The Virginia Museum of History & Culture has appointed Joseph Rogers to the new role of Director of Partnerships and Community Engagement.
âWe can and must do more to involve our community and the Commonwealth as a whole,â said VMHC President and CEO Jamie Bosket, âAs the State History Museum of Virginia and the oldest cultural organization in Virginia, we have a responsibility to engage and inspire all Virginians. Building meaningful partnerships with other community-driven organizations and being more present in our community in general will be critical to our future success. We could not be more excited to have Joseph’s arrival guide us in this timely work.
Born in Roanoke, Rogers developed an appreciation for history early on – a love instilled by his parents, Lewis and Ajena Rogers, both of whom are longtime employees of the National Park Service. Rogers served in the United States Navy before beginning his work in museums. First associated with reception, he most recently served as the head of education programs at the American Civil War Museum. His background in history and education is valuable, but it is his passion for outreach and community activism that sets him apart as a candidate.
âNo institution exists without the community it serves. In order for us to understand who we are today, we need to make room for communities that have not been heard for a long time to tell their own stories, âsaid Rogers, who begins his work at VMHC on December 1.
âThe VMHC Board of Directors recognizes the power of partnerships and the need to prioritize relationship building within our local community, region and state,â said the Board Chair, Dr. Pamela Kiecker Royall. âDedicating a full-time staff member to this job will help us deliver on our commitment to be a place for all Virginians – a gathering place where people from all walks of life see each other and their experiences are reflected and represented. “
In addition to the role of Manager of Partnerships and Community Engagement, the museum is hiring several positions over the coming months as it prepares for its grand reopening this spring after a transformative 18-month construction project. When complete, the museum will feature a dramatic increase in exhibition space, new programming for families and youth, new community gathering spaces including outdoor green spaces, a new library, a theater, a museum store and cafe.
More information about all open positions can be found on their website at VirginiaHistory.org/Jobs.