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GHF JOB OPENINGS

CHIEF OF REAL ESTATE OPERATIONS

TITLE: Chief of Real Estate Operations

REPORTS TO: Executive Director

JOB SUMMARY: The Chief of Real Estate Operations is a newly created full-time position at Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) to lead all aspects of managing the organization’s portfolio of historic properties and the staff who operate them, as well as to create new opportunities for GHF to advance its mission by preserving and rehabilitating historic buildings in Galveston. This position will be in-person, working from GHF’s office on The Strand in Galveston, and will report to GHF’s Chief Executive Officer.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Chief of Real Estate Operations will lead GHF’s work in both new development opportunities and the management of its existing historic properties.

Property Development

  • Develop and lead the implementation of a dynamic organizational strategy for the acquisition and redevelopment of historic properties in Galveston
  • Oversee the rehabilitation and disposition of single-family [and small commercial] historic properties in GHF’s portfolio
  • Represent GHF in all aspects of its joint venture partnership for the historic Santa Fe Building, serving as the organization’s primary decision maker in the forthcoming redevelopment of the property
  • Identify and pursue strategic acquisitions of historic properties in support of GHF’s mission, vision and goals, and pursue joint venture partnerships to redevelop targeted properties as appropriate
  • Provide project management throughout the acquisition, pre-development, construction and operations of properties
  • Lead financing of property redevelopment efforts, including utilizing the Texas Historic Preservation Tax Credit
  • Negotiate contracts with development team members, consultants and vendors involved in development projects
  • Build strong relationships with the City of Galveston, Texas Historical Commission and other public agencies for zoning, permitting, financing, and other development needs
  • Conduct feasibility analyses of redevelopment opportunities including site selection, entitlements, environmental, financing and other considerations
  • Represent GHF with local community stakeholders relevant to development projects
  • Liaise with contractors, architects, preservation consultants, and others in the industry
  • Participate in local, regional and/or national practitioner networks to remain abreast of relevant policies, regulatory requirements, funding opportunities and best practices
  • Participate in state and national preservation conferences and build relationships with the National Trust and other preservation organizations around the country

Asset Management

  • Manage tenant and vendor relationships in operating properties, including ensuring rent collection and contractor performance and payments
  • Prepare and manage development and operating budgets
  • Review property-level financial statements in collaboration with the Chief Financial Officer
  • Budget for capital improvements and manage building reserves
  • Manage property insurance policies and real estate taxes, including pursuing incentives
  • Oversee easements and other preservation covenants that GHF has recorded on various properties

Staff Management & Organizational Development

  • Manage a staff of three professionals involved in the development and maintenance of GHF’s property portfolio
  • Collaborate with GHF’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer to participate in the organization’s fiscal management and long-term strategic planning
  • Participate in monthly Board of Directors meetings to report on progress toward objectives

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A minimum of 10 years of related real estate development experience including work with the rehabilitation or restoration of significant historic buildings.
  • Master’s degree in real estate, business, urban planning, or a related field required.
  • High level of proficiency in real estate practice, regulations and documentation, including experience with land use regulations, feasibility assessments, and closing on property acquisitions and diverse financing sources.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to historic preservation policies and regulations, including the US Department of Interior Standards and the Federal and Texas Historic Preservation Tax Credit programs.
  • Excellent demonstrated writing skills for a range of audiences.
  • High level of organizational skills, both in managing one’s own work and that of consultants/ contractors.
  • Demonstrated effective team leadership and strong ability to communicate with employees and partners.
  • Familiarity with design and construction methods and practices.
  • Familiarity with relevant Texas regulatory policies and politics is preferred but not required.
  • Strong skills with MS Office and other related software.

COMPENSATION PACKAGE

Salary is competitive with similar non-profit organizations and is commensurate with experience and levels of education. Estimated salary range from 110,000-125,000 annual with full benefits.

Please send your resume, references, and cover letter to Dwayne Jones, Executive Director, Galveston Historical Foundation, at dwayne.jones@galvestonhistory.org or to PO Box 149, Galveston, TX 77553.

Position is open until filled.

CAPTAIN (RELIEF), SEAGULL II

JOB TITLE: Captain (relief), SEAGULL II, Galveston Historic Seaport

REPORTS TO: Port Captain, Galveston Historic Seaport

JOB SUMMARY: The captain (relief) is responsible for the operational aspects of the tour vessel SEAGULL II. These duties include scheduling and supervising deckhands, narrating tours (for both adults and children), and maintaining the vessel. This position requires reasonable physical fitness and strength. This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. Weekend work may be required.

JOB DUTIES:

  • Serves as relief captain of the vessel and ensures the safety of the vessel and all on board.
  • Trains, schedules, and supervises deckhand.
  • Responsible for maintenance of the vessel to USCG, underwriters’, and owners’ standards.
  • Purchases materials and services required to carry out vessel operations and maintenance.
  • Assists in the planning and execution of special events.
  • Maintains proper logs and records on a daily basis.
  • Works closely with the Port Captain, Prime Captain, and other GHS and GHF staff to develop and implement educational, interpretive, and promotional programs involving the SEAGULL II.
  • Works closely with GHF Education Department, GHS/GHF staff, and clients to ensure that a high-quality educational experience is consistently provided.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by Port Captain.

EDUCATION: Minimum high school diploma, college degree or equivalent preferred. USCG 50-ton license required.

SKILLS: Demonstrated experience in vessel operations. Thorough working knowledge of marine diesel engine maintenance requirements and basic preventive maintenance. Strong background in working with the public. Ability to work independently, as well as with colleagues, staff, volunteers, and passengers. Good computer skills, especially regarding Microsoft Office programs.

EXPERIENCE: Minimum three years in an increasingly responsible role in professional vessel operations, preferably in a passengers-for-hire / educational setting. Command and management experience desired.

To Apply:
Email cover letter and resume to
Captain Mark Scibinico
Mark.scibinico@galvestonhistory.org

Please send resume, references, and cover letter to Mark Scibinico, Port Captain / Director of the Galveston Historic Seaport, Galveston Historical Foundation at mark.scibinico@galvestonhistory.org.

VISITOR SERVICES ASSOCIATE (VSA) - ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE WAREHOUSE

JOB TITLE: Visitor Services Association (VSA) – Architectural Salvage Warehouse Frontliner

REPORTS TO: Architectural Salvage Warehouse Manager

HOURLY RATE: $15/Hour

STATUS: Part-Time/Non-Exempt (30 hours or less/week)

JOB SUMMARY: Responsible for the daily operations of Galveston Historical Foundation ASW. Selling salvaged building supplies and providing information on historic Galveston. Assists with material salvage and pick-ups. Responsible for providing better than expected customer service. Prior sales experience, and/ or construction experience is desirable. Able to participate effectively as a member of a team. Accurately process sales transactions. 30 hours per week, maximum. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Manages sales operation of ASW, keeping accurate records of transactions.
  • Manages restocking, inventory of retail merchandise and brochures, and general cleaning of the store
  • Manages the store’s visual merchandising
  • Processes new merchandise when it arrives, with assistance from other store staff.
  • Anticipates and acts on needs for cash drawer change and supplies.
  • Greets and assists visitors with information about Galveston with an emphasis on heritage tourism.
  • Assists visitors with purchases of admissions to GHF properties and retail purchases.
  • Answers telephone inquiries and assists with visitor inquiries.
  • Responsible for opening and closing procedures on days scheduled, including preparing the bank deposit, setting alarms or assigning that responsibility before leaving property at close.
  • Oversees end-of-day Point of Sale system reporting.
  • Works additional hours as needed during Homes Tour, Dickens on The Strand.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION: High School diploma, or equivalent.

SKILLS: Friendly, outgoing personality combined with an ability to maintain grace and composure in stressful situations. Must be self-motivated. Ability to learn and communicate information about Galveston Historical Foundation and its attractions in a clear concise manner. Able to communicate effectively with staff, volunteers, and guests. Proficient with computerized Point of Sale system. Must have reliable transportation and ability to work scheduled hours on a regular basis. Bilingual ability a plus. Ability to lift 50-75 lbs.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: GHF is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization formed in 1954 that merged with the Galveston Historical Society created in 1871. The organization owns or manages approximately sixteen properties, vessels, and sites in Galveston. The Architectural Salvage Warehouse (ASW) sells historic building materials for the repair, rehabilitation, and preservation of Galveston’s built environment. All proceeds from our warehouse go towards operating funds for GHF Preservation and Conservation. We are located in the 1904 G H & H Depot at 33rd and Market. GHF plans to fully rehabilitate this historic property in the near future.

Please send resume, references, and cover letter to Dwayne Jones, Executive Director, Galveston Historical Foundation at dwayne.jones@galvestonhistory.org.

POSITION AVAILABILITY: Applicants should submit resumes, and references to the above email. Position open until filled.

VISITOR SERVICES ASSOCIATE (VSA) - AND STILL WE RISE...GALVESTON'S JUNETEENTH STORY AT THE 1859 ASHTON VILLA CARRIAGE HOUSE

JOB TITLE: Visitor Services Associate (VSA) – ‘AND STIL WE RISE…GALVESTON’S JUNETEENTH STORY AT THE 1859 ASHTON VILLAGE CARRIAGE HOUSE

SUMMARY: VSA is responsible for the daily operations of the retail store at the And Still We Rise experience: selling admission tickets, retail merchandise and providing information about historic Galveston, and helping to ensure that museum visitors and retail customers receive a positive experience from their first point of contact.

JOB DUTIES: Duties include but are not limited to:

Retail

  • Handles cash, checks, and credit card sales, keeping prompt and accurate records of transactions.
  • Opens and closes as needed, including preparation of daily cash report and balancing of cash at the end of the business workday.=

General Office

  • Greets and assists visitors with information about GHF properties, Galveston, and area museums/attractions with an emphasis on heritage tourism and retail skills. Learns, knows, and shares comprehensive information about the experience.
  • Answers telephone inquiries and takes accurate messages for staff members as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION: High School Graduate. Some College Preferred.

SKILLS: Friendly, outgoing personality combined with an ability to maintain grace and composure in stressful situations. Ability to learn and communicate information about GHF sites, Galveston, and its social history and attractions in a clear, concise, and interesting manner. Must have reliable transportation and the ability to work scheduled hours, including weekends on a regular basis. Demonstrated responsibility in high-volume money handling situations, including accuracy in frequent cash counts and register operations. Aptitude for working with diverse personalities.

EXPERIENCE: Knowledge of Square platform or willingness to learn. Familiarity with museums or tourists, retail business preferred.

Please send resume, references, and cover letter to Dwayne Jones, Executive Director, Galveston Historical Foundation at dwayne.jones@galvestonhistory.org.

VISITOR SERVICES ASSOCIATE (VSA) - 1895 MOODY MANSION

JOB TITLE: Visitor Services Associate (VSA) – 1895 Moody Mansion

SUMMARY: VSA is responsible for the daily operations of the retail store at the 1895 Moody Mansion: selling admission tickets, retail merchandise and providing information about historic Galveston, and helping to ensure that museum visitors and retail customers receive a positive experience from their first point of contact.

JOB DUTIES: Duties include but are not limited to:

Retail

  • Handles cash, checks, and credit card sales, keeping prompt and accurate records of transactions.
  • Assists visitors with admissions to Moody Mansion and Bishop’s Palace if applicable.
  • Assists visitors with retail purchases. Greet customers and ascertain what each customer needs or wants.
  • Answer questions regarding the store and its merchandise.
  • Describe merchandise and explain use, and operation to customers.
  • Opens and closes as needed, including preparation of daily cash report and balancing of cash at the end of the business workday.=

General Office

  • Greets and assists visitors with information about GHF properties, Galveston, and area museums/attractions with an emphasis on heritage tourism and retail skills. Learns, knows, and shares comprehensive information about the 1895 Moody Mansion.
  • Answers telephone inquiries and takes accurate messages for staff members as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION: High School Graduate. Some College Preferred.

SKILLS: Friendly, outgoing personality combined with an ability to maintain grace and composure in stressful situations. Ability to learn and communicate information about GHF sites, Galveston, and its social history and attractions in a clear, concise, and interesting manner. Must have reliable transportation and the ability to work scheduled hours, including weekends on a regular basis. Demonstrated responsibility in high-volume money handling situations, including accuracy in frequent cash counts and register operations. Aptitude for working with diverse personalities.

EXPERIENCE: Knowledge of Square platform or willingness to learn. Familiarity with museums or tourists, retail business preferred.

Please send resume, references, and cover letter to Dwayne Jones, Executive Director, Galveston Historical Foundation at dwayne.jones@galvestonhistory.org.

VISITOR SERVICES ASSOCIATE (VSA) - GALVESTON HISTORIC SEAPORT

POSITION TITLE: Visitor Service Associate (VSA) – Galveston Historic Seaport. Part-time (3-4 days per week), Hourly Wage.

REPORTS TO: Gift Shop Manager

JOB SUMMARY: VSA is responsible for the daily operations of the retail store at the Galveston Historic Seaport, Home of the 1877 Tallship ELISSA: selling admission tickets, retail merchandise, and providing information about historic Galveston and helping to ensure that museum visitors and retail customers receive a positive experience from their first point of contact.

JOB DUTIES:

  • Handles cash, checks, credit card sales, keeping prompt and accurate records of transactions.
  • Assists visitors with admissions to all GHF properties.
  • Assists visitors with retail purchases. Greets customers and ascertain what each customer needs or wants.
  • Maintains knowledge of current sales and promotions and security practices.
  • Recommends, selects, and helps locate or obtain merchandise based on customer needs and desires.
  • Answer questions regarding the store and its merchandise.
  • Describes merchandise and explains use, operation to customers.
  • Monitors appearance of the store; fills brochure racks, restocks retail merchandise, performs light housekeeping as needed to maintain appearance.
  • Opens and closes as needed, including preparation of daily cash report and balancing of cash at the end of business workday.
  • Greets and assists visitors with information about GHF properties, Galveston, and area museums/attractions with an emphasis on heritage tourism and retail skills.
  • Learns, knows, and shares comprehensive information about the 1877 Barque ELISSA and other GHF properties, programs and events; actively promotes other programs and properties operated by GHF.
  • Answers telephone inquiries and takes accurate messages for staff members as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION: High School Graduate. Some College Preferred.

SKILLS: Friendly, outgoing personality combined with an ability to maintain grace and composure in stressful situations. Ability to learn and communicate information about GHF sites, Galveston, and its social history and attractions in a clear, concise, and interesting manner. Must have reliable transportation and ability to work scheduled hours, including weekends on a regular basis. Must be self-motivated. Bilingual ability a plus. Demonstrated responsibility in high-volume money handling situations, including accuracy in frequent cash counts and register operations. Strong organizational skills. Aptitude for working with diverse personalities.

EXPERIENCE: Strong knowledge of retail sales and computerized point of sale systems. Must be proficient in WORD, EXCEL, OUTLOOK. Familiarity with museum or tourist, retail business preferred.

Please send resume, references, and cover letter to Dwayne Jones, Executive Director, Galveston Historical Foundation at dwayne.jones@galvestonhistory.org.

VISITOR SERVICES ASSOCIATE (VSA) - 1892 BISHOP'S PALACE

JOB TITLE: Visitor Services Associate (VSA) – 1892 Bishop’s Palace | Part-Time, 3-4 Days Per Week

SUMMARY: VSA is responsible for the daily operations of the retail store at the 1892 Bishop’s Palace: selling admission tickets, retail merchandise, and providing information about historic Galveston and helping to ensure that museum visitors and retail customers receive a positive experience from their first point of contact.

JOB DUTIES – Duties include but are not limited to:

Retail

  • Handles cash, checks, credit card sales, keeping prompt and accurate records of transactions.
  • Assists visitors with admissions to all GHF properties.
  • Assists visitors with retail purchases. Greet customers and ascertain what each customer needs or wants.
  • Maintain knowledge of current sales and promotions and security practices.
  • Recommend, select, and help locate or obtain merchandise based on customer needs and desires.
  • Answer questions regarding the store and its merchandise.
  • Describe merchandise and explain use, operation to customers.
  • Monitors appearance of the store; fills brochure racks, restocks retail merchandise, performs light housekeeping as needed to maintain appearance.
  • Opens and closes as needed, including preparation of daily cash report and balancing of cash at the end of business workday.

General Office

  • Greets and assists visitors with information about GHF properties, Galveston and area museums/attractions with an emphasis on heritage tourism and retail skills. Learns, knows, and shares comprehensive information about the 1892 Bishop’s Palace and other GHF properties, programs and events; actively promotes other programs and properties operated by GHF.
  • Answers telephone inquiries and takes accurate messages for staff members as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Bishop’s Palace House (if assigned these duties)

  • Assist visitors with directions inside of the house
  • Monitor visitor interaction
  • Watch for security issues

EDUCATION: High School Graduate. Some College Preferred.

SKILLS: Friendly, outgoing personality combined with an ability to maintain grace and composure in stressful situations. Ability to learn and communicate information about GHF sites, Galveston and its social history and attractions in a clear, concise and interesting manner. Must have reliable transportation and ability to work scheduled hours, including weekends on a regular basis. Must be self-motivated. Bilingual ability a plus. Demonstrated responsibility in high-volume money handling situations, including accuracy in frequent cash counts and register operations. Strong organizational skills. Aptitude for working with diverse personalities.

EXPERIENCE: Strong knowledge of retail sales and computerized point of sale systems. Must be proficient in WORD, EXCEL, OUTLOOK. Familiarity with museum or tourist, retail business preferred.

Please send resume and questions to Denise Alexander at denise.alexander@galvestonhistory.org.

MARINE BIOLOGIST

TITLE: Marine Biologist

REPORTS TO: Port Captain, Galveston Historic Seaport (GHS)

JOB SUMMARY: The Marine Biologist is responsible for the Marine Biology Tour aboard the vessel SEAGULL II. This includes educating tour groups about the local wildlife and handling and discussing any specimens caught during the program. This position requires reasonable physical fitness and strength. This is a part-time, hourly position. Weekend work may be required.

JOB DUTIES:

  • Provides educational tours of the marine life found in Galveston Harbor while aboard tour boat Seagull II. This may include mammals, fish, birds, invertebrates…etc.
  • Carefully handles marine creatures pulled from the collection net as part of the program.
  • Aids Seagull II deckhand in deployment and reeling in of collection net.
  • Returns all wildlife back to their original habitat at the conclusion of the program.
  • Responsible for maintaining a TPWD Education display permit.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Education Coordinator.

EDUCATION: Minimum B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Marine Biology.

SKILLS: Strong background in working with the public and speaking skills. Ability to work independently, as well as with colleagues, staff, volunteers, and passengers. Basic computer proficiency.

EXPERIENCE: Minimum 1-year experience in teaching, research, or education in the field.

REQUIREMENTS: Must pass a background check and be comfortable with public speaking, handling marine life, and working on a boat. Must know how to speak to children’s groups as well as adult groups. Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs.

Please send resume and references to Dwayne Jones, Executive Director, Galveston Historical Foundation at dwayne.jones@galvestonhistory.org.

ABOUT GALVESTON HISTORICAL FOUNDATION

GHF was formed as the Galveston Historical Society in 1871 and merged with a new organization formed in 1954 as a non-profit entity devoted to historic preservation and history in Galveston County. Over the last sixty years, GHF has expanded its mission to encompass community redevelopment, historic preservation advocacy, maritime preservation, coastal resiliency and stewardship of historic properties. GHF embraces a broader vision of history and architecture that encompasses advancements in environmental and natural sciences and their intersection with historic buildings and coastal life, and conceives of history as an engaging story of individual lives and experiences on Galveston Island from the 19th century to the present day.

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