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Posted: 01/03/2014

Pettaquamscutt Historical Society

Founded in 1958, on the 300th anniversary of the original land purchase by colonists from Narragansett sachems, the Pettaquamscutt Historical Society encourages the study and appreciation of the region's history. The distinctive character of the area has been marked by its proximity to the sea, a temperate climate and highly fertile soil, the flourishing plantation economy of the 18th century, and its present popularity as a destination for summer visitors and others seeking a relaxed lifestyle.

Executive Director
Professional Opportunity
Kingston, RI
$30,000-40,000 commensurate with experie

Pettaquamscutt Historical Society (PHS) seeks a dynamic, creative, and experienced individual to lead this institution of public history in its mission of preservation and education.  Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of PHS, setting priorities based on the goals and objectives adopted by the Board, and fosters a culture of learning and discovery where researchers, students, and the general public may broaden their appreciation of history in a welcoming environment.

The successful candidate will have exceptional communication (verbal and written) and relationship skills; experience in fundraising, grant writing, donor development, and strategic planning; and knowledge of the principles and standards of museum operations and historical research. Experience with historic structures a plus.

Qualified candidates will hold at minimum a Bachelors Degree with at least three years experience in a nonprofit environment. Preference will be given to candidates with educational and/or professional experience in history, historic preservation, museum studies, or a related field such as public administration.

The duties of the Executive Director include:

Administration: Recruit, train, and supervise staff, volunteers, and interns; budgeting and bookkeeping; business communications; and retail operations.

Board Relations: Attend Board meetings; prepare Board meeting agenda, reports and minutes.

Membership: Assist (with the Board) in retaining and recruiting members through annual membership renewal and other recruitment efforts.

Development/Fundraising: Support the Board in its fundraising and planned giving initiatives, including gifts of property; seek foundation and government grants, private donations, corporate sponsorships, sources of earned revenue; manage directmail campaigns (such as the annual appeal), and in-kind support from businesses and contractors when appropriate.

Collections: Oversee the preservation, maintenance, and restoration of the PHS collections, following guidelines in the PHS Collections Policy.

Interpretation and Education: Develop educational and interpretive programming, gallery exhibitions, and lecture programs that support the study and interpretation of the region and the mission of PHS.

Property Management: Supervise maintenance of PHS-owned properties (the Old Washington County Jail, the Edward Everett Hale House, the Potter Family Burial Ground, and the Quaker Burying Ground); manage relations with contractors for building repair, landscaping, snow removal, and other required maintenance consistent with the standards for historic structures and grounds.

Communications and Marketing: Maintain a high degree of visibility in the community by writing and distributing press releases, a quarterly newsletter, and the annual report; update web site; communicate with PHS members and the general community using social media and email.

Collaboration and Partnerships: Cultivate and maintain relationships with partner institutions within the South County Culture Coalition, the Village of Kingston, the University of Rhode Island, other cultural and conservation organizations in the region, and the towns within the Pettaquamscutt Region.

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How to apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references with contact information to washingtoncountyhistory@gmail.com (preferred) or by mail to: Pettaquamscutt Historical Society c/o Mary J. Keane, President 2636 Kingstown Road Kingston, RI 02881

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