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This position is a key part of the agency’s education and outreach efforts, leading the planning, management, and implementation of the agency’s annual Real Places Conference. The event planner may also assist programs across the Community Heritage Development Division and the agency with the planning of other, smaller public events. The event planner may also assist with the agency’s, one-time, host responsibilities for the national Main Street Now Conference taking place in 2020.
The Real Places Conference draws 400-500 professionals and volunteers from a variety of preservation-related fields and expertise. Conference participants include members of the public, agency staff, Texas Historical Commission members, award-recipients, sponsors and partners, along with city, county, and state officials. The fourth annual event takes place in January of 2020 and planning for the 2021 conference has begun. The three-day conference incorporates nearly 70 speakers and more than 40 educational sessions, workshops, or special events. The event planner will oversee the conference budget, generally in the $250,000-$300,000 range. Conference registrations grew by nearly 40 percent between 2018 and 2019 with very high levels of attendee satisfaction and expectations. The event planner will be responsible for projecting and managing continued growth of attendance and revenues and will work closely with colleagues to develop relevant, high-quality content. Conference planning and implementation includes staff from multiple agency divisions as well as the agency’s affiliated nonprofit, Friends of the Texas Historical Commission. The event planner will be responsible for coordinating the efforts of these internal partners as well as coordination with outside vendors and event professionals. The conference is currently held in the Austin area, but its location may vary in the future, potentially increasing the required travel during planning and implementation.
As time and resources permit, the event planner may assist or coordinate other special events such as the Texas Main Street Program’s First Lady’s Tour of new cities; periodic trainings, workshops and webinars for agency programs; and quarterly meetings of the Commission. The event planner is not directly responsible for creating the educational content of these events or of the Real Places Conference. The agency staff serve as subject matter experts, but the event planner provides organizational and logistical expertise to engage speakers.
Work involves coordinating the planning and initiation of events at various levels of completion; monitoring the progress and schedule of events and tasks; and communicating with project stakeholders, management, and other relevant parties.
The Project Manager job classification series is intended for employees that are responsible for the successful initiation, daily oversight, and delivery of projects. Project managers are typically responsible for leading the project lifecycle from project initiation through completion. The Event Planner works under moderate supervision, with latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
|Job Vacancy Notice|
|Position Title:||Event Planner|
|Classification Title:||Project Manager I|
|Job Posting Number:||20-16|
|Closing Date:||Until filled|
|Work Location Address:||1304 Colorado, Austin, TX 78701|
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