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Posted: 02/26/2017

Poe Baltimore
Edgar Allan Poe House

Professional Opportunity
Baltimore, Maryland
$35,000.00 - $42,000.00 (Yearly Salary)
Open Until
Until filled


Poe Baltimore is seeking to hire a full-time Director. The Director is responsible for the overall leadership, operation, planning, and management of the Edgar Allan Poe House in conformance with professionally accepted museum practices and standards for the management of collections held in the public trust and interpretation of those collections through research, exhibitions, education, and public programs.

Poe Baltimore a 501c3 organization created to fund, maintain and interpret The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum (a National Historic Landmark), and to celebrate the legacy of one of Baltimoreís most famous residents. We are dedicated to maintaining the museum as a vibrant experience for the thousands of visitors who come from around the world each year, and as part of a broader mission of city-wide events and educational opportunities.

About the Position:

This position reports directly to the Poe Baltimore Board of Directors and is a full-time position that includes weekend work. It has broad and varied responsibilities and duties typical of hands on positions of this nature in small museums. It is an entry level opportunity directorship for a museum professional to advance their career or for a seasoned professional seeking a take on in interesting challenge.

The Director will function as first-line supervisors who train, supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned staff and volunteers. Other duties include:

  • Managing the Poe House gift shop
  • Actively engaging social media and the organizations web site
  • Coordinating routine maintenance at the house
  • Representing the organization at community events when appropriate

The Director should have strong knowledge in all aspects of professional museum management, with a focus on presenting active historic sites. This position is subject to working Nights/Holidays/Weekends as well as a flexible rotating shift. This position also requires the incumbent to have a valid driver's license or evidence of equivalent mobility at the time of appointment and for continuing employment.



  • Oversee the day to day operations of the Museum, open and close the museum, schedule docents and visitor service staff.
  • Oversee all Museum operations, including marketing, facilities management; and maintenance and preservation of the Museum.
  • Improve and update administrative policies related to daily operations.
  • Responsible for all admissions, gift shop and other sales as well as basic financial accountability and responsibilities for these collected funds.
  • Prudently manage the Museumís resources within the annually approved budget.
  • Act as the liaison with the City of Baltimore for house maintenance and preservation issues.


  • Understand and operate based on the contractual relationship between Poe Baltimore and the City of Baltimore.
  • Further develop and drive an organizational culture of teamwork, leading by example.
  • Provide integrative leadership to staff and volunteers for consistent direction and communication.
  • Interface with members, committees and the board.


  • Attend Poe Baltimore board meetings.
  • Represent the Museum in the community and in fundraising, recruiting volunteers, and other public efforts.
  • Oversee the design, delivery and quality of all Museum marketing materials including print, electronic and other mediums.
  • Manage all social media and website for the Museum.
  • Communicate regularly with the Board staff regarding educational programming, events, staffing and operations.

Program and Event Delivery:

  • Oversee the creation, marketing, promotion, delivery and quality of all Museum programs, special events, regular house tours and visitor interactions.

Development and Marketing:

  • Lead all long-term and short-term development and fundraising efforts including but not limited to annual giving, grants writing and management, and friend raising.
  • Identify and monitor the array of grants for which the Museum is eligible to apply.
  • Direct a marketing program that builds on and expands the Museumís reputation and increases public awareness and visitation.
  • Identify potential audiences for the Museumís exhibitions and programs, and develop related programming to build audience and relevancy of the site for those audiences.


  • A minimum of a BA/BS degree in history, museum studies, or museum administration or related field is required.
  • Ability to quickly learn the history of Baltimoreís Edgar Allan Poe House, Poeís connections to Baltimore, and the importance Poe in American literature.
  • Experience working in social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook.
  • Experience in small grant writing and working for a non-profit organization is preferred.
  • Demonstrated record of being a creative self-starter, leader, team builder, and a problem solver.
  • Financial ability to understand, develop and manage a budget and to monitor ongoing financial performance.
  • Experience in community outreach, creating and executing programs, and creativity is preferred.
  • Record of being an effective communicator with proven ability to work with individuals or diversified groups such as staff, committees, donors, and volunteers.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills are required.

How to apply
Please visit the website below:
Baltimore, Maryland 21223

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