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

2021-2022 Ohio History Service Corps
Executive Director, Wayne County Historical Society
Part Time Weekend Museum Docent, Shaker Historical Society
Operations Manager, International Women’s Air & Space Museum (IWASM)
Education & Outreach Manager (full-time) and Historic Site Guide (part-time), Trumbull County Historical Society
Museum Director, Maritime Museum of Sandusky


2021-2022 Ohio History Service Corps

The Ohio History Connection is now accepting applications for AmeriCorps Members to serve in the Ohio History Service Corps in 2021-2022!

Established in 2010, Ohio History Service Corps members provide service to Ohioans and their local history communities through collections management projects, strategic planning, historic site survey, programming, and other capacity-building initiatives. Members provide coaching, assistance, and to help organizations become more effective and sustainable. With the assistance of Ohio History Service Corps members, organizations increase their knowledge of the public history field’s standards and best practices by creating new programs, policies, and procedures that meet those standards. Members also assist communities take the first step in historic preservation through their completion of historic structure surveys.

The Ohio History Service Corps program has two components. Click the links below for the full individual position descriptions or visit https://my.americorps.gov and search for “Ohio History Service Corps”:

Local History Members

Community Surveyor Members

Locations: The 2021-2022 program year begins in September with members serving in, and around: Athens, Bellefontaine, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Lorain, Oberlin, Portsmouth, Warren, Wilberforce and Youngstown areas.

Duration & Benefits: Members will serve one year in full time (35-40 hr/wk) capacity from September 13, 2021 to August 31, 2022. Throughout their term, AmeriCorps members will receive:

  • Living allowance of $15,100
  • Health insurance
  • Childcare assistance, if eligible
  • SNAP benefits, if eligible
  • Professional development
  • Travel reimbursement
  • Eligible for Eli Segal Education Award of $6,195 upon successful completion of 1700 hours of service

For more information: Visit the Ohio History Connection website www.ohiohistory.org/americorps to find out more. For questions, please contact us at americorps@ohiohistory.org.

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Executive Director, Wayne County Historical Society

Reports To: Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee

Position Type: Part-time (20 hours/week)

Position Summary
The mission of the Wayne County Historical Society is to collect, preserve, and interpret artifacts and experiences that reflect the cultural heritage of the county for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Executive Director will plan and direct all operations and activities of the Wayne County Historical Society in accordance with the policies and strategic plan established by the Board of Trustees and consistent with the organization’s mission. The Director will be in charge of all staff and volunteers and will manage the eight historical buildings that comprise the institution’s campus. Applicants should have experience and understanding of museum practices and nonprofit management. Additional skills in fundraising, business administration, membership development, grant writing, event planning, and curation are a plus.

Responsibilities

  • Supervise the day-to-day operations of the Society and manage all staff, interns, and volunteers.
  • Work closely with various Society committees to maintain the museum’s collection, create exhibits, update existing interpretation, and plan programs and events.
  • Help the Society strive towards museum best practices in all aspects of the organization as outlined in the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Standards and Excellence Program (STEPs).
  • Work with the Board to build a broad base of financial support through fundraising, membership development, and grant writing.
  • Establish strong partnerships in the community and enhance the Society’s public image to expand interest and support. Utilize digital outlets including social media, email, and the Society’s website to enhance community outreach. Sustain meaningful communication with current membership.
  • Attend Board of Trustees monthly meetings, member quarterly and annual meetings, and Executive Committee meetings. Prepare and deliver report to Board of Trustees at monthly meetings.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continued professional development including, but not limited to, joining museum associations such as the Ohio Local History Alliance and attending webinars and conferences related to museum practice and nonprofit management.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Board of Trustees and/or Executive Committee.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in history, anthropology, art history, archaeology, or a closely related field. An advanced degree is preferred.
  • Three years of experience in museum or nonprofit administration or equivalent.
  • Excellence in interpersonal, written, and oral communication.
  • Strong collaborative skills are a key to success in this position.
  • Capable of working independently and leading group efforts.
  • Strong computer skills with a working knowledge of PastPerfect and Microsoft Office, or their equivalents. Familiarity with various social media platforms is also a must.
  • Knowledge of Ohio history and Wayne County is desirable.
  • Grant writing and nonprofit financial management experience is a plus.
  • Applicants who are self-motivated, creative, outgoing, organized, and possess a strong work ethic are well-suited for the position.

Compensation
Part-time position; 20 hours per week at $20 per hour. Potential for position to become full-time in the future.

Application Instructions
To apply for this position, send the following materials in PDF format to: wchs.directorsearch@gmail.com Include “Executive Director Application” in the subject line.

  1. Letter of Interest
  2. Resume
  3. Writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages)
  4. Contact information for three professional references, including email address and phone number

Application Deadline: June 1, 2021

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Part Time Weekend Museum Docent, Shaker Historical Society

The Shaker Historical Society is seeking a Museum Docent to oversee effective guest and customer
service on weekends. This person will be a front-line employee and must be able to embody the
community-oriented mission of the organization. The Docent reports to the Executive Director and is
expected to work 12:00-5:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays with occasional evenings and events.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Follow the Shaker Historical Society’s COVID-19 guidelines, including:
    ○ Wearing a mask
    ○ Washing/sanitizing hands between guests
    ○ Explaining and enforcing the museum’s updated guest policy and guidelines
    ○ Light cleaning/disinfecting of common areas throughout the day and at the end of the shift
  • Handle reception, opening and closing duties, answering the phone, and relaying messages to
    appropriate staff
  • Greet guests, process admission donations and memberships, manage sales in the gift shop, and
    record guest information (e.g. zip codes and visitor count)
  • Provide exceptional guest service and be attentive and courteous to all guests
  • Lead guests on engaging guided tours of the museum
  • Provide accurate information about the museum, local history, and local attractions as requested
    by guests
  • Work closely with the Education & Outreach Manager to develop and refine tours
  • At all times, ensure the safety and comfort of all guests, staff, and volunteers
  • Assist in preparing for and clearing up after programs held on weekends
  • Support the operations of the Shaker Historical Society as needed

Required Skills/Experience:

  • High school diploma required; An in-progress or completed bachelor’s degree in history, museum
    studies, education, or humanities preferred
  • Must be reliable, flexible, and punctual
  • Ability to learn quickly, adapt, and problem solve in a small museum environment
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Comfortable with technology and cloud-based tools such as Square and Google Workspace
  • Must be physically able to lift and carry objects of and up to 30 lbs., climb stairs, stoop, bend, and perform other physical duties

Compensation: This position is part-time, non-exempt. Salary is $12.00 per hour for 10-12 hours per
week. The Shaker Historical Society is an inclusive workplace and equal opportunity employer.
Applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and three (3) professional references to Executive
Director Brianna Treleven at director@shakerhistory.org with subject line “SHS Weekend Docent
Application.” Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm EDT on Sunday, May 9, 2021. No phone calls
or mailed applications will be accepted.

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Operations Manager, International Women’s Air & Space Museum (IWASM)

The International Women’s Air & Space Museum (IWASM) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to collect, preserve, and showcase the history and culture of women in all areas of aviation and aerospace; educate people of the world about their contributions; and inspire future generations by bringing the history to life. IWASM is located in the Burke Lakefront Airport in downtown Cleveland, OH. The 250-plus member organization has one full-time employee, two part-time employees, and numerous dedicated interns and volunteers. The organization participates in many projects including its annual Wings of Women STEM Conference, Corks on the Concourse, hosting evening public programs as well as participating in traveling community programs.

Position Summary:

The organization seeks an Operations Manager whose primary responsibilities are divided between communications, development, and education. Communications includes managing the museum’s social media, website, print, and electronic communication platforms. Development includes preparing membership renewals, coordinating with the Executive Director and Board of Trustees on major campaigns, and general member relations. Education includes collaborating with volunteers and fellow staff on k-12+ children’s programming and events in adherence to the IWASM strategic and interpretive plans. This person will be a front-line employee and must be able to embody the community-oriented mission of the organization.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and cultivate IWASM’s membership through tracking, personalized renewals, acknowledgements, recruiting, and cultivation record-keeping, and specialized communications.
  • Under the direction of the Executive Director, create and execute museum marketing plan.
  • Generate draft press releases, curate the monthly IWASM eNews, bi-annual calendars and develop with fellow staff and the Board of Trustees, all annual reports.
  • Assist in creating and sending emails for programs, special events, and other information in collaboration with Executive Director.
  • Participate in event facilitation, including logistical planning, display of IWASM’s publicity materials, evaluation, and recording attendance for potential membership cultivation.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and Board of Trustees on special fundraising campaigns, including prospect research, solicitation, gift and pledge tracking, acknowledgement, goal achievement.
  • Organize and lead children’s (k-12+) programs for schools, day camps, and scouts.
  • Work with Executive Director to maintain an accurate online and in-store gift shop inventory.

Required Skills/Experience

  • Minimum of an undergraduate college degree and three years working in a similar professional field, such as a historic site or museum, non-profit, or member-based organization.
  • Experience or familiarity with State of Ohio Educational and National Educational Standards for Science, English-Language Arts, and Social Studies.
  • Experience with member or donor relations and tracking such relations through software including keeping records and coding for specialized lists and mailings (Microsoft Access, PastPerfect, or other similar database).
  • Able to work some evening and weekends, including Labor Day weekend for the Cleveland Air Show and our annual fundraising Corks on the Concourse event.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • Energetic, personable, courteous, and professional when serving visitors and the community.
  • Proficient with word processor and spreadsheets (including mail merge), and slide display software.
  • Experience with managing social media platforms for business and/or museums.
  • Proven track record of project management, event, and program development.
  • Be a team player while completing projects in a timely and professional manner despite interruptions.
  • Have a high attention to detail that requires minimal oversight and correction.
  • Maintain detailed schedules in regards to communications and events.
  • Be open to suggestions and actively strive for best practices in the museum and non-profit fields.

Preferred Skills/Experience

  • Experience with graphic design and marketing platforms (social media, Canva, WordPress, Wix or comparable websites, Constant Contact, Microsoft Publisher, etc.).
  • Intern and volunteer training and supervision experience.
  • Coordinating an annual fundraiser mailing campaign.
  • Advanced training or certification in related fields (fundraising, management, volunteer coordination, interpretive planning, etc.).
  • Familiarity with bulk mailings and postal regulations.
  • Demonstrated experience with program and digital engagement data evaluation.

Reporting

This position reports to and works closely with the Executive Director.

Compensation

This position is part-time, non-exempt position. Starting range is $12.00-13.00 per hour for 30-35 hours per week, commensurate with experience.  The IWASM is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply

Interested individuals must submit a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for three (3) professional references to Executive Director, Sara Fisher at sfisher@iwasm.org. Email subject line must read “IWASM Operations Manager Application.” Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm EDT on May 14, 2021. No phone calls or mailed applications will be accepted.

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Education & Outreach Manager (full-time) and Historic Site Guide (part-time), Trumbull County Historical Society

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

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Museum Director, Maritime Museum of Sandusky

Position Type: Full-time, year-round
Salary: $40,000-45,000

The Sandusky Maritime Museum is seeking a history or historical museum professional who is looking to take on new challenges.

  • ​Oversee a museum and help the community connect its maritime past to today.
  • Bring history to life for visitors and patrons of all ages.
  • Serve as a visible, knowledgeable, and passionate spokesperson for the museum and its programs and events.
  • Developing ways in which objects and archives can be interpreted, through exhibitions, publications, events, and audio-visual presentations.
  • Oversee staff, multiple buildings, collections, archives, programs, events, fundraising, and grant writing.

Ideally, applicants should have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  • Knowledge of museum practices such as collection management, research, exhibit design, building maintenance, conducting museum educational programs or tours.
  • Knowledge of public relations, media relations or communications such as establishing and promoting a positive image with the public, informing or influencing specific audiences through the use of internal and external communications such as public forums, writing, marketing, social media promotions, or special events.

The Maritime Museum of Sandusky may close briefly in the winter for exhibit installation, but is generally open year-round, with limited hours November-April. Weekend and evening hours are required. ​

Send resume and cover letter by March 31, 2021 to dawn@shoresandislands.com Subject: Museum Director.

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