State Historical Preservation Program Manager, State of Montana (Helena, MT)
Contributed By: Carol Loomis
State Historic Preservation – Program Manager
The Montana Historical Society is searching for a Program Manager for the Historical Preservation Office. This office is responsible for working with all Montanan’s to identify, evaluate and protect the states significant historic, archeological and traditional cultural properties from unnecessary harm. If you are motivated to promote, represent and defend our states cultural resources this position might be for you. At the Montana Historical Society, our goal is to promote equity and inclusion among our employees and celebrate our states culture and history. We encourage you to apply to become part of our team.
Responsibilities of the Program Manager includes preparing and implementing budgets for state and federal funding totaling around 1 million dollars.
Oversees the preparation of the annual grant request and end of year report
to the US Department of Interior for Montana’s federal allocations of the national
Historic Preservation Fund appropriated by Congress (FU2019 = $829,916).
Determines priorities for historical preservation work. Supervises daily activities
of 9 of staff employees. Determines priorities of state wide preservation work,
prepares 5-year Montana state preservation plan, administers sub-grants and contracts as funding allows, enters into legally binding preservation agreements
with state, federal, tribal and other consulting parties, and otherwise fulfills
all duties and responsibilities of the state historic preservation officer as defined in
the state historic preservation officer as defined in state statute (MCA22-3-423).
Qualifications include a Master’s degree in historic preservation, history, historic architecture, archaeology or architectural history or equivalent education and experience in working with these areas. Must have 5 years successful working experience with State and Federal preservation regulations and policies, and with historical, archaeological, and preservation concepts. Experience should include situations requiring debate on heritage site values and negotiations about mitigation of impact to heritage properties. Must have excellent communication skills and the ability to negotiate and make decisions in difficult situations. Experience with Northern Plains and Rocky Mountain region is preferred. Additionally, a historic preservation
To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter through through the State of Montana Careers site.
In your cover letter, describe how your education, knowledge and skills have prepared you for this position.
1) What role, if any should politics play in your decision process as SHPO for Montana, given the need to coordinate with such entities as private companies, The Governor’s Office, The Director of the Historical Society and the Federal Bureau of Land Management Officials?
2) Describe your experience dealing with sensitive Native American preservation issues. How would you develop positive relationships with various tribes?
3) When state and federal law are at odds how would you resolve a conflict, so all
parties understand the decisions? (Sometimes federal law and state law are at
odds which sometimes leads to conflict with the governor’s office or legislators)
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Posted: December 17, 2019
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