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Posted: 04/07/2017

Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society

The Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society is a membership organization created in 1948 for the purpose of documenting and preserving the history of the Village of Lake Placid and the Town of North Elba in New York State. In 1967, Francis and Louise Brewster, two patrons of the Society purchased the Train Station from the Penn Central Railroad Corporation, which had ceased both passenger and freight operations into Lake Placid. The Station was given to the Society to provide a permanent home for the organization as well as to create a museum.

Director/Collections Manager
Professional Opportunity
Lake Placid, NY

The Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Societynis seeking a Director/Collections Manager. This person reports to the President and is responsible for the management of office activities, implementation of programs, and care of the Historical Societys collections. Additionally, he/she works with the Board of Trustees and its Committees to achieve the goals and objectives of the organization.   

The applicant must be a well-organized and detail-oriented self-starter, who is mature and capable of primarily independent work. The candidate will enjoy working with the public and will have strong verbal and written communication skills. He/she has to be proficient in Microsoft Office applications and knowledgeable about basic financial reports. Experience in grant writing is desirable, and familiarity with non-profit/museum software is a plus. The job does entail a degree of physical strength, mobility and dexterity.

Functional Responsibilities:


-          Interface and provide administrative support to Board of Trustees and Society committees.

-          Represent the Society to the public and respond to all inquiries.

-          Maintain office files and organization.

-          Responsible for all functions related to the production and mailing of the Societys bi-annual newsletter, annual appeal, and maintenance of memberships.

-          Coordinate and attend Board meetings.

-          Provide a monthly activities report to Board.

-          Ensure the History Museum is staffed and open for prescribed hours. Hire and train staff as needed.

Program Development

-          Encourage and implement day and evening programs to increase public awareness and visitation to the History Museum.

-          Organize events by securing speakers, negotiate dates and contracts, and secure venues.

-          Generate interest and attendance through mailings, social media, and other marketing techniques.


-          Share Society events, exhibits, programs, and collections through press releases, promotional materials, e-blasts, and social media on a scheduled and timely basis.

-          Design and execute focused mailings, print ads, flyers, and program brochures.

-          Conduct public presentations about the Historical Society to various constituents.

-          Maintain website in conjunction with webmaster. Maintain Facebook, and Instagram pages.



-          Identify grant sources, prepare grants, and file reports.

-          Develop and execute membership mailings and annual appeal. Generate thank you letters.

-          Maintain accurate membership statuses and mailing lists.

-          Coordinate fundraising events, taking lead role in the organization of these events.

Collections Care

-          Applies museum best practices to the processing, arrangement, and preservation of the Historical Society artifacts and archives.

-          Utilize Past Perfect to manage the collections and archives.

-          Assist Museum Committee on the design and execution of exhibits.

-          Educate the Board on collections care priorities. Make recommendations for accessioning and deaccessioning of artifacts.



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How to apply
Applicants for this 30-hour-per-week, Lake Placid-based position should send a cover letter, resume, and reference list to the e-mail provided. The deadline for submissions is April 24, 2017.

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