Job Opening (Director)

Job Opening: Director of the Port o’ Plymouth Museum

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Date Posted:                                              July 6, 2017

Application Deadline:                              July 21, 2017

Position Available:                                    July 24, 2017

City/State:                                                   Plymouth, North Carolina

Prime Category:                                        Administration

Type of Position:                                       Full-Time

Minimum Education Requirement:     Bachelor’s Degree

Experience Requirement:                      1-2 years or equivalent

Position:                                                       Port o’ Plymouth Museum Director

The Washington County Historical Society (WCHS) Board of Directors is seeking an Executive Director to manage the Port o’ Plymouth Museum.  The museum was established by WCHS in 1988.  WCHS is a 501 ( c) 3.

A primary focus of the museum and its artifacts, exhibits, and special programming is the Civil War Battle of Plymouth fought April 17 – 20, 1864.  The museum also features other artifacts from the county’s rich history.  Additional properties of WCHS include a nearby battlefield site, and, at the eastern edge of the county near Creswell, the late 18th century yeoman farmer home of Daniel Davenport, the county’s first senator.  We are currently developing exhibits on Washington County’s agricultural history and Washington County’s World War I Veterans.

WCHS seeks to celebrate Washington County heritage through exhibits, conservation, historical preservation documentation, and special programming relevant to its current primary exhibits, including the Davenport House, while expanding with other relevant topics.

The Museum Director will be responsible for all aspects of museum operation, including: 1) resource development through grant writing, annual fund promotion and other philanthropic development activities; 2) promotion of the museum to diverse local, state-wide and national audiences through marketing, membership, special events, publications, social media, and other outreach activities; 3) fiscal management, including proper accounting, bank transactions, and related duties; and 4 ) daily operations and maintenance of the museum, including exhibit gallery space and collections storage, to ensure proper upkeep of the facility and service to patrons.

Job Description/Summary of Responsibilities:

          The Museum Director will–

  • Develop resources through grant writing, annual fund promotions and other philanthropic development activities, including building relationships with other museums, foundations, businesses and corporations, and individual donors.
  • Promote the museum to diverse local, regional and national audiences through marketing, membership, special events, publications, social media and other outreach activities.
  • Manage fiscal responsibilities, including proper accounting, bank transactions, and related duties.
  • Develop exhibits and educational programming.
  • Develop and implement a system for improved collection management, including the arrangement and describe of artifacts and archival and administrative records.
  • Oversee daily operations of the museum to ensure proper maintenance of the facility and service to patrons.
  • Work in conjunction with the Board to develop the strategic direction and establish initiatives to increase local, state-wide, and national awareness and prominence.
  • Manage and lead staff, which may include part-time help, interns, and volunteers.
  • Serve as spokesperson and chief advocate for the Museum.
  • Enhance the Museum’s public image to expand interest and support.
  • Direct the overall marketing initiatives.
  • Manage, secure and maintain the property and facilities of the Port o’ Plymouth Museum.

Preferred QualificationsMinimum education required is a Bachelor’s degree. Training in Public History/Museum Management preferred.

  • Experience developing and implementing fund-raising campaigns.
  • Ability to provide strong leadership, vision and strategic direction.
  • Knowledge of standards and best practices for museums, non- profits or similar organizations.
  • Demonstrated excellence in writing and public speaking.
  • Proven ability to work cooperatively, diplomatically, and effectively with Boards, volunteers, and the community in outreach capacities.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise, as well as to work successfully with museum staff, volunteers, and diverse public constituencies.
  • Possess strong business management skills.
  • Excellent planning, time management and decision-making skills.
  • Knowledge/timely learning of information relevant to the museum’s key exhibits and artifacts, and the county.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, web site development, social media, collections management software
  • Ability to plan, coordinate development of, and produce exhibits.
  • Ability to manage, document and exhibit collections
  • Willingness to work a somewhat variable schedule to include special events and after-hour meetings.
  • Willingness to travel, occasionally during non-business hours.

Salary Range:  $27,000.00 – $30,000.00*

*Low cost of living in the county is a consideration for salary range.

Benefits:  Health insurance stipend up to $300.00 per month as well as paid vacation & paid sick leave


How to Apply/Contact

The complete application packet for this position must include the following:

  • The completed application form, (below)
  • A cover letter
  • Applicant’s resume
  • Contact information for three professional or academic references, including phone number and email

Applications must be post marked no later than July 21, 2017.

Submit application to:

Washington County Historical Society

P.O. Box 296, Plymouth, NC 27962  Attention: Trudy
Or email to:

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