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  • 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: 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.


    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

    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 We encourage applications from women, minority group members, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Resources to help balance work and personal priorities are available at 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 (, 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 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 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


    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.


    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 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

    410-321-7500   Director’s office: ext.101;

    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



    * 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,
    • ·         Your Resume
    • ·         An article or essay that you have written
    • ·         Initial posting is 16 September 2021

  • 14 Sep 2021 7:49 AM | Sherise Malachi

    The National Capital Radio & Television Museum in Bowie, MD, is looking for a part-time Museum Assistant.

    This individual serves as the primary administrative support staff for the museum. Primary responsibilities encompass financial management, volunteer coordination, and other administrative duties as needed to help facilitate the smooth functioning of the museum.

    This is a part-time position with 20-30 regularly-scheduled hours per week, with some occasional hours in the evening and weekends. $15/hour.

    PastPerfect and Quickbooks desirable.

    To apply, please submit a letter of interest and resume to with “museum assistant” in the subject line. Open until filled.

    Duties and Responsibilities:


    ·       Coordinates and executes regular bookkeeping tasks for all NCRTV activities.

    ·       Maintains the NCRTV financial books to ensure accuracy and transparency for both internal and external review.

    ·       Prepares regular bank deposits.

    ·       Prepares financial reports for both the Executive Director and the Board.

    Volunteer Coordination:

    ·       Prepares monthly volunteer schedule and ensures adequate coverage during open hours.

    ·       Schedules special tours, children’s programs, and coordinates volunteer involvement.

    ·       Serves as liaison between volunteers and Executive Director.

    ·       Receives and processes volunteer applications and background checks.

    Administrative Responsibilities:

    ·       Receives and processes membership applications and sends out renewal notices.

    ·       Maintains and updates the museum databases.

    ·       Assists in the drafting and implementation of operational documents.

    ·       Responds to visitor and researcher inquiries.

    ·       Maintains and develops content for the museum’s social media accounts.

    ·       Drafts and implements communications and outreach per instructions from the Executive Director.

    ·       Monitors supplies and purchases office, collection and operational supplies as needed.

    ·       Maintains a clean office space and participates in the regular housekeeping of museum galleries, storage, and entryway.

    ·       Maintains all Board-related materials.

    ·       Other administrative duties as assigned.

    Required Qualifications:

    ·       Some college experience (including as a current student)

    ·       Be a detail-oriented individual with strong interpersonal and organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects at the same time.

    ·       Be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, etc.)

    ·       Have excellent verbal and written communication skills.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    ·       Experience working in a museum.

    ·       Experience using Past Perfect Museum software and QuickBooks accounting software.


    $15.00 per hour, 2 weeks paid time-off per year.

  • 13 Sep 2021 4:18 PM | Steven Broocks


    We invite qualified candidates to apply for the position of Executive Director of Coos Art Museum, a non-profit contemporary arts museum established in 1966 and located on the Southern Oregon Coast in Coos Bay, Oregon.


    The Executive Director position presents an opportunity to bring progressive leadership, museum best practices, creative visual arts initiatives, and hands-on management skills to a full-service art museum that has built a solid reputation through its art exhibitions and progressive arts education programs.  The successful candidate will replace our current Executive Director, who is retiring after serving for 14 years as an arts visionary, successful development officer, and community leader.

    The Executive Director will, among other duties, work closely with the Museum’s Board of Directors, staff, artists, educators and community leaders to achieve the goals of the Museum’s current five-year strategic plan (, which include:

    • Bringing professional art exhibits to the community and acting as a catalyst for arts advocacy and education in the region,
    • Promoting the Museum as the cornerstone of visual arts on Oregon’s Southern coast and as a creative regional leader for arts and arts education,
    • Securing long-term financial, artistic and community support for the Museum, its facilities and Permanent Collection,
    • Fostering partnerships with community, artistic, business, tribal and educational groups to support visual art and art education,
    • Hiring and supporting professional staff and energizing a volunteer base and vocal advocates, and
    • Promoting respect and acknowledgment of locally produced art while celebrating art from recognized artists outside of the Southern Oregon area.


    Coos Art Museum is the only art museum on the Oregon Coast. It draws more than 14,000 visitors annually, has an established community membership base and is financially stable. The Museum is housed in a 16,000 square foot restored 1936 art deco Post Office building that has six galleries with more than 5,500 square feet of exhibition space and more than 4,500 square feet of administrative, meeting, permanent collection and art education spaces. We produce an average of 20 juried and non-juried art exhibitions each year. Our most popular annual juried exhibitions include Vision (featuring high school student media of all types), Expressions West (featuring artists from 13 Western states), and The Maritime Art Exhibition (featuring nationally recognized artists). Our Permanent Collection includes more than 625 works, and focuses on original works by major Pacific Northwest artists and fine art prints.  Art education is a priority, and we sponsor a number of youth outreach programs and year-round workshops for artists of all ages.


    What We’re Looking For:

    Our successful candidate will be imaginative, proactive and organized, and be able and willing to execute across a broad range of administrative and management activities. They will be a visible leader, working closely with community leaders, artist groups, city officials and funding sources. They will also be a team builder and critical thinker who is able to align resources with organizational priorities, promote diversity and equality within the Museum, and market the museum throughout the region.  The successful candidate will embrace a “can do” approach that achieves excellence, energy and creativity within limited staffing and finite resources. They will also have experience in business and finance management, intuitive people skills, and enjoy daily troubleshooting and, as required, crises management. They will be passionate about arts advocacy, and be fluent in contemporary arts discourse and museum management issues.

    Specific Responsibilities. Our successful candidate will, among other things, be responsible for:
    •  Serving as the general face of the Museum in the community and with arts organizations within Oregon, promoting the Museum’s art and education programs.
    • Acting as primary liaison between the Board and staff/volunteers, and serving on Board committees.
    • Managing the Museum’s day-to-day administrative duties and staffing requirements consistent with achieving the Museum’s strategic goals. 
    • Directing fundraising activities and overseeing all marketing and public relations matters.
    • Overseeing the acquisition, maintenance and use of the Museum’s Permanent Collection.
    • Overseeing office operations, financial reporting, and financial systems, and implementing and maintaining best practices financial accounting, cash treatment and audit processes.
    • Preparing annual budgets, monthly financial statements and proforma financials as necessary, all in a manner consistent with GAAP and lender/governmental reporting requirements.
    • Overseeing financial reporting to outside agencies, including taxing authorities, lenders, grant providers and endowment partners, and monitoring the Museum’s compliance with non-profit entity regulations and any applicable endowment or grant rules or requirements.

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

    • An MA in art museum studies, art history, or a similar art-related field, with at least three years in a management position, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Knowledge of curatorial standards and practices in an art museum.
    • Project management skills for organizing, cataloguing and presenting exhibitions and permanent collections.
    • At least three years of successful fundraising, development and grant writing experience.
    • Demonstrated skills as a team leader with a record of successful collaboration.
    • Experience with tax exempt non-profit organizations.
    • A record of skillful, successful fiscal management of a museum, museum department or similar organization.
    • General familiarity with 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 $40,000 and $48,000 depending on experience, with an opportunity for increases as the Museum prospers.


    The Museum is located in the greater Bay Area, which is comprised of the cities of Coos Bay and North Bend and adjacent communities in Coos County.  The Bay Area is located within an area of Oregon known as the South Coast, a geographic region with a population of approximately 80,000.  The Bay Area is the medical, educational, retail and professional hub for the entire South Coast and is the largest population center along the entire Oregon coast.

    The Bay Area has diverse cultural, artistic and recreational opportunities.  It has a number of well-supported arts, theater and music communities, and is recognized for its local visual artists, its quality annual jazz and classical music festivals, its community-based band and its professional music groups.  The Bay Area is also home to the nationally recognized Oregon Coast Culinary Institute, which is housed at the local Southwestern Oregon Community College, the first Community College established within the State of Oregon.   The community is home to two Native American Tribes, the Coquille Indian Tribe, and the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, both of which are active in community affairs and own resorts/casinos in the area.  The local Boys and Girls Club is the largest within the State of Oregon, providing educational and recreational programs for youth. The South Coast’s nationally recognized recreational opportunities include world-famous beaches, internationally ranked golf courses, lake and sea fishing, camping and hiking. Renowned for its cultural events and natural beauty, the area is a frequent destination for tourists along the scenic 101 Coastal Highway.  


    This posting will remain active until the Executive Director position is filled, although candidates who submit applications on or before October 8, 2021, will have priority. To apply, please email your resume (or CV) and a cover letter to No phone calls please.  We will notify applicants when we receive their application.  We are not responsible for placement fees for candidates.

    Selected applicants will be contacted for telephone, web and/or in-person interviews. At our request, selected candidates will also be required to provide writing samples and references, and to consent to background checks. For additional information about the Museum and its vision of the future as described in its current Strategic Plan, see  For additional information about the cultural and recreational opportunities in the Coos Bay area, see

  • 10 Sep 2021 6:05 PM | Natalie Osorio


    The Biggs Museum of American Art is seeking an individual to join the Biggs Museum as its Curator of American Art, an endowed curatorship, the Sewell C. Biggs Curator of American Art.

    The Curator is responsible for the care, expansion, research, registration and cataloging of the permanent collection, as well as for all objects on loan to the Museum as well as a modest library and archival collection. The Curator works in concert with the Curator of Community and Academic Programs and the Director to maintain a solid commitment to the educational mission of the institution. The position, through collections, acquisitions, exhibitions planning and interpretation maintains and assures a commitment to diversity that reflects the interest of Delaware and the surrounding regions’ diverse communities. This position works in concert with the Director to assure facility standards including upgrades in building design and technology. In addition, the Curator supports the Museum’s fundraising efforts. The Curator supervises a full-time Registrar and Collections Manager and a part-time Preparator, as well as interns, volunteers, and contractors relating to curatorial projects. The Curator serves as staff liaison to the Delaware By Hand artist membership and the Curator plays a vital role with the Board, Collections Committee, DEAI (Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion) Committee and ongoing strategic planning initiatives.


    The Biggs Museum is a 50,000 sq. ft. state of the art public museum located in Dover, Delaware - the State capital. The permanent collection includes over 3,000 exceptional examples of fine and decorative American arts from the 1700’s to the present. The Museum mounts permanent and temporary exhibitions of its collection, collections on loans, and the works of living artists, and offers a robust educational program designed to attract a vibrant and diverse community.


    The Sewell C. Biggs Curator of American art is responsible for the following;

    • The stewardship, display, exhibitions, interpretation and growth of the permanent collection including objects not accessioned into the collection, with an emphasis on quality and diversity
    • The support of the Collections Committee, including preparation of board reports, draft agendas, and recommendations for accession, de-accessions, and loans
    • Determining, in consultation with the Director, the exhibition schedule and content, and collaborates with the entire staff to facilitate all related educational and program support functions
    • Leading and actively participating in the exhibition planning and installation process working collaboratively with the Registrar, interns, volunteers and exhibition preparator(s)
    • Works with the Curator of Community & Academic Programs to develop an education plan for exhibitions, including speakers, workshop topics and facilitators
    • Presents public programs in the form of lectures, tours, classes and other public speaking events
    • Collaborates with other arts, historical, and heritage-institutions, schools, colleges, community groups and governmental agencies to assist in programming and public relations
    • Develops and maintains exhibitions, acquisitions and conservation budgets
    • updates Collections Policy and collection priority lists with an emphasis on diversity of underrepresented artists
    • Expands the knowledge of collection objects and potential collection objects through research and other pedagogical pursuits including docent training, lectures, outreach, articles, object labels, catalogs and publications
    • Oversees all stages of collections- and exhibitions-related publications including research, writing, editing, design, registration (LOC and ISBN) and printing including contracting, coordinating and monitoring contributors and vendors
    • Develops community support for collections growth, catalogs, exhibitions and capital projects
    • Works closely with the Development Department to raise funds to support exhibitions, collections, publications, etc. by providing project content, implementing projects according to funding guidelines, and meeting defined goals and objectives.
    • Organizes a 1-day outdoor art fair and sale in Lewes, Delaware in conjunction with Delaware By Hand Artist members
    • Interviews, hires and trains collections- and exhibitions-related staff, and manages volunteers and interns
    • Participates in a facilities master planning process, contributing to an expanded facility project.
    • Must be able to lift/carry 40 lbs.


    A minimum of a Master’s degree in American Art with at least five years’ curatorial experience in an art museum is required. A PhD in American Art is preferred. The successful candidate should be well versed in and have a passion for historic American fine and decorative arts as well as modern and contemporary art and craft. The ideal candidate must possess an inclusive vision of American art as well as solid connoisseurship skills.

    The candidate must be able to demonstrate a high level of both written and verbal communication skills, and be comfortable presenting in public settings (lectures, symposia) as well as in personal conversation with visitors, members, collectors and donors. They must demonstrate written scholarship, as well as the ability to write in a manner accessible to the general public. They must foster and communicate in an easy and collegial style with staff, Board, and constituents alike.

    The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to curate innovative exhibitions from the permanent collection in their entirety, and to develop exhibition concepts that are engaging to a diverse public. The curator will demonstrate the skills to obtain engaging temporary exhibitions from a variety of outside collections and sources. Finally, the curator must have the experience and desire to lead the installation process and to participate in the installation of exhibitions.

    The successful candidate must be personable, organized, detail-oriented, efficient, technologically-proficient and experienced in working with a small staff (9 full time employees) in a collegial environment.

    The Biggs Museum is an equal opportunity employer with a diverse staff and board, committed to DEAI (Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion) in all of its goals and interactions with the full spectrum of our community. The successful candidate must embrace the concepts of DEAI in all Museum programming and relationships.


    $71,000 – $81,000


    • Cover letter
    • Professional Resume
    • Two writing samples:

         1) Example of a scholarly paper or article (3 pages max)

         2) Example of writing for a public audience (interpretive panel, newsletter, press release, etc.)

    • Three professional references to be reached by phone (at least one must be a former supervisor)
    • A list of technology proficiencies
    • A list of 5 artists with photographs of their work which the candidate would consider collecting or exhibiting if the opportunity presented itself.

    Submission Instructions: Please submit all required documents to Natalie Osorio at Submission materials will begin to be reviewed on October 15th. The position is open until filled. Once a hire has been made, all other applicants will receive a notification via email.


    The Biggs Museum of American Art preserves, celebrates and advances the fine and decorative arts and encourages greater public engagement with the cultural heritage of Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic region.

    To fulfill its mission, the Museum:

    o reaches out to its community, listening and learning from diverse voices

    o endeavors to make the Museum accessible to all

    o develops exhibitions and programs of the highest quality to share with visitors, teachers, students, families and other stakeholders

    o provokes a deeper understanding of objects in the collection through scholarship and by presenting their full histories

    o forms partnerships with local and regional organizations to serve a broader range of stakeholders

    o collaborates with artists to support their individual creativity and to inspire creativity in others

    o makes a forceful case for the value of art and culture to a flourishing nation

    o commits to caring for its collection, conducting research on it and adding to it for future generations


    Through its mission and location, the Biggs Museum of American Art (BMAA) is the preeminent art museum on the Delmarva Peninsula south of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal and is a cultural anchor of Kent and Sussex counties. It is a cultural beacon in downtown Dover as it presents over 15 dynamic exhibitions annually and numerous performances, school tours, art-making classes, lectures, symposia, special needs camps, social gatherings and unique services. It serves a dynamic community that is 65% White, 23% African American, 10% Hispanic, 4% Asian American and 2% other. In a normal year, the institution welcomes over 25,000 visitors annually. Active military personnel and dependents are free. The Biggs Museum of American Art is looking to the future, while cherishing its rich and venerable heritage to reaffirm its commitment to community service.

    The BMAA is the cultural centerpiece of Delaware’s capital city, Dover. It was founded by visionary collector Sewell C. Biggs, a passionate art lover, philanthropist and art collector with a particular interest in the fine and decorative arts of Delaware and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic region. He supported many charitable causes during his lifetime, but his legacy is his art museum - the Biggs Museum of American Art. This legacy allowed him to share his extensive art collection and his knowledge of art with the general public in the dramatic setting of the Delaware State capital grounds.

    In 1993, through the intervention and advocacy of Mrs. Elise du Pont, wife of former Governor Pete du Pont, the idea of an art museum to house the Biggs collection took shape. She impressed upon the sitting governor, Michael Castle, the potential of a joint partnership where the State of Delaware might build a building and lease it to a stand-alone 501(c)(3) nonprofit governing board to create a privately operated public art museum. Through her efforts and those of many others, the State agreed to build a building at 406 Federal Street in Dover to house the Biggs collection and a newly created State Visitor Center.

    The BMAA exhibited on the upper two floors of the new three story building for 20 years while the State Visitor Center operated on the ground floor. In 2012, the Visitor

    Center moved to the newly constructed Delaware Public Archives building, and the Biggs Museum was given full control of its entire structure. At that time, the Museum mounted a successful $2,000,000 capital campaign and redesigned and fully renovated the entire facility to make it a state-of-the-art, stand-alone art museum. Finally, the full scope of

    Biggs’ collection could be displayed, changing exhibitions could be mounted, and educational programs could be presented in a dedicated educational space. For the first time, the BMAA had a fully dedicated museum facility, marked by a dramatic three story entry atrium with a dynamic sculpture on the exterior that announced to the public that this was truly a first class art institution worthy of their curiosity, visitation and patronage.

    The BMAA’s collections are recognized throughout the Northeastern United States for their unique nature and their extraordinary quality. The Museum houses one of the finest collections of regional and American fine and decorative arts from the 1700’s to the present; furniture, silver, ceramics, textiles, glass, sculpture, paintings and works on paper comprise a comprehensive art collection. Continuing in Mr. Biggs’ collecting tradition, the Museum’s collections have doubled in size from Mr. Biggs’ original gifts. Special features of the expanded permanent collection include: painting collections by the Peale family, Albert Bierstadt, Gilbert Stuart and Childe Hassam; sculptures by Nancy du Pont Reynolds Cooch, Charles Allmond and Hiram Powers; images by Brandywine School illustrator Frank E. Schoonover; and examples of furniture by early-American cabinetmakers such as the Janvier family of Odessa, William Savery of Philadelphia and dozens of others. In addition, the Museum’s Delaware Silver Study Center holds one of the finest collections of regional silver in the Country. The Museum also presents a full array of contemporary and traveling exhibitions such as the art of Salvador Dali, Ansel Adams, Rembrandt and Audubon as well as invitational and solo exhibitions of contemporary artists. It features a broad range of educational programs and it is proud of its ongoing relationships with Title 1 schools.

    The Museum presents openings, events and performances around each exhibition that are geared towards children, classroom field trips and adults from a diverse community. A broad offering of virtual programming emerged during the COVID-19 Pandemic and will continue as a regular effort in the future. Many Museum programs

    feature Delaware artists, chosen by Museum curators and by the Delaware Division of the Arts in their fellowship program. The Museum’s focus demonstrates an ongoing commitment to artists of color, women artists, and other traditionally underserved artist populations in group exhibitions and with solo exhibition opportunities. Museum programs embrace diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion within its community, and allows visitors to engage with the arts in unique ways, often for the first time in their lives.

    As an organization, the Biggs Museum has matured over its 27-year history. It has established sound leadership through an exceptional Board of Trustees that is recognized

    throughout the State as a model. Its board members and staff have been asked to attend

    and present at American Alliance of Museum conferences and at national Museum Trustee Association meetings. It has secured a professional staff with advanced degrees in their fields, with the knowledge and experience to execute the mission of the institution with vision, creativity and sound management practices. It has interpreted the collection in ways that make it engaging to scholars and collectors while making it interesting and accessible to the general public. The Biggs has published its scholarship frequently through exhibition catalogs and produced thought-provoking and interesting special exhibitions inspired by the collection and by major trends in the art world. It has achieved the highest professional standards, and is awaiting accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, pending the final review of its Strategic Plan in the Fall of 2021.

    The Biggs Museum of American Art seeks a dynamic and visionary Curator of American Art to lead its programmatic initiatives consistent with the Museum’s commitment to excellence, innovation, scholarship and diversity.

  • 04 Sep 2021 4:30 PM | Michael Lafreniere


    The Executive Director of Tacoma Historical Society (THS) is responsible for implementing the Society’s mission. Serves as a highly effective ambassador and liaison with external publics, including city residents, community groups, corporate and governmental sectors. Assists the Board of Directors with strategic planning, fundraising and grant development, board development, corporate memberships, and in meeting financial objectives. Supervises daily operations of the THS Museum and schedules, social media, marketing, and communications. Supports events and board committees, leads community outreach initiatives, and coordinates with other part-time positions. Supervises the Curator, Registrar, Communications Manager as well as temporary staff, interns, and volunteers. Reports to Board of Directors at monthly meetings.

    This is a part-time position, approximately 30 hours per week; salary $38,000+, hourly rate DOQ & DOE. 


    • Represents the organization to agencies, organizations, and the general public, establishing effective working relationships and cooperative arrangements.
    • Assists the Board in meeting the Society’s financial objectives by providing leadership and creative vision for the planning, growth, and administration of the Society and Museum.
    • Promotes active and broad participation by volunteers in all areas of the Society’s work, while maintaining a climate that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse volunteer staff of top-quality people.
    • Assures effective operation of the THS Museum, including staffing during open hours, facilitating the recruitment, training, and scheduling of volunteers, and communicating with the facility’s building manager.
    • Supports the Curator to assure effective stewardship of the museum’s collections, planning and executing exhibits and community outreach.
    • Coordinates the work of committees and staff, focusing on mission and strategic goals.
    • Maintains official records and documents, including official correspondence of the Society, and ensures compliance with relevant federal, state and local regulations.
    • Works with board officers and designated board members to develop grant proposals and donation funding to further the work of the Society. Writes proposals in coordination with the Board or its designee, obtains Board approval, maintains thorough records, and provides copies of the relevant documents to the Secretary.
    • Works with board officers and designated board members on fundraising and board development to support organizational advancement and long-term strategic goals.
    • Develops essential corporate relationships, actively seeking new and renewing corporate memberships in conjunction with members of the Board.
    • Assist the board treasurer in the preparation of the Society’s annual budget, in consultation with the Executive Committee and Board.
    • Coordinates and executes marketing and social media plans to increase awareness of the Society and Tacoma history. This includes use of social media, press releases, community calendars, emailed and print communications, and related activities.
    • Oversees maintenance and development of web site to advance its increasingly effective role as the public face of the organization.
    • Promotes and publicizes the activities of the organization, its programs and goals, with special emphasis on the spring Historic Homes of Tacoma tour and the fall Destiny Dinner, in coordination with relevant committee chairs.
    • Serves as primary representative with related external organizations. Develops and executes collaborative programming in alignment with Society’s strategic plan.
    • Maintains current knowledge of developments and trends in the museum/heritage field, including exhibits, marketing/communications, and educational standards.

    Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified, but no earlier than September 24, 2021.  

    Submit required documents via email at by September 24, 2021.


    • Resume
    • Letter of Interest that addresses these topics:
      • Brief summary of your qualifications and reasons for your application
      • Brief description of how Tacoma Historical Society would benefit from your leadership and expertise
    • List of three professional references, including their contact information and relationship to you 

    Tacoma Historical Society is a volunteer-supported 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation dedicated to the preservation, promotion and presentation of Tacoma’s history, connecting generations with the many stories of our city’s past. For more details about THS and its current activities, please visit its website at

  • 03 Sep 2021 2:04 PM | Caitlin Swaim

    Job Title: Visitor Services Intern

    Location: Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park 

    Employment Type: Part-Time/Temporary


    Under the direct supervision of the Assistant Museum Manager, the Visitor Services Intern will be responsible for researching innovative ways of engaging with the community, developing a new tour of the exhibition, and assisting at the visitor welcome desk for the Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park. At the conclusion of the internship, the Intern will produce two final products including: (1) a new tour of the museum’s exhibit Our Changing Waterfront, and (2) a comprehensive community engagement plan. To achieve these final products, the intern will present up to three research proposals for new interpretive tours as well as a project plan for community engagement for consideration by the Assistant Museum Manager. The Intern will deliver their new tour for the public and museum staff. The ideal candidate will have experience in administrative support, exhibitions, and communication with the public.

    Candidate must be available for a minimum 30 hours per week for 8 weeks. Preference is given to candidates willing to work most of their hours in-person and on-site. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a portion of this internship may be fulfilled virtually. Remote work can be supported if a student possesses appropriate computer equipment, software, and internet connection. Alternatively, equipment may be used if needed in person at the office. We will provide an in-person workspace following COVID guidelines and office/staff policies.

    Below identifies the essential responsibilities of the position, but they are not exclusive:

    • Research and present up to three interpretive tours, within the parameters provided by AMM staff, of the exhibition Our Changing Waterfront.
    • Upon selection of final tour topic, write, build, and launch new interpretive tour. Lead new tour for AMM staff and the public.
    • Develop volunteer training materials specific to the newly developed tour.
    • Present up to three community engagement proposals for consideration by the Assistant Museum Manager.
    • Assist Staff in managing the museum’s visitor welcome desk by answering visitor questions about the museum, events, and Museum mission.
    • Create documents such as a volunteer handbook, wayfinding guides, and promotional materials.
    • Complete other duties as assigned.

    Job Role: Visitor Services, Curators, and Education; Historians

    How many to hire: 1

    Approximate Salary: Unpaid

    Job Location: 723 Second Street Annapolis, MD 21403

    Required Documents: Resume and Writing Sample

    School years: Open to all

    Please email with your application. 

  • 03 Sep 2021 12:17 PM | Ann Bennett

     Museum Manager

     The Laurel Historical Society is seeking an individual to assist with managing the open hours at the Laurel Museum and completing museum operations and administrative duties. This position requires the ability of the Manager to staff our open hours, Friday through Sunday, 12-4 pm, for a total of 15 hours per week (with the possibility of additional work or special events). 

     This entry-level position is ideal for an emerging museum professional or someone seeking part-time employment in a small museum environment. Spanish language skills are a bonus. 

     The primary responsibilities of this position include: 

     Museum Operations: 

    • responsible for the opening and closing of the Laurel Museum (using both key and security codes)
    • coverage of the front desk and Museum Shop during the open hours
    • serve as the point of contact (assess, communicate, and monitor) for the Museum during open hours (Friday-Sunday, 12-4 pm) when other staff is off-site.
    • actively greet and orient visitors to the exhibit, the Museum’s history, and/or Laurel’s history
    • promote the Laurel Historical Society (our programs, events, and volunteer opportunities, etc.) with visitors
    • conduct shop sales using Square and handle cash, credit cards, and checks (and associated paperwork)
    • maintain the daily general tidiness of the exhibit galleries, museum shop, and public spaces
    • work with staff and volunteers to maintain volunteer schedules and training opportunities


    Administrative Duties: 

    • monitor phone messages, emails, and check the PO box (at local post office)
    • data entry tasks - such as processing membership dues and donations
    • support event registration and off-site events (local) as needed
    • pack and ship online shop orders as needed
    • monitor inventory of supplies and equipment
    • use Microsoft Publisher and online tools to assist with the creation of signage and marketing materials
    • Other duties as assigned by Executive Director


    The Laurel Historical Society is a small community museum and archives with a strong volunteer corps and active Board of Directors dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history and cultural heritage of Laurel, Maryland.

     The position reports directly to the Executive Director.  This position requires the ability to walk up and down two flights of “historic” winder steps and lift up to 15lbs.

     The pay for this position is between $12-15 per hour. To be considered, please email a cover letter and resume to This position will be filled as soon as possible. The deadline to apply is September 17, 2021. 

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