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Posted: 06/02/2014

Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH)

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) 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, operates the State Historic Preservation Office, and oversees statewide programs for government records management, archaeology, publications, and historic preservation grants.

MDAH Director
Professional Opportunity
Jackson, MS

Position Summary

The position serves as the director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) and reports to the Board of Trustees.  The director is appointed to a six-year term.   However, since the current director was appointed in April 2010, the new director will serve out his unexpired term which ends April 25, 2016.

The position serves as secretary of the Board of Trustees, State Historic Preservation Officer, and as State Historical Records Coordinator. The director administers the departments programs, represents the department publicly, manages a staff of approximately 135 employees, and prepares and administers a budget in excess of $15 million.   

The director is responsible for the development, execution, and overall management of MDAHs strategic plan and the policies and goals approved by the Board. The overall responsibilities include leadership, management, fundraising, external relations, marketing, business planning, and operational, financial, and administrative oversight of MDAH.  



Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for overall leadership of staff in the development and implementation of short and long range plans and policies and other activities including the strategic plan of the department as approved by the Board of Directors


  • Responsible for the financial management of the department, including the development and implementation of the annual budget


  • Responsible for serving as liaison with the state legislature for funding and programmatic authority and implementation


  • Responsible for building and maintaining relationships with the legislature and other elected officials, other state agencies, other historical organizations, the media, and the general public.


  • Serves as official representative the public face at all required functions and public gatherings where representation is required


  • Responsible for providing information, advice and counsel to the Board in the creation of policies, programs and strategic direction of the department

 The Ideal Candidate Will

  • Demonstrate successful administrative experience in archival, historical, museum agency or related organization


  • Demonstrate success in consensus building and working with elected officials


  • Possess strong leadership and interpersonal skills


  • Possess sound understanding of and personal commitment to professionally accepted historical agency principles and practices


  • Demonstrate ability to work collegially with staff, board members, colleagues and visitors to foster an environment of trust, a willing exchange of information and a commitment to solving problems


  • Demonstrate ability to motivate, delegate and follow through in a timely manner


  • Demonstrate ability to maintain accountability in staff performance


  • Possess strong written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking


  • Be available to travel and to work evenings and weekends as required in the representative role of MDAH


  • Observe and comply with MDAHs mission


  • A related degree and specific interest in and knowledge of Mississippi History is preferred






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How to apply
You may mail a letter of interest and resume to: Mississippi Department of Archives and History Attn: Director Search PO Box 571 Jackson, MS 39205-0571 Or email to directorsearch@mdah.state.ms.us
Diane Mattox
PO Box 571
Jackson, MS 39201

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