HISTORIAN/MANAGER OF COLLECTIONS
HISTORIAN/MANAGER OF COLLECTIONS

REPORTS TO: Chief of Museums/Executive Director

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Full-time Exempt or Full-time Contract (one year)

SUMMARY: Responsible for coordination of a new interactive history project known as the Galveston History Project that connects visitors to life stories of Galvestonians during the 1900 Storm, grade raising, immigration through the Port of Galveston, and living/working on the Galveston wharves. Involves research in primary sources and supportive documentation found in local, state, and national libraries, archives, and in GHF archives/collections. Oversees development and maintenance of an established collection and facility for the organization and assists in regular meetings with a volunteer committee. This position will require an organized, independent, innovative, and self-motivated professional to maximize the services provided to the community through our historic sites and work with other staff, volunteers, members and donors.

JOB DUTIES:

Programming/Public Speaking

  • Provides leadership and creativity in the development of all aspects of community and educational outreach in history, architectural history, and local/community history.
  • Improve educational programming and outreach to visitors and residents at multiple historic sites and properties.
  • Responsible for the identification of possible new stories of for the Galveston History Project.
  • Writes historical narratives and exhibit panels.
  • Manages and is responsible for Galveston History Project data in our Content Management System (CMS).
  • Organizes and leads annual training programs and presentations on Galveston history and GHF historic sites.
  • Collaborates with organizations and entities in Galveston, Galveston County, Texas, and national entities.
  • Represents the organization as requested by the Chief of Museums or Executive Director.

Collections Management

  • Maintains and develops a collection related to GHF’s historic properties and oversee acquisition and deaccessioning of any items in the collection.
  • Serves as liaison to the GHF collections committee.
  • Administers all related programs of history and collections as outlined in the strategic plan and annual work program.

General/Administrative

  • Coordinates with other GHF staff disaster preparedness and interacts with regional programs for disaster response.
  • Assists the Chief of Museums and Executive Director on public policy actions to the Board of
    Directors.
  • Performs additional duties as assigned by the Chief of Museums or Executive Director.
    Education: Graduate degree in history, public history, historic preservation, museum studies,
    cultural studies, or related field.

SKILLS: Ability to interact one-on-one and in groups with diverse clients, members and the general public as well as communicate clearly in oral, presentation and written formats. Needs strong organizational skills with a working knowledge of Texas history and some extent Galveston history. Knowledge of museum education, exhibits, and collections. This position may involve moderate to heavy lifting (25 lbs. or greater), advanced
mobility on project worksites, as well as working outdoors occasionally. Postemergency response and recovery knowledge for collections would be useful. Must be able to balance many tasks at once and shift priorities to accommodate change.

EXPERIENCE: Two or more years of experience in related non-profit or university setting. Previous public speaking, lecturing and interaction with groups preferred. Prior research in archives and collections (online and otherwise) as well as ability to write cogently and clearly for general audiences.
Understanding of digital history techniques for research and presentation. Knowledge of collections management and techniques.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: 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.

POSITION AVAILABILITY: Open until filled

APPLICATIONS: Interested applicants should submit a current resume, writing sample, and three references to dwayne.jones@galvestonhistory.org.

 

 

REPORTS TO: Executive Director, GHF Department and Managers (as needed)

JOB SUMMARY: Responsible for day-to-day building and site operations and routine maintenance of GHF properties. The position is responsible for ensuring properties are cleaned, repaired, landscaped, maintained, and generally presented to the public in the best order possible. Additional responsibilities include coordination, preparation, and training for GHF personnel at all buildings and sites for emergency response and mitigation projects. The manager oversees GHF sites in conjunction and coordination with other GHF staff and financial plan for each property.

JOB DUTIES:

  • Maintenance, repairs, and landscaping at Bishops Palace, Ashton Villa, St. Josephs Ecumenical Museum (Church), Rosewood Cemetery, 2417 Strand, Sears, Hendley Green, 1904 GH&H Depot, 1903 Firehouse No. 3 and Menard Complex. This includes but is not limited to yard maintenance, utility repair and oversight, housekeeping, extermination, debris removal, fire and safety issues, and related items.
  • Establish a weekly inspection calendar for the care of these properties that includes reports to supervisors or other GHF staff involved in site management.
  • Maintains a program for maintenance, repairs and landscaping issues at Garten Verein, Hendley Green, Hendley Row, and Mechanic Street Warehouse.
  • Maintains a master program for maintenance and repairs for properties managed by HMLCA. This includes housekeeping, extermination, fire and safety issues, and related items. GHF is the largest property owner in this association and works with owners to maintain the building and parking areas.
  • Maintains maintenance records for all properties, prepares payment requests to be coded.
  • Maintains a master key list for all properties and all employees. Keeps original and spare keys and distributes copies as necessary.
  • Develop a periodic review of other GHF properties including the Strand Street Clock, Borden Tree, and Tremont House Bar.
  • Maintain US and Texas flags at GHF properties observing national and state proclamations to lower flags to half-staff.
  • Coordinate building and site work with GHF property managers, program managers, and staff.
  • Coordinate with Preservation and Conservation Services as needed.
  • Assist with special events as requested.
  • Supervises other part-time staff and/or contractors engaged in property maintenance.

EDUCATION: High school diploma and some college-level work preferred.

SKILLS: Computer skills as well as verbal and written communication skills. Ability to work independently, take initiative, and accept responsibility willingly. Creative and professional in representing GHF. Experience using power tools and tools. Knowledge of landscaping maintenance and systems, minor historic property repair, and minor electrical/plumbing repair.

WORK QUALITIES: The position requires basic analytical abilities as well as a reasonable ability to choose priorities and set a work schedule for completing projects. When emergencies arise, the employee must be able to work with other staff to address needs. Proficiency in problem-solving and hands-on repair is helpful. The employee should strive for the highest performance and respect for the mission of the organization to preserve historic and maritime properties in Galveston.

EXPERIENCE: Experience with property management, preferably 3-5 years.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS: The employee should be able to lift at least 50lbs and will be expected to work as needed on weekends and holidays in order to respond to emergencies and needs of properties.

Apply email with resume, copy of license and references to: Dwayne Jones

VISITOR SERVICE ASSOCIATE
VISITOR SERVICE ASSOCIATE

Responsible for the daily operations of Galveston Historical Foundation Museum Stores. Selling admission tickets, retail merchandise and providing information to historic Galveston and help to ensure that museum visitors receive a positive experience from the first point of contact. Responsible for providing better than expected customer service. Selling skills. Able to participate effectively as a member of a team. Accurately process sales transactions. Ability to lift merchandise. 30 hours per week, max

This position is not a tour guide position.

Skills: Friendly, outgoing personality combined with an ability to maintain grace and composure in busy situations. Strong knowledge of retail sales and computerized Point of Sale Systems a bonus.

Ability to work weekends.

Send Resume and days/hours available to work to denise.alexander@galvestonhistory.org

CAPTAIN, CHIEF MATE, 2ND & 3RD MATE, CHIEF ENGINEER
CAPTAIN, CHIEF MATE, 2ND & 3RD MATE, CHIEF ENGINEER

Galveston Historical Foundation, based in Galveston Texas, operates the 1877 SSV ELISSA ,a National Historic Landmark (NHL),   and invites applications for the posts of Captain, Chief Mate, 2nd &3rd Mate and  Chief Engineer for their 2019 annual day sail series. Positions term is from March 29th through April 14th and includes safe operation of the vessel during 2 weeks of day sails with some overnight sails possible.  Captain and Chief Mate applicants must carry 500 ton Near Coastal Licenses along with all appropriate endorsements, AB and life boatmen certificates. 500-ton licenses are preferred for 2nd and 3rd Mate but consideration will be made for those with equivalent square rig and traditional sailing experience. Candidates should have strong traditional sailing background, experience in working with large groups of volunteers and offshore watch standing experience.  All deck officers must have a minimum of a 100 master’s license along with an AB and life boatmen endorsement. Engineers must hold a valid Chief Engineers License, and Lifeboatmen Certificate.  ELISSA is a unique sailing experience not to be missed. We are looking for a strong and compatible team for our 2019 series as it will be her 142nd year on the water!

This post is seasonal. All officers are contract employees for the duration of the sails and not permanent appointments.  Employed officers serve in positions that require confidentiality and are representatives of Galveston Historical Foundation while employed.

Apply email with Resume, copy of license and References to: Mark Scibinico