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Special Events Manager

Job Type: Full-time

Pay Rate: $35,000.00 per year

Midway Village Museum is seeking a creative, dynamic person to develop and produce public special events.

Midway Village Museum is Rockford’s history museum. Our mission: Midway Village Museum, the best for collecting, preserving and interpreting the history of the Rockford region, is committed to educating and enriching our community by providing state-of-the-art exhibits, programs and events. Midway Village Museum features a 148-acre campus, which includes 27 structures and also features a living history Victorian Village. More information can be found at www.midwayvillage.com.

The job responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Responsible for the planning, supervising and execution of a variety of special events at Midway Village Museum. Events include but are not limited to, Sock Monkey event, Civil War Hands-On History School Days, All Hallows Eve, World War II Days, and other living history programs. The Special Events Coordinator acts as the liaison with the Winnebago County Health Department, Rockford Park District, Rockford Fire Department, and the Historical Reenactment Society for all museum event needs. Work closely with the Director of Marketing to promote and evaluate events. Develop and manage annual budgets and budget for each event. Negotiate contracts and partnerships with performers, re-enactors and vendors. Work with other members of the staff and volunteers to ensure events are true to the Museum’s mission and values.

College degree required. Master’s degree in Museum Studies or similar preferred. Knowledge of history, recreation, event planning preferred. Must have strong communication, interpersonal and project management skills. Prefer experience in museum setting and a strong team approach. This is a full-time position. Weekend and evening work will be required.

To apply submit resume and three references to: Curator, Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Rd., Rockford, IL 61107. No phone calls please.


Assistant Curator of Collections

Job Type: Part-time

Pay Range: $17-$18.75/hr., dependent on experience

Midway Village Museum in Rockford, IL is seeking a part-time, 20 hrs./wk., Curatorial Assistant to work with the Curator of Collections to manage its collection of 165,000+ objects and documents related to the history of Rockford.

The Assistant Curator will be responsible for assisting with general research requests, assisting with acquisitions to the collection, sharing in the supervision of volunteers, as well as working to advance research and development of exhibit projects.

REQUIREMENTS

BA degree required with coursework in history or museum studies. MA degree preferred. Must have experience cataloguing and handling museum collections, and conducting historical research. Strong computer skills are essential.

The successful candidate will be self-motivated, detail oriented, organized, and will demonstrate the strong communication skills necessary for interacting with museum patrons, volunteers and staff. Some tasks require the ability to lift and/or move boxes or objects weighing up to 40 pounds.

Please send resume to Laura B. Furman, Curator of Collections at laura.furman@midwayvillage.com or to 6799 Guilford. Rd. Rockford, IL 61107.


Position Title: Site and Operations

Job Type: Part-time

Pay Rate: $12/hr.

Successful candidate will handle set up and tear down of tables and chairs, janitorial work, landscaping and snow removal. Being versed in many different fields that fall along these lines is helpful and makes the work easier, but is not required. We will train the interested party in the areas that go along with the job. 15-20 hours per week starting at $12/hr. Hours do fluctuate throughout the year depending on scheduling and special events. Needs to be able to work weekends and some late nights.

For more information, please call 815-397-9112 ext. 125 or send an email to: maintenance@midwayvillage.com.


Position Title: Interpreter-Living History

Job Type: Part-time, Seasonal, Nonexempt

Pay Rate: $12/hr.

Basic Function: This position serves visitors to Midway Village Museum by working as a historic villager living in Rockford, IL between 1890-1900. This is a part-time seasonal position approximately 20 hours per week.

Responsibilities: Put visitors first by treating them with respect, serving their needs, and providing an enjoyable and accurate educational experience.

Interpret the historic homes and businesses on the site, and their role in the development of the Rockford community.

Accurately present informal presentations concerning farming, gardening, housekeeping, crafts, and other 19th century life skills as assigned.

Preparing program supplies and inform Educator when supplies are needed.

Assisting with village building upkeep, including light cleaning, dusting, sweeping.

Supporting museum special events by performing duties as assigned. Attend staff and training meetings. All other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements: The minimum age for this position is 16 years old. Must be able to verbally communicate with others and be out-going. Must have an interest in historical interpretation. Demonstrate a general knowledge of American social history in general and that of northern Illinois. Demonstrate skill in public speaking. Some college preferred.

Experience with historic research, gardening, sewing, or other domestic activities is helpful, but not required.

Must be able to work Mid-May through August (earlier start time and end date available). Must be available Friday-Sundays 10:00-4:00pm.

Physical Requirements: The employee must have the ability to do the following activities with or without reasonable accommodation: frequent lifting, carrying, loading and unloading of up to 40 lbs., walking long distances, standing for long periods of time, frequent twisting, bending, stooping, reaching and grasping, and pulling.

The employee will be required to wear historic clothing in historic costume at all times while working both indoors and outdoors in various weather conditions. No inappropriate hairstyles, jewelry, or clothing for the time period. We will furnish the employee with the all required clothing items, except footwear.

Supervisory Relationship: This employee works under the direction of the Educator and the Lead Interpreter.

For more information, or to apply, please email us at educator@midwayvillage.com


Position Title: Wedding Coordinator

Job Type: Part-time, Seasonal, Nonexempt

Pay Rate: $15 - $17/hr. depending on experience

Basic Function: Provide day-of wedding coordination for couples getting married and/or having wedding reception on the grounds of Midway Village Museum.

Responsibilities: Provide guidance to guests entering grounds who may need assistance navigating the terrain by offering transportation by means of golf cart, wheelchair or their vehicle.

Provide assistance to bride/couple in accessing bridal suite. Check for adequate supplies, comfort and transportation to and from wedding ceremony site.

Provide assistance to bride/couple in accessing ceremony site. Check for electricity if needed, any additional tables, proper number of clean wedding chairs, and sound equipment if needed.

Provide assistance to bride/couple in accessing reception venue. Check for comfort, lighting, table and chair seating, restroom supplies, linens and vendor access.

Assist vendors as needed for table/chair needs, linens, electricity and refrigeration.

Communicate to maintenance staff for garbage removal, additional supplies and incidentals as needed.

Be liaison with maintenance staff if inclement weather dictates a change in venue location and venue setup.

Fill out an Incident Report Form and submit to supervisor for documentation if issue arises (Fight, theft, damage, excessive garbage, etc.).

Assist guests attending wedding to find ceremony & reception location. Verify maintenance staff has proper signage displayed.

Assist with touring prospective wedding couples as time allows.

In addition to the specific job description, all personnel shall perform all other duties as requested by supervisor.

Experience: Previous work in event management, catering, retail, or other related fields is preferable but not required.

Must be able to work Mid-May through October. Must be available on weekends, and some weekdays. Shifts are typically 3-4 hours in the afternoon.

Physical Requirements: The employee must have the ability to do the following activities with or without reasonable accommodation: frequent lifting, carrying, loading and unloading of up to 40 lbs., walking long distances, standing for long periods of time, frequent twisting, bending, stooping, reaching and grasping, and pulling.

For more information, or to apply, please email us at rentals@midwayvillage.com.