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🔗Historic Preservation Manager

  • Full Time
  • Wilmington, NC
  • $67,990 - $88,400 USD / Year
  • Department: Planning and Development
  • Job Reference #: 24-00302
  • Job Summary: The Historic Preservation Manager is responsible for managing and implementing short and long-term objectives and activities associated with preserving Wilmington’s historic resources.
  • Job Qualifications:

    Education and related experience:

    Master’s degree in historic preservation, architectural history, urban planning, architecture, public policy, or related area of study with four years of historic preservation experience
    Bachelors degree and six years of historic preservation experience.

    Certifications :
    American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification or ability to obtain within 2 years of hire.

    Knowledge :

    • Advanced knowledge of: Philosophies, principles, practices, & techniques of historic preservation;
      Historic architectural styles and building methods;
      Research tools;
      Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation;
      Environmental review procedures; and
      National Register criteria.
    • Knowledge of local government procedures and practices
      Principles and practices of supervision, training, and personnel management.
    • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws including recent changes.
    • Methods of effective report preparation and presentation.
      Citizen involvement techniques and processes.
    • Principles, methodology, and practices of research and data collection.
    • Computer programs and applications, including but not limited to Microsoft Office, internet applications, Adobe creative software, and geographic information systems (GIS).

    Skills :

    • Ability to communicate and foster a cooperative and professional culture.
    • Ability to manage projects effectively and meet firm deadlines.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills for facilitating relationships with elected/appointed officials, residents, and other stakeholders.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including formal presentations.
    • Creative problem-solving skills to solve complex problems and manage highly visible/controversial projects.
    • Ability to build consensus in developing solutions to problems.
    • Ability to identify needed changes to ordinances and procedures to meet goal and policy objectives.
    • Ability to evaluate projects for consistency with legal requirements and policy positions.
    • Ability to provide effective leadership and staff supervision.
  • How to Apply:
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  • Job benefits: Health & Dental Insurance, Life Insurance, Retirement, Paid Leave (Holiday, Vacation, Sick and Parental), Tuition Reimbursement, On-site Health Clinic, On-site Gym, many supplemental policies
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  • Application Address: 929 N. Front Street Wilmington, NC

Website City of Wilmington

Wilmington is the eighth largest city in North Carolina, and located in New Hanover County. Wilmington is a coastal town and port city situated in southeastern North Carolina and is considered approximately the midpoint of the eastern seaboard of the United States. The city is bordered by the Cape Fear River to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. While having a diverse population of over 126,000, the City is an active business, service and industrial center for the surrounding five-county area with a population of more than 520,606 people area-wide. Forbes magazine's 17th annual ranking of Best Places for Business and Careers ranked Wilmington 35th out of the 200 largest metropolitan areas in the US. Wilmington earned the title of "Best American Riverfront" in USA TODAY's "10 Best" contest for the Nation's Best Riverwalk in 2014. Serving as economic drivers, prestigious companies, such as GE, Corning, Thermo-Fisher Scientific, PMG, nCino, Live Oak and Alcami, among others,

  • Manages all aspects of the review process for Certificates of Appropriateness, historic tax credits, and local landmark designations.
  • Serves as lead staff liaison to the Historic Preservation Commission and State Historic Preservation Office.
  • Maintains and updates historic district design standards and inventories of historic resources.
  • Ensures the City meets the requirements of the Certified Local Government program including annual reporting, submitting comments on behalf of the City in response to federally funded or permitted projects and National Register nominations.
  • Develops educational and promotional materials related to Wilmington’s historic resources.
  • Collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to research and identify historic resources and promote historic preservation.
  • Consults with, assists, and educates design professionals, contractors, developers, and the public regarding the application of historic preservation design standards.
  • Researches, applies for, administers, and monitors grants related to historic preservation.
  • Participates in damage assessments of historic resources after emergency events.
  • Coordinates with zoning compliance staff to address violations of historic district standards and demolition by neglect.
  • Supervises and directs staff through the development of annual work plans; planning and prioritizing projects; evaluating work and ensuring policy and procedure compliance; recommending and/or making changes and adjustments to staff work products; coordinating training activities and monitoring staff performance and development.
  • Develops and implements workflow procedures and protocols, including procedures for maintaining records in accordance with records retention policies.
  • Assists boards and commissions by planning and attending meetings; collaborating on key initiatives; facilitating outreach to citizens and groups; providing public education; providing technical assistance, recommendations, and interpretation; and coordinating committee agendas.
  • Develops policy by researching and identifying trends; organizing, analyzing, and interpreting data; researching local, state, and federal regulations; working with city councils, commissions, and boards; tracking legal changes; providing training to staff; and organizing and facilitating public meeting and public outreach efforts.
  • Assists members of the public and partner agencies with historic preservation issues and questions by responding to questions and inquiries and providing information.
  • Manages projects by developing proposal specifications; developing scopes of service and amendments; evaluating proposals; recommending contracts; and monitoring consultant progress, quality control, public engagement efforts, budget, and schedule to ensure all work is completed.
  • Coordinates data collection and publications by creating and coordinating geographic data and maps and developing and tracking metrics.
  • Ensures that information is made available to the public by developing and publishing information through methods such as the organization’s website, social media accounts, and other public facing platforms.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.