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  • 31 Aug 2023 11:43 AM | Meghann Mahoney

    Job Description

    The Public Programs History Specialist spearheads the research, implementation, and evaluation of history programs for children, adults, and families. Additionally, they implement horticultural and ecology programming for all age groups and assist with general visitor operations of the site.

    Responsibilities:

    • Develop, lead, and evaluate youth, family, and adult programming, to include monthly homeschool programs, monthly Colonial Cocktails program, traveling trunk presentations, and quarterly adult workshops in history and horticulture.
    • Lead interactive school tours of our historic area (including conducting demonstrations of various 18th century skills in various weather conditions while wearing 18th century costume).
    • Develop, lead, and evaluate interactive tours of our 1-acre historic site, including the two reconstructed buildings and original brick building.
    • Lead interactive tours of and programs in our 10 acres (about half the area of Chicago's Millennium Park) of woodland and ornamental gardens for school groups, adult tour groups, and general visitors.
    • Continue to implement and evaluate interpretive plan for the 1760s historic William Brown House, maintaining current and adding new interactive elements, updating training manuals, and working with Events, Development, and Facilities to ensure the well-being of the historic building and its collections.
    • Working in conjunction with the Director of Public Programs, assist with the planning and implementation of two annual public events, including meeting with external partners, staffing the event, coordinating with volunteers, and assisting with preparation, setup, implementation, and evaluation.
    • Working in conjunction with the Director of Public Programs, assisting with the training and supervision of House Docent volunteers.
    • Perform research as needed to answer history inquiries from the general public, members, external scholars, and the London Town organization.
    • Assist with front desk duties and customer service.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications & Skills:

    • 4 years of experience working in an informal education setting, or equivalent education and experience.
    • Experience in historic interpretation.
    • Proven experience in successful program development.
    • College-level education in the fields of American History, World History, Social Studies education, or similar fields.
    • Experience working with the public and speaking to visitors of all ages, including school and adult groups.
    • Interest in, and ability to learn about, horticulture, gardening, and ecology.

    Physical & Environmental Requirements:

    • The candidate must possess the following:

    o Ability to perform various functions such as standing, sitting, kneeling/squatting, walking across uneven surfaces, climbing stairs, lifting up to 30 pounds, seeing in varying light conditions, and participating in some strenuous physical activities.

    o Ability to work outside all day in varying weather conditions.

    o Ability to come in daily contact with pollen, dust, smoke, perfumes, mold, and other seasonal and environmental allergens.

    o Ability to wear historically accurate and complete 18th century clothing for an entire workday, some of which may be uncomfortable to a modern wearer.

    Work Schedule

    This is a permanent, full-time, salaried position. The public programs administrator will work 40 hours per week: Tuesday through Saturday, from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm, with occasional evening work.

    Reports to:

    Director of Public Programs

    Compensation:

    • $53,000 annually. This position is considered a full-time position and is eligible for the following benefits:
    • Health care with 70% of the premium paid by London Town for individual only. Spouse and dependent coverage as well as dental and vision is available at the employee’s expense.
    • Retirement plan and Foundation match
    • Foundation-paid flexible spending account ($750)
    • 10 days of accrued annual and 7 days of personal leave each year plus paid holidays.

    How to Apply:

    Email cover letter and resume to publicprograms@historiclondontown.org

    Application accepted through Wednesday, September 13.

    About Historic London Town and Gardens

    Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater, MD is a 23-acre museum and gardens operated by the London Town Foundation (501c3 nonprofit) on behalf of Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks. Learn more at www.historiclondontown.org.


  • 30 Aug 2023 7:30 PM | Robin Malpass

    POSITION: Executive Director – National Quilt Museum

    Are you an inspiring and creative leader with a passion for building a strong team culture and fostering meaningful community and business partnerships? Do you have a proven record of leadership, delivering exceptional customer experiences, driving revenue, and fundraising results? If so, we are seeking an enthusiastic Executive Director to lead The National Quilt Museum.  As the Executive Director, you will play a vital role in overseeing all aspects of our operations, driving our mission forward, and making a positive meaningful impact within the quilting as well as local community.  The Executive Director will partner with and report to the Board of Directors.

    Responsibilities

    • Model and promote our organization's core values and passion for quilts, quilting and quilters. Emphasizing and driving these values through energetic leadership throughout all interactions and experiences.
    • Cultivate a performance-oriented culture, promoting accountability, empowerment, and excellence among the staff.
    • Provide inspirational leadership to our staff, offering guidance, motivation, development, accountability, and support, while aligning all with our goals and priorities.
    • Create, develop, and execute stewardship, development plans, and tactics that foster strong relationships with supporters, volunteers, partners, donors, businesses, and community leaders to achieve annual objectives.
    • Oversee and execute the annual budget, identifying opportunities for revenue and donation growth, as well as cost savings and efficiencies in collaboration with the Board of Directors.
    • Attract, develop, and retain a high-performing lean team, ensuring adherence to our core values and mission through defined processes, while measuring results.
    • Implement and execute the National Quilt Museum brand vision and executional strategy, by creating, enhancing, and personalizing our visitors’ experiences.
    • Represent the National Quilt Museum at public events and engagements, promoting our mission, programs, and outcomes to media, supporters, and partners, while building additional relationships within the quilting community.

    Qualifications

    • Three plus years in a nonprofit leadership role, with strong proven focus on leadership, culture, accountability, revenue and fund-raising generation, and community engagement.
    • A bachelor's degree in a relevant field (e.g., business administration or nonprofit management).
    • Demonstrated management experience, including talent development, and building an inclusive, high-performing team, built on transparency and accountability.
    • Proficiency in budget management and execution.
    • Experience enhancing organizational reputation through effective communication, internally and externally, while utilizing various marketing and media methodologies and tactics.
    • Experience and proven collaborator with staff, board of directors, community leaders and industry leaders.
    • Personally passionate about the maker and creative community.

    Qualities for Success

    • Passionate about our mission and driven to be part of something bigger.
    • Proven track record of driving and exceeding objectives and expectations.
    • Financial acumen, with the ability to manage and understand P&L and balance sheet.
    • Collaborative nature, skilled in building teams that respect diverse viewpoints and work together for success.
    • Strong leadership and management abilities, encouraging high performance and professional growth.
    • Detail-oriented, with a sense of urgency.
    • Inquisitive, seeking clarity where and when needed.
    • Open to learning from others and continuous improvement.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, effectively articulating the organization's mission.

    Job Type: Full-time

    Annual Salary: $75,000.00 - $80,000.00*

    *Potential annual bonus based on achieving key annual objectives

    Travel

    As needed, occasionally, for special events, quilt industry meetings, and donor requests.

    Ability to commute/relocate

    215 Jefferson Street, Paducah, KY 

    Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required).

    Work Location

    In-person

    Apply

    Email a cover letter, resume and three professional references to HR@Quiltmuseum.org 

    No phone calls, please. 

    ABOUT THE NATIONAL QUILT MUSEUM

    The National Quilt Museum honors today’s quilters and inspires future quilters with exceptional exhibitions, education, and programming. Our vision is to be America’s premier quilt museum, celebrating traditional/nontraditional and extraordinary quilts from the United States and around the world.

    The National Quilt Museum features masterpiece quilts created by today’s most well-known quilters and fiber artists from around world.  The museum inspires and motivates the growth and expansion of quilting to new audiences through exhibits, education programs, preservation, and advocacy efforts. The museum is in Paducah, KY and sees visitors annually from all 50 states and over 40 foreign countries. The museum was founded in 1991.

    Since 2010, the museum has been an eight-time TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner and a two-time TripAdvisor Hall of Fame winner. The Hall of Fame honors destinations that have received the Certificate of Excellence at least five years in a row.

    ABOUT PADUCAH, KENTUCKY

    Paducah is a beautiful historic river town at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee rivers. The United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Paducah as a Creative City in November 2013 for the City’s important role in the connectivity of cultures through creativity. Paducah is one of only nine cities in the United States to hold this distinction.

    The county seat of McCracken County, Paducah is the largest town in the Purchase Area of the state. The combination of southern charm and hospitality that originated with Paducah’s founding in 1827 is still alive and well - blending a rich history with a stable economy, healthy business climate, and outstanding schools and neighborhoods.

    Paducah boasts a thriving arts and entertainment community — from theaters and museums to parks and sporting events. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate Paducah’s excellent location: three state parks are within a 45-minute drive, and all offer scenic shores, challenging golf courses, beach areas, and fully equipped marinas.


  • 18 Aug 2023 9:37 AM | Steve Humphrey

    Position: Executive Director

    The Steamboat Era Museum, a small community history organization in Irvington, Virginia, seeks an energetic, creative, and goal-oriented leader with non-profit and development experience to serve as Executive Director (ED).

    About the Steamboat Era Museum 

    The Steamboat Era Museum collects and preserves artifacts of the Steamboat Era on the Chesapeake Bay.  Through the design of dynamic exhibits and educational programs, the Museum illustrates and interprets the important economic and lifestyle changes steamboats brought to Virginia and Maryland communities on the Bay from 1813-1937. The pilothouse of the Potomac was installed as the central exhibit in 2019 after three years of fundraising and restoration work.

    The museum was founded in 1998 by a group who wanted to ensure the history and importance of steamboats to the Northern Neck and Chesapeake Bay were not forgotten.  In 2001, the largest remnant of a Chesapeake Bay steamboat in existence, the pilothouse of the Steamer Potomac, was acquired by the museum. The museum building opened in 2004.

    The museum is a member of the American Alliance of Museums, Virginia Museum Association, Council of American Maritime Museums and is recognized by the National Park Service as a Chesapeake Bay Gateway.  For the past few years, it had been designated one of the “Best Museums in Eastern Virginia” by Virginia Living Magazine.

    Job Description

    The general responsibilities of the ED are broad, but focus on management and operation of the museum, development, and collection management.  In conjunction with the Board, the ED undertakes long- and short-range planning, policy development, budget preparation and monitoring, and development of museum programs and services.  Work hours will be flexible and commensurate with museum requirements and ED’s needs/preferences.  The baseline expectation is a 24-hour work week (three eight-hour days or equivalent).  The ED manages one part-time staff member, a contracted marketing consultant, and volunteers who serve as docents and on established committees that support the core work of the museum.

    The ED represents the museum in the community, participates in events which increase awareness of the Steamboat Era and museum, expands community outreach, and performs duties which encourage donation of relevant artifacts and funds to the museum.

    The ED is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the mission and vision of the museum, reports directly to the President of the Board of Directors (the Board), works collaboratively with the Board, and is responsible and accountable for efficient day-to-day operation of the museum.  The ED serves as a non-voting, ex-officio member of the Board and Board committees.  The Executive Committee of the Board will conduct an annual review of the ED’s performance prior to setting the budget for the next fiscal year.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the Executive Director

    The Board believes engagement and philanthropy are critical activities for the next five years and has recently completed a strategic plan supporting its goals.  A key component of the plan is the Full Steam Ahead Campaign started this year.  The following duties and responsibilities reflect the Board’s priorities.

    Engagement, Philanthropy, and Grant Writing.  The ED will work with the Board to support the Full Steam Ahead Campaign.  The ED will assist efforts to identify and pursue fundraising and grant opportunities and make regular reports to the Board and relevant committees.  The ED will assist Engagement Committee efforts to increase donors/members, manage donor/member relationships, and maintain accurate donor/member records.  It is anticipated that engagement, philanthropy, and grant writing will require 40 percent of the ED’s time.

    Planning.  The ED will support Board and committee planning efforts to achieve the museum’s vision and execute the strategic plan.  It is anticipated that planning will require 10 percent of the Executive Director’s time.

    Fiscal Stewardship and Financial and Non-financial Records Maintenance.  The ED will be responsible for day-to-day financial management of the museum and will maintain essential financial and non-financial records.  The ED will ensure maintenance of accurate membership and donor records and records related to utilization of the museum.  Both digital and hard copy records will be maintained in an orderly and accessible system.  It is anticipated that fiscal stewardship and records maintenance will require 10 percent of the ED’s time.

    Facilities Management.  The ED will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the museum building, grounds, and equipment and will ensure the safe and reliable operation of the museum.  The ED will ensure a proactive approach to maintenance, replacement, and budgeting.  It is anticipated that facilities management will require five percent of the ED’s time.

    Information Technology Management.  The ED will be responsible for the execution of the Information Technology Management Plan and monitoring and maintenance of the museum’s hardware and software architecture to ensure uninterrupted continuity of operations.  It is anticipated that information technology management will require five percent of the ED’s time.

    Other Duties and Responsibilities of the Executive Director

    The following duties and responsibilities will together require approximately 30 percent of the ED’s time.  Demands will vary based on the season, planned activities, availability of volunteers, and the museum’s capacity to hire staff or consultants to assist with specific duties or tasks.

    Museum Visitor Services.  Working with the Museum Manager, the ED will ensure the museum is open and staffed during posted hours of operation.  The ED will support and coordinate, as required, the scheduling of group tours and coordination of volunteer staffing for regular hours, special tours, and events.  The ED will exercise oversight of the museum shop, including shop purchases, inventory records, price-setting, and mandatory reporting.  The ED will ensure that all volunteers are trained, that staffing is sufficient, and that a congenial atmosphere and environment conducive for recruiting and retaining volunteers is maintained.  From time-to-time, the ED may conduct tours and educational programs.

    Community Engagement.  The ED will develop and implement programs, community activities, and other events to further the mission of the museum and benefit the community.

    Brand, Communications, and Marketing.  Working closely with the Engagement Committee, the ED will promote the museum and its events and activities through a variety of media and will ensure the website and social media accounts are current.  

    Exhibits.  The ED will work with the Board and assigned exhibit project teams to develop, implement, and install exhibits for the museum and off-site venues, as appropriate.

    Education and Programs.  The ED will work with the General Education Committee and Children’s Program Director to develop and implement adult, continuing education, and children’s programs.

    Collections (Acquisition, Preservation and Conservation).  The ED will work with the Board and Historian/Curator to ensure that items donated to the museum are appropriately reviewed, accessioned, conserved, preserved, cataloged, and displayed.

    Event Planning and Execution.  The ED will support planning and execution of events such as the Annual Crab Festival and other special events.

    Skills and Expertise Required:

    • Experience in planning, philanthropy, and management in a non-profit setting.

    • Proficient and capable of representing the museum eloquently and effectively.

    • Strong people skills, specifically working with volunteers, a Board of Directors, paid staff, and consultants/contractors.

    • Previous experience with museums desirable, but not mandatory.

    • Familiarity with the PC Windows environment and knowledge of the following applications: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneDrive.  Experience with Publisher, PastPerfect CRM, QuickBooks Online, and LightSpeed POS desirable.

    • Adept at information technology and social media, especially Facebook and Instagram.

    Qualifications:

    The Executive Director will have a relevant bachelor's degree and 3-5 years' work in a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience, demonstrating the ability required to support a non-profit organization.  Experience in planning and development in a non-profit organization is an important qualification for this position.

    Salary: This is a part-time salaried position with no benefits and a salary range $24-32,000.  The salary is based on an average 24-hour work week for 49 weeks a year.  The work schedule may vary, requiring some weekend and evening hours, with the opportunity of working from home during the off-season.  The work schedule will be coordinated with and approved by the Board.

    Closing date: September 15, 2023

    To Apply: Please submit cover letter and resume to: HR@SteamboatEraMuseum.org No phone inquiries please.  EOE

    Steamboat Era Museum

    PO Box 132

    156 King Carter Drive

    Irvington, VA 22480


  • 17 Aug 2023 10:21 AM | Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

    Job Purpose

    The Expeditionary Programs Manager works with the Director of Maritime Programs to manage and lead on-water expedition programming for teenagers. The position also supports the Museum’s Champlain Longboats youth boat building and open-water rowing program that partners with regional schools and community organizations. More information about the expeditions can be found here: https://www.lcmm.org/camps/expeditions/ and Champlain Longboats here: https://www.lcmm.org/learn/for-everyone/champlain-longboats-program/ 

    The Expeditionary Programs Manager leads the annual planning and management for the Museum’s overnight on-water summer expedition trips, with responsibilities including but not limited to hiring, training, and managing seasonal staff; planning program schedules, itinerary, and content; communicating with parents as needed before, during, and after trips; facilitating parent and student evaluations; working with the Museum’s marketing and communications team to effectively promote programs and to generate registrations, and with the development team to share the impact of programs with donors; leading trips on-water as needed; working with trip leaders to coordinate and implement food prep; and providing land support for expeditionary trips led by other trip leaders. Above all, the Expeditionary Programs Manager should value and prioritize safety, team building, and teen empowerment for these programs. 

    In addition to expeditions, the Expeditionary Programs Manager also supports Champlain Longboats youth boat building and rowing programs by assisting in the boat shop and on boat building outings with students; coaching rowing teams; assisting with rowing program logistics including trailering/hauling/launching boats as needed; coordinating and assisting with travel to out-of-state races; supporting local race logistics and preparation. 

    Additional duties may include facilitating maintenance projects on the museum’s fleet of rowing gigs, working with volunteers, working on the repair of donated boats, assisting with adult rowing programs and other education programs for students at the Museum. 

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Manage summer on-water expedition trips 
      • Hire, train, and supervise trip leaders 
      • Plan content, itinerary, and logistics for overnight trips 
      • Organize expedition gear storage areas, clean gear in between expeditions, and track the repair and warranties of gear 
      • Lead overnight trips as needed
      • Manage land support on trips led by other trip leaders 
      • Manage communication with parents and students before, during, and after trips 
      • Coordinate with the marketing and communications team to promote expeditions and registrations 
    • Boat Building and Rowing Program Support 
      • Participate in boat repair and restoration projects 
      • Assist in the boat shop with student boat building or student outings  
      • Manage rowing program logistics 
      • Move/haul/launch rowing gigs  
      • Coach rowing as needed 
      • Lead rowing outings on Lake Champlain with youth and adults 
      • Provide support for local and out-of-state rowing races/events  
    • Assist with adult rowing club logistics in coordination with adult rowing club leaders 
    • Support on-site school programs as needed and schedule allows 
    • Take photos and video, and write up summaries and stories of expeditions and Champlain Longboats program in coordination with the marketing and communications team  
    • Other duties as assigned 

    Qualifications, Skills, and Attributes

    • Experience in outdoor education  
    • Experience leading on-water trips 
    • Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification, or willingness to obtain certifications 
    • Experience and passion for working with middle and high school students of all abilities (It is essential that the applicant wants to and enjoys working with adolescents) 
    • Intellectual curiosity about subjects related to boats and on-water environments and a desire to teach 
    • Aptitude for working with boats, tools, equipment, trailers, etc. 
    • Ability to organize and prioritize tasks, including a strong ability to work under the pressure of multiple deadlines 
    • Strong interpersonal and team leadership skills 
    • Strong writing and public communication skills 
    • A commitment to collaboration and an enthusiasm for Lake Champlain, its history, and its future 

    Working Conditions

    • This position will include onsite, offsite, and on-water work. 
    • This position includes moving and maintaining large wooden boats, trip gear, and other heavy items inside and outside in all seasons, using trailers and tractors as needed. 
    • Work outside will occur in all weather conditions. 

    How to Apply:

    To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and three references to Nick Patch at NickP@lcmm.org.  

    Applications due no later than September 5, 2023. All applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and this job listing will be updated when if position is filled before the deadline. 

    Equal Opportunity Employment: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. The Museum prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type based on race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

    Job Title Expeditionary Programs Manager
    Reports To Director of Maritime Programs
    Employment Dates Year-round, full time (40 hours/week)
    Status Non-Exempt
    Salary $20/hour
    Includes a benefit package with 24 days of Earned Time Off for new employees
  • 11 Aug 2023 4:38 PM | Meghann Mahoney

    MUSEUM EDUCATOR

    (FULL TIME)

    Job Description

    Chief Objectives of the Position:

    Our Museum Educators, as part of the Public Programs Department, carry out the mission of Historic London Town and Gardens to educate our visitors and enrich the life of our community. These team members teach history and horticulture programs to visitors of all ages, including school groups. They also interact with general visitors while staffing the front desk, demonstrating 18th century skills, and working at festivals. Historic London Town and Gardens recognizes its historical role as a port of entry for enslaved Africans, and as a town built on enslaved labor. Museum Educators must be willing to teach these hard truths to visitors and students in accordance with best practices and as trained by the Public Programs Department.

    Responsibilities:

    • Teach school tours in our 10-acre garden and 4-acre historic area. London Town teaches 5,000 students per year using rigorous curricula and hands-on, experiential learning.
    • Assist with adult programs such as Colonial Cocktails and Wreath Workshop, which will include evening work.
    • Conduct daily drop-in tours for general visitors.
    • Assist in covering the front desk.
    • Conduct demonstrations of various 18th century skills in various weather conditions while wearing 18th century attire. Assist in active interpretation and maintenance.
    • Display an inviting and enthusiastic attitude with excellent attention to customer service.
    • Work collaboratively with other staff in the Public Programs department, as well as all other departments.
    • Additional duties as assigned.

    Qualifications & Skills:

    • 3 years of experience working in a formal or informal education setting (including museums, parks, botanic gardens, etc.)
    • College-level education in the fields of history, horticulture, African American studies, education, or related fields OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Experience working with the public and speaking to visitors of all ages, including school and adult groups.
    • Experience teaching challenging and sometimes contentious subject matter.
    • Interest in, and ability to learn about, 18th century history & trade skills.
    • Interest in, and ability to learn about, horticultural topics & skills.
    • Willingness and ability to work with alcohol for programming purposes.
    • Enthusiasm for creating interactive experiences for visitors that are relevant to their lives, connect with them emotionally, are thought-provoking, and include multiple perspectives.

    Physical & Environmental Requirements:

    The candidate must possess the following:

    • Ability to perform various functions such as standing, sitting, kneeling/squatting, walking across uneven surfaces, climbing stairs, lifting objects up to 30 lbs, seeing in varying light conditions, and participating in strenuous physical activities for multiple hours.
    • Ability and temperament to work outside all day, year-round, in varying weather conditions.
    • Ability to come in daily contact with pollen, dust, smoke, perfumes, mold, and other seasonal and environmental allergens.
    • Ability to wear historically accurate and complete 18th century clothing for an entire workday, some of which may be uncomfortable to a modern wearer. Allowances made for modern footwear and eyewear.

    Work Schedule:

    This is a full-time, 37.5 hour per week position. The hours will generally be 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Wednesday-Sunday. This job will require occasional evening hours.

    This position will run until the end of the calendar year (December 31, 2023). Potential to renew for the following calendar year if this person is a good fit for London Town’s public program needs.

    Reports to: 

    Director of Public Programs

    Compensation:

    $24.00 per hour. This position is considered a full-time position and is eligible for the following benefits:

    • Health care with 70% of the premium paid by London Town for individual only. Spouse and dependent coverage as well as dental and vision is available at the employee’s expense.
    • Retirement plan and Foundation match
    • Foundation-paid flexible spending account ($750)
    • 10 days of accrued annual and 7 days of personal leave each year plus paid holidays.

    To apply, submit resume and cover letter by August 228, 2023 to executivedirector@historiclondontown.org. No phone calls please.

    London Town’s Mission as a Museum and Public Site:

    Historic London Town and Gardens is operated by the London Town Foundation (a nonprofit entity). Our job is to ensure that we appropriately manage our historic, archaeological, and horticultural resources. We work with the Anne Arundel County government and other heritage organizations to promote London Town as an educational resource while ensuring the site’s sustainability for future visitors.


  • 07 Aug 2023 11:27 AM | Daniel Citron

    The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs (Department of State) seeks an enthusiastic and experienced individual to provide leadership within the Cooch’s Bridge Historic Site.

    Leading the interpretive staff on the site, working with a variety of colleagues from the Division, and under the direction of the Historic Sites Team Manager, the Museum/Historic Site Supervisor is responsible for the daily operations, project coordination, and public programming at the Cooch’s Bridge Historic Site.

    The Museum/Historic Site Supervisor will participate in and oversee all aspects of site operations and interpretive and education programming related to individuals, groups, and schools. This programming will occur on-site, off-site, and virtually. This position will work to raise awareness of the programs offered that highlight the history of the site in local, regional, and national topics. Additionally, this position will be the on-site coordinator of the transition of this property to a public historic site. This involves supervising contractors, working with volunteers, and acting as the Division’s liaison to the local community.

    The Cooch’s Bridge Historic Site covers a wide swath of history from pre-contact to the Industrial Revolution. Particular emphasis is on the use of the land and river, the Battle of Cooch’s Bridge (Delaware’s only land battle of the Revolutionary War), milling history, and all the people who lived and worked in the area. The site is in the process of transitioning from private land to a public site. The Site Supervisor will have a key role in formally opening the sixth museum operated by the State of Delaware under the Division. More information can be found on the website.

    In addition to the building rehabilitation projects that are currently taking place, the Cooch’s Bridge Historic Site was recently awarded an $800,000 grant from the National Park Service’s Semiquincentennial grant program.

    The position is a full-time, merit position and will require some weekend and evening work. The position is based just outside of Newark, Delaware, with a hiring salary range of $39,654 – $42,132.

    Closing date: August 23, 2023.

    Apply through the Delaware Employment Link.

     

    Responsibilities:

    1. Monitors and evaluates historic site operations and maintains liaison with tenants, the Friends group, special interest groups, neighbors, government officials, contractors, and others. Monitors procedures for handling revenues.
    2. Reports daily operational activities/problems to Division administrators/curators. Recommends and implements new/revised policies, procedures, and activities. 
    3. Develops interpretative, creative, and age-appropriate tours/programs of the Cooch’s Bridge Historic Site. Participates with curators and researchers in the planning, research, development and implementation of on-site and outreach education activities and proposals for thematic tours that complement the goals and objectives of the Division. 
    4. Coordinates activities with curators and Division administrators regarding exhibit installation, site furnishing plans, collections conservation, revising/supplementing interpretative activities and other curatorial functions. 
    5. Plans, assigns, reviews, and evaluates the work of subordinate personnel; interviews job applicants and recommends hiring; establishes and conducts staff development sessions, e.g., tour content, professional communication techniques, etc. to enhance services provided. 
    6. Assists with the development of community based special events and celebrations by networking with community leaders, service organizations, special interest groups, historical societies and actively participating in planning meetings and coordinating functions. 
    7. Schedules tours and other programs of the various components of the Cooch’s Bridge Historic Site, assesses special needs for group tours, and oversees the surveillance of visitors, buildings, and contents. May conduct guided tours of structures and grounds.
    8. Conducts museum related activities such as preparing and conducting presentations, press releases, proposing draft designs for promotional and marketing materials, participating in pre-bid meetings and contractual progress meetings, and assisting with the development of exhibits.
    9. Prepares and writes a variety of operational reports such as visitation, staff schedules, etc., using established forms or formats.
    10. Works with diverse audiences and age groups.

    Knowledge and Abilities:

    1. Knowledge of managing museum/historic site operations and functions.
    2. Knowledge of state museums policies, procedures, and regulations pertaining to museum/historic site operations and functions.
    3. Knowledge of museum/historic site professional standards, ethics, procedures, and techniques.
    4. Knowledge of visitor services and museum professional standards for developing and conducting tours and interpretation of the historic site, exhibits, and/or collections.
    5. Knowledge of American history, Delaware history, cultural history, and/or closely related field. 
    6. Knowledge of supervisory principles, practices, and techniques. 
    7. Knowledge of the methods and techniques for conducting historical research.
    8.  Knowledge of social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. 
    9. Ability to conduct historical research for interpretation, presentation, exhibits.
    10. Ability to present information clearly and concisely, communicate effectively, and resolve problems.
    11. Ability to organize, coordinate and direct groups, tenants, contractors as well as handling simultaneous multiple projects and functions.
    12. Ability to maintain museum/historic site security.
    13. Ability to assess operational needs for personnel, supplies, material, and equipment. 
    14. Ability to utilize video conferencing programs such as Zoom and Teams for meetings and public programming. 
    15. Excellent interpersonal skills to work with diverse visitors, residents, volunteers, contractors, and staff.
    16. Strong organizational and project management skills with ability to work independently, proactively, and as a team member. 
    17. Computer literacy, particularly in Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. 
    18. Must have valid driver’s license and be able to work weekends, holidays, and occasional evening hours.

    Position Requirements:

    1. Six months experience in public relations, media relations, or communications such as establishing and promoting a positive image with the public, informing or influencing specific audiences using internal and external communications such as public forums, journalism, writing, marketing, advertising, promotions, social media, and/or special events.
    2. At least six months experience in museum practices such as developing and conducting museum educational programs or tours, research, collection management, exhibit design, and/or preservation or maintenance of historic buildings.
    3. Six months experience in interpreting laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures.
    4. Knowledge of staff supervision acquired through course work, academic training, training provided through an employer, or performing as a lead worker overseeing the work of others; OR supervising staff which may include planning, assigning, reviewing, and evaluating the work of others; OR supervising through subordinate supervisors a group of professional, technical, and clerical employees.
    5. Knowledge of project coordination acquired through course work, academic training, training provided through an employer, or performing as a lead worker overseeing the work of others; OR supervising contractors; OR work experience coordinating projects with coworkers.

    Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs

    The Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs serves Delaware residents and visitors by identifying, preserving, and interpreting Delaware history. Our activities foster strong communities, engaged citizens, economic vitality, and a deeper understanding of Delaware’s role in world history.  We do this in public trust for current and future generations.

    The Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs is a trustworthy, ethical, and reliable partner with organizations, agencies, and individuals with whom we have common goals. The Division’s vision is to actively engage our audiences in learning and to understand how Delaware history is meaningful to their lives. We seek to actively engage our audiences through exploring a diversity of historical and cultural perspectives to inform and influence decisions about the future. We want our audiences to feel welcomed, valued, and encouraged to question and explore.

    Please see the division’s Statement on Race and Equity at https://history.delaware.gov/about-agency/.


  • 07 Aug 2023 11:27 AM | Daniel Citron

    The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs (Department of State) seeks an enthusiastic and experienced individual to provide leadership within the Cooch’s Bridge Historic Site.

    Leading the interpretive staff on the site, working with a variety of colleagues from the Division, and under the direction of the Historic Sites Team Manager, the Museum/Historic Site Supervisor is responsible for the daily operations, project coordination, and public programming at the Cooch’s Bridge Historic Site.

    The Museum/Historic Site Supervisor will participate in and oversee all aspects of site operations and interpretive and education programming related to individuals, groups, and schools. This programming will occur on-site, off-site, and virtually. This position will work to raise awareness of the programs offered that highlight the history of the site in local, regional, and national topics. Additionally, this position will be the on-site coordinator of the transition of this property to a public historic site. This involves supervising contractors, working with volunteers, and acting as the Division’s liaison to the local community.

    The Cooch’s Bridge Historic Site covers a wide swath of history from pre-contact to the Industrial Revolution. Particular emphasis is on the use of the land and river, the Battle of Cooch’s Bridge (Delaware’s only land battle of the Revolutionary War), milling history, and all the people who lived and worked in the area. The site is in the process of transitioning from private land to a public site. The Site Supervisor will have a key role in formally opening the sixth museum operated by the State of Delaware under the Division. More information can be found on the website.

    In addition to the building rehabilitation projects that are currently taking place, the Cooch’s Bridge Historic Site was recently awarded an $800,000 grant from the National Park Service’s Semiquincentennial grant program.

    The position is a full-time, merit position and will require some weekend and evening work. The position is based just outside of Newark, Delaware, with a hiring salary range of $39,654 – $42,132.

    Closing date: August 23, 2023.

    Apply through the Delaware Employment Link.

     

    Responsibilities:

    1. Monitors and evaluates historic site operations and maintains liaison with tenants, the Friends group, special interest groups, neighbors, government officials, contractors, and others. Monitors procedures for handling revenues.
    2. Reports daily operational activities/problems to Division administrators/curators. Recommends and implements new/revised policies, procedures, and activities. 
    3. Develops interpretative, creative, and age-appropriate tours/programs of the Cooch’s Bridge Historic Site. Participates with curators and researchers in the planning, research, development and implementation of on-site and outreach education activities and proposals for thematic tours that complement the goals and objectives of the Division. 
    4. Coordinates activities with curators and Division administrators regarding exhibit installation, site furnishing plans, collections conservation, revising/supplementing interpretative activities and other curatorial functions. 
    5. Plans, assigns, reviews, and evaluates the work of subordinate personnel; interviews job applicants and recommends hiring; establishes and conducts staff development sessions, e.g., tour content, professional communication techniques, etc. to enhance services provided. 
    6. Assists with the development of community based special events and celebrations by networking with community leaders, service organizations, special interest groups, historical societies and actively participating in planning meetings and coordinating functions. 
    7. Schedules tours and other programs of the various components of the Cooch’s Bridge Historic Site, assesses special needs for group tours, and oversees the surveillance of visitors, buildings, and contents. May conduct guided tours of structures and grounds.
    8. Conducts museum related activities such as preparing and conducting presentations, press releases, proposing draft designs for promotional and marketing materials, participating in pre-bid meetings and contractual progress meetings, and assisting with the development of exhibits.
    9. Prepares and writes a variety of operational reports such as visitation, staff schedules, etc., using established forms or formats.
    10. Works with diverse audiences and age groups.

    Knowledge and Abilities:

    1. Knowledge of managing museum/historic site operations and functions.
    2. Knowledge of state museums policies, procedures, and regulations pertaining to museum/historic site operations and functions.
    3. Knowledge of museum/historic site professional standards, ethics, procedures, and techniques.
    4. Knowledge of visitor services and museum professional standards for developing and conducting tours and interpretation of the historic site, exhibits, and/or collections.
    5. Knowledge of American history, Delaware history, cultural history, and/or closely related field. 
    6. Knowledge of supervisory principles, practices, and techniques. 
    7. Knowledge of the methods and techniques for conducting historical research.
    8.  Knowledge of social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. 
    9. Ability to conduct historical research for interpretation, presentation, exhibits.
    10. Ability to present information clearly and concisely, communicate effectively, and resolve problems.
    11. Ability to organize, coordinate and direct groups, tenants, contractors as well as handling simultaneous multiple projects and functions.
    12. Ability to maintain museum/historic site security.
    13. Ability to assess operational needs for personnel, supplies, material, and equipment. 
    14. Ability to utilize video conferencing programs such as Zoom and Teams for meetings and public programming. 
    15. Excellent interpersonal skills to work with diverse visitors, residents, volunteers, contractors, and staff.
    16. Strong organizational and project management skills with ability to work independently, proactively, and as a team member. 
    17. Computer literacy, particularly in Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. 
    18. Must have valid driver’s license and be able to work weekends, holidays, and occasional evening hours.

    Position Requirements:

    1. Six months experience in public relations, media relations, or communications such as establishing and promoting a positive image with the public, informing or influencing specific audiences using internal and external communications such as public forums, journalism, writing, marketing, advertising, promotions, social media, and/or special events.
    2. At least six months experience in museum practices such as developing and conducting museum educational programs or tours, research, collection management, exhibit design, and/or preservation or maintenance of historic buildings.
    3. Six months experience in interpreting laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures.
    4. Knowledge of staff supervision acquired through course work, academic training, training provided through an employer, or performing as a lead worker overseeing the work of others; OR supervising staff which may include planning, assigning, reviewing, and evaluating the work of others; OR supervising through subordinate supervisors a group of professional, technical, and clerical employees.
    5. Knowledge of project coordination acquired through course work, academic training, training provided through an employer, or performing as a lead worker overseeing the work of others; OR supervising contractors; OR work experience coordinating projects with coworkers.

    Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs

    The Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs serves Delaware residents and visitors by identifying, preserving, and interpreting Delaware history. Our activities foster strong communities, engaged citizens, economic vitality, and a deeper understanding of Delaware’s role in world history.  We do this in public trust for current and future generations.

    The Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs is a trustworthy, ethical, and reliable partner with organizations, agencies, and individuals with whom we have common goals. The Division’s vision is to actively engage our audiences in learning and to understand how Delaware history is meaningful to their lives. We seek to actively engage our audiences through exploring a diversity of historical and cultural perspectives to inform and influence decisions about the future. We want our audiences to feel welcomed, valued, and encouraged to question and explore.

    Please see the division’s Statement on Race and Equity at https://history.delaware.gov/about-agency/.


  • 04 Aug 2023 10:53 AM | Porzia Purves

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    HISTORIC ST. MARY’S CITY

    INTRODUCTION

    Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) in its modern incarnation was established in 1966 by the State of Maryland.  After half a century of operation it is a well-established museum and park with a whole host of assets.  Its purpose is to explore historically and archaeologically the capital of the original colony of Maryland, founded in 1634 on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, and to present the complex results of that undertaking to visitors and the wider public.

    The achievements of the research program have made HSMC a premier 17th century research site in the U.S.

    • ·        The lost old capital has been brought back to life.
    • ·        The history of the Chesapeake Tobacco Coast has been remade.
    • ·        The discovery of the original 1634 fort and evidence of the very first Maryland settlers have put an essential piece of the historical puzzle in place.
    • ·        The clues left by indigenous First People who lived for several thousand years on the land are receiving close attention.
    • ·        The lives of the African Americans, both enslaved and free, who were bound to local plantations from the1640s onwards are being revealed and well documented.

    Historic St. Mary’s City now proudly stands as one of the foremost early sites of settlement in North America.

    The Museum’s interpretation and public programs, pioneers in living history, give visitors a glimpse of recreated raw and barely sustainable lives on America’s first frontier. The past is a foreign country, always out of reach, but those lost lives can be seen in a statehouse courtroom drama, lead coffins buried in the wing of a Catholic chapel and a collection of ceramic pots in a domestic dirt-floored pantry.

    An 835 acre preserve provides opportunities for recreation both in the forests and fields as well as a dramatic waterfront on the St. Mary’s River.  A hike or bike ride on the miles of trails presents a timeless vista of human occupation.

    Maryland is only a decade away from its 400th birthday that will place it, with Virginia and Massachusetts, in a very small number of original English colonies and states.

    Historic St. Mary’s City will be at the very center of that commemoration.  There will be no better opportunity in our collective lifetimes to provide the first capital with the attention it deserves, making the museum and park a treasured gift and legacy to future generations.

    That success begins with the all-important choice of a new executive leader who will accomplish the following:

    • ·        Continue to build a first-class museum and park based on the many previous achievements and a new master plan.
    • ·        As a partner with St. Mary’s College, embrace the growing and dynamic local community, the new Southern Maryland National Heritage Area, and the greater Washington/Baltimore area and beyond.
    • ·        Ensure that visitors have multi-day experiences with more facilities and resources on the St. Mary’s Townlands.
    • ·        Play a key role in 400th Anniversary plans to make HSMC the center of the commemoration for the entire state and the nation.
    • ·        Support the Fort to 400 Commission work for the 400th Anniversary

    A new leader will find many challenges and can anticipate strong and growing support around the 400th.  The achievements of this major early American landmark will live long past 2034 for Maryland and the United States.

    LOCATION

    St. Mary’s County, where the first Maryland capital was established in1634, is approaching its 400th year.   The tidewater culture of the indigenous First People goes back over a thousand years before the English came to these shores.  The site includes over 100 structures including recreated “ghost” buildings in the town center, a recreated state house and chapel, the newly built Maryland Dove (a full scale reproduction of a 17th century square-rigged merchant ship), a tobacco plantation, a visitor center and a new interpretive center.

    St. Mary’s County, a fast-growing area of the state, is a peninsula on the western shores of the Chesapeake Bay bordered by the Potomac and Patuxent Rivers. Its water and history are always nearby, and examples of its evolution can be found in all four of its centuries.  Its many attractions, scenic byways, historic sites, and recreational boating and camping make St. Mary’s an important state tourist destination.  The park and museum are open to the public from March through November and they host some holiday events.

    Today, Maryland’s birthplace is a vibrant blend of a rich past and a modern technology-driven economy. Since World War II the U.S. Navy consolidated research, development, testing and evaluation of its aviation programs in the expanding Naval Air Station Patuxent River.  With approximately 20,000 personnel, it has grown into the major driver of St. Mary’s County’s thriving economic development.

    Historic St. Mary’s City shares its National Historic Landmark District with St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM). The College is a state-sponsored, publicly funded, non-sectarian and affordable four-year liberal arts institution, administered by an independent Board of Trustees. As a public honors college, it is committed to a focus on Maryland’s Heritage. It recently commissioned an innovative monument to the enslaved African Americans who lived and worked on what is now college property. Its Center for the Study of Democracy, founded as a joint initiative with HSMC, calls on its proximity to the nation’s capital to explore contemporary and historical issues related to democracy.  SMCM has an agreement with HSMC to provide some services on behalf of HSMC.

    The long rich history of the Southern Maryland region, including St. Mary’s, Charles, Calvert and southern Prince Georges counties, is featured in a new Southern Maryland National Heritage Area, one of two national heritage areas in Maryland eligible for federal support. This national heritage designation includes many historic sites including the St. Clement’s Island Museum, Point Lookout State Park, Patuxent Naval Air Museum, Sotterley Plantation and the Calvert Marine Museum.

    POSITION DESCRIPTION

    The Executive Director (CEO) has the overall responsibility to carry out the mission and policies of Historic St. Mary’s City (consisting of a living history museum and park, and hereafter referred to as HSMC) as established by the Commission, including the financial, educational, archaeological research and conservation, collections, operations and staff management of the organization.

    The primary responsibility of the CEO is to provide leadership, establish a clear vision for the present and the future, build a long-range strategic plan up through 2034, the 400th anniversary of the colony and state, and to maintain an organizational structure that has the competence and motivation to achieve the organization’s objectives. 

    LEADERSHIP

    The CEO reports directly to and works in partnership with the Historic St. Mary’s City Commission, an independent state agency within the office of the Governor (hereafter referred to as the Commission) which functions as a board.  Most members of the Commission are appointed by the Governor.  Several others are appointed by General Assembly leadership.  The CEO is expected to meet regularly with the Chair of the Commission (who is selected by the members) about progress, operations, and future planning.

    The CEO and the Commission establish policies for programmatic and financial goals.  The CEO has the responsibility, authority, and decision-making power to manage operations and finances, the staff and their activities, and the implementation of plans and programs based on those policies.

    REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS

    The CEO is supported by the following key positions.

    • ·        Chief Operating Officer (COO)
    • ·        Director of Research & Collections, who is responsible for overall management of the archaeological explorations on the HSMC property, the research associated with the discoveries and the presentations associated with the work.
    • ·        Director of Education, who oversees visitor engagement.
    • ·        Director of Facilities, who maintains an 835-acre park of HSMC properties, historic recreations and of recreational opportunities for visitors.
    • ·        Director of Business Enterprises
    • ·        Director of Development
    • ·        Director of Finance
    • ·        There are 30 regular state employees, and 40–60 contractual employees (including part-time and seasonal) for a total of about 70–90 staff. 
    • ·        There is a cadre of local volunteers who assist with programs, events and administrative support or welcome center.   These volunteers are valuable assets and need overall direction and recognition.  There is room for growth in the number of volunteers as well as community relationships.

    The CEO is the primary HSMC liaison with the President of adjacent SMCM, on issues and projects that affect both institutions. HSMC and SMCM have an agreement to share some administrative functions and some facilities. There are other opportunities for cooperation that can provide great benefit to both institutions.  Faculty also are engaged with HSMC.

    FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT AND FUND RAISING

    The CEO will work with the COO to establish annual and capital budgets and make sure that appropriate financial controls and reporting are in place.  The Commission will review and approve budgets prior to submission.  State funds comprise the major part of the museum’s funding with other earned income, grants and philanthropy making a significant contribution.  Increasing gifts will give HSMC greater flexibility.  The current annual operating budget is approximately $5.5 million.

    The CEO has the responsibility of being chief liaison with the Governor’s office, the General Assembly and its committee and individual members in Annapolis.  In recognition of the unique historical importance of HSMC, its ongoing work, its importance to Maryland citizens and the upcoming 400th anniversary of the founding of the colony and then state, the Governor and General Assembly provide considerable annual support to HSMC.  Additional support for effective 400th anniversary projects can be expected.

    The CEO will develop projects and opportunities that merit grant support and philanthropic contributions from individuals and other organizations.   The CEO will oversee the grant writing that provides support for archaeological exploration, research, historical programming and other activities.

    The CEO works with the HSMC Foundation and its members, an independent 501c3 organization, that is created to solicit and receive charitable gifts from individuals and grant making organizations.   The Foundation has stewardship responsibilities for those gifts and the responsibility to work with the HSMC management to use such gifts in support of various programmatic or capital projects as determined by overall policies and by the donors’ wishes.  The CEO and the staff need to work with the Foundation to provide on-going and well publicized activities that are attractive to donors and to assist in the recognition of such donors. 

    MARKETING AND COMMUNICATION

    The CEO will oversee marketing and communications which create a clear and consistent identity for HSMC, attract visitors to HSMC from local, state and ever widening communities, manage public relations on behalf of HSMC and develop attractive and focused communications and newsletters that highlight the unique aspect of HSMC and upcoming anniversaries. This office works with the COO to accomplish these objectives, as well as to pursue opportunities for local and national exposure.

    FACILITIES

    The CEO will provide oversight for stewardship of the physical plant, archaeological resources and natural environment, assuring they are well maintained, overseeing new construction and appropriate use of existing buildings, landscapes and collections.  The COO will support the maintenance of the physical plant and related work.

    COMMUNITY RELATIONS

    HSMC exists within a local community that has strong roots in St. Mary’s and within a growing community associated with the Patuxent River Naval Air Station,

    The CEO is expected to become an active member of these communities, representing the discoveries, purpose and goals of HSMC to the surrounding area.  The CEO is provided with attractive waterfront living quarters with the expectation that s/he will use them to engage with the wider community.

    (The house will be renovated over the next 6-9 months.  During that time alternate housing or a housing stipend will be provided.)

    OTHER ATTRIBUTES AND SKILLS

    • ·        Maintain open communication with staff, the Commission, the Foundation, SMCM, legislators and community members.
    • ·        Foster a balance of research and public programming that is both educational and entertaining.
    • ·        Museum experience.
    • ·        Knowledge of modern computer skills, social media, technology, and communication tools with a goal of making HSMC technologically effective
    • ·        Proven ability to manage a large program and staff, and to and integrate staff effectively into supporting that program.
    • ·        The ability to foster strong relationships between the various organizations, groups and individuals who all value what St. Mary’s is and could be.
    • ·        Effective public speaking skills and the ability to represent HSMC at public forums.
    • ·        Confidence and the experience to work with public officials.
    • ·        Working knowledge of supporting history research and presentation and an affinity for the pleasures of discovering historical subjects.
    • ·        Creating a balance of research and public programs.
    • ·        Upholding national museum standards promulgated by the American Association of Museums, the American Association for State and Local History, the Society for Historical Archaeology and the National Recreation and Park Association.  HSMC received accreditation from the AAM in 2003.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    • ·        10 years experience in senior management of a museum or public program operations.
    • ·        Master’s degree preferred.   Previous senior experience in organizational and museum management is the paramount qualification.
    • ·        Cooperative leadership style that leads to overall results
    • ·        Willingness and proven ability to raise funds.
    • ·        Ability to work successfully in partnership with other organizations.
    • ·        Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
    • ·        Experience in working successfully with local organizations and public officials.

    SALARY:   $150,000-$175,000

     A waterfront house for the Executive Director is included with the expectation that s/he will use the facility to engage with the local community.

    Applications should include a cover letter and a CV.  Two references would be appreciated though contact will not be made until a final selection round.

    Closing date:  September 15, 2023

    APPLICANTS WILL PLEASE SEND ALL QUERIES AND APPLICATIONS IN CONFIDENCE TO :

    ED.HSMC@paxpartnership.org

    Historic St. Mary’s City is an equal opportunity employer and encouragers applications from all qualified candidates, including minority candidates.


  • 01 Aug 2023 4:27 PM | Angela Thorpe

    The Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice is seeking an Managing Director. The Center engages diverse communities to lift up the life and legacy of activist, legal scholar, feminist, poet, Episcopal priest and LGBTQ community member, Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray, in order to tackle enduring inequities and injustice in our nation.

    THE OPPORTUNITY:

    The Managing Director will work alongside the Executive Director. Together, they will collaborate as partners to lead staff, board and the community in realizing the Center’s mission. Within this partnership, the Managing Director will leverage their experience and ideas to support the Center as it navigates a growing budget, a growing team and a transition to a visitor-ready historic site.

    The ideal candidate will value social justice and public history, possess strong executive leadership skills, public administration experience and be flexible and solutions oriented.

    GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

    The Managing Director will be accountable for the business, administrative, and operational management of the Center. This includes leadership and oversight of financial management, information systems and personnel policies. The Managing Director will support budget development, liaise with the Board of Directors where appropriate and supervise designated staff and contractors. They will also support the ongoing development of a historic site and visitor center, which is slated to open to the public by 2024.

    ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS:

    • Alignment with the mission and values of the Pauli Murray Center.

    • Ability to create and hold space for the multiple identities held by Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray.

    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a relevant field of study, including (but not limited to) history, public history, cultural resource management, museum studies, non-profit management, or public administration.

    • Demonstrated budget management skills, including familiarity with budget preparation, monitoring, and analysis.

    • Demonstrated project management skills.

    • Strong computer skills with MS Office, Google Drive, and other software systems

    • Strong attention to detail and organizational abilities including planning, delegating, and program development.

    • Supervisory experience.

    • Demonstrated excellent communication and writing skills.

    Management Preferences:

    • Master’s degree and demonstrated experience working with or in public cultural resources (including museums, historic sites, libraries, public parks, historic districts, archives).

    • Demonstrated ability to communicate and connect with a range of audiences, including those groups who have been historically marginalized.

    • Experience supervising full-time staff.

    • Experience managing a budget of $50,000+.

    SCHEDULE:

    • Full-Time, 40 hours/week

    • Hybrid work (In-person PMC offices at Franklin Humanities Institute (Smith Warehouse) in Durham, NC and remotely)

    • Some weekends and evenings required.

    • Reports to: Executive Director

    SALARY & BENEFITS:

    • Hiring Range: $62,000-$73,000

    • Health and retirement stipends provided.

    • Paid time off, sick leave, and family leave offered.

    • Professional development stipend provided.

    TO LEARN MORE OR APPLY:

    To learn more, please visit our website. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and three references to execadmin@paulimurraycenter.org with Managing Director in the subject line. Application deadline is Friday, August 18, 2023.

  • 01 Aug 2023 11:25 AM | Daniel Citron

    The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs (Department of State) seeks an enthusiastic and experienced individual to provide leadership within the Zwaanendael Museum. Working with the interpretive staff at the site, and under the direction of the Museum/Historic Site Supervisor, the Lead Museum/Historic Site Interpreter is responsible for the public programming for the Zwaanendael Museum.

    The Lead Museum/Historic Site Interpreter will participate in and oversee all aspects of interpretive and education programming related to individuals, groups, and schools. This programming will occur on-site, off-site, and virtually. This position will work to raise awareness of the inclusive programs offered that highlight the history of the site and area and in local, regional, and national topics.

    The position is a full-time, merit position and will require weekend and some evening work. The position is based in Lewes, Delaware, with a hiring salary range of $32,910 – $34,967.

    Closing date: August 15, 2023.

    All applications must be submitted through: Delaware Employment Link.

    Responsibilities:

    1.    Conducts thematic tours, lectures, workshops, seminars, virtual programming, and social media postings of the Zwaanendael Museum and associated local history.

    2.    Assesses visitor level of knowledge and interests prior to and during tours and makes adjustments to tailor subject matter to the audience.

    3.    Engages visitors in participatory activities or historic demonstrations.

    4.    Assists with the development and implementation of programmatic activities by conducting research within established guidelines, proposing ideas for site activities, supervising and serving as mentors for casual/seasonal staff, participating in brainstorming sessions for developing and implementing research projects, exhibit and interpretive programs and designing and marketing special public events.

    5.    Develops educational activities and programs according to nationally accepted best practices and standards.

    6.    Works with staff, volunteers, and interns.

    7.    Collaborates with partner agencies such as the Lewes Public Library, Lewes Chamber of Commerce, Lewes Historical Society, Cape Henlopen State Park, and others.

    8.    Performs a variety of support functions such as maintaining surveillance of visitors/buildings/contents for security purposes; scheduling tours; collecting revenues; and preparing records of visitation and donations.

    9.    Maintains operations during absence of Site Supervisor.

    10. Attends training sessions, workshops, conferences, and seminars.

    11. Works with diverse audiences and age groups.

    Knowledge and Abilities:

    1.    Interest in local history and a readiness to learn and expand knowledge of Delaware history.

    2.    Strong written and oral communication skills with attention to details.

    3.    Excellent interpersonal skills to work with diverse visitors, residents, volunteers, and staff.

    4.    Strong organizational and project management skills with ability to work independently, proactively and as a team member with ability to work well under pressure and manage multiple programs/deadlines.

    5.    Computer literacy, particularly in Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point.

    6.    Ability to utilize videoconferencing programs such as Zoom and WebEx for meetings and public programming.

    7.    Knowledge of social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

    8.    Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to work weekends and occasional evening hours.

    Position Requirements:

    1.    Six months experience in record keeping.

    2.    Knowledge of museum practices such as collections management, research, exhibit design, handling of collections, preservation or maintenance of historic buildings, conducting museum educational programs or tours.

    3.    Knowledge of public relations, media relations or communications such as establishing and promoting a positive image with the public, informing or influencing specific audiences through the use of internal and external communications such as public forums, journalism, writing, marketing, advertising, social media, promotions, or special events.

    Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs

    The Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs serves Delaware residents and visitors by identifying, preserving, and interpreting Delaware history. Our activities foster strong communities, engaged citizens, economic vitality, and a deeper understanding of Delaware’s role in world history. We do this in public trust for current and future generations.

    The Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs is a trustworthy, ethical, and reliable partner with organizations, agencies, and individuals with whom we have common goals. The division’s vision is to actively engage our audiences in learning and to understand how Delaware history is meaningful to their lives. We seek to actively engage our audiences through exploring a diversity of historical and cultural perspectives to inform and influence decisions about the future. We want our audiences to feel welcomed, valued, and encouraged to question and explore.

    Please see the Division's Statement on Race and Equity at https://history.delaware.gov/about- agency/


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