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Program Director & Deputy of State Historic Preservation Office - 70103, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Division of State Parks, State Historic Preservation Office (Jefferson City, MO)
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Job Summary - Why you’ll love this position

We respect and embrace the experiences, knowledge and contributions of our team members. We strive for a culture of belonging and balance by upholding our values: Stewardship, Integrity, Collaboration, Respect and Innovation. We are passionate about Missouri, our role to preserve, protect and enhance our environment and we are committed to serving its’ citizens.  We believe our mission and vision serves a greater purpose and will be felt for generations to come.

This is an opportunity to join the Missouri State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and influence the outcome of treatments for historic properties throughout the state.  As the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer and Missouri SHPO Program Director, you will oversee a variety of state and federal preservation programs, including the National Register of Historic Places nomination and survey process; Section 106 review and compliance; the Certified Local Government program and community outreach; the assistance with administration of state laws pertaining to archaeological properties and unmarked human burials; technical assistance and review of applications for state and federal historic tax credit programs; administration of funds related to the Historic Preservation Revolving Fund, Historic Preservation Fund and County Courthouse Grant Program; and coordination with the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. 

This position is with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Division of State Parks, State Historic Preservation Office, and is located at 1659 E. Elm, Jefferson City, MO 65101.

Responsibilities - What you’ll do

Serve as Deputy State Historic Preservation Office, pursuant to §§ 253.410, RSMo. Report to the Deputy Division Director of the Division of State Parks and the Department Director of the Department of Natural Resources

Ensure Missouri’s preservation program meets the mandates of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and the Missouri State Historic Preservation Act (§§ 253.408 to 253.412, RSMo). The Historic Preservation Fund, and associated federal and state regulations.

Implement measures to ensure compliance with state and federal preservation regulations related to historic property treatments proposed or performed under historic tax credit programs, Section 106 undertakings, preservation grants, and/or the monitoring of state held easements and covenants.

Provide guidance in the preservation and rehabilitation of historic properties, primarily through interpretation of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties (SOI Standards).

Oversee the development of a comprehensive statewide historic preservation plan.
Assist in the development of statewide preservation policy and interpret relevant state and federal laws related to cultural resources and historic preservation.

Oversee the promulgation of rules related to the newly re-established County Courthouse Grant Program.

Develop and maintain constructive working relationships with local, state and federal agencies; tribal governments; developers; communities/ and tother preservation partners. Represent the SHPO in a positive manner in communications with legislators, citizen groups, professional organizations, the media, and the general public.

Provide leadership, support, technical guidance and direct supervision to the SHPO team, including planning and assigning work; training, coaching and performance assessment; and filling program vacancies as they arise.

Develop, prepare, and present quarterly and annual reports of all state and federal grant programs administered by the office.

Set annual budget projections, monitor program budgets and track expenditures.

Represent the SHPO on state and national organizations, at conferences and at other outreach programs.

Perform duties with significant independence, judgement, and initiative within established guidelines.

The position will require some travel with occasional night or weekend hours for special events or public meetings.

The position will also require site visits to historic properties. Site visit conditions may involve abandoned buildings, walking on uneven surfaces, climbing flights of stairs, low light situations, and dust.

Qualifications - All you need for success

To be successful in this position, a candidate will need the following skills:

Education and Training: Knowledge of teaching, training, research, making presentations, lecturing, testing, and other instructional methods.

Standards: Knowledge of standards that either are compliant with or derived from
established standards or guidelines.

Leadership: Influences, motivates, and challenges others; adapts leadership styles to a variety of situations.

Managing Performance: Takes responsibility for employees’ performance by setting and communicating expectations and goals that are specific and measurable, tracking progress against the goals, supporting employees’ efforts to achieve job goals (by providing resources, removing obstacles, acting as a buffer, etc.), ensuring feedback, and addressing performance problems and issues promptly.

Customer Service: Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.

Oral Communication: Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, considering the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

Financial Management: Prepares, justifies, and/or administers the budget for program areas; plans, administers, and monitors expenditures to ensure cost-effective support of programs and policies; assesses financial condition of an organization.

Operating Systems: Knowledge of computer network, desktop, and mainframe operating systems and their applications.

Equivalent to those typically gained by:

Graduate degree from an accredited higher education institution in archaeology, architecture, architectural history, history, historic preservation, or closely related field.

Five to seven years of relevant professional cultural resources experience with a company, government agency, or historic preservation organization and two to four
years of supervisory experience.

Experience managing projects in compliance with a federal preservation program (Historic Preservation Tax Credit, Surveys, Section 106, National Register of Historic Places).

Familiarity with the National Historic Preservation Act, its implementing regulations, and the four-step Section 106 review process.

A strong understanding of each of the treatment standards under the SOI’s
Standards and ability to interpret them for various building situations.

Expert understanding of current environmental regulations and compliance processes related to cultural resources.

(Additional education or experience may substitute for the required education or experience)

Training, certification, and/or education in continuous process improvement programs such as Lean Six Sigma as well as completion of Missouri Way, Leadership Academy, and similar programs is preferred.

Lack of post-secondary education will not be used as the sole basis denying consideration to any applicant.

Job Details - More reasons to love this position

Benefits & Work-life Balance

Our benefits package and flexible 40-hour work week promotes the mental and physical health of you and your family as you work towards achieving your professional goals. Benefits include paid vacation and sick leave, paid life insurance, medical, dental, vision and prescription insurance. Learn more here.

How we invest in you:

Exceptional professional development: mentoring from experienced professionals, cross-media training, career advancement opportunities, paid trainings and continuing education tuition assistance.

Support for professional registrations when required, through paid study materials, fees, study time, test time, exam fees and licensure renewal fees.

Contact Details - If you have questions about this position please contact

Brian Stith, Deputy Director Division of State Parks, 573-522-6108 or
Amy Richards (Recruiter), 573.526.1640 or

The State of Missouri is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.


Posted: April 5, 2024
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