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Posted: 04/24/2014

Texas Historical Commission
Architecture Division - Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) works to 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.

Program Specialist III (a)/Architect I or II (b)
14-15 (a) or (b)
Professional Opportunity
Austin, TX

Performs complex architectural assistance work and advanced architectural preservation work related to historic county courthouses. Work involves advising and training local governments on best practices and preservation maintenance planning. Work also involves performing architectural review work (technical and consultative assistance) in an office and field setting. Works under limited supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.  Complies with all agency policies and procedures.

Serves as the program specialist for Texas Courthouse Stewardship program.

Prepares guidance documents, reports and recommendations for counties on the repair and maintenance of their courthouse(s).

Conducts training sessions and develops workshops to educate county facilities managers and county officials on best practices for courthouse preservation and facility management. 

Meets with architects, owners, government officials, and others as necessary to assess building conditions and understand their programmatic requirements, applicable building codes and other factors that may impact the buildings care.

Reviews proposals for changes to courthouse under the state laws protecting courthouses, the Antiquities Code of Texas and as easement grantee for conformance to the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation, Restoration and/or Preservation. States conditions and recommendations for approval.

Coordinates with other Texas Historical Commission staff, divisions and programs on the courthouse Stewardship for projects completed with Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program grant funds.

May perform reviews under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

May offer technical assistance and guidance to counties on cyclical maintenance planning methodologies for their county facilities.

May maintain files and database for the program. 

Minimum requirements include graduation from an accredited school of architecture with a professional architecture degree. Specialization or experience in historic preservation or facility management is required. Graduate level work in a field such as historic preservation or building science may be substituted for a professional architecture degree. Have extensive knowledge of architectural procedures, familiarity with preservation practices and principals, and possess good public speaking and writing skills.

Preferred that the successful applicant have at least three years of previous historic preservation work; knowledge of architectural principles, techniques and procedures; knowledge of facility maintenance practices; knowledge of historic building materials and assembly methods; knowledge or experience related to sustainable design or LEED; skill in interpreting architectural plans and specifications; ability to problem solve and negotiate under stress; ability to explain complex technical issues in a clear and concise manner through written and verbal communication; ability to meet deadlines; must have the ability to travel; and a working knowledge of Microsoft Office 2010.

Architect I or II applicants must be licensed by the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners, NCARB and/or other state architectural licensing board.


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How to apply
Visit the THC website at http://www.thc.state.tx.us to download an application. Forward the completed application materials to Suzanne.Subia@thc.state.tx.us or fax to 512.463-5753 or mail to Texas Historical Commission, Human Resources, P. O. Box 12276, Austin, Texas 78711-2276. You may also use the Work in Texas Website at http://www.twc.state.tx.us/ to submit a job application. Applicants must first register as a Job Seeker at http://wit.twc.state.tx.us.
Susan Gammage
Phone: 512-463-5860
Fax: 512-463-5753
PO Box 12276
108 W. 16th St. (office)
Austin, TX 78711

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