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Director, Marion County Historical Society

Site Manager, Historic Schoenbrunn Village

Director of Operations, Roscoe Village Foundation

Contract Historian, OhioLINK

Associate Curator of Artifacts, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Director, Marion County Historical Society


Job Summary:The Marion County Historical Society is currently seeking an experienced Director.

The Director oversees the overall operations of the museum and ancillary sites, working closely with the MCHS board and staff, volunteers, and local community leaders, as well as external partners, to enhance the MCHS’s cultural and educational missions. The Director augments the museum’s financial resources, and develops and implements short and long term strategic plans. The Director demonstrates skills in fundraising, financial management, audience development, and decision making. The Director is also charged with the duties to serve as the organization’s spokesperson to all constituencies, and increase awareness of the museum and its ancillary sites.

Specific Duties:

The Director is responsible for leading and carrying out all tasks required for the daily operation of the Museum and Ancillary Sites, including programming, policies and procedures, and staff hiring and development.

  • Manage timely and accurate communications to the President and Board of Directors and other relevant audiences on all key issues, events and activities.
  • Work with the Board of Directors to implement the long-range plan developed by the Board. Insure the goals and growth planned for the MCHS are supported by programming, and develop and implement corresponding annual business plans to be approved by the Board.
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors to raise funds to support operations, staffing and special projects and programs.
  • Oversee the Museum’s artifacts, collections and archives, and supervise the exchange or loan of artifacts in the collection and authentication and classification of the museum’s new acquisitions.
  • Develop educational programs related to the Museum and exhibits, and provide outreach to schools and the community.
  • Recruit and lead the staff. Manage, develop and supervise staff job performance, including conducting regular performance reviews. Schedule training, counseling, and imposing corrective action up to and including termination. Conduct regular staff meetings to help staff understand the organization’s program of work and their respective work tasks.
  • Develop comprehensive membership services programs to recruit, engage and retain members and/or supporters. Plan, organize, oversee and promote a range of services, benefits and events for members.
  • Oversee production of website, newsletter and other communications to feature historical information and news for members and supporters. Work with the Administrative Assistant to prepare correspondence, publications, pamphlets, news releases, and advertisements.
  • Ensure that the facility and exhibits are well maintained. Plan and display temporary exhibits utilizing artifacts from the Museum archives and borrow traveling exhibits from other museums and collections. Oversee the collection and preservation and de-accession of artifacts through the archivist in accordance with MCHS policies and guidelines.
  • Maintain an understanding of the financial operations and budgeting; oversee the collection of dues, payment of expenses and maintenance of all financial accounts working through the Board Treasurer; prepare and recommend annual budget; and ensure compliance with existing agreements and regulations.
  • Maintain systems and infrastructure for recordkeeping of membership, financials, employee records, etc.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related discipline with two (2) years of experience in museum management or an associated discipline or nonprofit. In lieu of a college degree, the successful applicant will have five (5) years of experience in a local history museum or nonprofit with several years in a management role.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to lead dynamically, passionately, and energetically, and to manage, position, market, and develop an organization.
  • Strong managerial, fiscal, and administrative abilities.
  • Experience in a local history museum or a related organization with leadership responsibilities.
  • Experience in expanding the museum’s role within the community.
  • Proven fundraising experience and success in generating funds for exhibitions, programs, historical re-enactments and capital projects.
  • A deep understanding of the role of a local history museum in a small community and a commitment to working with volunteers, teachers and students.
  • Ability to garner the support of volunteers and recognize their contributions.
  • Experience in managing historical re-enactments and portrayals.

Advertised Salary:

Salary Range: $33,000 to $37,000 (Commensurate with experience)

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Reference Check, Criminal Background Check, and Fingerprint Check

Other Information:

Ability to work occasional evenings, weekends and at locations outside of the museum, including ancillary sites.

To Apply:

Interested candidates must submit a letter of interest and resume no later than May 15, 2017. Application materials may be sent electronically to or by mail to: Director Search, Marion County Historical Society, 169 E. Church Street, Marion, OH 43302.

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Site Manager, Historic Schoenbrunn Village

Description: Part-time management position to oversee the daily operations of Historic Schoenbrunn Village, and 18th Century Village in New Philadelphia, Ohio, that includes a Visitors Center with Museum, theater, and gift shop, approximately 40 acres of land with 16 log cabins, picnic space, and pavilions.

Position includes working with volunteers, planning and conducting special events, property care and management, educational programs, tours, public speaking, marketing, and fundraising. Good communication, business, social media, organizational, and computer skills needed. A minimum of three years management experience required, preferably at a museum or historic site.

To apply: Please send resume and cover letter to local manager, the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum at

Posted February 22, 2017

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Director of Operations, Roscoe Village Foundation

Position Summary: The Roscoe Village Foundation (RVF), a private 501c3 non-profit organization is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Director. The Director will manage daily operations while providing vision and leadership in program development and fundraising. The Director will also be responsible for the RVF budget, and for enhancing relations between the RVF board, staff, volunteers, and surrounding community.
Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Report to the RVF board of trustees, organize and set meeting agendas with the board president.
  • Produce annual budgets, monitor departmental results and control expenses.
  • Focus on fundraising methods to increase the RVF endowment.
  • Create a plan to increase RVF memberships accompanied by a considerate member care program.
  • Empower management/staff to collaborate and make goal setting and problem solving a priority.
  • Develop marketing strategies to increase public awareness of Historic Roscoe Village.
  • Demonstrate willingness to effectively communicate and partner with major stakeholders.
  • Preserve and maintain physical assets including buildings, grounds and artifacts.
  • Oversee and revitalize cultural and educational programs.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in History, Education, Museum Studies, Administration/Management or a related field.
  • Minimum three years related experience in tourism, nonprofit organization, education or business preferred.
  • Knowledge of fundraising principles and grant-writing techniques.
  • Proficiency in writing and public speaking.
  • Possession of strong financial skills used to develop and grow annual budgets.
  • Commitment to maintain positive working relationships with RVF board, staff, volunteers, and neighboring businesses/partners.
  • Willingness to work a variable schedule, including weekends and evenings when needed.

Job Type: Full time.

Compensations & Benefits: Starting salary is $45,000 annually with a competitive benefit package. Increases are based on experience and performance.

Mission Statement: The Mission of the Roscoe Village Foundation is the Preservation, Restoration, and Interpretation of Roscoe’s heritage during the Ohio Canal Period.

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter by May 15, 2017 to
Director Search Committee
Roscoe Village Foundation, Inc.
600 N. Whitewoman St.
Coshocton, OH 43812

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Contract Historian, OhioLINK


OhioLINK is celebrating its 25th anniversary. As a milestone, OhioLINK is updating its 10-year anniversary history document and OhioLINK milestones pieces to reflect recent years and updates. The contract will be 20 hours a week for two months with compensation $15-$17 an hour depending on experience. Ideal candidate will have research experience, comfort with electronic and paper document types, excellent written skills and attention to detail.


  • Update OhioLINK: a Concise History by using historical documents at OhioLINK’s office, as well as researching and incorporating other relevant documents and information from members.
  • Update OhioLINK Milestones, 1992-2008 data through present time.
  • Create or obtain high-resolution scans of designated documents and photographs.
  • Assist in establishing policies/procedures to assure that relevant materials are properly archived in a timely manner with correct dating, authorship, storage etc. as time permits.


  • Sustained research experience as an intern, employee, or subcontractor
  • Knowledge of systems and strategies for organizing, documenting and preserving archives and special collections
  • Comfort with electronic and paper document types
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively with little supervision
  • Excellent long form written skills
  • Excellent attention to detail


  • Draft of history by April 30, 2017
  • Final draft by June 30, 2017


  • 20 hours per week for two months, contract extendable. Majority of work to be performed on site at the OhioLINK offices, located at 1224 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio.
  • $15-$17 an hour depending on experience an extendable contract
  • Occasional travel around state.
  • Must have reliable form of transportation. Mileage will be reimbursed.

To Apply:

Posted February 22, 2017

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Associate Curator of Artifacts, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Description: The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is hiring for the position of associate curator of artifacts. The successful candidate will work with the curator to research, write and disseminate historical information directly to public and/or scholarly audiences and ensure the quality and accuracy of historical content of the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ events, programs, exhibits, tours, publications, activities, etc. This position also supervises tour guides and docents, is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ 3-D artifact collection and historic objects in its care, and serves as part of the exhibit research and design team. This position reports to the curator and is a full time, salaried position with benefits.

Nature of Work: The associate curator of artifacts performs a variety of tasks that contribute to the curatorial and educational objectives of the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums. This position works with the curator to research, write and disseminate historical information directly to public and/or scholarly audiences and to ensure the quality and accuracy of historical content of the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ events, programs, exhibits, tours, publications, activities, etc. This position supervises tour guides and docents, is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ 3-D artifact collection and historic objects in its care, and is part of the exhibit research and design team. This position reports to the curator.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists the curator with the research of historical materials relating to Rutherford B. Hayes, his family, his interests and his era. The research will be used for publication or presentation to scholarly and public audiences and integrated into HPLM’s events, programs, exhibits, tours, publications, activities, etc.
  • Works with an exhibit team of coworkers and other authorities or specialists to develop exhibits; is responsible for overseeing the safe retrieval and return of exhibit artifacts and materials on loan, research and verification of information, correspondence with lenders, artists, and object donors, generating and/or editing exhibition scripts and labels, setting up and/or assembling artifacts for exhibition, fabricating or directing the fabrication of exhibit components and monitoring exhibits to ensure all components are in good repair and functioning appropriately and any necessary interactive materials are well stocked.
  • Supervises tour guides and docents; assists the curator with recruitment and collaborates with the curator and education coordinator on education and training of tour guides and docents.
  • Gives tours of the Hayes Home and Museum on a periodic but regularly scheduled basis.
  • Develops workshops, lectures and other programs on mission related historical topics for all staff members’ professional development.
  • Maintains and updates the computerized artifact collections management database, including catalog, accession and deaccession records, loan forms, condition and insurance reports.
  • Ensures safe artifact storage and exhibition conditions, security, and emergency preparedness.
  • With the curator and relevant staff, ensures that the Collections Management Policy is enforced.
  • Provides information and answers or refers questions about the artifact collection as requested.
  • Oversees the packaging, shipping, and insurance for HPLM artifacts sent to other institutions as well as handles all paperwork relating to incoming loans.
  • Supervises curatorial interns, volunteers, assistants, and others as directed.
  • Works occasionally on evenings and weekends
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Essential Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills

  • Excellent historical research skills.
  • Fabrication skills for basic to complex exhibits.
  • Experience managing historic artifact collections.
  • Knowledge of computerized cataloging systems.
  • Strong management skills.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Work cooperatively with others, provide feedback, and utilize feedback from managers and coworkers.
  • Even tempered in moments of stress.
  • Flexible; able to adapt to quickly changing work environments.
  • Handle multiple projects and prioritize duties.
  • Act independently or as part of a team and carry out assignments without immediate supervision.
  • Interact professionally and sensitively with diverse coworkers, patrons and institutional stakeholders.

Qualifications: A Master’s Degree in History or an appropriate field for the duties assigned and two to three years of related work experience or significant years of related work experience which in the judgment of the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums meets the qualifications for the position.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume and three letters of reference to: Associate Curator Job Search, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, Ohio 43420. Applications must be received on or before March 31.

Posted March 23, 2017.

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