Supervisor: Executive Director
Type: Full Time /40 hours a week
Salary Range: $45k - $55k
Primary Purpose of Organization
Established in 1962, the Lewes Historical Society has strived to preserve and share the diverse history and heritage of the greater Lewes region.
The Lewes Historical Society oversees and operates fourteen historic properties throughout the city of Lewes. These historic properties include the c. 1685 Ryves Holt House (c. 1685), the Cannonball House Maritime Museum (c. 1765), the USLSS Boat House (c. 1880’s), the Lewes History Museum, the Lewes Antique Shop, and the Historic Shipcarpenter Street Campus (Including the c. 1720 Hiram Rodney Burton, the Burton-Ingram House (c. 1785), the Rabbit’s Ferry House (c. 1740), the Thompson Country Store (c. 1800), the Ellegood House and Blacksmith Shop (c. 1790), the Doctor’s Office (c. 1850), and Midway School #178 (c. 1898). The Lewes Historical Society promotes and advocates the preservation, interpretation, and cultural enrichment of the Lewes region, through museum exhibits, educational programs, historical research and publications.
Primary Purpose of Position
The Director of Interpretation creates and leads all interpretive and living history programs at the Lewes Historical Society. Under the direction and in collaboration with the Executive Director and Curator, the Director of Interpretation creates an aggressive interpretation calendar, focusing on various eras of Lewes’ past. The Director of Interpretation is a key member of the Lewes Historical Society’s leadership team, collaborating on strategic planning and providing broader site supervision. Extensive research and public presentations are expected with this position. This individual will also represent the Lewes Historical Society in the broader museum and living history community, supporting, and cultivating partnerships for interpretive programming. This individual is expected to be a leader in living history and authenticity for the Lewes Historical Society and peer institutions.
- Creates and leads weekly living history programs at LHS museum sites
- Daily management of daily interpretation and staffing at Historic Shipcarpenter Street Campus, Cannonball House Maritime Museum and Ryves Holt house.
- Leads the Interpretation Department, consisting of both paid staff and volunteers, providing vision, intellectual direction, and supervision.
- Develops and maintains high authenticity standards for Interpretive employees and volunteers
- Develops interpretive volunteer training procedures
- Organizes workshops and seminars focusing on material culture and historic trades
- Engages with LHS collections and archives and translates research into immersive public programming
- Develops and leads (at least two) large, annual living history programs focusing on a set period in Lewes History and working in conjunction with regional museums and living history organizations.
- Creates and maintains an annual budget for the Interpretation Department
- Oversees and develops the Lewes Historical Society’s Meet the Revolution, First Friday, and Lewistown Living History programs.
- Coordinates with the Director of Education on the annual Tavern Talks programming
- Supports Lewes Historical Society events by offering living history programming
- 5+ years’ experience in program development, management, and living history.
- BA/BS in relevant field required
- Experience leading museum interpretation and programming required
- Program management experience
- Volunteer management experience
- Strong working knowledge of material culture with an emphasis on the long 18 th century.
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with volunteers and the public.
Normal working hours will be in-office, Monday – Friday, 9AM – 5PM.
Weekend and evening hours will be required on a scheduled basis.
The Society offers paid time off for all full-time employees with a total of 20 days of paid time off accrued annually in an employee’s first five years and a total of 25 days accrued annually after 5 years of employment. Effective January 2023, the Lewes Historical Society will offer full medical, dental, and vision insurance as well as a 401k retirement plan.