About The Bostonian Society

The Bostonian Society brings people together to explore the vital debates about self-government that were sparked at the Old State House during Boston’s Revolutionary Era and that still animate our civic life today. We sustain and share the Old State House and our collections to inspire generations to come.

The Bostonian Society is committed to:

  • Inspiring everyone to wrestle with the question of how to draw the circle of “We” in “We the People”.

  • Exciting imagination by sharing the diverse voices and conversations of Boston’s Revolutionary Era in fresh and honest ways.

  • Motivating people to directly participate in today’s debates about self-government that are rooted in discussions begun 250 years ago in the Old State House.

  • Unlocking the power of place by creating a transporting experience at the Old State House that is accessible and lively.

  • Cultivating new strengths to grow as an adaptive organization that builds collaborative and enduring relationships as we preserve the Old State House and refine our collections.


Jobs - Full-Time

Overview

The Bostonian Society manages Boston’s Old State House, built in 1713 to serve as the seat of government for Massachusetts and now one of the most visible stops on Boston’s Freedom Trail. The Bostonian Society brings people together to explore the vital debates about self-government sparked at this nationally significant historic site during Boston’s Revolutionary Era and still animate our civic life today.  We sustain and share the Old State House to inspire generations to come.

The Director of Facilities and Historic Preservation is responsible for managing the building’s ongoing preservation needs and also overseeing maintenance of the Old State House and rented spaces (office space and two nearby gift shops).  In addition, the Director will be a member of the Society’s leadership team and will ensure that the preservation needs of the Old State House are appropriately represented in all strategic decision-making. 

This position reports directly to the Executive Director and works with the Facilities Committee of the Board of Governors of the Bostonian Society. The Director’s staff includes a Facilities Assistant.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Facilities Operations and Maintenance
    The Director is responsible for the facility’s maintenance, engineering, custodial, life safety, and security operations; supervises the Facilities Assistant, cleaning contractors and other vendors providing building maintenance support; and sets standards and best practices for the operation and maintenance of building systems.

  • General Project Management
    The Director leads the planning of both small and large projects; coordinates with architects, engineers and other experts; facilitates the approval and permitting of all proposed work as needed; and negotiates and manages contracts with a range of contractors. Also coordinates internally across departments to ensure that potential impact on the Society’s operations is appropriately understood and mitigation plans are created.

  • Construction Project Management
    The Helium Project is planned for mid-2019 through 2020. The actual construction work will be managed by the National Park Service, our project partner. The Director coordinates with NPS and our Prime Architect to support the project, representing OSH interests. The Helium Project will take 30% of work time from hiring until project wrap up.

  • Budgeting
    The Director prepares and monitors budgets for department annual operations and projects; negotiates purchase contracts with various vendors, utilities and building contractors.

  • Compliance
    The Director ensures the Society’s compliance with city, state and federal regulations, including licensing and inspection requirements governing building operations, construction, and modification.

  • Organizational Relationships
    The Old State House is owned by the City of Boston and is an official landmark overseen by the Boston Landmarks Commission. A portion of the building’s basement also serves as an MBTA station. The Director shall maintain warm relationships with these and other agencies. In addition, the Director serves as primary liaison with police, fire, and other external emergency response personnel to ensure effective coordination and communication in the event of a building emergency.

  • Disaster Management
    The Director is a member of the Disaster Team, a cross-department working group. The Team manages systems, procedures and training relating to personnel and building safety. The Director works with HR to ensure staff training is up to date for effective response in emergency situations.

  • Long-term Maintenance Planning
    The Director maintains and updates the Society’s Master Plan for building preservation and maintenance and initiates planned maintenance programs, including preventative maintenance for all major systems.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Training or studies in an engineering, construction, or historic preservation discipline.

  • At least three years of facility management experience at a complex or historical facility. Previous supervisory experience required; construction project experience required.

  • Working knowledge of electrical, mechanical, HVAC and life safety-related systems.

  • Ability to solve problems efficiently and effectively under pressure. Detail- and deadline-oriented, while having the ability to “see the big picture.”

  • Strong organizational and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to work well in team situations and while interacting with the visiting public required.

  • Ability and willingness to be on-call 24 hours a day for emergencies.

Full time salaried, exempt managerial position. Benefits include regional museum pass, generous PTO, 401k match. General office hours are 8 – 4, Monday through Friday. Occasional large events nights or weekends. Other duties as assigned.

Physical Requirements:

The work of this position takes place both in a normal office environment and at a historic site. Some staff offices are located on the third floor of a historic building that is not handicap accessible. Incumbent should be able to carry equipment and supplies up and down stairs and lift 40 pounds.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to HR@bostonhistory.org by Monday December 10, 2018.For more information about the Bostonian Society and the Old State House, visit www.bostonhistory.org.


Engagement and Education

The Bostonian Society provides year-round interpretive programs for all ages, including tours, theatrical performances, visual art projects, and facilitated conversations. The Society also provides continuing education for K-12 teachers and educational programming for students of all ages. A new initiative to develop high-quality place-based learning opportunities for students and teachers is under way.

Position Overview

The Interpretation and Education Program Developer (IEPD) plans, develops, budgets, and implements interpretive visitor-centered experiences in the galleries as well as curriculum-inspired programs for K-12 groups. The IEPD ensures that the content and delivery of programs fulfill the museum's mission and vision and trains educators and facilitators in learner-centered approaches to gallery engagement for diverse audiences.

This position requires a professional that is both a manager and an educator, and skilled in leading the creation of a variety of programs that foster visitor engagement and support the museum’s mission. The Interpretation and Education Program Developer serves as a member of the Education and Exhibitions team and works in collaboration with administrators and staff at all levels. They report directly to the Director of Education and Exhibitions.

Principal Responsibilities (Essential Functions):

  • Plan, develop, and implement a diverse yearly schedule of interpretive gallery offerings.

  • Develop initiatives for educational impact in the community and schools.

  • Continuously improve offerings for those with accessibility needs or barriers.

  • Foster a culture of open communication and spirited collaboration.

  • Serve as an advocate for the guest experience.

  • Develop and support internal training initiatives.

  • Manage the creation and spending of department budgets and gifts.

  • Train education staff members.

  • Ensure the museum enjoys a lively and productive relationship with educators and the education community locally and regionally.

Education, Training, and Traits:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the arts and/or humanities, education, or related field required.

  • Knowledge about current practices in museum/community education, multiple learning styles, and visitor studies is required.

  • Enthusiastic, patient, and flexible work style is required.

Work Experience:

  • Minimum 4 years’ experience in charge of conceiving, budgeting, planning, scheduling, staffing, executing, and wrapping up programming projects.

  • Some teaching experience in either a group setting or a formal classroom is required. (Tutoring one on one does not count towards this experience requirement).

Skills and Abilities:

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills.

  • Highly developed public speaking skills and demonstrated mastery of teaching techniques.

  • A demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and professionally - written, verbal, and listening communication skills.

  • Self-directed work style, and the ability to work independently and effectively.

  • Ability to create and successfully manage multiple projects and budgets.

  • Demonstrated organizational planning, problem-solving, and collaboration skills.

  • Proficient computer skills in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The work of this position takes place at a historic site. Staff offices are located on the third floor of a historic building that is not handicap accessible. Incumbent should be able to carry equipment and supplies up and down stairs and able to lift 30 pounds.

How to Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to HR@bostonhistory.org.


Jobs - Part-Time

Do you believe we must look to the past so we don’t repeat the same mistakes? Here at RevolutionaryBoston we do, too.  As a point where past meets present, we strive to give our Merchandise Associates an environment for growth.  We’re a place where ideas are heard and discussed, a place where you can make someone’s day better, a place to join a group of oddballs who value community, diversity and creativity. We think these are some of the most important parts of any job, and are seeking creative thinkers who are hospitable, motivated, ready to learn, and committed to providing outstanding customer service every day. 

RevolutionaryBoston is the gift and souvenir wing of the Old State House Museum, which consists of three satellite stores; one in the museum itself and two in nearby Faneuil Hall Marketplace. 

As a non-profit the merchandise we sell goes directly towards maintaining and running the Old State House Museum and aids in the continued existence of one of the oldest surviving public buildings in the United States.  We aim to educate and illuminate the past to tourists and natives alike, and sell them memories to take on their continued journeys through this thing we call life.

Candidates must be prepared to be on their feet for an eight hour shift, possess some previous cash handling or retail experience, be able to lift up 30 lbs., have some weekend and holiday availability and a flexible schedule (we are willing to work with you).

When applying, please  include when you are able to start, desired number of hours you’d like to work and the days and times you are available (we are open from 8:30am to 9:00pm with varying shift hours).

Applicants must include a resume.  Send to HR@bostonhistory.org.


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