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  • 07 Feb 2020 10:25 AM | Lindsey Baker


    The Maryland Heritage Areas Program is governed by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) and administered by the Maryland Historical Trust. MHAA provides targeted financial and technical assistance within thirteen locally designated Heritage Areas, each of which has a distinct focus or theme that represents a unique aspect of Maryland’s character.




    100 Community Place, Crownsville, MD  21032

    Main Purpose Of Job

    The Assistant Administrator supports the Administrator and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority in carrying out the activities of the Maryland Heritage Areas Program. This position supports the mission of the agency by encouraging economic development through the protection and enhancement of historical, cultural and natural resources that support heritage tourism activities statewide.


    Supports the operations of thirteen locally-managed Certified Heritage Areas and the administration of the Maryland Heritage Areas Program.   

    Assists in the administration of financial assistance programs, including the preparation of grant application materials; advising potential applicants; assisting with statewide informational workshops and webinars; participating in the review, evaluation, and selection of applications; the preparation of grant scope of work and financial information and contractual agreements; the review and approval of progress and final project reports, including financial reporting, giving technical assistance to grant recipients; and conducting project oversight visits to evaluate the performance of projects.   

    Assists in the preparation of materials for quarterly meetings; annual program budget; and the preparation of the annual report to the Governor and General Assembly.  Assists in the planning, preparation, implementation, and reporting on public hearings associated with the approval of new and updated management plans and heritage area boundary expansions.


    Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

    Experience: Four years of experience in administrative staff or professional work.


    1. Additional experience in administrative staff or professional work may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

    2. Additional graduate level education at an accredited college or university may be substituted at the rate of 30 semester credit hours on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.

    3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer involving staff work related to the administration of rules, regulations, policy, procedures and processes, or overseeing or coordinating unit operations or functioning as a staff assistant to a higher ranking commissioned officer on a year-for-year basis for the required education and experience.


    Two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience in one or more of the following, or closely related, fields:  cultural heritage tourism; historic preservation/cultural resource management; museums/historic sites; natural resource management; grants management; the humanities; public history; archeology; architectural history; or preservation planning. 

    Experience in the development or marketing of heritage tourism products. 

    Experience in grants administration, and the use and implementation of Grants Lifecycle Management Software.

    Experience organizing and conducting trainings, meetings, workshops and webinars.


    Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.


    Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.


    The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training and experience related to the requirements of the position.  It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.


    Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

    Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


    For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service needs to be provided before hire. 

    All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date. 

    The on-line application process is STRONGLY preferred.  If you are not able to apply online, you may submit a paper application and supplemental questionnaire (by the closing date) to:

    Department of Budget and Management

    Recruitment and Examination Division

    301 W. Preston St., Suite 608

    Baltimore, MD  21201 

    Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the on-line or paper application.

    For inquiries regarding this recruitment, please call 410 767-7950.  

    TTY  Users: call via Maryland Relay

    As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling 410-767-3623. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.  Bilingual applicants are also encouraged to apply.

  • 31 Jan 2020 11:06 AM | Anonymous

    Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

    Salary: $11.00 to $13.00 /hour

    We have full-time and part-time Educator positions, but all new hires will start as part-time Educator Trainees until they complete the training. The part-time position is an hourly, benefit-non-eligible position with the museum’s Interpretive and Educational staff. Educators are hired as Educator Trainees for $11/hr, and promote to Museum Educator at $13/hr when they complete their training. Part-time educators may be required to work up to 29 hours a week but are assured of no minimum number of hours per week. Full time Educators work 29-40 hours per week regularly.

    They work at all museum sites, sometimes outdoors and during inclement weather and are expected to perform all responsibilities, general and specific, of the Museum Educator. Such duties include engaging with visitors in various capacities and selling tickets at the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse. Museum Educators are also expected to provide presentations, demonstrations, and activities during museum programs that occur during normal day operations, overnight programs, off-site, and museum special events. These presentations, tours, and education programs could occur on any of the museum’s sites: the Sloop-of-War USS Constellation, the WWII submarine USS Torsk; the WWII cutter USCGC Taney; the light ship Chesapeake; and the Seven-foot Knoll Lighthouse.

    Educators are directly responsible to the Museum Interpretation Coordinator and frequently, the Museum Education Coordinator. Museum Educators are expected to learn subject matter pursuant to those responsibilities, and they are expected to be able to perform them in a timely manner after their date of hire (3 months after hire). Educator Trainees who demonstrate full mastery of programs and subject matter are eligible for promotion to Museum Educator and/or full-time benefit-eligible employment. Those who do not make this deadline will not be eligible for promotion until all program qualifications are complete. Any such delays in learning material will be taken into consideration during employee evaluations. Museum Educators are expected to exhibit strong standards of leadership, cooperation, punctuality, initiative, adaptability, attentiveness to detail, adherence to policies, communication, and enthusiasm, and to display exemplary professionalism and work ethic.


    Primary Responsibilities

    • Learning and demonstrating mastery of shipboard presentations.
    • Learning and mastering overnight program materials and procedures, and working the different billets (assistant, educator, and leader) as assigned.
    • Working routine day operations and procedures aboard all museum sites.
    • Informing each visitor of the safety procedures associated with each site as indicated in the Crew Manual (4.5.1).
    • Working museum special and catered events as assigned.
    • Handling money and conducting daily ticket sales processes via the Altru software system.
    • While on duty, wearing the appropriate, clean, and serviceable historical uniform(s) for the various sites.
    • Working with crew members to develop their working fund of knowledge of program-relevant topics and their ability to make public presentations.

    Coordinated Responsibilities

    • Performing daily, routine duties and custodial maintenance at museum sites in accordance with museum protocols, directives, and instruction.
    • Practicing safe, effective, and exemplary work habits, realizing that you are a role model for the crew members and volunteers.
    • Being an effective co-worker who promotes, by personal example and leadership, a positive work ethic and good morale among ship’s staff and volunteers.
    • Working closely with crew members to maintain a high state of morale, professionalism, and effectiveness.
    • Employing effective communication skills at all times.
    • Must be available weekends, holidays, overnight programs, and special evening programs/events.
    • Being aware of and complying with museum directives and protocols, written and verbal, associated with the sites, including those of other departments and Department Heads.
    • Performing all administrative requirements, routine and otherwise, which includes but is not limited to: sign-in/out sheets; site logs; and time sheets.


    • At least two years of post-secondary education in a field of art history, theater, history, museum studies, or education; Bachelor's degree preferred.
    • Customer service experience, preferably in a museum setting.
    • Money handling experience is also preferred, but not required.
    • Available for at least 3 weekdays per week and weekends for work.
    • Those with education experience either in a museum or classroom setting are encouraged to apply.


    Museum Educators must be able to do all manner of physical activities associated with boarding and departing the sites, opening and closing the sites, working outdoors sometimes during inclement weather conditions, and they must be physically capable of moving quickly through the ships and performing all tasks associated with emergency procedures. Educators may be required to shovel snow from the piers and the ship weather decks and gangways. Educators will commonly work catered events that will require working late, sometimes until after midnight, as well as overnight programs which may require working through the night. During overnight programs, educators will spend the night on the ship to which assigned or, in the case of Constellation overnights, the museum building.


    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

    Living Classrooms Foundation is An Equal Opportunity Employer

    To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Alexa Price, Interpretation Coordinator:

    No phone calls please.

  • 30 Jan 2020 10:26 AM | Anonymous

    TITLE: Public Education Specialist

    LOCATION: Annapolis, MD 

    EMPLOYMENT CATEGORY:  Full-Time/Salary, based on 40 hours/week

    COMPENSATION: 40k-43k (negotiable based on experience)

    REPORTS TO: Vice President of Education and Interpretation

    The Public Education Specialist is responsible for all aspects of Historic Annapolis (HA) public education programs and activities. This position will work collaboratively with HA’s Education and Interpretation Department, other HA staff, and volunteers to keep interpretive plans up-to-date at the William Paca House and Garden, Hogshead, and the James Brice House, including continuing to create new and innovative educational offerings.


    • Serve as lead in the research, development, planning, budgeting, execution, reporting and evaluation of all education and public programs including, but not limited to:

    o Programming for new permanent exhibit on history of Annapolis
    o  Annapolis Footprints - hands-on and inquiry-based lessons for elementary after-school program
    o   Annapolis By Candlelight
    o   Maryland Day
    o   HA Lecture Series
    o   Classroom, field trip, group tours, scouting, camps and other educational programs, including participation in costume when required
    o   4th of July Celebration
    o   Holiday Open House
    o   Family and Garden Circle events

    • Responsible for building programs and relationships with outside groups that will help fulfill HA goals for education and outreach (i.e. Smithsonian Affiliates, Smithsonian Associates, other museums, garden clubs, schools, homeschoolers, scouts, etc.) working in partnership with marketing and development staff
    • Provide content for grants and serve as a lead for managing deliverables, tracking funds and completing reports
    • Responsible for coordinating the HA Calendar of Events
    • Provide content for HA communications including website page, Constant Contact and social media for public programs, promotional flyers for programs and events, etc.
    • Participate in all aspects of setup/breakdown and staffing of HA programs and special events, as required and requested
    • As needed, able to assist with general museum reception and visitor services, and maintains the highest standards of customer service for all visitors
    • Respond effectively and knowledgeably to visitor questions regarding Historic Annapolis, planned programs/events, local tourist information, and HA membership opportunities
    • Other duties as assigned by VP of Education and Interpretation


    • Master’s degree in Museum Education/Museum Studies, or related field preferred; minimum of Bachelor’s degree in History/Education/Museum Studies or related field required
    • A minimum of two years of work experience in public programs development, education, curriculum development, or related field
    • Ability and desire to work well independently, as well as collaboratively as part of a team, performing tasks and responsibilities with energetic enthusiasm, most specifically regarding the development and delivery of public programs
    • Demonstrated productive work ethic and excellent organizational, interpersonal, time management and critical thinking skills including ability to successfully handle multiple ongoing projects with a strong attention to detail
    • Effective professional oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
    • Working knowledge of the State of Maryland elementary and secondary academic curriculum preferred
    • Working knowledge of latest educational trends and how to work with a diverse audience base
    • Dedicated commitment to the philosophy and mission of Historic Annapolis
    • Excellent customer service abilities
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, email systems, and database system required.
    • Ability to follow policies, procedures and instructions to accomplish assigned tasks accurately and appropriately
    • Willingness to working a flexible schedule, including as evenings and weekends as necessary to accommodate the needs of Historic Annapolis
    • Public speaking experience a plus


    This job requires the employee to work occasionally on weekend days, holidays and evenings. It also requires the employee to be active with setting up and breaking down programs, walking, standing for extended periods, climbing stairs, crouching, and stooping. This position also requires the employee be able to sit for extended periods of time, including at computer workstation. Work environment is mostly indoors, but sometimes outside, as well. The position occasionally requires the ability to lift up to 25 pounds.


    Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to by February 14, 2020. Historic Annapolis is an equal opportunity employer.

  • 30 Jan 2020 8:54 AM | Aaron Lippincott

    The Fire Museum of Maryland seeks to hire an Interpreter to work on Saturdays during open hours to demonstrate and interpret the Museum’s fire alarm telegraph system.

    Job Description: Saturday Interpreter and Fire Alarm Operator assists the Duty Officer with the operation of the Museum on Saturdays. Assists with opening and closing the museum; talks and interacts with visitors about the collection and the history of firefighting.

    • Serves as security to protect the collection.

    • This position has a special focus on the interpretation of the Fire Alarm Office.

    • Due to technical aspects of the alarm office, the Interpreter will be given more than basic knowledge of Telegraph instruments.

    • Ensure Museum is kept clean and in an orderly fashion, including the oversite of two restrooms.

    • Other duties as assigned under the leadership of Duty Officer.

    Work Schedule is alternate Saturdays, approximately 9:15 am-4:15p, although substitutes are available when arranged in advance. Five hours of paid training.

    Pay Rate: $14/hour. Paychecks issued every two weeks.

    Uniform shirts will be provided, as well as training. Reading of 3 reference books on alarm systems and fire history will be required. Minor repairs for alarm office may be required, as necessary.

    To apply, email cover letter and resume to Stephen G. Heaver, Director, at

  • 29 Jan 2020 10:39 AM | Karen L. Daly

    The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America, headquartered at Dumbarton House, is undergoing an exciting transformation. Guided by an ambitious, new strategic plan and governed by engaged and dedicated board leaders, the institution approaches its final year in its largest fundraising campaign to date with over $7.8m committed in a $10m campaign, a focus on NSCDA membership growth and engagement, and a goal to raise visibility for the organization’s work in historic preservation, history education, and patriotic service. The Advancement Director, a newly created role for the organization, is responsible for building awareness, engagement, and support for the NSCDA and Dumbarton House from all sources. Comfortable leading, managing, and working alongside a “small shop” of colleagues, the Advancement Director will develop and implement strategies and plans for fund development, public relations, and NSCDA membership recruitment and engagement, working closely with the Executive Director and volunteer committees/board leadership. A team player, the Advancement Director will be a savvy self-starter, comfortable serving in a role that is both strategic and tactical, and committed to building a strong advancement department and program to sustain the organization’s work for the future.

    Full job announcement online at

    Salary will be commensurate with experience, in the $70-85,000 range. Full-time, exempt, with benefits (100% employer-funded healthcare, transit benefits, life insurance, pre-tax retirement fund access, paid vacation-sick-personal leave plus 9 paid holidays and paid time off between Christmas and New Year’s).

    To Apply:

    Please send cover letter & résumé to Karen L. Daly, Executive Director, with “Advancement Director” as the subject line.  No phone calls please.

    About the NSCDA:

    The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America ( is one of the oldest historic preservation organizations in America. Founded in 1891 as a women's lineage organization, the NSCDA now has over 15,000 members in 44 Corporate Societies and owns, operates or supports over 90 historic properties and sites throughout the United States. Our mission is to promote respect for the people, places and events that led to the formation of our country through historic preservation, patriotic service, and history education programs.

  • 17 Jan 2020 9:48 AM | Anonymous

    The Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust (ASMHPT) is a nonprofit corporation formed in 2011 as a support organization of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to oversee the preservation, operation and educational programs at the Arch Street Meeting House and grounds.  Its mission is to increase public understanding of the impact and continued relevance of Quakers and Quaker history.  The executive director will lead the organization as it seeks to be the preeminent destination for experiencing and learning about Quakers’ unique contributions to society.

    Arch Street Meeting House is a National Historic Landmark located in Philadelphia, and is the largest Quaker meeting house in the world.  It attracts over 30,000 visitors and interest from around the world each year.  A significant number of visitors are school children. In its programming it makes a special effort to engage the diverse peoples in the Philadelphia region.  The Arch Street Meeting House is owned by the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and it continues as an active meeting house for the Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia.

    A comprehensive position description will be made available to qualified applicants. The Board of Trustees seeks an Executive Director with demonstrated capability in:

    Strategic Planning and Plan Implementation


    Communications and Stakeholder Collaboration

    Sensitivity to Quaker Values

    Of these competencies, the Board intends to prioritize Fundraising and Strategic Planning and Plan Implementation.  Applicants are requested to focus emphasis on their relevant experience in these areas.

    For more information about Arch Street Meeting House, please visit the following sites:

    The salary range for the position is $70,000-80,000 and comes with a comprehensive benefit package including health insurance, retirement and paid time off. The ASMHPT is an Equal Opportunity Employers; diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.

    Applications consisting of cover letter and resume must be directed to ASMHPT Search Committee at  Applications submitted by March 15, 2020 will receive full consideration. PHONE CALLS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

  • 14 Jan 2020 10:32 AM | Anonymous


    Danforth Art Museum at Framingham State University (the Danforth) is seeking a visionary, innovative and collaborative Executive Director to lead the organization as it embarks on its new life as part of Framingham State University (FSU or the University). As its chief executive, she/he is responsible for the Danforth’s artistic excellence and intellectual direction.

    The Danforth (and its associated Danforth School) reopened in several steps with the School reopening in Spring 2018 and the entire Museum reopening in April 2019 in state‑of‑the‑art FSU space to great acclaim and celebration. Having faced the shock of losing its home in 2015 when the aging city-owned building housing the Danforth lost its occupancy permit, the committed Board of Directors and now-retiring Executive Director’s creative energy navigated the several-year, complex process to save and move the Danforth, its collection and the School – all while maintaining part-time programming and exhibitions.

    With a collection of American art ranging from the early 19th Century to present day, a primary focus for the Danforth is showing the very best examples of contemporary art by both emerging and established artists primarily in New England. The new space at FSU has allowed the Danforth to showcase the Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller Collection. Fuller (1877-1968) is known for groundbreaking sculptures depicting and celebrating African-American heritage, with her early work anticipating themes of the Harlem Renaissance. The Danforth is proud to be the caretaker for the largest Fuller collection in existence, now fully on view and including a re‑creation of her first studio in Framingham. 

    The Danforth’s collection is owned by the Framingham State University Foundation, Inc., an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit that raises and manages funds on behalf of the University. The Foundation is a party to the Founding Agreement that governs the merger of the Danforth into the University in that it now owns and manages the Museum’s core assets. The Foundation’s Board of Directors has final authorization for all acquisitions and deaccessioning, but only does so on the recommendation of the Executive Director and the Danforth Collections Committee. The Foundation also holds all funds related to the collection and the building.

    The Danforth Art Museum Advisory Board provides counsel and support to the Executive Director, and its Collections Committee provides recommendations on acquisitions and deaccessions, as noted above. The Advisory Board has five members, two of whom are appointed by the President of the University, one who is appointed by the Executive Director, and two who are appointed by the Danforth Art Alliance, Inc. The Alliance is a 501(c)3 organization independent of FSU, providing counsel and support to the Executive Director for fundraising and community-building.

    With the inspired and dynamic partnership with FSU, the Danforth will develop an ambitious strategic direction aiming to showcase the 3,500-work permanent collection together with new exhibitions, expand all-ages education for the public and integrate with FSU’s life and curriculum. The new Executive Director will have the opportunity to lead and shape a newly energized organization within an enthusiastic university community and appreciative town and region. The downtown location of the Danforth allows for the greater Framingham community, students and faculty to visit, engage with the visual arts and enjoy its varied programs.

    Since merging with FSU, the Danforth School and its Director operate under FSU’s Continuing Education Department while continuing the Danforth School’s important, close collaborative relationship with the Museum to offer studio programming for children and adults, related to the Museum's special exhibitions.

    The Danforth Museum operates with a $500,000 budget, of which approximately half is provided by FSU. The remaining amount is derived from private contributions, memberships and a percentage of the earned revenue from the Danforth School.

    The merger with FSU establishes the Danforth as the fine art museum of a world-class public university. With an illustrious history since its 1839 founding as the nation’s first teachers’ college, FSU has grown into serving 4,000 undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students in multiple disciplines. It is an important educational and cultural center in the MetroWest Region of Massachusetts. FSU is an inclusive, collaborative community and has received more annual awards for excellence in diversity than any other public university in Massachusetts.

    FSU’s merger with the Danforth is an integral dimension of the FSU 2017-2022 Strategic Plan stressing expanded broad-based, innovative experiential educational and cultural experiences for the student body and for the region’s population. There is great excitement and anticipation in the FSU community for student/faculty and Museum collaborations and the enhancement of its cultural/arts education programs through the synergies with the Danforth.

    More information is at


    Reporting Relationships/Primary Responsibilities

    The Danforth Executive Director will report to the FSU Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations, who is also the Executive Director of the FSU Foundation. The Danforth Executive Director will have a close working relationship with and support of the staff of the FSU development office. Working relationships include the Provost, Chair of the Department of Art and Music, the Dean of Arts and Humanities, as well as faculty on collaborative programming. Those reporting to the Executive Director include the Curator, Collections Manager, Visitor Services Coordinator (part-time) and Membership Coordinator (part-time).  Students are employed in support of a variety of tasks.  She/he will lead a devoted, professional team to ensure the success, reach and impact of the Danforth within the FSU community and the public regionally.

    The Executive Director develops and implements the Danforth’s strategic direction and is accountable for all aspects of the Museum’s operation, with special priority on planning, fundraising and campus and community engagement, in addition to programming, financial management, marketing. She/he is expected to be an engaged member of the Framingham community and is the Danforth’s public face and ambassador; ensures fiscal soundness through significant fundraising and earned income; and is responsible overall for the proper stewardship and growth of the collection; ensuring use of the collection, changing exhibitions, programs, to educate the public and support FSU’s curriculum.

    She/he will cultivate productive relationships with donors and art patrons, collectors, artists, volunteers, the FSU community at large, and other cultural institutions within the wider region and nationally.

    Immediate Priorities

    During the first several months of the Executive Director’s tenure she/he will focus on learning every aspect of the Danforth’s organization, programs, finances, collections, fundraising and facilities. She/he will supervise and support a highly professional staff, and will encourage or introduce best practices with regard to overall management, exhibitions and collections, and development. She/he will develop effective working relationships with key FSU departments, constituencies and colleagues.

    The Executive Director will be pro-active in establishing her/his presence in Framingham with the public and cultivating relationships with patrons, funding sources and the many long‑time friends and supporters of the Danforth. She/he will take a leadership role cultivating fundraising relationships, working in collaboration with the FSU’s Director of Development and Senior Development Officer to develop and implement fundraising strategies for seeking support from individuals, corporations and foundations. She/he will develop initiatives that build on the Danforth’s reputation and its enhanced profile as a result of its merger with FSU, to expand contributed and earned income.

    Ongoing Responsibilities

    As leader of the Museum, the Executive Director is responsible for the following activities:

    ·         Builds and maintains effective relationships with important local and regional constituencies and other cultural institutions within the wider region and nationally.

    ·         Ensures the fiscal health of the Danforth through the implementation of an effective fundraising program, including the ongoing successful personal cultivation and solicitation of prospective individual, corporate and foundation donors.

    ·         Works with appropriate staff to develop new earned income opportunities from membership programs and special events.

    ·         Working with the University’s Business Office, prepares the annual operating budgets, monitors income and expenses, and oversees the Danforth’s financial performance through the review of monthly financial reports.

    ·         Hires and supervises the Danforth’s staff and enables them to meet the Danforth’s mission through an ongoing schedule of engaging exhibitions and programs that will support the University’s curriculum, increase public audiences, and enhance the visitor experience.

    ·         Ensures the proper care and conservation of the permanent collection and the cultivation of collectors for gifts of art works to the Danforth.

    ·         Oversees the Danforth’s marketing and communications strategies, ensuring they strengthen the Danforth’s identity and positioning; Danforth’s marketing will also be supported by FSU’s development staff, including through FSU’s contracted vendors.

    ·         Develops and implements policies and procedures for the effective operation of the Danforth.

    ·         Works with the Provost, the Dean of Arts and Humanities, and the Chair of the Art and Music Department on collaborative programming.

    ·         Works closely with the Director of the Danforth School on developing mutually beneficial programming.

    ·         Serves as a designated Title IX Responsible Employee and Clery Act Campus Security Advisor.

    ·         Is accountable for ensuring that affirmative action, equal opportunity and diversity are integrally tied to all actions and decisions in areas of responsibility.

    ·         Promotes and maintain practices that encourage open communication, cooperation, and teamwork among staff.

    ·         Serves as mentor and manages staff to assure optimal performance, professional growth and satisfaction; conduct staff evaluations annually or more often, as needed.  

    Ideal Qualifications and Characteristics

    The Executive Director will play a critical role in every aspect of the Danforth’s future success and financial stability as an important and highly regarded cultural venue in its new stage of growth as part of FSU. We seek an individual who will combine excellent people skills, managerial savvy and artistic perception. She/he will be enthusiastic, results‑oriented and decisive, with a collegial, team-oriented working style and an engaging public presence. She/he will have at least seven years’ experience in a senior‑level position in an art museum or related organization with knowledge of curatorial, museum education, marketing and fundraising functions. Master’s degree in Art History or another relevant field is required. Prior work experience within a university or college setting or similarly complex institution is a plus.

    Among the important qualities the successful candidate must have are a sincere appreciation for the Danforth’s collection, mission and role within and without the University; leadership skills, a deep familiarity with the visual arts, programmatic creativity, and enthusiasm for leading the Danforth to its potential. She/he will be goal oriented, a self-starter who takes the initiative to develop and test ideas, and have the capacity to engage, lead, mentor, listen and build collaborative relationships.

    The Executive Director will have:

    • A record of successfully setting and meeting goals, managing people and operations

    • Demonstrated track record of success in fundraising, donor cultivation and solicitation
    • Experience working within a complex, multi-faceted organization
    • Strong leadership, motivational and coalition-building skills
    • Ability to function in an external relations capacity
    • Knowledge of the history of art, especially American art
    • Strong writing and public speaking skills
    In addition she/he will have:
    • Passion for the visual arts
    • Maturity and confidence in decision-making
    • Ideally, prior experience in a museum affiliated with a college or university and higher education teaching experience
    • A roll up your sleeves work ethic, positive outlook and sense of humor   

    Salary range is $110,000-130,000, commensurate with experience; benefits are competitive.

    Framingham State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Members of underrepresented groups, minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to diversity and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged to apply.

    FSU has retained Opportunity Resources Inc. to execute the search.
    Inquiries, nominations and applications (current resume and letter of interest) should be sent, electronically and in confidence, attention: Freda Mindlin or Linda Leonard, at



    Danforth Art Museum at Framingham State University is located in Framingham, Massachusetts. Twenty miles west of Boston, Framingham enjoys easy access to metropolitan resources while experiencing a vibrant cultural renaissance of its own. Since April 2019, the Danforth has been located on the Framingham Centre Common, the original town green and center of the historic district.

    Framingham, founded in 1700 and the home today of 72,000 residents, is the center of the MetroWest area of Massachusetts, comprising a broad and diverse set of communities with a total population of about 184,000, ranging from Carlisle and Sherborn to Westborough and Waltham. Most of the highest income communities in Massachusetts are clustered in MetroWest, including Weston, Dover, Sherborn, Wayland, Sudbury, Wellesley, Lincoln, Southborough and Concord.

    While each town has its own unique charms and history, the quality of life in most is uniformly high with successful educational systems; amenities such as restaurants, cinemas and community theatres; artist collaboratives and galleries. Framingham itself is home to an increasingly diverse population and a revitalized downtown. The Framingham Centre Common Historic District, in addition to Framingham State University and the Danforth, houses the historic village hall and the Framingham History Center.

    The universities of Boston and Cambridge are accessible to Framingham, as are all of the other features of Boston-Cambridge’s many museums, concert venues, and other cultural institutions. Boston and Cambridge are cities with neighborhoods offering a great variety of choices of atmosphere for exploring as well as potential places to live if one prefers to reside in a more urban setting and still be within a half an hour commute of the Danforth.

  • 13 Jan 2020 10:46 AM | Anonymous

    The successful candidate will have:

    • A Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field of study;
    • Experience in a comparable leadership role in a similarly sized organization, preferably in the field of museum or non-profit management;
    • A demonstrated talent for building strong and productive community relationships;
    • A practical hands-on, problem-solving attitude, and;
    • An interest in colonial, 18th and 19th century history.

    This is a full-time position requiring a weekday presence at the Society’s museum with flexible hours to allow attendance at our occasional weekend and evening meetings and events.  The salary for this position is $54,000 to $57,000, depending on benefits.

  • 27 Dec 2019 4:07 PM | Anonymous


    Position Summary

    Boscobel House and Gardens, located in Garrison, NY, is the steward of an extraordinary 112-acre site, restored Neoclassical mansion, and important decorative arts collection.  Boscobel embodies the Hudson Valley’s ongoing, dynamic exchange between design, history, and nature; and engages growing, diverse audiences in that conversation.  Staff and trustees are engaged in an exciting process of reimagining Boscobel as everyone’s home on the Hudson and exploring exciting opportunities to expand future programming.  These efforts require major increases in trustee involvement, donor support, and operational efficiency.   Boscobel seeks an Executive Assistant to play a key role on the Administrative team responsible for achieving these goals.  The Executive Assistant is a full-time position reporting to the Executive Director (ED).


    Administrative Operations

    §  Maintain and update ED calendar and general office calendar

    §  Assist with ED correspondence, travel arrangements, reimbursement requests, etc.

    §  Receive guests, field incoming calls and emails

    §  Update and distribute all-staff policies, lists, memos etc.

    §  Maintain office files

    §  Order office supplies

    §  Manage office services such as phone system, mailing services, coordinate IT support


    Fundraising/Donor relations

    §  Assist ED and Development Manager with fundraising appeals and acknowledgements

    §  Coordinate logistics and prepare materials for prospect/donor meetings

    §  Assist with compiling information for appeals, acknowledgements, applications, and reports

    §  Provide support at fundraising events and other programs

    §  Track philanthropic opportunities, prospect research



    §  Plan, prepare materials, and provide day-of support for trustee and staff meetings

    §  Regularly update trustees about upcoming opportunities, deadlines, etc.

    §  Record and maintain board minutes and other records



    §  Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

    §  Strong computer proficiency including MS Office and database platforms

    §  Excellent time management skills, ability to multi-task

    §  Exceptional communication skills via phone, mail, email, and in person

    §  Eagerness to learn, collaborate, and work as part of a team

    §  Availability to work evenings and weekends when needed

    §  Familiarity with fundraising databases preferred experience/interest in development field preferred



    Salary and Benefits for qualified applicants

    §  Salary range: $32k-$36k/year

    §  Medical, dental, and life insurance

    §  401k retirement plan

    §  Paid time off, including annual vacation, sick leave, personal days and Museum holidays

    §  Discount for staff in Museum shop

    §  Access and free admission to numerous museums and cultural institutions

    To apply, send your cover letter and resume to Director of Finance and Human Resources Diane Gocha at dgocha at boscobel dot org.

    Boscobel is committed to diversifying its audience and workforce. Veterans and candidates of any gender, ethnicity, race, religion, and cultural background are encouraged to apply.


  • 26 Dec 2019 2:57 PM | Anonymous


    Located at the geographic center of campus, The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz is one of the largest museums in the State University of New York (SUNY) system with more than 9,000 square feet of exhibition space distributed over six galleries.

    The Dorsky’s permanent collection comprises approximately 6,000 works of art, with a concentration on American art, especially of the Hudson Valley and Catskill Region, as well as photography and metals. A small but excellent “world collection” of objects dating back to antiquity and representing diverse cultures enhances the museum’s exhibitions and educational programs. Significantly, The Dorsky will celebrate its twentieth anniversary in 2021.

    Through its collections, exhibitions, and public events, The Dorsky Museum supports and enriches academic life at the College, presents a broad range of world art for study and enjoyment, and serves as a center for Hudson Valley arts and culture, focusing on two centuries of the region’s artists. The museum has gained wide recognition beyond the campus as one of the region’s leading museums, welcoming visitors of all ages to its exhibitions and programs.

    The Dorsky maintains an ambitious year-round exhibition program. There are eight to ten shows per year, curated both in house and by guest curators and scholars. These exhibitions have been regularly reviewed in The New York Times, ArtNews, Art in America, and Hyperallergic, and on National Public Radio. The museum also hosts a series of BFA and MFA student thesis shows at the end of each Fall and Spring semester.

    The Dorsky has an active publication program and produces scholarly catalogues for most of its exhibitions that are distributed through SUNY Press ( In addition, the museum is the lead partner in the Hudson Valley Visual Art Collections Consortium, which consists of five Ulster County-based arts organizations that have together developed a digital database of the works in their permanent collections ( and that work together on other projects of mutual interest.
    For additional information, please visit the museum’s website:


    The Neil C. Trager Director of The Dorsky Museum will join an institution that has grown significantly in the last ten years. The museum has a talented 6-person staff, an active and engaged 16-member Advisory Board, and strong support from the College’s faculty and administration. Working with the staff and the Advisory Board, the new director will articulate the museum’s future goals and objectives informed by the College’s Strategic Plan and major constituent’s input will ensure that the resources exist to accomplish them together with the College and in particular with the SUNY New Paltz Foundation.

    The director oversees all collection, exhibition, education and related artistic programs and activities while serving as administrative head of finances, fundraising, audience development, communications and staff development.


    • Embrace, evolve, and communicate the museum’s mission, core values and vision to all internal and external constituencies.

    • Work closely with staff and the Advisory Board to provide leadership for the museum’s artistic and educational programs.

    • Maintain a collaborative, transparent and supportive environment, celebrating a culture of collegiality and working as a team with the staff and with the College.

    • Assume overall stewardship of the museum’s finances and operations.

    • Enthusiastically participate in identifying, cultivating and soliciting donors; work with the Advisory Board on the annual museum benefit; connect with stakeholders, civic and government leaders, foundations, businesses and all current and potential sources of funding for the museum, working closely with the SUNY New Paltz Foundation.

    • Expand the museum’s capacity to engage with its diverse constituencies especially students, artists, scholars, educators and the larger community locally, regionally and nationally.

    • Work in partnership with the Advisory Board as a whole, and in committee.

    • Cultivate and sustain robust professional networks and campus partnerships.


    • A minimum of a master’s degree in Art History, Museum Studies, Arts Administration or a related field
    • Evidence of a deep commitment to the arts and humanities with a desire to work with and support artists
    • Demonstrated understanding of and experience in fundraising, marketing, as well as developing and managing annual and project budgets
    • Proven strong communication skills, both oral and written, and the ability to serve as the museum’s ambassador to all its various constituencies
    • Evidence of a commitment to achieving diversity, equity, and inclusion in personnel and in the development of the collection, exhibitions, educational programs, and audiences

    • Previous experience as a museum professional with expertise related to The Dorsky’s mission, collections, exhibitions, and educational efforts. Although an art museum background is preferred, the search committee is open to reviewing candidates from related disciplines.
    • The ability to develop trust and rich collaborative partnerships with staff, Advisory Board members, students, faculty and administration, as well as with other institutions, community groups and professional organizations
    • Innovative problem-solving skills and enthusiasm for working with learners of all ages
    • A positive, energetic, transparent and welcoming manner with self-confidence and a sense of humor

    Contact Information:

    Electronic submissions required. Candidates will be required to submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.
    Please apply by visiting
    Individuals with disabilities who need assistance with the application process should call (845) 257-3675.



    Applications accepted until position is filled, priority given to those received by 2/1/20.


    Other important information about this vacancy:

    This position offers a competitive salary and full NYS benefits, which are among the most comprehensive in the nation.
    Located in the heart of a dynamic college town in the beautiful Hudson River Valley, 90 minutes from metropolitan New York City, the State University of New York at New Paltz is a highly selective college of about 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students. One of the most well-regarded public colleges in the nation, New Paltz delivers an extraordinary number of majors in Business, Education, Fine & Performing Arts, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Science & Engineering. New Paltz embraces its culture as a community where talented and independent minded people from around the world create close personal links with scholars and artists who love to teach.

    SUNY New Paltz recognizes the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work here is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members—students, faculty and staff. The College's commitment to inclusive excellence is an important part of our mission of public education and our culture. New Paltz continues to work on building a community that supports freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support these values of diversity and inclusiveness, and candidates of all diverse backgrounds who wish to participate in our cultural aspirations are welcome and encouraged to apply.

    The State University of New York at New Paltz is an AA/EOE/ADA employer.
    Federal law and regulations require notice to all prospective employees regarding crimes that have occurred on campus in the current three-year period. Please refer to the University Police Web site for the complete Annual Security Report (“Clery Report”) at

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