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Landmarks coordinator – preservation architect
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King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks
Application deadline: 7/27/2018

The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) is looking for a dynamic and innovative preservation professional to serve as King County’s Landmarks Coordinator. Established in 1978, King County’s Historic Preservation Program’s (HPP) mission is to preserve and protect the county’s significant historic and archaeological resources and enhance public access and appreciation of them. HPP is a regional preservation program, providing preservation and landmark designation services to unincorporated areas as well as 23 of the county’s suburban and rural cities through inter-local agreements.

The Landmarks Coordinator plays a vital role in furthering the objectives identified in HPP’s 2013 strategic plan, including the following: building capacity for preservation among county and regional partners; increasing community engagement and preservation literacy; strengthening connections between preservation and other complementary goals, such as environmental sustainability and economic development; and strengthening and improving access to internal program resources and tools. The Landmarks Coordinator reports to King County’s Historic Preservation Officer (HPO) and works in close collaboration with the HPP staff.

This position is open to all qualified applicants. King County values diverse perspectives and life experience and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, and veterans.

The workweek is normally Monday through Friday with occasional weekend or evening work as needed. This position is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not eligible for overtime pay. However this position will be eligible for approved Executive Leave.

Applicants must submit a (1) King County Application, and (2) letter of interest. The letter of interest should describe how your experience meets the qualifications and has prepared you to perform the essential functions of the job.

With about 2 million residents, King County ranks No. 1 in population in the state and is the 14th most populous county in the nation. The County is the financial, economic and industrial center of the Pacific Northwest region. Major business and employers in the region include the following: Starbucks, The Boeing Company, Microsoft, University of Washington, Paccar, Amazon, King County and the City of Seattle. King County excels in livability with a wide range of housing options, outstanding educational institutions, top-rated health care systems and facilities, tremendous outdoor recreation opportunities and natural beauty.

Examples Of Job Responsibilities:

  •  Coordinate implementation of King County Code Chapter 20.62 related to landmark nomination, designation and regulation.
  • Serve as lead staff to the King County Landmarks Commission and subcommittees of the commission, including the Design Review Committee and Policy and Planning Committee.
  • Coordinate all permitting activities (Certificates of Appropriateness) for proposed work on landmark-designated properties in unincorporated King County and in cities that participate in King County’s regional preservation program.
  • Manage the nomination/designation process for properties to King County’s Register of Historic Properties and the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Assist with variety of administrative tasks related to coordination of the King County Landmarks Commission, including preparing meeting agendas, minutes, correspondences, and maintaining landmark property legal files.
  • Provide expertise and advice to property owners, architects, and contractors on design, materials, construction methods, and best practices to ensure compatibility with historic resources.
  • Conduct and participate in public workshops and agency trainings.
  • Analyze and assess impacts of private and public development proposals, studies, and agency policies on landmark properties.
  • Administer financial incentive programs for landmark-designated properties.
  • Assist with special projects including survey and inventory of historic properties, preservation planning activities, downtown revitalization and heritage tourism-related activities as funding allows.
  • Serve as staff lead for King County’s annual preservation awards program.
  • Broaden public engagement in preservation by initiating outreach and educational activities and contributing content to HPP’s website and social media outlets.

Our Ideal Candidate Will Have:

  •  Master’s Degree in architecture, historic preservation, architectural history, or closely related field and five years of full-time professional experience in architectural design or design review related to historic properties or a combination of education and experience which provides you the skills to perform the duties of this job efficiently
  • Demonstrated experience in applying the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
  • Knowledge of vernacular property types, architectural styles, historic building materials and construction techniques relevant to the Pacific Northwest.
  • Knowledge of historic preservation procedures, laws and regulations, including Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, National and Washington State Environmental Policy Acts, and local ordinances.
  • Familiarity with local and federal historic preservation incentives.
  • Knowledge of land use planning principles and familiarity with building and zoning codes.
  • Knowledge of architectural history, landscape history, and community history in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Knowledge of research and analysis methods.
  • Training in, and/or familiarity with, architectural and landscape photography, graphic documentation, and digital image editing.
  • Skilled at program advocacy and promotion.
  • Skilled user of the Microsoft Office suite.

Our Most Competitive Candidate Will Have:

  •  Five years of full-time professional experience in identification, documentation, evaluation, and/or regulation of historic properties and/or conducting environmental review for cultural resources.
  • Experience working with tribes or tribal organizations addressing cultural resource issues.
  • Experience in analyzing and preserving historic landscapes.
  • Familiarity with the principles and practice of historic and prehistoric archaeology in the Pacific Northwest.

The ideal candidate for this position would be described as follows:

  •  Exceptional communicator. Clear and concise writer. Skilled at making presentations to audiences of any size, demographic or knowledge base.
  • Creative and collaborative. Has the ability to inspire and motivate others to achieve common goals.
  • Consensus builder. Able to forge partnerships and maintain positive relationships with agencies, local jurisdictions, community groups and members of the public.
  • Entrepreneurial. Seeks creative solutions to save and rehabilitate endangered properties.
  • Innovative and forward thinking. Stays informed of growing trends in preservation, design, materials, and construction techniques.
  • Inquisitive. Interest in protecting a wide range of historic property types, from rail cars to hop sheds, barns to downtown commercial buildings, cultural landscapes to suburban streetscapes.
  • Inclusive. Committed to advancing efforts to identify, protect, and interpret historic resources associated with underrepresented groups.
  • Efficient and solution-oriented. Interest in evaluating internal review processes to improve customer service.
  • Motivated. Seeks to increase public participation in landmark designation and utilization of financial incentives.

This position is represented by Local 17, Professional and Technical Employees.

Please contact for questions regarding this announcement.



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AKCHO was established in 1977 to encourage cooperation among historical organizations; promote and encourage the study and preservation of the history and heritage of King County through member organizations, individual members, and the community they serve; and support such preservation efforts through public awareness and understanding of legislative issues.

The Heritage Advisor welcomes submissions of news items, calendar items, and opinion columns from AKCHO members, HA subscribers, and readers. Articles are limited to 300 words and they should have a strong relevance to historic preservation and heritage issues in King County, Washington. Submission of an article does not guarantee publication. AKCHO does not pay for published submissions. All articles are subject to review by AKCHO staff. Please send your article within the body of an email (no attachments, please) to

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