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

Executive Director (Part-Time), North Canton Heritage Society
Project Assistant – Ohio History Day, Ohio History Connection
Communications and Development Coordinator, Oberlin Heritage Center
Ohio History Service Corps 2019-2020, various sites
Curator, Armstrong Air & Space Museum


Executive Director (Part-Time), North Canton Heritage Society

Applications are currently being accepted for the Part-Time Position of Executive Director of the North Canton Heritage Society, Inc.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage the daily activities of the Society during regular office hours (Tues, Wed, Thurs. 12 PM – 4 PM)
  • Provide administrative assistance to the Society’s Board of Trustees
  • Publish a quarterly newsletter
  • Oversee publicity of Society activities
  • Coordinate educational programs for the schools and general public
  • Prepare grants
  • Oversee Society finances
  • Solicit and supervise volunteers
  • Promote the organization in the community

The Director serves under the supervision of the Society’s 12-member volunteer Board of Trustees. Director will work approximately 15 hours per week. Salary will be $800-$1000 per month, depending on qualifications.

The Director should have a strong interest in local history; excellent speaking, writing and research skills; and a desire to work with individuals and community organizations, especially other historical groups. Microsoft Office experience including Publisher is helpful. Grant writing experience is a plus.

Resumes for the part-time position will be accepted at the North Canton Heritage Society until Friday, August 30, 2019. Resumes can be emailed to NCHS: ncantonheritage@gmail.com. Questions: Email or call us at 330-494-4791 during our temporary business hours: Tuesday and Thursday 12 PM – 4 PM.

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Project Assistant – Ohio History Day, Ohio History Connection

Ohio History Day is an affiliate of National History Day (NHD), an exciting program that makes history come alive for students. Students learn history by doing history. Students conduct historical research that leads to imaginative exhibits, documentaries, original performances, websites and scholarly papers. NHD reinforces classroom teaching by rewarding students of all abilities for their scholarship, individual initiative and cooperative learning.

The Ohio History Day Project Assistant in the Outreach Division reports to the Unit Manager, Ohio History Day. This position provides support to the Unit Manager through administrative duties, contest management, and school outreach. Due to the nature of this position it is imperative that the Project Assistant be extremely organized and has excellent time management skills.

The work is in a fast-paced environment. This position may require overnight travel both in-state and out of state.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversees Ohio History Day contest logistics including managing registration system and database.
  • Coordinates Youth History Day competition
  • Creates and delivers programs about Ohio History Day to students and teachers.
  • Attends regional, State and National History Day competitions
  • Performs general administrative duties including makes photocopies, orders supplies, filing and record keeping, managing databases and email lists, etc.
  • Drafts and designs general correspondence, memos, charts, tables, graphs, etc. Proof reads copies for spelling, grammar and layout making appropriate changes. Responsible for accuracy and clarity of final copy.
  • Acts as resource person for staff, volunteers, and general public both in person and on the telephone.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment on multiple projects
  • Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities: N/A

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: Bachelor’s Degree in an appropriate field with coursework in research skills and methods. Experience working in customer service orientated environment and/or an office environment. One to three years’ work experience in any field.

Knowledge: Historical research skills and methods

Personal Attributes:

  • Self-directed and flexible.
  • Resourcefulness and initiative.
  • Problem solving and decision making.
  • Effective organizational 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.
  • Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings as needed.

Language Skills: Ability to communicate internally and with external partners, both orally and in writing, on professional and educational levels in all areas of responsibility.

Mathematical Skills: Requires basic mathematical skills.

Technical Skills: Computer skills including Microsoft Office suite is required.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to efficiently prioritize and complete tasks involving careful attention to detail. Ability to work independently and as part of a team, manage multiple projects, and meet deadlines.

Work Environment: Normal office environment. Days, hours and locations of work may vary to accommodate specific program and participant needs, and will include seasonal weekend and evening work. Willingness to undertake substantial in-state and limited out-of-state travel with occasional overnights. Work may be stressful at times as it involves frequent contact with staff, school administrators, teachers, students, and the public.

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

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Communications and Development Coordinator, Oberlin Heritage Center

The Oberlin Heritage Center (OHC) is an award-winning non-profit, community-based historical society and historic preservation organization in the city of Oberlin, Ohio that operates a complex of historic sites and offers extensive programming and tours. It preserves, collects and interprets the history of this nationally significant, diverse college town located 35 miles southwest of Cleveland. It is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is certified by the Ohio Association of Non-Profit Organizations’ Standards for Excellence program. The 700-plus member organization has two full-time employees, 4 part-time employees, and numerous interns and volunteers.  The Oberlin Heritage Center is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information about the organization, visit www.oberlinheritagecenter.org.

Position Summary:

The organization seeks a Communications and Development Coordinator to work 35 hours a week. Primary responsibilities related to communications include creating a monthly electronic newsletter, press releases, bi-annual calendars, and annual report. Primary responsibilities related to development include preparing membership renewals and acknowledgements, processing gifts, overseeing the annual fund, coordinating closely with the Development Committee and Executive Director on major campaigns, and general member relations. The Communications and Development Coordinator reports to and works closely with the Executive Director and also works closely with three other professional staff members and a varied team of volunteers and student interns. This person will be a front-line employee and must be able to embody the community-oriented mission of the organization.

Application Due Date: September 10, 2019 by 11:59 p.m.

Expected Start Date: January 3, 2020

Hours: 35 hours per week, typically Tuesday through Saturday but with flexibility; must be able to work a majority of Saturdays and occasional evenings

Pay: $32,000 – $36,000 a year; commensurate with experience

Benefits: Vacation, holiday, and sick leave; monthly cost of living benefit; access to retirement plan and eventually employer matched contributions

Application Materials:

  • Required: Cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references (who will not be contacted until the applicant has been notified)
  • Optional: Sample publicity/communication material (no more than two)
  • Applications must be emailed to oberlinheritagecenter@gmail.com with the subject line “CDC Position”. Mailed applications will not be accepted.

Primary Job Duties:

  • Schedule, write, and distribute key organizational communications, including a monthly e-newsletter, annual report, bi-annual program calendar, flyers, and press releases; liaison with other staff members for online and social media postings; maintain a record of OHC news clippings
  • Coordinate and cultivate OHC’s membership (700+): tracking, personalized renewals, acknowledgements, recruiting, cultivation record-keeping, specialized communications
  • Coordinate the fall annual fund mailings, note-writing, acknowledgements, goal achievement
  • Oversee special and ongoing recognition projects for members, volunteers, students, program presenters, special events, etc.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and Development Committee on special fundraising campaigns, including prospect research, solicitation, gift and pledge tracking, acknowledgement, goal achievement
  • Assist with event facilitation, including logistical planning, display of OHC’s publicity materials, evaluation, and recording attendance for potential membership cultivation
  • Oversee volunteers assistance on relevant projects

An Ideal Candidate Will:

  • Have a sincere desire to meet and engage with people; treat everyone with respect, courtesy, and attentiveness.
  • Be a team player.
  • Lend a hand with projects outside of defined job duties and have the organization’s mission foremost in mind.
  • Complete projects in a timely and professional manner despite interruptions.
  • Have a high attention to detail that results in final products, writings in particular, that require minimal oversight or correction.
  • Maintain detailed schedules in regards to communications and events.
  • Be proactive and innovative when it comes to membership coordination and cultivation.
  • Be open to suggestions and actively strive for best practices in the museum and non-profit fields.

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 with member or donor relations and tracking such relations through software, including keeping records and coding for specialized lists and mailings (Donor Perfect preferred)
  • Able to work some evening hours and weekends, including most Saturdays
  • Experience supervising staff members and/or volunteers
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills; prompt communication
  • Able to work both independently and in cooperation with staff, volunteers, and interns
  • Able to manage multiple tasks within established deadlines and be productive and well organized in a fast-paced, service-oriented environment
  • Energetic, personable, courteous, and professional when serving visitors and the community
  • Proficient with word processor and spreadsheets (including mail merges), and slide display software (such as PowerPoint)
  • Comfortable utilizing online tools, including for sales, donor tracking, and electronic newsletters
  • Climb stairs within the historic buildings and lift 20 lbs
  • Access to transportation for occasional offsite projects, meetings, and programs

Desired Skills / Experience:

  • Advanced training or certification in related fields (fundraising, management, volunteer coordination, etc).
  • Coordinating an annual fundraiser mailing campaign
  • Website and social media maintenance
  • Graphic design, digital photography, photo editing
  • Grant writing
  • Award nomination writing
  • Intern and volunteer training and supervision
  • Volunteer and/or employee recognition initiatives
  • Prospect research
  • Familiarity with CreateSend or a similar email campaign system
  • Familiarity with bulk mailings and postal regulations

Application Due Date: September 10, 2019 by 11:59 p.m.  See application submission instructions above.

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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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