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Historic Preservation and Planning Specialist
Title:Historic Preservation and Planning Specialist
Department:Community Development Department
Location:20 West Pike Street
We are currently seeking a Historic Preservation and Planning Specialist to join our Community Development Team. 
The Deadline to Apply is 4:00 P.M., on Monday, February 9, 2015

Resumes will not be accepted without an On-Line Application

Job Title:                    Historic Preservation and Planning Specialist
Department:              Department of Development
Reports To:                Community Services Manager
Status:                       Exempt
Salary Range:            $51,863.00 - $57,050.00  DOQ
Prepared Date:          August 13, 2002 (Rev. 7/07, 4/10)
Revised Date:            10/2/2012, 12/31/14
Approved By:             Covington City Commission
Approved Date:          To be Approved by City Commission
Responsible for providing technical assistance to citizens, property owners, businesses and tenants interested in rehabilitating and preserving historic buildings within the City of Covington. Responsible for documenting and protecting Covington’s historic buildings and resources. Provide for public education and serve as general advocate for historic preservation.  Monitor rehabilitation projects that involve federal funds.  Administer the City’s Historic Preservation Overlay Zones and Design Guidelines.  Provide staff support to the Urban Design Review Board. Serve as back-up to the City’s Zoning Administrator and provide technical expertise related to planning initiatives and projects. Utilize and maintain Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data related to historic resources. This position will report to the Community Services Manager.
  • Use design guidelines to review proposed work to historic sites.
  • Administer the Section 106 Compliance Requirements relating to the City’s federally funded programs and maintain a working Programmatic Agreement with the SHPO and ACHP
  • Administer the Certified Local Government program for the City and provide the required documentation and complete necessary programming to remain an eligible certified program
  • Provide assistance to individuals who are interested in rehabilitating and preserving historic buildings, such as selecting appropriate exterior paint colors, windows, doors and other building elements.
  • Provide guidance and assistance to individuals and businesses interested in rehabilitating and preserving historic buildings on state and local regulations such as the City’s Zoning Ordinance, State Building Code, Plumbing Code, etc. Review applications for exterior work in Historic Preservation Overlay Zones and Chapter 99 Development Plan areas, and issue permits (Certificate of Appropriateness).
  • Review applications and prepare staff reports for Design Waivers for applicable zones.
  • Prepare staff reports and presentations for monthly Urban Design Review Board meetings.
  • Update and initiate new Historic Resource Surveys.
  • Prepare nominations for the National Register of Historic Places
  • Review projects receiving federal funds for compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
  • Follow up on site, on a case-by-case basis to insure that the work is being performed as approved.  Coordinate with Code Enforcement as necessary.
  • Apply for and administer federal and state grants.
  • Administer Historic Plaque Program.
  • Coordinate Historic Highway Marker program.
  • Organize annual Historic Preservation Awards for the city.
  • Provide information and advice on federal and state Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit programs.
  • Participate as a consulting party representative in large-scale Section 106 Reviews.
  • Assemble and maintain all necessary files as required by state and federal regulations.
  • Provide information and assistance for relevant planning and zoning efforts.
  • Act as City liaison to city adopted small area study implementation groups.
  • Create and maintain GIS information on historic properties.
  • Appear for work and complete assigned tasks within a reasonable period of time
  • Work in a safe manner, observing all safety rules, and pose no significant risk to the health and safety of others
  • Provide marketing, public education and outreach historic preservation activities.
  • Serve as project manager and perform any other daily duties as may be required to accomplish Department goals and objectives as assigned by the Community Development Director.
  • At least five years of progressively responsible experience in historic preservation and program administration; or the equivalent to a Graduate degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in architectural history, art history, historic preservation, planning or a combination of the above stated work experience and education.
  • Experience working with federal and state grant programs,
  • A certificate in Historic Preservation is recommended.
  • Ability to meet the Secretary of the Interiors Professional Qualification Standards for Historic Preservation
  • Certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is preferred but not required.
  • Knowledge of applicable City, State and Federal rules, regulations and ordinances that impact Historic Preservation and the ability to appropriately interpret and apply them.
  • Knowledge of Section 106 rules and regulations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with residents, contractors, other employees, city officials and other agencies both orally and in writing.
  • Be a team player.
  • Receive supervision.
  • Ability to accept constructive criticism.
  • Treats people with respect; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and ethically; upholds organizational values.
  • Maintain a professional image.
  • Ability to address the challenges facing mature neighborhoods.
  • Ability to work with residents from all economic, cultural and diverse backgrounds.
  • Aptitude and ability to utilize computer resources required by the City including word processing, spreadsheets and data bases.
  • Working knowledge of GIS mapping and data analysis techniques.
  • Possess and maintain a valid Driver’s License
  • Satisfaction of KRS 147A.027 training requirements
  • ACHP Section 106 Essentials and Advanced training (ACHP Section 106 Essentials Training required within first 12 months per CLG requirements with the Kentucky Heritage Council)
  • AICP Certification (preferred but not required)
  • LEED AP O+M Certification from the US Green Building Council (preferred but not required)
May serve as lead on a project basis.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as federal rules and regulations and program guidelines. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively to residents of various backgrounds.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, fractions and decimals.  Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference. Capacity to compute rate, ratio, and percentage, also able to create and interpret various types of graphs
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.  Capability to apply common sense understanding in order to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; sit and use hands to finger, handle or feel. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is typically in an office setting, but is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; high, precarious places; potentially unstable structures; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The City of Covington fully and actively supports equal opportunity employment for qualified candidates regardless of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.
Female and Minority Candidates are encouraged to apply.

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