Site Manager | Paris, TX

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Site Manager, Sam Bell Maxey State Historic Site (Park Superintendent I) – Paris, TX

Texas Historical Commission

Salary: $4,510.00 – $4,660.63/Monthly

Job Posting Number: 20-1500-46

The Texas Historical Commission is looking for a Site Manager of the Sam Bell Maxey House, a restored historic home focusing on the interpretation of the Reconstruction Era in Texas and its relevance to contemporary issues.  The successful candidate will be a museum leader experienced in conducting new research, facilitating community dialogue and interpretive experiences, and managing daily operations with a team of four staff members.

Job Objective:

Under the direction of the Director of Historic Sites Operations, the Site Manager is responsible for effective administration, management and operation of the Sam Bell Maxey State Historic Site. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: budget development and management; maintenance of site; resource management and curatorial care of original and reproduction artifacts and exhibits; visitor services, interpretive and educational program planning, development, scheduling, production and evaluation; operate; development of beneficial partnerships, volunteer management, media relations, promotional and marketing activities; records management and reporting; management of minor repair and maintenance projects; and personnel management. The Site Manager assists the Director of Historic Sites Operations and the Deputy Executive Director for Historic Sites with effective coordination and interaction with headquarters staff, community stake holders, and local government entities on matters affecting the site. Provide leadership to site staff, volunteers and other stakeholders to successfully manage and conserve the site’s natural and cultural resources. Work under general supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.


  1. Hiring and supervision of site staff.
  2. Direct the day-to-day operations of the site, including visitor services, programs, safety and security.
  3. Responsible for program planning, development, and implementation.
  4. Develop and implement effective techniques for evaluation of operation and programs.
  5. Study and analyze operations and problems and prepare reports of findings and recommendations.
  6. Prepare justifications for and assist in implementing procedural changes and policy compliance.
  7. Work with program staff in determining trends and resolving technical problems.
  8. Work with and speak to community and professional groups to coordinate, improve, and stimulate interest in the program and to secure support for local programs.
  9. Evaluate employee performance and identify mentoring, coaching and training opportunities for staff members.
  10. Provide recommendations on staffing needs and organization.
  11. Communicate THC policy, business and information to staff in a timely basis.
  12. Communicate issues, opportunities, Friends group ideas and initiatives to supervisor in a timely and effective way.
  13. Maintain knowledge of current historic preservation and museum best practices.
  14. Participate with the Division, THC leadership and Commission in defining site mission.
  15. Communicate mission to stakeholders, Friends and community.
  16. Identify priorities and resources in annual and long-range planning for the program.
  17. Provide effective liaison with site Friends group and assist them in annual planning, submission of annual program and timely reporting to Division as required.
  18. Represent THC and the Historic Sites Division as needed in public meetings, seminars and other events.
  19. Coordinate public relations, media and marketing activities with the Communications Division.
  20. Oversee collections care and management in consultation with the Division of Historic Sites’ Chief Curator and the site’s Regional Curator, to ensure artifact and paper collections are under the site’s physical and intellectual control, appropriately stored and documented. Collections include historic buildings and features of the site.
  21. Oversee maintenance and preservation planning and identify needed projects and appropriate resources to accomplish them.
  22. Implement cyclical maintenance program for the historic site.
  23. Direct the interpretive program for the site, including research, planning, development of programs and exhibits and conducting special and educational programs and audience research needed.
  24. Provide subject matter expertise related to the historic site and its period of Texas history and ensures the accuracy of material produced about the program or site.
  25. Prepare annual budget proposal, monitor site expenditures to prevent overspending and approve expenditures from site budget.
  26. May develop procedure manuals and planning documents.
  27. May train others.
  28. Adheres to established work schedule with regular attendance.
  29. Follows all THC safety guidelines, policies and procedures and ethics requirements.


  1. Perform other duties as assigned.


    • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in History, American Studies, Museum Studies or closely related field that included course work in museum studies;
    • Minimum two years’ work experience in cultural resource management, historic sites, or museum field;
    • Minimum one year of administrative and supervisory experience in directing a museum or historic site;
    • Valid driver’s license, acceptable driving record and ability to drive a state vehicle; and
    • Required to travel up to 10% of the work period.


    • Master’s degree in History, American Studies, Museum Studies or a closely related field that included museum studies course work with two years’ work experience in the museum field.

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