Historic Preservation Officer

Position Details

Type Full Time
Offered By King County
Seattle, Washington
Salary $86,569.60 - $109,740.80
Deadline 02/13/2015
For More
Phone: 206-477-5485


The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) is seeking a dynamic and strategic preservation professional to serve as King County’s Historic Preservation Officer. The position supervises three other preservation professional staff and coordinates the efforts of an appointed volunteer Landmarks Commission with authority to designate and protect historic resources in unincorporated King County, and in the twenty suburban cities with which the county has interlocal agreements. A flyer describing the program in more detail can be found at here



  • Prioritize program goals/objectives.
  • Frame budgetary, statutory and operating conditions for the program.
  • Direct and/or supervise the work of multiple professional staff, including quality assurance.
  • Ensure that program maintains compliance with all relevant laws and regulations.
  • Manage contracts or grants involving multiple agencies.
  • Determine project or program budget, schedule and scope. Assist in justification of project, program and/or agency budget requests. Determine financial and performance indicators and use evaluation findings to redirect the project or program. Monitor the financial status of the program or projects.
  • Negotiate and manage inter-local agreements for landmark designation and protection.
  • Coordinate a 9-member volunteer commission with quasi-judicial authority to designate and regulate significant historic properties
  • Serve as the technical expert to perform complex research and analysis.
  • Serve as expert adviser with unique skills and abilities in a particular field.
  • Work directly with elected officials on issues affecting the program.
  • Supervise staff, including hiring, recommending effective discipline or termination and developing training expectations.
  • Serve as mentor to other staff.
  • Investigate grievances; may have authority to resolve grievances.
  • Resolve problems presented by clients or constituents.
  • Provide leadership to community coalitions and act as liaison to heritage and historic preservation organizations.
  • Handle politically sensitive inquiries about the program.


EXPERIENCE, QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS: The ideal candidate would be described as:

  • Visionary thinker, has the ability to create a common vision, inspire and motivate.
  • Skilled at conflict management, focused listening, and able to come to difficult agreements equitably
  • Negotiates skillfully with both internal and external groups and can gain concessions without damaging relationships
  • Entrepreneurial, seeks creative solutions to help restore endangered properties while familiar with the economic considerations of redevelopment of historic properties
  • Functionally skilled, including experience coordinating volunteer boards/commissions, applying historic preservation principles and procedures, applying legal principles and procedures related to designation and regulation of landmarks, and skilled in applying National Park Service standards and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Properties
  • Politically savvy, effectively manages and maneuvers through challenging situations and is sensitive to how organizations and people function.
  • Comfortable with ambiguity, risk and uncertainty, effectively deals with change.
  • Exceptional communicator and presenter
  • Skilled in applying quantitative and qualitative analysis and evaluating data for decision making
  • Skilled in supervising and directing work of multi-disciplinary staff
  • Holds a combination of education, experience, and competencies necessary to perform the duties of this position at a high level including a Master’s Degree in historic preservation, planning, architecture, architectural history, or closely related field, and the equivalent of two years full-time professional experience in identification/documentation, evaluation, and regulation of historic properties.


  • Knowledge of and demonstrated experience applying general government principles and procedures, including coordination of volunteer boards/commissions
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated experience applying historic preservation principles and procedures, and laws and regulations
  • Knowledge of Pacific Northwest history, architectural history and archaeology
  • Knowledge of vernacular historic property types
  • Knowledge of basic land use principles
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated experience applying legal principles and procedures related to designation and regulation of landmarks
  • Knowledge of research and analysis methods
  • Knowledge of other relevant agencies and systems
  • Budgeting skills
  • Policy development and interpretation skills
  • Program advocacy and promotion skills
  • Experience applying marketing principles is desired

How to Apply

To apply go to http://www.kingcounty.gov/jobs

FORMS AND MATERIALS REQUIRED: Application and attached resume

PLEASE NOTE: Application materials must be completed by the closing date, to be considered. Contact wtdhr@kingcounty.gov or 206-477-5485 for any further inquiries.