Director and Curator of the Lewes Historical Society
The Lewes Historical Society is seeking a dynamic, experienced and innovative Director and Curator who
will lead the Society while working collaboratively with a dedicated Board of Trustees, a highly
motivated full and part-time staff of fourteen, volunteers and diverse community and regional affiliates.
As the senior executive staff member, the Director will report to the Executive Committee of the Board
of Trustees and work with the board as a whole to ensure that the Society’s mission and its operational
goals are achieved.
The role of the Director is to provide executive leadership and management of the Lewes Historical
Society and its city-wide facilities, to develop continuing sources of revenue to allow the Society to
achieve its mission, and to oversee the curation of the documents and artifacts in the Society’s archival
Collection. In this role, the Director serves as emissary and brand ambassador for the Society and
engages the greater Lewes community to promote the history of Lewes and the Delmarva region.
Duties and Responsibilities.
Provides leadership and program management direction for the Society.
Develops and enhances relationships with national, regional, state and local
professional, cultural, educational and governmental institutions
Oversees the financial stability of the Society
Positions the Society as a leader among historical societies, small museums, and
Promotes the history of Lewes and the Delmarva region.
Research Interest in Delmarva and or the Mid-Atlantic region and its history a plus
In coordination with the Development Director, creates and implements short-and-long-
term strategies for donor bequests, grants and other financial support.
Oversees the Society’s marketing and event planning activities.
Serves as the point person for soliciting private financial support for the Society’s
programs, activities and city-wide facilities.
Serves as liaison to Lewes City, Sussex County and Delaware state government and
elected officials for purposes of continuing grant and budget support as well as regional
Promotes the Society’s archival Collection and consistently seeks ways to enhance it and
make it more accessible.
Develops the Society’s Annual Collection and Curation Plan: acquires, maintains and
preserves the historic documents and artifacts of the Collection to support and enhance
the Society’s mission.
Ensures standard archival practices and procedures are followed in the processing,
description, and preservation of records and artifacts and documents the provenance of
the Society’s Collection.
Curates temporary exhibits in the Society’s History Museum and refreshes the
Museum’s permanent exhibit display.
Oversees educational programming activities that promote and provide access to the
depth and breadth of the Society’s Collection.
Works with the Board of Trustees to achieve and maintain American Association of
Museums accreditation for the Society and Museum.
Promotes the Lewes History Museum as a destination to tourists, seasonal visitors and
Promotes the Lewes History Museum as an historical, cultural and educational
destination for local and regional students and for historians and academic researchers.
Coordinates with the Society’s Education Director on programs and activities in the
Museum’s Children’s Discovery Center.
Enhances current, and develops new, fundraising initiatives for the support of the
Museum and its Children’s Discovery Center.
Coordinates with the Director of Operations on building and collection security issues
across the LHS Campus.
Full-time salary with benefits.
40 hours per work week.
Evening and weekend availability required.
Salary commensurate with experience, competitive with AAM Standards
Demonstrated success as a leader of history-related museum or society to include fundraising
achievements, public and governmental support, program expansion and positive public relation
Demonstrated experience as a manager/supervisor of staff at various levels within an
Demonstrated experience as the leader/coordinator of volunteers within an organization.
Significant experience as a museum curator and/or in archival program management.
A successful record of experience managing a medium size non-profit history-related society
and/or museum as defined by the American Association of Museums. This experience to include
management of multi-facility locations.
Demonstrated ability to evaluate potential donations of archival materials and museum objects
as suitable for accessioning into a museum or society’s collections.
Degree from an accredited institution in American History, Museum Management or related
field. Advanced degree preferred in like field and/or non-profit management discipline.
Knowledge of and experience using Past Perfect or similar collections database systems.
If you are interested in applying for this position, please email a cover letter and your CV to: [email protected]