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MN State Historic Preservation Office Review Manager (St. Paul, MN)
Historic Preservation Blog from - historic preservation, shpo, review and compliance, section 106
Contributed By: Amy Spong

Working Title: Environmental Review Program Manager
Job Class: State Program Administrator, Director Agency: Administration Dept

- Job ID: 75846
- Location: St. Paul, MN
-  Full/Part Time: Full-Time
-  Regular/Temporary: Unlimited
-  Date Posted: 04/22/2024
-  Closing Date: 05/13/2024
-  Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Administration Dept / Administration-MMA
-  Division/Unit: SHPO
-  Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
-  Days of Work: Monday - Friday
-  Travel Required: Yes - up to 5%
-  Salary Range: $35.98 - $51.83 / hourly; $75,126 - $108,221 / annually
-  Classified Status: Classified
-  Bargaining Unit/Union: 216 - Middle Management Association/MMA
-  FLSA Status: Exempt - Executive
-  Telework Eligible: Yes
-  Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities: Yes

Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.
The work you’ll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged, and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

Job Summary
The Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office's mission is to encourage best preservation practices so that all people can share in the enduring environmental, social, and economic benefits of Minnesota's cultural heritage. The team draws on cooperative approaches and expertise to help individuals and communities at all levels of planning, development, and government to achieve their historic preservation goals and responsibilities under law.

With the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), we are seeking an Environmental Review Program Manager to manage all aspects of the Environmental Review Program (Program). In this position, you will provide vision, strategic direction, and subject matter expertise by leading, administering, and enforcing the Program in accordance with federal and state historic preservation laws aimed at identifying and protecting our state's invaluable historic resources. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

-  Maintaining and fostering effective and collaborative working relationships with Tribal governments, federal, state, and local government agencies, and their representatives by assisting agencies with fulfilling their responsibilities under Section 106 of the 1966 National Historic Preservation Act and Minnesota State historic preservation laws.
-  Directing and managing the Program and team members to ensure consistency in the rigor, fairness, honesty, and professionalism of Program responsibilities and delivery.
-  Representing the State Historic Preservation Officer to effectively facilitate reviews of large and complex federal undertakings, including Memorandums of Agreement to mitigate adverse impacts on historic properties and Programmatic Agreements that guide an agency's approach to preserving historic places.
-  Consulting with and facilitating reviews of project proposals submitted by State agencies, State departments, the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota, and political subdivisions of the State, pursuant to the roles and responsibilities to ensure compliance with the State's historic preservation laws.
-  Spearheading projects, developing, and implementing innovative work processes and systems.

To promote a culture of flexibility, we offer staff a hybrid work environment that varies by team, position, and business needs. With a telework arrangement, onsite attendance may be required for team meetings or as requested by management to meet business needs. At a minimum, six (6) onsite days per month will be required, with one (1) or two (2) days each week. Completion of a telework agreement will be required. In addition, this position also requires a willingness to travel (up to 5%) and ability to work evenings and occasional weekends.

Minimum Qualifications
-  Bachelor's degree in history, historic preservation, urban and regional planning, geography, law, or related field with specialized coursework in historic preservation, cultural resource management, land use development, or environmental protection.
-  Minimum five (5) years of experience with relevant federal preservation statutes, guidelines, procedures, as well as cultural resource management principles.
-  Working knowledge of administering federal historic preservation laws and regulations pertaining to the review and compliance program (Section 106); as well as the roles, rights, and responsibilities of the federal, tribal, state, and local governments, private landowners, and/or private preservation and historical organizations.
-  Experience supervising employees and managing teams.
-  Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills (both oral and written) to negotiate, mediate, and collaborate with a wide variety of stakeholders and the public.
-  Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (such as Word, Access, Excel, Outlook, and Teams), Adobe Acrobat, or similar software.

Preferred Qualifications
-  Advanced degree in history, historic preservation, urban and regional planning, law, or related field with specialized coursework in historic preservation, land use development, or environmental protection.
-  Working knowledge of Minnesota state historic preservation laws, administrative rules, and the larger state environmental review process.
-  Demonstrated experience with drafting and commenting on Section 106 agreements.
-  Specialized training in Section 106.
-  Experience coordinating with Tribal Nations in environmental review.
-  Demonstrated ability to maintain and use data management applications, including data organization, research, and data analysis.
-  Experience developing and implementing process improvement and/or optimization initiatives.

Physical Requirements
Applicants must be able to physically visit project and historic sites which may be active construction sites or have uneven surfaces and temporary stairs. This position may also entail sitting or standing for extended periods of time. Repetitive movements will be required to perform word and data processing for extended periods of time. Working conditions in an office environment will primarily be under controlled temperatures.

Additional Requirements
Successful applicants must pass a criminal background check through American DataBank and employment reference checks prior to employment.

Must possess a valid driver's license with acceptable motor vehicle record or have reliable transportation.

How to Apply
To apply for this job, please submit your application via the State’s careers site at With the applicable job posting open, select “Apply for Job” at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email For additional information about the application process, go to

If you have questions about the position, contact Ly Her at or 651-201-2434.

To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Ly Her at

About the Department of Administration
The Department of Administration is a core service agency serving the Governor, Legislature, state agencies, local governments, and the public. Our mission is to provide leadership, innovation, solutions, and support to help our partners succeed. To learn more about us, please visit

Why Work for Us

Diverse Workforce
We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve.

The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:

-  95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency’s mission
-  91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
-  88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
-  87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule

Comprehensive Benefits
Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:

-  Public pension plan
-  Training and professional development
-  Paid vacation and sick leave
-  11 paid holidays each year
-  Paid parental leave
-  Low-cost medical and dental coverage
-  Prescription drug coverage
-  Vision coverage
-  Wellness programs and resources
-  Employer paid life insurance
-  Short-term and long-term disability
-  Health care spending and savings accounts
-  Dependent care spending account
-  Tax-deferred compensation
-  Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
-  Tuition reimbursement
-  Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Programs, resources, and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.

Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email and indicate what assistance is needed.


Keywords: historic preservation, shpo, review and compliance, section 106

Posted: May 8, 2024
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