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

    About the Position:

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

    About the Baltimore Museum of Industry:

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

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

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

    Key Responsibilities:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Knowledge, Skills, and Qualifications:

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

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

    Compensation and Schedule

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

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

    To apply

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

     

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


  • 16 Nov 2021 11:23 AM | Mark Sutherland

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

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

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

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

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

    The Morris County Park Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


  • 28 Oct 2021 11:55 AM | Anonymous

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

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


    Responsibilities:


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

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

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

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

    Additionally, this person will:

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

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

    • Assist with front desk duties and customer service

    • Other duties as assigned


    Qualifications & Skills:

    • 5 years of experience working in an informal education setting

    • Experience in historic house interpretation

    • Proven experience in successful program development

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

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


    Duration of Position:

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


    Work Schedule:

    Tuesday - Saturday


    Reports to:

    Director of Public Programs


    Compensation:

    • $40,000 annually

    • Retirement plan and Foundation match

    • Foundation-paid flexible spending account ($750)

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

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


    How to Apply:

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

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


    About Historic London Town and Gardens

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  • 12 Oct 2021 5:09 PM | Harold White

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

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

    Experience:  3 years or more.

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

    Non-exempt Position

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Applications will be accepted through November 14, 2021. 

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


  • 12 Oct 2021 3:12 PM | Preminda Jacob

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

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

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

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

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

    Responsibilities: 

    Position Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

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

    Basic Qualifications: 

    Applicants for the position, at the minimum should:  

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

    Application Submission: 

    Interested applicants are encouraged to submit an application that includes:

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

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

    UMBC is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer: 

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

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


  • 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.


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