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Career Opportunities

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

Employment

If you are interested in a paid part-time or full-time position, go to careers.wa.gov.

Open positions:

Social Media Intern - Women's Suffrage Centennial

Salary: $13.29 - $15.62 Hourly

Closing: July 25, 2018, 11:59 PM Pacific time.

Description

Washington State Historical Society is searching for a Social Media Intern to manage the social media program of the Women's Suffrage Centennial, and drive all aspects of its brand's social and audience-building strategy.

The ideal candidate will have background in History, Women and Gender Studies, Museology, or a like field and be very social media savvy.  We're looking for an individual who is an expert in community-building on key social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), and has a proven track record of audience building from the ground up, and be an agile content creator with a creative mind.

Experience with editorial writing and promoting diverse content within a brand voice is important.  Passion about and knowledge of Women's History a huge plus!
Duties
  • Drive the maintenance and growth of Women's Suffrage Centennial social media accounts.
  • Hone a consistent editorial voice across all platforms.
  • Create content autonomously and in collaboration with the Centennial Coordinator and Director of Audience Engagement.
  • Ideate and execute social media marketing campaigns, contests, and engagement strategies.
Qualifications
  • An understanding of audience growth strategies.
  • An active presence on social platforms.
  • Experience juggling multiple projects and effectively prioritizing tasks to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal, and written communication skills.
  • Experience with editorial writing with a consistent brand voice.
  • Passion about Washington State History and Women's History.
  • Knowledge of and proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and social media publishing tools.

Supplemental Information

Application Process:

Read the full description at the State of Washington's Job Opportunities website and complete the online application according to instructions. Attach to your application a letter of interest explaining how you meet the qualifications of this position, and a resume.  If you are unable to attach your resume and/or letter of interest, you may inset them into the "resume text" section of the application.
 
Include three professional references in the "references" section of the application or include them in your resume.
 
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.

Interviews are anticipated to occur the week of July 30th.

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.

Visitor Services Representative

Description
The Washington State Historical Society is hiring part time, on-call visitor services representatives for the History Museum in Tacoma. These positions are on-call and do not have a set schedule; available hours are variable, and up to 19 hours per week. 
These positions are the first point of contact of visitors, therefore responsible for the initial museum experience.  These positions are the point-of-sale for admission, membership, some parking collection, and some store sales.  These positions also support the organization by answering questions of visitors, selling admissions and informing/selling memberships and other program offerings to visitors.
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:

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


Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and experience working with Altru point-of-sale system
  • Experience working in a museum - clerical, fiscal or admission counter capacity for one year or more.

Supplemental Information

Application Process:

Read the full description at the State of Washington's Job Opportunities website and complete the online application according to instructions. Attach to your application a letter of interest explaining how you meet the qualifications of this position, and a resume.  If you are unable to attach your resume and/or letter of interest, you may inset them into the "resume text" section of the application.
 
Include three professional references in the "references" section of the application or include them in your resume.
 
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.
 
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.

Read more and apply here.   

Education Specialist

Salary: $36,528.00 - $47,532.00 annually
Job Number: 2018-06701
Closing: July 19, 2018 11:59 PM Pacific time

Description

This position serves as the program specialist at the Washington State Historical Society that manages school programs, adult education programs, and educational programs for the general museum-going public. This includes a focus on program development, conceptualization, design, scheduling, delivery, and evaluation, together with supervision of day to day activities. As an educational institution, these activities directly support the mission of the Society. Additionally, the organizational mission is supported by this position's directive to partner with community organizations to develop educational programming that is appropriate for our audiences.

Duties

Develops and implements educational programs for preK-12 students and teachers.

  • Develop educational programs that demonstrate current museum best practices while also supporting student attainment of federal, state, and local educational standards, including Common Core and C3 standards.
  • Develop programmatic learning and experiential outcomes for educational programs, identify target audiences, and evaluate success of implemented programs using formal and informal evaluation methods.
  • Manage student field trip programs including development of promotional materials, maintaining supplies, overseeing scheduling of groups, and orienting groups when on site.
  • Research and develop supporting materials for educational programs including worksheets, curriculum guides, inquiry design models, volunteer training guides, and other materials as needed to support and advance programs  .
  • Promote the Society's educational programs through outreach to teachers, participation at conferences, and additional outreach opportunities.

Develops and implements educational programs for adults.

  • In partnership with the Lead Programs Manager and Director of Audience Engagement, develop and implement an adult learning strategy that aligns with current best practices and advances the Society's strategic plan.
  • Develop, design, present and/or contract with others to present new and innovative museum education experiences to engage established audiences and build new audiences.
  • Support and collaboratively develop revenue-generating adult programs and special events that incorporate educational experiences.
  • Initiate and maintain local, regional and statewide collaborations and partnerships that support WSHS programming and raise the profile of WSHS in the community.

Develops seasonal and specialized programs for youth, adults and families.

  • Develop, present, and/or coordinate seasonal and specialized programs such as summer camps, family workshops, gallery tours, or off-site programs.
  • Develop and design collateral materials to encourage learning within the museum's informal setting.
  • Support the development of digital resources that encourage learning within the museum's informal setting.

Work collaboratively with other team members to meet administrative needs and advance the work of the Society

  • Work with other museum staff to  promote the museum's programs, events, and exhibitions
  • Develop and manage budgets for educational programs
  • Assist the Development Department with program specific fundraising initiatives
  • Participate in cross-functional teams, projects and initiatives as appropriate
  • Stay current and actively engage in the larger field of museum education through pursuit of professional development opportunities and participation in professional affiliations.
Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in education, museum studies, history, or other related field
  • 1-2 years informal learning environment or classroom teaching experience
  • Minimum two years' experience in museum education and/or related field.
  • Strong working knowledge of museum education standards, theories, and practices, along with Pre-K through high school learning and teaching strategies (pedagogy and theory), curriculum, and standards.
  • Well-honed project management, program evaluation, organizational skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as customer service skills.
  • Ability to read, understand, and complete written and verbal requests and work assignments and to follow standard operating procedures.
  • Capable of balancing strategic thinking and planning with ongoing program implementation and day-to-day administrative duties
  • Must be able to work collaboratively and proactively with diverse colleagues, collaborators and audiences. Ability to communicate effectively with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds.
  • Dependability, flexibility, and adaptability in a dynamic event-driven environment
  • Computer literacy with proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Publisher, Power Point)
  • Ability to successfully handle several projects simultaneously and meet multiple deadlines

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in education, museum studies, history, or other related field
  • 3-5 years informal learning environment or classroom teaching experience
  • 2+ years' experience as an educator in a museum setting
  • Understanding of federal and state educational standards including C3 Framework as well as GLEs
  • Knowledge of Washington History and educational strategies to activate museum exhibitions.
  • Managerial experience, excellent writing skills.
  • Experience supervising inquiry-based tours and training docents/educators of varied ages.
  • Demonstrated ability in object-based teaching and knowledge of diverse learning styles.
  • Experience in budgeting and planning
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Adobe Design Suites including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
  • Previous experience in using social media platforms to promote programming

Supplemental Information

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.
 
Application Process:

Read the full description at the State of Washington's Job Opportunities website and complete the online application according to instructions. Attach to your application a letter of interest explaining how you meet the qualifications of this position and a resume.  If you are unable to attach your resume and/or letter of interest, you may inset them into the "resume text" section of the application.
 
Include three professional references in the "references" section of the application or include them in your resume.
 
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.
 
Interviews are anticipated to occur August 1-2, 2018.

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.