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  • 21 May 2024 3:05 PM | Bruce Thibodeau

    The Executive Director (ED) will serve as the chief executive officer of the Windsor Historical Society and will be a strategic and people-oriented executive who values community engagement and leads with a clear sense of purpose and direction. As the face of the organization, the ED will build authentic relationships with the community by regularly communicating with civic leaders and public officials and developing and nurturing partnerships with community groups, and the greater Windsor nonprofit and business communities to ensure the Historical Society is seen as a cultural and educational resource. Reporting to the board of directors, the ED will oversee all society operations and be an active presence and support for the staff. This individual will ensure widely held museum and public history best practices are followed in the care and stewardship of collections and all matters related to the society's operations and strategic priorities including WHS’s commitment to inclusion and community building.

    Roles and Responsibilities

    Strategic and Visionary Leadership

    • Guide and ensure the implementation of WHS’ strategic plan and inclusion action plan leading diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion efforts to engage the community and transform the society’s collections, programs, and the stories it tells to reflect Windsor’s diverse community.
    • Develop, steward, and maintain strategic partnerships throughout the community to enhance the society’s reputation, relevancy, and standing locally and regionally in support of its mission, vision, and strategic goals.
    • Participate in local, regional, and national industry meetings and organizations to share and implement current best practices and industry standards with staff.
    • Serve as the chief advancement officer for the institution, working collaboratively with the board and staff to design, set, and achieve operational and strategic revenue and communication goals.

    ·        Embrace other strategic and visionary leadership responsibilities, as needed.

    Administration and Operational Excellence

    • Provide day-to-day management and supervision of WHS operations and programming according to its bylaws, policies, and strategic plan.

    ·        Develop strategies, procedures, and goals that will support the staff’s creative and professional development and encourage a workplace environment that fosters employee engagement.

    • Assume primary responsibility for the preparation and approval of the annual financial budget and operating plans, collaborating with the treasurer and finance committee; and serving as liaison to auditors, endowment managers, and other contractors.

    ·        Ensure that the necessary organizational structure, policies, systems controls, and procedures are in place and regularly reviewed for sustainability.

    ·        Embrace other administration and operational excellence responsibilities, as needed.

    Revenue Enhancement and Community Engagement

    • Lead staff and board in development operations and activities including fundraisers, annual appeals, membership programs, and planned giving strategy.
    • Maintain strong relationships with the funders, developing effective donor stewardship and cultivation methods with the board and staff.
    • Manage grant application calendar and work with society staff to prepare and submit grant applications, monitoring compliance and reporting within grant parameters.
    • Supervise media and external communications including production of quarterly newsletter annual report, press releases, website, and all official publications.
    • Embrace other revenue enhancement and community engagement responsibilities, as needed.

    Governance and Board Relations

    • Build and nurture strong relationships across the board of directors; providing support to best utilize the board’s talents and resources, effectively mobilizing volunteers in support of the society’s mission.
    • Partner with the board in prospect identification, cultivation, recruitment, and orientation of new board members.
    • Facilitate the flow of all information between the board and the society staff; attend monthly board, executive committee, and other committee meetings.
    • Serve as an effective partner to the board’s policy-making role by researching and recommending best practice policies, procedures, and plans and lead the organization in the successful implementation of board decisions.
    • Embrace other governance and board relations responsibilities, as needed.

    Collections Stewardship, Exhibition, and Program Planning

    • Establish diverse exhibitions and program plans that support the society’s vision and operational goals in collaboration with the curatorial staff.
    • Seek opportunities to develop and strengthen exhibitions and programs through partnerships with other historical and cultural organizations, collectors, and educational institutions.
    • Ensure the sound and responsible management of the collection, research, and archives, including legal, social, and ethical obligations.
    • Embrace other collections stewardship, exhibition, and program planning responsibilities, as needed.

    Traits and Characteristics

    The Executive Director will be a collaborative, people-oriented, emotionally intelligent leader who values teamwork, continuous improvement, and collaboration with others. An active member of the community, this individual will enthusiastically interact with a diverse constituency with cultural acuity to develop partnerships that support WHS and enhance the community. The Executive Director will have the capacity to adapt to frequent change while maintaining focus on the organization’s goals and priorities. They will bring a balance of professional expertise, credibility, and interpersonal skills along with a strong capacity for self-management and the highest levels of personal accountability and integrity. Versatile and receptive to new ideas and methodologies, this individual will be an intellectually curious, innovative, and harmonious professional with a proven track record of success.

    Other key competencies include:

    • Interpersonal Skills – The ability to build rapport and develop and nurture relationships with people across the organization and throughout the community, demonstrating a sincere interest in others.
    • Diplomacy – The aptitude to handle situations gracefully and with sensitivity, and communicate effectively by listening, observing, and appreciating cultural and personal perspectives.
    • Self-Starting and Personal Accountability – The capacity to prioritize and complete tasks necessary to meet or exceed the agreed-upon expectations of the role, and to assume accountability for personal actions.
    • Leadership and Teamwork – The capacity to articulate a vision and create a sense of purpose and direction for internal and external stakeholders, build trust by demonstrating respect and integrity, and create an environment where team members are appreciated and supported, enabling their success.
    • Resiliency – The agility to quickly recover from adversity or setbacks and move past obstacles with a sense of humor and without delay.

    Qualifications

    At least five years of progressively responsible leadership experience within a museum, arts, educational, historical, or nonprofit organization is required. A master’s degree in history, museum studies (or equivalent experience), is recommended. Previous senior leadership level with supervision responsibilities is desirable. Candidates should demonstrate success and commitment to principles associated with diversity, equity, and inclusion. They must possess a passion for community outreach and resource development as well as knowledge of the needs, best practices, and standards of the field and the ability to generate enthusiasm, inspire others, and translate vision into workable priorities.

    Compensation and Benefits

    Windsor Historical Society offers competitive compensation with an anticipated annual salary range between $85,000 and $100,000. Benefits include paid time off, holidays, sick leave, personal days, and health and dental insurance with WHS covering 75% for individuals or 50% of costs for family plans.

    Applications and Inquiries

    To submit a cover letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments (electronic submissions preferred), please visit https://artsconsulting.com/opensearches/windsor-historical-society-seeks-executive-director/ . For questions or general inquiries about this job opportunity, including the anticipated salary range, please contact:

    Renée Danger-James, Vice President

    1040 First Avenue, Suite 352

    New York, New York 10022-2991

    Tel       (888) 234.4236 Ext. 212

    Email    WindsorHS@ArtsConsulting.com

    The Windsor Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to treating all applicants and employees fairly based on their abilities, achievements, and experience, without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by law.


  • 16 May 2024 3:35 PM | Cynthia Doherty

    TITLE: Collections Manager
    DEPT: Collections & Exhibitions
    REPORTS TO: Curator
    POSITION: Part-Time, $25.00 per hour.
    MUSEUM HISTORY
    The Wing Fort House, established in 1641 is the oldest house in New England built and occupied by the same family for over three centuries. Purchased by the Wing Family of America, INC. in 1946 from the last occupant, Cora Wing, the Wing Fort House retains its historic charm without electricity or indoor plumbing. Across the street, the Wing History Museum shares captivating narratives of Wing
    descendants' migration across America.

    The museum features rotating exhibits and houses the 10,000
    object permanent collection dedicated to Simon Wing (1829-1910), a renowned 19th-century daguerreotypist, inventor, entrepreneur, and radical politician. The collection showcases Simon Wing's campaign speeches, unique inventions, patented studio cameras, and rare family photographs, providing a glimpse into seven generations of artistic and rebellious spirits.

    https://www.wingfamily.org/

    SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES
    The Collections Manager collaborates closely with the Curator, overseeing the preservation of museum artifacts and advancing the Wing Family of America's mission. Their duties involve aiding in ongoing collection digitization efforts, overseeing collection storage and providing installation and de-installation
    exhibit support. An ideal candidate for this position possesses the ability to work independently and would have proficiency in artifact handling and museum best practices.
    RESPONSIBILITIES:
    COLLECTIONS CARE:
    ● Lead collections management projects and develop strategies for strengthening documentation and preservation of the museum's collections.
    ● Manage collection storage areas to ensure optimal storage practices are maintained.
    ● Complete condition reports and offer conservation recommendations for collections.
    COLLECTION DOCUMENTATION
    ● Create and manage object records in collections management database Past Perfect Web Edition.
    ● Maintain collection and exhibit archives in digital and paper forms.
    ● Process acquisitions and de accession records, coordinate shipping and appraisals of the museum's collection in conjunction with the curator.
    ● Assist with ongoing inventory, cataloging, and digitization of approximately 1,300 objects in the Wing Fort House (17th-21st century artifacts).
    ● Aid in the inventory, re-housing, and digitization of the Simon Wing photographic collection in the Wing History Museum (19th-21st century artifacts).
    ● Address public inquiries and photo requests related to the collection.
    EXHIBITION SUPPORT
    ● Oversee incoming and outgoing loans including shipping, maintaining insurance records, writing condition reports, data entry and photographic documentation.
    ● Assist the Curator and/or Assistant Curator with exhibit installation and de installation.
    QUALIFICATIONS
    ● A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and at least 2 years of applicable experience are required.
    ● Willingness to exercise sound judgment and adhere to, as well as enforce, policies.
    ● Experience with collections management databases, Past Perfect Museum Software, preferred.
    ● Ability to lift and carry items weighing up to 30 lbs and climb stairs unassisted.
    ● Proficiency in basic computer applications (Microsoft Excel/Word/PowerPoint, Google Docs/Sheets), experience with Adobe products is a plus.
    ● Experience training and supervising interns in collections management projects, preferred.
    ● Strong attention to detail, excellent project management, and organizational skills.
    POSITION DETAILS:
    ● Minimum commitment of 16 hours per week, maximum of 24 hours. Flexible hours.
    ● $25.00 per hour.
    ● Reports to: Curator
    HOW TO APPLY:
    Submit a cover letter and resume including the contact information of three professional/academic references to:
    Curator Christina Shipps: curator@wingfamily.org
    Assistant Curator Kelsey Cronin: asstcurator@wingfamily.org
    INTERVIEW:
    Interviews are required for finalists only. If selected as a finalist, we will contact you via the email provided. Applicants must ensure accurate contact information. You will be asked to indicate availability for an in-person interview, and a confirmation email with the interview date and additional information will be sent.

  • 11 May 2024 12:23 PM | Bruce Thibodeau

    The Wenham Museum seeks an experienced Executive Director to lead its team and advance its mission of preserving and sharing local history and culture. The Executive Director will oversee all museum operations, including financial management, community outreach, staff leadership, and strategic planning. The ideal leader will possess a hands-on approach, financial acumen, strong leadership skills, and a passion for engaging with diverse audiences. Working in alignment with a Board of Trustees, the Executive Director will be responsible for maintaining the museum's visibility within the community, fostering positive relationships with stakeholders, and ensuring the museum’s continued growth and success.

    Roles and Responsibilities

    Strategic and Administrative Leadership

    • ·        Preserve, develop, and sustain the Wenham Museum’s unique historical collections and exhibitions, engaging both internal and external partners and resources.
    • ·        Build new and revise existing policies and procedures to accept receiving financial contributions, including in-kind bequests.
    • ·        Foster a supportive environment where staff feel valued and motivated to contribute to the museum's success.
    • ·        Maintain professional standards and pursue initiatives in alignment with professional museum organizations such as the American Alliance of Museums.
    • ·        Attract, hire, train, retain, and supervise both paid and volunteer staff, prioritizing a positive work culture and empowering team members.
    • ·        Engage in a hands-on approach to museum operations, assisting with day-to-day tasks and ensuring flexibility in roles among paid and volunteer staff members.
    • ·        Invest strategically in facilities maintenance, addressing preservation needs while ensuring compliance with safety standards.
    •         Embrace other strategic and administrative leadership responsibilities, as needed.

    Financial Management and Donor Cultivation

    • ·        Collaborate with staff, board of trustees, and donors in fundraising initiatives and strategies to meaningfully increase revenue from gifts, memberships, special events, and admissions.
    • ·        Oversee annual operating and capital budgeting processes, collaborating with staff, board, and volunteers to both ensure proper resourcing and maintaining fiscal responsibility.
    • ·        Obtain consensus for and drive periodic capital campaign(s) and annual fund-raising activities.
    • ·        Explore and identify opportunities to grow and diversify sources of earned revenue which may include seeking grants and awards at the local, state, and federal level, and through collaboration with regional museums and other institutions.
    • ·        Embrace other financial management and donor cultivation responsibilities, as needed.

    Civic and Community Engagement

    • ·        Advocate as the face and voice of the organization within the community and amplify its mission at the local, regional, and national networks.
    • ·        Develop an active, annual marketing calendar and robust public relations campaign, as well as expand the Museum’s dynamic website content to reflect and connect with all audiences.
    • ·        Increase the organization’s visibility and relevance through participation in civic functions, community celebrations, conferences, and partnerships with other institutions.
    • ·        Foster new and strengthen existing community relationships to support ongoing operations and strategic initiatives.
    • ·        Sustain and deepen working relationships with local and state government agencies, legislators and public and private museums, universities, and related professional organizations to enhance appreciation for Wenham Museum’s visibility, importance, and unique collections.
    • ·        Advance programming and initiatives to increase opportunities and access for local schools and new visitors of all ages and backgrounds locally, regionally, and nationally.
    • ·        Embrace other responsibilities civic and community engagement, as needed.

    Traits and Characteristics

    The next Executive Director at the Wenham Museum requires a broad range of people skills. Strengths will include practical thinking and systems judgment, an openness and desire to grow in understanding others, and role awareness. The next leader will be versatile and navigate change capably, ensuring the safety of staff and the continuity of the organization. The job thrives on a harmonious, collaborative, resourceful, and open-to-new-ideas approach. The ideal Executive Director navigates interpersonal dynamics adeptly, makes strategic decisions, and embraces collaboration and innovation, recognizing the experience and contributions of staff while exploring opportunities to apply their collective expertise and maximize the organization’s reach and impact.

    Other key competencies include: 

    • ·        Leadership and Personal Accountability – Organize and influence others to align with a vision while creating a shared sense of purpose and direction while staying answerable for personal actions.
    • ·        Customer Focus – Anticipating, meeting, and/or exceeding visitor and community needs, wants, and expectations.
    • ·        Project Management – Identifying, prioritizing, and overseeing all resources, tasks, systems, and people to obtain results.
    • ·        Problem Solving, Creativity, and Innovation – Define, analyze, and diagnose key components of a problem to formulate solutions while creating new approaches, designs, processes, technologies, and/or systems to achieve desired results.

    Qualifications

    Five years of hands-on, leadership role(s), demonstrating proven success in fundraising, programming, and relationship building in a nonprofit organization is essential. Demonstrated comprehensive revenue building skills. Experience navigating change and inspiring a high-achieving team of museum and arts education professionals and volunteers is required. Extensive experience in financial and operational management is crucial. In addition to exceptional verbal and written communication skills, a profound and demonstrated commitment to creating welcoming, accessible, and safe spaces is required.

    Compensation and Benefits

    The anticipated salary range for this role is $85,000 to $100,000. The compensation package includes four weeks of paid vacation, accrued sick time (in accordance with Massachusetts law), and voluntary short-term disability, accidental injury, and cancer insurance programs.

    Applications and Inquiries

    To submit a cover letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments, please visit https://artsconsulting.com/opensearches/wenham-museum-seeks-executive-director/ . For questions or general inquiries about this job opportunity, please contact:

    Dat Ngo (he/him/his) 

    1030 15th Street NW, Suite 283

    Washington, DC 20005-1500

    Tel (888) 234.4236 Ext. 235

    Email WenhamMuseum@ArtsConsulting.com 

    The Wenham Museum eagerly welcomes diverse perspectives and talents to enhance our team, ensuring all qualified applicants are considered regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, or disability. We are committed to finding the ideal candidate and appreciate those from non-traditional backgrounds. Your unique experiences and skills are valued; we encourage you to apply and showcase how you can contribute to our mission.


  • 26 Apr 2024 10:52 PM | Nellie Ludemann

    Wanted:  Executive Director for a small historical society located in Seneca Falls, NY. The ideal candidate must have a Bachelor’s Degree. Museum or director experience preferable. An abbreviated job description follows. Resume should be submitted by May 10th to the Seneca Falls Historical Society, c/o Personnel Committee, 55 Cayuga Street, Seneca Falls, NY 13148 or email beckermansionsfhs@gmail.com, SUBJECT: Personnel Committee.

    Salary $40,000 - $50,000 depending on experience

    The Executive Director shall:

    I.                 Have the responsibility and authority for carrying out the purposes and policies that have been adopted and approved by the Board. The Director will have such powers and duties as may be designated by the Board;

    II.                Serve as the chief officer of the staff of the Museum, and supervise and make recommendations to the Board regarding appointment and, when necessary, dismissal of, individuals who occupy staff positions authorized by the Board;

    III.              Administer all aspects of the day-to-day, as well as long term, operations of the Society, including coordination of strategic planning functions;

    IV.              Be responsible for development of the Society’s annual budget and report, working with the Treasurer, staff, and committees;

    V.               Be responsible for the development of educational programs, workshops, and exhibits;

    VI.              Develop grant proposals, utilizing the support of staff and outside sources;

    VII.            Promote the Society to the general public;

    VIII.           Coordinate ongoing fundraising activities, including the Gift Shop, for the benefit of the Society;

    IX.              Supervise and contribute to email, website, social media, and written publications of the Society;

    X.                Develop and initiate plans to expand membership in the Society;

    XI.              Be responsible for the exhibits, and maintenance/preservation of the Society’s collections and facility;

    XII.             Perform other duties as may be directed by the Board of Trustees.


  • 22 Apr 2024 12:51 PM | Bruce Thibodeau

    Organization

    Established in 1993 by visionary collector Sewell C. Biggs, Biggs Museum of American Art (The Biggs) is in the capital city of the nation’s first state, Dover, DE.  Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, The Biggs preserves, advances, and celebrates the fine and decorative arts, encouraging greater public engagement with the cultural heritage of Delaware. It is a leading advocate for the importance of art and creativity in education and the daily life of its community. The Biggs Museum has garnered national recognition as one of the finest collections of American decorative and fine arts in the country, as it aspires to become one of the most prominent museums within the entire Mid-Atlantic region.

    The Biggs’ curated exhibits showcase the work of historical masterpieces alongside contemporary artists, creating a dialogue between the past and the present, and providing a nuanced perspective on American Art. The permanent collection features paintings, sculpture, silver, and furniture by artists such as the Peale Family and Hiram Powers; illustrations by N.C. Wyeth, Howard Pyle, and Frank E. Schoonover; modern and contemporary works by Peter Sculthorpe and several others. Within the past decade, the museum has significantly grown its collection to include a greater focus on works of and by women, persons of Hispanic, Latino, and Indigenous cultures, and artists of color and African ancestry.

    Recent and upcoming exhibitions and events include “The Wyeths: Three Generations;” February Free Sundays as part of Dover’s citywide Black History Month celebration featuring “The Biggs Museum Big Five” works by Samuel Joseph Brown, Jr; “Big” Tom Burton; Elizabeth Catlett; Edward L. Loper, Sr.; Mickalene Thomas; “Leaps & Bounds: Contemporary Black Artists” with guest lecturer Dr. Lori Crawford, Professor of Art at Delaware State University; and Rozeal: I Shall Not Want, featuring Rozeal’s contemporary paintings that blend traditional ukiyo-e print techniques with Japanese folklore, geisha, kabuki, and samurai imagery, infused with hip-hop reference and African American culture.

    The Biggs ensures access to art for everyone, by providing a range of programs such as “Free Admission Biggs Weekends,” and discounted access programs such as Art-Reach, Blue Star Museums, Museums for All, and Delaware Library Museum Pass. A diversity of educational programs and events for adults and children include Brunch & Artist Talks; an Art Lecture Series featuring guest speakers in partnership with the University of Delaware; Family Creative Studio events; and festivals & celebrations such as Positively Dover African American Festival; Dover Comic-Con; Earth Day Workshop; Delaware Pride; and The Biggs’ Juneteenth Celebration. School programs range from school field trips, student exhibits, and the Adopt-An-Artwork program which provides local schools with crafted curriculum to accompany framed reproductions of selected works from The Biggs collection. The museum is positioned amidst the rich Mid-Atlantic cultural landscape and enjoys partnership and exchange opportunities with neighboring museums from the New York City Tri-State area to Philadelphia, and the Baltimore/Washington DC metropolitan area.

    The Biggs is in a comprehensive growth mode, entering an exciting new renaissance phase. Its Board of Trustees recently approved a Building Master Plan that will significantly expand, enhance, and connect office and museum buildings which are centrally located in downtown Dover on “The Historic Dover Green.” Creatively blending existing architecture with new architecture, the Master Plan features a community pavilion courtyard with a café and gift shop, enhanced public and visitor spaces, flexible exhibition halls, and a new entrance and expanded lobby. Renovations will add much-needed collection storage and workshop space; upgraded and expanded office and meeting space; and add education and visiting artist studios. With generous support from the Delaware State Legislature, The Biggs is completing a feasibility study and will embark on a capital campaign to fully implement this next phase of growth, greatly expanding its footprint and operations in downtown Dover. The Biggs Museum is planning for its long-term investment into opportunities for its life-long sustainability and aims to make Delaware a more artistically vibrant and attractive state for all its residents.

    The Museum has a twenty-three-member Board of Trustees led by Kathy Dwyer Southern, a staff of 20 full and part-time employees, and consultants led by Marcia Dewitt serving as the interim Executive Director. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023, The Biggs Museum reports a total revenue of $2,353,232 with $908,000 from contributed revenue. Total expenses were $2,251,489.

    Position Summary

    The Executive Director will serve as the chief executive officer of the museum, providing comprehensive strategic leadership working in concert with the board and the staff in support of the museum’s founding principles. They will ensure The Biggs achieves its vision and goals within the standards and best practices as an American Alliance of Museums accredited institution, including championing the next phase of expansion. The Executive Director will embrace DEAI and articulate a comprehensive and community-centered programmatic vision for the museum. They will be responsible for the oversight of all day-to-day operations including administration, resource development, financial management, programming, care of the collections, and ongoing community engagement. They will partner with and support the museum’s talented and ambitious staff, maintain a close working relationship with the Board of Trustees, and build positive community relationships to increase visitation and revenue. They will champion fresh thinking and approaches to art; and seize opportunities to be creative, experimental, and innovative to meet people where they are. Reporting to the board, the Executive Director will be the voice of the museum and actively engaged in the community and across the museum field.

    Roles and Responsibilities

    Strategic Planning and Vision

    • ·        Guide the vision and design of a feasibility study and capital campaign planning to support the recently approved building expansion Master Plan, in partnership with the building and development committees of the Board and the museum’s Deputy Director.
    • ·        Lead the development of the strategic interim and future staffing, capital, and facility maintenance plans, to support institutional direction, facility expansion, and programming needs in collaboration with the board and internal and external stakeholders.
    • ·        Oversee and guide the vision for the expansion of the museum’s collection in partnership with the Curatorial staff and the Board.
    • ·        Engage as an active voice in the arts sector, working in partnership with community organizations, other Delaware art institutions, and national partners in support of the work of the museum.
    • ·        Facilitate the vision and implementation of new philosophies, ideas, and approaches to exhibitions, collections, educational programs, and museum events to increase museum visitation and build the museum’s brand.
    • ·        Embrace other strategic planning and vision responsibilities as needed.

    Revenue Enhancement and Community Engagement

    • ·        Serve as an advocate and public spokesperson for the museum, implementing a cohesive, disciplined communications and public relations strategy that includes online marketing, social media, press releases, newsletters, and other communication tools to raise the museum’s activities and brand throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
    • ·        Leverage the networks of the board to maximize contributed revenue and partnership opportunities for the museum’s annual operating and capital projects.
    • ·        Collaborate with the development committee of the board to establish fundraising expectations and ensure regular reporting in partnership with the board President, and the museum’s Deputy Director.
    • ·        Provide strategy and leadership to the museum’s revenue activities, including the implementation of earned revenue and fundraising plans, and activities including active member and donor cultivation.
    • ·        Assess and evaluate existing development programs and strategies to identify areas where fundraising can be strengthened.
    • ·        Oversee grant application calendar and work with museum staff to prepare and submit grant applications, monitoring compliance and reporting within grant parameters.
    • ·        Actively engage in community activities to represent the museum to civic and public leaders, educational and community organizations, and nonprofit partners and develop collaborative partnerships that increase both museum visibility and visitation and participation in its programs and events.
    • ·        Embrace other revenue enhancement and community engagement responsibilities as needed.

    Financial Management and Operations

    • ·        Provide leadership and supervision of the museum leadership team, overseeing the day-to-day management of the museum staff, fostering a culture of open, inclusive communication that promotes a strong sense of community across the museum where colleagues feel empowered to do their best work, and model and support best practices.
    • ·        Assume primary responsibility for the preparation of a 3-year financial plan, and the annual financial budget and operating plans with the Deputy Director and chair of the finance committee, for board approval.
    • ·        Monitor the budget, presenting monthly to the finance committee in conjunction with the museum’s CPA Accountant, establishing the appropriate internal controls for all financial matters of the institution.
    • ·        Assess the museum’s financial performance and health providing the board with financial reports and related analysis quarterly, including compliance with annual audit requirements.
    • ·        Ensure proper standards of care for the permanent collections, as well as loaned items, based on professional standards and best practices as set forth by the American Alliance of Museums.
    • ·        Embrace other financial management and operations responsibilities as needed.

    Governance and Board Relations

    • ·        Build and nurture a strong relationship with the board of trustees to facilitate and inspire them as enthusiastic and productive partners.
    • ·        Expand board membership, identifying expertise and skills needed to advance the museum’s operations, in partnership with the Board chair and nominating committee.
    • ·        Ensure the efficient and timely development and distribution of agendas and reports and provide board members with information to help them reach decisions that advance the mission and goals of the museum.
    • ·        Facilitate the flow of all information and connection between the board and the museum staff.
    • ·        Support monthly board, executive committee, and other committee meetings, ensuring effective outcomes and contributions.
    • ·        Ensure strong governance, informed oversight, and board succession, in partnership with the Board President.
    • ·        Embrace other governance and board relations responsibilities as needed.

    Traits and Characteristics

    The Executive Director will be a visionary, versatile, and engaged leader who values interacting with a diverse array of museum patrons, community members, and elected officials. They will have the capacity to adapt to frequent change while maintaining focus on the organization’s vision, goals, and priorities. Establishing clear performance standards for themself and their team, the Executive Director will identify and secure the resources needed to achieve results and hold themself and the team accountable while providing clear guidance and decision-making.  Driven by the pursuit of knowledge and open to innovation and new practices, the Executive Director will be knowledgeable of professional and ethical standards set forth by the American Alliance of Museums. Resourceful, and intellectually curious, the Executive Director will be an active advocate within the community and the entire Mid-Atlantic region; building relationships and partnerships that support the museum.

    Other key competencies include:

    • ·        Leadership and Teamwork – The capacity to articulate a vision and create a sense of purpose and direction for internal and external stakeholders, build trust by demonstrating respect and integrity, and create an environment where team members are appreciated and supported, enabling their success.
    • ·        Resiliency and Goal Orientation – The demonstrated ability to overcome setbacks and develop and implement strategies to meet objectives while balancing timelines and desired outcomes.
    • ·        Decision Making, Time and Priority Management – The ability to systematically analyze information before making a timely decision with the aptitude to ascertain competing priorities, resolve difficulties, and maximize the use of time and resources to attain the desired outcomes.
    • ·        Personal Accountability – The willingness to self-evaluate and answer for personal actions and decisions, recognize and learn from mistakes, and listen and use feedback for personal improvement.

    Qualifications

    Senior-level management, demonstrating progressively responsible experience within an art museum or related cultural or educational institution is required. An advanced degree in a field that relates to the interpretation of the museum is preferred. Knowledge of American art or material culture and a commitment to visitor-centered programming is vital. The ideal candidate will bring strong business acumen and be an experienced relationship builder with a record of success in the design and implementation of annual operating and capital fundraising plans. Previous experience working with nonprofit boards, strategic planning, building projects, capital campaigns, and the effective management of human, physical, and financial resources is essential. A demonstrated commitment to and success in advancing diversity equity, inclusion, and accessibility is a must.  

    Compensation and Benefits

    The Biggs Museum of American Art offers competitive compensation with an anticipated annual salary range of $150,000 and $180,000 with annual performance bonuses; a generous “cafeteria-style” benefits package including paid vacation, a 403(b) retirement program, and a professional development program.

    Applications and Inquiries

    To submit a cover letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments (electronic submissions preferred), please visit https://artsconsulting.com/opensearches/biggs-museum-of-american-art-seeks-executive-director/. For questions or general inquiries about this job opportunity, including the anticipated salary range, please contact:

    Renée Danger-James, Vice President

    1040 First Avenue, Suite 352

    New York, New York 10022-2991

    Tel       (888) 234.4236 Ext. 212

    Email    Biggs@ArtsConsulting.com

    The Biggs Museum of American Art is fully committed to diversity and inclusion as an integral part of who we are. As a non-profit board and staff who serve all our community, we commit to carrying forth this mission to educate and inspire the many beautiful people in the world. As we stand with you against racism in a spirit of compassion and respect, we strive to be the best museum we can be.


  • 16 Apr 2024 12:07 PM | Kelli Hepler

    The Muskegon Museum of Art (MMA) seeks a full-time Collections Manager/Associate Preparator with proven experience in museum collections management with current knowledge of museum standards and practices as recommended by American Alliance of Museums (AAM).

    The Collections Manager / Associate Preparator is lead staff member responsible for proper care and handling of the fine art collection. This position reports to the Senior Curator / Director of Collections and Exhibitions.

    The Muskegon Museum of Art (MMA) is one of the premier cultural institutions in West Michigan with a strong presence in the Midwest and a renowned permanent collection. The MMA has an aggressive changing exhibition schedule of between 10-15 exhibitions annually along with dynamic community programming. The Collections Manager / Associate Preparator is a key member of a highly creative and motivated museum team.

    This is a transitionary moment for the Muskegon Museum of Art, which is currently under construction of a 26,000 sf museum expansion adding 4 new galleries, classrooms, museum store, and support space including a new 3,000 sf collection storage facility. The museum expansion is scheduled to open to the public in January of 2025.

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES -

    Collections Manager - 

    - The Collections Manager will oversee the transition to a new collections database of over 5,000 permanent collection pieces and will maintain the same including hard copy files, and ledgers as well as photographing and documenting objects. 

    - Is lead in charge of overall safety, security, and movement of permanent collection and loaned objects. Maintains gallery checklists and coordinates with security personnel to assure proper oversight of the galleries and facility. 

    - Maintains storage of the permanent collection and loans. Tracks the movement of all artwork and updates locations in database. 

    - Coordinates and documents all long and short-term loans to/from the museum, including working with lenders. Works with outside vendors to arrange for transportation of incoming/outgoing shipping, both domestically and internationally, filing condition reports, and maintaining and reviewing facilities report.

    - Maintains records of all loans and past, current, and future exhibitions.

    - Works with the Preparator to arrange for and ensure the proper crating of objects for travel from the permanent collection, loans, and exhibitions.

    - Serves on the staff exhibition development team.

    - Tracks the condition of permanent collection objects and coordinates conservation efforts with the Director of Collections and Exhibitions and Preparator. Works with outside conservators when required. 

    - With the Executive Director and Senior Curator / Director of Collections and Exhibitions, assists in developing and implementing policies/procedures for governing the permanent collection, emergency planning, security procedures, and other museum functions as needed.

    - Works with appraisers to maintain current values for the Permanent Collection and the insurance company to ensure protection of the collection and all loans and exhibitions.

    - Monitors the environmental conditions of the museum facility.

    - Serves as primary contact for rights and reproductions, copyright, and Fair Use issues.

    - Attends and takes Collections Committee minutes.

    - Oversees auction and sales activity for non-accessioned and deaccessioned objects and cataloging of said items.

    Associate Preparator -

    - Assists Senior Curator / Director of Collections and Exhibitions and Preparator in exhibition planning, design, and logistics.

    - Assists with art movement, exhibition installation, and exhibition lighting.  Assists with framing, matting, and mounting of art for display.

    - Assists with basic conservation.

    Other -

    - Strong organizational skills.

    - Competency with computer word processing, databases, and other business/office/museum software programs.

    - An aptitude for creative thinking, flexibility, and sensitivity to diverse constituencies.

    - Excellent written and verbal communication competencies.

    - Participation in and presence at museum events including programs and fundraising events.

    - A proven ability to work within a team setting and interact with museum guests, volunteers, and donors is essential.

    - Must be able to climb a 12’ ladder and reach both arms above the head, able to lift and carry a minimum of 40 lbs. without assistance, and have a basic familiarity with hand tools.

    - Other duties as assigned. Some evenings and weekends.

    EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS - A successful candidate will hold a Bachelors’ Degree in a related field and have a minimum of two years prior museum/gallery experience in Collections Manger (registerial) and/or curatorial departments. Must be willing to relocate to the Greater Muskegon area.

    SALARY: $45,000 - $49,000 and comprehensive benefits package. This is a full-time position. Send cover letter and resume by May 6, 2024 to khepler@muskegonartmuseum.org 

  • 02 Apr 2024 3:15 PM | Sarah Alberico

    Historic Rock Ford, overseen by the nonprofit Rock Ford Foundation since 1958, boasts the circa 1794 General Edward Hand Mansion, the John J. Snyder, Jr. Gallery of Early Lancaster County Decorative Arts, and 33 acres of scenic gardens and grounds in the City of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The Hand Mansion, once home to George Washington's Adjutant General, stands as a pristine example of Late-Georgian architecture in Pennsylvania and is proudly listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Meanwhile, the Snyder Gallery showcases exquisite Lancaster County decorative arts spanning from circa 1750 to 1820. 

    Further information appears on the Historic Rock Ford website: www.historicrockford.org

    Historic Rock Ford continues its transition from a local historic house to an increasingly professionalized museum destination with a growing regional and even national footprint and a broader focus that includes both history and the decorative arts.  As the Executive Director, you will be tasked with building upon and accelerating this progress.  You will spearhead our visionary direction in collaboration with the Board of Trustees, professional staff, and an enthusiastic corps of volunteers.

    Responsibilities encompass strategic leadership, team management, collaborative engagement with the Board, nurturing volunteer relationships, financial oversight, fundraising initiatives, and innovative program development. 

    Ideal candidates possess a graduate degree, a minimum of four years of professional experience, nonprofit board engagement, and an unwavering commitment to safeguarding organizational assets with integrity. 

    Salary range: $65,000 – 70,000, inclusive of paid vacation and sick days. Other benefits are negotiable.  To apply, please forward your resume and a letter of introduction to Dana Lewis at dana_lewis@historicrockford.org


  • 29 Mar 2024 5:42 PM | Kathryn Conrad

    The Williamson County Historical Museum, dba The Williamson Museum, seeks a transformational leader skilled in driving organizational success and empowering high performing staff. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be based at the museum’s flagship location in Georgetown, Texas and have overall management responsibility for an impactful historical and cultural organization.

    Combining inspirational leadership and proven management abilities, they will advance the organization in terms of culture, capability, processes, and impact. Working closely with the organization’s staff, the Executive Director will inspire innovation and ensure that the organization is continually well positioned to advance its vision and mission.

    Vision: To be a meaningful presence in every area of Williamson County and a destination for locals and visitors to the region to learn about the rich and diverse history of this area.

    Mission: The Williamson Museum exists to preserve the County’s past and enrich its present and future through education and engagement across Williamson County in partnership with residents, businesses, and community leaders.

    POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:

    Executive Leadership and Organizational Management

    • Provide wise and effective executive leadership that is inclusive, transparent, and empowering in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors (Board).
    • Present strategic options and plans for organization impact and gain Board approval as needed to carry out the mission of the organization.
    • Organize, motivate, and mentor internal team leaders to strategically grow the organization’s impact, programs, and fundraising to advance its mission.
    • Manage and motivate staff, overseeing processes such as hiring, separation, staff development, performance management, and compensation and benefits. Inspire a business-oriented, professional, results-driven environment across the organization.
    • Establish goals, objectives, and operational plans in collaboration with the Board, staff, and other leaders and community partners.

    Development and Fundraising

    • Drive development and fundraising, leveraging the Board and staff as needed, to ensure funding needed for annual operating budget and maintaining an appropriate level of reserves.
    • Initiate, cultivate, and extend relationships with the organization’s portfolio of individual, foundation, governmental, and corporate donors.
    • Participate in grant writing and management to fund program activities.
    • Work with board committee and staff to plan and host annual special events. Financial Management and Administration
    • Prudently direct resources and manage all financials within budget guidelines and according to current nonprofit laws and regulations.
    • Assume responsibility for the fiscal integrity of the organization.
    • Monitor board-approved budget and manage daily financial operations to ensure maximum utilization of resources and optimum financial positioning.
    • Build and administer the annual budget, in partnership with the Board and staff.
    • Work with CPAs and bookkeeper to ensure timely preparation of annual audit and 990 tax return.

    Board Relations

    • Maintain regular and ongoing communication to build strong relationships, close collaboration, and open communications with the Board.
    • Attend all Board meetings and provide reports and updates on staff as well as all current work, project timelines, and organizational progress.
    • Provide opportunities for relationship-building between Board and Staff to align strategic visioning with program management.

    External Relations and Communications

    • Represent the organization and serve as chief spokesperson publicly at events, conferences, and partnership meetings.
    • Ensure high visibility to prospects and the public to create engaged philanthropy.
    • Engage with constituents and existing and prospective partners across the county.
    • Manage all aspects of the organization’s marketing and public relations, including paid ad campaigns.

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    The Williamson Museum Executive Director is a permanent full-time position in Georgetown, Texas. Candidates should meet the following qualifications:

    Required:

    • Demonstrated success as an Executive Director, CEO, or a related senior management position.
    • Bachelor’s (minimum) or Master’s (preferred), or comparable combination of education and experience.
    • Strong business acumen and ability to successfully engage with business and community leaders.
    • Experience working with a nonprofit Board.
    • Experience working with diverse populations.
    • Experience in fundraising, including grant writing, donor development and special events.
    • Experience with diverse business functions such as Marketing, Public Relations, Human Resources, etc.
    • Experience and success in motivating, recruiting, developing, retaining, and mentoring high performance, mission-driven, and results-oriented teams.
    • Excellent written, oral, and public speaking skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator.
    • Familiarity with regional, state, and federal fundraising organizations and processes is strongly preferred.

    COMPENSATION:

    $65,000-$75,000 starting salary, commensurate with experience, with a comprehensive benefits package through Williamson County, including health insurance, generous paid time off and leave policy, retirement after vesting, and more.

    HOW TO APPLY:

    For immediate consideration please email your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to:

    employment@williamsonmuseum.org

    or mail to: 716 S Austin Ave, Georgetown, TX 78626.

    Submissions will be reviewed until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered. The Williamson Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity and equity in all facets of the organization’s work. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other protected class.

    Job Type: Full-time

    Salary: $65,000.00 - $75,000.00 per year

    Benefits:

    • Dental insurance
    • Flexible schedule
    • Health insurance
    • Life insurance
    • Paid time off
    • Professional development assistance
    • Retirement plan
    • Vision insurance

    Schedule:

    • Day shift
    • Evening shift
    • Monday to Friday
    • Weekends as needed


  • 25 Mar 2024 1:55 PM | Anonymous

    Kent State University Libraries seeks a dedicated, insightful, and creative individual to work in cooperation with the Director of the May 4 Visitors Center.  The Assistant Director will help to build from the baseline presented in the recent revisioning document found at https://www.kent.edu/may4visitorscenter/may-4-visitor-center-revisioning by managing the day-to-day operations of the Visitors Center and by implementing the plans and directives developed to grow and expand the audiences for the Visitors Center.

    Minimum Qualifications: 

    • Bachelor's degree required and business operations / research / reference experience in a university setting preferred.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Experience in a museum setting.  Advanced degree in a related field.

    Review of applications will begin immediately; applications will be accepted until April 15, 2024.  To apply, go to https://www.library.kent.edu/jobs/may-4-visitors-center-assistant-director; please provide a cover letter expressing your interest in and qualifications for this position, a resume or curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three (3) professional references.

    This is an unclassified staff position.  Salary: $41,114 - $45,000 

    Primary responsibilities:

    Manage all aspects of the day-to-day operations and supervision of the May 4 Visitors Center including: managing and maintaining the Visitors Center facilities; educating students and the general public through Visitors Center and May 4 site tours and the website; train, supervise and provide functional guidance to support student workers, interns, and volunteers; maintain training materials and other resources; conduct assessments and sustain continuous improvement processes congruent with the educational mission; write and manage reporting functions; and perform duties/essential functions including public relations and research as directed.



  • 21 Mar 2024 1:28 PM | Daniel Citron

    The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs (Department of State) seeks an enthusiastic and experienced individual to provide leadership at The Old State House in Dover, DE.

    Working with a variety of colleagues from the Division, and under the direction of the Historic Sites Team Manager, the Museum/Historic Site Supervisor is responsible for the daily operations, project coordination, and inclusive public programming at The Old State House.

    The Museum/Historic Site Supervisor will participate in and oversee all aspects of site operations and interpretive and education programming related to individuals, groups, and schools. This programming will occur on-site, off-site, and virtually. This position will work to raise awareness of the programs offered that highlight the history of the site in regional and national topics.

    This position supervises a full-time lead historical interpreter and multiple part-time interpreters. As the principal position on-site, work also includes coordinating contractors, working with volunteers, and acting as the Division’s liaison to the local community.

    The Old State House is part of the Dover Green Historic District and is individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum staff regularly work with community partners such as the Lenape Tribe of Delaware, First State Heritage Park, Biggs Museum of American Art, First State National Historical Park, Friends of Old Dover, the City of Dover, and a variety of other community groups. More information can be found at The Old State House’s website and Facebook.

    The position is a full-time, merit position and will require some weekend and evening work. The position is based in Dover, Delaware, with a hiring salary range of $39,654.00 – $42,131.95.

    Closing date: April 5, 2024.

    Apply through the Delaware Employment Link.

    Responsibilities:

    1. Monitors and evaluates historic site operations and maintains liaison with partners, community groups, special interest groups, neighbors, government officials, contractors, and others. Monitors procedures for handling revenues.

    2. Reports daily operational activities/problems to Division administrators/curators. Recommends and implements new/revised policies, procedures, and activities.

    3. Develops interpretative, creative, and age-appropriate tours/programs of The Old State House. Participates with curators and researchers in the planning, research, development and implementation of on-site and outreach education activities and proposals for thematic tours that complement the goals and objectives of the Division.

    4. Coordinates activities with curators and Division administrators regarding exhibit installation, site furnishing plans, collections conservation, revising/supplementing interpretative activities and other curatorial functions.

    5. Plans, assigns, reviews, and evaluates the work of subordinate personnel; interviews job applicants and recommends hiring; establishes and conducts staff development sessions, e.g., tour content, professional communication techniques, etc. to enhance services provided.

    6. Assists with the development of community based special events and celebrations by networking with community leaders, service organizations, special interest groups, historical societies, and actively participating in planning meetings and coordinating functions.

    7. Schedules tours and other programs of the various components of The Old State House, assesses special needs for group tours, and oversees the surveillance of visitors, buildings, and contents. May conduct guided tours of the building and surrounding area.

    8. Conducts museum related activities such as preparing and conducting presentations, press releases, proposing draft designs for promotional and marketing materials, participating in pre-bid meetings and contractual progress meetings, and assisting with the development of exhibits.

    9. Prepares and writes a variety of operational reports such as visitation, staff schedules, etc., using established forms or formats.

    10. Works with diverse audiences and age groups.

    Knowledge and Abilities:

    1. Knowledge of managing museum/historic site operations and functions.

    2. Knowledge of state museums policies, procedures, and regulations pertaining to museum/historic site operations and functions.

    3. Knowledge of museum/historic site professional standards, ethics, procedures, and techniques.

    4. Knowledge of visitor services and museum professional standards for developing and conducting tours and interpretation of the historic site, exhibits, and/or collections.

    5. Knowledge of American history, Delaware history, cultural history, political history, and/or closely related field.

    6. Knowledge of supervisory principles, practices, and techniques.

    7. Knowledge of the methods and techniques for conducting historical research.

    8. Knowledge of social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram.

    9. Ability to conduct historical research for interpretation, presentation, exhibits.

    10. Ability to present information clearly and concisely, communicate effectively, and resolve problems.

    11. Ability to organize, coordinate and direct groups, tenants, contractors as well as handling simultaneous multiple projects and functions.

    12. Ability to maintain museum/historic site security.

    13. Ability to assess operational needs for personnel, supplies, material, and equipment.

    14. Ability to utilize video conferencing programs such as Zoom and Teams for meetings and public programming.

    15. Excellent interpersonal skills to work with diverse visitors, residents, volunteers, contractors, and staff.

    16. Strong organizational and project management skills with ability to work independently, proactively, and as a team member.

    17. Computer literacy, particularly in Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

    18. Must have valid driver’s license and be able to work weekends, holidays, and occasional evening hours.

    Position Requirements:

    1. Six months experience in public relations, media relations, or communications such as establishing and promoting a positive image with the public, informing, or influencing specific audiences using internal and external communications such as public forums, journalism, writing, marketing, advertising, promotions, social media, and/or special events.

    2. At least six months experience in museum practices such as developing and conducting museum educational programs or tours, research, collection management, exhibit design, and/or preservation or maintenance of historic buildings.

    3. Six months experience in interpreting laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures.

    4. Knowledge of staff supervision acquired through course work, academic training, training provided through an employer, or performing as a lead worker overseeing the work of others; OR supervising staff which may include planning, assigning, reviewing, and evaluating the work of others; OR supervising through subordinate supervisors a group of professional, technical, and clerical employees.

    5. Knowledge of project coordination acquired through course work, academic training, training provided through an employer, or performing as a lead worker overseeing the work of others; OR supervising contractors; OR work experience coordinating projects with coworkers.

    Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs

    The Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs serves Delaware residents and visitors by identifying, preserving, and interpreting Delaware history. Our activities foster strong communities, engaged citizens, economic vitality, and a deeper understanding of Delaware’s role in world history. We do this in public trust for current and future generations.

    The Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs is a trustworthy, ethical, and reliable partner with organizations, agencies, and individuals with whom we have common goals. The Division’s vision is to actively engage our audiences in learning and to understand how Delaware history is meaningful to their lives. We seek to actively engage our audiences through exploring a diversity of historical and cultural perspectives to inform and influence decisions about the future. We want our audiences to feel welcomed, valued, and encouraged to question and explore.

    Please see the division’s Statement on Race and Equity at https://history.delaware.gov/about-agency/.



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