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Company: Texas Historical Commission
Location: Austin, TX
Texas Historical Commission
Works closely with the head of the Communications Division to support public and media relations
for agency programs and initiatives. Advances the agency’s strategic goals including promotion of historic
preservation, history education, and heritage tourism. Works under limited supervision, with moderate latitude for
the use of initiative and independent judgment.
1. Coordinate media and public relations efforts throughout the division and agency.
2. Write and edit news releases, articles, social media posts, scripts, reports, brochures, speeches, and talking
3. Assist the Communications Division Director and other agency staff with general information inquiries about
agency activities from the public and media.
4. Support agency video initiatives.
5. Define key performance indicators and implement measurements, analytics, and reporting methods to gauge
success of media relations and event planning initiatives.
6. Support events including Real Places conference, First Lady’s Main Street Tour and courthouse rededications.
7. Adhere to established work schedule with regular attendance.
8. Follow all THC safety guidelines/procedures and ethics requirements.
9. Perform other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS (The application must specifically state how each of the following qualifications
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in Journalism, Communications, Radio-
Television-Film, or a related field (two years of relevant work experience related to the essential duties may
substitute for one year of college);
Minimum three years’ professional work experience in writing, editing, and media relations work;
Valid driver’s license, acceptable driving record, and ability to drive a state vehicle; and
Required to travel up to 20% of the work period.
Familiarity of social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr.
Work experience in a digital journalism environment, including photography and video.
Spanish language experience.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Strong writing and editing skills and knowledge of Associated Press (AP) style;
Effective verbal communication skills;
Effective critical thinking skills;
Skill in providing customer service excellence to both internal and external customers;
Skill in operating a personal computer with word processing, database, and spreadsheet software;
Ability to analyze problems, evaluate alternatives, and recommend effective solutions;
Ability to process information in a logical manner and to assess validity;
Ability to work in a setting requiring self-motivation/cooperative decision-making and to work effectively with
diverse groups of people;
Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet strict deadlines while maintaining extreme attention to
Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment;
Ability to adapt successfully and quickly to change and deliver quality results in a timely manner;
Ability to plan, organize and work independently, as well as within a team environment;
Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion; and
Ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality.
REGISTRATION, CERTIFICATION, OR LICENSURE:
Must have or obtain a valid Driver’s License and Defensive Driving Course to be able to operate state vehicles.
ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL CONDITIONS: Normal office work environment and may have exposure to dust and
environmental allergens consistent with normal business activities and human contact. Mostly sedentary in nature
but may involve walking; standing; pulling and pushing; kneeling, stooping and bending; performing tasks requiring
fine motor skills and coordination; and safely lifting and carrying items weighing up to 30 pounds. Must be able work
extended periods at a computer, and may require working extended hours and some evenings, weekends and
overnight, as needed. Involves safely operating a state vehicle and driving for long distances and traveling by
REMARKS (Application procedures, Special requirements): State of Texas application must be submitted through
the Work In Texas website at www.workintexas.com. You must have a Work In Texas profile in order to login and
complete the application. If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact your local Work in
Texas office. Only applicants interviewed will be notified of their selection or non-selection. Resumes will NOT be
accepted in place of a completed application.
The Texas Historical Commission is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race,
color, religion, sex, national origin, genetic information, age or disability in recruitment, selection, appointment,
training, promotion, retention or any other personnel action or deny any benefits or participation in programs or
activities which it sponsors.
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, THC will conduct a driving and criminal background check. Unsatisfactory
information relevant to the position may disqualify the applicant from employment.
Disability access for testing and interview accommodations can be provided upon reasonable notice by contacting
Human Resources at 512-305-6729.
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.