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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.

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.

Librarian II (full-time/permanent)

Position Description

State of Kansas Job Listing Req. #190408

The Kansas Historical Society seeks to hire a well-qualified candidate for the Head of Reference  (Librarian II) position to support the State Archives Division’s mission to help maintain and provide access to the collections of long-term historical significance for the State of Kansas.

The Head of Reference will provide reference and research assistance to patrons; perform specialized reference work including: determining the location of specific information in large collections of government records, personal papers and business records; plan and participate in outreach activities to specific user groups to increase their knowledge of our holdings and encourage use of our materials; recruit, interview, select, and train new employees in the reference department; and serve as a knowledge source on rapidly changing national standards and best practices for the library and archival professions.

Historic Preservation Specialist II (full-time/permanent)

Position Description

State of Kansas Job Listing Req. #190354

The National Register Program Coordinator position serves as the recognized expert within the State of Kansas responsible for the administration of the National Register of Historic Places (NR) program and the Register of Historic Kansas Places (state register). This position also assists in administering Kansas’ survey and inventory program, facilitating the state preservation plan, and provides technical assistance and public education support. The person filling this position must have a strong technical and working knowledge of National Park Service rules, requirements, and forms relative to the administration of the NR program. This position evaluates and interprets federal guidance, notices, and initiatives to assess their impact on applicants, as well as their impact on internal policies and procedures. This position develops and monitors policies, procedures, and guidelines for statewide implementation of the National Register program, and recommends strategies for improved services and administrative efficiencies. The applicant must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards in the area of History or Architectural History. The applicant will have the following qualifications: (a) a graduate degree in Architectural History, Art History, History, Historic Preservation or closely related field of study including coursework in American Architectural History, or (b) An undergraduate degree in Architectural History, Art History, Historic Preservation or closely related field of study plus a minimum of two (2) years of full-time professional experience applying the theories, methods, and practices of Architectural History that enables professional judgments to be made about the identification, evaluation, documentation, registration, or treatment of historic properties in the United States; and products and activities that demonstrate the successful application of acquired proficiencies in the discipline to the practice of historic preservation.

Educational/Informational Representative (part-time/seasonal)

This position at the Hollenberg Pony Express State Historic Site in Hanover works 32 hours per week. The site is open to the public from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m, Wednesday - Saturday, March 14 - October 13. During the off-season the position works 4 hours per week from mid-October to mid-March. Applicant will need to have a flexible schedule for tours, events, and maintenance that may need to occur outside of regular hours.

The position is responsible for operating the site during and outside of public hours, including presenting historical information to visitors, coordinating with the local support group, and maintaining the buildings and grounds. There is a high level of physical activity associated with this position.

Preferred qualifications: Bachelor’s degree relevant to the field of historical organization, agency or museum work and one year of experience in historical society or museum work. Additional experience in the areas listed above may be substituted for the required education as determined relevant by the agency.

This position requires an individual with ethical conduct, positive attitude, ability to work with the public, and to plan, assign and direct the work of subordinates and volunteers.

$14.30-$16.16 per hour based on knowledge and experience. This is a seasonal, part-time position. Non-benefits eligible.

To apply:

  • Complete the State of Kansas online employment application form. Submit to the Kansas Historical Society.
  • Email your letter of interest, resume, copy of college transcripts, and tax clearance certificate to the Kansas Historical Society.
  • KANSAS TAX CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE REQUIRED: Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a valid Kansas Certificate of Tax Clearance by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue's website. A tax clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual's account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. A Tax Clearance expires every 90 days. All applicants, including current state employees, are responsible for submitting a valid certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency. This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03. If you need assistance with the tax clearance, please call 785-296-3199.
  • If you have questions about the position, please email Jillian Love or call 785-272-8681, ext. 211. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact the agency recruiter if reasonable accommodations are needed for any part of the application or hiring process.The Kansas Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Kansas Historical Foundation

Development Director

Position Description

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 support for the work of the Kansas Historical Society. 

This 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. 

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 30, 2018. 

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.