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Posted: 05/19/2016

Employer
Texas Historical Commission
History Programs Division

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) is the state agency for historic preservation. We save the real places that tell the real stories of Texas. THC employees consult with citizens and organizations to preserve Texas’ architectural, archeological, and cultural landmarks. The agency is recognized nationally for its preservation programs. Agency employees work in various fields, including archeology, architecture, history, economic development, heritage tourism, public administration, and urban planning. We employ dedicated and professional people who are committed to the utilization of the latest best practices and technology in delivering statewide services to our customers.


Position
Historian II or III
16-20
Type
Professional Opportunity
Location
Austin, TX
Uni
Details
$3,082.00 - $4,500.00
 

Performs complex (journey-level) or advanced (senior-level) historical work. Work involves complex preservation work related to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), and state and federal tax credit programs.  This position works under the direction of the History Programs Division Director and the NRHP Program Coordinator.  Work under general or limited supervision with moderate or considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

 

 

  1. Assist in researching, coordinating, and preparing nominations for the National Register of Historic Places, including nominations as submitted by the public or agency-sponsored.
  2. Occasional travel for site visits, public information and State Board of Review meetings.
  3. Determine National Register-eligibility for non-archeological properties statewide.
  4. Determine if properties/projects meet eligibility requirements for state or federal preservation tax credit programs; states conditions for approval and recommendations for approval or denial of projects.
  5. Determine eligibility for National Register of Historic Places in accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
  6. Assist in reviews for state landmark designations; assists with performing historic resource surveys.
  7. Assist with departmental record keeping, notification procedures and information requests; filing and coordinating National Register nomination forms, survey and planning materials, digital photographs, and maps.
  8. Provide program consultative and technical assistance to agency staff, governmental agencies, community organizations and the general public.
  9. Coordinate with other Texas Historical Commission, staff, divisions and programs on the tax incentives programs to support common goals for economic development.
  10. May assist in developing and updating agency website and social media content.
  11. Extensive writing, researching, editing, public contact and speaking.
  12. May participate in interagency committees or work groups.
  13. May direct the work of interns on special projects.
  14. Adhere to established work schedule with regular attendance.
  15. Follow all THC safety guidelines/procedures and ethics requirements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NON-ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

 

Perform other duties as assigned.

 

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

Historian II

 

  • Graduation from a four-year college or university with a bachelors degree in history, public history, architectural history, historic preservation or a closely related field.
  • Minimum one year of graduate study in history, public history, architectural history, historic preservation, preservation planning, or closely related fields or minimum one year of full-time professional experience in related field. 
  • Work experience with Microsoft Office applications and database management.
  • Valid drivers license, acceptable driving record and ability to drive a state vehicle; and
  • Required to travel up to 20% of the work period.

 

 

 

 

 

PREFER:

  • Meet National Park Service Professional Qualifications Standards (36 CFR Part 61)

 

Historian III

  • Masters degree in history, architectural history, historic preservation or a closely related field.
  • Minimum three years of work experience in historic preservation work.
  • Work experience in writing, proofreading, editing and completion of National Register nominations and historic context reports.
  • Work experience conducting historic resources surveys.
  • Direct experience conducting archival and primary-source research, evaluating the historic significance of properties and applying National Register criteria to properties.
  • Work experience with Microsoft Office applications and database management.
  • Valid drivers license, acceptable driving record and ability to drive a state vehicle; and
  • Required to travel up to 20% of the work period.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PREFER:

  • Meet National Park Service Professional Qualifications Standards (36 CFR Part 61).

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

 

  • Knowledge of the National Register of Historic Places program guidelines and requirements;
  • Knowledge of the federal and state certified rehabilitation investment tax credit programs;
  • Knowledge of Texas history and geography; 
  • Knowledge of architectural styles and historic research methods;
  • Effective verbal and written communication, human relations and organizational skills;
  • Effective critical thinking skills;
  • Skill in using a database, Microsoft Access;
  • Skill in using GIS, Google Earth or similar mapping software;
  • 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 analyze problems, evaluate alternatives, and recommend effective solutions;
  • Ability to process information in a logical manner and to assess validity;
  • Ability to develop PowerPoint presentations and present NRHP nominations at State Board of Review Meetings;
  • 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPen until
06/03/2016

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
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