History Nebraska is seeking a motivated, organized, and detail-oriented individual to serve as the State Historic Preservation Office’s (SHPO) National Register Coordinator. As a member of SHPO, this position serves as the State of Nebraska’s recognized expert and administrator of the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) program, accountable for researching, writing, and editing National Register nominations and guiding members of the public through the NRHP process. The NR Coordinator is responsible for one of the most publicly utilized programs within the SHPO. With that responsibility comes the opportunity to travel throughout the state to visit proposed NRHP properties, make determinations of eligibility for all kinds of historic resources, and have an impact on the development and monitoring of NRHP programs and strategies that help improve and empower Nebraska’s historic preservation goals. This position is also accountable for overseeing and managing History Nebraska’s historic marker program, Nebraska’s most well-known way to recognize the people, places, and events that are important to citizens across the state.
History Nebraska is a statewide education institute that connects people to the past through our library and research center, conservation facility, interpretive sites, and the state archeology and historic preservation offices. History Nebraska’s object is to become the most engaging and relevant state historic society in the nation. The SHPO and its department programs strive to fulfill this mission by empowering Nebraskans to build and sustain culturally vibrant communities by connecting to the people, places, and points of pride that define our state.
Our five core values are:
• We Do It Better Every Time. We are always looking to improve. When we fail, we know why and learn from it.
• We Have Each Other’s Back. We work in groups. We candidly support one another for the betterment of the organization.
• We Own It. If we say we are going to do something, we do our best to get it done.
• We Are Curious. We never stop learning and we encourage curiosity in others.
• We Are Inclusive. We seek multiple perspectives and value the uniqueness of each individual.
Examples of Work
• Oversees National Register program, including researching and writing nominations, reviewing nominations from consultants and constituents, consulting on determinations of eligibility, suggesting potential areas of research and nominations, and communicating with our review board members, members of the public, property owners, and the National Park Service.
• Plans, organizes, executes, and leads the State Historic Preservation Review Board meetings three times a year.
• Creates and participates in training programs for professionals, general public, etc., regarding the National Register.
• Prepares scopes of work/requests for proposals for contractual professional services that we seek for National Register nominations, reviews their work.
• Administers the state historic marker program, evaluating proposed markers, verifying research, editing marker text for clarity and historical accuracy, corresponding with participating parties, and answering public inquiries.
• Other duties as assigned, including but not limited to: helping other departments, participating in interdepartmental committees and working groups; participating in community outreach events.
Qualifications / Requirements
REQUIREMENTS: Master’s degree in history, archeology, architectural history or closely related field; OR Bachelor’s degree in any of the above noted fields plus one of the following: a) two years’ experience in research, writing or teaching in a related field or b) substantial contribution through research and publication to the body of scholarly knowledge as determined applicable based on Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualifications Standards (36 CFR Part 61, Appendix A).
OTHER: Position requires frequent in-state travel. Must possess a valid driver’s license, be able to provide independent authorized transportation or drive a state vehicle as necessary.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Knowledge and/or ability to learn of programs administered by the State Historic Preservation Office, including policies and procedures under federal regulations governing the National Historic Preservation Act.
• Knowledge of architectural history or a similar field.
• Ability to research, edit, and prepare written assessment correspondence in a timely, clear, understandable, and helpful manner.
• Capability to conduct public outreach activities, including meetings, webinars, and workshops.
• Capacity to resolve work-related problems in areas that are not covered by precedent or established policies, offer suggestions to proactively solve problems with positive outcomes.
• Ability to develop interpersonal skills to help negotiate, mediate, and collaborate with a wide variety of individuals including the ability to maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and the public.
• Must be committed to the organization’s core values and demonstrate them regularly in their work.
**History Nebraska collects, preserves, and opens to all; the histories we share. We believe a diverse and inclusive workforce is an essential element in making Nebraska’s rich history available to everyone. History Nebraska is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage and welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds. Our work is meaningful and challenging, and we believe diverse perspectives will make it better.
PERM FULL TIME - $20.45 Hourly