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Posted: 04/10/2012

Kansas Historical Society
Museum and Historic Sites Division

The Kansas State Historical Society was established in 1875. In FY 2011 agency programs and services drew nearly 6,000,000 people. Our collections and services are accessed in person and virtually through a variety of web-based resources. Historical Society programs are diverse and serve a large number of the state’s population as well as out-of-state patrons. The agency plays a critical role in state government by being the repository and caretaker of state records. We also administer both state and federal historic preservation programs that bring economic development to communities across the state. The Kansas State Historical Society is the state agency that provides curriculum materials on state history to our K-12 schools helping them to meet their state-required coursework. The agency also plays a significant part in the state and local economies through its museum and historic sites.

Historic Site Administrator
Professional Opportunity
Topeka, KS

This full-time, benefits eligible, classified position supports the Historical Society by working as the Historic Sites Administrator within the Museum and Historic Site Division.  

The Kansas State Historical Society (KSHS) is seeking a dynamic and experienced professional for the position of Sites Administrator in the Museum and Historic Sites Division.  This position plays a key role in the management of the 16 KSHS historic sites by supervising the staff and programs at the historic sites, overseeing and managing budget operations, assisting with grant writing and fund raising, working closely with local community support groups, managing interpretive projects, and promoting public awareness of the historic sites.  The position will work out of the KSHS headquarters in Topeka, but extensive and regularly scheduled travel to the historic sites is a critical requirement of the job.  Experience with distance management of staff, budget management, and interpretive project management is preferred.

Key Requirements: 

Ability to travel at least quarterly to each historic site to establish and maintain excellent communications between the central office and each site.

  • Two years of experience supervising staff.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively both in writing and orally and be able to deal with the public and staff harmoniously.

Minimum Qualifications Required:
One year of experience in planning, organizing and directing the work of a department, program or agency.  Education may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by the agency.

Preferred Qualifications:

Masters degree in American history, museum science, anthropology, American studies, education, folklore, historical administration, or equivalent degree preferred.  Five years professional experience in a museum or historic site supplemented by two years of administrative and/or supervisory experience.   Must be knowledgeable in historic preservation; historic research and interpretation; and facilities management practices.

How You Will Be Evaluated:

Once you complete and submit your application package, your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum requirements.

Next, your application will be evaluated and rated based on the preferred qualifications and your ability to demonstrate the following minimum competency factors:

  • Knowledge of historic research and interpretation.
  • Knowledge of historic preservation.<  <li>Knowledge of facilities management practices.
  • Ability to oversee and manage annual budget for the operations of the 16 historic sites by training and supervising site curators on the management of individual budgets.
  • Ability to effectively communicate both in writing and orally.
  • Ability to coordinate work of professional staff.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and contractors.

What To Expect Next:

Once your completed application package, including all required documents (see below) is evaluated and ranked, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.

Performance Standards:

To be successful, the expectation is that a candidate will be able to competently perform the routine tasks of the position with limited supervision by the end of the probation period

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How to apply
NOTE: Submission of a resume IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of the State of Kansas Employment Application. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in you not being considered for employment. The application process has 4 REQUIRED STEPS. STEP 1: Register by completing the online Personal Data Form at http://da.ks.gov/ps/aaa/recruitment/jobsteps.htm (Skip this step if you already have an Applicant ID number.) STEP 2: Complete the official State of Kansas application form at http://da.ks.gov/ps/aaa/recruitment/intro.htm STEP 3: Submit your online application to the Historical Society STEP 4: Submit additional required documents to the attention of the specific recruiter designated on this job announcement. Include your name and job requisition number on all correspondence when submitting documents to the designated recruiter. A Tax Clearance Certificate is required for all applicants. Obtain your certificate by following the instructions at http://www.ksrevenue.org/taxclearance.html Your application will be considered incomplete and you may be found ineligible if you fail to submit all required documentation by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Required Documents: State of Kansas Employment application Cover Letter Resume References Tax Clearance Certificate For a complete position description, please refer to www.kshs.org and go to the employment section. Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate: Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a State Tax Clearance Certificate by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue’s website at http://www.ksrevenue.org/taxclearance.html. A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual’s account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. Applicants are responsible for submitting their certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency. This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact the agency recruiter if reasonable accommodations are needed for any part of the application or hiring process. The Historical Society is an ADA/EOE/VPE agency, committed to a diverse workforce. Veterans Preference' Eligible (VPE): Former military personnel or their spouse that have been verified as a "veteran"; under K.S.A. 73-201 will receive an interview if they meet the minimum competency factors of the position. The veterans' preference laws do not guarantee the veteran a job. Positions are filled with the best qualified candidate as determined by the hiring manager. Additional VPE information can be found at http://da.ks.gov/ps/aaa/recruitment/veterans.htm
Vicki Harding
Phone: 785-368-6496
900 SW Jackson Room 252
Landon State Office Building
Topeka, KS 66612-1251

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