The Historical Society of Montgomery County
Archivist (Part Time)
The Historical Society of Montgomery County PA was established in 1881 and
incorporated in 1884. Its mission is to preserve the county’s rich heritage and to tell the
stories of the many people who have lived and worked there. The HSMC headquarters
on DeKalb Street in Norristown houses its museum and library collections. The society
also owns and manages the historic Montgomery Cemetery in West Norriton Township.
HSMC offers regular programs and special events throughout the year.
HSMCʼs archival collections consists of over 3000 cubic feet of materials, dating
primarily from 1784 to the present. Included are personal and family papers, records of
county businesses and organizations, local history and ephemera files, scrapbooks,
photographs, maps and atlases, newspapers and periodicals, and a wide range of other
materials, including governmental records.
The primary responsibility of the Archivist will be the organization and care of the
archives. The Archivist will work as a member of a team with other staff, volunteers and
interns to promote the society and its mission, reporting to the Executive Director. This
position emphasizes organizational skills, excellent written and oral communication
skills and individual initiative. The Archivist will be responsible for the preservation,
arrangement and description of archival materials, developing finding aids, descriptions,
cataloging, inventories, space management plans and priorities, management of
resources and budget for supplies. In conjunction with the Executive Director and other
staff, the Archivist will also plan exhibit development and installations, developing
instructional programs and/or assistance at special events, and seek financial support
for collections and operations.
Secondary responsibilities include assisting researchers and the user community in the
societyʼs Reading Room, contributing content for the quarterly newsletters, representing
HSMC in the community, with donors, collectors, and the general public, and in the
library and archival professions. Other operational duties as needed, including general
This is a part-time position (20 hours/week) with some flexibility in scheduling to
coordinate with other staff to ensure coverage during open hours; Mondays and
Thursdays 9 – 5, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1 – 9, and other hours as needed for
NOTE: This position requires the physical ability to lift and move boxes weighing forty
pounds, either with or without accommodation.
1. Experience/knowledge of PastPerfect and Microsoft Office software.
2. Bachelor of Science with a focus in archival studies, public history, library and
information services or the equivalent, a minimum of three years archival experience.
3. Knowledge of best practices, trends and issues in archives and special collections.
4. Experience planning and implementing educational programs that promote local
history through archival material.
5. Excellent written communication skill as evidenced by application materials.
Cover letter, resume, references and salary requirements should be submitted
electronically to: email@example.com. Salary is dependent on qualifications.
Application deadline: April 20, 2012.
Houston Maritime Museum Seeks Director of Operations
The Houston Maritime Museum is accepting applications for a Director of Operations
through May 15, 2012.
The successful candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills
and be able to work as a team with trustees and volunteers. The candidate will be a
self-starter with a keen sense of intellectual curiosity and the ability and willingness to
take on a variety of new assignments. Schedule flexibility and the ability to handle
several projects at once are also critical. A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, preferable
in Education, Museum Studies, Arts Administration, History, Anthropology, or related
fields is required. Excellent computer skills are essential – a thorough knowledge of
Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite is required as well as the ability to learn
database software. Knowledge of PastPerfect is a plus. Knowledge of and an interest in
maritime history and operations are desirable.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Operations will develop and execute
educational and outreach programming for the museum, maintain the museum’s
databases and website and social media presence, and produce and distribute a
monthly e-newsletter. The Director will also assists with museum fundraising events and
campaigns. This is a full-time position with some evening and weekend hours required.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
Qualified candidates are encouraged to forward their resume to Diane Lipton, Executive
Drayton Hall, SC
The Development Assistant will be a professional with organizational skills and initiative who will work closely with the Director of Development, the Development Associate, and other key Drayton Hall staff members to manage and grow Drayton Hall’s membership organization, The Friends of Drayton Hall, and donor base. This position requires an ability to multi-task in the execution of several essential functions. These include database management, written, telephone and in-person communication with members and donors, creation of analytical reports, coordination of special events, and conducting investigative research into potential high-level donors, grant making foundations, and programs of corporate philanthropy.
- Contribute to the overall success of Drayton Hall in achieving its mission
- Be a team leader and tactfully lead, follow and/or support colleagues
- Cultivate and manage relationships with current and prospective members and donors
- Manage Drayton Hall’s database by inputting new memberships, renewals, and donations; processing monthly membership renewals; processing thank you letters for memberships, renewals, donations, and special annual campaigns; creating donor and gift reports; and maintaining donor records
- Contribute perspective to an evolving development strategy in consultation with Executive Director, Director of Development, and Drayton Hall’s Site Advisory Council
- Assist in strengthening the effectiveness of Drayton Hall’s communications with members and donors
- Plan, coordinate and help host special events, including major fundraising events
- Coordinate grant research, proposal writing, and reporting
- Work with Drayton Hall’s staff of interpreters to provide monthly membership updates and training
- Two years or more of progressive experience in development and/or member relations with a nonprofit organization.
- Excellent interpersonal, organizational, analytic, and written and oral communication skills.
- Proven aptitude for fundraising/membership database management.
- Ability to articulate Drayton Hall’s mission to a wide range of audiences.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Museum or historic site experience and an interest in preservation highly desirable.
How To Apply
To apply, please include a cover letter in the body of a message and email your resume as a Word, PDF or Text document to 86326-CSfirstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation an equal opportunity organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability. The National Trust for Historic Preservation actively seeks opportunities to include members of these groups in its programs and activities.
Part-time Museum Administrator,
Gibson House Museum, MA
The Gibson House Museum, located in Boston’s Back Bay seeks a part time museum administrator with broad administration experience. This job consists of two major responsibilities – managing all aspects of the museum including operations and supporting Board committees and their activities. The Museum is preserved as it appeared during three generations of Gibson family occupancy (1859-1954). Since 1957, it has been operated as a house museum and open to the public. It is a time capsule of daily life during the mid-nineteenth to early twentieth centuries and as a museum of Victorian and Edwardian decorative arts. The Gibson House is a National Historic Landmark (2001), a recipient of a federal Save America’s Treasures grant (2004), landmarked as an Interior Landmark by the City of Boston Landmarks Commission (1992) and registered on the Massachusetts State Register of Historic Places (1982).
(a detailed job description is available upon request)
- Responsible for day-to-day functions of the museum and maintenance
- General office work
- Schedule and oversee museum tours and guides
- Increase membership and maintain database
- Prepare and send out monthly E-newsletter
- Assist with programing, including PR and marketing
Finances & Record Keeping:
- Collect, record and report income/expenses
- Record and acknowledge all donations
- Pay bills
- Prepare payroll
- Work with Treasurer to prepare monthly reports and financial summary for the Annual Report
- Bachelors degree required
- Administration experience
- Excellent organizational/office skills
- Written and verbal skills
- Self-starter/ability to work alone
- Enjoy working with the public
- Familiar with social networking
- Computer literacy – familiar with QuickBooks/Access or willing to learn
- Special consideration given to someone with museum or historic preservation background.
Salary or Pay Rate
How To Apply
A detailed job description is available upon request.
Send cover letter stating interest and qualifications plus resume to GHM1859@gmail.com. No phone calls, please. Position open until filled.