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Posted: 09/09/2013


Deputy State Historic Office, Division Director - Ohio Historical Soci
Professional Opportunity
Columbus, OH

The Ohio Historical Society seeks a director of historic preservation to oversee the operations of the Ohio Historic Preservation Office, a division of the Ohio
Historical Society, and serve as the deputy state historic preservation officer.

The director of historic preservation reports to the chief executive officer of the Ohio Historical Society, who also serves as the state historic preservation officer. The director of historic preservation is a member of the Societys leadership team and has direct oversight of the following departments: Education & Support Services, Inventory & Registration, Resource Protection & Review, and Technical Preservation Services.


Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as the deputy state historic preservation officer overseeing the responsibilities of the state historic preservation office as outlined in the National Historic Preservation Act and relevant sections of the Ohio Revised Code, with program-wide signatory authority for the state historic preservation officer.
  • Supervise historic preservation division personnel ensuring overall compliance with OHSemployment policies and procedures, defining job duties, establishing work goals, setting performance standards, evaluating performance, and recommending the hire and promotion of staff.
  • Develop, administer, and oversee the operating budget for the division.
  • Oversee the annual Historic Preservation Fund grant, including fulfillment of the annual work plan and attendant reporting requirements.
  • Coordinate Ohios participation in annual Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.
  • Serve as executive secretary to the Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board.
  • Cooperate with the marketing office on implementation of effective public relations and marketing activities.
  • Cooperate with the Office of Institutional Advancement to identify grant opportunities; write, supervise, and/or assist in the preparation of grant applications as necessary.
  • Pursue ways to expand institutional involvement with a variety of stakeholders and constituents. Address feedback from public and local communities and establish and maintain an effective working relationship with the local communities.


Key Qualifications, Competencies & Attributes

  • Graduate degree in history, architecture, historic architecture, architectural history, archaeology or a closely related preservation field, or must meet the professional qualification standards in 36 CFR 61, Appendix A.
  • An extensive working knowledge of federal and state historic preservation laws, regulations, and programs is required.
  • A minimum of eight years of progressively responsible administration.
  • Highly seasoned senior manager with demonstrated relevant experience in all or many of the areas of responsibility.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex documents.
  • Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing with a variety of constituents, including elected officials, governmental agency staff, historic preservation organizations and the business community.
  • Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management and key constituents.
  • Ability to manage operating and project budgets.
  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, proportions, percentages, etc.
  • Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
  • Sound computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office suite.
  • Ability to use GIS software preferred.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
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Until Filled

How to apply
BeecherHill is a retained, executive search firm and is partnering with The Ohio Historical Society to help them find their next Historic Preservation Office leader. All nominations, referrals and resumes with preferred contact information should be submitted electronically to: BeecherHill ohs@beecherhillsearch.com

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