Montgomery Parks seeks a Museum Manager I to oversee the operations of the Visitor Center at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park. This position will be responsible for staff supervision, facility and equipment maintenance, administration, facility budget, and customer service.
Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park is located in Sandy Spring, Maryland. The Sandy Spring area has strong historical ties to Underground Railroad activity, as well as being the home to the county largest population of Quakers, or the Religious Society of Friends. The stone barn on the property is the featured historic structure of the Visitor Center at Woodlawn
Manor Cultural Park. The visitor center will pay tribute to the Quakers and Underground Railroad experience in Montgomery County. This park is also a designated a site on National Park Service Network to Freedom. Existing year-round programs at WMCP include: Underground Railroad Experience Trail guided hikes, elementary & middle school programs (onsite & in classroom), annual public programs, special events.
This position supervises one full time museum specialist, 2–3 part time/seasonal staff, and 10+ volunteers throughout the year.
Job functions include historic site facility management, budget management, development of revenue-generating living history educational programs for a primarily elementary through middle-school audience, administrative activities, historical resource management, community outreach, event planning, and facilitation of community programming and with partner agencies.
Job requires regular exercise of independent judgment and performance of duties within policy guidelines. Also required is the development of successful business strategies and methodologies to achieve optimum facility operations.
Weekends and occasional evenings are required.
Examples of Important Duties:
- Manages operations of the Visitor Center, establishes operating procedures and defines goals and objectives in managing operations.
- Supervises designated staff and seasonal staff. Recruits, selects, trains and evaluates staff. Plans, schedules and assigns work. Conducts performance appraisals. Ensures staff receives various trainings.
- Manages and coordinates the facility operating budget which include revenue-producing facility and programs. Prepares financial reports and assists with recommendations of fees. Responsible for regularly monitoring revenues and expenditures within approved budget.
- Develops a strategic business plan for the visitor center with CRSS staff and managers.
- Manages facility records and reports in accordance with Commission policies and procedures*. Prepares and maintains a variety of administrative records of the facility such as; revenue and expenses, inventory of supplies and equipment, time cards, rentals, facility maintenance and attendance.
- Develops public programs, events and activities relating to the mission of the Visitor Center and its interpretive themes.
- Manage the retail museum shop. Maintains inventory of retail products and prepares timely reports on the revenue and expenses for the museum shop.
- Conducts research to identify trends or seek information that would be useful to develop programs.
- Assist Marketing staff to develop marketing strategies for facilities and programs.
- Coordinates the maintenance and repairs of the facility and grounds and ensures they are promptly addressed with minimal disruption to facility programs or schedules.
- Manages customer service activities of the facility. Sets a positive example for employees ensuring customers are treated promptly, professionally, and with respect.
- Attends professional seminars to identify new programs, methods and equipment which might be useful for facility.
*Developed primarily after employment.
PREFERRED CANDIDATES WILL POSSESS:
1. Bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields: museum management, public history, parks, recreation, education, business administration, leisure services, or in area of required specialty; and
2. Four years of progressive professional experience working in a facility related to historic sites, parks, recreation, education, business administration, leisure services, or area of required specialty– including one year as a facility manager, program coordinator or supervisor; or
3. An equivalent combination of education and experience; and,
4. Ability to prepare and manage a budget is essential.
5. Ability to communicate effectively with others, manage details, maintain stability under pressure, and have the flexibility to handle multiple tasks is highly desirable.
6. Ability to lift and carry boxes weighing up to 50 pounds.
7. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, specialized database software and web applications.
8. Valid driver’s license is required.