Mission San Luis, a 50-acre living history museum and National Historic Landmark located in Tallahassee, Florida, seeks an Executive Director to oversee all operational, interpretive, and programmatic functions of the museum. The museum consists of a 25,000 square foot visitor center and reconstructed colonial buildings to help tell the story of its former residents. Costumed living history interpreters engage visitors about the site’s past.
From 1656 to 1704, Mission San Luis served as the principal village of the Apalachees and was the Spaniards' westernmost military, religious, and administrative capital. Mission San Luis was one of over 100 mission settlements established in Spanish Florida between the 1560s and 1690s. Today, as a living history museum, it is devoted to sharing the stories of its former Apalachee and Spanish residents. Knowledge of life at Mission San Luis over three centuries ago comes from intensive archaeological and historical research.
Mission San Luis is part of the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources. The position offers full State of Florida benefits.
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Bachelor’s degree in history, museum studies, anthropology, or another field related to living history museum disciplines.
At least five (5) years of full-time experience working in a museum management position.
At least two (2) years of direct supervisory experience.
Required attachments to the application: resume and cover letter detailing education and experience.
Master’s degree in history, museum studies, anthropology, or another field related to living history museum disciplines.
At least one (1) year of full-time experience (paid or volunteer) in costumed living history interpretation.
Experience working within a museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
Occasional travel required.
Responses to qualifying questions must be clearly supported in your employment history.
Duties and Responsibilities:
This is managerial work supervising staff and planning and implementing program/operational functions of Mission San Luis, a living history museum with the Division of Historical Resources. The incumbent in this position will plan, organize, direct and coordinate programs to encourage, promote, maintain and operate Mission San Luis in accordance with museum accreditation requirements and best practices. The responsibilities for this position are, but not limited to the following duties and responsibilities:
Manages and coordinates all of the administrative, programmatic, preservation, interpretation, and operational activities of Mission San Luis. Manages and evaluates Mission San Luis museum, education and living history programs, and facilities, including reconstructed buildings, ensuring compliance with accepted interpretation and preservation standards.
Leads and supports a diverse staff team including individual and team development, performance/productivity planning and evaluations, and establishing positive and motivational working relationships with staff and constituents.
Prepares, manages and implements budget, develops and implements business plans, interprets financials and audit reports.
Directs and oversees income-producing programs at Mission San Luis, including the facilities rental program, retail operations of El Mercado, and membership program.
Provides assistance and direction as liaison for the Friends of Florida History, Inc., board and external partners, and participates in development and implementation of communications, marketing, advocacy and constituent relations plans.
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS: A Level 2 criminal background check is a condition of employment. If selected for this position, you must provide your fingerprints. We will send your fingerprints to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a criminal background check.
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