There is an immediate opening for the following position with the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC):

Historic Preservation Manager


This position is responsible for the direction and operation of the Division of Preservation Services within the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), a bureau of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC). This division provides for the identification, evaluation, and preservation of significant historic properties through the administration of state and federal historic preservation programs


The incumbent:

Management and Supervision:

  • Assists the Bureau Director in the management of the SHPO.
  • Serves as part of the SHPO leadership team to strategically manage the bureau’s priorities.
  • Coordinates programs and activities with other divisions and sections within the SHPO and with other PHMC bureaus.
  • Develops strategic partnerships with agencies and coordinates historic preservation programs and activities with federal and state agencies, local governments, and other partner organizations.
  • Assists with preparing and implementing a comprehensive statewide historic preservation plan as well as the preparation and implementation of a strategic plan for the PHMC.
  • Participates in all required Commonwealth training for supervisors to successfully carry out position responsibilities.
  • Develops an annual professional development plan in collaboration with the SHPO leadership team and division staff.
  • Develops annual division work plans for staff responsibilities and initiatives to prioritize work.
  • Directs and coordinates the activities of professional and administrative staff, as well as interns and volunteers, to meet SHPO goals and priorities.
  • Determines staffing requirements and participates in the hiring process to recruit, interview, and select staff.
  • Supervises, directs, and evaluates work plan activities of personnel in the Division of Preservation Services.
  • Contributes to SHPO and PHMC publications such as the Blog of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office and Pennsylvania Heritage Magazine.
  • Advises and assists in the evaluation of historic properties for rehabilitation projects that may qualify for federal or state preservation tax incentives including certifications of eligibility and rehabilitation of properties according to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards, as may be needed and requested.
  • Assists in the preparation of the SHPO’s various annual and quarterly reports.
  • Assists with the interpretation and fulfillment of Right to Know Law information requests as needed.
  • Adheres to PHMC general safety rules and safety rules specific to this position and immediately corrects any safety hazards in the work area and report same to supervisor.
  • National Register of Historic Places Program:
    • Administers the National Register of Historic Places program in Pennsylvania and directs staff in reviewing National Register nominations.
    • Advises and consults with the public concerning the nomination of properties to the National Register of Historic Places in accordance with federal law and regulations.
    • Directs staff assistance to the Historic Preservation Board.
    • Oversees the function of Secretary to the Historic Preservation Board.
    • Reviews SHPO opinions of determinations of eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Survey and Historic Property Identification:
    • Manages Pennsylvania’s Inventory of Historic Properties survey program and directs research as needed for the development and publication of historic contexts.
    • Coordinates Preservation Services Division programs with staff in the Cultural Resources Geographic Information System Section to ensure consistency in documenting historic properties.
    • Assists in ensuring survey/identification, documentation, and appropriate treatment of historic properties is ongoing and disseminates results for public use and planning purposes.
  • Community Outreach:
    • Manages technical and preservation planning assistance to local governments and partner organizations and oversees SHPO’s regional community preservation coordinators.
    • Administers the Certified Local Government Program (CLG) in Pennsylvania including the allocation of the annual CLG grant funding.
    • Manages procedures which authorize local governments in Pennsylvania to establish and administer historic districts under the Pennsylvania Historic District Act.
    • Promotes use of provisions within the Municipal Planning Code that allow for the incorporation of historic preservation provisions within local zoning ordinances.
    • Assists other government agencies by evaluating the potential for preserving and reusing historic properties.
    • Assists in promoting and developing historic preservation communication/training through various means, including but not limited to, the development of guidance/published materials, public meetings, media, seminars, brochures, newsletters, programs, and exhibits.
    • Advises and consults on issues relating to historic preservation grants and grants administration, as may be needed or requested.

Performs related work as required.


This position is filled through a Non-Civil Service process coordinated through the Bureau of State Employment (BSE).  All applications must go through BSE’s employment website at  We cannot accept any applications directly.  Please see below how to apply:

From, click on the Job Opportunities tab under Non-Civil Service. Scroll to the chart and select the position titled “Historic Preservation Manager”.  If interested, click on “Apply.” If you are not currently registered with NEOGOV, you may create an account and apply for this or any other listed category.  Registration is free.  Returning applicants should enter their current username and password, and follow the steps to create a profile and apply under Historic Preservation Manager category. If you have any questions during the application process, please contact the Bureau of State Employment at 717.787.5703.

Applications are due May 24, 2016.

Required Experience:

A Master’s Degree in Architectural History, Archaeology, or a closely related field; and one year in the Historic Preservation Supervisor classification; OR A Master’s Degree in Architectural History, American History, Archaeology, or a closely related field, plus three years’ experience working on an architectural survey, an architectural restoration and preservation project, historic preservation program, or a preservation assistance project; OR Any equivalent combination of experience and training.

 Additional Information:

Employment Type: Permanent, Full-Time

Location: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Compensation: $58,719-$89,213/annually

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is proud to be an equal opportunity employer supporting workplace diversity.