Jobs

Because the Ohio Local History Alliance aims to inspire, educate, and connect history organizations across the state of Ohio, we know that a cornerstone of our community is having dedicated staff members that propel our member organizations forward. We offer our job board in the hopes of connecting qualified individuals to organizations seeking skilled, enthusiastic employees.

Starting January 1, 2019, OLHA will require that all organizations posting a position on our job board include a salary range for the listing, as well as the employment classification (part-time, full-time, seasonal, hourly, salary, etc.).

Starting January 1, 2019, non-members will also be asked to pay a $35 fee per listing. The organization will then have the option to apply that $35 toward an appropriate level of membership so that future job postings may be free.  Posting on the Ohio Local History Alliance job board is always free to OLHA members.

To post a job, email the job description, including the salary information and employment classification, to ohiolha@ohiohistory.org with “Job Listing” in the subject line.

In making this decision, the OLHA Board follows the lead of other local and national professional organizations advocating for equity and transparency with regard to salaries.  We hope these changes offer clarity about potential positions and inspire more open conversation about compensation in our field.

Job postings are cleared from this page every two months.

Current Listings

Archivist, Dawes Arboretum
Local History Manager, Westerville Public Library
Temporary Seasonal Part-Time Internship (30 Weeks), Cuyahoga County Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument Commission
Temporary Seasonal Part-Time Internship (20 Weeks), Cuyahoga County Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument Commission
Executive Director, Clinton County History Center
Executive Director, Armstrong Air & Space Museum
Regional Coordinator, Site Support Services – The Ohio History Connection


Archivist, Dawes Arboretum

The Dawes Arboretum, a non-profit, public garden committed to enriching lives through the conservation of trees and nature, is seeking a highly motivated and engaging Archivist to join our History team. This is a full-time, year-round position with a pay rate of $15.00 per hour.

Job Responsibilities

  • Inventory and digitize archival collections and create storage locations. Create metadata for scans and upload to the appropriate database.
  • Work in cooperation with the Historian regarding preservation of collections and conservation techniques.
  • Update artifact records using Past Perfect, including photography of objects and object labeling.
  • Lead tours of the Daweswood House Museum and create historic public programs. Attend and participate in Arboretum events.
  • Perform research services for outside researchers and the public; assist visitors with archival requests.
  • Assist in supervising history/archival interns and volunteers. Create volunteer archival projects.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in library science, archival studies or related field, and/or training or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of demonstrated professional experience in handling and cataloging archival materials.
  • Excellent communication skills (written, verbal and interpersonal).
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team environment.
  • Superior organization and time management skills with a strong attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Demonstrated customer service skills.
  • Ability to work outdoors, weekends and evenings when needed.

To Apply:  E-mail a cover letter and resume to smdrake@dawesarb.org with the subject line: Archivist. This position will close on Monday, December 17, 2018.

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Local History Manager, Westerville Public Library

CLASSIFICATION:  Manager
REPORTS TO: Assistant Director
DIRECT REPORTS:  Museum Specialist, Local History Associate
SALARY RANGE:  Starting at $53,950 annual salary [R20]
STATUS:  Full-time; Exempt

SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES
The Local History Manager is responsible for maintaining the collection of the Local History Center and the Anti-Saloon League Museum and sharing these collections with the public through tours, programs, displays, online resources and research assistance.

RESPONSIBILITIES
• Envisions, interprets and anticipates community local history needs and develops programs, displays, printed pieces, online resources, and services to meet those needs.
• Collects materials for the Local History Museum and the Anti-Saloon League Museum within the collection policy and refers non-conforming materials to more appropriate museums/repositories.
• Maintains a collection management policy to ensure the quality of the collections and the way they are used, stored, organized and preserved.
• Prepares and presents programs on Westerville history and the temperance movement.
• Provides research assistance for customers.
• Provides support for educators using the Local History and Anti-Saloon League collections through workshops and online curriculum materials.
• Tapes oral history interviews to add to the collection.
• Responsible for the care and custody of materials, furniture and equipment within the Local History Center and Anti-Saloon League Museum.
• Seeks grants and other alternate funding sources to support existing and new collections & programs.
• Supervises the department staff and allocates specific work assignments and responsibilities pertaining to departmental operations and services.
• Interviews, hires, develops and evaluates department staff.
• Recommends policies, procedures and new services and advises the Assistant Director on department operations.
• Actively works with Marketing Manager to promote the Local History Center and Anti-Saloon League Museum.
• Represents the department on the Advisory Council.
• Maintains a positive relationship with the Ohio History Center; the Westerville Historical Society and other appropriate organizations.
• Acts as liaison with the Westerville Historical Society and serves as an ex-officio member of the Society’s board.
• Makes recommendations regarding the facility to preserve the longevity of the collection.

REQUIREMENTS
• College Degree in History or a related field required. Master’s Degree in History, Library
Science or related field strongly preferred.
• Three years of experience in a Public Library or Historical Society setting.
• Expertise in conducting historical research in archives and libraries.
• Experience creating public displays of information using physical, video, and digital tools.
• Experience in creating/managing a range of programs, including, but not limited to educational and outreach activities, exhibitions, and online initiatives.
• Understanding of cataloging/collection database methods and best practices.
• Two years of experience in a team environment as a working manager/supervisor.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Demonstrated ability to build relationships and lead collaborative initiatives internally and
externally to leverage support for and participation in programs.
• Ability to resolve conflict effectively between staff members and resolve customer complaints.
• Must possess the skills to independently plan, analyze and structure staff assignments to provide efficient and effective library service.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
• Physical requirements include: moderate activity work – exerting up to 30 pounds of force
occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently to carry, lift, push, pull or otherwise
move objects.
• Periodically requires leading a local area tour of up to three miles in any type of weather.
• Standing for long periods may be required on an occasional basis.
• The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: viewing a
computer terminal; extensive reading.

For an application see the Westerville Public Library Careers page at
http://westervillelibrary.org/careers.

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Temporary Seasonal Part-Time Internship (30 Weeks), Cuyahoga County Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument Commission

Reports to: Executive Director

Hourly rate: $10.00

Hours: February 10, 2019 through September 7, 2019. Anticipated 16 weekly hours to be determined, scheduling may vary weekly and may include evenings, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and special events.

QUALIFICATIONS: A love of American History and the desire to learn about how to assist in the preservation and maintenance of a nationally significant Civil War Monument and to teach the public about its importance. Honorably discharged veterans preferred.

REQUIREMENTS: High school diploma or GED; good communication and research skills including ability to conduct tours and engage the Public; basic computer skills (i.e. – Microsoft Office); ability to climb and work from a 15 foot ladder, desire to work with the public and learn to operate and routinely maintain various hand and yard tools; together with basic handyman skills including painting and gardening.

RESPONSIBILITIES:   Under the direction of the Executive Director and the President of the Commission and working under the guidance of the full time Monument employees and working with the volunteers, the successful candidates will participate with guidance in:

  • Planning and supporting the organization and implementation of the Monument’s 125th Anniversary Events
  • Safeguarding the Monument, its property and collections.
  • Guiding visitors, communicating with the Public by telephone and on-line and addressing inquiries; handling retail sales; conducting and assisting with designated research projects of the Monument;
  • Caring for, cleaning, and routinely maintaining the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument and its Grounds; tasks include, but are not limited to: collecting and disposing of rubbish; weeding; laying out and installing flowers for designed gardens with weeding and care thereafter; removing snow and ice from the steps, esplanade and walkways; caring for, cleaning and maintaining the interior of the Monument, including the basement, first floor cabinets, glass storm doors, brass rails, bronze doors and grills, reliefs, busts, medallions and lighting fixtures; maintaining custodial supplies and equipment.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Please submit resume, cover letter which specifies the period of Internship being applied for and, if applicable, copy of DD-214 or other proof of Honorable Discharge Certificate to:

Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument Commission
Attn: Tim Daley, Executive Director
401 Euclid Ave., Suite 46
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

OR

tdaley@cuyahogacounty.us

ALL OFFERS ARE CONTINGENT ON PASSING A DRUG TEST AND CRIMINAL BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION

Resume must be received by 4PM on Friday, January 4, 2019

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Temporary Seasonal Part-Time Internship (20 Weeks), Cuyahoga County Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument Commission

Reports to: Executive Director

Hourly rate: $10.00

Hours: April 21, 2019 through September 7, 2019. Anticipated 24 weekly hours to be determined, scheduling may vary weekly and will include evenings, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and special events.

QUALIFICATIONS: A love of American History and the desire to learn about how to assist in the preservation and maintenance of a nationally significant Civil War Monument and to teach the public about its importance. Honorably discharged veterans preferred.

REQUIREMENTS: High school diploma or GED; good communication and research skills including ability to conduct tours and engage the Public; basic computer skills (i.e. – Microsoft Office); ability to climb and work from a 15 foot ladder, desire to work with the public and learn to operate and routinely maintain various hand and yard tools; together with basic handyman skills including painting and gardening.

RESPONSIBILITIES:   Under the direction of the Executive Director and the President of the Commission and working under the guidance of the full time Monument employees and working with the volunteers, the successful candidates will participate with guidance in:

  • Safeguarding the Monument, its property and collections.
  • Guiding visitors, communicating with the Public by telephone and on-line and addressing inquiries; handling retail sales; conducting and assisting with designated research projects of the Monument;
  • Caring for, cleaning , and routinely maintaining the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument and its Grounds; tasks include, but are not limited to: collecting and disposing of rubbish; weeding; laying out and installing flowers for designed gardens with weeding and care thereafter; removing snow and ice from the steps, esplanade and walkways; caring for, cleaning and maintaining the interior of the Monument, including the basement, first floor cabinets, glass storm doors, brass rails, bronze doors and grills, reliefs, busts, medallions and lighting fixtures; maintaining custodial supplies and equipment.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Please submit resume, cover letter which specifies the period of Internship being applied for and, if applicable, copy of DD-214 or other proof of Honorable Discharge Certificate to:

Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument Commission
Attn: Tim Daley, Executive Director
401 Euclid Ave., Suite 46
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

OR

tdaley@cuyahogacounty.us

ALL OFFERS ARE CONTINGENT ON PASSING A DRUG TEST AND CRIMINAL BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION

Resume must be received by 4PM on Friday, January 4, 2019

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Executive Director, Clinton County History Center

Job Classification and Salary Range: ​Full-time, $35,000-$55,000

Description: The Clinton County History Center is seeking a dynamic and creative leader who will ensure excellence in museum curatorial, educational, marketing, and operational endeavors and lead the alignment of financial resources and operational priorities near and long term.

  • Manage CCHC collections, archives, facilities, staff, and grounds.
  • Prepare and provide agendas and reports for monthly meetings of the Board of Trustees.
  • Works with Treasurer to develop annual budgets and monthly financial reports.
  • Develop and coordinate fundraising opportunities and activities.
  • Prepare and execute CCHC exhibits and programming.
  • Market and promote the History Center and its programs.
  • Facilitates ongoing relationships and communications with donors.
  • Serves as the primary liaison with community leaders and organizations, represents CCHC at community events.
  • Lead the development and management of a volunteer program and support the Clinton County Genealogical Society.

Minimum Requirements: Qualified candidates should possess the following: Bachelor’s Degree in Museum Studies, History, or other related field. 1 year of experience as director or curator of a museum or comparable management experience. Understanding of Standard Museum Practices. Computer Skills including use of Microsoft Office Suite. Writing and speaking skills. Physical ability to lift, carry, push/pull objects up to 25 pounds and to be able to stand for a reasonable amount of time as well as climb a short step ladder and place/remove objects on shelves.

Preferred skills to include the following: knowledge of Clinton County History, Past Perfect software (or similar software), Adobe Suite, Quickbooks and volunteer management.

Qualified candidates will possess the following:

  • Enthusiasm for the current and future role of CCHC and the importance of local history.
  • Willingness to actively participate in cultural and civic life of Clinton County, OH and work with other activities, programs, and organizations in Clinton County.
  • Experience as a fundraiser demonstrating successful results in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting donors, grants, government support, corporate sponsorships, and other sources of revenue.
  • Confidence with public speaking, presentations, and programs.

To Apply: Please submit resume, cover letter to: info@clintoncountyhistory.org.

Deadline: Applications are d​ue by December 15, 2018​ with an expected ​start date of February 11, 2019.

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Executive Director, Armstrong Air & Space Museum

We seek a visionary, collaborative, and strategic leader for a world class institution in a small town setting.

The Armstrong Air & Space Museum provides opportunities for lifelong learning about the heritage of aviation and the exploration of space, with an emphasis on the contributions of Neil Armstrong and other Ohioans. The museum annually attracts nearly 40,000 visitors, who represent all 50 states and 87 foreign countries.  The Armstrong Air & Space Museum is currently expanding and planning for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, a milestone that will  focus worldwide attention on the institution.

The Executive Director’s chief responsibilities are to:

  • administer and manage the museum facility, including budgets and personnel– both paid and volunteer;
  • develop and implement a long-range vision for the Museum—with accompanying goals, objectives, policies, and priorities–in partnership with a Board of Directors (the Armstrong Museum Association);
  • oversee the creation and implementation of lifelong learning opportunities for the widest possible audiences;
  • engage with and inspire community members and organizations, as well as local, state, national, and international governmental/educational institutions, building interest in and advocacy for the museum;
  • create and execute strategic marketing and communications programs;
  • lead fundraising activities that support the Museum, including supervising the preparation of grant proposals;
  • ensure compliance with all financial reporting and auditing requirements, all mandates of affiliation with the Ohio History Connection, and all applicable local, state and federal laws.

The Armstrong Air & Space Museum Association seeks an Executive Director who:

  • holds a Master’s degree in American Studies, Public History, or Museum Studies, or a closely related field, plus five years of progressively responsible experience in planning, directing, and managing all aspects of a museum, public history program or institution, business, governmental program, or non-profit organization (or an equivalent combination of education and experience);
  • demonstrates knowledge of current museum practices, including artifact preservation,  conservation standards, and historical and material culture research;
  • demonstrates curatorial and/or interpretive experience in a museum or public history setting;
  • demonstrates knowledge of aviation/aerospace history within the context of national and international history;
  • inspires, engages, and works collaboratively with a Board of Directors;
  • establishes and maintains collegial, effective relationships with stakeholders, colleagues, staff, the public, and officials from private and governmental organizations;
  • demonstrates the ability to inspire and supervise staff— both professional and non-professional — in planning and developing complex projects;
  • demonstrates effectiveness in fundraising, marketing, and strategic communications, as well as working with membership organizations; and
  • possesses outstanding communication skills, including writing, public speaking, and social media.

As a team member, the Director should be prepared to participate in routine operational duties such as assisting with admissions, tour groups, gift shop sales, special events, etc., if needed. The position will require occasional evening and weekend work.

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The base salary for this position begins at $60,000 annually (range: $60,000-75,000), and will be commensurate with professional skills and experience.  Benefits include: a health insurance stipend; retirement stipend; cell phone stipend; life insurance; paid vacation; and sick leave.

To apply: Please submit resume, letter of interest, and three professional references by October 22, 2018, to: seemore@bright.net, ATTN: Donna Grube, AASM Search Committee

The Search Committee intends to conduct interviews the week of October 29, 2018, with second round interviews the week of November 12, 2018.  The anticipated starting date for this position is January 2019.

About the Armstrong Air & Space Museum

In operation since 1972, the Armstrong Air & Space museum is among the largest and best attended of the more than 50 member sites of the Ohio History Connection. The Ohio History Connection maintains a management agreement with the Armstrong Air & Space Museum Association, the local authority for the facility. The Armstrong Air & Space Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

The Armstrong Air & Space Museum was named Institution of the Year by the Ohio Museums Association in 2016.

In July 2018 the Armstrong Air & Space Museum broke ground on a $2.3 million expansion to create the Neil Armstrong STEM Inspiration Center, slated to open in July 2019. The initiative will significantly expand state-of-the-art educational space within the facility. More importantly, the project will enable the Armstrong Museum to create new distance learning options for students, teachers, and educational institutions. The goal of the expansion is to extend the museum’s footprint and impact to every corner of the earth. Current institutional partners of the Armstrong Museum include: NASA Glenn Research Center, National Aviation Heritage Alliance, National Museum of the United States Air Force, and the Ohio Northern University T.J. Smull College of Engineering, among others.

The Armstrong Museum is located in Wapakoneta, Ohio, a community of 10,000 that provides all the charms of an historic Midwestern county seat in close proximity to the amenities and cultural offerings of Ohio’s major metropolitan areas.

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Regional Coordinator, Site Support Services – The Ohio History Connection

Serves as ombudsman to local management groups, focusing on providing support for day-to-day operations and other activities associated with museums and historic sites across the state. Will supervise the OHC site managers and overall operations until local management agreements are in place.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serves as ombudsman, soliciting, prioritizing, and advocating for local management groups for support from various OHC departments and divisions; advocate and coordinate solutions to operational, programmatic, and administrative problems through to completion.
  • Advise senior management on performance and needs of local management groups.
  • Answer written, e-mail, and telephone inquiries from local management groups, OHC staff, and the public regarding sites including the resolution of serious customer service issues.
  • Serve as project manager or team member for projects at sites, including site management plans, interpretation plans, exhibit planning, landscape planning, and construction projects.
  • May serve temporarily as a site manager during staff transitions.
  • Maintains databases, including site files, digital images, buildings, management staff, and site equipment. Track visitation and volunteer hours.
  • Serves as OHC liaison with support groups and community partners as needed.
  • Represents the Historic Sites and Facilities Division and the Ohio History Connection to the public and at professional meetings (internal and external) and conferences as required.
  • Assists local management groups with training.
  • Assist with the establishment of management agreements with local management groups.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities: May require supervision of OHC site managers and/or volunteers

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed in this posting are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with qualifying disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience: Must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent work experience plus five years teaching, museum, supervisory, or administrative experience is required. Additional specialized experience may be substituted for the degree.

Personal Attributes:

  • Self-directed and flexible.
  • Resourcefulness and initiative.
  • Problem solving and decision making.
  • Effective organizational and time management skills.
  • Incredible attention to details important to relationships and strategy.
  • Able to work independently without supervision.
  • Even-tempered in moments of stress.
  • Able to handle multiple tasks.
  • Discreet and prudent in discerning confidentiality.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including weekends and evenings as needed.

Language Skills: Effective oral and written and communication skills. Effective interpersonal skills with the ability to manage relationships with local management groups and staff.

Technical Skills: Knowledge of computers, particularly Microsoft Office products.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to manage complex, simultaneously conducted projects, with attention to detail.

Work Environment: Normal office environment. Extensive travel to site locations where both indoor and outdoor work may be required. Involves frequent contact with staff, public, and local management groups. Work may be stressful at times. Occasional evening or weekend work and some irregular hours.

Salary range: $23.45-$26.13

Job classification: Full-time, salary

To apply: All interested applicants should apply online at www.ohiohistory.org/about-us/jobs.

Deadline to apply: November 2, 2018. For more information, visit www.ohiohistory.org/about-us/jobs.

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