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Posted: 04/24/2014

Texas Historical Commission
Architecture Division

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) - Position Title: Re
14-03 (a) or (b)
Professional Opportunity
Austin, TX

Join us where the bluebonnets are in full bloom in the live music Capital of Texas!!  The Texas SHPO office, located in Austin, is the base of operations for many programs that support historic preservation across our state. Our staff is knowledgeable and passionate about our historic sites, Main Streets, courthouses, cemeteries, military history, archeological resources and much more.

Currently we need a new staffer to lead our federal and state rehabilitation tax credit programs. This position offers an opportunity to take part in the development of the new Texas state tax credit program, serve as a spokesman to the public on the benefits of historic tax credits, and travel to interact with building owners and developers. A link and further information are found below. We look forward to hearing from you!


Tax Credit Program Specialist (14-03)

Division of Architecture, Texas Historical Commission

 The candidate will be responsible for review and administration of projects submitted under the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program and our new Texas Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program under the supervision of the Architecture Division Director. The Texas Historic Preservation Tax credit program, which goes into effect on January 2015, is expected to generate considerable new rehabilitation activity across Texas. The state program has no cap and can be applied to projects with eligible costs as low as $5000. Owner occupied residential properties are not eligible for the state credit.  Draft program rules have been written (posted on the website May 6th) and will be finalized over the next few months.

 Texas Federal Tax credit project activity has generally been focused in the major metro areas of Dallas, San Antonio, Houston and Fort Worth (76%).  For FY 2012 Texas had three certified projects totaling $37,856,910. For FY 2013, 7 projects were submitted. In anticipation of combining the new state with the federal credit thus far in FY 2014 18 projects have been submitted for review. The candidate will be responsible for Part 2 and 3 reviews only for both the state and federal programs.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Preferred that the successful applicant have at least three years of previous historic preservation work; knowledge of the federal and state certified rehabilitation investment tax credit programs; knowledge of architectural principles, techniques and procedures; knowledge of historic building materials and assembly methods; knowledge of building codes and constraints as they apply to historic buildings; skill in the use of standard tools of the architectural profession; skill in interpreting architectural plans and specifications; skill in using a database; 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; knowledge of Microsoft Office 2010.

 Experience and Education: BA degree or Masters degree from an accredited school of architecture required with an emphasis on historic preservation or the applicant should have equivalent of three years experience in historic preservation. Have extensive knowledge of architectural procedures, familiarity with the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, and possess good public speaking and writing skills.

Salary and Benefits: The position is full-time with a salary range of $53,688 to $56,400. Employees have a valuable benefits package including healthcare for employees and enrolled family members, a generous retirement program and pleasant work environment. Optional benefits include flexible spending daycare and healthcare accounts, dental/vision plans, and 401(k) and 457 savings plans. For the average state agency employee, the State of Texas benefits package adds about 33% to your base salary.  These comprehensive benefits are designed to enhance your wellness and your future.  Please visit the Employees Retirement System for more information at www.ers.state.tx.us.


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How to apply
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. Enter job identification number 6940345 (non architect) or 2723051 (architect) and complete the application form. The position will be closed about May 15. If you have any questions regarding submittal of a job application for any positions within the Division of Architecture, please contact Lisa Harvell at 512.463-6047.
Lisa Harvell
Phone: 512-463-6047
Fax: 512-463-5753
PO Box 12276
108 W. 16th St. (office)
Austin, TX 78711

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