Ohio History Connection
  • Columbus, OH, USA
  • 41,600 - 49,545
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Medical, Dental, Vision, Life/AD&D, Short & Long-Term disability, OPERS, Deferred compensation, paid sick & vacation, paid holidays, paid parental leave


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Position: Underrepresented Communities Survey & National Register Manager

Status: Full time, Two-year position with potential for extension

Salary: $41,600 - $49,545 per year

Benefits: Medical, dental, vision, Life/Disability, retirement savings options and state pension, paid vacation and sick time, paid holidays, free museum membership and discounts


About Ohio History Connection:

The Ohio History Connection, formerly the Ohio Historical Society, is a statewide history organization with the mission to spark discovery of Ohio's stories. Chartered in 1885, the OHC carries out history services for Ohio and its citizens focused on preserving and sharing the state's history. This includes housing the state historic preservation office, the official state archives, local history office and managing more than 50 sites and museums across Ohio.


Position Summary:

This position is responsible for completing Ohio Historic Inventory survey forms and National Register of Historic Places nominations for historic properties associated with the 20th century history of African Americans in Ohio. The position will also develop a proactive approach to identifying National Register-eligible properties reflecting African American history and tools to facilitate their nomination to the National Register. Funding for the position is provided in part through the Underrepresented Community Grants Program (P21AP11726), administered by the National Park Service.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Research Ohio listings in the Negro Motorist Green Book (Green Book) and complete Ohio Historic Inventory forms for extant properties. Complete Ohio Historic Inventory forms for additional properties associated with the 20th Century African American Civil Rights Movement in Ohio.
  • Complete two (2) National Register nominations or amendments to highlight their African American significance. Nominations may include a National Register amendment for the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Cincinnati to document its mid-20th century history and significance as a boarding house, the Edgemont Inn, listed in the Green Book and completion of a National Register nomination for the King Records Buildings in Cincinnati, significant as an integrated independent record company during the 1940s and 1950s, releasing Rhythm and Blues and Country music hits.
  • Create a National Register evaluation and prioritization plan for preparing future National Register nominations that reflect the history of African Americans in Ohio
  • Work with staff in the National African American Museum and Cultural Center, scholars with expertise in African American history, and leaders within the African American community to build awareness of this project and of the National Register program and invite input on the National Register prioritization plan. Create and present training and education for survey and National Register topics, including written material, workshops, presentations, and training sessions
  • Assist in the review of National Register of Historic Places nominations, National Register Questionnaires, and Ohio Historic Inventory History-Architecture survey forms and reports, including providing written guidance to applicants
  • Participate in the preparation and presentation of nominations at Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board meetings
  • Assist in coordination of the Ohio Historic Inventory and National Register programs with other departments in the office
  • Exercise independent management of work responsibilities
  • Prioritize work and meet multiple deadlines

Education and Experience:

  • Must meet the professional qualifications standards in 36 CFR 61, Appendix A: a graduate degree in history, architectural history, architecture, historical architecture, or a closely-related field; or a bachelor degree in history, architectural history, architecture, historical architecture, or closely-related field and two years of work experience in a relevant discipline.
  • Two additional years of work experience in a relevant discipline is a plus.

Desired Skills:

  • Familiarity with applying National Register of Historic Places Criteria for Evaluation and assessing historic integrity for historic properties
  • Familiarity with Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation for Identification and Evaluation, as well as other federal historic preservation laws, regulations, and guidelines
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with a wide range of preservation constituents in both the public and private sectors
  • Ability to implement, plan, and critically evaluate research
  • Ability to review, understand, and interpret a variety of technical data, such as architectural and engineering drawings, primary and secondary research sources, and maps
  • Ability to use Microsoft Windows and Office applications including spreadsheets and databases

To apply:

Please submit application materials through the Ohio History Connection application portal https://www.ohiohistory.org/jobs. Resume, cover letter, and other supporting documents can be attached in the "Resume" section. Please direct inquiries and accommodation requests to Human Resources, applicant@ohiohistory.org.

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