Gray & Pape, a national and international cultural heritage management firm, is seeking a Senior Principal Investigator (PI) – History/Architecture in the Washington, D.C., or Richmond Metro Area. This role is full time, regular status, salaried exempt.

Summary of the Role:

The Senior PI – History/Architecture is responsible for planning and directing historical research and narrative writing for compliance reports and providing historic preservation services to the satisfaction of client requirements and in accordance with professional and company standards and ethics. The Senior PI is responsible for all aspects of fieldwork, report content, and preparation, National Register evaluations, preliminary evaluations of project effects, and cultural resource management recommendations. The Senior PI is also responsible for ensuring that all other project personnel have sufficient experience to perform their required duties. A Senior PI may be involved in the development, maintenance, and management of market sectors and clients, and may be responsible for the supervision of other History/Architecture and/or archaeological staff.

Key Duties:

  • Timely and cost-effective scoping, implementation, and completion of projects.
  • Development and tracking of project specific budgets, personnel identification/assignments, and work schedules.
  • Development of research goals, field plans, and work products/deliverables on time and budget.
  • Development of professional, resource-specific recommendations for the management of cultural resources, particularly aboveground cultural resources, using National Register of Historic Places and other applicable criteria.
  • Coordination between project and company personnel and clients and client representatives.
  • Public outreach and interface to include opportunities for educating the public on the importance of cultural resources and heritage management.
  • Identify new market sectors, clients, and prepare proposals.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • B.A./M.S. in History, Historic Preservation, Architectural History, or closely related field plus eight (8) years of professional experience researching and evaluating aboveground cultural resources within the CRM environment.
  • Expertise in historic architectural styles and types, and the application of the National Register of Historic Places criteria.
  • Excellent field work skills including archival research, survey techniques, photo recordation, and mapping capabilities, including electronic techniques, and the ability to plan and direct others in these tasks.
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly communicate cultural resources findings via oral and written means.
  • Basic understanding of GIS applications as applied to CRM.
  • Understanding of U.S. historic preservation and cultural resource management laws and requirements, especially Section 106.
  • Ability to plan and execute work within schedule and budget.
  • Competency in managing multiple projects and priorities simultaneously.
  • A valid U.S. driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications

  • B.A./M.S. in Architectural History.
  • Ten (10) years or more of professional experience researching and evaluating aboveground cultural resources within the CRM environment.
  • Proficiency utilizing GIS hardware and software as applied to CRM projects.
  • Proficiency with creating graphics and integrating them into reports, PowerPoint presentations, etc.
  • Five (5) years of supervisory and/or project management and/or program management experience in the CRM environment.
  • Experience preparing any of the following: historic structure reports, cultural landscape reports, cultural landscape inventories, and administrative histories.
  • Five (5) years of experience working with U.S. Federal agencies and/or U.S. Federal properties.

This position requires up to 40% travel. Frequently this travel is outside the local area and includes overnight stays.

Gray & Pape offers a competitive pay and benefits package, including paid holidays, paid vacation and sick leave, health and disability insurance, and a 401(k)-retirement plan. A complete job description is available upon request.

If you are interested in joining our team, please submit the following to Charity Touchette, HR Director: 

  • Cover letter detailing expression of interest;
  • Resume or CV;
  • 2-3 writing samples.

No phone calls, please.

The writing samples may include a National Register of Historic Places nomination, an architectural survey form, and/or a chapter or chapters from a technical report. The samples should be entirely or primarily the work of the applicant and should illustrate the applicant’s ability to communicate aboveground cultural resource findings.

The position is open until filled and we will be interviewing qualified applicants immediately.

Gray & Pape is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.



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