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Preservation Planner/Community Preservation Planner

Company: Town of Brookline
Location: Brookline
Posted on: June 25, 2022

Job Description:

The Town of Brookline is accepting applications for a planner specializing in Preservation and Community Preservation. The ideal candidate will perform complex and administrative and professional work in administering the Town's Community Preservation Act, Local Historic Districts, and Demolition Delay By-laws; and work with the Community Preservation Committee, other Town departments, property owners and the general public on a wide variety of historic and community preservation subjects; other related work as required.

Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in historic preservation/urban planning and two years of experience in historic preservation, community preservation act, town planning, affordable housing, open space or related field. Master's degree highly desirable; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Special Requirements:

A valid motor vehicle operator's license

Starting salary is $71,314 annually plus a comprehensive benefits package and excellent working conditions. Please apply with resume and letter of interest by June 23, 2022.



Preservation Planner/Community Preservation Planner Job Description

Position Purpose:

The purpose of this position is to perform complex administrative and professional work in administering the Town's Local Historic District and Demolition Delay Bylaws, the Community Preservation Act, and any other related work, as directed.

Supervision:

Supervision Scope: Performs varied and responsible duties requiring a thorough working knowledge of departmental operations and the exercise of judgment and initiative to carry out assignments independently, analyze situations and conditions, and determine appropriate course of action. On average, 50% of time should be spent on Preservation Planning and 50% on Community Preservation Planning.

Supervision Received: Work is performed under the administrative direction of the Assistant Director of Regulatory Planning. Resolves procedural problems independently, requesting assistance with unusual situations which do not have clear precedents.

Job Environment: Administrative work is performed under typical office conditions; the noise level is moderate. Makes site visits and attends evening meetings, as needed. Operates an automobile, computer, camera, scanner, printer, copier, and other standard office equipment. Makes frequent contact with other town departments/boards/committees, other local agencies, governmental agencies, the media, property owners, and the general public in person, by email, and by telephone. Has access to department-related confidential information. Errors in judgment or omissions could result in loss of department services, loss of grants and have serious legal ramifications.



Essential Functions:

(The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.)


  • Participates in the administration of the Town's Local Historic Districts and Demolition Delay bylaws to identify, preserve, and protect the architectural and historical resources of the Town.
  • Processes applications for review by the Preservation Commission; reviews plans for exterior renovations to buildings within Local Historic Districts. Works with the Building Department to ensure compliance with all regulations.
  • Prepares materials and reports for public hearings; attends and takes minutes.
  • Assists in the administration of the Town's Demolition Delay By-law; and work with property owners and the general public on a wide variety of historic and preservation subjects.
  • Collaborates and communicates with other Preservation planners on projects. Consults with other town departments on design review and development projects.
  • Manages the Community Preservation Act (CPA) Program and works with the Community Preservation Committee (CPC).
  • Schedules and participates in CPC meetings, and prepares minutes.
  • Coordinates the application process for granting CPA funds and funds projects.
  • Manages the budget and maintains financial records.
  • Prepares annual reports as required by the Department of Revenue and Community Preservation Coalition and submits grant applications to state and federal agencies.
  • Establishes effective and harmonious working relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders.
  • Performs similar or related work as required, directed or as situation dictates.




    Recommended Minimum Qualifications:

    Education, Training and Experience:

    Bachelor's degree in historic preservation/urban planning and two years of experience in historic preservation, community preservation act, town planning, affordable housing, open space or related field. Master's degree highly desirable; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

    Special Requirements:

    A valid motor vehicle operator's license



    Knowledge, Ability and Skill:

    Knowledge: Working knowledge of state and federal regulations pertaining to historic preservation. General knowledge of architectural history. General knowledge of the cultural and landscape resources of historic preservation planning. Knowledge of CPA regulations. Familiarity with affordable housing, open space planning and historic preservation.



    Ability: Ability to read architectural plans, assess significance of buildings and landscapes, and evaluate applications for CPA funding. Ability to read architectural plans and analyze importance of funding requests. Ability to assess the significance of buildings and landscapes. Ability to connect with a diverse group of people and bring them to consensus. Ability to handle inquiries and/or complaints tactfully and effectively.



    Skill: Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Superior organizational skills. Expertise in Microsoft Word and familiarity with graphics illustration programs such as Power Point, Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.



    Physical Requirements:

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



    Regularly required to walk, stand, sit, talk, and hear; operate objects, tools, or controls; pick up paper, files, and other common office objects. Lifts/moves objects weighing up to 10 pounds. Communicates verbally and in writing. Vision and hearing at or correctable to normal ranges. Ability to operate a keyboard at an efficient speed.



    (This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee. It is used as a guide for personnel actions and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.)

Keywords: Town of Brookline, Brookline , Preservation Planner/Community Preservation Planner, Other , Brookline, Massachusetts

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