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Site Manager - Program Supervisor III
Levi Jordan Plantation State Historic Site - Texas Historical Commission
Job Posting Number: 16-1200-11
Closing Date: Until Filled
Levi Jordan Plantation State Historic Site
The Levi Jordan Plantation State Historic Site, located south of Brazoria, Texas, is one of the best-preserved archeological sites associated with African Americans in 19th century Texas. The African American community at the Levi Jordan Plantation began in 1848 when Levi Jordan, a wealthy planter, purchased 2,200 acres in Brazoria County, and brought enslaved workers to the site to construct the plantation and to work the sugar cane and cotton fields. Dr. Kenneth Brown of the University of Houston led a series of archeological excavations at the site between 1986 and 2002, which focused primarily on the slave quarters area and revealed numerous artifacts relating to the African American community that lived there during Levi Jordan’s lifetime and beyond. Artifacts recovered from these excavations make up the majority of the site’s collections. On site today is the standing plantation house, which has recently undergone stabilization and exterior restoration, and extensive significant archeological remains including the slave quarters and other plantation domestic and agricultural structures. The site is not currently open for regular visitation. The Texas Historical Commission (THC) is designing a new visitor center, exhibits and support facilities which are expected to be completed in late 2017 when the site will open to the public.
The mission statement for the Levi Jordan Plantation State Historic Site is as follows:
“Levi Jordan Plantation State Historic Site explores the establishment of Texas plantations, their intense social and political evolution, and the impact the plantation system had upon the people who lived on them by examining the history of the Levi Jordan Plantation between 1848 and 1892. The site engages visitors in considering the diverse and challenging experiences of the people who lived and worked on this plantation, the moral and ethical choices they made, and the legacy of slavery.”
Site interpretation will work to provide an understanding of the slavery-based plantation system from the point of view of the enslaved workers as well as the owners and others involved in that economic system.
Under the direction of the Historic Sites Supervisor, while the Levi Jordan Plantation is under development the Site Manager will assist Division architectural and exhibit staff to oversee and work with the architectural contractor and exhibit design and fabrication contractors. In addition, the Site Manager is responsible for effective administration, management and operation of the Levi Jordan Plantation State Historic Site before, during and after construction. 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.
Qualifications/Requirements (The application must specifically state how each of the following qualifications are met):
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: Workplace setting is a historic site, in an office and outdoor setting where occasional exposure to weather, dust, insects, and traveling on uneven and unpaved surfaces, and lack of environmental control are part of the working conditions. Required to work 40 hours per week including flexible scheduled hours other than 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with days off other than Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Must be able to safely lift up to 30 pounds and required to respond to emergency situations. Require to travel with an occasional overnight stay.
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.
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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.
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