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  • 24 Aug 2022 11:05 AM | Allison Tolman

    France-Merrick Director of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library




    The Maryland Center for History and Culture (MCHC) seeks a dynamic, imaginative person to oversee the institution’s H. Furlong Baldwin Library, which houses a unique and nationally significant collection of manuscripts, rare books, photographic and print holdings, and a range of audio and digital collections. The France-Merrick Director of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library will articulate a clear vision for the library, advocate for its advancement, participate in larger, statewide efforts, and guide the daily functions of the library.

    The ideal candidate for this position is an experienced team player who has overseen diverse collections, is knowledgeable about digital asset management, and who enjoys interfacing with the public and a variety of stakeholders, from scholars and community members to donors and trustees. The France-Merrick Director of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library will be a member of MCHC’s senior staff and will interact with all departments to create relevant, innovative programming and library initiatives. They will be flexible and enthusiastic and enjoy tackling a diverse range of responsibilities. The ideal candidate will have experience in the collection management of archival materials, including digital preservation and preventive conservation.

    This position reports to the Chief Curatorial and Creative Officer and will oversee a department composed of 5 staff members and various interns and fellows. The France-Merrick Director of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library will work closely with departments across MCHC, including Imaging Services, Education, and the Museum, among others.



    • Supervises, mentors, and supports the development of all Library staff, including, Special Collections Archivists, Senior Reference Librarian, Library Associate, and Digital Collections and Metadata Manager
    • Recommends new priorities to fulfill the Library’s goals and works with the staff responsible for seeing them through to completion



    • Builds and maintains relationships locally and nationally to further the institution’s leadership role
    • Represents the Library through internal and external channels, including reporting on Library activities at board meetings and presenting about collections, projects, or other initiatives during public programs
    • Coordinates and presides over, with the Chair of the Library Committee, quarterly Library Committee meetings. Recruits and recommends potential Library Committee members



    • Work with the Education staff to facilitate digital and on-site programs that utilize library collections
    • Collaborates closely with the Advancement Department to steward gifts, including grants, fellowships, and internships made in support of the Library
    • Collaborates closely with the Advancement Department to initiate, complete, submit, and provide required reporting for various grant funding applications 
    • With the Director of Communications, collaborates on the website and digital collections portal and guides the content of social media and blog posts that relate to the Library and promote Library-related activities



    • Facilitates collection loans of Library materials
    • Manages major projects for the Library, such as space planning, facilities improvements for Library collection spaces, and acquisition of equipment.
    • Prioritizes conservation needs in the Library collections and coordinates broader conservation projects
    • Oversees the conditions and organization of Library storage areas, as well as strategizes about effective collection moves when necessary         
    • Formulates the Library’s acquisitions strategy and makes modifications when warranted
    • Researches Library collection priorities and advocates for resource allotment.



    • Works closely with Digital Collections and Metadata Manager and other experts to strategically advance the Library through the ongoing adoption of current digital practices in providing open access, collaboration, and preservation
    • Provides management of special collections, including tools for collections management such as ArchivesSpace and ResourceSpace (DAMS)
    • Works closely with Imaging Services to troubleshoot website and issues regarding reproduction and usage of Library materials



    • Advocates that the Library maintains the highest level of legal, ethical, and safety standards
    • Oversees the development of policies and procedures for collection access, and oversees adherence
    • Oversees security in the Library



    • Oversees and manages Library fellowship programs, including the selection process and fellowship experience



    • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program.
    • Minimum of 5 to 7 years of professional experience with increasing responsibility for managing a library or a special collections department
    • Demonstrated experience in applying efficient processing techniques in accessing, appraising, arranging, describing, and preserving archival collections of varying size and complexity
    • Experience supervising staff, interns, and volunteers, including providing feedback and evaluating outcomes
    • Demonstrated experience applying archival standards and vocabularies, including EAD, DACS, and LCSH/LCNAF
    • Knowledge of current issues and trends regarding digital archives, digitization, and digital scholarship
    • Understanding and ability to stay abreast of privacy, confidentiality, copyright, and use policies associated with archives and special collection materials
    • Evidence of professional engagement at local, state, or national levels.
    • Experience with library preservation/conservation techniques and digitization, digital preservation practices and standards
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and meticulous attention to detail
    • Experience interfacing with the public
    • Ability to lift, shift, and shelve boxes weighing up to 25 lbs.



    About the Position

    This is a full-time, salaried position with benefits with occasional evening and weekend hours, including one Saturday a month. The salary range is $55,000-65,000 annually. The final salary will be determined based on the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate.


    How to Apply

    Please email a cover letter and resume with contacts of three professional supervisory references to by September 30, 2022. Subject line: Library Director. Incomplete applications may not be considered. No phone calls, please.


    About MCHC

    The Maryland Center for History and Culture is an equal opportunity employer that seeks to educate people of all ages about the American experience through the rich history of Maryland using their collections and to preserve important objects and archival materials from prehistoric Maryland to the present day. We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or any other status protected by law and strongly encourage all qualified professionals to apply.


    The Maryland Center for History and Culture collects, preserves, and interprets the history, art, and culture of Maryland. By exploring multiple perspectives and sharing national stories through the lens of Maryland, MCHC inspires critical thinking, creativity, and community. Learn more at



  • 19 Aug 2022 1:17 PM | Lou Williams

    The Director of Advancement is the leader of Maryland Humanities’ (MH) advancement efforts and serves as a key member of MH’s leadership team as a Senior Staff member. They will lead the advancement team in a unified strategy for institutional development–including all activities related to short-term and long-term advocacy, fundraising, marketing, and communications. They do this while ensuring that the advancement team works collaboratively and purposefully towards advancing the mission of Maryland Humanities and the goals of the strategic plan, Humanities Now.

    They are a strategic leader who will play an important role in fostering innovation and collaboration within advancement staff. They will support the success of the department and ensure that communication lines stay open. They will actively incorporate MH’s equity and inclusion lens in all the work that they do.

    The Director of Advancement reports to the Executive Director (ED), supervises a Communications Specialist and a Grants Specialist, and works in close collaboration with Senior Staff to assist in leading Maryland Humanities, understanding the needs of the organization and leading resource growth and development to meet those needs.

    Salary Range: $80,000-$85,000
    FLSA Status: Exempt; Permanent; Full-Time
    Reports to: Executive Director
    Working Conditions: Hybrid
    Supervisory Responsibilities: This position will supervise the Grants Specialist and Communications Specialist

    For best consideration, please apply by September 9, 2022. 

    For full job description, details about benefits, and instructions on how to apply, click here. 

  • 10 Aug 2022 11:10 AM | Kate Messenger

    Discovery Center Manager

    Salary Range $41,900-$75,600

    Full time

    Administers, directs and manages facility operations, program development, exhibit development, and resources development for the Discovery Center.

  • 09 Aug 2022 3:32 PM | Allison Tolman

    Annual Fund and Membership Manager

    Maryland Center for History and Culture

    The Maryland Center for History and Culture (MCHC) seeks a dynamic team member to join our Advancement Department as the Annual Fund and Membership Manager. Reporting to the Vice President of Advancement, this position is responsible for all primary functions related to raising funds for the Annual Fund, and retaining and growing our membership program. This position is responsible for cultivating and soliciting annual fund gifts under $25,000, including creating the annual fundraising calendar, solicitation strategies, and stewardship tactics. The Annual Fund and Membership Manager also cultivates a membership of about 3,000 individuals and families, constantly stewarding current members through communication and events, acquiring new members, and evaluating our membership offerings.

    This position is a key member of a small, highly functioning department. A successful candidate will work well independently and as a part of a collaborative team. Additionally, a successful candidate will be highly organized, creative, flexible, and passionate about history and engaging with donors and members in meaningful ways.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    ·         In collaboration with the VP of Advancement, create and own revenue goals and comprehensive touchpoint and solicitation calendars to execute the annual fund and membership plans;

    ·         Manage all aspects of retaining, acquiring/reacquiring, upgrading, cultivating, and stewarding donors and members;

    ·         Utilizing our CRM system and in partnership with the Advancement Operations Manager, analyze annual fund and membership data to measure success and identify areas of growth;

    ·         Write and coordinate the dissemination of monthly renewals, lapsed communications, and dropped mailings, while employing the automations of our CRM system and making our internal processes more efficient;

    ·         Identify and solicit current, LYBUNT, and SYBUNT donors via appeal writing, phone calls, zoom calls, and in-person meetings;

    ·         Collaborate with Programming Department to plan and implement Member and Donor cultivation and appreciation events;

    ·         Plan, manage, and implement all areas of the Maryland Day of Giving fundraiser, as well as other Annual Fund solicitations, appeals, and thank-a-thons;

    • ·         Serve as primary contact for all MCHC joint membership programs and general membership inquires;
    • ·         Act as the primary MCHC staff contact onsite for all annual fund and member events;
    • ·         Collaborate with other departments as necessary to create digital and print marketing materials, social media posts, donor/financial reports, and all other electronic outreach regarding Membership and Annual Fund appeals;
    • ·         Other duties as may be required.    


    • ·         Bachelor’s Degree with at least two years of relevant philanthropy experience.
    • ·         Proven experience in database entry, analysis, reporting and project management.
    • ·         Preferred proficiency in Salesforce.
    • ·         Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Outlook.
    • ·         Ability to communicate effectively, both written and oral, with a professional and empathetic approach.
    • ·         Proven track record managing an annual campaign and/or membership program.
    • ·         A strong sense of fundraising ethics and practices, and respect for confidentiality of donor information.
    • ·         Ability to prioritize appropriately when facing multiple responsibilities and tasks.
    • ·         Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

    About the Position

    This is a full-time, salaried position with benefits with occasional evening and weekend hours. The salary range is $50,000-55,000 annually. The final salary will be determined based on the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate.

    How to Apply

    Please email a cover letter and resume with contacts of three professional supervisory references to Subject line: Annual Fund and Membership Manager. Incomplete applications may not be considered. No phone calls, please.

    About MCHC

    The Maryland Center for History and Culture is an equal opportunity employer that seeks to educate people of all ages about the American experience through the rich history of Maryland using their collections and to preserve important objects and archival materials from prehistoric Maryland to the present day. We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or any other status protected by law and strongly encourage all qualified professionals to apply.

    The Maryland Center for History and Culture collects, preserves, and interprets the history, art, and culture of Maryland. By exploring multiple perspectives and sharing national stories through the lens of Maryland, MCHC inspires critical thinking, creativity, and community. Learn more at

  • 02 Aug 2022 10:16 PM | Carolyn Farrar


    TITLE: Executive Director, The Springfield                 WORKSITE: 1440 Monument Ave.

    And Central Illinois African American History                                       Springfield, IL 62702

     Museum                                                                                              (217) 391-6323                                                                                   

    OPENING DATE: August 1, 2022                              CLOSING DATE: October 3, 2022

    REPORTS TO: Board of Directors with management by Board President

    EMPLOYMENT CLASSIFICATION: Exempt, Full-Time, 40-Hour Work week

    • ·         Please Note: This position is funded by a 3-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Museum plans to continue to provide funding for this position beyond the grant period.


    The Executive Director is responsible for leading and managing strategy execution, administration, operations, and programs of the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum (AAHM). The Executive Director works with the Board of Directors to fulfill the museum’s mission and manages the daily operations of business and administrative functions which includes program development and execution, financial performance management, customer and partner relationships, technology, and legal affairs. Develop and oversee strategies for increasing funding base and resources of the Museum. Additionally, the Executive Director provides supportive leadership to the Board President and Board of Directors.

    Provide mission-focused vision and conceptual leadership to the Museum through professional knowledge of museums. Direct and administer the Museum (operations, collections, registration, exhibitions, and educational programs) in compliance with law and in accordance with national standards in the museum profession.

    Create new knowledge through hands-on participation in the development of informal learning opportunities, such as exhibits and programs. Represent the Museum to, peer institutions, City officials, the community, professional peers, media, etc., models ideals of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion as consistent within the museum field at large.


    The mission of the AAHM is to tell authentic stories about African American life in Springfield and Central Illinois through exhibitions, education, collections, and programs to preserve, interpret and celebrate African American history and culture. By celebrating the contributions of Illinois African Americans, both the famous and the virtually unknown, the museum is placing the African American journey squarely at the heart of our state and national history. The Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum (AAHM) provides and supports many programs and projects on African American history and culture in Springfield and Central Illinois. Until the African American History Foundation (established in 2006) established AAHM (2012) there was not a central place or organization that showcased the African American experience in central Illinois. The Museum contains professionally researched exhibits and has a library of over 400 books on African American history and culture. It is used for research by adults and students. The AAHM is a partner with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM), Illinois State Museum (ISM) and the National Park Service. Over the past 9 years, the Museum has provided exhibits on many aspects of the African American experience. The Museum has sponsored the traveling exhibit of the Tuskegee Airmen Red Tails; the traveling exhibits from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, MO, Beisbol and is currently exhibiting the Springfield 1908 Race Riot, with plans to add an interactive kiosk to make that event into ‘relevant history for today”. The Museum also sponsors and hosts book signings, dramatic performances, and educational lectures. The museum has recently received a state grant to expand and renovate the museum. Museum website .

    The museum is located in the historical district of Springfield which is the state capital and Lincoln’s hometown. The city has 117,000 residents and is the hub of state government.


    ·         Direct and assume accountability for all Museum operations.

    ·         Manage financial accounts and capital inventory.

    ·         Supervise staff and oversee Museum’s role in personnel matters (position requests, position descriptions, searches, hiring, payroll, evaluations, terminations).

    ·         Provide a work environment that embraces principles of diversity, equity, access, and inclusion, and such that staff /volunteers may execute their duties and obligations effectively.

    ·         Assure professionalism in curatorial research on collections, academic support, educational programs, public relations, and interpretation and presentation of collections.

    ·         Oversee implementation of the Museum Strategic Plan.

    ·         Write and administer grants for Museum operations and programs.

    ·         Responsible for maintaining operational premises, interacting with Facilities Management and other City offices to report deficiencies, assure repairs and maintenance, monitor custodial standards and conservation environment, de-infest, and manage emergencies (City owns the museum building).

    ·         Assure premises comply with ADA protocols and promote the safety of guests. Assure the readiness of premises and staff for emergency and recovery operations.

    ·         Maintain and monitor secure access protocols with City Police, and Facilities Management.

    ·         Negotiate and oversee program and loan contracts with peer institutions (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and IL State Museum).

    ·         Maintain relations with vendors of professional museum services, such as contractors, preparators, and conservators.

    ·         Other duties as assigned.

    Required Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

    ·         Knowledge of American Alliance of Museums (AAM) standards and best practices in all museum disciplines (collections management, collections care and conservation issues, educational programming, exhibition design, curation and connoisseurship, risks management, disaster recovery, promotion, and marketing as it applies to museums).

    ·         Knowledge of relevant state and federal regulations for nonprofits.

    ·         Knowledge of small business management, budgeting, principles, and practices of organizational management.

    ·         Knowledge of national conversations regarding diversity, equity, access, and inclusion as well as commitment to these principles.

    Preferred Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

    ·         Knowledge of effective STEM/STEAM educational methodologies and other informal learning practices.

    ·         Ability to review and draft museum contracts to ensure that (a) the Museum’s interests are provided for and (b) contract language is in keeping with museum best practices and standards in the field.

    ·         Write and administer grants for the museum operations and programs.

    ·         Negotiate and oversee program and loan contracts with peer institutions (ALPLM and IL State Museum).

    ·         Develop and oversee strategies for increasing funding base and resources of the museum.

    ·         Ability to plan and administer museum programs.

    ·         Ability to develop museum exhibits and supervise others in the development of exhibits.

    Minimum Required Education and Work Experience:

    A Bachelor’s Degree in African American History, Museum Studies, History, Sociology, Anthropology, Public Relations, Business Administration, or related fields with documented coursework and/or work experience in museum practices.

    One-year supervisory experience in museum administration, museum exhibitions or the curation of collections.

    Preferred Education and Work Experience:

    An earned master’s degree in African American History, Museum Studies, Anthropology, History, Sociology, or a related field. Demonstrated interest in and understanding of operations of small museums and public interpretation of African American History.

    Three (3) years’ experience in museum administration, museum exhibition, or the curation of collections.

    General Days/Hours:

    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.- 40-hour work week; occasional weekend or evening as per programming needs
    Additional hours as requested and/or needed
    Regular and reliable attendance.

    Salary- $60,000 per year

    TO APPLY by October 3, 2022:

    Submit the following via email to , Subject: AAHM Executive Director Position

    (Position will remain open until filled)

    • ·         A cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position.
    • ·         A detailed resume, or curriculum vita.

    ·         Three professional references with contact information (the search committee will contact references for final candidates).

  • 29 Jul 2022 9:12 AM | Lou Williams

    The Data and Evaluation Specialist is the leader of Maryland Humanities’ (MH) evaluation efforts and serves as a key member of MH’s team. They will develop, manage, and execute a multi-year organizational evaluation plan that is aligned with Maryland Humanities’ strategic plan and addresses the data needs of key internal and external stakeholders. They will lead in the development of a “culture of learning” that embraces evaluation throughout the organization. They will work in close collaboration with other staff to implement the organization’s Monitoring and Evaluation Plan.

    Salary Range: $25,000-$30,000
    FLSA Status: Non-Exempt; Permanent; Part-time (21 hours/week)
    Reports to: Executive Director
    Working Conditions: Hybrid
    Supervisory Responsibilities: None

    Full benefits.

    For more information and instructions on how to apply, visit our website

  • 26 Jul 2022 2:48 PM | KymNoelle Hopson

    Curatorial Intern

    Under the direction of the Director and Curator, the Curatorial Intern is responsible for (1) encouraging and facilitating faculty use of the Arctic Museum collections and exhibitions in their courses, including helping teach about non-Western cultures and worldviews; (2) undertaking a major project related to one of the Arctic Museum’s initiatives; and (3) maintaining the Arctic Museum’s social media presence. In addition, the Curatorial Intern will help the Arctic Museum move into a new facility, and performing routine tasks throughout the museum, including assisting with exhibit installations, routine collection care, K-12 and community outreach, and research support.

    A Bachelor’s degree is required, a major in Anthropology, History, Arctic Studies, Native American Studies, Earth and Ocean Systems, or Environmental Studies is strongly preferred. Excellent research and writing skills required, as well as an ability to engage with the public.

    Experience working in museums preferred. Familiarity with Arctic environments and Inuit cultures preferred. Ability to work with MS Office required, Adobe CS desirable.

    Full time, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, occasional evenings and Saturdays

    Salary $20.00 - $22.00 per hour

    Bowdoin embraces diversity in all forms, and the College is home to talented students, faculty and staff—with a variety of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; religious beliefs; and gender identities, among other factors.

    We encourage applications from candidates committed to the support of an inclusive campus community and those who will enrich and contribute to the College’s multifaceted diversity. We value a community in which individuals of all backgrounds are warmly welcomed and encouraged to succeed.

    More info. and application here:
  • 23 Jul 2022 1:40 PM | Scott McLaughlin

    The Vermont Granite Museum of Barre is seeking a highly motivated Director of Development at an exciting and defining moment in the museum’s history. This key position offers the unique opportunity to be part of establishing the museum’s Stone Arts School, which will become North America’s preeminent school for the stone arts. The successful candidate will bring an entrepreneurial spirit to the role of leading an effort to solicit, cultivate, and steward philanthropic support for the museum and school as well as increase the number of museum visitors, members, rentals, gift shop sales, and course enrollments. The successful candidate will work with the Board of Directors, Executive Director, and volunteers to foster a culture of philanthropy and meaningful support to ensure that the museum can deliver on its mission, goals, and ambitions for years to come.

    This position serves as part of the museum’s senior leadership team helping to convey to potential donors the museum’s mission, fostering an equitable and inclusive culture, increasing the museum’s access and value to its communities—including students, instructors, visitors, staff, volunteers, and donors—and establishing the Vermont Granite Museum as a must-see destination in Vermont. The Development Director will define the museum’s philanthropic and communication priorities in collaboration with the Executive Director and Board. They will also represent the museum in donor relationships and public announcements and are responsible for soliciting members, students, rentals, annual support, executing yearly fundraising events, and providing critical research and reporting on the museum’s communication and fundraising efforts.


    1. Provide strategic leadership for museum fundraising, membership drives, rentals, and communications

    2. Develop and execute annual and multi-year fundraising plans to ensure a robust and sustainable pipeline of support from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government entities

    3. Lead the identification, qualification, cultivation, and solicitation strategies for the museum’s most highly-rated prospects

    4. Cultivate strong relationships with the museum’s Board of Directors and key supporters

    5. Develop effective stewardship strategies and computer systems that result in accurate and timely documentation of relationships as well as compelling, accurate, and consistent project and stewardship reporting

    6. Inspire and support the museum Board of Directors and consultants in development efforts

    7. Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice


    1. Bachelor’s degree required with a minimum of five years of experience envisioning, shaping, and implementing a successful philanthropic program; consideration will be given to those with fewer years’ experience if they hold an advanced degree

    2. Strong self-motivated work ethic, flexibility, and proven ability to work independently as well as collaboratively and constructively as a member of a small team

    3. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, including strong relationship skills and ability to work with a wide range of people

    4. Demonstrated ability to think strategically and long-term while successfully attending to more immediate goals and tasks

    5. Exceptional critical thinking and problem-solving skills

    6. Proven ability to synthesize information and tailor marketing materials to a variety of constituencies, including the ability to prepare succinct and clear financial reports

    7. Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail with the ability to consistently meet deadlines and follow through on assignments

    8. Ability to manage internal and external relationship with diplomacy, integrity, confidentiality, and a high degree of professionalism

    9. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite, Google applications, and with donor database software

    10. Deep appreciation for the value of arts education and art and history museums


    Compensation will begin at $80,000 with the opportunity to earn more based on fundraising results. Benefits include flexible paid holidays, sick leave, and a retirement contribution, but do not include group health, eye and dental care plans.


    Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and the contact information of three professional references. Materials should be addressed to:

    Dr. Scott A. McLaughlin, Executive Director

    Vermont Granite Museum

    Barre, Vermont 05641

  • 22 Jul 2022 2:40 PM | Sarah Huston

    The Jefferson County Museum (JCM), a small history museum in Charles Town, West Virginia, is seeking a full-time assistant director. The Museum and the Charles Town Library both supported by the Old Charles Town Library (OCTL) Inc., a non-profit organization, combine history, culture, and information resources for the enrichment of a diverse community. JCM also reaches out to visitors and tourists interested in the county’s history. OCTL employs nine staff, three of whom staff the museum.

    Since its founding more than 55 years ago, the museum has acquired, maintained, and exhibited an extraordinary collection of artifacts and documents reflecting the county’s rich history. For more information about JCM visit the website at

    The assistant director will work collaboratively with the museum director and the museum historian in the operation and maintenance of the museum, including exhibits, education, outreach and marketing; collection management; record keeping and reporting; fundraising; and recruiting and training staff and volunteers.

    A candidate for this position will be knowledgeable in all aspects of museum operations and maintenance; curious, creative and committed to lifelong learning; attentive to detail, with strong recordkeeping, organization and communication skills. Initially, the assistant director’s primary responsibilities will be exhibits, education, and outreach.


    A master’s degree in museum studies, history, public history or other cognate field, preferably with experience working in a museum; or other equivalent experience

    Ability to plan, design, and install thoroughly researched, well-written and engaging exhibits, both within the museum and virtually, which hold the attention of the visitor and express an understandable and compelling interpretation of an historic subject within a larger social, cultural, and political context

    Ability to create interactive education programs as well as plan special events in conjunction with recent exhibits to reach a diverse community. For reaching out to schools, facility in designing materials that connect the museum’s message with an element of a teacher’s curriculum so that both teachers and students have an opportunity for an enhanced lesson and the museum can increase its visibility and attendance

    Aptitude to ensure that museum engagement and educational programming is welcoming, equitable and accessible for all, or targeted, audiences. Ability to interact with the public, co-workers, and donors in a consistently friendly, courteous, and flexible manner.

    Knowledge of collection management, including accessioning, conservation and managing loans; cataloging, and creation of finding aids to ensure objects are fully documented and accounted for and readily available to researchers. Ability to properly identify and classify collection objects and integrate new objects into the collection in an accessible and logical way. Knowledge of museum standards.

    Ability to attend conferences and make public presentations

    Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and communication (oral and written) skills.

    Ability to set priorities, manage multiple projects, and adapt to changing circumstances

    Commitment to public service, the museum’s mission, and diversity and inclusiveness

    Interest in, and the ability to develop expertise in Jefferson County history

    Proficiency with Microsoft Office and PastPerfect.

    Experience with website editing, and social media platforms

    Terms of Employment

    Full-time (40 hours/week), salaried position with leave, retirement, and assistance with health insurance

    Salary: low to mid-$40s, depending upon education, qualifications and experience

    Reports to: JCM Director

    Application Process

    Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter explaining their interests in and qualifications for the position, a resume, and contact information for three professional references, via email to Dr. Marcella Genz, OCTL Director, at Preference will be given to applications received by 12 August 2022. Position open until filled.

  • 19 Jul 2022 11:27 AM | Tory Clarke

    The Institution:

    The Bronzeville Center for the Arts (BCA) is a newly-created nonprofit organization rooted in the art, culture, and history of the African Diaspora. Located in the Bronzeville Cultural and Entertainment District, a historically African American neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the BCA will present exhibitions, educational programs in the arts, and forums for intellectual and cultural exchange, as it connects intergenerational audiences and advances institutional equity.


    The Bronzeville Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization that is committed to exploring, preserving, and presenting African American and African Diaspora art and culture to enrich our community through creative practices that span advocacy, education, entrepreneurship, and exhibitions. The BCA is supportive, collaborative, and ideational in promoting the projects of artists and cultures of African descent, and is fully devoted to the freedom of expression and social justice.

    The BCA is dedicated to investigating ways that the arts can foster and inspire personal expression, the exchange of ideas, and creative entrepreneurship through a wide range of programs: exhibitions, internships, lectures, symposia, workshops, and special events. As a center for artistic, cultural, and social interaction, the BCA empowers people of all ages to tell and create their own stories, engage different perspectives, and collaborate on innovative art projects. These exchanges educate our communities, support cultural and social networks, inspire professional opportunities, and stimulate personal fulfillment.

    In July 2020, a core group of stakeholders convened with the purpose of creating a dynamic new African American- and African Diaspora-focused arts institution in Milwaukee’s Bronzeville Cultural and Entertainment District. The Bronzeville Center for the Arts was incorporated in November 2020 and the planning committee began work on a master plan with international consultant Lord Cultural Resources. This process included stakeholder and community workshops to help define the vision and mission of the BCA.

    Today, the BCA rents office space in The Fortress, 1726 North 1st Street, and owns two key properties in the heart of the Bronzeville District. The first is located at 507 West North Avenue. Construction of this 3,500 sf building will start Fall 2022 and will become a public meeting space and exhibition gallery in Spring of 2023. The BCA also recently acquired a remarkable 3.4- acre property at 2312 North Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, centrally located in the Bronzeville District and an ideal location to build an art center, plaza, and gardens.

    The Role:

    Location:         Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Reports to:       Bronzeville Center for the Arts Board of Directors

    Key Responsibilities: 

    • Provide innovative and visionary leadership in the planning, implementation, and operation of the newly-created Bronzeville Center for the Arts, and organization with a goal of affecting substantive change for the benefit of the community, as well as for advancing our understanding of African American diasporic art and culture across the region and nation.
    • Oversee the planning, development and construction of the Bronzeville Center for the Arts architectural and site projects.
    • Oversee the management of the Center, directing staff regarding all day-to-day operations including exhibitions, programming and the safety and well-being of visitors, users, and staff.
    • Advise the Board on institutional strategy, operations, and policy matters.
    • Lead strategic planning.
    • Contribute to ongoing fundraising efforts; ensure impactful evaluation of all short-term and long-term fundraising efforts with specific milestones necessary to ensure the financial health of the organization.
    • Prepare and oversee capital and operating budgets, ensuring appropriate levels of financial control and compliance.
    • Cultivate and develop relationships with regional Black arts, heritage and other organizations, private- and public-sector partners, educators and public agencies, as well as the local, regional and international media.
    • Remain cognizant and up-to-date on local, community and national issues that may require adjustments to the strategic plan, in order to leverage opportunities and/or to solve challenges.
    • Enhance BCA’s reputation by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic, community based, and private organizations.
    • Cultivate a positive organizational culture, committed to attracting and retaining a diverse employee base.

    Skills & Experience;

    • The ideal candidate will be a dynamic, innovative, and visionary individual with a passion for African American and African Diaspora art and artists. An existing interest in/knowledge of Black Milwaukee and Wisconsin art and artists would be an asset.
    • This leader will have exceptional interpersonal skills and leadership experience gained by working in the museum, gallery, visitor experience or nonprofit field.
    • They will be confident and capable as the public face of the Center. A proven record in fundraising success is preferred.
    • Demonstrated achievement leading a team in transformative environments will be key, bringing experience in project management, program development and strategic partnerships. Additionally, they will have an ability to assess and implement the infrastructure and operational requirements necessary to support sustainable growth.
    • Required qualifications include a degree in nonprofit management, arts administration, or museum management or 10+ years’ experience in nonprofit leadership, visitor experience and/or audience development.
    • Personal Attributes: 

    • Passionate and committed to the Bronzeville Center for the Arts’ mission and vision.
    • A strategic and visionary leader who combines strong knowledge of African American art and culture, institutional leadership, organizational management, and creative problem-solving skills with commercial instinct and resourcefulness.
    • Exceptional relationship-building and interpersonal skills; actively seeks input from others, at all levels of the organization and community, creating an environment where ideas and information are easily exchanged, and voices are heard.
    • Exceptional communicator and dynamic public speaker; ability to inspire and successfully carry out the role of being an ambassador and leading voice of BCA.
    • Demonstrates the highest standards of ethics, integrity, respect and humility.
    Salary range: 
    • $200,000 to $250,000 based on experience.


    To learn more about this opportunity, please contact:

    Tory Clarke

    Partner, Bridge Partners

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