Seeking Associate for Interpretive Planning

Seeking a consultant to serve as an interpretive planning associate. Position open until filled

August 8, 2019

Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice

Call for Interpretive Planning Associate

Seeking a consultant to serve as an interpretive planning associate for the Pauli Murray Center Historic site/museum to participate in a team that creates an interpretive plan that synthesizes ideas generated through a series of thematic think tank convenings. 

The interpretive plan will become a programmatic road map for the first 3-5 years of operation at the National Historic Landmark Pauli Murray Childhood home in Durham, North Carolina.

The associate will assist and be mentored by our lead consultant. This is an opportunity to gain experience in the interpretive planning process and contribute to a collaborative effort to chart the programmatic future of an innovative site committed to public history, education, the arts and social justice.

This project was funded by a grant from the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The ideal candidate will have

  • Work history that demonstrates a commitment to public humanities, community-based work and social justice
  • MA in Museum Studies, Public History, Women/Gender Studies, Historic Preservation, American Studies, Folklore, Cultural Anthropology or related field
  • Familiarity with critical race theory, 20thcentury African American and Women’s History, and Black Feminist Theory
  • Basic knowledge of or experience with museum or historic site interpretation strategies 
  • Demonstrated capacity to work on a diverse professional team
  • Strong writing and organizational skills

This position is a part-time contract that will begin in October 2019 and extend through the May of 2020. The Planning Associate will be expected to travel to NC for one of the two-day convenings and then return to North Carolina in the spring for two two-day sessions during which the materials will be pulled together into a final interpretive plan. Additional work, assigned by the lead consultant, will take place between these meeting. All travel expenses will be paid by the Pauli Murray Center. There is an honorarium for this work of $5,000.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and up to 3 references to:

Barbara Lau, Executive Director, Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice, P.O. Box 541, Durham, NC  27702 or by email to

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

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