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Historic Preservation Officer, City of Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV)
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Contributed By: Jacob Tilford
Email The Author: jtilford@lasvegasnevada.gov
Website: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lasvegas/jobs/2367590/historic-preservation-officer?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

Historic Preservation Officer, City of Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV)
SALARY: $49,576.02 - $57,000.06 Annually

OPENING DATE: 02/26/19
CLOSING DATE: 03/20/19 11:59 PM
ABOUT THE POSITION:
Please submit a cover letter and a detailed resume along with your completed application.

Performs a wide variety of complex and specialized duties in support of the City's historic preservation program and the Historic Preservation Commission.  Responsible for developing and administering policies and procedures for the protection of cultural, historical and archeologically significant landmarks, districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects and ensuring that City activities and programs comply with state and federal regulations and guidelines to maintain the City's good standing as a Certified Local Government.  Participates in the review of projects proceeding through the City's development review process that involve landmark buildings or buildings within historic districts or projects with historic preservation issues and develops strategies to preserve the structures.  Serves as Secretary to the Historic Preservation Commission and works with state, regional and national historic preservation entities to further historic preservation in the City of Las Vegas.

This position is grant funded, and the length of the assignment is depended on funding availability. 

SELECTION PROCESS: 

The selection process will consist of a review of all applications and resumes with only the most qualified participating in an interview. Final candidate selection will include hiring interview (if applicable). Any individual offered employment will be required to pass a pre-employment drug test and complete background check. Some positions may require preliminary background checks.

Salary will be dependent on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. This is an Appointive (Non-Civil Service) position.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This is a classification that requires a broad professional background and technical expertise in the specialized area of historic preservation.   Positions at this level are distinguished from other classifications by the considerable use of independent and analytical judgement to evaluate the effects of proposed actions on historic properties and districts, and to resolve a variety of complex and technical problems.  Employees at this level oversee and administer grants to recipients, manage the work of consultants involved in Historic Preservation projects, and coordinate and support consultation with Nevada's State Historic Preservation Office.        

Supervision Received and Exercised

Receives general direction from management staff.

May exercise functional and technical supervision over professional, technical, and clerical staff.
EXAMPLE OF DUTIES:
Essential Functions:
  1. Facilitates preservation efforts of the Historic Preservation Commission by providing information on historic preservation policies, procedures, and programs to property owners, private development interests, and the public. 
  2. Provides technical, architectural, design, historical, and policy guidance to City staff, government officials, boards, committees, and regional, state, and national preservation agencies.
  3. Serves as Secretary to the Historic Preservation Commission, facilitator of Historic Preservation Commission chair briefings, and an intermediary between the Historic Preservation Commission and the city departments.
  4. Participates in the review of projects proceeding through the City's development review process that involve landmark buildings or buildings within historic districts or projects with historic preservation issues, ensures projects comply with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, and provides approval recommendations to the Historic Preservation Commission.
  5. Prepares and presents various comprehensive reports to boards, agencies, and the public, including written recommendations regarding Planning staff reports, and requests for approval of design modifications to site plans and building evaluations. 
  6. Supports the City's permit process by reviewing and providing administrative approval of applications for Certificate of Appropriateness, or providing recommendations for approval to the Historic Preservation Commission.
  7. Accepts and reviews applications for the designation of a historic landmark, district, sites, building, structure and object; conducts historical and archival research, and provides recommendations for approval to the Historic Preservation Commission. 
  8. Conducts field investigations to evaluate the historical, architectural, and cultural significance of properties, buildings, and sites and documents such visits through photos and written communication.
  9. Solicits bids on behalf of the Historic Preservation Commission for studies and surveys of properties, structures, and areas.  Responsible for monitoring the performance of selected contractors, approving submittals, and authorizing payment.  
  10. Accepts and reviews grant submissions, completes site visits and historical and archival research, and provides analyses to the Historic Preservation Commission.
  11. Provides Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA) zoning impact review services for the city and forwards recommendations to the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office.
  12. Reviews state legislation pertaining to historic preservation and provide recommendations to the Director of Planning and City management. 
  13. Prepares the annual report of Historic Preservation Commission activities for submission to the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office. 

Marginal Functions:
  1. Provide training in various areas of historic preservation to department employees.
  2. Apply for historic preservation grants on behalf of the City.  
  3. Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
Experience:

Three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in historic preservation, architecture, planning, urban design or a similar field.  A Master's degree may substitute for two (2) years of experience.

Education:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major in historic preservation, urban planning, architecture, archeology, urban design or a field related to the essential functions.  A Master's degree in historic preservation or a related field is preferred.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of:

Advanced principles and practices of historic preservation programs.

Advanced principles and practices of urban planning and development.

Current land use planning policies, laws and statues.

Advanced techniques of technical report writing.

Advanced principles and practices of policy and procedure development.

Advanced methods of research, program analysis and report preparation.

Principles and techniques of project management.

Policies and procedures of the assigned department.

Advanced public relations techniques.

English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Modern office procedures and methods including common office software and hardware.

Advanced records management principles and practices.

Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.

Ability to:

Plan, organize, and evaluate historical preservation projects.

Find creative solutions for the preservation of historical structures.

Interpret, apply, and explain federal and state regulations pertaining to city historical landmarks and preservation.

Interpret, apply, and explain planning and zoning programs to the general public; identify and respond to issues and concerns of the public, Historic Preservation commission, City Council, and other boards and commissions.

Translate goals and objectives into workable plans, programs, and activities; develop policy and initiate ideas and recommendations to City agencies and the Historic Preservation Commission.

Coordinate functions and activates between the department and independent agencies.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. 

Establish and maintain effective cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, including city officials, appointed board members and the general public. 

Competencies:

Core Workforce Competencies:


Professionalism – Demonstrates core values by being honest, respectful and positive.

Decisiveness – Willingness to make difficult decisions in a timely manner.

Facilitating Partnerships – Builds community and partnerships both inside and outside the organization.

Forward Thinking – Anticipating the consequences of situations and decisions; taking appropriate action to be prepared for possible changes.

Professionalism – Demonstrates core values by being honest, respectful and positive.

Effective Communication – Expresses verbal and written thought in a clear and understandable manner.

Adaptability – Able to effectively modify behavior to suit changing workforce demands.

Problem Solving – Solves problems by considering all causes, solutions and outcomes.

Productive Partnerships – Develops, maintains and strengthens partnerships with others.

Posted: February 27, 2019
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