The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) is looking for a dynamic person to fill our Historical Marker & Diversity Coordinator position to expand our efforts to identify, document, and celebrate Pennsylvania’s diverse stories, places, and spaces.

This is a great opportunity to work with a team of dedicated and forward-thinking preservationists, historians and archaeologists!

The Position

The PA SHPO is seeking a historic preservation specialist to manage PHMC’s popular Historical Marker program and initiate PA SHPO efforts to identify, document, and celebrate the diverse stories and places in Pennsylvania in accordance with PHMC’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Policy.

Responsibilities include serving as the public face of the marker program and working with PA SHPO staff and partners to further diversity and inclusion in historic preservation.

Description of Work

The Historical Marker and Diversity Coordinator is responsible for managing the PHMC’s Historical Marker Program as well as coordinating across all the PA State Historic Preservation Office’s (PA SHPO) program areas to develop strategies for preserving and sharing a more inclusive and representative record of Pennsylvania’s history.

Duties include overseeing the state’s Historical Marker program, assisting nominators, leading marker committee meetings, managing fabrication and maintenance of markers, working with sponsors for dedication programs and implementing educational programs.

Diversity responsibilities involve serving as a lead for diversity initiatives, creating projects, educational programming, training and presentations for staff, partners and historic preservation community.

Interested in learning more? Additional details regarding this position can be found in the position description.

Required Experience, Training & Eligibility

Two or more years of experience working on an architectural survey, an architectural restoration and preservation project or program, and a bachelor’s degree in architectural history, American history, art history, or course work in Pennsylvania history; or

Any equivalent combination of experience and training.

Additional Requirements:

  • Meet or exceed the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards for History, Architectural History or Archaeology.
  • Prior academic and/or professional experience to interpret and analyze the cultural, economic, geographic, political and social relations of Pennsylvania history.
  • Experience in or personal commitment to diversity outreach and facilitation, and some knowledge of or interest in cultural heritage preservation of diverse communities.
  • Demonstrable experience interpreting and applying National Park Service guidance and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
  • Demonstrate excellent ability working with a team of individuals and overseeing group work.

Preferred Qualifications (not required):

Excellent computer and word processing skills using MS Office products and data management systems such as PA-SHARE.

The commonwealth is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. The commonwealth values inclusion as we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified people to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania. The commonwealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal or state law. All diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.


Telework eligible (part-time): You will have the opportunity to work from home (telework) not to exceed 3 days a week. Specific days will be determined by bureau directors according to bureau needs. In order to telework, you must have a securely configured high-speed internet connection. If you are unable to telework, you will have the option to report to the headquarters office in Harrisburg.

APPLY BY 9/19/2021 11:59 PM EST. All applications must be filed online at

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