Preservation Texas is Hiring: Central Texas Program Officer

Preservation Texas is hiring a Central Texas Program Officer (CTPO). The CTPO will coordinate and deliver Preservation Texas’s historic preservation programs and initiatives within a 28-county region. The position will also be responsible for managing statewide Communications and Membership for Preservation Texas. This position is made possible in part by the generous support of The Burdine Johnson Foundation.

Preservation Texas, founded in 1985, is the only full-service statewide historic preservation nonprofit organization in Texas. In addition to its annual Most Endangered Places list and biennial Honor Awards, PT is developing its 2,400-acre Bassett Farms Conservancy into a statewide preservation and conservation training center; has launched a Revolving Fund; and has secured $750,000 from the National Park Service for a new Rural African-American Heritage Grants Program.

Exterior restoration of the 1875 Bassett House at Bassett Farms Conservancy began in October 2021.

Job Description:

The CTPO is a full-time, salaried position reporting to the Executive Director, based in historic San Marcos (30 miles south of Austin), which provides convenient access to the Central Texas region. Responsibilities are divided, with approximately 80% of time focused on Central Texas programs and 20% on statewide communications and membership.

This new position will focus on developing a strong grassroots historic preservation network and delivering PT’s programs throughout the 28-county Central Texas region which includes diverse urban and rural historic places, cultural landscapes, and constituencies. These counties are: Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Brazos, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Comal, Coryell, Falls, Gillespie, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall, Kerr, Lampasas, Lee, Limestone, Llano, McCulloch, McLennan, Mason, Milam, Robertson, San Saba, Travis, and Williamson.

Preservation Texas is moving toward a regional program delivery model. The CTPO will be the first regional position to be filled, and as such it will evolve while serving as a model for developing other regional positions throughout the state. Additionally, the CTPO will have the responsibility of managing statewide Communications and Membership programs, including social media, website, monthly news e-mails, and the membership database. It is expected that the CTPO will also recruit and oversee volunteers and interns as needed to support the position’s work.

Responsibilities of the Central Texas Program Officer:

As CTPO, regional responsibilities include (80%):

  • Serving as the first point of contact for historic preservation inquiries related to the Central Texas region;
  • Developing relationships with regional stakeholder groups and communities including city and county historical commissions, nonprofit organizations, universities, property owners, advocates, and professionals in the field;
  • Organizing and delivering solo and collaborative preservation education workshops, tours, and speaking engagements for PT’s members in the Central Texas region;
  • Developing and monitoring a conservation easement and covenant program for Central Texas;
  • Keeping informed about regional historic preservation trends, challenges, and opportunities;
  • Contributing images, ideas, and stories from Central Texas for PT’s statewide social media and publications;
  • Encouraging support for PT by identifying potential individual, corporate, and foundation contributors;
  • Recruiting new membership support in the Central Texas region; and
  • Recruiting and managing regional volunteers and interns in support of regional goals.

As statewide Communications Manger, responsibilities include (20%):

  • Monthly management of PT’s membership solicitations, acknowledgments, and database;
  • Keeping Preservation Texas social media accounts up-to-date (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter);
  • Keeping Preservation Texas websites up-to-date; and
  • Writing monthly e-Reporter e-mails, press releases, and related communications pieces as needed.

The CTPO will also, as needed, assist with other Preservation Texas programs and initiatives, including special events in other regions, at Preservation Texas’s Bassett Farms Conservancy near Waco, as well as attending quarterly board meetings.

Job Qualifications:

This is not a bureaucratic position. The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate practical, real-world experience in historic preservation.  This includes working as part of local, collaborative efforts to save historic resources; developing grassroots networks; assessing and understanding the challenges and opportunities represented by historic places; and a working understanding of the legal, financial, and professional tools and resources available to save historic places and cultural landscapes.

Periodic travel will be required to places not easily found on Google Maps.  Applicants need to be able (and excited) to conduct site visits to inconveniently located unrestored buildings in extreme heat and blustering cold, depending on the season.

The successful applicant must be able to communicate effectively with diverse constituencies across the socio-economic and political spectrum. Formal preservation training is not required, however, applicants will need to provide evidence of excellent writing skills and a portfolio of sites or projects that they have worked to save.  Candidates with knowledge of and experience with historic resources in Texas will be given preference.


$50,000 to $60,000 annually commensurate with experience. Health benefits and paid time off per Preservation Texas’s Personnel Policy.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and portfolio of preservation projects with which you have been engaged before 5:00 pm on Thursday, June 30, 2022 to 

No phone calls please, and all materials need to be e-mailed.