Greater Kent Historical Society
Application deadline: 3/24/2017

Nature of Work
This is a professional and administrative position in the management and operations of a historical museum. It requires the supervision of staff, volunteers and contractors; the management of the Museum division operation budget and the earned income budget and the facility; and the creation, development and execution of exhibits and educational programs and theme curriculum. The position is the principle staff to the GKHS Board of Directors.

Examples of Work/ Responsibilities

  • Create long-range plans for the administration of the museum, including facility improvements, capital campaign fundraising, educational programming and staffing.
  • Fosters a cooperative environment between the City of Kent and the Greater Kent Historical Society.
  • Manages the daily operations of museum facility using practices of non-profit organization management, including governmental procedures, financial management and non-profit board administration.
  • Establishes and maintain effective working relationships with members of the community, Parks Department, Historical Society, public and private organizations, school districts, and City Boards and Commissions. Deal tactfully and courteously with the public, coworkers, and other City employees, occasionally in difficult customer service situations.
  • Provides administrative support to the GKHS Board of Directors.
  • Prepares agendas and minutes for meetings and attends all regular and special Board meetings.
  • Oversees the professional care and management of the museum’s artifact, exhibits, library, photograph and document collections using knowledge of preservation, care, handling, storage and security of collections.
  • Develops exhibits for display using common hand tools; follows basic safety procedures in setting up and removing exhibits.
  • Develops creative and educational displays, exhibits, programs and curricular materials for museum, schools and visiting groups.
  • Provides tours, board retreats, service organization slide show, visits schools, and develops outreach materials.
  • Develops grant proposals and funding requests on behalf of the GKHS. Conducts an annual fundraising campaign. Produces gala fundraising events working with volunteers.
  • Plans with the GKHS Board of Directors an annual museum budget.
  • Writes and designs museum publicity pieces.
  • Uses computer programs and graphics materials, creates written materials including newsletter, historical texts, volunteer manuals, grant materials and correspondence.
  • Provides museologic/ historic technical and reference assistance to community members.
  • Recruits, trains and supervises volunteers, makes and reviews assignments, and develops the volunteer recognition program.
  • Negotiates and supervises contracts with artists, historians and scholars for public programs.
  • Creates job requirements, interviews and hire contractors, and reviews work.
  • Consults with the GKHS President regarding museum usage or an personnel problems
  • Presents monthly reports on achievements to Board of Director meetings.
  • Represents the City and the museum in a professional manner at public meetings concerning heritage including the presentation of educational presentations, workshops, lectures and technical papers.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the history of the state of Washington and the Whiter River Valley region.
  • Responds with flexibility, adaptability and on a professional level to a variety of situations and projects.
  • Works independently in the daily administration of the museum.
  • Shows initiative in performing job functions.
  • Performs related work as required.
  • Works some evenings, weekends and holidays.

Working Conditions
While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to sit, talk and hear; frequently required to work and use hands to finger, feel or handle writing utensils, computers and office supplies, occasionally required to stand and reach with hands and arms; and occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color, and peripheral vision; depth perception; and the ability to adjust focus. Employee is required to maintain professional composure and tact, patience and courtesy at all times.

Reporting Relations
Special projects, questions of policy, and unusual problems are discussed with the GKHS President. The employee supervises regular employees, volunteers and oversees contractor work.

Required Education and Experience
Master’s degree in museology, history, anthropology, archeology or related field and at least 2 years of paid museum management and operations experience; OR a Bachelor’s degree with at least 3 years of professional paid experience that provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required for successful performance in the position.

License Required
Valid state driver’s license without impending loss at time of appointment.

Other Requirements
Working evenings, weekends and holidays sometimes required.

Salary and Benefits
Starting annual salary of $40,000 plus benefits

Job Hiring Process
Letter of application, resume and request for interview sent to Tim Clark c/o Greater Kent Historical Society, 855 E Smith St. Kent WA. 98030 or e-mail to

First round of interviews at one hour intervals on Thursday, March 9 at Kent Historical Museum between 1-5 PM and on Friday, March 10, between noon and 5 PM. Special arrangements for a Saturday or weeknight interview to be negotiated. Closing date for applications is March 24. Hiring date is April 28 and job starts May 1.