The Aurora History Museum is seeking a highly motivated individual for the position of Historic Preservation Specialist. Under the supervision of the Aurora History Museum (museum) Coordinator, the Historic Preservation Specialist performs work that requires a broad knowledge of the principles and techniques of both the historic preservation field and the professional planning and development field. This position maintains, develops and promotes the historic preservation program and delivers extensive outreach activities to multiple internal and external stakeholders.
Work requires considerable independent judgment and initiative in combining a broad scope of historic preservation and professional planning knowledge and analytical judgments in order to resolve a variety of complex, technical problems. Incumbents are required to carry out assignments without detailed instruction or guidance.
The salary range for the Historic Preservation Specialist position is $18.83 - $31.06/hour. The starting salary of the ideal candidate will be determined by their years of experiences and overall knowledge.
The City of Aurora will conduct a first screening of this position on Friday, August 12th at 9 a.m.; if we determine to have a qualified pool of applicants at that time this position may close early without prior notice. Thank you for your interest in this position.
Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace. A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification or termination once hired.
If you value and model the City's Core 4 values we encourage you to apply.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
· Oversees and coordinates the day-to-day planning, preservation, management and maintenance of city-owned historic properties
· Defines and reviews issues of historic preservation as they relate to the city
· Conducts site plan reviews and makes recommendations and/or decisions on proposed changes for historic/preservation-zoned properties
· Prepares and presents reports and recommendations, including written responses to requests for approval of design modifications to site plans and building evaluations
· Inspects or reviews building sites for compliance with zoning or design stipulations
· Coordinates the work of staff and volunteers involved in historic preservation functions
· Translates the goals, objectives, and policies of the Historic Preservation Commission into programs, projects, and activities
· Oversees and develops the Local Landmark Program
· Provides technical, architectural, design, historical, and policy guidance
· Performs activities related to the retention of the city's Certified Local Government (CLG) designation
· Researches and completes Section 106 reviews
· Conducts outreach initiatives and assists neighborhoods and/or property owners with issues related to maintaining historic sites and complying with city ordinances related to historic sites
· Conducts outreach initiatives and assists neighborhoods and/or property owners with issues related to completing the process of establishing local and national registered historic districts and landmarks
· Writes and administers grants for historic preservation activities
· Enforces the Historic Preservation Ordinance
· Maintains financial records and payments for the historic sites program
· Works collaboratively with the Education Curator to develop, schedule and implement interpretive programs for city-owned historic properties
· Serves as the staff liaison to the Historic Preservation Commission
· May perform additional duties as assigned
Education: Bachelor's degree in historic preservation, archeology, architectural history, history, or directly related field. Master's degree preferred.
Experience: At least 4 years of experience with progressively advanced responsibility in historic preservation, public history, interpretation, and public outreach associated with this field.
Knowledge: Knowledge of preservation law and practice including design and construction; library, archival and office systems; and budget, grant, and contract compliance.
Abilities: Ability to establish and maintain effective internal and external working relationships; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; oversee work of volunteers; perceive the full-range of the color spectrum in order to review building elevations and site plans for compliance with city design guidelines and to accurately determine multiple colored zoning patterns; read and understand engineering and architectural drawings in order to determine property dimensions, location, and compliance with city standards
Skills: Strong interpersonal, public relations, project management, research, and planning skills; excellent customer service skills.
Licenses, Certificates, and/or Equipment Required: Colorado driver's license with a good driving record. This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment.
Physical Demands: Moderate physical work requiring ability to lift 50 pounds with or without assistance; lifting and carrying; regular walking and standing; bending, kneeling, stooping, pushing, and pulling; vision to read and interpret reports and other written documents; eye/hand coordination for computer operation; eye/hand/foot coordination for operation of motor vehicle; frequent speech communication and hearing to maintain communication with employees, public officials, and citizens.
Work Environment: Works primarily indoors; work associated with the preservation of historic properties may require duties in or near old and unclean buildings or sites, construction sites, and out-of-doors.
Equipment Used: Standard business and professional equipment and tools including computers, construction tools as needed; a motor vehicle to visit historic and preservation-zoned properties.
For Veterans points: Please show all of your employment history, including military service and related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer. We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants. It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
If you need assistance in completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at:303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy., Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.