HISTORIC PRESERVATION PLANNER (ASSOCIATE)

Arlington County, VA - Arlington, VA (30+ days ago)4.1


The Historic Preservation Program (HPP) is a dynamic part of the Neighborhood Services Division (NSD) within the Department of Community Planning, Housing, and Development (CPHD) that helps identify, document, and preserve Arlington's historic resources and cultural heritage.

This position will assist program staff in overseeing the enforcement of the Historic Preservation Ordinance; support the functions, committees, and activities of the Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board (HALRB); and promote historic preservation through a variety of special projects. Additionally, this position will manage the review and approval process for Certificates of Appropriateness (CoAs) in the County's 40 local historic districts; offer technical assistance to property owners, other staff, and the general public; and provide input on special planning initiatives and review processes affecting historic resources Countywide.

For more information about the HPP please click here.

Specific duties include:
  • Staffing and providing administrative support for all meetings of the HALRB and its subcommittees;
  • Completing all aspects of the local historic district designation process from the initial application through completion and approval (includes conducting historical and architectural research, writing detailed research reports, preparing design guidelines, and collaborating with property owners);
  • Researching, writing, and designing historic markers;
  • Assisting with the preparation of nominations to the National Register of Historic Places;
  • Assisting with the implementation of and updates to the Historic Preservation Master Plan, which may include updates to the Historic Resources Inventory (HRI);
  • Receiving and evaluating various types of trade and building permits;
  • Responding to inquiries from the general public, County commissions and advisory groups, and/or other staff;
  • Helping maintain the large records collection of the HPP and making those records more accessible to the public;
  • Providing support to preservation planning initiatives, such as through historic research, mapping, and database maintenance;
  • Participating in outreach activities to educate the public about Arlington's built environment, cultural heritage, and preservation-related initiatives.and
  • Assisting with writing and publishing outreach materials, and making regular updates for the HPP website.
The employee must work effectively and diplomatically with County staff, citizen commissions/advisory groups, residents and property owners, architects, contractors, and the development community to carry out Arlington's historic preservation goals, which are a key part of Arlington's Urban Village vision.

Selection Criteria:

Minimum: Bachelor's degree in Historic Preservation, History, Public History, Architecture, Urban Planning, or a closely related field, plus at least two years of professional experience in a preservation- or planning-focused organization.

The ideal candidate also will have experience in the following:
  • Completing historic research and writing detailed reports;
  • Presenting applications and information to historic preservation commissions and/or public review bodies; and
  • Analyzing historic resources to assess their integrity, significance, and/or appropriateness of modifications.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Desirables: Preference will be given to candidates with one or more of the following:
  • A Master's degree in Historic Preservation, History, Public History, Architecture, Urban Planning or a closely related field;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills to effectively explain laws, policies, and procedures to the public;
  • Excellent organizational skills for prioritizing and managing multiple tasks and projects simultaneously;
  • Project management experience; and/or
  • Strong computer skills, including Adobe Suite and/or graphic design.

Special Requirements:

This position will require travel around Arlington County for various meetings and fieldwork. Applicant must obtain, by the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence and the applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

Additional Information:

Note: Salary listed above is for fiscal year 2019, effective July 1, 2018.

This is a 40-hour per week position, with flexible work hours generally between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Regular evening work will be required to attend community meetings, HALRB meetings, and special events.

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.