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Posted: 11/08/2016

DeKalb History Center

The DeKalb History Center is the only organization dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing the rich history of DeKalb County, Georgia. We are located in the historic DeKalb County Courthouse in the heart of downtown Decatur - just six miles from Atlanta. We have rotating exhibits and archives on the main floor and welcome visitors and researchers. We oversee three antebellum structures which are primarily used for school programming: the Benjamin Swanton House, the Biffle Cabin and the Barber Cabin.

Programs & Preservation Coordinator
Professional Opportunity
Decatur, GA
Open Until
Until Filled

SUMMARY OF FUNCTIONS: This position is responsible for developing and implementing heritage education programs, membership development and historic preservation activities throughout DeKalb for DHC.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Heritage Education and Programs

  • Coordinate ongoing activities for school children: currently about 15 days of curriculum based programs at our locations using professional history presenters.  
  • Develop new programs such as a Night at the Museum, activities for scouting groups, storytelling and/or kids activities during the Decatur Arts Festival.
  • Work with DeKalb County and Decatur school systems to bring history programs (such as Box City or individual historical reenactors) into the classrooms.
  • Develop and coordinate volunteer led walking tours.
  • Coordinate a Membership Orientation Program, including a behind the scenes tour of the historic Courthouse.
  • Coordinate adult programming such as symposiums, day-long learning opportunities, lectures, special house or city tours and other activities with history and historic preservation content.

Historic Preservation

  • Plan special tours of historic sites, which in the past have included the Masonic Lodge, the Methodist Childrens home and private homes.
  • Special research projects as needed: past projects included the Ranch House Initiative, a historical narrative for Redan Road Historic Garden and Fork Creek Mountain research and oral history.
  • Plan public meetings as needed for preservation related topics. Partners may include Georgia State and the State Historic Preservation office.
  • Providing coordination and oversight of preservation efforts at our 3 historic properties on Trinity Street.


  • Maintain membership files and updates, including adding new members to database and generating renewal notices, thank you letters and End of Year letters.
  • Research for new prospects and enter information into appropriate database or direct volunteers on this task.
  • Work with ED and Membership committee to develop enhancements to benefits of membership.
  • Look for opportunities to gain new memberships at all times.

Website/Social Media

  • Makes period updates in program areas.


  • Lead or assist with DHC tours and events including scheduling, coordination, marketing and onsite registration and payment.  In addition to the above programs, these may include our Black History Month Celebration, Annual Meeting and Silent Auction, Lectures and festival weekends. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Executive Director.  All members of the staff are occasionally asked to support DHC programs that are held after normal working hours and to assist with projects that may lie outside their primary areas of responsibility.


Experience and Educational Requirements:

Bachelors degree in History, Education, Historic Preservation or related field, and a minimum of five years of experience.  Valid Georgia Drivers License.


Skills needed:

The ideal candidate will have a general knowledge of teaching local history to all age groups.  He or she will develop a good knowledge of DeKalb County history.  He or she will also have good research and organizational skills and produce accurate work.  The candidate needs to have a passion to share history with the public.  Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Desktop Publishing and internet applications.


Physical Functions:

Primary work in an office environment but occasionally outside (Log Cabin, Heritage Festival, city festivals, etc.)

May involve exposure to dust and/or mold and must be able to lift a minimum of 40 pounds

Sitting, standing and walking for periods of time


Organizational Relationships:

Reports to the Executive Director; works with Committees and others as assigned. 


Time Requirements:

This is a fulltime exempt position which reports 8:30 5:00 Monday through Friday with a flexible schedule to allow some weekend and after-hours work for programs, exhibits and festivals. 




How to apply
Please submit a resume and references to Melissa Forgey at 101 E Court Square, Decatur GA 30030 or by email forgey@dekalbhistory.org. No phone calls please.
Melissa Forgey
Phone: 4043731088
Fax: 4043731088
101 E. Court Square
101 E. Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030

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