🔗FindIt Historic Resource Survey Coordinator
Website The University of Georgia - College of Environment and Design
The Center for Community Design & Preservation (CCDP) serves as the public service and outreach office for the College of Environment & Design (CED) at The University of Georgia (UGA). We provide opportunities for our faculty and students in landscape architecture, historic preservation, and urban planning to engage in real-world projects and put their academic pursuits into practice.
This position serves as the Program Coordinator for Georgia’s “Findit” Historic Resource Survey Partnership Program between the University of Georgia-College of Environment and Design and the Georgia Transmission Corporation (GTC), the Georgia State Historic Preservation Office (Historic Preservation Division – Dept. of Community Affairs), the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), public utilities, and Georgia communities.
The Coordinator is the Primary Investigator for annual multi-year research and outreach grants sponsored by GTC (now in its 21st year) as well as other environmental reviews, mitigation studies, and community surveys for Georgia municipalities and non-profits that contribute data to Georgia’s Archaeological, Natural and Historic Resources GIS database (GNAHRGIS). Collaboration, research, education, and mentoring are inherent in this role.
The Findit program funds and provides skills-based professional training in architectural history and field surveys for UGA College of Environment and Design (CED) students through 3-7 graduate assistantships per year, recruited and mentored by the Program Coordinator. The Program Coordinator position (and all other student salaries and operational costs) is funded by and contingent upon sponsored project grants, which are reviewed/renewed annually. The Program Coordinator is the primary champion for the program and is responsible for organizing and leading stakeholder meetings, recruiting student participants, and preparing engaging public presentations. As a UGA-CED Center for Community Design & Preservation staff member, this position also contributes to other outreach and engagement opportunities promoted by CCDP. It is a UGA College of Environment and Design colleague, adding value through committee positions and collegial partnerships. As a full-time UGA position, employees in this role can take advantage of the University system’s Tuition Assistance Program.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies
- Master’s degree in Historic Preservation, architectural history, urban planning, and/or commensurate work experience
- Field survey, architectural history, and cultural resource assessment experience (2-3 years demonstration preferred)
- Project management, budget development experience (2-3 years demonstration preferred) Personnel Management, training, or education experience; team-building skills
- Proficiency/literacy in GIS, CAD, or similar mapping techniques; familiarity with resource databases (GNAHRGIS a plus)
- Demonstrated research interest (especially emergent technologies and novel architectural typologies or related applied research); community-engaged scholarship a plus.
- Competency in Adobe Suite, photography
- Interest in community and partner engagement (collaboration with state, region, and local partners as well as university and CED colleagues) and program advancement
- Good written and oral communication and interpersonal skills; visual presentation proficiency
- Self-motivated, well-organized, personable, and a team player
- Sitting for long periods (computer/desk work) Long-distance travel by car
- Field work description of physical demands in all seasons: walking over rough terrain, driving passenger vans, etc.
Impact and Influence
The Findit Program Coordinator primarily interacts with student surveyors employed by Findit Program projects/grants, program partners, and community sponsors. As a UGA-CED Center for Community Design & Preservation staff member, the Coordinator contributes to other outreach and engagement opportunities promoted by CCDP as self-initiated or requested by the Director. As a colleague of the UGA College of Environment and Design, the Coordinator will also add value to the College and the University through committee positions and collegial partnerships as requested or self-initiated.
Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? No
Does this position have a P-Card? No
Is driving a responsibility? Yes
Interaction w/ children under 18? Yes
Security Access? Yes
Program Management and Promotion – 40%
Primary Investigator for multi-year research and outreach grants sponsored by Georgia Transmission Corporation and other agencies (GA HPD, Georgia Department of Transportation), as well as public service and outreach projects (environmental review, mitigation studies, community surveys) for municipalities and non-profits. Responsibilities include University project management, budget management, data entry into the GNAHRGIS database, coordinating bi-annual meetings for the Findit Program Steering Committee, community engagement, and promotion. Set annual goals and objectives towards pursuing cultural resource survey work to enhance and grow FindIt’s offerings for CED students and community partners. Promote FindIt at conferences and workshops, compile program materials and reports, maintain website and social media, and frequently meet with stakeholders and other interested representatives. Serve as a contributing member of CCDP to support unit and college-wide strategies towards improved public service and outreach operations.
Training and Supervision – 30%
Management of student graduate assistants, employees, and volunteers engaged in implementing and administrating Findit program objectives. Train student employees in historic and cultural resource research, field survey methodology, GIS data entry, architectural identification of new and established styles and types, deed research, report production, and presentation.
Applied Research and Technology – 20%
Conducts applied research on innovation in field survey technologies, such as remote methodologies, and architectural history priority research areas, such as mid-century contemporary residential and commercial styles and types. Identify applied research areas, expose students to ongoing technological innovation and its role in historic preservation and planning, determine potential impacts on historic resources, adhere to the system for ranking applied research projects, evaluate them, and pursue additional research contracts/grants.
Budget Development and Management – 10%
Develop and manage budgets and contracts for multiple concurrent and varied sponsored projects. Responsible for developing funding proposals, managing budgets, monitoring spending, and working with CED Grants Coordinator and UGA Sponsored Programs Administration.
- Letter of Interest
- Historic Resource Survey Report (including demonstrations of examples of mapping, writing, documentation, research, and public communications; indicate which elements were solo work and which were teamwork)