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Posted: 07/26/2011

Virginia Department of Historic Resources
Community Services Division

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources is the State Historic Preservation Office. Our mission is to foster, encourage, and support the stewardship of Virginia's significant historic architectural, archaeological, and cultural resources

Register Historian/ Research Coordinator
Professional Opportunity
Richmond, VA
$40,959 – $45,000


Manage the review of and prepare National Register Nominations according to high scholarly standards for reports and thematic studies. Serve as Chairperson of interdisciplinary Architecture Evaluation Committee and the Executive Evaluation Committee.

Responsible for researching, writing, reviewing and editing state and National Register nominations; providing both professional expertise and record keeping for a multi-disciplinary team evaluating properties for historic significance; writing/editing articles, internet web pages, and other publications including the Virginia Landmarks Register publication for electronic format (web or CD edition); providing information on the registration process to a variety of public clients; working in close coordination with other team members, boards, staff in other divisions and the public prepare for and help conduct board meetings. Independently conduct general and specialized research for special projects, agency publications, and surveys according to high scholarly standards. Assist with the editing of Notes on Virginia and other Department publications. Provide definitive advice, employing knowledge and expertise in Virginia history and follow highest professional standards for scholarly research. Act as primary Register Historian for responding to general requests for technical assistance from staff and members of the public. Upon request, make presentations to various groups regarding the historical aspects of agency programs. The position will require support work for and interaction with Virginia Board of Historic Resources and the Virginia State Review Board.

Qualifications: Master of Arts Degree in American History or equivalent qualifications to meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historian. Developed expertise in Virginia history. Good knowledge of American and European history. Moderate knowledge of African-American and Native American history is preferred. Proven writing skills (proof of published work preferred). Proven experience in public presentation. Some knowledge of American and Virginia architectural history is preferred.

Familiarity with state and federal historic preservation programs, especially the requirements for historic register nominations and procedures is desired. Excellent writing and verbal communication skills preferred. Writing samples will be considered. The position also requires basic knowledge of computer operations and systems including proficiency in MS Word. Knowledge of database systems is desired as are good office organizational skills. Preference will be given to candidates who have shown focused work on Virginia history, as well as candidates who have published articles on Virginia historic topics in magazines, professional journals and/or books.

OPen until
none given

How to apply
To be considered for this position you must complete a state application through the Commonwealth of Virginia on-line employment system by 5:00 p.m. on August 26, 2011. Resumes may be attached but may not substitute for the on-line state application.
Phyllis Blair

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