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JOB SUMMARY: The City of Erie is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Planner/Historic Preservation. This position is responsible for promoting and expanding the City’s new historic preservation program by providing technical assistance to departments and property owners, reviewing applications for certificates of appropriateness, attending meetings, presenting items to the historic review commission, writing reports, and coordinating compliance activities. In addition, the position will be responsible for a variety of planning-related functions, including but not limited to the collection, analysis, and reporting of data and trends related to various urban issues affecting the City; outreach and education for residents, community organizers, and decision makers on issues related to planning and development in the City. Work is performed independently with other planners both as support and lead staff. Occasional supervision may be exercised over consultants, interns and student assistants.
The essential functions of the job include, but are not limited to, the following:
Historic Preservation Program
Represent the Department by responding to requests for service and research; collaborating with employees and the public; presenting information to commissions, boards and the public; and making site visits.
Ensures Department services are provided with exceptional customer service and the highest level of performance standards.
Follow projects to completion by interacting with code enforcement staff and reviewing code enforcement activities, communicating with related Departments, working with legal staff, and interacting with property owners.
Issue certificates for projects by meeting with applicants and reviewing applications, preparing reports, making site visits, drafting orders, preparing agenda items, developing and presenting information to commission members, acting as liaison to applicants, and maintaining records of information.
· Support the work of the Historic Review Commission (HRC) by assisting with their annual work plan, completing items for their review, managing meetings, and performing all related tasks associated with the work of the HRC and the City of Erie.
· Act as the community liaison with regard to preservation efforts, education and training to residents, neighborhood groups and outside agencies.
· Prepares annual reports and manages the City’s Certified Local Government (CLG) status and maintains required reporting and other requirements of the CLG certification.
· Prepares grant and other funding requests to further the mission of the City of Erie’s preservation program.
Other Planning and Neighborhood Resources Related Functions
Participates in planning projects and activities: researches projects; prepares related reports and documentation; attends a variety of meetings, workshops, and public forums.
· Assists in coordinating the efforts of the City to achieve its goals and implement the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Erie Refocused and other City adopted plans.
· Works with other City Departments to align resources to meet community needs as well as help identify areas where additional research, policy development, or planning is needed.
· Assists director and deputy director with the preparation and administration of local, state and federal grants.
· Assists staff in Neighborhood Resources with neighborhood-centered initiatives, community engagement efforts, and community outreach, specifically the Love Your Block program.
· Performs other related duties as assigned or as the situation requires.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in City Planning, Urban Planning, Urban Studies, Urban Design, Historic Preservation, Architectural History, Sustainability/Environmental Studies, Landscape Architecture, Geography, Economics, Public Administration, or closely related field, with one year of related experience required.
A Master’s Degree in City or Urban Planning, Architecture, Historic Preservation, Public Administration or a closely related field may be substituted for one year of experience.
Professional experience in Historic Preservation is highly desirable.
Preferred Requirements: Experience with local, state, and national historic preservation programs standards, and regulations. Understanding of Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Code as related to land use and development issues. Experience using Geographic Information System. Ability to write effectively and speak clearly and respectfully to a broad spectrum of community interests and to represent the City at public meetings.
Other Requirements: Valid Driver’s License