Executive Director

Cape Cod Museum of Art
Dennis, Massachusetts, USA

The Cape Cod Museum of Art, (CCMoA) with a mission to educate, inspire and excite the imagination of all through its outstanding collection and diverse exhibitions and programs, seeks a dynamic, outgoing Executive Director with experience in financial management and fundraising and an enthusiasm for art to lead the organization into the future as it prepares for its 4oth anniversary. The director will manage an enthusiastic and devoted staff of nine part-time and contractual employees and a dedicated group of 100+ volunteers and will manage an annual operating budget of $500,000. CCMoA has approximately 1,400 members and an annual visitation of about 18,000.

The Museum, founded by area artists in 1981 to preserve the work of Cape Cod’s finest artists and celebrate the distinctive artistic identity of the Cape, is a major hub of cultural creativity on the Cape. The Museum is situated in a beautiful campus-like setting that includes the Cape Cinema, a 1930s movie house that has been restored to its original glory, and the Cape Playhouse, which features seasonal live theater performances. CCMoA has seven galleries for its active exhibition program; the Weny Education Center and studio space; the Harry Holl Sculpture and Clay Studio; an auditorium, and a museum shop. The Yasuna Denny Sculpture Garden encourages visitors to explore the museum’s grounds. CCMoA is part of the Cape Cod Museum Trail, a consortium of museums in the region that work together to coordinate and publicize their organizations and events.

Essential Job Functions
  • Lead the strategic operation and administration of the organization. Provide creative visioning and effective leadership for all Museum program
  • Direct daily museum operations.
  • Oversee development and implementation of annual operating budget, monitor budget, and effectively manage resources.
  • Hire and supervise all paid and volunteer staff, ensuring that sound policies and procedures are in place and followed. Clearly define and manage the roles of staff, volunteers, and the Board to achieve CCMoA goals.
  • Oversee development, implementation, and promotion of programs, exhibits, special events, other activities.
  • Communicate effectively with the Board of Trustees and its chairperson. Attend all Board and Executive Committee meetings, and other committee meetings as needed. Keep the Board informed of all pertinent issues, and respond promptly and accurately to Board requests for information.
  • With the Communications Director, develop a marketing plan for the Museum and its exhibits and programs. Assist with writing appropriate promotional and educational materials as needed.
  • Serve as an ambassador and spokesperson for the Museum to important external constituencies, including members of the Cape Cod arts and business communities, potential supporters, and the media. Establish and build strong, cooperative relationships, promote visibility, and effectively communicate the vision, values and programs of CCMoA.
  • Ensure that the Museum has a strong buildings and grounds management plan, including long-term and regular capital maintenance needs.
  • Strengthen existing and develop new sustainable funding sources for the Museum.
  • Advocate for the Museum with local, state, and federal governmental agencies and elected officials on issues that affect funding and legislation favorable to nonprofit arts organizations.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate exhibitions, programs, and collections.
  • Working with Exhibits Committee and staff, develop annual schedule of informative, engaging, and relevant exhibitions that will bring new visitors to the Museum while retaining the core audience.
  • With staff, contractual workers, and volunteers, develop, implement, and evaluate innovative programs and events for adults and children, with particular emphasis on attracting new audiences.
  • Supervise the acquisition, management, and care of CCMoA’s permanent collection.
  • Facilitate the acquisitions of new art works through gifts, bequests, and/or purchases. Present new works of art for approval or rejection by the Acquisitions Committee and the Board of Trustees respectively.
  • Give presentations and lectures that promote the Museum, the CCMoA’s permanent collection, and attendant scholarship to museum visitors and community groups.
Required Knowledge, Experience, and Abilities
  • Minimum of five years leadership experience in a museum or similar nonprofit organization preferred. Experience in/enthusiasm for the arts, familiarity with the workings of small organizations, and knowledge of best practices in museum management are desirable.
  • Degree in Museum Studies, Arts/Nonprofit Management/Administration, or similar field. B.A. required. M.A. preferred.
  • A track record as a successful fundraiser, including individual and corporate donor cultivation and asks, grant writing, and familiarity with key funding sources for museums. Successful at raising funds for general operations and special projects.
  • Knowledge of philanthropy on the Cape is beneficial but not required.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • An outgoing, sociable person who can relate to and engage a variety of people; enjoys meeting people, being the public face of the Museum, promoting it, and expanding its base of support.
For more information and a full job announcement, Contact Executive Search Consultant Gail Nessell Colglazier at gncolglazier@gmail.com.
- Applications must include cover letter, résumé, salary requirement, and names and contact information for three professional references.
- Application deadline: November 27, 2018.
- CCMoA is an equal opportunity employer.

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This job posted by MERC from October 19 through November 27.

Executive Director/CEO

By Western Hands
Cody, Wyoming, USA

Ready to put your passion for western arts, your retail experience, your Cowboy Ethics and values and your know-how at managing big projects to work? Based in Cody, Wyoming, one of America’s best small historic towns located near Yellowstone National Park, By Western Hands is seeking a Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director.

The primary objectives of the organization are to educate and train the next-generation of western artisans, build a sustainable recognizable brand, conserve and celebrate American western history and educate, promote and preserve western design and functional art.

By Western Hands offers a competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience and a proven track record, including health insurance and paid vacation and holiday benefits.

Applicants may submit a resume with qualifications, experience and salary history to ceo-ed@bywesternhands.org. Visit the By Western Hands web-site (bywesternhands.org) today for additional details and a look at the job description.

Applications will be accepted through October 31, 2018. Position start date is January 7, 2019.

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This job posted by MERC from September 28 through October 31.

Assistant Educator

Colgate University
Hamilton, New York, USA

Located on Colgate University's beautiful campus in Hamilton, New York, the collection of the Picker Art Gallery features approximately 11,000 objects from antiquity to the present, including approximately 8,000 works on paper, 1,400 photographs, 900 paintings, and 300 sculptures. Colgate University is one of the country's leading liberal arts colleges, with a student population of about 2,900 and 300 faculty. This is an exciting time in Colgate's history. The Picker Art Gallery and the Longyear Museum of Anthropology are distinguished university museums that play a significant role in Colgate's teaching mission and reputation, a relationship that will be deepened with the Museum Studies Minor in the Department of Art and Art History.

This is an entry level position. The educator is responsible for developing, implementing, and coordinating major educational initiatives, establishing short and long-term goals and objectives, working with Colgate students and faculty, K-12 teachers, students, docents, and community members; facilitating community partnerships; establishing interpretive programs and resources for exhibitions and serving as an integral member of Colgate University Museum's team.

The successful candidate is creative, forward thinking, and a highly motivated team player who enjoys working with our docents and community members.

Please visit the Museum's website at: http://www.colgate.edu/campus-life/arts-oncampus/picker-art-gallery.

The position is accountable for assisting with the development, implementation and coordination of university museums educational initiatives to fulfill the institutions' mission, raise its visibility, and engage with communities in order to promote dialog and foster understanding of all cultures. Accountable for establishing short and long-term goals and objectives related to museum educational programs for students, faculty, K-12 students, teachers, docents, and community members, facilitating community partnerships, and establishing interpretive programs and resources for museum exhibitions to ensure programs are geared towards our audiences, to address communities' needs, train our students, and gain additional volunteers to maximize our offerings.

Specific accountabilities will include:
  • Researching, developing, implementing and evaluating both existing and new and innovative educational programming. Coordinating scheduling and budget.
  • Leading all educational programming, using various outreach methods.
  • Fostering innovative and interdisciplinary collaboration, throughout campus and the local and regional museum communities, and advocating for excellence in the field of museum education.
  • Coordinating volunteer program to include recruitment and training. Supervising volunteers and student interns.
It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veteran Status, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, genetic information, victims of domestic violence and stalking, familial status, and all other categories covered by law. This policy shall apply to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, upgrading, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, recall, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation and selection for training at all levels of employment. Colgate University will not discharge or discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their own compensation or the compensation of another employee or applicant. Colgate University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Females/Persons with Disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.
  • Must have a Bachelor's degree (preferably in Education, Art History, Anthropology, History, Museum Studies) and a demonstrated knowledge of educational practices.
  • Master's degree or post baccalaureate certificate in education, museum studies, art history or anthropology, studio art, and/or teacher's certificate is preferred.
Professional Experience/Qualifications
  • A demonstrated knowledge of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS).
  • Previous experience in organizing and managing programs.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentation and instruction skills.
  • Must be capable of working collegially with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and community members on a daily basis.
  • Experience in designing and implement programs for public audiences.
  • Knowledge of museum interpretation and current and future trends in education.
  • Strong aptitude to learn University organizational, systems and process knowledge.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with the public.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Google programs.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in grant writing.
  • Experience in a museum, gallery or other educational field.
  • Experience with museum collections, ideally university museum collections.
  • Experience working with museum database systems.
  • Experience in supervising and/or coordinating students and volunteers.
Apply Here: http://www.Click2Apply.net/887c4mxtrksfq8yz


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This job posted by MERC from September 14 through December 12.

Executive Assistant to the Chief of Collection Services and Library Director

Peabody Essex Museum
Salem Massachusetts, USA

Peabody Essex Museum is seeking a highly motivated and organized Executive Assistant to join our Collection Services team. Reporting to the Chief of Collection Services and Library Director, this position provides a wide range of administrative functions to ensure efficient management of Collection Services, interacting with senior museum staff, trustees and donors. This position also work on special projects as assigned and maintains the confidentiality of all institutional and personnel matters that are part of the work of the offices.

The successful candidate must be resourceful, able to work independently and adjust easily to changing priorities. Excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal and diplomacy, and time management and multi-tasking skills required. The capacity to define problems and look beyond the obvious to find effective solutions is expected. Work requires a continual attention to detail and organizational prowess. The incumbent must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle multiple competing tasks and demands, and travel between the main campus of the museum and the collection center in Rowley.

A bachelor’s degree and three or more years of experience; or the equivalent combination of education and experience are required. Must have knowledge of a variety of computer software applications in word processing, spreadsheets, database and presentation software (MSWord, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint). Experience working in an art museum or non-profit environment is a plus.

Please include your cover letter, resume and salary requirements with your application. PEM is committed to diversity among its employees and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply. To apply please visit our website at https://www.pem.org/employment/open-positions

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This job posted by MERC from August 23 through November 23.


Salem County Historical Society
Salem, New Jersey, USA

The Salem County Historical Society, a private, non-profit, volunteer-based organization, founded in 1884 on the site of the oldest English speaking settlement on the Delaware River, seeks a Curator to work up to 30 hours per week. This individual will provide leadership and assume responsibility of the management of the museum, community outreach, museum volunteers, programs and projects. The Curator will report to the Administrator and serve at the will of the Board of Trustees.

Resources include several historic buildings, a museum, research and genealogical library, a sizable membership and an endowment. Immediate opening. Bachelors or Advanced degree and experience with museum or historical organization is preferred. Salary will be dependent upon the qualifications of the selected candidate. EOE

Submit cover letter, resume, salary history, and at least four references to:
Search Committee, Salem County Historical Society, 83 Market Street, Salem, NJ 08079
Or by email to schs@salemcountyhistoricalsociety.com

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This job posted by MERC from August 21 through November 20.

An Outstanding ‘once in a lifetime’ Career Opportunity for Summer 2019

An Outstanding ‘once in a lifetime’ Career Opportunity for Summer 2019
The Open Palace Programmes
London, United Kingdom

The Open Palace Programmes offer an English and a Scottish programme which give you the chance to:
  • Step behind the scenes at some of the most significant palaces and mansions in the UK
  • Learn from the heritage professionals how to conserve, present and interpret sites and collections
  • Take part in hands on activities tackling real challenges alongside the experts
  • Immerse yourself in history where it happened
  • Handle fascinating historical artefacts and records
  • Gain invaluable experience and contacts for your resume
  • Benefit from bespoke careers advice
  • Visit and stay in some of the most delightful historic parts of England or Scotland
These experiences provide a richness and diversity with which few individual placements or internships can compare.

For further information please visit:


Applications are encouraged from all emergent heritage professionals who are planning or have already begun a career in the heritage sector. Places are offered to candidates who send appropriate applications on a ‘first come,first served’ basis so it is important to apply early.

This year we are delighted to have 5 Bursaries to offer. Details of these bursaries are now available on our website.

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This job posted by MERC from August 10 through November 9.

Executive Director

Loudoun Museum
Leesburg, Virginia, USA

The Loudoun Museum, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to telling the story of Loudoun County, Virginia, through innovative programming, interactive exhibitions and the unique collections of the Museum, is seeking an Executive Director.

This position’s chief responsibilities will be the following:
  • Overall administration and management of the staff and the museum facility, including budget preparation and management, day-to-day operations of the museum facility, and personnel and volunteer management.
  • In partnership with the Board of Trustees, develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for the Museum.
  • Oversee the overall exhibition and program development of the museum, including developing high-quality exhibitions, programs and activities (including experiences for school, family, youth, adult, and community audiences).
  • Engage with community organizations, Loudoun Museum members, and local, state and national governmental and educational organizations to build advocacy for the museum and assess community needs and issues.
  • Develop and execute a marketing and strategic communications program in support of the Museum’s goals.
  • Participate in fundraising activities, including grant writing, to support the Museum’s exhibits, conservation and preservation initiatives, and educational programs.
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable local, state and federal laws as well as financial reporting and audit requirements.
Minimum Requirements
  • Master's degree in American Studies, Public History, or Museum Studies, or a closely related field, plus five years of progressively responsible experience in planning, directing, and managing all aspects of a museum, public historical program or institution, business, governmental program, or non-profit organization (or an equivalent combination of education and experience).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the museum field, current museum practices, and artifact preservation and conservation standards.
  • Curatorial and/or interpretive experience in a museum or corporate history environment.
  • Ability to work closely and effectively with a Board of Trustees.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders, colleagues, staff, officials from other governmental and private organizations, and the general public.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and familiarity with, historical and material culture research, issues and trends in regional public history, and general familiarity with American and Virginia history.
  • Demonstrated experience in supervising a wide range of staff positions -- both professional and non-professional -- in planning and developing complex projects, such as museum exhibits or educational programs.
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising, marketing and strategic communications, and working with membership organizations.
  • Outstanding writing and public speaking skills.
Preferred requirements: Additional years of experience in an academic or interpretive public historical program and/or a PhD degree are desirable.

Salary commensurate with skill and experience. Position is open until filled.

Please submit CV, letter of interest and three professional references to http://www.loudounmuseum.org/jobs/

The Loudoun Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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This job posted by MERC from August 2 through November 1.