Access & Innovation Consultant

Access & Innovation Consultant

The Historic House Trust seeks a highly organized and motivated consultant to spearhead an exciting new grant-funded, two-year initiative that will enhance physical accessibility and inclusive programming at 23 historic sites across all five boroughs of New York City. An ideal candidate will have specialized experience in ADA compliance within historic museum environments and a proven capability to develop and launch innovative accessibility programming. This person will also be a dedicated advocate for providing the broadest access that is currently possible for visitors with disabilities at each of HHT’s sites.

This initiative promises to position HHT and its historic house museums at the forefront of such efforts across the nation. Funding will allow the Access & Innovation Consultant to build on HHT’s previous work in this arena to guide the creation of an updated plan for making these significant cultural treasures more universally accessible. This position will also be instrumental in formulating and launching innovative pilot programs that will respond to community needs. These physical and programmatic improvements will ensure that all populations can participate in the significant educational opportunities these cultural resources provide, and will result in enhanced exploration at these portals to nearly 400 years of history. Further, this project will create innovative models to guide other historic sites striving to broaden accessibility.

Rate: $30-$40/hour (with an estimated 30 hours per week)

Anticipated Start Date: October 2019 / Duration: Two-year position with possible extension

Responsibilities:
The Access & Innovation Consultant is a 30-hour-per-week position that will work closely with a small staff to improve physical and programmatic access to HHT’s 23 historic sites. This role will work under the supervision of HHT’s Executive Director. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Conducting an audit and preparing a report of current accessibility programs, tools, and technologies at HHT’s 23 sites
    • Audit will include site visits and interviews with museum staff and constituents
  • Collaborating with NYC Parks and a team of consultants who will be concurrently performing an audit of physical accessibility at HHT’s 23 sites, and preparing an updated Transition Plan
  • Planning and implementing pilot accessibility programs, tools, or technologies at five sites
  • Engaging with City partners and community stakeholders for input on various aspects of the project
  • Managing a creative team that will be documenting and promoting the initiative via photos and videography
  • Upon completion of the initiative, sharing the model via public programs and conferences
  • Performing project-related administrative tasks and undertaking other duties as assigned
  • :
    • Undergraduate degree (or higher)
    • Experience in creating accessibility programs at museums
    • Experience managing large-scale projects alongside other consultants and full-time staff members
    • Ability to work independently, whether remotely, on site visits, or in the HHT office
    • Superior in-person and digital communication skills
    • Strong organizational skills, exceptional attention to detail, and proven ability to multitask
    • Interest in history, historic preservation, decorative arts, or related fields is preferred
    • Candidates who identify as having a disability or have applicable work/life experience with disabilities are encouraged to apply for this position
  • : Please send cover letter and resume by October 3rd to Matthew Coody at matthew.coody@historichousetrust.org.
  • : 10/03/2019
  • : Mid-level | Senior-level | Part-time
  • : Museum | Other
  • : Accessibility
  • : Historic House Trust
  • 830 Fifth Avenue
  • Rm. 203
  • New York
  • New York
  • 10065
  • : Matthew Coody
  • : 2123608204
  • : matthew.coody@historichousetrust.org