GENERAL DEFINITION OF WORK:
Performs responsible professional and administrative work relating to the preservation of historic artifacts and collections of Prince William County. Work involves documenting, protecting and storing antiques, artifacts, photographs and historic papers.
Work is performed under regular supervision of Historic Preservation Division Chief. Limited supervision may be exercised over subordinate staff.
Manages the archiving and collections of the County's historic property;
Maintains collections of historical files, artifacts, antique collections and photographs;
Manages Prince William County's research efforts relating to County owned historic properties and works with archeological firms and land owners to collect artifacts from non-County properties;
Manages the staff at the Historic Preservation Foundation;
Stores antiques, artifacts, photographs and historic papers;
Utilizes professional management of a computerized database for records management;
Acts as a liaison to the Historic Preservation Foundation;
Organizes meetings, prepares the Foundation work list, develops marketing materials and accounts for all donated funds;
Develops a system for collecting and securing the County's archeological artifacts from various developers/archeological firms and zoning agencies;
Keeps abreast of cultural resources;
Develops and implements the County's oral history initiative;
Conducts research on County historic buildings, events and people;
Prepares displays, exhibits and presentations for use at historic properties and other public locations.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
General knowledge of collections management especially as it pertains to historic artifacts and antiques; general knowledge of the budgetary process; general knowledge of the principles and techniques of exhibit design; general knowledge of cultural resources management; knowledge of grant writing and the grant approval process (this includes the financial management of successful grants); general knowledge of American History as it pertains to Prince William County and Virginia; ability to plan and implement collection management system that will allow the County to protect and benefit from the wide variety of historic artifacts and collections owned by the County; skills in multi-tasking, communications, both written and oral and time management; ability to work with diverse sets of people including managers, citizens, contractors, skilled service professionals and others interested in historic preservation; ability to make presentations to a variety of different groups on a variety of different historic preservation issues; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Education and Experience
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree in preservation, history, collections management or a related field; and 2-3 years of related professional experience in collections management and/or presentation