Topic ID #38224 - posted 4/7/2017 8:15 AM

Director/Collections Manager - Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society, Lake Placid, NY


The Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society (Historical Society) is seeking a Director/Collections Manager. This person reports to the President and is responsible for the management of office activities, implementation of programs, and care of the Historical Society’s collections. Additionally, he/she works with the Board of Trustees and its Committees to achieve the goals and objectives of the organization.   

The applicant must be a well-organized and detail-oriented self-starter, who is mature and capable of primarily independent work. The candidate will enjoy working with the public and will have strong verbal and written communication skills. He/she has to be proficient in Microsoft Office applications and knowledgeable about basic financial reports. Experience in grant writing is desirable, and familiarity with non-profit/museum software is a plus. The job does entail a degree of physical strength, mobility and dexterity.

Functional Responsibilities:


  • -          Interface and provide administrative support to Board of Trustees and Society committees.
  • -          Represent the Society to the public and respond to all inquiries.
  • -          Maintain office files and organization.
  • -          Responsible for all functions related to the production and mailing of the Society’s bi-annual newsletter, annual appeal, and maintenance of memberships.
  • -          Coordinate and attend Board meetings.
  • -          Provide a monthly activities report to Board.
  • -          Ensure the History Museum is staffed and open for prescribed hours. Hire and train staff as needed.

Program Development

  • -          Encourage and implement day and evening programs to increase public awareness and visitation to the History Museum.
  • -          Organize events by securing speakers, negotiate dates and contracts, and secure venues.
  • -          Generate interest and attendance through mailings, social media, and other marketing techniques.


  • -          Share Society events, exhibits, programs, and collections through press releases, promotional materials, e-blasts, and social media on a scheduled and timely basis.
  • -          Design and execute focused mailings, print ads, flyers, and program brochures.
  • -          Conduct public presentations about the Historical Society to various constituents.
  • -          Maintain website in conjunction with webmaster. Maintain Facebook, and Instagram pages.



  • -          Identify grant sources, prepare grants, and file reports.
  • -          Develop and execute membership mailings and annual appeal. Generate thank you letters.
  • -          Maintain accurate membership statuses and mailing lists.
  • -          Coordinate fundraising events, taking lead role in the organization of these events.

Collections Care

  • -          Applies museum best practices to the processing, arrangement, and preservation of the Historical Society artifacts and archives.
  • -          Utilize Past Perfect to manage the collections and archives.
  • -          Assist Museum Committee on the design and execution of exhibits.
  • -          Educate the Board on collections care priorities. Make recommendations for accessioning and deaccessioning of artifacts.


Applicants for this 30-hour-per-week, Lake Placid-based position should send a cover letter, resume, and reference list to or to LP-NE Historical Society, PO Box 189, Lake Placid NY  12946.  The deadline for submissions is April 24, 2017.

For more information on the Historical Society, see our website at

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