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Posted: 04/26/2013

Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Historic Preservation Division

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History was founded in 1902. It is the second-oldest state department of archives and history in the country. A comprehensive historical agency, the department collects, preserves, and provides access to the archival resources of the state, administers museums and historic sites, and oversees statewide programs for historic preservation, government records management, and publications. The department comprises six divisions—Administration, Archives and Library, Historic Preservation, Historic Properties, Museum, and Records Management. The Historic Preservation Division is located in the Charlotte Capers Archives and History Building, 100 South State St., Jackson. The division works with individuals and local governments across the state and provides grants, tax incentives, and technical assistance from on-staff architectural historians and archaeologists for preservation projects. It oversees, among others, the State Historical Marker, Mississippi Landmark, and National Register of Historic Places programs.

Historic Resource Specialist I
Professional Opportunity
Jackson, MS

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History, which functions as the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), seeks an architectural historian for the position of Survey Manager in its Historic Preservation Division.

Responsibilities will include conducting architectural surveys in accordance with the guidelines established by the Secretary of the Interior; preparing National Register historic district nominations to the standards of the Mississippi National Register of Historic Places Review Board; reviewing survey materials submitted by private consultants; managing the paper and digital file system known as the Historic Resources Inventory, comprised of about 50,000 records of historic buildings; entering and correcting locational data in the Historic Preservation Division's GIS system; assisting in Section 106 reviews; and engaging in public education about architectural history through writing, speaking, and other outlets. Regular travel throughout the state for site visits and fieldwork is required, as well as an ability to work independently. Incumbent will work under the administrative direction of the Chief Architectural Historian.

Education and experience must meet one of the following criteria:
Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university, in History, Historic Preservation, Public History, Architecture, or Southern Studies

Preferred qualifications include: The ideal candidate will have a Masters or Bachelors Degree in History, Historic Preservation, Public History, Architecture, or Southern Studies and work experience related to the above-described duties. High-level writing ability is also preferred, especially the ability to summarize and synthesize historical research and architectural descriptions.

MDAH is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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How to apply
Deadline for Receiving Applications: May 6, 2013 To apply for this position, please submit an electronic application. The application can be found on the MS State Personnel Board's website, www.mspb.ms.gov <http://www.mspb.ms.gov>.
Jennifer Baughn

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