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(Archived) Director of the Harlan-Lincoln House & Archive Specialist

Last Updated: 11/18/22

Job Description

IOWA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

Director of the Harlan-Lincoln House & Archive Specialist

Iowa Wesleyan University is seeking an individual to serve as the Director of the Harlan-Lincoln House & Archive Specialist.

The Harlan-Lincoln House Museum, located on the campus of Iowa Wesleyan University, is a museum of local, state, and national significance. James Harlan served as president of Iowa Wesleyan University before his election to the United States Senate in 1855. His close ties to President Abraham Lincoln led to the marriage of James Harlan’s daughter, Mary, and Abraham Lincoln’s son, Robert Todd. The museum is the home where James Harlan’s family lived during the nineteenth century. Abraham Lincoln’s grandchildren spent their summers in the home.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

HARLAN-LINCOLN HOUSE AT IOWA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

OPERATIONS & MUSEUM MANAGEMENT

  • Direct and manage the day-to-day operations of the Harlan-Lincoln House and its related businesses;
  • Keep the Harlan-Lincoln House Executive Committee informed in a timely manner of all-pertinent issues, along with attending and reporting to the Executive Committee at meetings; and
  • Implement strategies for increasing income, well aware of the potential for national scope.

EDUCATION AND PROGRAMMING MANAGEMENT

  • Provide creative vision and leadership for all the Harlan-Lincoln House programs including curatorial and educational activities for a wide variety of audiences;
  • Develop and support an active partnership with public and private local schools as well as home-schooled groups;
  • Direct and routinely evaluate educational programs for the University and the public;
  • Complete museum tours and guest lectures on Cultural Stewardship for Tiger Perspectives classes; and
  • Conduct additional museum tours and presentations as needed.

VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT

  • Conduct recruitment activities, train and evaluate volunteers as needed; and
  • Work closely with the Harlan-Lincoln House Executive Committee to be full participants in the House’s activities.

MARKETING

  • Serve as the chief spokesperson for the Museum, including interaction with the media, community associations, and others; and
  • In collaboration with the University Marketing Department design, implement, and evaluate a strategic marketing program.

DEVELOPMENT

  • In conjunction with the University Advancement Office, coordinate the Friends of the Harlan-Lincoln House annual membership program;
  • Investigate potential grants for the Harlan-Lincoln House that are properly written and submitted by deadline;
  • Oversee development and maintenance of a database listing both current and potential volunteers and donors; and
  • Maintain donor portfolio of constituents supporting the Harlan-Lincoln House, Iowa Wesleyan University Newsom Archives, and other historical projects on campus.

FACILITY & GROUNDS MANAGEMENT

  • In conjunction with University physical plant staff, oversee the secure use and maintenance of the facility, its equipment and supplies, building, grounds and parking facilities; and
  • Complete daily, weekly, monthly, and annual tasks outlined in the museum’s Housekeeping Manual.

COLLECTIONS MANAGEMENT

  • Ensure the continued preventative conservation of the Harlan-Lincoln House artifact collection including cleaning, integrated pest management, and object research following professional standards outlined by the American Alliance of Museums;
  • Oversee the inventory of the museum’s artifact collection for intellectual control of the objects as well as long term legal documentation; and
  • Research, develop, and install museum exhibits which highlight the artifacts of the Harlan-Lincoln House and their provenance for the public.

UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES

  • Alongside library staff, respond to archival queries and research questions from within the university and from the outside community
  • Work with community partners in historical preservation
  • Track and report archive usage data for University annual reports
  • Work with the Office of Advancement & Alumni to create promotional materials using archival ephemera
OTHER
  • Attend Museum and University events.
  • Lead and manage special projects and perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned or as needed.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Commitment and demonstrated ability to cooperate in a team environment and maintain effective and respectful working relationships with all campus personnel
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills as well as a strong service orientation
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service, diversity, and inclusion

REQUIRED SKILLS:

  • Familiarity of preservation techniques and archival provenance standards
  • Familiarity with trends and issues in museums and preservation
  • Maintain awareness of trends and on-going developments in preservation and museum preservation topics
  • Ability to create and maintain detailed, accurate documentation

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • History or museum studies degree, or equivalent
  • Experience working in a museum or archives
  • Familiarity with preservation best practices
  • Familiarity with scanning equipment

Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Qualified candidates must upload their letter of interest, resume/CV, and contact information for three professional references at https://www.iw.edu/careers.

No phone calls please, candidates will be contacted if search committee is in need of further information. Iowa Wesleyan University is an equal opportunity employer.

Company Details

Mount Pleasant, Iowa, United States
The academic programs at Iowa Wesleyan include undergraduate, graduate, and online learning. Service-learning is integrated into the curriculum, ensuring that all students connect classroom learning with service to others. Located in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, Iowa Wesleyan offers a variety of arts and cultural opportunities for southeast Iowa. Art shows, concerts, lectures, and plays take place throu...