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  • 07 Feb 2022 9:39 AM | Anonymous

    Museum Store Manager

    Position Description

    The Maryland Center for History and Culture (MCHC) seeks a Museum Store Manager, responsible for the overall operations, merchandising, and inventory of the store, as well as assistance in performing functions of the Visitor Services Department. The Museum Store Manager offers a high level of customer service to the MCHC’s members, visitors, volunteers, and staff by providing a positive shopping experience both in person and online, maintaining a well-curated store presence. This position has key responsibilities for security functions, including opening and closing of the buildings, and monitoring the safety and security of the facilities.  


    ·         Develop and maintain an annual store budget in collaboration with Director of Private Events & Visitor Experience and the Chief Financial Officer;

    ·         Oversee point of sale platform and manage store sales and inventory;

    ·         Greet and orient all patrons to Museum and Library, collect admission fees, provide orientation and museum guides

    ·         Prepare and perform comprehensive inventory as requested, offer action-oriented plan for improvements;

    ·         Maintain merchandise stock by regularly monitoring displays/back stock and re/order of merchandise as needed;

    ·         Perform the cash and credit card receipt functions according to cash-handling protocol and standards,

    • ·         Process online orders, including the fulfillment, packing, and shipping;

    ·         Maintain online store and ensure all published information is current;

    ·         Develop marketing strategies to increase the store’s sales and visibility to the public by implementing promotions and events; should we mention social media here

    ·         Research new vendors as needed;

    ·         Manage consignment program and submit payment requests for consignment checks;

    ·         Promote current MCHC museum retail trends and develop appropriate merchandise plan related to current and upcoming exhibitions;

    ·         Provide Visitor Services Manager with monthly store sales update and provide Finance staff with monthly online sales update;

    ·         Train and assist Visitor Service Associates in store processes;

    ·         Update and maintain Museum Store section of the Visitor Services Manual with relevant store operation content;

    Perform routine opening and closing procedures for the museum;

    • ·         Occasionally staff the Visitor Services Desk;

    ·         Provide basic information for callers and visitors regarding MCHC, the museum and library collections, including admissions, hours, directions, parking, accessibility, and other local resources;

    ·         Check in and monitor non-staff traffic, including visitors for appointments, meetings, contractors, and other walk-ins, observing proper protocols for access to restricted areas;

    ·         Handle other duties as needed and/or requested.


    • ·         3–5 years of prior customer service and/or retail required;

    ·         Excellent customer service and communication skills;

    ·         Ability to work weekends and occasional evenings;

    ·         Ability to gather data, compile information and prepare reports;

    ·         Working knowledge of business office applications including email, word processing, spreadsheet and database applications; 

    ·         Excellent organizational skills;

    ·         Must be punctual and reliable with assigned schedule;

    ·         Ability to detect problems and report information to appropriate personnel;

    ·         Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and safety procedures;

    ·         Moderate physical activity may be required. Requires handling of objects up to 25 pounds, standing, and/or walking for long periods of time.

    About the Position

    This is a full-time 40 hours a week position. The salary range is $35-40,000 annually. Full benefits package included. Some evenings and weekends required. The final salary will be determined based on the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate.

    To Apply

    Please email a cover letter and resume with contacts of three professional references to Subject line: Museum Store 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 the society’s collections and to preserve important objects and archival materials from prehistoric Maryland to the present day.

    Founded in 1844, the Maryland Center for History and Culture is the state’s oldest continuously operating cultural institution. In keeping with the founders’ commitment to preserve the remnants of Maryland’s past, MCHC remains the premier institution for state history. With over 350,000 art objects and artifacts and seven million books and documents, the society now serves more than 100,000 people through its museum, library, press and educational programs. Learn more at

  • 03 Feb 2022 4:20 PM | Becky LaBarre

    Position Title: Visitor Experiences Representative II

    Part-Time, Year-round: 12 hours per week, year-round

    Typical Schedule:

    ·         Mid-April thru Mid-October: Thursdays & Fridays, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Saturdays 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    ·         Mid-October through Mid-April: Wednesdays-Fridays, 8:30a.m.—12:30p.m.

    ·         Occasional nights and weekends as programming requires

    Hourly Wage: Non-exempt, hourly $11.00 per hour.

    Reports: Reports to Manager of Visitor Experiences with occasional input from Executive Director

    Benefits: N/A

    Renfrew Museum and Park, a historic Pennsylvania German farmstead located in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania is celebrating its 47th year of operation! This established and rapidly growing institution, sited on 107 acres of scenic land nestled along the east branch of Antietam Creek, is deeply committed to offering visitors great experiences as it realizes its vision to be a welcoming and memorable destination where everyone can walk back in time. Renfrew is currently seeking a dynamic individual with a diverse skillset for an exciting position on its staff. The Visitor Experiences Representative II (VER-2) reports to the Manager of Visitor Experiences and is the first point of contact for visitors of the museum and park. The VER-2 ensures a positive and welcoming Museum experience and environment for guests, and demonstrates the highest level of customer service, remaining professional, personable, and engaging to all museum visitors. This role will have many shared responsibilities with the Visitor Experiences Representative I position, however, VER-2 will primarily be in charge of daily office management related to clerical and volunteer outreach, recruitment and retention. Areas of concentration include scheduling volunteers and docents, assisting Manger of Visitor Experiences with public programs and events, and historical interpretation.


    Visitor Center & Gift Shop Management

    ·         Open and close the Museum each day in accordance with established procedures.
    ·         Greet all visitors warmly in a friendly and engaging manner as soon as they enter the Museum; coordinating with fellow staff to ensure a positive and memorable experience for all visitors.
    ·         Provide information about the Museum, answer questions, and generally assist visitors in all appropriate ways; serve as a knowledgeable advocate for all activities of the organization.
    As well as general tourism advice related to Waynesboro, Franklin County, and the Cumberland Valley region as needed.  Renfrew will provide professional development funding to train as a Franklin County Tourism Ambassador (CTA) with the Franklin County Visitors Bureau to the successful candidate and certification is expected within the first year of hire.
    ·         Sell admissions, event tickets, memberships, and merchandise, etc., and ensure documentation of all sales.
    ·         Monitor patrons for adherence to Museum rules and any inappropriate behavior.
    ·         Handle visitor concerns, comments, suggestions and complaints, and communicate those to appropriate museum staff.
    ·         Learn and be prepared to properly react to any emergencies.
    ·         Facilitate store sales by assisting in creating engaging and attractive displays; monitor inventory, restock shelves as appropriate, point out low inventory levels; help keep the store clean, neat, and visually appealing.
    ·         Work as a team with other front-line representatives to keep all museum areas, inside and out, clean and refuse-free during Museum operating hours.
    ·         Assist with the preparation for and implementation of public programs and special events.
    ·         Lead tours that are accurate and engaging for visitors of all ages.
    ·         Direct visitors around the property when no docent is present.
    ·         Promote and relay accurate information about planned programs and events.
    ·         Present and coordinate tours, programs and special educational activities with other staff members; may present costumed interpretations serving as “living historian” at various events.


    ·         Performs administrative support work such as word processing, data entry or retrieval and functions that may require interpretation, judgment and determining appropriate processes to be used.
    ·         Clerical duties such as photocopying, scanning, filing and collating, reviewing documents, editing reports, and creating spreadsheets/presentations.
    ·         Database management including updating constituent information, monthly reporting, and maintaining integrity of the databases.
    ·         Receives, sorts and forwards incoming mail and all other deliveries.
    ·         Answer telephone calls and direct or take messages.
    ·         Keep accurate records, including admissions records.
    ·         Generate forms and letters and assist with mailings.
    ·         Assist in the scheduling and internal reservation of rental spaces.
    ·         Assist in scheduling tours, rentals, and special events.
    ·         Other duties as assigned to assist the Renfrew Museum and Park team.

    Volunteer Coordination

    ·         Assist with Volunteer Coordination; Recruiting and assigning volunteers as necessary to support Renfrew Museum and Park events and departments.
    ·         Work with volunteers who will assist with directing visitors.
    ·         Perform volunteer outreach, enrollment, fulfillment, and retention.
    ·         Collaborate with fellow staff to coordinate messaging and communications.


    ·         Excellent customer services skills in providing assistance and information to visitors of a museum, education center, cultural or historical site, recreation site, educational, library, community center, arts center, or similar cultural institution which receives large numbers of public visitors; Professional appearance and promptness a must.
    ·         Ability to communicate verbally, and in writing, in a manner that is clear and easily understood by audiences of all ages, including an ability to meet and communicate with individuals from museums, cultural organizations and businesses. Oral and written skills are leveraged to provide direction to volunteer staff via e-mail, briefings, presentations, and other methods as assigned.
    ·         Problem solving skills, exercising patience and tact, showing empathy but firmness in order to maintain Museum and Institution standards.
    ·         Ability to work independently on assigned tasks as well as to accept direction on given assignments; yet works as a team player who looks for ways to assist other team members and departments.
    ·         Ideal candidate will be a personable, detail-oriented, energetic self-starter and willing to enthusiastically promote Renfrew Museum and Park’s mission and programs.
    ·         Working knowledge and skill of information technology in order to use desktop computer applications to prepare communications, presentation materials, and reports.
    ·         Knowledge of computers, telephone systems, audio-visual equipment, and cash registers/ POS a must.
    ·         Knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher) required.
    ·         PastPerfect Museum Software experience a plus.
    ·         Ability to stand for long periods of time, walk long distances over uneven surfaces, such as mulch and gravel, and climb up/down stairs. Must be able to comfortably stoop, kneel, crouch, or sit, and must be able to lift and/or move up to 35 pounds.
    ·         Due to many of Renfrew Museum and Park’s events being located outdoors, must be comfortable being exposed to inclement weather of varying degrees including extreme temperatures.
    ·         Possess a high school diploma or equivalent (GED). Bachelor’s degree preferred.
    ·         1 – 2 years of relevant experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience, to include front line customer service/administrative experience.

    Please send resume and cover letter with three (3) professional references no later than 4:00pm (EST) on Friday, March 4, 2022 to:

    Steve LaBarre, Manager of Visitor Experiences -

    1010 E. Main Street ∙ Waynesboro, PA 17268 ∙ (717) 762-4723

  • 30 Jan 2022 5:36 PM | Mildred DeWitt

    Phelps Mansion Museum 

    Executive Director

    The Phelps Mansion Museum, located in the heart of Binghamton, New York, is a historic house museum and humanities-hub. It is dedicated not only to the preservation and interpretation of local history, but also providing a home for local arts, literature, education, and music. Our museum is the former home of Sherman D. Phelps, a 19th century banker and entrepreneur. The Second Imperial Style mansion was constructed in 1871 and now sits on the National Register of Historic Places and was chartered by the New York State Board of Regents in 2005. We are seeking an innovative Executive Director who will further our mission statement by building on the museum’s existing programming, leading fundraising efforts, applying to grants, and overseeing a team of volunteers and small staff.  

    Phelps Mansion mission statement: “The Phelps Mansion Museum will utilize and preserve its unique Victorian facility and collections to serve the public through regular tours, exhibits, and programs emphasizing local history, education, literature, art and music.

    Employment type: Full-time, salaried position, $44-48K plus benefits
    Contract : 1 year interim contract
    Work Schedule 40 hours a week, including evenings and weekends to correspond with museum programming
    Reports To Chair of the Board and the Board of Trustees
    Supervises:  All staff (currently 1)
    Purpose: Functions as the CEO with overall responsibilities for leadership and administration of all of the functions of the Phelps Mansion Museum.

    Job responsibilities: 

    • Manage the Museum’s operations, including development, education, public programming, historic preservation and finance.

    • Work collaboratively and collegially with the Board of Trustees. 

    • Oversee programming that reaches a broad racial, ethnic, and religious demographic, and specifically expand programming focused on attracting more families and children to the mansion. 

    • Oversee an effective plan to establish a distinct identity for the museum, including being a spokesperson and chief advocate for the museum  

    • Supervise human resources for a current staff of one, including hiring and termination of staff.

    • Develop K-12 programming that is in accordance with NYS education standards. 

    • Manage partnerships with professional organizations and other local nonprofits and foster opportunities for collaboration.

    • Engage with and cultivate relationships with major individual, foundation, and corporate donors.

    • Foster a strong volunteer base and efficiently coordinate volunteer labor. 

    • Act as museum liaison to City of Binghamton and other local government officials and agencies.

    • Oversee public relations, marketing, and fundraising campaigns, as well as the museum’s social media accounts 

    • Manage and oversee the museum’s day-to-day financial operations.

    • Apply for government, non-profit, and foundation grants to support museum operations and preservation of the historic facilities. 

    • Oversee the handling, care, and preservation of the museum’s collections

    Job Qualifications

    • Masters degree preferred

    • Experience in a museum or related field that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to support a non-profit organization and manage service for the museum, including financial management, public relations, fundraising, and historic preservation

    • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff and volunteers

    • Strong record of community outreach 

    • Demonstrated success in fundraising and crafting public and private partnerships, including the ability to communicate an organization’s mission to donors, volunteers, and the overall community 

    • Experience in social media management and a demonstrated ability to use social media effectively 

    • Familiarity with Upstate New York is a plus. 

    How to Apply: 

    To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to

    It is the policy of The Phelps Mansion Museum to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, The Phelps Mansion Museum will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. The Phelps Mansion Museum embraces diverse skills, perspectives, and ideas, and encourages people of color, veterans, people with disabilities, LGBTQ candidates, and people from other underrepresented groups to apply.

  • 28 Jan 2022 2:35 PM | Nora Venezky

    The National Women’s Hall of Fame and the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry are hiring a dual full-time position! The Visitor Coordinator & Collections Manager will be responsible for the safety, documentation, preservation, and accessibility of collections, as well as visitor services responsibilities at both museums. This unique position will provide both back and front of house experiences, ideal for an emerging museum professional.

    Reports To: Nora Venezky – Executive Director, Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry

    Taytum Markee – Visitor & Community Relations Manager, National Women’s Hall of Fame

    Status: Non-Exempt, Full Time Split Position between the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry.

    Hours/Days: 40 hours/week Tuesday-Thursday at the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry, Friday & Saturday at the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

    Pay: $17.00/hour with PTO

    Position Overview: The Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry and the National Women’s Hall of Fame are two museums located in the historic town of Seneca Falls, New York. These two organizations are looking to hire a unique position that will split their time between the two institutions and fulfil the role of Visitor Coordinator & Collections Manager while working the equivalent of full-time hours (40 hours/week).  The position will be responsible for the safety, security, documentation, preservation, storage, and accessibility of object and archival collections and for adhering to accepted museum standards, policies, and procedures. This position will also require time staffing the front desk of both museums, interacting with visitors, and providing excellent customer service.

    Background of National Women’s Hall of Fame: Founded in 1969, the National Women’s Hall of Fame is the nation’s first and oldest nonprofit organization and museum dedicated to honoring and celebrating the achievements of distinguished American women. In August 2020, the National Women’s Hall of Fame moved into the 1844 Seneca Knitting Mill, where it uses the stories of its 293 Inductees to inspire and engage all who visit. The Hall of Fame’s move to this historic treasure was the result of a successful $10 million endeavor–$9 million in grants, and $1 million in direct fundraising. The campaign provided the resources necessary to rehabilitate the Seneca Knitting Mill and build out introductory exhibits on the first floor. This is a great time to be part of the National Women’s Hall of Fame while we continue to expand our space, grow our national reach, and cultivate our local relationships. 

    Background of the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry: Founded in 1998 the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry tells the story of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal that connects the largest Finger Lakes (Seneca and Cayuga) to the Erie Canal and the world, and how these waterways led to immense industrial development in Seneca Falls.   This 9,000-square-foot, three-story museum sits along the banks of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal and is located in the center of downtown Seneca Falls. The museum is part of the Seneca Falls Heritage and Tourism Center which along with the museum acts as the visitor center for the Town of Seneca Falls.  Its collections include objects and documents related to the many industries that have called Seneca Falls home along with canal and transportation artifacts.

    Primary Duties: Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry

    Collections Management: Tuesday-Thursday

    The Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry is currently working to organize their collections storage room and improve storage conditions. This position would take the lead on this project and be able to work with a variety of materials and experience many aspects of collections management in the process.

    • Register and process museum objects (accessioning, cataloging, and digital imaging)
    • Manage museum collections records (both paper and digital), including object files, accessioning, cataloging, conservation, deaccessioning, exhibition, loan, research, and other records
    • Ensure the safety, security, and proper storage and display of museum objects (on- and off-site)
    • Manage museum collections database, we are using ehive.
    • Move and/or oversee the handling, moving, and transportation of museum objects and other materials
    • Oversee physical access to and proper handling of museum collections
    • Create and manage digital images of museum objects
    • Oversee maintenance and monitoring of collections environments (security, climate, and pest management)
    • Coordinate museum object deaccessioning, including arrangements for disposal
    • Prepare objects for exhibition; contribute to exhibition planning, development, installation, and deinstallation.
    • Coordinate and document loans (incoming and outgoing).
    • Maintain a working knowledge of the Society’s collections to effectively serve staff, researchers, and the general public
    • Respond to requests for information about museum objects, including image orders and research requests.
    • Train and supervise volunteers and interns working on museum collections-related projects
    • Monitor museum department equipment, computers, and software
    • Other duties as assigned

    Visitor Services:

    • Welcome visitors in a friendly and welcoming manner and provide an orientation to the building and the available services.
    • Help visitors find attractions and plan their visit to Seneca Falls.
    • Answer any questions about exhibits and the history of area.
    • Cash out visitors making purchases in the gift shop.
    • Assist with educational and public programming as needed.

    Primary Duties: National Women’s Hall of Fame

    Visitor Services: Head Docent & Visitor Services, Friday-Saturday

    • Welcome visitors in a friendly manner and provide an orientation to the building and the available services.
    • Collect admission fees
    • Give a detailed but concise introduction of the Hall to all visitors
    • Stocking brochures, guides, forms, and gift shop items
    • Operating point-of-sale system including opening and closing and preparing deposits
    • Assisting with educational activities for group visits
    • Performing clerical duties such as answering phones, assisting with mailings, scanning, and photocopying
    • Assisting with research requests
    • Assure all public spaces are clean and presentable
    • Answer any questions about exhibits and the history of area.
    • Administrative tasks, as assigned
    • Cash out visitors making purchases in the gift shop.

    Collections Management:

    The National Women’s Hall of Fame is a storytelling museum and currently there is a limited collection. As the Hall grows, our hope is that our collection and knowledge grow too. This position is a catalyst for our collection and archival progress.

    • Ensure the safety, security, and proper storage and display of museum objects (on- and off-site)
    • Register and process museum objects (accessioning, cataloging, and digital imaging)
    • Manage museum collections records (both paper and digital), including object files, accessioning, cataloging, conservation, deaccessioning, exhibition, loan, research, and other records
    • Manage museum collections database.
    • Move and/or oversee the handling, moving, and transportation of museum objects and other materials
    • Oversee physical access to and proper handling of museum collections
    • Create and manage digital images of museum objects
    • Oversee maintenance and monitoring of collections environments (security, climate, and pest management)
    • Coordinate museum object deaccessioning, including arrangements for disposal
    • Prepare objects for exhibition; contribute to exhibition planning, development, installation, and deinstallation.
    • Maintain a working knowledge of the Hall’s collections to effectively serve staff, researchers, and the general public
    • Respond to requests for information about museum objects, including image orders and research requests.
    • Other duties as assigned


    • A. degree in museum studies, public history, history, or related field. M.A. Preferred.
    • Preferred 3-5 years of museum related experience including volunteer and internships experiences.
    • Familiarity with collections policy and procedures, object handling, storage, and environmental controls.
    • Excellent customer service skills
    • Self-motivated and independent worker
    • Comfortable on the computer and using collections databases.
    • Ability to interface with all levels of the public
    • Good communication skills

    How to Apply:

    Send resume and cover letter to

    Deadline February 21, 2022

    Position open until filled

  • 28 Jan 2022 11:39 AM | Anonymous
    Location:  Baltimore Maryland

    Reports to:  Public Programs Manager
    Compensation:  12.50-$14/ hr, paid sick leave.  
    Status:  Part time: up to 30 hrs per week avg. Sometimes more.
    Hours/Days:  Open days per week, 0900am-0500pm.  Overnights occasionally 530pm-1000am. (with sleeping time)


    This position is part-time (<30 hr/wk) with full-time opportunity. Hires will start as Trainees at $12.50/hour. Upon completing the training to present the museum's 13 educational programs, hires will be moved to the Museum Educator position at $14/hour. Full qualification means passing a short quiz on the material to demonstrate mastery.  The part-time educator works less than 30/wk, as yearly average, but during many weeks may be assigned as much 30- 40 hrs. /wk.; rarely, there may also be fewer weekly hours assigned during certain weeks of the slow season.

    A Museum Educator assists with and supervises special events, day programs, and overnight activities; learns and provides public presentations, tours, day programs, and overnight activities. A Museum Educator who attains the rating of “Chief” works closely with and supervises Ship's Crew members to develop their ability to learn and deliver presentations and to become more effective museum employees. A Chief Educator will also supervise and manage education day-programs, overnight programs, and serve as the lead crew person during special event staffing. Chief Educators can be full or part-time. All Museum Educators maintain and wear a replica period enlisted uniform and assist with and supervise the completion of daily clean-up, preventive maintenance, and curatorial preservation in the museum and on board the ships.

    Job requirements:

    Flexibility and availability for working weekends and museum overnight camp-out programs is a must. Preferred candidates will have completed at least one full year of college in history, museum studies, art history, or a related field. Relevant experience will substitute for college study. Museum Educators must be able to do all manner of physical activities associated with boarding and departing 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, often 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.


    $12.50 - $14 /hr. Pay starts at $12.50/hr. Upon completion of their training, base pay increases to $14/hr. Museum Educators also receive an additional 10-20% pay bonus for overnight work and 10% additional pay when serving as a Chief Educator. All educators are entitled to worker’s compensation; paid birthday; paid day of jury duty; and life insurance. If full-time status is granted, educators become eligible for all company insurance benefits, Paid Time Off (PTO), worker’s compensation; paid birthday; health & dental insurance; life insurance, and paid day of jury duty.

    To apply: Send resume and cover letter to Brian Auer:

  • 27 Jan 2022 12:24 PM | Anonymous

    Title:  Museum Collections & Programs Manager
    Reports to:  Executive Director
    Supervises:  Volunteers, interns
    Status:  Full time (40 hours per week)
    Hours/Days:  Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, with some non-traditional hours required for specific projects and events.

    The Washington County Historical Society (WCHS) seeks an inventive, organized, and detail-oriented person to fill the role of Museum Collections & Programs Manager. The selected candidate will join our team as we reimagine the Miller House Museum. Our welcome room is nearing its fabrication phase and our newly envisioned Military exhibit is in the beginning phase of a two-year project. An ideal time to join our team! Our highly qualified board members and area experts are committed to working collaboratively with our new collections manager. If you are unfamiliar with Washington County, our team will be by your side to share the wealth of history of our county.

    About the Washington County Historical Society

    The Washington County Historical Society, founded in 1911, is an organization devoted to the preservation and promotion of the history and culture of Washington County, Maryland.

    The Washington County Historical Society operates the Miller House Museum and Gardens, an 1825 townhouse located in downtown Hagerstown, Maryland. The museum gives visitors a look at life during the 19th century. It also maintains exhibits that highlight important events in Washington County history.

    The Miller House is also home to the kinship Family Heritage Research Center, a library and archives devoted to regional genealogical research. kinship's collections include books, documents, photographs, audio and film, as well as a number of online databases. In addition, kinship offers consultations with our staff genealogist every Wednesday afternoon

    Scope of Work: 
    The museum collections manager is responsible for the safety, security, documentation, preservation, storage, and accessibility of object collections owned and borrowed by the Washington County Historical Society(WCHS), adhering to accepted professional standards and the Society’s standards, policies, and procedures.


    ·       Ensure the safety, security, and proper storage and display of museum objects (on- and off-site)

    ·       Register and process museum objects (accessioning, cataloging, and digital imaging)

    ·       Manage museum collections records (both paper and digital), including object files, accessioning, cataloging, conservation, deaccessioning, exhibition, loan, research, and other records in coordination with collections committee chair

    ·       Manage museum collections database (PastPerfect); perform a monthly export of PastPerfect records to update the Society’s online catalog

    ·       Move and/or oversee the handling, moving, and transportation of museum objects and other materials

    ·       Oversee physical access to and proper handling of museum collections

    ·       Conduct guided tours of the Miller House Museum

    ·       Assist in kinship Family Heritage Research Center as needed

    ·       Create and manage digital images of museum objects

    ·       Oversee maintenance and monitoring of collections environments (security, climate, and pest management), and alert the Executive Director of any concerns

    ·       Prepare acquisition and other collections-related reports as required

    ·       Manage object conservation (in-house and outsourced)

    ·       Coordinate museum object deaccessioning, including arrangements for disposal with the collections committee chair

    ·       Prepare objects for exhibition; contribute to exhibition planning, development, installation, and deinstallation; assist with exhibition fabrication as needed

    ·       Monitor objects on display and assist with maintenance of exhibition furniture and materials, including cases, fixes, and lighting

    ·       Coordinate and document loans (incoming and outgoing), including scheduling, insurance, packing, transportation, and condition reports. Document all in PastPerfect

    ·       Maintain a working knowledge of the Society’s collections to effectively serve staff, researchers, and the general public 

    ·       Respond to requests for information about museum objects, including image orders in a timely manner

    ·       Interact effectively with the Board of Directors, volunteers, docents, media, corporate and community partners, WCHS members, and the general public in order to promote the best interests of the Historical Society.

    ·       Have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the mission and functions of the WCHS

    ·       Serve as a member of the collections stewardship team, working collaboratively to improve the management of and access to all of the Society’s collections

    ·       Respond to requests for technical assistance about museum collections care and management

    ·       Train and supervise volunteers and interns working on museum collections-related projects

    ·       Assist with the preparation and management of the collections annual and project budgets

    ·       Monitor museum department equipment, computers, and software

    ·       Other duties as assigned

    Required Qualifications:

    ·       Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in history, American Studies, museum studies, or related field

    ·       Understanding of principles, ethics, and standards governing collecting institutions

    ·       Thorough knowledge of best practices in collections care and management

    ·       A minimum of one-year professional experience managing the care, preservation, and documentation of museum collections, especially object handling and housing; museum registration and cataloging; collections management software; and loan procedures.

    ·       Knowledge of best practices related to the digitization of collections

    ·       Technology competence and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, and PastPerfect Museum Software. Familiarity with Adobe and Canva software.

    ·       Experience with the preparation and installation of objects and printed, manuscript, and special collections in exhibitions.

    ·       Precise attention to detail; superior planning, analytical, problem-solving, organizational, and project management skills; and the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously

    ·       Excellent research, writing, and communications skills

    ·       Independent self-starter with the ability to function as a contributing team member in a project-oriented and shared decision-making environment

    ·       Ability to lift up to forty pounds, and perform moderate physical activity including climbing up and down stairs, climbing ladders, kneeling, bending, and standing for extended periods of time

    ·       Valid driver’s license

    Preferred Qualifications:

    ·       Familiarity with Washington County/Maryland history and culture

    ·       Knowledge of intellectual property and rights and reproductions

    ·       Experience working at a historical society or other institution with museum, library, and archival collections


    Salary range $32,000 - $34,000, DOE

    Shared health care insurance

    10 days of vacation and flexible compensation time for excessive hours, after 90 days of employment

    Most major holidays including December 24th and December 31st.

    How to Apply: Please send cover letter and résumé as a single PDF file to Robyn Sumner, Executive Director at Subject line of the email should read: Attn: Museum Collections Manager: [your last name].

  • 24 Jan 2022 2:00 PM | Mary Bush

    The Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, a nonprofit membership library in the heart of La Jolla, CA, is seeking a dynamic and highly organized Executive Director to build on over a century of successful programs while leading positive and continued growth and sustainability. Rooted in the mission to provide our community with library resources in music and the arts along with cultural programs, classes, concerts, and exhibitions, the Athenaeum is a multi-faceted institution that requires a director with historical perspective and future vision while playing a significant role in fundraising and development.  Maintaining positive and deep relationships with current supporters, while cultivating new donors and other sources of revenue, will require creativity, experience, and energy. The Executive Director also manages all day-to-day operations within an annual budget, reports directly to the Board of Trustees, and leads to build upon the significant role the Athenaeum plays in the cultural life of San Diego.

    Officially incorporated as The Library Association of La Jolla in 1899, the organization evolved into what is now known as the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library. It is a vibrant and respected cultural institution and one of only seventeen membership libraries in the US. Several ambitious capital campaigns have united three historic buildings in La Jolla offering welcoming and accessible library/reading rooms, exhibition spaces, a music performance room, an art studio, and administrative offices. The Athenaeum expanded in 2016 with a second facility in the Logan Heights region of San Diego.  Called The Athenaeum Art Center, it houses a complete print studio; facilities for painting, drawing, and sculpture; and equipment for ceramics. Today the Athenaeum counts nearly 2,000 members, 100,000 visitors, and hosts 150 programs a year that include concerts of chamber music, jazz, and new music; art exhibitions; openings and receptions; lectures and courses; studio art instruction; school programs; and offerings for people of all ages.

    We are seeking an Executive Director who has:

    • a background in managing arts institutions with demonstrated broad interest and knowledge about music, art, and library resources.
    • experience as a strategic thinker yet is a “hands-on” leader who can motivate staff, volunteers, artists, and performers to produce high-quality programs while encouraging new ideas.
    • excellent communication and interpersonal skills with a passionate commitment to our goals and vision from facilities management to people management.
    • a commitment to the Athenaeum as a strong and enduring institution along with knowledge and connections with the San Diego arts community.
    • confidence and social skills to seize opportunities for meeting and socializing with the membership and the community at large for fundraising and development success.

    We are seeking an Executive Director who will:

    • review the organization and capacity of our staff to sustain smooth day-to-day operations and program activities.
    • successfully manage change and thoughtfully bring resolve, imagination, and enthusiasm to meet objectives with ongoing organizational improvements.
    • remain focused on accomplishing the Athenaeum's goals while realizing its values and vision.
    • be flexible with personal scheduling as required by the demands created by the Athenaeum's performance, lecture, event, and school calendars.
    • understand our unique role in the San Diego community and recognize and nourish that intangible spirit that continues to draw us and others to the Athenaeum.

    Salary range is $80,000 - $160,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

    Please submit a cover letter and resume to

    The Athenaeum is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and community resource. We believe diversity brings forth dimensions one could never imagine, equity is expected for all, inclusion is critical to our mission. We endeavor to create a space where everyone belongs.

  • 11 Jan 2022 4:23 PM | Samantha Ferris
    Site: Riversdale House Museum, Riverdale Park, MD
    Status: Part-Time (up to 30 hours per week, year-round)

    Compensation: $15-$17/hr
    To apply: 


    The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation, Natural and Historical Resources Division is currently seeking a part-time year-round Museum Program Coordinator for the Riversdale House Museum located in Riverdale, MD.

    Riversdale House Museum, a circa 1801 National Historic Landmark, seeks a dynamic and creative education coordinator to join our team. Built for Henri J. Stier, Riversdale interprets life starting in early Federal America through the Civil War. Stier’s daughter, Rosalie and her husband, George Calvert, raised their family on the site which was operated through free labor by enslaved and indentured workers. Included in the interpretation is the story of Adam Francis Plummer, an enslaved man who lived and worked at Riversdale. Rich in primary sources, the Museum’s interpretation spans American, African American, women’s, state, and local histories highlighted in its programming, tours, and exhibitions. Today, the Museum is transforming its traditional narrative into one that is more inclusive, diverse, and relevant through the development of impactful interpretation that better connects with current and new audiences.

    Responsibilities are separated into two primary categories – educational and administrative. Riversdale House Museum employs a small team with many projects and responsibilities that are team-based, the candidate will often be delegated individual tasks. The successful candidate will be responsible for researching, creating, coordinating, implementing, and providing support for public programs, activities, special events, and exhibitions. The candidate will be able to work independently and satisfactorily complete these tasks and meet deadlines.  This position pays at a rate of $15.00/hr to $17.00/hr dependent on experience and qualifications.

    This candidate will support the Riversdale House Museum in upholding the four strategic pillars of the Natural and Historic Resources Division (NHRD).
    1. Enhance the Visitor Experience: Quality and Quantity
    2. Leave a Legacy: Transforming Education into Activism
    3. Strengthen Inclusivity, Diversity, and Belonging
    4. Act with Honesty, Integrity, Respect, and Trust
     Examples of Important Duties

    Educational Responsibilities:

    • Research, create, coordinate, implement, and provide support for history-based public programs, activities, special events, and exhibits.
    • Develop, write, and implement educational lesson plans for K-12 classrooms.
    • Develop and run workshops for educators, including teachers, professors, principals, and homeschool associations. 
    • Provide support to volunteer coordinator to run appropriate trainings for corps. 
    • Develop and implement Scout programming aligned with current badge requirements.

    Administrative Responsibilities:

    • Serve as front-line staff during museum open hours and special tours, providing tour introductions and guided tours on an as-needed basis.
    • Create interpretive and promotional materials, including flyers, press releases, website marketing and print materials, and maintain updated online and print calendars. 
    • Sell tickets, process payments and registrations, and take required training for point of sale software.
    • Schedule programs, meetings, field trips, and tours and communicate with various types of guests (renters, donors, visitors, families, colleagues, etc.) in a professional manner.
    • With staff, maintain administrative calendars and spreadsheets, schedule rental setups, and associated tasks.

    Candidate will:

    • Be a self-starter and able to multi-task. 
    • Possess excellent organizational and communication skills.
    • Learn the basic history of the site and complete formal docent training.
    • Be comfortable interacting with the public while serving as front line staff during open hours and special events. 
    • Be willing to perform other duties as assigned.
    Minimum Qualifications
    • Must be at least 21 years old with a valid government issued driver’s license. 
    • Completed or be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program. A major in history, education, museum education, museum studies, or a related field preferred.
    • Specialized knowledge and experience in 19th century U.S. History, African American History, African American Studies or Ethnic Studies desirable.
    • Familiarity with current federal and state curriculum guidelines, elementary education teaching methodologies, and ability to develop curriculum for education programming and conducting school field trips and other education-focused tours and workshops.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite. Proficiency in Adobe Creative Cloud a plus.
    • Bilingual abilities a plus.
    • Ability to lift 25 pounds and comfortably navigate stairs.
    • Ability to work outdoor events in a variety of weather conditions
    Supplemental Information
    • The position is part time, up to 30 hours a week, with some evenings and weekends required.
    • Position does not qualify for benefits.
    • A background investigation will be completed prior to hire.
    • Person(s) hired for this position must provide proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (with limited religious or medical exceptions).  
    M-NCPPC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, gender identity, age, class, sexuality, religion, ability, or national origin.

  • 07 Jan 2022 10:51 AM | Anonymous

    Position Description

    The Maryland Center for History and Culture (MCHC) seeks a dynamic team member to join our Museum Department as the Exhibition Specialist. Reporting to the Director of Collections, this position will serve as project manager for the robust exhibition schedule at MCHC, provide key services to exhibition installation and upkeep, and work closely with the Vice President of Collections and Interpretation on all exhibitions functions. Our new team member will not only help with exhibitions but also institutional collection management initiatives including an upcoming large-scale collection move.


    • Oversee the physical development of exhibitions including:
      • Setting and maintaining project schedules;
      • Coordinating and overseeing outside contractors including designers, fabricators, and art handlers;
      • Overseeing the physical installation process;
      • Coordinate photography;
      • Tracking exhibition activities in the collection management system, PastPerfect;
      • Organizing exhibition-related documents;
      • Maintaining the condition of exhibitions as needed;
      • Managing the exhibition budgets;
      • Maintaining adequate exhibition-related supplies;
    • Assist in Exhibition fabrication including:
      • Fabricating and mounting labels;
      • Assisting with graphics production as needed for installations;
      • Designing and installing all exhibition lighting;
      • Making mounts for installations, as needed;
      • Developing floor plans and elevations, as needed;
    • ·         Miscellaneous
    • o    Add metadata to digital objects for review;
    • o    Assist with imaging services and patron requests;
    • o   Art handling.


    • ·         3+ years of experience in museum exhibitions;
    • ·         Excellent communication skills and knowledge of best practices for collections care;
    • ·         Strong knowledge of exhibition standards;
    • ·         Working knowledge of Past Perfect preferred;
    • ·         Experience with power tools preferred;
    • ·         Mount-making experience preferred;
    • ·         Ability to lift 75 pounds.

    About the Position

    This is a full-time, salaried position with benefits with occasional evening and weekend hours. The salary range is $40,000 -42,000 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, resume with contacts of three professional supervisory references to Subject line: Exhibition Specialist. 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

  • 06 Jan 2022 8:06 PM | Eric Moraczewski

    Position Title:  Director of Education and Programs

    Reports to: President and CEO

    Status: Full time regular

    Compensation: Salary, starting at Pay Range $60,000 - $65,000

    Organizational Description: 

    America’s Black Holocaust Museum was founded by Dr. James Cameron.  Dr. Cameron is one of few known survivors of lynching in American History.  His life experience and passion created ABHM with an interest in educating and sharing.  Today, ABHM promotes a space for reconciliation and healing in order to promote a more united community and an equitable world without racism.  Our vision is to honor the legacy of our founder, Dr. James Cameron, and the under-told stories of African Americans as an integral part of American history. America’s Black Holocaust Museum, an integrated physical and virtual experience, will continue to serve as a catalyst to educate and create space for reconciliation and healing. 

    Position Description:

    The Director of Education has a key role in the execution and evaluation of all education programs while supporting the implementation of strategies for program growth and scaling. Current plans and responsibilities are:

    • Develop and implement ABHM’s curriculum considering the central themes, goals, and mission of ABHM.

    • Develop curriculum to support learning through a variety of educational programs.

    • Develop the interpretive content of educational programs, events, and publications. 

    • Evaluate museum educational programs and seek opportunities for ABHM’s growth and change where necessary. 

    • Train staff and volunteers with information about ABHM and educational program offerings.

    • Guide tours for schools, corporate functions and more through the museum.

    • Collect program data and create various statistical summaries of educational programing to be used in reports and grant proposals.

    • Manage and actively participate in educational programs, event delivery, and evaluation. 

    • Plan and manage the budget of the Education Department.

    • Work collaboratively with the core Museum leadership staff in the planning and pursuit of long-term, Museum-wide initiatives.  

    • Collaborate with the Development Department in writing and overseeing grants in support of educational programs.

    • Collaborate with educational institutions to foster partnerships and promote student access to museum, both virtually and in-person.

    • Continue to work with core collaborators in the development and implementation of educational programs 

    • Serve, as needed, as exhibit content coordinator for installations in the permanent galleries and other public spaces.

    • Represent the Museum and the Education Department at community and professional meetings and conferences.

    • Communicate and attend meetings with external partners regarding program logistics.

    • Other duties related to ABHM’s education department as assigned.

    Position Requirements: 


    • Bachelor's degree in education or museum studies with an emphasis on education; background in black history or cultural studies.

    • 5 years of experience working with education or public programs in a museum setting.

    • 3 years of experience in a leadership role.

    • Experience with curriculum development and instructional pedagogy.

    • Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to communicate well both orally and in written form with visitors and colleagues of different ages, interests, and backgrounds.

    • Knowledge of current museum and informal educational practices, as well as visitor studies.

    • Research, writing, editing, and information management skills.

    • Proven project planning, coordination, and evaluation skills.

    • Ability to work well within deadlines on multiple and varied projects simultaneously.

    Job description and responsibilities may change in the future with any updates to the museum.

    This position is a full-time 40 hr Exempt position.  Some teleworking will be authorized but subject to change in the future.  The workweek might be working from home 3 days a week and 2 days at the museum on a flexible schedule, and subject to change.  Some weekends are required for educational events and programs. 

    For consideration, email resume and cover letter as 1 PDF to:

    Be sure to include the title of the position you are interested in with your letter.  Please have “[Your Last Name] – Director of Education and Programs” in the subject header for the email.  Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  No telephone calls for position inquiries, please.   

    America’s Black Holocaust Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity at all levels.

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