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Posted: 10/03/2017

Miss. Dept. Archives/History
Historic Preservation Division

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History was founded in 1902. A comprehensive historical agency, the department collects, preserves, and provides access to the archival resources of the state, administers museums and historic sites, and oversees statewide programs for historic preservation, government records management, and publications. MDAH is governed by a nine-member board of trustees. The Historic Preservation Division works with individuals and local governments across the state and provides grants, tax incentives, and technical assistance from staff architectural historians and archaeologists for preservation projects. Among the programs it oversees are the Mississippi Landmark, National Register of Historic Places, and State Historical Markers.

National Register Coordinator
Historic Resources Specialist
Professional Opportunity
Jackson, MS

The National Register Coordinator is one of a small but dedicated group of architectural historians at the Mississippi SHPO responsible for documenting, designating, and preserving Mississippi's historic resources.

Under the supervision of the Chief Architectural Historian, the National Register Coordinator directs and supervises the National Register of Historic Places program in Mississippi, insuring that the program is conducted in accordance with applicable federal regulations and policies and that all National Register nominations prepared by staff, consultants, and private submitters are completed in a timely, thorough, and accurate manner. Prepares National Register nominations and Determinations of Eligibility. Organizes and conducts tri-yearly meetings of the Mississippi National Register Review Board. Conducts public education programs as MDAHs spokesperson for the National Register program. Assists the Review and Compliance Officer with reviews of federally-assisted projects under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Reviews local and state governmental projects under the Mississippi Landmark program. Works closely with the Historic Preservation Tax Credit program to advise on National Register eligibility.

Special Requirements

Must meet the Secretary of the Interiors Professional Qualifications Standards in Architectural History or History (36 CFR Part 61).

Strong research and writing skills and a thorough understanding of architectural history, both nationally and in Mississippi, are required. The candidate must be able to give oral presentations and deal effectively with elected officials and private citizens. Must make site visits to examine buildings (sometimes in poor repair or in remote rural areas); be competent in Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Publisher; and possess photography skills.

Education and experience must meet the following criteria:

  • Master's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university, and (2) years of experience in a field acceptable to the employing authority.
  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university, and (4) years of experience in a field acceptable to the employing authority.

Preference given to degrees in history, architectural history, historic preservation, American studies, or southern studies and experience in architectural survey and the National Register of Historic Places.

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How to apply
To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and electronic application. The application can be found on the MS State Personnel Board's website, www.mspb.ms.gov . Once on the website click on Job Seekers, a listing of all job openings will be listed. This opening will be listed as Historic Resources Specialist III.
Jennifer Baughn
Phone: 601-576-6956
P.O. Box 571
Jackson, MS 39205-0571

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