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Career Opportunities - Vacancy Announcement

Assistant Director, State Historical Society of North Dakota

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Job ID: 3010625
Closing Date: 06/04/2018
Location: Bismarck, ND
Salary Range From: $3036.00 Monthly
Salary Range To: $8500.00 Monthly
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

The start date is flexible. This position will be vacant in October 2018.

Summary of Work
This position is responsible for the supervision of the administration division and the overall fiscal control of the State Historical Society of North Dakota. The administration division is responsible for preparing and monitoring the overall agency budget; compliance with state and federal regulations, implementation of human resource management activities and policies; agency security, Heritage Center custodial functions; and the museum store operations. This position reports to the agency director.

Duties and Tasks
Duties performed include:

  • Develop, maintain, and monitor the overall agency budget and salary administration.
  • Monitor and review federal and other agency grants for compliance.
  • Coordinate the hiring, training, supervision, and evaluations of assigned personnel.
  • Review and implement agency human resource management policies; provide guidance to division directors regarding employee issues.
  • Oversee the agency security and Heritage Center custodial functions.
  • Oversee and monitor the operations and accounting functions for the Heritage Center and Historic Site Museum Stores.
  • Prepare and present the agency financial statements and budget status to the State Historical Society of North Dakota Board. Assist the board in completing the director's evaluation and other duties as requested by the board.
  • Communicate, coordinate, and work with the State Historical Society of North Dakota Foundation as deemed appropriate and necessary by the director.
  • Provide assistance or information requested by the legislature, federal government, other state agencies, and the public.
  • Represent the agency in the absence of the director and assume responsibility for all operational activities.

Minimum Qualifications
Requires a bachelor's degree in accounting, business or public administration, or other closely related field, and six years of management level experience in work related to the position that includes managing staff and budgets.

Applicants must be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with other state agencies, legislators, businesses, and employees. Must have the ability to work well with other staff members in a team environment.

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Working knowledge of human resource practices and procedures.
  • Experience working with policy making boards and the state legislature.
  • Previous experience working with State of North Dakota PeopleSoft ERP Accounting System
  • Previous governmental accounting and auditing work experience.
  • Experience with integrated business software (Excel and Word).
  • Strong management skills; demonstrates interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience with CAFR preparation for the state.

Application Procedures
All applications for open State Historical Society of North Dakota positions must be made via the State of North Dakota Careers site. Paper submissions are not accepted.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references. Application materials should include information that directly addresses how the applicant meets the minimum qualifications and summary of work. Applicants will be scored by their responses to the questionnaire questions.

Applicants are screened based on questionnaire score, qualifications, successful completion of the interview process, and a background and criminal investigation.

Anyone needing assistance or accommodations during any part of the application please contact Erica Houn: E-mail: phone: (701) 328-2327, fax: (701) 328-3710. If you are experiencing technical difficulties with the Application Process or uploading attachments please contact or (701) 328-3290.

Anyone needing more information on the position please contact David Skalsky at (701) 328-3562 or at

Applicants who are residents of ND and eligible to claim veteran's preference must attach Form DD214 (must show character of discharge). Claims for disabled veteran's preference must attach a current statement of disabled status from the Veteran's Affairs Office with the application for employment.

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Equal Employment Opportunity
The State of North Dakota and this hiring agency do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, genetics, religion, age or disability in employment or the provisions of services and complies with the provisions of the North Dakota Human Rights Act.

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

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For a complete listing of our current job openings, details, or to apply, please visit the Official Portal for North Dakota State Government job listings. Our Business Unit is listed as Historical Society.

612 East Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505
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State Museum and Store: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F; Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
We are closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
We will also be closed on Christmas Eve this year.
State Archives: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F, except state holidays; 2nd Sat. of each month, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
State Historical Society offices: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F, except state holidays.

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phone: 701.328.2666