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Posted: 10/27/2014

Texas Historical Commission
Historic Sites

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 employees consult with citizens and organizations to preserve Texas' architectural, archeological, and cultural landmarks. The agency is recognized nationally for its preservation programs. Agency employees work in various fields, including archeology, architecture, history, economic development, heritage tourism, public administration, and urban planning. We employ dedicated and professional people who are committed to the utilization of the latest practices and technology in delivering statewide services and support to our customers.

Deputy Executive Director, Historic Sites
Professional Opportunity
Austin, TX
$90,000-110,000 Annually



  • Oversees the stewardship (restoration, maintenance, interpretation, etc.), operation and success of 20 state historic sites and associated collections.
  • Serves as the primary liaison to the Governor-appointed Commission on all state historic site-related matters.
  • Develops, manages and evaluates the division budget.
  • Works with the Public Information and Education Division to develop innovative strategies for marketing to increase visitation to and awareness of the state historic sites, including events, publications, and social media.
  • Integrates historic sites into heritage tourism efforts for the benefit of the local and statewide economy.
  • Ensures that visitors to the state historic sites have a memorable and rewarding experience, and that they leave with a greater understanding of Texas history and their own potential for contributing to the states future.
  • Enthusiastically supports youth programming at state historic sites.
  • Recognizes the role of state historic sites as economic engines in their local communities and supports the involvement of site staff in community activities as appropriate.
  • Coordinates and provides leadership to Friends organizations seeking to support the state historic sites.
  • Ensures that exemplary communication and coordination exists between the Austin office and the field offices with the goal of achieving excellence and consistency in the execution of cultural resource management standards and policies.
  • Leads and enhances a multidisciplinary staff of museum, cultural resource and historic sites professionals, support and maintenance personnel in Austin and at field offices across the state, inspiring them to be creative and innovative in how they approach their jobs. Motivates the staff continually to improve their performance. Maintains a productive, team-oriented work atmosphere by staying involved in the daily functions of the division when necessary and appropriate. Communicates with and sets a good personal example for the staff to develop professionally.
  • Assists historic sites division staff in their day-to-day operations. Addresses programmatic issues as they arise. Uses sound judgment and analytical abilities to solve problems. Follows state agency policies and procedures.
  • Communicates often and effectively with the Executive Director. Keeps him informed about issues affecting the division and its operation. Involves the Executive Director when issues are sensitive to external customers or involve policy questions. Shares concerns and opportunities for improvements with the director.
  • Handles special assignments relative to certain state agencies and other partner organizations. Reports regularly to the director on issues relative to those assignments and makes recommendations for improved cooperation and interaction.
  • Presents division update by PowerPoint at quarterly meetings of the commission.
  • Assists in developing and implementing the agencys strategic plan, including the State Historic Preservation plan.
  • Recommends changes in the allocation of funds and personnel, as appropriate, to meet long-range program needs and to implement the priorities set by the Executive Director and Commission.
  • Oversees recruiting, hiring, training, and performance evaluation for the division.

 GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have a Masters degree in historic preservation, museum studies, public or business administration or a closely-related field and a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in the management of multiple historic properties, or a Bachelors degree in historic preservation, public or business administration and a minimum of 8 years of such experience. Applicants must have extensive supervisory experience (7 years or more) and preference will be given to managers with experience supervising field staff. Applicants must have experience making public presentations and demonstrate an ability to work with people at all levels of professional expertise in the agencys programs (including architects, archeologists, historians, interpretive specialists, curators, grounds keepers, etc.). Knowledge of cultural resource management principles in architecture, history, landscape architecture and museum management is required. Experience with public agency administrative practices including Human Resources, procurement, and risk management is preferred.

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How to apply
REMARKS (Application procedures, Special requirements): Application must be submitted through the Work In Texas website at www.workintexas.com. You must have a Work In Texas profile in order to login and complete the application. Only applicants interviewed will be notified of their selection or non-selection. Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed state application.
Egina Siddall
Phone: 512.305.6729
Fax: 512.463.5753

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