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Posted: 04/25/2013

State of Iowa
Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs has primary responsibility for development of the state's interest in the areas of the arts, history, and other cultural matters.

Historical Program Specialist (Historic Architecture)
Professional Opportunity
Des Moines, IA

This position fills the National Park Service requirement for State staff meeting the professional qualifications for Historic Architecture as described in Appendix A to Part 61 of Volume 36 in the Code of Federal Regulations. This requirement is a condition to participating in the review of Iowa applicants for the Federal historic tax credit program and the work this individual performs is considered an eligible activity within the State of Iowas historic preservation program. Under general direction, specific work performed includes put is not limited to: Serve as historic architect for the Tax Incentive Programs (tax incentives include the State and Federal Historic tax credits, and State property tax exemptions); Serve as historic architect for the Review & Compliance Program; Serve as historic architect for the Development, Covenants, and Preservation Agreement Programs and serve as liaison to architecture and preservation organizations. 


Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with major course work in history, anthropology, archeology, architecture, curatorial--museum management, literature, English, art, natural history, architectural history, library science, historic preservation, and the equivalent of one year of full time experience in professional research, museum, education, editor, or other experience associated with history, anthropology, archaeology, architecture, architectural history, art, museums, historic sites, or historic preservation; 


qualifying work experience or graduate education may be substituted for the required education or experience on a year-for-year basis (30 semester or equivalent hours equal one year of qualifying experience). 


All applicants must possess a minimum of twelve semester hours of education, six months of experience, or a combination of both, or a specific certificate, license, or endorsement in the following area: 


Applicants wishing to be considered for such designated positions must list applicable course work, experience, certificate, license, or endorsement on the application.



In addition to the selective listed above preferred qualifications include: 

Architecture The minimum professional qualifications in architecture are a professional degree in architecture plus at least two years of full-time experience in architecture; or a State license to practice architecture. 

Historic Architecture The minimum professional qualifications in historic architecture are a professional degree in architecture or a State license to practice architecture, plus one of the following: 

1. At least one year of graduate study in architectural preservation, American architectural history, preservation planning, or closely related field; or 

2. At least one year of full-time professional experience on historic preservation projects. 


Such graduate study or experience shall include detailed investigations of historic structures, preparation of historic structures research reports, and preparation of plans and specifications for preservation projects. 

Working knowledge of the National Historic Preservation Act, and in particular Section 106 of said Act and the associated federal regulations; Working knowledge of the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, and in particular the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings

Working knowledge of State and/or Federal historic tax credit programs; First-hand experience in rehabilitation projects preferable, including some construction related rehabilitation activities; Highly developed interpersonal skills to negotiate, mediate, and collaborate with a wide variety of individuals; Experience within local, state, and/or federal historic preservation or related programs; Extensive knowledge of historic preservation laws and regulations and of the larger environmental review process within which these laws function; Knowledge of, and experience working with, cultural resources in Iowa and/or the Upper Midwest; Experience with photography. 


Ability to read and comprehend technical materials submitted by architects, contractors and the general public; knowledge of preservation technology; knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations regarding historic preservation; must meet the Secretary of Interior's Professional Qualifications standards for "historic architecture"; ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally; ability to work with local, state and federal agencies and with people with diverse knowledge and backgrounds; ability to travel and to hold a valid driver's license. 


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How to apply
Step 1: Submit a completed Iowa Department of Administrative Services – Human Resources Enterprise (DAS-HRE) application to the Iowa Department of Administrative Services, Hoover State Office Building, 1305 E Walnut, Des Moines, IA 50319-0150 or fax to (515) 281-7970 by May 4, 2013. Or apply on line at the DAS- State of Iowa Jobs website: Click HERE to find jobs open for all applicants, then click on Search Openings and type and enter “12084” at “Keywords” which should take you to this opening. Step 2: In addition, please upload a list with three references, your resume, and cover letter that outlines your experience as related to the position to this site. It is the policy of the executive branch of state government in the State of Iowa to provide equal employment opportunity within state government to all persons.(Iowa Code 19B.) The intent of this policy is to ensure that individuals are not denied equal access to state employment opportunities because of their race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity, consistent with applicable state and federal policies and regulations. It is also the policy of the executive branch of state government in the State of Iowa to apply affirmative action measures to correct the underutilization of females, minorities, and persons with disabilities in the state employment system whenever remedial measures are appropriate.

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