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Posted: 12/08/2016

Connecticut SHPO

The Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for overseeing the governmental program of historic preservation for Connecticut’s citizens. Originally established as the Connecticut Historical Commission in 1955, the agency was merged into the Department of Economic and Community Development in 2011 providing new opportunities for collaboration on restoration and community revitalization. This office also administers a range of federal and state programs that identify, register and protect the buildings, sites, structures, districts and objects that comprise Connecticut's cultural heritage.

Director of Historic Preservation and Museums
Professional Opportunity
Hartford, CT
$86,813 - $118,362 annual

Eligibility Requirement:

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.

General Information:

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.

Essential Functions:

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

technical assistance.

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.

General Experience:

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.

Preferred 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.

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How to apply
Application Instructions: Interested and qualified applicants should submit a cover letter describing their interest and suitability for the position, a resume, and an Application for Employment Form CT-HR-12, (which is accessible by this link http://das.ct.gov/HR/Forms/CT-HR-12_Application.pdf ) referencing post 11409R to: Joe Olender, Human Resources Specialist Department of Administrative Services, Small Agency Resource Team—HR Unit 450 Columbus Blvd, Suite 1404, Hartford, Connecticut 06103 Confidential Fax (preferred method of submission): 860-622-2833 Materials may be attached to email and sent to Joseph.Olender@ct.gov AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.
Catherine Labadia
Phone: 860-256-2764

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