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Posted: 06/29/2015

Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources
Historical Resources

Historical Resources collects information and artifacts related to the history of the county from pre-historic times to the present. These collections are stored in the center's archives, where they are made available for public research. The Historical Resources Library is a comprehensive research center that contains: •Non-circulating collection •Volumes on archaeology, architectural history archives management, and historic preservation. •Publications written by local authors.

Manager, Historical Resources
Professional Opportunity
Sarasota, FL
$$50,502.40 - $61,000.00 May exceed depe


Seeking a dynamic leader to guide the future development of Sarasota County Historical Resources with an emphasis on collaboration with other historical agencies for enhanced educational outreach and increased access to resources, collections and programs.  The Historical Resources Manager will facilitate the evaluation of current services and operations by incorporating feedback from preservation and education partner agencies and the community, to develop a new plan of historical services for Sarasota County. 

Manager, Historical Resources (Official Job Title: Manager II):  Manager is responsible for the effective operation of Historical Resources,  including services, programs, partnerships, communication, budget management and staffing. The Manager develops and articulates the future vision for Historical Resources and implements the goals, objectives and activities. The Manager develops strategic partnerships to achieve specific community outcomes for historic education and preservation. Contributes to a culture characterized by respect and commitment to excellent service.



  • Develops short and long range plans for overall direction of Historical Resources division.
  • Monitors division activity in order to identify and evaluate the effectiveness of operations and programs.
  • Develops, implements and administers  policies and procedures.
  • Prepares and administers the operating and capital budgets for Historical Resources; including setting priorities and managing overall expenditures. Seeks alternative revenue sources.
  • Ensures that all elements of Historical Resources operations are in compliance with core service, county, state, and federal policies and regulations.
  • Plans and supervises the preservation, development, access and utilization of Historical Resources collection.
  • Oversees development review, historic designation, ad-valorem tax exemption and local government programs.
  • Prepares presentations and presents to the BCC and internal/external customers.
  • Responds to requests from other SCGov Departments for research and review assistance.
  • Evaluates building, equipment, maintenance/repair needs and works with appropriate departments to address issues.
  • Researches, prepares applications, implements and administers grants.

Outreach and Promotion:

  • Acts as liaison to Historic Preservation Board, Historical Commission and Friends of Sarasota Co. History Center.  Coordinates participation of Historical Resources staff to attend meetings as agenda items require.
  • Plans and directs the implementation of programs, exhibits and events to promote an understanding of historic Sarasota County.
  • Oversees the development of  presentations to promote interest and involvement in Sarasota County history to civic; participates as a presenter and guides the creation of volunteer speakers for same.
  • Monitors public historical education trends and develops programs to keep pace with a changing environment.
  • Develops and maintains community partnerships.
  • Prudently adds items to the collections to capture new or emerging historical themes in Sarasota County History.
  • Encourages historical research using the collections of Historical Resources.
  • Plans and implements public relations activities to increase awareness of resources and services; collaborates with historic organization representatives to enhance regional marketing efforts.
  • Networks with other agencies within the County, the community and the historic preservation profession.

Staff Development:

  • Defines job duties and requirements for effective staffing levels.
  • Evaluates staffing needs for the division; interviews and selects candidates for hire.
  • Provides opportunities for ongoing employee training; coaches employees.
  • Monitors and manages performance, including the administration of corrective action.
  • Conducts regularly scheduled staff meetings; conducts one-on-one meetings with employees.
  • Partners with Human Resources on employee relations issues and disciplinary actions.
  • Assigns special projects and monitors progress.

Minimum Qualifications:  A Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or university in Architecture, History Preservation, Architectural History. History or related field and fours (4) years of experience, three (3) of which must have been in a supervisory capacity. Year-for-year experience may substitute for the college degree.

**Subject to Passing Substance Screening:  This position is subject to passing a pre-employment substance screening.  An applicant who fails to pass a required drug screening test shall be disqualified from employment in any class for a period of five years.

Preferred Qualifications:  A Masters Degree from an accredited college or university in Architecture, Historic Preservation, Architectural History, History or related field is preferred. Five to ten years progressively responsible professional experience in this area is preferred.

Job Competencies:  Knowledge of the ideals and objectives of a community historic education and preservation program. Ability to plan, allocate resources, promote and evaluate a community historical program. Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with staff members, volunteers, members of organizations engaged in historic education and preservation, citizens seeking assistance in preservation of historic sites, and the general public. Strong skills in written and verbal communication; capability to create and present programs. Ability to recruit, train, supervise and evaluate employees and volunteers. Ability to collaborate effectively with partners. Knowledge of principles and practice of historic preservation.

Physical Demands: Must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

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How to apply
Click the link below for more information and to apply for this position: https://chj.tbe.taleo.net/chj01/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=ADVANCE&cws=3&rid=2374
Sarabeth Kalajian
Phone: 941-861-5468
1660 Ringling Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34236

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