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Courthouse Project Reviewer (Program Specialist III/Architect I or II)

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Posted: 08/23/2019

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 15 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.

Courthouse Project Reviewer (Program Specialist III/Architect I or II)
Professional Opportunity
Austin, TX
Open Until
Until Filled


Provide technical architectural assistance and architectural preservation consultation related to historic courthouses.  Advise local governments on best preservation practices, construction process and maintenance planning.  Performs architectural review work in an office and field setting.  Work under limited supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. 






1.       Serve as a project reviewer for the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program (THCPP). Reviews and administers grants for architectural projects under the state-funded program for conformance to the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and the program rules.


2.       Review proposals for changes to historic courthouses for compliance with the Secretary of the Interiors Standards under the state laws protecting courthouses, the Antiquities Code of Texas and preservation easements.  Communicates conditions and recommendations for approval.


3.       Meet with architects, contractors, owners, government officials, and others as necessary to assess building conditions and understand their programmatic requirements, applicable building codes and other factors that may impact the buildings care.


4.       Coordinate with other Texas Historical Commission (THC) staff, divisions and programs on courthouse maintenance and stewardship.


5.       Prepare guidance documents, reports and recommendations for counties on the repair and maintenance of their courthouse(s).


6.       Develop workshops and conducts training sessions to educate county facilities managers and county officials on best practices for courthouse preservation and facility management.


7.       May offer technical assistance and guidance to counties on cyclical maintenance planning and methodologies for repairing or rehabilitating their historic courthouse(s).


8.       May maintain files and database for the program or other duties as assigned.


9.       Adhere to established work schedule with regular attendance.


10.   Follow all THC safety guidelines/procedures and ethics requirements.






11.   Perform other duties as assigned.




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


Program Specialist III:



How to apply
This position is housed in a state building next to the agency’s headquarters near the State Capitol in Austin and may have exposure to dust and environmental allergens consistent with normal business activities and human contact. Mostly sedentary in nature but may involve walking; standing; pulling and pushing; kneeling, stooping and bending; performing tasks requiring fine motor skills and coordination; and safely lifting and carrying items weighing up to 30 pounds. Applicants must be willing to travel and overnight travel is often required. This position attends and sometimes presents at conferences, meetings and workshops, requiring evening and weekend work hours. Travel typically requires driving, although some air travel is also expected.
Maria Rosas
Phone: 5123056729
P.O. Box 12276
Austin, TX 78701

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