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Posted: 12/06/2010

City of Pittsburgh
City Planning

Professional Opportunity
Pittsburgh, PA
$40,562 - $45,127 per year


I. General Application Requirements:

You must submit or show proof of all of the following at the time of filing your application (unless otherwise indicated below) or your application will be disqualified. Disqualifications based on any of these General Application Requirements are not subject to a Civil Service appeal.

∑ A completed online City of Pittsburgh Employment Application, including your online Employment Profile Data. (Education and Work Experience).

∑ Completed online City of Pittsburgh Supplemental Form questions for this position.

∑ A resume, to be submitted online.

∑ Applicants must become residents of the City of Pittsburgh prior to employment and remain a resident throughout employment.

∑ A current, valid Class C Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Operator's License at the time of filing application or prior to appointment, which must be maintained throughout employment. Written requests for a special accommodation on the basis of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act will be considered by the Department of Personnel and Civil Service Commission on an individual basis.

NOTE: The City of Pittsburgh, as a matter of policy, conducts pre-employment and promotional background investigations on all candidates being considered for positions. The background investigation includes but is not limited to criminal background, driverís license and City of Pittsburgh real estate tax payments. Candidates may be disqualified from consideration from employment based on the results of their background investigation (as it relates to the job for which the applicant is being considered).

NOTE: Candidates being considered for employment will be required to submit official transcripts to verify of their post-secondary education (college/university, trade school, etc.) prior to being hired by the City of Pittsburgh. Transcripts must be submitted at the time of any/each job interview you have with the City of Pittsburgh.

II. Qualifying Requirements:

Your City of Pittsburgh application will be reviewed and your work experience and education/training will be evaluated to determine if you meet the qualifying eligibility requirements listed below for this position. You will be sent an eligibility letter regarding your eligible/ineligible status.

∑ WORK EXPERIENCE: The application must clearly show two (2) years of full-time experience in preservation, preservation architecture or a related field. (Full-time is defined as 32 hours or more per week. Less than full-time experience will be calculated on a pro-rated basis.)

∑ EDUCATION/TRAINING: The application must clearly show a Bachelorís Degree from a fully accredited institution in Historic Preservation, Preservation Architecture or a related field. Masterís Degree preferred. (See NOTE under the General Application Requirements Section above regarding the verification of education/training).

∑ EQUIVALENCY: Education/training and/or work experience may be substituted on a year for year basis if the application clearly shows the required number of years to meet the Total Qualifying Requirement for this position (based on the sum of work experience and education/training listed above). The Total Qualifying Requirement is six (6) years. (See NOTE under the General Application Requirements Section above regarding the verification of education/training).

III. Civil Service Examination(s):

If you meet the qualifying requirements listed above, you will be sent a letter of admission (when applicable) for the following examination(s). You must pass the written and/or performance examination(s) in order to have your name placed on the official Civil Service eligibility list for this position. Candidates who receive job offers must pass a medical examination (when applicable) prior to start date.

∑ Written: None required for this position.

∑ Performance: None required for this position.

∑ Medical: None required for this position.


Department: City Planning

Salary: $40,562 - $45,127 per year.

Union: This position is included in the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Local 2719 bargaining unit and will be filled in accordance with the provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Union Bid Form: Not required. Your application for this position will serve as your union Bid Form.

Civil Service Classification: Non-Competitive


Position Duties:

∑ Suggests goals, policies and priorities for historic preservation projects and programs.

∑ Participates in programs, projects, and suggests guidelines to meet historic preservation goals; monitors and evaluates implementation of assigned programs; participates in planning studies; directs projects of limited scope.

∑ Evaluates impact of proposed projects (e.g., impact studies, cost benefit analysis, etc.).

∑ Prepares letters, testimony and position papers on historic preservation for Planning Director, Planning Commission, etc.

∑ Designs and conducts research and surveys; assembles and reports data; prepares grant applications, proposals, RFP's, etc.; reviews drawings and specifications as related to guidelines and regulations; works on various City plans.

∑ Disseminates approved information to other governmental bodies; attends meetings and conferences; serves as liaison with other City Departments and relevant county, state and federal agencies.

∑ Assists and advises other planners, individuals and community groups regarding historic preservation issues to assess needs and disseminate information; conducts field investigations.

∑ Works with consultants hired by City; may serve as contract manager.

∑ Reviews pertinent legislation, regulations and programs and assesses impact on City; proposes regulation revisions as requested or required; may process permit applications as requested or required.

∑ Maintains records and prepares accurate reports both manually and through automated methods as requested or required.

∑ May direct the work of planning interns on assigned research projects.

∑ May conduct presentation of reports for Historic Review and Planning Commissions as requested or required.

∑ May work non?traditional hours.

∑ Performs activities and functions of related lower?level personnel as assigned or required.

∑ Performs such other related tasks and duties that are assigned or required.

Knowledge/Abilities (At Full Job Performance)

Extensive knowledge of:

∑ Relevant laws, rules, regulations, and theory of urban planning and design relating to historic preservation.

Considerable knowledge of:

∑ The theory and practices of historic preservation, urban planning and development, economics, marketing, and finance.

∑ Local state and federal governmental operations, capital budget process and implementation, and decision-making theory.

Some knowledge of:

∑ Quantitative analysis and computer applications and software.

∑ City and departmental rules, regulations, policies and procedures.

Ability to:

∑ Analyze and interpret complex processes (e.g., impact, cost benefit analysis, etc.).

∑ Participate in the development of comprehensive plans.

∑ Direct the work of assigned planning interns.

∑ Establish and maintain records and prepare accurate reports, correspondence, etc.

∑ Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

∑ Establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, associates, outside agencies and the general public.


Working Conditions/Exposed to as required by the job:

∑ Frequently operate vehicle-highway.


∑ Occasionally 0-20 pounds.

∑ Rarely 21-40 pounds.


Full-time City employees receive a comprehensive benefit package including:

∑ Health, Dental and Vision Benefits

∑ Pension

∑ Voluntary Deferred Compensation Plan

∑ Tuition Reimbursement

∑ Paid Holidays

∑ Paid Vacation

∑ Personal Days

(Benefits may be modified based on collective bargaining unit terms.)

OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
https://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/employmentcenter/ THERE ARE 3 STEPS TO APPLY ONLINE: 1. REGISTER (one time only) OR LOGIN (if already registered) To register, click on the "Register to Apply Online" link above. You must have a valid personal email address that you can check for login information. A free email account can be acquired from many websites, including Yahoo and MSN/Hotmail. NOTE: REGISTERING DOES NOT MEAN YOU HAVE APPLIED FOR ANY JOBS YET. If you've already registered, click the "Login" link above to apply for jobs. 2. Complete and/or update your EMPLOYMENT PROFILE (Personal information, Education, Training, and Experience) This information will be saved in our employment center, so you will not need to complete it each time you apply for a job. You may change your information at any time. If you do not complete your Employment Profile information, your applications may be disqualified. It is your responsibility to update your Employment Profile (Personal information, Education, Training, and Experience) over time. 3. View Current Job Openings and APPLY Click on the "Current Job Openings" link above to view the current jobs for which we are currently accepting applications and/or Employee Bids. You can view the full job announcement/details and apply for these positions.
Phone: 412-255-2710

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