The City of Valdosta is accepting applications for the position of Historic Preservation and Special Projects Planner, as part of the Planning and Zoning Division of the Community Development Department. Primary work assignments focus on the areas of historic preservation, neighborhood redevelopment, long-range planning, and urban design. This position provides technical assistance and staff support to Valdosta’s Historic Preservation Commission, as well as historic district property owners regarding COA requests and preparation of tax incentive applications. This position manages the city’s Certified Local Government (CLG) program, as well as the Section 106 reviews regarding historic properties being affected by the city’s CDBG program and other state/federal funded projects. This position maintains historic databases and disseminates information relating to the city’s local historic district as well as its National Register districts. This position reviews development plans for consistency with design guidelines within both the historic district as well as the city’s special Overlay Districts. This position prepares and maintains special area plans with emphasis on urban design and neighborhood revitalization, and also, assists other planning and zoning staff with routine office functions.
This position requires at least a Bachelor’s degree in Historic Preservation, Urban Planning, or related field and at least two (2) years of professional planning experience in a governmental environment. A Master’s degree is preferred. The candidate must have very strong writing and communication skills, and possess the ability to deal effectively with the public and governmental officials. Must possess or obtain a valid Georgia driver’s license and satisfactorily complete a background check and post offer physical. A valid Georgia Driver’s License is required. The candidate must satisfactorily complete a background check, drug test and pre-employment physical.
The successful Main Street Project Manager must:
Be as agile as a monkey because he or she spends so much time out on a limb;
Have a big chin, so he can lead with it;
Have a thick skin to ward off the stings of insult and ingratitude;
Have strong legs so she can stand on her own two feet all day long and still be limber enough to kneel at bedtime;
Have a deaf ear for flattery, a good ear for criticism and judgment to distinguish between the two;
Have a big mouth, so she won’t choke when she puts her foot in it, and a big appetite for swallowing her pride and eating her own words;
Have most of all, a rubber neck in order to:
Turn the other cheek,
Look back at history,
Forward to the future,
Confront the issues, and
Face the music….simultaneously!
He or she will:
Work under more pressure than a deep sea diver;
Get more criticism than a poor man with an ambitious mother-in-law;
Suffer more temptation than a shoplifter in a mint;
Be expected to be everywhere at once like the chaperone at a high school prom.
Moreover, this individual must be able to be gracious at the end of the year when congratulated for a job well done.
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