Location: New Braunfels, TX

Historic Preservation Planner

Salary: $48,885.00 - $68,448.00 Annually

Closing: 01/22/22

Job Summary
Under limited direction, reviews and analyzes historic preservation requests; serves as staff liaison to the Historic Landmark Commission and lead planner on preservation; assumes primary responsibility for the development review process and the analyses of historic preservation related applications and plans within the City’s historic districts; prepares staff reports, recommendations and presentations to the Historic Landmark Commission, Planning Commission, the public, City Council and neighborhood groups; administers the City’s Historic Preservation Ordinance, the City’s Zoning Ordinance, and Comprehensive Plan.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.

  • Leads demolition reviews, applications for alterations, historic landmark designations, tax credit applications, historic district creation and administration, code amendments, and webpage updates, special assignments, projects, surveys, long range plans, or programs based on expertise, area of assignment, or opportunities for professional development; may serve as a team lead on certain topics or issues.
  • Collaborates to assist in development and administration of the work plan for the City’s historic preservation program including planning, educational and training functions. Promotes and educates the public on the cultural and economic values of historic preservation.
  • Assists with implementation of the city’s Comprehensive Plan and the Future Land Use Plan, assists with the development of applicable small area plans and other related policies and plans.
  • Maintains and develops historic district inventories, prepares applications for new historic districts and adjustments of existing districts. Coordinates on seeking and administering grant funds for historic preservation projects with a public benefit.
  • Answers inquiries and assists internal and external customers to assure project plans are in conformance with local ordinances and comprehensive plan goals, and/or to meet guidelines of state or federal laws which could include environmental, architectural or historic considerations.
  • Performs research and gathers data on population, demographics, housing, land ownership, land use, long range planning, historic resources, environmental and economic studies; analyzes, interprets and arranges data; formulates recommendations; prepares reports, white papers, plans, or surveys as assigned; delivers presentations.
  • Contributes to the department’s annual report and any other required reports for specific area of oversight.
  • Develops maps and other graphics to illustrate historic preservation planning concepts; performs GIS analysis for planning needs.
  • Develops Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and Customer Service protocols and Bulletins.
  • Develops cooperative professional relationships with land owners, realtors, contractors, state agencies, professional associations, neighborhood groups, and the general public.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.

Education, Experience, Licenses, and Certifications
Bachelor's Degree in Historic Preservation, Urban, Community or Regional Planning, Architecture, or related field; AND two (2) years’ experience in city planning, and historic preservation; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s degree in historic preservation or related field is preferred. Must possess a valid Texas Driver’s License. Certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) or by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Other Requirements
Required Knowledge of:

  • National Historic Preservation Act, the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Archeology and Historic Preservation, and the Secretary of the Interior’s standards and Guidelines for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
  • Federal, State and local laws, rules and regulations pertaining to planning, zoning, historic preservation, and community development, and an understanding of their legal basis.
  • Principles, techniques, terminology and practices employed in urban, regional and/or rural planning, community and land development, zoning, historic preservation, tree preservation, and environmental stewardship.
  • Graphic and digital mapping methods, specialized GIS software applications, and file management procedures.
  • Research methods and techniques.
  • Familiarity with grant programs, standards and rules.
  • Principles of, and state statutes associated with, digital record keeping and records management.

Required Skill in:

  • Interpreting legal records, technical documents and map specifications.
  • Checking designs, details, estimates, plans, and specifications of planning projects.
  • Collecting, tabulating, organizing, evaluating, analyzing and presenting data and information.
  • Reading, interpreting, understanding, applying, and explaining planning standards and procedures, applicable Federal and state rules and regulations, and City policies, procedures and ordinances.
  • Excels at writing and communicating to share ideas, work with others, and express complex concepts in a simple and clear format; correct grammar, composition, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary; exceptional presentation skills.
  • The ideal candidate will have great listening skills and will be thoughtful, effective, and responsive with an ability to identify community and organizational needs.
  • Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.
  • Graphic software such as Google SketchUp and/or Adobe Creative Cloud preferred.
  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with coworkers, elected and appointed officials, representatives from other agencies, businesses, and the general public.
  • Operating a personal computer utilizing a variety of software.
  • “Customer Service First” approach to all work.

How to Apply
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