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Posted: 07/13/2015

Historic Preservation Commission of South Bend & St. Joseph County
Historic Preservation

The Historic Preservation Commission of South Bend & Saint Joseph County was established in 1973 the Saint Joseph County Common Council and the South Bend Common Council. The primary function of the Commission is to identify buildings, structures, sites and objects, which are architecturally or historically significant.The Commission was also granted powers to draft preservation guidelines and plans, advise other agencies on matters concerning historic sites and structures, and assist and educate the public. The Commission's jurisdiction includes the City of South Bend and the unincorporated areas of Saint Joseph County. The Commission makes recommendations to the Common Council of South Bend or to the Saint Joseph County County Council to designate local landmarks and historic preservation districts. Once a landmark or district is designated by ordinance, the Commission serves as the agency that administers the preservation standards required by the designation. These standards are a tool to maintain a structure's, a district's, or a landscape's character defining features. Application for a Certificate of Appropriateness is the formal manner through which the Commission monitors the character and condition of a landmark, or district. Since 1973, approximately one hundred fifty local landmarks in the city and the county, nine local historic districts, and several National Register districts and single properties have been designated throughout South Bend and Saint Joseph County. About six thousand structures and sites have been identified in architectural surveys as contributing, notable or outstanding references and examples of the area's history.

Director of Historic Preservation
Professional Opportunity
South Bend, IN

This position is full-time and exempt.
The Director is the public face and day-to-day manager of the Historic Preservation Commission of South Bend and Saint Joseph County a dual governmental agency responsible for the preservation of historic buildings, sites, and structures in Saint Joseph County, Indiana. The Director is responsible for directing and managing the activities of the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) office, including technical services, architectural reviews, Certificates of Appropriateness, and personnel.
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Shift Times: Monday - Friday

Essential Functions:

  • Identify endangered structures within Saint Joseph County (in part by conducting Section 106 reviews of federally funded projects); determine the significance of the structures and what strategies, if any, the organization should undertake to preserve them; design and implement action plans to save them.
  • Provide technical assistance to owners of historic properties in Saint Joseph County including government officials, community organizations, and private property owners along with other groups and individuals interested in preserving historic structures (this includes providing restoration recommendations, designating new properties as local landmarks or local historic districts, helping to list properties on the National Register of Historic Places, helping to evaluate the scope of restoration projects, providing research assistance and guidance, etc.).
  • Plans, directs, and supervises work projects for assigned staff. Prioritizes and delegates assignments, establishes work goals, motivates staff, provides training, evaluates performance, interprets policies and procedures, ensures proper completion of tasks and conformance with policy, maintains discipline, and recommends corrective action when necessary.
  • Prepares documentation required for County/City work, appropriations, National Register nominations, Homeowner Relations and Education of Standards, Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) process, and grant application and administration, including performing research and reference work.
  • Acts as liaison between the HPC, County, and City departments working to develop interdepartmental relationships, rapport, and communication.
  • Maintains communication with law enforcement, City and Council members, State and National Preservation Organizations.


  • Organize, develop, and present educational programs (speeches, public programs, workshops, etc.) to a variety of audiences across the County.
  • Communicate with media outlets (newspaper, television, radio, etc.) and serve as a spokesperson for preservation-related issues in the County.
  • Establish effective communication with elected officials and community leaders throughout the region.
  • Effectively market publications, activities and miscellaneous preservation efforts.


  • Directly supervise staff members including a Deputy Director and contracted Community Preservation Specialist as funding permits. This may include interns at various times.
  • Assist in determining staffing needs; interview, hire, and train staff; prepare and administer regular evaluations; conduct performance management and termination meetings.
  • Prepare and oversee the Agencys budget; prepare and present reports to the Commission and City and County Councils.


  • Attend monthly Commission and other meetings and participate on committees as required.
  • Perform other related duties and responsibilities as directed by the Historic Preservation Commission Board.
  • Qualifications:


  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the following education and/or experience.
  • Bachelors degree in historic preservation or a related field is essential; masters degree is preferred.
  • Five or more years prior experience in the field of historic preservation, government agency, administration and/or community development organization.
  • Valid Drivers License, required.


  • The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Knowledge of historic preservation principles, as well as national, state, and local laws and procedures related to historic preservation; ability to apply the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
  • Knowledge of governmental framework and processes.
  • Ability to recognize various architectural styles; knowledge of architectural history as well as national, state, and local history.
  • Ability to understand and interpret a variety of technical data, such as architectural and engineering drawings and specifications, primary and secondary research sources, maps, etc.
  • Familiarity with real-estate development and business law; business investment and project/real-estate pro-formas.
  • Knowledge of budgeting processes.
  • Excellent ability to interact and communicate with a variety of people, both on a one-on-one basis and in group settings, including public-speaking engagements (such as presentations, hearings, and meetings).
  • Ability to work alone with minimum supervision and with others in a team environment.
  • Ability to multi-task and manage projects within time constraints and deadlines.
  • Ability to present complex ideas and issues in a concise manner understandable to a variety of audiences.
  • Excellent diplomatic and negotiation skills; ability to be persuasive.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Excellent ability to think logically in order to troubleshoot, analyze situations, and make sound business decisions.
  • Excellent ability to make independent decisions.
  • Proficient computer skills, including working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint; digital cameras, scanners, and related software; e-mail systems; and Internet browsers.
  • Working knowledge of office equipment, including printers, photocopiers, fax machines, and LCD projectors.
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills.

The physical demands described here are representative of those an individual must meet to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule in a fast-paced office environment.
  • Ability to stand and sit for periods of time and to move intermittently throughout the workday.
  • Ability to push, pull, lift, carry, or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Good speaking and listening skills.
  • Ability to perform focused work with close attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to operate office equipment, including computers, copiers, fax machines, and phones.
  • Ability to interact with others, both in person and through phone, e-mail, and written correspondence.
  • This position may require occasional exposure to inclement weather conditions or hot/cold temperatures.
  • This position may require working around dirt and dust.
  • This position may require travel within the community or to out of town conferences or meetings.
  • This position requires some evening an
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