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Posted: 02/05/2016

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 organization's network throughout Ohio. 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 state’s farms, industries, businesses, schools, churches, social organizations, governments, and communities. Connecting people to the stories of Ohio 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.

Department Head, Resource Protection &Review
Professional Opportunity
Columbus, OH
$4,553 - $5,197
Open Until
Until Filled

The person in this position is responsible for various duties including administration of the Department, development and implementation of departmental policies, review and compliance functions pursuant to Sections 106 and 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act and state laws. Advises and educates agency staff and other parties about review and compliance regulations, laws, and procedures.

Illustrative Examples of Work:

·         Direct departmental, divisional, and statewide policy-making in compliance with federal and state preservation law.

·         Serve as Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer for department-related policy and programs and represent the State Historic Preservation Office in a variety of national and state forums.

·         Develop yearly work plans for the Resource Protection & Review Department and ensure that work plans are implemented.  Coordinate departmental budget with the Education and Support Services Department Head. 

·         Advise agency staff and others on issues related to federal historic preservation laws.

·         Negotiate agreements to avoid, minimize, or mitigate adverse effects to historic properties.

·         Perform final review and sign-off on decisions made and agreements entered into pursuant to Section 106 within established deadlines.  Ensure that staff reviews are completed within established deadlines.

·         Review and comment on federal and state regulations pertaining to the protection of historic properties.

·         Develop and implement educational and training opportunities to assist federal, state and local government units, individuals and organizations, including workshops and conference sessions related to review and compliance functions.

·         Seek and manage grants and contracts with state agencies and private corporations to support department activities.

·         Lad department efforts in data and workflow management to streamline program processes and achieve efficiencies.

·         Lead and implements training of new staff members.

·         Other duties as assigned.

Supervisor Responsibilities: Supervision of department staff.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 A graduate degree in American history, anthropology, archaeology, architecture, architectural history, historic preservation planning preferred.  Must meet the professional qualifications standards in 36 CFR 61, Appendix A.  A minimum of five years of experience in a professional capacity in the area of historic preservation with increasing supervisory and/or program management responsibility.  Familiarity with the Secretary of the Interior Standards and national historic preservation laws, regulations and guidelines.

Personal Attributes:

  • Self-directed and flexible.
  • Intuitive and proactive in regards to the needs of others.
  • Effective organizational skills.
  • Incredible attention to detail.
  • Able to work independently without supervision.
  • Even-tempered in moments of stress.
  • Able to handle multiple tasks.
  • Discrete and prudent in discerning confidentiality.

Language Skills:

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with a wide range of preservation constituents.

Mathematical Skills:

Ability to apply mathematical concepts such as statistical inference to practical situations.                                         

Technical Skills:               

Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products. Ability to use Windows and Windows-based PCs and compatible peripherals. Ability to use GIS software.

 Reasoning Ability:

Ability to plan, implement, complete and critically evaluate research and field analysis for environmental review and cultural resource management. Ability to negotiate and resolve conflicts among multiple parties.

Work Environment


Work is performed in an office environment. Involves frequent contact with staff and the public. Work may be stressful at times.

How to apply
Submit an Ohio History Connection application, professional cover letter with salary requirements, resume and three professional references with contact information to: applicant@ohiohistory.org or fax to Human Resources at 614-297-2293. Visit: https://www.ohiohistory.org/about-us/jobs for information. This position will remain open until filled.
Fax: 614-297-2293
800 East 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43211-2474

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