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Posted: 08/17/2016

State of Colorado/History Colorado
State Historical Fund

If you are considering a career opportunity with the goal of making a difference, consider joining the dedicated people at History Colorado. Our professionals inspire generations to find wonder and meaning in our past and to engage in creating a better Colorado. The History Colorado Center is a location convenient to downtown shopping, restaurants, and cultural facilities in the Golden Triangle district. In addition to a great location and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer: -Medical and dental health plans -Paid life insurance plan plus additional optional coverage -Free short-term disability coverage plus optional long term disability -10 paid holidays per year plus paid opportunities to volunteer in the community -Generous paid vacation and sick leave benefits -Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training opportunities, and more

Historic Preservation Grants Specialist I
Professional Opportunity
Denver/Durango, CO

This position provides guidance, oversight and advice in the field to State Historical Fund (SHF) grant recipients and their contractors/consultants to assist in achieving successful projects. Projects may include the rehabilitation, preservation and/or restoration of historic buildings, historic resource assessments and/or planning, and the development of interpretive materials.  This position serves as a preservation advocate and project manager for SHF Grant Recipients to assist them in successfully completing SHF grants and actively ensures the projects compliance with the Secretary of the Interiors Standards as well as SHF rules and policies.  This position also provides outreach to organizations and public entities interested in applying for grants, as well as helping build capacity in communities and the trades. After an initial 4-12-month training in the fields of Preservation Outreach and Technical Assistance in our Denver office, this position will relocate to the Southwestern Field Office area (currently in Durango, CO).  The position is supervised by the State Historical Funds Preservation and Archaeological Programs Manager.

Duties include:

Project management and oversight of construction, planning and interpretation grants, as well as assisting with Archaeological grants, to insure the appropriate application of The Secretary of the Interiors Standards.

Assisting with the application and selection process for a competitive historic preservation grants program.

Providing advice to applicants regarding program policies and procedures including the use of The Secretary of the Interiors Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

Advising potential grant applicants in building capacity, developing competitive applications, and providing draft reviews, as well as re-application assistance.

Conducting public presentations on application policies and procedures, as well as other preservation and grant related topics.



Minimum Qualifications:

This position requires a Masters Degree in Historic Preservation, Architecture, Construction Management or a related field and at least 5 years related preservation experience.

Must have excellent planning, supervisory, organizational and interpersonal skills, as well as strong written and oral communication.  

Strong customer service, team work skills, and the ability to self-motivate.

Must demonstrate experience working on historic preservation projects and independently interpreting The Secretary of the Interiors Standards. 

 Must be able to think strategically, and see and understand the needs of the institution as a whole. 


Preferred Qualifications:

Ability to read, interpret, understand and appropriately comment on Construction Documents.

Project management and/or supervisory experience.

Experience working with people (both one-on-one and in groups), non-profit organizations, and local governments. 

Experience working with a grants program.


Supplemental Information:

Interested individuals are asked to submit a job application, letter of interest, resume and three references using the online application system. Failure to submit references may cause you to be removed from consideration.


Additional Requirements for this position:

This position will be required to locate to Denver, CO for 4-12 months and then relocate to the Southwest region of CO.

This position requires independent travel (40-60% of the time) throughout the state utilizing a personal vehicle (mileage paid) and occasional overnight stays. 

A valid Colorado drivers license must be obtained within thirty days of hire and maintained throughout the term of employment.  

The successful candidate must pass a criminal history background check prior to hire.




1. Please describe your experience applying The Secretary of the Interiors Standards to a preservation project. What type of project was it, what was your role in the decision making process and what were the outcomes?


2. Please describe your experience with a grant program, either reviewing or receiving. Have you applied for grants, overseen the implementation of grants, reviewed or made decisions about grant applications?



3. In the management of our projects, there are often multiple parties who may not always have the same vision. Please describe at least one instance when you resolved a specific conflict or brought parties together, and the strategies you used. 

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How to apply
To apply: Submit an online application at http://www.colorado.gov/jobs or submit a State of Colorado Application for Announced Vacancy and all supplemental questions according to the instructions provided above. Failure to submit a complete and timely application may result in the rejection of your application Applicants are responsible for ensuring that application materials are received by the appropriate Human Resources office before the closing date and time listed. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer. This position is not part of the classified state personnel system. Contact information : dany.mccoy@state.co.us
Dany McCoy

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