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🔗Director of Interpretation

  • Full Time
  • Charleston, SC
  • 65000 USD / Year
  • Department: Preservation & Interpretation
  • Job Qualifications:
    • Master’s degree in history, historic preservation, American studies, museum studies, archaeology, education, or a related field; and
    • Five years of progressively responsible experience, including two years as a program coordinator or
    • An equivalent combination of education and experience
  • How to Apply:

Website Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, one of the oldest attractions in Charleston, South Carolina, seeks a thoughtful, engaging leader to serve as its new Director of Interpretation. The Director will provide a professional vision and cohesive interpretation of the site. The Director will help create interpretive programs, collaborate with community partners, and clearly communicate Magnolia’s history, vision, and mission to visitors, staff, and the general public. The most successful candidate for this role has experience with historic site management and interpretation, fluency in African American and Southern history, and experience in discussing American slavery and its legacy with various audiences and constituencies.

The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in the following areas:

  • Provides dynamic leadership, vision, and direction for the interpretive team while serving as Magnolia’s primary spokesperson about history and interpretive programs
    Represents Magnolia’s history and programs to the public and at both industry and academic conferences with engaging, original topics
  • Develops and implements strategic plan, action plan, programming oversight, outreach direction, and audience engagement strategies to ensure historical accuracy and public value
  • Creates strategies for interpretive content and executes the presentation, education of staff and delivery of information throughout all tours
  • Performs research both independently and with a team to update current tours and develop tours, programs, and special events that are creative, engaging and dynamic
    Collaborates with other interpretive staff (e.g., Horticulture, Ecology) to ensure a unified message for each tour as well as unique content per tour
  • Oversees  marketing campaigns to ensure alignment of messaging
  • Represents a team-player spirit when assigned other duties as required



The successful candidate will have the following skills:

Outstanding communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to communicate well with people of all ages, demographics, backgrounds, and ability levels
High emotional intelligence
Experience discussing race, racism, and the legacy of slavery
Knowledge of tourism industry standards and best practices
Excellent organizational and planning skills with demonstrated creativity in developing, writing, and delivering lively, engaging, and varied exhibits, presentations, and interpretive programs for diverse audiences
Proficiency in making engaging educational presentations to diverse groups
Experience with Anti-racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practices
Ability to function under flexible and changing conditions
Exceptional candidates will have the following qualifications:

Proven record of working positively with community partners
Problem-solver who can handle complex issues

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