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Posted: 02/08/2016

Texas Historical Commission
History Programs Division

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) is the state agency for historic preservation. Agency leadership consists of a Governor-appointed commission, an Executive Director, two Deputy Directors and six Division Directors. The subject position is the Director for the History Programs Division with direct responsibility for the programs administered by that division and for the approximately 20 staff positions deployed in that Division. This position reports to the Executive Director.

Director, History Programs Division
Professional Opportunity
Austin, TX
$7,291.67 - $7,972.83 (Monthly)


  • Oversee the agencys Museum Services, County Historical Commission, Military History, Youth Education, Historic Texas Cemetery, State Historical Marker, and Historical Survey, Designation and Regulatory Review programs.
  • Serve as the primary liaison to the Governor-appointed Commission on all the above program areas.
  • Develop, manage and evaluate the division budget.
  • Work with the Public Information and Education division to develop innovative strategies for marketing to increase public awareness of division programs, including events, publications, and social media.
  • Integrate division programs into heritage tourism efforts for the benefit of the statewide economy.
  • Ensure that division program participants have a memorable and rewarding experience, and that they gain a greater understanding of Texas history and their own potential for contributing to the states future.
  • Work with the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission in their efforts to raise funds to support division projects and programs.
  • Work constructively with the commissioner appointed to chair the committee overseeing the divisions activities.
  • Lead and enhance a multidisciplinary staff of museum, cultural resource and history program professionals, inspiring them to be creative and innovative in how they approach their jobs. Motivate the staff continually to improve their performance.
  • Maintain a productive, team-oriented work atmosphere by staying involved in the daily functions of the division when necessary and appropriate. Communicate with and set a good personal example for the staff to develop professionally.
  • Assist division staff in their day-to-day operations. Address programmatic issues as they arise.
  • Communicate often and effectively with the Executive Director. Keep him informed about issues affecting the division and its operation.
  • Involve the Executive Director when issues are sensitive to external customers or involve policy questions. Share concerns and opportunities for improvements with the Executive Director.
  • Handle special assignments relative to certain state agencies and other partner organizations.
  • Report regularly to the Executive Director on issues relative to those assignments and make recommendations for improved cooperation and interaction.
  • Present division update by PowerPoint at quarterly meetings of the commission and at committee meetings as necessary.
  • Assist in developing and implementing the agencys strategic plan, including the State Historic Preservation plan.
  • Work across division lines, helping to support the work of other divisions whenever possible.
  • Recommend changes in the allocation of funds and personnel, as appropriate, to meet long-range program needs and to implement the priorities set by the Executive Director and Commission.
  • Oversee recruiting, hiring, training and performance evaluation for the division.
  • Adhere to established work schedule with regular attendance.
  • Follow all THC safety guidelines/procedures and ethics requirements.
























Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS (The application must specifically state how each of the following qualifications are met):


  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university in history, historic preservation, museum studies or a closely-related field and a minimum of eight years professional work experience in one or more such fields;
  • Work experience in supervising or leading a team to successfully achieve program results, including experience establishing organizational and employee goals and expectations;
  • Experience making public presentations and demonstrate an ability to work with people at all levels of professional expertise in the agencys programs (including architects, archeologists, historians, interpretive specialists, curators, etc.);
  • Experience conducting employee coaching and counseling, and managing operational and employee performance;
  • Valid drivers license, acceptable driving record and ability to drive a state vehicle; and
  • Required to travel up to 20% of the work period.


  • Masters degree in history, historic preservation, museum studies or a closely-related field and a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in one or more of those fields;
  • Significant supervisory experience;
  • Experience with public agency administrative best practices including Human Resources, procurement and project management.


  • Effective verbal and written communication, human relations and organizational skills;
  • Effective critical thinking skills;
  • Strategic planning skills;
  • Skill in providing customer service excellence to both internal and external customers;
  • Skill in operating a personal computer with word processing, database and spreadsheet software;
  • Ability to develop reports presented to members of the legislature and the Office of the Governor, and will be expected to appear personally before legislative committees to provide testimony;
  • Ability to respond to public inquiries about the agencys activities and may represent the agency on program-related boards or committees;
  • Ability to appear on behalf of the Executive Director in a variety of situations including public ceremonies and in media interviews;
  • Ability to develop, implement and evaluate policies and procedures;
  • Ability to analyze problems, evaluate alternatives and recommend effective solutions;
  • Ability to process information in a logical manner and to assess validity;
  • Ability to work in a setting requiring self-motivation/cooperative decision-making and to work effectively with diverse groups of people;
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet strict deadlines while maintaining extreme attention to detail;
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to adapt successfully and quickly to change and deliver quality results in a timely manner;
  • Ability to plan, organize and work independently, as well as within a team environment;
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion; and
  • Ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality.


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

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Until Filled

How to apply
State of Texas 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. 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 application.
Egina Siddall
Phone: 5123056729
P O Box 12276
Austin, TX 78711

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