Title: Director, Emmett Till Interpretive Center
Employer: Emmett Till Memorial Commission
Location: Sumner, Mississippi
The Emmett Till Interpretive Center is a signature program of the Emmett Till Memorial Commission. The Director of the Emmett Till Interpretive Center works under the supervision of the Executive Director of the Emmett Till Memorial Commission to raise public awareness and understanding of the lives and legacies of Emmett Till and Mamie Till.
The Director leads the Interpretive Center and manages public programs of the Memorial Commission in order to meet the mission and implement the strategic plan of the Memorial Commission, as adopted in 2015 by the Board of Directors of the Memorial Commission.
The Director, with the Executive Director, establishes an annual budget for the Interpretive Center, raises funds from diverse private- and public-sector funding sources, and manages the budget of the Interpretive Center in order to grow and sustain the Memorial Commission’s interpretive programs. This is a grant-funded position.
The Director is a self-motivated and public-spirited diplomat who engages members of the local community and visitors to enhance the public programming of the Interpretive Center and to accomplish the restorative justice and racial healing mission of the Emmett Till Memorial Commission.
Interpret for the public the heritage of Emmett Till and Mamie Till. With the Board of Directors and Executive Director of the Memorial Commission, the Director creates and achieves a new 5-year strategic vision and interpretive plan for the Interpretive Center. Grounded in the mission of the Memorial Commission, the strategic vision and interpretive plan for the Interpretive Center will incorporate specific objectives and measurable outcomes to be achieved by the Director.
Operate the Interpretive Center and public programs. The Director leads the day-to-day efficient operation of the Interpretive Center, Memory Project, Docent Program, and the Memorial Commission’s public programming in the Tallahatchie County Courthouse. The Director manages staff and volunteers pursuant to the Interpretive Center’s annual workplan.
Raise funds for the Interpretive Center and public programs. The Director identifies donor candidates, cultivates a portfolio of prospective donors, stewards existing donors, writes donor case statements and grant proposals, administers grants awarded, and secures funding from a diverse base of individual donors, foundations, corporations, and governmental sources. The Interpretive Center’s annual workplan will set a specific funding target to be raised by the Director.
Engage the local community and visitors. As a representative of the Memorial Commission, the Director actively participates in the civic life of the local community. The Director engages the local community and visitors to cultivate support for, and expand the local community’s participation in, the Interpretive Center’s public programming. The Director helps to maintain the Memorial Commission’s working partnerships with local, state, and national allies.
Preserve and protect historic places. The Interpretive Center lifts up the lives and legacies of Emmett and Mamie Till at the unique and irreplaceable sites where this history happened. On behalf of the Memorial Commission, the Director takes strategic action to preserve and protect these historic resources in the Mississippi Delta, including the Tallahatchie County Courthouse, the Tutwiler Funeral Home, the River Site in Glendora, Bryant’s Grocery in Money, the site of Till’s murder in Sunflower County, and the cemetery in Leflore County.
Public interpretation, historic preservation, and community engagement.
A minimum of 3 years of professional experience in public interpretation, historic preservation, community engagement, African American cultural heritage, or a directly related field is essential.
Demonstrated success in creating and implementing interpretive plans to tell the unvarnished stories of authentic historic places.
Demonstrated ability to engage and build working relationships with diverse constituencies, especially grassroots stakeholders.
Demonstrated success in leading advocacy campaigns.
Excellent verbal, written, and public speaking ability.
Program planning, budgeting, implementation, and management.
Program planning, management, and budgeting skills are essential.
Demonstrated success in meeting fundraising goals.
Demonstrated ability to achieve program objectives collaboratively and efficiently with staff, volunteers, and allies.
Entrepreneurial spirit, energy, and skill set.
Academic, professional, and related qualifications.
Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent professional experience, in public interpretation, historic preservation, community engagement, African American cultural heritage, or a directly related field is essential.
Demonstrated diplomacy, teamwork, and optimism.
Dedication to restorative justice and racial healing. Commitment to the mission, values, and goals of the Emmett Till Memorial Commission.
Emmett Till Memorial Commission and the Emmett Till Interpretive Center:
The evocative stories of Emmett Till’s tragic murder, subsequent and unresolved injustices, and Mamie Till’s remarkable Civil Rights activism made history and continue to influence American life.
Dedicated to restorative justice and racial healing, the Emmett Till Memorial Commission is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Sumner, Mississippi. The Memorial Commission’s mission-driven work grew out of a community racial reconciliation process and has resulted in $4.5 million dollars raised to restore the Tallahatchie County Courthouse to the character of 1955 and to provide public programs for visitors and local community members. As the largest organization dedicated to the life and memory of Mamie and Emmett Till, the Memorial Commission has garnered media attention being featured by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and the BBC, among others.
The Emmett Till Memorial Commission oversees the 2nd District Tallahatchie County Courthouse and the Emmett Till Interpretive Center on the courthouse square of Sumner, Mississippi. Other historic sites of importance to the Memorial Commission include: the Tutwiler Funeral Home in Tutwiler; the River Site in Glendora; Bryant’s Grocery in Money; the site of Till’s murder in Sunflower County; and, the cemetery in Leflore County. The National Park Service is conducting a Special Resource Study to consider inclusion of the Sumner Courthouse and other related historic places in the National Park System.
More information about the Emmett Till Memorial Commission and Emmett Till Interpretive Center can be found at www.Emmett-Till.org. To apply, please email [email protected] using the subject line “Director.” Please include a cover letter and resume.