About Weeksville Heritage Center

Weeksville Heritage Center (WHC) is a historic site and cultural center in Central Brooklyn that uses education, arts, and a social justice lens to preserve, document and inspire engagement with the history of Weeksville, one of the largest free Black communities in pre-Civil War America, and the Historic Hunterfly Road Houses. Founded in 1838, Weeksville was the second largest of approximately 100 independent African-American communities established before the Civil War.

When a group of community activists rediscovered three remaining original homes 1968, they purchased, rehabilitated, and restored the Hunterfly Road Houses, re-opening their doors as the Weeksville Heritage Center in 1973. In 2014, WHC opened its new Cultural Arts and Education Center and campus, including a visual arts gallery, performance space, resource center, and administrative offices. WHC is now poised for a bright new era, with the resources and vision in place to fully activate our history and expand our education, preservation, and public programming. 

Recently announced as New York City's newest Cultural Institutions Group (CIG) member, the first since 1998, WHC is one of New York City’s cultural treasures, dedicated to preserving and celebrating the story of the 19th century African-American community of Weeksville, a nationally significant, exceptionally well-documented and rare extant example of an independent African-American community organized by Black entrepreneurs and land investors to promote economic, social, and political rights.

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Primarily stationed at a post at the building entrance and required to walk the grounds ensuring overall security and safety for staff and visitors
  • Patrol on foot both inside and outside spaces consisting of the gallery, exhibitions, historic homes and grounds
  • Work in all weather conditions to prevent unauthorized entry, damage, theft, accidents, and other similar activities to the Weeksville Heritage Center properties.
  • Complete security checks for staff and visitors
  • Make sure entrances and exits are secure throughout the day and locked in the evenings
  • Maintain safety protocols
  • Engage visitors, vendors, organizational partners, community stakeholders upon entrance to and visiting property
  • Work with hired security personnel at select events to assist as needed
  • Prepare security and incident reports to share with leadership 

 

Required Skills, Knowledge, and Qualifications

  • Must have a high school diploma or General Education Degree (GED).
  • Must have valid security guard licenses and/or certifications based on state and local requirements in the area where the position is located.
  • Must have knowledge of legal guidelines for security and public safety in the area where the position is located.
  • CPR and AED certifications preferred.

 

This is a full-time nonexempt, hourly position with a pay rate between $17-$19 per hour. Weeksville Heritage Center offers a benefits package that is competitive with the market, including medical, dental, and vision insurance; a retirement plan that employees can contribute to after the eligibility period, and paid vacation, paid sick leave, and personal days with the option for a hybrid work schedule.

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