Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission Awareness - Education - Inspiration

Job Opportunities

The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission includes professionals in a variety of disciplines, but particularly in the fields of education and history.  We employ education specialists, program specialists, supervisors, communications staff, and administrative support. Only applications submitted through the Work In Texas website will be accepted and considered.

Open Positions

Executive Director  

*To apply for this position, please email your résumé to THGC Program Coordinator Cheyanne Perkins by Sunday, September 29, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. C.S.T.

Texas Historical Commission
Job Vacancy Notice

Position Title: THGC Executive Director
Classification Title: Manager V
Job Posting Number: 19-60
Salary: $5,784.58 - $7,000.00/Monthly
Salary Group/Class#: B26/1604
FLSA: Exempt
Opening Date: 07/24/2019
Closing Date: 09/29/2019
Duration: Regular, Full-time
Hours/Week: 40
Work Location Address: Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission (THGC)
1711 San Jacinto, Austin, TX. 78701

The mission of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission (THGC) is to promote awareness and understanding of the Holocaust and other genocides in the world.  Since its founding in 2009 by Senate Bill 482, the THGC has dedicated its resources, energy, and expertise to the education of teachers and students to better recognize and acknowledge the consequences of hatred, bigotry, and apathy.  This Commission was created to reaffirm the commitment of the State of Texas and its citizens to choose right over wrong, good over evil, and through those choices to continue the fight against malevolent forces that would perpetrate genocides and make us question our own humanity.  Through education and engagement, the THGC seeks to remind the public of its collective responsibility in not only preventing, but ending once and for all this type of human cruelty. Members of the Commission are appointed by the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor and the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.  

The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission (THGC) Executive Director performs senior-level managerial work administering the daily operations and activities of THGC.  Work involves interacting and coordinating projects with a Chairman and fifteen (15) highly engaged Commissioners; establishing goals and objectives; developing guidelines, procedures, policies, rules, and regulations; developing schedules, priorities, and standards for achieving established goals; coordinating and evaluating THGC activities; developing and evaluating budget requests; and monitoring budget expenditures.  The ED will plan, assign, and supervise the work of five (5) full-time employees and will work under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. 


• Practice the ethics and values of superior leadership.
• Motivate all stakeholders associated with Commission to achieve the Commission’s mission.
• Create and maintain an ethical and inspirational culture focused on strategic objectives, innovation, and fiscal responsibility.
• Build a collaborative working environment, coaching, leading and empowering staff to achieve the highest levels of success for the Commission and themselves.
• Continually enhance leadership skills through professional development and educational courses;
• Establish working relationships with other Holocaust institutions and other appropriate organizations to foster learning and collaboration.

Fiscal Management
• Develop, review, monitor and submit for approval to the Commissioners the budget of the Commission.
• Ensure that solid planning and budgeting systems are in place, where the Commission’s goals and strategic plans serve as the basis for sound financial planning.
• Oversee expenditures and revenues and establish a system linking strategic and operational planning with the budget process.
• Provide the Commissioners with timely (quarterly) and accurate financial reports and annual budgets in line with best accounting practices.
• Ensure that effective and appropriate reporting and control procedures are in place with clear guidelines.
• Recommend changes in the allocation of funds and personnel, as appropriate, to meet long-range program needs and to implement the priorities set by the Commission.
• Maintain complete transparency of all financial data.

Operational Management
• At the direction of the Chairman, and in alignment with the Commission’s mission, the director will provide day to day management, oversight and direction of operations and administration.
• Hire, supervise and evaluate staff of five (5) THGC employees in the execution of their duties that reflect primary functional areas of the Commission.
• Establish goals and objectives for staff; develop and approve schedules, priorities, and standards for achieving goals; and manage evaluation activities.
• Work with the THGC Communication and Education Specialist to develop, maintain, and monitor the use of guidelines, procedures, systems and resources to continuously increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the Commission’s operations for external stakeholders.
• Coordinate and manage THGC quarterly meetings.
• Provide direction, guidance and assistance in program area(s).
• Identify the need to revise program area(s).
• Assist staff in their day-to-day operations and address programmatic issues as they arise.
• Work with the THGC Communication and Education Specialist to develop innovative strategies for marketing to increase public awareness of division programs, including events, publications, and social media.
• Interact and coordinate projects with THGC Commissioners, as needed.
• Coordinate with the Friends of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission in their efforts to raise funds to support commission projects and programs.

Office Culture
• Maintain a productive, team-oriented work atmosphere by staying involved in the daily functions of the Commission.
• Communicate with dignity and respect and set a good personal example for the staff to develop professionally.
• Create and maintain a culture of continuous improvement in processes and procedures.
• Create an office culture that values active listening, ability to express ideas and encourages feedback both orally and in writing, and provide relevant and timely information to all stakeholders.

Community Relations
• Actively represent the Commission to the public at large, the survivor community, legislators, and the educational community.
• Honor the survivor community of Texas by developing and maintaining close relationships with the community, and future generations of the community, both individually and collectively.
• Monitor and consistently strive to improve customer satisfaction using appropriate measuring tools.

• Represent the organization and act as an effective spokesperson serving as the primary voice in promoting the Commission and its unique mission to the media, to employees, and to current and potential stakeholders.
• Ensure that the mission of the Commission is well-understood by its stakeholders, elected officials, and the public at-large.
• Represent the Commission at meetings, hearings, trials, legislative sessions, conferences, and seminars or on boards, panels and committees.
• Establish effective and respectful communication channels to staff, legislators, Commission members and others.
• Provide timely feedback to all communications requests.
• Be comfortable with technology - use technology to enhance outreach to constituents, communicate with staff and to enliven programming, educational materials and advertising.
• Ensure that the Commission is well represented on all appropriate social media network channels.
• Work with staff to develop innovative strategies for marketing to increase public awareness of division programs, including events, publications, and social media.

Commissioner Relationships
• Execute policies established by the Members of the Commission and provide leadership and guidance to the Commission in the formulation of policies including the governing of all phases of operation of the organization.
• Assure the orderly conduct of the business of the Commission, including execution of meetings, setting of agendas, coordination of committee work, development of Commissioner leadership, and facilitation of Commissioner participation in statewide activities.
• Execute all other duties as assigned by the Chairman or by action of the entire Commission.

• Adhere to established work schedule with regular attendance.
• Follow all THC safety guidelines/procedures and ethics requirements.

• Perform other duties as assigned.

• Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in history, communications, business or a closely related field;
• Minimum five years’ work experience in overseeing complex projects and/or programs;
• Strong overall business acumen, specifically knowledge of operations, financial management including budgeting, and staff management;
• Demonstrated work experience in supervising or leading a team to successfully achieve results, including experience establishing organizational and employee goals and expectations;
• Experience conducting employee coaching and counseling, and managing operational and employee performance;
• Experience making presentations to groups, communities and executive level staff;
• Recognized skills of creating new value-added relationships with a proven record of inspirational leadership and vision resulting in a strong team of staff and Commissioners;
• Enthusiasm, creativity, passion, and resourcefulness to network within the community and beyond;
• Strong connection and commitment to the mission of the Commission is required;
• 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.

• Minimum five years’ leadership or administrative position of a Commission, Museum or business of comparable or almost comparable size and revenue;
• Advanced degree in Museum Studies, history, or a related field. Successful non-profit management may substitute for advanced degree;
• Prior experience working with a board or commission;
• Experience with administrative best practices including Human Resources, procurement and project management.

• Excellent leadership, management and strategic planning skills;
• Effective verbal and written communication, human relations, interpersonal and organizational skills;
• Knowledge of the Holocaust, genocides and anti-Semitism;
• Knowledge and understanding of the tenets of Judaism;
• Ability to establish program goals and objectives that support commission initiatives;
• Ability to establish and maintain successful working relationships with the Commission and staff and representatives from outside entities;
• Ability to handle situations with sensitivity, tact and diplomacy;
• 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 detail;
• 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.

Must have or obtain a valid Driver’s License and Defensive Driving Course to be able to operate state vehicles.

This position is housed in a state building next to the agency’s headquarters near the State Capitol in Austin 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. Applicants must be willing to travel and overnight travel is often required. This position attends and sometimes presents at conferences, meetings and workshops, requiring evening and weekend work hours. Travel typically requires driving, although some air travel is also expected. 

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.

Additional Military Crosswalk information can be accessed at:

Go to www.texasskillstowork.com for assistance with translating your military work experience and training courses into civilian job terms, qualifications/requirements and skill sets.

For New Hires/Rehires:
Health insurance is available the 1st of the following month after a 60-day waiting period.

*To apply for this position, please email your résumé to THGC Programs Coordinator Cheyanne Perkins by Sunday, September 29, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. C.S.T.