Visitors’ Experience Manager (Gift Shop, physical and online)

The Whale Museum
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington, USA

The Whale Museum is seeking a person to fulfill the role of Visitors’ Experience (VE) Manager.  Year-round FT employment (includes benefits).

Established in 1979 as the first U.S. museum dedicated to whales living in the wild, The Whale Museum’s mission is to promote stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research.  Our facility is located on San Juan Island, northwest of Seattle, Washington.  This remote island is accessible only by ferry, boat or plane.  The Museum is open daily, year-round.

The VE Manager’s responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • oversee operation and maintenance of the Gift Shop and online store
  • coordinate staff recruitment, training, and scheduling
  • oversee all aspects of visitors’ experience, including welcoming to the Museum, fielding questions
  • create and incorporate educational content into displays
The VE Manager works closely with the Executive Director, Museum Curator, and other staff to plan, budget and implement specific projects associated with their areas of responsibility.

Working closely with other departments, the Visitors’ Experience Manager oversees all aspects of visitors’ experience, including welcoming visitors into the Museum, fielding questions, and managing the gift shop. The successful candidate will be highly flexible. Required work schedule includes weekend coverage, most holidays, and some evenings on a year-round basis.

Required Experience: retail, customer service, budgeting/accounting, administrative, inventory, management, web/social media, and computer skills. Candidates must enjoy managing people & schedules; be energetic, hard-working, cheerful, and enjoy working with the public.

Qualifications: a Bachelor’s Degree in Business or 3 years’ experience in a relevant field, excellent communication skills (oral and written), excellent attention to detail, excellent computer/technological skills (i.e., word processing, database management, spreadsheets, graphics, and social media. Specific programs include: Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Access, Excel, and Publisher, as well as, Adobe Create Suite), grant writing, experience with public communication, and retail/customer service experience.  A varied skill set and flexibility are major assets. Familiarity with the Pacific Northwest environment, Salish Sea ecosystem and its inhabitants are a plus; emphasis is placed on knowledge of the federally-listed endangered community of Southern Resident Orcas, the threats they face and efforts underway to help them recover. 

Electronic submissions are encouraged.  It is suggested that a PDF compiled with the requested information be submitted.  While it is planned for the new person to be in place by August 2018, start date is negotiable for the right candidate.  Active review of submitted applications will begin immediately, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Application package should include: a cover letter, resume and up to five references (either reference letter or contact information for each reference).  Please send to: 

Jenny L. Atkinson, Executive Director
The Whale Museum
P. O. Box 945
Friday Harbor, WA 98250

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This job posted by MERC from July 20 through October 19.

Curator of Natural History

City of Riverside
Riverside, California, USA

The City of Riverside is accepting applications for the position of CURATOR OF NATURAL HISTORY to fill one (1) vacancy in the MUSEUM DEPARTMENT. The eligibility list established may be used to fill the current and/or upcoming vacancies within this classification for up to six (6) months.

Under general supervision, Museum Curators perform a variety of technical and professional duties in the assembling and caring for museum collections in anthropology, history, or natural history; to plan and provide materials for museum exhibitions and educational programs; (when assigned to the Anthropology division) to provide interaction with Native American groups and university scholars to implement the Division's mission; (when assigned to the history division) to provide public access to archival collections and answer research inquiries; work closely with all facets of the community to preserve this region's legacy; and do related work as required.

Work Performed
Typical duties may include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:
  • Work effectively on teams to implement the Museum's mission.
  • Locate, acquire and house appropriate artifacts or specimens.
  • Conduct detailed analysis to identify items.
  • Prepare and maintain proper collection records.
  • Provide for necessary maintenance, preservation and restoration of collected materials.
  • Select artifacts and generally plan exhibitions within assigned field of responsibility.
  • Provide data for labels to emphasize exhibition features.
  • Present lectures or other programs to community groups, Museum audiences and professional organizations.
  • Contribute articles to the Museum newsletters and scholarly publications.
  • Conduct field research to gather data, specimens and photographic records.
  • Identify objects for the general public.
  • Confer and cooperate with other resource and Museum personnel regarding materials sources, object data, exhibition details, publications and programs.
  • Instruct interns and volunteers.
Recruitment Guidelines:

Education: Equivalent to a Master's Degree from an accredited college or university with major work in museology, history, anthropology, archaeology, geology, natural science, zoology, or a closely related field of specialization. Three years' experience in the field and evidence of the pursuit of graduate studies may substitute for the partial fulfillment of the Master's Degree requirement.

Experience: One year of experience in the collection, preservation, interpretation, presentation of materials for Museum exhibitions and provision of public access to collections.

Highly Desirable Qualifications:
  • Three years experience at the Museum Curator level.
  • Experience with interpretive planning and object-based teaching.
  • Experience in grant writing.
  • Experience in a collaborative team environment.


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This job posted by MERC from July 20 through October 19.

Community Engagement Manager

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Los Angeles, California, USA

The Natural History Family of Museum is seeking a Community Engagement Manager for our Education and Programs department. As part of the Education and Programs Division, the Community Engagement Manager works closely with the Director, Programs to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for creating community programs and partnerships in Los Angeles County; work collaboratively with Museum staff and community members to ensure inclusive and authentic partnerships; develop, budget, plan and implement community programs for the diverse audiences of Los Angeles.

Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:
  • Develop strategy for community partnerships and programs both onsite and in satellite locations.
  • Cultivate relationships with key Los Angeles County organizations ie. libraries, LA Parks & Rec, etc.
  • Content creation, development, planning and scheduling of community programs.
  • Coordination with multiple departments for marketing, promotion, content development and execution of programs.
  • Production and tracking of budgets, attendance and demographic reports as needed.
  • Participate in and oversee calendar for the Community Engagement Council
  • Facilitation support for other Public Programs.
This position has the following requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree in Education, History, or Natural Sciences.
  • Five or more years of experience developing community partnerships and/ or educational programming
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills and be an effective collaborator
  • Must possess cultural competence, sensitivity and knowledge of target communities
  • Ability to multi-task and handle multiple priorities.
  • Excellent follow through and attention to detail.
  • Very flexible and helpful; occasional weekend hours will be required.
  • Proficiency in using PC computers and Microsoft Office software, databases, and internet.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Spanish language fluency preferred.
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is seeking applicants who have demonstrated experience and commitment working with a diverse community. Salary is commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits. This is a full time regular, non-exempt position.

A cover letter, current resume, and list of 3-4 references are required for all applicants. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until position is filled. Interested candidates please visit and click the link of the position for which you are interested.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please, No Phone Calls, No Fax.

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This job posted by MERC from July 13 through October 12.


Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville
Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Position Information
Job Title: Curator
Position Number : 441010
Type of Appt: Full-Time
Working Hours: 8-5, some nights and weekends
Approved Hiring Salary: $60,000 to negotiable
Pay Basis: Annually

General Description
The Curator is a supervisory position which is primarily responsible for the advancement of the Museum’s exhibition program and maintaining a consistently high level of quality for the museum’s exhibition presentations. The Curator is tasked with creating and implementing a balanced schedule comprised of solo, group, and traveling projects. Among other responsibilities, he/she will propose large and small scale exhibitions, managing all phases and communicating all aspects relating to these projects; write scholarly publications and texts; assist with the development and growth of the Permanent Collection, including acquisitions across media; participate in fundraising and cultivation efforts; consult on press and marketing initiatives; and represent the Museum by delivering lectures, participating in symposia, and helping in other ways that further MOCA’s mission.

Job function / essential duties
  • Develop and maintain curatorial department, exhibition and collection related budgets.
  • Coordinate exhibition schedule with management staff, subject to the approval of the Director, and in conjunction with the approval in input of the Board of Trustee’s Collections and Exhibitions Committee.
  • Supervise the Registrar in the management of shipping and receiving of all art objects, including incoming loans, traveling exhibitions, and loans to other museums.
  • Supervise installations, deinstallations, and reinstallations of all exhibition space and supervises personnel involved in those activities.
  • Review gift proposals from artists and potential donors, present recommendations to the Director and the Collections and Exhibitions committee.
  • Train staff as required to impart art handling skills, professional museum related skills, and safety procedures.
Marginal Functions
  • Act as liaison to and responsible staff for leading meetings of the Collections and Exhibition committee.
  • Make recommendations to the director and committee on accessioning, deaccessioning, and acquisition strategy.
  • Serve as liaison to the Collectors Circle in collaboration with the director and membership coordinator to cultivate and provide stewardship to donors.
  • Manage specialized volunteers in collections research and other clerical duties. Collaborate with the development department to secure and monitor grant funds and cultivate donors to enhance the collection through gifts of art.
  • Maintain good working knowledge of the Museum’s policies, procedures, educational practices and ideologies.
  • Be knowledgeable of Museum’s collection and exhibition policies.
  • Be knowledgeable of and practice the AAM’s Code of Ethics.
  • Serve as part of a team responsible for overseeing Emergency Response and Disaster Preparedness as it relates to artworks in the museum’s custody.
  • During a declared emergency, this position may be required to perform specific job related duties at a designated offsite location or place of residence.
Required Qualifications
  • A Master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in a directly related area of specialization and four years of experience directly related to the job functions; or a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in a directly related area of specialization and six years of experience directly related to the job functions.
  • Knowledge of contemporary practices and trends in engaging the public through creative and innovative practice.
  • Proven experience in cultivating relationships, collaborations, and partnerships with regional, national, and international communities.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to interface effectively and diplomatically with internal and external constituents including faculty, staff, and community leaders.
  • Ability to multitask is essential as are excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Record of strong management and analytic skills, both strategic and operational.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends, as needed.
Departmental Requirements
Preference given to applicants who meet the required qualifications and also possess the following:
  • M.Ed/MFA/BA/BS/BFA in Art Education, Museum Studies, Art Administration, Education, Art History, or Studio Art
  • Master’s degree in art history with specialization in 20th and 21st century art; PhD preferred.
  • Experience curating exhibitions, collections management, demonstrating aptitude as well as administrative and managerial skills.
  • Portfolio of scholarship in the field of modern and contemporary art, particularly public programming and publications.
  • Demonstrated aptitude in administrative and managerial skills. Proven leadership experience in developing and executing strategic goals, and leading and managing staff and volunteers.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge of professional procedures of handing works of art.
  • Excellent organization and time management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work with Development on grant and sponsorship proposals.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Outlook) and experience with relational databases and collections management software.
  • Statement(s) of Understanding
  • This position requires a level II background check, which includes fingerprinting. In conjunction with the University’s policy, this position may also require a credit check. The holder of this position is designated as a “Responsible Employee” pursuant to their role under Title IX. Therefore, the incumbent must promptly report allegations of sexual misconduct, sexual violence, and child sexual abuse by or against any student, employee, contractor, or visitor to the University’s Title IX Administrator or any divisional Title IX Coordinator.
Posting Detail Information
Anticipated Start Date: 08/13/2018
Job Posting Date: 4/10/2018
Application Review Date: 07/30/2018
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Point of Contact:
Ben Thompson, Deputy Director (904) 620-4206,

Hiring Official: Caitlin Doherty, Director

Special Instructions
Applicants must complete an online application, as well as upload supplemental documents, at in order to be considered for this position. Applicants who do not apply online and/or upload all the required documents will not be considered for this position. Once you submit both your completed application and uploaded documents you will receive a confirmation number. Keep the confirmation number for your records. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Heather Sloan at (904) 620-3226 or at

Documents Needed to Apply:
Resume, Cover Letter, Writing Sample, and Portfolio (optional)

How to Apply:
Visit and search keywords “Curator” or by department “MOCA”.

Minimum of Three References

Summary Information about MOCA Jacksonville
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Jacksonville, a cultural resource of the University of North Florida, serves the community and its visitors through exhibitions, collections, educational programs, and publications designed to enhance an understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary art with particular emphasis on works created from 1960 to present.
MOCA is dedicated to: collecting, preserving and interpreting notable works of modern and contemporary art; presenting exhibitions of local regional, national and international significance; developing first-rate educational programs; and presenting a mixture of artistic disciplines and creative programs to reach all segments of our diverse community.

Summary Information about the University of North Florida
The University of North Florida ("University" or "UNF") is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all who interact in our community. In building this environment, we strive to attract students, faculty and staff from a variety of cultures, abilities, backgrounds and life experiences to achieve a diverse University community.
UNF is a Carnegie Community Engaged Institution. This designation celebrates the University's collaboration with community partners from the local to the global level. It reflects UNF's mission to contribute to the public good and prepare educated, engaged citizens.

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This job posted by MERC from July 12 through July 30.

Associate Director of Development

Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) seeks a permanent, full-time, benefits-eligible Associate Director of Development, reporting to the Director and CEO, located at 900 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA. The CAC is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants without regard to ethnicity, gender identity, age, or sexual orientation. Interested candidates should submit an application by no later than August 1, 2018.

About Us:
The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) is a multidisciplinary arts center dedicated to the presentation, production, and promotion of the art of our time. It expresses its mission by organizing world class curated exhibitions, performances, and public programs; educating and enlarging audiences for the arts; and encouraging collaboration among diverse stakeholders composed of artists, institutions, communities, and supporters throughout the world. The CAC was formed as a non-collecting art institution in the fall of 1976 by a passionate group of artists when the movement to tear down the aesthetic barriers between the visual and performing arts was active nationwide. Housed in a historic four-story 80,000 square foot building with two adjacent 10,000 square foot warehouses, the CAC boasts among its many physical assets a 210 seat flexible theater as well as 12,500 square feet of formal exhibition spaces. The CAC’s audience development and artistic programs are engaged in major multi-year projects funded by The Wallace Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, as well as a host of regional and national philanthropic and governmental agencies.

Position Overview:
The Development Department is responsible for managing the contributed revenue of the CAC through public and private grants, corporate sponsorships, individual donations, and the CAC's membership and special event programs.

Essential Functions:
1. Design development strategy and oversee ongoing development efforts for the CAC working with the senior management team to identify funds needed, funding targets, and funding approaches
2. Support and partner with the Director and CEO and Board of Trustees on all major fundraising initiatives and staff/oversee Development Committee
3. Oversee development and execution of all fundraising proposals, including corporate sponsorship and local and national grants and grant compliance/reporting
4. Oversee special event fundraising
5. Oversee and support membership efforts with focus on outreach and growth initiatives, with special emphasis on relationship-building and donor management of Silver Circle, President’s Council and Exhibition Fund level members
6. Devise and implement special fundraising projects as needed ie. capital campaign, programmatic campaigns, etc.
7. Oversee all donor information using the Altru database system, provide statistical analysis to board and senior leaders as needed, and support staff responsible for daily Altru functions and gift processing
8. Further develop and maintain a robust and diverse donor base and prospect base, with emphasis on growing individual support
9. Implement an expanded stewardship program aimed at cultivating deeper ties with donors
10. Work closely with External Affairs to ensure that the CAC communicates to its stakeholders the CAC’s fundraising goals and achievements and appropriately acknowledges supporters
11. Work closely with Finance Department on budget management and reporting related to revenues across departments
12. Work with outside stakeholders and community members to increase awareness of the CAC’s work and opportunities for supporting the CAC
13. Oversee the hiring, training, and mentoring of the development team, as well as additional staff, interns or contractors related to special projects

  • Reports to the Director and CEO
  • Supervises full-time Institutional Giving Manager and full-time Development Manager
  • Co-manages full-time Patron Services/Membership Manager
  • Five or more years of professional experience in a nonprofit organization;
  • Proven success leading and managing fundraising at the organizational level;
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships;
  • Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives;
  • Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside the organization;
  • High energy and passion for the Contemporary Arts Center's mission is essential;
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail;
  • Willingness and ability to work some evenings and weekends is essential.
  • Bachelor's degree required.
How to apply
Application will only be accepted through the application portal. Interested candidates should complete an application form linked below and must include (1) a resume and (2) a cover letter with salary requirements. Phone calls regarding the position will not be accepted.


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This job posted by MERC from June 29 through August 1.

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.