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🔗Historic Preservation Specialist 2

  • Full Time
  • Paterson, NJ
  • $75,000 (+/-) commensurate with experience etc. USD / Year
  • Applications have closed
  • Department: Division of Historic Preservation
  • Job Summary: Assist the Director of the Division of Historic Preservation and take lead of the Paterson Historic Preservation Commission and the day-to-day administration of the Division and Commission’s responsibilities and office management.
  • Job Qualifications:

    Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with at least a Bachelor’s degree in Historic Preservation, History, Anthropology, Architecture, Architectural History, Landscape Architecture, Anthropology or Archaeology, or in a related field with significant course work in one of the above-named fields (college transcript and diploma must be submitted) including or supplemented by twenty-one (21) semester hour credits in professional planning subjects such as land use planning, historic city planning, planning project design, or planning law and administration may be substituted for the indicated education requirement.

    Experience: 3-5 years of experience working in historic preservation planning,  architectural projects, CRM, and public history in public or private sectors, with demonstrated experience in the preparation of technical reports, historic research, architectural history, office administration and/or other professional experience related to the urban planning, archaeology, history or architecture fields. NOTE: A Master’s degree in one of the listed disciplines may be substituted for one (1) year of the required work experience.

    License: A valid NJ driver’s license is required.

    Residency: Must be an NJ resident upon acceptance.

  • How to Apply:

    Please email your complete resume and cover letter as PDF attachments with a short writing sample of 15 pages or less attachment to: – Director Gianfranco Archimede, 125 Ellison Street 4th Fl, Paterson, NJ 07505. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

    Please use this posting as a guide and reference the topics as they apply to you in your submission. Please do not respond if you do not meet all of the various requirements of this position, especially of note are: education, NJ residency upon offer of employment, essential skills and level of experience.

    Time is of the essence, this posting will close in three weeks.

  • Job benefits: an excellent, full-service, tiered Health Care / Dental package through BCBS, Paid Vacation, Paid Holidays, Paid Sick Time, Pension Benefits, Life Insurance, Collective Bargaining (Union membership is required for this position), NJ Civil Service
  • Contact Name: Gianfranco Archimede, MS, RPA
  • Application Email:
  • Application Address: City of Paterson Division of Historic Preservation 125 Ellison Street 4th Fl, Paterson, NJ 07505


The City of Paterson, NJ is a dynamic urban environment with an exceptional history and architectural legacy. Founded by Alexander Hamilton in 1792, it is also home to NJ's only urban national park. As New Jersey's third largest city, Paterson is extremely diverse and fast-paced. Paterson's Division of Historic Preservation is a unique municipal agency within the state of NJ with a 30+ year legacy. The division handles historic preservation review both administratively and through the Paterson Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) among other duties related to the City's four historic districts and individual landmarks. Working in the HP Division offers immersion into every aspect of historic preservation practice, administration of municipal government regulatory framework, office management and working directly with a variety of community stakeholders, professionals and applicants. The projects are rich, challenging and rewarding.

This is a growth-oriented, junior leadership position focused on taking responsibility for HPC design and planning review applications, preparing staff reports, conducting site visits, meeting with applicants, leading public meetings, and executing special research assignments and grant projects to advance the mission of the HPC.  Administrative duties include correspondence, record keeping, filing, billing, reviewing applications, preparing mailings, coordinating activities, meetings, and all aspects of office management. Requires full-time, in-person/35 hrs. per week plus occasional after-hours meetings paid as flex time. There is NO work-from-home option. Occasional use of personal vehicles for site visits.

Essential Skills: Strong computer literacy, focused on the Microsoft Word Suite, Adobe software, and Windows OS; Strong office management and organizational skills; data management; high level verbal and written communication; ability to work independently on several projects at once; successfully work under deadlines; knowledge of historic research techniques.

Desirable Skills: the ability to evaluate applications based on guidelines and standards; ability to read architectural plans and maps; knowledge of digital photography, scanning, and printing; ability to prepare and run public meetings; and preparation and delivery of public presentations.