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Posted: 11/02/2015

City of Fredericksburg

The City of Fredericksburg is one of the most historic small cities in America, located half-way between Washington, DC and Richmond, VA. Since its founding in 1728 on the Falls of Rappahannock River, it has been a regional port and industrial center in the 18th and 19th century and a center for education and government service in the 20th century. As the hometown for George Washington and James Monroe, the scene of several Civil War battlefields, and an important center for the African-American community, it has a rich diversity of historic and archeological resources. This position would fill an essential role in Fredericksburg city government to help manage and protect these resources To be successful, a candidate must have a thorough understanding of the theories and practices of historic preservation, hands-on experience applying these theories and practices in local government, and must be able to effectively work with decision makers, property owners, and preservation advocates.

Historic Resources Planner
Professional Opportunity
Fredericksburg, VA
$53,962 - $66,656 DOQ


Under limited supervision, this position performs technical and plan review work under general supervision of the Director of Community Planning and Building Department. Responsible for the operation and management of the programs to preserve and protect the Citys historic and cultural resources. Serves as principal staff to the Fredericksburg Architectural Review Board. Responsible for development of an administrative framework for the Board and assisting the Board in meeting its duties and responsibilities. Performs related work as directed.




Essential functions of the Historic Resources Planner will include, but not limited to:


  • Updates and expands the Citys Historic Preservation Plan to further develop and implement policies and regulations to protect the Citys historic and cultural resources.

  • Develops and implements an Archeological Plan, with associated ordinances and implementation strategies, to protect the Citys archeological resources and to use these resources to broaden the understanding of the Citys history.

  • Advises the Architectural Review Board in its duties to: determine the appropriateness of construction or demolition in the Citys Historic District, advise on the construction or demolition of City owned or occupied property, document historically, archaeologically, or architecturally significant resources, comment on land use issues,to undertake education programs, andaccept funds to accomplish the above functions.

  • Conducts historical and architectural research, writes detailed research reports, and oversees all aspects of local Historic District designations and/or nominations to the National Register of Historic Places from the initial application through to completion and approval.

  • Works with external local, state, and federal agencies, such as the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, and the National Park Service to preserve and protect the Citys historic and cultural resources.

  • Writes and administers grants to obtain funds and approvals that would further the preservation and maintenance of the Citys historic and cultural resources.

  • Serves as a project manager for complex historic preservation efforts including assisting in the selection and management of consultants, developing contracts, analyzing and evaluation of site and architectural plans, monitoring performance and billings, and making recommendations; takes lead responsibility in planning, organizing, and implementing programs and activities.  Coordinates projects with other departments.

  • Serves as the City archivist and records manager; plans and manages records management and archiving in accord with the standards established by the Library of Virginia.




The successful applicant will have at least a Bachelors degree in historic preservation, architectural history, archeology, planning, community development or a related field (Masters degree desired); supplemented by three (3) to five (5) years of experience in managing and implementing historic and cultural resource policies and ordinances; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities.  Such skills should include a good understanding of structural systems and processes of decay as well as structural assessment techniques.  Such skills should also include a high level of competency in the use of desk top and mobile computers, including graphic design and geographic information systems. The ability to exercise independent ethical judgment is required. Background and driving record checks required.



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How to apply
While the position is open until filled, completed City Applications and resumes should be submitted before the close of business on Monday, November 30, 2015 at www.fredericksburgva.gov . EOE
Melissa Steiniger
Phone: 540-372-1028
715 Princess Anne Street, Room 217
P.O. Box 7447
Fredericksburg, VA 22404

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