Job Description Assistant Director for Interpretation, The Old North Foundation


The Old North Foundation
193 Salem Street
Boston, MA 20113




Assistant director/interpetation



The Old North Foundation seeks an experienced, creative, and motivated individual
to lead its educational and interpretive programs and to assist in the management
of the historic site. For the successful candidate, this is a unique opportunity to use
his or her imagination and resourcefulness to create and build nationally recognized
programs that maximize the Old North’s full educational and interpretive potential and
are informative, interesting, and inspiring for visitors of all ages.

The Old North Church is beginning of a major planning exercise, leading up to a
major capital campaign for its 300th anniversary in 2023. The assistant director will
coordinate the overhaul and expansion of the church’s interpretive programs, giving the
successful candidate an opportunity to make a major contribution to the field of historic

The assistant director oversees education and interpretive programs and a staff of
seasonal and part-time tour guides. The assistant director works with the executive
director to oversee all aspects of site management, including IT, major maintenance,
and grant writing. Old North has a small executive team consisting of the executive
director, vicar, assistant director, and business/gift shop manager. We value a collegial
working environment.

The successful candidate will have full responsibility for all of the Old North’s
educational and interpretive programs, including engagement in the master planning
process that will articulate the defining vision for all historic site operations and all

educational, interpretive, and preservation initiatives going forward; creating new
and innovative learning experiences that embody the Old North experience for
school children and visitors of all ages; evaluating, strengthening, and leading current
visitor programs; training and supervising all visitor service staff, and assisting in the
development and production of grants and fundraising activities for educational and
interpretive programs.

M.A. in American history, geography, historic preservation, museum studies or 4 years
of related experience. Classroom or museum teaching experience, demonstrated
dependability, flexibility, and oral presentation skills are necessary. Grant writing
experience, website, and social media skills preferred.

Strategic vision, exceptional communication, administrative, and staff supervision skills,
and a passion for innovation and ensuring a visitor experience that exceeds expectations
are an absolute requisite.
How To Apply:
Please send resume and cover letter via e-mail to, or via mail
to Steve Ayres, Old North Church, 193 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113. For more
information, call Steve Ayres @ 617-523-6676×103
Apply by:
August 31, 2012
About this Organization:

The Old North Church is a major historic site on Boston’s Freedom trail, visited by
more than one half a million people each year. The Old North Foundation works in
partnership with the Old North (Episcopal) Church to provide quality interpretive
programs to all visitors and for hundreds of school groups who enroll in specialized
onsite classes. Old North collaborates with the Boston National Historical Park, the
Freedom Trail Foundation, and neighboring historical sites in providing educational
programming to thousands of school children each year.

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