The Preservation Officer has responsibility for conducting historic preservation reviews of federal and state tax certification (rehabilitation tax credit) projects throughout Maryland to ensure that the proposed rehabilitation work is in compliance with the federal Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation and program regulations. This position serves as the primary contact for applicants using both the state and federal programs and must be able to provide technical support in helping them navigate the application process as well as in addressing complex issues regarding historic architectural significance and construction issues.
This job requires extreme attention to detail while understanding the overall importance and relevance of state and federal tax credit as a tool to promote the preservation and rehabilitation of the States historic resources and communities. Excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills and a strong interest in working collaboratively are essential. Skills in interpreting and applying the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation, and complying with program rules, regulations and policies related to the tax credit programs is required.
Education: Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university.
Experience: Three years of experience in administrative staff or professional work.
1. Additional experience in administrative staff or professional work may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.
2. Additional graduate level education at an accredited college or university may be substituted at the rate of 30 semester credit hours on a year to year basis for the required general experience.
3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer involving staff work related to the administration of rules, regulations, policy, procedures and processes, or overseeing or coordinating unit operations or functioning as a staff assistant to a higher ranking commissioned officer on a year to year basis for the required education and experience.
Preference will be given to candidates with a bachelors or masters degree from an accredited college or university in Historic Preservation, Architecture, Architectural History or closely related field. High preference will be given to candidates with a bachelors or masters degree from an accredited college or university in one of these same disciplines coupled with three (3) years full time experience in discipline, with emphasis on historic preservation, rehabilitation of historic structures or architecture. Demonstrated superior writing skills, strong interpersonal abilities and negotiating skills are essential. Prior experience reviewing technical aspects of architectural plans and drawings is preferred. Experience interpreting and applying the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation, and complying with program rules, regulations and policies related to the tax credit programs is desirable. Some knowledge of Maryland history and architecture and familiarity with federal and state historic preservation law and regulations are preferred. Certification as a LEED AP or experience with incorporating green building techniques into historic rehabilitation projects is desirable, but not required.