. The Director’s staff includes a Facilities Assistant.
Facilities Operations and Maintenance
The Director is responsible for the facility’s maintenance, engineering, custodial, life safety, and security operations; supervises the Facilities Assistant, cleaning contractors and other vendors providing building maintenance support; and sets standards and best practices for the operation and maintenance of building systems.
General Project Management
The Director leads the planning of both small and large projects; coordinates with architects, engineers and other experts; facilitates the approval and permitting of all proposed work as needed; and negotiates and manages contracts with a range of contractors. Also coordinates internally across departments to ensure that potential impact on the Society’s operations is appropriately understood and mitigation plans are created.
Construction Project Management
The Helium Project is planned for mid-2019 through 2020. The actual construction work will be managed by the National Park Service, our project partner. The Director coordinates with NPS and our Prime Architect to support the project, representing OSH interests. The Helium Project will take 30% of work time from hiring until project wrap up.
The Director prepares and monitors budgets for department annual operations and projects; negotiates purchase contracts with various vendors, utilities and building contractors.
The Director ensures the Society’s compliance with city, state and federal regulations, including licensing and inspection requirements governing building operations, construction, and modification.
The Old State House is owned by the City of Boston and is an official landmark overseen by the Boston Landmarks Commission. A portion of the building’s basement also serves as an MBTA station. The Director shall maintain warm relationships with these and other agencies. In addition, the Director serves as primary liaison with police, fire, and other external emergency response personnel to ensure effective coordination and communication in the event of a building emergency.
The Director is a member of the Disaster Team, a cross-department working group. The Team manages systems, procedures and training relating to personnel and building safety. The Director works with HR to ensure staff training is up to date for effective response in emergency situations.
Long-term Maintenance Planning
The Director maintains and updates the Society’s Master Plan for building preservation and maintenance and initiates planned maintenance programs, including preventative maintenance for all major systems.
Training or studies in an engineering, construction, or historic preservation discipline.
At least three years of facility management experience at a complex or historical facility. Previous supervisory experience required; construction project experience required.
Working knowledge of electrical, mechanical, HVAC and life safety-related systems.
Ability to solve problems efficiently and effectively under pressure. Detail- and deadline-oriented, while having the ability to “see the big picture.”
Strong organizational and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to work well in team situations and while interacting with the visiting public required.
Ability and willingness to be on-call 24 hours a day for emergencies.
Full time salaried, exempt managerial position. Benefits include regional museum pass, generous PTO, 401k match. General office hours are 8 – 4, Monday through Friday. Occasional large events nights or weekends. Other duties as assigned.
The work of this position takes place both in a normal office environment and at a historic site. Some staff offices are located on the third floor of a historic building that is not handicap accessible. Incumbent should be able to carry equipment and supplies up and down stairs and lift 40 pounds.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to HR@bostonhistory.org by Tuesday, January 1, 2019.For more information about the Bostonian Society and the Old State House, visit www.bostonhistory.org.
Jobs - Part-Time
Do you believe we must look to the past so we don’t repeat the same mistakes? Here at RevolutionaryBoston we do, too. As a point where past meets present, we strive to give our Merchandise Associates an environment for growth. We’re a place where ideas are heard and discussed, a place where you can make someone’s day better, a place to join a group of oddballs who value community, diversity and creativity. We think these are some of the most important parts of any job, and are seeking creative thinkers who are hospitable, motivated, ready to learn, and committed to providing outstanding customer service every day.
RevolutionaryBoston is the gift and souvenir wing of the Old State House Museum, which consists of three satellite stores; one in the museum itself and two in nearby Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
As a non-profit the merchandise we sell goes directly towards maintaining and running the Old State House Museum and aids in the continued existence of one of the oldest surviving public buildings in the United States. We aim to educate and illuminate the past to tourists and natives alike, and sell them memories to take on their continued journeys through this thing we call life.
Candidates must be prepared to be on their feet for an eight hour shift, possess some previous cash handling or retail experience, be able to lift up 30 lbs., have some weekend and holiday availability and a flexible schedule (we are willing to work with you).
When applying, please include when you are able to start, desired number of hours you’d like to work and the days and times you are available (we are open from 8:30am to 9:00pm with varying shift hours).
Applicants must include a resume. Send to HR@bostonhistory.org.
Jobs - Term
January – April 2019
40 hours a week M-F (occasional early morning and evening work required)
The Collections Move Coordinator will serve as the main point of contact at The Bostonian Society on a project to move a 6,200 object collection to a new storage facility. The collection is diverse in its holdings and spans the 17th through 21st centuries. The Coordinator will work closely with a collections consultant and movers to oversee collections documentation, packing, moving, and delivery to new facility. The Coordinator will also manage updating the collections database through the move process. This position reports to the Director of Education and Exhibitions.
Provide proper care and handling of museum objects
Oversee the work of the consultants executing the move
Coordinate with Society staff to successfully pack and move the collection out of its current storage spaces.
Manage the resources needed to complete the move including supplies, staff, and project budget
Ensure proper updating of the collections management database throughout the move process
Education and Work Experience
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Museum Studies or related field
Experience in collections care and management within a museum, library or archives setting.
Experience using collections management systems/databases (Re:Discovery a plus)
Skills and Abilities
Strong organizational and communication skills
Ability to problem solve
Attention to detail
Valid driver’s license
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The successful candidate must be able to:
lift and move items up to 40 pounds
climb stairs, ladders, and stools
stand for sustained periods of time
work in climate controlled storage spaces meant for collections preservation
Send a letter of interest and resume to Kathy Mulvaney at email@example.com. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis in order to facilitate hiring.
Volunteer and Internship Opportunities
We currently have no Internship openings. Please check back here for future listings.