Programs & Partnership Coordinator

LocationAldrich House
Job TypeFull-Time

The Rhode Island Historical Society is seeking a dynamic Programs & Partnership Coordinator to develop and execute organization-wide public programs, support events at RIHS museums, and develop and grow relationships with new and existing community partners. This position is an opportunity to create engaging and creative programming for Rhode Island’s only state-wide history organization, and ensure that the stories of all Rhode Islanders are reflected and shared in those programs.

The ideal candidate will have a proven ability to organize events and connect with local communities. They should be an excellent communicator, highly organized, and have exceptional follow-through and interpersonal skills. They should also share a personal commitment to the RIHS’s mission of honoring, interpreting, and sharing Rhode Island’s past to enrich the present and inspire the future.

This position reports to the Director of Advancement & Public Engagement, and will work closely with the Advancement Coordinator and Digital Communications Coordinator, as well as the teams at the John Brown House Museum, Museum of Work & Culture, and Robinson Research Center.


Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Work with the Director of Advancement & Public Engagement to create a calendar of robust and engaging programs and initiatives that build on the RIHS strategic plan and vision, including those for the 200th Anniversary of the RIHS in 2022
  • Identify appropriate speakers, performers, and presenting partners and coordinate their involvement in events, including presentation content, scheduling, logistics, and fees
  • Collaborate with the Digital Outreach Coordinator to advertise these programs, including the creation of press releases, posters and promotional images, social media strategies, and any necessary web content
  • Manage and communicate event logistics, including space planning with site staff, creation of event signage, technical setup and volunteer assignments
  • Track ticket sales, registration, and respond to any questions or concerns from patrons
  • Work with the Director of Advancement & Public Engagement to ensure programs are within budgetary requirements
  • Collect data on outcomes and analyze and report results while planning new and improved programs
  • Collaborate with the John Brown House Museum and Museum of Work & Culture to support museum programs as needed
  • Build strong relationships with partners in the history and heritage sector across the state through our RHODI Network, creating opportunities for collaboration and professional development
  • Develop and maintain relationships with community partners, whose work and values align with those of the RIHS

We are seeking a team member who excels in relationship-building, is detail-oriented, and has strong project management skills. The ideal candidate should have:

  • A track record of developing and organizing successful events
  • Experience managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • The ability to recognize opportunities and make connections between initiatives
  • The strong interpersonal skills needed for building authentic partnerships
  • A creative mindset and enthusiasm for collaboration

Knowledge of local culture, history, and community groups is a plus, as well as being multilingual.

Candidates should also be proficient in the Google Suite of products. Experience using Canva is a plus.

Work Environment & Physical Requirements

This is a full-time, non-exempt position and requires a flexible schedule for regular business hours Monday through Friday, as well as other hours to support and attend RIHS programs and special events that may occur on evenings and weekends.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently exposed to the following:

  • Noise, such as groups of people working in enclosed areas or crowds at public events
  • Typical office environment

Please note, there is no elevator access above the first floor of the Aldrich House (where this position will be based); all attempts at reasonable accommodation will be made with notice of need.

Compensation & Benefits

The Rhode Island Historical Society offers a competitive and comprehensive salary and benefits package. This is a full-time position and therefore includes such benefits as health insurance, optional vision and dental insurance, paid vacation time (starting at two weeks and becoming three after one year of service), paid sick time (accruing at a rate of 1 day per month), and paid holidays.

To apply for this position please email your resume/CV and cover letter to with “Programs & Partnership Coordinator” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

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The Rhode Island Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.