Assistant Director, Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience

  • Washington College
  • Chestertown, MD, USA
  • May 29, 2019
Full time Education

Job Description

The Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience ( is dedicated to fostering innovative approaches to American history and culture at the local and national levels. Our current programs include a new partnership with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture; extensive work in oral history; a major book award; writing fellowships; and a myriad of hands-on opportunities in public history for our undergraduates.

The Assistant Director will administer, implement, and promote activities and programs that sustain the mission of the Starr Center. This staff member will act as the Starr Center’s chief information officer, managing the Center’s communications and public relations, including dynamic and engaging digital content, printed materials, photos/videos, press releases and social media presence.

Working closely with other staff, the Assistant Director will oversee the administration of the Starr Center’s fellowship and scholarship programs and act as a supervisor and mentor for Washington College undergraduates, developing and implementing opportunities for students to participate in the work of the Center.

Essential Functions:

  • Manage the Center’s communications and public relations, including digital content, printed materials, photos/videos, press releases. Develop and oversee the Center’s social-media presence, with the active participation of student interns.

  • Oversee and manage the Starr Center’s website and its presence on other parts of the College’s website. Regularly add, update, and maintain content.

  • Proactively develop (write, assign, edit) original content about the Center, its activities, staff, students, fellows, and alumni, for diverse platforms, both print and digital.

  • Coordinate the Starr Center’s enrollment/admissions-related publicity and outreach, including publications, events, and digital content.

  • With assistance from other staff, oversee the Explore America Summer Internship program and the annual awarding of the Quill & Compass Scholarships.

  • Work closely with other staff to administer the annual application and selection processes for the Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship and the Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Library Fellowship, especially publicizing the programs and oversee the Center’s administrative work on these programs.

  • Together with other Starr Center staff, develop and oversee opportunities for Washington College students to participate in the work of the Center. In particular, develop projects for Washington College students that relate to digital media, photography, writing, and/or publishing.

  • As responsibilities permit, work with the director and staff on planning, developing, and implementing other Starr Center activities.

Education and Experience:

  • B.A. required, advanced degree or equivalent professional experience strongly preferred.

  • Professional background in one or more of the following is required: public history, public humanities, publishing/media, museums, nonprofit management.

  • Strong knowledge of American history is required.

  • Ability to multitask and to maintain communications with a variety of colleagues and professional contacts.

  • Strong writing ability, public relations capabilities, and strengths in visual communication and design.

  • Demonstrated supervisory and organizational skills.

  • Enthusiasm for interacting with and mentoring college students.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information of three professional references through our online portal. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Washington College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse cultural environment, and encourages applications from women, minorities, disabled persons, and veterans.

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