Project Reviewer, Courthouse Preservation Program


Firm Name: 
Texas Historical Commission
URL: 
https://www.thc.texas.gov/

 

Texas Historical Commission 
Position Title: Project Reviewer, Courthouse Preservation Program 


Classification Title: Environmental Protection Specialist III/IV or Architect I/II, dependent upon skills and experience 
Job Posting Number: 21-36 
Salary: $3,764.00-$4,850.00, Environmental Protection Specialist III/IV or $4,301.00-$6,065.00, Architect I/II 
Salary Group/Class#: B-20/2653, Environment Protection Specialist III or B-22/2254, Environmental Protection Specialist IV or B-21/2260, Architect I or B-23/2264, Architect II 
FLSA: Exempt 
Opening Date: 05/19/2021 
Closing Date: Until filled 
Duration: Regular/Full-time 
Hours/Week: 40 
Work Location Address: Elrose Building, 2nd Floor, 108 West 16th Street, Austin, TX 78701 

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. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: 

  1. 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. 
  2. Review proposals for changes to historic courthouses for compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for 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. 
  3. 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. 
  4. 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. 
  5. Perform research using historic photographs and documents, including onsite investigations, as part of the courthouse preservation planning process. Research historic construction and finish materials. 
  6. 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. 
  7. Participate in monthly on-site progress meetings for grant-funded construction projects. 
  8. Monitor and provide condition assessments of courthouses protected by preservation easements. 
  9. Coordinate with other Texas Historical Commission (THC) staff, divisions and programs to preserve historic courthouses.
  10. Prepare reports and recommendations for courthouse preservation, repair and maintenance.
  11. Develop and conduct training sessions to educate county facilities managers and county officials on best practices for courthouse preservation and facility management. 
  12. Offer technical assistance and guidance on cyclical courthouse maintenance and repair. 
  13. 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. 
  14. Present programmatic information to agency staff, architects/consultants, property owners, governmental agencies, community organizations and the general public. 
  15. Work collaboratively with THC’s History Programs Division, Archeology Division, and the Community Heritage Development Division. 
  16. Work under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. 
  17. Adhere to established work schedule with regular attendance. 
  18. Follow all THC safety guidelines/procedures and ethics requirements. 

 

NON-ESSENTIAL DUTIES: 

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. 

 

PREFER: 

  • 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. 

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: 

  • Knowledge of architectural principles, techniques and procedures; 
  • Knowledge of historic and modern building materials and construction methods; 
  • Knowledge of state and federal laws related to historic preservation; 
  • Knowledge of building codes, accessible design, and sustainability; 
  • Skill in interpreting architectural construction drawings and specifications; 
  • Skill in providing excellent customer service to both internal and external customers;
  • Skill in operating a personal computer with word processing, database and spreadsheet software; 
  • Ability to gather, assemble, correlate, and analyze facts; 
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet strict deadlines while maintaining extreme attention to detail; 
  • Ability to explain complex issues in a clear and concise manner through written and verbal communication; 
  • Ability to analyze problems, evaluate alternatives, and recommend effective solutions; 
  • Ability to adapt successfully to change, while continuing to deliver quality results in a timely manner; 
  • Ability to plan, organize and work independently, within the framework of a diverse team environment with cooperative decision-making; 
  • Ability to communicate with others using sensitivity, tact, and diplomacy; 
  • Ability to work in partnership with government officials; 
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion; and 
  • Ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality. 

 

REGISTRATION, CERTIFICATION, OR LICENSURE: 

  • Must have or obtain a valid Driver’s License and Defensive Driving Course to be able to operate state vehicles. 
  • If applying as an architect, must hold an active architectural license with the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners (TBAE) or hold an active architectural license with TBAE within six months of hire. 

 

ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL CONDITIONS: Normal office work environment 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. Must be able work extended periods at a computer, and may require working extended hours and some evenings, weekends and overnight, as needed. Involves safely operating a state vehicle and driving for long distances and traveling by airplane. 

REMARKS (Application procedures, Special requirements): State of Texas application must be submitted through the CAPPS website. Only applicants interviewed will be notified of their selection or non-selection. Resumes will NOT be accepted in place of a completed application. 

The Texas Historical Commission is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, genetic information, age or disability in recruitment, selection, appointment, training, promotion, retention or any other personnel action or deny any benefits or participation in programs or activities which it sponsors. 

Section 651.005 of the Government Code requires males, ages 18 through 25, to provide proof of their Selective Service registration or of their exemption from the requirement as a condition of state employment. 

As part of the employment process, THC will conduct a driving and criminal background check. Unsatisfactory information relevant to the position may disqualify the applicant from employment. 

Disability access for testing and interview accommodations can be provided upon reasonable notice by contacting Human Resources at 512-305-6729. 

THC participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. 

Additional Military Crosswalk information can be accessed at: 

http://www.hr.sao.texas.gov/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_NaturalResources.pdf 

Veterans: Go to www.texasskillstowork.com for assistance with translating your military work experience and training courses into civilian job terms, qualifications/requirements and skill sets. 

For New Hires/Rehires: Health insurance is available the 1st of the following month after a 60-day waiting period. 

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