Careers

As a leader in heritage tourism, Historic Columbia provides house museum tours, walking tours and guided bus tours of Columbia's cultural and historical assets. Additionally, the organization hosts annual programs and events such as the Gardening Symposium and the Jubilee: Festival of Black History & Culture. As an advocate for the preservation of Columbia and Richland County's built history, Historic Columbia works closely with city and county officials to ensure proper protection is provided to structures with cultural and historical importance.

Our mission is to share the complex history of Columbia and Richland County through historic preservation advocacy, innovative educational programs, and strategic partnerships.

Historic Columbia is an equal opportunity employer committed to advancement opportunities for all individuals based on merit, qualifications and abilities. Historic Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.  

Current Openings:

Director of Outreach and Engagement

Built upon the pillars of preservation, education, and advocacy, Historic Columbia is a local non-profit organization that preserves places and shares complex stories from the past that connect us in the present and inspire our future.   

Historic Columbia (HC) is looking for an exceptional leader to serve as the Director of Outreach and Engagement to help shape community access to local history in Columbia and Richland County. The person in this position will lead a team that develops and implements all outward-facing activities and communications of this dynamic, community-based organization. Additionally, this person will provide leadership for key processes including, but not limited to, stakeholder engagement, evaluation, data reporting, and analysis.  

The Director of Outreach and Engagement will be accountable for strategic efforts and their execution including, but not limited to:   

  • Overseeing the lifecycle of all engagement and outreach initiatives, from creative planning to successful delivery and comprehensive evaluation.     
  • Supervising a dynamic research and interpretation team to oversee the development of high-quality content for internal and external exhibits, tours, programs, and communications.  
  • Managing a talented team of educators who engage youth, students, and teachers in standards-based and hands-on learning.  
  • Overseeing the creation, implementation, and evaluation of a robust annual programmatic schedule and outreach initiatives, including in-person, virtual, and hybrid events.  
  • Supervising a creative marketing team to develop comprehensive, high-impact, communications strategies to reach a variety of audiences and reinforce a greater understanding of HC’s mission and identity.   
  • Along with team members, creating and implementing annual organizational goals to deepen engagement within the community, while increasing and/or improving opportunities for further participation with HC and its programs.   
  • Working with the visitor services team to ensure that all individuals and groups that engage with HC are treated equitably and enjoy a transformative experience.  
  • Developing and implementing outreach strategies to maintain current and develop new community partnerships.  
  • Continually evaluating the operation of team/function to ensure ongoing effectiveness and impact of Historic Columbia’s outreach and engagement efforts.     
  • Collecting, analyzing, and reporting engagement data.   
  • Leveraging multiple partners of the organization (direct reports, community partners, volunteers) and utilizing consensus building as needed.   
  • Owning planning/deliverables timelines, event schedules, and promotional/community engagement outreach.  
  • Supervisory duties include coaching, team building, and performance management of reporting employees.   
  • Building and maintaining relationships with all department heads, external partners, and vendors to make decisions regarding operational activity and strategic goals.  
  • Other duties as assigned.    

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

You are an outgoing creative visionary who is interested in overseeing the storytelling that is threaded through Historic Columbia. You have a passion for and background in museums and/or cultural institutions and a dedication to offering exemplary customer service with collaborating partners. You are meticulous in your organizational skills and meet all deadlines expeditiously. You embrace your role as an inclusive leader and enjoy working together with a team.   

ORGANIZATION BENEFITS AND PERKS

We work hard to embrace diversity and inclusion and encourage everyone at Historic Columbia to bring their authentic selves to work every day. We offer a variety of growth and professional development opportunities, a welcoming environment, and family-friendly benefits for our team members.   

  • Generous paid time off   
  • Medical insurance   
  • Retirement planning   
  • Competitive compensation   
  • Parental leave  
  • Support for community involvement   
  • Paid holidays   

Job Details: Salary of $85,000 per year/ Full-Time / Located in Columbia, SC  

Required Education, Experience, and Competencies:  

  • Bachelor’s degree required.   
  • Must have a minimum of five (5) years of professional experience in museums and community outreach. Non-profit experience preferred.   
  • Must have a minimum of three (3) years of leadership experience.  
  • Demonstrated excellence in engagement and mobilization at the individual, community, and organizational levels.   
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills, with the demonstrated ability to engage and influence others.   
  • Demonstrated ability to manage an outcomes-based approach.   
  • Evidence of the ability to consistently make strategic decisions through a combination of research, analysis, experience, and sound judgment.   
  • Strong listening and communication skills.   
  • Excellent problem-solving, organizational skills, and the presentation of creative resourcefulness.   
  • Strong Microsoft Suite skills (including SharePoint, Word, Publisher, Access, PowerPoint, etc.). Experience with Blackbaud’s Altru and Monday.com project management systems is a plus.  
  • Deal with ambiguity by showing agility and action orientation when facing change and uncertainty.  

Historic Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer and maintains compliance with all federal, state, and local laws.   

Please send a cover letter and resume with three references, at least one of which should be a past supervisor, to jobs@historiccolumbia.org. The title of the email should be the position for which you are applying. The posting will remain open until the successful candidate is found.

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Built upon the pillars of preservation, education, and advocacy, Historic Columbia is a local non-profit organization that preserves places and shares complex stories from the past that connect us in the present and inspire our future.

Historic Columbia seeks a Marketing and Communications Coordinator (MCC) to play a critical role in ensuring the organization achieves its goals in alignment with its mission, vision, and values. A key player in Historic Columbia’s marketing and communications efforts across departments, this individual reports to the Marketing and Communications Manager and works closely with the Director of Outreach and Engagement. The MCC is responsible for digital content creation, management of the editorial calendar, and overseeing all aspects of the organization’s social media presence. The MCC also assists the Marketing and Communications Manager with marketing campaigns for programs and events. Consistent messaging and routine follow-up must be part of every element of the MCC work activities to maintain positive relations with the media, membership, and general public. The position oversees activities that reflect the organization’s commitment to education as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

The ideal candidate is comfortable working both independently and collaboratively within a small, close-knit team and thrives in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. The successful candidate can communicate effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders, using a variety of communication tactics.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Create marketing campaigns in coordination with the Marketing and Communications Manager.
  • Manage the Historic Columbia brand through the design and production of various marketing materials including writing copy when needed.
  • Schedule and meet media members for interviews with relevant HC staff.
  • Write and produce press releases, press kits, fact sheets, and other public relations materials.
  • Coordinate with partners, such as Experience Columbia SC and Discover South Carolina, on visiting media members.
  • Report media metrics to Marketing and Communications Manager for inclusion in monthly board reports.
  • Report website analytics to the Director of Marketing and Communications and update related documents.
  • Produce content for marketing materials and outlets, including in-house newsletter (printed three times a year), social media, and HistoricColumbia.org.
  • Assist with development and dissemination of all e-communications.
  • Produce visual content for social media platforms and assist with drafting posts when needed.
  • Assist with managing Historic Columbia’s websites, including writing copy, making updates, and working with external vendors.
  • Assist department with shared duties in monitoring incoming social media messages and responding in a timely fashion.
  • Develop relationships with media members and maintain media database.
  • Photograph events and other needs for use in print or online communications.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Adhere to the Historic Columbia Ethics and Human Resources Policies.

ORGANIZATION BENEFITS AND PERKS

We work hard to embrace diversity and inclusion and encourage everyone at Historic Columbia to bring their authentic selves to work every day. We offer a variety of growth and professional development opportunities, a welcoming environment, and family-friendly benefits for our team members.   

  • Generous paid time off   
  • Medical insurance   
  • Retirement planning   
  • Competitive compensation   
  • Parental leave  
  • Support for community involvement   
  • Paid holidays   

Required Education, Experience, and Competencies:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as communications, public relations, or graphic design.
  • 5+ years of relevant paid professional experience in communications and/or marketing, preferably in a nonprofit organization.
  • Proven results in implementing marketing and communications strategic plans.
  • Demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously while managing deadlines.
  • Proven results in managing social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, etc.) and analytics technologies to engage a diverse audience.
  • Experience in graphic design platforms, including Adobe Creative Suite and Canva, required. Video and photography experience preferred.
  • Familiarity with Drupal CMS platform preferred, but basic website knowledge required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills (Candidates selected to interview will be required to complete written performance exercise).
  • Strong attention to detail required.

Job Details: Salary Range $47,000 to $60,000 per year/ Full-Time / On site in Columbia, SC  

Historic Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer and maintains compliance with all federal, state, and local laws.   

Please send a cover letter and resume with three references, at least one of which should be a past supervisor, to jobs@historiccolumbia.org. The title of the email should be the position for which you are applying. The posting will remain open until the successful candidate is found.


Programs Assistant

Historic Columbia is looking for a creative educator to serve as the Programs Assistant to help the Programs Manager build dynamic engagement at the premiere local history organization in Columbia and Richland County. This position supports school activities and public programs that reflect the organization’s commitment to education as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion.   

The Programs Assistant is responsible for assisting with all youth, family, and adult programs offered to schools, community organizations, and the public. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to provide programming for diverse audiences, including programs surrounding difficult topics like slavery and racism, professionally and sensitively, and display skill in digesting and teaching complex topics surrounding South Carolina’s history.   

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Coordinate with the Programs Manager to schedule and lead traveling trunk programs at local schools.  
  • Learn all traveling trunk programs and become fully trained in leading the activities in each program.  
  • Manage traveling trunk programs, including delivery of onsite curriculum, scheduling, invoice and payment processing, and promotional materials.  
  • Collect, maintain, and analyze data for continual evaluation of programs and assist with relevant grant reporting.   
  • Assist with onsite school programs as schedule allows.  
  • Learn tours for all sites and be able to lead family-friendly and school tours.   
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of annual educational programs.  
  • Assist with the development and execution of family activities for public events.  
  • Other duties as assigned.  
  • Adhere to Historic Columbia Ethics and Human Resources policies.  

Organization Benefits and Perks:   

We work hard to embrace diversity and inclusion and encourage everyone at Historic Columbia to bring their authentic selves to work every day. We offer a variety of growth and professional development opportunities, a welcoming environment, and family-friendly benefits for our team members.  

Job Details: $15 an hour / approximately 25 hours a week / onsite in Columbia, SC  

QUALIFICATIONS:  

  • BA in education, history, or a related field.  
  • At least three years of experience working with youth.  
  • Experienced in the application of informal learning practices.   
  • Familiarity with or demonstrated ability to understand South Carolina Educational Standards.   
  • Experience working with diverse groups of community members and audiences.   
  • Program development and evaluation.   
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills. Invoicing and reservation management are a plus.  

Historic Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer and maintains compliance with all federal, state, and local laws.   

Please send a cover letter and resume with three references, at least one of which should be a past supervisor, to jobs@historiccolumbia.org. The title of the email should be the position for which you are applying. The posting will remain open until the successful candidate is found.  

Rental Assistant

The Rental Assistant represents Historic Columbia as the staff on-site during events, such as weddings, rehearsals, rehearsal dinners, corporate functions, fundraisers, etc, and remains available to the rental client for the duration of the event. The Rental Assistant is responsible for ensuring the rules and regulations of Historic Columbia are followed by rental clients, for answering and solving any facility or property related questions and issues, and for responding to emergency situations in an appropriate manner.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must have excellent communications skills, to interact with all vendors and rental clients during the event, as well as coordination through email and phone with Rental Coordinator for the requirements and details for the specific events to which the assistant is assigned.
  • Must be able to maintain email and phone access to communicate with the Rental Coordinator during the week and during the events to which the assistant is assigned.
  • Prior event/wedding experience or customer service experience required.
  • Must have professional demeanor and appearance at all times.
  • Must be flexible and accommodating, but assertive when necessary.
  • Browse historiccolumbia.org to learn more about Historic Columbia, a non-profit dedicated to preserving Columbia and Richland County’s historic and cultural heritage.

Historic Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer and maintains compliance with all federal, state, and local laws.   

Please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@historiccolumbia.org. The title of the email should be the position for which you are applying. The posting will remain open until the successful candidate is found.