Preserving the Story and Soul of the Mountain State
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June’s featured museum is the President’s Cottage Museum at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs! The Greenbrier can trace its roots back to the late 18th century when travelers began to trek “up to the springs to take the waters” to restore their health. Between 1838 and 1860 five sitting presidents visited the resort and they stayed in what was the best accommodation on the grounds at the time which is now the President’s Cottage Museum. In total, 27 presidents have stayed at the Greenbrier. The museum opened in 1932 and is dedicated to telling the story of The Greenbrier. It features two rooms of oil on canvas murals painted in 1932 by William Grauer depicting the resort’s 19th century history. Additional exhibits illustrate the history of the 20th century resort. Archives in the museum’s collection date back to the Greenbrier’s early history. The museum is open daily from 11am-5pm for resort guests.
The Southeastern Museums Conference has issued a call for proposals for their annual conference in Jackson, MS, on October 8-10, 2018. Session formats can include hands-on, debate, round-table, town meeting, marketplace, guest speaker, panel, and workshop. The proposals are due January 31, 2018. For more information and to submit a proposal, click here.
Organization: Greenbrier Historical Society
Position: Executive Director
Greenbrier Historical Society is dedicated to community enrichment through the preservation of the history and culture of the Greenbrier area and the education of the public of all ages.
- To maintain and operate a museum that will discover, collect and preserve materials pertaining to the history of, or in any manner illustrative of the Greenbrier area, and will exhibit materials of this area.
- To maintain and operate a research center which will be the depository of maps, manuscripts, iconographic and published materials of the Greenbrier area and will make these materials available to the public in order to promote historical research of the area.
- To undertake an education program which will promote and stimulate public interest in and appreciation of the history of the Greenbrier area.
- To disseminate knowledge about the Greenbrier area through the preparation, editing, and publication of historical materials descriptive and illustrative of these areas, especially through a journal and newsletter.
- To reach out to the Greenbrier community through activities and events which will enlighten the public about the history of the Greenbrier area.
Develop, plan, manage and carry-out operations of the Greenbrier Historical Society including all its buildings and functions working with and through the Board of Directors and the Committees of the Board.
Primary Position Responsibilities:
- Implement organizational goals and objectives
- Supervise employees and volunteers
- Manage daily operations and coordinate employee and volunteer schedules.
- Supervise financial coordinator in financial reporting and activities
- Oversee revenue generating activities such as fund raising, grant writing and retail sales
- Create marketing and promotional materials for operations and special events including newsletters, journal, web-site operation, and other social media.
- Coordinate with the Curator and Education Director who develops and implements educational and public outreach programs and exhibits
- Represent and promote the Society in community affairs
- Perform all related functions as needed
Activities within each area of responsibility may be carried out by support staff, Board Committees, volunteers or by the Director as is in the best interests of the Greenbrier Historical Society.
- BA, BS, or BFA or equivalent–Masters preferred.
- Experience managing Museums, Archives or other non-profit Organizations.
- Experience developing and implementing educational programs and special events
- Experience in managing staff and volunteers
- Management experience or equivalent education to include intermediate management, accounting and marketing knowledge
- Excellent verbal communication skills to include effective public speaking
- Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to compose business documents, financial reports, news releases, and marketing materials with emphasis on accuracy and proper grammar
- Knowledge of U.S. History and interest in historic preservation; Knowledge of regional history preferred
- Computer literacy requirements:
Word Processing Advanced
PastPerfect or Other Museum Software Beginner
Accounting Software Beginner
Publishing/Graphic/Web Design Advanced
- Ability to climb stairs and ladders
- Infrequent lifting up to 50 lbs.
- Standing, walking and sitting for extended amounts of time
Letters of interest and resumes should be sent to the Greenbrier Historical Society, 814 Washington Street West, Lewisburg, WV 24901. Materials will be reviewed and interviews scheduled with the most promising candidates.
Huntington Museum of Art is seeking a full-time Grant Writer to aggressively research, develop, write and submit proposals, letters, and other reports as necessary to secure grant support from foundation and government funding sources. Primary responsibilities include prospect research and preparation of original proposals, reports and project prospecti. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential, as is the ability to manage multiple projects and meet strict deadlines. The Grant Writer must work with all departments, securing all relevant information in efforts to increase contributed support and advance institutional programs and priorities. A Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required. Two years related experience required; governmental and private foundation grant writing experience is preferred. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office products and have extensive skill working with the internet. A high degree of creativity, energy and initiative is required. The position will be filled by someone who wishes to be an enthusiastic member of a team of creative individuals. Full time position with benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience. Submit a cover letter, resume (including references) and a writing sample to email@example.com. For more information about HMA, visit our website: www.hmoa.org. HMA is an equal opportunity employer.