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February 27th, 2014 - Posted in Jobs, Uncategorized

St Lawrence County Historical Association

Canton, NY

Job Description:

The St Lawrence County Historical Association, located in Canton, NY, seeks applicants for the Executive Director position who can provide strong leadership for accomplishing the Association’s work to collect, preserve, research, and interpret the history of St Lawrence County.

Founded in 1947 and permanently chartered in 1955, the St Lawrence County Historical Association has continued to grow and features excellent physical facilities. The present facilities include the Silas Wright House, originally belonging to Silas Wright, an important 19th century United States Senator and Governor of New York. The Wright House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a part of the Canton Village Park Historic District. A new “Red Barn” addition to the Silas Wright House was opened in 2001 and provides high quality environmental controls for artifact and archival collections, a new display gallery with excellent space for events, and a new archives patron area. Accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums was awarded in 1982. Additional information regarding the Association can be viewed at the website.

The Executive Director is responsible to the SLCHA Board of Trustees and reports directly to the Board.

Position Duties:

Provide dynamic leadership and administration of all day to day operations including: exhibits, programs, collections, acquisitions, preservation, research, grant proposals, and other activities of the Association
Develop and implement public relations strategies to promote St Lawrence County history and Association events and programs
Serve as representative of the Association to political Bodies, agencies, educational institutions, historical organizations, museums, and all other organizations as necessary
Serve as St Lawrence County Historian and interact with town, village, and city historians of St Lawrence County
Hire and supervise all staff
Oversee maintenance and upkeep of all properties of the Association
Oversee publication of the Association’s periodical The Quarterly, newsletter, and other publications
Oversee financial budget
Provide reports to the Association’s Board of Trustees as specified
Attend the Association’s Board of Trustees monthly meetings and as many committee meetings as possible

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in history, museum studies, or other directly relevant major to the position
Demonstrated thorough knowledge of theory and practices governing the operations of museums
Demonstrated thorough knowledge of theory and practices of archives and management of historical records
Demonstrated through knowledge of conservation/preservation of both artifact and archives collections
Demonstrated knowledge of historical research and accurate sources of historical materials and their use
Good knowledge of financial management, public relations, fund raising and advocacy techniques
Ability to supervise staff in an effective manner
Excellent organizational skills
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Familiarity and comfort with technology, especially computer word processing and spreadsheet software


Master’s degree in Public History, Museum Studies or closely related field, or equivalent long-term experience in a museum with archives setting
At least five years professional experience in a museum and archives setting
Familiarity with databases and technology relevant specifically to museum and archival collections

Salary & Benefits:

Salary range will be $35,000 to $45,000 depending on qualifications and years of experience.

How to Apply:

To be considered, applicants must submit all of the following:

a letter of application that addresses details of both the required and preferred qualifications
a vita or resume
3 letters of recommendation from 3 professional references, along with names and contact information (phone number and email address) for further questions of references from the Search Committee.
The deadline for receipt of all applicant materials is April 15, 2014. Application materials should be sent to:

James Barnes
Chair, SLCHA Search Committee
PO Box 51
Canton, NY 13617