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Vacancy: Historic Preservation Officer, City of Missoula (Missoula, MT)
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Contributed By: Janez Gingery

DEPARTMENT: Development Services
ACCOUNTABLE TO: Planning Section Manager
STATUS: Regular, full-time, non-union
Primary Objective of Position:  Under limited supervision, coordinates the city historic preservation program and reviews permits relating to historic preservation. 
Essential Functions: Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics.  This list of tasks is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.
Duties are generally performed in an office setting where hazards and discomforts are controlled and modifiable.  Some duties require ability to travel to meetings, access development sites, walk on rough, uneven terrain and exposure to inclement weather.  Duties also require contact with contractors, architects, City officials, and citizens and the ability to make group presentations.
Implement the historic preservation ordinance including: review applications for Historic Preservation Permits (HPP), conduct research and write reports; and make recommendations and/or decisions as needed; review and comment on actions that impact historic resources; assist the public with questions regarding the process and applications for HPP and alternative compliance; advise and guide, as requested by property owners, regarding restoration, alteration, decoration, landscaping or maintenance of any historic resources.
Provide staff support for the Missoula Historic Preservation Commission; develop, recommend, implement, and evaluate City policy related to historic preservation; provide policy guidance to staff, government officials, other city departments, boards and commissions, and regional, state and national organizations; maintain and coordinate historic preservation programs including the historic preservation plan, special projects such as production of preservation-related educational brochures and documents, annual preservation awards, preservation related presentations, tours and document historic resources.
Maintain Missoula’s program status as a “Certified Local Government” (CLG) outlined in “The Certified Local Government Program in Montana,” including completion and review of local historical/architectural surveys and completion and review of National Register evaluations and nominations; work closely with city staff, appropriate state and federal agencies, and community groups in planning activities by providing information and technical assistance regarding historic preservation, historical tax credits, National Register, federal regulations and Secretary of Interior Standards for Rehabilitation; complete status and financial reports for the SHPO; research grant opportunities, prepare and submit grant applications on behalf of the City and administer grants received by the City and ensure compliance with all applicable rules and regulations and monitoring project/program progress
Maintain and keep records relating to nominations, designations, historic preservation permits, and Historic Preservation Commission actions; identify, research, and document historic resources; provide education to the public regarding processes related to historic preservation and preservation best practices; ensure that duties and responsibilities delegated to the CLG by the SHPO are satisfactorily carried out; perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Other Characteristics:
  • Knowledge of complex principles and modern practices of historical preservation program development and regulatory review of development projects;
  • Knowledge of National Register of Historic Places standards for historic and architectural surveys and nominations, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, historic architectural styles, federal historic compliance standards, design guidelines for historic districts, grant writing, and public education methods;
  • Knowledge of research methods and techniques used in historic preservation and development ;
  • Knowledge of current trends and issues related to historic preservation;
  • Knowledge of applicable Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations;
  • Knowledge of local, State and National preservation support services
  • Knowledge of the history of Missoula;
  • Knowledge of project management techniques and methods;
  • Knowledge and ability to promote safe work practices and ensure compliance with City safety policies;
  • Skill in making professional presentations on complex planning designs and city operations;
  • Skill in managing community planning and historic preservation projects;
  • Skill in coordinating multiple projects;
  • Skill in understanding, interpreting and applying laws, regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines;
  • Skill in using personal computers, word processing, database and scanning software;
  • Skill in photography and using photo-imaging software including Adobe Photoshop Elements;
  • Skill in conducting research and writing technical reports;
  • Skill in communicating clearly and concisely, orally, in writing and in graphic work;
  • Skill in resolving conflicts and facilitating outcomes;
  • Skill in providing customer service including the ability to maintain calm when dealing with the public;
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with consultants, City and other government agencies and the public.
Master’s degree in history, archaeology, historic preservation, architectural history, architecture, or closely related field and one year of experience in the above areas; or a bachelor’s degree in one of the above areas and at least three year’s experience in professional research, writing, field work, or work on historic preservation projects.  Satisfaction of the Secretary of Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards for Architectural History or Historic architecture is preferred.

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Posted: March 1, 2017
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