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Posted: 05/23/2013

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission
Bureau of Historic Preservation

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Created in 1945, we are responsible for the collection, conservation, and interpretation of Pennsylvania's historic heritage, which we accomplish through the Pennsylvania State Archives, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Bureau of Historic Sites and Museums, the Pennsylvania Trails of History, the Bureau for Historic Preservation, and the Bureau of Management Services. The PHMC was created by Act No. 446, approved June 6, 1945, amending the Administrative Code. The legislation that describes the powers and duties of the Commission is Title 37, Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes (PDF, 104 KB) commonly referred to as the "Pennsylvania History Code".

Director Bureau of Historic Preservation
Professional Opportunity
Harrisburg, PA

There is an immediate opening for the following position with the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC):


                Director Bureau ofHistoric Preservation



The Director of the Bureau of Historic Preservation is a Senior Management Service executive level position responsible administering the Commonwealths historic preservation programs.  The position includes directing the work of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office, which coordinates state and federal historic preservation programs.  The position is responsible for the development and planning of programs and policies to protect the historic resources of the Commonwealth; stimulating public interest in and awareness of preservation activities and opportunities; and proving information, developing funding, and rendering assistance and consultation in preservation projects.  The incumbent reports to the Executive Director of the PHMC and is a valued member of the management team.


The Director of the Bureau of Historic Preservation also holds the title of Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer and must meet the Secretary of the Interiors Standards and Guidelines, Professional Qualifications and Standards, 36CFR61, Part 6.



Plans, develops, and implements the Commonwealths statewide Historic Preservation Plan; plans and budgets the historic preservation program; and directs and coordinates activities to meet program goals. 


Coordinates economic development, planning, historic preservation, and heritage tourism program goals with other state and federal agencies and organizations.


Supervises the survey, documentation, identification, and certification of historic resources and disseminates results to various entities.


Administers federally-authorized programs to identify, evaluate, and recognize historic sites and properties; certifies the significance of sites and properties for federal and state tax incentives.


Oversees the review of federally or state-funded, licensed, or permitted projects for their impact upon historic properties.


Administers the business of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Board (Board) and facilitates the nomination of historically significant properties through the Board to the National Register of Historic Places.


Assists communities in establishing municipal historic districts and prepares districts for certification under the authority of the Pennsylvania Historic District Act of 1961 (Act 167).


Provides preservation education through various means, including but not limited to the news media, seminars, brochures, newsletters, programs, and exhibits. Provides oversight for the administration of the Commonwealths Historical Marker Program.



Provides oversight for preparation of the bureaus annual report materials; prepares quarterly reports to the Commission; approves the material posted to the bureaus web pages, weekly blogs, and monthly newsletter.


Acts as a liaison with federal historic preservation program administrators in procuring and/or facilitating grant money and preparing final reports to the National Park Service.


Oversees the administration of the federal and state historic tax credit programs.


Develops policy and provides oversight for the Keystone Historic Preservation Grant and History and Museum Grant Programs and for the covenant program.


Provides oversight for the Certified Local Government Program, for Pennsylvanias Inventory of Historic Properties, and for the development of historic contexts.



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How to apply
HOW TO APPLY: This position is filled through a Non-Civil Service process coordinated through the Bureau of State Employment (BSE). All applications must go through BSE’s employment website at www.employment.pa.gov. We cannot accept any applications directly. Please see below how to apply: From www.employment.pa.gov, home page, click on job opportunities link under Non-Civil Service. Scroll through the list of positions and click on “Director Bureau of Historic Preservation” to learn more about this opportunity. If interested, click on “Apply.” If you are not currently registered with NEOGOV, you may create an account and apply for available positions by clicking on the “Create Your Account Here!” link. Registration is free. Returning applicants should enter their current username and password, and follow the steps to create a profile and apply under Director Historic Sites and Museums category. If you have any questions during the application process, please contact the Bureau of State Employment at 717.787.5703. Applications are due June 20, 2013.
Phone: 717.787.5703

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