Current Employment Opportunities

Director of Development

Facilities Manager 


Director of Development

To further its commitment to honor, interpret, and share Rhode Island’s past to enrich the present and inspire the future, the Rhode Island Historical Society (RIHS) seeks a highly organized, energetic, results-oriented professional who is passionate about connecting Rhode Islanders with their history and heritage.  

The Director of Development will be responsible for the day-to-day activities of the RIHS Development Office. The work of the Development Office includes, but is not limited to, implementing a comprehensive and integrated fundraising program that develops individual and corporate contributed income sources for RIHS, with an emphasis on donor cultivation, program sponsorship, membership, annual fund and planned giving. The Director of Development will supervise an Assistant Director of Development and will also have administrative support provided by the RIHS’s Executive Assistant.

The RIHS Development team, under the direction of the successful candidate, will support the overall organization in its special events and fundraising activities, with attention to high-quality customer service.  

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create and implement a dynamic annual development plan and strategy;
  • Oversee and manage membership program; develop and implement invigorated membership models, including expansion of membership at both individual and institutional levels;
  • Manage relationships with Board, donors and prospective donors, as well as fundraising volunteers and staff;
  • Identify, qualify, research, cultivate, solicit, and steward high-level supporters (individuals, corporate, foundation);
  • Meet with and cultivate high-end annual fund and major donors;
  • Work with senior leadership and the Communications Manager to develop and implement a comprehensive marketing and public relations strategy;
  • Work with Executive Director to implement comprehensive and integrated planned giving, endowment, and legacy naming opportunity programs;
  • In concert with the Executive Director, make public appearances/accept speaking engagements to share information about the RIHS with the community;
  • Develop, achieve, and report on key financial and development goals;
  • Manage Development Committee, whose members include RIHS Board members, members of the public, and staff;
  • Work with staff across departments to coordinate grant proposals and reports to corporate, foundation, and government funders;
  • Provide input on training, strategy, and counsel to Executive Director and work with the Deputy Executive Director for Finance and Administration to determine financial impacts;
  • Proficiently use the donor database as a fundraising tool;
  • Oversee the production of print and digital fundraising materials; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • Minimum of 5 years experience in development with supervisory experience
  • Understanding of how to work with donors and volunteers
  • Conceptual and strategic thinking skills
  • Thorough knowledge of fundraising best practices
  • Strong organizational and communication abilities
  • Keen analytical capabilities

Administrative

Reports to Deputy Executive Director for Finance and Administration and is member of senior staff

About the RIHS

The RIHS, a Smithsonian Affiliate, holds the largest and most important historical collections relating to Rhode Island. These collections include some 25,000 objects, 5,000 manuscripts, 100,000 books and printed items, 400,000 photographs and maps, and 9 million feet of motion-picture film. Headquartered in Providence, R.I., the RIHS owns and maintains the John Brown House Museum, a National Historic Landmark built in 1788; the Aldrich House, also a National Historic Landmark, built in 1822; and the Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center. The organization also maintains the Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket, devoted to the history of northern Rhode Island. The RIHS offers a variety of educational programs and community activities, including workshops, lectures, films, concerts, walking tours, and more.

The Rhode Island Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer.  We do not discriminate in hiring or employment against any individual on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, ancestry, religion, physical or mental disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, citizenship, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws.

TO APPLY

Email cover letter, resume/CV, and the names of three references to jobs@rihs.org, attention C. Morgan Grefe, RIHS Executive Director, with “Director of Development” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

No phone calls, please.


Facilities Manager

The Rhode Island Historical Society, an organization dedicated to honoring, preserving, and sharing the history of the state of Rhode Island, seeks a highly organized, detail-oriented person to manage the properties of the RIHS. The ideal candidate will:

  • Understand the unique needs of publicly accessible historic buildings and grounds, including spaces used to house valuable historic collections.
  • Be familiar with related building trades and maintenance operations.
  • Consistently negotiate, build, and maintain strong relationships with third-party service providers.
  • Successfully manage projects including scheduling and managing the work of both third-party service providers and internal maintenance staff to ensure timeliness, efficiency, and quality of work and to maximize the effectiveness of budgeted funds.
  • Set short- and long-term maintenance/improvement priorities for these historically significant sites in conjunction with the broader program goals of the organization.
  • Enjoy working in a team environment, but will also be self-motivated and able to maintain a view of the big picture, while focusing on details.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Deputy Executive Director for Finance and Administration, the RIHS Facilities Manager is responsible for coordinating the maintenance needs, capital projects, vendor relationships, staff and public access, and security systems for the three RIHS properties located in Providence: the John Brown House Museum (52 Power Street), the Robinson Research Center (121 Hope Street) and the Aldrich House (110 Benevolent Street). The RIHS Facilities Manager will also coordinate with the staff of the Museum of Work & Culture to ensure that its needs are met and all systems compliance is maintained. The RIHS Facilities Manager will attend Board Facilities Committee meetings and make reports/presentations as needed. In addition, the RIHS is the steward of four protected properties in South County. When need arises, the RIHS Facilities Manager may be called upon to assist at these locations.

The RIHS Facilities Manager will serve with the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds, as well as the Buildings and Grounds Assistant.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position supervises the needs of the properties and therefore coordinates the personnel responsible for such things as cleaning and maintaining the buildings, assisting in event set-up, and snow removal, as well as managing the vendor relationships for the RIHS as related to its buildings and grounds.

Requirements

  • Familiarity with the maintenance needs of historic buildings.
  • An appreciation for the RIHS’s mission to preserve the past is essential.
  • Can read architectural and mechanical drawings and work with architects, engineers, and contractors.
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record. Will have use of RIHS van and be responsible for ensuring van is maintained.
  • Willingness to be on security call list to respond to building alarms after hours.
  • Good communication skills and familiarity with email (or a willingness to learn).
  • Facility to balance competing priorities, along with internal and external demands.
  • Ability to track projects and employee schedules using Excel and/or other project/time management software.
  • Capacity to understand and work within a capital repairs and maintenance budget.

Reports to: Deputy Executive Director for Finance and Administration

Typical physical requirements: Frequent standing and walking, normal manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination; stooping, kneeling, bending, reaching; corrected hearing and vision to normal range; lifting items weighing up to 50 pounds; climbing ladders; operating lawn care and other power equipment. Willingness to work in inclement weather.

Pay rate: Consummate with skills

Benefits include health insurance (single plan, partially paid by employer) after thirty (30) days of employment, and TIAA pension after completing twenty-four (24) months of employment. Paid holidays, sick leave and vacation time.

Hours: 37.5 hours per week, Monday-Friday. Hours may vary with events.

About the RIHS

The RIHS, a Smithsonian Affiliate, holds the largest and most important historical collections relating to Rhode Island. These collections include some 25,000 objects, 5,000 manuscripts, 100,000 books and printed items, 400,000 photographs and maps, and 9 million feet of motion-picture film. Headquartered in Providence, R.I., the RIHS owns and maintains the John Brown House Museum, a National Historic Landmark built in 1788; the Aldrich House, also a National Historic Landmark, built in 1822; and the Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center. The organization also maintains the Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket, devoted to the history of northern Rhode Island. The RIHS offers a variety of educational programs and community activities, including workshops, lectures, films, concerts, walking tours, and more.

The Rhode Island Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate in hiring or employment against any individual on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, ancestry, religion, physical or mental disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, citizenship, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws.

To apply: Submit letter of application, résumé, and names of three references by October 31, 2017.

Deputy Executive Director for Finance and Administration

Rhode Island Historical Society

110 Benevolent Street

Providence RI 02906

Email: jobs@rihs.org