The City of Charlotte’s Department of Planning, Design, and Development is committed to creating great places. This Department is chiefly responsible for collaborating with community partners, guiding growth, sustaining the natural environment while also designing vibrant and inclusive avenues for citizen enjoyment.
The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 872,498 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.
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The Historic District Commission (HDC) is in the Design + Preservation Division of the City of Charlotte Planning, Design and Development Department. The Project Coordinator position has a high level of responsibility focused on after-the-fact applications and supporting property owners through the entire HDC process. This position will be the staff lead for all HDC-related zoning and code enforcement compliance issues. The Project Coordinator position is a unique opportunity to work in the field evaluating construction projects while participating in other various special projects such as historic district designations, planning processes, and education and outreach. Candidates will be a part of a team and can expect a fast-paced environment and should excel in communication skills.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
- Analyze architectural and landscape drawings, including plans, sections, elevations, and details, to determine compliance with the HDC Design Standards.
- Conduct and participate in meetings to help clients understand policies and rules affecting Certificates of Appropriateness (COAs) applications.
- Prepare COAs, amendments, and conduct final inspections to ensure compliance with approved plans.
- Work closely with the Zoning Enforcement department on compliance and enforcement issues.
- Create and maintain a compliance and enforcement project database.
- Prepare and present oral and written technical reports, special maps, charts, and other materials for Commission monthly meetings and annual retreats.
- Utilize proprietary software programs (Accela, Winchester and others).
- Meet with and advise city officials, Commission members, citizen groups, and partner organizations in complex historic preservation planning matters; provide information and project administrative support and assist in formulating policies and objectives.
- Lead special projects related to historic district designations, Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan and Unified Development Ordinance implementation, and education and outreach.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Demonstrated experience in preservation planning principles, practices, and their applicability to the community.
- Ability to understand and interpret building design plans, site plans, and zoning codes.
- Experience working with design and development professionals.
- Ability to collaborate with both internal and external customers.
- Experience in presenting and working with diverse audiences and all segments of the city’s population.
- Proficient skills in Adobe Suite products, ArcGIS, Microsoft Office Suite, and social media applications.
Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation, Planning, Architecture, Architectural History, Landscape Architecture, Geography, or related degree.
Bachelor's level degree and three years relevant experience.
Master’s level degree and one year relevant experience.
Conditions of Employment
The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.
Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.
Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.
As of October 1, 2021, the City of Charlotte requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment for any new City of Charlotte employees.
The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
How To Apply
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