Historic Site CoordinatorNational Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Dubuque, IA dubuque, IA
The Dubuque County Historical Society operates the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, National Rivers Hall of Fame, the Mathias Ham House Historical Site, and the Dubuque Guide Service. The Museum & Aquarium serves over 200,000 people a year, including several thousand more each year at its historic sites and tours, telling the story of the Mississippi River and the History of the Dubuque and Tri-state area.
Greater than 90 full and part time employees and over 500 volunteers.
The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (NMRMA) is seeking a Historic Site Coordinator for the Mathias Ham House property located in Dubuque, Iowa. The Ham House was constructed by one of Dubuque’s earliest entrepreneurs; Ham built his estate in 1856 with money from his successful lead mining endeavors. Inside the home, elegant American and European furnishings exemplify the opulent Victorian lifestyle of a booming river town during the Antebellum period. Also on the property you will find Iowa’s oldest building, an 1833 settler’s log cabin, an authentic one-room schoolhouse, and a lead mine and “badger hole” (a lead miner’s dwelling).
This position coordinates the daily operations of the Ham House by (1) scheduling, training, and supervising a team of seasonal tour guides; (2) overseeing ticketing and retail sales, reconciling cash registers, and making bank deposits; and (3) ensuring the maintenance of the site’s exhibits, programming, and public areas. During the winter months, the Site Coordinator will prepare for future programs and assist the education department on the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium campus.
This position reports to the Director of Education and collaborates with all DCHS departments to achieve desired development, curatorial, education, operations, and marketing goals.
Education: Maintain the NMRMA’s high standards in providing accurate and engaging information. Present hands-on historic programs and lead guided interpretive house tours. Ensure the house team is helpful, knowledgeable, technically adept at guiding tours, able to discuss all aspects of current site programming, and able to deliver future educational programming designed by the Education Department. Provide daily leadership, supervision, consistent communication, and ongoing trainings. Participate in vision planning for the Mathias Ham Historic Site and the Education Department of the NMRMA.
Message Development: Enhance the interpretive messages established for the Ham House and its grounds, including the log cabin, schoolhouse, and lead mine. Update and create information packets using reputable sources for the team to reference.
Operations: Monitor and help with site maintenance. Keep accurate records, maintain security of funds, report attendance and revenue consistently, and ensure compliance to all policies and procedures for the historic site including but not limited to opening and closing duties.
Events: Develop, implement, and evaluate new public programs and events at the Ham House while maintaining current program offerings (Pioneer Days, 4th of July Celebration, and Christmas at the Ham House).
Curatorial: Monitor exhibits in the house and obtain prior approval from or liaise with the DCHS Curatorial Department for any work that affects the historic property or artifacts.
Marketing: Assist with the advancement of public relations efforts for the Ham House site by coordinating with Director of Education and the Sales and Marketing Department to promote Ham House events, programs, and school groups. Keep the Marketing Director apprised of all media coverage on the Ham House grounds while representing the NMRMA in a professional courteous manner at all times.
Development: Assist with grant writing and sponsorship proposals to improve historic programming hosted at the Ham House property.
This position requires a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) in history, education, historic site management, museum studies, or a related field. Additional experience managing operations and/or overseeing staff is desirable.
Applicants must submit a completed National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium Application for Employment (found at http://www.rivermuseum.com/apply) along with a cover letter and resume to:
Mark D. Wagner, Director of Education
Dubuque County Historical Society
350 East 3rd Street
Dubuque, IA 52001
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