Job Description: Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the Director provides overall leadership and museum management of the Whaley Historic House Museum (WHHM). We seek a hands on mission-driven individual with a background that demonstrates a propensity to move mission into action, and concepts to project implementation. The Director is responsible for the daily activities at the museum. Working with Board Committees, the Director duties include oversight of cleaning, maintenance and preservation of the historic building and artifacts; fundraising and grant writing; collections management; historic interpretation; exhibit development and planning; intern mentoring; budgeting; institutional research; membership growth; special events planning; public relations and community outreach.
$30,000. This position is grant funded
The Director must have strong leadership and management skills and be able to interact successfully with diverse groups and individuals, such as board members, donors, interns, volunteers, and visitors. This position requires outstanding listening and communication skills and the ability to promote, establish and maintain partnerships with local institutions. The Director position requires excellent organizational skills to manage a robust programming schedule. In addition, a successful candidate will have skills in public speaking, writing, as well as networking, diplomacy and collaborative skills. The Director must have a keen awareness and interest in the discipline of history, preservation, education and material culture. This is a full time job at 40 hours a week .The Director must be available evenings and weekends depending on programing and museum needs.
Minimum Education And Experience Requirements:
Candidates should possess a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree desired) with a preferred emphasis on history, material culture, or historic preservation. In addition, the ideal candidate will have two years of experience in a public history site or agency. The position requires training or experience in business management and knowledge of maintenance and preservation standards. Knowledge of museum cataloging using Past Perfect Software is desirable.
About the Company/Organization: Whaley Historic House Museum is located on East Kearsley Street in Flint, Michigan. The house sits adjacent to the University of Michigan-Flint and the Flint Cultural Center in Flint’s historic Central Park neighborhood. Built in 1885, the home was the primary residence of the Whaley family, who with the McFarlan family established and governed Citizens Bank in Flint for decades. The house was operated as the McFarlan Home, a long-term care facility for elderly women, from the 1920s until 1976 when it was restored as a residence and established as a house museum. Today the home interprets the development of Flint and Genesee County through tours, living history programs and exhibits.