This position is a key part of the agencys Texas Main Street Program, a preservation-based downtown revitalization effort with a nearly 40-year track record of assisting Texas communities. The TMSP supports selected communities across the state with revitalizing their historic downtowns through historic preservation and developing a positive economic climate locally. The program provides services to spur preservation-based projects so that local, small-scale, and high-quality business and real estate development becomes more achievable in historic Texas downtowns. The program seeks to revitalize historic downtowns of Texas through advanced place making techniques. The team actively supports communities in their effort to renew small town cores as walkable, economically viable places with an improved quality of life. The place-driven and market-informed approach combines the latest thinking in urban planning and design, incremental development, and economic analysis to inspire, teach, activate, and support local governments, developers and business owners in the creation of meaningful and sustainable environments.
The Special Projects Coordinator will initially provide daily project management for the DowntownTX.org which is an online building inventory for Texas downtowns featuring historic property listings in 93 communities. The software was conceptualized and developed by the Texas Historical Commission to increase and influence the market exposure of available historic properties in downtowns across Texas. The purpose is to attract community-minded entrepreneurs and investors who value historic architecture and appreciate the special qualities of each place. DowntownTX.org serves as a matchmaking platform for buildings, making it easier for these people to find, invest in and enhance historic buildings and places. Besides featuring investment opportunities in the context of the community, the site also highlights incentives, provides a direct connection to the correct local contacts and clarifies the local development process. As a complete inventory with historic building information across more than 18,000 parcels; history lovers and old building enthusiasts are welcome just to browse as well.
Under the direction of the State Coordinator, the Special Projects Coordinator will provide appropriate project management to the DowntownTX tools and website and facilitate community outreach and training for the site. Project management and coordination will include oversight of the third-party web developers hosting and improving the site as well as management of the grant(s) providing some of the project funding. Specific, technical knowledge of web development is not necessary for this position. The Special Projects Coordinator will help the agency coordinate branding, training, licensing, and expansion of the tools.
The Special Projects Coordinator will assist the Main Street team with managing other projects, events, and initiatives as the need arises. This may include tours of the new participating communities by the First Lady of Texas, regular statewide training sessions, and the upcoming national Main Street Now Conference. In the future this position may implement and help coordinate a new affiliate level Main Street program for Texas.
This position works with other members of the Main Street team, including architecture and economic development professionals as well as design, organization, and small business marketing specialists from the program.
Work involves coordinating the planning and initiation of projects at various levels of completion; monitoring the progress and
schedule of projects; and communicating with project stakeholders, management, and other relevant parties. May assign duties and responsibilities and coordinate the work of project staff.
The Project Manager job classification series is intended for employees that are responsible for the successful initiation, daily oversight, and delivery of projects. Project managers are typically responsible for leading the project lifecycle from project initiation through completion. The Special Projects Coordinator works under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
1. Travel to Main Street cities to train managers individually on the DowntownTX tool and how to upload and maintain their information.
2. Develop and update training materials provided to participating communities.
3. Assist with and oversee the data entry and quality control for cities using the software.
4. Manage and scope contracts for additional technology or graphic improvements with the software developers.
5. Continue development of DowntownTX capabilities and user features necessary to integrate Main Street reporting into the system, including as appropriate and feasible coordination with partners interested in licensing the software tools.