Current Employment Opportunities

Director of Development

Clerk/Receptionist – Museum of Work and Culture (Part-Time)

Film Archivist & Curator of Recorded Media


Director of Development

Created in 1822, the RIHS has evolved from a small club into a multifaceted organization that not only continues to build on the largest and most significant collection related to this small state’s epic story, but also offers access to extraordinary archives, innovative educational resources, dynamic public programs, and diverse visitor experiences at our museums and research center.

As we ramp up preparations for our bicentennial celebration, the RIHS, a Smithsonian Affiliate, has placed an increased emphasis on all-ability access, while making field trips free and establishing a busing fund for Title I schools. To further our commitment to honor, interpret, and share Rhode Island’s past to enrich and inspire, we now seek a highly organized, energetic, and results-oriented Director of Development as passionate about the organization’s future as they are about connecting generations of Rhode Islanders with their history and heritage.

We are looking for a skilled fundraiser who can also help raise our profile; in addition, the successful candidate will understand that convincing the community to give to us is predicated upon what we can give back to the community. The RIHS’s members, supporters, sponsors, and partners are crucial to our ambitious efforts and strategic plan; therefore, the Director of Development will play a key role in cultivating, maintaining, and enhancing these relationships.

The Director of Development will also be responsible for the day-to-day activities of the RIHS Development Office. They will supervise an Advancement Coordinator and will have additional administrative support provided by the RIHS’s Executive Assistant. The Director of Development will work closely with the Director and staff of the RIHS’s Museum of Work & Culture in Woonsocket to assist their advancement goals, as well.

As you can see, there’s a lot to accomplish in the coming years – if your goals align with ours, then come help us make history.

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;
  • Oversee and manage the RIHS Annual Fund;
  • Manage relationships with Board of Trustees, donors and prospective donors, as well as fundraising volunteers and staff;
  • Identify, qualify, research, cultivate, solicit, and steward high-level supporters (individuals, corporate, foundation);
  • 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 Trustees, 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 DonorPerfect database as a fundraising tool;
  • Oversee the production of print and digital fundraising materials; and
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Requirements

  • Minimum of five 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 significant 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 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.


Clerk/Receptionist – Museum of Work & Culture (Part-Time)

The overall responsibility of the Clerk/Receptionist at the Museum of Work & Culture is to ensure that the activities that take place in the Museum of Work & Culture’s entrance area reflect an overall welcoming atmosphere. This includes the front desk area, the Museum store, and the visitor’s center.  Additionally, the clerk/receptionist is responsible for the supervision of the Museum and for opening and closing the Museum.  Start date is February 24.

Duties

  • Greet visitors to the Museum and take admission.
  • Promote membership and programs to visitors.
  • Give visitors an introduction to the Museum’s self-guided tour.
  • Answer telephone inquiries, take reservations and take clear and accurate messages.
  • Maintain visitor’s digital guest book, surveys and volunteer hours. Help with tasks such as preparing mailings.
  • Provide visitor information such as directions, locations of restaurants, streets, landmarks etc.
  • Keep all brochures and information handouts stocked.
  • Light typing and clerical support.
  • Assisting with day-to-day needs.

Requirements

  • Good people skills
  • Interest in local history/willingness to learn
  • Retail experience preferred
  • Computer skills preferred

EEO Statement

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

Please e-mail a resume to mowc@rihs.org with “Clerk/Receptionist” in the subject line.


Film Archivist and Curator of Recorded Media

Position Description

The Rhode Island Historical Society seeks an innovative, experienced, and energetic Film Archivist and Curator of Recorded Media to join the collections staff in a permanent, full-time position. Reporting to the Deputy Executive Director of Collections and Interpretation, the Film Archivist is responsible for the management, cataloging, preservation, acquisition recommendations,  and promotion of the RIHS’s moving image, film, and audio-visual collections. They will cultivate relationships with filmmakers, researchers, curators, donors, and collectors, through partnerships and programming, to advance the RIHS’s mission to promote and preserve its collection of more than 9 million feet of moving image film and over 2,000 sound recordings (from oral history projects to jazz performances). They will also take the lead in planning to acquire, catalog, and archive born-digital recordings which are in line with the collecting scope of the RIHS.

Requirements

Bachelor’s degree (preferably in history or a related humanities field); Master’s degree in Library Science, history, photograph and film preservation, or related field; a minimum of 2 years of direct professional experience in the care and management of historic film collections.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have knowledge of current archival standards, practices, theory, and implementation with respect to audio-visual collections, including appraisal methods, arrangement and description, cataloging, preservation and access. Further qualifications include experience with and demonstrated knowledge of best practices for creating digital surrogates and supporting data storage; familiarity with current editing software, databases and data entry standards; proficiency in historical research; a dedication to collaborative work; excellent communications skills (both oral and written); and the ability to lift up to 40 pounds.

Responsibilities

The Film Archivist and Curator of Recorded Media will respond to reference and research queries related to the film and audio collections; formulate and update policies for use, reproduction, and preservation of the collections; apply current processing methods to arrange, catalog and describe the collections; manage interns and volunteers working with the collections; prioritize workflow for digitization and assist in fundraising and grant-writing to support preservation and promotional projects; and participate in professional development and represent the RIHS at regional and national conferences.

The Collections

The film archive was created in 1969 with the donation of news film from station WPRI, and has since grown with the acquisition (by gift or purchase) of silent films, home movies, industrial film, promotional films (for business and tourism), documentaries, amateur theater productions, and educational film, as well as the archives of stations WJAR (the NBC affiliate), WTEV (now WNLE, the ABC affiliate), and WSBE (Rhode Island PBS). In total, the RIHS stewards a collection of over 9 million feet of moving image film footage, ranking it among the top five regional film archives in the United States.

Compensation

Commensurate with experience.

Benefits 

Health care insurance, single plan starting the 1st of the month following date of hire. TIAA/CREF retirement plan after completing twenty-four (24) months of employment. Life and disability Insurance.  Sick time, holidays, and vacation time.

EEO Statement

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

Please email a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to jobs@rihs.org with “Film Archivist & Curator of Recorded Media” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin on February 19, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. 

No phone calls, please.