Historic Preservation Specialist

Kraemer Design - Detroit, MI

Kraemer Design Group, PLC (KDG) is currently looking for a Historic Preservation Specialist who enjoys working in a fast-paced, team oriented, vibrant environment. KDG is a leading, high-end architecture and interior design firm with over 20 years of experience in historic renovation and comprehensive architectural consulting.

KDG has built its success and reputation where our heart and mailing address lie, in Detroit. Yet, as a result of our passion for reviving and creating buildings in our city, we have gained national exposure and opportunities that have taken us from Woodward Avenue to Route 66.

Our office environment provides for an open dialog where everyone has a respected opinion. KDG is working on many of the most exciting projects in Detroit and looking for team members who add to our culture of family, fun and forward thinking. Candidate must be energetic, outgoing, positive, upbeat, intelligent, flexible, and possess good communication skills and an excellent sense of humor.

KDG’s culture is active, collaborative and open. We value people who are fun to work with and who have a positive impact on everyone around them. Benefits include competitive salary, health insurance including medical, dental and vision (60% paid by employer), company contribution to Simple IRA plan, paid vacation and much more.

Please forward your resume and cover letter via fax (313-965-3555) or confidential email to bob@thekraemeredge.com (no calls, please).

To learn more about Kraemer Design Group, please visit us at www.thekraemeredge.com.

KDG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This position will staff a variety of preservation projects, with a focus on historic resource surveys, eligibility assessments and National Register nominations. Tasks will be varied and multiple. Qualified candidates will have experience researching and writing property histories, historic contexts, and arguments for significance for determinations of eligibility and National Register nominations while meeting deadlines and upholding the varying requirements established by state historic preservation offices.

Specific assignments may include:
– Field work for historic resource surveys;

– Archival research (on line and/or in library);

– Data entry;

– Writing building descriptions, property histories, historic contexts, and statements of significance;

– Making public presentations of National Register nominations to city and state review boards;

– Site visits to buildings before, during and after rehabilitation;

– Documenting building conditions; preparing state and federal historic tax credit applications;

– Representing the company in communications with clients, designers, and state and federal reviewers.

This is not a design position, a photography position, or a museum/collections position.

Position requirements:
The position will require some overnight travel (all travel costs reimbursed). A reliable vehicle and a valid drivers license are also required. The position involves visiting dilapidated buildings, which may present physically challenging conditions, such as uneven surfaces; lack of working elevator, electricity, heating or cooling; mold; animal droppings; etc.

A Masters degree in Historic Preservation and 2 to 5 years post-graduate professional work experience. A degree in a related field (such as Urban Planning, Public History, Architectural Studies, etc.) will be considered if the candidate meets the practical experience requirement.

Excellent written and verbal skills and an understanding of the National Register Criteria and the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation are critical.

Experience with the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and with a database program (such as Microsoft Access) is essential. Familiarity with Adobe Photoshop is preferred.

Experience photographing buildings, landscapes and architectural details using a digital SLR camera is also desired. (A personal camera is not required.)

Preferred candidate should be able to demonstrate past success working independently and seeing projects through multiple stages of development, revision, and presentation.

The ability to balance the requirements of multiple projects at one time is a must.

Candidate must have previous experience working in a small-office environment; be well-organized and easy-going; have good time-management and inter-personal skills; be able to work in both quiet and active environments (i.e. periods of focused production and the crunch of meeting deadlines); and be willing to ask questions and seek input.

Most importantly, the successful candidate will mesh with our company culture.