Project Design Assistant; Texas Historical Commission

Position Title: Project Design Assistant – (Regional Reviewer/Easement Coordinator)
Job Posting Number: 16-08
Salary: $3,650 – $4,600 (Monthly)
Salary Group/Class #: B17 / 2255
Opening Date: 10/13/15
Closing Date: Until Filled
Work Location Address: Elrose Building, 2nd Floor, 108 W 16th St, Austin Texas 78701
Duration: Regular, Full-time
Hours/Week: 40
Valid Driver’s License: Yes
Travel Required: Yes – 20%


Performs complex architectural assistance work and advanced preservation work related to regional project review in the Division of Architecture. Work involves performing architectural review work (technical and consultative assistance) in an office and field setting. Works under moderate supervision with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Complies with all agency policies and procedures.


  • Provides technical assistance on preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration of historic properties, and performs on-site consultation with the public, architectural consultants, and government officials regarding appropriate preservation techniques.
  • Reviews construction projects in the areas of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Antiquities Code of Texas, Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks, and State Antiquities Landmarks.
  • Advises regarding compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Texas Accessibility Standards as implemented in historic buildings.
  • Participates in conferences and workshops, and speaks to communities and professional groups about the Texas Historical
  • Commission’s programs to encourage participation.
  • Develops agreement documents.
  • Performs related work as assigned.


Experience and Education:

Required: Graduation from a four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in architecture, architectural history, historic preservation or a closely related field.

Preferred: (1) at least one year of graduate study in architectural preservation, American architectural history, preservation planning, or closely related fields; or (2) at least one year of full-time professional experience on historic preservation projects.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of architectural principles, techniques and procedures.
  • Knowledge of facility maintenance practices.
  • Knowledge of historic building materials and assembly methods.
  • Knowledge or experience related to sustainable design or LEED.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office 2010.
  • Skill in interpreting architectural plans and specifications.
  • Ability to problem solve and negotiate under stress.
  • Ability to explain complex technical issues in a clear and concise manner through written and verbal communication.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to travel.

Registration, Certification or Licensure:

Must have or obtain a valid Driver’s License and Defensive Driving Course to be able to operate state vehicles.


Non-smoking environment in state buildings and vehicles.

How to Apply

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Only applicants interviewed will be notified of their selection or non-selection.  Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed state application.

Veterans, Reservist or Guardsmen with a MOS or additional duties that fall in the fields of 13 Engineer, Construction, Facilities and Equipment or other related fields pertaining to the minimum experience requirements may meet the minimum qualifications for this position and are highly encouraged to apply.   Please call Human Resources at (512) 305-6729 with questions or for additional information.

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Disability access for testing and interview accommodations can be provided upon reasonable notice by contacting Human Resources at 512-463-5849.

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, the Texas Historical Commission (THC) will conduct a driving and criminal background check.  Unsatisfactory information relevant to the position may disqualify the applicant from employment.  Documents will need to be provided within three (3) days from date of hire that establish identity and employment eligibility. 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.

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