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Posted: 09/26/2012

Department of Cultural Resources

The Department of Cultural Resources is a State of North Carolina government agency. Tryon Palace is a Historic Site that reports to the Department.

Director, Tryon Palace
Professional Opportunity
New Bern, NC


Salary range augmented with anticipated private organization funding to reflect hiring range. State benefits are based only on the salary range of $56,393 - $94,037.00. Salary grade pending OSP approval in BEACON. The Director provides overall leadership and museum management of Tryon Palace.The Director is responsible for the daily activities of permanent, temporary staff and volunteer staff. Duties include oversight of the preservation of historic buildings and artifacts, safety of staff, visitors and contractors; collections management and historic interpretation; exhibits development and planning; infrastructure and building maintenance, preservation and maintenance of archival and library collections; security of all building objects; operational oversight of the museum store; accounting services, forecasting and reporting; institutional research; fundraising; membership growth; special events planning; public relations and community outreach.

Position responsibilities include marketing and promotion; internal and external meeting planning, assessment and application of human resource policies and practices and overall administrative support to the Tryon Palace Commission, the Tryon Palace Council of Friends and the Kellenberger Historical Foundation. Also community outreach and networking with various organizations, such as tourism, and other professional organizations. This position is a bridge-builder across many constituents, including local citizenry, community, and the NC General Assembly. Duties as otherwise assigned by the Deputy Secretary or Secretary.


The Director must have strong leadership and management skills and be able to interact successfully with diverse groups and individuals. This position requires outstanding listening and communication skills and the ability to promote, establish and maintain partnerships and consensus. The Director position requires excellent organizational skills and familiarity with group dynamics and meeting facilitation. The Director must have a keen awareness and interest in history, education, decorative arts and material culture.

Networking, Diplomacy, Collaborative, Flexible, Persuasive, Detail Focused and Leadership are all competencies or job characteristics required to be successful as the Director.


Training and Education: A Masters or Doctorate degree in a liberal arts discipline is required preferably in History or Material Culture with five years of progressive experience in management or administration of a public history agency.The position requires training or experience in business management and knowledge of organizational theory and practices.

Alternative: A Bachelors degree in History or a related subject with at least eight years of progressive and outstanding administrative role in a public history agency may offset the primary education and experience requirement.

This position requires skills in the use of Microsoft Office suite software (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) and familiarity with computer applications in diverse areas of the operation. This position also requires extensive skills in public speaking, writing, persuasiveness and creativity. Must have excellent planning skills and the ability to understand financial management, financial reports and accounting standards, policies and practices. The desired applicant should have demonstrated experience and proven success in fundraising and development, including experience in attaining significant gifts in the $100K to $1M range.Director must have experience/understanding of the process of developing and maintaining donor prospect base, relationship building and knowledge of dealing with high-level corporate/foundation/individual donors.

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How to apply
SUPPLEMENTAL AND CONTACT INFORMATION: To apply for this position, please click the APPLY link above. Only applications received via the North Carolina Office of State Personnel Application Processing System will be accepted. To receive credit for your work history and education, you must list the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form and listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment, will not be considered for qualifying credit. Persons eligible for veteranís preference must submit a copy of Form DD-214. Cultural Resources uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified applicants. When a salary range is posted, the actual salary will be based on relevant competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position. The State of North Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Status updates are not given. N.C. Department of Cultural Resources Human Resources Office 919-807-7373
DEA Adams
Phone: 919-807-7373

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