Huntington Historical Society: Assistant Director Position … Posted 3.12.19


HUNTINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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Assistant Director Job Description 

 

Position Summary 

The Huntington Historical Society is seeking a full-time Assistant Director to oversee the Society’s educational, outreach, and public program activities. The successful candidate will manage the scheduling, promotion, implementation and evaluation of educational and interpretive programs for visitors, school and scout groups, and community audiences. The Assistant Director will also recruit, train and supervise volunteers, foster partnerships and collaborations, and ensure an engaging and positive experience for all visitors. This position leads the Education Committee and reports to the Executive Director. 

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Responsibilities include:

• Overseeing and expanding existing educational programs and events for audiences of all ages
• Fostering relationships with local schools and organizations and scheduling visits and tours
• Creating outreach materials and activities consistent with Long Island curriculums
• Planning, promoting, and executing annual community festivals (Sheep to Shawl in May and Apple Festival in October) and children’s winter break and summer camps
• Developing engaging visitor materials, programs and events that correlate with exhibits and local area history topics
• Recruiting and managing volunteers to assist with visitor tours, programs, and events
• Training and scheduling volunteer docents to provide historic house tours and assist with school and scout visits
• Promoting Society programs and events using the Society website and social media
• Soliciting in-kind donations, grants and sponsorships for programs and event support
• Serving as an advocate for the Society in the community and working to forward the Society’s mission through development of community collaborations and partnerships
• Assisting with special events and serving as a Society representative for various off-site activities as needed • Providing organizational backup in the absence of the director
• Answering phones, taking event registrations, and other administrative duties as assigned

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Qualifications 

• Possession of a bachelor’s degree, preferably in education, history, museum studies, humanities or a related field, plus at least five years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
• Demonstrated experience working with educational programs in a classroom or museum setting
• Strong verbal and written communication with demonstrated ability for effective outreach, engagement and audience-building
• Sound computer skills, including use of Microsoft Office, email marketing (MailChimp, Constant Contact) and social media; website editing and contact management database experience (e.g. Past Perfect) preferred • Experience with grant writing and reporting
• Must be able to pull, push and lift up to 25 pounds

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Huntington Historical Society 

The Huntington Historical Society (HHS) is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the Town of Huntington. The Society owns and maintains an extensive research library, as well as important local collections of paintings, photographs, costumes, furniture, and decorative arts. Four buildings, all recognized on the National Register of Historic Places, are maintained and interpreted by the Society through events, tours and exhibits. The Trade School Building (1905) houses the Archives and Library Research Center and the staff offices. Recently restored and expanded, it contains genealogical and archival material concerning the town and its people from 1653. The Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building (1892) is a former library, which now features our Huntington History and Decorative Arts Museum. The Society’s two historic house museums, which are central to many of the Society’s outreach and education activities, are the David Conklin Farmhouse Museum (1750) and the Dr. Daniel Whitehead Kissam House (1795). 

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How to Apply 

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and sample lesson plans and/or public program examples by email to info@huntingtonhistoricalsociety.org with Assistant Director in the subject line. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. Please, no phone calls.

This position is full-time with a regular schedule of Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm with occasional evening and weekend hours required. Salary range $40,000-$50,000 and will be commensurate upon experience. Health benefits are not available at this time. 

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