The Wisconsin Historical Society is home to the federally-designated state historic preservation office. In partnership with communities, organizations and individuals, the Office works to identify, interpret and preserve historic places for the benefit of present and future generations. Programs administered by the State Historic Preservation Office include: State Register and National Register of Historic Places; archeology & maritime archaeology, state and federal rehabilitation income tax credits; Wisconsin’s burial sites preservation program; and the review of federal, state and local projects for their effect on historic and archaeological properties. The position is located in the State Historic Preservation Office at the Wisconsin Historical Society Headquarters Building located on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison.
Under the general supervision of the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, this position performs administrative and professional work with the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentive and Wisconsin state tax credit programs and provides comments on projects affecting historic buildings and structures subject to state or federal reviews. The applicant must meet the professional qualifications for historic architecture which are described in Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 61 (36 CFR 61), Appendix A or a State License to practice architecture as defined per s. 443.01 Wisconsin Statutes.
The position independently reviews plans and specifications for conformance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and advises applicants in meeting the Standards. This position manages all aspects of the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentive and Wisconsin Home Owner Tax Credit programs including assuring adherence to all federal and state legal requirements for the programs; as well as advising professional consultants, other state and federal officials, and the general public. This position provides architectural expertise for other aspects of the historic preservation program as needed, including review of projects submitted under section 106 of the Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and Wisconsin Statutes. This program consults with and educates architects, property owners, public officials, and the general public about tax credits, the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation, and other historic preservation related topics.
Core functions of this position will focus on: - Management of the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentive and Wisconsin Home Owner Tax Credit programs. - Educate and inform Wisconsin citizens concerning proper treatment of historic properties. - Review projects under provisions of section 106 of Historic Preservation Act and state statutes.
Your resume and cover letter are a required part of the application and will be reviewed as part of the assessment process. It is important to clearly identify in your cover letter and resume your experience related to these qualifications descriptively:
Minimally qualified candidates will have all of the following:
• Meet the professional qualifications for historic architecture as described in Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 61 (36 CFR 61) https://www.nps.gov/history/local-law/arch_stnds_9.htm: o a professional degree in Architecture, plus -at least one year of graduate study in architectural preservation, American architectural history, preservation planning, or closely related field; or -at least one year of full-time professional experience on historic preservation projects OR o a State License to practice architecture in any state plus -at least one year of graduate study in architectural preservation, American architectural history, preservation planning, or closely related field; or -at least one year of full-time professional experience on historic preservation projects.
• Coursework and/or experience in Historic Preservation Architecture
In addition to minimum qualifications, a well-qualified candidate will have at least one of the following:
• Demonstrated experience working in Historic Preservation Tax Credit or other preservation projects • Demonstrated experience as a Project Reviewer for Historic Preservation projects for a federal agency, in a State Historic Preservation Office, or for a local unit of government (including serving on a Historic Preservation Commission)
Your submission will be evaluated by one or more job experts. Candidates who are deemed eligible will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process where vacancies exist.
About Wisconsin Historical Society
The Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) is the state's memory and foremost storyteller. Largely considered to be one of the nation's finest historical institutions, we believe that increasing the public's knowledge of history has a profound societal, cultural and economic benefit. Founded in 1846, the Wisconsin Historical Society is a self-governing Agency of the State of Wisconsin.
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