Historic Preservation Manager

  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Administration and Management Historic Preservation Museum and Arts

Job Description

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Historic Preservation Managers working within the Merit system are responsible for managing all facets of the City of Birmingham's Historic Preservation program. They oversee the preparation, implementation, and management of historic preservation grant projects and ensuring compliance to grant contracts and regulations are met. Individuals in this job class perform supervisory functions including planning, assigning, and reviewing work of subordinate staff members and their work is typically reviewed for program effectiveness and efficiency.

  • Manages all facets of the City of Birmingham’s Historic Preservation program, using the regulations and procedures of the Alabama Historic Preservation Enabling Legislation, the National Historic Preservation Act, and the City of Birmingham’s Historic Preservation ordinances and plans.
  • Serves as the City of Birmingham’s Historic Preservation Officer (City Historic Preservation Officer/CHPO) and Certified Local Government Program Coordinator.
  • Oversees the preparation, management, implementation and reporting for historic preservation grant projects, preparing grant applications and monitoring and reviewing the work of project consultants to ensure compliance with contracts and regulations.
  • Conducts research, gathers information, writes reports and makes budgetary recommendations to support current and projected Historic Preservation projects for the City of Birmingham.
  • Performs a variety of supervisory functions including planning, assigning and reviewing work of subordinate staff members, participating in the employee selection process and making hiring recommendations, and training new staff members on Historic Preservation policies and procedures.
  • Manages and administers the entire local historic district designation process, including the implementation of all substantive and procedural requirements for designation as required by the City’s Historic Preservation Ordinance.
  • Represents the City of Birmingham in Historic Preservation matters, serving as the City’s Historic Preservation representative before internal and external commissions, councils, organizations and governing bodies.
  • Coordinates and consults with other agencies (e.g., Alabama Historical Commission, Department of Transportation, etc.) regarding the impact of Federal undertakings (e.g., Federal licensing, funding, sponsorship, etc.) on historic resources.
  • Conducts historic preservation assessments of housing rehabilitation and new home construction projects funded under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME programs.
  • Establishes and develops program management, administrative, and regulatory policies and procedures for the City of Birmingham’s historic preservation program.
  • Manages the process for gathering facts, and for investigating and reviewing information on Historic Preservation cases to determine the impact on historic structures in the district.


The following Minimum Qualifications are required for this job. You must demonstrate possession of these qualifications by providing a detailed description of your related experience in the work history section of your application. Please note that replicating or restating these minimum qualifications or the information from the Personnel Board’s job description as your own work experience will result in your disqualification. Please describe your work experience in your own words to represent the work you have performed that is related to the minimum qualifications for this job.
  • Possession of a driver’s license.
  • Master’s degree in Planning, Historic Preservation, Urban Planning, Public Administration, Architecture, Architectural History, Landscape Architecture, History or a related field of study.
  • Experience with the historic preservation planning process including the preparation or administration of historic preservation plans.
  • Experience assessing and interpreting architectural styles and design guidelines.
  • Experience researching, writing, and submitting grant proposals and/or managing grant awards.
  • Experience reviewing and implementing city ordinances that impact the development of land.
  • Experience administering public boards, agencies, and committees (e.g., organizing committees, preparing agendas, compiling minutes, making presentations/reports, etc.).
  • Experience leading/facilitating public meetings (e.g., meetings with neighborhoods, business associations, etc.).


  • Adaptability & Flexibility.
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Customer Service.
  • Leadership & Management.
  • Mathematical & Statistical Skills.
  • Oral Communication & Comprehension.
  • Planning & Organizing.
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making.
  • Professionalism & Integrity.
  • Researching & Referencing.
  • Reviewing, Inspecting & Auditing.
  • Self-Management & Initiative.
  • Teamwork & Interpersonal.
  • Technical & Job-Specific Knowledge.
  • Technical Skills.
  • Written Communication & Comprehension.

  • Knowledge of the theory, principles, and practices of urban design and architecture.
  • Knowledge of basic grant writing principles.
  • Knowledge of the processes and strategies used in the development and enhancement of long-term social, economic, and environmental conditions in a community.

  • Work is conducted mostly indoors in an office setting, with periodic field visits to external indoor or outdoor locations.
  • Work involves use of standard office equipment, such as computer, phone, copier, etc.

  • Job is primarily sedentary involving sitting for long periods of time, but may involve occasional walking or standing for brief periods.
  • May involve occasional light lifting of items or objects weighing up to 25 lbs.

DISCLAIMER: This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of the job duties, responsibilities, or skills and abilities required to do the job and may be changed at the discretion of the Personnel Board at any time.


Persons requiring special conditions to accommodate a disability when completing the application should contact the Personnel Board at 205-279-3500 before the announcement closing date. Qualified applicants who believe they will need reasonable accommodation in the examination process should complete and submit an Accommodation Request Form. You may obtain an Accommodation Request Form by contacting our ADA Ombudsperson at ADAO@pbjcal.org, or by accessing the "Request for Accommodation" form through the following website: http://www.pbjcal.org/


The Personnel Board of Jefferson County (Personnel Board) provides a public personnel system based on merit principles. The Personnel Board strives for the constant improvement of the public service by employing and developing the best qualified persons available. The Personnel Board provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, political beliefs, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or genetics. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Employment decisions are made by the Merit System municipality or governmental agency in which the position exists. Each Merit System municipality, agency, or jurisdiction administers its own equal employment opportunity programs in compliance with applicable state and/or federal laws and regulations.

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Birmingham, Alabama United States View Map