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Virginia History Day Coordinator (Full Time)

Division: Programs

Reports to: Manager of Educational Services

Supervises: None

FSLA Status: Non-Exempt

Date: 06.01.17

Posting Duration:  Until Filled


The Virginia Historical Society is looking for an individual to coordinate the National History Day (NHD) program in Virginia. The individual in this position will be the point of contact for all matters related to NHD in the Commonwealth, including: organizing the state-wide competition held annually at the VHS in April; working with regional coordinators to ensure the successful execution of the district contests; providing training for history day teachers and students; working with stakeholders (students, parents, teachers and history organizations); and advocating for the program’s growth.   

The Virginia History Day Coordinator will:

  • Provide organization and logistics for running the affiliate contest in accordance with National History Day, Inc., rules, principles, and values
  • Distribute national program and contest materials to teachers and regional coordinators
  • Provide training and workshops for teachers and students as needed, but at least annually. This requires some travel within Virginia
  • Recruit and train judges for state and regional (if needed) contests
  • Recruit and oversee regional coordinators
  • Recruit, train, and supervise the work of interns and volunteers that help with the program
  • Maintain current databases of judges, volunteers, and teachers
  • Produce content for annual promotional materials and informational flyers
  • Regularly update the Virginia History Day (VHD) website information and manage the VHD social media channels
  • Keep track of inventory and purchase supplies when needed
  • Work with the VHS marketing division to advertise and promote the program, contests, winners, etc.
  • Maintain regular contact with the National History Day, Inc. office and provide all requested information about the affiliate program
  • Attend the NHD contest in College Park, MD, which includes volunteer responsibilities assigned by the national office and leadership of the affiliate delegation of students, teachers and parents
  • Attend the biannual coordinators' conference sponsored by the National History Day, Inc. office
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowldedge, skills and abilities necessary:

  • Superior organizational skills and at least one year of experience in organizing and running large-scale educational programs for secondary-level students and teachers
  • Computer literacy with experience in using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint), with ability to learn new database, design, and web site development programs used for National History Day
  • Must be able to learn quickly and work without close supervision
  • Ability to communicate well with all constituents, including teachers, students, and other stakeholders

Education and experience required:

  • Bachelor's degree in education, museum studies, public history or related field
  • At least one year of teaching experience in a school or museum setting with an emphasis on teaching social studies/history at the middle or high school level
  • Must pass a criminal background check

To Apply:

Send letter of interest, updated resume, and list of references electronically to William B. Obrochta, Manager of Educational Services, at wobrochta@vahistorical.org.  For additional information, call 804-342-9651.

Founded in 1831, the Virginia Historical Society is the oldest cultural organization in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and one of the oldest and most distinguished history organizations in the nation.  Located in the Museum District of Richmond, Virginia, the VHS houses its collection of nearly 9 million items and serves as the state history museum with permanent and special exhibitions as well as a vibrant portfolio of public programs.

The Virginia Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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