Washington College, Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience
|Institution Type:||College / University|
|Location:||Maryland, United States|
|Position:||Administrator, Other Professional|
Assistant Director, Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience
Washington College, Chestertown, Md.
The Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience (starrcenter.washcoll.edu) is dedicated to fostering innovative approaches to American history and culture at the local and national levels. Our current programs include a new partnership with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture; extensive work in oral history; a major book award; writing fellowships; and a myriad of hands-on opportunities in public history for our undergraduates.
The Center is located in the circa-1746 waterfront Custom House in historic Chestertown on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Baltimore.
The Assistant Director will administer, implement, and promote activities and programs that sustain the mission of the Starr Center. This staff member will act as the Starr Center’s chief information officer, managing the Center’s communications and public relations, including dynamic and engaging digital content, printed materials, photos/videos, press releases and social media presence.
Working closely with other staff, the Assistant Director will oversee the administration of the Starr Center’s fellowship and scholarship programs and act as a supervisor and mentor for Washington College undergraduates, developing and implementing opportunities for students to participate in the work of the Center.
Please note that this is not a teaching or research position, although there will be opportunities to plan and participate in collaborative projects with undergraduates and other partners.
- Manage the Center’s communications and public relations, including digital content, printed materials, photos/videos, press releases. Develop and oversee the Center’s social-media presence, with the active participation of student interns.
- Oversee and manage the Starr Center’s website and its presence on other parts of the College’s website. Regularly add, update, and maintain content.
- Proactively develop (write, assign, edit) original content about the Center, its activities, staff, students, fellows, and alumni, for diverse platforms, both print and digital.
- Coordinate the Starr Center’s enrollment/admissions-related publicity and outreach, including publications, events, and digital content.
- With assistance from other staff, oversee the Explore America Summer Internship program and the annual awarding of the Quill & Compass Scholarships.
- Work closely with other staff to administer the annual application and selection processes for the Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship and the Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Library Fellowship, especially publicizing the programs and overseeing the Center’s administrative work on these programs.
- Together with other Starr Center staff, develop and oversee opportunities for Washington College students to participate in the work of the Center. In particular, develop projects for Washington College students that relate to digital media, photography, writing, and/or publishing.
- As responsibilities permit, work with the director and staff on planning, developing, and implementing other Starr Center activities.
Education and Experience:
- B.A. is required, advanced degree or equivalent professional experience is preferred.
- Professional background in one or more of the following is required: public history, public humanities, publishing/media, museums, nonprofit management.
- Knowledge of and interest in American history is required.
- Ability to multitask and to maintain communications with a variety of colleagues and professional contacts.
- Strong writing ability, public relations capabilities, and strengths in visual communication and design.
- Demonstrated supervisory and organizational skills.
- Enthusiasm for interacting with and mentoring college students.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references through our online portal at https://www.washcoll.edu/offices/human-resources/employment.php.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Washington College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse cultural environment, and encourages applications from women, people of color, disabled persons, members of the LGBTQ community, and veterans.
Email inquiries only, please.
|Primary Category:||Public History
|Secondary Categories:||American History / Studies
Journalism and Media Studies