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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) (Tax Credit Special
15-22 (a) or (b)
Type
Professional Opportunity
Location
Austin, TX
U.S
Details
$4000-5000 or 4500-6500 monthly
 

 GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTION

Performs complex architectural assistance work and architectural preservation work related to the state and federal tax credit programs.  Work involves performing architectural review work (technical and consultative assistance) 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 program specialist for Texas historic investment tax credit program.
  • Reviews architectural projects under the Texas Historic Preservation Tax Credit program for conformance to the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation and the program rules.  States conditions for approval and recommendations for approval or denial of project.
  • Reviews architectural projects under the Federal Investment Tax Credit program for certified rehabilitations in conformance to the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation and the program rules.  States conditions for approval and recommendations for approval or denial of project.
  • Advises regarding compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act and Texas Accessibility Standards as implemented for the rehabilitation of historic buildings.
  • Meets with architects, owners, government officials, and others as necessary to assess building conditions and understand their programmatic requirements, applicable building codes and other factors that influence the design.
  • Negotiate to achieve satisfactory resolution to disputes over the project scope and/or compliance with program rules.
  • Provides program consultative and technical assistance to agency staff, governmental agencies, community organizations and the general public.
  • Coordinates with other Texas Historical Commission, staff, divisions and programs on the tax incentives programs to support common goals for economic development.
  • May conduct conferences and/or workshops for communities, professional groups or developers on the tax credit programs.
  • May maintain files for the program, design and update a database containing program information.

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) Experience with other state tax credit programs or the federal tax credit program; or (2) at least three years of graduate study in architectural preservation, construction, preservation planning, or closely related fields; or (3) 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) Experience with other state tax credit programs or the federal tax credit program; or (2) at least one year of graduate study in architectural preservation, American architectural history, preservation planning, or closely related fields; or (3) 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) Experience with other state tax credit programs or the federal tax credit program; or (2) at least one year of graduate study in architectural preservation, American architectural history, preservation planning, or closely related fields; or (3) at least three years of full-time professional experience on historic preservation projects.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the federal and state certified rehabilitation investment tax credit programs.
  • Knowledge of architectural principles, techniques and procedures.
  • Knowledge of historic building materials and assembly methods.
  • Knowledge of building codes and constraints as they apply to historic buildings.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office 2010.
  • Skill in the use of standard tools of the architectural profession
  • Skill in interpreting architectural plans and specifications.
  • Skill in using a database.
  • 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.

OPen until
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, you must 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
Sharon Fleming
Phone: 512-463-6268
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