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Posted: 09/02/2015

Employer
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.


Position
Program Specialist III (a) / Architect I or II (b) (Courthouse Program
15-21 (a) or (b)
Type
Professional Opportunity
Location
Austin, TX
U.S
Details
$4000-5000 or 4500-6500 monthly
 

 GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTION

Provides technical architectural assistance and architectural preservation consultation related to historic courthouses.  Advises and trains local governments on best preservation practices, construction process and maintenance planning.  Performs architectural review work in an office and field setting.  Works under limited supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.  Complies with all agency policies and procedures.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED

  • Serves as a project reviewer for the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation (THCP) program and reviews architectural projects under the Texas program for conformance to the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and the program rules.
  • Reviews proposals for changes to historic courthouses for compliance with the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation, Restoration and Preservation under the state laws protecting courthouses, the Antiquities Code of Texas and preservation easements.  Communicates conditions and recommendations for approval.
  • Meets with architects, contractors, owners, government officials, and others as necessary to assess building conditions and understand their programmatic requirements, applicable building codes and other factors that may impact the buildings care.
  • Coordinates with other Texas Historical Commission (THC) staff, divisions and programs on the courthouse maintenance and stewardship for projects completed with THCP grant funds.
  • Prepares guidance documents, reports and recommendations for counties on the repair and maintenance of their courthouse(s).
  • Develops workshops and conducts training sessions to educate county facilities managers and county officials on best practices for courthouse preservation and facility management.
  • May offer technical assistance and guidance to counties on cyclical maintenance planning and methodologies for repairing or rehabilitating their historic courthouse(s).
  • May maintain files and database for the program or other duties as assigned.

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS GUIDELINES

Experience and Education

Program Specialist III:

Required:  Graduation from a four-year college or university with a bachelors degree in architecture, historic preservation, building science or a closely related field and (1) at least one year of graduate study in architectural preservation, preservation planning, or closely related fields; or (2) at least one year of full-time professional experience on historic preservation projects.

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

Architect I:

Required: Must have a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board and be registered as an architect by the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and/or other state architectural licensing board.

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.

Architect II:

Required: Must have a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board and be registered as an architect by the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and/or other state architectural licensing board.  A minimum of three years experience in the field of architecture.

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 three years 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

Architect I or II must be licensed by the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners, NCARB and/or other state architectural licensing board.

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

WORKING CONDITIONS

Non-smoking environment in state buildings and vehicles.

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Until Filled

How to apply
Application must be submitted through the Work In Texas website. You must have a Work In Texas profile in order to login and complete the application. If you have 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. If you have questions regarding the position, please contact Susan Gammage at 512-463-5860. 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
Susan Gammage
Phone: 512-463-5860
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