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Posted: 02/01/2013

Texas Historical Commission
Community Heritage Development Division

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) is the state agency for historic preservation. We save the real places that tell the real stories of Texas. THC staff consults with citizens and organizations to preserve Texas' architectural, archeological, and cultural landmarks. The agency is recognized nationally for its preservation programs. The THC is composed of 17 citizen members appointed by the governor to staggered six-year terms. The agency employees work in various fields, including archeology, architecture, history, economic development, heritage tourism, public administration, and urban planning. The Texas State Legislature established the agency in 1953 as the Texas State Historical Survey Committee with the task to identify important historic sites across the state. The Texas Legislature changed the agency's name to the Texas Historical Commission in 1973. Along with the name change came more protective powers, an expanded leadership role, and broader educational responsibilities.

Program Specialist IV (Certified Local Government Coordinator)
Professional Opportunity
Austin, TX


The Certified Local Government Coordinator is responsible for advanced review, administration, coordination and implementation of the Certified Local Government (CLG) program by providing consultative and technical assistance, public education and outreach to local governments and historic preservation commissions; and the management of the CLG grant program. Responsible for administration of all program guidelines, procedures, policies, rules and the evaluation of program activities in accordance with the Texas Administrative Code and in compliance with the National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund Grants Manual. The Coordinator gives public presentations, lectures and workshops and develops print and online educational materials. Work under the direction of the Division Director with limited supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. May assign and/or delegate work to others as a departmental team leader. Position works collaboratively with CLG cities and counties across the state. Some travel required.


Confer with local government officials and designated CLG representatives on program-related matters, identify training needs, and evaluate the local government participation in the program for compliance with state and federal requirements.

Provide consultative and technical assistance on a variety of topics relative to program areas such as design guidelines, architectural surveys and inventories, National Register nominations, planning and zoning, and local ordinances.

Develop and provide training to local governments and the public on how to plan, implement, and monitor effective preservation programs and services.

Work with community and professional groups to foster support for local preservation efforts.

Administer the CLG Grant Program in a manner consistent with state and federal requirements and that seeks to insure effective and efficient use of grant funds.

Prepare program related correspondence and oversee the maintenance and updating of the CLG Handbook and application materials.

Serve as leader of all aspects of CLG program and may assign work for positions providing administrative support to the division. Provide guidance to staff in the development and integration of new methods and procedures.

Pursue knowledge of preservation issues, techniques, and trends for their potential ramifications on CLG communities. Prepare and assist in the preparation of special studies, quarterly and annual reports, including reports on effectiveness of program activities to the Division Director and Commission.

Serve as representative of the agency by speaking publically and providing presentations to communities and at various conferences.


Graduation from accredited university with a Bachelors degree in Historic Preservation, Public Administration, Architecture, Urban or Community Planning, Law or related field. Graduate degree in one or more of these fields preferred. Minimum of four years job-related experience working with local governments or historic preservation commissions required. Successful work as a local Historic Preservation Officer or previous experience directly related to the CLG program at the local or state level preferred. This position requires a detailed understanding of and practical experience applying the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. Candidate should meet the Secretary of the Interior's qualification requirements for History, Architectural History, Architecture, or Historic Architect.


Position requires thorough knowledge of the National Register Program, Secretary of Interior's Standards and other state and federal preservation law including the federal CLG program. Understanding required of legal, architectural and urban planning language and concepts pertaining to the preservation of historic buildings and districts. Exercise professional judgment and discretion in establishing, applying and interpreting grant program policies and procedures. Candidate must possess strong public speaking skills and communicate effectively verbally and in writ

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How to apply
REMARKS (Application procedure, Special requirements): Applications must be submitted on the Work In Texas website at www.workintexas.com. You must have a Work In Texas profile in order to log in and complete the application. Applications will be reviewed, and top applicants will be contacted for interviews. After a qualified person has been chosen for the position, letters will be mailed to all interviewed applicants letting them know that the position has been filled. Disability access for application submission, testing and interview accommodations can be provided upon reasonable notice. For New Hires/Rehires: Health Coverage/Retirement Waiting Period: There is a 90-day waiting period for health coverage and retirement contribution. * If hired for employment, a criminal background check will be processed. You will also need to provide a document or documents that establish identity and employment eligibility. Document(s) must be provided within three (3) days from date of hire. A complete list of acceptable documents is on file with the Texas Employment Commission office.
Suzanne Subia
Phone: 512-463-5849
Fax: 512-463-5753
1700 N. Congress Avenue, Ste. B-65
Austin, TX 78701

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