Museum Specialist

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Museum Specialist

Historic Mobile Preservation Society

Job Description:

The Museum Specialist will work closely with the Historic Mobile Preservation Society’s director to maintain and grow operations at Historic Oakleigh House Museum. The position will focus on visitor engagement, collections and exhibits care, and assisting with special events. This person will also assist the director in maintaining membership records.

Hours and Pay:

Part time, 20-25 hours per week

$14.00 an hour


Flexible Scheduling between 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Some evenings required for Special Events


Paid Holidays


Duties & Responsibilities:

Education Outreach

• Give tours of Oakleigh to visitors, school groups, and other large groups

• Assist HMPS staff and board with scheduling and execution of educational

lecturers for after-hours talks about local history and other related topics


• Design and maintain museum spaces (not included in the formal tour)

• Help Maintain an updated and accurate count of Oakleigh tourists and Gift Shop sales

• Answering phones, monitoring emails and voicemails, housekeeping, and the ability to help move heavy objects

Collections and Interpretation

• Plan exhibits for temporary exhibit spaces

• Work with director on updating inventory of changes in collection, as well as inventory in Past Perfect, including loans, acquisitions, de-accession, and temporary loans

• Ensure reporting and logging of any preventative conservation issues, as well as

damage, immediately

• Report needs for professional cleaning or repair to Director

• Make suggestions on improving appearance of exterior, interior, grounds, as

needed. Work with museum staff and board to implement these changes


• Manage all special events such as weddings, receptions, garden parties, and baby showers

•Assist in the planning and execution of annual events such as Oakleigh Lawn Parties,

the Historic Mobile Homes Tour, Oakleigh in Mourning, and Christmas at Oakleigh

• Provide Customer Service and collect money at HMPS lectures and special

events, as needed

• Assist in the planning and execution of recurring events such as monthly lectures

• Assist in planning and execution of specialty events such as Bourbon and



• Maintain and regularly update membership database(s)

• Send renewal notices to members with expiring memberships

• Issue membership information and ID cards to all HMPS members


Reports To:

Historic Mobile Preservation Society Director


Minimum Requirements:

• Preferred Bachelor’s Degree in History, Museum Studies, or closely related field from

recognized college or university.

• Preferred Experience working in non-profit, museum, or historic preservation


• Knowledge of museum, archives, and historic preservation’s role in cultural and

educational life of community preferred.

Knowledge and Abilities:

• Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interface with various entities and

handle relationships both internally and externally.

• Skilled in cooperating with, leading, and directing diverse groups of individuals.

• Strong written and verbal communication skills, particularly public speaking.

• Demonstrated project management skills and the ability to oversee and manage

multiple projects or priorities simultaneously.

• Strong ethical standards are a must.

• Strong candidates will be a self-starter.

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