The Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission is seeking to fill the vacant position of Senior Architectural Historian Senior Historian. The Senior Architectural Historian Senior Historian performs studies and analyses data to identify, document, and evaluate historically significant properties. This information is applied to several important programs administered by RIHPHC, including historic buildings survey, National Register of Historic Places, project review, historic rehabilitation tax credit review, grants and planning assistance, and public information. This position performs functions mandated by the National Historic Preservation Act and must meet National Park Service professional qualifications requirements.
The Senior Architectural Historian Senior Historian works with the Principal Architectural Historian under the supervision of the Deputy Director. The position performs studies of historic properties, including research in archives and local records, site visits and field work, and the preparation of written identification and evaluation reports with associated photographic documentation. An important work product is a properly documented nomination to the National Register of Historic Places that meets National Park Service standards. The work may also include initial identification and preliminary evaluation of historic properties, review and editing of National Register nominations prepared by others, and field survey and documentation of large geographic areas.
RIHPHC program responsibilities include protection of Rhode Island's many significant historic properties through Federal Section 106 review and Rhode Island state review and comment on public undertakings that may impact historic resources. In addition, RIHPHC administers historic rehabilitation tax credits, grants for historic restoration and planning projects, and provides a wide range of information to the public. Professional and timely identification and evaluation of historic properties are critical to approval of the projects of other state and federal agencies, municipalities, and property owners.
The RIHPHC Senior Architectural Historian Senior Historian works in collaboration with other members of the RIHPHC professional staff. He or she maintains professional relationships with other agencies' professional staff, public historians, and local historic preservation organizations.
The RIHPHC Senior Architectural Historian Senior Historian must meet National Park Service professional requirements for architectural historian or historian, and must meet the requirements of the State job specification for a Senior Historic Preservation Specialist. He or she should possess a Graduate Degree in American architectural history or American history; and have previous experience working as an architectural historian or historian related to historic preservation.
KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND CAPACITIES: A working knowledge of the principles and practices of historic preservation planning, data sources, and methods of analysis as they relate to Architectural History and History and the ability to apply such knowledge in the performance of difficult and complex professional historic preservation planning work; a working knowledge of the methods and procedures required in order to carry out the relevant programs of historic preservation planning such as: National Register of Historic Places, project review, grants, technical preservation services, survey, public information, and/or curation of state-owned historic properties; the ability to use standard technical procedures and established methodology; the ability to identify appropriate procedures developed by others test them and use them under varying circumstances; the ability to use field work, historical archives, maps, charts, aerial photographs, and similar materials to obtain or verify information; the ability to understand and carry out complex oral and written instructions; the ability to supervise and review the activities of professional, technical and clerical personnel; the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with federal, state, local, private and public agencies, organizations and individuals; the ability to write effectively and to make oral presentations; the ability to engage in field work activities requiring physical stamina; and related capacities and abilities.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Education: Such as may have been gained through: possession of a Graduate Degree in Architectural History or American History (or a closely related field); and Experience: Such as may have been gained through: employment as a Historic Preservation Specialist in the field of Architectural History or American History; or, employment in a responsible position in a federal, state, municipal or public or private agency or organization involving the performance of professional work in the field of historic preservation planning related to Architectural History or American History. Or, any combination of education and experience that shall be substantially equivalent to the above education and experience.
In addition, the following knowledge, expertise, and experience is desirable.
Knowledge of the architecture and history of Rhode Island and ability to identify and describe examples of specific property types
Experience conducting research using local records including deed histories and historical maps
Solid understanding of federal and state historic preservation laws, regulations, standards, and guidelines
Ability to work cooperatively and successfully with representatives of other government agencies, property owners, developers, and the public
Excellent writing, oral communication and photography skills
Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
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.