The Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission is seeking to fill the vacant position of Supervising Historic Preservation Specialist Deputy Director. The Supervising Historic Preservation Specialist is the senior field services professional at the RIHPHC, and it is one of only two supervisory positions; it serves as deputy director for the Commission and reports to the Executive Director.
Rhode Island has a nationally significant architectural heritage consisting of high style, popular and vernacular buildings dating from the 17th century through the 20th century and important archaeological resources. RIHPHC has published a comprehensive statewide historic resources survey based on information about 50,000 buildings. Approximately 20,000 buildings have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Rhode Island State Register. Currently the RIHPHC is working to update and integrate the historic resources computer database with the state's geographic information system. A second initiative is to inventory and evaluate structures constructed since 1940.
The RIHPHC staff is divided into two sections: program services and field services. Program services are directly supervised by the executive director and include regulatory review of projects including Section 106; administration and review of tax credits, grants, and loans; public information; and general office, fiscal, and personnel management. Field services are supervised by the deputy director-Supervising Historic Preservation Specialist.
The Supervising Historic Preservation Specialist plans, organizes, and supervises a variety of historic preservation planning functions, including: identification, documentation and evaluation of historic structures, districts, and archaeological sites; National Register of Historic Places and State Register; certification of historical significance for tax credits, grants, and loans; historic properties information systems; State Historic Preservation Plan and local government assistance.
The Supervising Historic Preservation Specialist must meet National Park Service professional qualifications and must have the ability and knowledge to participate in and supervise the work of archaeologists, historians, and architectural historians. The position is responsible for accomplishing difficult and complex work as well as reviewing and editing the work of others. As deputy director of the Commission, the position prepares the annual federal work program application to the National Park Service and the annual end of year report; and the position interprets and applies federal regulations and guidelines to the work of the field services section.
The Supervising Historic Preservation Specialist supervises the work of the Principal and Senior architectural historians and Principal and Senior archaeologists. In addition, the position coordinates the work of field services personnel with program services, grantees, and consultants.
In addition to the requirements of the State Position Description, the following types of knowledge and experience are desirable:
experience performing historic preservation planning, including preparation of State Plans, National Park Service annual work plans, review of the historic preservation element of municipal plans
ability to manage state historic preservation office functions and serve as deputy director
experience/knowledge of National Register nominations and researching & evaluating historic buildings and historic districts
experience/knowledge of archaeological investigation including identification & evaluation of sites
ability to plan, direct, and carry out multifaceted projects involving the work of historians, architectural historians, and archaeologists
experience developing/reviewing scopes of work and reviewing/editing cultural resource reports
experience & capacity for communicating and interaction with public and private agencies, Native Americans, colleagues, and the public
knowledge of the history and cultural properties of Rhode Island and the ability to identify and interpret the significance of specific property types
knowledge of databases & Geographic Information Systems
excellent writing & oral communication skills & photography skills
Strong preference will be given to candidates who meet the position requirements and who also have a working knowledge of the functions and applications of Geographic Information Systems, including the experience/ability to perform a variety of technical functions in a Geographic Information System program, such as designing, creating, maintaining or revising digital maps, database information and applications, and preparing reports.
KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND CAPACITIES: A thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of historic preservation planning and the ability to apply such knowledge in assisting a superior in planning, organizing, coordinating, supervising and reviewing the functions and related programs administered by the Rhode Island Historic Preservation Commission; a thorough knowledge of the methods and procedures required to carry out the relevant programs of historic preservation planning such as: National Register of Historic Places; environmental review; grants; technical preservation services; historic sites survey; archeology; public information; and curation of state-owned historic properties; the ability to view historic preservation planning practices and procedures and to recommend necessary changes; the ability to perform highly complex professional historic preservation planning functions; the ability to provide technical guidance and direction to subordinate personnel including professionals in the fields of archeology, architectural history, history, and architecture; the ability to maintain continuous evaluation of planning projects to determine their effectiveness; the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with federal, state and/or community planning personnel and officials and to provide consultative services as needed; the ability to prepare clear, accurate and informative reports and to edit reports prepared by others; the ability to make oral presentations; and related capacities and abilities.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Education: Such as may have been gained through: possession of a graduate degree in the field of specialization (or a closely related field); and
Experience: Such as may have been gained through: employment as a Principal Historic reservation Specialist; or, considerable employment in a responsible and technical staff in a public or private agency or organization engaged in professional historic preservation planning functions.
Or, any combination of education and experience that shall be substantially equivalent to the above education and experience.