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Posted: 11/06/2014

Kansas Historical Society
Cultural Resources Division/Historic Preservation

The Historical Society assists people in understanding and appreciating their Kansas heritage and how it relates to their lives. 6425 SW 6th Avenue Topeka KS 66615-1099 785-272-8681

Historic Preservation Specialist
Professional Opportunity
Topeka, KS
$41,870.40 yr.

This is specialized, professional work in preservation and restoration of historic places and historical architecture.  The employee will work independently and with teams to coordinate with the divisions review and compliance programs. 


The employee will assist the office in fulfilling the mandated state and federal regulations, including the review of projects under the state preservation statute, KSA 75-2724 and the federal law for the protection of historic properties, 36 CFR Part 800 in accordance with the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation. 


The employee will also assist with other program areas, including preparation of National Register Nominations or review of tax credit applications.  As an experienced architectural historian/historian, this person is one of the staff experts on architectural history/history.  The employee provides excellent customer service in dealing with property owners, government officials, developers, consultants, preservationists and others.


To view the position description, https://www.da.ks.gov/ps/aaa/recruitment/special/histpresspec.pdf


Minimum Qualifications:


·       Bachelors degree in architectural history, art history, historic preservation or closely related field and one year full time experience in research, writing, or teaching.  Additional experience in the areas listed above may be substituted for the required education as determined relevant by the agency.


Preferred Selection Criteria and Competencies:


·      The applicant must meet the Secretary of the Interiors Professional Qualifications Standards in the area of History, Architectural History or Preservation Planning.


·       The applicant will have the following qualifications:

(a) a graduate degree in Architectural History, Art History, History, Historic Preservation or closely related field of study including coursework in American Architectural History or

(b) An undergraduate degree in Architectural History, Art History, Historic Preservation or closely related field of study plus a minimum of two (2) years of full-time professional experience applying the theories, methods, and practices of Architectural History that enables professional judgments to be made about the identification, evaluation, documentation, registration, or treatment of historic properties in the United States; and products and activities that demonstrate the successful application of acquired proficiencies in the discipline to the practice of historic preservation.


·       Knowledge of research techniques and sources for architectural history and history; Knowledge of the care, preservation and restoration of historic buildings; knowledge of state and federal historic preservation programs; ability to identify historic architectural styles and materials, historical trends, etc.; ability to prepare concise well-written reports; ability to work and communicate with other agency staff, professional colleagues, and the general public.


·       Prior experience with conducting historic surveys, writing reports, describing buildings, researching buildings.  A Historic Preservation Specialist II should also have two years experience in the historic preservation field, either in a state historic preservation office, local preservation program or related activity. 


·      Experience working with state and federal preservation laws and the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation is preferred.

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How to apply
HOW TO APPLY: The application process has 3 STEPS. STEP 1: Register by completing the online Personal Data Form https://admin.ks.gov/services/state-employment-center/sec-home/state-employment/register-personal-data STEP 2: Complete the State of Kansas online Application Form https://admin.ks.gov/services/state-employment-center/sec-home/state-employment/apply and submit to the Historical Society. STEP 3: Email these additional required documents to histsocjobs@da.ks.gov Include the job requisition number and your last name in the subject line. Resume Cover letter Copy of college transcripts Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate Be sure to include at least three supervisory references on your Online Employment Application. KANSAS TAX CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE REQUIRED: Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a valid Kansas Certificate of Tax Clearance by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue's website at http://www.ksrevenue.org/taxclearance.html A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual's account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. A Tax Clearance expires every 90 days. All applicants, including current state employees, are responsible for submitting a valid certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency. This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03. If you need assistance with the tax clearance, please contact 785-296-3199. Recruiter Contact: Vicki Harding (785)368-6496 Vicki.harding@da.ks.gov How You Will Be Evaluated: Your application will be considered incomplete and you may be found ineligible if you fail to submit all required documentation. Your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum and any necessary special requirements. Next, your application will be evaluated and rated based on preferred selection criteria and competencies for the position. What to Expect Next: After your application is evaluated and ranked, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome after the selection process is complete. You may call or email the recruiter contact listed to inquire about your application. Veterans Preference’ Eligible (VPE): Former military personnel or their spouse that have been verified as a "veteran" under K.S.A. 73-201 will receive an interview if they meet the competency factors of the position, including any preferred selection criteria established in accordance with K.A.R. 1-6-3. The veterans' preference laws do not guarantee the veteran a job. Positions are filled with the best qualified candidate as determined by the hiring manager. See jobs.ks.gov for additional Veterans' Preference Information. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact the agency recruiter if reasonable accommodations are needed for any part of the application or hiring process. The Historical Society is an ADA/EOE/VPE agency, committed to a diverse workforce.
Vicki Harding
Phone: 785-368-6496
Fax: 785-296-2598
900 SW Jackson St., Room 401
Topeka, KS 66612

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