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.

Since January 1, 2019, OLHA has required 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.) 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.

Job postings are cleared from this page every two months.

Current Listings

Part-time Executive Director, Muskingum County History
Director, Kelton House Museum and Garden
Executive Director, Fort Meigs Historic Site
Development Coordinator, Wood County Historical Society
Executive Director, Shaker Historical Society


Part-time Executive Director, Muskingum County History

Muskingum County History is seeking a part-time Executive Director to start May 1, 2020.

Organization description: Muskingum County History seeks to celebrate and preserve the history of Muskingum County for future generations. Towards this end we seek to educate and engage a diverse public through a variety of programs; maintain two museums as well as an extensive local history collection and promote research into our community’s history.

Position description: The Director will be the chief administrator of Muskingum County History and will be charged with the responsibility of communicating the organization’s mission and objectives to the membership and the public. The Director will be in charge of our museums as well as all official communication and business transactions of the organization as approved by its Board of Trustees.

Job classification: This is a part-time position without health or retirement benefits. Due to the nature of the position flexible work hours should be expected.

Salary range: $15,000-20,000 – salary will be negotiable depending on experience and qualifications.

Contact: Please submit a letter of interest to Muskingum County History, 115 Jefferson Street, Zanesville, OH 43701 by March 1, 2020.

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Director, Kelton House Museum and Garden

A successful candidate is someone who understands the space – mixed use museum and venue- and the history of the area, values community engagement, and is open to opportunities for growth, development, and innovation.

REPORTS TO: Junior League of Columbus President
REPORTING STAFF: Special Events Coordinator, Underground Railroad Learning Station (URLS) Education Coordinator, House Managers, and Volunteers
HOURS: 25-30 hours per week
COMPENSATION: Negotiable

POSITION OVERVIEW: The director provides professional management and continuity in the administrative operations of the Kelton House Museum and Garden. As the Museum’s primary spokesperson and advocate, the director promotes a positive image of the Museum in all interactions and activities. This role works in conjunction with the Junior League of Columbus (JLC) to develop and implement strategic goals and objectives and oversees programming and financial affairs of the Museum. The director coordinates, in collaboration with the JLC, all aspects of development, promotion, and execution of programs, products, and services of the Museum, and oversees day-to-day operations.

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITIES:

  •  FUND DEVELOPMENT: Maintain current funding sources and cultivate new opportunities for Museum funding from individuals, corporations, foundations, and governmental sources.
  • SUPERVISION/ADMINISTRATIVE: Direct supervision of all Museum personnel, including hiring, annual reviews and salary recommendations. Responsible for financial management tasks including budget development and oversight; analysis of financial statements; and bank deposits
  • MUSEUM AND COLLECTION MANAGEMENT: Develop exhibits and manage collections. The director oversees the acquisition, loan and discharge of collection materials.
  • EDUCATION: Manage the Museum’s education offerings and expand upon its ability to provide opportunities to a broader base of the community.
  • PUBLIC RELATIONS/MARKETING: Coordinate all external public relations in collaboration with the Junior League of Columbus including: marketing materials; publications; speaking in the community on matters related to the Kelton House; social media and web presence.
  • PROPERTY MANAGEMENT/PRESERVATION: Develop and implement restoration, preservation and conservation plans for the Kelton House Museum and Garden.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Museology, History, Art History, Material Culture or Arts Administration;
  • Professional work or volunteer experience in the following areas: curatorial/conservation; historical research; educational programming; museum management; promotion/public relations; development; publications; local history; financial management; or marketing;
  • Minimum of two years’ experience with a museum, historical site or society, public garden, arboretum, arts organization or other collections management facility;
  • Proven ability to maintain positive and effective interpersonal relationships;
  • Background check may be required if position offered.

For consideration, please email cover letter, resume and salary requirements to admin@jlcolumbus.org. Only selected qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls will be accepted.

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Executive Director, Fort Meigs Historic Site

Available Fall 2019 until filled.

EMPLOYEE TYPE: Full Time, FLSA Exempt

LOCATION: Fort Meigs Historic Site, Perrysburg, Ohio

SALARY: $45,000-$55,000/year based on experience Benefits: available/negotiable

DESCRIPTION: Fort Meigs Historic Site is a 65-acre National Historic Landmark and one of the Ohio History Connection’s (OHC) 58 historic sites. The Fort Meigs Association (FMA), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, manages the daily operations of Fort Meigs, including its preservation, maintenance, and educational and interpretive programming in partnership with the OHC. The Executive Director reports to the FMA Board of Directors. Fort Meigs is accredited through the American Alliance of Museums.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Unifies the efforts of the board of directors, staff, volunteers, OHC, and relevant stakeholders to achieve the mission and priorities of the FMA
  • Directs the operations of Fort Meigs Historic Site including educational, retail, maintenance, administrative, and business operations: annual budget and reports
  • Leads the FMA staff (4 full-time equivalents), seasonal staff, and interns with respect to hiring, training, supervision, professional development, schedules, work priorities, and evaluation. Leads OHC employees (1 full-time equivalent) working at Fort Meigs with respect to supervision, training, professional development, schedules, work priorities, and evaluation
  • Acts as principal staff representative and provides staff support for the FMA Board of Directors
  • Acts as the principal representative to the OHC on all matters, compliances, including regulations, and best practices for historic sites and museums and to all other historical institutions, community and volunteer groups, academic institutions, schools, government officials, grant providers, corporate and private donors, and the general public
  • Develops and implements annual, short-term and long-term plans with respect to fundraising, marketing, outreach, and infrastructure
  • Supervises development and implementation of educational programs

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

  • To implement a long-term interpretive plan for Fort Meigs Historic Site in cooperation with the OHC and other relevant stakeholders
  • To position Fort Meigs as a significant and valued part of the larger local community
  • To develop Fort Meigs into an institution of excellence with respect to the interpretation of the history of the War of 1812, Northwest Ohio, American Indians, and military history generally
  • To grow Fort Meigs’ site visitation and operational revenue
  • To grow the Fort Meigs Association’s donor base and development revenue
  • To host and coordinate with local governments and agencies regarding regional planning objectives

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • Ability to establish trust and a sense of common purpose within and between appropriate organizations and stakeholders
  • Ability to coordinate the efforts of diverse individuals and groups to achieve organizational goals
  • Ability to communicate clearly verbally and in writing
  • Skill at donor cultivation and stewardship, event planning, and fundraising, including granting programs
  • Knowledge of the principles, methods and practices of historic site and/or museum management, curatorial practices and procedures, and of historic education and interpretation

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

A Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years relevant/related experience is required. A Master’s degree in an appropriate field such as Education, Museum Studies, Public Administration or History is a plus. A successful candidate will have an appreciation for and some knowledge of the history of the early United States, Ohio, the War of 1812, and American Indians.

HOW TO APPLY Please submit a resume and cover letter to: Ron Walters, Endevis, 1720 Indian Wood Circle, Suite 1 Maumee, OH 43537 rwalters@endevis.com Attn: FMA

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Development Coordinator, Wood County Historical Society

Purpose of Classification:
The Wood County Historical Society seeks a professional part-time Development Coordinator who enjoys interesting and challenging work that will help preserve the history of Wood County for generations to come. The Development Coordinator will create and implement strategies and fundraising initiatives to ensure financial sustainability and organizational growth within the Wood County Historical Society. The Coordinator is responsible for identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of prospective and secured donors on both individual and corporate levels, including outreach and building legacy support.

The Wood County Historical Center & Museum annually serves over 9,000 visitors, students, and adult learners through tours, events, and educational outreach. Society funds play a significant role in protecting these resources for future generations.

The Society is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community organization, dedicated to making connections between the past, present, and future by capturing stories and cultivating memories connected to Wood County and Ohio. The Society works in conjunction with the Wood County Board of Commissioners to maintain and promote the Wood County Historical Center & Museum (the former Wood County Infirmary) as an educational tourist attraction and
community resource. The Society is not a county agency and this position will not receive any compensation or benefits from Wood County. The Society is governed by a Board of Directors, but also operates in a congruous environment with the staff of the Historical Center & Museum.

This position reports to the Wood County Historical Society President on behalf of the Board of Directors, with guidance from the Director of the Wood County Historical Center & Museum. Average workweek commitment is 20 hours. Daily and weekly hours may vary depending on deadlines, time-sensitive tasks, and other museum needs, which will include some weekends and evenings. Salary is $13,000 to $15,000 depending on experience.

Essential Functions:
● Create and implement an annual comprehensive Development Plan to be reviewed and
approved by the Museum Director and Society Board.
● Identify new gift prospects at the individual and corporate levels, cultivate relationships, and
secure sponsorships and donors; match potential donors’ interests with Society funding
opportunities.
● Create and actively manage prospect and donor portfolios. Must be comfortable using database
and spreadsheet software.
● Foster a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization by developing new strategies for
sponsorships.
● Display integrity and discretion in regards to the organization, its mission, members, and donors.
● Actively work with the Board of Director’s Development Sub-committee.
● Attend Museum staff meetings and other relevant committee meetings as needed to provide a
fundraising perspective.
● Possess proven ability to present complex information in a clear and compelling manner in both
written and verbal form.
● Work with the Society Treasurer, Bookkeeper, and Museum Director to ensure that gift figures
and reports are accurate, on deadline, and reconciled.
● Carry out museum operations as needed.

Qualifications:
● Candidates should have at least two years of successful development and fundraising experience.
A Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree preferred. Experience with non-profit organizations a plus.
● Demonstrated success of fundraising best practices to build relationships with individual and
corporate prospects.
● Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
● Proficiency with Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; donor
database software such as Past Perfect, Microsoft Access, or equivalent, or the ability to
demonstrate transferable technology skills from similar products, a plus.
● Self-motivated and self-directed, but with a collaborative style that fosters teamwork and
cooperation with the museum staff and Society.
● Excellent organizational, analytical, and problem solving skills.
● Some experience with event planning desirable.
● Reliable transportation and ability to travel within Wood County.
● Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some weekends and evenings.

Applications should include a one-page letter of intent and interest, a current resume, and three reference contacts.

All submissions should be received by Monday, Dec. 2, 2019 by 5 pm. Paper and electronic PDF submissions accepted.

Send to:
Wood County Historical Center & Museum
ATTN: WCHS Development Search Committee
13660 County Home Rd.
Bowling Green, OH 43402

E-mailed PDF submissions should be sent to museum@woodcountyhistory.org with “Development Search Committee” in the subject line.

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Executive Director, Shaker Historical Society

The Shaker Historical Society is currently seeking an Executive Director. The Executive Director reports to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, as appointed by the Board of Directors.The Executive Director carries out the mission of the Shaker Historical Society either directly or through appropriate delegation.  Key responsibilities and duties include:

Financial-

  • The Executive Director, in conjunction with the Board Treasurer and Budget Committee shall prepare and present to the Board an Annual Budget.
  • The Executive Director shall manage the approved expenses of the SHS and shall recommend needed expenditures to maintain operations and the physical grounds of the Museum in good order.
  • The Executive Director shall be responsible for spearheading the Annual Fund campaign to raise funds from the membership and friends.
  • The Executive Director will be responsible for maintaining the membership rolls and soliciting new and renewing members to join the SHS in conjunction with SHS standard membership policies.
  • The Executive Director will be responsible for supporting major fund raising initiatives such as Gracious Gardens and Movers & Shakers and the Corporate Membership Program.
  • The Executive Director shall research and identify appropriate grants which will reduce operating expenditures and/or which enable the SHS to better fulfill its mission.  The Executive Director will be responsible for writing and/or overseeing the writing of said grants and ensure timely submission.
  • The Executive Director will oversee and manage revenue producing services such as grounds rentals, Admissions, the Spirit Tree and special programs.
  • The Executive Director shall conceive, develop and implement new strategies to generate additional revenue for the SHS.

Programming-

  • The Executive Director shall conceive, develop and implement educational programming to engage area schools.
  • The Executive Director shall develop and deliver, as appropriate, programming as per the SHS mission to engage the community.

Administration

  • The Executive Director will recruit, supervise and train, as appropriate, staff, interns and volunteers.
  • Manages physical facility resources
  • Plan, direct and organize the activities of the Museum.
  • Engages and utilizes outside contractors as appropriate to maintain upkeep of the Museum.

Exhibits/Collections/Galleries

  • The Executive Director shall develop and implement innovative exhibits at the Museum, which reflect the history of Shaker Heights and surrounding communities and exhibits which engage the community.
  • The Executive Director will be responsible for curating and maintaining historic Collections.
  • Researches, solicits and acquires new additions to collections.
  • Directs the proper care, movement, environment, documentation, identification, conservation and research about the SHS collections.
  • The Executive Director will   gain and maintain a current knowledge of Shaker Heights’ stories, including but not limited to the Western Reserve, Warrensville Township, The North Union Shakers, the Development of Shaker Heights as a Garden City Suburb, current trends in Shaker Heights and constantly keeping abreast of news in any of the above fields from other museums, organizations, publications and printed and on-line information.
  • The Executive Director will engage the artistic community in order to display and feature artists work in the Museum’s galleries.

Marketing/Public Relations

  • The Executive Director will be responsible for ensuring maintenance of the SHS website, newsletter and Facebook Page.
  • The Executive Director will create or obtain outside resources to generate appropriate marketing literature to promote the SHS, its mission, activities and special events.
  • The Executive Director will engage with local communication outlets in order to publicize the SHS story, programs, fundraisers and special events.

Community Relations

  • The Executive Director will be the primary spokesperson to the community on behalf of the SHS.
  • The Executive Director will establish and maintain relationships as appropriate with local politicians (e.g., The Mayor of Shaker Heights); community leaders, the Ohio History Connection, other local organizations, schools, educators and other community figures as required to further the SHS mission.

SEND LETTER OF INTEREST, RESUME and THREE REFERENCES to Robinschachat@gmail.com ATTN: Search Committee. Salaried position with paid vacation and medical benefits.  BA required;  MA preferred.  Three or more years’ experience in nonprofit and/or small museum management.  Starting salary between $35,000 and $40,000 depending on experience and expertise.  Some weekend and evening work will be required.

Position will remain open until filled. No calls please.

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