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  • 19 Jul 2017 11:10 AM | Kathryn Blackwell

    Colvin Run Mill Historic Site Part-time Educator 

    G-Status Historian

    Part-Time: 900 hrs/year

    $13.37/hour

    Location: Colvin Run Mill Historic Site

    10017 Colvin Run Road

    Great Falls, Virginia  22066

     

    Description of Duties:  As a site educator, primary duties are to present cultural history interpretive programs for school aged children and/or adults on a regular basis. Groups can include: public, private and home-school groups, scout groups, general public, thematic class series, camps, events, and special request programs including overnight programs. Additional duties to include plan, prepare, and present Cub Scout and/or other Cub/Boy Scout activities, both pre-scheduled and upon request. Front desk, administrative, and other jobs may be included.

    Hours: Must be able to work weekday mornings Tuesday-Friday, with core hours of 9:30am -12:30pm, to present field trip programs during the regular Fairfax County Public School’s school year. Scheduled hours for field trips will generally fall during October, November, and late February through early June. Additional hours including weekends may be scheduled as needed.

    Required Qualifications: Experience preparing and presenting interpretive programs to individuals or groups. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to deal effectively with citizen inquires and questions. Ability to remain flexible and adaptive on a daily basis, in a small museum environment.

    Preferred Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in history, education or a closely related field, and six months experience presenting interpretive programs or teaching children.

    Please Note: Individuals in these positions are not eligible for employee benefits, and are not eligible to earn leave or receive holiday pay. This position cannot exceed 900 hours per calendar year.

    To Apply: Please send resume with references, and cover letter by Friday, August 8, 2017

    Kathryn M. Blackwell, acting Visitor Services Manager at:

    kathryn.blackwell@fairfaxcounty.gov

    10017 Colvin Run Rd.
    Great Falls, VA 22066

    No phone calls, please

     

  • 11 Jul 2017 3:26 PM | Ann Hobing

    The Service and Sales Specialist conducts the daily operations for the National WASP WWII Museum.  The Specialist is responsible for providing superior hospitality and service, and providing a safe, friendly, clean environment. Additionally, the Specialist must work daily to deliver a seamless sales experience to our guests and Members while aggressively maximizing sales, driving incremental revenues and actively soliciting new Members.

    Basic daily duties include operating register system for retail, ticket sales, membership and donations, providing orientation, guidance and assistance to guests, Members and groups, and maintaining safe, clean and efficiently operating work spaces.

    Qualifications include a high school diploma with some college in hospitality, nonprofit or museum management a plus, previous experience in customer service, hospitality or retail, previous cash handling experience strongly preferred, computer literacy and excellent guest service skills.   

    Position is part time, hourly.  Requires flexible schedule to meet business demands, including evenings, weekends and holidays. Premium wages paid on most holidays. Must have reliable transportation.

    Send cover letter and resume to Carol Cain, Associate Director at waspmuseum@yahoo.com. 

  • 06 Jul 2017 12:54 PM | Kristen Butler

    Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater, MD, is looking for enthusiastic and creative individuals with experience in museum interpretation, classroom education, environmental education, and/or colonial history to assist with presenting interpretive programs and special events in our living history museum and gardens as seasonal Museum Educators.

    Position is open until filled. Training for new Museum Educators will begin on September 5, 2017. For more information, visit our website.

    To apply for this position, send an e-mail expressing why you are interested and why you would be a good fit along with a resume and three professional references via email to Kristen M. Butler, Director of Public Programs, at publicprograms@historiclondontown.org.

    Kristen M. Butler
    Director of Public Programs
    Historic London Town and Gardens
    410.222.1919 ext. 212
    www.historiclondontown.org

  • 28 Apr 2017 1:34 PM | Meg Hutchins

    The 1890 House Museum seeks a highly motivated, self-directed and creatively inclined individual to help lead the Museum into the future. The Assistant Museum Director exists as a museum professional at The 1890 House Museum and reports to the Museum Director. This position is guaranteed 15 hours per week. These hours are to be worked Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 4 pm. Additional outside special events work as necessary.

    The duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    • ·         Assisting the Museum Director in all areas of the museum management.
    • ·         Opening and closing the museum and managing the front desk.
    • ·         Helping maintain and manage the museum website, calendars, social media outlets, and communication outlets.
    • ·         Giving public, private and school tours during on and off hours.
    • ·         Helping with interpretation and exhibition development.
    • ·         Managing volunteers.
    • ·         Helping maintain the building and grounds.
    • ·         Participating in grant writing efforts.
    • ·         Participating in historic preservation efforts for the museum.
    • ·         Attending Board meetings to support Coordinator and giving a report on the museum in the absence of the Museum Director.
    • ·         Staying up to date on best practices for museum management.
    • ·         Work on projects in area of focus (i.e. Exhibits, education, programming).

    Qualifications for Assistant Museum Director:

    • ·         Bachelor’s Degree or higher, History, Social Studies Education, Art History, Museum Studies or Historic Preservation preferred.

    Or

    • ·         Three years experience in Museum Administration/Management or museum work.

    Or

    • ·         Equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

    Successful candidates:

    • ·         Should be self-motivated, organized, flexible and detail-oriented.
    • ·         Should have leadership ability, strong writing skills, an enthusiasm for history, and the ability to communicate.
    • ·         Basic computer skills a must with experience with Wordpress, Publisher and social media outlets preferred.

                This job requires an Assistant Museum Director to be actively moving around the house and grounds and someone able to climb 4 flights of stairs. They should also be able to lift 40lbs and shovel snow.


    Those interested should email a cover letter and resume to the1890house@gmail.com with the subject line of Position Opening Interest.


    About the 1890 House Museum:

                The impressive limestone mansion, now called the 1890 House Museum, was once the home of 19th century Industrialist Chester F. Wickwire. Born in 1843, Chester grew up on the family farm in McGraw, east of Cortland. As a young man, he moved to Cortland and opened a grocery store on Main Street. Gradually, the grocery store became a hardware business. Chester’s brother, Theodore, joined him in the business. In 1873, the brothers received a carpet loom as payment for a debt. Adapting the loom to weave wire, Chester transformed the hardware store into a major manufacturing firm that would impact the nation. The 1890 House Museum holds tours, monthly programming, and hosts venue rentals. It is run by a part-time staff, a dedicated Board of Trustees and volunteers.

    The 1890 House Museum’s Mission Statement:

                The 1890 House Museum aims to promote and interpret the historical and cultural significance of this property to the public. The 1890 House seeks to collect, preserve, research, display, and interpret objects that promote local and national history of America’s cultural heritage during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 


  • 17 Apr 2017 9:56 AM | Alice Donahue

    The National Electronics Museum in Linthicum, MD invites applications for the position of Museum Educator.

    Job Description:  The Museum Educator develops and executes educational and outreach programming.  This includes management of quarterly programs including workshops and the summer Pioneer Camp.  The Museum Educator works with educational professionals to promote state and regional STEM initiatives.  The Museum Educator oversees the museum tour program, including staffing and scheduling. This position is 30 hours a week.

    Requirements:  Bachelors Degree, Master’s preferred, in Museum Studies, Education, or STEM related field.  Minimum two years experience in museum education.  Familiarity with Maryland STEM curricula.  Candidate should be outgoing, have excellent communication skills, and be able to connect with people of a broad range of ages and interests.

    To apply email resume, letter of introduction, and three professional references to Mike Simons, Director at nemuseum.adm@gmail.com.

    www.nationalelectronicsmuseum.org


  • 05 Apr 2017 2:41 PM | Mark Sutherland

    Miller/Historian - Search Still Open (will remain posted until filled)

    The Historic Sites of the Morris County Park Commission seeks a dynamic individual to manage its Cooper Gristmill location in Chester, NJ.  The site is on the National and State Historic Registers.  The ideal candidate will develop and implement quality educational programs and events to a diverse audience. 

    As the Miller/Historian, the candidate plans, develops, presents, and supervises educational programs (including school, scout, home school, and adult programming), and all special event programming throughout the season.  The position requires the candidate to address the mechanical needs of this working historic water-powered gristmill by identifying, analyzing and fixing belts, gears, and other modern and/or historic equipment to operate the Mill.  This includes, but is not limited to evaluating and dressing millstones, monitoring water to the Mill from the adjacent millpond and the flume.   The ideal candidate assists with the development of a budget for the site, and will work with maintenance staff, and staff from other Morris County Park Commission historic sites as needed.  The Miller/Historian will evaluate programs and events to assure they are effective and meet educational standards and goals as defined by the New Jersey core curriculum standards. The chosen candidate will supervise assigned subordinate personnel and volunteers, and will wear period historic clothing during public programming hours.

    Qualifications:  The successful candidate will be a college graduate with a major program study in history, museum studies, or a related field, have a minimum of 3 year’s experience working in a gristmill, independently, or alongside an experienced Miller, the ability to fix, troubleshoot, and operate a working gristmill, and have a minimum of 3 years of experience developing and implementing educational programming and events in a historic setting.  The Miller/Historian works a flexible schedule, is computer literate, and able to lift 50 lbs.

    The position will begin no earlier than September 1, 2017, and will train alongside the current miller.  The chosen candidate must be a New Jersey resident within one year of being hired for the positon, and possess a valid NJ driver’s license.

    The position is full-time, 40 hours per week, including weekends and holidays as assigned.  Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to: Mark Sutherland, Manager of  Historic Sites, 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ  07960, or msutherland@morrisparks.net.  No phone calls please.  For more information about the Morris County Park Commission and the Cooper Gristmill, visit morrisparks.net or friendsoffosterfieldsandcoopermill.org.

    The Morris County Park Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • 07 Mar 2017 10:36 PM | Calvin Cobb

    JOB DESCRIPTION

    MUSEUM DIRECTOR- THE PEARL FINCHER MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

    SPRING, TEXAS

    Summary

    The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts (PFMFA; The Pearl) seeks an experienced, entrepreneurial, and business-minded individual to lead the museum during its next stage of growth.  The Director will be responsible for furthering the goals and mission of the Pearl and

    directing development, fundraising, marketing, general management, financial management, and fostering member/volunteer/docent/board relations of the PFMFA.  The Director will also be responsible for maintaining and fostering the museum’s image of exceptionalism.  The Director must be able to capitalize on the PFMFA’s existing strengths and provide leadership and management for the next chapter in the PFMFA’s history.  The Director is expected to be an active participant in the community and in all areas of responsibility.  The Museum Director is responsible to the Board of Directors and reports to the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

    About the Museum

    The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts opened to the public in March 2008.   The museum is a non-collecting museum located in Spring, Texas that serves the greater northwest Houston communities of over one million people.  It is the only museum of fine arts outside the central museum district of Houston.  Together with the Barbara Bush Branch Library, the Foundation for the Arts and Cultural Enrichment (FACE), and the Cypress Creek Christian Community Center, the PFMFA is part of the Cypress Creek Cultural District.  The museum has become an important social, cultural, and educational center for the area. 

    From its humble beginnings, the museum has progressed to being named the Houston Press Best Small Museum in 2010 and, again, in 2015.  The Houston Press stated, “The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts has snagged a Best Small Museum nod before. It wins again this year for the very simple reason that it's doing excellent work. The brilliance in its programming is that it showcases works rarely seen publicly from small, private collections held locally.”

    More than 185,000 visitors, including 60,000 school children, have visited the Pearl since its opening, experiencing world-class art.  The galleries have exhibited 46 shows since opening.  Exhibitions have ranged from exquisite European paintings, Texas paintings, Japanese objects, American paintings, contemporary pieces, African Gold, ceramics, pottery, glass, metal, recycled objects into art, Hispanic art, French collections, and many more.

    Vision

    To be the leading fine arts museum in greater Houston, outside the downtown museum district.

    Mission

    While upholding the highest ethical and professional museum standards, the Pearl’s mission is:

    • 1.     Provide direct, first-hand access to original works of art and other culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant objects to a regional, national, and international audience.
    • 2.     Offer outstanding and inclusive educational and public programming.

    Education has been a key element of our mission since the very beginning.  That vision has expanded to include school children to university students to senior adults.  The school program is outstanding, serving 8,000 children each year as part of their scheduled school field trips.  The museum has recently launched a leading-edge special needs program serving visually impaired and autistic children.

                                                                                                                                           

    The physical space of the museum encompasses about 11,000 square feet. The duration of each exhibition is approximately four months.  A strong volunteer base by an active Guild, docents, and community service organizations provides needed assistance in operations. 

    The Pearl is funded by grants from businesses and charitable foundations, donations from our dedicated donor base, and an Endowment Foundation.

    • A.   As Museum Director, manage the operational and administrative duties of the Pearl in an efficient and effective manner.
    • 1.     Oversee budget development and financial management; ensure the accuracy and integrity of complete financial and accounting records and reports.
    • 2.     Develop plans for exhibitions and programs including exhibition sponsorships.
    • 3.     Direct the personnel and employment of human resources that includes interviewing, hiring, training, encouraging, coaching, and disciplining and terminating employees.
    • 4.     Ensure the efficient operation and maintenance of the facility, including HVAC systems, technology systems, janitorial staff, and grounds maintenance.
    • 5.     Maintain and oversee the effective safety and security of the museum.
    • 6.     Enhance the PFMFA’s marketing program to raise awareness and grow audiences.
    • 7.     Facilitate the development of web-based marketing and strong social media presence.
    • 8.     Collaborate with community partners to enhance the arts in the Northwest Houston area.
    • 9.     Participate in Board meetings as Director and administrator of the museum.
    • B.    As Chief Fundraiser, engage vigorously and effectively in development and fundraising.
    • 1.     Consistent with the PFMFA’s current and long-term needs, lead fundraising events, annual fundraising initiatives, specific grant proposals, capital campaigns, and membership campaigns. 
    • 2.     Develop and monitor gift and endowment contributions for the Endowment Foundation.
    • 3.     Cultivate and strengthen relationships and communications with members, Board of Directors, donors, and supporters of the PFMFA.
    • 4.     Providing a high degree of visibility in the community, strengthening community relationships and serving as chief spokesperson for the PFMFA.
    • C.    As Chief Strategic Planner provide visionary leadership in long-range planning and implementation.
    • 1.     Advance the current long range plan established by the Board of Directors.
    • 2.     Lead the Board of Directors in an annual strategic plan update.
    • ·      Possession of a bachelor’s degree is required and an advanced degree preferred.
    • ·      Relevant executive experience working with a board of directors and leading a staff; minimum of five years of successful and progressive responsibility, executive experience in a museum environment.
    • ·      Exceptional skills in development, fundraising, marketing and financial management.
    • ·      Experience in successful grant writing.
    • ·      Strong skills in written and verbal communication and organization.
    • ·      Possess an entrepreneurial spirit, including the capacity to develop innovative strategies for income generation, audience-building, and programming.
    • ·      Possess the capacity to develop and maintain positive relationships with members, donors, and community constituents.
    • ·      Possess a strong work ethic and high level of energy.
    • ·      Compensation will range between $65,000 - $75,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience
    • ·      Attractive benefit package is provided

    To Apply:

    Send a letter of interest, resume, copy of college/graduate school transcripts and a list of three professional references with contact information by email to pearlfinchermuseum@gmail.com.  Position will remain open until filled; however, it is the desire of the Search Committee to have an approved candidate ready to assume the position in early May 2017.

  • 06 Mar 2017 9:37 AM | Jill Barry

    Through interesting and engaging programs, Morven Museum & Garden’s Education and Public Programs Manager is responsible for the Museum achieving its audience development goals for adults, children, and families. Current scope includes the historic mansion and grounds, and in late spring 2018 the new Stockton Education Center will open.

    Duties

    • Serve as primary staff to the Education Committee of the Board of Trustees and its subset, the Family Programming ad hoc committee
    • Conceive, develop, and implement quality, appropriate general Museum programming in consultation with the Education Committee
    • Develop, and manage appropriate, family friendly programming in consultation with the Family Programming ad hoc Committee
    • Organize and oversee Morven’s signature education events such as: July 4th Jubilee, month-long Festival of Trees program including “Morning with Santa” and the British Encampment during the Battle of Princeton.
    • Using previously developed content, implement periodic home school programs
    • In conjunction and collaboration with curatorial and other staff, plan exhibition and collection related lectures and general programs including contacting and scheduling potential speakers/instructors as well as logistical planning
    • Coordinate with community partners like the Princeton Arts Council, Princeton Public Library, and others, to develop programs both on and off site that serve our mission.
    • Organize, recruit, train and evaluate Morven’s volunteer docent corps
    • Participate in identifying and writing grants or sponsorship proposals, including narratives and budgets
    • Participate in exhibition planning and interpretation to optimize the educational potential of installations and exhibitions
    • Aid in creating site-wide didactics, brochures, and other matter as appropriate, in conjunction with other museum staff members
    • Represent Morven at education-based events

    Administrative Duties

    • Responsible for the scheduling, oversight and implementation of assigned programs
    • Create and manage departmental budget
    • Other duties as needed

    Category/hours:   25-30 hours a week, permanent part time. Some evening and weekend work required.

    Qualifications

    • B.A. or B.S. in in Education, History, Museum Education, Museum Studies, or related discipline. M.A., M.S., or M.Ed. preferred, Museum experience preferred.

    To apply: 

    Mail a cover letter, resume, three references, and sample of a successful program to Education

    and Public Program Search, Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ

    08540 or email with Education and Public Program Search in the subject line to

    Info@morven.org

    No Phone Calls.


  • 09 Feb 2017 1:51 PM | Ellen Adams

    Program Coordinator (Part-Time)

    Alice T. Miner Museum

    Chazy, New York

    Description: The program coordinator is responsible for the development and implementation of educational and cultural programs at the Alice T. Miner Museum and at off-site locations. The coordinator will work with schools, community organizations, and other historic/cultural institutions in the region to create programming that draws diverse audiences to the museum and helps strengthen the museum’s position as a center for community activity.

    Duties:

    • Researches, develops, schedules, and presents programs for adults and children, on- and off-site
    • Publicizes and promotes events using social media and other outlets
    • Maintains a calendar of events and communicates with local media and tourism promotion organizations
    • Conducts tours of the museum for individuals and groups
    • Assists the Director/Curator in training and supervising volunteers
    • Assists the Director/Curator with other duties as needed

    Qualifications:

    • B.A. in history, public history, education, or other related field
    • Experience in public programming at a museum, historic site, or similar venue
    • Knowledge of general philosophy, principles, and practices of history museums
    • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing
    • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with organizations, volunteers, and the public

    About the Alice T. Miner Museum: Opened in 1924, the Alice T. Miner Museum holds a collection of furniture, textiles, ceramics and other decorative arts, books, manuscripts, and more, reflecting Alice Miner’s engagement in the Colonial Revival movement of the early 20th century. The museum also presents and interprets material related to Alice and William Miner’s life and philanthropic work in the North Country. Visit minermuseum.org for more information.

    Direct applications and inquiries to Ellen Adams, Director/Curator, director@minermuseum.org

  • 16 Jan 2017 11:04 AM | Noel Poirier

    EDUCATION PROGRAMS COORDINATOR - The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., an educational charitable nonprofit organization in Columbia, PA, seeks an individual for Education Programs Coordinator.

    This position oversees educational programming of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. The Education Programs Coordinator will work closely with the NAWCC staff and NAWCC committees to develop educational programming consistent with the NAWCC’s mission and goals. This will entail providing programming to meet the educational needs of the public, NAWCC members and chapters. The person will oversee the budget for educational programs of the association. This position is responsible for evaluation of programs and audiences, assessing needs and formulating strategies to anticipate, then meet those needs. Outreach program planning may also include collaborative activities with other institutions.

    Primary Responsibilities Include:

    • Develops educational programming in support of the mission and goals of the association
    • Plans, budgets, coordinates, promotes and supervises adult educational programs
    • Serves as the primary advocate for association educational programming
    • Manages onsite workshop classes
    • Coordinates watch and clock traveling workshop program with program volunteers and instructors
    • Oversees development and implementation of online educational programming and webinars
    • Coordinates with the museum director concerning museum, school and youth educational programs implemented by museum staff
    • Recruits, selects, oversees training and supervises instructors and education volunteers
    • Maintains registration and accounting for educational programs and prepares reports as needed
    • Plans, researches, develops and produces documents, brochures, handouts, outreach materials, web content, other technology-based presentations, and materials for the public, members and chapters
    • Designs storyboards, rich media scripts and products, exams, and instructor and participant materials for online courses
    • Evaluates educational programming and audience needs to improve courses and develop new programming
    • Works with development coordinator in grant development and funding for educational programs
    • Works with communications staff to develop marketing and website copy related to courses
    • Works with controller and executive director on revenue goals for educational programs

    For complete position description see http://nawcc.org/index.php/our-association/nawcc-educator. EOE. Submit letter of interest and resume to Executive Director Steve Humphrey at shumphrey@nawcc.org


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