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

Ohio History Service Corps 2019-2020, various sites
Curator, Armstrong Air & Space Museum
Education and Tour Coordinator, Lorain County Historical Society
Collections Manager and Registrar, Southeast Ohio History Center


2019-2020 Ohio History Service Corps

The Ohio History Connection is now accepting applications for AmeriCorps Members to serve in the Ohio History Service Corps in 2019-2020!

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:

Local History Members

Community Surveyor Members

Locations: The 2019-2020 program year begins in September with positions in the: Athens, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Findlay, Oberlin, Portsmouth, Warren, and Youngstown areas.

Duration & Benefits: Members will serve one year in full time capacity, and will receive a living allowance of $13,992, health insurance, and childcare assistance if eligible. Upon completion of 1700 hours, members will also be eligible for an Eli Segal Education Award. Members receive professional development opportunities through attendance at statewide conferences, in addition to training on volunteer management, meeting facilitation, non-profit governance and administration, collections management and digitization, community engagement, cultural competency and humility, historic preservation, and heritage tourism/community-based partnership development.

To Apply: Applications must be submitted through MyAmeriCorps (http://my.americorps.gov). Paper or email applications will not be accepted. Applications are due by August 15, 2019, or until all positions are filled.

For questions, please contact Sara Fisher, AmeriCorps Manager by emailing sfisher@ohiohistory.org or 614.297.2609.

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Curator, Armstrong Air & Space Museum

Summary of Duties:
The Curator is responsible for the oversight of Armstrong Air & Space Museum’s exhibits and collections functions in conjunction with the Ohio History Connection (OHC). All collections at the Armstrong Museum (AASM) are under the stewardship of OHC through ownership or loan, and the Curator is the main liaison with the registrars and curators at OHC to coordinate collections work at AASM. This position reports to the Executive Director and is a full-time, salaried position with full-time benefits.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
➢ Assist OHC in processing site acquisitions, loans and transfers.
➢ Develop, implement, and evaluate preventative maintenance programs for objects on display and in storage, as well as exhibit elements.
➢ Assist OHC in the care, assessment, and coordination of conservation efforts for objects (indoor and outdoor) and monitor any restoration process.
➢ Adhere to OHC collections and exhibits policies and develop appropriate procedures for AASM.
➢ Research and develop temporary, traveling, and online exhibits; research firms and costs related to their rental or fabrication and installation.
➢ Review the museum’s permanent exhibits, suggest corrections, edits, and updates; work in concert with the site director and OHC staff to enhance permanent exhibits.
➢ Respond to research requests of both subject matter and of the museum’s collections. Refer any professional research or survey to OHC.
➢ Implement strategies to improve the museum’s accessibility for all visitors.
➢ Improve housing and organization of three-dimensional and art storage in coordination with OHC staff.
➢ Collaborate with internal staff, OHC staff, and other stakeholders to develop exhibits for the Museum’s expansion projects.
➢ Participate in project teams, such as expansion meetings, and provide technical and creative advice and support.
➢ As required, assist with pre-planning, set-up and strike for special events and rental functions.
➢ Manage exhibitions and collections team.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
➢ Supervises and trains future staff including exhibits technician, interns, and volunteers.
➢ Department Head.

Qualifications:
Education – Requires bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or three years of experience designing or fabricating exhibits and collections care. A general knowledge of air and space history is essential.
Language Skills – Requires the skills and abilities that allow for effective communication with the public and fellow professionals.
Mathematical Skills – Requires mathematical skills at the level to understand and prepare budget information.
Technical Skills – Knowledge of computers including Microsoft Suite and the internet. Familiarity with graphic design, video editing, and computer simulation is preferred.
Reasoning Ability – Ability to work independently and on teams.

Physical Demands:
Normal range of hearing, speech, and sight to communicate with a varied audience and/or staff, to record, prepare and communicate appropriate materials and reports. Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, telephone, photocopier, and other office equipment. May require prolonged standing, sitting, stooping, bending, lifting or twisting.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The Armstrong Air & Space Museum is an equal opportunity employer. The Armstrong Air & Space Museum does not discriminate in its employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, and veteran status, or on any other basis that would be in violation of any applicable federal, state or local law.

Please submit resume and cover letter to: information@armstrongmuseum.org, ATTN: Curator position.

About the Armstrong Air & Space Museum
The Armstrong Air & Space Museum (AASM) 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 to date. AASM is one of more than 50 historical sites and museums across Ohio that belong to the Ohio History Connection. AASM is locally managed by the Armstrong Air & Space Museum Association and is accredited by the American Association of Museums.

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Education and Tour Coordinator, Lorain County Historical Society

The Lorain County Historical Society seeks an Education and Tour Coordinator to engage diverse audiences in the inspirational history of Lorain County, Ohio through the use of LCHS’s collections and its two museums, The Hickories and the Lorain County History Center, located in the city of Elyria. The Education and Tour Coordinator will work both independently and in cooperation with staff and volunteers. The successful candidate must be energetic, personable, courteous, and professional in serving the community.

Responsibilities

The primary duties of the Education and Tour Coordinator are to:

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate well-researched, mission-based educational programs, on-site and off-site tours, and other community outreach programs.
  • Maintain partnerships with schools to offer curriculum-based K-12 programs related to LCHS’s collection and museums and aligned with state learning standards.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with professional contacts, school districts, public and private organizations, LCHS members, and members of the community to arrange scheduling for programs, field trips, guided tours, or demonstrations.
  • Identify overarching interpretive themes and work in collaboration with the Executive Director in making interpretation and programming decisions.
  • Coordinate the annual summer History Camp for kids’ program.
  • Track educational programming. Collect attendance and survey information from program participants. Provide information as needed for statistical reporting, including for grant proposals and reports.
  • Recruit and supervise volunteers to assure coverage of the museums during open hours.
  • Collaborate to create well-researched, educationally valuable, and engaging museum exhibits.
  • Assist with research projects.
  • Consult on the creation of promotional graphics, flyers, and printed programs.
  • Prepare press releases for programs and submit to the Executive Director for approval.
  • Assist with maintenance of LCHS’s website and social media.
  • Complete other duties as requested by the Executive Director

Required Qualifications

  • B.A. or M.A. in public history, history, education, or other relevant discipline or equivalent professional public programming experience.
  • Previous paid or volunteer experience working for a nonprofit historical organization is highly desired.
  • Ability to be productive and well organized in a visitor-service-oriented environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking.
  • Talent for teaching and interacting with people of all ages. Familiarity with varied learning preferences, special needs, and current trends in public education curricula, and teaching using primary sources.
  • Commitment to historical accuracy. Experience in building diverse audiences and connecting communities with history through public programs is desirable.
  • Experience in conducting oral histories and research projects is desired.
  • Computer proficiency with Microsoft Office and database programs like Past Perfect.
  • Experience with graphic design, and website and social media maintenance is highly desired.

Salary (annual): $28,000-30,000, Full-Time, Exempt

This is a full-time position with a 35-hour work week, including some weekend and evening duties. The Education and Tour Coordinator reports to and works closely with the Executive Director. This position also works closely with other professional staff and a varied team of volunteers. This position requires stair climbing and some lifting. A valid driver’s license is required. The Lorain County Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references with contact information to the Education and Tour Coordinator Search Committee at lchs@lchs.org by April 30, 2019. Mailed applications will not be accepted. No phone inquiries.

Anticipated start date: mid-June 2019
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Collections Manager and Registrar, 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 part-time Collections Manager and Registrar to oversee the History Center’s extensive collection. The Collections Manager and Registrar plays an important role in training and guiding collections volunteers and student interns, inventorying the collection, and helping to facilitate the installation of three to four temporary exhibitions a year. He/she will oversee the processing of new acquisitions and outgoing loans. The successful candidate will be a creative problem solver, have strong organizational skills, and be someone who works well in a team.

Essential Qualifications:

  • 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 local history
  • Creativity, self-motivation, and the ability to coordinate multiple projects
  • 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:

  • A. in History, Education, Museum Studies, or a related 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 in the collections storage, including temperature, and humidity.
  • 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

25 hours per week, $15 per hour

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Jessica Cyders at jobs@athenshistory.org by May 1, 2019.

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