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Posted: 04/14/2016

City of Newton (Kansas)

A vibrant Kansas community of about 20,000 people, Newton was founded in 1871 as the Santa Fe Railroad chugged westward across the plains and cowboys drove cattle up the Chisholm Trail from Texas. Newton's early years as a cowtown were brief but rowdy. Though the cowboys soon moved further down the trail, the railroad continued to shape the town as Mennonite immigrants from Germany and the Ukraine, including Bernard Warkentin, helped establish Newton as an important influence in Kansas' agricultural future. Today, Newton and neighboring North Newton features an active arts community, three National Historic Districts, a variety of museums and attractions, Bethel College, a championship golf course, first-class convention center and many other amenities. Newton is also an Amtrak-served community.

Historic Preservation Planner
Professional Opportunity
Newton, KS
$16.42 - $22.22

The City of Newton is seeking a Historic Preservation Planner to work 30 hours per week. This position coordinates the preservation program and provides staff support to the Newton/North Newton Historic Preservation Commission in design review and project planning.

Design review is performed on projects that require a building permit affecting properties listed on the Newton/North Newton Register of Historic Places, Register of Historic Kansas Places and the National Register of Historic Places. Design review includes the preparation of review documents, site visits, pictures and writing the report as to whether or not proposed projects meet the local design guidelines as adopted by the City of Newton and the Secretary of the Interiors Standards of the Treatment of Historic Properties.

This position will plan and coordinate projects that enhance the education and preservation of the built environment. This could include, but is not limited to, workshops, local and national conference attendance, property nominations, district nominations, grant applications, etc. Additional responsibilities will include maintaining Certified Local Government (CLG) status, implementing Historic Preservation policies and complying with all applicable Federal, State and Local laws, rules, regulations, and guidelines.

Most work will be completed in a traditional office environment, but some adverse working conditions could exist when exploring project sites.

Desired candidates will have the ability to interact with other City departments and the public on a constant basis. Additionally, persons applying should have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to work with multiple interest groups, and a knack for finding mutually-beneficial solutions to related issues.

Experience: Five years of experience in planning or historic preservation preferred and 3 years experience in office management required. Employee in this position is expected to have acquired the necessary information and skills to perform the job reasonably well after three months in the position.

Education: Bachelor's degree in architectural history, art history, historic preservation or closely related field preferred. Must maintain a valid KS drivers license.
A successful candidate must pass a background check, physical, functional capacity test and drug screen upon conditional offer of employment.

The City of Newton offers a competitive salary and fringe benefits including health insurance, employer provided life insurance and wellness center benefit, KPERS retirement, paid vacation/sick leave, 10.5 holidays and several other voluntary benefits.

For a complete job description please refer to the City's website at www.newtonkansas.com.

Please make application at www.hrepartners.com. The City of Newton is an EEO/ADAAA employer.

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How to apply
Please make application at www.hrepartners.com.
Aly Spradling
Phone: 316.284.6003
201 East 6th
Newton, KS 67114

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