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  • 12 Oct 2020 12:13 PM | Karen L. Daly

    The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA) seeks a highly motivated professional to join the team at Dumbarton House as NSCDA Programs Manager. This person will have the exciting opportunity to manage both existing and new programmatic initiatives and will be uniquely situated to advance the mission of the NSCDA.  A team player, the NSCDA Program Manager will be a savvy self-starter, comfortable serving in a role that is both strategic and tactical, and comfortable working closely with interdepartmental colleagues and volunteer committees to implement Strategic Plan priorities adapted for current pandemic realities. This role spans the three mission areas of the NSCDA—preservation, history education, and patriotic service—and will work to document and expand the impact of our programmatic work.

    Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

    • Build strong relationships with committee and NSCDA leadership;
    • Manage NSCDA programs across the three mission areas of the NSCDA—preservation, history education, and patriotic service.
    • Manage development, implementation, and sustainability of the Great American Treasures (www.greatamericantreasures.org) –NSCDA Museum Alliance program. Manage communications pertaining to NSCDA museums with Dames, staff, and the general public. Provide advice and support to Great American Treasures museums nationally. Develop and implement Great American Treasures membership, friends, and/or annual support programs to build donor base for alliance.
    • Coordinate and administer NSCDA scholarships, educational awards, and grant programs.
    • Manage the development and implementation of a recurring Women in Preservation Symposium.
    • Coordinate NSCDA Sampler Survey and Oral History Project efforts, in coordination with Collections Manager and committee.
    • Provide ongoing professional support to the NSCDA’s three national project committees. Facilitate sharing of best practices, models, and templates related to NSCDA programs among Corporate Societies and Great American Treasures Museums.
    • Attend appropriate conferences (as speaker and general attendee) and represent the NSCDA and Great American Treasures professionally, proactively seeking opportunities to present and serve in leadership capacities.
    • Support other NSCDA programs as needed and in coordination with three national project committees.

    Key Attributes & Qualifications:

    • Palpable enthusiasm for the preservation/patriotic service mission of the NSCDA and ability/ willingness/passion to share that enthusiasm with others;
    • Knowledge of professional museum standards and best practices;
    • Ability to effectively manage competing and changing priorities and thrive in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment;
    • Excellent project management skills; able to plan and organize multiple projects, prioritize duties, manage budgets, meet deadlines and work effectively both as part of a team and independently;
    • Ability to lead strategic work and see projects through implementation phases;
    • Must be an excellent and compelling communicator, both orally and in writing. Strong speaking/presentation, grammar and writing skills are required;
    • Proficient use of social media platforms (Instagram and Facebook, in particular) and knowledge of social media trends and best practices required;
    • Experience with WordPress or a similar website management platform preferred;
    • Demonstrated analytical, quantitative, and budget administration skills;
    • Advanced skills with the Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and Outlook 365 including email, calendar, and Teams.
    • This position works at the historic Dumbarton House, NSCDA National Headquarters and Museum, and requires the mobility and dexterity to climb stairs and carry objects;
    • Occasional evening, weekend, and off-site hours required, with occasional travel for out-of-state meetings.
    To Apply:

    Please send cover letter & résumé to Karen L. Daly, Executive Director, karendaly@nscda.org with “NSCDA Programs Manager” as the subject line.  No phone calls please.

    Salary $42-49,000

    About the NSCDA

    The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America (www.nscda.org) is one of the oldest historic preservation organizations in America. Founded in 1891 as a women's lineage organization, the NSCDA now has over 15,000 members in 43 states and the District of Columbia, and owns, operates or supports over 90 historic properties and sites throughout the United States. Our mission is to promote respect for the people, places and events that led to the formation of our country through historic preservation, patriotic service, and history education programs.



  • 24 Sep 2020 5:15 PM | Danelle Houck

    Job Title: Executive Director

    Salary: $50,000-$60,000 depending on Qualifications

    Benefits: Salaried position with mileage reimbursement, and benefits package

    Hours: Full Time – 40 Hours, Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including occasional evenings, as part of your 40 hour work week

    Contact: Danelle Houck, dhouck@williamsonmuseum.org, 512-943-1670, 716 S. Austin Ave, Georgetown, TX 78626

    Reports to: The Williamson Museum Board of Directors

    Mission: The mission of The Williamson Museum is to promote the culture and heritage of Williamson County through education, preservation, acquisition and exhibition.

    Primary Purpose:  The Executive Director is responsible for the organizational leadership and promotion of the Museum operations through strategic planning, fundraising, membership development, financial accountability, public affairs and marketing programs, employee management and relationship building with community, business and government leaders.  The Executive Director provides leadership for administrative and financial aspects of the organization including annual fundraising events like the Cattleman’s Ball.

    Roles and Responsibilities:

    • Develop and implement annual calendar of events and exhibits
    • Serve as direct report to The Williamson Museum Board of Directors for the proper administration of all policies and operations of the Museum
    • Supervise the day-to-day functioning and operations of The Williamson Museum and staff including budgeting and daily financial operations of the Museum to ensure the organizational mission within the resources available
    • Oversee the annual budget
    • ·         Maintains and updates effective policies and procedures for managing the Museum’s budget
    • ·         Maintains an effective organizational structure and practices regarding human resources and communication
    • ·         Interview, employ, evaluate and terminate staff as necessary
    • Works closely with the Board of Directors to update the comprehensive strategic and developmental plan to support the mission and vision of the Museum
    • Research and write grant applications to foundations, corporations, and potential government funders to enhance and expand Museum operations and activities
    • Serves as chief spokesperson for the Museum to the public and other entities
      • Maintain and develop a strong, positive relationship with  Williamson County, cities in Williamson County, the County Judge and Commissioner’s Court
      • Maintain and cultivate donor and member relationships
      • Maintain and cultivate new and potential Board of Directors
    • Manage marketing, public relation, and member strategies – to include media  requests, fundraising, bequests
    • Provide dynamic presentations to garner and maintain support from area clubs, service organizations and interested parties
    • Perform other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors. This is not an exhaustive list of duties performed for this position. 

    Education and Experience

    • ·         Bachelor’s degree in related field from an accredited university, higher degree preferred
    • ·         Working knowledge of Museum operations and standards, principals, methods and practices, public relations and fundraising.
    • ·         At least three years of experience directly related to the responsibilities outlined within the job description
    • ·         Demonstrated knowledge of and success in annual programing, major gifts, grant writing and major event fundraising
    • ·         Demonstrated ability to work with government and community leaders and participate in relationship building with the community
    • ·         Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment, with team building skills as a top priority
    • ·         Demonstrated knowledge and a history of involvement in relevant professional organizations
    • ·         Full background check required

     

    Please send resume, cover letter, and 3 references to dhouck@williamsonmuseum.org

     

  • 22 Sep 2020 12:19 PM | Phyllis Young

    Woodlawn Museum seeks an Executive Director to provide dynamic leadership and to direct policymaking, planning, organization, staffing, and operations. The Executive Director will work closely with the Board of Directors to refine and implement a progressive program for the Museum’s capital campaign and fundraising, exhibitions, collections management, educational activities, and community outreach.

    Summary of Responsibilities:

    • Works in conjunction with the Board of Trustees to implement the strategic direction and establish initiatives to fulfill the mission of the Museum. • Directs the museum's operations, to include development, education and public programming, finance, external communications, property management, events, and staffing.

    • Manages and leads staff, volunteers, and consultants.

    • Leads and participates in all fundraising and development activities, including grant writing and developing relationships with foundations, corporations, and individual donors.

    • Serves as spokesperson and chief advocate for the Museum. Establishes strong partnerships in the community. Directs the overall development of public relations and marketing initiatives. Develops an effective communications plan to raise the profile of the museum.

    • Oversees the management of 180-acre campus and facilities of the Museum, as well as the collections held in public trust. Required Qualifications:

    • Educational background in and/or experience with historic preservation, history museums, historical societies, libraries, or archives is required. Ideal candidate will have a master’s degree and at least five years’ experience at a senior managerial level. Individuals with a Bachelor of Arts or Science with at least seven years of experience will be considered.

    • Strong record of success in fundraising, stewardship, donor relations, and volunteer management.

    • Proven track record in managing museum operations, including personnel matters. Demonstrated ability to supervise, as well as to work successfully with, museum staff, volunteers, and diverse public constituencies.

    • Evidence of success in developing, managing, and growing an annual operating budget. Strong business management skills.

    • Excellent planning, time management, and decision-making skills. Working knowledge of spreadsheet, database, email, calendar/scheduling and donor management software.

    • Willingness to work a variable schedule, including weekends and evenings when needed. Salary is commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package.

    • Proven ability to work cooperatively, diplomatically, and effectively with Boards, volunteers, and in community relations and outreach capacities.

    • Willingness to work a variable schedule, including weekends and evenings when needed. Salary is commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package. Salary range: $51,500 - $125,000.

    HOW TO APPLY Send an electronic submission consisting of a single pdf including a cover letter and resume to the following address: director@woodlawnmuseum.org. Your cover letter and resume should contain detailed information concerning your work experience, past successes, leadership experience, qualifications, and fundraising capabilities. Please be prepared to provide contact information for professional references upon request. No phone inquiries

  • 21 Sep 2020 12:07 PM | Anonymous

    21 N. Pitt Street Carlisle, PA 17013  

    The Cumberland County Historical Society located in Carlisle, PA seeks a highly motivated, energetic Community Outreach Director.  This multifaceted position requires experience and proficiency with working on multiple and diverse projects and having constant public interaction and engagement. Proven marketing and fundraising experience will be a key distinguishing factor in choosing a candidate. This is a salaried position with health benefits package. Range is 30-35K. 

    START DATE: 

    November 2020 

    HOW TO APPLY:

    Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resumé and contact information for three references no later than October 2, 2020  to Executive Director jillari@historicalsociety.com Prospected candidates should be prepared to interview in October and are welcome to inquire about salary information when their application materials are emailed. Attached documents must be in Microsoft Word or PDF formats. No phone calls will be accepted. 

    MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SOCIETY AND OUR OUTREACH INITIATIVES AT WWW.HISTORICALSOCIETY.COM

    Position:            Community Outreach Director


    Classification:        Full-time (40 hrs./wk.)


    Schedule:            Flex (40 hrs./week minimum)


    Job Summary:  The Community Outreach Director position is directly responsible to the Executive Director with all the rights, responsibilities, and benefits as described in the Personnel Policy Manual. The Community Outreach Director takes the lead role in special initiatives including marketing, heritage tourism, historic preservation, community engagement, fundraiser coordination and program development with CCHS department heads. The position manages one part-time Events and Marketing position. 


    Primary Duties:


    • Oversees community outreach and logistics for CCHS events, programs, workshops and occasional conferences in conjunction with the CVVB and other partner groups 

    • Coordinates and is responsible for CCHS’ annual programming calendar in coordination with department heads and committee chairs. 

    • Oversees logistics and marketing for the annual McLain Celtic Bash, Annual Golf Tournament, Annual Meeting, and other fundraisers for the Society. 

    • Takes the lead role on working with the Executive Director and staff in the application of grants and in the solicitation of event and fundraising sponsorships

    • Oversees outreach and logistics of CCHS’ Historic Preservation initiatives including the promotion of the County Register of Historic Places Program, in cooperation with the County Historic Register Committee and preservation tours (taverns, mills, historic properties and preservation tours etc.)

    • Oversees and promotes the Cumberland County Preservation Roundtable to facilitate dialogue and community engagement about the preservation of historical, cultural and natural resources and the interconnectedness of these resources.  

    • Represents CCHS at outreach events, table booths, professional development, and networking events (i.e. Chamber of Commerce Mixers etc.) 

    • Takes the lead role in the development and implementation of marketing strategies for CCHS and serves on the Society’s web-development leadership team 

    • Pursue business and industry in Cumberland County and surrounding counties to form alliances for contributions.

    • Investigates marketing opportunities on local and regional websites including free governmental and tourism sites

    • Works closely with the Education Curator and other Department Heads to develop and implement strategies for the advertisement and promotion of home schooling opportunities, history workshops, genealogy programs, talks, tours and museum department programs

    • Assists Education Curator in coordinating with private and public schools to advertise CCHS educational opportunities.

    • Oversees, develops and implements a marketing plan with specific “West Shore” marketing strategies and objectives 

    • Assists the Executive Director in the implementation of the Society’s Awards and Scholarships POPS Program in coordination with Awards and Scholarships Committee

    • Assists the Executive Director in the development of a county-wide and regional partnerships with simpatico organizations locally and abroad

    • Assists the Executive Director with other assigned fundraising duties and responsibilities 

    • Serves as lead liaison with assigned committees and reports work at quarterly Community Outreach Committee meetings. 

    • Delegates set up (with E&M Assistant, Historic Properties Coordinator and volunteers) for programs, tours, lectures, and events

    • Attends and/or assigns E&M Assistant to community planning meetings pertinent to CCHS mission and outreach i.e. DCA, CVVB, other arts, humanities, festival planning meetings

    • Oversees and assigns E&M Assistant with social & print media production and marketing

    • Oversees and coordinates, with staff, membership cultivation, growth, and innovation

    • Oversees and assigns E&M Assistant with the management of the membership database and oversees with the Assistant membership renewals and special membership promotions

    • Takes the lead role on the recruitment and training of outreach and events specific volunteers including reception area visitor’s services representatives

    • Assists with outreach educational activities including special initiatives in the G.B. Stuart History Workshop

    • Assists the E&M Assistant and Historic Properties Coordinator with rental inquiries at Two Mile House, Todd Hall, or Cumberland Room

    • Delegates the E&M Assistant and volunteers with special mailing initiatives 

    • Oversees the promotion and development of CCHS’ Friends and Partners Program


    Qualifications and expectations:


    • Excellent communication skills

    • Proven marketing and fundraising skills and experience 

    • Ability to operate telephone system and Microsoft Office software

    • Ability to handle multiple tasks

    • Strong attention to detail

    • Promotes the mission of the CCHS

    • BA or MA in related field minimum or commensurate work experience

    • Ability to flex schedule and work evenings and weekends

  • 19 Sep 2020 11:19 AM | Susan Ellis

    Collections Assistant/Education Coordinator

    The Moravian Historical Society seeks an organized and detail oriented Collections Assistant/Education Coordinator to provide assistance with our collections care and educational outreach efforts. The Collections Assistant/Education Coordinator will provide documentation and care for the Museums’ diverse collection of more than 20,000 objects following professional standards and practices. Working as part of a small team, the Collections Assistant/Education Coordinator assists with the acquisition, documentation, care, maintenance and handling, use and access, copyright, security, and environmental monitoring of objects. Using the PastPerfect database he/she will help manage the library, objects, and archives. This position requires precise attention to detail, strong communication and analytical skills, as well as the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and to work collaboratively and diplomatically. This position is also responsible for planning, developing, and delivering interpretative programs to a broad audience. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Collections Assistant/Education Coordinator will work closely with the entire staff to achieve the overall goals of the organization in accordance with the mission, vision, and values of MHS. The ideal candidate will have a passion for history and enjoy working in the nonprofit museum field. 


    About the Moravian Historical Society  

    The Moravian Historical Society is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit museum and historic site that celebrates the rich cultural legacy of the Moravians. Recognized nationally and internationally for its significant collection and historically important 18th century site and buildings, MHS shares this fascinating history through educational programs, guided tours, engaging museum exhibits, and public events. The collection consists of two Moravian structures—the 1740-1743 Whitefield House and the 1740 Gray Cottage, the oldest Moravian structure in North America—and more than 20,000 historical objects including furniture, decorative arts, paintings, works on paper,  musical instruments, textiles, firearms, scientific instruments, metals, and other objects important to the story of early America. Also under the care of MHS are photographs, postcards, a large historical library, and archives of personal, missionary, and family papers, and genealogies.


    Key Accountabilities  

    1. Assist the Curator of Collections to manage all aspects of collections care following professional standards and practices. 

    2. Assist with the acquisition, documentation, care, maintenance and handling, use and access, copyright, security, environmental monitoring of objects.

    3. Update and maintain the PastPerfect database, paper files, and archives.

    4. Respond to and oversee requests from researchers.

    5. Assist with exhibition planning, including research, preparing checklists and images of objects for exhibitions, and publications. 

    6. Conceptualize, plan, develop, and facilitate educational programming.

    7. Develop and implement projects and initiatives that help adult and youth audiences engage more deeply with history in the museum’s collections and exhibitions.

    8. Create in person and online interpretive materials designed to be used in the museum or elsewhere.

    9. Lead museum tours for adult and youth audiences that employ sound pedagogical approaches.

    10. Track and assess the effectiveness and impact of programs and projects and make changes as necessary to serve the needs of diverse audiences.


    Qualifications 

    • Bachelor’s degree with a major in history, museum studies, or education and related work experience of 1 to 4 years. Masters degree preferred.

    • Demonstrated excellence in writing, public speaking, and verbal communication.

    • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.

    • Ability to work proactively and independently on multiple tasks while maintaining quality and meeting deadlines.

    • Demonstrated experience in developing programming for youth and adults.

    • Professional knowledge of best practices in K-8 education.

    • Must be able to work evenings and weekends as needed to supervise programming.

    • Ability to work with diverse audiences including children, families, volunteers, and older adults.

    • Applicants should be sensitive to the role that museums play in society and have a passion to communicate history to a diverse audience.

    • Experience with developing and delivering interpretative programs to a broad audience, and supervisory experience preferred.

    • Knowledge of PastPerfect Museum Software.

    • Familiarity with website content management, online education delivery, social media networks,  scanners, and digital cameras.

    • Knowledge of office programs including spreadsheets, database, and word processing.


    Special Consideration

    The Museum is located in the historic 1740-1743 Whitefield House, a 3 ⅓ story building without air conditioning or an elevator. Various museum-related tasks including lifting moderate weights up to 30 pounds and working outside during events. 


    Reports to: Executive Director

    Status: Part Time 

    Compensation: $13.00 per hour with no benefits

    Schedule: 30 hours/week; Monday – Friday, with occasional weekend & evening hours. 


    To apply: 

    • Please send a cover letter and resume to director@moravianhistory.org

    • Open until the position is filled.

    • The Moravian Historical Society values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and organizational need. 


  • 03 Sep 2020 4:28 PM | Mark Parrish


    The Warren County (IL) Historical Society and Museum is soliciting applications for the salaried position of Pattee Executive Director. The successful candidate will present at least a B.A. (M.A. preferred) with additional experience in Museum/Non-profit management or Historical Studies and have demonstrable skills in interpersonal and public communication as well as experience in working with access program and Past Perfect software for collection management. Grant writing capabilities and financial management skills will be considered as enhancements.  A background and/or interest in Midwestern history and agriculture would be valuable as well. Compensation commensurate with experience and qualifications (salary range $38,000 to $45,000).

    Duties will include preparing exhibits and programs; managing and scheduling for the museum building; supervising staff and coordinating communication with volunteers, society members and the public; representing the organization in the community; strategic planning; grant writing and fund raising.

    Send an application letter, resume, and three references to mark.r.parrish57@gmail.com with Search Committee in subject line.  Applications are due no later than September 30th. Interviews will begin in October and position expected to begin November.


  • 25 Aug 2020 10:36 AM | Robert Clark

    REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (Issued 08/24/20)

    TITLE: Diversity Consultant
    CATEGORY: Temporary Contract (grant funded)
    DATES OF SERVICE: Starting December 2020

    POSITION SUMMARY:

    Historic Annapolis, the leading preservation and history organization in Annapolis, Maryland, is seeking to hire a consultant to assist the organization with creating a Diversity Action Plan (DAP) that will enable a more inclusive work environment and engage a wider public audience.

    Working with senior staff and board members, the consultant will serve as the lead in developing the DAP and assisting with implementation, to include training sessions. The DAP should include identifying diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and strategies for the organization that are integrated into all internal and external activities and planning processes. In addition, the DAP should include recommendations, policies and procedures, resources and trends, and best practices.

    Topics and activities to be addressed should include, but are not limited to:

    • Developing strategies to attract, hire, and maintain a diverse workforce (full- and part-time employees and volunteers) to include professional development. 
    • Establishing diversity initiatives related to recruiting new members to the board of trustees. 
    • Ensuring the organization's internal culture and work practices, such as vendor selection, performance reviews, and internal communication are equitable and inclusive. 
    • Ensuring the organization’s external relations related to fundraising, marketing, donor relations, stewardship, and membership are equitable and inclusive.
    • Identifying existing historic sites of diverse heritage and culture, under the management of boards, commission, non-profits, foundations, etc. and recommending relationship building, coworking and partnership opportunities. 
    • Conducting a diversity assessment of the organization’s current public programs and interpretation offerings and making recommendations on new programs and initiatives, to include:
      Identifying truth and reconciliation opportunities through uncovering misinterpreted, under interpreted or overlooked diverse designations of historic significance.   
      Collaboration opportunities with community stakeholders that can offer reconciliation programming, restoration opportunities and education.
      Developing a diversity and inclusion community investment strategy that includes, but is not limited to, diverse program offerings, education, and ancestry & lineage exploration.
      Exploring novel methods for preservation of diverse historic sites in Annapolis, that include, but are not limited to, the use of media, public art, and curation of personally held items of historic significance. 
    • Promoting diversity in emerging professionals through internships in fields related to historic preservation and museums. 
    • Providing HA staff, volunteers, and board members with training on the DAP and understanding differing perspectives. 
    • Establishing a mechanism for measuring and monitoring organizational diversity.

    JOB SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND EDUCATION:

    • Minimum bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree in related field preferred. 
    • At least 3 – 5 years work experience in human resources, or a related field with a proven knowledge of employee engagement, retention, equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives and programs.
    • Working knowledge of historic preservation and/or museum organizations preferred. 
    • Self-starter with ability to prioritize and respond accordingly.
    • Great communicator who can build strong working relationships with internal and external partners. 
    • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint. 
    • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills. 
    Please submit proposals with fee structure and resume to Lucy Mikhailova, Senior Vice President Finance, at lucy.mikhailova@annapolis.org by COB, 5:00 pm (EST) on September 7, 2020.

  • 21 Aug 2020 11:10 AM | JoAnn Bentley

    The Artist-Blacksmith’s Association of North America, Inc. (ABANA) seeks a highly qualified Executive Director responsible for the day-to-day operation of its permanent headquarters in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The Executive Director will report to the ABANA Board of Directors. Responsibilities include furthering ABANA’s mission by administering programs, fund raising, marketing, community outreach, strategic planning, and other new initiatives such as creating at the headquarters a gallery of forged metal art, a retail store, a library of ABANA documents, and a repository of legacy tools and blacksmith work. Salary range is between $60,000 and $70,000 annually.


    Candidates interested in this position are invited to provide a 200-word statement that sets out their vision for ABANA’s mission, growth and accomplishment. Please transmit this statement along with salary requirements in a one-page letter of intent to president@abana.org. Qualified candidates will receive the full position description and an invitation to formally apply.

    ABANA does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. ABANA will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants and employees are treated fairly and without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.

  • 03 Aug 2020 3:42 PM | Peggy Riemer

    The Board of the Ravalli County Museum and Historical Society (RCM) seeks a dynamic leader to help us tell the story of our historic Bitterroot Valley. Join our talented, enthusiastic Board to interpret the legacy of Lewis and Clark, multiple indigenous peoples and a colorful cast of characters - cowboys, vigilantes, fur trappers, traders and missionaries - that peopled our valley since the beginning of the American west. And if you find this is exciting, take a look at our natural history.  Our beautiful Bitterroot River nestled between two mountain ranges winds down the middle of the Valley watered by glaciated canyons - some bearing the original markings of the unique glacial lake Missoula. All this natural beauty is inhabited by five species of trout as well as wolves, bear, elk, moose, mountain sheep and goats and two species of deer. No wonder Lewis and Clark chose the Bitterroot Valley to rest while contemplating their journey west over the rugged Bitterroot Mountains.

    The RCM is housed in the historic Courthouse designed and built in 1900 by architect A.J. Gibson.  In 1974, the Bitterroot Valley Historical Society successfully advocated for the repurposing of the building as the new site of the Museum.  The Courthouse now houses what is considered by many to be the finest little Museum in Montana.  Permanent collections include American Indian artifacts from local tribes such as the Salish, Crow, Nez Perce and Kootenai Native Americans.  The Museum houses agricultural and homesteading artifacts, scientific tools, military uniforms, and files documenting the development of the Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Research Lab.  In addition, our permanent collections include an extensive compilation of Bertie Lord photos and over 12,000 photos from the famed still photographer Ernst Peterson.  Rotating exhibits in the former courtroom add to the ambience of this local cultural center, rich in the history of the Bitterroot Valley.

     SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES  

        The RCM, a small, rural museum with an annual Budget of $245,000, is located in a fast growing region.  The RCM is heavily dependent on part time staff and volunteers. The Museum seeks a creative, strategic and transformative thinker to oversee daily operations: curating, acquisition, exhibits, educational programs and fundraising; financial budgeting, controls and reporting; staff development and supervision; and, facility management of the County owned/supported historical courthouse building.

    VITAL SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES

    The prospective candidate must:

    ·      Collaborate proactively and transparently with the Board to define and execute RCM’s short and long term goals and to execute fundraising for the Museum.

    ·      Demonstrated ability to supervise as well as to work cooperatively, diplomatically and effectively with museum staff, volunteers, the Museum Board and diverse public constituencies

    ·      Create a culture of excellence, openess and teamwork among staff, volunteers, consultants and Board to benefit the mission of the Museum.

    ·      Nurture partnerships with current donors and forge new partnerships to enhance the museum’s visibility and secure it’s financial stability for operations and programs.

    ·      Strong business management skills.

    ·      Connect with the community, build coalitions, and become the principal spokesperson for the Museum

    ·      Provide a meaningful visitor experience with the Museum’s current and future onsite/online exhibits, programs and events. 

    DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

    ·      Bachelor’s degree, five years work experience at a senior managerial level and three years museum experience.

    ·      Demonstrated knowledge of standards and best practices for non-profits and museums.

    ·      Competence in managing museum operations including personnel matters. 

    ·      Evidence of success in developing, managing and growing an annual operating budget. 

    ·      Excellent planning, time management and decision-making skills.  Working knowledge of speadsheet, database, email, calendar/scheduling, word processing software and social outreach.

    ·      Strong record of success in fundraising and audience development.

    ·      Demonstrated excellence in writing and public speaking

    ·      Willingness to work a variable schedule, including weekends and evenings when needed.

    Join our team and interpret history while you live it.  Enjoy a diverse community of remnants from the past - cowboys, herders, farmers, miners, loggers, descendants of 19th century copper millionaires mingling with scientists/researchers from two labs, retirees, entrepreneurs and, yes, a few tourists. If history is also your hobby, spend your free time searching out ghost towns, indigenous sacred sites and trails, Lewis and Clark campfire sites, abandoned (and current) fire towers, and glacial debris (see a Glacial erratic displayed in front of the museum). Experience this diversity while enjoying the benefits of a modern, safe place with access to an international airport, major university, and local junior college.

     

    The salary starts at $38,000 and is commensurate with experience.

    The RCM is an equal opportunity employer

    HOW TO APPLY

    Please email, in PDF or Word format your cover letter and resume to:

    hiringrcm@gmail.com

    Please, no telephone inquiries

    Applications will be accepted until August 31, 2020 or until the position is filled

  • 16 Jul 2020 4:35 PM | Omar Eaton-Martinez

    Museum Manager I- Concord Manor House Museum (14924, Grade 22)

    Salary 

    $54,066.00 - $92,517.00 Annually

    Location 

    Prince George's County, MD

    Job Type

    Career Full-Time

    Department

    PRINCE GEORGE'S PARKS AND RECREATION

    Job Number

    14924

    Closing

    7/31/2020 11:59 PM Eastern

    Description

    The Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation, of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) seeks a Museum Manager for the Concord Manor House Museum.  Concord Manor, the 18th century Federal-style architecture listed on the National Register of Historic Places, interprets an inspiring story of the African American upliftment during the torrid times of Reconstruction and the importance of individual and community leadership.

    The Museum Manager provides professional museum management, leadership, and vision for the inaugural Concord Manor House Museum. The Museum Manager will be responsible for supporting collections management, curation of exhibits, historic preservation, public programs, volunteer management and administrative duties. The Concord Manor House Museum focuses on connecting pertinent themes likes like social justice, self-determination/community, and leadership using the history of the African American family, the Ridgeley’s as a platform for inclusive interpretation and community engagement. The position reports to the Assistant Division Chief, Historic Resources and the museum is part of the Natural and Historic Resources Division (NHRD) within the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR).


    We welcome candidates with prior demonstrable experience using innovation and creativity to make impactful solutions, especially within historical and/or cultural museums or historic sites. We believe that an inclusive culture among our staff is critical to convert nervous landscapes to sites of social action by integrating innovative programs and exhibitions that are co-curated with community members, scholars and thought leaders.

    The Museum Manager is responsible for generating effective business strategies and processes for the museum’s optimal operation, including maintenance of the historic and new buildings and permanent exhibits; partnering with social justice/civil rights organizations; implementing an impactful and immersive interpretation plan and setting the strategic goals for the museum as an inclusive place of learning and reflection.
     
    The Museum Manager works across the various divisions within Parks and Recreation and with external community partners to foster meaningful, engaging programming, partnerships, and to generate effective marketing materials. This position represents the museum and larger organization at local, regional and national meetings.  Delivering dynamic public presentations are a key component of this position.  The Museum Manager identifies funding sources and works with colleagues on grant applications to support special exhibit, collections or programming opportunities.  Grant administration and reporting are part of the Museum Manager’s role.

    This candidate will be able to lead Concord in upholding NHRD’s four strategic pillars:
    Pillar 1:  Enhance the Visitor Experience: Quality & Quantity
    Pillar 2:  Leave a Legacy: Transforming Education into Activism
    Pillar 3:  Strengthen Inclusivity, Diversity and Belonging
    Pillar 4:  Act with Honesty, Integrity, Respect and Trust

    Examples of Important Duties:

    1. Manages operations at historic facility. Defines operational goals, objectives, and procedures. Further develops, interpretive plan for the Concord Manor House Museum with NHRD Assistant Division Chief, Historic Resources and other division staff. Ensures safety and security of buildings and patrons. Evaluates operational policies and initiates changes for improvement. Conducts regular inspections.  Advises on ways to solve technical problems, comply with administrative procedures and improve management of facilities and their programs.

    2. Recommends and plans improvements, restoration, and development projects including building repairs, restoration/rehabilitations and exhibits. Communicates historic preservation concerns and works within the MHT easement and County regulations. Arranges and supervises all inspections, maintenance, and repairs of site and coordinates work with contractors. Monitors building utility systems and geothermal HVAC units to ensure proper operation. Provides technical guidance in planning new construction, remodeling, and expansion of facility.

    3. Develops interpretive programs, events, and activities relating to the mission of the site. Researches topics to aid in the development of interpretive programs and exhibits. Oversees development of program and exhibit marketing and interpretive materials. Works with Assistant Division Chief, Historic Resources, Outreach and Communications Coordinator and other division leadership in developing marketing strategies and materials for facilities, programs community outreach, and partnerships. Delivers dynamic public presentations both to the public and to elected and appointed officials promoting facility programs.

    4. Supervises staff. Plans, schedules, assigns, and reviews the work of staff. Develops and communicates work and performance expectations and conducts performance reviews. Identifies training and development needs and resources. Initiates, recommends, approves, and implements personnel actions including: recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, discipline, and termination of employees. Approves time cards and leave requests.

    5. Manages and coordinates operating budget for facility/program. Prepares financial reports and assists with recommendations of fees. Prepares annual budget requests, and controls expenditures in accordance with approved budget. Monitors significant and complex programs and activities. Solicits bids and price quotes from vendors and contractors, make selections, and initiates purchase requisitions. Maintains records of revenues and expenditures. Prepares reports.

    6.  Maintains active professional and cultural relationships with partner groups/agencies to coordinate programming such as, but not limited to members of the Walker Mill Community, the African American Historical & Genealogical Society – Prince George’s County, Prince George’s Historical Society, and other community driven organizations. When appropriate, facilitates use of the site by community groups.

    7. Oversees, in conjunction with staff curator, multimedia library of archival and historic records and materials. Collects, catalogs, and ensures protection of historical and cultural artifacts in secure archives.

    8. Serves as technical advisor in various historical areas. Provides technical leadership, program direction, and expertise to the community and other Commission, county and government organizations. May conduct original research and interviews with scholars, witnesses, descendants and other knowledgeable people.

    9.  Promotes positive public relations for programs and encourages public appreciation for the historical and cultural resource. Promotes a public focused inclusive environment, ensuring customers are treated promptly, professionally, and with respect.

    10.  Conducts regular meetings with staff members to discuss progress/problems related to site operations; is knowledgeable about the policies and procedures of the Natural and Historical Resources Division as well as the Department of Parks and Recreation and The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission; gives feed-back to staff and volunteers. Participating in related Commission committees as assigned as well as history-oriented county, regional, and state meetings/conferences/training sessions.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Master’s Degree in history, American studies, African-American/Latinx/Asian American/Native American Studies, museum studies, museum education, museum management, archaeology, museum education, historic preservation, non-profit management or a related field
    • Knowledge of Reconstruction-era history and/or Maryland history
    • Ability to identify and effectively communicate historic preservation concerns/needs
    • Experience in public programming and community engagement
    • At least (7) years of advanced experience with historic site/museum administration and management, collection management, and staff supervision
    Minimum Qualifications

    1. Bachelor's degree in history, American studies, museum studies, archaeology, historic preservation, or a related field; and

    2. Three years of professional or related experience, including one year as a program coordinator or supervisor; or

    3. Master's degree in one of the above fields; and one year of experience; or

    4. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

    5. Valid driver's license, or the ability to acquire one.

    To apply please visit: www.mncppc.org/jobs

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