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Posted: 12/05/2016

Harbor History Museum
Marketing and Public Relations

Established in 1964, the Gig Harbor Peninsula Historical Society dba the Harbor History Museum was awarded a 501 (c) 3 status by the IRS, and began operating a Museum in 1976. In the summer of 2007, the Society underwent a re-branding to create the name that communicates the essence of our mission. “Harbor History Museum,” was established at that time. The Museum fulfils its mission and vision by providing a museum to the community and educational programs serving residents, visitors, researchers, and students. The Museum re-opened to the public on September 18, 2010 after conducting a capital campaign to build a new facility. The facility includes an 1893 fully restored one-room school house, a 65 foot fishing vessel currently under restoration, 7,800 square feet of exhibition space, and a 900 square foot library, research and meeting room. The Museum provides a variety of public education programs. Our core educational program is the Pioneer School Experience (PSE), which serves over 1,500 students every year. Led by a trained “school marm,” the children experience a pioneer school classroom complete with lessons, recitations, music, recess, and lunch. Children are encouraged to dress in period costume, and are provided with pioneer identities to support their learning experience. For our full-day programs, students also tour the Museum galleries and participate in “history mystery,” exploration stations. Our permanent exhibit features professionally designed exhibitions, larger than life experiences, and opportunities for hands on exploration of our region’s rich history and unique heritage. Artifacts, video kiosks, hands on exhibits, computer interactives, and a small theatre bring Peninsula history to life in our permanent galleries. In addition, the Museum provides 3-5 special exhibits throughout the year so there is always something new to see and experience for our members and visitors. We also provide monthly Third Thursday concerts, lectures, book readings, workshops, and film presentations.

Marketing and Events Coordinator
Professional Opportunity
Gig Harbor, WA

Position Title: Marketing and Events Coordinator

Job Location:  Gig Harbor, WA 

Position Category:  Full-time, Exempt

Starting Salary Level:  $35,000- $42,000 annually



The Harbor History Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to creating opportunities to experience the history of the Gig Harbor Peninsula.  Located on the historic waterfront in downtown Gig Harbor, a community of 30,000 on Puget Sound in western Washington, the museum is home to a strong collection of material artifacts and photographs.  Its award-winning exhibits and programs are largely contained within a state-of-the art museum and campus.

 For more information visit www.harborhistorymuseum.org


[Describe overview of job missioGENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Marketing and Events Coordinator will work directly with senior leadership on the coordination, direction, and messaging of written and spoken communications that promote the Board and Executive Directors agenda and vision for the museum.  The Marketing and Events Manager will be responsible to create a consistent message and content across all forms of marketing including social media, the Museum website, weekly email updates, newsletters and print and news media.

This role requires a strong background and ability to produce unique marketing content using Adobe Creative Cloud Suite.


This position will also develop and organize the annual History Rocks fundraising event, design and host unique events such as a speaker series, cultural night out events, and promote the Museum as a community and cultural event center.




1.       Supports the Executive Director and senior leadership in implementing the Museums vision and agenda through effective communications to Museum and external audiences;

2.       Prepares or reviews written materials for the Executive Director for all manner of public communications;

3.       Collaborates with senior leadership to ensure quality and continuity of messaging on Museum-wide communication;

4.       Reviews for approval or drafts all statements provided to news media on behalf of the senior leadership;

5.       Works with staff to maintain content for the Museum web site;

6.       Serves as Museum spokesperson as needed;

7.       Serves as a liaison with internal and external constituencies as appropriate;



8.       Develop and implement a marketing/communications plan that includes online content, social media content, traditional advertising, and museum branding;

9.       Lead the generation of online content that engages audience segments and leads to measurable action;

10.    Put communication vehicles in place to create momentum and awareness as well as to test the effectiveness of communications activities;

11.    Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic materials, including, but not limited to, newsletters, brochures, social media content, and the Harbor History Museum website; Must have experience facilitating and processing bulk mailings;


OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
Please email a cover letter and resume to the Executive Director, Katharine Hensler at katharineh@harborhistorymuseum.org. No phone calls please.
Katharine Hensler

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