Appointed as Development Communications Manager, Tenement Museum


Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows

PhD field of study

PhD, History, University of Chicago

Position Description

The Tenement Museum’s mission is to preserve and interpret the history of immigration through stories of residents of 97 and 103 Orchard Street, two buildings that housed generations of newcomers from 1863 through the 2000s. Educator-led tours through these spaces forge emotional connections between visitors and immigrants, enhancing appreciation for the profound role that immigration has played—and continues to play—in shaping America’s national identity. Founded in 1988, the Tenement Museum has been called one of the world’s best non-art museums and welcomes 210,000 visitors annually.

As part of the Tenement Museum’s development team, the Development Communications Manager will work with the museum’s president, the vice president of development, and the public relations team to create and implement a communications strategy that builds the museum’s brand within the philanthropic community. Focusing on the intersection of history and immigration, health, housing and other issues, the Development Communications Manager will work with the museum’s president to develop strategic communications to position the museum as a key provider of historic context for national conversations around these and other contemporary policy discussions. Blending fundraising, thought leadership, and corporate messaging, the ACLS Public Fellow will assure the substantive intellectual content of museum communications to help position the institution for major funding.