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Posted: 01/26/2016

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

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.

Deputy Director
Professional Opportunity
South Bend, IN
$31,000 and Benefits

This position is full time, exempt, and is covered under the Saint Joseph County Employee Policy Manual.

The Deputy Director is the public face and day-to-day assistant 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 Deputy Director is responsible for assisting with the activities of the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) office, including technical services, architectural and historic reviews, Certificates of Appropriateness, personnel, and with directing and managing in the absence of the Executive Director.

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Shift Times: Monday - Friday

Essential Functions:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Preservation Efforts
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, interprets policies and procedures, ensures proper completion of tasks and conformance with policy, recommends corrective action when necessary to the Executive Director.
Prepares documentation required for County/City work, appropriations, National Register nominations, homeowner relations and education of Standards and Guidelines, 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 maintaining interdepartmental relationships, rapport, and communication.
Maintains communication with law enforcement, City and County Council members, State and National Preservation Organizations.
Educational/Promotional Efforts
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, social media, etc.) and with the Executive Director, 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.
Supervisory Functions
Assists with supervision of staff members including a contracted Preservation Specialist/Inspector as funding permits. This may include interns and volunteers at various times.
Assist in determining staffing needs; train staff when applicable.
Assist with the Agencys budget; prepare and present reports to the Commission and City and County Councils.
Other Functions
Attend monthly Commission and other meetings and participate on committees as required.
Perform other related duties and responsibilities as directed by the Executive Director and Historic Preservation Commission Board.

Bachelors degree in historic preservation or a related field is essential.
Demonstrate ambition and relevant experience in the field of historic preservation, government agency, administration and/or community development organization.
Valid Drivers License, required.
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.
Successful marketing skills including authoring press releases, designing collateral and communicating with media and through social media.
Knowledge of budgeting processes or ability to learn.
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.


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How to apply
Apply Online At: www.stjosephcountyindiana.com

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