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Posted: 12/31/2013

District of Columbia Office of Planning
Historic Preservation Office

The Historic Preservation Office promotes stewardship of the District of Columbia's historic and cultural resources through planning, protection, and public education. HPO is part of the Office of Planning and serves as the staff for the Historic Preservation Review Board and Mayor's Agent for historic preservation. HPO also implements federal historic preservation programs as the State Historic Preservation Office for the District of Columbia.

Historic Preservation Specialist
Professional Opportunity
Washington, DC
$56,271 - $72,552

Duties:  This position is located in the Historic Preservation Office (HPO) of the Office of Planning.  The Historic Preservation Office is responsible for carrying out the provisions of the DC Historic Landmark and Historic District Protection Act of 1978 (DC Code 6-1101, et seq.).  The Office also serves as the State Historic Preservation Office for the District of Columbia, and implements historic preservation programs under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended
Reviews building permit applications for alterations, additions and new construction in accordance with local and nationally accepted preservation standards and practices. Consults with applicants to encourage appropriate work in accordance with above standards.
Responds to public inquiries on the preservation law review process and acceptable practices and prepares written reports and recommendations on projects to the DC Historic Preservation Review Board.
Provides preservation-related training to DCRA permit reviewers and other personnel involved in review of projects in historic districts or affecting historic landmarks.
Serves as one of HPO preservation review staff to DCRA Homeowners Assistance Center.
Assists with the transmittal and referral of permit applications for review by the Historic Preservation Review Board and comparable agencies.
Maintains HPO informational databases designed for tracking of project reviews, management of data relating to structures and sites listed on the DC Inventory of Historic Sites, GIS, and other purposes.
 Monitors construction of approved projects to assess whether the work is built in compliance with approved designs.
Performs other administrative duties as assigned.

Substitution of Education:   A substitution of education for required experience will be allowed as defined in OPM's Qualification Standards.  However, in order to receive credit, applicants must submit official proof of educational attainment at the time of application.
Specialized Experience:   Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, at least one (1) year of specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.
Education Requirement:   Bachelor's degree in historic preservation, architecture, architectural history or related field and/or experience in permit processing, building renovation or building contracting.
Time-in-Grade Restrictions:   Time in grade restrictions must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

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How to apply
Applications for this vacancy announcement must be submitted online at www.dchr.dc.gov for consideration.
Phone: (202) 442-9700

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