Position Title: Project Reviewer, Courthouse Preservation Program
Classification Title: Environmental Protection Specialist III/IV or Architect I/II, dependent upon skills and experience
Salary: $3,764.00-$4,850.00, Environmental Protection Specialist III/IV or $4,301.00-$6,065.00, Architect I/II
JOB OBJECTIVE: Preserve and protect county courthouses across Texas as part of the Division of Architecture’s renowned Courthouse Preservation Program. As part of a six-member team, provide technical assistance and project reviews in a range of settings to varied audiences by way of written and verbal communication. Partner with counties and consultants to advise on best preservation practices, construction processes, and maintenance planning.
Serve as a project reviewer for the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program (THCPP). Administer grant-funded architectural construction and planning projects for compliance with the program statute, rules and grant manual. Perform architectural review work in an office and field setting.
Review proposals for changes to historic courthouses for compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standardsfor the Treatment of Historic Properties under the state laws protecting courthouses, the Antiquities Code of Texas, Recorded Texas Historic Landmark (RTHL) designation, and preservation easements.
Review and provide comment on preservation master plans, historic structures reports, paint and finish analyses, structural assessments, project completion reports and grant applications. Use these documents to inform courthouse preservation project review with a primary focus on Restoration Treatment under the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards.
Review and provide comment on attachments to grant contracts and preservation easements, construction budgets, change orders, grant fund reimbursement requests, project submittals, mockups and progress meeting minutes.
Perform research using historic photographs and documents, including onsite investigations, as part of the courthouse preservation planning process. Research historic construction and finish materials.
Meet with property owners, architects/consultants, government officials, and contractors on site as necessary to assess building conditions and understand the programmatic requirements, applicable building codes and other factors that may impact the building’s preservation.
Participate in monthly on-site progress meetings for grant-funded construction projects.
Monitor and provide condition assessments of courthouses protected by preservation easements.
Coordinate with other Texas Historical Commission (THC) staff, divisions and programs to preserve historic courthouses.
Prepare reports and recommendations for courthouse preservation, repair and maintenance.
Develop and conduct training sessions to educate county facilities managers and county officials on best practices for courthouse preservation and facility management.
Offer technical assistance and guidance on cyclical courthouse maintenance and repair.
Work with program specialist to process grant paperwork for the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program (THCPP), and maintain site visit reports, worklog, digital project files, and program databases.
Present programmatic information to agency staff, architects/consultants, property owners, governmental agencies, community organizations and the general public.
Work collaboratively with THC’s History Programs Division, Archeology Division, and the Community Heritage Development Division.
Work under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
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 with a professional architecture degree (Bachelor or Master of Architecture), from an NAAB-accredited college or university (or a comparable, internationally-accredited professional architecture degree) with coursework in historic preservation;
Minimum two years’ full-time professional experience in historic preservation, including review or creation of detailed investigations of historic structures, historic architectural research, and production or review of construction drawings and specifications for preservation projects;
Experience with architectural procedures, including in-depth application of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties;
Demonstrated public speaking and writing skills;
Possession of a valid driver’s license, acceptable driving record and ability to drive a state vehicle; and
Availability to travel up to the required 20% of the work period.
Five or more years’ full-time professional experience in historic preservation, including in-depth administration of historic restoration planning and construction projects;
Graduate degree in architecture, historic preservation, American architectural history, preservation planning or a closely related field;
Experience administering commercial-scale construction projects;
Experience applying best practices in historic facility maintenance;
Experience applying local, state, and federal laws related to the protection of historic structures;
Experience working in partnership with elected and appointed officials;
Experience in regulatory review related to easement monitoring and management;
Experience in records management for large programs or organizations.
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.