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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.
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.
19. Perform other duties as assigned.