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SMA supports efforts to increase diversity and equity within the museum field. As a sign of that support, we require all  postings on our Job Board to include salary information. Postings without salary information will be removed and the posting organization will be notified that they are welcome to re-post the opportunity if they are willing to include the required information.  

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  • 05 Sep 2019 1:35 PM | Mark Sutherland

    Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morristown, NJ, a historic site of the Morris County Park Commission seeks an Education Assistant for immediate hire. Fosterfields interprets the history of a 1920s working farm. This position works under the supervision of the Senior Historic Programs Specialist. The Education Assistant will develop, present, and evaluate educational programs at Fosterfields for the benefit and enjoyment of a variety of audiences. Essential functions include: development and implementation of a variety of programs related to the site, site interpretation for visiting school groups and the general public, hands-on program implementation, and general office duties related to the position.

    The candidate should be a graduate of a college of recognized standing with a major program of study in history, education, American studies, museum studies, or a related field; work towards an advanced degree preferred. This is a year-round, part-time position and is limited to 28 hours per week. The salary is $14.25/hour.

    The chosen candidate must be able to work a combination of days that will include all weekends April through October, and other dates as assigned. To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and three references to msutherland@morrisparks.net. The Morris County Park Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • 03 Sep 2019 3:57 PM | Cadence Wilmoth

    The Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) seeks an experienced, self-directed, organized professional Executive Director for a full-time position based in Asheville, NC. A bachelor’s degree is required. Preference will be given to applicants with historical association, museum or non-profit experience. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing operations of WNCHA and the Smith-McDowell House Museum, educational programming, fundraising, membership and marketing. The salary range is $50-60,000 plus benefits. Please reply by September 30 with a current resume and cover letter outlining your relevant experience, interest and qualifications to smh@wnchistory.org or mail to: WNCHA, Smith-McDowell House, 283 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC 28801, ATTN: Executive Director Applicant (EOE). Please visit www.wnchistory.org for more details.


  • 27 Aug 2019 11:07 AM | Kathryn Blackwell

    The Fairfax County Park Authority is seeking a Collections Assistant to assist the Museum Collections Manager with collections duties. This position may not exceed 900 hours per calendar year, resulting in a shortened weekly schedule averaging 17 hours per week, to provide for year-round employment. Individuals in these positions are not eligible to earn benefits, paid leave or receive holiday pay. Appointment to this position is contingent upon satisfactory results on a criminal history record check.

    Location: Museum Collections Office, Walney Visitor Center, 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 20151

    Hourly Rate: $22

    Closing Date: September 6, 2019

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

          Assists with inventories of collections and reconciliation of artifact records

          Performs data entry and filing of donor recognition letters, gift/donation forms, catalog records, accession and deaccession forms, loan forms, and other artifact documentation

          Assists in the deaccession process, including documentation, movement of objects, and researching disposal options

          Classifies and physically numbers museum artifacts

          Assists with storage of collections

          Assists with simple, appropriate cleaning of artifacts and collections storage areas

          Assists with maintenance of collections database

          Retrieves and prepares artifacts and artifact information, conducts artifact-related research, and provides input regarding collection elements for exhibits, programs, website and social media content, and other instances where collections information is needed

    ·       Prepares exhibits and website and social media content

          Assists with Environmental Monitoring and Integrated Pest Management tasks

          Assists with installation and dismantling of exhibits as needed

          Occasionally responds to collection-related inquiries, surveys, etc., from museums, researchers, and collectors

          Occasionally assists with routine security and safety inspections

          Occasionally assists with collection and/or education tours

    ·       Occasionally trains and exercises direction over interns, and junior staff

          Performs other duties as assigned

    Required Qualifications: Enrolled or Graduated from an accredited college or university with Bachelor’s degree in American history, museum studies, public history, liberal arts, or other museum-related field; Strong understanding of museum standards and accession procedures; Proficiency with database applications.

    Preferred Qualifications: MA in Museum Studies or related field of study; 2 years’ experience working in a technical role at a museum; Experience with Proficio’s Re:discovery software; Ability to handle multiple projects and deadlines; Ability to use complex filing and research systems; Ability to multi-task and problem solve; Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; Familiarity with scanners and digital cameras.

    Physical Requirements: This work requires the ability to lift up to 50 pounds, with frequent lifting and carrying of items up to 25 pounds.Requires on-site inspection of collections objects in historic homes and buildings, including attics, basements, and non-climate controlled areas.

    How to Apply: Please email resume and cover letter to Megan.Leining@fairfaxcounty.gov


  • 23 Aug 2019 1:04 PM | Anonymous


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

    Specifically, guest services staff

    . project a positive image, serving as an ambassador for the museum;

    . greet visitors, in a pleasant and welcoming manner;

    . lead tours that are accurate and engaging for visitors of all ages;

    . assist with the preparation for and implementation of public programs and special events;

    . promote and relay accurate information about planned programs and events;

    . monitor the museum exhibitions in the visitor center, period room installations

    in the mansion, and reproduction outbuildings;

    . interact with visitors throughout their time on the property;

    . answer telephones;

    . schedule tours and special events;

    . keep accurate records, including admissions records;

    . reconcile cash and charge receipts;

    . support other projects related to Gunston Hall’s educational mission.

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

    This position reports to the Education Manager. It requires

    . excellent customer service skills;

    . responsibility and trustworthiness;

    . knowledge of basic office procedures;

    . ability to read and write the English language and to understand, follow, and give oral instructions;

    . knowledge of computers, telephone systems, audio-visual equipment, and cash registers;

    . ability to reconcile cash and credit card receipts;

    . ability to maintain an electronic calendar in order to schedule events;

    . exhibition of professional manner and dress at all times

    . ability to multi-task;

    . ability to lift up to 25 pounds.

    Both weekend and weekday shifts are available; applicants should expect to work two to three days a week, including at least one weekend day. This is an hourly (wage) position earning $10.57 an hour. It does not have health insurance, retirement or paid leave.

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

    Gunston Hall is an equal opportunity employer.

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


  • 26 Jul 2019 1:30 PM | Search Committee

    Executive Director Search

    The Stonington Historical Society, located in Stonington, CT a coastal community in Southeastern Connecticut, seeks a dynamic, imaginative, and proven fundraiser to serve as its executive director. Supported by a strong community presence and a broad base of support, the Society’s mission is to preserve, interpret, and celebrate the history of Stonington.

    Stonington’s shared cultural heritage includes native peoples, farmers and fishermen, explorers and entrepreneurs, artists and authors, and more. The Executive Director will work collaboratively with the President and report to an engaged and committed Board of Directors, providing strategic vision, direction, development, and administrative leadership for this prominent nonprofit.

    The Stonington Historical Society is a vibrant and active organization with a strategic plan in place. Current grant funded projects are underway from the National Park Service for a marine archaeological survey of Stonington Harbor and from the State of Connecticut DECD for the creation of a permanent exhibit on the life of Venture Smith in Stonington. The Society is poised to launch the public phase of a capital campaign that will provide restoration, preservation, and access to the Lighthouse Museum.

    The ideal candidate will be an outgoing and personable museum professional with a proven record of success in community engagement, fundraising, grant writing, administration, capital campaigns, community collaborations, donor stewardship, and volunteer management. Also essential are a passion for history, effective written and verbal communication skills, financial literacy, and the ability to lead both board and staff with tact and diplomacy.

    The Stonington Historical Society operates two seasonal museums including the Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House, a National Historic Landmark and the Lighthouse Museum at Stonington Point, as  well as  the Richard W. Woolworth Library & Research Center. The Society’s sites are an important community resource and attract a significant number of visitors. The director of development and communication, the library director, and the museum curator report directly to the executive director. A business manager provides financial support on a contract basis.

    Essential Functions

    ·         Provide strategic and organizational leadership in implementing the mission and goals of the SHS as an ex-officio member of the board of directors.

    ·         Provide innovative and creative strategies to grow the organization and engage the community in meaningful and impactful ways.

    ·         Increase and diversify financial support from individual donors, foundations, corporations and government.

    ·         Build strategic partnerships and collaborations with a wide range of constituencies and sister organizations.

    ·         Provide management and oversight of SHS properties, staff, volunteers, programs, and activities.

    ·         Lead and develop board, staff, volunteers and programs to ensure that the strategic objectives of the organization are clear and attained in a fiscally responsible manner.

    ·         Serve as an effective business partner to the board, developing business plans as well as annual budgets for operations and/or capital projects.

    Education and Experience

    The ideal candidate will have:

    ·         A minimum of 5+ years’ experience in nonprofit museum leadership with proven results in community engagement, financial sustainability, and capital campaign experience.

    ·         Proven leadership and organizational skills, management experience, financial literacy, and effective communication skills.

    ·         A graduate degree or equivalent experiences in museum studies, history, public humanities, preservation, or other related field is preferred.

    Salary Range: 50K - 70K


    For consideration, please send a letter of interest and a current resume or CV to:                                                               

    Executive Search Committee at  stoningtonhistory@gmail.com


  • 24 Jul 2019 7:43 PM | Carol Sauvion

    Craft In America Center Education Coordinator
    Craft in America Center is hiring an Education Coordinator to manage education outreach with local K-12 students, and help maintain our museum space. 

    See:  <http://www.craftinamerica.org

    Job listing

    The Coordinator will have experience teaching students and applying standards-based art education practices. B.A. in art history, education, studio art, or related field required. Contemporary crafts knowledge a plus. Candidate must be a multitasker, resourceful, and flexible.  The position involves various additional aspects of museum operations including but not limited to: collections management, library management, and exhibition installation.  

    Regular tasks:

    Writing lesson plans for workshops

    Coordinating logistics, scheduling, and communications

    Creating childrens’ hands-on activities 

    Assisting with event/program management 

    Posting blog, social media, and website content

    Assisting with exhibition logistics

    Maintaining databases

    -Part time position, entails working some Saturdays

    -Local travel 

    -Requires lifting up to 40 lbs. 

     Submit Cover letter and cv: info@craftinamerica.org  
  • 23 Jul 2019 8:56 AM | Kellie White

    Apply now to become a paid Preserve WV AmeriCorps member for a year! Service opportunities start at sites statewide in late August 2019. (Recruitment will continue until all sites are filled.) Full-time (1700 hour) and half-time (900 hour) opportunities are available. Renewal is possible for a second year.

     

    PROGRAM

    The Preserve WV AmeriCorps program is the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia’s statewide National Service initiative where members help main streets thrive, help communities capture their local history, and help preserve beloved West Virginia landmarks. This grant-funded, AmeriCorps State program’s purpose is to increase economic and community development in West Virginia through historic preservation, heritage tourism, and capacity-building projects.

     

    SERVICE SITES

    Members are placed for a year at individual nonprofit organizations and government agencies across the state. Preserve WV sites range from museums and archives to Historic Landmarks Commissions and Main Street organizations.

     

    BENEFITS

              Gain valuable experience

              Living allowance, paid in biweekly stipends ($14,000 full-time;    $7000 half-time) 

              Educational award to use for tuition or qualified, federal student      loans

              Group health insurance available for full-time members

              Childcare available for full-time members

     

    LEARN MORE

              See https://www.pawv.org/americorps.html

              Contact info@pawv.org


  • 20 Jul 2019 10:29 AM | Anonymous

    The Open Palace Programmes offer an English, an Irish and a Scottish programme which offer you the chance to: 

    • Step behind the scenes at some of the most significant palaces and heritage sites in the UK   
    • Learn from the heritage professionals how to conserve, present and interpret sites and collections
    • Take part in hands on activities tackling real challenges alongside the experts
    • Immerse yourself in history where it happened 
    • Handle fascinating historical artefacts and records
    • Gain invaluable experience and contacts for your resume
    • Benefit from bespoke careers advice
    • Visit and stay in some of the most delightful historic parts of England or Scotland 

    These experiences provide a richness and diversity with which few individual placements or internships can compare. 

      

    For further information please visit: 

    http://openpalace.co

    Applications are encouraged from all emergent heritage professionals who are planning or have already begun a career in the heritage sector. Places are offered to candidates who send appropriate applications on a ‘first come,first served’ basis so it is important to apply early.  

    This year we are delighted to have 5 Bursaries to offer. Details of these bursaries are now available on our website.   


  • 12 Jul 2019 11:24 AM | Anonymous

    Position Announcement

    Title: Mitchell Center for African American Heritage Outreach Coordinator

    Organization: Delaware Historical Society 505 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

    Status: Full-time, benefits

    Salary: $40,000

    Supervisor: Mitchell Center for African American Heritage Director

    The Delaware Historical Society serves as the statewide, non-profit organization that preserves, explores, shares and promotes Delaware history, heritage and culture to strengthen our community.

    Position Description:

    The Delaware Historical Society is seeking an enthusiastic, creative, and responsible Outreach Coordinator for the Mitchell Center for African American Heritage (MCAAH).

    The Mitchell Center Outreach Coordinator will develop strategic partnerships and maintain existing collaborations with community stakeholders. Through these partnerships the Outreach Coordinator will also contribute to the development of revenue-generating programs and increasing sponsorship support by participating organizations. The successful candidate will establish effective communications of the Center's mission, projects and programs through the use of social media, brochures and other marketing materials. The successful candidate will conduct evaluations of the Center's programs and recommend strategies to strengthen the Center's reach and impact of its on-site, off-site, and distance learning programs across Delaware's three counties (New Castle, Kent, and Sussex). Working with the MCAAH Director and DHS staff, the Outreach Coordinator will support research on African American history in Delaware and will publish and promote historical content (including digital history projects) on a page on the Society's website for easy access. The successful candidate must demonstrate a passion for education, community engagement, and African American history and culture. This position is full-time with benefits. Some weekend and evening hours required. Travel is required.

    About the Organization:

    The purpose of the Mitchell Center for African American Heritage is to collect, preserve, research and present for public enrichment the history and heritage of Delaware’s African Americans. The Mitchell Center includes Journey to Freedom, an exhibition which explores Delaware's African American history through ten thematic sections beginning with Delaware’s first documented black resident Antoni Swart, also known as Black Anthony, an enslaved African transported from the West Indies in 1639. The exhibition presents topics of slavery and resistance, faith and freedom, pursuit of equality and expressions of self-hood and community. The Mitchell Center uses a variety of methods to present the African American historical record. Museum and web exhibitions, educational programs, lectures and special events complement historical society programs on African American history and culture.

    In addition to the Mitchell Center the Delaware Historical Society includes the Delaware History Museum, DHS Research Library, and Willingtown Square all located in downtown Wilmington as well as the George Read II House & Gardens located in New Castle, Delaware.

    Responsibilities:

    • Coordinate, plan, and schedule meetings between MCAAH staff and community stakeholders;
    • Conduct MCAAH exhibit and program evaluations and prepare reports and recommendations based on results;
    • Create social media campaigns and assist with designing marketing materials for MCAAH;
    • Utilize web-based tools to facilitate collaborative projects and expand reach of the Center’s programs and associated materials to libraries, schools, and community centers;
    • Work with MCAAH and DHS staff to participate and provide support in planning and implementation of programs institution-wide based on national, state, and Common Core standards;
    • Maintain all educational spaces used for MCAAH programs;
    • Assist in the proper and effective marketing and promotion of MCAAH programs and events;
    • Provide great customer service to patron and supervise visitors' activities to ensure compliance with museum's regulations and safety practices;
    • Other responsibilities as assigned.

    Qualifications/Skills:

    • Minimum of three years of relevant experience with organizing events, gathering meetings, or serving as a community liaison at a public history agency, history museum, historical society, or cultural organization.
    • Bachelor’s degree preferred with interest in any of the following areas: Africana Studies, American History, Education, Public History/Humanities, Museum Studies or related fields.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite programs as well as an understanding of web-based and social media messaging and management.
    • Prior experience working with K-12 students or in a school environment preferred.
    • Excellent organization and time management skills.
    • Ability to interact with students and public in positive, enthusiastic manner.
    • Effective interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team.
    • Positive attitude, an open mind, and flexibility.

    To apply please send a cover letter, resume, a writing samples (300 words or less) and three (3) references to Rachael Mead, Executive Assistant, at rmead@dehistory.org by August 5, 2019. Please no telephone calls. The Delaware Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer. See dehistory.org for more information about the Delaware Historical Society.


  • 01 Jul 2019 11:08 AM | Anonymous

    About the Accokeek Foundation For 60 years, the Accokeek Foundation has been a steward of the land. Through a partnership with the National Park Service, the Accokeek Foundation interprets the past, present, and future of agriculture and environmental stewardship on 200 acres in Piscataway Park. The park is open daily to visitors of all ages who enjoy a quiet landscape for recreation and reflection. Annually, thousands of school children visit for farm-based education, learning about environmental stewardship through a historical lens. 

    Position Overview – Seasonal Educator The seasonal educator serves as an informed and friendly ambassador for the Accokeek Foundation, providing general visitor services including, visitor center retail, leading tours, school programs and assisting with events with interests in teaching, theater, history, agriculture, and the environment. Although well-rounded candidates are preferred, candidates with an ability to engage visitors will be preferred over those with strong content knowledge. 

    Primary Responsibilities 

    Lead interpretive and educational experiences with K-12 schools groups and during special events. 

    Lead group services such as garden and barnyard tours, trail hikes, Escape Farm, weekend educational demonstrations and other specialty programs as scheduled. 

    Maintain highest quality of interpretation and visitor services. 

    Lead interactive tours and activities engaging visitors. 

    Assist in the upkeep of the National Colonial Farm and other public space through gardening, maintenance, and other homestead chores. 

    Provide visitor services and frontline operations as required, including visitor center retail, visitor orientation, answering phones, and opening and closing the visitor center. 

    Convey the mission of the Accokeek Foundation, including current initiatives and upcoming events. 

    Participate in regular training and staff meetings. 

    The Accokeek Foundation conducts background checks in order to insure the safety and well-being of the organization’s staff and visitors. This position is open until filled. The Accokeek Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

    3400 Bryan Point Road | Accokeek, Maryland 20607 | p: 301-283-2113 | www.accokeekfoundation.org 

    Cultivating passion for the natural and cultural resources of Piscataway Park... 

    Skills and Qualifications 

    ▪ Working towards Bachelor’s or equivalent work experience preferred, not required; studies in history, museum studies, environmental education or other topics related to programs. 

    ▪ Knowledge of or personal enthusiasm for humanities or environmental sciences related to the site. 

    ▪ Demonstrated ability to engage effectively with culturally diverse audiences, and audiences of varying ages. 

    ▪ Excellent communication skills and a willingness to learn. 

    ▪ Strong customer service and/or interacting with park visitors. 

    ▪ Prior experience as an actor, teacher, or educator is a plus, but not required. 

    ▪ Ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic environment. 

    ▪ Proficiency with outlook, Google applications, and other basic computing skills. 

    ▪ Minimum physical requirement include by are not limited to: ability to stand for periods up to 60 minutes; walk over uneven terrain; lift and carry loads of up to 30 pounds and work in various weather conditions. 

    ▪ Comfortable around large and small animals, specifically farm livestock. 

    Hours and Compensation This is a seasonal position that requires availability on weekdays and weekends from 9:00 am – 5:00pm from March to December, with occasional evening availability. This is an hourly paid position with a pay range of $11.50-$12.50/hour. Health care benefits are available if eligibility requirements are met, minimum of 20 hours worked per week. 

    To apply: Send a resume and cover letter describing how your experience, skills, and interests make you uniquely qualified for this position by email with the subject line “Seasonal Educator” to info@accokeek.org, or by mail to: Accokeek Foundation c/o Seasonal Educator, 3400 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, MD 20607. Applicant will be required to complete a background check prior to employment. 

    The Accokeek Foundation conducts background checks in order to insure the safety and well-being of the organization’s staff and visitors. This position is open until filled. The Accokeek Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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