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Kansas Historical Society

Kansas Historical Society headquartersA state agency, the Historical Society will post job openings here in addition to State of Kansas. The Historical Society employs people in a variety of areas including librarians, archivists, historic preservation specialists, archeologists, museum curators, registrars, exhibits designers, educators, graphic designers, historical editors, historic sites managers, and maintenance and clerical positions.

State Application

Applications must be made through the State of Kansas Civil Service Job Listings. In addition to the Historical Society, this site also includes other state agencies.

K0235849 - Architect - State of Kansas posting

This position protects the interests and achieve the objectives of the Kansas Historical Society, and the state of Kansas in the planning, design, construction, and maintenance or repair activities at the state-owned State Historic Sites and the central facilities in Topeka. This is highly responsible professional and technical work that requires licensing to practice architecture in the state of Kansas and demonstrated knowledge about accepted design practices, construction techniques and processes, material performance and specifications, life safety codes, maintenance practices, and state bidding and procurement procedures. This position requires specialized knowledge in the restoration, preservation, and maintenance of historic structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties (Standards), which is above and beyond the knowledge required of a licensed professional architect. The person must possess skills necessary to provide excellent customer service, communicate effectively verbally and in writing, be able to travel extensively during parts of the year, and physically able to inspect historic buildings from roof
to basements or crawl spaces via ladders, stairs, scaffolding, and other means before, during, and after construction. The position closes - .

Temporary Custodial Specialist - State of Kansas posting

Position provides maintenance services required for special events. This position will average 12 hours per week. Start time is generally 5 p.m. during the week days and varies during weekends. This position provides a high level of cleaning in all areas of service and facility spaces.  Some spaces would include public use areas such as restrooms, lobbies, break rooms, galleries, classrooms and hallways. The position performs duties such as:

  • Cleaning and disinfecting all surface areas,
  • window and glass cleaning,
  • all types of floor maintenance; vacuuming, carpet cleaning, mopping, scrubbing and waxing.

The position provides maintenance services for special events by setting up and taking down tables, chairs, partition walls, stages and podiums. Must be able to lift, push, and pull up to 60 pounds of weight. Position is open until filled.

Kansas Historical Foundation

Director of Development

This employee serves as the Director of Development of the Kansas Historical Foundation (KSHS, Inc.), a private 501(C)(3) and is responsible for annual and renewable gifts to ensure a steady source of funding in support of the work of the Kansas Historical Society.

The Director of Development is a full-time position, working an average of 40 hours per week under the direction of the Executive Director/CEO.  Benefits include health insurance, annual leave, sick leave, and a 403(b) matching tax advantage retirement savings plan. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supervise Development Operation (including Capital Campaign) and Staff
  • Identify, cultivate and solicit donors, averaging 10 to 15 face-to-face visits per month
  • Create an annual giving solicitation campaign for new, current and past donors.
  • Implement a campaign to bring new donors to the organization.
  • Communicate with donors and members of the Kansas Historical Society through articles in Reflections quarterly magazine, KSHS E-News, e-blasts, and Facebook.
  • Create and maintain positive relationships with donors, informing them of the activities of the organization and how their gifts make a difference.
  • Thank donors by letter (and/or) phone calls in a timely and professional manner.
  • Work with the Executive Director/CEO on how to significantly increase donations to the organization.
  • Manage the donor database.
  • Work with the Director of Operations to increase general membership, assist with annual meetings and annual report.
  • Attend, set up, and actively participate in Board Development Committee meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Training and Experience

A bachelor’s degree, three to five years of face-to-face fundraising experience, managing a capital campaign, managing a donor database, and a valid Kansas Driver’s License is required.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills

Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team are essential. Knowledge of the educational fundraising model, time management skills and excellent computer abilities are also essential. The ability to travel independently and to operate a motor vehicle is required to perform the daily duties of this position.

Please submit cover letter, resume, salary requirements and references to Vicky Henley, Executive Director/CEO at vhenley@kshistory.org. Review of resumes will begin Monday, July 24, 2017.

Visitor Service Representative/Gift Store Clerk (part-time)

A visitor service representative (VSR) is a part-time position that provides front-line service to visitors at the Kansas Museum of History and the Capitol Visitor Center. This includes serving as a sales clerk in the Museum and Capitol Stores and monitoring the Museum gallery. A friendly, professional presence is to be maintained in all public areas. A VSR provides good customer service, walks the Museum gallery, demonstrates retail product knowledge, stocks shelves, answers inquiries, fills orders, and operates the cash register.  Training is provided.

This position primarily works weekends. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain a positive and enthusiastic attitude when interacting with visitors, members, KSHS or Foundation employees, or members of the general public.
  • Maintain a professional appearance by adhering to VSR dress code.
  • Maintain a good working relationship with other VSRs, volunteers, and any other KSHS or Foundation employees with whom interaction is required.
  • Provide general orientation to the Museum regarding the activities, special events, services, and exhibits.
  • Provide oversight and visitor assistance in the Museum gallery and Discovery Place.
  • Greet visitors when they enter the store.
  • Assist visitors with special needs such as providing wheel chairs and strollers.
  • Direct visitors to the proper staff person for assistance as appropriate.
  • Handle all in-store transactions, including admissions (Museum Store only), sales, returns, and exchanges.
  • Perform opening and closing cash handling procedures.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of store products and their features.
  • Stock shelves from stockroom and put away received inventory.
  • Inform the Retail Coordinator of any customer complaints or requests for merchandise.

Minimum Qualifications

At least one year of similar or related experience is required. Excellent organization, written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team are essential. Problem solving, decision-making and technical skills are also required. Must be able to lift 30 lbs., climb step-stools, and stand for long periods of time to perform the daily duties of this position.

Application Process and Deadline

Contact Meaghan Conant at 785 272-8681 x431, with questions regarding the position and the application process.  The application consists of a cover letter summarizing applicable experience and why the applicant is a good fit for the position; a detailed resume; and three professional references.  The application package must be received by Friday, July 14, 2017.  Address the application package to Meaghan Conant, Retail Coordinator, Kansas Historical Foundation, 6425 SW 6th Ave, Topeka, KS 66615-1099 or email to mconant@kshistory.org.  

The Historical Foundation employs people in fundraising, retail sales, membership development, and clerical positions. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation that supports the programs of the Historical Society. Job openings will be posted here when available and include information about application procedures. It is not possible to use the State of Kansas Civil Service applications for these positions. Contact Director of Operations, at 785 272-8681; Kansas Historical Foundation, 6425 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka KS 66615-1099.

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