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

AmeriCorps Members, Ohio History Service Corps
Education and Outreach Manager, Shaker Historical Society
Collections Manager, International Women’s Air & Space Museum
Oral History Coordinator, Over-the-Rhine Museum


AmeriCorps Members, Ohio History Service Corps

The Ohio History Connection is now accepting applications for AmeriCorps Members to serve in the Ohio History Service Corps in 2022-2023!

Established in 2010, Ohio History Service Corps (OHSC) members provide service to Ohioans and their local history communities through collections management projects, strategic planning, community engagement, historic site survey, programming, and other capacity-building initiatives. Members provide coaching, assistance, and help organizations become more effective and sustainable. With the assistance of Ohio History Service Corps members, organizations increase their knowledge of the public history and cultural heritage field 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. Since the start of the program, members have engaged more than 6,359 volunteers who contributed more than 56,912 volunteer hours. Members have also leveraged more than $291,317 of cash resources and upwards of $1.5 million of in-kind support for their projects. The Ohio History Service Corps is a hallmark program of the Ohio History Connection, the statewide history organization, and is one of only two history-related AmeriCorps programs in the country!

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 2022-2023 program year begins in September with members serving in and around: Cincinnati, Columbus, Dennison, Lorain, Portsmouth, Warren, and Wilberforce. The host sites are: Community Surveyors: City of Cincinnati; Local History Members: Cincinnati Art Museum, Dennison Railroad Depot Museum, Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati, Lorain Historical Society, National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, Ohio Humanities, Rickenbacker Woods Foundation, Shawnee State University, and Trumbull County Historical Society.

Duration & Benefits: Members will serve one year in full time (35-40 hr/wk) capacity from September 12, 2022 to August 31, 2023. Throughout their term, AmeriCorps members will receive:

  • Living allowance of $20,000*
  • Health insurance
  • Childcare assistance, if eligible
  • Professional development
  • Travel reimbursements
  • Eligible for Eli Segal Education Award of $6,495 upon successful completion of 1700 hours of service

Members receive professional development opportunities through attendance at statewide conferences, in addition to training on topics including 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.

Travel: Statewide and local travel is required. Members will travel to Columbus 5-6 times per year for training, as well as traveling to outreach or survey sites as often as several times per week. Members must be able to provide their own transportation. A valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle are highly recommended. All non-commute mileage will be reimbursed.

Qualifications: Members preferably have a college degree or similar level of experience and a passion for history, public history, museum studies, anthropology, other humanities, library sciences, historic preservation/architectural history, education, or related fields. Some event planning, community development, heritage tourism, and/or museums experience a plus but not required.

This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, genetic information and military service.

To Apply: Applications must be submitted through MyAmeriCorps (https://my.americorps.gov). Applicants will be required to set up a profile on the website. All fields are required. Paper or email applications will not be accepted. Applications are due by August 15, 2022 or until all positions are filled.

When completing the “Motivation” section, applicants should refine their entered response to describe their motivation for service, and why they wish to serve specifically in the OHSC. Applicants should take the same care in crafting their submission as they would a job application including structure for Experience = resume, Motivation = cover letter.

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

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

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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 (20%)
● 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 (70%)
● 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 (10%)
● 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
● 1 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 procurable

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 May 9, 2022. 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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Collections Manager, International Women’s Air & Space Museum

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.

Position Summary:
The Collections Manager will be responsible for the registration, preservation, and management of the historic collections of the IWASM. Further, the position will be tasked with creating and preserving an accurate and useful record of IWASM history. As a secondary focus, the Collections Manager will aid in developing public programs in conjunction with the Executive Director and other IWASM staff and volunteers.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform all registration activities for the collections according to the IWASM’s Collections Management Policy.
  • Maintain the IWASM’s collection, maintain records utilizing the provided software database, and address donation inquiries from potential donors and whether items are suitable for the museum collections.
  • Respond to all requests for information, provide access to the IWASM records/collections, aid in research, and administer appropriate fees as needed for in-person visitors and through digital means.
  • Curate collections of historic objects, art, archives, and photographs related to IWASM’s mission.
  • Contribute historical content for IWASM print and digital platforms.
  • Recruit and supervise collections volunteers and interns in conjunction with the Executive Director based on IWASM’s strategic initiatives.
  • Be available to work occasional weekend and evening hours for special events and meetings.
  • Develop and construct exhibits out of the collections and from other relevant sources alongside the Executive Director and other IWASM staff and volunteers.
  • Assist with tours and programs including assistance in training museum docents.
  • Assist with expanding the IWASM’s ability to provide continuing care and programming by applying for applicable grants.
  • Provide quarterly reports to the IWASM’s Board of Trustees.
  • Attend meetings of associated organizations as requested by the Executive Director.

Required Skills/Experience

  • Minimum of an undergraduate college degree in a humanities discipline, museum studies or closely related field; master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of two years museum experience including collections management activities encouraged.
  • Experience conducting a breadth of work in collections and exhibits.
  • Demonstrated experience managing the care, preservation, and documentation of museum collections, especially in museum registration, collections management software, object handling and housing, loan procedures, and exhibition installation.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of collections management standards and best practices.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • Energetic, personable, courteous, and professional when engaging visitors and the community.
  • Flexible and adaptable, ability to work outside normal business hours as necessary including required weekend of the Cleveland National Air Show.
  • 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.
  • Be open to suggestions and actively strive for best practices in the museum and non-profit fields.

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

Work Environment
Standard office environment when doing administrative tasks; some work within collections storage areas. Must be able to lift 20 pounds and be able to bend, stoop, and climb ladders as necessary. Other reasonable duties as requested or assigned.

Compensation
This position is a full time salaried exempt position beginning at $35,000, and offers two weeks paid time off.

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 Collections Manager Application.” Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm EDT on May 13, 2022. No phone calls or mailed applications will be accepted.

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Oral History Coordinator, Over-the-Rhine Museum

The Over-the-Rhine Museum seeks a part-time Oral History Coordinator.

Position
The Oral History Coordinator will manage the Voices of Over-the-Rhine Oral History Project. The
Coordinator will oversee all aspects of the oral history project, including recruiting and training
volunteers. The Oral History Coordinator will report to the Director of Museum Administration and
executive committee of the Board of Directors. This is a part-time, grant funded position for one year,
with potential to develop into a full time, permanent position, dependent on funding.

The Community
Over-the-Rhine is Cincinnati’s most intact nineteenth century urban neighborhood. Characterized by
three to five story brick tenement buildings, the neighborhood has been home to German immigrants,
later waves of Europeans, Appalachian migrants, and African Americans displaced by urban renewal.
The neighborhood is currently undergoing a period of rapid change.

The Organization
The Over-the-Rhine Museum is a seven-year-old nonprofit dedicated to uncovering, preserving, and
celebrating all the stories Over-the-Rhine has to tell. As recent changes in Over-the-Rhine cause
significant alteration of the neighborhood’s historic urban fabric, we seek to create a bricks-and-mortar
museum space based roughly on the immersive model of New York City’s Lower East Side Tenement
Museum. We have purchased a two-building complex and are planning for the interpretation and
redevelopment of the site. Additionally, we currently administer four signature programs–a quarterly
lecture series, oral history project, traveling exhibition, and walking tour program–in addition to other
occasional programs and events. For more information, please visit our website at
www.otrmuseum.org.

Duties

        • Organize current oral history collection
        • Conduct oral history interviews, with a focus on current and former residents from historically underrepresented groups.
        • Develop collaborative projects with other organizations towards conducting off-site oral histories around particular topics.
        • Recruit, train, and support a team of volunteers.
        • Ensure that all histories are transcribed and have appropriate signed releases on file
        • Manage the archiving process, efficiently organizing and storing the collected oral histories.
        • Work with museum leadership to develop ways to share the collected stories, (pop-up exhibitions, online sharing, etc) as well as creative ways to integrate oral history themes, lessons and content into the larger work of the museum.
        • Publicize the Oral History Project
        • Work with the Director of Museum Administration to identify and pursue funding sources that will grow and sustain the Oral History Project
        • Other duties at the request of the Director and the Board

Qualifications
The ideal candidate will be flexible and able to work, both independently and closely with our Director of Museum Administration to bring tasks to completion. A successful candidate must be firmly committed to the museum’s mission, which includes working with and engaging all members of a diverse and rapidly changing urban community.

      • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
      • Interest in and enthusiasm for history and social justice
      • Experience in project coordination and community fieldwork.
      • Experience and education in public history and oral history projects strongly preferred
      • Knowledge of the communities we serve – specifically Over-the-Rhine and surrounding neighborhoods where former Over-the-Rhine residents have moved.
      • Experience and commitment to working with communities of diverse backgrounds.
      • Ability to take initiative and work remotely
      • Excellent interpersonal communication and writing skills
      • Experience with computer systems like Google Drive, Word, Excel, and Zoom
      • Experience with audio and/or video editing software a plus
      • Entrepreneurial attitude to help a young and growing organization develop new and engaging programs and partnerships.

Terms of Employment

        • Salary: $20,800 (The salary is computed as $20/hr x 20 hrs/week x 52 weeks)
        • General work schedule is 20 hrs/week with some weekend and evening hours
        • The coordinator will work remotely
        • This is a part-time, grant funded position for one year

To Apply
Please submit a resume and cover letter describing relevant experience, qualifications, and interest in the position. Also provide the names and contact information for three professional references. All materials should be submitted, in one combined PDF document, as an email attachment sent to Hello@otrmuseum.org. Please use the subject line ORAL HISTORY COORDINATOR in your correspondence. For full consideration please submit applications by 5pm on April 27, 2022.

The Over-the-Rhine Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to age, race, color, religion, sex, disability, veteran’s status, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.

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