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

Education and Outreach Manager, Shaker Historical Society
Executive Director, Muskingum County History
Museum Consultant, Cincinnati Observatory
Curator of Collections, Southeast Ohio History Center
Education and Membership Coordinator, McKinley Presidential Library and Museum
Historic Site Guide (part-time), Trumbull County Historical Society


Education and Outreach Manager, Shaker Historical Society

The Shaker Historical Society is seeking an outgoing, organized, and detail-oriented candidate to oversee education, outreach, and volunteer coordination at the museum. The Education and Outreach Manager reports to the Executive Director and develops in-person and virtual programming for K-12 students and educators, young families, young professionals, and adults. This position is also responsible for ensuring programming and learning is accessible to all and that everyone can see themselves in local history.

The Education & Outreach Manager undergoes an annual performance review with the Executive Director. This is a full-time exempt salaried position with benefits. Some evening and weekend hours are required.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

Leadership

  • Expands the reach of educational programs by cultivating and growing collaborations with Shaker Heights’ public and private schools and local youth-focused organizations
  • Ensures educational programs align with evolving best practices, state standards, and institutional goals
  • Maintains effective and transparent communication between SHS staff, Board of Trustees, and the public regarding educational matters
  • Develops and maintains an educational budget as part of the institutional budget
  • Actively participates in institutional strategic planning and works collaboratively with the Executive Director and Board of Trustees in the pursuit of long-term initiatives
  • Researches education-focused grant opportunities and drafts grant applications with the assistance of the Executive Director, Board of Trustees, and community partners
  • Ensures education and outreach goals of the strategic plan are carried out and that programming aligns with various local, state, and national grant requirements
  • Manages and grows the volunteer program and opportunities with the Executive Director
  • Develops new internship opportunities with the Executive Director and ensures internship goals and requirements are met
  • Represents the museum at outreach events with the Executive Director, Board, and volunteers

Programmatic Expectations

  • Creates in-person, virtual, and hybrid programs that ensure mission and strategic alignment of SHS through creative and experiential learning
  • Ensures delivery of relevant, engaging, accessible, diverse, and inclusive mission-based in-person and virtual experiences, educational programs, and activities that broaden the understanding of the North Union Shakers, Shaker Heights, Warrensville Township, and surrounding communities
  • Works with area educators to develop in-person, virtual, and hybrid programming that encourages students to become civically engaged and critical thinkers
  • Oversees program and event delivery and evaluation in museum galleries, outreach to schools, and other off-site events for SHS
  • Reevaluates and refreshes the museum’s “Traveling Trunk” program, adapts the program for virtual and hybrid learning, and markets the program to local schools
  • Guides the expansion of school- and youth-serving programs and develops local partnerships to consistently reach more school-age children and young families
  • Creates engaging educational resources that align with local schools’ curricula and Ohio Learning Standards
  • Develops and manages SHS summer camps, including scheduling, budgeting, inventory management, staffing, and marketing
  • Develops Ohio History Day research activities, programs, and educational resources
  • Develops and implements on-site, off-site, and virtual events aimed toward young professionals, members, and the general public
  • Assists with giving tours to groups of all ages and abilities and differentiates tour experience for a variety of visitors, including virtual tour goers
  • Creates digital content for SHS social media, including Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube
  • Assists with marketing to advertise educational programming across various print and digital platforms, including local publications and social media

Volunteer Coordination

  • Refreshes and maintains the volunteer program and generates in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities to suit a variety of interests and abilities
  • Works with volunteers and the Ohio History Connection to ensure projects are on schedule and hours are documented appropriately
  • Recruits, onboards, trains, and schedules volunteers to support SHS’s operations, which may include off-site and virtual events
  • Connects regularly with volunteers to build and maintain a positive culture that reflects the mission of the organization
  • Tracks volunteer hours to generate monthly and annual reports and implements a volunteer hours reward system

Skills

  • Ability to develop and maintain programming that is creative, participatory, and unique to Shaker Heights and the Shaker Historical Society
  • Willingness to engage in complex issues facing the city and region through dialogue centered around diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility
  • Demonstrated commitment to child-led, hands-on, participatory, and inquiry-based education programs
  • Ability to cultivate relationships and partnerships with local organizations and community groups
  • Experience with Google Workspace, social media platforms, web conferencing programs, and other digital tools
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communications skills
  • Experience with Canva and/or Adobe Suite is preferred
  • Experience with grant writing is preferred

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Museum Studies, or Public History; MA preferred
  • 2 or more years of experience in a school, museum, or cultural institution with programming, outreach, project management, and budgeting experience; non-profit experience preferred
  • Experience working with groups of diverse ages, races, cultures, abilities, and backgrounds
  • Ohio educator license preferred
  • FBI/BCI check required

Benefits:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance, full cost covered by museum
  • Paid holidays, vacation, personal days, and sick time
  • Partial work-from-home schedule
  • SIMPLE IRA with 3% match; Eligible after 1 year of employment and over the age of 21
  • $250 health-related allowance (e.g. gym membership, fitness classes)
  • Annual bonus

Salary: $35,000

Job Classification: Full-time, salary

Contact: Please send a cover letter and resume to Brianna Treleven at director@shakerhistory.org. Priority will be given to applications submitted on or before October 25, 2021. Position open until filled. SHS is an inclusive workplace, and applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Executive Director, Muskingum County History

Muskingum County History is a 501-C3 organization that seeks to celebrate and preserve the history of Muskingum County for future generations.  We seek to educate and engage a diverse public through a variety of programs; maintain  museums as well as extensive local history collection and promote research into our community’s history.

Director’s description:   The Director will be the chief administrator of Muskingum County History and is responsible for communicating the organization’s mission to the membership and public.  The Director is in charge of  museums and their operations.  The Director will also assist the Curator with the management of museum and archival collections.   The  Director coordinates communication between Trustees, members, contractors and the public.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelors degree in history preferred or work experience in relevant area
  • Grant writing experience and implementation
  • Administrative skills
  • Public speaking to community groups.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and PastPerfect
  • Project Coordination
  • Takes initiative, is dependable and flexible

This is a part time position averaging 25 hours per week.  The position requires more time when our museums are open and less in the off season.  Yearly salary range is $25,000 -$30,000 depending on experience and qualifications.  Due to the nature of the position, flexible work hours would be expected.  The position offers no  health or retirement benefits.

Please submit a letter of interest and resume’ to Muskingum County History, 115 Jefferson St., Zanesville, Ohio 43701 or www.muskingumcountyhistory.org.

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Museum Consultant, Cincinnati Observatory

The Cincinnati Observatory, the country’s oldest public Observatory and a National Historic Landmark, is looking for a Museum Consultant to assess, evaluate, and catalog the Observatory’s collection and archives. This full-time position will be funded for two years and will report to the Observatory’s Executive Director.

Position Description
The role of the Museum Consultant will be to accomplish three main objectives:

  1. Review and update as needed the proper processes and policies for curating the collection moving forward, i.e. Accession Policy, Exhibition and Display Policy, and for continuing to manage the Observatory’s collection.
  2. Inventory and organize the Observatory’s collection, complete cataloging of all items in the collection.
  3. Identify the resources needed to preserve items in our collection, as well as assess how and where to effectively store these items. Additionally, work with Observatory staff to review items in our collection that have exhibit value to ultimately enhance our museum space and visitor experience.

Qualifications
Education and Work Experience

  • Bachelors or Master’s degree in Museum Studies, History, or related field.
  • Experience working in a historic organization and in organizing and cataloguing a collection.
  • Experience creating and utilizing policies that guide the management of a collection.
  • Experience using PastPerfect collections management database.
  • Emerging museum professionals are welcome to apply.

Skills and Abilities

  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Ability to identify when additional expertise is needed in assessing collection or conservation care.
  • Ability to lift and move items up to 40 pounds
  • Comfort working in a basement setting where the majority of collection is held.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Additional Information
The position will work onsite at the Cincinnati Observatory in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Observatory requires all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. As stated, this is a full time position, funded for two years.

Salary: $35K-$40K + benefits and potential relocation package.

Please apply with a resume and cover letter by November 1st to Observatory Executive Director Anna Hehman at anna@cincinnatiobservatory.org. No phone calls, please

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Curator of Collections, Southeast Ohio History Center

The Southeast Ohio History Center is a growing museum of regional history that focuses on southeast Ohio and its essential role in the story of our nation. The History Center’s outstanding collection of art, artifacts, archives, and photographs spans 12,000 years and is the result of over 50 years of collecting. The History Center opened in its new location in April, 2017 in the historic First Christian Church building in Uptown Athens, Ohio.

Athens is a dynamic, diverse community with a rich history. Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Athens is also the proud home of Ohio University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the Northwest Territory.

The Southeast Ohio History Center seeks an energetic Curator of Collections to oversee the display and management of the History Center’s collection. The Curator of Collections plays an important role in training and guiding collections volunteers and student interns, managing the collection, and helping to facilitate the installation of three to four temporary exhibitions a year. The successful candidate will be a creative problem solver, have strong organizational skills, and be someone who works well in a team.

Essential Qualifications:

  • B.A. in History, Education, Museum Studies, or related field
  • 2+ years of experience in public history, museum education, collections, or related field
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, public speaking, and writing ability
  • Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
  • Passion for learning and sharing the history of southeast Ohio
  • Creativity, self-motivation, and the ability to coordinate multiple projects
  • Detail-oriented and takes initiative
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with fellow employees, volunteers and the general public

Desired Qualifications:

  • M.A. in History, Education, Museum Studies, or equivalent experience in the field
  • Experience managing museum collections, including knowledge of collections management databases such as PastPerfect

Essential Duties:

  • Manages collection records including Deeds of Gift, donor files, loan records, and digital records using Past Perfect
  • Serves as the leading staff member on the Collections Management Committee
  • Coordinates the processing of incoming donations, and identifies items for deaccession
  • Trains, recruits, and oversees collections interns and volunteers
  • Implements the strategic collections management plan
  • Monitors environmental conditions and housekeeping in the collections storage and lab
  • Monitors the exhibition space for problems
  • Manages the collections budget to purchase supplies necessary to protect 3D and archival collections
  • Executes loans for exhibits, including all paperwork and condition reports ensuring prompt return of materials
  • Works with the Executive Director to identify granting agencies and write grant proposals to support collections maintenance and development.
  • Works with the Executive Director to develop, implement, maintain, and evaluate exhibitions

Other:

  • Serves as a security contact capable of responding in an emergency
  • Familiarity with social media management, graphic design, and marketing
  • Participates actively in the Ohio museums and local history community
  • Accepts speaking engagements on behalf of the History Center
  • Is available to give tours of the collections
  • Delivers excellent customer service
  • A valid driver’s license or ability to obtain one
  • Performs other duties as assigned

This position is full-time, 35 hours per week. Salary starts at $16.00 – $16.50 per hour.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume addressed to Jessica Cyders at jobs@athenshistory.org by September 10, 2021.

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Education and Membership Coordinator, McKinley Presidential Library and Museum

SALARY RANGE:  $12.00-13.00 per hour

The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum is seeking an outgoing, organized, and detail-oriented candidate to provide support for the Education and Membership Departments.  The Education and Membership Coordinator reports to the Director of Education & Membership.  The ideal candidate should be comfortable working with children (including groups with special needs), self-motivated, and eager to learn in a collaborative, team-based environment.  This is a full-time hourly position with excellent benefits.  Some evening and weekend hours required for museum events.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

Responsibilities specific to this position

  • Run the Museum’s popular Camp-in program, including hiring and training counselors, shopping for supplies, setting up and tearing down, and subbing for counselors when necessary
  • Coordinate the Region 5 History Day competition
  • Assist the Digital Learning Specialist as needed to design, create, and implement virtual learning spaces online and in-person.
  • Assist the Collections Manager with collections-based projects as needed, working around the education and membership responsibilities of the job

Shared responsibilities with the Director of Education & Membership

  • Give tours for groups of all ages in the history galleries, including the McKinley Gallery, The Stark County Story, and the Street of Shops, as well as programs specifically designed for various grade levels in the Schoolhouse
  • Assist with scheduling of field trips
  • Develop and implement programs for outreach into schools and within the museum
  • Docent training
  • Daily data entry into the membership database
  • Membership fulfilment, including printing membership cards and letters and stuffing envelopes
  • Grant writing for education and membership related grants

Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree, history or education preferred
  • 1-3 years of experience in a museum education or classroom setting

Benefits:

  • Paid holidays, vacation, personal days, and sick time
  • Medical insurance, full cost covered by the Museum (Optional dental coverage available for purchase)
  • $15,000 life insurance policy for the duration of employment at no cost to the employee
  • Retirement plan:  Eligible after 1 year of employment and over the age of 21 and has worked 1000+ hours in the calendar year

TO APPLY:

No phone calls please. Send cover letter and resume to Ally Carlson at acarlson@mckinleymuseum.org.  DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 15.

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Historic Site Guide (part-time), Trumbull County Historical Society

Job description, salary information, and application instructions are available on the Trumbull County Historical Society’s website.

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