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The Washington State Historical Society is an inspiring place to work! Explore opportunities to join our team. You can read about our commitment to building an inclusive future here.

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.

Open positions will be posted below. If you are interested in a paid part-time or full-time position, you must apply at


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist (part time)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist

Salary: $2,143.00 – $2,815.00 Monthly
Location: Pierce County – Tacoma, WA
Job Type: Part Time – Permanent
Job Number: 2021-06826
Closing: 7/27/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

The Washington State Historical Society invites qualified and interested individuals to apply for an outstanding opportunity as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist (DEI Specialist). This is a .50 FTE position. Note:You must apply here: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist | Job Details tab | Career Pages (

The Opportunity:
The DEI Specialist is a new position at the Washington State Historical Society that will administer a new DEI grant program and support local heritage organizations across Washington in their efforts to increase inclusivity, broaden their community audiences, expand the histories they represent, and embed DEI best practices across their organizations. The new grant program will provide paid internships for emerging museum professionals at local heritage museums/organizations to work on projects that will further diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. The DEI Specialist will actively develop relationships with heritage organizations statewide to identify and assess DEI needs, assist prospective grantees with grant proposals that will be effective in furthering their DEI goals, and advise organizations on leveraging grant projects to propel future DEI work. Connecting with these organizations is central to the Society’s mission of partnering with our communities to explore how history connects us all.


Administer DEI Grant Program:

  • Establishes program priorities and desired outcomes and develops grant application and guidelines based on those priorities.
  • Evaluates program effectiveness. Makes recommendations regarding necessary changes to the program.
  • Prepares reports, recommendations and summaries of the program for senior management.
  • Manages day-to-day relationships with active and prospective grantees and student interns through email, phone, virtual meeting platforms, and written communication in a timely manner.
  • Responds to inquiries and provides technical assistance regarding the DEI grant program.
  • Coordinates the grant application process including recruitment of grantees and interns, issuing of program guidelines, reviewing applications, and pairing of student interns with selected grant proposals.
  • Develops grant contracts, amendments, and close-out files for review and approval by the Director of Heritage Outreach.
  • Initiates regular check-ins with both grantees and student interns to assess and support grant project progress and student intern learning objectives.
  • Coordinates student intern interface with other WSHS departments and staff as needed to support internship learning objectives.
  • Manages the recording of data, files, and communications for reference and potential public records requests.

Support advancement of DEI principles in the Washington State heritage sector:

  • Actively develops relationships with local and regional heritage organizations statewide to identify and assess DEI needs.
  • Develops and executes specialized training in DEI best practices for grantees and the statewide heritage sector.
  • Consults with heritage organizations on the current status and future goals of their DEI work and provides strategic leadership.
  • Assists prospective grantees in formulating grant project proposals that will be effective in furthering their DEI goals and advises heritage organizations on leveraging grant projects to propel future DEI work.
  • Navigates relationships and situations involving sensitive and complex diversity, equity, and inclusion issues with patience, tact, and diplomacy.



  • Educational/professional experience related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. (Any combination of education and experience that would provide the candidate with the knowledge and abilities to successfully perform the job responsibilities will be considered.)
  • Demonstrated skill and experience in leading DEI work and/or providing DEI training to individuals with varying degrees of competency.
  • Awareness and understanding of the national trends and issues impacting DEI work.
  • Ability to assess and navigate culturally sensitive situations, facilitate group work/discussions, and provide instruction/training on sensitive topics with skill and tact.
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills.
  • Excellent oral communication and presentation skills; demonstrated written communication skills.
  • Excellent relationship management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to work both independently and to collaborate with diverse external audiences with solution-oriented approach.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects, prioritize work, meet deadlines, and produce quality results on schedule with attention to detail.


  • Undergraduate Bachelor’s degree.
  • Three or more years of professional experience related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Professional experience in the cultural or heritage sectors.
  • Knowledge of historical society, museum, or cultural organizations in Washington State.
  • Experience with government and/or non-profit grants management.
  • Experience with basic financial management skills, including developing and monitoring budgets, financial reporting, and accounts receivable.

Supplemental Information

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment

  • Must pass background check
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
    • Some travel will be required for program recruitment, grantee/student intern relationship building, and project monitoring. Estimated 2-3 days per month.
  • Work schedule will be Monday-Wednesday 8am to 5pm, Friday 8am to 12noon. Schedule and options for telecommuting are negotiable. Incumbent is expected to adjust schedule as needed to meet business demands and deadlines.

NOTE:  Prior to any new appointment into the Washington State Historical Society 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
To be considered you must apply online at, then filter on the position title (or go to this link: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist | Job Details tab | Career Pages ( Click on APPLY in upper right of job posting. You must complete the entire online application to be considered for the position.

Required Attachments:

  • letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile, required and desired position qualifications and special position requirements.
  • Attach your Resume – please do not add it into the text of the application, it must be an attachment.
  • The names of three to five professional references – you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include with resume. Please be sure to include current contact information.

Please read the full description, details, and application instructions on the State of Washington employment website. 

On-Call Security Guard

On-Call Security Guard

Salary: $17.63 – $22.91 Hourly
Location: Pierce County – Tacoma, WA
Job Type: On-Call
Job Number: 2021-02272

These position are on-call for various shifts that include evenings and weekends.

This recruitment is open until filled. The hiring manager reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time. It is in your best interest to apply as early as possible.

The Opportunity:

Within WSHS, the security department is a vital component to the success of the organization 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 concisely, as well as ensuring that the building is free from safety hazards and correcting and/or reporting 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 private facility 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.


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


  • High School diploma or GED
  • One (1) year prior experience in security
  • CPR/First Aid and AED certification is required within 6 months of employment.

Supplemental Information:

Working conditions

  • Majority of work is inside a controlled environment building. Minor work is performed outside.
  • Hazards exist pertaining to safety/first aid responses – PPE provided.
  • May work from step ladder, be able to lift, move, or transfer up to 50 lbs on occasion.
  • Heavy customer interactions.

UNION SHOP PROVISION: 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).

To apply, 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 read the full description, details, and application instructions on the State of Washington employment website. 

Please provide the following documents:

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

See full details.


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

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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 recognized 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 (360) 407-8210 or email 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 Kathy Tarli, Human Resources Manager, at 253-798-5901 or