City of Boston

Preservation Planner

Posted Date 3 weeks ago(10/6/2021 10:20 AM)
Req ID
2021-20536
Dept
Environment Department
Position
Regular Full-Time
Location
Environment Department
Salary Min
66,948.58
Salary Max
91,124.96
Union
MYO
Openings
1
Contact Email
Alison.Brizius@boston.gov

Overview:

Brief Job Description:

 

Works in the Environment Department under the supervision of the Executive Director of the Boston Landmarks Commission as part of the preservation staff and directly performs duties of staff administration for three historic districts (or otherwise assigned) in assisting historic district commissions with design review. Reviews applications to restore, rehabilitate, or alter properties in historic districts, and prepares recommendations and presentations for Commissioners. Provides technical assistance to owners, architects, and contractors about individual district study report standards and guidelines and best preservation practices, performs site visits, and reviews mock-ups. Prepares public hearing and meeting minutes, writes decision letters and Commission approvals. Ensures compliance with district study report design review standards and guidelines, and references previous Commission approvals.

Responsibilities:

  • Evaluates applications to restore, rehabilitate, or alter properties in historic districts for compliance with individual district Standards & Guidelines.
  • Performs duties of staff administration for three historic districts (or otherwise as designated) in assisting historic district commissions with design review and ensuring compliance with study report standards and guidelines.
  • Investigate violations and issue violation notices.
  • Work with applicants to complete applications and bring proposed projects into compliance with district study report design review standards and guidelines.
  • Conducts site visits to assess existing conditions, proposed projects, and material mockups.
  • Provide technical assistance to developers, design and construction professionals and property owners.
  • Provide initial project consultations to developers, design and construction professionals and property owners.
  • Prepare and distribute staff comments and presentations to commissioners prior to monthly public hearings, and review with commission chairs. 
  • Provide support to chair and commissioners during public hearings and meetings.
  • Coordinate scheduling for special public hearing and public meetings as necessary. 
  • Issue determination letters following public hearings.
  • Take minutes during each public hearing and meeting.
  • Manages records of historic district activities with Preservation Assistant. 
  • Directly responds to requests about specific district requirements and updates study reports as required.
  • Consults with other city agencies for large or high-profile development projects, as necessary.
  • Reviews building permits through the Inspectional Services Department online portal.
  • Prepare, post, and distribute public hearing and public meeting agendas.
  • Coordinate mailing of abutters notices with Preservation Assistant. 
  • Responsible for drafting, coordinating, and posting updated web content related to assigned historic districts.
  • Solicits and manages new commissioner appointments as necessary.
  • Participates in public outreach.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • At least three (3) full years of full time, or equivalent part time, experience in the area of preservation management and/or architectural history. A Master’s Degree in Preservation, Fine Arts, Architecture or related field may be substituted for required experience. A Bachelor’s Degree in the same fields may be substituted for two years of the required experience.
  • Ability to read and interpret architectural drawings and plans.
  • Familiarity with historic building styles, types, design, and materials.
  • Familiarity with building conservation best practices.
  • Familiarity with historic preservation planning and regulation.
  • Familiarity with preservation programs, regulations, and administrative law.
  • Familiarity with building and zoning code.
  • Familiarity with sustainability and climate resiliency best practices.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong attention to detail. 
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with owners, architects, contractors, and members of the public.
  • Strong presentation and business writing skills.
  • Strong customer service skills.
  • Ability to work evenings, occasional early mornings and occasional weekends to staff monthly hearings, sub-committee meetings, and workshops.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and GIS. 
  • Ability to photograph building conditions.
  • Ability to work as part of a team. 
  • Ability to exercise good judgement and focus on detail as required by the job.

 

 

Boston residency required.

 

Terms:
Union/SalaryPlan/Grade: MO-9
Hours per week : 35

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