This is an unclassified, management position open to all applicants who meet the experience and training requirements described in the General Experience section of this announcement.
Reporting to the Director of Culture, and serving as the Deputy, the Director of Historic Preservation and Museums will assist in administering the historic preservation and museum initiatives of the agency to preserve and promote the states significant historic assets and to coordinate with other programs (local, state and federal) to incorporate historic properties and cultural strategies within Connecticuts overall economic development plan.
Refer to Examples of Duties listed on DAS Class Specification 2562, which can be viewed by accessing this link http://das.ct.gov/HR/JobspecNew/JobDetail.asp?FCC=7298. Specific functions include:
Directing and evaluating the staff of the State Historic Preservation Office and the staff of all DECD State Museums
Managing the daily operations of historic preservation and museum initiatives and programs.
Planning, coordinating, analyzing and managing cultural programs, activities and publicity.
Interpreting and administering pertinent laws, developing (or assists with developing) pertinent policies, and assuring
compliance with all federal and state requirements for historic preservation.
Designing and implementing programs for the field of historic preservation, restoration, education, tax credits and
Overseeing the operations of agency-operated museums, including capital improvement projects.
Preparing budgets and reports, such as the Historic Preservation Fund annual application and year-end report.
Negotiating and administering contracts.
Serving as Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer and as liaison to the Historic Preservation Council and State
Historic Review Board, and representing the agency at meetings of professional and community organizations.
Participating in meetings of the Culture and Tourism Advisory Committee.
Acting on behalf of Director of Culture in his or her absence, and performing related duties whenever necessary.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of preservation policy and economic development incorporating historic assets; considerable knowledge of research source materials; considerable knowledge of American history with particular emphasis on history and architectural history of Connecticut; knowledge of cultural strategies; knowledge of principles of museum administration and curatorial practices; considerable oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; supervisory ability.
Nine (9) years of professional experience in the study, research and preservation of historic sites, structures, artifacts, and administration of programs related to these fields or in the administration and/or management of cultural programs. A Bachelor's degree may be substituted for four (4) years of the General Experience. A Master's degree in American history, American studies, archaeology or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
As this is an upper-level management position, a degree in historic preservation or a closely related field combined with at least five (5) years of experience in an administrative capacity is preferred. Experience managing museums is preferred. Experience working in a management position for state or local government is preferred.