Westhampton Beach Historical Society: Educational & Community Outreach Coordinator / POSTED 11.16.17


WESTHAMPTON BEACH HISTORICAL SOCIETY

EDUCATIONAL AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH COORDINATOR

The WHBHS is dedicated to the history and culture of the famed resort community on Long Island’s South Fork, comprised of the villages of Eastport, Quiogue, Speonk, Remsenburg, Westhampton and Westhampton Beach, New York. The Society, founded in 1989, is now housed in two historic buildings with outbuildings that were moved from various village locations to its present site in downtown Westhampton Beach. Long an organization sustained through committed volunteer efforts, the Society wishes to hire a part time professional to lead it through the planning and implementation of its education and growth initiatives.

The mission of The Westhampton Beach Historical Society is to:

  • Collect and preserve artifacts and materials pertaining to Eastern Long Island, focusing on the Greater Westhampton area.
  • Interpret the history of the area through educational programs, exhibitions, and publications.
  • Advocate the preservation of existing historic structures and sites.
  • Facilitate historical research.

Job Description

The Education and Community Outreach Coordinator will enhance and expand the Society’s school and public programs on-site, on-line, and at other locations.

Activities: The individual hired in this role will be responsible for assisting in the planning and delivery of the following community programs:

  • Local student visits to the WHBHS campus for activities consistent with the local school history curriculum
  • Annual summer exhibits that focus on key elements of the local area history
  • Demonstrations of historical crafts at our Foster-Meeker Heritage Center on summer Saturday mornings
  • Historical re-enactments on the Westhampton Beach Village Great Lawn
  • Lectures at the Westhampton Library delivered by knowledgeable speakers
  • Facilitation of research on local history and for our oral history project.
  • Walking and house tours of local structures and historic sites

The Coordinator will also have the following administrative responsibilities:

  • Developing activity plans for each event or activity
    • Scheduling the activity, and organizing the Society’s calendar to fit the various activities
    • Contacting lecturers, craftspeople, re-enactors, teachers, and others to engage their participation
    • Developing program materials detailing the local history
    • Developing marketing brochures, posters and signage, and coordinating advertising and marketing for events.
    • Developing supplemental material for the Societies website and social media outlets
    • Overseeing fundraising activities in support of the educational activities and completing grant applications where appropriate

Candidate Requirements:

  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree preferably in Education, History, or the Humanities or a related field is required and an advanced degree preferred.
  • An enthusiasm for the history and culture of the local community and American history in general.
  • Relevant experience in a not-for-profit organization, working with Trustees and leading volunteers is preferred.
  • Strong computer skills, particularly in using Microsoft Office.
  • Skills in fundraising, and marketing.
  • Strong skills in written and verbal communication and organization.
  • Possession of an entrepreneurial spirit, including the capacity to develop innovative strategies for audience-building, and programming.
  • The candidate needs to have the ability to operate effectively both independently and in a team environment.
  • Possesses the necessary interpersonal skills for engaging people – from children to adults, and from fourth generation residents to new community members and summer residents.
  • Passion, a sense of humor, integrity, a positive attitude, and a self-directed work style.

Terms:

Compensation: $20/hour to $25/hour commensurate with experience; 16 to 20 hours per week. (two full days per week, or equivalent).

Schedule: Available to work during the week, and Saturday mornings during the summer assisting craft demonstrations.

                 Attendance at monthly Trustee meetings once a quarter

Reports to: Education Chair and Fund-raising Chair

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume by email to:

contact@whbhistorical.org

Include in the subject line: Education and Community Outreach Search

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