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Project Design Assistant (Regional Reviewer/Easement Coordinator)

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Posted: 09/02/2015

Texas Historical Commission
Division of Architecture

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 mission is to protect and preserve the state’s historic and prehistoric resources for the use, education, enjoyment, and economic benefit of present and future generations. 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 11 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.

Project Design Assistant (Regional Reviewer/Easement Coordinator)
Professional Opportunity
Austin, TX


Performs complex architectural assistance work and advanced preservation work related to preservation covenants and easements and regional project review in the Division of Architecture. Work involves performing architectural review work (technical and consultative assistance) in an office and field setting. Works under moderate supervision with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.  Complies with all agency policies and procedures.


  • Develops new preservation covenant and easement initiatives. Researches best practices from other state and non-profit preservation easement programs. Develops protocols and oversees covenant and easement monitoring. Develops guidance documents for internal and external use. Works with Section 106 reviewers on covenants for the disposition of federal property, as applicable.  Works with grant administrative staff on easement language review.
  • Provides technical assistance on preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration of historic properties, and performs on-site consultation with the public, architectural consultants, and government officials regarding appropriate preservation techniques.
  • Reviews construction projects in the areas of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Antiquities Code of Texas, Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks, and State Antiquities Landmarks.
  • Advises regarding compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Texas Accessibility Standards as implemented in historic buildings.
  • Participates in conferences and workshops, and speaks to communities and professional groups about the Texas Historical Commissions programs to encourage participation.
  • Develops agreement documents.
  • Performs related work as assigned.


Experience and Education:

Required:  Graduation from a four-year college or university with a bachelors degree in architecture, architectural history, historic preservation or a closely related field.

Preferred:  (1) at least one year of graduate study in architectural preservation, American architectural history, preservation planning, or closely related fields; or (2) at least one year of full-time professional experience on historic preservation projects. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • 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.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office 2010.
  • 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.
  • Ability to travel.

Registration, Certification or Licensure:

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

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How to apply
Application must be submitted through the WorkInTexas website. You must have a WorkInTexas profile in order to login and complete the application. If you have questions about the position, please contact Elizabeth Brummett at 512-463-6167; questions regarding the application process, please contact your local Work in Texas office. 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/Retires: There is a 60-day waiting period for health coverage. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER
Elizabeth Brummett
Phone: 512-463-6167

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