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POSTING for Director (part-time position)

Tiskilwa Historical Society

Editor’s Note: We are beginning our search for a new director to fill Cecille Gerber’s role but as a paid position. Below you’ll find the information that will soon be posted in print and social media. As needed or requested, Cele will be mentoring the new director throughout the first months of the position. If you are interested in finding out more or in sending your resume, please contact our T-H-S president Bill Wendle, bwendle@gmail.com

About the job

  • $18-$20/hour

  • 30-40 hours per month initially, increasing to 50-60 hours per month

  • Flexible hours; many tasks can be performed remotely

 

About Tiskilwa Historical Society (T-H-S)

The society was founded in 2006 as an all-volunteer not-for-profit with the mission to collect, preserve and display items from Tiskilwa and the vicinity. Our primary museum is the former United Methodist Church built in 1855. Exhibits are displayed on the ground floor, and the former sanctuary on the upper level is used for monthly community programs. Our second museum is the former American Legion Hall, and it houses military artifacts and a replica of a one-room schoolhouse. We have 370 members, with more than half living outside the area. Our hands-on board members perform most of the tasks associated with the operation of T-H-S, and our organization is a vibrant part of the community. We are judicious in our spending and routinely finish the year with a small surplus. In 2023, we wrapped up a capital campaign, raising $266,000 (106% of the goal). The directorship is currently a volunteer position, and the incumbent is a founding member of T-H-S. She is ready to begin phasing out of the directors’ role but continuing as a board member.

Essential Functions

  • Oversee two facilities and assure that essential tasks are being completed by volunteers, including staffing            the museums during our Saturday “open” hours.

  • Select content, write articles, and create the layout for our quarterly Wapsipinicon newsletter.

  • Write promotional material for events and exhibits, and supply to social and printed media.

  • Work with a committee of board members to plan programs, recruit speakers, co-sponsor programs with                community organizations.

  • Act as the spokesperson for T-H-S and collaborate with community organizations in historical projects.

  • Work with the treasurer and other board members to monitor the organization’s financial health, apply for          grants, plan facility improvements, raise funds if needed.

  • Identify and coordinate opportunities to enhance museum exhibits and expand the reach of our society.

  • With the president, prepare agenda for monthly meeting.

Important skills & traits

  • Effective leadership in an all-volunteer environment

  • Written and oral communication skills, including public speaking

  • Creativity

  • Can-do attitude

  • Enthusiasm for local history

  • Skilled use of print and social media

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