The House of the Seven Gables

115 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970

Date Posted:
March 02, 2020

Eastern Massachusetts



Director of Preservation and Maintenance


The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association (the Gables) is a 501c3 that owns and operates a National Historic Landmark District Museum campus located in Salem, Massachusetts. The campus consists of 2 acres of land, seaside colonial revival gardens, seven historic buildings (17th, 18th and 19th century) and a modern visitor center. In addition to preserving and maintaining our campus, the organization cares for over 3,000 works of art, furnishings and ephemera as well as an archive with thousands of documents, books and mixed media. Our mission is to be a welcoming, thriving historic site and community resource that engages people of all backgrounds in our inclusive American story. Our vision is to preserve, share and continue the American story. In 2019 we welcomed over 109,000 visitors from all 50 states and over 50 countries.

The Gables is currently seeking to hire a Director of Preservation and Maintenance.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Preservation and Maintenance is a key member of the leadership team, responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive preservation and maintenance program. Ensures buildings, collections and landscapes are preserved and maintained in accordance with current preservation and museum standards. Ensures all facility systems (electrical, plumbing, hvac, security, etc.) function at optimal levels. Develops and implements plans to achieve short- and long-term objectives established by and with the Board of Trustees and Executive Director. Works closely with other departments to ensure facility supports programmatic needs. Collaborates with the Development Department in preparing preservation related grant applications as well as by cultivating and stewarding relationships with supporters. Represents the organization at relevant off-site meetings and events. Accomplishes responsibilities both independently and through four subordinate preservation/maintenance team members as well as external professionals and contractors.


Preparation, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

· BA in job related area or job equivalent related experience

· Knowledge of current preservation theory and best practices

· At least five years of practical, hands-on experience in a related field, such as facility management, project management, architectural conservation, HVAC, other mechanical and security systems

· At least two years of supervisory experience

· Basic computer literacy and proficiency using the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

· Effective verbal and written communication skills

· Effective problem-solving skills

· Strong collaboration/team skills

· Ability to climb, lift and carry objects up to 50 lbs.

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:
  • Involves, walking, bending, sitting, standing, lifting, climbing ladders and scaffolding

  • Utilizes power and hand tools such as, lawn mowers, snow blowers, shovels, picks, etc.
  • Works inside and outside in every season including during inclement weather
  • Exposure to chemicals included in commercial cleaning products and paint.
  • Periodic weekend and evening work, especially during October
How To Apply:
Applicants please send cover letter and resume to
Apply by:
March 30, 2020
About this Organization:
The House of the Seven Gables is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. The Gables was founded in 1910 as a historic site with a two part purpose. Our founder, Caroline Osgood Emmerton, purchased The Gables to preserve the legacy of 19th century American author Nathanial Hawthorne and to generate revenue from tours of The Gables to fund Settlement work in the immigrant community living in the neighborhood surrounding the site. Today, The House of the Seven Gables’ campus constitutes its own national historic district on The National Register of Historic Places and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2007.

Nearly 120,000 visitors from all over the globe visit and tour the mansion, other historic buildings on the campus and the seaside colonial revival gardens each year. Educational themes include Nathaniel Hawthorne, maritime history, and architecture. The Settlement work continues, offering much needed support to the needy and recent immigrants making Salem, Massachusetts their home.

“The House of the Seven Gables is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity.”