National History Day in Kentucky State Coordinator

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) in Frankfort, KY, is looking for an enthusiastic “people person” to help grow Kentucky’s chapter of National History Day, the ultimate history-centered, inquiry-inspired, project-based learning experience for students in grades 4 to 12. Through the creation of exhibits, websites, documentaries, performances, and papers, National History Day in Kentucky (NHDKy) provides experiences that promote an understanding and appreciation for the use of history to build critical thinking, problem-solving, research, and presentation skills – all skills that benefit them both inside and outside of the classroom. Utilizing a network of Kentucky collaborators and international NHD coordinators, the KHS NHDKy Program Coordinator will organize and present a high-quality experience for students and teachers participating in annual contests on the regional, state, and national levels.

Over the past 10 years, thousands of students have participated in NHDKy, and the Kentucky program can brag of 15 national finalists, 6 special national award winners, 4 national medalists, and 1 full-tuition recipient. Truly a statewide collaborative effort, the KHS Program Coordinator will develop and coordinate NHDKy through relationships with colleges and universities, historical organizations, libraries and archives, and other community partners from all corners of the Commonwealth.

The salary for this program coordinator position is $33,644.64/annual. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and current resume by email to by August 19, 2021. No phone calls, please. Applications received after August 19, 2021, will be ineligible for consideration.

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Key Responsibilities:

Develop and deliver support services on-site and in-classrooms for students (grades 4-12) and teachers participating in the National History Day program

Establish and manage relationships with colleges and universities, local history organizations, and museums to support the program with teacher recruitment, contest space, judge recruitment, and project development, etc.

Produce and oversee 6-8 regional NHDKy contests and 1 state contest each year, including (but not limited to) the online registration system, logistics, vendors, judges, volunteers, and students and teachers

Work across KHS teams to support K-12 education

Minimum Requirements:

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in history, education, communication, event management, or related field is required.

EXPERIENCE, TRAINING, or SKILLS: Minimum two (2) years of professional experience in a museum, history center, library, school, or other related institution, preferably working with students and/or teachers, along with experience planning and facilitating programs and events. Basic knowledge of Kentucky history and new educational trends preferred. Previous engagement with the National History Day program is not necessary but is a plus. Basic internet, word procession, database management, spreadsheets, and email competency required. Professional customer service abilities.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Write and communicate effectively with a variety of audiences. Has demonstrated success at relationship building in different communities and with diverse stakeholders. Personable nature and a high degree of comfort speaking in front of large audiences. Must maintain a valid driver’s license.

Working Conditions:

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Must be able to lift materials of up to 25 lbs. Must be able to remain in a stationary position and move about the office and program venues for long periods.

WORK SCHEDULE: This is a full-time position with a work schedule of Monday-Friday. This position must be able to work occasional weeknight, weekend, or holiday to provide for the needs of KHS in its programming and services for its museum and special event guests.

LOCATION: Incumbents working in this position perform duties in a museum office setting. In- and out-of-state travel is required.

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