Contract Position: Exhibition Sales and Business Development Manager

Imagine Exhibitions, Inc.
Atlanta, Georgia (Virginia Highlands), USA

Imagine Exhibitions is the global resource for all things related to traveling exhibitions. From design and creation to placement and presentation, Imagine has the experience and inspiration to bring the best possible exhibition for any venue.

Imagine Exhibitions is looking for an independent contractor for the role of Exhibition Sales and Business Development Manager. The contractor must possess a high level of sales aptitude, creativity, attention to detail, strong communication skills and the ability to handle multiple projects at one time. This position will report directly to and support the VP of Exhibitions.

The Exhibition Sales and Business Development Manager will sell Imagine Exhibitions’ products and experiences to museums, science centers and other venues worldwide. The successful candidate will be resourceful, results-oriented and will specifically have the ability to:
  • Promote/pitch/secure sales from existing and prospective clients around the world through a relationship-based approach;
  • Develop clear, researched, targeted and effective sales plans to generate sales leads, create sales opportunities and gain new business;
  • Identify and pursue growth opportunities to expand existing markets, penetrate new markets or market segments; match product offerings to target markets using effective communication to reach those specific audiences.
We are looking for an outgoing team player with excellent presentation and sales skills.  A minimum of five years of experience in the industry or sales is preferred. The position is open geographically, primarily work-from-home, and requires approximately 15-20% travel domestically and internationally. Must have a current, valid passport without restrictions for global travel.

The Exhibition Sales Manager is primarily responsible for:
  • Actively pursue and develop new sales prospects, research and identify potential clients and opportunities to maximize revenue.
  • Lead promotional and communication strategies that enhance the visibility of Imagine Exhibitions products.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with clients, internal and external stakeholders.
  • Supply management with oral and written reports on customer needs, interests, competitive activities, and potential for new opportunity development.
  • Participate in industry trade shows, conferences, networking events, etc.
  • Coordinate logistics for trade shows to include booth rental, furniture, printing of sales decks,
    registrations, hotel bookings, programs, and sessions.
  • Create and lead activities for development of materials/activities to support sales efforts, including promotional materials, newsletters, web presences, social media and other sales campaigns for promotion of products.
  • Create marketing and sales presentations for CEO and VP of Exhibitions for conferences and as needed
  • Assist the VP of Exhibitions as assigned
  • Travel to deliver sales presentations to prospective clients.
  • Develop sales and business development ideas for email blasts and hard mailings.
  • Research promotional ideas for b to b conferences, direct mailings, etc.
  • Manage all sales presentations, Dropbox, and Website as changes are made to the Exhibition.
  • Implement agreed-upon best practices for sales and marketing materials.
  • Maintain records of attendance for all exhibitions and create stats based on this information.
  • Manage the sales database: ensure accuracy of information, regularly update contacts and account information.
  • Perform a strategic watch on your market and share it with the sales and marketing team.
  • Research best practices for marketing materials and suggest changes.
  • Write content for Requests for Proposals, Requests for Qualifications and other technical documents.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Experience in the sales and/or communications industry
  • A bachelor’s degree and/or diploma that lends to the position
  • An aptitude for problem-solving
  • Superior people and presentation skills
  • A results-oriented work ethic with ability to negotiate and close deals
  • Financial literacy regarding sales
  • Client-oriented with a service personality
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience using contact management software (Basic Excel skills required)
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally; with a valid passport and no travel restrictions
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Out-of-the-box thinker with a good attitude
  • Experience in sales, minimum of 5 years is preferred
  • Experience with the traveling exhibition, museum or attraction industry
  • Ability to speak a second language
All applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Debbie Donohue at

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This job posted by MERC from July 17 through October 16.

Contract Position: Project Coordinator

Imagine Exhibitions, Inc.
Atlanta, Georgia (Virginia Highlands), USA

Imagine Exhibitions is the global resource for all things related to traveling exhibitions. From design and creation to placement and presentation, Imagine brings the best possible exhibition to any venue.

Imagine Exhibitions is a small company looking for a full-time independent contractor for the role of Project Coordinator. The contractor must possess a high level of creativity, strong attention to detail, strong communication skills and the ability to handle multiple projects at one time.

Seeking a pro-active self-starter who is highly responsive, able to work independently and to prioritize his or her own work. Must possess a strong work ethic, customer service skills, organizational skills and a desire to work with a company full of passion and fun.

The Contractor will perform a variety of duties including, but not limited to:
  • Coordinating worldwide shipping logistics (obtaining multiple quotes, working with customs, coordinating with the host venue, etc)
  • Creating and managing artifact and exhibition content lists
  • Ordering exhibition supplies; maintaining supply and stock lists
  • Creating, following and maintaining budgets for each exhibition installation and deinstallation
  • Maintaining road crew contact database
  • Coordinating work schedules for installations and deinstallations with road crew
  • Maintaining company installation/deinstallation calendar
  • Managing all details of multiple turn-key traveling exhibitions; booking air and ground travel for crew, logistic and schedule approvals from host venue, operational support for host venue, communicating detailed plans for travel and work to road crew
  • Occasional on-site exhibition installation and deinstallation management
  • Assisting Accounting Department with collecting and approving crew invoices, reconciling expenses and billing host venues
  • Coordinating floorplan approvals between Design Department, Production Manager and host venue
  • Coordinating and reviewing language translations and reprinting of exhibition text materials as necessary
  • Leading Production calls with venues to explain install process, answer questions, etc.
  • Maintaining shared files of each show (photos, manuals, schedules, print files, etc)
  • Maintaining excellent customer service with all host museums and venues
  • Other duties as assigned

Computer proficiency in the following areas (Mac or PC based):
  • Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.
  • Dropbox
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Out-of-the-box thinker with an awesome attitude, persistence, and sense of humor
Current passport with no restrictions for global travel

  • Experience in the traveling exhibition, museum or public attraction community
  • Familiarity with reading floorplans
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher completed education
All applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Debbie Donohue at

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This job posted by MERC from July 17 through October 16.

Collections Manager and Exhibitions Coordinator

High Desert Museum
Bend, Oregon, USA

Division: Exhibits
Classification: Salaried, regular full-time
Reports To: Director of Programs
Supervises: Volunteers

High Desert Museum – Organization Description
The High Desert Museum is a non-profit organization focused on the biotic and cultural elements of the High Desert region of the Western United States. Located near Bend, Oregon, on the edge of the beautiful Deschutes National Forest, the Museum melds the natural history of diverse habitat types with human history of the environment into a unique blend of indoor and outdoor exhibits, living history and both living and historical collections.

The Museum is an American Alliance of Museums-accredited institution and adheres to the professional standards for collections care. Our collection includes approximately 29,000 objects from the Great Basin, Plateau and Pacific Northwest territories (includes portions of Oregon, Nevada, Washington, Idaho and California). It includes historic and cultural artifacts from many groups of western people such as clothing, regalia, furniture, tools, archaeological materials, basketry, paintings, drawings, sculpture, and western and contemporary art, rare books and photographs. Of particular note, we have more than 6,000 objects in our American Indian collection with a strong representation of Plateau Indian material culture.

Job Summary – Collections Manager and Exhibitions Coordinator
This position manages the Museum’s collection, library and archives. Furthermore, the position plays a key role in coordinating and facilitating the production and installation of temporary and permanent exhibitions within a dynamic team of curators and exhibit design professionals. The successful candidate will be a creative problem solver, have strong organizational skills, a team-oriented perspective and will work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary museum. A positive demeanor and the ability to learn new skills quickly are essential traits. We look at each candidate in terms of combined skills; different combinations of skills can serve to qualify for the position.

Preferred Qualifications
  • BA/BS in Museum Studies, American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Natural History, Museum Studies, U.S. Western History or equivalent; experience with exhibitions and collections preferred.
  • Knowledge of material culture theory.
  • Knowledge of culturally responsive collections management practices, those practices that take into consideration the culture that produced an object, with particular emphasis on Plateau tribes.
  • Demonstrated skill in collections management databases (PastPerfect preferred) and MS Office suite.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of professional museum practices and standards, including registration methods, object loans, safe object handling, conservation, packing and shipping, proper storage, security measures and object numbering techniques.
  • Experience in collections management procedures: accessioning, retrieval, attributions, documentation, proper storage and handling techniques.
  • Ability to implement strategic collections management plans and acquisition policies.
  • Ability to implement and adhere to Collections Management policy.
  • Ability to lead and train volunteers and interns.
  • Experience with museum display, such as mount making, and exhibition techniques and standards.
  • Ability to set and meet deadlines, manage projects, exhibit installations and planning.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and written and oral communication skills. Ability to work independently and as part of a team, establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with fellow employees, volunteers and general public.
Responsibilities and Tasks
  1. Maintains schedules, budgets and contracts for temporary, permanent and traveling exhibits.
  2. Maintains objects and materials in accordance with artifact collections management policy and strategic collections plan.
  3. Provides conservation guidelines for exhibitions and actively assists in installation, which may include mount making and gallery preparation.
  4. Ensure cultural considerations for collections preservation.
  5. Serves on the Museum’s Collections Committee
  6. Actively assists in long-range collections development.
  7. Maintains collections database records and standards.
  8. Initiates grants and other funding sources to assist in ongoing collections maintenance.
  9. Oversees the processing of objects into the collections and library.
  10. Oversees the environmental quality of collections and exhibits – including daily maintenance and monitoring in galleries.
  11. Responsible for disaster planning for museum collections.
  12. Supervises research related to collections.
  13. Monitors the security of collections.
  14. Prepares objects for exhibition or loans.
  15. Directs and trains interns and volunteers.
  16. Prepares and monitors annual budget for collections, exhibits and library.
  17. Follows all Museum policies, procedures and safety regulations.
  18. Performs other tasks and duties as assigned by supervisor.
The High Desert Museum is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Please send resume and cover letter to the High Desert Museum,
attention Shannon Campbell.

To explore the High Desert’s unique landscape, cultures, wildlife, history and arts,
connecting our visitors to the past and helping them discover their role in the present and responsibility to the future.

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This job posted by MERC from July 11 through October 10.

Curator of Education

Placer County Museums
Auburn, California, USA

The County of Placer Department of Public Works and Facilities is seeking a Curator of Education to manage the education programs in the Museums Division. The ideal candidate will have experience working in museum educational programs such as Living History or other hands-on learning activities. They will also possess knowledge museum standards, volunteer management and exhibit design. The Curator of Education will be a member of the Exhibit Team and will be tasked with adding an educational component to exhibits. They will also assist the Supervising Curator with recruiting, training and scheduling volunteers. The Museums Division is comprised of seven museums, an Archives and Collections Facility, an Exhibit Shop and is staffed by seven full-time and two part-time employees as well as over 200 volunteers.

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This job posted by MERC from July 10 through July 28.

Curator of Collections

Customs House Museum & Cultural Center
Clarksville, Tennessee, USA

Curator of Collections Search

Location: Clarksville, Tennessee
Position Title: Curator of Collections
Company Name: Customs House Museum & Cultural Center
Job Function: Curator
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Duration: Indefinite
Minimum Education: B.A, M.A. preferred
Minimum Experience: 3-5 years

The Clarksville-Montgomery County Museum, doing business as the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center (CHM&CC), opened to the public in 1984 in the historic 1898 Federal Building which originally served as Clarksville, Tennessee’s Post Office and Customs House. The structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, and the building’s unusual architecture has since earned the reputation of being one of the most photographed structures in the state. In 1996, an addition was added to the historic structure, increasing the facility to approximately 50,000 square feet, making it the second largest general interest museum in Tennessee. The Museum operates as a recognized nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) U.S. organization governed by a Board of Trustees. The Museum is currently operated by a professional staff of twelve full-time and five part-time employees and is open to the public six days a week.

The CHM&CC’s mission is to collect, preserve and interpret historical, artistic, and scientific material; its vision is to expose the widest audience possible to the creativity and ingenuity of the human spirit through art, science, and history within the context of cultural diversity. Its collection of approximately 21,000 objects primarily focuses on materials related to Clarksville, Montgomery County, its people, and their stories. In addition to its long-term and interactive exhibits, the Museum annually mounts approximately thirty changing exhibitions, including traveling exhibitions or internally curated ones drawn from loans and/or objects from the permanent collection. In addition, CHM&CC offers extensive educational programming for all ages.

Clarksville, Tennessee, the county seat of Montgomery County, has a population of approximately 150,000, and is the fifth largest city in the state. It is located 50 miles northwest of Nashville. The community offers a low cost of living and no state income tax.

The Opportunity

The Curator of Collections oversees the management, care, safeguard, development, research, and public presentation of the Museum’s collections and related archival materials. S/he is an integral member of the team who mobilizes the Museum’s mission. The Curator of Collections primarily works independently but may occasionally achieve her/his goals and objectives with the assistance of other staff members, interns, and/or volunteers. S/he reports to the Executive Director.

Essential Functions
  1. Oversee the care, preservation, documentation, interpretation, security, and reproduction of collections and related archival materials;
  2. Create and maintain safe, secure, and orderly systems for housing, storing, tracking, and locating collections according to best museum practices and available resources;
  3. Administrate collections management software and provide training to other staff members, interns, and/or volunteers when warranted;
  4. Maintain a working knowledge of and familiarity with the scope of the collection;
  5. Conduct periodic inventories of collections;
  6. Monitor environmental conditions for exhibited and/or stored materials;
  7. Assist with developing a disaster preparedness plan in relation to collections;
  8. Conduct object-specific and general research related to the collections and interpret and communicate information in various formats to a broad range of constituents;
  9. Serve as point person with donors and members of the Collections Committee, and coordinate and process all aspects of donated acquisitions in a timely manner;
  10. Field public inquiries regarding collections and requests to view objects not on exhibit;
  11. Manage collection development and growth, including identifying specific needs and making recommendations for acquisitions in accordance with the organizational mission and Collections Management Policy;
  12. Coordinate incoming and outgoing loans, including associated forms and reports, and assist with unpacking, packing, and handling objects in accordance with best museum practices;
  13. Prepare collection objects for exhibition;
  14. Develop strategies for using the collections as a resource for external research and scholarship;
  15. Develop an annual collections budget in consultation with the Executive Director and Finance Manager;
  16. Work as a team member with other staff to develop, create, maintain, and evaluate long-term, temporary, and traveling exhibitions that utilize collection objects and research;
  17. Work as a team member to plan, execute and evaluate educational programming and outreach efforts related to the collections;
  18. Serve as a Museum ambassador before professional museum organizations, funding agencies, businesses, service clubs, government agencies, and the general public;
  19. Network with representatives from other museums and/or organizations related to the Museum’s mission;
  20. Assist other staff on projects as needed and when time allows;
  21. Complete other duties, responsibilities, and activities assigned by the Executive Director.
  1. Minimum of a B.A. degree, M.A. preferred, in Museum Studies, Public or Applied History, Material Culture, Art, or related field.;
  2. Three to five years of demonstrable experience with collections management, curatorial responsibilities, and museum exhibition experience preferred;
  3. Experience with collections management software, preferably PastPerfect;
  4. Solid working knowledge of the preservation, restoration, exhibition, packing, transportation and insuring of objects;
  5. Ability to manage interns and/or volunteers;
  6. Excellent verbal and writing skills;
  7. Able to work at a desk and utilize a computer for extended periods of time;
  8. Able to stand for prolonged periods, walk, bend, climb, reach, and lift/move objects up to 40 pounds;
  9. Able to handle small tools;
  10. Good eye/hand coordination.

Benefits include vacation, paid holidays, sick leave, and health/vision/dental insurance.

Procedure for Application

Applicants should electronically submit a current CV, letter of application stating interest in the position and related experience, salary requirements, and the names of three professional references. Submit applications to with the subject line: Curator of Collections Search.

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This job posted by MERC from June 30 through September 29.

Anchor Watch Overnight Program Educator

Mystic Seaport
Mystic, Connecticut, USA

This position provides hands-on engaging programming for scout and other youth groups who sleep overnight at Mystic Seaport on weekends. The Anchor Watch program provides an exciting overnight experience for youth groups aboard the full-rigged ship the Joseph Conrad. For a description of Anchor Watch programs and a typical schedule, visit . This position is a weekend seasonal job starting August 28, 2017 through November 20, 2017. Hours range from 10-28 hours per weekend during this time depending upon program bookings.

  • Lead tours, outdoor and indoor activities
  • Supervise guests overnight on board the tall ship JOSEPH CONRAD
  • Assist in rigging climbing
  • Assist with cleaning of program facilities
  • Provide excellent customer service and excellent visitor experiences
  • Build a professional repertoire through continuous growth and mastery of content, skills, hands-on education, presentation and delivery techniques
  • Contribute to the development of new programs and enhancement of existing programs
  • Help advance department and institutional goals, adhere to mission, and serve as ambassador for Mystic Seaport
  • Experience working with children, youth and families in formal or informal settings; ability to engage students in a dynamic and energetic manner
  • Demonstrate caring and respectful attitude towards children, youth, and families
  • Ability to lead education tours of the Museum, indoor/outdoor games and crafts, climb the rigging
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively and work with diverse staff across the Museum as well as external customers
  • Self-directed learning, ability to retain learned information, and use of knowledge to engage audiences of all ages and learning styles
  • Reliability, punctuality and positive attitude
  • Flexibility, versatility, and adaptability
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills
  • College level training is required; background in museum education, maritime history, and/or teaching or youth development experience is preferred
  • Willingness to work a highly flexible schedule corresponding to the needs of the Museum
Physical/Mental Requirements and Environmental Conditions:
  • Deliver programs in venues that can be cold, wet, hot, or dirty; work outside in all weather
  • Late nights, early mornings, overnight on the JOSEPH CONRAD primarily on Friday and Saturday nights
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This job posted by MERC from June 30 through September 29.

Executive Director

Fort Smith Regional Art Museum
Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA

Job Type: Full Time
Entry Level: No
Min. Education: Bachelor’s
Updated: 7/18/17
Salary: Commensurate with experience


The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum is currently conducting a search for its next Executive Director. Since its founding in 2013, The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum (formerly known as the Fort Smith Art Center) in Fort Smith, Arkansas has been recognized as an organization dedicated to showcasing the visual arts and to foster an appreciation of all art for all people through programs, exhibits and open discussion.

The purpose of the Museum is to be a dynamic institution alive with activity; a welcoming, entertaining, and engaging organization that is vital to the community; and a place where Fort Smith regional residents and visitors receive professional, high-quality fine arts exhibits, programs and classes. Our goal is to provide the community a life-long experience with the visual arts.

The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum seeks a dedicated individual as its new Executive Director. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Trustees through the President and works closely with all standing and ad hoc committees of the Board.

His/her primary responsibilities are providing leadership and developing the vision; strategic planning and implementation of the Museum’s programs, including exhibitions and classes, youth programming, developing and implementing fundraising strategies and ensuring financial stability; and engaging the Museum’s patrons and the community at large.

Job Responsibilities

These responsibilities are not intended to be all-inclusive. The Director will also perform other reasonably related museum duties as assigned.
  • Be responsible for leading Fort Smith’s only art museum into its next, successful chapter.
  • Recruiting, hiring and firing, and daily supervision of all full and part-time staff and volunteers.
  • Financial management, including developing an annual budget and ensuring that income, expenses and overhead operations are held within expected guidelines.
  • Fundraising, including working with the staff to develop membership campaigns, identifying foundation and governmental funding sources and writing grants; working with the staff to develop a corporate solicitation strategy and supervising the implementation of that strategy.
  • Oversees the development of vibrant arts and educational exhibits and educational programs, implementation and evaluation including budgets for each program. Oversee community outreach programs and classes for adults and children as well as all special events. Administer the master calendar to ensure that the Museum is properly staffed.
  • Oversee the organizations public image including approval of all printed material relating to the Museum – from supervising the writing and design of membership brochures, to writing the newsletter, advertisements and any other marketing materials including oversight of the webpage and all other electronic media.
  • Promote the Museum’s purpose and programs in the community and surrounding areas through public appearances. Represent the Museum at national and regional conferences or other events. Serve as the chief spokesperson and press liaison for the Museum.
  • Identify community needs and work with the staff and Board in the development of an annual plan of action, including determination of goals and methods for evaluating progress.
  • Work with volunteers to ensure that they understand their roles at the organization, are informed of information pertaining to the Museum and that they receive the proper acknowledgment and recognition for their efforts.
  • Build constructive, collaborative relationships with Board members, community individuals and organizations, artists and current and future donors.
  • Act as liaison with the Board, supervise preparation of materials for Board meetings and maintain master Board minute files.
The successful candidate will have:
  • High energy, strong motivation, outstanding time management, entrepreneurial spirit and a hands-on work ethic.
  • Achieve accreditation for the museum
  • Actively communicate with our benefactors, keeping them informed
  • A Bachelor’s degree in an arts-related discipline or equivalent related experience is required. A Master’s degree is strongly preferred.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience at a museum or other cultural institution at a leadership level with a successful track record in areas such as: fundraising, administration, collections management, exhibition and program development.
  • Significant knowledge and appreciation of contemporary American art.
  • Successful experience in substantial fundraising, which includes expertise in recognition and stewardship of donors.
  • Sound financial planning experience including not-for-profit financial management.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and oral and written communication skills; demonstrated achievement in team building; effective and articulate in advocating for the arts to diverse constituents.
  • Managerial experience
  • Excellent computer skills, including the ability to work efficiently with technology, specifically Mac computers, Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel.
  • Salary commensurate with experience.
Interested Individuals should submit:
  • Resume
  • 3 references
Send to: Fort Smith Regional Art Museum
1601 Rogers Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72901

or email:

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This job posted by MERC from June 29 through September 28.

Executive Director

Muskegon Museum of Art
Muskegon, Michigan, USA


New executive leadership opportunity in Autumn 2017 to direct a vibrant and growing, AAM-accredited (since 1989) art museum in the beautiful, West Michigan lakeside community of Muskegon. The Muskegon Museum of Art (“the Museum”), celebrating its 105th anniversary in June, 2017, originally opened in an elaborate dedication ceremony and to international acclaim as the Charles H. Hackley Art Museum.

Our Mission Statement: The Muskegon Museum of Art, founded on a tradition of aesthetic excellence, is committed to fostering the life-long study and appreciation of the visual arts by strengthening, preserving, and exhibiting its collections; offering a wide range of traditional and contemporary exhibitions; stimulating learning and creativity through diverse public and educational programming; and enhancing community involvement and support in a safe, accessible, and welcoming environment.

The Museum has an expanding collection of 5,700 works; with the core of the collection reflecting Early-American works from 1890-1940, as well as 16th Century Dutch and German printmaking. A classically-built facility, with exciting programs led by an energetic and dedicated staff of 11, the Muskegon Museum of Art provides an opportunity for an entrepreneurial executive to lead a AAM-accredited museum with a $1.7 M-annual-budget; inspiring a new strategic direction, and implementing an effective partnership with a visionary Board, creative staff, and a diverse visiting public.

The Board is inviting interested candidates to apply before 17 July 2017; preferably individuals who have demonstrated significant leadership in the social/charitable or private/business sectors, who have demonstrated management and operational expertise, including a general knowledge of art history and a passion for and love of the visual and fine arts. Previous fundraising experience also preferred.

Imagine working in gorgeous West Michigan along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Muskegon, where the creative climate of one of the fastest growing regions in the state produces a friendly, diverse, and inspiring atmosphere; where community leaders support the arts and expect the same high-quality exhibitions as capital-city museums. Educational programs for schoolchildren and lively events for young professionals and adults round out the comprehensive, creativity of our programs.


Lead a financially healthy, growing museum with a positive, can-do organizational culture and an eagerness to try new things and engage new audiences.

Provide and execute the future, strategic direction for the Museum as it enters its latest centennial.
Lead and manage the day-to-day operations of the Museum, including provide leadership guidance, direction, support and services to the staff team.

Be a mentor for the next generation of talented staff of professionals and interns.

Collaborate with Muskegon and West Michigan civic and cultural leaders on a cultural master plan for Muskegon, including the potential creation of an innovative consortium of other regional museums to share ideas, exhibits, and promotional opportunities.

Desire to make a mark and leave a living legacy leading the Museum, constantly exploring and piloting new ideas that advance the mission and inspire greater support for the Museum.

Work and engage in greater Muskegon, a friendly community with a small-town feel, passionate arts supporters, and an affordable cost of living, right on the shoreline of beautiful Lake Michigan.


Minimum of ten (10) years’ leadership experience in a social sector or private sector director, deputy, or management position.

Experience managing staff, especially loyal, energetic, creative professionals. Evidence of an effective track record of hiring, mentoring, and retaining staff, and of welcoming newcomers and volunteers. Work directly with the curatorial staff to manage the collection through acquisitions, accessions and deaccessions using the collection plan as a guide.

BA or BS requested, MA or advanced degree preferred. Broad knowledge of American art helpful; passion for visual arts a requirement.

Big-picture, strategic leadership capabilities to advance the Museum and to participate in cultural community planning for a growing, changing city. Future-oriented leader who will take risks and try new things to enlarge membership and attract new audiences, grow and build the loyalty of the base of supporters, and empower staff to do the same. Good listener, open to new ideas.

Fundraising experience, preferably including individual, endowment, and corporate major gifts, grants, and events. Understanding of membership programs, annual membership campaigns, and major gifts is desirable. Ability to attract new members and donors and to steward current relationships is essential.

A competitive compensation, commensurate with experience, and a benefits package is provided; including health insurance, vacation, and a retirement matching feature.


Nominations welcome. Qualified applicants please apply in confidence:

Email cover letter,
Résumé (PDF document preferred),
Salary requirement, and
Names of three references with contact information

Kindly provide by July 17th, 2017 and email to:

Colleen D. Mitchell, Founder & Principal
VENTURE3Philanthropy LLC
Please place in your email SUBJECT LINE: MMA Applicant

Equal Opportunity Employer. This job posting or this position description should not be construed as an offer or guarantee of employment. References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant.

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This job posted by MERC from June 27 through July 20.

Exhibits Designer

City of Farmington
Farmington, New Mexico, USA

Please apply at to be considered for this position.


Works under the administrative guidance and direction of the Museum Director.

Responsible for the conceptual design, construction, installation and maintenance of all permanent, temporary and traveling exhibits for the museum system.

Using excellent customer service skills, establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other employees, officials, and all members of the general public.

Works as member of the exhibit development team in the long range planning of exhibits, content and concepts for museum system.

Oversees daily maintenance and operation of exhibits.

Fabricates exhibit components or oversees fabrication work with outside designers and fabricators as assigned to insure a quality product; coordinates with other city departments including parks and recreation and building maintenance for fabrication work.

Coordinates and schedules project tasks that must be performed by other divisions within the city and subcontractors outside the city.

Assists with and designs all visual aspects in museum system including but not limited to: exhibits, river interpretive signage, directional/informational signage, store merchandise, displays, marketing/ advertising displays, visitor information booth, etc.

Maintains a complete inventory of all department tools, exhibits and equipment; oversees exhibit shops and maintains exhibit furniture and cases.

Purchases and maintains exhibit supplies and materials.

Assists with the repair of office equipment, furnishings, fabrication, materials and general maintenance of museum facilities.

Assists in all areas of museum operations at any of the museum facilities. Participates in special events and openings, programs and receptions, etc.

Assists with the development of grant proposals and other revenue generating projects.

Communicates with purchasing staff in obtaining quotes and/or bids for materials and services needed to complete assigned projects.

Ensures that projects remain within allotted time frames and projected budget schedules and reports any deviation of this schedule.

Works as an administrative staff member to assist with various museum/city wide special events such as Riverfest, Freedom Days, Totah Festival, etc.

Required to perform shift work in a rotation of days and evenings, including weekends and holidays.

Operates a motor vehicle to assist in carrying out the business of the department and the City.

Attendance at work is an essential function of this position.


The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.


This position is subject to the City’s Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace Program. This includes: pre-employment testing, post-accident testing, reasonable suspicion testing, return-to-duty testing, and follow-up testing.

Requires a Bachelor’s degree in design or museum studies or other relevant field of study and a minimum of three years experience working in a museum with a background in designing, fabricating, installing and managing, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Valid New Mexico driver’s license with acceptable driving record for the past three years or state of current residency.

Ability to organize, direct, and manage activities and projects, work independently and demonstrate good judgement.

Ability to communicate effectively verbally, in writing, and electronically. Ability to understand and carry out written and verbal instructions.

Knowledge of drafting practices, project management skills, and exhibit fabrication standards and resources. Ability to identify and resolve problems. Must possess an understanding of the application of the American’s with Disabilities Act. Ability to transfer ideas into blueprints.

Ability to work with hand and power tools safely.

Knowledge of computer hardware and software in communications, design and fabrication, and exhibit components.

Ability to interact effectively with a variety of personnel at different levels of responsibility.

Ability and initiative to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, volunteers, supervisors, other City personnel and the public.

Ability to work a varied schedule including weekends, evenings and holidays


Motorized vehicles and equipment including trucks, utility truck, saws, compressors, sanders, generators, common hand and power tools, shovels, wrenches, radio, phone, computer, lifts, etc.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee is required to perform shift work in a rotation of days and evenings including weekends and holidays.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hand to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; employee is occasionally required to smell.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Duties are performed in a combination of museum, retail and shop environments both inside and outside in weather conditions. Facilities may expose employee to high noise, heat, cold, electrical exposure, sharp instruments, moving mechanical parts, vibrations, temperature changes, unpredictable ventilation, dust and other airborne particles, paint and other fumes, toxic or caustic chemicals, and physical obstacles. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places.

The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

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This job posted by MERC from June 19 through July 17.

Museum Preparator III

Stanford University
Stanford, California, USA

Job Number: 75177

100% FTE

2 year fixed term


The Cantor Arts Center is a vital and dynamic institution with a venerable history. Founded in 1891 with the university, the historic museum was expanded and renamed in 1999 for lead donors Iris and B. Gerald Cantor. The Cantor's encyclopedic collection spans 5,000 years, includes over 40,000 works of art and beckons visitors to travel around the world and through time: from Africa to the Americas to Asia, from classical to contemporary. With 24 galleries presenting selections from the collection and more than 20 special exhibitions each year, the Cantor serves Stanford's academic community, draws art lovers from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, and attracts campus visitors from around the world. Free admission, free tours, lectures, family activities, plus changing exhibitions make the Cantor one of the most well-attended university art museums in the country and an invaluable resource for teaching and research on campus.


The Museum Preparator III is a senior, expert-level position, working under minimal direction of the Exhibitions Registrar/Head of Preparation who makes the general work assignments. Employees in this classification perform a larger variety of duties than those expected of the Preparator II level.

This position is covered by a collective bargaining unit.

The duties listed under the Core Duties section are designed to provide a representative sampling of key tasks and/or responsibilities associated with the job. They are not intended to be a complete list of all the duties performed by employees in the classification.


The Preparator III responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Serves as Lead Preparator and installation coordinator on the largest and most complex exhibitions and gallery reinstallations including active participation in the design, coordination, and implementation of exhibitions using a high level of organization, communication and time management skills.
  • Designs and fabricates custom mounts and exhibition furniture.
  • Works in galleries as part of the installation team for exhibitions and rotations including installation of digital media and multimedia and electronics (film, computer, audio video).
  • Performs gallery lighting design, with knowledge of LED lighting, re-lamping and exposure settings specific to object requirements.
  • Assists with producing and installing didactic materials, including wall labels, graphic panels, and cut vinyl signage.
  • Designs and fabricates custom storage housing for long-term storage at CAC.
  • Packs and transports art objects to and from lenders and donors.
  • Assists with receiving exhibition shipments and with the unpacking and repacking.
  • Helps maintain tools, equipment, shop spaces and art storage
  • May assist with framing and unframing works of art
  • Transmits instructions and specifications received from supervisor to workers; advise supervisor of work progress.
  • Explains tasks to workers; Inspects work for conformance with specifications. Guide and assist other Preparators as needed.
  • May solicit quotes, review estimates and select vendors.
  • Ensure that safety rules are followed.

Education and Experience:

B.A. degree preferred with a minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in a museum setting with a permanent collection.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Demonstrated proficiency of handling valuable works of art in a wide variety of media including but not limited to paintings, bronze, ceramic, glass, metals, mixed media, textiles, works on paper, contemporary art and new media.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in installation of exhibitions and layout and lighting design. Ability to move or assist in moving heavy objects and ability to operate genie lifts, forklifts, pallet jacks, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience with installation coordination of large, complex exhibitions and gallery reinstallations.
  • Demonstrated proficiency of practices and methods in mountmaking including earthquake mitigation and demonstrated ability to apply this knowledge with initiative and judgment, concern for detail, accuracy, and neat execution of work.
  • Demonstrated skills and knowledge of shop equipment and ability to effectively perform various skilled and semi-skilled tasks, including woodworking, brazing, use of adhesives and fasteners, construction methods, and use of stationary and portable power tools. Experience framing, sheetrocking, taping and painting walls.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of safe and archival storage materials and techniques for loaned and museum collection objects.
  • Demonstrated ability to install and troubleshoot a variety of digital media equipment (film, computer, audio, video).
  • Demonstrated ability to produce and install wall labels, graphic panels, and cut vinyl signage.
  • Demonstrated experience with gallery lighting, lighting design and ability to determine light exposure settings specific to the needs of an exhibition or to a given object.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with supervisor, designer, museum staff, students, volunteers
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Ability to accurately perform measurements and hang art to specifications.
  • Demonstrated ability in the design and fabrication of custom storage housing and knowledge of archival-quality materials.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of safe and proper handling methods.
  • Demonstrated experience with shop equipment and ability to perform various skilled tasks including wood, metal and plastic working, brazing, use of adhesives and fasteners, construction methods, and use of stationary and portable power tools.
  • Demonstrated high level of design and implementation of a variety of mount and display solutions. Knowledge of practices and methods in mount making including earthquake mitigation and various materials safe for use with art objects such as wood, paper, fabrics, plastics, metals, mechanical, paints and adhesives.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with supervisor, designer, faculty, staff, students, volunteers, and general public.
  • Demonstrated problem solving ability.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively work independently.
  • High level of organization, communication and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively coordinate large and complex installations, solving the most difficult challenges.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with design and database programs
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and apply the University's commitment to a respectful workplace including, but not limited to, Affirmative Action, diversity and a workplace free of sexual harassment as it applies to their work group.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid California Class C Non-commercial Driver's License and drive night and day.
  • Constantly stand/walk, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasionally sit, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other), reach/work above shoulders, twist/bend/stoop/squat, light/fine grasping (files, tools), grasp forcefully, perform desk-based computer tasks, use a telephone, sort/file paperwork or parts, scrub/sweep/mop/mix, operate foot and/or hand controls, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11 to 40 pounds.
  • Rarely kneel/crawl.
  • Ability to move or assist in moving heavy objects (must be able to lift 50 lbs).
  • Ability to operate scissor lift, pump lift cart and pallet jack.
  • May be required to work overtime, evenings and weekends, including holidays.
  • May be exposed to lead, paint, and/or acetone.
  • May work at heights up to 10 feet.
  • May be exposed to noise greater than 80db TWA.
  • May use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as appropriate.
  • When conducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University driving requirements.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

Job: Museum

Location: School of Humanities and Sciences

Schedule: Full-time

Classification Level:

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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This job posted by MERC from June 9 through September 8.

Museum Director

Illinois State Museum
Springfield, Illinois, USA

Position announcement

The Illinois State Museum, an Office of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, seeks candidates for the position of Museum Director. Founded in 1877, the Illinois State Museum is the steward of 13.5 million objects that document the natural and cultural heritage of Illinois. The Museum has a long and distinguished history of scientific research, the study of artistic traditions, and innovative educational programming, all of which fosters community engagement. At present, the Museum system consists of the Illinois State Museum and the Research and Collections Center in Springfield, Dickson Mounds near Lewistown, and the Lockport Gallery in Lockport, Illinois. The Director of the Illinois State Museum is responsible for the overall leadership, operation, planning, and management of all programs and activities of the Museum. The Museum Director shall have substantial relevant senior level leadership experience at a museum or other similar organization. An advanced degree in a field related to the Museum’s interests or commensurate experience is essential. Demonstrated successful experience is desirable in the following areas: museum operations, staff and fiscal management, strategic planning, governmental and other external relations, and fundraising. The ideal candidate will be a highly skilled communicator with experience in private and public fundraising, including complex federal grants. Success in building or growing an organization is highly desirable. Must be able to show sound understanding of effective fiscal management and administration, along with the ability to work with boards and government departments. Experience in building widespread public support and working with an organization in transition will be highly valued. Preference will be given to candidates with a substantial publication or professional presentation record and/or participation and leadership in national professional organizations.

The Illinois State Museum Director also manages the day-to-day operation of the Illinois State Museum Society, a 501(c)(3) organization established by Illinois statute to promote and support the Museum. The Director coordinates Museum Society activities with a membership-elected Board of Directors.

A copy of the complete position description and benefit package is available at

Applications, including CV/resumé and three references, and any initial inquiries should be directed by email to Tammy Wheeler ( Application deadline: July 21, 2017.

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This job posted by MERC from June 8 through July 21.

Collections Manager

John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA

The John Michael Kohler Arts is seeking an experienced Collections Manager for a newly created position developed to provide leadership for two major collections-based initiatives and to lead the registrar team. The first major initiative is the development of the Art Preserve—a new facility that will house the Arts Center’s permanent collection with innovative storage and display methods. The Collections Manager will work collaboratively with the curatorial and building team to ensure that building and exhibition designs meet the long-term needs of the collection and strategize the long term care of the Arts Center’s extensive collection of artist-built environments. The facility is slated to open to the public in 2020.

The second initiative is the digitization of the permanent collection—this process is underway and is intended to fill both the internal needs of the collections management database and the external needs of our public seeking access and information. The Collection Manager will evaluate collections software applications, work with the curatorial team to identify priorities, recommend best practices, and serve as project manager for all digitization efforts.  The Collections Manager will also ensure that digitization plans complement the designs for the curated storage facility.

The Exhibitions and Collections department is comprised of ten full-time employees. In addition to overseeing the management of the collections, the Collections Manager will oversee the typical registrar functions of the Arts Center, as well as the management of ten to sixteen exhibitions per year, which could include touring exhibitions, temporary loans, site-specific installations and the collections based exhibitions.

Permanent Collection

Provide leadership and project management for all collections related initiatives at the Arts Center including conservation, digitization, and a major collections move.

Oversee all aspects of collection records, including accession, deaccession, deeds of gifts, and object records; including electronic, paper, and photographic records.

Develop and ensure standards are met on all aspects of the handling and movement of all works of art within the storage area, galleries, and on the grounds.

Lead the initiative to make the collection information available online to a broad public.

Temporary Loans

Review information and paperwork for temporary loans.  Look for opportunities to streamline and automate processes.

Work with the exhibitions and collections team to plan each temporary exhibition.  Oversee (and assist when needed) the registrars in their management of the logistics related to the transportation of works of art to and from the Arts Center, including:

Managerial and Administrative

Manage and assist collections and registrar staff.  Establish departmental goals and objectives consistent with the Arts Center’s strategic plan. Directly manage the registrarial team. 

Work collaboratively with the development department for funding requests involving collections.

Manage the permanent collection budget and develop the annual budget regarding exhibition and collection production areas for inclusion in the exhibitions budget.

Update and keep current records regarding the value of permanent and temporary art, including fine arts insurance or possible claims.

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in arts management, collections management, or related field. A Master’s degree in a related field is preferred but will consider a combination of training and education.
  • A minimum of seven years of experience working in museum registration and collections management with a thorough and comprehensive understanding of best practices in museum registration, insurance, and art handling.
  • Significant project management experience required. The ability to facilitate, implement, and budget a project plan is a must.
  • Excellent knowledge of museum conservation/preservation practices
  • Proven track record with collections database software and Microsoft Office Suite; knowledge of imaging software preferred
  • A minimum of five years of supervisory responsibility with a demonstrated ability to lead a cohesive team and meet or exceed goals.
  • Flexibility to travel and/or work extended hours as needed; ability to engage in significant physical activity
  • A valid driver’s license is required as well as a clear driving record
The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, located on the western shore of Lake Michigan is one hour north of Milwaukee and two and a half hours from Chicago.

Send cover letter, resume, and list of professional references to: John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Human Resources, 608 New York Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 53081 or email Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt.

Additional information about JMKAC is available at

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This job posted by MERC from June 7 through September 6.

Director for Egypt

American Research Center in Egypt
Cairo, Egypt

For more than 68 years, The American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) has represented American efforts to study Egypt’s cultural history through research, excavation, and conservation. ARCE facilitates the work of American institutions and scholars through communications with various Egyptian government ministries and it works together with other foreign missions to support a variety of cultural heritage projects. Over the last 20 years, ARCE has worked in close collaboration with Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities (MOA) with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The result is that over 80 projects of monument conservation and specialized training have been completed and over 800 Egyptian archaeologists and conservators have been trained in preserving Egyptian culture.

ARCE is looking for a Director for Egypt who will represent the expertise of the organization in preserving the cultural heritage of and advancing research into one of the world’s oldest civilizations. The Director for Egypt will manage ARCE’s Cairo office and provide expert oversight for a network of projects being carried out throughout Egypt and funded by USAID and other external grant funds. Reporting administratively to the Executive Director in the U.S. and to the Board of Governors at Board meetings throughout the year, the Director will provide subject matter expertise and exceptional organizational and relationship-building skills in order to ensure the quality and visibility of ARCE’s work within Egypt. S/he will take primary responsibility for overseeing a team of Egypt-based Project Directors, serve as ARCE’s primary public representative in the country, and work with ARCE’s international staff to help steer the organization to be the leading global force in facilitating research and collaborative partnerships in Egypt.

The ideal Director for Egypt will have:
  • At least five years of experience in a position of authority within academia or the private/ public sector.
  • Familiarity with the principles of archaeological preservation and conservation and the ability to assess and audit adherence to them in field work.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and interest in Egypt’s cultural heritage, as evidenced through academic background or time and effort spent within the country, and a passion for the advancement of research on Egyptian culture and history.
  • Arabic language speaking skills are preferred.
  • PhD in Egyptology, Anthropology, or cultural heritage of Egypt up to the Ottoman era.
  • Strong interest in making a home in Egypt and working with Egyptian people on ARCE’s behalf.
DRi is leading this search for ARCE. For more information about the position, please see Submit all inquiries and applications to All inquiries and applications are due by August, 1, 2017. Please be sure that emails state where you learned of the opening.

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This job posted by MERC from May 31 through August 1.

Administrative Assistant

Washington County Historical Society
Hagerstown, Maryland, USA

Summary: The position performs clerical, secretarial, office management and registrar duties for the Washington County Historical Society and its Miller House Museum and genealogy center.

Hours: 9:00am - 4:30pm, Tuesday through Saturday

Compensation: $12-15 per hour commensurate with experience

  • Clerical - receives, acknowledges and records dues, donations, and other receipts; prepares reports for the treasurer; receives, organizes and prepares invoices for payments; makes bank deposits.
  • Office Management - purchase and replenish office supplies; maintains lists of service providers; schedules routine and emergency building maintenance.
  • Secretarial - Receives visitors, answers and responds to phone and electronic inquiries; types minutes during Board meetings, prepares minutes and reports for Board meetings; composes, prepares and disseminates correspondence to members, donors, staff, etc; labels and mails “save the dates” and invitations for special events; records reservations; receives and posts fees; constructs the quarterly newsletter, The Legacy.
  • Registrar - Maintains membership files in PastPerfect; mails renewal notices; oversees the production and dissemination of the quarterly newsletter. Maintains Master Index for Library; catalogs, labels and files newly acquired books, photographs, etc.
Essential Requirements: Knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office Suite and social media applications and general office procedures. The applicant needs to be a self-starter with an engaging personality, customer relation skills and good oral and written communication skills.

Education: High School Diploma (minimum)

Note: We offer annual paid sick and vacation leave

Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, and three references to
Stefanie Basalik at

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This job posted by MERC from May 17 through August 16.