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Director, Jefferson County Museum, Charles Town, WV

19 Sep 2022 12:25 PM | Sarah Huston

DIRECTOR, JEFERSON COUNTY MUSEUM

The Old Charles Town Library, Inc. (OCTL) is seeking a creative and imaginative Director to oversee the operations of the Jefferson County Museum.

The Old Charles Town Library, a non-profit organization, supports both The Jefferson County Museum, as well as the Charles Town Library, combining history, culture, and information resources for the enrichment of a diverse community, as well as visitors and tourists.

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. The museum is supported by the library’s special collections, with holdings of more than 5,000 volumes on the history of the county and the Shenandoah Valley.

The Director will work collaboratively with the museum historian and an additional part-time staff member, as well as the OCTL Executive Director and the Board’s Museum Committee 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 the position will be knowledgeable in all aspects of museum operations and maintenance; curious and committed to lifelong learning; attentive to detail, with strong recordkeeping, organization, and communication skills.

QUALIFICATIONS

A master’s degree in museum studies, history, public history, or other cognate field. Two years of experience working in a museum or other equivalent experience.

EXPERIENCE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES

  • ·         Experience with museum operations, exhibit design and collections management experience
  • ·         Experience in the day-to-day management of a museum
  • ·         Knowledge of museum ethics, standards, and professional practice
  • ·         Familiarity with collections management software
  • ·         Familiarity with digital tools necessary to develop online exhibits
  • ·         Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel
  • ·         Effective communication and writing skills
  • ·         Knowledge of Jefferson County, WV, history (not required, but a definite plus)
  • ·         Ability to complete research and academically-focused work
  • ·         Strong public service orientation; ability to work with the public in a consistently friendly and courteous manner
  • ·         Ability to juggle varied and wide-ranging duties and a mind attuned to details

JOB DUTIES

Serve as the primary administrator of the museum’s artifacts and archives; including acquisition and processing; care of the collection, including storage, temperature, relative humidity, pest control; and disaster planning

Create interactive education programs as well as plan special events in conjunction with recent exhibits to 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.

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

Manage the collection, including accessioning, conservation and managing loans; catalog, and create finding aids to ensure objects are fully documented and accounted for as well as readily available to researchers. Properly identify and classify collection objects and integrate new objects into the collection in an accessible and logical way

Actively work to identify and build strong relationships and partnerships with the diverse communities served to strengthen their voices and thoughtfully respond to their needs

Understand and internalize the concept of equity and what it means in terms of accessibility and assisting our patrons in understanding the historical narrative

Develop audio-visual presentations for exhibition, and coordinate archival digitization projects to create online learning opportunities.

Ensure collections database is maintained and liaise with PastPerfect vendor as necessary

Maintain museum website and post to social media platforms

Manage correspondence related to museum inquiries, including acquisitions, loans, accession or deaccession of artifacts. Answer research and information requests and conduct research on the history of the county, including research on the museum collections

Maintain records on admissions, donations, museum services, and research requests.

Submit quarterly reports to the Executive Director and the Board of Directors

Attend relevant workshops and other training, as well as local history conferences

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

Supervises museum staff and volunteers

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

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

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

Supervisor: OCTL Executive 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 Executive Director, at octldirector@ctlibrary.org. Preference will be given to applications received by 3 October 2022. Position open until filled.


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