Employment Opportunities

Current Employment Opportunities

  • Director of Historical Resources

    The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is seeking a Director of Historical Resources who will continue the significant progress in aligning KHS collecting, preservation and access activities with a 21st century audience.

    The Kentucky Historical Society is many things: an educational institution, a museum, a library, a research center. We oversee three historic sites and protect a treasure trove of documents and artifacts for the public. But at the heart of it all, we are a network of people dedicated to preserving and exploring Kentucky’s rich and fascinating past and then using the power of history to improve life today.

    Since 1836 the public has entrusted KHS to be the keeper of the Commonwealth’s legacy. KHS has continued to re-imagine this commitment, deepening it to also help Kentuckians recognize history’s value and use it to address the enduring social, economic and sustainability challenges facing us today. KHS is a state agency and membership organization fully accredited by the American Association of Museums and is a Smithsonian Affiliate. Our mission is to educate and engage the public through Kentucky history in order to confront the challenges of the future.

    The Director of Historical Resources is a senior level position that oversees the stewardship of KHS’s collections and ensures these strategic assets are accessible for learning and research. By providing direction and leadership to the Historical Resources team, you will continue to build relationships to promote the use of KHS materials. The team also works collaboratively with other historical organizations across the Commonwealth to improve and promote the use of Kentucky’s historical assets in their services and programs. You will supervise a dedicated and talented staff, pursue grant funding and support related KHS fundraising efforts.

    This position reports to the KHS Deputy Director and will have the opportunity to play an important role in shaping the strategic direction and priorities of KHS. The Director of Historical Resources will be called upon to represent KHS in public meetings and programs, other state agency or cabinet meetings, governing board meetings, potential donor solicitations, or when there is an opportunity to develop and strengthen collaborations with other organizations relating to the KHS mission.

    Essential responsibilities are:

    • Provide vision and leadership to meet KHS Historical Resources strategic and tactical team goals.
    • Evaluate KHS’ collections and organization to provide support to the organization’s mission and programs, co-chairing the KHS Collections Committee, oversee the periodic review of KHS’ collections policies and procedures, and build positive relationships with donors.
    • Guide and direct the use of KHS’ collections both internally and externally, working closely with other KHS teams to use collections in our programs and services, promote the use of KHS’ collections in Kentucky and beyond, and ensure the maintenance and continuous improvement of collections databases so that customer needs are met.
    • Support the work of Kentucky’s historical organizations by modeling and sharing best practices in workshops and conferences, provide field services resources toward training and improving other organizations, utilizing relationships statewide that will help advance KHS’ mission, and provide support to related historical commissions.

    Qualifications

    • You’ll have at least five years experience in a supervisory position and a minimum of five years working with artifact collections. 
    • You’ll be creative, innovative, organized and decisive. A bachelor’s degree in history, museum studies or a comparable field is required.
    • A master’s degree or doctorate is preferred.
    • Effective supervisory, interpersonal and organizational skills are essential. You will have in-depth knowledge of collections management practices, experience with AAM’s Continuum of Excellence, adherence to professional codes of ethics, and involvement in museum organizations.
    • Desirable qualifications include a strong knowledge of American and Kentucky history.

    This is a permanent full-time position based in Frankfort, Ky. Occasional evenings, travel and overtime may be required.

    Annual starting salary is $65,000. Benefits include paid health and life insurance, vacation and sick leave, holiday pay, state retirement and optional deferred compensation plan.

    To apply: 

    E-mail cover letter and resume to khs.hr@ky.gov.  No phone calls please. 

    Application deadline is July 31, 2016.

    Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D

  • Fiscal Administrator

    The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is a dynamic, mission-driven organization dedicated to educating and engaging the public through Kentucky history in order to confront the challenges of the future. A state agency and membership organization, we are fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

    KHS is seeking to fill a Fiscal Administrator position. This position manages the day-to-day accounting and budgeting needs of the KHS while ensuring a positive experience and high standard of customer service.

    Essential responsibilities

    Accounting and budgeting tasks, to include but not limited to:

    • Serve as fiscal administrator and perform technical activities in the maintenance of accounting and financial records to include utilizing eMARS, KBUD, FAS3, and other state accounting systems and applications, and performing other duties as required
    • Prepare monthly account reconciliations
    • Investigate and resolve discrepancies between GL and subsidiary ledger accounts
    • Prepare monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements and reports
    • Perform technical accounting duties such as making cost allocations to various cost centers
    • Establish and maintain state contracts for the procurement of goods and services
    • Develop budgets for federal grant applications; monitor revenues/expenditures to verify accuracy and compliance with budgets, federal laws/regulations
    • Enter agency’s annual/biennial budgets in KBUD accounting system

    Qualifications

    The successful candidate will:

    • Be self-motivated and able to produce results when working both independently and cooperatively.
    • Possess a bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field; experience may substitute for education requirements.
    • Have a minimum 2 years experience in budgeting, financial management and funds and cost accounting.  Knowledge and experience using eMARS, KBUD, FAS3, and other state accounting software and applications is preferred.
    • Have advanced knowledge of Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB), Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Financial Accounting Standards Boards (FASB)
    • Have strong PC skills utilizing Microsoft Office software
    • Be able to work with highly confidential information
    • Have problem solving and analytical skills
    • Have the ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines
    • Be able to write and communicate effectively with staff, volunteers and outside vendors 
    • Be detail-oriented and able to organize and manage multiple projects from concept to completion in a timely manner.

    Physical Demands

    Prepare and inspect documents, and make decisions from such; frequent use of computer keyboard and telephone.

    This is a full-time position located in Frankfort, Ky. 

    Annual starting salary is $38,200. Benefits include paid health and life insurance, vacation and sick leave, holiday pay, state retirement and optional deferred compensation plan.

    To apply: 

    E-mail cover letter and resume to khs.hr@ky.gov. No phone calls please. 

    Application deadline is July 29, 2016.

    Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D.

  • Rental Facilities Sales & Special Events Coordinator (Interim)

    The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is a dynamic, mission-driven organization dedicated to educating and engaging the public through Kentucky history in order to confront the challenges of the future. A state agency and membership organization, we are fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

    KHS seeks a successful and enthusiastic Rental Facilities Sales & Special Events Coordinator in an Interim capacity to produce our onsite and outreach events from conception through to completion; to generate business for our rental facilities; to solicit sponsorships for special events; and to counsel and assist the Development team in coordinating its own special events. You will provide outstanding customer service and organize memorable events that meet quality expectations and also meet pre-determined event outcomes. This is a temporary position and will serve for less than 9 months. There is a possibility that it will become a full-time position.

    Essential responsibilities

    • Plan, design and produce events while managing all project delivery elements within time limits including decor, catering, entertainment, transportation, location, invitee list, reservations, speakers, equipment, promotional material, etc.
    • Actively prospect/solicit and secure new business for KHS’s rental facilities and cultivate existing clients
    • Participate in development of annual budgets; monitor and manage on-going event expenses within budget; adhere to State procurement procedures
    • Manage relationships with corporate event sponsors, in-kind sponsors, contractors, key leaders/volunteers and other individuals responsible for successful special events
    • Work with Development staff to identify, solicit and secure sponsorships for special events
    • Manage mailings and outreach efforts for events
    • Participate in setting, meeting and exceeding agency’s event and rental facilities revenue
    • Manage mailings and outreach efforts for events
    • Work with Marketing Communications to publicize events and produce event collateral, including invitations, promotional items, signage and other materials as needed
    • Provide donor information, event invitation and participant lists on appropriate technology to Development team
    • Propose ideas to improve provided services and event quality
    • Ensure compliance with insurance, legal, health and safety obligations
    • Proactively handle any arising issues and troubleshoot any emerging problems on event day
    • Help define intended outcomes for KHS events. Conduct pre- and post – event evaluations and report on outcomes
    • Research market, identify event opportunities and generate interest 
    •  Continuously research similar area facilities for competitive pricing, level of service, etc.
    •  Other duties as assigned

    Qualifications

    • Education/Experience – Minimum 3 years experience organizing and planning special events, preferably within a non-profit or educational setting
    • Communication/Project Management – Ability to work independently on several projects concurrently, and possess excellent communication, organizational and creative thinking skills.
    • Proven sales ability, preferably in facilities rentals
    • Computer Skills – Basic Internet, word processing, database management, spreadsheets, and email use
    • Work Environment – Must be able to manage multiple projects from concept to completion
    • Must be willing to work some evenings, weekends, and occasionally travel

    Physical Demands

    Must be able to lift materials of up to 25 lbs;  must be able to stand for long periods of time

    This is an Interim (less than 9 months) position that is located in Frankfort, Ky. Benefits are not included. 
    Salary based upon experience. 

    To apply

    E-mail cover letter and resume to khs.hr@ky.gov. No phone calls please.

    Application deadline is July 31, 2016.

     Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D.

 

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The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is a state agency and membership organization that is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Our mission is to educate and engage the public through Kentucky history in order to confront the challenges of the future.

Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D.