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  • 28 Dec 2018 11:54 AM | Anonymous

    Announcement- Employment – Museum Curator, Carlisle, PA

    The Cumberland County Historical Society (EOE) located in Carlisle, PA seeks a highly motivated, energetic Museum Curator. The position reports directly to the Executive Director.

    Salary Range:

    $30,000-$40,000 with Primary Health Care, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance offered

    Target Start Date:

    June 2019

    How To Apply:

    Interested candidates should email: 1. cover letter 2. resumé and 3. contact information for three professional references no later than February 22nd, 2019 to

    Attached documents will only be accepted in Microsoft Word or PDF formats. No phone calls.

    Institutional Profile:

    The Cumberland County Historical Society, founded in 1874, is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting and promoting the rich history of Cumberland County, PA. A paid staff of 19 and volunteer Board of Trustees of 15 actively implements the organization’s vision to become a national model for demonstrating how history, story-telling, material culture and preservation promotes social well-being, service and citizen engagement with local resources. A copy of our 2015-2020 Strategic Plan can be found here:

    Position: Museum Curator

    Classification: Full time Salaried, Overtime Exempt

    Job Summary: Supervising a part-time Assistant Curator and part-time Collections Manager, the Curator is responsible for all CCHS exhibits, exhibit outreach, museum-related development and fundraising, museum management and direct oversight of the Society’s 10,000+ objects and artifacts. The position takes the lead role on the strategic direction of the museum, including; planned capital campaign collaboration with the Executive Director and Development Committee, leading the Society through AAM’ accreditation process, and enhanced community accessibility to the museum using participatory models known in the industry. The Curator serves on Museum Committee and other committees as appointed by the Executive Director. The Curator is responsible to the Executive Director with all the rights, responsibilities and benefits as described in the Personnel Policy Manual.

    Job Duties:

    • Provides oversight and assistance in the conceptualization and implementation of all Society exhibits in all locations and ensures these exhibits align with Societyprogrammatic, marketing and development goals and objectives.
    • Assists with the solicitation of monetary donations for the Society and Museum in coordination with the Executive Director and marketing and development staff and assists with planned giving initiatives for the Society and Museum.
    • Supervises interns, volunteers and curatorial staff to ensure all proper physical and intellectual controls for the collections are maintained.
    • Develops policies, plans and procedures to drive strategic direction of the Museum.
    • Provides workshop trainings to staff and volunteers related to Museum activities.
    • Provides or helps coordinate special content presentations or lectures related to Cumberland County material culture and history.
    • Quickly answers requests and inquiries from other professionals and the public.
    • Attends professional conferences, seminars and trainings pertaining to duties.
    • Participates in the Museum Committee and assists Chair in developing agendas for meetings.
    • Assigns collections research and research related to exhibits in production.
    • Develops department plans for the strategic growth of the Society collections through collecting plans and furnishing plans.
    • Assists in the preparation of the annual museum budget.
    • Takes the lead role in coordinating CCHS’ AAM Accreditation application initiative and oversees the completion of core documents needed for the application process.
    • Represents the Society at special events and receptions to promote the activities, goals and aspirations of CCHS and the Museum.
    • Assists in initiating and developing publications related to the collections.
    • Helps develop print and digital media marketing materials in conjunction with the Community Outreach department to promote the Museum and collections.
    • Informs and takes direction from the Society’s Strategic Plan and Community Outreach Plan in the promotion of the CCHS and the Museum.
    • Takes lead role in the development and/or coordination of CCHS Interpretive Planning to include all spaces including the Two-Mile House and G.B. Stuart History Workshop.
    • Assists, and in some cases leads coordination of, selected special events, initiatives and tours to promote the mission of CCHS and the Museum.


    • Degree in public history, museum studies or a closely related field
    • Knowledge of professional museum principles, standards and best practices
    • Knowledge of research tools and methodology
    • Good written and oral skills
    • High level of interpersonal skills
    • Self-directed, motivated, highly organized and conscientious
    • Experience with computerized museum records management
    • Previous experience working in a museum or historic site
    • Ability to work pre-scheduled evenings and occasional weekends
    • Flexibility and ability to occasionally shift priorities to meet overall needs of Society

  • 18 Dec 2018 3:21 PM | Sara Ganter

    Based in our historic setting and working in partnership with other organizations in the region, the Rehoboth Art League leads in sponsoring art exhibitions, education and other programs that inspire community members to embrace the lifelong value of art.

    The Rehoboth Art League is seeking a full-time Exhibitions Director who will be responsible for artistic programs in fulfillment of the mission of the organization, including exhibitions, artist support, collections, and other artistic endeavors.  This position oversees all gallery operations at the League’s historic campus, any pop up galleries around the region, and all artwork loan activities.  

    This position is full-time, with occasional evening and weekend hours, with a salary of $45,000 per year. The Rehoboth Art League is an equal opportunity employer.

    Key functions

    • Plans the exhibitions calendar
    • Oversees and implements all exhibitions in the RAL galleries, as well as temporary exhibitions at ‘pop up’ locations.
    • Provides administrative support for all exhibitions, shows and Collections activities
    • Gathers all necessary information for promoting exhibition and shows and communicates timely to marketing
    • Recruits and encourages artists to participate in RAL activities
    • Oversees and Creates all Call for Entry applications
    • Oversees the jurying, judging, and award processes for all RAL shows and exhibitions that require a ‘Call for Entry’
    • Leads the Exhibitions Committee in setting policies and procedures for gallery and exhibition programming and leads the exhibition selection task force for identifying artists for future RAL shows
    • Oversees all Collections related activities. This includes safe storage of works in the storage facility, as well as the policies and procedures for its use, as well as oversight of Collections-related volunteer and internship activities
    • Oversees all loan activities, including safe transportation of works to and from loan sites
    • Supports the Collections Committee, including strategic planning, exhibitions, and annual budget allocations
    • Directs the procedures for hanging artwork in any RAL gallery or special show and coordinates the hanging of special exhibition shows
    • Trains volunteers and staff for hanging shows and displaying 3-D artworks
    • Oversees the Gallery operations through supervision and training of the Gallery Associates, Homestead Coordinator and Homestead docents to ensures that excellent customer service experiences transpire in the RAL galleries
    • Directs the Docent Council, creates and maintain the Homestead Docents schedules, coordinates Docent activities, including fundraising
    • Works with the Education Programs Director in recommending and soliciting both exhibition and outside artists to participate in educational programming
    • Creates exhibitions-related content in social media outlets, including RAL website, to promote exhibitions and other information relevant to the organization
    • Responsible for the safe storage and transport of art to/from RAL
    • Facilitates insurance coverage and certificates as needed for artwork on loan
    • Works to ensure exhibitions achieve financial goals of the organization
    • Actively seeks funding to support exhibition programs
    • In conjunction with other RAL staff, is responsible for creating ads and other PR/Marketing materials. This includes social media promotion of RAL and RAL related activities.
    • Designs exhibition brochures, posters, signage, and other promotional materials, as needed
    • Designs the Homestead literature other campus literature, as needed
    • Creates monthly reports for the accountants using Masterpiece software and oversees daily financial
      reporting to the bookkeeper

    Key Performance Measures

    • Performance will be measured by evaluating execution of key functions, particularly as related to advancing the goals of the organization

    Skills and Competencies

    • Bachelor Degree (Masters preferred). Preference given to those with degrees in arts-related fields.
    • Significant experience in managing and designing exhibitions and developing educational and information programming to support the exhibition
    • Background in arts management
    • Experience identifying and recruiting artists/collections for exhibition
    • Excellent visual display, layout, and  skills
    • Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Skilled in necessary computer applications, including Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suites
    • Ability to organize and execute programs simultaneously
    • Excellent customer service and communication skills
    • Ability to quickly grasp new software programs, including Point of Sale software (Masterpiece), WordPress, and ArtCall, for training as needed

    Physical Abilities and Requirements

    • Sitting and working with a computer
    • Lifting and moving files, boxes, artwork etc. up to 30 pounds
    • Climbing ladders, hanging artwork and adjusting lighting

     Management and maintenance

    • Assists in budget development for exhibitions and is accountable for managing that budget
    • Maintains appearance of galleries and artwork during exhibitions
    • Assists with special events as needed

    This job description includes, but is not limited to, the duties and responsibilities as noted above. The essential functions of this job description are not exhaustive and may be supplemented. 

    Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to the Hiring Committee at A pdf of this job description is available for download at

  • 11 Nov 2018 2:29 PM | Joshua Fradel

    Furnace Town is the site of the early 19th Century Nassawango Iron Furnace and collection of historic and interpretive structures in a park-like setting in the Pocomoke Forest near Snow Hill, Maryland.  Since 1982 the Furnace Town Foundation has operated the site seasonally from April through October to preserve and interpret the history of the site and region to the public and school groups each year.

    The Executive Director is responsible for providing the strategic leadership for the Furnace Town Living Heritage Village, oversees the interpretive and educational programs of paid and volunteer artisans and staff, guides outreach and promotion initiatives, and plans for the maintenance of buildings and facilities.

    View the full job description at

    Desired experience might include historic preservation, non-profit administration, strategic planning, grant writing and administration, historic/educational programing, publicity/outreach, and event planning/management.

    Anticipated salary range is from $25,000 to $30,000

    Applications submitted to the search committee by December 14, 2018 will be given priority consideration. 

    Please provide cover letter, resume, and references to the Executive Director Search Committee, email: or mail:  Furnace Town, Attn: ED Search Committee, PO Box 207, Snow Hill, MD 21863.

  • 05 Nov 2018 11:06 AM | Anonymous


    The Chadds Ford Historical Society

    Organizational Vision & Mission

    Our Vision is to serve as the gateway between Chadds Ford’s past and present.  Through preservation, education and events, we will bring Chadds Ford to life in a way that promotes our unique history, protects our natural beauty and embraces our community into the future.  Through the support and generosity of our members, visitors and the community at large, we will deliver our vision by: Preserving and broadening access to our properties and resources; Interpreting, recording and cataloging Chadds Ford’s unique history; Educating residents and visitors alike about Chadds Ford’s past and present; Hosting community gatherings that promote and celebrate the spirit, beauty and history of Chadds Ford; Collaborating with local organizations to prepare Chadds Ford for the future.

    The Society operates three historic house museums, a visitor center and a museum store. In addition, the Society offers exciting special events, programs and tours. Our employees enjoy a casual, professional atmosphere where their contributions are highly valued and have a direct impact on the mission of the organization.

    Executive Director – Full-time, Salaried, Exempt                                                  $45,000/year

    We are currently seeking an Executive Director to oversee the operations of the Chadds Ford Historical Society.

    Schedule:                     Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m - 5 p.m. (some flexibility required with occasional evenings & Sundays for special events)

    Reports to:                  President of the Board of Directors


    Oversee CFHS Operations

    ·         Hands-on leadership ensuring the success of CFHS events, programs and finances

    ·         Manage staff including hiring and annual reviews

    ·         Manage office consultants and contractors

    ·         Submit payroll

    ·         Perform office tasks such as mail, bank deposits and office supplies

    ·         Ensure an effective filing system is maintained and records kept

    ·         Respond to problems that arise.

    Manage Annual Budget

    ·         Work with Finance Committee to develop annual budget

    ·         Manage business to ensure budgeted revenue is attained or exceeded while costs are controlled to budgeted amounts or less.

    Oversee Properties Management

    ·         Work with Properties Manager to ensure maintenance of properties

    ·         Maintain property and liability insurance.

    Perform revenue generating tasks

    ·         Apply for and obtain Operating Grants

    ·         Work with Properties Manager on submission of Capital Grants

    ·         Obtain sponsors – both new and recurring sources

    ·         Ensure Events meet revenue/cost goals by working directly with Event Chairpersons

    ·         Head the Annual Appeal process in mid-November

    ·         Design and implement new programs to generate revenue.

    Ensure Donor/Sponsor Tracking and Recognition

    ·         Keep track of donor and sponsor gifts

    ·         Send acknowledgement/thank-you letters in a timely manner.

    Marketing – Perform below tasks or assign volunteer help

    ·         Manage Constant Contact Email System – maintain email lists, design and submit emails for distribution

    ·         Manage Facebook pages announcing events along with general interest postings

    ·         Write Press Releases and submit to media

    ·         Create Brochures, Rack Cards, Banners and Postcards

    ·         Design and implement new marketing programs and techniques

    Oversee Membership Program – perform tasks or assign volunteer help

    ·         Obtain new members; ensure data entered into Giftworks and Constant Contact and membership information mailed to member

    ·         Send membership renewal letters 60 days before expiration; enter renewal data

    Perform general computer related support

    ·         Maintain websites

    ·         Create spreadsheets, both internal and shared, as needed

    ·         Create program/event online payment options using Eventbrite or Paypal

    ·         Create annual Sponsor Brochure

    ·         Learn and implement new technology as needed

    Report to Board of Directors

    ·         Work with the Board of Directors

    ·         Participate in Board of Directors Committee meetings

    ·         Present Executive Director’s report at Board meetings

    Manage Volunteers

    Greet Visitors

    Interact with local community to build interest in and support for the society

    Conduct historic research (as needed)

    Complete other duties as assigned



    The successful candidate will have:

    ·         A minimum of 5-7 years of management experience, preferably in a non-profit organization; a Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, communications or a related field

    ·         Excellent management skills with the ability to prioritize, organize and manage multiple priorities/projects simultaneously

    ·         Self-starter with strong problem solving skills

    ·         Ability to focus on revenue generating tasks

    ·         Strong customer service and relationship management skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills

    ·         Ability to lead projects and personnel.

    ·         Ability to develop and manage budgets

    ·         Ability to work in a small, dynamic team environment

    ·         Excellent computer skills; willingness to learn new software as needed

    ·         Willingness and ability to work extended hours, nights, and weekends as needed during prime events

    How to Apply

    To apply please submit your resume and cover letter to Phyllis Recca, President, at or Chadds Ford Historical Society, PO Box 27, Chadds Ford, PA 19317. Application deadline: November 30, 2018

    For more information about Chadds Ford Historical Society please visit our website,

    The Chadds Ford Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer.

  • 02 Nov 2018 5:18 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 $10.50 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

    Gunston Hall is an equal opportunity employer.

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

  • 30 Oct 2018 1:46 PM | Derek Finn

    Project Manager 
    Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia
    5070 Parkside Ave, Suite 1404, Philadelphia, PA 19131 |

    Salary Range: $30,000-$40,000, Commensurate with experience 

    Organizational Background 

    The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia (JASGP) is a private nonprofit organization that connects Japan and Philadelphia through: operating and preserving Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, which hosts over 30,000 visitors each year; producing the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival with over 15,000 attendees; presenting a US-Japan Business and Public Policy Series; and providing Japanese arts, business, and cultural programming for all ages. 

    Position Summary 

    The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia seeks a project manager to lead its Japan 2020 project. The position is a full time, temporary, exempt position with a two year contract beginning February 1, 2019 or after. The Project Manager is primarily responsible for coordinating a week-long grassroots summit, including liaising with venues and hotels, coordinating host families, and developing partnership programs with regional partners. This position reports to the Associate Director of Special Projects and will work closely with the Executive Director and Marketing Manager. Responsibilities include: 

    ● Act as primary liaison with Japanese partner organization
    ● Coordinate with community partners, including local arts & cultural institutions, host city governments, and host family coordinators
    ● Communicate directly with venues and hotel staff to implement summit programs
    ● Assist in planning and executing program events
    ● Maintain accurate records in paper files, and electronic files in Google Suite and Altru 

    ● Bachelor’s degree preferred
    ● Minimum of 2 years of experience in program management or event planning
    ● Candidate must demonstrate exceptional communication skills
    ● Other requirements include strong organizational, interpersonal, writing, and time management skills; attention to detail; and the ability to respect and maintain confidentiality
    ● Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast paced environment
    ● Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and Adobe Creative Cloud
    ● Knowledge of Japanese language and culture is strongly preferred 

    Application Deadline and Details 

    Please submit a cover letter and resume as a single PDF with your name in the file name by November 30, 2018. Send your materials to: 

    Aaron Dilliplane Associate Director of Special Projects 

    No phone calls, please. 

  • 30 Oct 2018 1:39 PM | Derek Finn

    Corporate Relations Manager
    Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia
    5070 Parkside Ave, Suite 1404, Philadelphia, PA 19131 |

    Part-time: 20-30 hours per week 

    Salary Range: $20-$25 per hour, commensurate with experience and schedule

    Organizational Background 

    The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia (JASGP) is a private nonprofit organization that connects Japan and Philadelphia through: operating and preserving Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, which hosts over 30,000 visitors each year; producing the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival with over 15,000 attendees; presenting a US-Japan Business and Public Policy Series; and providing Japanese arts, business, and cultural programming for all ages. 

    Position Summary 

    JASGP seeks a part-time, exempt Corporate Relations Manager to manage its corporate support program through corporate membership and sponsorships. The Corporate Relations Manager is primarily responsible for advancing the corporate support program, including the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of corporate supporters. This position works closely with the Associate Director of Development & Data Analytics, the Associate Director of Special Projects, and the Executive Director. Upon a six month performance review, this position will be evaluated for conversion to full-time nonexempt status.Responsibilities include: 

    ● Managing a portfolio of current corporate supporters to secure annual membership and sponsorship renewals and increased support.
    ● Developing and managing an annual strategy for the corporate support program with an emphasis on increasing support.
    ● Tracking and implementing benefit fulfillment, including coordination of benefits with the Marketing Manager in digital and print media.
    ● Processing payments and ensuring proper receipts and written acknowledgements are made
    ● Collaborating with staff across the organization to identify sponsorship opportunities, and match them to potential partners.
    ● Assist in planning and executing business program events.
    ● Network with corporate supporters at organization events.
    ● Maintain accurate records in paper files, and electronic files in Google Suite and Altru. 

    ● Bachelor’s degree preferred.
    ● Minimum of 3 years of progressive experience in fundraising, frontline sales, or equivalent combination.
    ● Corporate fundraising and prospect research experience is strongly preferred.
    ● Candidate must demonstrate exceptional communication skills.
    ● Candidate must also demonstrate confidence and experience with direct, face-to-face solicitation of 5070 Parkside Ave, Suite 1404, Philadelphia, PA 19131 | donors/constituents, as well as a driven, results-oriented approach.
    ● Other requirements include strong organizational, interpersonal, writing, and time management skills; attention to detail; and the ability to respect and maintain confidentiality.
    ● Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast paced environment.
    ● Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and Adobe Creative Cloud.
    ● Experience working with CRM software required, with knowledge of Altru preferred. 

    Application Deadline and Details 

    Deadline to apply is November 30, 2018. Please submit a cover letter and resume as a single PDF with your name in the file name. Send your materials to: 

    Kara Petraglia Associate Director of Development & Data Analytics 

    No phone calls, please.

  • 22 Oct 2018 10:58 AM | Rebecca Goodman


    The Berkshire Museum is seeking an experienced and innovative Executive Director to advance the Museum as a regional resource providing impactful experiences around art, science, and history across a broad and diverse community constantly confronting change and challenge. The Executive Director will encourage the interdisciplinary interpretation of the Museum's collections in art, history, and the natural sciences by providing experiences that are fresh and relevant in a changing world. The Museum is financially secure with a substantial capital budget, providing the next leader of this 100+ year-old institution an opportunity to expand its relevance, status, and influence.


    In 1903, Berkshire Museum founder Zenas Crane, inspired by such institutions as the American Museum for Natural Science, the Smithsonian, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, decided to blend the best attributes of these establishments in a new museum for the people of western Massachusetts. Thanks in large part to Crane’s efforts, the broad and varied collections of the Berkshire Museum include objects from virtually every continent. The collection includes more than 40,000 works of art and objects, artifacts of fine and decorative art, ancient history and natural science including: impressive fossil collections; a 143-pound meteorite; an Egyptian mummy; shards of Babylonian cuneiform tablets; samplings of early Mediterranean jewelry; Nathaniel Hawthorne’s desk; a live aquarium, and representations of Berkshire ecosystems including local mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, insects, plants, and minerals.

    The Berkshire Museum is a dynamic educational and cultural center for adults and children alike. It is a cornerstone of the Pittsfield and larger Berkshire communities and an attraction for tourists as well. The Museum offers educational and public programming and activities for visitors of all ages. The Museum welcomes nearly 100,000 visitors each year and provides more than 29,000 student experiences annually at the Museum and in the community. The Berkshire Museum hosts close to 700 public programs throughout the year, including films, talks, performances, camps, hands-on workshops and demonstrations.


    Zenas Crane’s vision when he created the Berkshire Museum was to provide the community with a “window on the world.” The Museum now must realize that vision in a changing community and world, remaining true to the Museum’s mission to bring people together for experiences that spark creativity and innovative thinking by making inspiring educational connections among art, history and natural science.

    The Museum faced immediate financial challenges, including the need to create an endowment to ensure long-term financial stability and to improve and repair an aging facility in need of modernization both for public safety and for the protection of the museum’s collection. After extensive outreach and consultation across the community served by the museum, the Board of Trustees developed a plan to secure the Museum’s future as an innovative 21st-century institution, with the financial stability to sustain itself and continue to serve the community.

    The Board made the difficult decision to sell a limited number of artworks from the more than 40,000 pieces in the Museum’s collection. That decision prompted legal action against the Museum that was resolved by an agreement with the Attorney General of Massachusetts and approved by the state’s Supreme Judicial Court. The agreement allowed the Museum to sell up to 40 works approved for deaccessioning with the goal of raising up to $55 million to fund an endowment, make needed repairs and improvements to the museum building, and better integrate the museum’s collection through an interdisciplinary approach that connects art, science, and historical objects in more meaningful and creative ways.

    The new Executive Director will be responsible for working collaboratively with the board and staff to lead the museum through this transition, including a significantly expanded aquarium/living collection experience; open storage experiences to allow for more of the collections to be on view and interpreted; two new theater spaces (one with 360 degree projection capabilities); and two new classroom/community spaces to meet the needs of the museum’s dynamic and growing education and programming model.


    The Berkshire Museum is located in the heart of the Berkshire Mountains in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.  The cities and towns of this famous region are a popular vacation destination, known for outdoor activities, fall foliage viewing, excellent farm-to-table restaurants, and thriving arts institutions. Pittsfield is a small city surrounded by scenic beauty that has inspired and attracted generations of artists, writers, and visitors from around the world.


    The Executive Director is the strategic, creative, and operational leader of the Berkshire Museum with responsibility for ensuring that the organization meets its financial and programmatic goals to bring people together for experiences that spark creativity and innovative thinking through connections among art, history, and natural science. In addition, he/she is the primary spokesperson, fundraiser, and ambassador for the Museum, articulating its vision, values, and contribution to the Berkshire community, elected officials, educators, donors, the broader museum community, the news media, and others who could support the museum in meeting its goals.

    The Director reports to a twenty-person Board of Trustees that also has three honorary life trustees. The Executive Director supervises three core teams of the Museum, including Support Services, Engagement, and Experience.


    • Lead the operations of the Museum and its major functions of community engagement, education, exhibitions and programming, fundraising, budgeting, and visitor experiences;
    • Oversee the programs and finances of all Museum operations;
    • In collaboration with the Board of Trustees and staff, develop, articulate, and implement plans for the organization’s future and translate those plans into tactical directions and operating policies;
    • Be the point of contact for capital projects;
    • Oversee the Museum’s work and relationships with local, state, and federal elected officials, foundations, and the news media;
    • Ensure that the public use of the Museum and its resources continue to grow;
    • Play a leading role in increasing financial support for the Museum and developing strategies for cultivating and raising private funds;
    • Serve as the public face and spokesperson of the organization, clearly articulating the Museum’s mission and activities; fostering and maintaining a close working relationship with regional and national museums and other related institutions;
    • Work closely and transparently with the Board of Trustees and its committees, providing updates, soliciting feedback, and engaging members in constructive dialogue;
    • Identify, recruit, develop, and retain a talented, accomplished, and diverse staff and volunteers to meet the evolving needs of the organization.


    • A minimum of five years successful experience leading a similar organization or agency, or senior management level leadership experience including strategic planning, fundraising and sales, personnel supervision and evaluation, project management, budget preparation and management, financial literacy, communications, and program implementation;
    • Advanced degrees in history, natural sciences, art history, or a related field preferred;
    • Superior management skills, including an eye for talent and an ability to attract and retain a first-rate staff;
    • Ability to work with an engaged Board of Trustees and staff, donors, members, government officials, the local community and media;
    • A strong commitment to diversity and gender equity;
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to lead and work as a member of a team, plus inspire an organizational culture that supports the Museum’s values and principles;
    • Ability to collaborate with partners in the local and regional cultural community;
    • An appreciation and understanding of the disciplines of art, history, the natural sciences, and museum management;
    • Ability to work in an educational organization or public agency, museum or historic site, with progressive responsibility;
    • Basic knowledge of the Berkshire Museum and its programs, including its charter, by-laws, mission statement, and institutional goals.

    This is a full time, salaried position. The annual salary range is $135,000 - $165,000. 

    The Berkshire Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer



    Review of candidate materials will begin immediately with a deadline of November 21, 2018. Please email your application to

    The application should include a resume with contact information for at least three professional references and a letter of interest addressed to Dr. Brent D. Glass, Brent D. Glass LLC, 1921 Sunderland Place NW, Washington, DC 20036.

    Hard copies of application packages may be mailed to:

    Dr. Brent D. Glass

    Brent D. Glass LLC

    1921 Sunderland Place NW

    Washington, DC 20036

  • 19 Oct 2018 7:16 AM | Anonymous
    Reporting to the Director of Museum Operations at Liberty Hall, the Coordinator of Museum Programs is responsible for assisting with the daily operations of the Museum and for the development of all special event programming, including planning, implementing and evaluating all public events, as well as training and coordinating museum program related volunteers. The Coordinator also maintains and updates the social media footprint for the museum; maintains the museum’s Vendini reservation system; and performs related work as required. This position requires a flexible schedule including evening and weekend hours.

    Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college and one year of professional experience working at a historic house or in a museum setting is required. Experience scheduling museum events and activities is preferred. Candidate must have knowledge of and the ability to use social media outlets and websites for Museum information, marketing and publicity and possess strong time management skills, including the ability to prioritize multiple tasks. Excellent customer service skills and oral and written communication skills are essential.

    Application: Please send cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references to: Mr. Bill Schroh, Director of Museum Operations, Liberty Hall Museum, by email to Candidacy review begins immediately and continues until appointment is made. Official transcripts for all degrees and three current letters of recommendation are required prior to the starting date of employment.

    The starting salary for the position begins at $45,947.53 and is commensurate with education and experience.

    Kean University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer

  • 12 Sep 2018 1:35 PM | Julie Bryan

    Position Overview

    The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum is seeking our first half-time Director to oversee Museum Fundraising, Communications, Programming, Volunteer Management and Storefront Needs of the Museum.

    • Supervisor: appointed member of Board of Directors
    • Hours per week: half-time, with possible flexibility
    • Pay: $20,000 annual half-time salary
    • Benefits: workers compensation
    • Location: Matewan, WV, with opportunities to work remotely and telecommute
    • Start date: mid-November 2018, with flexibility
    Qualities of a Strong Candidate
    • Has experience coordinating volunteers and knows the value of volunteer leadership
    • Has experience building relationships with people from a range of cultures
    • Is self-directed, can create own draft work plans and juggle multiple deadlines
    • Is able to take on learning unknown but necessary skills
    • Is open to feedback and learning
    • Is able and excited to travel 
    • Is able and excited to work in a scrappy, start-up environment
    • Shares the values of the organization, namely, reclaiming the suppressed history of the Union and celebrating the Union's contributions to the fabric of West Virginia and our nation

    Position Responsibilities


    • Works with the Board of Directors to support general fundraising for The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum including:  
      • Organizing fundraising events
      • Coordinating an annual membership drive
      • Processing Museum memberships
      • Coordinating Museum member communication
      • Managing online donations and thank yous
      • Managing online store
      • Overseeing physical store
      • Ordering and managing merchandise
      • Developing a merchandise inventory system
      • Coordinating the development and distribution of individual fundraising appeal letters
      • Managing relationships with major donors
      • Identify foundation funders and prepare grants and reports


    • Works with board to create annual work plan and organization priorities
    • Prepares and presents work plan report and work plan intentions to the Board on a quarterly basis
    • Maintains and updates the The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum contact database in mailchimp
    • Coordinates donations, deposits and records as needed
    • Maintains organizational files
    • Responds in a timely manner to all mail, phone calls, emails, or other correspondence to the The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum
    • Manages budget and reports to board quarterly
    • Works with accountant to manage payroll, oversee other required filings, including sale tax reports


    • Coordinates The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum communications and publications including:
      • Maintaining The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum website
      • Maintaining The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum mailing list, facebook, and other social media venues.
      • Drafting and distributing press releases and media advisories as appropriate
      • Identifying media opportunities and strategic responses involving The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum programs and exhibits
      • Coordinating the development of West Virginia Mine Wars Museum publications (e.g. brochure, comment cards, etc.) as needed  

     Staff, Volunteer and Contractor Management

    • Manages Program Fellow, who coordinates Storefront operations
    • Manages Lead Educator, who coordinates the Education Project
    • Manages volunteers, contractors and potential Americorps positions

    Event Planning/Programming

    • Organizes large annual event in conjunction with the Board of Directors
    • Works to expand community engagement in The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum
    • Meets with community leaders as well as state and national partners to obtain their input into the The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum’s programs and priorities and to offer support in other related initiatives
    • Tracks relationship-building work to share reports with Board of Directors
    • Supports the board in the development and execution of ongoing and new programs, such as our bi-annual Journal

    Building Maintenance

    • Maintains physical Museum office space including general housekeeping, security, office supplies stocking and equipment maintenance
    • Coordinates large scale Museum repairs


    • Coordinates the development of new exhibits, with guidance from Museum Board
    • Monitors the condition and environment of the Museum space, especially with regard to artifacts

    This is a half-time salaried position for a two year period, with opportunity for renewal dependent on funding. Compensation is $20,000, with opportunities to expand responsibilities/compensation based on Board Review.

    The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum is an equal opportunity employer. Women, low-income people and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

    To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Title your email "Application for Director Position." We will accept a first round of applications for interview by September 17th. Note: ideal writing samples include: a sample grant application, a sample e-blast or a sample event planning outline.

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