Curatorial Assistant

Colgate University
Hamilton, New York, USA

The Picker Art Gallery and Longyear Museum of Anthropology at Colgate University are teaching and collecting museums that engage local and global communities through innovative exhibitions, interdisciplinary research, dynamic outreach, and meaningful experiences with art and material culture.

Position Accountabilities
Primarily accountable for providing key support in collections research and documentation, curricular use of collections, exhibition and program coordination, and publication production.

Accountable for conducting research on objects in the collections, including archival research, contacting galleries and museums, and corresponding with specialists.

Accountable for accurately inputting data into collections databases, maintaining consistency across records, and producing reports.

Accountable for significant oversight and assistance in the production of museum publications, including writing and editing content.

Accountable for providing substantive support for the coordination and preparation of class visits, including corresponding with faculty.

In collaboration with the curators, accountable for conceptualizing, developing, and implementing exhibitions and programs.

Works closely with team members, accountable for making progress in digitizing collections and for developing strategies for sharing collections online, including through the development of online exhibitions and other digital projects.

Accountable for overseeing the work of undergraduate student employees or interns.

Accountable for engaging audiences through marketing and/or social media and maintaining the effective management of social media presence for both museums.

Accountable for knowing and following standards for museum and curatorial practice and Code of Ethics as outlined by the AAM.

Accountable for performing other duties as assigned.
  • Bachelor's degree in related field (art history; anthropology; archaeology; museum studies; humanities) is required
  • Master's degree in related field (art history; anthropology; archaeology; museum studies; humanities) is strongly preferred
Professional Experience/Qualifications
  • Minimum one (1) year experience in a museum or other arts or cultural institution, or equivalent demonstrable experience
  • Familiarity working with databases and/or demonstration of understanding of database concepts; able to accurately input data, maintain consistency across records, and pull reports
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Experience conducting object-based research
  • Ability to work collegially with a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students on a daily basis
  • Flexibility and the ability to think creatively
  • Knowledge of relevant computer programs (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Google applications)
Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of contemporary debates in the field of art/anthropology curation
  • Previous experience working with graphic designers, editors, scholars, and other museum professionals
  • Previous supervisory experience such as overseeing undergraduate student employees or interns
  • Experience handling museum objects/artworks. Knowledge of safe handling and movement practices.
  • Experience with digital and multimedia projects, such as online exhibitions and collections
  • Experience working with The Museum System (TMS) and/or FileMaker Pro databases
  • Previous involvement in producing exhibitions
  • Experience producing publications
  • Experience engaging audiences through marketing and/or social media
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This job posted by MERC from June 15 through September 4.

Chief Development Officer

National Museum of Mathematics
New York, New York, USA


The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) is an award-winning museum that highlights the role of mathematics, illuminating the patterns and structures that abound in our world. Located in the historic Flatiron district, MoMath strives to enhance the public understanding of mathematics through its interactive exhibits, galleries, and programs to encourage inquiry and reveal the wonders of math to a diverse audience of all ages.

Founded in 2010, MoMath is the only museum dedicated to mathematics in North America. MoMath began as traveling exhibit that received worldwide acclaim before assuming its current home, which opened on 12/12/12 adjacent to Madison Square Park.

Building on its early successes as Manhattan’s only interactive science center and as an innovator in engaging the public with math, MoMath has grown into a vital cultural institution. With a talented staff of more than three dozen, a $6M annual budget, and more than 40 hands-on exhibits, MoMath provides special programs and unique education opportunities. Program highlights include:
  • Math Encounters – MoMath’s flagship presentation series celebrates the richness of mathematics by bringing in research mathematicians who are skilled in reaching a general audience.
  • Pythagorize Seattle – MoMath gathered hundreds in Seattle to celebrate Pythagoras Day (08/17/15) where families and individuals gathered for a city-wide puzzle hunt featuring games and prizes in the city’s historic Triangle Pub, measuring 8 meters x 15 meters x 17 meters – a Pythagorean triple.
  • Rosenthal Prize – MoMath’s annual award of $25,000 recognizes teachers for promoting hands-on math education in middle school classrooms. Last year’s recipient was California teacher Matt Engle who was recognized for his lesson “Bringing Similarity Into Light: Experience Similarity and Dilations Using Shadows.” The 2018 award recipients will be announced in the winter.
  • MoMathlon – An annual math tournament that provides a day of challenge and camaraderie for middle school students from the New York metropolitan area and recognizes the top three participant schools. This year’s first place champions hailed from R.C. Murphy Junior High School in Suffolk County.
MoMath is entering an exciting period of expansion. To support its growth, the Museum is seeking an experienced, dynamic Chief Development Officer.

Reporting directly to the Executive Director & CEO of the Museum, the Chief Development Officer will serve as a key member of the Museum’s top leadership group, and will lead the Museum’s overall fundraising strategy development and execution, expand its network of potential donors, and increase support from individual and institutional contributors. Candidates must be creative, nimble and capable of working collaboratively across the organization.

This is a special opportunity to partner with highly intelligent, passionate, and fundraising savvy senior leadership and staff seeking to make a real and lasting impact in the field.

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive strategic annual fundraising plan; develop donors, generate contributions, and identify new potential Trustees, in collaboration with the Executive Director and the Board of Trustees.
  • Orchestrate the implementation of all development initiatives.
  • Develop existing Museum relationships and research, identify, and cultivate potential new individual and institutional funders; perform detailed prospect research.
  • Utilize a full spectrum of fundraising methods including individual/major gift appeals, foundation and corporate grant proposals, events, government appeals, memberships,
    direct mail, and online fundraising.
  • Partner with Museum management to aid in the development of a robust schedule of Museum cultivation events; provide development support for the Museum’s two annual
  • Set fundraising goals and budgets.
  • Oversee the preparation of letters of inquiry and the grant application process.
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the development function and development staff, ensuring a high level of quality, efficiency, and support.
  • Maintain close communication with top Museum management regarding fundraising strategies and progress towards goals; report periodically to the Board of Trustees.
  • Successful record of at least seven years in the development field, preferably in New York City; at least 10 years’ experience in not-for-profit organizations; experience with museums or educational institutions preferred.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in establishing and managing relationships with donors in all categories.
  • Ability to lead, motivate, and organize a development team.
  • Strong analytic and project management skills, attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated experience organizing and executing multiple time-sensitive projects and an ability to building consensus.
  • Proven ability to implement annual and long-term strategic development plans.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, together with excellent verbal and written communications.
  • Experience with a donor management database system.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience; full suite of benefits included.

To apply, please use the link below and submit a cover letter and a résumé.

This position description is based upon material provided by the National Museum of Mathematics, an equal opportunity employer.

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This job posted by MERC from May 30 through August 30.

Education and Volunteer Coordinator

Museums of Western Colorado
Grand Junction, Colorado, USA

The Museums of Western Colorado in Grand Junction, Colorado (MWC)is seeking an Education and Volunteer Coordinator.

Full-time, salaried position with benefits that is responsible for the development, implementation, evaluation and supervision of museum education programs and the recruitment, training, and management of volunteers. Specifically, this position will direct educational outreach kits, educational aspects of exhibitions, volunteer management, educational programming for children and adults, and curriculum development with local school district.

Must have an undergraduate degree and one-year teaching or museum experience.

The MWC is an AAM accredited multi-discipline museum in Grand Junction, Colorado. Over 50 years old, the MWC encompasses three different locations: Museum of the West in Grand Junction, Dinosaur Journey in Fruita and Cross Orchards in Fruitvale.

Position Open Until Filled.

Send cover letter, resume, 3 references to Peter Booth, Museums of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 20,000. Grand Junction, CO 81502 or

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This job posted by MERC from May 29 through July 6.

Curator, Japanese Art & Culture

Royal Ontario Museum
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Canada’s largest museum ($65M annual budget), seeks an energetic, innovative Curator of Japanese Art & Culture to develop and implement a dynamic schedule of exhibitions, programs and research while also building the collection, at a time when the ROM charts a new course to more deeply engage visitors and communities. The successful candidate will lead interpretation and presentation of the collection for general and academic audiences; will enjoy working with donors, collectors, scholars, external communities, and global partners; and welcome interactions with varied audiences, including families.

OPPORTUNITIES: To curate innovative, interdisciplinary exhibitions; build, refine and interpret the 10,000-work Japanese collection with fresh strategies and in new directions, including modern and contemporary; build global networks; and engage in original research. Opportunity for cross-appointment at University of Toronto and to live in cosmopolitan Toronto (population 2.8M, metro-area 6.4M).

RESPONSIBILITIES: Manage permanent collection and installation rotations; work collaboratively with museum teams on special exhibitions and programs; develop strategies for new interpretations and directions to reach local and regional communities; engage community stakeholders, including Japanese-Canadian communities in Toronto and throughout Canada; engage with professional colleagues to produce research and publications; help maintain and promote the Korean collection and galleries; and help cultivate support from patrons and foundations for projects and acquisitions.

REQUIREMENTS: PhD or equivalent in Japanese art history or related field; curatorial/exhibitions experience, publications track-record; Japanese proficiency. Familiarity with Korean an asset; fundraising experience a plus. Full qualifications/how to apply: Apply by 7/6/18 to EOE. Nominations welcome

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This job posted by MERC from May 9 through July 6.

Educational Programs Manager #4530

Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum
Waco, Texas, USA

About the Texas Rangers & the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum
The Texas Rangers, founded in 1823, are America’s oldest state-wide law enforcement agency. They have served under five national flags from a frontier guard to today’s renowned elite law enforcement agency. A Texas legend and State symbol, the Texas Rangers are widely chronicled in American history and popular culture.

Established by the State of Texas and City of Waco in 1964, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum is the official state historical center of the Texas Rangers. Located halfway between Dallas and Austin, it is operated as a department of the City of Waco (pop. 130,000) and sanctioned by the State. The complex consists of a state-designated museum, hall of fame, library and archives, education center, Texas Rangers company headquarters and banquet hall.

Essential Functions
Under supervision of the Director, the Educational Programs Manager plans, implements and manages all institutional educational programs, participates in the exhibits team and coordinates and supervises the Texas Ranger Education Center available to nonprofit community service organizations and the Texas Rangers.
  • Develops, implements and evaluates educational programs; coordinates special programs, tours and community outreach, special events and presentations.
  • Serves on the exhibits team developing themes and interpretive materials, and assuring educational validity; assists with coordination of exhibit design and procurement of services.
  • Manages the Education Center by coordinating and screening scheduling and applications by clients; promotes Education Center availability.
Minimum Qualifications
Master’s Degree in History, Museum Studies/Science of Education required; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Experience and Skills
  • Three years of experience and facility in planning, supervision delivery of programs for student and adult audiences of varied educational and cultural backgrounds;
  • Knowledge of educational program evaluation methods and processes
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision, plan and organize work as well as maintain records, analyze data and prepare reports
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team within the organization
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; computer proficiency, including MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint)
FLSA Status: A non-exempt position; may occasionally be required to work weekends or holidays as special programs require.

Salary: $38,511- $44,512 Annually; City of Waco benefits

This job description is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required. City management has exclusive rights to alter this job description at any time without notice. Employees will be required to follow any other job related instructions and to perform any other job related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an 'at-will' relationship.

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This job posted by MERC from May 2 through August 2.