· Provides technical staff support to Newton Historical Commission and local historic district commissions. Meets with applicants and offers design advice related to preservation best practices. Reviews applications and provides recommendations to Commissions regarding approval. Drafts meeting minutes and updates project files. Ensures that completed projects comply with approved plans.
· Acts as a resource to elected and appointed officials and the general public regarding historic preservation issues and projects, and advises Boards and Commissions on such issues in relation to land use and other regulations. Prepares preliminary analytical research reports and guidelines; and makes recommendations regarding future projects, policy, regulation, and ordinance changes. Educates property owners about various preservation programs and processes and their implications
· Ensures that City meets its requirements as a Certified Local Government. Initiates preservation plans and projects, as well as contributes to the historic preservation element of any comprehensive planning initiatives. Drafts for Requests for Eligibility and nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. Completes grant applications to fund preservation projects.
Education & Job Experience:
· Masters degree from an accredited graduate school in historic preservation, architectural history, or related field; plus three to five years related experience.
· Successful candidate must be able to multi-task with varying project deadlines, possess exceptional interpersonal and problem solving skills, and be able to determine policy or strategy directions. Excellent oral and written communication skills required. Must be able to read and interpret architectural plans. Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is extremely desirable.