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🔗Chief of Technical Preservation Services

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The Mississippi Department of Archives and History was founded in 1902 to collect, preserve, and provide access to the archival resources of the state. The MDAH Historic Preservation staff empowers communities to tell their stories through programming that makes it possible to preserve historic places. We provide technical assistance and grants for preservation projects and maintain an extensive database of the state’s archaeological sites and historic resources. In addition, we manage federal project (Section 106) reviews, the Mississippi Landmark program, the federal and state Rehabilitation Tax Credit programs, the Certified Local Government program, the National Register of Historic Places nominations, the State Historical Marker program, and the Abandoned Cemeteries program.

Under the supervision of the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, the TPS Chief oversees the administration of the Mississippi Landmark Program under the Mississippi Antiquities Law, the Historic Preservation Tax Credit Programs, and the Community Heritage Preservation Grant (CHPG), and is responsible for technical reviews of federally funded projects in the Section 106 process. This position manages a section of three to four technical preservation specialists and is responsible for hiring decisions, annual performance reviews, and regular feedback.

To succeed in this role, the incumbent should be knowledgeable about a wide range of technical preservation issues, able to read and understand technical specifications and architectural and engineering drawings, and adept at researching new approaches to preserving historic properties. Good communication skills are essential.

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