Title: Public Historian
Location: Offsite using own equipment, with meetings at MOHAI
Status: 1099 Vendor/Contractor; Temporary (April through December 2020)
Schedule: Variable; A total of about 350-450 hours expected.
Contract rate: $50.00 per hour
The Public Historian for this project serves as the chief historical advisor through the development of a scope of work and collecting initiative for a reimagined core exhibit, True Northwest: The Seattle Journey (referred to as True Northwest 2.0). This role comes on board as MOHAI completes a two-year effort to evaluate True Northwest in order to determine what updates to the exhibit should be made. This is a federal grant-funded position, which will work closely with an interdepartmental team.
The meetings will take place primarily at MOHAI in South Lake Union, however this individual will also attend occasional meetings at the MOHAI Resource Center in Georgetown.
This is a limited term opportunity, anticipated to begin April 2020 and end December 2020.
Required Qualifications and Skills:
Museum Vision, Mission, and Overview:
MOHAI is treasured locally and respected nationally as a vibrant resource where history inspires us to be our best, individually and collectively. By collecting and preserving artifacts and stories of our diverse history, MOHAI highlights our regional tradition of innovation and imagination. Through compelling exhibits, scholarship, education, public programs, and community engagement, MOHAI bridges the past, present, and future. MOHAI is a place and a community of people with histories of successes and failures that: bind us together; amuse, disturb, and inspire us; inform and guide us; and deepen our connection with our heritage. For more than 60 years, MOHAI has been dedicated to enriching lives by preserving, sharing, and teaching the diverse history of Seattle, the Puget Sound region and the nation. With a collection of nearly 4 million artifacts, photographs, oral histories and archival items, and an expansive schedule of exhibits and programs, MOHAI is the region’s premier history center. MOHAI operates a dramatic and award-winning museum in Lake Union Park in Seattle’s vibrant South Lake Union neighborhood, and a Resource Center in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. MOHAI also hosts the Bezos Center for Innovation, focusing on the history and future of innovation in the Puget Sound region.
MOHAI is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is an official affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For more information, please visit www.mohai.org.
To Apply (no phone calls, please):
E-mail a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to: Human.Resources@mohai.org
MOHAI is a 501(C)3 Organization and an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility and building a diverse staff. We encourage candidates of color to apply.
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