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Posted: 11/24/2015

City of Washington, D.C.
Office of Planning

The Office of Planning has the lead responsibility for planning the physical and economic development of the District of Columbia. The Office of Planning provides vision, framework and principles to guide public and private development decisions. The Office supports and coordinates efforts to encourage housing and neighborhood enhancement; to expand the employment base for District residents; to promote the local economy and to retain, expand and attract new businesses. The Office of Planning is responsible for zoning analysis, statistical services, interagency and intergovernmental coordination of economic development and planning efforts, and historic preservation; and serves as the official Census State Data Center.

Historic Preservation Specialist
Professional Opportunity
Washington, DC
$$59,698.00 - $76,969.00

The Historic Preservation Office is responsible for carrying out the provisions of the DC Historic Landmark and Historic District Protection Act of 1978 (DC Code 6-1101, et seq.).  The Office also serves as the State Historic Preservation Office for the District of Columbia and implements historic preservation programs under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended.  

Reviews building permit applications for alterations, additions and new construction in accordance with local and nationally accepted preservation standards and practices. Consults with applicants to encourage appropriate work in accordance with above standards.

Responds to public inquiries on the preservation law review process and acceptable practices and prepares written reports and recommendations on projects to the DC Historic Preservation Review Board.

Provides preservation-related training to DCRA permit reviewers and other personnel involved in review of projects in historic districts or affecting historic landmarks.

Serves as lead preservation review staff to DCRA Homeowners Assistance Center.

Assists with the transmittal and referral of permit applications for review by the Historic Preservation Review Board and comparable agencies.

Maintains HPO informational databases designed for tracking of project reviews, management of data relating to structures and sites listed on the DC Inventory of Historic Sites, GIS, and other purposes.

Collective Bargaining Unit: This position is covered under a collective bargaining unit.
Demonstrated knowledge and training or experience in historic preservation and architectural history. 

Experience and training which provide a working knowledge of 19th- and 20th- century American architectural styles as well as building construction methods, materials and finishes.  

Ability to read and analyze architectural building plans to evaluate the effect of the proposed work on historic buildings and districts. 

Knowledge of a municipal historic preservation process, historic district design guidelines, historic preservation principles, and preservation law.

Ability and skill to establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals and diverse groups; and to present, explain, and interpret preservation requirements clearly and tactfully.

Experience in the use, operation, and application of Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access as well as some familiarity with GIS Mapping. 

Ability to develop and provide content on projects and initiatives for the Office of Plannings website, including social media tools.


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How to apply
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