Feb 15, 2019
Mar 15, 2019
Full Time
Position Information

Arlington County's Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development is seeking a a senior level Historic Preservation Planner within the County's Historic Preservation Program (HPP).

The HPP is a dynamic part of the Neighborhood Services Division (NSD) within the Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development (CPHD). The HPP helps identify, document, and preserve Arlington's historic resources and cultural heritage. In particular, the program staff: oversees the enforcement of the Historic Preservation Ordinance; supports the functions, committees, and activities of the County Board-appointed Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board (HALRB); and promotes historic preservation through a variety of special projects. The HPP staff manages the review and approval process for Certificates of Appropriateness (CoAs) in the County's 40 local historic districts; offers technical assistance to property owners, other staff, and the general public; and provides input on special planning initiatives and review processes affecting historic properties Countywide.

Specific duties include:

  • Managing the County's historic preservation easement portfolio, including negotiating new easements and regularly monitoring the recorded easement properties for compliance;
  • Managing all of the state and Federal historic preservation compliance reviews for the HPP, (e.g., Section 106, National Environmental Policy Act, and Housing and Urban Development reviews, etc.) and providing analysis and recommendations;
  • Serving as project manager for various major, complex historic preservation planning initiatives and projects (i.e., Countywide projects affecting local historic districts, updates to existing local historic district design guidelines, use permit reviews for historic schools, public processes related to National Register nominations and/or local designation requests, updates to the Historic Preservation Master Plan and Historic Resources Inventory, etc.);
  • Analyzing Countywide development review cases involving historical, cultural, and/or archeological resources and providing analysis and recommendations;
  • Participating in Countywide planning studies and initiatives affecting historic resources (e.g., Lee Highway Study, Housing Conservation Districts, among others);
  • Overseeing the Associate Planner's management of the monthly CoA and design review process and assisting the Historic Preservation Specialist as needed with background and technical information;
  • Participating in outreach activities to educate the public about Arlington's built environment, cultural heritage, and preservation-related initiatives; 
  • Receiving and evaluating various types of trade and building permits; and
  • Helping maintain the large records collection of the HPP and making those records more accessible to the public.
The succesful candidate will work effectively and diplomatically with County staff, citizen commissions/advisory groups, citizens and property owners, architects, contractors, land use attorneys, and the development community to carry out Arlington's historic preservation goals, which are a key part of Arlington's Urban Village vision.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: Bachelor's degree in Historic Preservation, Urban Planning, History, Public History, Architecture, or a closely related field, plus significant professional experience in a preservation- or planning-focused organization that included the following:

  • Managing large-scale, complex historic preservation projects;
  • Writing, negotiating, and managing historic preservation easements; and
  • Conducting a range of historic preservation compliance and/or development reviews.
Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Desirables: Preference will be given to candidates with one or more of the following:
  • A Master's degree in Historic Preservation, Urban Planning, History, Public History, Architecture, or a closely related field;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills to effectively communicate laws, policies, and procedures to the public;
  • Excellent organizational skills for prioritizing and managing multiple tasks and projects simultaneously; and/or
  • Significant project management experience.
  • Special Requirements

    This position will require travel around Arlington County for various meetings and field inspections. Applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence, or be willing to use alternative means of transportation.

    Additional Information

    This is a 40-hour per week position, with flexible work hours generally between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Regular evening work will be required to attend community meetings and special events.

    Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.