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Posted: 09/04/2014

Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission

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".

Historic Preservation Specialist
Professional Opportunity
Harrisburg, PA


This limited-term position coordinates and communicates information about the Bureau for Historic Preservation's programs; develops implements and evaluates the bureau's community outreach programs; and helps to coordinate educational activities with state agency partners, local governments, non-profit organizations, and special interest groups. Work includes implementing PHMC and bureau communication's policies which have bureau impact and providing advice and recommendations to the bureau. Please Note: This is a limited-term position, expected to last through June 30, 2019.



The incumbent:


Coordinates and manages the bureau's educational programs, communications (such as monthly newsletter), social media networks, website development, public information, and community outreach programs and ensures continuity in the bureau's education and training programs.

Develops online training and webinar courses in partnership with BHP program staff for CWOPA LMS training, college/university partners, and other constituents.

Prepares bureau promotional literature for distribution at conferences and other public venues.

Coordinates update of bureau exhibits.

Meets with local, state, and federal officials; special interest groups; advisory committees; and the public to inform and advance the bureau's vision and mission and directs and manages public outreach and participation efforts.

Advances and coordinates the implementation of the Commonwealth's historic preservation plan.

Promotes state agency and municipal government responsibility to implement the statewide Historic Preservation Plan.

Reviews and analyzes reports and other information to determine program trends, direction, and potential effectiveness.

Represents the bureau in coordinating communication and training programs with federal officials, other Commonwealth agencies, special interest groups, and the public.

Develops and delivers presentations and workshops for special interest groups, media, and the public on the bureau's mission and programs.

Provides education and outreach programs regarding the benefits of historic preservation and its relationship to sustainability and community vitality.

Collaborates with partners and advocates to improve the effectiveness of preservation advocacy messages.

Develops and implements a plan to instill a preservation ethic in Pennsylvania's youth and train a workforce supportive of historic preservation.

Supports internal and external training and educational opportunities, such as notifying elected officials of historic preservation projects within their districts.

Performs other related duties at the direction of the bureau director.

Incumbent is responsible to be familiar with PHMC general safety rules and safety rules specific to this position; for working in a safe manner and following all PHMC safety rules; to immediately report all workplace injuries or incidents to their supervisor; and to immediately correct any safety hazards in the work area or report same to supervisor.


The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is proud to be an equal opportunity employer supporting workplace diversity.

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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, click on the Job Opportunities tab under Non-Civil Service. Scroll to the chart and select the position titled “Historic Preservation Specialist”. If interested, click on “Apply.” If you are not currently registered with NEOGOV, you may create an account and apply for this or any other listed category. Registration is free. Returning applicants should enter their current username and password, and follow the steps to create a profile and apply under Historic Preservation Specialist category. If you have any questions during the application process, please contact the Bureau of State Employment at 717.787.5703. Applications are due September 24, 2014.

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