Museum Deputy Director for Education and Special Programs

Calvert Marine Museum
Solomons, Maryland, USA

Salary range begins at $69,469 - $88,871 negotiable
Closing date – June 26, 2019

The museum deputy director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Calvert Marine Museum – a regional institution that attracts 82,000 visitors annually. The deputy director directly supervises the education department staff, and supervises the curators of paleontology, estuarine biology, maritime history, and exhibits. In the director’s absence, this position functions as the director, and is part of the senior management team. The position reports to the director.

Training and/or Education:
Master's degree in education, museum studies, or related field.

Eight years of experience in museum education and administration which must include experience managing staff, daily operations, customer service, program development, and managing budgets.

Special Requirements:
  • Work is subject to deadlines and frequent interruptions.
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Accommodations will be made for individuals with disabilities upon reasonable notice.
  • County application required.

Where to Apply:

The Museum
The Calvert Marine Museum was founded in 1970 and is located in Solomons, Maryland at the confluence of the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay. The museum interprets three themes: the paleontology of the Miocene epoch, the estuarine biology of the river and bay, and the maritime heritage of Southern Maryland. Among its exhibits are the Drum Point Lighthouse, the Cove Point Light Station, the sailing skipjack Dee of St. Mary’s, the historic bugeye Wm. B. Tennison, and the J. C. Lore and Sons Oyster House.  The latter two are National Historic Landmarks. It also houses the largest collection of Miocene marine fossils outside of the Smithsonian and has a 15-tank aquarium featuring animals native to these waters. The museum is open year round.

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This job posted by MERC from June 6 through June 26.

Executive Director

The Congregational Library and Archives
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The Congregational Library and Archives, a special library of books, manuscripts, and electronic resources in Boston, Massachusetts, is seeking a new Executive Director. The Library (CL&A) preserves materials relating to and advancing the study and deeper understanding of the Congregational story, a crucial religious influence on America’s intellectual, civic, and cultural traditions.

The CL&A is poised to enter an exciting new phase of its development as a resource in American and global history. We believe that with the right visionary and entrepreneurial Executive Director, the CL&A can become the catalyst for profoundly important scholarship and discourse. For example, can the CL&A help lead the conversation about how to vitalize our Congregational denominations? Can it show how our history can play a meaningful role in reigniting civic discourse in our country? Working with the Board, the new Executive Director will lead the CL&A into its future.

The Organization
CL&A is a vigorous 166-year-old organization dedicated to the idea that “history matters” for people in the present. The Puritans who migrated to New England in the early seventeenth century created a unique church polity rooted in spirited debate and principled self-governance, the so-called Congregational Way. Congregational churches and leaders have had a profound impact on America’s social, political, and religious life. Eager to preserve their heritage, leading Congregational clergy in New England formed the Congregational Library Association in Boston in 1853. Their initial collection of 53 books has grown to a unique collection of over 225,000 manuscripts and printed materials covering Congregational history and a broad array of related topics, including colonial-era records documenting the settlers’ efforts to establish a civil and religious society. Although CL&A’s origins and holdings are religious, it is not a church institution; its focus and approach is broadly historical, not narrowly denominational.

CL&A’s rare book section is rich in works of English and early American Puritanism. Complete collections from historically significant churches are indispensable for researchers, libraries, historical societies, and genealogists. Missionaries’ memoirs and reports reveal cultural transferences and transformations in all their global complexity. CL&A has a collection of some 15,000 sermons from the 1600s to the twentieth century that illuminate trends across time in all aspects of American life. As the designated archive of the Congregational Christian churches, the Library holds major institutional records and some 1,500 periodicals regarding social reform, human rights, and education. CL&A also holds rare newspapers from the Christian Connection, a denomination that merged with the Congregational churches in 1931. Travel grants, fellowships, and office space are provided to independent scholars, and the Library promotes innovative scholarship with its signal publication, the Bulletin of the Congregational Library, and its e-newsletter History Matters.

CL&A offers educational programs, including exhibits, author talks, book discussion groups, and meet-and-greets for a broad range of audiences. It provides wide and free access to the collection through the New England’s Hidden Histories initiative, excellent patron services, and the global reach of modern technology.

CL&A moved to the Congregational House at 14 Beacon Street when the building was dedicated in 1898. In 2017, it sold its interest in the building and entered into an ultra-long-term lease. Proceeds from the sale have created a position of financial strength that will allow CL&A to pursue its aspirations. A graceful Victorian Reading Room remains a quiet haven for researchers, while the newly renovated facility accommodates state-of-the-art library equipment and archival processing and storage. By capitalizing on technological innovations, the organization has been advancing scholarship and sharing its rich repositories in fresh ways. CL&A has an expansive vision for the future, and it invites its next leader to approach forthcoming opportunities with enthusiasm and creativity.

CL&A has a dedicated staff of six full-time and four part-time employees and an annual operating budget of $1.3 million, comprising grants, memberships, philanthropy, and earned income. It is governed by a 14-member Board of Directors. Long-time Executive Director Peggy Bendroth will be retiring this fall. To learn more about this position, please visit and, and The Beacon Street Diary blog.

Responsibilities include:
Organizational identity and vision
  • With the Board, create a vision of the future for CL&A;
  • With the Board, create and drive the strategic plan;
  • Build support for the mission among important constituent groups and attract new ones;
  • Promote and represent the history of American Congregationalism in a way that will stimulate both broad interest and serious academic study.
Fundraising and development
  • With the assistance of the Board, prioritize fundraising;
  • Develop and implement strategies for donor relationship building and solicitation;
  • Cultivate new and existing donors, sharing a new and dynamic vision of CL&A’s mission and future;
  • Oversee grant solicitation as well as the research and writing of grant applications.
Executive leadership and management
  • Oversee the Library Director and all Library operations;
  • Oversee the hiring, goal setting, directing, review, and termination for all CL&A personnel;
  • Work with Board leaders to recruit new Board members;
  • Make all final decisions on Library collection development.
Program development and implementation
  • Increase the use of the library;
  • Oversee the strategic vision for the website’s organization and content;
  • Oversee editorial development of the Bulletin and other regularly published materials;
  • Plan and support Library events and host visiting groups;
  • With the Library Director, oversee the Project Director’s work on New England’s Hidden Histories and attract new research endeavors;
  • Direct the creation of promotional materials.
Financial management
  • Work with the Board’s Finance Committee on financial planning and to set investment goals and policies;
  • Monitor external investment managers, auditors, risk management professionals, and other contractors;
  • Develop and implement the annual budget and monitor ongoing expenses and income.
Qualifications Desired
  • Demonstrated passion for the mission of CL&A;
  • Advanced degree and experience in a highly relevant field, e.g., library and information science; museum studies; American history; church history; the humanities; and/or nonprofit management;
  • History of building and maintaining a cohesive team and providing strategic direction;
  • Inspiring leadership and strategic thinking;
  • Record of building partnerships;
  • Ability to persuade, negotiate, achieve consensus, and build collegial relationships with stakeholders;
  • Significant experience with board development, fundraising, and marketing/branding;
  • Well-developed written, verbal, and presentation skills;
  • Financial savvy and solid general management skills;
  • Comfort in working with faith communities.
To apply in confidence: Please send resume and cover letter to Susan Egmont, Egmont Associates, at

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This job posted by MERC from May 30 through August 29.

Associate Director and/or Associate Librarian

American Philosophical Society Library & Museum
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

The American Philosophical Society (APS) has decided to integrate its Library, home to a renowned research collection, with its Museum, a nationally-recognized exhibition program, in order to form the American Philosophical Society Library and Museum. The new unit will bring together programming, curatorial, and archival staff with the plan to grow the APS’s collection, expand its public and scholarly programming, and increase its exhibition activity and outreach efforts.

As part of the re-organization, the Society is seeking to hire an Associate Director/Librarian to help manage the expanded operations. Because this is a new unit, the Society is holding an open call for applicants interested in taking on a leadership role at one of the foremost research institutions in the country. The Society is especially interested in candidates who have extensive experience in libraries, museums, and/or public history and who have shown scholarly productivity and creativity. The new hire will report to the Society’s Librarian (Director of the Library and Museum), supervise the operations of approximately half of the APS Library and Museum’s staff, and have involvement in senior-level decisions for the APS Library and Museum. The specific contours of the job and its administrative responsibilities will be tailored to fit the hire’s skillset. Likely areas of involvement are scholarly and public programming, digital scholarship, and curatorial and exhibit planning. Applicants with extensive library experience may have more involvement in library operations.

The integration of the Library and Museum presents an exciting moment of change for a venerable institution and for the right candidate interested in being a part of it. We encourage all those interested in learning more about the position to email the Librarian at

Candidates must apply at with the following:
  1. Cover letter of no more than three pages that outlines how their experience can help guide and grow the APS Library and Museum through this transition. Applicants are also asked to include their salary expectations and a list of three references in their cover letter. No letters of reference, please.
  2. CV that highlights work accomplishments and major scholarly achievements.
Applications will be accepted through June 17, 2019.

The American Philosophical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Successful applicants will be asked to show proof that they can legally work in the U.S.

About the American Philosophical Society Library
Founded in 1743, the American Philosophical Society’s Library, located near Independence Hall in Philadelphia, is a dynamic research center that holds over 14 million pages of manuscripts, 275,000 bound volumes, a remarkable rare book collection, and a growing digital library. The Library’s holdings make it among the premier institutions for documenting the history of the American Revolution and Founding, the study of natural history in the 18th and 19th centuries, the study of evolution and genetics, quantum mechanics, and the development of cultural anthropology, among others. The Library also hosts two Centers that build upon its collection strengths. The Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR) promotes innovative uses of the Library’s collections that benefit indigenous communities and academic scholarship and the Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS) promotes the collections through digitization, digital humanities, and the development of innovative library software. The Library offers over thirty fellowships a year (approximately twenty-five short-term and ten long-term) and hosts a robust slate of programming, including conferences and symposium that draw an international audience. The Library has a staff of approximately twenty-five across seven departments. More information on the Library can be found here:

About the American Philosophical Society Museum
The American Philosophical Society Museum’s exhibitions showcase the Society’s renowned collections. The current exhibition—Mapping a Nation: Shaping the Early American Republic—traces the creation and use of maps during the early American republic. Past exhibitions have featured items such as Thomas Jefferson’s hand-written draft of the Declaration of Independence, a notebook from Lewis and Clark’s Western expedition, a rare 18th-century telescope, Darwin’s hand-written title page for On the Origin of Species, and the only known portrait of Benjamin Franklin’s wife Deborah. Each exhibition offers imaginative programs from guided school tours for grades four through twelve to tailored visits for undergraduate and graduate courses, which interpret the historical themes and objects on view and connect them to relevant issues in the world today. Exhibitions are open to the public every year from mid-April through December and attract over 130,000 visitors annually. The Museum has four full-time staff plus two curatorial postdoctoral fellows. More information on the Museum can be found here:

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This job posted by MERC from May 21 through June 17.

Kress Interpretive Fellowship

Colgate University
Hamilton, New York, USA

Located on Colgate University's beautiful campus in Hamilton, New York, the collection of the Picker Art Gallery (PAG) 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 is deepened with the Museum Studies Minor in the Department of Art and Art History and the graduate program in the Department of Education Studies (MAT degree).

This 9-month grant funded, entry-level position will end June 30, 2020.
  • A demonstrated knowledge of art history
  • Knowledge of museum interpretation
  • Excellent research abilities
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Interest in the scholarly research, diligent and persistent
  • Works collegially with a diverse group on a daily basis (faculty, students, staff, community members)
  • Strong aptitude to learn University organizational systems and to process knowledge.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Google programs
  • Experience with Social Media
  • Experience in a museum, gallery or other educational fields
  • Expertise in pre-modern European art
  • Presentation of a paper at a regional/national conference a plus
  • Other languages, reading ability (French and/or German and/or Italian)
  • Experience with museum collections, ideally university museum collections
  • Experience working with museum database systems (e.g. TMS)
  • Experience in training, supervising and/or working with students and interns
  • Knowledge of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS)
  • Demonstrated experience in working with the public
Must have a master's degree (preferably in Art History; Ph.D. preferred) and a demonstrated knowledge of educational practices.

This grant funded position starts no later than September 1, 2019, and ending June 30, 2020. Requires relocation to Colgate University, Hamilton, NY.
37.5 hours per week, with the flexibility to work weekends and evenings when needed and some travel (e.g collection-based research; professional development such as attending select conferences).

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