Job Announcement: Wexler-Funded Curatorial Fellow

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Circa 1740 Colonoware cooking pot created by enslaved people and used at Drayton Hall. Photo credit: Colonial Williamsburg

Under the supervision of the Drayton Hall Preservation Trust Archaeologist + Curator of Collections, the Wexler-Funded Curatorial Fellow (WFCF) is responsible for generating high-quality digital data on archaeological artifacts, excavation contexts, and site plans, with the use of detailed classification, measurement, digitizing, and coding protocols developed by the Monticello Archaeology Lab and the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (DAACS). The WFCF is responsible for cataloging the legacy archaeological collection at Drayton Hall in order to contribute to a greater understanding of the material culture of the past inhabitants of the Drayton Hall property. The fellowship is a funded position with funding expected to last for approximately 24 months.

Duties

  • Mastery of DAACS protocols and data structures for artifacts and context data and their instantiation in the DAACS database.
  • Expertise in the material culture of the early-modern Atlantic world, especially ceramics and a basic understanding of stratigraphy, soils, sediments, archaeological survey and excavation techniques.
  • Knowledge of current scholary literature in historical archaeology.
  • Ability to communicate effectively through writing, informal tours, and professional presentations. Fellow is expected to work with supervisor to present results at professional conferences and to communicate with Deborah and Peter Wexler on the status and progress of the fellowship.
  • Excellent organizational skills with extreme attention to detail and diligent and patient work practices.
  • Be a team player and be able to lead, follow, and/or support colleagues in a tactful, positive way.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in anthropology or related discipline, preferably with a concentration in archaeology.
  • Graduate degree in anthropology.
  • Previous DAACS training by the Monticello/DAACS staff a plus.
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in archaeological research.
  • Must have strong oral and written communication skills.

Position Details

  • Department: Preservation
  • Reports To: Archaeologist + Curator of Collections
  • FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
  • Employment Status: Full Time

Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references who can support the applicant’s ability to perform the duties described above, to:
Drayton Hall Preservation Trust
Attn: Sarah Stroud Clarke, Archaeologist + Curator of Collections
3380 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414
Or you may email your application materials to sstroudclarke@draytonhall.org
No phone calls, please.
The Drayton Hall Preservation Trust is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Announcement: Landscape Technician

view-from-portico-dh-landscape-1020x377Reporting to the Manager of Landscapes, Horticulture and Facilities. the Landscape Technician (LT) will assist in the maintenance and preservation of Drayton Hall’s historic landscape. The LT will work with other Preservation staff contributing to the achievement, support and compliance of the established and future landscape objectives as outlined in Drayton Hall’s Landscape Master Plan or as new projects and plans are initiated.

Duties

  • Contribute to the overall success of Drayton Hall in achieving its mission.
  • Maintain and present the landscape according to the highest professional horticultural standards. Primary responsibilities include turf maintenance including: trimming, mowing, pest control, fertilizing; garden duties including proper planting techniques, watering, fertilizing and mulching; removal of invasive plant material and dead plant material; general knowledge of aquatics.
  • Operation, inventory and maintenance of assigned landscape tools, equipment and machinery.
  • Perform duties to the highest standards of landscape maintenance for maximum presentation of historic gardens, trees, parking lots, woodland walks and the cemetery.
  • Work with and monitor volunteers in assigned duties within selected landscape and garden areas.
  • Ensure that all property signs and garden interpretation are well maintained and unobstructed.
  • Assist in emergency storm preparations and recovery, as required.
  • Develop knowledge of the site and its history by attending enhancement programs and reviewing the site landscape plans and horticulture documents.
  • Attend all meetings as required and help ensure effective communications.
  • Become knowledgeable in site security procedures.
  • Assist with special events and programming as needed, including arriving early and staying late to open/close the site, some evenings, weekends or holidays might be required.
  • Work as a cooperative member of a team, and be willing to lead, follow, and support colleagues in a tactful, positive way.
  • May perform other duties as assigned.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.
  • While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls. The employee is required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee may have exposure to moderate noise, crowds at functions or events, and at times variances in weather.
  • The employee must be able to lift items over 80 pounds and perform manual labor as required. The employee must be able to work outdoors. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

Qualifications:

  • Technical Certification or Associates Degree or higher in horticulture/landscape maintenance or in a closely related field,  with 1 year applied work experience; or High School Diploma plus 5 years work experience in landscape/horticulture maintenance.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate and maintain landscape equipment including tractors, commercial mowers, and other power equipment.
  • Safe and current driving record.
  • Ensure all work is performed in a safe manner; also demonstrate an understanding of instructions and deadlines, yet take initiative and work independently.

Position Details

  • Department: Preservation
  • Reports To: Manager of Landscapes, Horticulture and Facilities
  • FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
  • Employment Status: Full-Time

Please send a resume and cover letter to:

Drayton Hall Preservation Trust
ATTN: Eric Becker
3380 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414
Or electronically to ebecker@draytonhall.org.

The Drayton Hall Preservation Trust is an equal opportunity employer.

Image courtesy of Drayton Hall

Job Announcement: Visitor Services Coordinator

Drayton Hall - Photo by Robbin Knight

Reporting to the Director of Visitor Services, the Visitor Services Coordinator (VSC) serves as a primary point-of-contact for all visitor services on a daily basis. The VSC will be charged with supervising basic site operations at Drayton Hall, including the front ticket gate, museum shop, and the day-to-day interpretive schedule during his/her work week. The candidate will be the point-of-contact in case of emergencies, and will aim to ensure a consistently positive guest experience for all visitors to Drayton Hall.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the overall success of Drayton Hall in achieving its mission.
  • Serve as a point-of-contact for visitors in their experience at the site, providing clear and accurate information in a pleasant, effective, and positive way.
  • Manage basic daily site operations related to the visitor experience, including opening/closing museum shop, front ticket gate, office buildings, and historic structures; respond to the needs and concerns of front-line interpretive/visitor services staff.
  • Present guided house tours of Drayton Hall and Connections: From Africa to America programs to diverse audiences of all ages as needed.
  • Conduct educational and special interpretive programs for adult and student groups of all ages. Assist with program preparation and clean-up.
  • Provide coverage for Drayton Hall admissions and museum shop as needed.
  • Actively facilitate open lines of communication amongst different areas of the site (including museum shop, front gate, historic structures, multiple office buildings, etc.) to ensure efficient and orderly day-to-day operations.
  • Become knowledgeable in site security procedures.
  • Participate actively in interpreter training or enhancement programs in order to expand knowledge of the property and/or interpretive skills.
  • Assist with special events and programming as needed, including arriving early and staying late to open/close the site.
  • Work as a cooperative member of a team, and be willing to lead, follow, and support colleagues in a tactful, positive way.

Minimum Qualifications (Education, Experience, Skills):

  • Bachelor’s degree; studies in history, public history, museum studies, museum education, architecture, historic preservation, anthropology, or similar fields preferred.
  • At least three years of relevant experience required; experience in historic site work strongly preferred.
  • Must have strong oral and written communication skills, and be able to synthesize information into clear, effective presentations.
  • Must be dependable, trustworthy, and a problem-solver, with the ability to respond to stressful situations calmly, tactfully, and with good judgment.
  • Basic math and cash handling skills required; experience with point-of-sale retail systems, cash registers, and ticketing systems a plus.
  • Ability to work outdoors; some lifting and manual labor required.
  • Some weekend, evening, and holiday work required!

Position Details:

  • Department: Visitor Services
  • Reports To: Director of Visitor Services
  • FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
  • Employment Status: Full-Time

Please send a resume and cover letter to:

Drayton Hall
ATTN: Allison Jordan
3380 Ashley River Road
Charleston, SC 29414
or electronically at ajordan@draytonhall.org.

The Drayton Hall Preservation Trust is an equal opportunity employer.

Photograph by Robbin Knight.

Job Announcement: Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations

 

Drayton Hall images - Tony Sweet Photographycropped

With limited supervision, the Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations will oversee the administration and planning associated with securing financial support from corporate and foundation partners, tracking progress toward meeting organizational fundraising goals. Duties include monitoring grant deadlines, drafting proposals and reports, and conducting research on potential funders who are committed to historic preservation, museum programming and education.

The position requires a thorough understanding of donor management and the ability to manage relationships with internal staff as well as foundation and corporate contacts.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Implement strategies and activities designed to increase support from existing foundation or corporate funders and identify new potential foundation and corporate support.
  • Manage information database of grant requirements; track contact between Drayton Hall and funders; track all foundation and corporate giving deadlines.
  • Create institutional database of potential new support.
  • Prepare foundation and corporate giving materials, including but not limited to proposals, letters of inquiry, grant reports, agreements, email, presentations, acknowledgment letters, and stewardship materials. This includes drafting original copy, editing copy, formatting, and printing.
  • Research the giving interests of foundation and corporate funders, stay abreast of philanthropic trends and recent foundation and corporate giving, and identify new opportunities for funding that align with Drayton Hall programs and priorities.
  • Assist program staff with their fundraising efforts, as appropriate.
  • Liaise with program staff and Finance staff to monitor grant expectations and spending.
  • Attend foundation meetings and events, cultivating relationships with current and prospective donors as appropriate.
  • Prepare senior staff for meetings and phone calls with foundation or corporate staff. This includes research and writing briefings.
  • May perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • B.A. or B.S. required.
  • Three to five years of foundation and corporate relations experience or comparable work with foundations and corporations, preferably within a not-for-profit setting.
  • Experience writing grant proposals and reports.
  • Experience reviewing budgets and financial reports.
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends, and travel occasionally.
  • Familiarity with 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) regulations.
  • Knowledge of Altru development and CRM software.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong analytical and research skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated willingness to learn.
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work independently and work as a member of a team.
  • Genuine belief in the mission of Drayton Hall.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee may have exposure to moderate noise, crowds at functions or events, and at times variances in weather.  The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

Position Details:

  • Department:  Development
  • Reports To:  Director of Philanthropy
  • FLSA Status:  Exempt
  • Employment Status:  Full-Time

The Drayton Hall Preservation Trust provides a competitive compensation and benefits package

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to:

Drayton Hall Preservation Trust
ATTN: Steve Mount
3380 Ashley River Road
Charleston, SC 29414
or electronically at smount@draytonhall.org.

The Drayton Hall Preservation Trust is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Announcement: Historical Interpreters

Drayton Hall is seeking creative, enthusiastic, and innovative individuals to serve as part-time historical interpreters, presenting three centuries of history to diverse audiences. DUTIES

  • Contribute to the overall success of Drayton Hall in achieving its mission.
  • Serve as a point-of-contact for visitors in their experience at the site, providing clear and accurate information in a pleasant, effective, and positive way.
  • Present guided house tours of Drayton Hall and Connections: From Africa to America programs on a daily basis to diverse audiences of all ages.
  • Conduct educational and special interpretive programs for adult and student groups of all ages. Assist with program preparation and clean-up.
  • Provide coverage for Drayton Hall admissions and museum shop as needed.
  • Participate actively in interpreter training or enhancement programs in order to expand knowledge of the property and/or interpretive skills.
  • Assist with special events and programming as needed.
  • Assist with basic site operations, including monitoring security of historic resources and visitor safety, responding calmly and professionally to emergencies and promptly notifying supervisor of incidents.
  • Work as a cooperative member of a team, and be willing to lead, follow, and support colleagues in a tactful, positive way.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree; studies in history, public history, museum studies, museum education, architecture, historic preservation, anthropology, or similar fields preferred.
  • Must have strong oral and written communication skills, and be able to synthesize information into clear, effective presentations.
  • Basic math and cash handling skills required; experience with point-of-sale retail systems, cash registers, and ticketing systems a plus.
  • Ability to work outdoors; some lifting and manual labor required. Some weekend, evening, and holiday work required!  Hours vary by season. 

Please send a resume and cover letter addressed to:
Drayton Hall Preservation Trust
Attn: Shelia Harrell-Roye
3380 Ashley River Road Charleston, SC 29414
Or you may email a resume and cover letter to info@draytonhall.org

The Drayton Hall Preservation Trust is an equal opportunity employer.