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

ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN

The Bostonian Society, which has cared for Boston’s Old State House since 1881, has recently adopted a bold mission and strategic plan and is now finalizing plans to merge with the neighboring Old South Meeting House.  As we approach the 250th anniversary of our nation’s independence in 2026, we see an unparalleled opportunity to bring people of all backgrounds together in fresh, dynamic, and more inclusive ways at these two uniquely significant historic sites in order to explore the American struggle to create and sustain a free society.

To capitalize this new vision for public history in Boston, the Society has launched a multi-year comprehensive campaign with a working goal of $20-25 million.  The campaign will provide funding for capital investments, including a cultural campus connecting the two sites; signature programming that uses contemporary modes of storytelling to excite imagination; targeted investments in organizational infrastructure and capacity; endowment growth; and ongoing operating support.

 

ABOUT THE ROLE

The campaign manager reports directly to the director of development and supports the team tasked with donor engagement and solicitations. They will work most closely with the broader development team, including the executive director and campaign counsel charged with campaign leadership and architecture. The campaign manager will also regularly interact with board members and the campaign committee, as well as organizational staff. In tight collaboration with the development team, they orchestrate major gift solicitations and implement strategy for our comprehensive campaign. The campaign manager is responsible for day to day planning, coordination, and execution of campaign strategy.

As an ultra-organized project manager, the campaign manager keeps the team on track by executing strategies for cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation of existing and prospective donors. The role is both strategic and tactical, and requires strong data analysis combined with clear communication about the import of that data to drive results. The campaign manager manages the pipeline and moves management system in Raiser’s Edge.  They provide each solicitation team with professional materials and the research needed to succeed; they continuously monitor and report on campaign performance to keep moving the team forward. 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Maintain an organized and detailed prospective donor pipeline in RE NXT

  • Use the database to provide regular and ad hoc campaign updates and numerical analysis to the campaign team and Bostonian Society leadership

  • Develop and maintain a suite of relevant campaign reports

  • Perform prospect research using a range of online tools and develop prospect profiles of both current and prospective donors

  • Build engagement and solicitation strategies for campaign prospects, and prepare customized briefing and solicitation materials for volunteers and staff

  • Support campaign volunteer committees; assist in campaign volunteer recruitment, help set strategy, prepare and conduct follow-up for group meetings

  • Develop appropriate donor acknowledgment, recognition and stewardship platforms and ensure proper execution

  • Assist in strategizing and implementing campaign cultivation and recognition events

  • Provide insights on data trends and develop a theory for future cultivation strategies

  • Other projects and duties as assigned

 

REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A genuine interest in making history by furthering the cause of this organization, with a desire to learn more about our mission centered in diversity, equity and inclusion

  • 5+ years related work experience; fundraising campaign experience is ideal (CFRE a plus)

  • Ultra-organized, a systems-maker, template creator

  • Highly analytical, data driven, and able to organize and present information in a concise and effective manner

  • Ability to adapt and reprioritize work dynamically; manage team to meet or exceed campaign deadlines

  • Able to clearly communicate ideas, data, and your analysis with both written and verbal communications

  • Proficient in PowerPoint, Word, and database management. Highly skilled in Excel. Experience with RE NXT is a plus

  • Proven interpersonal and relationship-building skills with a record of working flexibly and effectively within teams, including C-suite executives

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

The work of this position takes place both in a regular office environment and at a historic site. Some staff offices are located on the third floor of a 300-year-old historic building without an elevator. Incumbent should be able to carry supplies up and down stairs.

 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Application requires a cover letter, resume, and a short writing sample of approximately 300 words. Interested candidates should send their complete application to hr@bostonhistory.org

Please note: Final-round applicants will be required to submit a case study with a formal presentation of recommendations.


Jobs - Part-Time

Do you love Boston History? Do you love to tell others about history? If so, The Bostonian Society is looking for you! We need enthusiastic people to join our team of tour guides (EAs) and work directly with visitors at the Old State House, a Freedom Trail museum.

You should:

  • Love to talk! EAs will give up to 5 25-minute tours during an 8 hour shift. (We will teach you the content!)

  • Like history! The job of the EA is to interpret the history of the Old State House, a 305 year old building in the heart of Boston.

  • Be able to tell a good story! EAs give tours of the Old State House and also interpret the story of the Boston Massacre.  We make complex 18th-century history come alive for 21st-century visitors from all over the world, and go beyond the simple storylines common in public dialogue.

  • Be customer service orientated! A major part of the EA job is orienting visitors to the museum and answering questions of all kinds.  EAs should be friendly, motivated, and committed to providing outstanding customer service and education to all Old State House visitors.

Other duties include:

  • Walking the galleries to monitor the security of our building and collections

  • Light daily exhibition maintenance

  • Assisting the Education Department with scheduled school groups and adult groups

  • Assisting with public programs at the Old State House

  • Other duties as assigned by the Gallery Supervisor

Qualifications:

  • An interest in history, education, or museums.

  • Excellent public speaking skills; EAs must be comfortable speaking in front of large audiences (40+ persons).

  • Previous tour-giving experience preferred.

  • Flexible availability, with a preference for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Weekend availability is a plus. Some holiday availability required.

  • Able to be on your feet for hours; Education Associates are responsible for spending time walking the galleries, answering questions, and guiding tours and gallery talks for 30 minutes or more at a time.

  • Comfortable walking up and down stairs; The Old State House is a multi-story historic building with no elevator or lift.

  • Some education or museum experience is preferred.

 

How to apply:

To apply, please send an attached resume and cover letter including the following information:

  • The days of the week you are available to work

  • The date you are able to start

Please e-mail resume and cover letter to:
Katie Drescher, Gallery Manager and Senior Educator
HR@bostonhistory.org

Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
No phone calls, please.


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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