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Assistant Director, South County History Center, Kingston, RI

TITLE: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

REPORTS TO: Executive Director

TERM: Part-time, 14 hours per week

The South County History Center is seeking an enthusiastic and professional Assistant Director to join our team as we embark on the next phase of our strategic plan. The Center's primary activities are stewarding and providing access to local research collections, developing exhibits and programs, and offering hands-on learning opportunities to interns interested in joining our field. The Assistant Director will work closely with the Executive Director to manage critical operations and special initiatives, gaining experience in many areas of library and archive administration. 

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Assistant Director is a critical member of the Center's team, with the primary responsibility of managing and growing the Center's internship program, which provides hands-on experience and sector-specific training to library science, museum studies and history undergraduate and graduate students. The Assistant Director works collaboratively with staff and volunteers to plan and execute programs and events, support collectionsrelated projects, and develop exhibits. Engaging with Center members, visitors, interns, and other stakeholders in-person, online, and by phone in a professional and helpful manner is a key function of this role. All Center staff members assist in the management of day-to-day operations and maintenance of the Old Washington County Jail. Further, the Assistant Director supports outreach and fundraising efforts through accurate recordkeeping, writing communications pieces, and developing partnerships with other history organizations.

This is a part-time, 14 hour per week position. The Assistant Director's regular hours will be Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Some evening and Saturday hours may be required for special events. The pay rate for this position is $14-16 per hour. Center staff members work primarily within our historic headquarters, which has many staircases and unfortunately is not handicapped-accessible. 

KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, SKILLS REQUIRED

The successful candidate must have experience (paid or volunteer) in an archive, library or museum. Coursework or degree in Library Science or Museum Studies is preferred, and knowledge of best practices related to collections management required. A passion for historical collections and research, as well as the ability to engage others in local history, is necessary for success in this role. 

Most importantly, the successful candidate will possess a "can-do" attitude, strong problem-solving skills, collaborative working style, and excellent time management. This position also requires the ability to both multi-task and prioritize projects, supported by strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Also critical to success in this role are strong computer skills (including working with databases), the ability to manage others, and a commitment to providing excellent customer service.

TO APPLY

Qualified applicants are encouraged to learn more about the Center by visiting our website, SouthCountyHistoryCenter.org, and are invited to apply by submitting a cover letter and resume to erica@southcountyhistorycenter.org.

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