Position Title: Assistant Curator
Position Description: The Lewes Historical Society is seeking applicants for a one-year appointment for the position of Assistant Curator. The selected candidate will aid in the research, planning, and implementation of an African-American History and Heritage Walking Tour, along with an accompanying mobile App (both to be launched in 2022—the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the Lewes Historical Society).
Position Term Length: One-year paid appointment from the start date, with the opportunity for an additional one-year extension of the appointment based on available funding.
Reports to: Day-to-day operations by the Director of Education and supervised by the Executive Director.
Salary Range: $25,000 – $30,000 consummate with experience. Benefits are not available with this position.
Description of Institution:
Located in Sussex County in southern Delaware, where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, the City of Lewes is rich in history. The Lewes Historical Society (founded in 1962) began as an all-volunteer organization, and it now includes a small professional museum staff that operates 14 historic structures, the Lewes History Museum and Archive, the historic Ryves Holt House, and the Lewes Maritime Museum/Cannonball House.
• Assist in research, planning, design, implementation, and early administration of both the above described Walking Tour and Mobile App.
• Collect new and existing oral histories from members of the Lewes community, in collaboration with the Lewes African-American Heritage Commission (the main partnering organization formed and appointed by the Mayor of Lewes in 2019.)
• Maintain records on collection materials (objects, documents, images, video, sound recordings, etc.) relating to the tour project and/or the collections of the Lewes Historical Society.
• Manage the importation of above-identified collections and related information into database software for use in both the Walking Tour and Mobile App.
• Participate in the training of high school guides for the Walking Tour, including presentations to elementary-age groups.
• Other duties include but are not limited to: Assisting in informing the public regarding LHS museum sites, and latest research; participation in seasonal special events, membership gatherings, and other LHS programming.
• Graduate and Undergraduate students (in their senior year approaching graduation), working toward a degree or certificate in Museum Education, Museum Studies, History, Public History, Collections Management, or Gallery Studies. Priority will be given to Graduate-level applicants.
• Familiarity with, or a willingness to learn, WordPress, or other online Content Management Software.
• Previous museum work experience (including internships and/or volunteer work).
• Past experience with oral history interview processes.
• Ability to engage with various audiences, including audiences representing specific age, economic and racial diversification.
Please send Letter of Interest and Résumé by Friday, September 26, 2021, to the:
Director of Education
No telephone calls will be accepted:
(Queries regarding clarification may be directed to the above e-mail address.)
Position start date is to be set.
The Lewes Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate with regard to age, sex, race, creed, national origin, disability, handicap, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.