This is advanced planning and research work in the field of historic preservation. An employee in this class serves as an expert in Philadelphiaís historic architecture and construction methods. An employee in this class leads a team of planners engaged in the design review of applications to the Philadelphia Historical Commission to alter, add to, and demolish historic buildings, structures, sites, and objects and the construction of new buildings in historic districts. Work includes nominating newly-defined cultural resources, participating in historic site surveys, identifying cultural resources eligible for National and Philadelphia Registers, performing research, and preparing appropriate nomination forms. Work includes advising property owners and community leaders on historic preservation methods, techniques, and tax incentives. An employee in this class consults with city agencies and others on compliance with federal, state and local legislation. Creating and presenting educational programs on historic preservation and the history of Philadelphia is a significant aspect of the work. Work includes assigning and reviewing the work of lower level employees and supervising all Philadelphia Historical Commission staff in the absence of the Historic Preservation Director. Work is performed under the supervision of the Historic Preservation Director.ALLOCATING FACTORS: (The following conditions must be met for a position to be allocated to this class.)
Leads the nomination of newly-defined cultural resources; leads comprehensive historic site surveys within the City of Philadelphia to identify buildings, structures, sites, objects and districts eligible for the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places; undertakes research in primary and secondary sources in various repositories on the history of historically-significant cultural resources, communities, events, and areas in the City; advises property owners, civic associations, and preservation advocates; prepares nomination forms for the Philadelphia and National Registers.
Serves as lead advisor to property owners and their representatives including architects, engineers, contractors, and attorneys about appropriate historic restoration and renovation techniques and methods including but not limited to masonry repair, window and door replacement, woodwork and trim restoration, and roofing replacement.
Reviews applications to determine if they are appropriate from a historic preservation perspective and fall within or exceed the staffís authority to approve; presents applications to the Philadelphia Historical Commission and its advisory committees; documents, implements, and enforces the Commissionís decisions; defends the Commissionís decisions before appeal boards and courts.
Reviews nominations submitted to the Philadelphia Historical Commission for correctness and completeness; notifies property owners of impending reviews of nominations; administers review of nominations; maintains the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.
Serves as lead advisor to property owners and others on historic preservation incentive programs such as the federal historic preservation tax credit program and the local historic home repair program.
Maintains the Philadelphia Historical Commissionís extensive archive of photographs, architectural plans, maps, and books; assists researchers using the Philadelphia Historical Commissionís archive.
Consults with the Historic Preservation Director, City agencies, and others when making decisions based on compliance with federal, state and local historic preservation legislation, as needed; participates in federal Section 106 reviews; coordinates with the Department of Licenses & Inspections and the Law department on the enforcement of the Philadelphia Historical Commissionís decisions.
Advises neighborhood organizations on historic preservation in community planning.
Creates and presents education programs on historic preservation and the history of Philadelphia.
Serves as team leader for a group of planners; assigns and reviews the work of employees in the classes of Historic Preservation Planner 1 and 2, especially on more complicated projects; supervises all Philadelphia Historical Commission staff in the absence of the Director.
Performs related work as required.
Completion of a master's degree at an accredited college or university in historic preservation, history, urban studies, architectural history, American studies, or city or urban planning.AND
Four years of full-time experience in historic preservation with at least two years experience in planning, research, and conducting design reviews in the field of historic preservation.OR
Any combination of equivalent education and experience which has been determined to be acceptable by the Personnel Department and which includes a masterís degree, in a field stated above, as an educational minimum.
Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.