The City of Tacoma Planning and Development Services Department is seeking an experienced, dynamic historic preservation professional to provide technical and administrative support to the Historic Preservation Program and the City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Under the direction of the Historic Preservation Officer, the Historic Preservation Coordinator will work directly with the public, Landmarks Commissioners, property owners and developers on project design review, plan and implement community events, support policy development, conduct grant research and writing, and develop media content and programming relating to the historic preservation program.
The Historic Preservation Coordinator position requires frequent contact with the public, including the ability to speak in public, and excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to convey complex, technical and sometimes controversial information in a clear, concise and courteous manner. Incumbents should be well versed in best practices in preservation planning and historic preservation at the local government level, as well as have a familiarity with urban planning policy, land use regulations, building codes, sustainability, and economic development. Successful candidates will be enthusiastic about historic preservation and recognize its importance in developing a high quality of life in an older city.
Candidate Profile In Tacoma, engagement is one of the key Historic Preservation strategies. A successful candidate will be a person who has strong programming and social media skills, enjoys working with a diverse community, and is an innovative ideas person, who is not averse to proposing and trying new approaches in order to broaden outreach and facilitate programming. The Historic Preservation Coordinator will possess a broad base of knowledge of historic preservation in a local government setting, including project review and permitting, environmental review, long range planning, and community programming. The employee will need to be able to oversee highly visible and sometimes controversial projects effectively and with sensitivity. To navigate in a complex organization, the candidate will possess strong interoffice and interagency relationship building and management skills, as well as a nuanced understanding of organizational decision-making and operation. The Historic Preservation Coordinator will have experience managing Citizen Commissions and Committees as well as a working knowledge of public meetings laws and practices. The candidate should have a strong awareness of systemic racism and inequity, including an understanding of how these issues affect outcomes in a public policy and regulatorysetting.
The Department The Historic Preservation Program is located within the Planning Division of the Planning & Development Service Department (PDS). The PDS mission is to partner with the community to build a livable, sustainable, and safe City by providing strategic, timely, predictable, cost-effective planning and development services with a culture focused on community engagement, customer service, creativity, accountability, and continuous improvement. The Department encompasses all aspects of building, land use, and site development.
The Planning Division comprises urban planning and design professionals who work with the community to develop the vision and implementation strategies that guide growth and development so that it enhances the quality of life for present and future generations. In addition to Historic Preservation, the Division includes long-range land use, neighborhood, housing and environmental planning. We work together with the community, City Council, Planning Commission, and Landmarks Preservation Commission to develop and update the One Tacoma Comprehensive Plan, along with neighborhood and subarea plans, and associated regulations and implementation strategies that guide the future development of the built and natural environment of Tacoma.
Provides professional staff support to the Landmarks Preservation Commission
Develops staff recommendations to the Landmarks Preservation Commission based on applicable standards, regulations and guidelines
Administers design review of various development applications
Develops and implements various historic preservation related community events and programs
Assist with the preparation of written materials highlighting program activities, such as newsletters
Assists in the preparation of grant applications and plans, research availability of private and grant funding and prepare grant proposals
Interprets and applies applicable state and municipal codes, ordinances and regulations, including local and federal design review standards for historic properties
Explains and interprets historic preservation regulations, guidelines and standards to City staff, external agencies and the public
Assists with the application process for various recognition award programs
Assists in writing ordinances and regulations relating to historic preservation development controls and incentives
Provide information and technical assistance to citizens and community and neighborhood groups regarding historic preservation related incentives and requirements
Assists with the compilation and development of reports and information on program goals, activities and achievements
Attends neighborhood and community meetings as needed on behalf of the Historic Preservation Program
Performs as Historic Preservation Officer in their absence
May lead and/or supervise interns, consultants and volunteers
Attends substantial number of evening and weekend meetings
Performs related duties as assigned
City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma’s entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.
To be considered for this career opportunity: Please apply online through the City of Tacoma's website and attach a detailed resume and cover letter describing your experience, training, motivations, and expertise as it relates to the responsibilities of this position.
In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.
Applicants whose backgrounds most closely reflect the current needs of the department may be invited to participate in an interview. Reference checks will be conducted on final candidates and appointment is subject to passing a background check.
Per City of Tacoma Personnel Management Policy #170, the City of Tacoma is a drug-free work environment. Appointment is subject to successful completion of a pre-employment background and references check.
When you work for the City of Tacoma you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a healthy work/life balance, the potential for flexible work schedules (with some job classifications), continuing education programs, leadership pathways, wellness incentives and a total rewards benefits program. We welcome you to take a look at our website and discover how the City of Tacoma can make your next career move part of our combined destiny: http://www.cityoftacoma.org/ http://www.traveltacoma.com/ http://www.cityoftacoma.org/newhires
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An equivalent combination to:
A Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, history, archaeology or directly related field
Two (2) years of experience in historic preservation and/or community/neighborhood planning.
Knowledge & Skills
KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:
Experience working in a political environment
Familiarity with the application of local and federal historic preservation standards for rehabilitation projects
Experience in project design review
Working knowledge of the multiple historic preservation agencies at different jurisdictional levels
Experience working as support staff to public boards, commissions or elected bodies
Strong communications skills
Knowledge of government policies, procedures, structure, applicable laws and ordinances
Theory, principles and techniques of the historic preservation planning profession including design guidelines and standards, design review, historic architecture, history; federal, state and local laws, ordinances and codes pertaining to preservation; technical research and analysis, report development, budget management, and City government organization, policies and procedures. Proficiency with computer hardware and software programs, which may include Microsoft Office, Internet applications, project management applications and GIS.
Employ expertise, credibility, and effective partnering to help clients identify, evaluate, and resolve complex or sensitive issues, problems, and service needs. Identify resources and potential solutions that are practical and effective, understanding when, where and how to implement those options. Excel at helping the customer navigate through complex or sensitive issues, advising on best practices and important trends. Think and act proactively about service issues, following up to make sure desired outcomes are realized.
Use data and information in clear and rational thought process to assess and understand issues, evaluate options, form accurate conclusions, and make decisions. Judge or infer appropriate responses to a set of information on the basis of clear guidelines or procedures. Form accurate conclusions regarding actions to be taken.
Effectively manage multiple, high-priority assignments or issues simultaneously and meet firm deadlines; effectively and sensitively oversee highly visible/controversial projects or involving competing priorities and analyzing situations to develop a course of action to produce work products that are accurate, thorough and on time.
Effective communication both verbal and in writing including the compilation of reports, presentations and records; and interacting respectfully and sensitively with individuals and groups to develop and maintain productive relationships and achieve results. Sustaining public trust while improving accountability; interacting with all levels of staff, public, various officials and others. Technically edit and provide oversight for the preparation of technical reports; use discretion and sound judgment handling assignments and workplace situations.
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