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Posted: 11/09/2017

City of Indianapolis
Department of Metropolitan Development

Administrator-Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission
Professional Opportunity
Indianapolis, IN

Position Summary

Position is responsible for administering the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission's (IHPC) statutory jurisdiction over locally designated historic districts. Responsible for the development and execution of the historic preservation program for the City, including: a) historic surveys, b) determination historic significance of properties in Marion County, c) nominations to the Marion County Register of Historic Properties, d) operation of the regulatory "Certificate of Appropriateness" program for historic areas d) development of historic area plans and special studies, and e) any other duties or assignments in fulfillment of the mission and responsibilities of the IHPC and DMD.

Position Responsibilities

Carries out the duties and responsibilities of the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC) in accordance with I.C. 36-7-11.1.

Provides leadership and management of the historic preservation staff

Prepares annual budget and work program for the submission to the IHPC, director of DMD and Mayor.

Responsible for hiring, firing, training, supervision, evaluation, disciplinary actions and review of staff.

Responsible for providing staff support and meeting all legal requirements for all public hearings and meetings of the IHPC.

Responsible for managing the staff approval and Hearing Officer programs in accordance with I.C. 36-7-11.1 and IHPC policies.

Responsible for administration of the certificate of appropriateness process and providing staff recommendations to the IHPC.

Responsible for providing assistance to major City-initiated/endorsed projects that have affect (directly or indirectly) historic resources in Marion County.

Coordinates the work of the IHPC with DMD and other City departments, as well as with organizations outside City government whose works and interests affect historic preservation in Marion County.

Assists and advises other DMD divisions and City departments regarding historic preservation issues, as requested.

Oversees environmental review of City projects to ensure compliance with Section 106 of the national Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (as amended.)

Advises, confers and negotiates with developers, attorneys, public officials, neighborhood organizations, and individuals with regard to preservation procedures and issues.

Assists the director of DMD and the IHPC in carrying out their responsibilities.

Assists and supports private and public agencies in the revitalization of city neighborhoods and commercial areas.

Represents the IHPC, DMD and the City at local, state-wide and national meetings, conferences, and workshops.

Advises and assists the IHPC, elected officials, staff, area residents, and the general public on the preservation process, plan development and implementation.

Administers grant applications and funding, as needed.

Attends meetings on projects and other related preservation activities, as needed.

Responsible for the adherence to the City's Policy and Procedure Manual regarding hiring and termination of subordinates, planning and scheduling work by setting priorities and goals, reviewing and evaluating work product and performance, monitoring progress of work upon completion of assignments, directing the training of subordinates and providing counseling and disciplinary actions.

Ensures that all employees follow safety procedures as described in the Employee Safety Handbook.

This list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities that management may deem necessary from time to time.


Master's degree in historic preservation or related field such as History, Architecture, Urban Planning or Public Administration with a background in Preservation. Seven (7) years of professional experience related to degrees received, five (5) of which should involve historic preservation and three (3) of which are supervisory. Knowledge of the general practices of local, state, and federal government with respect to historic preservation. Experience in governmental administration and program development is preferred. Ability to effectively coordinate, guide, assist and monitor a professional staff in project research, analysis and development in completion of assigned work activities.

Independent Judgment

A high level of independent judgment is required for this position as this employee is in charge of operations of the City's historic preservation program and managing the budget for this division. This position must be able to coordinate with other City Departments as well as external stakeholders to gather and track information. This position is responsible for exercising independent judgment regularly, when deciding on waiving or reducing fees and when decisions are needed that are not clearly covered by the IHPC's policies and procedures. This position must be able to successfully negotiate the resolution of conflicting matters involving City departments, City staff, neighborhood organizations, applicants, neighbors and the general public. This position will interact directly with the Director of DMD, the Mayor, Mayor's staff, City-County Councillors and other elected official.

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How to apply
Please visit the City of Indianapolis' website to apply for the Administrator position.
Michelle Inabnit
Phone: 3173274318
200 E Washington St
Suite 2042
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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