Preservation Texas is Hiring: Endangered Properties Manager/Northeast Texas Program Officer

Preservation Texas is hiring for a new position: an Endangered Properties Manager who will also serve as the Northeast Texas Program Officer (NTPO). The NTPO will coordinate and deliver Preservation Texas’s historic preservation programs and initiatives within a 41-county region in Northeast Texas. The position will also be responsible for managing PT’s statewide Endangered Properties programs, including the Texas Rural African-American Grants Program, the Northeast Texas Revolving Fund, and a proposed Easement Program.

This position is made possible in part by the generous support of the Dealey Family Foundation and The Summerlee Foundation.

Preservation Texas, founded in 1985 and headquartered in San Marcos, 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.

Job Description

The Endangered Properties Manager is a full-time, salaried employee based in Northeast Texas.  The employee will report directly to the Executive Director, and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the organization’s Endangered Properties Program as described below. In addition, this staff member will serve as the Northeast Texas Program Officer, and will be responsible for providing field services throughout the Northeast Texas region.

General Duties

  • Serve as the staff liaison to the Endangered Properties Committee of the Board of Directors.
  • Recruit and manage volunteers and interns as needed to accomplish the organization’s endangered properties objectives and to assist with Northeast Texas programs.
  • Assist other staff members in the development and execution of the organization’s general programs and initiatives as needed.
  • Undertake all other duties as assigned.

Endangered Properties Programs

  • Oversee the Texas Rural African-American Heritage Grants program
    • Ensure that subgrantees adhere to the requirements of the program
    • Manage reporting and reimbursement from the National Park Service
    • Travel to project locations for periodic site visits
    • Oversee the completion of National Register nominations
    • Ensure that preservation easements are executed
  • Coordinate all aspects of the Northeast Texas Revolving Fund. At present, there is one building in the program: the 1939 Linden Fire Station (Cass County). 
    • Identify and propose prospective property candidates; 
    • Develop feasibility studies for proposed sites;
    • Prepare documentation based on physical and archival research; 
    • Manage construction projects; 
    • Coordinate the potential sale or lease of the structures. 
  • Provide specialized technical assistance, guidance, and information to PT staff as well as owners and stewards of sites that have been included on Texas’s Most Endangered Places list regarding building materials, preservation treatments and technologies, historic preservation standards, and best practices.
  • Assist in developing standards, policies, and guidelines for a proposed Easement Program, to include Texas Rural African-American Heritage Grant recipients, and oversee its implementation.

Northeast Texas Program Officer

In addition to serving as the Endangered Properties manager, the staff member will serve as the Northeast Texas Program Officer (NTPO).  In this role, the NTPO will coordinate and deliver Preservation Texas’s historic preservation programs and initiatives within a 41-county region to include: Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Collin, Dallas, Delta Ellis, Fannin, Franklin, Freestone, Grayson, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Houston, Hunt, Kaufman, Lamar, Leon, Madison, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches, Navarro, Panola, Rains, Red River, Rockwall, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Upshur, Van Zandt, and Wood, a region with a U.S. census-estimated population in 2022 of 5.9 million Texans.

These responsibilities will include:

  • Serving as the first point of contact for historic preservation inquiries related to the Northeast Texas region;
  • Organizing and delivering solo and collaborative preservation education workshops, tours, and speaking engagements in Northeast Texas;
  • Responding to Section 106 consultation requests;
  • Keeping informed about regional historic preservation trends, challenges, and opportunities;
  • Contributing images, ideas, and stories from Northeast Texas for Preservation Texas’s statewide social media and publications;
  • Encouraging support for Preservation Texas by identifying potential individual, corporate, and foundation contributors; and
  • Recruiting new membership support in the Northeast Texas region.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have a sound understanding of historic building practices, the ability to provide specialized technical assistance to property owners, and the experience to oversee historic preservation construction projects.

Applicants should have strong leadership and communication skills, the ability to manage multiple projects, and the ability to work independently.

Travel will be required and the applicant will need to be able to make site visits to unrestored historic places and construction sites. 

Salary:

$60,000 to $75,000 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, and portfolio of preservation projects with which you have been engaged before 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 to the Executive Director, Evan Thompson, by e-mail at thompson@preservationtexas.org