Historic Sites Manager | Nacogdoches, TX

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Position:         Historic Sites Manager

Department:       Historic Sites                                                          FLSA Status: Exempt

Division:        Community Services                                                    Job Grade: Grade 28

Reports To:       Assistant Director of Community Services


Designs, implements, directs, and manages operations of Historic Sites Departments. Within the policy and direction established by the Assistant Director of Community Services, exercises a high degree of creativity, independent judgment, and discretion, in determining the scope of departmental programs and services.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


Collects, documents, organizes, researches and prepares museum collections.

Trains, instructs, manages, and evaluates staff on Historic Sites operations and procedures.

Prepares, presents, administers, and monitors department budget.

Looks for alternative sources of funding such as grants, donations and sponsorships for events and projects.

Repairs, cares for and provides safe storage for museum objects to preserve them for future use.

Maintains museums cataloging software and keeps all collection records up to date. Creates temporary museum exhibits to effectively portray and interpret Nacogdoches history and cultural heritage to museum visitors.

Provides guided tours of City owned historic sites.

Organize and implement demonstrations, workshops, classes and other outreach programs aimed at teaching others the history of Nacogdoches & our historic sites.

Assist and conduct research for other institutions, researches, and the general public.

Records retention for Historic Sites Department.

Network and build strong relationships with community partners; develop strategies for building from the community’s resources.

Serve as liaison for various community organizations including, Friends of Historic Nacogdoches, Inc., Nacogdoches County Historical Foundation and others.

Ensures timely feedback to all clients, donors, citizens, and appropriate City staff members.

Builds strong relationships with City staff.

Remains open and responsive to consistent coaching and takes an active role in performance planning and goal setting.

Acts as a role model at all times, adheres to high ethical standards.

Takes responsibility and initiative to develop core skills and competencies by being involved in every facet of personal development.

Remains flexible in an environment by championing and embracing change.

All other duties as assigned.


Directly supervises employees in the Historic Sites Department. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the City’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; creating and maintaining employee schedules; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


Knowledge of museum philosophy, professional practices, and ethics; museum registration systems and collections management procedures; educational resources; research methodology; interpretation methods. Desired knowledge of and experience in museum interpretation; exhibition planning; and museum cataloguing principles. Excellent customer service skills and knowledge of modern networking techniques.


Must be able to occasionally work extended hours and weekends, have the ability to conduct research, operate photographic equipment, follow written and oral instructions, and communicate information clearly. Must also be able to tactfully deal with and Revised September 2021 interact with people and organizations, creatively complete work plans and projects, and be highly motivated and able to work with little supervision; instigate creative initiatives and exhibitions to involve community; and be actively involved in community events and day to day museum activities.


Bachelor’s degree in Museum Studies, Public History, Public Administration, Hospitality or related field. Master's degree in Museum Studies, Public History, Public Administration or related field is preferred but not required. Three or more years of experience assisting in the operation of a historic house, museum, or Main Street organization; OR an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.


Ability to create, read, analyze, and interpret reports, technical procedures, and/or City policies rules and regulations. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions with those contacted in the course of work in person, in writing, by telephone and all other communication mechanisms.


This position requires basic mathematical skills.


Skill in resolving customer complaints and concerns and the ability to read and interpret historical resources. Compiling, analyzing and monitoring Historic Sites communication for accuracy and completeness.


Must possess a valid driver license. Notary Public preferred but not required.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Must be able to perform the basic life operational skills of reaching, grasping, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions. Must be able to perform sedentary work, exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally. Must be able to climb stairs. Must possess the visual acuity to prepare and analyze documents, do extensive reading, and drive a vehicle.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Revised September 2021 While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in both a standard office environment and an outside environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud. The employee may be subject to exposure of extreme weather conditions, moving construction equipment, hazardous materials or chemicals, infectious diseases, air and water borne pathogens, depending on area of assignment.


The minimum hourly rate is $27.99.

Applicants can apply by going to the City of Nacogdoches website at nactx.us and looking at the job links. 

Local applicants can also go to City Hall at 202 E. Pilar to fill out an application.

By signing below, I acknowledge that I have reviewed and I understand this job description. This signed job description will be placed in my personnel file; instances concerning failure to adhere to job description expectations will result in corrective action up to and including separation from the City of Nacogdoches.