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Posted: 02/03/2011

Ulysses S. Grant Cottage - State Historic Site
Executive Director

In this Adirondack Cottage Gen. Ulysses S. Grant died of throat cancer on July 23, 1885. He arrived at the cottage from New York City on June 16, 1885, with his family, servants, and doctors; he was able to complete his memoirs in the short time he had left. Today, the cottage remains essentially the same as during the Grant family's stay. Visitors tour the downstairs of the cottage, viewing the original furnishings and decorations, personal items belonging to Grant, the bed where he died, and floral arrangements that remain from Grant's August 4th funeral. There is also a short path to the Eastern Outlook, which commands a spectacular view of the Hudson Valley, from the Adirondacks in the north, the Green Mountains of Vermont to the east, and the Catskills to the south. Grant Cottage is owned by the State of New York and opened to the public by The Friends of the Ulysses S. Grant Cottage.

Executive Director
Professional Opportunity
Saratoga Springs/Wilton, NY

The Friends of Ulysses S. Grant Cottage

Executive Director


High School Diploma or GED required. Bachelorís Degree or comparable experience in Museum Administration/Education required, with a strong interest in American History and program planning. Must have good administrative, communication, customer service, writing/computer, and public speaking skills. Previous non-profit and/or museum experience is a plus.


The Executive Director is a year-round, part-time, salaried ($12,000) position. This employee is responsible for overseeing the Site Interpreter and the Visitor Center Manager during seasonal operations (May-October). They are to work in cooperation with the various committees of the Friends, and are responsible to the Board of Trustees. This employee reports directly to the President of the Board of Trustees of The Friends of the U.S. Grant Cottage.


The Executive Director is responsible for

- Serving as the Administrator for the operation of the U.S. Grant Cottage Historic Site, which includes overseeing the work of the Site Interpreter, Visitor Center Manager, and volunteers.

- Conducting a mid-season and end-of-season evaluation and interview for both employees.

- Attending monthly Board meetings, and providing monthly and as needed reports to the Board.

- Working in cooperation with the Programming Committee to plan and implement special events, including coordination on the events as they take place.

- Recruiting members, maintaining membership data, and communicating with members.

- Completing an initial six month, and annual thereafter, performance evaluation and interview with the President.

- Overseeing the care of the collections and historic housekeeping. This includes organizing a full cleaning in the Spring and Fall of each year.

- Working in cooperation with each of the various committees of The Friends as needed, and as directed by the President.

- Writing grant proposals, as directed by the Board. Administer and write final reports as needed for grants received.

- Visiting the Cottage 1-2 days each week and as needed during the open season, and at least once every four weeks when the Cottage is closed.

- Writing and e-mailing publicity to media outlets for all events and news.

- Answering all correspondence; i.e. mail, phone, e-mail.

- Working with the Chronicles (newsletter) editor as needed.

- Acting as liaison with NYSOPRHP on direct and regional matters.

- Acting as liaison with Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility.

- Keeping current inventory of property and all items belonging to the Cottage and The Friends.

- Participating in community outreach.

Please send resume, letter of interest, and two references to Becky Codner at rmcodner@gmail.com or Tim Welch at WELCHTW@oneonta.edu. For more information on the organization please visit www.grantcottage.org. No phone calls, please.

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How to apply
Please send resume, letter of interest, and two references to Becky Codner at rmcodner@gmail.com or Tim Welch at WELCHTW@oneonta.edu. For more information on the organization please visit www.grantcottage.org. No phone calls, please.

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