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  • 08 May 2019 8:35 AM | Mark Sutherland

    Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morristown, NJ, a historic site of the Morris County Park Commission seeks an Education Assistant for immediate hire.  Fosterfields interprets the history of a 1920s working farm.  This position works under the supervision of the Senior Historic Programs Specialist.  The Education Assistant will develop, present, and evaluate educational programs at Fosterfields for the benefit and enjoyment of a variety of audiences.  Essential functions include: development and implementation of a variety of programs related to the site, site interpretation for visiting school groups and the general public, hands-on program implementation, and general office duties related to the position.

    The candidate should be a graduate of a college of recognized standing with a major program of study in history, education, American studies, museum studies, or a related field; work towards an advanced degree preferred.  This is a year-round, part-time position and is limited to 28 hours per week.  The salary is $14.25/hour.  The chosen candidate must be able to work a combination of days that will include all weekends April through October, and other dates as assigned.  To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and three references to  The Morris County Park Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • 22 Apr 2019 11:48 AM | Catherine Sandoval

    The University of Arizona seeks a dynamic leader to direct the planning, implementation and operation of a re-envisioned museum located adjacent to the State Capitol Mall in Phoenix, Arizona. The Arizona Mining, Mineral and Natural Resource Education Museum (AMMNREM) was recently established to promote Arizona’s natural resource heritage and future through education, research and outreach. The Museum’s end-state vision is to create a recognized destination for life-long experiential learning, showcasing current knowledge, cutting-edge research and industry innovation. This vision includes the transformation of a dormant 1921 building into interactive galleries, idea labs, maker spaces, offices and public engagement spaces.

    Working in conjunction with University of Arizona administration, academic departments and external constituent groups, the director will oversee development of a programmatic vision for a 21st century museum and corresponding business plan that focuses on external funding partnerships. The director will also oversee coordination of building renovations, tenant improvements and construction through to its re-opening. Upon completion of the building renovation, the director will manage museum operations, including day-to-day content programming, marketing & communications, personnel and fund-raising to ensure its long-term sustainability.

    The University of Arizona (UA) Office of Research, Discovery and Innovation (RDI) oversees the Arizona Mining, Mineral and Natural Resource Education Museum (AMMNREM), as part of its interdisciplinary enterprise of cultural institutions, university centers & institutes, corporate engagement services, core facilities and research development services. The AMMNREM will work closely with other UA recognized destinations (e.g. Biosphere 2, Arizona State Museum, Mt. Lemmon Sky Center) to leverage their intellectual resources and strengthen UA’s position by advancing collaborative research, scholarship, and engagement at the local, regional, national, and international levels.

    Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

    The University of Arizona has been listed by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers in the United States and WorldatWork and the Arizona Department of Health Services have recognized us for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona and relocation services, please visit

    Duties & Responsibilities

    • Oversee the short- and long-term programmatic and strategic planning of a re-envisioned museum within the broader goals of the 2018 UA Strategic Plan.
    • Act as a liaison between the UA administration and multiple organizations and stakeholders, including a governor-appointed advisory board, industry representatives, university researchers, K-12 educators, and community constituents.
    • Serve as museum’s chief spokesperson to its constituents, to enhance its public and professional visibility and reputation locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
    • Collaborate with other entities within the UA and beyond to enhance interdisciplinary academic research, student engagement and community outreach opportunities at the museum including multi-disciplinary academic departments and regional cultural institutions, as well as industry and community partners.
    • Lead development of comprehensive extramural funding support for museum, including philanthropy, grants, industry sponsorships, and retail operations, in conjunction with UA administration.
    • Build and maintain relationships with current and potential museum partners, donors, and other stakeholder groups.
    • Oversee coordination of building renovations, construction, and other tenant improvements in conjunction with UA administration.
    • Direct and oversee all museum administrative, programmatic, and operational activities including exhibit design, visitor experience, retail store, public events, outreach programs, communications, budgeting, hiring/evaluating of staff, and delegation of responsibilities as required.
    • Ensure the long-term financial sustainability of the museum through effective management of existing resources and development of external funding.
    • Provide clear and consistent communication to the museum’s internal and external constituencies.
    • Collaborate with UA administration to implement the museum’s administrative, operational, philanthropic, and programmatic goals.
    • Additional duties as assigned.

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

    • Awareness of natural resources and the agencies/industries that steward them.
    • Knowledge of translating knowledge content into multiple media platforms and technologies to engage a variety of audiences.
    • Ability to coordinate knowledge specialists in representative fields.
    • Ability to manage projects, including organizational, team-based decision-making, work flow optimization, support services, personnel management, budgets, and report generation.
    • Ability to work independently and collaboratively across distinct institutional cultures.
    • Ability to communicate and work with diverse groups toward a unified goal.
    • Ability to secure external funding.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in a position-related field.
    • Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in a complex institution or organization including two (2) years of administrative leadership experience.
    • Demonstrated record of successful grant writing/fund-raising.
    • Demonstrated record of project management experience.
    • Demonstrated success in identifying, cultivating and maintaining relationships to increase visibility to multiple constituencies.
    • Demonstrated ability to manage and oversee budgets.
    • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
    • Good interpersonal skills with all levels of an organization.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Experience developing a programmatic vision for an organization.
    • Experience working with highly interactive experiential museums.
    • Demonstrated record of administrative leadership experience in academic or non-profit environments.

    Please note: You will be required to provide contact information for a minimum of three professional references within your application. Should you be selected as a finalist for this position, for your convenience, your references may receive an automatic email. This email will ask your references to complete a brief questionnaire in regard to your suitability for the position as well as request the attachment of a letter of recommendation. These letters of recommendation must be uploaded directly via the website by your reference provider. is not compatible with any “dossier aggregate” system (e.g., Interfolio, Intellimedia).

    Diversity Statement: At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

    Salary: $90,000/year DOE

    For more information and to apply for this position, visit

  • 18 Apr 2019 3:07 PM | Mary Delaney

    This is a part-time position of 6.5-12 hours per week, non-exempt, at the rate of $12.00 per hour. Sundays are required, with flexibility to work 1-2 Saturdays per month and additional hours as needed to cover staff vacations.

    The primary function of the job is staffing the admissions desk and assisting with sales in the Museum Shop. A secondary function is assisting with Museum rentals (i.e. outside clients using the Museum space for private events) and Museum sponsored events (e.g. educational programs, exhibit openings, family days, etc.). Assistance for rentals and events will be on an on-call basis, and includes the physical set-up and break-down of equipment, and staffing the front desk during the event. Rentals and Museum events can occur evening or daytime, during the week or the weekend.

    Job Duties for Front Desk/Visitor Services

    • Greet visitors
    • Process admissions
    • Process membership sales
    • Process program ticket sales
    • Assist customers with merchandise and process Shop sales
    • Answer general visitor questions about the Museum and Shop merchandise
    • Answer telephones
    • Complete miscellaneous clerical and administrative projects as assigned
    • Restock and clean Shop
    • Restock and clean Tea Room (on-site café)
    • Close out registers and process end of day reports
    • Monitor security while visitors are in the Museum

    Job Duties for Events

    · Assist Events Coordinator

    • Assist with set up and breakdown of tables and chairs, A/V equipment, special displays, and other items as needed for each event
    • Staff the front desk during the event. (See list of duties above. Some of these will be applicable during events.) Monitor security while visitors are on site
    • Ensure that galleries and function rooms are clean and all furniture and equipment is restored to proper places


    · Punctual, reliable, courteous; good team player

    · Exceptional customer service skills

    · Strong attention to detail

    · Able to function efficiently and remain cheerful under pressure

    · Experience with, or ability to quickly learn, QuickBooks POS software, MS Office Suite, MS Outlook, and other computer applications

    · Able to physically lift, push, pull, hold and carry up to 40 pounds for brief periods

    · Previous money handling and retail experience preferred

    · Flexibility to work weekends and occasional evenings as needed

    How To Apply:

    To apply: email a cover letter and resume to Amy Consalvi, Director of Education & Visitor Services,

  • 10 Apr 2019 11:34 AM | Anonymous

    The Monroe County Historical Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting and preserving the history of Monroe County, Pennsylvania. Housed in the historic 1795 Stroud Mansion in Stroudsburg, PA, the organization utilizes a small and dedicated staff and many volunteers to carry out the organization’s mission. The organization, founded in 1921, maintains a local genealogy and research library and a history museum.

    The Monroe County Historical Association is seeking a motivated team member to fill the position of Administrative Assistant to perform clerical, library, and museum duties to help ensure the ongoing day-to-day activities and operations of the organization. The Administrative Assistant is an integral part of the museum’s management team with broad responsibilities across the institution. This position will be filled by a person who can expect to be fully engaged in helping to preserve local history.


    ·       Performs administrative and clerical duties for the organization including establishing, managing, and maintaining office records and filing systems.

    ·       Actively participates in fundraising events, workshops, and programs.

    ·       Assists with the planning, development, and execution of special events, workshops, projects, etc.

    ·       Utilizes computer technology for general correspondence, web site updates, and networking/social media.

    ·       Utilizes applicable software programs pertinent to the organization for the creation of letters, forms, databases, spreadsheets, brochures, flyers, purchase orders, reports, and any other documents as needed.

    ·       Operates office equipment including, but not limited to, photocopier, microfilm machine, fax machine, cash register, and communication systems.

    ·       Manages phone, email, social media, face-to-face communications and/or any other applicable mode of communication politely, effectively, and efficiently.

    ·       Maintains an accurate calendar of meetings and appointments.

    ·       Creates, transcribes, and disseminates minutes for meetings when appropriate.

    ·       Works the additional hours necessary outside of the normal work day for the completion of tasks inherent to the position, as authorized.

    ·       Serves on various committees as assigned.

    ·       Available to work a varied schedule to include some weekends, evenings, and special events.

    ·       Conducts guided tours of the museum as needed.

    ·       Conducts research in the library and/or offer assistance to library patrons as needed.

    ·       Handles general maintenance of the gift shop items including selling gift shop goods to customers. 

    ·       Performs the work described herein without posing a direct threat to the health or safety of himself/herself and/or others.

    ·       Performs other duties and related tasks as assigned by the supervisor.


    ·       Has a Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree in business administration, history, public history, or related field.

    ·       Displays the necessary skills in such areas as reading, writing, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and arithmetic that are sufficient to carry out assigned functions.

    ·       Possesses necessary technology-related knowledge and individual computer skills.

    ·       Has the ability to prepare documents without error, while working within deadlines and dealing with unplanned interruptions.

    ·       Has the ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously and to collect, organize, and report data.

    ·       Possess effective communication, judgment, planning, organizational, problem-solving, and human relations skills.

    ·       Must be dependable, punctual, flexible, and able to manage time appropriately.

    ·       Must possess adequate interpersonal skills including the ability to work with colleagues, the public, the Board of Directors, donors, volunteers, and interns.

    ·       Must maintain a professional demeanor and image.

    ·       Demonstrates the ability to work independently and/or with a team.

    ·       Possesses enthusiasm for museum work, fundraising, and non-profit organizations.

    Physical Requirements

    ·       Must be able to remain in a standing or sitting position for prolonged periods of time.

    ·       Must be able to move about the work area to access materials, filing cabinets, office machinery, etc.

    ·       Must be able to operate equipment relative to his/her position for use and simple service or repair.

    ·       Must be able to travel between MCHA sites and other job-related locations as necessary.

    ·       Must be able to withstand changes in environmental conditions inside and outside of the work facility and to adapt to these changes.

    ·       Must be able to access all work areas and locations.

    ·       Must be able to lift as required.

    This position description does not state or imply that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees in this position will be required to perform any other duties requested by their supervisor(s).

    Terms of Employment

    Hourly wages at $12.00 per hour. After the successful completion of a 3-month probationary period, the rate increases to $15.00 per hour with paid vacation days/holidays. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please. The Monroe County Historical Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE.)

    Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three (3) references to Amy Leiser, Executive Director, Monroe County Historical Association, 900 Main Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360 or by Friday, April 26, 2019.

  • 18 Mar 2019 5:06 PM | Faithe Miller Lakowicz (Administrator)

    Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm, located in the town of Tamworth in the scenic White Mountains Region of New Hampshire, seeks a full-time Museum Program Manager. The successful candidate oversees all educational & foodways programs, working in collaboration with the Curator and Farm Manager, to create a positive visitor experience for all ages.

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Conceptualize, develop, schedule and deliver educational programs for adults, youth, families, school groups, and tourists
    • Develop curriculum-based K-12 programs focused on agricultural literacy
    • Forge and maintain professional relationships with presenters, local businesses, cultural organizations, and educational institutions
    • Supervise part-time educational and foodways staff and/or volunteers
    • Assist with special events as needed
    • Other duties as assigned

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • MA/MS preferred in museum education, museum studies, American history, or related field
    • 3-5 years of progressively responsible experience in a history museum or historic agricultural site with relevant experience in education/interpretation, public programming, and visitor engagement
    • The ideal candidate will have strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills, be detail oriented, flexible and energetic, and be able to multi-task and prioritize in a dynamic work environment 

    To Apply:

    Applications consisting of a cover letter and resume should be directed to:

    Program Manager Search
    Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm
    58 Cleveland Hill Road
    Tamworth, NH 03886

    or email Executive Director Cara Sutherland at No phone calls please.

    Additional Information:

    Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Ideal start date for this position is July 1, 2019 but an earlier start may be possible in order to work during a transition period with the retiring Program Manager. A more detail job description can be found at

    Remick is an EOE.

    Employment type: Full time

    Salary range: $34,000-38,000 commensurate with experience

  • 07 Mar 2019 3:20 PM | Anonymous

    Job Description

    Colvin Run Mill Historic Site G-Status Historian

    Part-Time: 900 hrs/year



    Colvin Run Mill Historic Site

    10017 Colvin Run Road

    Great Falls, Virginia 22066

    Description of Duties:  As a site educator, primary duties will be to present cultural history interpretive programs for school aged children and/or adults on a regular basis. Groups can include: school groups, scout groups, general public, thematic class series, camps, events, and special request programs. Additional duties to include plan, prepare, and present Scout and/or other activities, both pre-scheduled and upon request. Front desk, administrative, and other jobs may be included.

    Hours: Must be able to work weekday mornings Tuesday-Friday, with core hours of 9:30am -12:30pm, to present field trip programs during the regular Fairfax County Public School’s school year. Scheduled hours for field trips will generally fall during October, November, and late February through early June. Additional hours including weekends may be scheduled as needed.

    Required Qualifications: Experience preparing and presenting interpretive programs to individuals or groups. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to deal effectively with citizen inquires and questions. Ability to remain flexible and adaptive on a daily basis, in a small museum environment.

    Preferred Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in history, education or a closely related field, and six months experience presenting interpretive programs or teaching children.

    Note: Individuals in these positions are not eligible for employee benefits, and are not eligible to earn leave or receive holiday pay. This position cannot exceed 900 hours per calendar year.

    To Apply: Please send resume with references, and cover letter to

    10017 Colvin Run Rd.
    Great Falls, VA 22066

    No phone calls, please

  • 06 Mar 2019 3:58 PM | Anonymous

    Guest Services Representative

    Gunston Hall is pleased to announce a part-time guest services position at an unparalleled historic site on scenic Mason Neck in Fairfax County, Virginia. We are seeking a candidate who is friendly, people-oriented, loves history, and is eager to share Gunston Hall’s story with visitors. Guest services staff divide their time between the visitor center and the mansion. Their responsibilities center around ensuring a positive and content-rich experience at Gunston Hall.

    Specifically, guest services staff

     project a positive image, serving as an ambassador for the museum;

     greet visitors, in a pleasant and welcoming manner;

     lead tours that are accurate and engaging for visitors of all ages;

     assist with the preparation for and implementation of public programs and special events;

     promote and relay accurate information about planned programs and events;

     monitor the museum exhibitions in the visitor center, period room installations in the mansion, and reproduction outbuildings;

     interact with visitors throughout their time on the property;

     answer telephones;

     schedule tours and special events;

     keep accurate records, including admissions records;

     reconcile cash and charge receipts;

     support other projects related to Gunston Hall’s educational mission.

    The ideal candidate will be interested in history, solution-oriented, detail-oriented, able to adapt to changing circumstances, and committed to presenting Gunston Hall in the best possible light to teachers, students, program attendees, museum visitors, and other members of the general public.

    This position reports to the Education Manager. It requires

     excellent customer service skills;

     responsibility and trustworthiness;

     knowledge of basic office procedures;

     ability to read and write the English language and to understand, follow, and give oral instructions;

     knowledge of computers, telephone systems, audio-visual equipment, and cash registers;

     ability to reconcile cash and credit card receipts;

     ability to maintain an electronic calendar in order to schedule events;

     exhibition of professional manner and dress at all times

     ability to multi-task;

     ability to lift up to 25 pounds.

    Both weekend and weekday shifts are available; applicants should expect to work two to three days a week, including at least one weekend day. This is an hourly (wage) position, starting at $10.57 an hour. It does not have health insurance, retirement or paid leave.

    To apply please send a letter of interest, resume, and Commonwealth of Virginia application* to Lacey Villiva, Education Manager, at Gunston Hall is an equal opportunity employer.

    *To submit a Commonwealth of Virginia Job Application, please visit You will need to create an account, fill out a draft application, and email a copy of the application saved as a pdf.

  • 02 Mar 2019 12:42 PM | Anonymous

    Exhibit Programming Intern

    Summary: The Exhibit Programming Intern will develop and implement programs and activities to be incorporated in the Lewisburg Children’s Museum’s Creation Station and other exhibit spaces. Creation Station provides hands-on activities for children revolving around art and creative expression, as well as STEAM related topics.

    This position is for a youth between the ages of 16-24 years of age and is for 25-30 hours/week, $10.35/hour. This internship is made possible through the State/Local Internship Program (SLIP) by a grant from the Central PA Workforce Development Corp. This internship is eligible from May 8, 2019 to August 30, 2019 for a minimum of 10 weeks. Hours may include some weekends.

    Internship Description:

    Primary internship projects may include:

    • Researching appropriate hands on activities for various exhibit spaces and creating a calendar of events for these activities

    • Assisting in the development and implementation of hands on activities that may be incorporated in the Museum’s exhibits

    • Leading public programs and activities for children and adults

    • Organizing and preparing materials needed for ongoing exhibit activities.

    • Analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness of activities and programs in exhibit spaces.  

    Additional duties may include:

    • Greeting guests and groups and answering routine questions about exhibits and the museum.

    • Being knowledgeable about LCM pricing and memberships to accurately check in guests

    • Prioritizing creating a positive visitor experience for LCM guests through every aspect of their interaction in the museum including check in, exploration of the exhibits, participation in programs and classes, and birthday parties and special events.

    • Helping guests explore the various exhibit spaces

    • Monitoring the exhibit space for organization, cleanliness, and safety

    • Assisting with programs and events as necessary


    Intern should:

    • Have experience with and a passion for working with children and families

    • Possess outstanding written and verbal communication skills, as well as strong organizational skills and the ability to pay close attention to detail

    • Have experience utilizing Google platforms, including Google Drive, Google Forms, Gmail, etc.

    • Have the ability to successfully manage multiple projects at one time and to work collaboratively in a diverse work environment.

    • Possess, or be able to obtain, completion of all security clearances required to work with children (if applicant is over the age of 18)

    • Be willing to participate in professional development opportunities through Central PA Workforce Development Corp.

    To Apply

    To apply, please email resume, cover letter, a list of 3 references, and any other appropriate materials you wish to: Applications are due by April 8, 2019.

    Lewisburg Children's Museum

    815 Market Street, Suite 14

    Lewisburg, PA 17837


  • 02 Mar 2019 12:40 PM | Anonymous

    Marketing Intern

    Summary: The Marketing Intern will support and implement marketing programs and promotional activities for the Lewisburg Children’s Museum to build an audience base and increase attendance and awareness of museum offerings, including, but not limited to, classes, programs, memberships, field trips, rentals, and more.

    This position is for a youth between the ages of 16-24 years of age and is for 25-30 hours/week, $10.35/hour. This internship is made possible through the State/Local Internship Program (SLIP) by a grant from the Central PA Workforce Development Corp. This internship is eligible from May 8, 2019 to August 30, 2019 for a minimum of 10 weeks. Hours may include some weekends.

    Internship Description:

    Primary internship projects may include:

    • Assisting in the development and implementation of marketing plans for a variety of areas including museum membership, development, field trip services, special events, and programs.

    • Assisting with community event promotions by completing organizational tasks and gathering marketing materials for events and occasionally working events or programs.

    • Assembling and editing copy for monthly emails for members and subscribers, as well as work with e-mail provider to get e-newsletter produced.

    • Maintain media contact/circulation database

    • Updating and consolidating subscriber email lists through web based platforms, such as MailChimp

    • Assist in exploring new forms of social media and social media trends

    • Writing copy for signage requests.

    Additional duties may include:

    • Greeting guests and groups and answering routine questions about exhibits and the museum.

    • Being knowledgeable about LCM pricing and memberships to accurately check in guests

    • Prioritizing creating a positive visitor experience for LCM guests through every aspect of their interaction in the museum including check in, exploration of the exhibits, participation in programs and classes, and birthday parties and special events.

    • Helping guests explore the various exhibit spaces

    • Monitoring the exhibit space for organization, cleanliness, and safety

    • Assisting with programs and events as necessary


    Intern should:

    • Possess outstanding written and verbal communication skills, as well as strong organizational skills and the ability to pay close attention to detail

    • Have experience utilizing Google platforms, including Google Drive, Google Forms, Gmail, etc., as well as email platforms, such as MailChimp

    • Have the ability to successfully manage multiple projects at one time and to work collaboratively in a diverse work environment.

    • Possess, or be able to obtain, completion of all security clearances required to work with children (if applicant is over the age of 18)

    • Be willing to participate in professional development opportunities through Central PA Workforce Development Corp.

    To Apply

    To apply, please email resume, cover letter, a list of 3 references, and any other appropriate materials you wish to: Applications are due by April 8, 2019.

    Lewisburg Children's Museum

    815 Market Street, Suite 14

    Lewisburg, PA 17837


  • 27 Feb 2019 10:44 AM | Victoria Gonzalez


    History San José (HSJ) is seeking a dynamic, experienced and innovative President and Chief Executive Officer who will lead the organization while working collaboratively with a dedicated Board of Directors; highly motivated Staff; and diverse community Affiliates. The President and CEO will work to ensure HSJ meets its mission: to preserve and enrich the cultural heritage of San José and the Santa Clara Valley through research, collections, partnerships, educational programs and events.


    HSJ’s activities began in 1949 following the centennial celebration of the California Gold Rush and statehood. Known initially as the Historical Museum of San José and managed by the City of San José, History San José incorporated with its current name as an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 1998. While the City of San Jose continues to own the properties and collections, the board of directors and staff establish goals and strategic direction and manage daily operations. All HSJ staff are employees of the non-profit organization.

    Over the decades, History San José grew to include three sites: History Park — a 14-acre town-like assemblage of 32 original and reconstructed historic buildings with a running trolley, glass blowing studio, and ice cream parlor; the Peralta Adobe-Fallon House Historic Site — San José’s oldest address; and the Collection Center/Research Library & Archive — a research center that holds California’s largest regional collection of artifacts.  More than 140,000 visitors participate in activities and events at these sites year-round.


    Events:History Park is home to 15 cultural Affiliate organizations who enrich and inform HSJ’s programming and make it relevant.  Together we create a destination for experiencing and celebrating the Valley’s cultural heritage by offering free and low-cost family events like the San José Printer’s Fair & Wazgooze, San José Mini Maker Faire; Children’s Heritage Holiday; El Dia de Portugal and Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration.

    School Programs:We serve more than 20,000 elementary age students offering theme-based programs highlighting local history that are closely linked with Common Core State Standards and new College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies. Our field trips utilize object-based lessons and hands-on activities designed to teach students core competencies required for 21st century life, including empathizing, critical thinking, self-directed learning and collaborating. We also offer internship opportunities for college and graduate students.

    Research and Collections:The permanent collection includes a library and archive, and more than a half million unique and important artifacts, such as the 1899 Osen & Hunt Automobile, the first car made in San José; Tuskegee Airman Samuel L. Washington’s 1944 gear; a 1976 Apple 1 Computer; and Brandi Chastain’s USWNT Jersey from the 1999 Women’s World Cup.  HSJ preserves this diverse material culture, actively engaging the community in original research to share with a worldwide audience; and providing access to the collection through social media, exhibitions and educational programs.


    Born of a pioneer spirit, the City of San José holds a unique place in history as both California’s first civil settlement of European origin and the Capital of Silicon Valley.  From its beginning, San José has been home to waves of immigrants— from the Spanish who founded El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe in 1777, to American homesteaders cultivating the “Valley of Heart’s Delight,” to today’s engineers hailing from around the world contributing to “Silicon Valley.” 

    San José boasts the largest concentration of technology expertise in the world and is the nation’s top patent producing city, home to companies such as Adobe, Cisco, eBay, IBM, and Xilinx. The third largest city in California and the tenth largest in the nation, San José has a strong visual and performing arts community. There is always a variety of family friendly offerings as well as numerous outdoor opportunities within Santa Clara Valley and beyond in nearby Santa Cruz, Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe, and Yosemite.  Diverse since its inception, with more than 100 different languages spoken, San José has no clear majority population. History San José is proud to celebrate this cultural heritage that continues to define San José and the Santa Clara Valley.


    The President and CEO is the strategic and operational leader of HSJ with responsibility for ensuring that the organization continues to deliver on its mission and maintain its commitment to preserve and present San José and Santa Clara Valley’s heritage. In addition, he/she is the primary spokesperson, fundraiser and ambassador for the organization, articulating its value and contribution to state and local government, historians and educators, donors and partners, and the public.

    The President and CEO reports to a Board of Directors and supervises a staff of 25 working in six departments: Collections & Exhibitions, Development & Marketing, Education, Events, Finance, and Operations & Facilities.


    The President and CEO will:

    • Lead the operations of HSJ and its major functions of research and collections management, exhibitions, programs and events, fundraising and marketing, partnerships and visitor experience;
    • Oversee the finances of all HSJ operations to ensure the fiscal soundness of the organization including creating budgets and financial reports;
    • In collaboration with the Board of Directors and key Staff members, articulate and implement a vision for the organization’s future and translate that vision into strategic concepts, tactical directions and operating policies necessary to fulfill HSJ’s mission;
    • Ensure that the public use of HSJ and its resources continue to grow;
    • Play a lead role in increasing funding support for HSJ; serve as the primary interface with the City of San José; and develop strategies for cultivating and raising private funds;
    • Foster and maintain a close working relationship with historians, county and local historical organizations, community partners and other related institutions;
    • Work closely and transparently with the Board of Directors and its committees, providing updates, soliciting feedback and engaging members in constructive dialogue; and
    • Identify, recruit, develop, and retain a talented, accomplished and diverse Staff to meet the evolving needs of HSJ.
    • Supervise a staff of 25 employees.
    • Manage a budget of $1.6 million.


    • Successful experience leading a similar organization or agency; or senior management level leadership experience including: strategic planning, fundraising, personnel supervision, budget preparation and management, and program implementation.
    • Strong management skills, including an eye for talent and an ability to attract and retain a first-rate Staff.
    • Sufficient familiarity with Santa Clara Valley history to know what makes it distinctive with an ability to make it accessible to the public.
    • Ability to work with a strong Board, staff, donors, government officials, and the general public.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to lead and work as a member of a team, plus inspire an organizational culture that supports HSJ values and principles.
    • An appreciation and understanding of the disciplines of history, anthropology, ethnic studies,  archival, or museum management.
    • Experience to work in an educational organization or public agency, library, archives, museums or historic site, with progressive responsibility or related experience.
    • A strong commitment to present San José and Santa Clara Valley’s history that reflects the City’s diverse and innovative population.

    Starting Date: June, 2019

    This is a full time, salaried position with benefits. The final salary will be determined based on the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate.

    Salary Range: $100,000 - $115,000

    History San José is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



    Review of candidate materials will begin immediately with a deadline of April 5, 2019. Please email your applications to

    Applications must include a resume with contact information for a least three professional references and a letter of interest addressed to:

    Dr. Brent D. Glass

    Brent D. Glass LLC

    1921 Sunderland Place NW

    Washington, DC 20036

    Hard copies of applications may be mailed to the above address. 

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