As our Director Peggy Day Gibson is retiring this year, the Board of Trustees is searching for the right individual to carry on the Museum’s mission. Read below for more information about the position.
Museum Director Search
at Old Stone House Museum
The Old Stone House Museum, located in Brownington,
Vermont, opened in 1925 as the museum of Orleans County
history. The Museum is comprised of seven historic buildings
and 60 acres of grounds, and is within the Brownington
Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic
Places. It is operated under the auspices of the Orleans County
Historical Society, whose mission is to preserve, protect, and
promote the Museum; collect, record, and preserve materials
relating to Orleans County; and develop educational programs
and promote research relating to Orleans County.
The Museum hosts classes and events throughout the year,
both on and off campus. Programs ranging from school field
days in the Spring and Fall, to Summer history day camp and
Adult traditional crafts classes, encourage an interest and
respect for the history of the area. The Samuel Read Hall
Education Center, offering graduate level courses, is the
Museum’s outreach to teachers throughout Vermont and
beyond to further their professional skills. Special events and
facilities rentals (such as weddings and family reunions) also
help to generate income for programs and the general fund.
Annual events such as the Gala Auction fundraiser, the Apple
and Cheese tasting in September, and Old Stone House Day in
August help to keep the public involved in supporting the
The Director of the OSH Museum oversees all
operations including exhibits, education programs,
collections and archives care, and all matters relating to
the museum’s property and facility, including
personnel, administrative, and financial dimensions of
the Museum’s operation. The new director will continue
the Museum’s stewardship of resources, and expand its
reach through increased visitation, membership, and
enlarged donor base. The position is currently 80%FTE.
• Attend to or delegate all daily tasks including correspondence and
• Serve as primary liaison to the Board of Directors at monthly
meetings, annual retreats, and on committees as assigned.
• Provide regular financial and administrative reports to the Board, and
prepare the annual budget.
• Oversee ongoing maintenance/preservation of all historic structures.
• Monitor the operation of the Museum Shop.
Staff and Volunteer Supervision
• Supervise and evaluate all regular and seasonal staff.
• Recruit and supervise the training of new volunteers and tour guides
annually before the Museum opens in mid-May.
• Make recommendations to the appropriate Board committees about
hiring and dismissal of regular and seasonal staff (excluding staff
hired on contract for the Education Program).
• Employ a visible, approachable, collaborative management style that
fosters teamwork for the benefit of the museum.
Development, Finance, and Marketing
• Coordinate all fund-raising efforts, including annual fund mailing,
grant writing and reporting, fund-raising events, and processing
• Attend to financial aspects of the museum, including management of
everyday expenses, tax documents, and records.
• Work under the direction of the Finance Committee to take actions
regarding the management of the Endowment Fund.
• Work with the Development and Marketing Committee to promote
the museum through press outreach, annual calendars, social media,
website, and newsletters.
• Actively solicit public and private support, and cultivate gifts and
• Work with the public, staff, board, volunteers and representative
organizations to further the goals of the museum.
• Education or experience in history, museum studies, or related fields.
Bachelor’s degree preferred.
• Training and/or experience in non-profit business management and
• Excellence in writing promotional materials and grant applications.
• Effective interpersonal skills in engagement with the staff, board,
volunteers, the general public, and local officials.
• Enthusiasm for the position and commitment to the Museum’s
Please submit résumé and cover letter to
<a href = “mailto:employment@
by October 15, 2017
Email applications only.