Posted August 6, 2014.

The Levi Jordan Plantation State Historic Site is under development and is currently not open to the public. A new visitor center, exhibits, and outdoor interpretation are currently being designed and developed. The interpretive focus of the site is the African American community before and after the Civil War which is based on the extensive archeological work done in the slave quarters in the past 15 years. The Site Manager will assist the Historic Sites Division architectural and exhibit staff to oversee and work with the architectural contractor and exhibit design and fabrication contractors during the development of the site. Under the direction of the Historic Sites Supervisor, the Site Manager is responsible for effective administration, management and operation of the Levi Jordan Plantation State Historic Site. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: budget development and management; maintenance of site; resource management and curatorial care of original and reproduction artifacts and exhibits; visitor services, interpretive and educational program planning, development, scheduling, production and evaluation; development of beneficial partnerships, volunteer management, media relations, promotional and marketing activities; records management and reporting; management of minor repair and maintenance projects; and personnel management. The Site Manager assists the Historic Sites Supervisor and Division Director with effective coordination and interaction with headquarters staff, landowners, and local government entities on matters affecting the site. Provides leadership to site staff, volunteers and other stakeholders to successfully manage and conserve the site’s natural and cultural resources. Complies with all agency policies and procedures. Performs other duties as assigned.


Hiring and supervision of site staff, including a Customer Service Representative, Administrative Assistant, and Maintenance staff.
Oversees operation of the historic site for public visitation.
Responsible for program planning, development, and implementation.
Develops and implements effective techniques for evaluation of operation and programs.
Insures appropriate care for historic artifacts at the site.
Studies and analyzes operations and problems, and prepares reports of findings and recommendations.
Prepares justifications for and assists in implementing procedural changes and policy compliance.
Works with program staff in determining trends and resolving technical problems.
Works with and speaks to community and professional groups to coordinate, improve, and stimulate interest in the program and to secure support for local programs.
May develop procedure manuals and planning documents.
May train others.
Performs related work as assigned.

(1) Required to work forty hour week that includes flexible schedules, hours other than 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with days off other than Saturday, Sunday and holidays; (2) Required to travel with occasional overnight stays; (3) Required to respond to emergency situations; (4) Required to work with varied and diverse segments of the public as well as fellow employees; (5) Non-smoking work environment in all state buildings and vehicles.

Job Requirements

Education and Experience

A Master’s degree in African American Studies, History, American Studies, Archeology, Museum Studies or a closely related field that included museum studies course work, plus two years’ experience in the museum field and one year of administrative and supervisory experience in directing a museum or historic site.


A Bachelor’s degree in African American Studies, History, American Studies, Archeology, Museum Studies or a closely related field that included course work in museum studies plus four years’ experience in the museum field and one year of administrative and supervisory experience in directing a museum or historic site.

A strong background in African American history or related archeology, and experience with interpreting contested history from multiple view-points is strongly preferred.


(1) Knowledge of historic site administration and operations; (2) Knowledge of cultural resource management; (3) Knowledge of museum interpretation/education; (4) Knowledge of African American history and plantation economies; (5) Skill in overseeing facility/equipment/grounds repair programs and repair techniques; (6) Skill in the use of personal computers; (7) Skill in effective verbal and written communication; (8) Ability to supervise employees while maintaining a team environment; (9) Ability to develop marketing, promotional activities and special events; (10) Ability to manage programs and projects; (11) Ability to develop and maintain financial systems; (12) Ability to develop relationships and professional partnerships with diverse communities.

REMARKS (Application procedures, Special requirements): Application must be submitted through the Work In Texas website at You must have a WorkInTexas profile in order to login and complete the application.

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

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 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.

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