Fredericksburg Accepting Applications for Historic Resources Planner

by | Jan 8, 2016 | Government

By Susan Larson

The City of Fredericksburg has posted a job advertisement for a full-time Historic Resources Planner. City Council voted 6–0 during their September 24, 2015, council meeting to add the position to the city’s planning department.

Councilman Matt Kelly had called for the move weeks earlier, following the August 27 razing of an antebellum home at 401–403 Sophia St. The house was historically significant because it appears in Civil War photographs taken in 1863 from across the river, according to a 2011 report compiled by the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation. It was the only building in the photos that had survived in the area.

“Thank you to City Council for your vote to include this [position] in our budget and to Matt Kelly for being a champion for this cause,” Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. said on Facebook.

Applications are being accepted until 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, 2015.

Historic Resources Planner Job Details from the City’s Website
Starting Salary Range: $53,962 – $66,656 DOQ

Under limited supervision, this position performs technical and plan review work under general supervision of the Director of Community Planning and Building Department. Responsible for the operation and management of the programs to preserve and protect the City’s historic and cultural resources. Serves as principal staff to the Fredericksburg Architectural Review Board. Responsible for development of an administrative framework for the Board and assisting the Board in meeting its duties and responsibilities. Performs related work as directed.

Essential functions of the Historic Resources Planner will include, but not limited to:
• Updates and expands the City’s Historic Preservation Plan to further develop and implement policies and regulations to protect the City’s historic and cultural resources.
• Develops and implements an Archeological Plan, with associated ordinances and implementation strategies, to protect the City’s archeological resources and to use these resources to broaden the understanding of the City’s history.
• Advises the Architectural Review Board in its duties to: determine the appropriateness of construction or demolition in the City’s Historic District, advise on the construction or demolition of City owned or occupied property, document historically, archaeologically, or architecturally significant resources, comment on land use issues, to undertake education programs, and accept funds to accomplish the above functions.
• Conducts historical and architectural research, writes detailed research reports, and oversees all aspects of local Historic District designations and/or nominations to the National Register of Historic Places from the initial application through to completion and approval.
• Works with external local, state, and federal agencies, such as the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, and the National Park Service to preserve and protect the City’s historic and cultural resources.
• Writes and administers grants to obtain funds and approvals that would further the preservation and maintenance of the City’s historic and cultural resources.
• Serves as a project manager for complex historic preservation efforts including assisting in the selection and management of consultants, developing contracts, analyzing and evaluation of site and architectural plans, monitoring performance and billings, and making recommendations; takes lead responsibility in planning, organizing, and implementing programs and activities. Coordinates projects with other departments.
• Serves as the City archivist and records manager; plans and manages records management and archiving in accord with the standards established by the Library of Virginia.

The successful applicant will have at least a Bachelor’s degree in historic preservation, architectural history, archeology, planning, community development or a related field (Master’s degree desired); supplemented by three (3) to five (5) years of experience in managing and implementing historic and cultural resource policies and ordinances; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities. Such skills should include a good understanding of structural systems and processes of decay as well as structural assessment techniques. Such skills should also include a high level of competency in the use of desk top and mobile computers, including graphic design and geographic information systems. The ability to exercise independent ethical judgment is required. Background and driving record checks required.

While the position is open until filled, completed City Applications and resumes should be submitted before the close of business on Monday, November 30, 2015. EOE

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