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 Executive Directors and six Division Directors. The subject position is the Director of Architecture 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.
Serve as the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer for architecture directing Section 106 and Section 110 reviews for the Division of Architecture.
Oversee and direct the following division programs: Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit program, Texas Historic Preservation Tax Credit program, Texas Preservation Trust Fund Grant Program architectural projects, State Antiquities Landmark permitting and reviews for historic buildings, Recorded Texas Historic Landmark reviews, preservation covenant and easement program for historic buildings and preservation of the agency’s historic buildings at the Austin campus.
Oversee efforts of the director for historic county courthouse reviews, Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program and Texas Courthouse Stewardship program.
Lead and enhance a multidisciplinary staff of architects, program specialists and facilities staff, inspiring them to be creative and innovative in how they approach their jobs.
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 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 division’s activities.
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/her 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.
Serve as the agency liaison to the Texas Society of Architects.
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.
Assist in developing and implementing the agency’s strategic plan, including the State Historic Preservation plan.
Work across division lines, helping to support the work of other divisions whenever possible.
Provide program consultative and technical assistance to agency staff, governmental agencies, community organizations and the general public.
Work with and speak to community and professional groups to coordinate, improve and stimulate interest in the agency and THC’s architectural programs.
Oversee the development, review and revision of legislation pertaining to the Architecture Division.
Oversee special investigations, research studies and internal audits.
Plan, implement, coordinate, monitor and evaluate division’s policies and procedures.
Identify areas of needed change within the division and make recommendations to improve operations and IT systems.
Represent the agency and Architecture Division at meetings, hearings, trials, conferences, and seminars or on boards, panels and committees.
Develop agendas and supporting materials for the Commission’s Architecture Committee and attend and provide guidance at all meetings of that committee and of the Commission.
Attend meetings of the Antiquities Advisory Board and provide advice and guidance on matters related to the business of the Division of Architecture.
Adhere to established work schedule with regular attendance.
Follow all THC safety guidelines/procedures and ethics requirements.
Perform other duties as assigned.
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QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS (The application must specifically state how each of the following qualifications are met):
Professional 5-year Bachelor of Architecture degree or professional Master of Architecture degree from a National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) accredited architecture program;
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 agency’s programs (including architects, archeologists, historians, interpretive specialists, curators, etc.);
Experience conducting employee coaching and counseling, and managing operational and employee performance;
Valid driver’s license, acceptable driving record and ability to drive a state vehicle; and
Required to travel up to 20% of the work period.
Post-professional graduate degree or certificate in architecture, architectural history, historic preservation or a closely related field.
Minimum ten years work experience in providing or reviewing technical information and/or preparing plans, specification and/or reports for historic preservation projects.
Significant supervisory experience;
Experience with public agency administrative best practices including Human Resources, procurement and project management.
Internal Number: 19-6
About Texas Historical Commission
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 staff consults with citizens and organizations to preserve Texas history through its architectural, archeological, and cultural landmarks. The agency is recognized nationally for its preservation programs.The commission is composed of nine 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.