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Current Listings

Executive Director, Age of Steam Roundhouse
Interpretive Aide, Historical Farmer Role, Slate Run Living Historical Farm
Museum Director, Wood County Historical Museum and Center
Director, Allen County Museum
Digitization Intern, Lorain Historical Society


Executive Director, Age of Steam Roundhouse, Supported by the Jerry & Laura Jacobson Foundation

Background

As a teen, Jerry Jacobson loved to watch the Baltimore & Ohio steam locomotives running through his hometown. To achieve his dream of owning and running a steamer, he wound up building his own railroad. He sold his Ohio Central Railroad System in 2008, but retained ownership of his beloved steam locomotives. With the encouragement of his loving wife Laura, he built the Age of Steam Roundhouse on 34 acres near Sugarcreek, Ohio, to house his collection that has grown to 19 steam locomotives, 29 vintage diesel locomotives and many other relics of the era in what may be the largest privately-owned assemblage of railroad steam artifacts in the world. For more information, visit AgeofSteamRoundhouse.com.

Position Summary

Sadly, Jerry passed away in 2017, but he and Laura have generously endowed a foundation to keep the magic of the age of steam alive. The Jacobson Foundation is seeking a financially-savvy executive director with excellent team-building skills to shape the strategic vision of the Age of Steam Roundhouse and manage all aspects of its operations. For the right person who combines solid nonprofit management experience with a passion for the history of railroads, this position could be a dream-come-true.

Responsibilities

  • Reporting directly to the board, the executive director will work with the board and staff to create and implement a long-term strategic plan for the Age of Steam Roundhouse. This strategy will embrace the understanding that this is a working roundhouse—not a static collection—and that authenticity and realism are highly valued.
  • Hire and manage a team who will implement the mission of the organization with excellence to make the Age of Steam Roundhouse an attraction consistent with the caliber of its world-class collection and help visitors find inspiration and joy when they come.
  • In cooperation with the board, develop a strategy and systems to oversee all aspects of financial management, including business planning, budgeting, accounting, payroll, investments and risk management.
  • Ensure the foundation is compliant with all accounting, tax, legal, personnel and safety matters.
  • Be a visible public leader for the organization.

Professional Qualifications & Personal Characteristics

  • Minimum of seven years of successful management experience at a museum, historic site or similar nonprofit organization, with a deep understanding of what it takes to provide a compelling visitor experience.
  • Excellent management, interpersonal and team-building skills, with a keen awareness of the chemistry of relationships.
  • Strong financial background.
  • Self-motivated and disciplined, with a strong work ethic and appreciation for organizational efficiency and productivity.
  • Creative individual capable of generating and listening to ideas, then evaluating them according to how they contribute to the strategic vision.
  • Be of high moral character, embodying honesty and integrity in all matters and ensuring that the highest ethical standards of management are upheld.
  • While the foundation is generously endowed and debt-free, earned revenue and fundraising could be part of the future, so capabilities in these areas would be a plus.
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management, business or related field.

Compensation

Salary and benefits are very competitive with sector norms.

Non-Discrimination

The Jacobson Foundation and Age of Steam Roundhouse do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability or military status.

Application Process 

To apply for this position, submit cover letter and resume to Steven Byers, The Moran Company. APPLY NOW

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Interpretive Aide, Historical Farmer Role, Slate Run Living Historical Farm

What’s It About?
We are looking for a team member to help make the 1880s come to life! A typical day on an Ohio farm in the 1880s is experienced by farm visitors as they observe each member of the farm family and find out about everyday life in that day and age.

What Do We Need?
The male farmer role involves the physical labor common to that period such as planting and harvesting using the tools, equipment, and animals of the era, carpentry, painting and upkeep of barn and outbuildings, use, care and repair of equipment and tools used in daily life, and the daily care of livestock. All of this is performed while leading school groups and providing hands-on demonstrations for the public and wearing 1880s style clothing.

Who Are We Seeking?
Someone with energy, passion, and a love of all things history! Someone who has a degree in education, history, agriculture or a related field would be ideal and experience in living history interpretation would be even better. Customer service skills are a must. As stated above, this is a physically intense job where the duties are performed outdoors in all weather conditions.

What Does it Take?
A valid driver’s license. Passing a complete background check including fingerprinting. Being able to work a variety of daytime hours including weekends and holidays to meet the visitation of the public. Getting certified in CPR/First Aid/AED after hire.

What To Do Next?
Apply via the Metro Parks website at https://agency.governmentjobs.com/metroparks/default.cfm
Click on “Historical Farmer/Interpretative Aide”
Pay Range: $16.54 – $25.16/hr
Excellent Benefits

Columbus & Franklin County Metro Parks is an equal opportunity employer.

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Museum Director, Wood County Historical Museum and Center

The Wood County Commissioners are accepting applications until 4:30 p.m. on April 3, 2018, for Director at the Wood County Historical Center. This unclassified position directs, manages and oversees the daily operations and maintenance of the Historical Center. Ideal candidates will possess supervisory experience, good verbal and written communication skills, along with strong organizational and computer skills.

Salary: Pay Grade 8 — $46,867.37 minimum, FLSA exempt (administrative exemption)

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts, Museum Studies, or closely related field, with a minimum of five years experience in budgeting, bookkeeping, event planning, fundraising, public speaking, capital project management, curatorial and collections management, and building preservation and maintenance; or any equivalent combination of education, and experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job. Requires a valid driver’s license.

To Apply: Interested applicants must submit a completed Wood County Application for Employment, cover letter, resume, and three professional references to the Wood County Commissioners’ Office, Fifth Floor County Office Building, One Courthouse Square, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. For required employment application and position description visit the County’s website at www.co.wood.oh.us.

WOOD COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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Director, Allen County Museum

The Allen County Historical Society is looking for an experienced and innovative Director that will continue the positive and progressive growth of the organization and Museum.

The Allen County Museum is a county owned facility operated by the private, non-profit Allen County Historical Society. Located in Lima, Allen County, Ohio, the Museum is an AAM accredited institution, that collects, preserves, and interprets the history of the county, and beyond, to the visiting public. The Museum is the number one attraction in the county and houses exhibits, a genealogical and local history library, railroad archives, and the Children’s Discovery Center. The Historical Society also operates the historic MacDonell House, an 1893 Victorian mansion. With a strong educational focus, and active volunteer program, the Museum is a regional hub for school tours.

The recently expanded facility has provided opportunities to share more of the organization’s diverse collections and expand programming. Strategic planning has identified new initiatives in marketing and development occurring together with shifting resources from the public to the private sector. As the Museum and Historical Society position themselves within this transformation, we look forward to working with a dynamic leader who will help to shape this 21st century vision.

Position

The Director is the operational leader of the Museum and ensures that the organization meets its mission through its policies, administration, and interpretive programs. He/She is also the spokesperson and ambassador of the organization, being able to effectively communicate its mission, vision, value and contributions to the community.

The Director reports to the fifteen-member Board of Trustees of the Allen County Historical Society and also acts as the Executive Secretary to that organization. He/She oversees a staff of four full-time and 13 part-time employees and 50 volunteers.

The Director implements the policies and procedures for the Museum as established by the Board of Trustees. Working together with the board, the Director develops the annual budget and is fiscally responsible for its management. He/She is an ex-officio member of all committees and assists them in meeting their goals.

The successful candidate will implement the goals and objectives set forth in the organization’s strategic plan. As the Museum transitions from less public to greater private support, the Director will maximize government and citizen support and participation. He/She will take a leadership role in expanding the financial resources supporting the operation. Working together with the Board, the Director will secure existing relationships and seek new sources of support from individuals, corporations, foundations, government, and fund-raising activities.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will be knowledgeable of professional museum standards and practices, with the proven ability to implement and manage such standards and practices. He/she should have a bachelor’s degree, (and preferably a master’s degree), from an accredited college or university or have the equivalent of such education – considered no less than three to five years Museum-related administrative and curatorial experience. The director should preferably be knowledgeable in at least one academic discipline relevant to the Museum and its collections, (museum studies, public history, anthropology/archeology, archives administration, or American history/culture).

With a commitment to life-long learning, the director is an ever-enthusiastic supporter of the Museum with a passion for history and audience engagement. He/she will possess solid leadership skills, balancing multiple projects and operational concerns at the same time. He/she must possess excellent verbal, written, and presentational skills, with the ability to generate quality programs, reports, and marketing materials. Proficiency in Microsoft Office is required, along with a strong understanding of Quick Books and PastPerfect. This position requires knowledge in budget preparation and understanding of accounting reports. Proficiency in Adobe software helpful.

Salary and Benefits

Salary range: $40-60,000; employee health coverage; accrued sick and vacation time; Ohio Public Employees Retirement System; flexible work environment.

Application Requirements

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to the attention of: Mr. William C. Timmermeister, President • Allen County Historical Society • 620 West Market Street • Lima • OH • 45801 by April 6, 2018.

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Digitization Intern, Lorain Historical Society

Project Name: Lorain International Festival Digitization Project
Join the Lorain Historical Society team as an intern. The mission of LHS is to engage members of the community and our visitors in our shared and diverse history through preservation, education, collaboration, and exiting programming for all ages, so that we learn from the past, develop civic pride, and transform the future.

The Lorain International Festival celebrated its 50th festival in 2016. It was started in 1967 as a way to bring Lorainites together and celebrate diversity during a turbulent time in the nation’s history. Members of the diverse community will be impacted by this project, including members of churches, social halls/clubs, and the descendants of these once thriving communities. Lorain is still very much the International City, but LHS hopes that by shedding light on the challenges the community is experience that it will be able to play a role in bringing community support and awareness to what makes Lorain diverse and unique, especially in today’s world.

LHS has a large collection of photograph slides taken by a local amateur photographer documenting the Lorain International Festival and other local happenings. There are estimated to be about 10,000 slides altogether and are poorly stored. The goal of this internship is to kickstart a digitization project for these slides by reviewing the collection and developing a strategy to slim down the number of slides to be digitized to 1500. (there are 30 festivals worth of slides; 50 slides/festival and 300 of the 1500 will be uploaded to Ohio Memory.) They will also develop written digitization procedures for this process. Once these have been developed, they will train volunteers to carry on the project after the internship is completed.

Duties/Responsibilities:

The Digitization Intern is responsible for supporting the Collections Supervisor through research and implementation of the Lorain International Festival Slide Digitization Project.

The intern will:

  • Develop a digitization and priority categorization chart to determine images to digitize
  • Develop written digitization procedures for scanning, naming files, storage backup, and writing metadata. (Some training will be provided through Ohio Memory.)
  • Train volunteers to digitize and write metadata.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Current Graduate Student or Recent Graduate from public history, museum/archive studies, or related field/experience.
  • Knowledge of and an appreciation for archives and digitization.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, must be organized, flexible, detail oriented, and able to work independently and collaboratively on project. Ability to work well with staff/volunteers throughout the organization is essential.
  • Able to commit 20 hours/week for 12 weeks, Tuesday-Friday from 10 to 3 (some flexibility to accommodate summer/work/class schedule allowed)

This is a paid internship at $10/hour. Applications are due by April 1, 2018. Applicants should submit resume to Collections Supervisor Kaitlyn Donaldson at kdonaldson@lorainhistory.org.

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