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Posted: 02/22/2017

Preservation Buffalo Niagara

Preservation Buffalo Niagara shall provide leadership in identifying, protecting and promoting the unique architecture and historic legacy of Western New York communities.

Director of Preservation Services
Professional Opportunity
Buffalo, NY

Director of Preservation Services

Preservation Buffalo Niagara is seeking qualified candidates to serve as the organizations Director of Preservation Services. Preservation Buffalo Niagara (PBN) is a 501c3 non-profit and the only full service preservation resource organization serving Western New York. PBN advocates for our architectural treasures and historic neighborhoods; supports recognition of our resources through State and National Register nominations; educates elected officials, property owners, and community members on the benefits of historic rehabilitation; guides communities in determining their assets, appropriate preservation designations and tools; and works to create communities that showcase their historic identity as they grow and prosper. 


Job Description

The Director of Preservation Services will work to develop and oversee PBNs technical and community services, including our preservation workshop program, our work to increase the strength and effectiveness of our Certified Local Governments (CLG), and our coordination with local preservation districts and historic commissions, the State Historic Preservation Office, and the National Parks Service.


The Coordinator will work with the ED as appropriate to cultivate relationships with our technical and community partners in order to expand and deepen the reach of preservation and preservation services in Western New York in conjunction with the goals set forth in PBNs Business and Strategic Plans. The Director will coordinate with other staff as appropriate to ensure that all PBN programs are strategically linked and mutually supporting. 


Job Duties:

1.Implement and oversee the running of PBNs Workshop Program.

2.Provide general technical assistance to property owners seeking State and Federal Historic Tax Credits.

3.Establish and manage PBNs NYS Homeowner Historic Tax Credit Application preparation service.

4.Develop and maintain a local resource list for property owners seeking historic rehabilitation services, such as skilled trades people, contractors, historians, architects, and consultants. 

5.Answer technical questions and guide people to appropriate resources on topics related to permitting; historic property status; local, state, and national register nominations; and funding resources.  

6.Work to coordinate and oversee work to expand capacity of existing CLGs as well as grow the number of CLGs in Western New York.

7.Work with communities as assigned and as appropriate to develop local, state, and national historic districts as well as working with consultants to develop cultural resource surveys and building surveys.

8.Assist the ED in identifying and procuring funding for program implementation.

9.Assist the ED in communicating PBNs position on alteration or demolition of historic buildings at public meetings and hearings, and with elected officials and PBN members. 

10.Assist the ED in grant writing, grant reporting, and grant budget tracking as assigned.

11.Assist ED in identifying and overseeing research papers and advocacy analysis as assigned and as appropriate.

12.Overseeing other staff/interns if assigned and as appropriate

13.Other administrative duties as assigned.


Ideal candidates will have experience in a historic preservation, community planning, architecture, or related field and possess the following combination of skills and knowledge:


Strong passion to further historic preservation and community revitalization efforts in Buffalo and Niagara Falls; 

Excellent problem-solving, decision making and communications skills, along with strong interpersonal skills;

Familiarity with local historic preservation issues and impediments; 

Experience with grant writing, grant administration, project management, and project budget management;

An understanding of and experience utilizing demographics and other statistical data analyses;

Experience advocating to community members and elected officials on behalf of preservation initiatives;

Ability to conduct research, analysis, prepare reports, and organize/facilitate public participation;

Familiarity with cultural resource surveys, local landmarking, National Register nominations, preservation ordinances, and historic tax credits.


Minimum Qualifications 

a.Hold a Masters degree in urban, regional or municipal planning, architecture, historic preservation, environmental studies, geography or related field; 

b.Hold a Bachelors degree in urban, regional or municipal planning, architecture, historic preservation, environmental studies, geography, or related field; and have a minimum of two (2) years of relevant work experience.

c.An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by (a) and (b), and a minimum of five (5) years of relevant work experience. 


Additionally, candidates are expected to be proficient with Microsoft Office Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite and ArcGIS also desirable, but not required. 


Position is full-time; part-time scheduling a possibility for the right candidate. Salary commensurate with experience.


PBN is a EEO. 

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How to apply
To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and three (3) professional references by March 8th, 2017 to Olivia Cammisa-Frost at ocammisa-frost@pbnsaves.org or Preservation Buffalo Niagara, 617 Main Street, Suite 201, Buffalo, NY 14203. No phone calls please.
Olivia Cammisa-Frost
617 Main Street
Suite 201
Buffalo, NY 14203

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