The organization: The Georgia Historical Society (GHS) is the first independent state-wide institution responsible for collecting, reviewing, and teaching the history of Georgia. GHS houses the oldest and most distinguished collection of documents relating exclusively to Georgian history in the country. To find out more, visit www.georgiahistory.com.
Summary: An educational and research institution, GHS is committed to teaching the full history of America’s past while firmly believing that an unfailing examination of our nation’s failures, as well as our successes, is crucial. to maintain our democratic republic and encourage us to live up to our ideals and aspirations. GHS is seeking an outgoing, organized and politically savvy individual to join our team as Director of Community Engagement to oversee an initiative focused on examining the history of race and inequality in America. . The ideal candidate will focus on engaging diverse communities and business leaders in exploring our collective history while immersing themselves in the difficult, but necessary conversations that lead us to find solutions to systemic racism in our society. .
The Director of Community Engagement will have a passion for building bridges between the academy and the public, leveraging his in-depth knowledge of American history to create opportunities for cooperative learning and civil discourse among diverse audiences. The person in this position will lead efforts to effectively engage Georgian citizens in community conversations aimed at informing the development of new programs and resources to help business leaders, educators and the wider community better understand how the Our nation’s past has influenced policies and movements. By equipping Georgian leaders with historical knowledge, they will be better able to assess and develop fair, inclusive and equitable policies and practices.
Responsibilities include (the incumbent may perform other assigned tasks):
- Work as part of a collaborative team, leading the development and implementation of plans to engage business, nonprofit and civic leaders, community groups, educators and the general public to help to inform the development of new programs and resources.
- Develop and provide educational and training resources for new strategic initiatives, including in-person and virtual training modules.
- Develop and manage the implementation of program evaluation tools, analyzing and interpreting data to strengthen community engagement programs and initiatives.
- Develop and strengthen relationships with external partners to improve GHS programs and collection initiatives.
- Represent the organization in local, national and national media, as well as with donors, board members, volunteers and the general public.
- Assist in the development of grant applications and support the implementation, compliance and programmatic reporting of funded programs.
- Supervise, monitor and evaluate affected personnel.
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Experience in developing and facilitating training for various audiences, with a preference for experience in developing training at executive and general manager levels.
- Experience in project leadership and in the development, implementation and monitoring of community engagement programs and initiatives.
- Ability to think strategically about building and maintaining relationships with organizational partners and community members.
- Very comfortable working with and among people from various socio-economic and political backgrounds.
- Experience building partnerships with businesses, non-profit organizations, community groups and other external partners.
- Excellent organizational skills with a strong customer service orientation.
- Ability to speak in public and represent GHS in community and professional settings.
- Excellent written communication skills, including experience in developing position papers and briefing documents.
- Experience working with government or steering committees is appreciated.
Education: Master’s degree from an accredited university in a related field, such as history, political science, public affairs, sociology, law or business.
Experience required: At least six years in community engagement, public affairs, program development or related experience.
To apply: Please send a cover letter including a curriculum vitae and relevant writing sample (no more than three pages) to:
Director of Community Engagement
Georgian Historical Society
104 Gaston Street West
Savannah, Georgia 31401
Email: [email protected]
No calls please