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The Delaware Historical Society (DHS), founded in 1864, preserves, promotes, and shares Delaware’s history in a welcoming environment to educate, inspire, and empower people and communities. DHS is an independent, non-profit, non-government historical society founded in 1864. DHS includes 9 historic buildings, 8 of which are in Wilmington and straddle the 500 block of... Market Street, and the ninth is the “Gem of Old New Castle,” the George Read House & Garden (designated a National Historic Landmark—the nation’s highest level of historic significance—in 2017).

The Wilmington campus includes the Old Town Hall (1798) adjoining the Delaware History Museum and the Jane and Littleton Mitchell Center for African American Heritage (created in 2016). Across the street from these museum buildings (which include the museum store and staff offices) stands the DHS Research Library, the Library Annex (in the 1816 Robert Porter House), and the four Colonial-era buildings that comprise Willingtown Square. Each of the Wilmington buildings are contributing properties to the Market Street Commercial District on the National Register of Historic Places.


The primary responsibility of the Director of the Mitchell Center for African American Heritage (MCAAH) is to demonstrate a passion for public history, African American history and culture, and knowledge of the value and relevance of history in today’s society. The position requires the ability to engage broad sectors of the public with information, context, and relevance of critical African American history. The Director of MCAAH possesses knowledge of the state’s history and the uniqueness of the African American experience in Delaware history and that of the Mid-Atlantic region.


To perform in this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Other duties may be assigned to meet business needs.
• Collaborates with DHS staff, Center for African American Heritage advisory council members, and community partners to design and implement educational, interpretive, and family heritage programs for the Center for African American Heritage
• Develops, implements, supervises, and evaluates all educational programs associated with the Delaware Historical Society’s Center for African American Heritage, including administrative tasks associated with the programs
• Develops, implements, and monitors web and social network-based programming associated with the Center for African American Heritage
• Works as a team member in the development, implementation, and evaluation of outreach programs, including assisting with fundraising or grant proposals where needed
• Participates and provides support in planning and implementation of education programs institution-wide, including educational components of all exhibitions and publication of the Delaware History Journal
• Hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates all guide staff, interns and volunteers associated with the Center for African American Heritage
• Maintains all educational spaces used for the Center for African American Heritage programs
• Assists in the proper and effective marketing and promotion of the Center for African American Heritage programs and events
• In consultation with the Chief Curator, participates in the development of collections supporting the purpose and goals of the Center for African American Heritage
• In collaboration with the Chief Curator and Director of Education, provides research assistance and creative input in the development of exhibitions and publications for the Center for African American Heritage; and provides reference services to persons seeking access to Center for African American Heritage collections
• Supports and fosters the ongoing initiatives of the Delaware Historical Society to practice diversity, inclusion, equity, and accessibility for long term sustainability
• Participates in community outreach through speaking engagements, workshops, festivals, and other public events.

Supervisory Responsibilities: MCAAH Outreach Coordinator


Education and Experience Requirements:
• Bachelor’s Degree in African American Studies, American History, Museum Studies, Education or a similarly suitable course of study. Graduate Degree preferred.
• Three to five years of relevant experience with a public history agency, history museum, historical society or cultural organization.

Work Environment:
• General office environment
• Hours of work and days are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.to 5:00 p.m. with a one-hour break for lunch
• Work schedule flexibility required
• Hybrid schedule: office and remote work

_ Physical Demands:_
• Must be able to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time.
• The person in this position needs to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
• Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a copy machine and computer printer.

This position description does not imply that the stated requirements are the only expectations for the position. Incumbents are expected to perform any other duties that may be assigned. The Delaware Historical Society has the right to revise this position description at any time. The Delaware Historical Society is an “at will” employer and as such, neither this position description nor your signature constitutes any form of contractual agreement between you and the Delaware Historical Society.

The Delaware Historical Society (DHS) is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate our inclusive work environment and encourage individuals of all backgrounds and perspectives to apply. At DHS, we’re committed to having an inclusive and transparent environment where every voice is heard and acknowledged. We embrace our differences and know that a diverse team is a strength that drives our success.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $60,000.00 per year

• 401(k)
• 401(k) matching
• Dental insurance
• Employee assistance program
• Flexible spending account
• Health insurance
• Life insurance
• Paid time off
• Retirement plan
• Vision insurance

• Monday to Friday

Ability to Relocate:
• Wilmington, DE 19801: Relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: In person
Wilmington DE USA


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