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Posted: 11/29/2011

City of Independence, Missouri
Community Development Department

The City of Independence is the fourth largest city in Missouri with a population approaching 120,000 in the Kansas City Metropolitan area. The City uses a Council-Manager form of government. City Council Vision Statement The pride we feel as a community will make Independence a centerpiece for the metropolitan area. The City of Independence will be a community that provides an exceptional quality of life for residents through a healthy economy that provides jobs and livelihoods for citizens; with well planned, safe and secure neighborhoods; and through excellence in the delivery of public services. The City of Independence will be a community that takes pride in its history, by maintaining its unique heritage for future residents and for visitors from throughout the world. The City of Independence will meet the needs of its citizens through fostering citizen participation and involvement in local government; through the establishment of clear policy guidelines; and through a responsive, well-trained, professional City staff.

Historic Preservation Manager
Professional Opportunity
Independence, MO
$ $3,178 - $5,559 per month

Under limited supervision, this position manages and implements a preservation program for the City of Independence Community Development Department.  Responsibilities include developing the preservation plan component of the Citys Comprehensive Plan in accordance with the goals of the City Council for future development of the community.  Performs research and analyses of proposed changes in the Comprehensive Plan and development regulations.  Will research and apply for preservation grants, in addition to participating in other local funding incentives.  Will monitor and administer grants.  Duties include the administration of the Harry S. Truman Heritage District, conducting inspections of properties within the district for variance of the ordinance.  Will work with property owners, City departments, utilities and others in the administration of District operations.  Duties include administration of the Citys participation in the Certified Local Government Program and preparation of reports to state and federal agencies regarding restoration and rehabilitation projects.  Will collaborate cross-functionally with Department staff to assist in day-to-day job duties and provide technical preservation information.  Will provide staff support to the Citys Heritage Commission, including preparation of the annual report.  Responsibilities include the review of all dangerous building/demolition permits for historic significance and the maintaining/upgrading of inventory of historic resources.  Performs other related duties as assigned.  

Minimum Qualifications:  Bachelors degree in Historic Preservation, Architecture History, Urban and Regional Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Studies or related field and a minimum of three years of progressively responsible related experience.  The incumbent shall meet the federal qualifications specified in the National Park Service, Department of the Interior Historic Preservation Professional Qualification Standards 36 CFR 61 or any combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.  Must have knowledge of architectural styles and the ability to conduct detailed research on the history of sites and buildings to accurately portray the historical context by which to evaluate the appropriateness of specific proposals.  Requires knowledge of local ordinances, including historic preservation laws, governmental review processes, design considerations and their application.  Must have knowledge of applicable historic preservation, land use, community planning and urban design practices.  Must have knowledge of and skill in accessing related funding and grant resources.  Must be detail oriented and possess ability to research and interpret a variety of technical and abstract information; preparing concise reports and correspondence.  Must be skilled in various computer applications related to work and be able to meet critical deadlines with a minimum of direction.  Must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and be able to communicate clearly and concisely in writing and speak effectively before public groups.  Physical Abilities:  While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is frequently required to exert up to 10-20 lbs of force; maneuver through terrain and building properties, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; climb or balance; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms and make in-depth and close visual observations.  Working Conditions:  While performing the essential functions of this job the incumbent is frequently exposed to outdoor weather conditions, to possible bodily injury from moving mechanical parts, and to conditions such as fumes, odors, mists, gasses and poor ventilation.  Working conditions are typically moderately quiet.  Must complete required NIMS level training within first six months of hire.  

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How to apply
To apply, complete an online application at www.indepmo.org/hr or in the Human Resources Department, 2nd floor, City Hall, 111 E. Maple, Independence, MO 64050. Position closes Wednesday, December 14, 2011. Equal Opportunity Employer
Human Resources
Phone: (816) 325-7394
Fax: (816) 325-7393
111 E Maple
Independence, MO 64057

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