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Haines Sheldon Museum Seeks Community Coordinator

Haines, Alaska
Position Description

REPORTS TO: Museum Director
SUPERVISES: Volunteers

GENERAL FUNCTION: The position oversees the museum’s outreach to the community: exhibitions, marketing, and volunteer management. Serves as Acting Director in the absence of the Director.


1. Develops annual exhibit plan.
2. Works closely with Director to plan, design and install temporary and traveling exhibits. Includes processing loan and condition reports, working with collections staff.
3. Manages the Six-Week-Spotlight exhibit program.
4. Recruits and manages volunteers and volunteer program.
5. Works closely with Director to develop a marketing plan.
6. Designs and produces advertising materials, posters, print ads, monthly e-newsletter, and online marketing, for the museum exhibits, programs and activities.
7. Oversees the overall look and feel of the website and other digital marketing efforts, especially social media. Ensures digital media is updated at least weekly. Maintains web site and Facebook page. Produces regular e-newsletter and print newsletter.

General Duties
1. Maintains smooth operation of Museum during visitor hours & special events.
2. Assists other staff members as needed. Performs tasks from another job description when that person is absent. This includes such things as opening the Museum on weekends, holidays, evenings or odd hours for tours or programs and helping with visitor requests.
3. Works effectively as part of the Museum staff, ensuring that the objectives of the Museum are achieved.
4. Provide monthly reports on volunteer activities and visitor numbers; marketing, volunteers and educational activities.
5. Responds to emergencies.

The requirements and characteristics listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and / or abilities required to successfully perform the essential job functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Ability to operate the Museum’s computer programs and a facility with graphics programs, including a thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook; Adobe products Photoshop, Fireworks and InDesign; Dreamweaver; Pastperfect; and e-newsletter social media such as Mailchip or Constant Contact; Facebook; Linkedin; Google Chrome.
• Knowledge of or ability to learn local history, Museum mission, and Museum exhibits. Ability to understand and work within the special needs and requirements of a museum environment, especially the preservation requirements.
• Exceptional independent judgment, strategic and diplomatic thinking. Strong attention to detail.
• Excellent interpretive, interpersonal and oral and written communication skills.
• Ability to write effective press releases and other marketing, promotional and communication pieces. Adept at writing in a variety of voices and styles; experienced text and visual editor and proofreader.
• Excellent project management skills and ability to plan and organize multiple projects simultaneously.
• Ability to understand, synthesize and act on information or instructions provided in written, oral, diagram, spreadsheet or schedule form.
• Graphic design or fine arts skills as evidenced by a portfolio of work, including posters, web sites, or e-newsletters.
• Demonstrates initiative, creativity, flexibility, resourcefulness and calculated risk taking.
• Clear, succinct and positive verbal communication; professional, enthusiastic, engaging spokesperson, ability to communicate effectively to a wide range of target audiences including media contacts, board members, donors, and current and prospective vendors.
• Skilled at building and maintaining collaborative relationships with key contacts in print and radio.
• Ability to effectively work with a wide range of people from pre-school children to adults. Includes experience working as part of a team; experience working with teachers and community groups; and experience managing volunteers, staff or interns.

• Master’s Degree in Museum Studies, Archival Studies, History or a field related to the requirements of the position; or equivalent combination of education and experience
• 3+ years professional experience creating and implementing successful integrated marketing communications plans, exhibitions, fundraising or volunteer management while working with a diverse group of people.
• Ability to work a flexible schedule that will sometimes include weekends, evenings and holidays.
• Position requires performing physical activities such as setting up, lifting and moving furniture, exhibits, crates, etc. up to and sometimes over 50 pounds. THIS IS A PHYSICALLY DEMANDING POSITION REQUIRING STRENGTH AND STAMINA.It requires lifting and moving artifacts and other collection items with special care as necessary for acceptable museum standards.
• Good general physical health including the ability to walk up and down stairs.

STATUS: Permanent. 35 hours/week .

BENEFITS: PERS, SBS, Medical and Dental Insurance, Holiday, Vacation & Sick Leave Pay. Membership required in Laborers Local 71 Union.

Applicants will need to fill out a Haines borough application form. Job information and application can be found at: http://www.hainesalaska.gov/jobs. Send a copy to Helen Alten at director@sheldonmuseum.net.

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