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There are several ways in which you can join the Washington State Historical Society's team.

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Washington State Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protected veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources Office at (360) 407-8210 or email jobs@des.wa.gov.  Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.
 
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted.  Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.
If you are interested in a paid part-time or full-time position, go to careers.wa.gov.
 

Washington State Historical Society is recruiting for the following positions:

Human Resources Manager (HRC4)

Description below. To apply you must go to: 
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/2730645/human-resources-manager-hrc4?keywords=Historical%20Society&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs
 
Salary: $4,829.00 - $6,344.00 Monthly
Location: Pierce County – Tacoma, WA
Job Type: Full Time - Permanent
Job Number: 2020-02199
Closing: 3/23/2020 11:59 PM Pacific
Who we are looking for:
Someone that is well rounded, engaged, and ready to join the team as a strategic HR Manager. You are able to listen and address the concerns of others, building trust and credibility as an HR expert. You have a strong broad-based consulting background with knowledge and tools readily available to address complex issues. You are able to learn and understand the organization's operations, functions and environment so that you can apply HR tools, solutions, and guidance that meet the changing needs of our customers. You are able to listen and address the concerns of others, building trust and credibility.  You are able to build and maintain relationships as an effective team member and consultant and you support an organizational culture that values diversity and promotes inclusion.

Why you would want this job:
In addition to our comprehensive benefits package, we can offer you the opportunity to build your career path in human resources in the wonderful world of history and culture.  You will enjoy the wide range of personnel duties that change every day and won't get bored.
 
We're not a typical state office building.  You will work at the Washington State History Museum located in the heart of Tacoma's Museum District. Your office features a wall of windows to enjoy natural lighting and great scenery to include the Museum of Glass, the harbor, and on clear days, Mt. Rainier.  You will work with vibrant staff that have fun and a passion for sharing the history of Washington with our visitors. Our team works hard but also enjoys regular potlucks, "blue Fridays" and holiday celebrations.
 
We also offer:
  • FREE Parking (to include personal weekend fun)
  • Flexible hours
  • Work life balance
If you find the challenges of our business partners exciting, engaging and, even fun--Please apply!
 
A little about us:
Founded in 1891 and now into its second century of service, the Washington State Historical Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and vividly presenting Washington's rich and storied history.
 
Our mission is to partner with our communities to explore how history connects us all. Our vision is to be the recognized destination for Washington State history. We will achieve this by serving as our state's primary history educator, making history relevant to our modern lives, and supporting civic dialogue where all are welcome.
 
The Society serves individuals and organizations statewide through publications, outreach programs, and online services. However, the majority of the Society's interactions with the public occur at the Washington State History Museum, located in Tacoma, Washington. The Museum served more than 83,000 people last year, including more than 15,000 K-12 school children visiting the museum on a field trip.  Furthermore, nearly 13,000 people visited the museum free of charge through a variety of access programs. 
 
But we are much more than a regional museum. We continually ask ourselves how we can better serve Washingtonians across our state. Our Heritage Capital Projects grant program distributes up to $10M per biennium to fund public heritage, history interpretation, and historic preservation projects across the state. Our popular public history magazine COLUMBIA is enjoyed by readers of all ages. And our collections at our Research Center are a resource to history scholars and researchers from across the state and throughout the nation.
 
The Washington State Historical Society is a dynamic place to work, with a dedicated staff continuously expanding our impact, by connecting with communities across the Evergreen State through exhibitions, heritage projects, workshops, public programs, publications, and conversations. Our goal is to bring history into focus in such a way that the reader, visitor, or participant cannot help but feel deeply connected to the people and events of the past.

We have a strong commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility and are looking for team members who have a passion for professionalism and serving the public, and a desire to contribute to a positive work culture.

 

Duties


Some of what you will enjoy doing includes:

  • Provide expert level consultation to supervisors and managers in the areas of classification, compensation, recruitment, equal opportunity and affirmative action, family medical leave/shared leave, reasonable accommodation, collective bargaining, performance management, investigations and discipline.
  • Conduct ongoing recruitment functions including but not limited to posting announcements, screening and referring applicants, scheduling and participating on interview panels, making offers, and maintaining recruitment records.
  • Create and manage a robust onboarding and off boarding program.
  • Develop recruitment practices that incorporate and cultivate diversity and inclusion best practices.
  • Data processing associated with hiring/separations, employee information, status and pay changes, date changes, org key changes, FMLA, etc.
  • Conduct and coordinate investigations.
  • Represent the agency in hearings and meetings, including employee grievances, disciplinary, Personnel Resources Board and unemployment compensation.
  • Assist in the management of employee performance by analyzing problems and providing strategic plans and tactical responses to address issues.
  • Serve as primary contact for OFM Labor Relations staff and WFSE representatives at the agency. coordinating with agency management, union staff and Labor Relations Office in mediation conferences, hearings, appeals, and settlement discussions.
  • Research and provide advice and interpretation to agency staff and management regarding Collective Bargaining Agreement, WAC, other state and federal rules and laws and policies and procedures, exercising sound judgment and offering legally defensible courses of action.
  • Develop and present training on Human Resources information and issues to staff and volunteers.

 

Qualifications


REQUIRED:

  • State Government experience in an HR role
  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible broad based professional human resource experience
  • Two (2) years of senior level experience interpreting and applying rules, laws and policies and consulting on the same
  • Excellent communication and conflict resolutions skills; communicate complex concepts, both orally and in writing, in a manner that is understandable, persuasive and appropriate for the audience; demonstrate crucial conversation skills.
  • Ability to interact and maintain positive professional relationships with managers, supervisors, employees, and other stakeholders such as a union.
  • Experience writing letters related to corrective and disciplinary action, hearing grievances, and writing grievance responses.
  • Experience with Washington State Human Resource Management System (HRMS)
  • Experience with recruitment and selection using NeoGov

PREFERRED:
  • At least two (2) years of experience in at least 3 of the following: recruitment, performance management, disciplinary action, collective bargaining agreements, classification and compensation, investigations, writing policies, developing training materials.
  • Knowledge of RCWs, WACs and Federal Laws, labor relations and collective bargaining agreements and grievance procedures.
  • Experience conducting personnel investigations.

Supplemental Information


Go to this link to apply for the position: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/2730645/human-resources-manager-hrc4?keywords=Historical%20Society&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

Please attach the following documents in order to be considered, failure to do so may result in you not being considered for the position:

  • letter of interest that shows your personality and voice to describe why you are the successful candidate and how you meet the specific qualifications for this position
  • Current resume, detailing experience, and education.

Please Note:  You will want to ensure you have a current list of at least three (3) professional references with current contact information attached or available to provide at the time of interview.

NOTE:  Prior to new appointment, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted.  Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment, but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

By submitting these materials, you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed.
 
Washington State Historical Society celebrates our differences and we are committed to a workplace that supports equal opportunity employment and inclusion regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We will also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws.

You are welcome to include the name and pronoun you would like to be referred to in your materials and we will honor this as you interact with our organization.
 
Should you have any questions regarding this position or the online application, contact Angie Anderson at (360) 407-8446 or jobs@des.wa.gov.

Membership and Annual Fund Specialist (Program Specialist 2)  

Description below. To apply you must go to: 
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/2729760/membership-and-annual-fund-specialist-program-specialist-2?keywords=membership%20and%20annual%20fund&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs
 
Salary: $3,198.00 - $4,161.00 monthly
Location: Pierce County – Tacoma, WA
Job Type: Full Time - Permanent
Job Number: 2020-02088
Closing: 3/19/2020
Application review will begin the week of March 9, 2020.
The hiring manager reserves a right to make a hiring decision at any time, so it will be in your best interest to apply as soon as possible.
Founded in 1896, the Washington State Historical Society is a trustee agency of the State of Washington. Our mission is to partner with our communities to explore how history connects us all.  The collections of the Society are housed in the original 1911 museum building and are comprised of approximately 83,000 artifacts, 600,000 photographs, 65,000 pieces of ephemera, and over 8 million documents. These collections span over 13,000 years of Washington state history and range from Clovis points found in a Wenatchee orchard, to Governor Isaac Stevens' buckskin coat, to pussy hats knitted for the Women's March in 2017.
As a key member of the Philanthropy team you will be responsible for coordinating the Society's Membership program and contributing to the success of the department. You will support annual development goals, the purpose of which is to fund the exhibits, educational and academic programming, events, and general administrative costs required to accomplish he Historical Society's mission. You also will be responsible for managing the departmental database (Altru), recording all donations and processing recognition of gifts that support the operations of the Washington State Historical Society.
Who we are looking for:
We are looking for someone that has development experience in membership/annual fund programs.  You will be responsible for updating the database and gift processing for the department, so will need to have some tech-savvy to analyze data trends, have the ability to troubleshoot and fix issues, and enter and maintain extensive mailing lists.
 
You will be key in helping to enrich and grow our membership and donor base and sharing our mission of protecting Washington's treasures and connecting communities.  You have attention to detail and are a critical thinker, and an eye for sales is a bonus.  Because we are constantly building and maintaining memberships, you will need to be comfortable talking to people and cultivating relationships.  Your welcoming and inviting personality will be significant in creating and stewarding these relationships.
 
Why you would want this job:
In addition to our comprehensive benefits package, we can offer you a lovely opportunity to build your career path in development and the arts.  You will learn and grow skills from experienced workers, bring in new ideas, work in a collaborative environment, and help our department thrive.
 
We're not a typical state office building.  You will work in a beautiful office in the heart of Tacoma's Museum District with walls of windows to enjoy natural lighting and great scenery to include the Museum of Glass, the harbor, and on clear days, Mt. Rainier.  You will work with vibrant staff that has fun and a passion for arts and history.
We also offer:
  • On site Parking (to include personal weekend fun)
  • Exposure to a diverse array of programs, traveling exhibitions, and cultural experiences
  • Flexible hours
  • Work life balance
  • Anchor in the museum district
If this sounds like the career path to build, please apply!

Duties

Some of what you will enjoy doing will include:

  • Serve as coordinator of the WSHS Membership program; Implements best strategies in stewardship, renewal and upgrading of current members; acquiring new members and visitor conversion; provide excellent support and stewardship to encourage annual fund gifts from members. Monitor and produce reports for departmental review.
  • Serve as primary representative of Membership program on a daily basis and during exhibition openings, community and member events.  Collaboratively develop member engagement and stewardship strategies.
  • Produce and process membership fulfillment mailings (merging, printing, and mailing) and ensure that they are sent out in a timely manner.
  • Work collaboratively to develop plans for print/digital collateral that drives integrated mail, on-line and app based campaigns to acquire, upgrade, steward and renew members and donors.
  • Regularly assess and provide feedback on the effectiveness of current membership program services, benefits, and policies, relating to retention and acquisition of members.
  • Develop membership point-of-sale training for admissions staff.
  • Provide other coordinating support for logistics, planning, and processing tasks.
  • In collaboration, coordinate an Annual Giving program across direct mail, email, phone, giving days, and social media.
  • Provide support for Annual Giving communications, including writing, editing, and oversight related to direct mail, email, phone, giving days, stewardship, and impact reports.
  • Monitor and track all appeal and stewardship communications results and routinely provide summary and detail reports and analysis.
  • Produce departmental prospect research, income, and donor reports.
  • Steward a small portfolio of annual fund donors ($500 and under) and help them move through the donor commitment continuum. 
  • Process Membership and Donations. Including; gift entry process, batching gifts, preparing deposits, gift acknowledgement, donor benefits and membership packet fulfillment.
  • Coordinate cash handling and reconciliation.
  • Record donor pledges, maintain pledge files, track outstanding pledges, and produce pledge reminders to donors as well as pledge reports to Philanthropy and Finance Directors.
  • Generate reports to track departmental results.
  • Track success of annual giving and membership campaigns, and overall retention and growth. Monitors progress towards departmental revenue goal and provides reports for senior management.
  • Maintain accurate donation and membership records (hard copy and database). Continually update and correct database records.
  • Run queries and reports for departmental prospect research, tracking and use planning purposes. Maintain oversight of Altru membership and donor database. Update and maintain donor and member records.
  • Segment database, coordinate vendor processing large volumes of bulk mail, or print and process mail in-house.

For a detailed list of duties, see the full job description at this link: 

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/2729760/membership-and-annual-fund-specialist-program-specialist-2?keywords=membership%20and%20annual%20fund&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

Qualifications

REQUIRED:

  • Three (3) or more years of experience in professional fundraising with demonstrated success.
  • Demonstrated donor/fundraising database experience.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal, with ability to adapt writing to a variety of platforms and audiences.
  • Familiarity with, and ability to articulate best practices in member based organizations and non-profit fundraising.
  • Ability to develop strategies and plans that integrate into the organization's mission, priorities and goals both independently and within a team.
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills and an ability to communicate successfully in writing, by phone or in person.
  • Proven ability to work professionally, collegially and effectively with donors or other constituents, colleagues and the general public.
  • Commitment to providing quality customer service and ability to maintain confidences and protect confidential information.
  • Ability to plan, organize, implement, and manage multiple priorities and projects.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Demonstrated familiarity with nonprofit development, including report writing, prospect management, gift processing and donor stewardship.
  • Able to work under pressure of deadlines and funding goals.
  • Availability to work occasional nights and weekends.


PREFERRED:

  • Proficiency in Altru database.
  • Digital design skills
  • 3+ years managing a membership and/or annual fund program
  • Proficiency with Mail Chimp.

Supplemental Information

Apply at this link: 
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/2729760/membership-and-annual-fund-specialist-program-specialist-2?keywords=membership%20and%20annual%20fund&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

Please attach the following documents in order to be considered, failure to do so may result in you not being considered for the position:

  • letter of interest that shows your personality and voice to describe why you are the successful candidate and how you meet the specific qualifications for this position

You will want to ensure you have a current list of at least three (3) professional references with current contact information attached or available to provide at the time of interview.
 
NOTE:  This position is in a bargaining unit and falls under the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the state of Washington and the Washington Federation for State Employees (WFSE).

By submitting these materials, you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed.
 
Washington State Historical Society celebrates our differences and we are committed to a workplace that supports equal opportunity employment and inclusion regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We will also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws.
 
You are welcome to include the name and pronoun you would like to be referred to in your materials and we will honor this as you interact with our organization.
Please carefully follow the above instructions.  We are looking for evidence in your application materials that you have the education, experience, skills, and abilities indicated in this job posting, so be sure to attach or insert your letter of interest and resume.  The information you provide will be used as a basis for deciding who will be selected for the next step in the process.  An incomplete application packet may automatically be disqualified.
 
It is recommended you apply early as first review of applications will be January 27th with anticipated first round of interviews the week of February 3rd.

WSHS reserves the right to make an appointment at any time during the open continuous posting period.
Should you have any questions regarding this position or the online application, contact Angie Anderson at (360) 407-8446 or jobs@des.wa.gov.

Security Guard (On Call) - 

Salary:  $17.11 - $22.25 Hourly
Location: Pierce County – Tacoma, WA
Job Type: On call
Job Number: 2019-11144
Closing: 11/21/2019 11:59 PM Pacific

The security department is a vital component to the success of WSHS by providing superior front-line customer service to visitors, safety and security of the buildings, its contents and occupants. Security officers will ensure that a detailed account of safety and security tasks are recorded accurately, timely, and concise, as well as ensure that the building is free from safety hazards and correct and/or report any deficiencies for action.
 
NOTE: These positions are on-call (as needed) to cover shifts primarily for planned absences of day shift staff and/or to provide security during programs or rental events.  Please do not apply unless you are available to work these shifts. These positions will remain on-call and will not become permanent.


Duties

  • Observe and report safety and security matters
  • Monitor and control access to museum premises
  • Assist with marketing parking database, rental event logistics, and facility rental tours
  • Perform custodial & grounds work, when necessary

Qualifications

  • High School diploma or GED
  • One (1) year prior experience in security

Note: CPR/First Aid and AED certification is required within 6 months of employment.
 

Supplemental Information

Please carefully follow the below instructions:
We are looking for evidence in your application materials that you have the education, experience, skills, and abilities indicated in this job posting. The information you provide will be used as a basis for deciding who will be selected for the next step in the process. An incomplete application packet may automatically be disqualified. 

Please provide the following documents:

  1. letter of interest to describe why you are the best candidate and how you meet the specific qualifications for this position;
  2. A current resume, detailing experience, and education

To apply, complete the application at this link: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/2625485/security-guard-on-call?keywords=historical&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

Visitor Services Representative (On Call) - 

Salary: $14.00 - $17.94 Hourly
Location: Pierce County – Tacoma, WA
Job Type: On call
Job Number: 2019-11150
Closing: 11/21/2019 11:59 PM Pacific

The Visitor Services Representative is the first point of contact for visitors, therefore responsible for the initial museum experience.  This position is the point-of-sale for admission, membership, some parking collection, and some sales.  This position also supports the organization by answering questions of visitors and informing/selling memberships and other program offerings to visitors.

NOTE: These positions are on-call (as needed) to cover shifts primarily for planned absences of day shift staff and/or to work evening programs or events.  Please do not apply if you are looking for full-time or scheduled part-time work.

Duties

Admission and Membership Sales

  • Greet visitors with a positive customer service attitude
  • Transact admission and membership sales utilizing the Altru point-of-sale system
  • Provide overview of rules while visiting the museum and answer questions
Clerical Functions
  • Perform clerical functions in the absence of other work or other staff, such as answering phones or preparing information packets and other duties as assigned

Qualifications

Required Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities:

  • High school graduate or equivalent and one (1) year of clerical experience
  • Ability to sit and stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to handle cash
  • Ability to multi-task such as engaging visitors in friendly conversation while processing point of sale transaction
  • Ability to provide accurate information about museum exhibits, events and programs, admissions and parking rates, etc
  • Ability to compose, send, and respond to electronic email

Desired Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge and experience working with Altru point-of-sale system
  • Experience working in a museum (clerical, fiscal or admission counter capacity) for one (1) year or mor

Supplemental Information

Please carefully follow the below instructions:
We are looking for evidence in your application materials that you have the education, experience, skills, and abilities indicated in this job posting. The information you provide will be used as a basis for deciding who will be selected for the next step in the process.  An incomplete application packet may automatically be disqualified. 

Please provide the following documents:

  1. letter of interest to describe why you are the best candidate and how you meet the specific qualifications for this position
  2. A current resume, detailing experience, and education
  3. Include three (3) professional references in the "references" section of the application or include them in your resume

To apply, complete the application at this
|link: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/2625619/visitor-services-representative-on-call?keywords=historical&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

Internships

Students interested in obtaining an internship must complete the Internship Inquiry.  

Washington State Employment

For other Washington State employment opportunities, go to careers.wa.gov. 

Agency Information

The Washington State Historical Society is a non-profit 501(c)3 membership organization, open to any and all individuals, families, or firms. The Historical Society is also recongnized in statute (RCW 27.34) as a trustee agency of the State of Washington with enumerated powers.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Washington State Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protected veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources Office at (253) 798-5901. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.

For more information, contact Misty Reese, Chief Administrative Officer, at 253-798-5901 or misty.reese@wshs.wa.gov.

Founded in 1896, the Washington State Historical Society is a trustee agency of the State of Washington. Our mission is to partner with our communities to explore how history connects us all.  The collections of the Society are housed in the original 1911 museum building and are comprised of approximately 83,000 artifacts, 600,000 photographs, 65,000 pieces of ephemera, and over 8 million documents. These collections span over 13,000 years of Washington state history and range from Clovis points found in a Wenatchee orchard, to Governor Isaac Stevens' buckskin coat, to pussy hats knitted for the Women's March in 2017.
 
The Head of Collections will provide strategic vision for the department, leadership of the five person departmental team, and collaborative partnership with the Society's volunteers, stakeholders, and customers.
 
A top priority for the Society moving forward is increased public access to its vast collections through digitization, exhibition, publication, and community outreach. The Head of Collections will need to develop strategies for supporting this public access mission. Other opportunities include expanding the diversity of communities represented in the collection, development of an active collecting strategy, and fully transitioning the Society's collections to the digital age.