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Manager of Collections and Archives
Part time-20 hours/week
Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society at the Sigal Museum
Easton, PA

Since 1906, the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society (NCHGS) has been collecting, preserving and showcasing art, culture and American history made in Northampton County. NCHGS is a private not-for-profit (501C3) that preserves, protects, and showcases extensive collections of artifacts, history books, and family genealogies at various sites in the county seat of Easton, PA. The Society operates from its flagship Sigal Museum, 342 Northampton Street, also home to the Jane S. Moyer Library. Special programs and events are held at the Sigal Museum and other NCHGS locations– the 1807 Jacob Nicholas House Museum, the 1833 Mixsell House Museum, and the 1753 Bachmann Publick House.

The Manager of Collection and Archives position maintains the Society’s collection at several museum locations managed by NCHGS.  Key responsibilities involve assisting the Senior Curator with exhibit installation, processing acquisitions, arranging restoration of artifacts, organizing loans, identification and recording of items, and dealing with research inquiries. Collaboration is required with other colleagues in conservation, education, design and marketing departments. In addition, conducting research and lecturing will be an important part of the position.

Classification Responsibilities: Curatorial Staff develop and maintain the Society’s collections; oversee the staff (paid and volunteer) working with the collections; undertake artifact research, conservation, storage, and exhibition; mentor the staff members in the provenance and history behind exhibited artifacts; advocate for growth of collection to augment and enrich these holdings; maintain the coordination and management with relevant experts in the restoration and preservation of artifacts of the museum; protect the collections and assists in designing and developing the best technologies to secure and protect specific and overall collections safely; maintain complete records of the collections of the Society; mount collection exhibitions; with additional administrative duties as required.

Job Requirements

Skills and Specifications

  • Strong interpersonal, diplomatic and negotiation skills, with the ability to work with committees, manage volunteer staff;
  • Extensive and thorough knowledge of collections, or the skills needed to appropriately research, conserve, and handle artifacts;
  • Strong communication skills both written and verbally;
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills;
  • Knowledge of fundraising for projects;
  • Possess solid historical research skills;
  • Able to prioritize, multi-task, and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to use the museum database systems, Past Perfect proficiency desired;
  • Ability to lift 20-40 lbs.
  • Ability to prepare budgets for exhibits and other curatorial matters
  • Ability to be flexible and be given special duties as assigned.

Preferred Education and Qualifications

  • Minimum 2 years experience with collections and M.A. in Museum Studies, the Arts, or History related field or appropriate combination of education and experience to undertake the responsibilities of this position;
  • Ability to develop, undertake, and complete collections projects;
  • Possess solid research skills;
  • Prior experience in museum environment collaborating with staff members and Boards;
  • Special knowledge of Eastern Pennsylvanian regional historical collections and 18th, 19th, and 20th century costuming.

Submit Cover Letter, Resume, Minimum Three Witten Letters of Reference and Three Contact References, Support Materials and Salary Requirements to:

 

Andrew A. Zellers-Frederick, Executive Director
Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society at the Sigal Museum
342 Northampton Street
Easton, Pennsylvania 18042

Please no telephone calls or emails.  Deadline for submission is June 15, 2016.

 

Coordinator of Fundraising, Programs & Special Events
Full time – 40 hours/week
Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society at the Sigal Museum
Easton, PA

Description

The Northampton Historical and Genealogical Society (NCHGS), Easton, Pennsylvania, seeks an experienced and personable Coordinator of Fundraising, Programs & Special Events to grow future support for this 110-year-old historical society. The Coordinator of Fundraising, Programs & Special Events works closely with the Executive Director and staff to plan, execute, and evaluate fundraising and development. The Director is responsible for establishing fundraising priorities and objectives; creating fundraising strategies to meet specific program goals; identify and profile current and prospective corporate, individual, and foundation support prospects; cultivating positive relations with donors and prospects; and solicits and stewards major donors. This position coordinates and collaborates with the institution’s professional staff. Volunteers and local cultural entities for programs and special events of various sizes and time frames.  An important aspect is to coordinate media and public relations both locally and nationally.  This position reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the Board of Trustees and its committees.

Responsibilities

  • Creation and implementation of a comprehensive strategic development plan;
  • Ability to assist the executive director and staff with grant writing and other solicitations;
  • Coordinate marketing organization of copy and design for fundraising literature and web content;
  • Assist with the publication of the quarterly newsletter and other organizational publications;
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and Director of Operations with daily and long-range operations;
  • Oversee management of donor database, maintain security and quality controls;
  • Assist in training Board members in development best practices and engage them in various fundraising activities;
  • Plan and execute fundraising for Society operations, project, and exhibit needs: including the Annual Giving Campaign, Wine Gala, Annual Dinner, Planned Giving, Legacy Society, Matching and in-kind gifts, major gifts, corporate and individual sponsorships, and grants;
  • Cultivation of Community Relationships through outreach, publicity, and interaction throughout the County and with various organizations;
  • Creates an atmosphere that invites volunteer spirit and inspires members and others to give their time and talent to the benefit of the Society, engages members in the society’s activities and volunteer opportunities, and actively promotes the value and benefits of society membership;
  • Supervise planning and expansion of Society’s membership program;
  • Plan, direct, and attend member events and donor receptions and ensure recognition of distinguished contributors;
  • Maintains a working knowledge of significant developments and trends that may be relevant to NCHGS, its museums, collections, and mission;
  • Ability to prepare budgets and work with the organization’s accountant on internal financial issues.

Qualifications and Skills

  • The successful candidate must have a proven track record of leadership in development in the museum or non-profit sector with securing sponsorships and gifts within, but not limited to, the $10,000- $50,000 range;
  • Experience managing a matching gift, team based annual fundraising campaign.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to work with volunteers and staff that enhance the mission of NCHGS within the community and among individuals;
  • Excellent written and verbal skills, especially in grant writing and public speaking;
  • In-depth knowledge of public relations and marketing strategies;
  • Ability to manage day to day facilities operations and event planning;
  • Some evening and special event work is required;
  • Ability to be flexible and be a “team player.”
  • CFRE certification a plus

Salary and Benefits

Negotiable and commensurate with experience.

About NCHGS

Since 1906, the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society (NCHGS) has been collecting, preserving and showcasing art, culture and American history made in Northampton County. NCHGS is a private not-for-profit (501c3) that preserves, protects, and showcases extensive collections of artifacts, history books, and family genealogies at various sites in the county seat of Easton, PA. Northampton County is home to 2 of the top 10 voted “Best Cities to Live in Pennsylvania.” The Society operates from its flagship Sigal Museum at 342 Northampton Street, also home to the Jane S. Moyer Library. Special programs and events are held at the Sigal Museum and other NCHGS locations – the 1807 Jacob Nicholas House Museum, the 1833 Mixsell House & Archives of Historical Fashion, and the 1753 Bachmann Publick House. Please view us online at SigalMuseum.org

Please submit cover letter, resume, minimum of three written references and three contact references, support materials and salary requirements to:

Andrew A. Zellers-Frederick
Executive Director
Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society at the Sigal Museum
342 Northampton Street
Easton, Pennsylvania 18042

Please no phone calls or emails.  Deadline for submission is June 15, 2016.

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