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Interpretive Fellow, Wake Forest Historical Museum

Employer
Wake Forest University
Location
Wake Forest, NC

Job Details

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Job Description Summary

This position is responsible for guiding the development of a new interpretive plan for the Calvin Jones House. It is funded through a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Public Impact Projects for Smaller Organizations (PIPS) grant. The position will provide an emerging public history professional with experience in interpretive programming, exhibit development, and museum evaluation. The Interpretive Fellow will research and draft a new interpretive plan, evaluate project progress, and facilitate communication between staff, advisory groups, and other stakeholders.

This position will work at the Wake Forest Historical Museum located at 414 North Main Street in downtown Wake Forest, North Carolina.

Job Description

Essential Functions:

  • Create a comprehensive interpretive plan for the Dr. Calvin Jones House, including reviewing relevant humanities scholarship and identifying interpretive themes.
  • Develop a multi-stage evaluation plan and manage project progress.
  • Facilitate communication between staff, advisory groups, and other stakeholders.
  • Lead community listening sessions and focus groups to collect stakeholder feedback and test interpretive themes.

Other Functions:

  • Lead regular guided tours of the Dr. Calvin Jones House.
  • Greet museum visitors during normal operating hours.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Bachelors degree
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate well with people of all ages, demographics, backgrounds, and ability levels.
  • Experience in public speaking.
  • Experience with anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion practices.
  • Experience planning, organizing, and conducting historical research.
  • Record of working positively with community partners.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently.
  • Strong interest in pursuing a career in museums.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Currently pursuing or a recent graduate of an MA or PhD in public history, history, historic preservation, cultural heritage, American studies, African American studies, museum studies, archaeology, education, or a related field.
  • Knowledge of North Carolina history, African American history and culture, and the history of higher education and religion in the United States.
  • Experience reading historical documents, especially nineteenth-century handwriting.
  • 1-2 year’s experience working within a museum or historic preservation organization.

Accountabilities:

  • Responsible for own work

Physical Requirements:

  • Sedentary work primarily involves sitting/standing; communicating with others to exchange information; repeating motions that may include the wrists, hands, and/or fingers; and assessing the accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of the work assigned.

Environmental Conditions:

  • No environmental conditions

Disclaimer:

This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by the employee’s supervisor.

To help provide a safe learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply. Wake Forest University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in employment for individuals with disabilities.

Additional Job Description

Time Type Requirement

Part timeNote to Applicant:This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.

Organization

Wake Forest University, formed in 1834, has experienced decades of growth and innovation.  WFU is a distinctive university that combines a liberal arts core with graduate and professional schools and innovative research programs.  The University embraces the teacher-scholar ideal, which prizes the personal interaction between students and faculty.  It is a place where exceptional teaching, fundamental research and discovery, and the engagement of faculty and students in the classroom and the laboratory are paramount.

Wake Forest University is a community that seeks the enlightenment and freedom which come through diligent study and learning. Its higher goal, however, is to give life to the University motto "Pro Humanitate," as members translate a passion for knowledge into compassionate service. The community shares a tradition that embraces freedom and integrity and acknowledges the worth of the individual. The heritage, established by the school's founders and nurtured by succeeding generations, promotes a democratic spirit arising from open-mindedness and discourse. Wake Forest fosters compassion and caring for others. Its collective strength and character are derived from the values and distinctive experiences of each individual; therefore, it affirms the richness of human intellect and culture and its contribution to knowledge, faith, reason, and dialogue. Furthermore, it strives toward a society in which good will, respect, and equality prevail. To that end, Wake Forest University rejects hatred and bigotry in any form and promotes justice, honor, and mutual trust.​

The University is comprised of:  the undergraduate college, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Divinity, School of Law, and School of Medicine (located on the Bowman Gray campus with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center) and today enrolls about 4,846 undergraduates and 2,823 students in graduate programs at its principal location, the Reynolda campus.  Students at Wake Forest University enjoy a great deal of access to and interaction with world-class faculty both in and out of the classroom setting with a student-faculty ratio of 11:1.  Wake Forest employs approximately 2,772 full and part-time faculty and staff.

Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant, intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities, and a strong athletics program competing in the fifteen-team Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).  Since its founding, the university has adopted the motto “pro humanitate,” which is exemplified by a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world. Wake Forest has a strong commitment to holistic, eight-dimensional well-being for students, faculty and staff as evidenced in the Thrive initiative.

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest is located in Winston-Salem, NC, a beautiful, mid-sized city centrally located in the Piedmont-Triad region of North Carolina.  Winston-Salem is a family-friendly city with high quality schools, numerous outdoor recreational activities and events, and is known for its vibrant and thriving arts scene.

Winston-Salem residents enjoy close proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains (1.5 hours) and Atlantic beaches (4 hours), a moderate climate with four distinct seasons, a very reasonable cost of living, and an eclectic variety of restaurants, wine bars, and breweries for dining with friends and family.  Winston-Salem offers many of the amenities of a large city but with the sense of community and quality of life of a smaller town (www.visitwinstonsalem.com).

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