CPA Seeks Black Sites Research Assistant

Position Title: Black Sites Research Assistant 

Hiring Range: $16-$18 per hour 

FLSA Status:  Non-Exempt  

Job type: Interns (2 openings available)

Category: Part-time, temporary 

Work term: 2-6 months, depending on availability

Reports to:  Executive Director and Sites of Black History researcher

Desired start date: June 12, 2022 or depending on availability 




Job Description Summary: 

Cincinnati Preservation Association (CPA) is a small nonprofit membership organization dedicated to advocacy and education for the preservation of historic resources in the Greater Cincinnati area. CPA is currently accepting applications for graduate or upper level undergraduate level research assistants to assist the Sites of Black History researcher with tasks related to CPA’s Sites of Black History program and documentation on the Cincinnati Sites and Stories website and app. This is a short-term, grant funded position.

Duties and Responsibilities:  

  1. Identify and survey sites of Black history and conduct historical research using archival repositories (online and physical).

  2. Conduct primary and secondary research including oral history & archive projects as assigned. 

  3. Complete Ohio Historic Survey and Inventory forms, including architectural descriptions and statements of significance sections.

  4. Identify historic themes and write National Register Questionnaires.

  5. Perform data entry and maintain accurate physical and electronic records. 

  6. Communicate effectively with preservation constituents in nonprofit, public and private sectors including African American history scholars and residents.

  7. Attend community meetings and events as assigned. 

  8. Support CPA staff with administrative tasks, agency data management and reporting to the CPA Board or committees including the Sites of Black History committee as assigned.

  9. The scope of the job may change as needed by project demands. 


Skills and Qualifications: 

  • Candidates should have completed one full year of a graduate level Historic Preservation, Public History, Black Studies, Geography, Anthropology or similar (or related) program or equivalent job-related experience. Upper level undergraduate candidates will also be considered if they are pursuing Black Studies or Historic Preservation. 

  • Familiarity with windshield, reconnaissance, and intensive level surveys AND applying the National Register of Historic Places Criteria for Evaluation to assess historic integrity for properties over fifty years of age.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and great attention to detail.


Essential functions: 

  • Typical office environment with computers, printers, multifunction printer/scanner.

  • Requires sitting for long periods of time. Frequent reaching, bending, and squatting. 

  • Lifting materials up to 25 pounds on occasion. 

  • Frequent regional travel for survey fieldwork and/or research at local repositories in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.


Perks and Benefits: 

  • Support a small nonprofit membership organization dedicated to advocacy and education for the preservation of historic resources in the Greater Cincinnati area. 

  • Free one-year individual membership in Cincinnati Preservation Association.

  • Flexible hours. 

  • Ability to work remotely. 

  • Work related mileage is reimbursable. 

  • Support for obtaining college credit if available. 


To Apply:

Submit a cover letter and resume to Applications will begin being reviewed on May 31, 2022 and the position(s) will remain open until filled.


Cincinnati Preservation Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orienation, gender identity or gender based pay), national origin, disability,  age (40 or older), genetic information (including family medical history) or veteran status. Cincinnati Preservation Association actively seeks opportunities to include members of these groups in its programs and activities.