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  • 22 Nov 2021 10:53 AM | Luke Guthrie

    Job Title: Deputy Director National Guard Educational Foundation

    Department: NGEF

    Reports to: Director of National Guard Educational Foundation

    FLSA Status: Exempt

    Summary: Oversees all aspects of the National Guard Memorial Museum, library, archive, and National Guard Monument in Normandy Beach, France and is responsible for the curation, direction, management and tours of the facility by performing the following duties.

    Duties and Responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned. 

    1. Acts as a director, curator, and registrar of the National Guard Memorial Museum, library, and archive. *
    2. Responsible for the day-to-day management of the National Guard Memorial Museum, library, and archive.*
    3. Provides tours of the National Guard Memorial Museum.*
    4. Responsible for narrative text, photographic curation, copyright adherence, design, and general aspects of all Museum exhibits to include temporary displays.*
    5. Responsible for temporary exhibits of National Guard art and sculpture and also curator. *
    6. Serves as registrar to include gift, temporary custody, loan agreements, and annual inventory. *
    7. Acts as a historian, National Guard Educational Foundation, and National Guard Association of the United States. *
    8. Manages all aspects of National Guard Monument in Normandy, France. *
    9. Oversees the Medal of Honor Gallery. *
    10. Develops and executes programs.
    11. Writes articles for internal and external periodicals and journals. *
    12. Works in conjunction with the archivist around management of preservation duties, oral histories, digitization, reference services, and archival stacks. *
    13. Works in conjunction with the Archivist / Museum Specialist in website and social media input, maintenance, and content. *
    14. Writes and publishes blog posts, events calendar, and informative articles on new acquisitions for website public interest. *
    15. Responsible for the management of the Guard Muster. *
    16. Responsible for the management of the National Guard Educational Foundation store. *
    17. Trains and supervises the interns and volunteers in collection management, docent duties, and other requirements as assigned. *
    18. Responsible for advertising for, interviewing, and in-processing interns and volunteers and acts as a liaison with associated universities and organizations.*
    19. Creates theme for National Guard Educational Foundation portion of National Guard Association of the United States Annual Conference.*
    20. Supervises the Archivist / Museum Specialist. *
    21. Assists in planning and executing special events.
    22. Provides support in fundraising appeals.
    23. Maintains filing system for historical documents.
    24. Performs filing and copying.

    Supervisory Responsibilities:

    Manages one employee. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

    Qualifications:

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    Language Ability:

    Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

    Math Ability:

    Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

    Reasoning Ability:

    Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

    Computer Skills:

    To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Office.

    Education/Experience:

    Master's degree (M. A.) or equivalent; and two to four years related experience in a museum setting.

    Knowledge, Skills and Other Abilities:

    ·     Ability to act ethically

    ·     Written and verbal communication skills

    ·     Passion for American history

    ·     Organizational skills

    ·     Ability to be flexible

    ·     Ability to multi-task

    ·     Customer service skills

    Physical Demands:

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, use hands, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, ability to adjust focus, and ability to see color.


    Work Environment:

    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

    Salary: $75,000 plus an extremely attractive benefits package

    Please submit letter of interest and resume to HR.finance@ngaus.org


  • 21 Nov 2021 6:19 PM | Margaret De Arcangelis

    About the Position:

    The Baltimore Museum of Industry seeks an inventive and resourceful person to fill the role of Curator of Collections & Exhibitions. As a member of the museum’s senior management team, the Curator serves as the head of the Collections and Exhibitions department and leads the effort to build, care for, and preserve the museum’s collections and oversees the museum’s exhibitions program. The ideal candidate will enjoy working cooperatively with colleagues and members of the public. The BMI expects the Curator to stretch the boundaries of traditional museum interpretation and pioneer new ways of using the museum’s extensive collections to tell compelling and timely stories of Maryland industry.

    About the Baltimore Museum of Industry:

    Located on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the Baltimore Museum of Industry celebrates Maryland’s industrial legacy and shows how innovation fuels ongoing progress. The BMI’s exhibitions, programs, and collections engage visitors in the stories of the people who built Baltimore and those who shape the region’s future. 

    The BMI’s collections include some 50,000 objects, 4,500 linear feet of archival documents, and more than 250,000 photographs related to Maryland’s industrial history. These materials are evocative reminders of Baltimore’s growth from a small colonial town to a thriving manufacturing center and illuminate how its residents—no matter their station in life, race, ethnicity, or occupation—contributed to the region’s development. Over the last decade, we have improved intellectual and physical control of the museum’s collections, standardized policies and procedures, moved the bulk of the collections to an off-site facility, renovated the museum’s research center, updated long-term exhibitions, and overseen a dynamic temporary exhibition program. Now, we are eager to find new ways to tap our collections for programs and exhibitions, and to consider the strategic growth of this important historical resource. 

    The museum’s core values of accessibility, empathy, flexibility, and honesty guide our work and interactions.

    Key Responsibilities:

    ·        Exhibitions: Recommend and implement long-range exhibition plans that further institutional goals and expand the public’s understanding of Maryland’s industrial history and the role of workers; curate or co-curate annual temporary exhibitions and other exhibition projects; oversee exhibition development process including identifying and engaging designers, fabricators, and other contractors, and managing exhibition budgets and schedules; develop and maintain exhibition calendar 

    ·        Interpretation: Working with the Executive Director, the Director of Interpretation, and other colleagues devise new interpretative and design strategies for the museum’s permanent and temporary exhibition galleries to improve the visitor experience; actively contribute to rethinking presentations and understandings of the Museum’s collections to incorporate community voices and perspectives

    ·        Collections: Oversee the documentation, care, preservation, presentation, storage, and exhibition of the museum’s collections of objects, archival documents, photographs, and library materials; develop and oversee collections management policies and departmental procedures relating to acquisition and care of the museum’s collections; develop strategies for overall collections growth; evaluate new gift offers and incoming and outgoing loan requests in coordination with the Board Collections Committee; use the collections to proactively investigate enduring questions through exhibitions, programs, and digital initiatives

    ·        Collaboration: Practice collaboration, working closely with the Director of Interpretation and other museum colleagues to ensure that the exhibition program supports the museum’s strategic objectives and responds to audience needs; in tandem with Director of Interpretation, initiate, develop, and collaborate to deliver front end, formative, and summative evaluation of exhibitions and projects for and with the public on a regular basis to better understand and address community interests and goals

    ·        Communities: Engage community partners in the exhibition development process and project a strong voice in shaping and communicating the direction of the Museum as an open, welcoming, invested, and active community partner; ensure that community voices are heard and included, not just in a single exhibition, scholarly project, or program, but as part of sustained collaborations

    ·        Scholarship: Make regular contributions to, and keep abreast of current scholarship and museum practices; publish articles and essays in relevant outlets; represent the museum at conferences and with the media, serving as an advocate for the museum’s collections and the stories they tell

    ·        Resource Development: Collaborate with Development department staff on creation of grant proposals to support the work of the Collections department, preservation of the collections, and the development of exhibitions; serve as project lead for collections- and exhibitions-related grant-funded activities; cultivate and steward relationships with individuals and organizations that donate original materials to the museum’s collections

    ·        Leadership: Supervise and mentor staff and volunteers in the Collections department, including the Collections Manager, Archives & Library Manager, volunteers, and interns; administer the volunteer and internship program for the department

    ·        Administration: Create and administer department budget; prepare and submit monthly and annual statistical and narrative reports, noting both quantitative and qualitative milestones and progress toward goals; serve as staff lead for the board level Collections Committee, working with committee members to establish and update collecting policies and to seek and evaluate donation offers for the collections

    Knowledge, Skills, and Qualifications:

    The right candidate for this position is a strategic thinker who can translate ideas into action and has a proven track record of bringing complex projects from concept to reality. They are an outstanding listener who enjoys working with diverse stakeholders and believes that museums exist to serve their communities. They value being part of a team and working with colleagues to envision new programs, tackle problems, and find solutions. The ideal candidate will embrace the BMI’s preservation mission and appreciate the value of its collections as an historical resource and be eager to find new and exciting ways to use it. Additional qualifications:

    • Background and knowledge in history, museum studies, or a related field required
    • Minimum of 10 years of experience in museum collections or exhibitions, in positions of increasing responsibility, including supervisory experience
    • Thorough understanding of collections care, object handling, storage, and security of collections; familiarity with developing a collection; proficiency in working with collections database systems, ideally PastPerfect and ArchivesSpace
    • Knowledge of research tools and methodologies
    • Knowledge of ethical, legal, and technical matters relating to accessioning, deaccessioning, incoming and outgoing loans, and inventories
    • Successful track record of curating exhibitions and familiarity with the entire exhibition development process including research, storyline and script development, design and fabrication, budgeting, and front-end, formative, and summative evaluation 
    • Superior interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills; experience researching and presenting in public forums such as lectures, conferences, symposia, etc.
    • Experience with planning, goal setting, and progress evaluation
    • Experience developing budgets and monitoring expenses; experience with identifying, evaluating, and overseeing relationships with contractors and vendors
    • Ability to manage relationships with colleagues and community partners; superior problem-solving skills and a “can-do” attitude

    Compensation and Schedule

    This position is 40-hours/week (Monday-Friday), with some evening and weekend work required.

    The salary range for this position is $60,000-$70,000 DOE and benefits include paid holidays, sick time and personal time, health, dental, and vision insurance and a 403b plan with an employer match.

    To apply

    Please send a cover letter, resume, and names of three references to humanresources@thebmi.org noting Curator of Collections and Exhibitions and your last name in the subject line.  Applications will be accepted through Friday, December 31, 2021.

     

    The Baltimore Museum of Industry provides equal opportunity to all applicants for employment. No applicant shall be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or any other legally protected classification.


  • 16 Nov 2021 11:23 AM | Mark Sutherland

    Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, a historic site of the Morris County Park Commission, located in Morristown, NJ, seeks a highly-motivated, organized, outgoing individual to fill a part-time Volunteer Coordinator/Interpreter position.  This 28-hour per week, year-round position is offered at a rate of $13/hour.  The position requires the candidate to design, develop and maintain volunteer programs at Fosterfields, and work as a historic interpreter as needed.  Fosterfields is on the NJ State and National Registers of Historic Sites.

    The chosen candidate will work with the Park Commission’s volunteer database, including the ability to train volunteers to use the newly-developed system.  The position requires the candidate to recruit volunteers through publicity, interviewing, intake materials, such as job descriptions, applications, and scheduling participants for training opportunities.  The candidate will work with a variety of educators, farmers, collections/curatorial, and management staff to locate and train volunteers in these areas.  

    The candidate will also conduct outreach into the local community for volunteers, maintain and distribute rosters and availability charts, prepare and distribute monthly schedules, and confirm assignments.  The position also involves site interpretation when necessary, including working with school tours, general site tours and specialized events.  Training is given for all position requirements. 

    The chosen candidate will be a graduate from high school or vocational high school or possession of an Equivalency certificate, or any equivalent education.  The candidate will have a working knowledge of all Microsoft applications, including Word, Excel and Publisher, have excellent interpersonal, organizational, writing and verbal skills, and the ability to work with visitors of all ages. The candidate must be flexible to work a combination of weekdays and weekends throughout the year as assigned. 

    Please send a cover letter, 3 references, and resume to msutherland@morrisparks.net.  No phone calls please.

    The Morris County Park Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


  • 09 Nov 2021 11:30 AM | Jennifer Thiele

    Floyd County Historical Society and Museum

    500 Gilbert St.,

    Charles City, IA 50616

    641-228-1099

    fcmiowa@gmail.com 


    Collections Assistant Reports to: Collections Technician and Director

    Job Type: Part-time,

    Contract Hours: 30 hrs/wk

    Pay: $15/hr

    Organization Description: The mission of the Floyd County Historical Society is to keep alive an active interest in Floyd County history by collecting, preserving, and interpreting materials relating to Floyd County. From the Floyd County Historical Society By-Laws. Approved by the Floyd County Historical Society Board of Directors in 1954. Last updated and approved October 15, 2020. The Floyd County Museum is one of the largest county museums in the Midwest; only one of three in Iowa that employs paid staff and is open year round. The Floyd County Historical Society was organized by the Floyd County Federation of Women’s Clubs and officially founded on October 29, 1953. The next year the Society adopted their Constitution, Bylaws, and Articles of Incorporation. The Floyd County Museum opened in the old Legel’s Drug Store in 1963. In 1979, the Society acquired and relocated to the original Dr. Salsbury Laboratory Administration and Laboratory Building. In 1999, a new climate controlled exhibit area was added to the building to make room for the display of historic tractors, implements, and tools. In 2020, a new Director and Collections Technician were hired. Under the new administration the Museum is expanding their community outreach through educational programs, events, and guest speakers. The new administration is also focused on bringing the Museum up to code with museum best practices and standards.

    Job Description: This is a one year contract position with the possibility of extending another one to two years. The Collections Assistant will work with the Director and Collections Technician to implement an extensive overhaul of the collections storage areas. The individual will carry out the necessary processes to improve the Museum’s collections storage, document all artifacts in the collections, and create a location system. The Collections Assistant’s main duties will revolve around the Basement Collections Stewardship Project, but may help with other collections duties as needed.

    Responsibilities:

    • Basic cleaning of artifacts 
    • Implementing location system 
    • Supervising volunteers working with collections 
    • Assessing the condition of artifacts 
    • Documenting and updating object records 
    • Installing storage units 
    • Updating environmental conditions of storage areas 
    Qualifications: 
    • Bachelor in Museum Studies, Public History, History, or related field with at least two year museum experience 
    • OR Masters in Museums Studies, Public History, History, or related field with at least one year museum experience 
    • OR commensurate skills, education, and experience 
    • Experience working with collections management system, preferably PastPerfect 
    •  Efficient with time while working independent 
    •  Works well in a small team

    How to apply:

    Please send a Resume and Cover letter to the

    Floyd County Museum, 500 Gilbert St., Charles City, IA 50616

    OR fcmiowa@gmail.com. 

  • 28 Oct 2021 11:55 AM | Anonymous

    Public Programs Administrator
    Historic London Town and Gardens
    Edgewater, MD
    www.historiclondontown.org

    The Public Programs Administrator spearheads the research, implementation, and evaluation of the NEH-funded William Brown House Reinterpretation grant. Additionally, they will design, implement, and evaluate programs for youth, families, and adults in history and horticulture.


    Responsibilities:


    Working in conjunction with the Director of Public Programs, this person will:

    • Conduct research into best practices regarding hands-on interpretation, as well as interpretation of lesser-known histories.

    • Review HLTG’s existing interpretive plan for the William Brown House and bring it to meet these best practices.

    • Implement the new interpretive plan including: researching & writing interpretive signage, overseeing procurement of material culture, training staff and docents in new materials, as well as best practices in in-person interpretation, working interdepartmentally with the Collections, Development, and Facilities departments.

    Additionally, this person will:

    • Develop, lead, and evaluate youth, family, and adult programming, including: monthly homeschool program, monthly adult Colonial Cocktails program, seasonal school tour program, quarterly adult workshops in history and horticulture.

    • Lead interactive tours of and programs in our Historic Area (including one original colonial tavern and two reconstructions) and our 10 acres of wooded and ornamental gardens

    • Assist with front desk duties and customer service

    • Other duties as assigned


    Qualifications & Skills:

    • 5 years of experience working in an informal education setting

    • Experience in historic house interpretation

    • Proven experience in successful program development

    • College-level education in the fields of American History, World History, or Social Studies Education

    • Interest in, and ability to learn about, horticulture, gardening, and ecology.


    Duration of Position:

    This is a grant-funded position, not to exceed 12 months. There is the possibility to extend indefinitely if this person is a good fit for London Town’s public programs needs moving into the future.


    Work Schedule:

    Tuesday - Saturday


    Reports to:

    Director of Public Programs


    Compensation:

    • $40,000 annually

    • Retirement plan and Foundation match

    • Foundation-paid flexible spending account ($750)

    • Ability to buy into the Foundation’s group health insurance and supplementary insurance plans

    • 10 days of accrued annual and 7 days of personal leave each year plus paid holidays


    How to Apply:

    Email cover letter and resume to education@historiclondontown.org.

    Open until filled, job to begin January 4, 2022.


    About Historic London Town and Gardens

    Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater, MD is a 23-acre museum and gardens operated by the London Town Foundation (501c3 nonprofit) on behalf of Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks. Learn more at www.historiclondontown.org.



  • 20 Oct 2021 10:20 AM | Lisa Simpson Lutts

    The Castine Historical Society (CHS), a vibrant and financially stable regional organization seeks an enthusiastic Collections Manager to oversee its collections, registration, and reference activities. This hands-on position is part of a team of three staff members, enhanced by volunteers, interns, and Board members. The Historical Society is an outward facing organization known for its innovative exhibitions, scholarly programs, and collaborations with community non-profits.

    The position offers a vacation, holiday, sick leave, and generous health insurance benefits package. The salary range is $39,000-$43,000. 

    The CHS collection is predominantly archive based with material related to Castine’s history. In addition, the object collection ranges from contemporary works by Castine artists to archaeological material from the 17th century French Fort Pentegoet and habitation of the Baron de St. Castin and British Fort George from the American Revolution and War of 1812.

    The position oversees all museum, library, and archival collections and monitors collection-related issues in two restored historic properties: the 1859 Abbott School housing changing exhibits and the 1850 Grindle House. The Grindle House contains staff offices, a researcher area, and a state-of-the art two-story collections storage vault.

    Responsibilities include ensuring appropriate care, security, and environmental conditions; creating and maintaining database records; and storing and exhibiting items safely and professionally. The position also assists researchers and recruits and supervises graduate students for a paid summer internship.

    Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in history, museum studies, American studies, or a related field is required. A graduate degree in these fields is preferred. Must have demonstrated historical research and writing skills; proficiency with technology, especially databases, scanners, and image processing; familiarity with Dublin Core metadata standards, PastPerfect, Microsoft Office and Adobe suites; and Maine and New England history.

    Send resume and cover letter to director@castinehistoricalsociety.org by Nov. 19th. To see a full job description and learn more about CHS visit castinehistoricalsociety.org.


  • 12 Oct 2021 5:09 PM | Harold White

    The position will support the operations of the National Scouting Museum and Philmont Museums.  This position will be responsible to maintain museum best practices for the collections’ care from acquisition to conservation to display/use.  The collections are comprised of 4 artifact-based collections, a library and an archive.  As a member of the Museum Team the Collections Curator/Museum Assistant will contribute to the success of the Museums as assigned by the Museum Director.

    Education:  High School Diploma or GED is required.  Bachelor’s Degree or applicable advanced degrees are desirable.

    Experience:  3 years or more.

    Other Qualifications:  Museum collections background.  Library and/or Archive management knowledge a plus

    Non-exempt Position

    Annual earning range: $33,000-$35,000

    1.       Be knowledgeable of Philmont and Boy Scouts of America History.  Pursue active research and continued learning about Philmont Scout Ranch, Boy Scouts of America, and other topics related to significant portions of the Museum’s collection.

    2.       Be responsible for the day to day operation of the museum’s collections, registrar, library and archives. Ensure that this is done using museum standards and best practices.

    3.       Manage the intake and integrity of the National Scouting Museum Collection, the Philmont Museum Collection and the Seton Library including; inventory, accession records, and storage requirements.

    4.       Manage collections database primarily using PastPerfect 5.  Manage library database primarily using ResourceMate.  This management will include software updates, system maintenance, data entry, backup requirements, and required reports.

    5.       Assist with the acquisition and potential de-accession of objects as required.  Maintain the documentation requirements for each phase of the process.

    6.       Monitor the environmental controls for collections and archive storage.

    7.       Assist museum staff with ongoing exhibit development, curation, preparation, and display.

    8.       Monitor and manage the museum’s policies, plans, protocols, and loan requirements for all objects both internal and external related to collection care.

    9.       Manage both the “Open” and “Closed” stacks of the Seton library.  Maintain the book and periodical inventory and keep the Library ResourceMate system updated and operational.  Support and maintain the use of the various parts of the collections including the acquisition of books, check-out process, limited access requirements, and de-accession process.

    10.   Support and coordinate research requests.  Maintain the required standards necessary to access the archives.  Oversee researcher use of the archives.

    11.   Assist in the development and execution of the procedures to meet the National Standards and Best Practices for U.S. Museums as outlined by the American Alliance of Museums.

    12.   Work with the Museum Intern Program.  Serve as a coach mentor to interns assigned to this position.  Assist in the promotion of the internship program with targeted universities.

    13.   Assist with Museum projects and programs when available and upon request of the Museum Director.

    Applications will be accepted through November 14, 2021. 

    Please submit your letter of interest and resume to: Philmont.museums@scouting.org with the subject heading; Collections Curator/Museum Assistant position


  • 12 Oct 2021 3:12 PM | Preminda Jacob

    The University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s (UMBC) College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) seeks a visionary Director to oversee the mission of the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC). Reporting to the Dean of CAHSS, the Director will be a vibrant leader with an informed, forward-looking vision of what a university-based art gallery can be, helping both the campus and larger communities realize their values. With demonstrated professional commitment to values of cultural and ethnic diversity, social responsibility and lifelong learning, the Center Director will be a key contributor to forging relations between the Center and academic programs across the college and university. By overseeing the activities of the Center, supervising staff, chairing the CADVC’s Advisory Board, and working with faculty, students and other constituencies, the Director will be instrumental in both supporting and raising the visibility of the CADVC within UMBC, throughout the Baltimore-Washington region, nationally and internationally.

    This five year, renewable appointment as Director will be at the rank of Professor of the Practice, see UMBC Faculty Handbook for a description of this rank (7.j). Applicants must possess an advanced degree in a relevant field, as well as broad, practical experience and knowledge of museum/gallery work. The expected start date is July 1, 2022.

    UMBC is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral University with high research activity (RU/H). The university serves more than 11,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students and is one of two public universities in Maryland to achieve the “doctoral/research university-extensive” Carnegie classification. Located just outside Baltimore and 45 minutes from Washington, D.C., the campus is along the dynamic northeast corridor in proximity to federal and private research and technology hubs and internationally renowned art and cultural institutions in Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York. US News has cited UMBC as one of the nation's most innovative universities; the Chronicle of Higher Education has consistently included UMBC on its "Great Colleges to Work For" list.

    Founded in 1989, the CADVC’s mandate is to serve the wide-ranging, liberal-arts mission of the College and the University. As a university art gallery, the CADVC has a well-established reputation for creating forums in which students, faculty, staff, as well as the public, engage in dialogues on contemporary visual culture. Through diverse, challenging exhibitions, a lucid application of cultural theory that builds connections between visual culture and social systems, rigorously researched catalogs, creative exhibition and publication design, and inclusive, collaborative public programming, the CADVC reshapes the interactions between cultural institutions and the public.

    The Director will have the unique opportunity to develop, promote, and implement the annual activities of the CADVC that comprise: the production of four to five exhibitions, of which one to two are of national stature; the publication of one to two catalogues or books devoted to contemporary art, graphic design, and critical theory; and the presentation of public programs, related to the Center’s exhibition schedule, both at the Center’s gallery space and the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park on UMBC’s campus. These programs include lectures, interdisciplinary panel discussions, screenings, guided gallery tours and a wide variety of workshops for K-12 students. Periodically, the CADVC organizes events in partnership with a range of cultural institutions in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

    Responsibilities: 

    Position Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Manage and implement an annual schedule of in-house exhibitions, national and international traveling exhibitions, an internationally distributed publications series, an extensive K-12 educational outreach program, community outreach, the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park, and public art projects.
    • Curate exhibitions and liaise with UMBC faculty or external curators to conceptualize and organize future exhibitions. 
    • Submit applications for grant and foundation support and consult with university administrators on strategies to maximize the role of the CADVC in the life of the College and the University.
    • Be prepared to advance faculty research in the College and to forge and illuminate cross-disciplinary connections with research across the university by continuing to build on the Center’s record of exhibition, publication, and programming. 
    • Supervise a staff of three full-time employees as well as numerous contractual employees for any given CADVC project and/or initiative.
    • Coordinate the promotion of the Center’s activities by attending evening CADVC opening receptions, programming events or donor cultivation opportunities, and liaising with UMBC’s Office of Arts and Culture. 
    • Work with the CADVC Business Manager to manage the Center’s operating budget of approximately $50,000 with additional support possible through the annual submission of grant proposals to the Maryland State Arts Council and the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences.
    • Work with the CADVC staff to review the Center’s contracts with commercial vendors and companies.
    • Teach one course annually in their field of specialization.

    Basic Qualifications: 

    Applicants for the position, at the minimum should:  

    • Possess a commitment to values of cultural and ethnic diversity, social responsibility, interdisciplinarity, and lifelong learning.
    • Be a scholar-professional with an advanced degree in a relevant discipline such as: a PhD in Art History, Visual Culture, Material Culture, or History with a specialization in Public History; an MA in Museum Studies, Arts Administration, Public Humanities, Public History; an MFA in Visual Arts or Design.
    • Have professional experience in a museum or gallery with some experience in a progressively responsible, supervisory and management capacity.
    • Have demonstrated experience and success in managing a budget and fundraising
    • Be able to advocate the mission of the CADVC to both experts and non-experts, with the ability to articulate complex ideas to a wide range of audiences. CADVC stakeholders include a wide range of audiences including faculty, staff, students, and administrators, City and State officials, international experts on art and culture, K-12 students, and visitors to the CADVC gallery.

    Application Submission: 

    Interested applicants are encouraged to submit an application that includes:

    • A current curriculum vitae
    • A cover letter (up to three pages) outlining qualifications and skills for the position, and describing: 
      • relevant work experience in a museum/gallery context
      • relevant experience with fund-raising
      • vision for the advancement of the Center
      • how the position fits with applicant’s career goals 
    • Statement (one page) about your experience in, or commitment to, fostering diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in your professional life.
    • Any relevant documents related to your professional experience
    • Names of three references

    Starting salary range is in the low to high $90,000s commensurate with qualifications and experience. Screening of applications will continue until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by December 1, 2021. Submit the application materials electronically to http://apply.interfolio.com/95239

    UMBC is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer: 

    Diversity is a core value of the University, the College, and the Center. We believe that innovation and creativity are enhanced when diverse groups of people come together to learn. UMBC is committed to inclusive excellence and is especially proud of the diversity of its 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students. We are equally committed to increasing faculty diversity by attracting a diverse applicant pool for this position. Information on faculty diversity initiatives is available at http://facultydiversity.umbc.edu. We encourage applications from women, minority group members, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Resources to help balance work and personal priorities are available at http://hr.umbc.edu/work-life-balance/. Candidates with a proven record of working with diverse and/or under-served populations are particularly encouraged to apply. Preference is given to candidates who demonstrate the potential for building an equitable and diverse workplace environment in the CADVC.

    Direct questions to Dr. Carolyn Forestiere (forestie@umbc.edu), Chair, CADVC Search Committee


  • 12 Oct 2021 3:04 PM | Sue Kindred

    The Poe Museum, located in Richmond, Virginia, is excited to announce its search for an Executive Director.

    THE OPPORTUNITY

    The Executive Director position offers the opportunity to bring and implement progressive and strategic leadership grounded in museum best practices to an established, historic, and quirky museum.  The capacity for strong, innovative, and strategic leadership should also be coupled with the hands-on management skills and staff development necessary to maintain and grow a small museum that has an international presence and a solid reputation for excellence.

    In addition to fulfilling the museum’s mission to “Illuminate Poe, for everyone, evermore,” the Executive Director will focus their energy on accomplishing the goals and objectives outlined in a new strategic plan. 

    THE MUSEUM

    The Poe Museum is a century old historic institution in the Shockoe Bottom neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia and is a repository and resource for all things related to Poe’s life, work, and influence.  The museum’s staff and Board of Directors are honored to be faithful stewards and caretakers of Poe’s legacy and to honestly share his story with the world in meeting the mission to “Illuminate Poe, for everyone, evermore.”

    The museum creates a sense of belonging and community along with a rich and diverse set of experiences for its varied audiences which include Poe enthusiasts, educators, scholars, collectors, and more.

    Additional information about the beginnings and history of the Poe Museum can be found at: About The Poe Museum - The Poe Museum

    POSITION SUMMARY

    What We’re Looking For:

    Our successful candidate will be imaginative, proactive, organized, and be able to execute across a broad range of strategic and operational initiatives and activities. This candidate will be a professional and visible leader, working closely with community leaders, other local and regional museums, donors, and the museum’s diverse audience.  Further, this candidate will be a critical thinker who is able to align staff and financial resources with the priorities outlined in the strategic plan. 

    We expect this candidate to:

    • ·       Embrace all aspect of strong leadership including the development of a strong staff culture and the ability to delegate assignments that allow staff the opportunity to grow in their positions.
    • ·       Promote diversity and equality within the Museum.
    • ·       Maintain and project a professional demeanor and appearance.
    • ·       Employ creativity in achieving excellence when faced with limited staff and financial resources.

    Specific Responsibilities. Our successful candidate will:

    • ·       Ensure the operational work of the museum meets its primary mission and consistently work to develop collaborative strategies to encourage growth and outreach to engage a local, national and global community represented by the museum’s diverse audiences;
    • ·       Build and nurture strategic stakeholder relationships;
    • ·       Provide the direction, guidance, integration and implementation of the organization’s short-term operating objectives, short- and long-term action and strategic plans;
    • ·       Prepare a proposed annual budget and ensure the ongoing financial health of the organization by employing sound fiscal measures and managing available resources;
    • ·       Work with the Board and the Fundraising Committee to develop, nurture, and engage funding partner relationships and identify strategies for increasing revenue and resources; identify and apply for appropriate arts-focused grant opportunities;
    • ·       Guide and direct the development of programming that meets the core mission of the museum and that engages the museum’s varied constituents, stakeholders, and audiences;
    • Enhance the reputation and image of the museum by being active and visible in the community (local, national and global) and by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations.
    • Ensure the corporate and legal responsibilities of the organization are fulfilled; keep informed on legislation and other activities that affect the work of the museum;
    • Serve as the primary resource for helping guide the Board’s understanding of museum best practices relative to organizational operation and collections management; implement policies established by the Board of Directors;
    • Ensure the operational success of the museum which may include task-based activities that are outside the scope of the core-responsibilities listed above.

     Further, the Executive Director will:

    • ·       Report directly to the Board of Directors; but will be managed by the President of the Board.
    • ·       Hire, manage and retain qualified and competent staff necessary to effectively meet the museum’s mission including the provision of cross-training and continuing education as appropriate;
    • ·       Develop an organizational work culture, including volunteers, that is fair, equitable, ethical and is based on the organization’s guiding principles;
    • ·       Provide consistent and timely critical information to the Board of Directors or Executive Committee ensuring they have sufficient information to make informed decisions;
    • ·       Maintain organizational files and documents, including donor data, in a confidential, organized and consistent manner;
    • ·       Serve as the principal professional resource and liaison to the Board of Directors; build a dynamic and robust relationship with the Board and Board chair;
    • ·       Seek external guidance as necessary to meet the goals, objectives and mission of the Poe Museum;

    Minimum Qualifications: Our successful candidate will meet the following requirements:

    ·       Bachelor’s degree required with a Master’s preferred, but not required, with at least 2-5 years in a management position, or an equivalent combination of education and experience with a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

    ·       Knowledge of museum curatorial standards and best practices.

    ·       Knowledge of nonprofit accounting practices.

    ·       Demonstrated skills as a leader with a record of successful collaboration.

    ·       Demonstrated experience with fundraising, development, and grant writing.

    ·       Experience with the successful fiscal management of a museum, museum department or similar is preferred but should not be seen as deterrent to applying.

    ·       General familiarity with museum collections management software and proficiency in Microsoft Office suite.

    Salary and Hours This is a salaried, full-time position with some weekend and evening hours required. The starting salary will be between $45,000 and $55,000 depending on experience, with an opportunity for increases as the Museum prospers.

    APPLICATIONS

    This posting will remain open and active until the Executive Director position is filled. To apply, please email your resume (or CV) with a cover letter outlining interest and specific qualifications to CareersPoeMuseum@gmail.com. No phone calls please. Receipt of application will be acknowledged by return email and selected candidates will be called for an initial screening interview.


  • 16 Sep 2021 4:30 PM | Aaron Lippincott

    Curator Job Description – September 2021

    Fire Museum of Maryland, 1301-R York Road, Lutherville, MD 21093

    www.firemuseummd.org

    410-321-7500   Director’s office: ext.101;    sgheaver@firemuseummd.org

    Background Information:

    The Fire Museum of Maryland (FMM) is located in Lutherville just north of Baltimore City. It has an exemplary collection of forty vehicles dating from 1807 to 1957, many of which are in original or early condition and most of the collection is kept in operating condition. There are approximately 14,000 documents in the archives and on line. The walk-in visitors and scheduled tours totalled about 15,000 pre-COVID; the Museum has been open again since June of 2020. The staff, paid and volunteer, consists of 28, 3 of whom are full-time. There is a dynamic program, re-vised, of course, during the challenges of the pandemic, with offerings for many age groups throughout the year. The Museum seeks to tell the stories of the American urban fire service, to instill a love of history and an appreciation of the many inventors and fire fighters who make our lives safer, and to teach fire safety. The Anna & Jasper Peabody Marsh Archives and Library contains approximately 14,000 images of architectural and engineering resources. The FMM is 23,000 sq. ft. in size and is ADA compliant. Metropolitan Baltimore proudly offers many technological, history, science and art museums plus culinary possibilities to match every taste.

     

    Job Summary:

    The Fire Museum of Maryland is seeking a full-time Curator (40 hours per week).The salary is $45,000 a year with holidays, vacations plus benefits. There are occasional week night and weekend events, meetings and conferences to attend. A major portion of this job is caring for and interpreting 40 pieces of fire apparatus. The Curator will work with the Director and a small staff to strengthen and interpret the collections and to put on 8 special events per annum.

    Responsibilities :

    * oversee the firefighting collection of wheeled apparatus dating 1807-1957 both for accuracy and interpretation

    * caring for the smaller 3-D collections and archives with the help of a Registrar, Assistant Curator and a Collections Cleaner (all part-time.

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    * writing 2-3 grants and a feature article in a national magazine each year with the Director

    * learn to drive the gasoline machines and safely use the hand, steam and horse units; you will be expected to have experience driving a standard transmission

    * designing, building and maintaining exhibits to engage the public; skills and a desire to develop digital interactive exhibits in person and on line

    * working with the Educator, Web Site Coordinator and other professional staff to develop new in-person and electronic educational exhibits, tour programs

    * oversee the mechanic and the volunteer Tuesday night crew who will be helping to keep a third of the collection operating

    * oversee the maintenance of the buildings and grounds

     

    Qualifications:

    * a Bachelor’s Degree in history, museum studies or similar field

    * a minimum of eight years of experience beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

    * experience and knowledge of proper collections practices, including registration, basic       

            conservation, and museum data bases

    * understand tools and mechanical processes; be able to discuss mechanical problems

    * ideally will have some fire department family, reading or activity

    * ability to drive a standard transmission; learn to crank an engine

    * to give engaging tours to widely diversified groups

    * ability to keep the curatorial department organized, maintain records, manage a budget

    EEO Employer

    FMM provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

    Please Submit via Email:

    • ·         A letter of intent addressed to Stephen G Heaver, Director,sgheaver@firemuseummd.org
    • ·         Your Resume
    • ·         An article or essay that you have written
    • ·         Initial posting is 16 September 2021


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