Subject to the approval of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA) Director, serves as the Illinois State Historian and the Division Manager for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) Research & Collections Division; plans develops, organizes, controls, and manages Research & Collections programs; develops and implements program policies and procedures; develops and implements research and collections strategies and monitors progress toward the accomplishment of the goals and objectives of the ALPLM Research & Collections Division; confers with IHPA Director in developing program budget preparation and controls appropriation of expenditures for the Division: supervises subordinate managers in the administration and operation of the Research & Collections Programs; oversees the services dedicated to the scholarly research of Illinois history; oversees ALPLM’s publication(s) of historical research; oversees the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, and the Henry Horner Lincoln Collections; supervises professional historical researchers; represents the Agency on several boards and organizations dedicated to the research of Illinois history and Abraham Lincoln; informs the IHPA Director of historic research issues that affect the Agency. Seeks out partnerships and possible funding opportunities through various public and private granting opportunities.


Required knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to completion of four years of college, supplemented by a PhD degree in history. Requires four years’ experience in historical research, writing and editing, or in teaching American history on the collegiate level, or five years in historical or research library in an administrative capacity. Requires thorough knowledge of public and business administration, principles and practices; of Agency programs and service objectives, activities and operational systems; of staff utilization and employee motivation; of labor and employment development; of collections management techniques, systems and procedures related to historical documents and printed materials; of the care and preservation of rare and valuable documents, papers, artifacts and other collection object and materials; of best practices of the collection and preservation of items of antiquity. Requires the ability to develop and manage a major Agency program; to analyze administrative programs and adopt an effective course of action; to develop, install and evaluate new and revised methods, procedures and performance and industry standards; to estimate and budget for future needs; to develop and maintain cooperative working relationships; to review, referee and critically evaluate historical publications, articles and reviews; to prepare complex reports and summaries of Research & Collections activities; to apply scientific, valid and reliable research methods; to exercise sound judgment in authorizing the purchase of valuable historical manuscripts, documents and antiques; to institute new methods and techniques for the interpretation of history to the general public. Requires two years’ experience in grant administration, including seeking grant opportunities and writing, reviewing, securing and administering private and public funded grants. Requires valid Illinois drivers’ license.

Job Information
  • Springfield, Illinois, 62701, United States
  • 28685823
  • May 24, 2016
  • Illinois State Historian
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
  • Directors/Administrators
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • Indefinite
  • Ph.D.
  • 3-5 Years
  • 10-25%