About the Westhampton Beach Historic Society:
The WHBHS is dedicated to the history and culture of the famed resort community on Long Island’s South Fork, comprised of the villages of Eastport, Quiogue, Speonk, Remsenburg, Westhampton and Westhampton Beach, New York. The Society, founded in 1989, is now housed in two historic buildings with outbuildings that were moved from various village locations to its present site in downtown Westhampton Beach. Long an organization sustained through committed volunteer efforts, the Society wishes to hire a part time professional to lead it through the planning and implementation of its education and growth initiatives.
The mission of The Westhampton Beach Historical Society is to:
- Collect and preserve artifacts and materials pertaining to Eastern Long Island, focusing on the Greater Westhampton area.
- Interpret the history of the area through educational programs, exhibitions, and publications.
- Advocate for the preservation of existing historic structures and sites.
- Facilitate historical research.
The Education and Community Outreach Coordinator will enhance and expand the Society’s school and public programs on-site, on-line, and at other locations.
The individual hired in this role will be responsible for assisting in the planning and delivery of the following community education programs:
- Local student visits to the WHBHS campus for activities consistent with the local school history curriculum
- Annual summer exhibits that focus on key elements of the local area history
- Demonstrations of historical crafts at our Foster-Meeker Heritage Center on summer Saturday mornings
- Historical re-enactments on the Westhampton Beach Village Great Lawn
- Lectures at the Westhampton Library delivered by knowledgeable speakers
- Facilitation of research on local history and for our oral history project.
- Walking and house tours of local structures and historic sites
The Coordinator will also have the following administrative responsibilities:
- Developing activity plans for each educational event or activity, where appropriate.
- Scheduling the activity, and organizing the Society’s calendar to fit the various activities.
- Contacting lecturers, craftspeople, re-enactors, teachers, and others to engage their participation.
- Developing program materials including: brochures and posters for educational events.
- Promoting Society educational programs using the Society website and social media.
- Possession of a bachelor’s degree, preferably in Education, History, or the Humanities or a related field, is required and an advanced degree preferred.
- An enthusiasm for the history and culture of the local community and American history in general.
- Relevant experience in the field of education, or organizing educational programs, is strongly preferred.
- Sound computer skills, particularly in using Microsoft Office, preferred.
- Strong skills in written and verbal communication and organization.
- Possesses the capacity to develop innovative strategies for audience-building and programming.
- The candidate must have the ability to operate effectively, both independently and in a team environment.
- Possesses the necessary interpersonal skills for engaging people – from children to adults, and from fourth generation residents to new community members and summer residents.
- Passion, a sense of humor, integrity, a positive attitude, and a self-directed work style.
- Compensation: $20/hour to $25/hour commensurate with experience; 16 to 20 hours per week; up two full days per week, or equivalent as required.
- Schedule: Available to work during the week, and most Saturday mornings during the summer assisting the delivery of educational programs.
- Attendance at monthly Trustee meetings once a quarter
Reports to: Education Chair
How to Apply:
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Include in the subject line: Education and Community Outreach Search