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1890 House Museum Seeks Director

21 Oct 2017 4:02 PM | Anonymous

The Museum Director is the primary museum professional at The 1890 House Museum in Cortland, NY. They are the public face of the museum and are responsible for maintaining the museum, its collections, its grounds, and its staff.

The Museum Director will report to the President of the Board of Directors. This position is guaranteed 25 hours per week, at a pay rate of $13/hour.  Additional evening and weekend work for special events is necessary, and will be compensated.

The duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:


  • Oversee the Assistant Director and their duties (and assisting when necessary).
  • Manage and turn in time sheets of employees to the CPA bi-weekly, so they can be turned into payroll.
  • Work with the executive committee in creating a budget.
  • Attend monthly board meetings and give a report on the museum each month.
  • Attend Chamber of Commerce events and other networking events.
  • Track museum figures (visitor, membership, volunteers, interns, community service)
  • Collect profit and donations at the end of the day and put them in the safe.
  • Participate in historic preservation efforts for the museum.
  • Maintain the grounds by shoveling (clearing of each building entrance and sidewalks) during winter months and removing trash and recyclables each Thursday to curb for pick up.
  • Stay up to date on best practices for museum management.
  • Order supplies as needed.

Public Relations, Marketing, and Events

  • Maintain and manage the museum website, calendars, social media outlets, and communication outlets. Alert the Executive Committee when needed.
  • Serve as the museum’s primary event planner, and manage all bookings with clients.  Manage the operation of events.
  • Advertise events and programs in the local media, on the website, by email, social media outlets.
  • Oversee the quarterly newsletter, monthly e-newsletter and an annual membership letter for annual giving.

  • Participate in grant writing efforts to support the house and its programs.
  • Recruit and maintain membership for the museum by acting as fundraising and development officer for the museum.
  • Work with Board to set long term goals, develop fundraising efforts and the implementation of both for the museum.

  • Give public, private and school tours during on and off hours.
  • Conduct historical research on Wickwire family, house, Cortland, local, regional, national and global subjects related to the museum and its events, displays, and collections.
  • Oversee (and, when necessary, develop) educational programming at the museum.


Qualifications for Museum Director:


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in History, Social Studies Education, Art History, Museum Studies or Historic Preservation.  Master’s Degree preferred.


  • Two years of experience in museum work.


  • Equivalent combination of education and/or experience.


  • Should be self-motivated, organized, flexible and detail-oriented.
  • Should have leadership ability, strong writing skills, and an enthusiasm for history.
  • Basic computer skills required.  Experience with Wordpress, Publisher, MailChimp, and social media outlets preferred.
  • The Director must be able to move around the house and grounds, and climb 4 flights of stairs. They should also be able to lift 40lbs and shovel snow, as well as operate snowblowing equipment.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Megan Eves, Board President, at, by 5:00pm Eastern time on November 4, 2017.  Please include the director position in the email subject line.

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