We partner with Cuyahoga County, the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, and the Treasurer of State of Ohio to "buy down" the interest rate in order to make home rehab more affordable. We partner with KeyBank and First Federal of Lakewood, our two Participating Banks.

In 1992, the Cleveland Restoration Society launched our housing rehabilitation program in the City of Cleveland.

In 2001, we began expanding into other areas in the region.

Over 20 years after the Program's inception, we have provided 5,500 homeowners with helpful technical advice on over $119 million in projects. Additionally, our program has facilitated over 1,020 low interest loans on projects totaling over $37 million in neighborhood reinvestment.


Additional support is provided in part by:

Cleveland Foundation

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Ohio Arts Council

Our Participating Communities


Preservation Construction Specialist, Heritage Home Program

Job Description

The Cleveland Restoration Society (CRS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of historic resources in greater Cleveland’s seven-county region.  CRS advocates for the preservation of historic landmarks; promotes awareness of historic resources through educational programs and publications; and sponsors events for its members.  CRS operates the Heritage Home Program which is a rehabilitation and renovation assistance program that provides technical assistance and low interest loans to owners of older residential property in Cuyahoga and other Ohio Counties.

CRS is accepting applications for the position of Preservation Construction Specialist.  This position reports to the Chief Operating Officer and works with other Heritage Home Program staff.  Salary and benefits are competitive.  CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

General Responsibilities:

  • Field Heritage Home Loan Program inquiries from homeowners.
  • Service general preservation technical assistance requests made through the Program.
  • Work with homeowners to identify needed repairs and prioritize scope of work to repair, maintain, renovate, and/or improve older homes in participating communities.
  • Conduct in the field site visits to homes to provide technical assistance.
  • Provide reliable preservation technical assistance: diagnose building maintenance problems and recommend solutions according to accepted preservation practices.
  • Write specifications for bid for exterior projects and monitor project compliance by homeowner.
  • Prepare Program loan escrow contracts and specifications between homeowners and contractors.
  • Monitor project progress and facilitate escrow payments.
  • Facilitate cooperation between homeowners and contractors, if needed.
  • Interact with administration and building officials in municipalities served by the program.
  • Maintain and grow contractor contacts/database.
  • Be responsible for the maintenance and repair of the Sarah Benedict House.

Qualifications:  A minimum of 10 years of work experience in construction, historic preservation or a related field.  Thorough knowledge and understanding of building construction, building materials, preservation technology and practices is preferred. Must be a “people person,” comfortable with managing projects and providing intensive customer service.  Schedule is typically 8:00-4:30 for three days a week and 10:00-6:30 for two days a week, but often a flexible schedule is necessary to best serve program clients. Reliable transportation is required. Position requires strong communication skills, including written communication and public speaking, as well as computer proficiency.  Basic photography skills are necessary.

Position will be filled as soon as possible.  Fax cover letter and resume to CRS at (216) 426-1975 or e-mail to tjorgensen@clevelandrestoration.org, or send to:        

Thomas A. Jorgensen
Cleveland Restoration Society
Sarah Benedict House
3751 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, OH  44115

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Cleveland Restoration Society is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability or Vietnam Era and Special Disabled Veterans' status.


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In Cuyahoga County: (216) 426-3116 | Outside of Cuyahoga County: 1-855-897-1949 or by email.