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:

Programs Manager

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

The Programs Manager will be responsible for the planning and implementation of all public programs for adults and youth. As a member of the Outreach and Engagement team, the individual will lead the coordination and implementation of adult and youth programs to ensure effective management and audience expectations are met. In addition, the Programs Manager will collaborate with curriculum coordinators, education specialists, and educators to develop, coordinate, and implement school educational programming that meets state standards and models best teaching practices. 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 demonstrate skill in digesting and teaching complex topics surrounding South Carolina’s history.


  • Work with Outreach and Engagement team to create the annual calendar of public programs. Assist the Director of Outreach and Engagement in coordinating special events with the Development Department.  
  • Serve as the primary staff liaison for the Jubilee Festival of Black History and Culture.
  • Oversee the planning and implementation of annual and recurring HC programs. Some examples include Kensington Place, Bull Street, Wavering Place, Candlelight Tours, and more.
  • Develop, plan, and implement HC’s K-12 educational programming through field trips to HC’s house museums. Coordinate logistics with teachers and staff for all school-based field trips and tours.
  • Oversee on- and off-site youth group tours and virtual programs that implement the best practices related to museum education and state standards. Supervise the traveling trunk program.
  • Work with Outreach & Engagement team to train guides, program assistants, and volunteers in educational programs.
  • Work with Visitor Experience team to develop and execute age- and standard-appropriate tours in HC house museums.  
  • Collaborate with Research & Interpretation Director and Research Coordinator to ensure educational and programmatic information is accurate and up to date.  
  • Develop and implement an educational outreach model for schools, libraries, and other venues. Establish new partnerships with local education organizations, historic sites, and schools.  
  • Serve as contact with teachers, community organizations, school district personnel, youth leaders, and all school and family program registrants. 
  • Collect, maintain, analyze, and periodically report to HC on baseline, formative, and summative data from evaluations of K-12 classrooms and onsite experience to continually improve programming.  
  • Plan and implement annual teacher workshop and summer camps. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 
  • Adhere to Historic Columbia Ethics and Human Resources policies. 


We work hard to embrace diversity and inclusion and encourage everyone at Historic Columbia (HC) 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 range of $38,000-$45,000 per year/ Full-Time / Located in Columbia, SC 


  • B.A. or M.A in education, history, public history, or related field.  
  • Three to five years of experience working with public programs, preferably in a museum setting. Experience managing adult and youth activities. 
  • Knowledge of best museum practices related to museum education.  
  • Experienced application with informal learning practices.  
  • Familiarity with or demonstrated ability to understand South Carolina Educational Standards.  
  • Experience working with diverse groups of community members and audiences.  
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.  
  • Invoicing and reservation management is 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 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.