Executive Director, Luzerne County Historical Society
Compensation: Commensurate with experience up to $50,000, Rent-free housing on the property of the Swetland Homestead (Hancock House) with
The Luzerne County Historical Society seeks a visionary Executive Director to build on past successes and guide the organization to the next level. Our mission is to preserve and promote the collective history and heritage of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, which includes but is not limited to pioneer settlements of the mid-18 th Century, a Revolutionary War battle, the legacy of anthracite coal mining and waves of change through the 20th century.
The LCHS is staffed by three full-time and one part-time employees with the support of 21 members of the Board of Directors and approximately 500 members.
The Executive Director of the Luzerne County Historical Society implements the policies and directives of the Board of Directors and provides leadership that enables the organization to create and administer effective services in alignment with the vision and mission of the society.
The Executive Director is expected to effectively manage financial and human resources through the application of strategic planning and budgeting processes, fundraising and financial development, volunteer and staff development, cost control, competent systems and processes, performance monitoring and reporting, and other appropriate resource enhancements.
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Director, Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums
Cooperstown, NY (Candidates who live in or are willing to relocate to the Mid-Atlantic Region are welcome to apply.)
Compensation: $50,000 annual, generous vacation package, contribution to IRA and health benefits.
The Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums seeks an energetic, dynamic, creative, and networked professional to lead the Mid-Atlantic’s regional museum association. This position reports to an active board of directors consisting of regional museum professionals and industry partners and is responsible for the overall operation of the Association. The Association is dedicated to the philosophy that museums must be more inclusive, participatory, and sustainable and that museums can change people’s lives. The successful candidate should share MAAM’s commitment to equity, diversity, and integrity in the field and work to actively promote these ideas. We value collaboration, accountability, and innovation.
The Director must have daily operational skills combined with visionary thinking abilities to lead the Association’s direction, programs, and membership. The Director is responsible for managing and developing an innovative program schedule which presently includes two annual conferences, workshops, networking opportunities, and other professional resources.
MAAM is in a period of expanding its membership base and the Director is responsible for successfully growing and delivering the Association's membership services. The Director must have a working knowledge of professional best practices, national trends, and current challenges in the museum sector. As the main spokesperson for the Association, the Director must be able to work collaboratively with other organizations and represent MAAM to museums, state and national agencies, universities, corporations, and foundations, along with state, regional, and national museum associations.
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Library Director, The Adirondack Experience
Blue Mountain Lake, NY
Compensation: $58,000 – $68,000.
The Adirondack Experience (ADKX) in Blue Mountain Lake, which opened its doors in 1957, is one of upstate New York’s major cultural institutions and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). ADKX is dedicated to telling the story of one of America’s most unique regions, its residents, and its many visitors. Its operating budget exceeds $5M and the year-round staff includes 35 employees. An additional 50 employees are added during the May October season. Detailed information about ADKX and its programs is available at www.theadkx.org.
The ADKX library is the premier repository for primary and secondary research materials documenting the history and culture of the Adirondack region (https://www.theadkx.org/
Candidates must have a masters degree from an ALA accredited program, preferably with a concentration in special collections or archival administration, and a minimum of three years’ experience in special collections or archives (ideally in a museum or research library). An undergraduate or graduate degree in American History, American Studies, Environmental History, or a related field is preferred. Applicants must have experience interacting with researchers and be flexible and open to coordinating and completing projects with limited resources. Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal, and computer skills are required. Experience with grant writing and administration is also desirable.
More information and a full job description here.
Faculty Fellow for the Art History Museum Studies Program, Niagara University
Compensation: $50,000 to $62,000
The College of Arts and Sciences at Niagara University is seeking a full-time Faculty Fellow to serve as Director of the Art History with Museum Studies program in the Department of Theatre and Fine Arts. The successful candidate will assume all administrative, recruitment, and student advising responsibilities as outlined in the job description and will teach the equivalent of three undergraduate courses per semester. The candidate will also support the efforts of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) through committee work and attendance at sponsored events.
Applicants should hold a minimum of a master’s degree and have at least three years of experience teaching in higher education. In addition, over three years of experience of working at a museum is required. Experience planning exhibitions or curating is desired. Leadership qualities and project management skills are necessary, as well as demonstrated teamwork and collaboration. Applicants must be familiar with practices in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility.
The successful candidate should be able to teach a range of classes in art history and museum studies. This position also oversees internships, senior seminars, and honors theses.
Program oversight includes curriculum development, student advisement, recruitment, scholarship management, study abroad programs, resource management, website content, alumni engagement and maintaining a strong digital presence.
As Museum Liaison/Contributor, the Faculty Fellow interfaces with the Castellani Art Museum (CAM) for major planning and program initiatives. They help to bridge the interests of their students and the College of Arts and Sciences with the CAM. As part of this work, they collaborate with CAM staff in the creation of student exhibitions.
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Association Team Administrator, The Museum Trustee Association
The Museum Trustee Association is a national organization that supports, educates and inspires Trustees in order to enhance their effectiveness for the benefit of the institutions they serve. The association adopted a new strategic plan and is in a time of growth. We are seeking diverse, qualified candidates to apply for the Administrator role at the Museum Trustee Association (MTA). As the organization continues forward momentum, we would like a new team member that is engaged in our mission. The position requires at least one to two years of office experience.
- Team driver and collaborator for organizational timeline and ensures that timelines are reasonable, met and that relevant materials are distributed accordingly.
- Coordinates with external clients, board, consultants and staff.
- Sets and manages CEO’s calendar for meetings, events and travel schedule as well as manage all calendars for program participants/speakers and internal team as they pertain to programs, including webinars, gatherings,
awards and more.
- Follows-up all scheduling with monthly expense and reimbursement reports.
- Coordinates Board communications including creating and distributing board packets and other updates including agendas, reports, meeting minutes and relevant information and ensures their distribution in a timely
- Creates proposals and visuals for team appearances at conferences and lectures.
- Manages all aspects of MTA conferences, workshops and patron weekends including audio-visual, catering, registrations, transportation, sponsorship proposals and acknowledgements, and other dealings with outside
- Oversee, maintains, share and update RSVP and attendee lists for programs to move forward follow-up, donation solicitations, and membership inquiries, and more.
- Executes activities regarding individual and institutional membership including responding to inquiries, stewarding relationships, maintaining membership files/records, sending solicitations, acknowledgements, and
- Ensure recognition of institutional and individual membership is correct and updated in print and online.
- Deliver membership statistics and reports as requested.
- Ensure that the website and all online platforms are accurate and up to date, specifically membership, events and member resource center.
- A member of the overall team that supports MTA template sales, on-line set-up and customer service.
- Generates mailing lists, solicitations, conferences, and prepares marketing materials for distribution.
- Maintains MTA CRM’s accounts in a timely manner regarding additions, changes and new initiatives.
- Attends Association events and industry conferences as needed. Requires some night and weekend travel (15%).
- Maintains general office supplies, maintains office area, manages mail, correspondence, and Interfaces with controller for accurate financial reporting.
- Other projects as assigned.
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Associate Vice President, Exhibitions, Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County
Los Angeles, CA
Compensation: $159,000.00 to 170,000.00 annually
The NHMLAC is seeking an Associate Vice President, Exhibitions for our Education, Exhibition, & Community Engagement department. The Associate Vice President, Exhibitions works closely with the Senior Vice President, Education, Exhibition, and Community Engagement envision and project direct new permanent and temporary exhibitions strategy and schedules for the future NHM museum expansion project and the new LBTP museum projects. It is an exciting time as we embark on new journeys of becoming a museum of, for, and with L.A.
Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:
- Exhibition Development: Provide a fresh approach to exhibition development, involving new technology and digital content in creating dynamic forms of engagement in-gallery and on mobile devices, with the goal of sustainability in design and maintenance. Guide the development of a robust program of traditional and immersive exhibition experiences that fulfill NHMLAC’s mission. Strategic and tactical development and implementation of exhibition and related experiences.
- Exhibition Maintenance: Oversee maintenance of exhibitions and gardens to meet the highest standards of public display.
- Communication: Being a creative force and an effective communicator at every level of the organization. This includes high-level presentations, and interaction with NHMLAC’s Board of Trustees and Board of Governors.
- Staff Management and Training: Successful team builder to lead a dynamic team of approximately 30 full-time and part-time staff (managers, project managers, exhibition developers, designers, and technicians) for the current and future engagement of our Los Angeles in the co-creation of programs. Oversee the development and facilitation of internal training and professional development opportunities. Needs to an effective coach and will communicate clearly with the exhibitions team.
- Budget Management: Capacity to manage a comprehensive operational budget of approximately $1.1M for the department, including program production and staff costs. Responsible for the oversight of key partner, vendor negotiations, contracts and letters of agreement. Experience with large capital projects to meet the organizational vision.
- Interdepartmental Collaboration: Actively collaborate across all departments, especially with Research & Collections, Education, Marketing and Communications, and Advancement in order to ensure that NHMLAC’s exhibition experiences highlight the strength of the collections, featuring the research of our curators, and help create relevant unified exhibition experiences both our members and public.
- IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access): Ensure that team members are supported in their growth and development as it relates to IDEA content and institutional initiatives, and are integrating this practice into exhibition design and development. Integrate knowledge and input from our public, key community stakeholders (internal and external) into the research, development and evaluation of all exhibitions.
- Grant Applications and Funding Opportunities: Be highly collaborative with Advancement in future planning and diversified funding for exhibitions. Act as exhibition approver for research grants or corporate sponsorships including writing support.
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Collections & Exhibitions Assistant, The Frick Pittsburgh
Compensation: $30,000 – $36,000
Responsible for providing general support to the curatorial department and assisting in the efficient and effective operation of departmental activities.
- Correspondence, record keeping, budget maintenance, invoice processing, scheduling, and other general administrative duties to support the curatorial department
- Assist with planning related to exhibitions and curatorial programming, including creating, developing, and maintaining exhibition checklists and object labels
- Assist with physical installation of exhibitions and permanent collection displays
- Perform regular walkthroughs of exhibition galleries and collections spaces, completing preventive conservation cleaning weekly
- Assist curatorial staff in documentation and cataloguing of museum artifacts, including location changes, and other data entry
- Field research requests and respond to routine inquiries; follow up as required
- Manage rights and reproduction requests for images related to the collection and departmental photo library
- Maintains the exhibition database, departmental reference, and periodical library
- Act as recording secretary and coordinator of Collections and Exhibitions Committee meetings as well as other meetings as assigned
- Manages departmental interns
- In consultation with curatorial colleagues, streamlines workflow and administrative tasks finding efficiencies and better methods when possible
- Attends and participates in meetings and ongoing communications with internal and external stakeholders on a regular basis
- BA degree in Art History, Museum Studies, or related field or two years of experience supporting a curator or exhibition required
- 1 year of working with collections, object handling skills preferred
- Excellent attention to detail and superior organizational skills
- Able to proactively prioritize and manage time while meeting deadlines
- Team player with the ability to work within cross-functional teams effectively
- Proficiency with MS Office Suite, Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, and familiarity with collections database management software, specifically Vernon CMS
- Clearance of a criminal background check
- Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds. Must be able to stand, walk, carry, stoop, kneel, bend, grasp and reach overhead.
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to HR@TheFrickPittsburgh.org.
Preservation Specialist, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts
Philadelphia, PA (This position requires frequent travel throughout the United States.)
Compensation: $56,365 – $60,590
The Preservation Specialist contributes to the mission of CCAHA through conducting institutional assessments and assisting with institutional preservation planning; supporting educational programs; and providing technical information to libraries, archives, museums, historic sites, and other cultural institutions.
- Conducting on-site preservation needs assessments and risk assessments with written reports for libraries, archives, museums, and other organizations.
- Assisting institutions to develop preservation plans, emergency plans, and collections management policies.
- Maintaining familiarity with preservation literature, particularly resources related to emergency preparedness and response.
- Presenting lectures and preparing both in-person and webinar programs for professional and lay audiences to promote awareness of preservation concerns and practices.
- Providing technical information via telephone, e-mail, and in print on preservation topics.
- Assisting in updating and expanding the range of technical literature available through CCAHA. Writing articles for publication.
- Representing CCAHA at conferences and other public programs and participating in professional associations on a local, regional, and national level.
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Lead Experience Designer, The Wisconsin Historical Society
Compensation: The salary will be between $27 – $38.50 per hour ($56,160 to $80,080 annually) in accordance with the provisions of the current Compensation Plan. This position is in pay schedule 07, range 03; Civil service classification is Program and Policy Analyst-Advanced. A12-month probationary period will be required.
The Lead Experience Designer works collaboratively across the agency to advance interpretive and experience projects at Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) attractions across the state. An ideal position for an extremely creative and artistic individual, this role applies a coherent strategy rooted in the Society’s Experience Design Philosophy to share relevant, compelling, and captivating human-centered stories. Experiences shared by the Society are rooted in the foundational elements of history to develop experiences that share state, national, and international stories.
WHS encompasses a diverse portfolio of attractions including living history museums, historic sites, museums with gallery exhibits, library and archives, pop-up/traveling exhibits, and National Landmarks. Within these interpretive spaces, the designer will use immersive storytelling, appropriate technology, and innovative techniques to move the emotions, engage the senses, and energize the guest. With such varied experiences, a project may be an immersive environment, gallery exhibit featuring artifacts and archival collections, multimedia installation, or recreated farm featuring animal programming. Each project is made up of carefully considered designed elements, details, and techniques, resulting in a unified and multi-layered experience for guests to share, enjoy, discuss, and reflect upon.
Guiding the projects, the Lead Experience Designer implements interpretive plans and learning objectives using skillsets in graphic design, project management, creative development, and spatial drawings. A key element is leading projects of varied sizes through a comprehensive process including concept, schematic, design development, and installation. Much of the work includes interfacing and managing relationships with vendors for design development and fabrication. Excellent communication links together key project collaborators in education, collections, marketing, finance, and retail. A primary responsibility will be developing temporary exhibitions created in-house and rented for the Society’s future history center.
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Co-Executive Director, American Precision Museum
Windsor, Vermont (60% weekly on site; up to 40% weekly remote)
Compensation: $95,000-$110,000 per year
The American Precision Museum (APM) inspires new generations of innovators by connecting immersive programming with the rich history of manufacturing in America. Housed in a National Historic Landmark building, APM’s 4,000 square foot exhibit space, education programs, events, and online resources explore the evolution of manufacturing technology – past, present and future. With major recent investments in education and fundraising, APM is poised to expand its reach into the national STEM ecosystem as a strategy to create a more robust talent pipeline. We seek a visionary, strategic leader to co-direct this ambitious transition in partnership with our current Executive Director.
The new Co-Executive Director will serve as the external face of the museum and lead strategy related to communications, marketing, fundraising and education. This externally focused role will complement the current Executive Director’s internal focus on operations, collections, exhibits and visitor services. Together, this team of Co-Executive Directors will build on APM’s strong financial standing to launch the Museum into a new phase of engagement, relevance, and impact. This is an exciting opportunity to link APM’s historical riches to the rapidly transforming culture of innovation in the digital age.