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Director of Historic Preservation

Date Posted:  Nov 20, 2021
Requisition ID:  233602

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


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At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites:

The mission of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites (ISMHS) is to celebrate, explore and steward all that is authentically wondrous about Indiana.  The ISMHS is a forward-thinking, unparalleled resource for learning about and appreciating Indiana and its role in the world. We discover, collect, preserve, interpret and present artifacts and exhibits that showcase the stories of Indiana's natural and cultural history, art and science.



The salary range for this position is $50,000 to $55,000 per year.


About the Job:

As the Director of Historic Preservation, you will be responsible for the daily and long-term leadership and supervision of activities related to the preservation of historic structures and landscapes across the 12-location ISMHS museum system. You will be responsible for project management and operational oversight of work involving historic preservation; compliance with local, state and federal historic preservation regulations; ongoing programs and research; planning; execution; logistics; administration and management in that area. You will be responsible for the curation of ISMHS' architectural collections. You will maintain active and positive relationships with the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA) and with local, statewide and regional stakeholders involved with historic preservation.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Responsible for the protection of historic structures, landscapes and resources throughout the ISMHS museum system
  • Oversees historic preservation aspects of projects carried out on ISMHS sites properties and ensures that the ISMHS meets all related local ordinances as well as state and federal policies and guidelines  
  • Develops goals for research and preservation strategies 
  • Advises on impact of potential projects and maintenance on historic structures recommends appropriate courses of action 
  • Prepares necessary Certificate of Approval applications and project documentation
  • Oversees preparation of historic structure reports, cultural landscape reports and historic preservation master plans as needed, including issuing RFPs and working with contractors in conjunction with director of archaeology and other staff
  • Works closely with the vice president of system facilities and restoration and director of archaeology to coordinate work
  • Meets regularly with the vice president of system facilites and restoration to maintain an updated project calendar and prioritize projects
  • Helps prepare capital and project budgets and writes requests for proposals 
  • Develops and manages data and documentation on the division's historic structures and cultural landscapes
  • Curates the historic sites architectural element collection and advises on updates to relevant sections of the collections management policy 
  • Develops and stewards relationships with stakeholders in areas of expertise
  • Lends expertise to the professional community: attending or making presentations at seminars, symposia, conferences visitation of other institutions as funding permits serving as an outside reviewer (i.e., grants, publications) serving on organizational committees undertakes outreach programs with other Indiana institutions
  • Publishes papers in refereed journals and popular publications
  • Develops documentary records in electronic media Assists with social media and online resources 
  • Supports the development of experiences, engagement and programming as needed within area of focus
  • Provides support to leadership and development staff in stewarding donors and preparing funding requests
  • Supervises volunteers and interns working in the department
  • Provides other state agencies with expertise and assistance, as needed
  • Coordinates with senior curators, collections staff, sites staff, facilities and other section heads in the planning and implementation of operational and administrative programs  
  • Responds to unplanned needs, projects, and special assignments as assigned

The job profile is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Master’s Degree in the discipline of historic preservation, architectural history, public history, American studies or other relevant field
  • Understanding and compliance with professional standards as set by the American Alliance of Museums and other applicable professional associations, and with relevant federal and state guidelines including the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation
  • Must meet appropriate Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualification Standards and be listed or prepared to apply for inclusion on DHPA's Qualified Professionals Roster
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Firm knowledge of research sources and skills needed for historic preservation work
  • Directly relevant experience with historic structures
  • Excellent reputation among peers and a relevant research record or the potential to develop one
  • Knowledge of Indiana’s architectural history
  • Extensive knowledge of state and federal laws and procedures pertaining to historic preservation
  • Extensive knowledge of the care, documentation, and accountability for historic structures and architectural collections
  • Advanced research skills and the ability to evaluate and assimilate large amounts of information quickly
  • Strong writing, public speaking and teaching skills
  • Ability to pay attention to details while working effectively within the larger context of project and institutional priorities and resources 
  • Good planning skills and demonstrated ability to set priorities; well organized 
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work with a team and facilitate team decisions
  • Ability to solve problems and negotiate with individuals who are under stress
  • Working knowledge of relevant applications as well as a thorough understanding of their use in conveying information to the public Facility with CAD (preferred)
  • Knowledge of agency personnel rules and regulations
  • Valid Indiana driver's license

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role provides direct supervision for one or more staff members.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan) 
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution) 
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options 
  • Group life insurance 
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits 
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off 
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs 
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 
  • New Parent Leave 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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