Small Museum Association

Small Museums Working Together

Welcome to the SMA Blog for job postings. More blogs to follow, but we will start with this. Members may post job opportunities when they are logged into their account. SMA reserves the right to remove posts that are not job related and at our discretion. Learn more about membership by clicking here.

To add a job posting, make sure you are logged into the website using the email attached to your membership account. If you are unsure of your login email, contact membership@smallmuseum.org. Once you are logged in and return to the job posting page, the option to "Add post" will appear below. Please email us if you have any trouble. Please make sure to include the location of your organization! (City, State, website, etc.)

  • 21 Feb 2017 2:51 PM | Mark Sutherland

    Historic Sites Interpreter Part-time

    Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, a historic site of the Morris County Park Commission, located in Morristown, NJ is seeking a part-time, year-round Historic Sites Interpreter.  The position is 28 hours per week.

    This position will work within the educational programming department at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, will interpret the history of Fosterfields through programming for general visitors of all ages including school and youth groups, and assist with the development and implementation of programs and events for the general public .  This position will also work special events throughout the year, interpreting a variety of historically themed programs, including hands-on activities. 

    Qualified applicants should have an interest in history and/or museum studies.  Preferred applicants will have a bachelor’s degree in History with an emphasis on American History or Museum Studies.  Some experience working in a museum setting is desirable. 

    Applicants must be able to work four, seven-hour days, which will change seasonally and include weekends and special events as assigned.  The applicant must become a legal NJ resident within one year of accepting the position and hold a valid NJ driver's license. 

    Please send cover letter, resume with 3 references to:  Mark Sutherland, Manager of Historic Sites, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ  07960, or msutherland@morrisparks.net. No phone calls please.  For more information about the Morris County Park Commission or the Cooper Gristmill, please visit morrisparks.net or the friendsoffosterfieldsandcoopermill.org

    The Morris County Park Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer

  • 21 Feb 2017 2:41 PM | Mark Sutherland

    Miller/Historian

    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.

  • 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


  • 12 Jan 2017 9:41 AM | Stephen Heaver
    The Fire Museum of Maryland in Lutherville, MD seeks an Assistant Curator to understudy the curator and learn all aspects of caring for and operating the wheeled artifacts. Promotion to Curator will follow. This job especially includes the details of maintaining and running the hand-pumped, steam-pumped, and early motorized equipment. Experience with early motor equipment or heavy machinery will be a plus. On-site training will include steam, manual transmissions, and tillering. Some knowledge of the American fire service will be a plus.


    With time, the ideal candidate will meet the following requirements:

    1.Care for the entire collection, along with the archivist, (i.e. photographs, lithographs, documents, models, leather objects, etc.) and design and preparation of exhibits. Write grants for conservation and restoration. Monitor temperature and humidity conditions.

    2.Develop a working knowledge of the Museum’s extensive telegraph system. This is mentioned separately because it is such an important part of the hands-on experience in the exhibits.

    3.Work with paid and volunteer staff, coordinating the Tuesday night volunteers. Participate in parades, demonstrations and musters, operating pumps and aerial devices.

    4.Buildings and grounds oversight. Work with the director in managing the various aspects of property management and emergency plans. Assist with the planning and oversight of several construction projects as part of a major capital campaign.

    5.Maintain several aspects of the Museum’s Web site and write monthly blog posts. Contribute social media posts across various platforms.

    6.Write an annual article for publication in a professional magazine.

    7.Other duties as assigned.

    A Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of experience in a related field are required. Salary is $34,000. Seven paid holidays plus personal time of 2 weeks per year.

    To apply, submit a cover letter explaining why you would be a good curator for this Museum and your resume to sgheaver@firemuseummd.org. Call Stephen G. Heaver at 410-321-7500 x101 for further details or questions.

  • 12 Jan 2017 9:11 AM | Noel Poirier

    NAWCC Editor

    EDITOR - The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., an educational charitable nonprofit organization in Columbia, PA, seeks an individual for Editor with the skills, talent, and aptitude in the following areas:

    • Oversee the editorial content for two bimonthly publications: Watch & Clock Bulletin, a peer-reviewed journal, and Mart & Highlights, a buy/sell supplement with advertising and Association business.
    • Coordinate with the editor of WatchNews, an online watch publication, in editing and writing industry-related content
    • Manage the editorial process for special publications and work with NAWCC Departments in editing marketing materials, other literature and exhibits.

    The editor is responsible for planning the features and articles for each issue, editing volunteer-written content, coordinating with peer reviewers, and overseeing the layout of the issue. The editor ensures adherence to quality standards regarding appearance and content.

    The editor is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Publications Department and working with its staff.

    The editor is responsible for contributing ideas and executing ones that complement the Association’s mission to preserve and promote horology.

    The successful candidate must have experience:

    • Working with writers in developing and editing their submissions
    • Overseeing the layout of a publication in InDesign
    • Managing a small staff
    • Using Chicago Manual of Style.

    The ideal candidate is a flexible, self-motivated, team player and leader with superb time management skills. He/she will have superior writing and editing skills; a willingness to gain deep knowledge of the field of horology; and a willingness to take on the unique challenges of the organization’s publications.

    Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, or Liberal Arts preferred.

    For position description see below. EOE. Submit letter of interest and resume to Executive Director Steve Humphrey at shumphrey@nawcc.org


  • 12 Jan 2017 9:06 AM | Noel Poirier

    The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC), a 501(c)(3) educational charitable nonprofit organization, seeks an individual for Executive Director with the skills, talent, and aptitude in the following areas:

    ·         Marketing, Promotion & Fundraising

    ·         Education & Communications

    ·         Strategic Planning & Leadership

    ·         Management & Administration

    ·         Fiscal Oversight

    Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the NAWCC with its approximately 13,000 members worldwide. Staff consists of 30 full- and part-time employees organized into eight departments (museum and library, education, communications, publications, membership, information services, development, and controller).

    The successful candidate must have superior communication and fundraising skills; a willingness to gain a comprehensive knowledge of the field of horology; and a willingness to take on the unique challenges of leading the world’s largest horological organization.

    The NAWCC manages the National Watch and Clock Museum, the Library and Research Center, and a robust publications program in addition to serving a large membership base. The ideal candidate is a flexible, self-motivated team player and leader with superb time management skills.

    A bachelor’s degree or advanced degree in a related field is required along with ten years in responsible management positions.

    The position will be filled by June 2017 with a start date in August 2017. Submit a letter of interest and resume to search@nawcc.org by March 20, 2017.

    For additional information about the position, visit http://nawcc.org/search EOE


  • 10 Jan 2017 12:46 PM | Katie Azanza

    About the Museum

     

    The Museums of Sonoma County are run by a privately-financed 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. We consist of the Art Museum of Sonoma County, which presents exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, and the History Museum of Sonoma County, which is a regional history center for the north San Francisco Bay area. In addition to rotating exhibits, both museums serve as gathering places and educational forums for our community.  The Museums are privately funded and have an operating budget of approximately one million dollars, employ approximately fifteen full and part-time staff members, and have endowments of 3.7 million dollars. 

    Who We Are Seeking

     

    The Board of Directors is seeking a person who will enthusiastically lead the Museums into the next phase of our growth. We have operated with separate art and history spaces for just over one year. Our new Executive Director will coordinate the operation of our two exhibition venues and begin the second stage of our Art Museum expansion, which is why the successful applicant will have demonstrated excellence in building community networks that develop strong and continuing ties to patrons, donors, members, and to the visiting public. We believe that with the right leadership we can deepen the Museums’ support base by attracting new board members, increased corporate sponsorship, and greater cooperation with City of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County government officials. The new Executive Director’s salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

    Primary Responsibilities

     

    The following list is illustrative and is not intended to describe every function that may be required by this job:

    1. Cultivates fundraising relationships for the development of endowments, exhibits, special projects, Museum collections, and operations.
    2. Oversees the planning and execution of Museum fundraising events such as the annual gala, artist and donor receptions, guest speakers, and special sales events.
    3. Plans, coordinates, and oversees the operation of the Museum including collection accession and deaccession, exhibits, educational programs, and facilities maintenance. 
    4. Utilizes both print and electronic media to bring visitors to the Museum and foster participation from diverse demographic communities.
    5. Collaborates with community partners to enhance appreciation of history and the arts; develops relationships with community organizations to communicate the Museum’s vision.
    6. Oversees planning, preparing, and administering the Museum budget; seeks opportunities to develop new revenue streams for the Museum.
    7. Performs public relations activities, including: coordinating internal and external communication, working with support groups, governmental and non-governmental agencies, potential donors, and others in the community to increase awareness of the Museum.
    8. Demonstrates effective staff development and organizational skills in hiring, coaching, collaboration, problem solving, and goal setting. Empowers staff to think, act, and plan in a collaborative manner.
    9. Ensures that the operations and administration of the Museum are in compliance with laws and regulations.
    10. Serves as principal advisor to the Board regarding Museum issues and projects; attends Board meetings and assists in the selection and orientation of new Board members.
    11. Attends conferences, seminars, workshops, and other training for professional development purposes.
    12. Prepares annual report and other special reports as prescribed by the Board.

    Qualifications


    Some combination of education, training, and experience providing the following knowledge, skills, and abilities: 

    Knowledge of:
    Modern and contemporary art; California history; museum management theory; fundraising principles and techniques; public relations; exhibition design and installation; art/artifact conservation and preservation; museum publication research, design and layout; computer skills; modern management principles and techniques.
     
    Abilities:
    Effectively lead and manage the Museums; cultivate donations for exhibitions and endowment; prepare and present clear and comprehensive written reports; demonstrate creative leadership skills dealing with Museum support groups; effectively supervise and develop Museum staff and volunteers; attend evening and weekend events and meetings; establish and maintain good internal and external working relationships; communicate effectively both verbally (private and public speaking) and in writing. 

    Deal effectively and courteously with a wide variety of individuals and groups including the Board, local government, community leaders, Museum staff, and the general public; present an overall professional image; model and facilitate a working environment that encourages awareness and respect for differences among employees and citizens. 

    Experience, Education, and Training:
    Degree from an accredited college or university, and preferably a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration, Art History, Museum Studies, History or a related field, and a minimum of four years professional experience in a museum including at least two years in a management capacity.
       
    How to Apply


    Interested candidates should submit a current resume, cover letter, and three professional references in PDF format to Steven Gelber (sgelber@museumsc.org) by February 1, 2017. The cover letter should address the following four areas: 1) work experience and achievements; 2) leadership experience and qualifications; 3) fundraising skills and experience; 4) your vision of the ideal role of an art and history museum in SonomaCounty. The Executive Search Committee expects to make a hiring recommendation to the full Board by April 2017.

     

    NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE


  • 05 Jan 2017 9:29 AM | Lee Langston-Harrison

    Job Summary: The Executive Director shall

    • ·         Work with the Board of Trustees and its committees to develop the focused direction for the next phase of growth and success of the Museum of Culpeper History (MCH) and to insure its visibility in and relevance to the community, as well as long-term sustainability.
    • ·         Be responsible for providing innovative leadership and expertise in all aspects of daily operations, planning, finances and promotion of the MCH to assure the site is managed and collections preserved and meaningfully interpreted to the highest professional standard.
    • ·         Work effectively with part-time staff, a volunteer curator, volunteers and interns while providing general assistance to donors, museum visitors, community members, researchers and schools.
    • ·         Prepare a monthly written report for the Board of Trustees to include but not limited to Admissions/Shop Sales figures, updated membership and Heritage Cabinet data, upcoming events, recent acquisitions and loans in collections, maintenance issues and current requests.
    • ·         Research, write and implement grants to include Town of Culpeper and Culpeper County annual grant appeals and the required twelve grant applications in 2017 for FoundationSearch.
    • ·         Work with the Finance Committee to prepare an annual budget for the approval of the Board of Trustees and work with BOT members to increase revenue and manage a balanced budget.
    • ·         Oversee fundraising projects, membership appeal, the Heritage Cabinet donor program, and Legacy Giving.  Additionally, the Executive Director will prepare donation acknowledgements and retain an accurate/current file of donor activity and participation.
    • ·         Assure exhibits are updated and renewed frequently and all exhibitions are adequately labeled and in excellent condition.
    • ·         Enhance public relations and public awareness of museum events by developing social media campaigns, overseeing the Museum of Culpeper History website and Constant Contact E-blasts, writing Public Service Announcements and articles for local news sources, and developing mail outs and flyers for special events.
    • ·         Work with the museum’s Director of Education to develop, coordinate and promote innovative, engaging in-house and out-reach education programs and work closely with local public and private schools and home-school groups.
    • ·         Develop a partnership and regularly communicate with local governance, Culpeper Town and County Library, Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield, Brandy Station Battlefield Association, BS-CMB State Park Affiliation, Windmore Foundation, Culpeper Arts Commission , Department of Culpeper Tourism, Culpeper Chamber of Commerce, Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. and other local and state entities which may impact the MCH.
    • ·         Plan and execute special events for members, donors and guests.
    • ·         Work a variable schedule as needed due to occasional night and weekend events.
    • ·         Other duties may be assigned as deemed necessary in the future and for the benefit of the Museum of Culpeper History.

    Job Requirements:

    • ·         Minimum education requires a Bachelor’s degree in museum studies, history, archives, or related field.  An advanced degree is preferred
    • ·         Professional experience with non-profit, business, or historic site/museum management with demonstrated expertise in fund raising, relationship building with staff, boards and potential donors
    • ·         Analytical and problem solving skills, project and team management skills
    • ·         Excellent time-management and organizational and planning skills with the ability to prioritize and multi-task efficiently.
    • ·         Demonstrated understanding and commitment to the values and mission of the Museum of Culpeper History
    • ·         Effective and inspiring team leadership skills, and success in managing staff and volunteers with wide-ranging skill sets
    • ·         Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
    • ·         Knowledge of best practices for collections management
    • ·         Strong computer skills with a working knowledge of POS, Quick Books, Excel, Power Point, and various social media required
    • ·         Willingness to work a flexible schedule

    Salary is commensurate with experience. 

    The Museum of Culpeper History is an equal opportunity employer.


Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software