Class Summary: The Director of the State Archives serves as the State Historian and is responsible for planning and direction of the overall operation of the Arkansas State Archives, providing direction to lower level managers, performing administrative duties and coordinating activities with other work units within and outside the department. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.
Examples of Work:
Plans and directs the overall operation of the Arkansas State Archives which is a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage (DAH) by coordinating and evaluating all aspects of programs and services to ensure goals and objectives of division and DAH are met.
Works within broad guidelines to develop programs and services to provide effective and efficient operations; establishes policies and regulations for the division with the advice and support of DAH Director and Deputy Director; implements departmental policies and programs, and recommends legislation affecting division.
Primarily responsible for fundraising and grant writing.
Provides direction and supervision to lower level managers and staff.
Sets priorities and allocates resources.
Delegates responsibility for specific archives programs and projects.
Evaluates managers' performance and reviews and approves personnel actions for key positions within the division.
Provides guidance and budgetary limitations to lower level managers; develops budget requests for division; monitors the status of funds for operations and directs adjustments where necessary.
Approves/disapproves purchases of supplies and equipment, reviews and approves contracts, capital improvements, and acquisitions in accordance with division and DAH policy.
Coordinates activities with other work units within and outside DAH; serves as spokesman for the division in coordination with DAH, negotiates agreements with other state, federal, local, or non-governmental organizations; provide information to federal, state, and local agencies and officials concerning the impact of proposed legislation and other relevant issues.
Serves on various committees as a representative of the division or department.
Serves as the Secretary of the Arkansas History Commission and the Black History Commission.
Performs related responsibilities as required or assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of the principles and practices of personnel management.
Knowledge of the principles and practices of fiscal management.
Knowledge of fundraising and grant writing.
Knowledge of the principles and practices of long-range planning.
Knowledge of state budgetary and fiscal policies and procedures.
Knowledge of statutory requirements relevant to work area.
Knowledge of Arkansas history particularly African American Arkansas history.
Knowledge of museum administration including standard museum and oral history practices.
Ability to plan, organize, and oversee the work of subordinates.
Ability to estimate and budget for future needs.
Ability to evaluate programs and activities.
Ability to conduct written and oral presentations effectively.
Ability to work with community groups, state agencies, legislators, etc.
Skills in writing and editing.
Ability to provide leadership for the acquisition, cataloging, preservation, and accessibility of current and future collections in the Arkansas State Archives.
Ability to develop the division’s constituent relations, including donor and patron relations.
Ability to determine, implement, and enforce division rules, regulations, policies, and procedures concerning archival holdings.
Ability to ensure the utilization of technology to maximize the public’s access to historical documents and materials while providing for the records’ safekeeping.
Knowledge of current trends and developments in the field of Archival Administration.
Skills in historical research and writing.
Minimum Requirements are the formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in public administration, business administration, or program related area; plus five years of experience in program development and administration, including three years in a supervisory or leadership capacity.
Preferred Requirements are a doctoral degree in the field of history from an accredited institution of higher education or demonstrated ability to perform the duties of the State Historian considering applicant's academic background, editorial ability, knowledge of and interest in history, experience in the field of history and other factors relevant to performing the functions of the position.
Internal Number: 22091329
About Department of Arkansas Heritage
The Arkansas State Archives is a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.
The mission of the Arkansas State Archives is to:
Keep and care for the official archives of the State of Arkansas;
Collect material bearing on the history of Arkansas from the earliest times;
Copy and edit official records and other historical material; and
Encourage historical work and research by the public.