Historic Preservation Officer

Position Details

Type Full Time
Offered By City of Spokane HR
808 W Spokane Falls Blvd, 4th Floor
Spokane, Washington
Salary $66,419.28 - $81,599.04/year
Deadline 05/02/2014
For More
Name: Dan Daling
Title: Human Resources Analyst
Phone: 509-625-6367
Fax: 509-625-6379


The City of Spokane is seeking applicants to fill its Historic Preservation Officer position. The employee in this position performs independent supervisory and professional work in the administration of the Landmarks Commission and Historic Preservation functions. Employee is required to independently analyze facts and to use innovation and creativity in determining the proper course of action. The purpose of this position is to provide oversight and coordinate activities of the city-county historic preservation program, including the program budget. Employee serves in the capacity of Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Spokane and Spokane County.


  • Plans, directs and coordinates the city-county historic preservation program, including the program budget.
  • Outlines studies and acts as supervisor in the direction and preparation of reports and plans; and in the preparation and administration of the historic preservation element of the comprehensive plan for the city and county.
  • Maintains Certified Local Government status for City and County, implementing the program responsibilities. Maintains and manages the Interlocal Agreement between the city and county for ongoing services. Presents reports and recommendations to appointed and elected officials.
  • Organizes and supervises City-County Landmarks Commission review and conducts public hearings for processing of applications for designations, tax incentives, and design review, some in which the Commission acts in a quasi-judicial capacity.
  • Establishes and maintains records for the Commission. Trains new Commission members.
  • Consults with and provides counsel and advice to City staff, architects, contractors and applicants regarding interpretation and conformity qualifications with the International Existing Building Code (IEBC) regulations.
  • Evaluates architectural design for compliance with Management Agreement in reference to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. Makes recommendations to the Landmarks Commission regarding design review.
  • Evaluates Special Valuation Tax incentive program applications for compliance in design and expenditures; and makes recommendations to the Landmarks Commission for approval or denial.
  • Prepares grant applications. Implements grant projects and prepares appropriate grant reports.
  • Manages consultant contracts, prepares requests for proposals, selects consultants, oversees contract compliance, and approves payments.
  • Acts as an advisor to historic preservation groups to promote historic preservation.


Any combination equivalent to the experience and education that would likely provide the relevant knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. Generally, this will include: The employee in this position Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in architectural history, architecture or related field with emphasis in historic preservation, AND at least three (3) years experience in historic preservation, urban and regional planning or community development. Preference will be given to a Master’s Degree in historic preservation, architecture, or related field. A valid driver's license or otherwise demonstrated ability to get to and from multiple work locations as required.

How to Apply

A cover letter, resume and Spokane Exempt Application are required to be considered for this position. More information and a link to the Exempt Application are available on the City's website at www.spokanecity.org/jobs.