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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.

Program Consultant I - State of Kansas posting

This position requires a multi-dimensional knowledge of Kansas government agencies, in depth knowledge of records retention and disposition schedules, Kansas history, and current archival arrangement and description best practices.  

The employee assists in developing the strategic direction for the State Archives Division’s public records program. The employee provides advice and assistance on records management and preservation practices; develops records retention and disposition schedules for state and county government agencies; provides technical assistance in planning, coordinating, evaluating public records program activities; identifies, appraises, acquires, arranges, describes, and preserves Kansas government records (analog and digital) deemed to possess enduring value; assists with workshops and other training activities; utilizes a variety of computer databases; prepares statistics; assists in preparing grant applications; assists in evaluating received grant applications; and participates in strategic planning.

Qualifications:

  • Electronic information systems including document and/or content management systems, imaging systems, and database management systems

  • Digital preservation methods and best practices

  • Metadata standards for archives, records management, and digital preservation including, but not limited to the following:

    • Metadata Encoding Transmission Standard (METS)

    • Dublin Core

    • PREMIS (preservation metadata)

    • Encoded Archival Description (EAD)

    • Machine-Readable Cataloging Record (MARC)

  • American history with special emphasis on western and Kansas history;

  • Records and information management methods and best practices;

  • International standards and best practices related to trusted digital repositories including, but not limited to, the following:

    • Open Archival Information System (OAIS): ISO 14721:2012

    • Audit and Certification of Trustworthy Digital Repositories: ISO 16363: 2012

    • Producer-Archive Interface - Methodology Abstract Standard (PAIMAS): ISO 20652:2006

  • Archives and special collections reference techniques and best practices;

  • Historical research methods

  • Special Library and archives reference techniques and best practices

Additional Qualifications:

  • Work with a variety of people and in a team environment;

  • Balance multiple project

  • Meet deadlines

  • Express ideas clearly, orally, and in writing to groups with varying expertise in the relevant subject matter

  • Comfortably present information in small or large group settings

  • Identify and implement new training courses for State Agencies

Special Qualifications:

Physical requirements of the position include climbing tall ladders to examine or move records stored on high shelves; lifting or carrying boxes or volumes weighing as much as 60 pounds which often must be placed on high shelves and/or loading docks; and loading, unloading, and driving a large van.

Education and experience: 

Minimum of six months of experience in planning, monitoring activities relevant to the agency’s program.  Education may be substituted for experience.  Master’s degree in history or library/information science with an archival administration concentration, or a related field is preferred.

Historic Site Alternate (part-time temporary) - State of Kansas posting

If you have a love for Kansas history and would like to share this with others, then you may be interested in becoming an alternate at Red Rocks State Historic Site, Emporia, Kansas to operate the site in the absence of the site administrator. 

Hours are sporadic, and are not to exceed 120 hours per year.  Must be able to work weekdays and/or Saturdays.  Must be responsible to handle all aspects of running the site, including but not limited to opening and closing procedures, collecting admissions, greeting visitors and conducting tours, interpreting the history of the site, operating the gift shop, and monitoring the physical site.

Applicants need a working knowledge of Kansas history and a willingness to learn about the Red Rocks Historic Site.  Completion of a bachelor's degree in history or liberal arts degree or working towards a degree is preferred.  Experience as an employee or volunteer in a museum setting can be substituted.

Applicants should have a willingness to learn the tour interpreter’s manual and have a general affinity for history.  Must be self-motivated and able to work mostly without direct supervision.

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.

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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