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.

The mission of Historic Columbia is to nurture, support, and protect the historical and cultural heritage of Columbia and Richland County through programs of advocacy, education and preservation.

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 Development (Full Time) 

Join a team committed to improving the quality of life for residents of and visitors to Columbia and Richland County. Historic Columbia is looking to fill a leadership role, which oversees the planning, implementation, and evaluation of all fundraising programs.

To be considered for the position applicants must have strong written and verbal communication skills, have knowledge and experience of fundraising techniques, and embrace the mission of Historic Columbia. A bachelor’s degree in a related field and at least 5 years experience required. This senior staff level position reports to the executive director and works closely with the Board of Trustees.

Send resume and cover letter to HR Dept, 1601 Richland Street, Cola, SC 29201 or dgiles@historiccolumbia.org. Please submit no later than August 20, 2021.

Job Description:

The Historic Columbia Director of Development reports to the Executive Director and serves as a member of Historic Columbia’s leadership team working closely with other Department Head colleagues. The DoD oversees all fundraising initiatives for the organization. This person will:

• Lead and direct annual corporate and individual membership programs, annual fund campaign, community-wide day of philanthropy, sponsorship program, grant writing and management, board and volunteer fundraising engagement, donor recognition, cultivation, and stewardship.
• Engage a portfolio of corporate, foundation, and individual prospects and set strategic direction for giving.
• Build on the organization’s existing relationships and develop new strategic partnerships across the community to expand visibility and strengthen donor base.
• Collaborate across departments to develop and execute strategies that engage members, donors, and the community in the organization’s mission and elevate the brand. • Manage and coach a development coordinator and rentals coordinator.
• Execute dozens of annual events and oversee the rentals program.

Minimum qualifications:

Applicants must have strong written and verbal communication skills, have knowledge and experience of fundraising techniques, and embrace the mission of Historic Columbia. A bachelor’s degree in a related field and at least 5 years experience required. This position is required to work some evenings and weekends.

Preferred qualifications: The ideal candidate will have experience writing and managing grants, directing a membership program, leading sponsorship and corporate giving efforts, working with individual donors, and with planned giving. Experience managing events from planning to execution and engaging the community are key.

This is a full time position with health and vacation time, full health and dental benefits, and life insurance. The salary is commensurate with experience.

Visitor Services Associate (Part-Time) 

Responsibilities:

  • Visitor Services: Be the primary point person for weekday Gift Shop operations. Including, but not limited to opening and closing the shop and restrooms each day, welcome visitors and informing them of daily tour offerings as well as other Historic Columbia events and offerings. This position is part-time, for approximately 20 hours per week, Wednesday through Friday.
  • Museum Shop: Become knowledgeable of merchandise and sales promotions. Use Altru software with proficiency to sell merchandise. Help keep shop tidy by sweeping, dusting and emptying trash if needed. Assist with managing inventory as needed.
  • Tour Presentations: Assist volunteer interpretive guides with tour preparations, including proper use of locks, visitor service needs, and punctuality. Be prepared to lead house tours on occasion. Master four house tours and relate information in a professional manner. Manage the flow of tours in a timely manner.
  • Safety and Security: Be familiar with safety procedures. Know where alarm panels, first aid kits, fire extinguishers are located. Maintain security of collections pieces by following established rules while giving tours. Exhibit good management techniques for guiding the visitors through the house museums.
  • Additional responsibilities: Sell memberships by informing visitors of the benefits of membership with Historic Columbia and of upcoming programming. Exhibit good customer service skills. Accurately prepare the day’s deposit and prepare the till for the next day.
  • Follow employment rules as addressed in Historic Columbia Foundations Ethics Policy and Human Resources Policies and Procedure Manual.

Qualifications: 

Good interpersonal skills. Public speaking experience and general knowledge of local history preferred. Must be able to work as a team with volunteer guides and other Historic Columbia staff.

Browse historiccolumbia.org to learn more about Historic Columbia, a non-profit dedicated to preserving Columbia and Richland County’s historic and cultural heritage.  

Qualified candidates please send cover letter and resume, or contact us to arrange a time to complete an application.

Debbie Giles, Director of Administration and Finance 
Historic Columbia 
1601 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201 
Email: dgiles@historiccolumbia.org 
803-252-7742, ext 13

Rental Assistant (Part-Time)

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 iIs 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.  

Qualified candidates please send cover letter and resume, or contact us to arrange a time to complete an application.

Debbie Giles, Director of Administration and Finance 
Historic Columbia 
1601 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201 
Email: dgiles@historiccolumbia.org 
803-252-7742, ext 13

Weekend Staff (Part Time)

Responsibilities: 

  • Tour Presentations: Master four house tours and relate information in a professional manner. Manage the flow of tours in a timely manner. Collect demographic information by using the Altru front desk system.
     
  • Safety and Security: Be familiar with safety procedures. Know where alarm panels, first aid kits, fire extinguishers are located. Open houses and grounds at the beginning of the day and secure and alarm them accurately at the end of the day. Maintain security of collections pieces by following established rules while giving tours. Exhibit good management techniques for guiding the visitors through the house museums.
     
  • Museum Shop: Become knowledgeable of merchandise and sales promotions. Use Altru software with proficiency to sell merchandise and tour tickets. Help keep shop tidy by sweeping and emptying trash if needed.
     
  • Additional responsibilities: Sell memberships by informing visitors of the benefits of membership with Historic Columbia and of upcoming programming. Exhibit good customer service skills. Accurately prepare the day’s deposit and prepare the till for the next day.
     
  • Follow employment rules as addressed in Historic Columbia Foundations Ethics Policy and Human Resources Policies and Procedure Manual.

Qualifications: 

Good interpersonal skills. Public speaking experience preferred. Must be able to work as a team with fellow weekend staff members.

Qualified candidates please send cover letter and resume to: 

Debbie Giles, Director of Administration and Finance 
Historic Columbia 
1601 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201 
Email: dgiles@historiccolumbia.org