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Posted: 05/13/2015

Texas Historical Commission
Certified Local Government

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) is the state agency for historic preservation. We save the real places that tell the real stories of Texas. Our staff consults with citizens and organizations to preserve Texas' architectural, archeological, and cultural landmarks. The agency is recognized nationally for its preservation programs. The commission is composed of 12 citizen members appointed by the governor to staggered six-year terms. 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. The THC serves as the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) as required by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA), as amended. The NHPA directs all states to administer federal preservation laws and policies. These policies and programs serve as the foundation for all SHPOs and for a unified national historic preservation effort.

Program Specialist III (Local Government Preservation Specialist)
Professional Opportunity
Austin, TX
$4,250.00 - $4,917.00


The Local Government Preservation Specialist is responsible for assisting with the 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. Under the leadership of the CLG Coordinator, the Local Government Preservation Specialist is responsible for assisting with 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 Specialist gives public presentations, lectures and workshops and develops print and online educational materials. Work under the direction of the Division Director and CLG Coordinator with general supervision and moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Position works collaboratively with CLG cities and counties across the state. Frequent travel required, averaging two to three nights per month with some ability to control the scheduling of required travel. 


Confer with local government officials and designated CLG representatives on program-related matters, identify training needs, and formally 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.

Plan, 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.

Assist in administering 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, web-based educational materials, and application documents.

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.

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


Experience and Education

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in Historic Preservation, Architecture, Urban or Community Planning, Law or related field. Graduate degree in one or more of these fields preferred. Minimum of two years job-related experience working with local governments or historic preservation commissions is preferred. Successful work in a local Historic Preservation Office 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. The ideal candidate will meet the Secretary of the Interior's qualification requirements for History, Architectural History, Architecture, or Historic Architect.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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 writing.

The candidate must establish and maintain effective working relationships with agency personnel, officials of state and local government, and the general public.

Candidates must demonstrate the ability to prioritize and attend to multiple projects and responsibilities simultaneously with a strong attention to detail and high standard of quality.

An ideal candidate will have experience designing and implementing training programs and presentations.

Periodic travel is required to conduct and participate in public meetings, often in evening hours.

Candidate must exhibit enthusiasm and passion for historic preservation principles to encourage a high standard of excellence in CLG communities. 

Candidate must be proficient using computers and applicable software, collecting and analyzing data and preparing reports.

Registration, Certification, or Licensure

Must have or obtain a valid Drivers License and Defensive Driving Course to be able to operate state vehicles.


Non-smoking office environment, vehicle and air travel, public speaking including occasional evenings.  Complies with all agency policies and procedures.

- See more at: http://www.thc.state.tx.us/program-specialist-iii-local-government-preservation-specialist#sthash.toIlWxSj.dpuf
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How to apply
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. Disability access for testing and interview accommodations can be provided upon reasonable notice by contacting Human Resources at 512-463-5849. Section 651.005 of the Government Code requires males, ages 18 through 25, to provide proof of their Selective Service registration or of their exemption from the requirement as a condition of state employment. As part of the employment process, the Texas Historical Commission (THC) will conduct a driving and criminal background check. Unsatisfactory information relevant to the position may disqualify the applicant from employment. Documents will need to be provided within three (3) days from date of hire that establish identity and employment eligibility. THC participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security, with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. For New Hires/Rehires: Effective June 1, 2014, there is a 60-day waiting period for health coverage and a 90-day waiting period for ERS retirement contribution. - See more at: http://www.thc.state.tx.us/program-specialist-iii-local-government-preservation-specialist#sthash.toIlWxSj.dpuf

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