Current Opportunities

Manager of Individual Giving and Major Gifts

RESPONSIBILITY: The Manager of Individual Giving and Major Gifts reports to the Vice President of Development and is responsible for unrestricted contributed revenue from individuals to WRHS.

CLASSIFICATION: This position is classified as full-time professional and is exempt from overtime compensation.


  1. Works with the VP of Development, the President & CEO and WRHS Department Heads to stimulate contributions from individual donors to support operations of WRHS.
  2. Maintains contact with key Annual Fund donors.
  3. Prepares and submits detailed fundraising plans for the Annual Fund to the VP of Development including the development of the strategy and oversight of the execution of the solicitation and acknowledgement process for Annual Fund and Major Gift donors.
  4. Maintains up-to-date donor prospect lists identifying and tracking progress of donor cultivation and solicitation.
  5. Works with the entire Development Team on donor cultivation events.
  6. Coordinates all individual solicitations, maintaining contact with all donors before and after gifts are committed involving the CEO, VP of Development and other staff as appropriate.
  7. Personally participates in fundraising from individuals, and at the same time implements strategies to leverage WRHS leadership relations to increase giving to the organization.
  8. Performs development tasks as assigned by the VP of Development.

QUALIFICATIONS: The Manager of Individual Giving and Major Gifts is a professional position of the Western Reserve Historical Society that requires professional experience and achievement, unquestioned personal integrity and creativity.  Educational requirements include an undergraduate degree in a related field.  Professional experience should include at least three years of development work with a non-profit organization, preferably a museum or other cultural non-profit organization.  Excellent writing, communication and organizational skills are essential as well as the ability to work in a team atmosphere and meet a continuing series of goals-oriented deadlines.  Good working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge is desirable.

To apply to this position, please send your cover letter and resume to Janet Waterman, HR Associate at jwaterman@wrhs.org.

Frederick C. & Kathleen S. Crawford Curator for the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum

RESPONSIBILITY:  Responsible to the Director of the Cleveland History Center for the acquisition, care, management of the Crawford collection, as well as the presentation of collections (onsite, offsite, and online) in exhibits, programs, outreach and engagement activities.
CLASSIFICATION:  This position is classified as full-time professional and overtime exempt.


  1. The Crawford Curator of Transportation History reports to the Director of the Cleveland History Center (CHC) and coordinates with WRHS Division Directors, including the Director of Hale Farm & Village, the Vice President of Development, the education team, the library & archives team, and the curatorial team for the presentation, care, management and stewardship of the Crawford collections.
  2. Maintains liaison with professions in the areas of automotive, aviation, and transportation history.
  3. He/she develops and cultivates relationships within the museum, local arts and culture community and donors. Maintains liaison with special interest groups, organizations, associations, and collectors in the fields of automotive, aviation, and transportation history. Public outreach and community engagement is an integral function of this position.

SUPERVISION:  Supervises interns, volunteers and staff


Stewardship & Collection Care

  1. Responsible for the organization, development, and implementation of collections care and management procedures.
  2. Identifies and recommends historical artifacts and materials in automotive and aviation history for acquisition by WRHS.
  3. Surveys and analyzes materials held by WRHS as well as materials held by other research facilities and also material held by private individuals, corporations, and institutions.
  4. Creates and maintains records on the automotive and aviation collections, utilizing the WRHS computerized database, cataloging, and project management software.
  5. Maintain accurate documentation of any preservation or restoration work undertaken on collection vehicles and objects.
  6. Coordinates with the registrar the donation and lending of materials to and from WRHS for use in museum exhibits, programs, and publications.
  7. Responsible for the ongoing implementation and adherence to WRHS Collections Policies and Procedures.

Engagement (onsite, offsite, and online)

  1. Responsible to the Director of the Cleveland History Center for the fresh, imaginative and ongoing presentation of WRHS collections in Cleveland History Center galleries.
  2. Organizes and facilitates research into the history of automobiles and aviation of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio within the context of urban, social, and technological history.
  3. In collaboration with WRHS collections, exhibition, and education staff takes the lead in developing exhibits and programming on the history of automobiles, aircraft, and related transportation technologies.
  4. Works closely with Youth Entrepreneurship Education team to integrate stories told through the CAAM to leverage place-based field experiences and other earned and contributed income opportunities.
  5. Assists in the installation of exhibits and the delivery of programs.
  6. Prepares oral, written, and visual historical lectures, essays, and summaries for use in exhibits and publications as well as public presentations, both internal and external to WRHS.


  1. Develops and sustains relationships with the community to advance WRHS’s mission, vision, and activities. Serves as spokesperson for the WRHS automotive and aviation collections by participating in professional conferences, meetings, and organizations.
  2. Works with the President & CEO, the CHC Director, and the Development Department to secure funding for collection related activities through grant writing, sponsorship requests, requests for individual contributions, engagement activities, programs and tours, in-kind gifts and other forms of fundraising.

Continuous Learning – networks with peers and maintains memberships in various professional organizations to remain current and to relentlessly committed to the pursuit of best practices in collection care, management, and presentation.

Undertakes other duties as assigned by the CHC Director.


  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Automotive Technology, Museum Studies, History or related field of study.
  2. Must have museum (or equivalent) experience in handling historic vehicles and objects appropriately with demonstrated knowledge of American technological history.
  3. Knowledge of museum methods, technologies, standards, practices, procedures, and ethics, and a desire to adhere to current museum policies and best practices.
  4. Demonstrated experience and technical knowledge related to the repair, restoration, and maintenance of autos, aircraft, and related technologies.
  5. Organizational skills and attention to detail, ability to communicate ideas effectively, to prioritize work and meet deadlines, to work independently and in a team, and to manage several projects simultaneously.
  6. The qualified candidate will have demonstrated leadership skills and an entrepreneurial mindset, and will role model each of WRHS’s core values:  Integrity, Innovation, Stewardship, and Connectivity.
  7. Must be able to lift 75 lbs, work at eights, and able to work in environments where paint, solvents, cleaners, dust, molds, and other materials generally associated with a shop are present.

To apply please submit a cover letter and resume to Janet Waterman, HR Associate, at jwaterman@wrhs.org

Hale Farm & Village Museum Educator

RESPONSIBILITY: Responsible to the Education Program Manager.
CLASSIFICATION: Part time, non-exempt from overtime
COORDINATION: Works closely with the Education Program Manager to facilitate and enhance educational programming, including school, group and public programs. Activities contribute to the museum’s retail, facility rental, group tour, agricultural, craft and trade and preservation programs.


          1. Works directly with school groups, youth and the general public, facilitating hands-on educational programming at Hale Farm & Village and outreach locations, including but not limited to schools.
          2. Meets, greets, and checks in groups before the assigned time for their education program.
          3. Reads and researches, as assigned, in preparation for teaching all of the programs offered through the Education Department.
          4. Prepares and maintains the materials used in the in the demonstration and production of assigned areas, as well as for educational programs, including site set-up, clean-up and general assigned maintenance duties.
          5. Participates in the evaluation of programs and provides feedback in a timely and professional manner.
          6. May be asked to help with the development of new program content and methodologies, partnerships, training of new staff, interns and/or volunteers.
          7. Demonstrates additional rural life activities and chores as appropriate to advancing public understanding about farm life in the 19th century Western Reserve, and its relevance today.
          8. Participates in special events sponsored by or at Hale Farm & Village, including mandatory attendance for select Hale Farm community events.
          9. Accountable to the Education Program Manager for authentic, thorough, and engaging presentations to all audiences. This includes but is not necessarily limited to authenticity of dress/appearance, program materials and props, as well as the cleanliness and safety of assigned sites.
          10. Accepts other duties as may be assigned by the Education Program Manager.
          11. As appropriate, may demonstrate the process and contribute to production of a variety of historic crafts & trades or domestic skills specific to early- to mid-19th century rural life, which may include candle making, broom making, spinning, weaving, pottery, and hearth or stove cooking.


          1. Have a desire to teach and work with young people;
          2. Have the ability to work with a wide range of museum personnel, to work independently, but willingly function as a member of a team;
          3. Be able to prioritize, but also have extreme flexibility;
          4. Must exhibit tact, enthusiasm, and professional behavior;
          5. Be dependable and reliable, and able to work to a time schedule;
          6. Possess knowledge of American and Western Reserve history.
          7. Experience in a historic craft & trade area, or arts training and experience in a related area, or the willingness to be trained in new skills as needed;
          8. Be physically able to accomplish routine program tasks, or crafts & trades production and demonstration tasks throughout seasonal conditions.
          9. Training or experience in education is helpful, preferably having an undergraduate degree in social studies, social sciences, humanities, or education; teaching experience in the K-12 range of grades or experience in a museum or youth educational program is beneficial.

All interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Janet Waterman at jwaterman@wrhs.org. No phone calls please.

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Western Reserve Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer.