Manager of Youth and Family Programs

Greenwich Historical Society is seeking an outgoing, experienced educator to lead our Youth and Family Programs.

The successful candidate will oversee school tours, direct the four-week Historic Innovation Summer Camp, and oversee key family programs throughout the year.

Responsibilities include scheduling tours, maintaining good relationships with local teachers, creating camp curriculum and providing training for camp staff, and evaluating school tours and docents annually.

The Manager of Youth and Family Programs will have an active role in the evaluation and development of our current youth programs. This position is an integral part of the Education Department and the successful candidate must be a self-motivated team player.

This is an hourly, part-time, four-days-a-week (30 hrs) job with some required nights and weekends; but it will be temporarily full-time to accommodate the additional hours required to run the Historic Innovation Summer Camp. This position is eligible for part-time health and retirement benefits, and vacation and holiday pay.

Position Requirements:
  • MA in History preferred; MA in Art History, Museum Studies, Education or MFA will also be considered
  • At least two years teaching in a K-12 classroom or in a cultural institution
  • A strong interest in history and art
  • Experience developing curricula for hands-on and inquiry-based lessons
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Summer camp and event planning a plus

This position reports to the Director of Education.

Please send a resume and one-page covered letter addressing your teaching philosophy and experience to agreco@greenwichhistory.org. Please put Manager of Youth and Family Program in the subject line.

Public Historian

Part-time, 7.5 hours/week ($27/hour) beginning early 2019

The Public Historian will play an important role in supporting the preservation efforts of the Greenwich Historical Society by supporting the work of the Landmark Recognition Program and Greenwich Preservation Network. You will help share the stories of the people and places of Greenwich through research assistance, writing and public presentations.

  • Provide support to Greenwich Landmark Recognition chairperson and committee in selecting candidate sites, researching homes/structures, locating and scanning historic photographs, organizing tours and annual event.
  • Provide support to Greenwich Preservation Network chairperson with administrative details and research needs.
  • Perform research on a variety of topics, particularly regarding the ownership and architectural history of private and public structures in response to research requests.
  • Lead walking tours of local neighborhoods, make presentations to local community organizations.
  • Write content for website, social media, local media, newsletter, etc.
  • Work closely with volunteer committees as needed.

You have a degree in Public History or related field and have a minimum of 2 years of experience working with historical collections and issues related to historic preservation.

You are:

  • Excited and comfortable working with the public to explore local history.
  • An excellent writer, researcher and communicator.
  • Able to work independently on projects as required and collaboratively with staff to achieve organizational goals.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Have experience scanning photographs and performing basic image editing tasks using Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop.

To apply:

Send cover letter and resume to Christopher Shields, Curator of Library and Archives. Applications accepted through January 21, 2019.

Background on the Greenwich Landmark Recognition Program and the Preservation Network

The Greenwich Landmark Recognition program promotes the importance of historically or culturally significant structures in town by researching and documenting their history of ownership and noting their most important attributes. All research is made publically available in the Library and Archives. Several structures are selected and recognized each year in this voluntary program with an annual recognition event scheduled each spring. Since the program’s inception in 1987, over 300 local structures have been recognized and documented.

The aim of the Greenwich Preservation Network is to outline potential economic and governmental incentives for preservation of historic and architecturally significant structures–residential, commercial and institutional–and to publicize and develop programs to educate the community on local resources.

Archival Processing Intern

Paid internship beginning in January 2019

Position Description

The Archival Processing Intern will work under the direction of the Curator of Library and Archives on processing and description of one or more archival collections. This will include arranging and re-housing collection material in appropriate enclosures.  The intern will perform research as necessary to create scope and content notes, develop finding aid(s) to provide intellectual access to collections and may prepare collection inventories and content lists for use by staff and researchers. Digitization (scanning) of selected collection items and application of metadata to digital images may be required. Collection information will be recorded by the intern in an ArchivesSpace database.

This is a paid internship ($18/hour) with a duration of 175–180 hours. Internship will begin in January 2019. Weekly work schedule (Monday through Friday) is flexible based on academic commitments.

Required Qualifications

  • Must be currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program pursuing a degree in library and information science, archival studies/administration, museum studies or a related field
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs (Excel and Word). Experience with ArchivesSpace collection management software a plus
  • Experience using a flatbed scanner and performing basic imaging processing
  • Familiarity with primary sources and experience working with and researching in archives
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential
  • Good organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to work independently after initial training
  • Ability to climb ladders, bend and stoop to access and move collection enclosures and lift archival boxes weighting up to 40 lbs

To apply

Please send resume, letter of interest and contact information for three references to Christopher Shields, Curator of Library and Archives at cshields@greenwichhistory.org.

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About the Greenwich Historical Society

Founded in 1931 to collect and chronicle the unique and important history of Greenwich, Connecticut, the Greenwich Historical Society preserves and interprets the circa 1730 National Historic Landmark Bush-Holley House Museum, maintains primary research materials in an extensive research library and archives, mounts exhibitions, leads educational programs, and presents a full calendar of lectures, events, and family programs.

The Greenwich Historical Society is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is part of the Historic Artists Homes and Studios and the Connecticut Art Trail.

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