This position serves on the design team of the Texas Main Street Program (TMSP) and its affiliated Town Square Initiative (TSI), concentrating on the revitalization of historic downtowns across the state. Work involves developing preservation-based resources and providing technical assistance in an office and field setting primarily within Texas’ 89 designated Main Street districts. Self-starting; works under general supervision and direction of the Texas Main Street Program state coordinator and licensed Main Street/Town Square architect. Occasional travel required, averaging one night per month with some ability to control the travel schedule.
Develops preservation-based resources and provides technical assistance to local stakeholders related to the revitalization of historic downtowns in Texas
Works both independently and collaboratively with the TMSP/TSI team to compose written/graphic recommendations, reports and technical assistance materials in conformance with The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards. May include, but is not limited to, collaboration on feasibility studies, downtown plans, and mapping applications.
Undertake site visits and preservation consultations, discussing the scope and findings with local stakeholders that may include building owners, Main Street Managers, and the Main Street architect before and after any visits. May include development of technical reports resulting from the consultations.
Utilize computer and graphic resources to effectively and efficiently convey preservation concepts and/or solutions.
Utilize recommendations and reports to demonstrate the desirability and feasibility of preservation outcomes, and
as a tool for community development and preservation.
Provides administration, maintenance, and development of DowntownTX.org, a real estate and building inventory tool for historic Texas downtowns.
Receive, review, and maintain files of materials and prepare the appropriate reports.
Develop, maintain, and improve resource documents and the TMSP Online Resource Library.
Development of the technical library and images as an in-house design resource.
Assist in the preparation of public presentations and may occasionally train others.
Communicate preservation and design concepts, Texas Historical Commission procedures and Main Street methods.
Participate in manager training sessions.
Exhibit enthusiasm and passion for community development and historic preservation principles encouraging a high standard of excellence in Main Street communities.
Take initiative to coach others and share expertise.
Maintain effective and productive relationships with Main Street Managers and members of the TSMP/TSI team.
May assist and collaborate with the architect and other staff on Main Street Resource Teams for newly designated programs.
Exhibits knowledge of preservation and associated techniques, and trends for their potential ramifications on Main Street communities and stakeholders.
Adhere to established work schedule with regular attendance.
Follow all THC safety guidelines/procedures and ethics requirements.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Please visit our website for a complete job description and application instructions: https://www.thc.texas.gov/job-opportunities
QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS (The application must specifically state how each of the following qualifications are met):
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a historic preservation degree; pre-professional or professional architecture, interior design, urban design degree; or a closely related field;
Experience in Adobe Photoshop™, Illustrator™ and/or SketchUp™;
Spatial design ability;
Communication and technical writing skills; (writing samples will be required if interviewed);
Valid driver’s license, acceptable driving record and ability to drive a state vehicle; and
Required to travel up to 5% of the work period.
Specialization, degree or experience in historic preservation;
Free-hand drawing capabilities;
Graphic design expertise;
Experience in professional design work, including but not limited to architecture, interior design, and urban design; and
Experience with, or a passion for, 2D/3D design.
Internal Number: 19-35
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.