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Posted: 09/17/2015

Ohio History Connection
State Historic Preservation Office

With over 180 staff members, hundreds of volunteers and thousands of partners in historical societies, local history groups and local and state government, the Ohio History Connection champions all Ohio history, including the 50+ historic sites in the Society's network throughout Ohio.From automobiles to wedding gowns, the Ohio History Connectionís history collections document both the ordinary and extraordinary stories of Ohioans. We collect, preserve, catalog, manage and make available to the public a vast collection of about 1.6 million objects in our museums across Ohio, and in our flagship museum in the Ohio History Center. Additionally, serving as the State Archives, allows people to discover the stories of the Ohioans who built our stateís farms, industries, businesses, schools, churches, social organizations, governments, and communities. Connecting people to the stories of Ohio is part of the daily work of the Society and is accomplished in part through educational efforts such as sponsoring National History Day in Ohio, and Ohio As America, an online textbook and curriculum for teaching the history of Ohio. Overseeing the Historical Markers program and the Local History Office are additional ways of connecting people to Ohio history. A division within the Ohio History Connection, the State Historic Preservation Office nominates properties to the National Register of Historic Places, reviews rehabilitation work to historic buildings for tax credits, reviews federally assisted projects for effects on historic properties, qualifies communities for the Certified Local Government program, and provides technical assistance and advice to the public. The Ohio History Connection is a non-profit organization that is funded in part by the State of Ohio, and depends on gifts, membership revenue, volunteers, grants, and other earned revenue such as admission fees, to serve the people of Ohio.

Technical Specialist
Professional Opportunity
Columbus, OH
Open Until
Until Filled

Nature of Work:†An employee in this position performs support duties requiring considerable judgment, excellent organizational skills and sensitivity to complex situations and tight deadlines. This position is responsible for a variety of support, technical review, and data management tasks for four departments of the Historic Preservation Office, which serves as state historic preservation office for Ohio. Acts as a resource person for the Historic Preservation Office staff, consultants, agency representatives and the general public by handling various aspects of project submissions, tracking, close-out and filing.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

††††††† Conduct independent initial review of incoming submissions under a variety of program areas, identify missing and insufficient information, and prepare correspondence to submitters to resolve issues.

††††††† Carry out basic research to assist staff with producing public education materials and web pages.

††††††† Respond to status check inquiries, procedural questions, and requests for assistance made by phone, email, and written correspondence.

††††††† Maintenance, including filing, re-filing, and general upkeep various hard-copy program files.

††††††† Assist researchers and others using public files by providing verbal and written guidance.

††††††† Assist with cataloging, organization and maintenance of the Historic Preservation Office library and image collections.

††††††† Responsible for data entry and report preparation in a variety of program and tracking databases

††††††† Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:†Bachelor's degree in American history, historic preservation, anthropology, architecture, architectural history, historic preservation planning, or a closely related field, or the equivalent of education and work experience. Familiarity with Federal Historic preservation laws and programs, (including the National Register of Historic Places, Ohio Historic Inventory, Ohio Archaeological Inventory, Federal and State Project Reviews, Certified Local Governments, and Federal and State Tax Credit programs) and with the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation is a plus.

Personal Attributes

Self-directed and flexible.

Resourcefulness and initiative.

Problem solving and decision making.

Effective organizational skills.

Incredible attention to details.

Able to work independently without supervision.

Even-tempered in moments of stress.

Able to handle multiple tasks.

Language Skills:†Writing, editing, and organizational skills.Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Mathematical Skills:†Basic mathematical skills

Technical Skills:†Microsoft Office, including Access, or equivalent business software. Ability to use Windows and Windows-based PCs and peripherals.

Reasoning Ability:†Ability to work independently or with a group. Ability to pay close attention to detail while completing repetitive tasks.

Work Environment:†Normal office environment. Requires prolonged sitting, frequent standing, and bending, stooping and occasional lifting up to 30 pounds.

How to apply
How to Apply To apply, visit www.ohiohistory.org/about-us/jobs for Ohio History Connection employment application. Submit application, cover letter, resume and three professional references with contact information to applicant@ohiohistory.org or mail to: Human Resources Department Ohio History Connection 800 E. 17th Avenue Columbus, OH 43211-2474 Fax: 614/297-2293 E-mail: applicant@ohiohistory.org The Ohio History Connection is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are proud to be a drug-free workplace.

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