Director of Community Partnerships & Special Projects

Summary: The Director of Community Partnerships & Special Projects will have a passion for building bridges between the academy and the public, leveraging a deep knowledge of American history to create opportunities for cooperative learning and civil discourse among diverse audiences. The person in this role will lead efforts to effectively engage Georgia citizens in community conversations intended to inform development of new programming and resources to help business leaders, teachers, and the broader community better understand how our nation’s past has influenced present-day policies and social movements. By equipping Georgia’s leaders with historical knowledge, they will be better able to evaluate and develop policies and practices that are just, inclusive, and equitable.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work as part of a collaborative team, leading development and implementation of plans to engage corporate, non-profit, and civic leaders, community groups, teachers, and the general public, and to help inform new programming and resource development.
    • Lead and manage project timelines from conception, through refinement, to implementation, to evaluation and reporting.
    • Manage meeting/program logistics (list creation, invitations, registration, agenda development, a/v needs, rsvp and logistical follow up, etc.)
    • Lead efforts to enhance and expand targeted programming, including identifying and assisting with grant and funding proposals.
    • Work with Education Manager to assist in teacher trainings
    • Work with Programs team on new programming surrounding anniversaries and commemorations.
  • Develop and deliver curricular and training resources and events for adult and student audiences in support of new strategic initiatives, including in-person and virtual training modules.
    • Research, develop, and deliver historical lectures and presentations for targeted and general audiences.
    • Facilitate and lead group discussion sessions for small-group and large audiences.
    • Work with GHS staff and community partners to develop new local history resources including historical markers.
    • Develop and manage the implementation of program evaluation tools, analyzing and interpreting data to strengthen community engagement programs and initiatives.
  • Creation and implementation of a comprehensive plan of evaluation for all related projects, including pre- and post-event evaluation tools, as well as the development and analysis of reports based on evaluation by project stakeholders.
  • Assist in the development of grant applications and support implementation, compliance, and programmatic reporting of funded programs.
    • Take lead effort in constructing proposal narratives, project plans, timeline development, etc. in grant and funding efforts to support identified programs.
    • Manage related grant/project timelines, reporting requirements, deliverables, etc., prompting others for support as needed.
  • Represent the organization in local, statewide, and national media as well as with donors, board members, volunteers, and the general public.
  • Develop and strengthen relationships with external partners to enhance GHS programs and collecting initiatives.   Work to solicit collection materials by building trust with various communities and facilitate community-focused collection events.
  • Assist with marker program activities including conducting research, drafting, and reviewing marker content for historical accuracy.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Experience developing and facilitating training for diverse audiences, with a preference for experience developing training at the executive and chief executive levels.
  • Experience in project leadership and the development, implementation, and monitoring of community engagement programs and initiatives.
  • Capacity to think strategically about building and sustaining relationships with organizational partners and community members.
  • Highly comfortable working with and among people from diverse socioeconomic and political backgrounds.
  • Experience building partnerships with businesses, non-profit organizations, community groups, and other external partners.
  • Excellent organizational skills with strong customer-service orientation.
  • Ability to speak publicly and represent GHS in community and professional settings.
  • Excellent written communication skills, including experience developing position papers and briefing documents.
  • Experience working with government or leadership committees preferred.

Education: Master’s Degree from an accredited university in a related field, such as History, Political Science, Public Affairs, Sociology, Law, or Business.

Required experience: Minimum of six years in community engagement, public affairs, program development, or related experience.

To Apply: At the Georgia Historical Society, diversity and inclusion is an integral part of our history, culture, and identity. We are committed to equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability, or other protected status. We are committed to creating a workforce that is reflective of the larger community. All are encouraged to apply.

Send cover letter and resume to:

Georgia Historical Society

104 West Gaston Street

Savannah, GA 31401

Fax: 912.651.2831


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