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:

Facilities Assistant (Part-Time)

Reports to: Facilities Coordinator 

Responsibilities: 

  • Assist with the maintenance of the seven historic properties. 
  • Perform all meeting, programs, and event set up and break down. 
  • Perform janitorial duties necessary in common areas and bathrooms. 
  • Maintain paper product and janitorial supplies at all sites. 
  • Perform limited electrical, plumbing and carpentry repairs, and painting projects. 
  • All other duties as assigned by supervisor. 
  • Adhere to Historic Columbia Foundation’s Ethics Policy and Human Resources Policies and procedures Manual. 
  • Other duties as may be assigned by the Director of Facilities. 

Qualifications: 

High school education or GED. One to three years-experience with maintenance. Must be able to work well with others, climb stairs and ladders, and be able to lift 50 pounds. Valid driver’s license required. 

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

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

 

Research Coordinator

Reports to: Director of Research (DoR)

Responsibilities: 

  • Work with the Director of Research to assist in or lead research and interpretive projects related to historic sites, communities, and individuals. Work will include navigating and evaluating information found in online databases as well as developing relationships with community members and partners.
  • Assist the Director of Research in maintaining internal digital and analog databases and research files. 
  • Assist the Director of Research in creating and updating web- and print-based content for the Connecting Communities through History initiative. 

  • Serve as a point-of-contact for general public inquiries for the Cultural Resources department and be available to work special events on occasional nights and weekends.

  • Adhere to Historic Columbia Foundation’s Ethics Policy and Human Resources Policies and Procedures Manual

Qualifications: 

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in History, Public History, Historic Preservation, or a related field, and one (1) year of relevant experience. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to strengthen their research and reasoning skills “on the job,” but must demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills during the interview process and a desire to grow their content base and ability to write clearly, concisely, and effectively. Historic Columbia regularly partners with historically marginalized communities, and the successful applicant will be expected to interact with members of these communities in an appropriate and professional manner. Experience conducting detail-oriented archival research using both physical and online repositories preferred but not required. Valid driver’s license required.

Qualified candidates please send cover letter and resume, or contact us to arrange a time to complete an application. Applications to be submitted no later than June 1, 2021.

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

This position will be located at:
Robert Mills House & Gardens
1616 Blanding Street
Columbia, SC. 29201
Salary Range: $32,000-40,000