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Posted: 09/28/2013

Arlington County
Community Planning, Housing and Development

The Historic Preservation Program (HPP) is part of the Neighborhood Services Division (NSD) of the Department of Community Planning, Housing, and Development (CPHD). The program helps identify and preserve Arlington's historic resources. In particular, the program staff: oversees the enforcement of the Historic Preservation Ordinance (Sections 11.2 and 15.8 of the County Zoning Ordinance); supports the functions, committees, and activities of the Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board (HALRB); and promotes historic preservation through a variety of special projects (i.e., historic research, local historic district designations, nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, historic markers, etc.). The HPP staff also: manages the review and approval process for Certificates of Appropriateness in the County's 34 local historic districts; gives technical assistance to property owners, other staff, and the general public; and provides input for special planning and review processes (i.e., site plans, use permits, planning studies, Section 106, etc.), among many other activities.

Professional Opportunity
Arlington, VA
$4,690 - $8,159 Monthly

The Associate Historic Preservation Planner will assist in preservation planning activities and processes, primarily including (but not limited to): 

  • Staffing and providing administrative support for all related meetings of the HALRB and its subcommittees;
  • Managing all of the administrative and approval aspects of the HALRBs design review process (Certificates of Appropriateness);
  • Conducting historical and architectural research, writing detailed research reports, and overseeing 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;
  • Researching, writing, and designing historic markers;
  • Assisting the Program Coordinator with updating and implementing the Historic Preservation Master Plan, which also includes assisting with updates to and future phases of the Historic Resources Inventory (HRI);
  • Responding to preservation inquiries from the general public, County commissions and advisory groups, and other staff; and
  • Maintaining the large records collection of the HPP.

Other duties may include: 

  • Assisting with updates to the HPP website;
  • Providing technical support for preservation planning initiatives, such as through GIS and database maintenance; and
  • Assisting with the writing and publication of outreach materials for the HPP and/or creating or managing outreach activities or events.

The employee must work effectively and diplomatically with County staff, various County commissions, citizens and property owners, architects, contractors, and the development community in order to carry out Arlington's preservation goals, which are a key part of Arlingtons Urban Village vision.

Selection CriteriaOnline application required:

Minimum:  Bachelors degree in Historic Preservation, Urban Planning, Architectural History or a closely related field, plus two years of progressively responsible professional experience in a preservation or planning-focused organization.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis. A Masters degree in Historic Preservation, Urban Planning or a closely related field may be substituted for one year of the experience requirement. 

Desirable experience:
a) A Master's degree in Historic Preservation, Urban Planning or a related field;
b) Experience interacting with or presenting to a public review body related to historic preservation;
c) Experience dealing with individual citizens and groups/organizations regarding preservation issues;
d) Experience with development and/or the zoning process; and/or
e) Strong computer skills, including graphic design and GIS

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How to apply
Special Requirements Completion of the Supplemental Questionnaire is required and a part of the application process for consideration of this position. Do not give "see resume" as a response to questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
2100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 511
Arlington, Virginia, 22201

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