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External Relations Coordinator / AASLH

03/22/2017 1:05 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

External Relations Coordinator

American Association for State and Local History
Full-time with benefits


From the History Relevance campaign (https://www.historyrelevance.com/), to humanities advocacy, to planning with regard to the nation’s 250th commemoration in 2026, the AASLH at any one time is involved in partnerships with many other organizations. The External Relations Coordinator will provide administrative and creative support for maintaining such cooperative efforts. The coordinator also will help to run projects that these collaborations generate within AASLH and/or externally. In addition, writing, research, communications, and administrative support for other AASLH projects and programs, particularly as they touch on history relevance and advocacy, will emerge as part of this new position. The External Relations Coordinator reports to the Chief of Operations and works in the AASLH office in Nashville, TN.

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) is a national non-profit association serving history professionals, history volunteers, museums, historical societies, and related organizations. Helping to set standards and best practices for the field, advocating for history, and facilitating conversation across the historical community, AASLH has long helped sustain small to large history organizations through its publications, annual conference, continuing education, and other programs. We emphasize the vital relevance of history and build diversity and inclusiveness, while cultivating an experimental and creative spirit within the association and among its constituents and partners.


We are looking for a highly-organized and creative person with a passion for history and the role of history organizations in demonstrating the contemporary relevance of the past. Six years’ work experience after college, preferably in a nonprofit corporation such as a membership association or history-related institution such as a museum, historical society, or humanities council is required. Master’s in History, Public History, or Museum Studies or related experience is preferred. Knowledge of historical practices/methods, and professional skills or abilities related to archives, libraries, historic preservation, historical interpretation, history education, museum exhibits/curation, cultural resource management, or related activities is important. Candidate must have a demonstrable understanding of national history/humanities advocacy efforts and organizations in the past few years as well as strong writing and oral communication skills, proven aptitude for building professional networks and for collaboration, experience running and successfully completing large-scale projects, and the ability to manage and report on multiple projects at the same time with attention to detail. Familiarity with databases, social media, and the WordPress platform, as well as intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel are necessary.


·         Assist the President & CEO in organizing meetings of the History Relevance campaign and tracking and conducting its projects.

·         Write and manage grants for the History Relevance campaign.

·         Assist the President & CEO in scheduling, preparing materials, and conducting research for meetings of the State Historical Administrators Meeting, the National Coalition for History, the Humanities Indicators project, and other advocacy and humanities coalitions.

·         Organize and help lead planning efforts of the AASLH Semiquincentennial Task Force.

·         Help facilitate the two-year enhancement process for the AASLH StEPs program (Standards and Excellence for History Organizations)

·         Work with the Marketing Coordinator to integrate the work of AASLH’s collaborative relationships with the organization’s social media, publications, and other communications, and to draft articles, blog posts, website text, and email.

·         Travel to meetings of the collaborations and partnerships.

·         Attend the AASLH Annual Meeting each September to help staff registration, meetings during, special events, and other aspects of the conference.

To apply

Submit in one PDF or other file a convincing cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to employment@aaslh.org. Review of applications will begin April 20 and continue until the position is filled. Anticipated start date is June 2017. AASLH is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusion.


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