Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Employment Opportunity: Milton Historical Society

The Director is the chief administrator of the Milton Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) organization and reports to the Board of Trustees.  The Milton Historical Society is the social hub of a historic community of 2000 residents at the head of the Broadkill River in Milton, Delaware.   The Director is responsible for a wide range of administrative and programming activities to advance the society’s mission and will support the effort to complete an ambitious strategic plan.  During the next 5-10 years, the Milton Historical Society plans to expand its physical space creating a vital, attractive town center while preserving its high standard of dynamic programming, preservation, governance, and financial strength.

1.    Provide leadership in developing programs, projects and financial plans.
2.    Supervise the Visitor Services and Volunteer Coordinator and Administrative Asst. for Finance, oversee staff and volunteer training, and promote active participation by MHS members and volunteers to support the organization.
3.    Develop and maintain sound financial practices, work with the Finance Committee to prepare a budget and develop fundraising strategies to ensure adequate operating funds.
4.    Identify, prepare and submit grant applications to fund programs and needs and insure that all requirements of grants awarded to the Society are met in a timely and successful manner.
5.    Maintain official records and documents and ensure compliance with all pertinent regulations.
6.    Direct all activities involving research, documentation, collection and management of archival and society holdings and provide for safe, secure and environmentally appropriate storage of all items.
7.    Develop exhibits on and off site including collateral programs and activities that will enhance community participation.
8.    Oversee the maintenance of the Lydia B. Cannon Museum building and grounds.
9.    Inform the Board of Trustees of all conditions impacting the Society, prepare quarterly Board meeting agendas and minutes, and implement authorized plans and policies.
10.  Publicize MHS activities and accomplishments through the website, newsletters, press releases, online media and publications.
11.  Network with local, state, and regional historical and preservation groups to foster cooperative relationships.
12.  Interact in a positive manner with the community to foster trust, commitment and support for the MHS.

1.    Possess an interest and passion for learning, preserving, and sharing the history of Milton and the Broadkill Hundred.
2.    Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Museum Studies or a related area. 
Demonstration of training and experience in a museum setting.
3.     Exhibit strong interpersonal skills.
4.    Possess effective communication skills both verbal and written including public speaking.
5.    Demonstrate initiative, creativity and dedication.
6.    Demonstrate knowledge of conservation and preservation techniques.
7.    Demonstrate computer operation skills and experience required to manage the museum collection and analyze and share records and inventories. (Knowledge of Past Perfect software preferred.)
8.    Demonstrate ability to produce publications and utilize and implement web resources.
9.    Availability to supervise evening and weekend programs and events.  Scheduled events sponsored or supported by the Society, including those held in the evening and on weekends, can cause the time commitment required by this position to vary.  

The work schedule requires a minimum 4-day work week of 30 – 35 hours per week.  Hours are flexible; however some weekend and evening hours are required.  Interested individuals should email a cover letter, résumé, salary requirements and a list of three references to info@historicmilton.org by March 1, 2013.  

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