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Posted: 11/21/2013

Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Historic Preservation Division

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History was founded in 1902. 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. MDAH is governed by a nine-member board of trustees. H.T. Holmes has served as department director since 2005. The Administration Division supports the work of the entire department. The department is headquartered in William F. Winter Archives and History Building. The department’s six divisions are responsible for the agency’s sites and programs. The Historic Preservation Division is located in the Charlotte Capers Archives and History Building. 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. Among the programs it oversees are the State Historical Marker, Mississippi Landmark, and National Register of Historic Places.

Local Government Assistance Coordinator
Professional Opportunity
Jackson, MS


This is professional, specialized work with responsibility for administering the Certified Local Government (CLG) program for the state of Mississippi, with special attention to administering the annual CLG grant program; working with local governments in general and historic preservation commissions in particular to develop and implement historic preservation policy at the local level; partnering with other agencies and organizations to promote historic preservation goals; assisting with workshops and other educational and public events; and engaging in public education about architectural history, historic rehabilitation, and preservation policy through writing, speaking, and other outlets. Regular travel, sometimes at night, throughout the state for site visits and meetings is required, as well as an ability to work independently.

Specialized experience includes working with local and state officials, writing and managing federal grants, and administering local preservation policies in conjunction with local government and historic preservation commissions. Skills in interpersonal relationships and communication are a necessity when dealing with local and state officials, private citizens, and other organizations, often in the midst of controversial issues in a public environment.

Incumbent will work closely with the Senior Local Government Assistance Coordinator and under the administrative direction of the Chief Architectural Historian. Work is reviewed through conferences, personal inspection, written reports, and results obtained.

Education and experience must meet the following criterion:

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university, in History, Historic Preservation, Public History, Architectural History, or Southern Studies

Preferred qualifications include:  The ideal candidate will have a Masters or Bachelors Degree in History, Historic Preservation, Public History, Architectural History, or Southern Studies and work experience related to the above-described duties. High-level writing ability is also preferred and writing sample will be required.

MDAH is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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How to apply
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. Once on the website click on Job Seekers, a listing of all job openings will be listed. This opening will be listed as Historic Resources Specialist I.
Dianne Mattox
P.O. Box 517
Jackson, MS 39205-0571

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