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Welcome to the SMA Job Board. Members may post job opportunities when they are logged into their account.  Learn more about membership here.

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.  

To add a job posting, make sure you are logged into the website using the email attached to your membership account. If you are unsure of your login email, contact membership@smallmuseum.org. Once you are logged in and return to the job posting page, the option to "Add post" will appear below. Please email us if you have any trouble. Please make sure to include the location of your organization!(city, state, website, etc.). 

  • 25 Aug 2021 4:00 PM | Anonymous

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

    Specifically, guest services staff:

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

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

    This position reports to the Education Manager. It requires:

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

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

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

    Gunston Hall is an equal opportunity employer.

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


  • 17 Aug 2021 12:29 PM | Stacie Vodra

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

    About Montgomery History

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

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

    Responsibilities

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

    Development (65%)

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

    Communications (35%)

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

    Requirements:

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

    Preferred skills and experience:

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

    To Apply

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

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


  • 14 Aug 2021 2:58 PM | Kristen McMasters

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

     Job Description:

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

     Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the Executive Director:

                          Financial Records, Reports, and Proposals

                          Exhibits/ Collection

                          Website, Promotion and Publicity

                          Membership, Development and Grants

                          Museum Operations, Museum Shop and Visitor Services

     Skills and Expertise Required:

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

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

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

    Qualifications:

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

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

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

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


  • 13 Aug 2021 7:30 PM | Paul Strater

    See the Central Washington Agricultural Museum website to learn about the organization.

    There is need for a General Manager. The position will be as an independent contractor.  It is estimated that it will be for approximately half time. The contract will be negotiated, $20,000 to $30,000 is the estimate, based on experience.

  • 09 Aug 2021 2:06 PM | Sara Van De Carr

    PastPerfect Software, Inc. has an open position for a Museum Software Specialist to assist clients with the implementation and use of PastPerfect Museum Software and PastPerfect Online. With over 11,000 clients, PastPerfect is the leading provider of collections and contacts management software to museums of all sizes.

    We are passionate about helping the museum community and are looking for someone who shares our strong desire to help others. This position requires someone who can communicate clearly, problem solve, and work independently while being part of a bigger team. If you’re willing to put in the work, this is an opportunity to have a rewarding full-time position with a company that makes a difference in the museum field.

    Position Details:

    • Full time, permanent position in our Exton, PA office
    • Business hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 5:30pm
    • Assist clients with all aspects of ordering, installing, and operating PastPerfect
    • Troubleshoot network and hardware technical issues related to the use of PastPerfect
    • Perform other duties as required

    Salary and Benefits:

    • $36,000 starting salary with additional pay increases and incentives after the first year
    • Medical and Dental benefits at no cost to employee
    • Retirement plan with company contribution
    • Paid sick, holiday, and vacation leave

    Qualifications and Skills:

    • Bachelor’s degree with preference given to applicants with degrees in Museum Studies or related disciplines (Public History, Archives, etc.)
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills
    • Ability to multi-task and prioritize client needs
    • Experience with Microsoft Office products
    • Uncompromising commitment to help fellow members of the museum community
    • Experience implementing collection management principles at a small to medium size museum a plus

    Application Instructions:

    Please submit your resume and cover letter by September 1, 2021 to jobs@museumsoftware.com.

  • 09 Aug 2021 11:40 AM | Caitlin Swaim

    PURPOSE AND SCOPE:

    This is an 11-month, full-time (40 hours/week) position as a member of the Volunteer Maryland (VM) AmeriCorps program serving as the Volunteer Coordinator at Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park (AMM). Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps Members, ACM’s, are responsible for building capacity and developing and implementing a volunteer program as agreed to in the VM site partnership negotiations that occurred in spring, 2021. The member’s activities will target increasing the AMM’s effectiveness and expanding the museum’s reach or scope by growing and professionalizing the volunteer program that serves over 350 volunteers. The outcome will be an increase in capacity for the AMM to serve its community. The VM service year will begin on September 15, 2021 and conclude on August 2, 2022. As part of the Americorps program, Volunteer Coordinators are expected to complete 1,700 hours of service during the term.

    SITE SPECIFIC PROJECT SCOPE:

    The Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps Member will aim to recruit at least 50 volunteers who will be join one of our 10 volunteer teams (Docents/Visitor Services, Education, Events, Office Support, Archives/Collections, Wooden Boat Crew, Gardens, Aquarium Maintenance, Skipjack Crew, and Skipjack Tour Guides). The Americorps Members will be responsible for direct communication and support of the volunteer captains of each team. The volunteer captains are responsible for the day-to-day operations of their team including scheduling, training, and recognition.  

    Duties involved in supporting volunteer captains includes recruiting new volunteers, assisting in volunteer recognition and training, managing new volunteer applications and updating the volunteer database, collating volunteer hours from all team captains, organizing an annual volunteer fair and the annual end-of-season volunteer dinner.

    The AmeriCorps Member will also work with staff to create or revise the following volunteer program elements:

    •  Evaluate our volunteer recognition system and suggest a more structured, organization-wide system
    • Evaluate existing volunteer policies

    BENEFITS:

    VM AmeriCorps members receive a living stipend of $15,100 (pending funding), health insurance if they are not already covered. They may also qualify for a childcare allowance. Other benefits include mileage reimbursement for site-related travel, student loan deferment, professional training, valuable networking opportunities, working with a dedicated team of AmeriCorps members and staff, and making a real difference in a local community. After completion of a successful service year, members receive an education award of $6,345 through the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award- CNCS. May access over 600 national service employees through AmeriCorps Alumni services. Some members may qualify for Public Service Lean Forgiveness, per Consumer Financial Protection Bureau https://www.consumerfinance.gov/ask-cfpb/what-is-public-service-loan-forgiveness-en-641/

    DUTIES:

    • Develop a written work plan and timeline for implementation
    • Develop program materials such as a policy and procedure manual, volunteer position descriptions, promotional fliers or brochures, and screening, training, and evaluation tools.
    • Recruits new volunteers on an as needed basis and through collaboration with volunteer captains and various techniques including presentations to businesses or community groups, staffing information booths and community events, utilizing databases, email, press releases, and an annual volunteer fair.
    • Screen volunteers as necessary; procedures might include interviews, reference checks, and criminal background checks.
    • Orients, trains, coaches, motivates, measures, and evaluates volunteers in accordance with organizational policies, procedures, and programs. Conducts frequent volunteer orientations and develops volunteer training tools and curriculums with support from volunteer team captains.
    • Manage volunteer support, training, scheduling, and recognition. Acts as on-site support during operating hours if volunteers are not available.
    • Act as liaison with volunteer captains, enlist new captains as needed. Supervise volunteers and act as on-site support during operating hours if volunteers are not available. Schedule and organize Volunteer Appreciation events; facilitate volunteer awards and recognition.
    • Maintain accurate records of volunteer participation. Review new, organization-wide applications and update volunteer database. Solicit and manage volunteer waivers, completing paperwork related to ongoing participation in volunteer opportunities.
    • Serve as a liaison to facilitate communication between the volunteers and staff.
    • Coordinate teams of volunteers for new or large-scale projects.
    • Communicate frequently with volunteers to ensure they are satisfied and solicit feedback on all programming and events. This includes a monthly newsletter sent to all volunteers.
    • Evaluate progress made in achieving the program’s goals; report on progress in statistical and narrative reports for Volunteer Maryland.
    • Develop and network with community partnerships to support the volunteer program.
    • Serve as public ambassador for the Annapolis Maritime Museum, Volunteer Maryland, and AmeriCorps.
    • Participate in VM and AmeriCorps training, service projects, and other activities.
    • ACMs may be assigned other volunteer program duties during the course of the service year by the Service Site Supervisor.
    • Note: The AmeriCorps member will not be allowed to perform duties that violate the AmeriCorps

     

    Prohibited Activities or fall outside of the program goals

    • Note: Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps members may not perform any services or duties or engage in activities that would otherwise be performed by an employee as part of the assigned duties of such employee. An employer may not displace an employee or position, including partial displacement such as reduction in hours, wages or employment benefits as a result of the use of a VM AmeriCorps member (or any Nationals Service member). An organization may not displace a volunteer by using a VM ACM in a program.

    SELECTION PROCESS:

    To participate in Volunteer Maryland, applicants must submit a written application. Staff will review the application, with special emphasis placed on the writing sample, invite the applicant to interview if appropriate, conduct two reference checks, and complete a criminal background investigation. After an applicant has been tentatively matched, the three-part criminal history check will be initiated. Individuals will not be allowed to begin training until all results are received and verified by the program.

    ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS: (45 CFR § 2522.200)

    To serve as a Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps member, an individual must:

    • be at least 17 years of age
    • have a high school diploma or its equivalent
    • be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States;
    • satisfy the national service criminal history check
    • of the national sex-offender registry
    • state repository check (Maryland and state of residence),
    • and FBI fingerprint check;
    • complete pre-service training requirements

     

    Must be able to provide document of: (no later than the first day of training)

    • Age,
    • Education, and
    • Citizenship

     

    The following are acceptable forms of certifying status as a U.S. citizen or

    national:

    • A birth certificate showing that the individual was born in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, or the Northern Mariana Islands;
    • A United States passport
    • A report of birth abroad of a US citizen (FS-240 issued by the State Department;
    • A certificate of birth-foreign service (FS 545) issued by the State Department.
    • A certification of report of birth (DS-1350) issued by the State Department
    • A certificate of naturalization (Form N-550 or N-570) issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service; or
    • A certificate of citizenship (Form N-560 or N-561) issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

     

    The following are acceptable forms of certifying status as a law permanent resident

    alien of the United States:

    • Permanent Resident Card, INS Form I-551
    • Alien Registration Receipt Card, ISN Form I-551
    • A passport indicating that the INS has approved it as temporary evidence of lawful admission for permanent residence; or
    • A Departure Record (INS Form I-94) indicating that the INS has approved it a temporary evidence of lawful admission for permanent residence.

     

    If primary documentation is not available, the program must obtain written approval from the corporation that other documentation is sufficient to demonstrate the individual’s status as a US citizen, US national, or lawful permanent resident alien.

     

    Criminal history checks will be initiated before the start of service; an individual will be ineligible if s/he is required to register on the National Sex Offender Registry, has been convicted of murder, or fails to disclose any previous conviction. Other convictions or pending charges will be evaluated on a case-by- case basis in accordance with program policy.

     

    SKILLS, ATTITUDES & ABILITIES NECESSARY:

    • Skilled at taking initiative, problem solving, and working independently, to be able to develop and implement a volunteer program.
    • Skilled at building interpersonal relationships, to work effectively as part of a team (at the AMM and with their cohort), and to manage volunteers.
    • Strong verbal skills, to communicate effectively with staff, volunteers, and community groups.
    • Skilled at written communication, to develop program materials and reports.
    • Committed to the concept of national service and to making a difference in his/her community.
    • Basic computer literacy, to be able to produce program materials and track volunteer hours.
    • Have own, or have access to, transportation to and from VM trainings, events, and Service Site-related activities.
    • Able to respond to organizational change productively and maintain positive attitude.
    • Have an open mindset and focus on possibilities thinking.

     

    ORIENTATION AND TRAINING:

    Volunteer Maryland provides approximately 20 days of training in program development, volunteer management, marketing, communication, leadership skills, history of National Service, AmeriCorps prohibited activities and unallowable activities. VM’s training schedule meets the AmeriCorps requirements as per 45 CFR § 2520.50. Training is held the first two weeks of the service year, with monthly training days throughout the rest of the year. Additional training opportunities are also available through AmeriCorps, service sites and Volunteer Maryland. The Site Supervisor provides orientation to the VM AmeriCorps member service site.

    SUPERVISION:

    The Site Supervisor provides day-to-day supervision. The Site Supervisor will evaluate performance in accordance with the agency’s policies. In addition, Volunteer Maryland’s Director and Program Manager provides overall supervision to all VM AmeriCorps members. VM Program Manager and Site Supervisors share transparent communication regarding progress and challenges during the service year.

    EVALUATION & REPORTING:

    The Site Supervisor and VM Program manager will complete an evaluation of the member

    approximately halfway through the service year (February). The AmeriCorps member will complete a self-evaluation at the same time. The Site Supervisor will meet with the AmeriCorps member to discuss evaluation, both member and Site Supervisor will sign and submit evaluation to VM Program Manager. The VM Program Manager, will contact each AmeriCorps member to review and discuss VM evaluation. At the completion of the service year, the same process is completed, and the VM Program Manager compiles and delivers evaluation to member. The ACM is required to submit monthly reporting, a work plan at the beginning of the service year and a mid and final report. Additional deliverables are required throughout the service year, a deliverable schedule is provided on the first day of service.

    VOLUNTEER SERVICE

    Each Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps member is encouraged to volunteer as part of their service year. The volunteer activity cannot be within any of the prohibited activities and should be discussed with their Site Supervisor prior to engaging in the volunteer activity. The ACM may volunteer at their site. The ACM may claim up to five percent (5%) on their timesheet for volunteer activities. If the volunteer activity is fundraising, the ACM will need to include these hours under fundraising on their timesheet.

    HOURS:

    Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps Members are required to serve approximately 40 hours each week. The office hours will be 9am – 5pm Monday - Friday Volunteer Maryland training days are typically 0:00 am – 4:00 pm.

    LOCATION:

    The AmeriCorps Members’ office will be located at 723 Second Street Annapolis MD 21403. VM

    training locations will be held at locations throughout Maryland. Please note: locations may not be accessible by public transportation.

    PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES

    AmeriCorps members may not engage in the below activities directly or indirectly by recruiting,

    training, or managing others for the primary purpose of engaging in one of the activities listed above. Individuals may exercise their rights as private citizens and may participate in the activities listed below on their initiative, on non-AmeriCorps time, and using non-federal funds. Individuals should not wear the AmeriCorps logo while doing so. AmeriCorps members will not be allowed to take part in the following prohibited activities:

    ***While charging time to the AmeriCorps program, accumulating service or training hours, or

    otherwise performing activities supported by the AmeriCorps program or CNCS, staff and members may not engage in the following activities (see 45 CFR § 2520.65):

     

    • Attempting to influence legislation;
    • Organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes;
    • Assisting, promoting, or deterring union organizing;
    • Impairing existing contracts for services or collective bargaining agreements;
    • Engaging in partisan political activities, or other activities designed to influence the outcome of an election to any public office;
    • Participating in, or endorsing, events or activities that are likely to include advocacy for or against political parties, political platforms, political candidates, proposed legislation, or elected officials;
    • Engaging in religious instruction, conducting worship services, providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship, constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship, or engaging in any form of religious proselytization;
    • Providing a direct benefit to—
    • a.     a business organized for profit;
    • b.     a labor union;
    • c.     a partisan political organization;
    • d.     a nonprofit organization that fails to comply with the restrictions contained in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 related to engaging in political activities or substantial amount of lobbying except that nothing in these provisions shall be construed to prevent participants from engaging in advocacy activities undertaken at their own initiative; and
    • e.     an organization engaged in the religious activities described in paragraph C. 7. above, unless CNCS assistance is not used to support those religious activities;
    • Conducting a voter registration drive or using CNCS funds to conduct a voter registration drive;
    • Providing abortion services or referrals for receipt of such services; and
    • Such other activities as CNCS may prohibit. AmeriCorps members may not engage in the above activities directly or indirectly by recruiting, training, or managing others for the primary purpose of engaging in one of the activities listed above. Individuals may exercise their rights as private citizens and may participate in the activities listed above on their initiative, on non-AmeriCorps time, and using non-CNCS funds. Individuals should not wear the AmeriCorps logo while doing so.
    • Such other activities as the CNCS or GOSV may prohibit.

     


  • 28 Jul 2021 5:13 PM | Erik Flesch

    Tour Guide at The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums

    Platteville, Wisconsin

    Are you passionate about the Driftless Area and local history and interested in sharing your enthusiasm? The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums | City of Platteville is now recruiting part-time seasonal tour guides to offer guided mine tours and great customer service in the museum store. Guides will educate and entertain participants on a one-hour adventure both underground and above ground. The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums welcome more than 10,000 visitors per year to tour the underground 1845 Bevans Lead-Zinc Mine, to ride in a 1931 mine train, and to discover the local history of the Upper Mississippi Valley mining district through exhibit galleries.

    The tour season runs from May-October 2021, with both weekend and weekday hours from 10 a.m. to 5 pm. We offer flexible part-time (14-35 hours per week) schedules, a fun work environment, and a reciprocal agreement with dozens of regional attractions offering free or deeply discounted admission for museum employees and guests. Must be able to negotiate 90 steps in and out of the mine, successfully complete guide training, and pass a city-mandated background check. Starting wage is $9-$10 per hour. Find the full job description below.

    For full description and to apply, visit https://www.platteville.org/jobs

  • 15 Jul 2021 1:47 PM | Anonymous member

    Position Announcement

    Director of Temple Contemporary

    Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University


    Position Overview

    The Tyler School of Art and Architecture invites applicants for the position of Director of Temple Contemporary, the school’s center for exhibitions and public programs. This position is an uncommon opportunity for an individual to bring progressive leadership to a contemporary gallery in a school of art and architecture with nationally ranked programs situated within a research university, Temple University.

    We see this as a highly creative, hands-on position that requires an essential understanding of contemporary art and visual culture, and the collaborative and communication skills to work effectively across disciplines with constituencies within and beyond the school. We are looking for a leader who will build a distinctive intellectual vision for the gallery. The successful candidate will demonstrate initiative, creativity, be passionate about arts advocacy, be fluent in contemporary arts discourse, have experience in fundraising, and be able to work in collaborative and dynamic ways with a diverse group of faculty, students and staff and members of our surrounding community.

    Curators, artists, scholars, and cultural producers and practitioners are invited to apply. We are especially interested in candidates who share a love for progressive ideas across the arts and design disciplines, who value working with the broad and diverse communities and who view art as knowledge and as an indispensable arm of free thought and direct social engagement.

    The director is a salaried, 12-month position reporting to the dean of the School. The director may also teach up to one class per year. The salary range is $80-$120k.

    About the Tyler School of Art and Architecture

    The Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University is known for fostering a culture of diversity practices in our scholarship and pedagogy. Candidates for the position of director of Temple Contemporary are encouraged to address the ways in which they could contribute to Temple’s institutional mission and commitment to excellence and diversity and to Tyler’s engagement in interdisciplinarity, social responsibility, and community engagement.

    One of the Tyler School of Art and Architecture's core strengths is the breadth of its academic programs. The school offers more than three dozen degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, in studio art, design, art history, art education, art therapy, architecture, and built environment disciplines. In each program, students work in small learning communities, while also benefiting from state-of-the-art facilities, a rigorous curriculum, and a large, diverse campus community. 

    Tyler’s faculty members are widely recognized as among the most exciting practitioners in their fields. Tyler’s vast network of alumniartists, designers, art historians, scholars, architects and urban planners—are rich resources for collaboration. Temple Contemporary plays a crucial role in the lives of students at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture by expanding their learning experiences.

     

    About Philadelphia

     

    Located in Philadelphia, a hub of cultural and artistic activity and historical resonance, Tyler draws on the many opportunities and resources available throughout the city. Philadelphia has deep artistic traditions in the arts and crafts, including painting, printmaking, ceramics, architecture, and more. The city is home to a thriving contemporary art scene and myriad arts institutions, large and small, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Collection, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Fabric Workshop and Museum, the Clay Studio, Mural Arts Philadelphia, and Monument Lab.

    Philadelphia’s urban context includes many notable works of architecture and urban design. Transformational design began with William Penn’s city vision, incorporating green urban squares accessible to all citizens. The city’s accessible green infrastructure was expanded over time to include Fairmount Park, the largest urban park system in the United States, and the Reading Viaduct Rail Park. The dense urban fabric, built up over three centuries, includes innovative architectural works from William Strickland’s Merchant’s Exchange to Howe and Lescaze’s PSFS Building, and more recent works like Snøhetta’s Charles Library.

     

    Main Responsibilities of the Position

    The Director of Temple Contemporary is responsible for generating and organizing a yearly series of vital exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and other programs. The director will be expected to consider the educational needs and goals of the academic programs at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture as well as actively engage with students, faculty, artists, scholars, alumni, and the public.

    • Develop and maintain a dynamic vision for Temple Contemporary in collaboration with faculty, staff, students, and advisory committees.
    • Engage in productive partnerships and collaborative relationships that enrich the educational and cultural life of the school, university, arts community, and general community.
    • Create interdisciplinary activities that serve pedagogical, research and outreach interests of the students and faculty.
    • Work with faculty to develop responsive programs that are integrated with academic coursework at Tyler.
    • Manage, operate, and oversee 3,400 square foot gallery facility.
    • Lead the effort to generate contributed income from private, public, governmental, and internal university sources.
    • Develop and manage budgets for Temple Contemporary.
    • Supervise Temple Contemporary staff of two to three full-time members, graduate assistants, and work study students.
    • Maintain a dynamic media presence to promote Temple Contemporary in collaboration with Tyler’s communications staff.
    • Support MFA thesis exhibitions.
    • Coordinate Temple Contemporary’s Youth Advisory Council and general Advisory Council.

    Qualifications

    • MFA in Visual Arts, MA in Museum/Curatorial Studies, MA in Art History/Museum Management/Administration or equivalent
    • Experience in community engagement
    • Three to five years of experience in museum or gallery curating or programming
    • Record of successful fundraising
    • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
    • Experience as a teacher in formal or informal environments
    • Hands-on experience with the practical processes of supporting exhibitions from proposal to de-installation
    • Demonstrated ability to produce exhibition publications, gallery text and promotional materials

    How to apply


    Submit application materials here.

    Application should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, documentation of 3-5 relevant previous projects, and contact information for three professional references. Please include two statements:

    1)    A programming statement that illustrates your views of an institution as a space of cultural exploration and social interaction, as well as your vision for how you would approach a university gallery’s presentation of contemporary art and visual culture within the contexts of the school, the university, and the larger community.

    2)    A statement outlining how you have contributed to diversity practices that foster equity and inclusion.

     

     


  • 06 Jul 2021 3:03 PM | Lauren Taylor

    The Museum 


    • The Hieronymus Mueller Museum (HMM) opened its doors in the Central Illinois city of Decatur in 1995.  In 2005, HMM  relocated and built  its 8,000 square foot site next door to the Mueller Company.  The museum annually averages about 1,500 visitors.  HMM is a private organization and is primarily funded through the Mueller family’s Hieronymus Mueller Family Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation.  The family’s objective for the museum is to share with the public the history of the Mueller Company, the Mueller family, and its employees.

      The history is a rich one and represents a classic American dream story.  Hieronymus Mueller immigrated to America in 1852 and founded Mueller Company in 1857. The company remained in family ownership for 132 years.  The family sold it in 1986. Hieronymus Mueller strived to make everyday life better through invention. That notion represents the HMM brand. Hieronymus Mueller and his sons obtained 501 patents including water pressure regulators, faucet designs, the first sanitary drinking fountain, a roller skate design, and a bicycle kick-stand. He became enthralled with automobiles, importing a Benz from Germany in 1892.  Hieronymus Mueller was awarded patents for a reverse gear, water-cooled radiator, newly-designed spark plugs, and a make-and-break distributor. He built seven automobiles. The enduring industry that the Mueller Company became nationally known for is water and gas distribution. Its most recognizable product is the Mueller fire hydrant. The company produces over half the hydrant volume in the United States, both under family ownership and to this day,  Today Mueller Company operates as a division of Mueller Water Products, a NYSE-listed company.

      The Board and staff operate HMM, the Board at the strategic level and the staff at the tactical level. The Board is comprised of four Hieronymus Mueller descendants, a Mueller Company representative, and a community volunteer who is also a Mueller Company retiree. Board meetings are held quarterly via telephone, as most board members are remote. The staff is comprised of a Director, Assistant Director, Museum Associate, and Consultant.

      Looking forward, the Board seeks to grow significantly HMM’s first and repeat visits and geographic awareness.  To facilitate this, the Board has authorized that the director will be a full-time position for the first time in HMM’s history. The Board has identified four core strategies in place for the Director to execute: (1) Collection , (2) Visitor Experience , (3) Community Engagement, and (4) Marketing.    

       

      The Role 

       

      The Director of HMM will draw from considerable experience, professional skills, and education to advance the museum’s mission of collecting, preserving, and interpreting the history of the Mueller Company and the family and descendants of Hieronymus Mueller.  The Director will develop substantial knowledge of the overall family story and effectively represent this to the public through community engagement events, museum tours, newsletters, and social media outreach.  A successful candidate will be able to lead, manage, and collaborate with staff, conduct daily and long-term administrative operations.  While working closely with and reporting to the Board of Directors, the Director will implement the core strategies by delivering tactics that grow first and repeat visits, enhance the in-person and virtual museum experience, and enthusiastically help move HMM into the next phase of its growth.

       

      Responsibilities                                                                                                                                  

       

      Sole Responsibilities

       

    • 1.     Administrative
    • ·      Budget planning and management
    • ·      Project management & prioritization
    • ·      Board relations (communications, meetings, etc.)
    • ·      Professional relationship with service providers (CPA, legal, government, website design, etc.)
    • ·      Building maintenance and site operations
    • ·      Accounts payable
    • ·      Record keeping
    • ·      Time management (deadlines)
    • 2.     Leadership
    • ·      High energy
    • o   Always be selling the HMM story to visitors, the community (business, civic, and cultural), and other museums.
    • ·      Entrepreneurial motivation
    • ·      Mentoring 
    • Dual Responsibilities with Assistant Director

    • 1.     Museum Management (Collection & Experience)
    • ·      Oversee curating and archiving
    • ·      Apportion and organize public floor space to align with objectives for permanent collection, internal exhibitions, visiting exhibitions, and events 
    • ·      Exhibitions and their content
    • o   Create a playbook and process for selecting and executing internal and visiting exhibitions  
    • ·      Museum partnerships 
    • ·      Visitor experience: tours & literature

    •  

    • 2.     Community Engagement 
    • ·      Events 
    • ·      Speaker presentations
    • ·      Partnerships
    • ·      Volunteer Program
    • ·      Recruiting and training
    • ·      Mueller Company Relationship
    • ·      Sponsorships/Scholarships
    • 3.     Marketing
    • ·      HMM Website
    • ·      Social media: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter
    • ·      Advertising: print, online
    • ·      Reach: local, regional, national
    •  

      Qualifications 

       

      • Minimum B.A. degree from an accredited college with preferred course work in museum studies, historic preservation , business administration or related field
      • Three years of experience in a museum or like institution
      • Knowledge of and experience implementing standards and best practices for non-profits and museums. 
      • Success in growing first and repeat visits for a museum, attraction, or business
      • Adept at preparing budgets and managing a profit & loss statement
      • Experience in developing and executing a tactical plan that supports Board approved objectives and strategies
      • Experience in community engagement and public relations
      • Must possess essential computer literacy skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
      • Familiarity with web design and graphics
      • Strong working knowledge of various social media platforms
      • Strong written, verbal and research skills

       

      What We Offer 

      • ·       Annual Salary Range:

      $60,000+ DOE

      • ·       Vacation:

      10 days, earned on a monthly accrual basis

      • ·       Paid Holidays

      New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

      How To Apply

       

      Send your resume and cover letter to Search Committee at DirectorSearch@muellermuseum.org.  Please, no phone calls.

  • 05 Jul 2021 10:50 AM | Faithe Miller Lakowicz (Administrator)

    Overview 

    The Friends of Jonathan Clark House located on the corner of Bonniwell and Cedarburg Roads in  Mequon began in 2012 and is a non-profit 501c3 organization with a mission “to collect,  preserve and share the history of the Jonathan Clark House and the early settlers of Mequon  Thiensville”. It is led by a nine-member Board of Directors that are elected by its members. It is  currently managed by a non-paid Executive Director and a non-paid Curator/Preservation  Manager. The Friends has assets of $394,000 and is carrying a mortgage (currently at  $150,000) for the 2 ½ acre property on which stands the historic 1848 home of Jonathan and  Mary Clark. Monthly expenses including mortgage payments are approximately $2,000 per  month. A cadre of volunteers of all ages is a mainstay of the organization. The annual Heritage  Days series (four outdoor events held June through October) is a key program.  

    Position Summary 

    The Executive Director will report to the Board of Directors and work closely with the Board  President. The Executive Director will take the place of the current volunteer Executive  Director. The Preservation Manager and Curator positions will continue with volunteer status and staff. A “Heritage Center” building is being planned. The annual year-end fund drive as  well as the leadership of the planning and fund raising of the 3,600 square foot center will be a  major responsibility.  

    Responsibilities 

    a. Administration and Fund Development 

    . Organize and report at board of director and annual member meetings 

    . Manage day-to-day administration to include information technology 

    . Provide leadership to board members in their volunteer assignments such as  education, special projects, volunteers, marketing, fund development and preservation . Guide board member recruitment and the election process according to the by-laws . In coordination with the Preservation Chairperson, work with the Preservation  Manager to implement the preservation plan. 

    . Direct the development and fundraising for the “Heritage Center” project, and when  complete, oversee its operations. Keep donors engaged in the process. 

    . Lead the Board of Directors in the development and implementation of a strategic  plan 

    . Submit an annual report to the Board of Directors and the Wisconsin Historical Society

    b. Finances 

    . Maintain financial records with the board treasurer 

    . Direct fund development and fundraising campaigns 

    . Develop and submit grants for operating expenses, educational programming and  “Heritage Center” projects 

    c. Programming and Education 

    . Organize and conduct events and educational programming, both on-site and off-site  in collaboration with the Volunteer Education Director and area organizations

    . In collaboration with the Volunteer Coordinator, recruit volunteers to serve as tour  docents for small groups 

    d. Marketing, Public Relations and External Affairs 

    . Create and distribute promotional materials and communications, such as  newsletters, news releases, website, and social media posts. 

    . Communicate with area chambers of commerce. 

    Skills, Experience and Qualifications 

    a. Foundational knowledge of non-profit and/or educational organizations, including grant  writing. 

    b. Experience planning and implementing fund development activities and engagement events  c. Ability to self-motivate and work independently 

    d. Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate in writing, by phone and using information technologies 

    e. Ability to travel within the Ozaukee County region 

    f. A bachelor’s degree in a related field such as history, museum studies, education, public relations, or three to five years of directly related experiences, or an equivalent combination of  education and experience. 

    Physical Requirements 

    a. Must be able to exert up to 50 pounds of force to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move  objects.  

    b. Must possess the visual acuity to compile and compute information, operate a computer,  and proofread materials. 

    c. Must be able to physically negotiate various building and outdoor levels, such as a narrow,  steep flight of stairs. 

    Start Date 

    To be negotiated with the Board of Directors, with a six-month probationary period.  

    Hours and Compensation 

    Work will be performed an average of 20 hours a week at a consultant basis with pay at $25 an  hour or commensurate with experience and qualifications. The flexible schedule set by the  Director will have an expectation of attendance at events, including some evenings and  weekends. Holidays are typically not included. An annual review will be conducted by  representatives of the Board of Directors. 

    How to Apply 

    Send an e-mail that includes a cover letter, resume, three reference letters, and a document  that demonstrates that the applicant played a significant role in a recent major fund  development project.  

    To: Gary Heckendorf, President, Friends of Jonathan Clark House 

     jchmuseum@gmail.com  

    Friends of Jonathan Clark House 

    P. O. Box 634, Mequon, WI 53092 

    262-618-2051 www.jonathanclarkhouse.org 




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