The Newtown History Center, the museum of the Stone House Foundation, (www.newtownhistorycenter.org) is seeking to hire a full-time Manager of Collections and Programs responsible for performing tasks associated with the museum's ongoing preservation stewardship projects, staffing the museum exhibits and presenting educational programs.
Compensation: Starting salary and benefits package is competitive with museum profession industry standards.
Position Title: Manager of Collections & Programs
Reports to: Executive Director & Curator
Position Description: This full-time position (40 hours a week) calls for the incumbent to assist the Executive Director & Curator with developing and presenting educational programming, managing the museum’s collections, staffing the Newtown History Center, and performing administrative tasks associated with the museum's ongoing preservation stewardship projects. The duties associated with staffing the Newtown History Center will include opening exhibition buildings, disarming their alarm systems in preparation for the arrival of visitors, answering the phone and staffing the museum's admissions desk. When staffing the admissions desk the incumbent will be responsible for providing basic security for exhibition objects as well as politely conducting cash transactions and gathering visitor information. The Manager of Collections & Programs will also provide courteous service while presenting basic orientation information to visitors as well as leading tours of the exhibition buildings. During periods when the Manager of Collections & Programs is not engaged with visitors he/she will be assigned tasks related to the museum's ongoing preservation stewardship projects. These tasks will include collections inventory projects, collections catalogue management work, managing environmental monitoring devices, basic care for artifacts and other office and clerical duties as assigned. The incumbent will work closely with the Foundation’s collections committee to oversee object donations, loans, and the accession process outlined in the museum’s collections policy. He/she will also independently present educational programs at local elementary schools, managing the Foundation's membership program, its social media web pages, and its newsletter mailing list. The incumbent’s duties will also include liaising with other groups, committees, and institutions that partner with our museum on programing. Regular weekend hours, occasional after-hours event work as well as some holiday hours will be required during the summer and autumn seasons while the museum is open to the public.
-Must hold a bachelor's degree in history, public history, museum studies or related field from an accredited college or university. Previous study of Virginia history and material culture of the Shenandoah Valley is desirable.
-Previous work experience with museum collections management and educational programming preferred. A Master's degree or graduate level certification in museum studies may be substituted for previous work experience.
-Must be proficient with computer word processing programs, Past Perfect, and other data management software.
-Must be willing to adhere to Stone House Foundation training and regulations.
-Must enjoy talking about and sharing information on local history with the public.
-Must be able to walk short distances and climb short flights of stairs.
-Must be willing to submit to a criminal background check.
-Candidate must be able to lift objects weighing up to fifty pounds.
-Candidates will also need to have an attention to detail, patience, and skills for occasionally handling very fragile objects.
-Must be willing to work weekends and some holidays.
Deadline to Apply: Applications must be received by 4 June 2018
Please submit hard-copy cover letter and resume to:
The Stone House Foundation
Attn: Executive Director & Curator
P.O. Box 143
Stephens City, VA 22655