Job Listing: Director of Interpretation

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FRONTIER CULTURE MUSEUM - STAUNTON, VA
 
Position Closes March 14
 
The Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia is an open-air living history Museum. The Director of Interpretation recruits, hires, trains and supervises interpretation staff and collaborates with Director of Education and others to develop and implement public programs that advance the Museum’s mission, image and strategic goals. Develop and implement department operating policies and procedures within context of agency and state regulations. Lead, schedule and manage department staff with attention to individual and group performance management and professional development, including preparation of EWP’s, individual and group training plans, and annual and ongoing performance evaluations. Manage the interpretation department budget and oversee the livestock program. Participate and take leadership role as assigned in agency-wide teams, projects and special events as needed. Work with colleagues, agency Board of Trustees, the American Frontier Culture Foundation, the local community and other stakeholders as assigned.
 
The Director of Interpretation reports to the Executive Director and the position includes a full state benefits package.
 
Minimum Qualifications Professional experience (+five yrs.) in staff leadership, performance management, operational management of a multi-staff member department including internal policy and procedure development and budget management. Ability to demonstrate and train others in internal and external customer service. Knowledge and experience with standards and methods of living history interpretation and/or presentation of public programs in a cultural or educational setting. Demonstrated ability to train and mentor staff and volunteers to present public programs using best interpretative practices. Ability to organize and implement personal daily and long-term responsibilities and train others to do so. Ability to clearly communicate both orally and in writing, and consistently exhibit excellent interpersonal skills. Experienced in regular, positive, engagement and collaboration with full-time and part-time staff, other museum colleagues, Board Members, volunteers and other contacts to support the mission of the Museum. Proficiency with basic computer use and software and communication systems such as email and texting, smartphones, as well as the use of social media and other current technology.
 
Preferred Qualifications A minimum of five years leadership experience in staff supervision and operational management in a cultural institution such as a living history or other museum or similar organization, five or more years’ experience preferred as a living history interpreter or in direct to public program delivery at an outdoor museum, historic site or similar organization where interpretative and other professional best practices are followed. A bachelor’s degree or higher in public history, museum studies, education, the social sciences or related fields required. Master’s degree a plus but not required.
 
Special Requirements Ability to work comfortably both in an administrative capacity as needed as well as in an often physically challenging outdoor living history museum environment.
 
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