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Division seeks lead museum/historic-site interpreter for New Castle Court House Museum


The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs (Department of State), seeks an enthusiastic and experienced individual to provide leadership within the New Castle Court House Museum. Working with the interpretive staff at the site, and under the direction of the Museum/Historic SiteSupervisor, the Lead Museum/Historic Site Interpreter is responsible for the public programming for the New Castle Court House Museum.

The Lead Museum/Historic Site Interpreter will participate in and oversee all aspects of interpretive and education programming related to individuals, groups, and schools. This programming will occur on-site, off-site, and virtually. This position will work to raise awareness of the programs offered that highlight the history of the site in regional and national topics. As a partner unit of the First State National Historical Park, work will involve collaboration with National Park staff in a variety of educational programs.

The position is a full-time, merit position and will require weekend and some evening work. The position is based in New Castle, Delaware, with a hiring salary range of $28,149.00–$29,908.00.

Responsibilities:

  1. Conducts thematic tours, lectures, workshops, seminars, virtual programming, social media postings, and consultations of the New Castle Court House Museum, New Castle Green, and associated local history
  2. Assesses visitor level of knowledge and interests prior to and during tours and makes adjustments to tailor subject matter to the audience
  3. Engages visitors in participatory activities or historic demonstrations
  4. Assists with the development and implementation of programmatic activities by conducting research within established guidelines, proposing ideas for site activities, supervising and serving as mentors for casual/seasonal staff, participating in brainstorming sessions for developing and implementing research projects, exhibit and interpretive programs and designing and marketing special public events
  5. Develops educational activities and programs according to nationally accepted best practices and standards
  6. Works with staff, volunteers, and interns
  7. Collaborates with partner agencies such as the New Castle Historical Society, Underground Railroad Coalition of Delaware, National Park Service, and others
  8. Performs a variety of support functions such as maintaining surveillance of visitors/buildings/contents for security purposes; scheduling tours; collecting revenues, and preparing records of visitation and donations
  9. Maintains operations during absence of Site Supervisor
  10. Attends training sessions, workshops, conferences, and seminars
  11. Works with diverse audiences and age groups

Knowledge and Abilities:

  1. Interest in local history and a readiness to learn and expand knowledge of Delaware history
  2. Strong written and oral communication skills with attention to details
  3. Excellent interpersonal skills to work with diverse visitors, residents, volunteers and staff
  4. Strong organizational and project management skills with ability to work independently, proactively and as a team member with ability to work well under pressure and manage multiple programs/deadlines
  5. Computer literacy, particularly in Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point
  6. Ability to utilize videoconferencing programs such as Zoom and WebEx for meetings and public programming
  7. Knowledge of social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
  8. Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to work weekends and occasional evening hours

Position Requirements:

  1. Six months experience in record keeping
  2. Knowledge of museum practices such as collections management, research, exhibit design, handling of collections, preservation or maintenance of historic buildings, conducting museum educational programs or tours
  3. Knowledge of public relations, media relations or communications such as establishing and promoting a positive image with the public, informing or influencing specific audiences through the use of internal and external communications such as public forums, journalism, writing, marketing, advertising, social media, promotions, or special events

Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs

The Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs serves Delaware residents and visitors by identifying, preserving, and interpreting Delaware history. Our activities foster strong communities, engaged citizens, economic vitality, and a deeper understanding of Delaware’s role in world history. We do this in public trust for current and future generations.

The Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs is a trustworthy, ethical, and reliable partner with organizations, agencies, and individuals with whom we have common goals. The division’s vision is to actively engage our audiences in learning and to understand how Delaware history is meaningful to their lives. We seek to actively engage our audiences through exploring a diversity of historical and cultural perspectives to inform and influence decisions about the future. We want our audiences to feel welcomed, valued, and encouraged to question and explore.

Go to the following to see the Division’s Statement on Race and Equity.

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY GOING TO the Museum Historic Site Interpreter listing on the Delaware Employment Link. Closing date: March 10, 2021.

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