GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTION:
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.
EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED:
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.
GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS GUIDELINES
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.
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