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Assistant Director, Jefferson County Museum, Charles Town, WV

22 Jul 2022 2:40 PM | Sarah Huston

The Jefferson County Museum (JCM), a small history museum in Charles Town, West Virginia, is seeking a full-time assistant director. The Museum and the Charles Town Library both supported by the Old Charles Town Library (OCTL) Inc., a non-profit organization, combine history, culture, and information resources for the enrichment of a diverse community. JCM also reaches out to visitors and tourists interested in the county’s history. OCTL employs nine staff, three of whom staff the museum.

Since its founding more than 55 years ago, the museum has acquired, maintained, and exhibited an extraordinary collection of artifacts and documents reflecting the county’s rich history. For more information about JCM visit the website at

The assistant director will work collaboratively with the museum director and the museum historian in the operation and maintenance of the museum, including exhibits, education, outreach and marketing; collection management; record keeping and reporting; fundraising; and recruiting and training staff and volunteers.

A candidate for this position will be knowledgeable in all aspects of museum operations and maintenance; curious, creative and committed to lifelong learning; attentive to detail, with strong recordkeeping, organization and communication skills. Initially, the assistant director’s primary responsibilities will be exhibits, education, and outreach.


A master’s degree in museum studies, history, public history or other cognate field, preferably with experience working in a museum; or other equivalent experience

Ability to plan, design, and install thoroughly researched, well-written and engaging exhibits, both within the museum and virtually, which hold the attention of the visitor and express an understandable and compelling interpretation of an historic subject within a larger social, cultural, and political context

Ability to create interactive education programs as well as plan special events in conjunction with recent exhibits to reach a diverse community. For reaching out to schools, facility in designing materials that connect the museum’s message with an element of a teacher’s curriculum so that both teachers and students have an opportunity for an enhanced lesson and the museum can increase its visibility and attendance

Aptitude to ensure that museum engagement and educational programming is welcoming, equitable and accessible for all, or targeted, audiences. Ability to interact with the public, co-workers, and donors in a consistently friendly, courteous, and flexible manner.

Knowledge of collection management, including accessioning, conservation and managing loans; cataloging, and creation of finding aids to ensure objects are fully documented and accounted for and readily available to researchers. Ability to properly identify and classify collection objects and integrate new objects into the collection in an accessible and logical way. Knowledge of museum standards.

Ability to attend conferences and make public presentations

Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and communication (oral and written) skills.

Ability to set priorities, manage multiple projects, and adapt to changing circumstances

Commitment to public service, the museum’s mission, and diversity and inclusiveness

Interest in, and the ability to develop expertise in Jefferson County history

Proficiency with Microsoft Office and PastPerfect.

Experience with website editing, and social media platforms

Terms of Employment

Full-time (40 hours/week), salaried position with leave, retirement, and assistance with health insurance

Salary: low to mid-$40s, depending upon education, qualifications and experience

Reports to: JCM Director

Application Process

Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter explaining their interests in and qualifications for the position, a resume, and contact information for three professional references, via email to Dr. Marcella Genz, OCTL Director, at Preference will be given to applications received by 12 August 2022. Position open until filled.

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