Chester County Historical Society
West Chester, Pennsyvania, USA

Background: Founded in 1893, the Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) is a nonprofit organization that serves as the official county history museum, history education center, and historical repository of Chester County, Pennsylvania, one of the Commonwealth’s original counties. The 56,000 square foot museum has a budget of $1.4 million, a staff of 17 full and part-time, includes seven exhibition galleries, 80,000 museum artifacts, a research library with over 700,000 manuscripts and 20,000 reference volumes, a photo archives of more than 100,000 photographs, and public programming space. CCHS presents a vibrant array of programs for children, families, and adults, and a robust set of school programs, including the regional National History Day competition. CCHS also jointly administers, with the County of Chester, the Chester County Archives and Records Services, located nearby in the Chester County Government Services Center. CCHS benefits from the resources of its location in the Brandywine Valley and its proximity to Philadelphia. More information is available at

For over 125 years, CCHS has been the storyteller of Chester County, teaching, preserving, and sharing over three centuries of Chester County history. CCHS is proud to have hosted over 35,000 guests, including over 9,000 students each year to our exhibitions, programs, and presentations, informing and inspiring each of them. We consider education of the expanding Chester County community to be one of our most important goals.

Our Mission Statement is that CCHS “inspires, informs, and builds community identity by preserving and sharing the remarkable story of Chester County and its people. CCHS fulfills this mission through: acting as steward of an unparalleled collection of artifacts, manuscripts, photographs and volumes that document over 300 years of County heritage; offering innovative educational programs and exhibitions that draw on the collections to bring history to life; and, helping audiences explore their own histories through Historical Society resources and staff experience.”

CCHS is currently undergoing a comprehensive redesign of its core exhibition galleries, replacing exhibitions that are now two decades old. The project, planned to open in June, will be followed by the installation of visible storage in two additional galleries. New historical research and audience studies will substantially expand interpretive themes and topics, strengthening the exhibits’ relevance to existing topics to multiple audiences.

Position Description: The Board of Trustees is looking for an experienced, dynamic, and visionary leader who is passionate about the role of history in inspiring and informing the lives of people today. The President must spearhead development activities and oversee all aspects of the institution, fostering a productive, collegial, and respectful workplace. This position further requires a leader with strong fundraising skills to address the growing financial needs for an institution in transition. The President serves as the chief executive officer of the museum and reports to the Board of Trustees.

  • Development: Provides dynamic leadership in the friend and fundraising efforts of the museum, including initiating and supporting donor relationships, overseeing fundraising campaigns and events, implementing a comprehensive development plan, and providing support and priority to the Director of Development and the Development Committee. CCHS’s donor universe includes all companies doing business in Chester County and all families who reside in Chester County. The President will be expected to develop and cultivate relationships with the corporate community in terms of linking the company’s mission to history. Relationships with families will include an emphasis on children, to inspire an affinity for history and genealogy which may resonate in financial support.
  • Community engagement: Represents CCHS as the chief executive officer with its many internal and external constituencies, including government officials, business leaders, institutional, and cultural partners, and acts as an advocate for regional history, lifelong learning, and cultural engagement in various capacities. Enhances the organization’s public image in order to expand interest and support.
  • Grant writing: Manages and supervises grant applications.
  • Leadership initiatives: Creates and encourages a culture of innovation and creative thinking among the staff, volunteers, board members, and community partners to address how historical understanding can inform present-day issues and opportunities and enrich community identity. Works with the Board of Trustees, staff, and stakeholders to develop, implement, and evaluate a strategic plan for the organization.
  • Financial Management: Oversees the financial well-being of the institution, including budget, cost control, financial controls, banking, insurance, and the reporting of all financial results to the Board.
  • Management: Manages, supervises, and provides professional guidance to the Management Team (Directors of Development, Collections, Education and Finance) as well as the staff of the entire organization, and ensures that appropriate policies and procedures are in place. The President will be knowledgeable about the significance of the CCHS collections to the Chester County region.
  • Proven record of fundraising expertise and success
  • Ability to effectively network for the organization, interacting effectively with a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Advanced degree in nonprofit or business administration, history or museum studies, or related field
  • Minimum five years in a senior-level leadership role
  • Strong understanding of nonprofit financial management
  • Solid record in working effectively with nonprofit boards
  • Broad knowledge of museum, library, and educational standards, practices, and trends
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent writing and public speaking skills
  • Direct or supervisory experience in exhibition or program development
  • Commitment to a culture of diversity and inclusion
  • Strong project management, problem solving, and critical thinking skills
To Apply:
Please submit a resume or CV, cover letter, and at least three professional references by midnight on March 31, 2020 to

Review of applications will begin upon receipt. The new President of CCHS will ideally assume the post prior to the end of June 2020. Salary range $80,000 - $100,000 DOE plus a benefits package commensurate to the position.

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This job posted by MERC from February 19 through March 20.


Museum of Russian Icons
Clinton, Massachusetts, USA

Museum of Russian Icons seeks full-time, scholarly Curator. Opportunity to curate one of the world’s largest collections of Russian icons at a well-established, active museum an hour from Boston, near Worcester. Requires advanced degree in Byzantine, Medieval or Classical World studies; Russian icon expertise; reading knowledge of Russian and Church Slavonic; museum exhibition and collections experience; and experience writing and editing scholarly publications. Applicants should be relationship builders and team collaborators. Curator will lead collection stewardship and research, raising the Museum's standing through exhibitions, the Museum's Journal of Icon Studies, and professional connections. Founded by collector/philanthropist Gordon Lankton, AAM-accredited MoRI features state-of-the-art facilities, holds over 1,000 pieces, and presents a lively array of exhibitions and educational programs and events. It is regarded as one of the premier centers of research and scholarship in the field of icons. Curator will analyze collection and plan further development; conduct and promote scholarship; plan and oversee exhibition production; work effectively with dedicated team of museum professionals and volunteers. Nominations, inquiries welcome. For full job profile, requirements, responsibilities, and how to apply by March 16, 2020 to Scott Stevens, Museum Search & Reference, retained search firm, visit: EOE.

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This job posted by MERC from February 19 through March 16.

Development Manager

Tryon Palace
New Bern, North Carolina, USA

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA invites applications for the position of: Development Manager
JOB CLASS TITLE: Development Associate
DEPARTMENT: Dept of Natural and Cultural Resources
DIVISION/SECTION: Archives & History/Tryon Palace
SALARY RANGE: $39,611.00 - $67,060.00 Annually
RECRUITMENT RANGE:$39,611 - $43,862
APPOINTMENT TYPE: Permanent Full-Time
WORK LOCATION: Craven County
OPENING DATE: 02/17/20
CLOSING DATE: 03/17/20 5:00 PM Eastern Time


**This is a reposted vacancy announcement and previous applicants will need to reapply to be considered**

Salary Grade: GN10
Recruitment Range: $39,611 - $43,862

Position Location:
Tryon Palace
529 South Front Street
New Bern, NC 28562

The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources' (DNCR) vision is to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Our mission is to improve quality of life by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature throughout North Carolina. The Department works to stimulate learning, inspire creativity, preserve the state's history, conserve the state's natural heritage, encourage recreation and cultural tourism, and promote economic development. Our goal is to promote equity and inclusion among our employees and our programming to reflect and celebrate our state's diverse population, culture, and history by expanding engagement with diverse individuals and communities. We encourage you to apply to become a part of our team.

Site Information:
The purpose of Tryon Palace is to to educate growing numbers of North Carolinians and visitors to this state about the contributions made by the inhabitants of New Bern and the central North Carolina coast to the history and culture of this state and the United States from the time of initial European-American contact through the nineteenth century. This mission will be carried out through historical research; acquisition, interpretation, and preservation of historic objects and buildings; re-creation of period room settings and gardens based on historical documentation; public outreach in the form of tours, symposia, workshops, and seasonal interpretation; and dissemination of historical information through staff presentations and by other means. All historical interpretation conducted as part of this mission shall be based on factual, balanced scholarship.

Description of Work:
The Development Manager is primarily responsible for day-to-day operations of the Tryon Palace Development team. This position is a management position that has direct responsibility for managing the Development team efforts, providing guidance and assistance to the Tryon Palace Foundation Board of Directors, and supporting the daily operation of the Foundation. This position is responsible for setting meetings, writing correspondence, and scheduling assignments on behalf of and for Foundation Board of Directors to support fundraising efforts in capital campaigns, endowment, annual funds, corporate sponsorship, and planned giving programs. This position will assure Development Team compliance with nonprofit organization standards of donor relations, record keeping, budget tracking and management, and stewardship. The Development Manager serves as an integral member of the Tryon Palace Public Affairs team and represents Tryon Palace Public Affairs in the absence of the Director of Public Affairs. The person in this position must have a friendly, enthusiastic, professional, and helpful attitude. This person must also have a high level of grammatical accuracy while being able to write and speak in an exemplary manner.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  1. Demonstrated experience managing multiple employees or volunteers.
  2. Must have administrative skills to include writing communications, scheduling meetings, taking meeting minutes, and budget tracking.
  3. Demonstrated experience in meeting new people and attending social events.
  4. Ability to closely monitor strict deadlines and multiple projects.
  5. Demonstrated experience in basic accounting while accurately maintaining expenses and generated revenue by using budget tracking methods.
  6. Demonstrated knowledge of office equipment and technology, including Microsoft Office Suite, data management software, and donor research software.
Management preference:
  1. Experience in fundraising from private sources for capital campaigns, endowments, annual funds, corporate sponsorships, and/or planned giving.
  2. Knowledge of Blackbaud/Raiser’s Edge software.
Minimum education and experience requirements
Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, business, or a related degree from an appropriately accredited institution, and five years of experience in public relations, communications, or fundraising, and 2 or more years in a supervisory role, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Management preferences
  1. Bachelor’s degree in communications or nonprofit management;
  2. Demonstrated success and expertise working with capital fundraising, planned giving programs, annual contributions, memberships, sponsorships, and grants;
  3. Established professional with Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) certification;
  4. 3 – 5 years managing a team.

The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) selects applicants for employment based on required education and experience and job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, political affiliation or political influence.

Please be sure to complete the application in full. Note the following:

Resumes and cover letters: Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed application nor will it be considered for qualifying credit. "See Resume" or "See Attachment" will not be accepted with your application being rejected as incomplete. Cover letters are highly encouraged but not required.

Transcripts: Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions and a copy of your transcripts indicating the degree received can be uploaded with your application. If the position you are applying for requires verification of classes taken for the position, then your transcripts must be uploaded to be considered.

Veterans Preference: To obtain veterans preference, you must scan and upload a copy of your DD-214 or discharge orders.

Americans with Disabilities: Applicants requesting an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are eligible to submit paper applications via mail or by fax. Please call the human resources office for assistance.

Please refrain from submitting multiple applications, however; If multiple applications are submitted to an individual posting, only the most recent application received prior to the closing date will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the closing date.

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log in to your account. Upon the closing date, applications are "Under Review" and will be screened by Human Resources for the qualified applicants. The hiring process may take an average of 6 – 8 weeks.

It is the policy of the State of North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources that all employees provide proof of employment eligibility (immigration and naturalization) on the first day of employment. We participate in E-Verify (Employment Eligibility Verification System).

N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Division of Human Resources
4603 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4603
Phone: 919-814-6670


NOTE: Apply to the department listed on posting
An Equal Opportunity Employer, NC State Government
Position #20-01452 AH60083555

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This job posted by MERC from February 19 through March 17.

Executive Director

Old North Foundation
Old North Church & Historic Site
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The Old North Foundation (ONF) seeks a dynamic, visionary, and innovative leader to serve as its next Executive Director. Located in Boston’s Historic North End, Old North Foundation’s mission is to promote the visibility and preservation of the Old North Church’s historical role in the birth of our nation. ONF is a secular non-profit organization that promotes the values of freedom, liberty and civic engagement through the interpretation and preservation of Old North Church and Historic Site, an enduring symbol of American independence.

The Organization

The enduring fame of Old North began on the evening of April 18, 1775, when the church sexton Robert Newman and Vestryman Capt. John Pulling, Jr. climbed the steeple of Old North Church and held high two lanterns as a signal to Paul Revere that the British were marching to Lexington and Concord by sea across the Charles River and not by land. This fateful event ignited the American Revolution. Old North Church is Boston’s oldest surviving church building and welcomes a quarter of a million visitors each year as one of the Freedom Trail’s most visited historical sites. The Old North Church & Historic Site also include:
  • The 1715 Clough House, one of Boston’s oldest surviving brick residences, houses the historic chocolate program at Old North Church & Historic Site.
  • A chapel built in 1918 for Italian immigrants, which now serves as the Old North Gift Shop.
  • Three large courtyards, two formal gardens, and a war memorial to soldiers fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Two adjoining townhouses converted into use for administrative, educational, social, civic, and parish programs.
ONF was established in 1991 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization independent of Christ Church in the City of Boston. In January 2004, all operational responsibility for historic site operations and for interpretative, educational, and preservation programs were transferred from Christ Church to the Foundation. Christ Church is an active Episcopal Church and partners with Old North Foundation to support the site. ONF works daily to:
  • Manage the utilization and preservation of the Old North, its buildings and campus. Its archive is maintained in partnership with the Massachusetts Historical Society.
  • Foster educational and interpretative programs for students and visitors.
  • Engage the public in the Old North’s history and its role in inspiring liberty and freedom through visitation, exhibits in its rotating gallery space, discussion groups, a history blog, and active use of its website and social media.
  • Enhance interest in and exploration of the historic site through the accurate portrayal of the issues of the Colonial era, through a historical and contemporary lens.
The Position

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and leads the development and implementation of initiatives and programs that broaden the visibility and support of Old North Church and its historical significance. The Executive Director is a relationship builder, an ambassador, and a fund raiser for Old North. The Executive Director is responsible for the financial management, interpretation, preservation, maintenance and sustainability of the historic site as an educational resource to visitors and as an historical tourist destination.

The successful candidate for this position will have a history of success with an organization leading fund development, fiscal management, staff leadership, acuity, and marketing and creative talents. S/he will bring professional experience to lead the organization through a fresh strategic planning process that will set the stage for ONF for years to come.

Qualifications Needed
  • Ability to serve as the public spokesperson and collaborate with local historical sites/organizations to enhance local and national interest in Old North Church, the Boston Freedom Trail, Boston tourism and history more broadly.
  • Proven fundraising leadership record for campaigns and capital projects. Must be comfortable sharing the Old North story and building a robust development effort for the organization.
  • Experience with all facets of fund development for operations, programs, and capital projects from a wide variety of public, corporate, and individual sources.
  • Demonstrated record as an effective manager and team builder with experience hiring, promoting, and managing a talented professional staff and cohort of committed volunteers.
  • Experience working with an active and engaged Board of Directors. Ability to assist in the selection, evaluation, and orientation of new Board members.
  • Oversight of annual and multiyear budgets. Ability to work in partnership with the Board to develop, review, and update the organization’s strategic plan and associated revenue streams.
  • Capacity to serve as a bridge builder and partner with Christ Church in the City of Boston, and with community organizations, to communicate the site’s vision and values for students, local businesses and community leaders, visitors, historians, and anthropologists.
Characteristics Desired
  • A passion and enthusiasm for US history.
  • Enthusiastic and skilled cultivator and steward of prospect and donor relationships.
  • Embraces change, takes initiative and shapes organizational direction.
  • Superior organizational and interpersonal skills including ability to work cooperatively with Board members, donors, staff, partners, and volunteers.
  • Excellent communication skills including public speaking, writing, persuasion and negotiation.
  • Bachelors/Master’s degree and/or relevant leadership experience.
To apply in confidence
Please send cover letter and resume to Susan Barry at

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This job posted by MERC from February 6 through May 7.

Dufresne Scholar Award

C.M. Russell Museum
Great Falls, Montana, USA

For summer 2020, the C.M. Russell Museum is pleased to present internship opportunities in the fields of Research and Design of Educational Materials and Historical Research for Exhibitions.

Experience firsthand the life and times of one of the most well-known Western artists, Charles Marion Russell, while gaining valuable experience towards your future career. With projects across several departments within the museum, the C.M. Russell Museum offers the opportunity to experience the variety of career paths available within the field of museums and educational institutions. Through access to art collections that document the history of a disappearing culture, celebrate the traditions of native peoples, and depict the topography and landscape of the west, interns will also gain a new understanding and appreciation for Russell’s West.

As part of the museum’s greater educational mission, the purpose of the Dufresne Scholar Award Internship is to expand the museum’s role as a national learning institution and center of inquiry. We seek to foster a widespread community of individuals and institutions that look to the arts as not only a means of personal enjoyment, but also as an invaluable tool for understanding cultural traditions, history, the environment, and the human experience. Through our internship program, we hope to empower aspiring professionals who are dedicated to the lives and stories that have shaped our world today, thereby ensuring the viability and integrity of our nation’s cultural, historical, and educational institutions.

Each year, the museum offers a 10-week paid internship with a stipend of $4,000 for up to two individuals. Applicants are asked to review the list of projects available for summer 2020, available at the link below, and specify which project(s) interest them and best match their skills and education. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines to apply. The Dufresne Internship is open to undergraduate juniors and seniors, recent graduates, graduate students, or doctoral students. See this year’s listed projects for preferred qualifications.

All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be emailed or postmarked no later than March 27, 2020. Selected applicants will be contacted for interviews within a few weeks following the application deadline.

For more information and to apply, please visit

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This job posted by MERC from February 6 through March 29.

Romare Bearden Graduate Museum Fellowship

Saint Louis Art Museum
Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Summary: The Romare Bearden Graduate Museum Fellowship is a 12-month museum paid fellowship that seeks outstanding candidates from backgrounds historically underrepresented in professional positions at art museums and who are more representative of the growing diversity of the American people. The cross-departmental position gives beginning professionals opportunities to work with various departments including possible assignments in research, public programming, interpretive materials development, marketing, curatorial and audience development. Specific assignments are tailored to the Museum’s needs and the Fellow’s skills and interests.

Qualifications: Eligible candidates must have completed at least one year of graduate school by June 2020 in art history, art education, museum studies, or related fields. Applicant must have good written and verbal communication skills, be able to work independently and manage multiple assignments.

Additional Details:

Application Deadline: March 20, 2020

The Romare Bearden Fellow receives $37,153 annual salary, full time benefits package along with moving and educational travel allowances.

Candidates must complete the on-line application at, upload a cover letter explaining your interest in the fellowship, a resume, a writing sample in a humanities area not to exceed 1500 words, contact information for three references (academic and professional), and undergraduate and graduate transcripts (copies are acceptable). Note: All documents must be uploaded in a single .pdf or word document.

Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Employment date: July 20, 2020 – July 31, 2021

Fellowship Questions: Renee Franklin at;
(314) 655-5437

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This job posted by MERC from January 21 through March 20.