Outreach Historian

State of Utah

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Job Description
The Utah Division of State History is seeking to hire an Outreach Historian under the Department of Cultural and Community Engagement.

The Outreach Historian is responsible for broad outreach and engagement with colleges and universities on behalf of the Peoples of Utah Revisited initiative (POUR) within the Utah Division of State History. Through POUR, the Division seeks to energize and gather new historical research on Utah’s diverse communities as our flagship project for America 250. As an agency, the Division recognizes how much Utah has changed in the 50 years since the original Peoples of Utah was published in 1976. More than 100 racial, ethnic, religious, cultural, and disability communities make up the fabric of Utah today.

The Outreach Historian will work with a team of public historians to help bring the vision of POUR and allied Division programs to fruition in the years leading up to 2026.

The Outreach Historian will be responsible for coordinating the effort to seed new historical research and scholarship, engaging with college and university communities across the state. The Outreach Historian will be a critical team member of the POUR Initiative, helping to shape how we continue to engage with scholarly audiences and ensure that the Utah Division of State History activates the pipeline of new scholars, researchers, and other individuals interested in pursuing history work.

Essential Responsibilities:

Work with colleges and universities to share POUR objectives and recruit emerging scholars to the project. This includes but is not limited to working with history and humanities adjacent programs, student groups, and faculty.
Develop and implement strategies to connect with underrepresented scholars, researchers, students, and colleges across Utah.
Assist in implementing the framework for the research and scholarship components of POUR; this includes recruitment of scholarship for upwards of 20 Utah Historical Quarterly articles, submissions to the future POUR website, and other deliverables as identified to be produced for 2026.
Serve as a liaison and public face of the Utah Division of State History in scholarly settings such as classes, student events, and other spaces.
Organize regular mixers, seminars, mini conferences, and other community building events with students, emerging professionals, and faculty regionally across the state.
Serve as research services coordinator for the Peoples of Utah Revisited initiative, handling correspondence, meetings, organization, tracking, and other duties as identified.
Serve as an ad-hoc member of the Utah Historical Quarterly (UHQ) Board of Editors and consult with the Editor on submission review.
This position resides within the Utah Division of State History under the Department of Cultural and Community Engagement and will report directly to the Public History Program Manager, Wendy Rex Atzet.

Preference will be given to candidates who have a demonstrated interest and background in Utah history and/or ethnic studies in the American West. Preference will also be given to individuals who have a demonstrated background in historical research. Travel is required for this position, up to 30% of the time.

Successful candidates will be comfortable making connections with people from varied backgrounds, giving oral and visual presentations, and in written communication. Excellent organizational and project management skills are necessary.

Current and recently matriculated graduate students are encouraged to apply.
Please submit a resume or C.V. and cover letter with your online application.

Compensation | Hours
This is a full-time, benefitted position with a full State of Utah benefits package, which includes annual leave, health, and retirement benefits. Hourly rate: $22-24.

Why You Should Join Our Team
The Utah Department of Cultural & Community Engagement isn’t just another state agency. The programs we manage and the services we provide are the heart and soul of Utah. By working with local arts agencies, historical societies, volunteer organizations, libraries, museums, and other state and federal agencies, as well as the state’s many indigenous and minority groups, the professionals in our department improve the lives of individuals and communities throughout Utah.

The department provides a fast paced, collaborative, and energetic work environment that supports employees in balancing work and home life. We actively encourage flexible work schedules and telecommuting options where it makes sense, as well as participation in exercise and mass transit programs. Consider joining the Cultural & Community Engagement team for a rewarding public service experience.

As a benefited employee of the Department Cultural & Community Engagement, you will receive great health and retirement benefits. Click here to view a summary of the benefits we offer. We also provide generous paid time off so you can spend more time with your family and have a positive work-life balance. You will work on important public policy issues to benefit state residents.

The Agency
For more information about the Utah Department of Cultural & Community Engagement and the Utah Division of State History, click here.

Supplemental Information

Risks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated, e.g., safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.
Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform the work; however, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying light items; driving an automobile, etc. Special physical demands are not required to perform the work.

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