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  • 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


  • 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 info@ncrtv.org with “museum assistant” in the subject line. Open until filled.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    Financial:

    ·       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.

    Remuneration:

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


  • 13 Sep 2021 4:18 PM | Steven Broocks

    THE POSITION

    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 OPPORTUNITY

    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 (https://coosart.org/forms/CAM-Strategic-Plan.pdf), 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.

    THE MUSEUM

    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.

    POSITION SUMMARY

    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 COMMUNITY AND THE AREA

    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.  

    APPLICATIONS

    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 directorsearch@coosart.org. 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 https://www.coosart.org.  For additional information about the cultural and recreational opportunities in the Coos Bay area, see https://www.oregonsadventurecoast.com.

  • 10 Sep 2021 6:05 PM | Natalie Osorio

    SEWELL C. BIGGS ENDOWED CURATOR OF AMERICAN ART

    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.


    ABOUT THE MUSEUM:

    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.


    DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

    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.


    QUALIFICATIONS:

    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.


    SALARY RANGE:

    $71,000 – $81,000


    SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    • 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 nosorio@biggsmuseum.org. 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.


    INSTITUTIONAL MISSION

    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


    BIGGS MUSEUM HISTORY:

    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

    SUMMARY

    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. 

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    • 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.

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

    APPLICATION PROCEDURE
    Submit required documents via email at directorsearch@tacomahistory.org by September 24, 2021.

    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

    • 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 

    ABOUT TACOMA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
    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 www.TacomaHistory.org.


  • 03 Sep 2021 2:04 PM | Caitlin Swaim

    Job Title: Visitor Services Intern

    Location: Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park 

    Employment Type: Part-Time/Temporary

    Description:

    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 museum@amaritime.org 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 director@laurelhistoricalsociety.org. This position will be filled as soon as possible. The deadline to apply is September 17, 2021. 

  • 25 Aug 2021 4:00 PM | Anonymous

    Gunston Hall is pleased to announce a part-time guest services position at an unparalleled historic site on scenic Mason Neck in Fairfax County, Virginia. We are seeking a candidate who is friendly, people-oriented, loves history, and is eager to share Gunston Hall’s story with visitors. Guest services staff divide their time between the visitor center and the mansion, and in some seasons guest services staff spend significant time in outdoor locations. Their responsibilities center on ensuring a positive and content-rich experience at Gunston Hall.

    Specifically, guest services staff:

    • ·         project a positive image, serving as an ambassador for the museum;
    • ·         greet visitors, in a pleasant and welcoming manner;
    • ·         lead tours that are accurate and engaging for visitors of all ages;
    • ·         assist with the preparation for and implementation of public programs and special events;
    • ·         promote and relay accurate information about planned programs and events;
    • ·         monitor the museum exhibitions in the visitor center, period room installations in the mansion, and reproduction outbuildings;
    • ·         interact with visitors throughout their time on the property;
    • ·         answer telephones;
    • ·         schedule tours and special events;
    • ·         keep accurate records, including admissions records;
    • ·         reconcile cash and charge receipts;
    • ·         support other projects related to Gunston Hall’s educational mission.

    The ideal candidate will be interested in history, solution-oriented, detail-oriented, able to adapt to changing circumstances, and committed to presenting Gunston Hall in the best possible light to teachers, students, program attendees, museum visitors, and other members of the general public.

    This position reports to the Education Manager. It requires:

    • ·         excellent customer service skills;
    • ·         responsibility and trustworthiness;
    • ·         knowledge of basic office procedures;
    • ·         ability to read and write the English language and to understand, follow, and give oral instructions;
    • ·         knowledge of computers, telephone systems, audio-visual equipment, and cash registers;
    • ·         ability to reconcile cash and credit card receipts;
    • ·         ability to maintain an electronic calendar in order to schedule events;
    • ·         exhibition of professional manner and dress at all times;
    • ·         ability to multi-task;
    • ·         ability to lift up to 25 pounds.

    Both weekend and weekday shifts are available; applicants should expect to work two to three days a week, including at least one weekend day. This is an hourly (wage) position, earning $11. It does not have health insurance, retirement or paid leave.

    To apply please send a letter of interest, resume, and Commonwealth of Virginia application* to Lacey Villiva, Education Manager, at lvilliva@gunstonhall.org.

    Gunston Hall is an equal opportunity employer.

    *To submit a Commonwealth of Virginia Job Application, please visit https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/. You will need to create an account, fill out a draft application, and email a copy of the application saved as a pdf.


  • 17 Aug 2021 12:29 PM | Stacie Vodra

    Montgomery History, located in Rockville, MD seeks a skilled, experienced, and enthusiastic professional for the position of Development and Communications Manager. The successful candidate will be an integral part of our team and will advance the organization’s mission by helping to build our base of support and increase awareness of and engagement in our activities.

    About Montgomery History

    Montgomery History collects, preserves, interprets, and shares the histories of all of Montgomery County’s residents. To that end, we undertake the following activities:

    • operate the Jane C. Sween Research Library and Special Collections, the county’s most comprehensive historical library;
    • manage the County’s  official government archives;
    • maintain a 10,000-item collection of historic artifacts;
    • deliver a wide variety of educational programming, both in-person and online, including the annual Montgomery County History Conference, the county’s National  History Day event, streaming History Conversations, and the award-winning Speakers Bureau;
    • operate the Stonestreet Museum of 19th Century Medicine on the campus of the City of Rockville’s c. 1815 Beall-Dawson House; and
    • provide a home for the Harper Center for Suburban Studies.

    Responsibilities

    The Development and Communications Manager will report to and work closely with the Executive Director and the Development Committee of the Board of Directors. Responsibilities include:

    Development (65%)

    • Prepare letters of inquiry, funding requests, and other materials to solicit funds from foundations, government agencies, businesses, and organizations.
    • Oversee all aspects of membership solicitations, project-specific appeals, and Annual Fund campaign.
    • Manage major giving program and support efforts to secure planned gifts.
    • Produce timely donor updates and reports.
    • Organize periodic donor cultivation and stewardship events.
    • Research prospective individual donors, businesses, and foundations.
    • Design and produce regular fundraising reports.
    • Solicits donations of product and/or in-kind support from businesses and individuals.
    • Ensure prompt and personalized gift acknowledgement and recognition.

    Communications (35%)

    • Oversee production of periodic outreach publications, including the schedule, writing, design/layout, editing, and distribution.
    • Develop and coordinate the production of promotional materials related to fundraising and program activities.
    • Maintain, update, and improve website content and design.
    • Oversee social media presence on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
    • Draft and distribute e-newsletters to our email list every other week.

    Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent;
    • Impeccable writing skills;
    • At least three years of professional development experience (may include time spent in internships and volunteer work);
    • Demonstrated track record of success using a variety of fundraising techniques including special events, corporate sponsorships, foundation proposals, and membership;
    • Highly organized, thorough, and detail-oriented;
    • Organizational and time management skills;
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Wordpress, and social media platforms;
    • Familiarity with graphic design techniques;
    • Prior experience in developing promotional materials such as brochures, fact sheets, newsletters, and press releases;
    • Availability to work occasional evenings and weekends;
    • Creativity, inquisitiveness, flexibility, and good humor; and
    • A valid driver’s license.

    Preferred skills and experience:

    • Experience working with 4-figure and higher donors and prospects;
    • Experience working with a donor database or customer relationship management (CRM) software;
    • HTML/website maintenance experience;
    • Photography and video experience;
    • Desktop publishing experience, especially with InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator;
    • Experience working in a small nonprofit setting;
    • Knowledge of the history and culture of Montgomery County, Maryland.

    To Apply

    This is a permanent, full-time position with occasional weekend and evening hours required. Because programs and events may be located throughout Montgomery County, access to reliable transportation is required. The starting salary will be $48,000 to $52,000 with an opportunity for increases as the organization prospers. The benefit package includes health insurance and Federal holidays.

    To apply, please email your resume, a cover letter explaining your interest in history and why you are a good fit for this position, three professional references, and a short fundraising writing sample to Matthew Logan, Executive Director at info@MontgomeryHistory.org. Type “Application for Development and Communications Manager” in the subject line. No phone calls please. All applicants will be notified their application has been received. Selected applicants will be contacted for telephone and/or in-person interviews.


  • 14 Aug 2021 2:58 PM | Kristen McMasters

    The Historical Society of Carroll County, MD (HSCC) is a small community history organization which seeks an energetic, creative, and goal-oriented leader to serve as Executive Director.  A new Executive Director can have direct influence on encouraging evening and weekend programing to reach an expanded audience and new volunteers.  Given our new focus on weekends, we anticipate new members, increased rentals and new educational programs.  We also have new, younger volunteers that need training.   

     Job Description:

    The primary responsibilities of the Executive Director are the management of the HSCC, which includes daily operation of the museums, leased property, and collections. The Executive Director manages two full-time staff and one part-time assistant, one onsite contractor and approximately 60-70 volunteers.. The Executive Director represents the HSCC in the community, participates in events which increase awareness of local history and expands community outreach, and performs donor cultivation activities.

     Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the Executive Director:

                          Financial Records, Reports, and Proposals

                          Exhibits/ Collection

                          Website, Promotion and Publicity

                          Membership, Development and Grants

                          Museum Operations, Museum Shop and Visitor Services

     Skills and Expertise Required:

                         Enthusiasm for the skill to serve as a spokesperson for the HSCC at local events, community forums and be visible at HSCC outreach events and social media. 

    • ·                        Demonstrated supervisory skills within a nonprofit setting with a small cross-trained staff required.

                        Knowledge of Museum Professional policies, ethics, issues, and strategies

    Qualifications:

    The Executive Director will have a relevant bachelor's degree and 3-5 years' work in a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience, demonstrating ability required to support a non-profit organization and manage staff /service for a small historical society and museum staffed primarily with volunteers.  Preference will be given to candidates that who exceed the education and experience requirements, and those with experience in a historical society or museum.

     Salary: This is a full time, salaried position $55,000-$65,000. Onsite work supervising staff and volunteers is the vast majority of work days.  The standard work week is Wednesday through Sundays. Vacation, sick days and a healthcare plan will be available.

    Closing date: This notice will remain open until we fill the position.

    To Apply: Please submit cover letter and resume to: execdirector@hsccmd.org with Executive Director Open Position in the subject line. A much more detailed job posting and position description available for candidates through email inquiry. No phone inquiries please.


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