Location: Fort Worth, TX

Historic Preservation Officer

Salary: $66,898 - $86,967 annual compensation

Closing: Friday, January 6, 2023

The City of Fort Worth is the 13th largest city in the U.S. and the fastest-growing among large cities. Fort Worth has received multiple accolades, including number one Downtown (Livability), and the second-best City in the nation for Job Seekers (Forbes). Our employees serve the needs of over 900,000 residents. We are seeking individuals that reflect our values of exceptional customer experience, mutual respect, embracing our diversity, continuous improvement, ethical behavior, and accountability.

A Historic Preservation Officer job is available with the City of Fort Worth Development Services, Preservation & Design Division. The City is a leader in historic preservation and urban design in the State of Texas. With 15 historic districts and over 7,000 designated properties, Fort Worth has the second largest Preservation Program in the State of Texas. A staff of nine (9) administers a variety of historic preservation and design districts which have been recognized at the regional and national level. The City’s Preservation Program has 5.5 staff devoted to administering the program. Other design staff is trained to assist as necessary.

The Primary purpose of this position is to administer the Historic Preservation Program for the City of Fort Worth, Texas. This consists of outreach and education, evaluating applications for alterations and new construction, updating of historic district standards and guidelines, Section 106 reviews, reviewing plans and facilitating development in historic districts, and other duties required by the City’s Certified Local Government (CLG) agreement with the State of Texas.

Job Responsibilities

  • Implement the historic preservation ordinance including: review applications for Certificates of Appropriateness (COA), conduct research and write reports, manage and provide staff support to the Historic and Cultural Landmarks Commission, and make recommendations and/or decisions as needed.
  • Administer, maintain and coordinate historic preservation programs including the historic preservation plan, historic site tax exemption, special projects such as production of preservation-related educational brochures and documents, data analysis, preservation-related presentations, stakeholder workshops, tours and document historic resources.
  • Work closely with city staff, appropriate state and federal agencies, and community groups in planning activities by providing information and technical assistance regarding historic preservation, historic tax credits, National Register, federal regulations and Secretary of Interior Standards for Rehabilitation.
  • Complete status and financial reports for the SHPO as well as prepare clear and concise reports and summarize complex subject matter.
  • Maintain the City of Fort Worth program status as a “Certified Local Government” (CLG) including completion and review of local historical/architectural surveys and completion and review of National Register evaluations and nominations.
  • Evaluate applications for alterations and new construction.
  • Administer the Historic & Cultural Landmarks Commission.
  • Section 106 reviews.
  • Prepare ordinance amendments for the Historic Preservation Ordinance and historic districts.
  • Present design cases at board and commission meetings, including City Council as needed.
  • Review construction drawings, including architectural, electrical, mechanical, landscape, and detail/specification sheets plans and and facilitating development in historic districts.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, City/Urban Planning, Urban Design, or Historic Preservation or a related field.
  • Five (5) years of experience in Urban Design or Historic Preservation.
  • Valid Driver’s License

Preferred Qualifications

  • Meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards under History, Architectural History, Architecture or Historic Architecture.
  • Seven (7) years of experience in Architecture, City/Urban Planning, Historic Preservation, Landscape Architecture, and/or Urban Design.
  • Experience preparing and presenting at a design-based board or commission.
  • Experience using Accela permitting system.
  • Experience developing and facilitating ordinance amendments. Understanding of challenges to urban infill projects.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish skills.
  • Working knowledge of the following: Adobe Creative Suite and GIS.
  • Congress of the New Urbanism (CNU) accreditation.

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