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

Director of Museum Administration, Over-the-Rhine Museum
Part-time Executive Director, Muskingum County History
Director, Kelton House Museum and Garden
Executive Director, Fort Meigs Historic Site


Director of Museum Administration, Over-the-Rhine Museum

The Director of Museum Administration will handle all day-to-day tasks of the museum, support and assist the board with fundraising, and bear the primary responsibility for external marketing and communication. They will also manage and coordinate museum programs, including a robust walking tour program, and may help to develop an education program. The director will join a dedicated team invested in the success of the museum project.

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 five-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 recently purchased a two-building complex and
are at the preliminary stages of 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.

Responsibilities
Administrative:
● Support and liaison with the museum board of directors, board committees, and advisory
board.
● Manage and maintain all day-to-day office tasks, including correspondence, accounts
payable and associational memberships.
● Coordinate and manage museum budgets with museum treasurer and other members of
the executive board.
● Create and maintain master schedule for all meetings and events.
● Conduct research to assist with short and long-term planning.
● Coordinate and manage all aspects of the museum’s walking tour program.
● Administer the museum’s oral history program together with the volunteer oral history
coordinator.
● Coordinate and support volunteers together with the board’s volunteer coordinator.
Grants and Fundraising:
● Work under the direction of the board fundraising committee.
● Conduct grant research and draft initial grant applications.
● Ensure grant compliance and draft grant reports.
● Conduct prospect research, manage prospect database, and coordinate donor
relationships together with board members.
● Provide administrative support of prospect relationships.
● Coordinate and manage fundraising events and parties together with board committees
as needed.
Marketing and Public Relations:
● Work closely with the board public relations committee to develop and execute a
proactive marketing plan.
● Manage all social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, etc), museum website, online
ticketing, email newsletter, and general online presence.
● Write and distribute press releases, and develop and maintain relationships with local,
regional and national media.
Building:
● Provide administrative support for restoration and renovation work of the museum’s
permanent home.
● Maintain keys and security for building together with board committee.
● Manage relationships with neighbors and community members regarding possible
construction and renovation conflicts and interruptions.
● Manage storefront for events and retail operations.
Depending on skills, qualifications and interest, the director will also assist in developing the
museum’s education program.

Qualifications
The ideal candidate will be flexible and able to work, both independently and closely with our
board, to bring tasks to completion. We are seeking someone comfortable with our status as a
young, evolving organization who can handle a broad array of tasks efficiently. 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. The ability to have respect for all museum stakeholders will be key to success in this position.
● Degree in museum studies, historic preservation, non-profit administration, public
history, humanities, management, or related fields preferred.
● Two or more years administrative experience preferred.
● Well-developed organizational skills required.
● Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.
● Must be self-motivated and able to work without direct supervision.
● Must be comfortable working with a wide range of individuals.
● Experience with social networking and marketing platforms (including Facebook,
Mailchimp, Twitter, and Instagram) required.
● Experience with office tools including Microsoft Office and Google cloud programs and
an openness to learning new digital tools required.
● Experience writing grant applications and other fundraising activities preferred.

Salary and Benefits
Salary for this position is $40,000, plus benefits, including health insurance and funds for
professional development.  Anticipated start date: April 1, 2020.

To Apply
Please submit a resume and cover letter describing relevant experience and qualifications, and
interest in the position. Also please 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 DIRECTOR OF MUSEUM ADMINISTRATION in your correspondence. For full consideration please submit applications by Feb. 23, 2020.

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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Part-time Executive Director, Muskingum County History

Muskingum County History is seeking a part-time Executive Director to start May 1, 2020.

Organization description: Muskingum County History seeks to celebrate and preserve the history of Muskingum County for future generations. Towards this end we seek to educate and engage a diverse public through a variety of programs; maintain two museums as well as an extensive local history collection and promote research into our community’s history.

Position description: The Director will be the chief administrator of Muskingum County History and will be charged with the responsibility of communicating the organization’s mission and objectives to the membership and the public. The Director will be in charge of our museums as well as all official communication and business transactions of the organization as approved by its Board of Trustees.

Job classification: This is a part-time position without health or retirement benefits. Due to the nature of the position flexible work hours should be expected.

Salary range: $15,000-20,000 – salary will be negotiable depending on experience and qualifications.

Contact: Please submit a letter of interest to Muskingum County History, 115 Jefferson Street, Zanesville, OH 43701 by March 1, 2020.

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Director, Kelton House Museum and Garden

A successful candidate is someone who understands the space – mixed use museum and venue- and the history of the area, values community engagement, and is open to opportunities for growth, development, and innovation.

REPORTS TO: Junior League of Columbus President
REPORTING STAFF: Special Events Coordinator, Underground Railroad Learning Station (URLS) Education Coordinator, House Managers, and Volunteers
HOURS: 25-30 hours per week
COMPENSATION: Negotiable

POSITION OVERVIEW: The director provides professional management and continuity in the administrative operations of the Kelton House Museum and Garden. As the Museum’s primary spokesperson and advocate, the director promotes a positive image of the Museum in all interactions and activities. This role works in conjunction with the Junior League of Columbus (JLC) to develop and implement strategic goals and objectives and oversees programming and financial affairs of the Museum. The director coordinates, in collaboration with the JLC, all aspects of development, promotion, and execution of programs, products, and services of the Museum, and oversees day-to-day operations.

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITIES:

  •  FUND DEVELOPMENT: Maintain current funding sources and cultivate new opportunities for Museum funding from individuals, corporations, foundations, and governmental sources.
  • SUPERVISION/ADMINISTRATIVE: Direct supervision of all Museum personnel, including hiring, annual reviews and salary recommendations. Responsible for financial management tasks including budget development and oversight; analysis of financial statements; and bank deposits
  • MUSEUM AND COLLECTION MANAGEMENT: Develop exhibits and manage collections. The director oversees the acquisition, loan and discharge of collection materials.
  • EDUCATION: Manage the Museum’s education offerings and expand upon its ability to provide opportunities to a broader base of the community.
  • PUBLIC RELATIONS/MARKETING: Coordinate all external public relations in collaboration with the Junior League of Columbus including: marketing materials; publications; speaking in the community on matters related to the Kelton House; social media and web presence.
  • PROPERTY MANAGEMENT/PRESERVATION: Develop and implement restoration, preservation and conservation plans for the Kelton House Museum and Garden.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Museology, History, Art History, Material Culture or Arts Administration;
  • Professional work or volunteer experience in the following areas: curatorial/conservation; historical research; educational programming; museum management; promotion/public relations; development; publications; local history; financial management; or marketing;
  • Minimum of two years’ experience with a museum, historical site or society, public garden, arboretum, arts organization or other collections management facility;
  • Proven ability to maintain positive and effective interpersonal relationships;
  • Background check may be required if position offered.

For consideration, please email cover letter, resume and salary requirements to admin@jlcolumbus.org. Only selected qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls will be accepted.

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Executive Director, Fort Meigs Historic Site

Available Fall 2019 until filled.

EMPLOYEE TYPE: Full Time, FLSA Exempt

LOCATION: Fort Meigs Historic Site, Perrysburg, Ohio

SALARY: $45,000-$55,000/year based on experience Benefits: available/negotiable

DESCRIPTION: Fort Meigs Historic Site is a 65-acre National Historic Landmark and one of the Ohio History Connection’s (OHC) 58 historic sites. The Fort Meigs Association (FMA), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, manages the daily operations of Fort Meigs, including its preservation, maintenance, and educational and interpretive programming in partnership with the OHC. The Executive Director reports to the FMA Board of Directors. Fort Meigs is accredited through the American Alliance of Museums.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Unifies the efforts of the board of directors, staff, volunteers, OHC, and relevant stakeholders to achieve the mission and priorities of the FMA
  • Directs the operations of Fort Meigs Historic Site including educational, retail, maintenance, administrative, and business operations: annual budget and reports
  • Leads the FMA staff (4 full-time equivalents), seasonal staff, and interns with respect to hiring, training, supervision, professional development, schedules, work priorities, and evaluation. Leads OHC employees (1 full-time equivalent) working at Fort Meigs with respect to supervision, training, professional development, schedules, work priorities, and evaluation
  • Acts as principal staff representative and provides staff support for the FMA Board of Directors
  • Acts as the principal representative to the OHC on all matters, compliances, including regulations, and best practices for historic sites and museums and to all other historical institutions, community and volunteer groups, academic institutions, schools, government officials, grant providers, corporate and private donors, and the general public
  • Develops and implements annual, short-term and long-term plans with respect to fundraising, marketing, outreach, and infrastructure
  • Supervises development and implementation of educational programs

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

  • To implement a long-term interpretive plan for Fort Meigs Historic Site in cooperation with the OHC and other relevant stakeholders
  • To position Fort Meigs as a significant and valued part of the larger local community
  • To develop Fort Meigs into an institution of excellence with respect to the interpretation of the history of the War of 1812, Northwest Ohio, American Indians, and military history generally
  • To grow Fort Meigs’ site visitation and operational revenue
  • To grow the Fort Meigs Association’s donor base and development revenue
  • To host and coordinate with local governments and agencies regarding regional planning objectives

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • Ability to establish trust and a sense of common purpose within and between appropriate organizations and stakeholders
  • Ability to coordinate the efforts of diverse individuals and groups to achieve organizational goals
  • Ability to communicate clearly verbally and in writing
  • Skill at donor cultivation and stewardship, event planning, and fundraising, including granting programs
  • Knowledge of the principles, methods and practices of historic site and/or museum management, curatorial practices and procedures, and of historic education and interpretation

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

A Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years relevant/related experience is required. A Master’s degree in an appropriate field such as Education, Museum Studies, Public Administration or History is a plus. A successful candidate will have an appreciation for and some knowledge of the history of the early United States, Ohio, the War of 1812, and American Indians.

HOW TO APPLY Please submit a resume and cover letter to: Ron Walters, Endevis, 1720 Indian Wood Circle, Suite 1 Maumee, OH 43537 rwalters@endevis.com Attn: FMA

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