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

Regional Coordinator, Site Support Services, Ohio History Connection
Director of Curatorial Affairs, Allen County Museum & Historical Society
Temporary Museum Assistant, The Sutliff Museum
Local History Manager, Westerville Public Library


Regional Coordinator, Site Support Services, Ohio History Connection

Classification: Full-time, Exempt

Salary range: $47-54,000

Description: Serves as liaison 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.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Serves as an intermediary between the local site management groups and the Ohio History Connection, managing needs, offering assistance and direction, coordinating support from within various OHC departments and divisions.
• Coordinate solutions to operational, programmatic, and administrative issues through to completion.
• Assist local management operators with planning and organization, work with partner organizations and local community members to build awareness of the sites and their offerings. Advise local partners on day to day issues.
• Assesses and assists in the resolution of issues at sites, with an emphasis on handling or helping the local site management operator respond to issues. Monitor sites for current and future needs. Requires an ability to assess issues, coordinate with OHC or local colleagues, and make recommendations for resolution. Works with OHC and local site management operators to assure that all sites are properly maintained and prepared for public visitation.
• Work with site management operators on projects that will result in a stronger site, including operations, facilities use, or interpretive plans.
• Advise senior management on performance and needs of local site management operators.
• In a timely manner, 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.
• Ensure that established collections management practices are followed at sites. Coordinate with OHC staff to provide curatorial and collections assistance to site management operators as needed.
• When appropriate, serve as coordinator or a team member for projects at sites, including site management plans, master plans, interpretation plans, exhibit planning, landscape planning, and construction projects.
• Regularly visit sites, meet with local management operators and staff, and monitor sites and grounds.
• Develop RFPs for projects at sites to be outsourced or assist local site management operators in developing RFPs
• Facilitate relationships between local site management operators and OHC departments, including Marketing and Communications, Design, Security, Development, Maintenance and Grounds, Curatorial, Collections Management, and more to ensure that site management operators are well supported by OHC services
• Provide or coordinate training to site staff as it relates to interpretation, customer service, building maintenance, and more.
• Develop strong working relationships with local site management operators, and build an intimate knowledge of the sites, their buildings and grounds, collections, and history.
• Coordinate and respond to emergency situations at sites, regardless of time or day.
• May serve temporarily as a site manager during site staffing 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 Ohio History Connection to the public and at professional meetings (internal and external) and conferences as required.
• Assist with the establishment of management agreements with local management groups.
• Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

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 museum, supervisory, operations, teaching, or program administration experience is required. This is a mid-career position.

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.
• Discrete and prudent in discerning confidentiality.
• Committed to professional best practices.
• 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.

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

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Director of Curatorial Affairs, Allen County Museum & Historical Society

Overview: As a key component to the operation of the Curatorial Department this new position oversees several key departments: Archives, Railroads and Transportation, and Education, that together create a dynamic work culture and will further enable productive collaborations within the museum.

Purpose:  The Director of Curatorial Affairs is responsible for administrative, creative, and institution-wide efforts to steward the preservation, exhibition, and conservation of the permanent collection through assessment of its strengths and weaknesses.  This includes identifying artifacts and narratives needed to strengthen existing collections, recommendations for the care and exhibition of the permanent collection, oversight of artifacts on loan, recommendations for acquisitions, and planning for present and future storage of collections. This position works closely with the Museum director and other museum departments in the planning and installation of all manner of exhibitions.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Create and implement a museum-wide strategy for the stewardship of the Museum’s collections by integrating care, research and access practices in the service of the staff, public, and researchers
  • Work closely with the director and museum’s curators to advance effective museum practices for accessions, exhibitions, loans, publications (both print and online), education and all aspects of storage, and environmental conditions
  • Serve as the senior member of the curatorial team, working with curators to plan and implement programs for the collection, including collection-related tours, collection installations, and education programs
  • Perform and oversee the registration and conservation of collections and library related materials.
  • Lead a Board-level collections committee whose purpose is to assist with the selection of new acquisitions and to explore new ways for the community to connect with the collections
  • Represent the museum to historical and art affiliated individuals and institutions on a local and regional level. Continue professional development in the museum field.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the museum director

ADMINISTRATION

  • Work with the director on special collections-related projects, fundraising needs, and grant opportunities
  • Develop and oversee the curatorial department budget
  • Oversee and respond to inquiries from the general public and stakeholders
  • Respond to requests for speaking engagements
  • Work with the director to plan exhibition schedules for the permanent collection and the temporary gallery
  • Oversee both incoming and outgoing loans; arrange for all transportation and insurance logistics, and handle all associated legal documents

INTERPRETATION AND EXHIBITS

  • Oversee the writing of scripts, labels, articles, and blog posts about local history and museum collections
  • With the assistance of the Curators, provide content for museum website and social media
  • Assist assigned staff in planning and producing interpretive and educational programs
  • Give tours to general public and assist with programs and special events as needed
  • Provide training for staff and volunteers

WORK HABITS, ATTITUDES, AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS AND PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

  • Demonstrates exceptional communication skills within a team environment; speak effectively and comfortably in public
  • Utilizes a creative approach to problem solving
  • Highly motivated, detail oriented and well organized; flexible and adaptable; resourceful within a complex environment; considerate, respectful, collaborative and trustworthy

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

Supervise 3-4 curatorial staff members, plus volunteers and interns.

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

M.A./M.S./M.F.A. in museum studies, history, art history, arts administration, art, conservation, or related museum field. A minimum of 5+ years of increasingly responsible museum experience required.

  • Demonstrable experience in collections management software, specifically Past Perfect
  • Aptitude to readily familiarize yourself with broad collection that covers the history of Allen County
  • Intermediate Microsoft Office software skills, particularly Excel, Word, and PowerPoint programs
  • Experience conducting primary collections research and online research
  • Experience with social media platforms Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube
  • Possesses basic design skills, knowledge of fund-raising, and budgeting

DESIRED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

Previous work in American culture or related field, training in museum collections/techniques or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.

Knowledgeable in database management, collections management and restoration.

SUPERVISOR: This position reports directly to the Museum Director.

 Skills and Abilities: Outstanding management and supervisory skills, a high level of initiative, creative and flexible problem-solving skills, and the ability to direct and motivate staff.

Salary and Benefits: Full-time; $40,000 Annually

Applications Deadline:

Application deadline is March 6, 2019. Review of candidates and their application materials will begin immediately. Applicants should include a resume and references, a cover letter describing your interest in the position, and a statement of how your background meets the required qualifications.

Cover letter should be addressed to:

Amy Craft, Director, Allen County Museum and Historical Society, 620 West Market Street, Lima, Ohio 45801.  Send email packet to director.ACMHS@gmail.com. In subject line, reference last name and job title.  Snail mail packets will also be accepted by deadline date.  Incomplete packets will not be considered. No phone calls please.

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Temporary Museum Assistant, The Sutliff Museum

Hours: 30 – 40 per month
Schedule: Some flexibility with two Saturdays required monthly. Work during special events is required.
Duration: 6 months with the possibility of permanent position
Pay: $9.00 per hour
Reports to: Museum Director

General Job Description
The Sutliff Museum is seeking a creative, flexible, and enthusiastic individual with and interest in public history and museum and a commitment to excellent visitor services for the temporary position of Museum Assistant. Under the supervision of the Museum Director, the Museum Assistant is responsible for assisting with collections management, curation, research, and outreach at the Sutliff Museum located in Warren, Ohio.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist Director with the research, development, and implementation of changing exhibitions and collection rotations
  • Perform tasks related to the creation and maintenance of the collections catalog, the physical inventorying of objects, and records management related to the collections.
  • Promote volunteering through outreach to community, organizations, groups, and individuals and use social media and other tools to locate potential volunteers.
  • Assist in publishing quarterly newsletter, Musings.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Minimum Requirements
Bachelor’s degree and/or one year of related experience or a combination of education and relevant experience. Preference given to those seeking a degree in museum studies, conservation, anthropology, or a related field, as well as to specialized collections-based degree training (example, MA and/or certificate program in museums) or the equivalent experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of relational database software required, working knowledge of PastPerfect preferred.
  • Ability to research a topic and effectively write, and speak on the subject.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and professionalism to interact with a wide range of people at different levels of an organization.
  • Project management skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to handle fragile and culturally sensitive collections in keeping with accredited museum standards.
  • Ability to work with sensitive and confidential content in a respectful and trustworthy manner.

To Apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume with relevant experience to:
The Sutliff Museum
Attn: Melissa Karman, Museum Director
444 Mahoning Ave NW
Warren, OH 44483
Email: melissa.karman@sutliffmuseum.org

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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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