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Posted: 09/03/2009

Ohio Historical Society
Ohio Historic Preservation Office

The Ohio Historical Society (OHS) conducts a range of activities related to interpreting, collecting and preserving the state's heritage. In the last century, the society has collected more than 1.5 million items pertaining to Ohio's history, archaeology, and natural history. One of the largest state historical organizations in the country, OHS now has membership of over 9,000. A private, not-for-profit organization, the society serves as the state's agent in historical matters in return for financial subsidy support that constitutes two-thirds of the OHS operating budget. By statute, the State contracts with the Society to provide a variety of history-related services, including managing the state archives, administering the state's historic preservation office, and operating a network of historic sites and museums. The state's interests in the Society's activities are represented by nine trustees appointed by the Governor. Nine other trustees are elected by the board of trustees.

Program Reviews Manager
Professional Opportunity
Columbus, OH


Assess the effects of federally, state, and locally assisted projects to historic properties, pursuant to Sections 106 and 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act and Section 149.53 of Ohio Revised Code; advise and educate agency staff and others about the Section 106 review process; and maintain computer and paper records.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Analyze project documentation to determine the eligibility of prehistoric properties for listing in the National Register of Historic Places and to provide comments and recommendations for the purpose of surveying and identifying prehistoric properties.

Review surveys, data recovery plans, maps, drawings, photos, and other technical documentation in order to assess effects of projects to prehistoric properties.

Synthesize review results and clearly communicate the outcome in writing, meetings, and other communication media.

Make site visits to evaluate effects of proposed projects on prehistoric properties.

Negotiate agreements to avoid or mitigate adverse effects to prehistoric properties.

Review and comment on federal and state regulations.

Review state and local projects to assess impacts to prehistoric properties.

Create and provide education and assistance to federal, state, and local agencies, individuals, companies, and organizations, including workshops and conference sessions.

Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

May require the oversight and supervision of volunteers, interns and temporary staff.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:

A graduate degree in archaeology, anthropology, or a closely-related preservation field, or its equivalent in education and experience, plus a minimum of four years of work experience in a professional capacity in the relevant discipline, or must meet the professional qualifications standards in 36 CFR 61, Appendix A. Familiarity with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation, as well as other federal historic preservation laws, regulations, and guidelines.

Language Skills:

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with a wide range of preservation constituents in both the public and private sectors.

Mathematical Skills:

Basic mathematical skills with the ability to apply mathematical concepts to practical situations.

Technical Skills:

Ability to use Microsoft Office software or the equivalent, including spreadsheet, database, and word processing applications. Ability to use Windows and Windows-based PCs and peripherals. Ability to use Geographic Information System software.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to review, understand, and interpret a variety of technical data, such as engineering drawings and specifications, primary and secondary research sources, and maps.

Physical Demands:

Requires prolonged sitting, frequent standing, bending, stooping and occasional lifting up to 25 pounds. Requires normal range of eyesight, hearing, and manual dexterity sufficient to operate keyboard, telephone, photocopier and other office equipment.

Work Environment:

Normal office environment. Occasional evening or weekend work. Work may be stressful at times. Requires ability to travel, sometimes with overnight stays. Work may involve attendance at public meetings and site visits, as well as occasional archaeological investigation and monitoring.

OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
Submit Ohio Historical Society employment application, cover letter, resume and three professional references with contact information to applicant@ohiohistory.org or mail to Human Resource Office, Ohio Historical Society, 1982 Velma Ave, Columbus, OH 43211 or fax 614-297-2293. The Ohio Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are proud to be a drug-free workplace.
Mark Epstein

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