Do you have a passion for history–especially maritime history, love working with museum exhibits and collections, and enjoy managing complex operations? If so, the Bureau of Historic Sites and Museums (BHSM) of the PA Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is looking for an experienced director to manage the Erie Maritime Museum and US Brig/Flagship Niagara in Erie County, PA.
DESCRIPTION OF WORK:
As Site Administrator for the Erie Maritime Museum (EMM)/Flagship Niagara, you will play a crucial role in the management and interpretation of this important Commonwealth resource.
Generally, the site administrator manages all aspects of the operation and development of the EMM/Niagara. The administrator plans, directs, monitors, and supervises all facets of day-to-day operations. Responsibilities include maintenance of buildings and grounds, personnel management, financial management, security, collections care and management, exhibits, programs, interpretation, educational programming, accreditation, various types of planning, recruitment and training of volunteers, fundraising, identifying and developing community partners, marketing, development of the Associate group, implementation of Commonwealth and PHMC policies and procedures, and promotion of the site locally, regionally and nationally.
The administrator serves as PHMC liaison with the Flagship Niagara League, the site’s 501-c-3 support group. The League adds approximately $2mil in annual assistance to site operations and holds a management agreement with PHMC to operate and maintain the Niagara. The Site Administrator assists the League in annual planning, submission of the Associates Agreement, and timely reporting to the Bureau office. The Administrator provides oversight of the sail training program on behalf of the PHMC to ensure it remains in compliance with all State and Federal requirements. The Administrator provides appropriate non-profit management expertise and advice to the League to ensure compliance with the Associate Agreement. Additionally, the Administrator serves as PHMC liaison to the community, organizations, institutions, and individuals.
The Erie Maritime Museum serves over 50,000 visitors annually with a busy schedule of public programming. The Niagara travels during the summer sailing season to ports around Lake Erie, and the Lettie G. Howard offers day sails to visitors.
- Communicate clearly and effectively, orally and in writing
- Maintain effective working relationships
- Represent agency at public events
- Read and interpret written material
- Organize and direct public events
- Participate in discussions and meetings
- Assess and evaluate information
- Interpret and apply policies and procedures
- Travel as required
- Examine structures, grounds and artifacts
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, TRAINING & ELIGIBILITY
-One year as a Museum and Historic Site Administrator 1; or
-Three years of professional museum educational or curatorial experience including one year of supervisory experience and a bachelor’s degree in history, American studies, museum studies, or a closely related field; or -Two years of professional museum educational or curatorial experience including one year of supervisory experience and a master’s degree in history, American studies, museum studies, or a closely related field.