Project Manager (posted October 6, 2020)

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), received 2018 grant funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to “develop a strategic plan for the future operations of Eckley Miners’ Village historic site in northeastern Pennsylvania…The PHMC seeks to develop a sustainable new business model and management plan to promote Eckley as a regional heritage tourism asset, drawing visitors and improving the regional economy.”  The plan includes recommendations for a sustainable future use for the property, identification of potential investors in the new strategy, and a roadmap and timeline for the implementation of the strategy.

PHMC is providing funding to the Eckley Miners’ Village Associates (EMVA) to hire a contract Project Manager/Fundraiser (PM/F) to work with PHMC staff, EMVA staff and board members, and stakeholders to implement Eckley’s new strategic/sustainability plan.  The goal of the PM/F is to implement the strategic/sustainability plan, enabling the Commission to better preserve this significant historic resource and deliver a sustainable future for Eckley Miners’ Village.


The PM/F will be based at Eckley Miners’ Village, 2 Eckley Main Street, Weatherly, PA.  Some regional travel to develop community support and meet potential funders will be required.  Occasional trips to PHMC’s offices in Harrisburg may be required.  The work schedule of the PM/F will be a minimum of four days per week, between Monday and Friday.  The schedule will be from 8:30-5 on those days.  This schedule excludes state holidays when offices are closed, and days off as agreed upon by the Eastern Division Chief.  Note: COVID-19 restrictions apply and may limit time at Eckley.

Eckley Miners’ Village is operated within the Bureau of Historic Sites and Museums’ (BHSM) Eastern Division of PHMC.

  • The PM/F will report to the Eastern Division Chief of BHSM of the PHMC.  The PM/F will work closely with the Site Administrator of the Anthracite Heritage Museum.
  • PHMC staff at Eckley Miners’ Village (maintenance staff and clerk typist) will report directly to the Site Administrator of the Anthracite Heritage Museum.
  • Eckley Miners’ Village Associates staff and volunteers will report directly to the Site Administrator of the Anthracite Heritage Museum.
  • The Project Manager/Fundraiser will interface with PHMC staff at Eckley (a Clerk Typist, and maintenance personnel), and with EMVA staff and volunteers, who provide day to day operations and special programming.
  • Work will be coordinated with the Director of the State Historic Preservation Office, the Chief of the Division of Architecture and Preservation and other PHMC staff as required.
  • The project manager will work closely with the PHMC to ensure that all protocols for managing and promoting healthy public and workspaces amid the COVID-19 pandemic are followed and considered with this work and in future development planning.
  • Further, protocols and initiatives for DEIA planning and program implementation are followed and promoted.  For PHMC’s DEIA policy, see  https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Documents/PHMC-DEIA-Policy-2018.pdf


The Project Manager/Fundraiser will

  • Coordinate all work related to the implementation of the strategic/sustainability plan for Eckley considering public health and DEIA initiatives. Make recommendations to PHMC and EMVA on how best to implement the plan, including approaching new partners, and identifying potential funders. Upon approval by PHMC, proceed with carrying out implementation strategy. (55%)
  • Develop strong relationships with potential funders, including individual donors, businesses, and granting agencies, as related to the strategic/sustainability plan. (20%)
  • Write and administer various funding proposals to achieve the goals of the plan. (20%)
  • Assist the Eckley Miners’ Village Associates with fundraising efforts to support staffing and programming efforts. (5%)
  • This work includes becoming familiar with the history of Eckley, along with existing conditions, and various studies already completed about the site, and promoting the site’s importance to stakeholders and partners.
  • Goals for the PM/F will be set in conjunction with the Eastern Division Chief and the Site Administrator of the Anthracite Heritage Museum.
  • The PM/F must have experience in grants management, project management, and/or fundraising.
  • The PM/F must understand, promote, and abide by CWOPA, PHMC, BHSM, and site guidelines for COVID-19 and DEIA initiatives.

Experience Desired

  • Candidate must have 4-year degree in a related field. Master’s degree specializing in one of the key feature areas of the project desired.
  • Candidate must have at least 4 years’ experience in fundraising, historic preservation planning, land development, project management, and/or community development or related fields. Experience with projects related to museums or historic sites is desired.
  • Candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills as well as an appreciation and sensitivity to diverse community needs and desires.


  • The term of project is for one year, starting approximately January 1, 2021, with potential for renewal.
  • Competitive compensation commensurate with experience

Submit Resume, Cover Letter, and Three references to:

Eckley Miners’ Village Project Manager Position
2 Eckley Main Street
Weatherly, PA 18255

Or email:  bmorin@pa.gov

No phone calls please.

Deadline:  November 16, 2020