Chief Curator

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Bentonville, Arkansas, USA

Crystal Bridges seeks an innovative and collaborative Chief Curator with excellent leadership and management skills to lead the Curatorial Department as the Museum builds on its national reputation for collecting and presenting American Art. Partner with a talented staff presenting a robust exhibition schedule, education and public programs in an environment that thrives on cross-department teamwork presenting fresh perspectives on the visitor experience. OPPORTUNITIES: Play a pivotal role in setting strategies that shape visitor experiences, developing leading-edge future programming, building the historical and contemporary art collection, growing private funding, and cultivating donor and art-collector relations. Crystal Bridges’ breathtaking 201,000-square-foot facility is designed by Moshe Safdie and located in a park-like natural setting within the beautiful Ozark Mountain region of Northwest Arkansas. Open for 6 years, the Museum is growing and developing rapidly, piloting bold new initiatives with national and global impact. Visit: REQUIRED: The Chief Curator must be a skilled leader and collaborative spirit who is committed to exploring the evolving relationships between art museums and their audiences. They will possess a supportive, flexible, and creative, risk-taking style that fosters teamwork and welcomes partnerships and innovation opportunities in a non-hierarchal work environment. Minimum 4 years’ experience leading a curatorial department, or other significant relevant administrative and organizational leadership experience. Knowledge of museum and curatorial best practices. Full position description, qualifications and how to apply at Apply by 2/1/2018 to Dan Keegan and Marilyn Hoffman at EOE. Nominations welcome.

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This job posted by MERC from December 18 through February 2.

Curator of Collections and Exhibitions

Masur Museum of Art
Monroe, Louisiana, USA

Join a great team! We're a small museum doing big things. The Curator of Collections & Exhibitions is responsible for the planning and implementation of exhibitions presented through the Masur Museum of Art, and oversees the care and scholarship of the museum’s permanent collection. This is a senior staff position that reports to the Director of the Masur Museum of Art, and may be responsible for supervision of one or more assistants and temporary staff. In the absence of the Director, the Curator of Collections & Exhibitions assumes responsibilities for general operations of the Masur Museum of Art. Serves as liaison with the Exhibition Committee and the Collection Committee of the Twin City Art Foundation.

I. Collections

  • Responsible for the care, maintenance, and documentation of collection objects and objects on loan to/from the collection
  • Responsible for research on collections and related topics
  • Functions as museum liaison with the TCAF Collections Committee
  • Makes recommendations to Collections Committee of objects for accession or de-accession; all recommendations must first be approved by the Director
  • Maintains information on accessions and de-accessions
  • Pursues external funding (including grant writing) for collections management
  • Prepares articles on collections activities for inclusion in museum publications and press releases
II. Exhibitions/Registration/Public Programs
  • Responsible for the development, implementation, installation, and interpretation of temporary exhibitions
  • Pursues external funding (including grant writing) for exhibition activity
  • Organizes and implements plans for installation and de-installation of exhibitions, and supervises preparation staff engaged in preparing, mounting, maintaining, and changing permanent collection and temporary exhibitions
  • Coordinates and manages details of shipping, crating, packing, transportation, insurance, customs clearance, and storage for collections and exhibitions, and recommendations to Exhibitions Committee of same
  • Oversees preparation and maintenance of records of collections and exhibitions inventory, accession and de-accession, condition of permanent collection and loaned objects, insurance valuation of permanent collection and loaned objects, and of activity of objects in collections
  • Oversees creation and completion of cataloguing and systems forms for collections and exhibitions
  • Oversees preparation of exhibition labels, brochures, text panels, and other education materials
  • Oversees maintenance of museum collection’s storage and temporary loan facilities
  • Occasional travel to supervise and assist with transportation of collections objects and temporary exhibitions
III. Education & Public Programming
  • With museum staff and committees, works to develop, prepare, and promote lectures, gallery talks, presentations, demonstrations, and special events in the areas of the visual arts as needed
  • Assists Curator of Education and Public Programs with the development, implementation, and promotion of outreach programs, curriculum resources, and library resources as needed
IV. Public Relations/Promotion
  • Maintains positive relations with persons associated with the museum, including, but not limited to, the museum staff, other City of Monroe employees, volunteers, board, the general public, and the media
  • Assists in promotions of museum activities with media
  • Assists with development and presentation of public programming and civic engagement activities
  • Serves on City of Monroe committees and advises said committee(s) as to museum participation and resources
V. Other
  • Weekend and evening duties as required
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the proper authority
Training and Experience

  • Bachelor and/or masters degree in studio art, art history, museum studies, or equivalent required. Holders of bachelor degrees must show four years of relevant professional experience.
Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills
  • Demonstrated supervisory, public speaking, writing, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage multiple, concurrent projects
  • Ability to work creatively with staff and volunteers in a team approach in planning and implementation of museum activities
  • Knowledge of art handling procedures and registration duties
  • Knowledge of current art market and trends
  • Knowledge of collecting and exhibiting ethics
  • Preparator experience highly desirable
Valid Louisiana Driver’s License

Please Note: The Curator, with the Director’s oversight, will present a multi-tiered exhibitions and collections program that emphasizes artists with diverse backgrounds: artists with local, regional, and national reputations. Working with these seemingly disparate groups of artists will lend each other context by elucidating which ideas are most important to the History of Art, as well as culture in general.

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Position pays $31,422.56/ year.

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This job posted by MERC from December 14 through March 15.


Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum
National Archives and Records Administration
Austin, Texas, USA

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) invites applications for the position of Director, Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum. This institution is part of the Presidential Library System, administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum is located in Austin, TX.

Presidential Libraries preserve and make available the papers, records, and other historical materials of the President they represent. Holdings include millions of pages of records including letters, reports, and other documents that chronicle U.S. domestic issues, foreign relations and political affairs during the Presidency. These Libraries also have collections of thousands of objects and audiovisual items (including photographs, videotapes of news broadcasts, audiotapes of speeches and press briefings, film of public events, and televised campaign commercials). Through the Museum, the President’s life and public service are documented through a series of exhibits and programs that are designed to stimulate learning, reflection, and a sense of democratic citizenship among the thousands of students, scholars, government officials, journalists, and others who visit each Library annually.

The Library Director plans, directs, and administers all programs and activities of the Library and Museum, including archival, exhibit, public and educational programs. The incumbent works closely with NARA officials to ensure Library operations are in alignment with the Agency’s strategic goals. The Director maintains close working relationships with the former President’s family and the privately funded support organization; develops cooperative relationships and partnership ventures with academic and other institutions in support of the library’s mission and goals; and conducts extensive public relations and fundraising activities in support of the library and museum.

This position is an excepted service Senior Level (SL) appointment within the Federal Government and serves at the pleasure of the Archivist of the United States. The salary range for the position is $124,406 - $172,100. Relocation expenses may be paid. Detailed information about NARA and the national Presidential Library System is available at The deadline to apply is January 19, 2018.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Extensive experience directing a historical, archival, cultural, philanthropic, educational, or governmental institution.
  • Demonstrated success in cultivating and maintaining public-private or other coalitions and partnerships to advance the programs and missions of a public or private institution.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and to create a dynamic working environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a large, complex organization.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • Creative and thoughtful regarding the utilization of new technologies
  • Innovative thinker in leveraging NARA and Foundation assets to market the museum to drive attendance
  • Excellent judgement and creative problem solving skills
  • Exceptional negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Interest and understanding of events and issues of the 20th Century sufficient to contribute appropriate historical perspective and intellectual leadership to the work of the Library and Museum and its presentation to the public.
  • U.S. citizenship is required for this position.
To Apply:
The deadline to apply is January 19, 2018. Applicants should submit a resume and a statement addressing how their qualifications and experience relate to the qualifications outlined above to the following address:

Office of Presidential Libraries (LP) – Room 2200F
National Archives and Records Administration
Attention: Library Director Application
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001

Fax: 301-837-3199

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This job posted by MERC from December 11 through January 19.

Overnight Program Educators

Mystic Seaport
Mystic, Connecticut, USA

These positions provide hands-on engaging programming for school and youth groups who sleep overnight at Mystic Seaport. The overnight programs provide an exciting overnight experience for youth groups aboard the full-rigged ship the JOSEPH CONRAD. For more information about the Ship to Shore overnight program visit For a description of Anchor Watch programs and a typical schedule, visit These positions are seasonal jobs starting March 5, 2018 through June 4, 2018. Hours range from 13 hours to 35 hours per week during this time depending upon program bookings.

  • Lead tours, outdoor and indoor activities
  • Supervise guests overnight on board the 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
  • Absolute reliability, punctuality and positive attitude
  • Flexibility, versatility, and adaptability
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to get along with others; ability to use tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to perform assignments creatively, conscientiously, and accurately with high standards of quality and overall effectiveness.
  • Capacity for accepting responsibility of position without need for follow-up; ability to act independently without specific instructions.
  • Must possess and reflect a polished professional demeanor in a variety of situations.
  • 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
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This job posted by MERC from December 8 through March 9.

Director of Development

Nantucket Historical Association
Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA

The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) seeks an entrepreneurial Director of Development to maintain and grow support from private and public sources, ensure the stewardship of donors, and actively build and manage a growing department. The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communications skills as well as strong computer and database skills, meticulous attention to detail, highly developed management abilities; proven track record in identifying and cultivating high-level individuals for major gifts; creative ideas for corporate partnerships, individual memberships, and events; and knowledge of planned giving. The Director of Development will report to the Executive Director and be a key member of the NHA’s Senior Management Team. Candidates with management experience in sales, marketing, and relationship management in a business environment are encouraged to apply. Knowledge of the Nantucket community is preferred. The Association offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits program. Cover letter should be submitted with a resume to Rebecca Miller, Nantucket Historical Association, PO Box 1016, Nantucket, MA 02554 or

The Nantucket Historical Association is an equal opportunity employer.

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This job posted by MERC from December 7 through February 1.

Curator of Maritime History

Calvert Marine Museum
Solomons, Maryland, USA

Job Title: Curator of Maritime History - Marine Museum 
Closing Date/Time: Wed. 12/27/17 11:59 PM Eastern Time 
Salary: $56,584.00 - $74,220.00 Annually
Job Type: Merit Full Time
Location: Solomons, Maryland

Job Summary
Merit position, Grade 25, 35 hours per week.

Performs museum curatorial work for the County's Marine Museum. Work involves collection management, historical research, writing, preservation of the museum's historic structures, supervision of boat yard, and boat operations, and related activities. This position is responsible for meeting all requirements related to maintaining the National Historic Landmark designation of the Wm. B. Tennison (passenger vessel) and J.C. Lore Oyster House and National Historic Register designation of the Drum Point and Cove Point Lighthouses. Work requires an advanced degree and experience in the field. Work is performed under administrative supervision.

Essential Job Functions/Other Duties/KSA:
Conducts research for publications, lectures, maritime exhibits, etc. Compiles necessary reports, articles, proposals, etc. related to maritime history.

Monitors operations of the two passenger vessels, the Wm. B. Tennison and the Dee of St. Mary's, and boat yard. Ensures repairs are completed and monitors maintenance and repair expenses for both vessels. Coordinates inspections with US Coast Guard. Tracks requirements necessary for USDOT Drug Testing Program for the crew.

Supervises boatwright and the Small Craft Guild program. Prepares budgets and coordinates long-range planning.

Oversees maintenance and repairs of historic buildings to meet Maryland Historic Trust standards and Secretary of the Interior standards for the treatment of historic properties.

Directs and assists the museum registrar with collections inventorying, cataloging, storage, and general management.

Prepares purchase orders/check requests; researches vendors; handles receipts/invoices.

Assists Exhibits Department in researching and preparing temporary and permanent maritime history exhibits and signage.

Assists researchers in Paul L. Berry Library and Archive and directs library volunteers.

Prepares and monitors department budget.

Assists with preparation of grants and acts as grant manager for maritime grants.

Provides lectures both internally and in the community. Leads Maritime Tours of the museum.

Approves photo reproduction orders from the public.

Training and/or Education:
Master's degree in history or related field.

Four years of experience in the museum field which must include maritime history work, considerable experience managing staff, daily operations, customer service, and policy development and implementation.

Licenses or Certificates:
Valid driver's license. A current Medical Examiner's Certificate in accordance with Federal Regulations must be obtained within six (6) months.

Special Requirements:
Operation of County owned vehicle.

FLSA Status:

Accommodations will be made for individuals with disabilities upon reasonable notice.

County application required.

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 December 7 through March 8.

Director of Education

The National WWII Museum
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

The National WWII Museum seeks an experienced and energetic professional to lead our Education Department. The Director of Education is responsible for providing creative and strategic leadership to oversee all aspects of the museum’s K-12 student and teacher programs, public programs, and interpretative functions. This ever-growing portfolio of programs includes, but is not limited to, the development and implementation of curricula, teacher professional development, student field trips, STEM initiatives, student competitions, commemorative events, public programs, youth summer camps, and volunteer docent training. The Director ensures seamless execution of these programs through effective operational planning, budgeting, staff supervision and training, program delivery, and follow-up evaluation. The Director works collaboratively with departments across the Museum to generate concepts, content, and funding that will make programs most successful and expand the reach and reputation of The National WWII Museum. Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Education & Access, the Director of Education oversees a staff of 8, as well as interns and volunteers.

Ranked the #2 museum in the world by TripAdvisor and visited by 700,000+ individuals annually, The National WWII Museum is a vibrant, national history museum with excellent facilities and staff and ambitious plans for growth. The Museum is currently in the midst of a capital expansion project that will quadruple the size of the original Museum facility, add exciting new programs and permanent exhibits, and double on-site collections storage. In addition, the Museum has undertaken an ambitious multi-year digitization project to make our collections accessible to audiences worldwide through our Digital Collections website – – and launched the WWII Media & Education Center, which will serve as the epicenter of the Museum’s digital content production and broadcasting. The Director of Education will provide valuable insight and leadership to this institutional growth and help position the Museum as the leading resource on the history, values, and lasting significance of World War II.

Specific job responsibilities include:
  • Oversee the development of museum education programs that are effective and engaging, meet the needs of their audiences, and promote the Museum’s mission and vision.
  • Hire, train and supervise education staff, interns, and volunteers.
  • Oversee development, implementation and continuous monitoring of the department budget.
  • Work closely with other departments to plan, promote, and execute Museum programs that will complement exhibits and collections and serve diverse audiences.
  • Serve on interdepartmental projects, such as capital exhibits, strategic planning taskforces, and distance learning initiatives of the WWII Media & Education Center, as advisor on K-12 and education-related matters.
  • Propose new program initiatives that align with the Museum’s strategic plan and position it at the forefront of the museum education field.
  • Ensure program effectiveness and content quality through monitoring, evaluation, and feedback.
  • Collaborate with Institutional Advancement to identify program funding needs, prepare proposals and progress reports, and develop effective relationships with stakeholders that clearly communicate program outcomes.
  • Expand the museum's professional connections and visibility on a local, regional, and national level.
  • Serve as an institutional liaison to a diverse network of stakeholders including schools, colleges / universities, museums, and other supporters of education.
  • Assist in planning for meetings of the Board of Trustees and Presidential Counselors advisory group.
  • Represent the interests of the Education Department in management-level meetings and in meetings of staff task forces, work teams, and work groups.
  • Perform additional duties as directed.
The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and experience:

Strong passion for the mission of The National WWII Museum

Masters degree in a discipline related to the Museum’s work such as:
  • History
  • Education
  • Arts Administration
  • Museum Studies
A minimum of five years related experience in museum education and/or programming.

Demonstrated knowledge of effective personnel and budget management practices with a minimum of three years experience in a supervisory position.

Experience working with education standards and the educational landscape to develop programs and curricula.

Exceptional communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.

Ability to create and implement both short-term projects and long-range plans.

Willingness to work overtime during special events, facility rentals, heavy visitation, or to meet a deadline.

Interested candidates should apply online at or by mail to 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130.

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This job posted by MERC from December 6 through March 7.

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

The Whale Museum
Friday Harbor, Washington, USA

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

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

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

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

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

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

Electronic submissions are encouraged.  It is suggested that a PDF compiled with the requested information be submitted.  While it is planned for the new person to be in place by January 2018, start date is negotiable for the right candidate.  Active review of submitted applications will begin November 27, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Application package should include: a cover letter, resume and up to five references (either reference letter or contact information for each reference).  Please send to: 

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

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

Executive Director

New Hampshire Boat Museum,
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, USA

The New Hampshire Boat Museum (NHBM), with a mission to inspire an understanding and appreciation of the unique role New Hampshire’s lakes play in people’s lives, seeks an experienced and enthusiastic Executive Director to take it to its next level. NHBM, located in Wolfeboro, on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee in the beautiful Lakes Region of New Hampshire, just marked its 25th anniversary and is undertaking a capital campaign to construct a new museum building and increase its endowment. The new director will have the opportunity to work with the Board to complete the campaign, which is currently in the non-public phase, and to oversee the creation of the new museum facility on lakefront property that the NHBM has recently purchased. The new building will allow the museum to develop additional exhibits and experience-based educational programs to carry out its goals of celebrating the history and stories of life on New Hampshire's lakes and providing programs that focus on learning through doing for people of all ages.

Opportunities of the Position
Be part of a team that will create a new museum that will enable the NHBM to carry out its recently expanded mission of interpreting the multi-faceted story of New Hampshire’s lakes, from boating to social and cultural history to environmental stewardship and ecology.

Work with a dedicated Board and Capital Campaign Committee to complete the $5.5 million Just Add Water campaign for a new facility and an endowment.

Have a significant positive impact on a museum that is “on the cusp of something great” and truly make a difference in a museum and the community and region that it serves.

Guide the museum as it positions itself as a family-oriented site offering experiential learning to people of all ages.

Broaden the museum’s constituency as it reaches out to new audiences in new communities.

Lead and inspire a small professional staff and a group of over 200 volunteers whose work is crucial to the success of the museum and its programs.

Work with a Board that is active, engaged, and eager to learn more about the museum field.

Enjoy the support of the town government, whose leaders view the museum as an asset to the community and are supportive of the campaign and expansion, as well as the support of area residents and businesses.

Work collaboratively with other museums in the region through the NH Heritage Museum Trail.

Lead the strategic operation and administration of the organization. Provide creative visioning and effective leadership for all Museum programs

With the Board, work to complete the Museum’s ongoing Capital Campaign and to oversee the creation of the new museum facility.

Direct daily museum operations, including hiring and supervision of all paid and volunteer staff, ensuring that sound policies and procedures are in place and followed.
  • Oversee development, implementation, and promotion of programs, exhibits, special events, and other activities.
  • Oversee development and implementation of annual operating budget, monitor budget and effectively manage resources within financial guidelines.
  • Proactively participate in all development activities, including membership growth, annual appeal, capital campaign, fundraising events, and grant research and writing.
  • With Board members and volunteers, develop a plan for annual exhibits and assist with installation as needed.
  • Ensure the implementation of the Collections Policy and work with the Collections Committee on new donations.
  • Work with Board members and volunteers to implement programs. Propose new educational programs and implement as appropriate.
Communicate effectively with the Board of Trustees and its chairperson. Attend all meetings, keep the Board informed of all pertinent issues, and respond promptly and accurately to Board requests for information.

Serve as an ambassador and spokesperson for the organization to local, regional and national communities. Establish and build strong, cooperative relationships, promote visibility, and deepen the organization’s brand identification. Effectively communicate the vision, values and programs of the organization.

Ensure the organization is compliant with relevant regulations and is transparent and accurate in all its records and documents. Stay current with and strive to meet best practices of the museum field in all areas of operation.

Perform a variety of other tasks as required.

Required knowledge, experience, and abilities
Academic Background

Bachelor’s degree in a related field. Master’s degree in museum studies, arts management or similar field strongly preferred.

Knowledge of/interest in the history of boats, American history, marine environments and ecology a plus.

7-10 years of museum experience, including at least 3 years in management. Experience in a small museum desirable.

Knowledge of and experience with sound business/museum financial management practices; willingness to adopt a conservative approach to finances.

Track record of developing proactive, entrepreneurial, and innovative approaches to problem solving.

Strong marketing and public relations experience, with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and communities. Fluency in current social media for communication and marketing preferred.

Proven track record as a fundraiser. Experience with a capital campaign highly desirable.

Experience with exhibit development helpful.

Knowledge of best professional practices in all areas of the museum field.

Desire to work in a small museum and a willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.

Desire to lead, inspire, and motivate a small but enthusiastic staff, an active, engaged board with a willingness to expand their knowledge of the museum field, and a large dedicated volunteer corps.

Willingness to work hard to ensure the success of the many different programs and events that take place during the busy summer season (Memorial Day through Labor Day). This includes the ability to undertake moderate physical activity and work some evenings and weekends in season.

Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Outgoing, likes to meet people, be the face of the museum in the community.
  • Demonstrated success in working with boards, volunteers and donors as well as creating and motivating teams of diverse individuals.
  • Ability to be flexible or strong, depending on the circumstances, and the ability to determine when each approach is appropriate.
Strong written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated success in the creation and delivery of presentations and marketing programs.

Flexibility. Ability to multi-task, work with interruptions.

More about the Museum
The New Hampshire Boat Museum was founded in 1992 with a goal of preserving the boating heritage of New Hampshire’s lakes. Today that mission has expanded to include the history and ecology of Lake Winnipesaukee and other freshwater bodies in the region. With the mission as a starting point, the Museum can explore such diverse topics as the such diverse topics as the Native American experience; lakeside industries; the history and architecture of homes and boathouses; changing vacation patterns; lakeside camps; the lake environment; and transportation to the lake by stagecoach, train and car as well as by boat. With an annual budget of $350,000, a year-round full time staff of two, several seasonal employees, and a corps of over 200 talented and dedicated volunteers, the NHBM has a membership of 500 and serves close to 10,000 people annually through museum visits and onsite and outreach programs and events. The museum itself is open seven days a week Memorial Day through Columbus Day.

The NHBM Building
The Museum’s present home near Lake Wentworth is a reminder of the early days of tourism in the Lakes Region. The museum is housed in the dance hall/theater of the “Allen A Resort” (named for owner Allen Albee), which operated on the site from 1935 to around 1970. The Allen A was a 400-acre complex—originally a camp, later a resort—that included a cabin colony with 50 cottages, (today only one remains, and it is privately owned), five lodges, an 1810 inn (now a privately owned Bed and Breakfast), a restaurant, stables, and a beach. The interior of the museum retains the original back drop curtain painted for the resort. The building houses exhibit and program space, storage for small objects, office space, and a small store. An adjacent barn houses collections storage and boat restoration spaces. Because the museum building is not climate controlled, staff operations move to office space in town for the winter months.

Programs and Events
The Museum is family-friendly and offers experience-based learning opportunities for visitors of all ages.
In the Family Activity Center, younger children can build a virtual canoe—and then see if it sinks or floats—practice knot-tying, or build Lego boats while their parents explore the museum. Other programs geared towards young people include the Lake Discovery Summer Day Camp, where participants use hands-on activities to discover how Wolfeboro’s lakes, rivers, and streams connect our past with our future. Scholarships are offered for campers who might not otherwise be able to attend. The Museum’s popular boat building program—sessions are available for youth ages 12 and up and for adults and families--gives participants the opportunity to build their own boats. At the end of each session, a special launch on Lake Wentworth celebrates the completion of the boats. For a video of the boatbuilding classes, click here.

Other programs that appeal to people of all ages include a Community Sailing Program—a partnership with the town’s Parks and Recreation Department—that teaches basic sailing to adults and children. The Back Bay Skippers organize Model yacht-building workshops, races, and meets of radio-controlled model yachts. The Sailboat Sharing Program, a partnership between NHBM, Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation, and Brewster Academy, is a boat timeshare. Participants buy a share in NHBM’s sailboat and sail when they like during the summer months. The museum also offers a lecture series for adults and a Boat Restoration Program, where volunteers restore boats in the museum’s collection in the winter months. An annual Opening Party marks the start of the season, and a Spring Fling raises money for the Museum’s operations.

The Museum also offers several signature events that get people out on the water. The Boathouse Tour, the only such tour in the country, gives visitors a peek at some of the many boathouses that dot the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. NHBM provides transportation to the sites via boat or vintage automobile, or participants can drive themselves. To see footage, click here.

The Wolfeboro Vintage Race Boat Regatta (held every other September in conjunction with the Vintage and Historic Division of the American Power Boat Association) draws race boats dating from the 1920s to the 1980s, along with their drivers and crews, from throughout the East Coast and Canada. To see a video of the most recent regatta, click here. The Museum also participates in the Alton Bay Boat Show and the Lake Wentworth Sailing Regatta, sponsored jointly with the Wentworth Watershed Association and the Town of Wolfeboro.

The Millie B
One of NHBM’s most popular attractions is the Millie B, a replica of a 28-foot, 1928 mahogany triple cockpit Hacker-Craft. Visitors can enjoy guided tours of Lake Winnipesaukee on the Millie B, and the boat is available for charters as well.

Collections and Exhibitions
NHBM’s collection of over 1,000 objects includes boats from major makers like Chris Craft to a variety of regionally made boats. The collection also encompasses boating accessories and other items relating to the heritage of New Hampshire’s fresh-water lakes, ponds, and rivers as well as a growing archival collection. Recent acquisitions include a 1929 Chris Craft Limousine Sedan, one of only five remaining in the country, and the Museum's first car, a 1922 Maxwell Touring Car.

The Museum presents a new special exhibit each year. 2017’s exhibit, Big Dreams, Little Boats: Mid-Century Model Toy Boats, looked back to a time when young boys collected and played with model toy boats and dreamed of growing up to own a full-size boat. Other recent exhibits have focused on the history of lakeside resorts, children’s summer camps, and steamboats. Changing exhibits of vintage boats and cars complement these exhibits. In 2017 Racing on the Bay celebrated the 10th Biennial Wolfeboro Vintage Race Boat Regatta and included vintage race boats from the 1920s though the 1950s along with historic photos of racing on New Hampshire’s lakes and ponds.

The Capital Campaign
The NHBM is in the quiet phase of
Just Add Water, a $5.5 million Capital Campaign to build a new museum and increase its endowment. Landlocked for its first 25 years, NHBM is on the move to a new waterfront home where it will construct a purpose-built museum facility on four acres it recently acquired on Lake Winnipesaukee’s Back Bay. Here, within walking distance of downtown, a new 10,000 square foot museum will be open twelve months a year. The new building will provide gallery space for changing and permanent exhibits; a children’s Discovery Center; a multi-purpose program and event space with a caterer’s kitchen; collections storage space; an expanded museum store; and office space. An architect has been chosen and conceptual drawings prepared. The new facility will also enable the Museum to expand its water-based programming and provide dock space for the Millie B and visitors arriving by boat. When the move to the new building is accomplished, the Museum plans to renovate its current building for a four-season boatbuilding and restoration shop.

About Wolfeboro, Lake Winnipesaukee, and the Region
Nestled on the eastern shore of Lake Winnipesaukee and surrounded by forests and mountains, Wolfeboro is a quintessential New England community in the heart of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. The town is known as “America’s Oldest Summer Resort,” but it has become a four-season vacation destination and home to 6,300 full-time residents. There are things to do year-round, including hiking, skiing and snowboarding, boating, swimming, fishing, birding, summer theatre, fall foliage, fairs and festivals, concerts, shopping, and dining. Wolfeboro is just two hours from Boston, an hour and a half from Portland, ME, and an hour from Portsmouth and NH’s seacoast, the White Mountains, and the state capital, Concord.

The town has an excellent school system, in addition to the private Brewster Academy. Huggins Memorial Hospital provides both medical care and employment opportunities. Other museums in town include the Wright Museum of WW II, the Clark House Museum Complex (co-managed by the Wolfeboro Historical Society and the Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation Department), and the Libby Museum of Natural History. The New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail provides a connection to other museums in the region. Other cultural amenities include the Great Waters Music Festival, the Winnipesaukee Playhouse, and The Village Players, a community theatre.

Lake Winnipesaukee, named by New Hampshire’s Native Americans, is the largest lake in the state and the second largest in New England. The lake is spring fed with very clear, clean water. It is approximately 27 miles long, 12 - 14 miles wide and covers 72 acres. More than 250 islands dot the lake, many of them with summer homes and cabins.

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How to Apply
To apply, please e-mail application materials (Word documents preferred) to Executive Search Consultant Gail Nessell Colglazier at Applications should include cover letter and resume, salary requirement, and names and contact information for three professional references. Application deadline: December 11.

Nominations are welcome. Please send names of potential candidates to Gail at

The New Hampshire Boat Museum is an equal opportunity employer. The Museum’s policy is to create a favorable work environment in which all employees are treated equally.

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This job posted by MERC from November 14 through December 11.

Vice President & Director

Mill Run, Pennsylvania, USA

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (Conservancy) has conserved more than a quarter million acres in Western Pennsylvania and its Community Gardens and Greenspace program draws more than 12,000 volunteers annually to beautify communities across the state. The Conservancy, which has a watershed conservation program that protects and restores Western Pennsylvania’s rivers and streams, also includes a natural heritage program that works to protect Pennsylvania’s threatened and endangered species and their habitats.

In 1963, Edgar Kaufmann, jr. donated and entrusted Fallingwater and the surrounding 1,543 acres of land to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Fallingwater is a house designed in 1935 by renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The house was designed as a private residence and weekend home for the family of Pittsburgh department store owner, Edgar J. Kaufmann, Sr. Fallingwater is one of Wright’s most widely acclaimed works and best exemplifies his philosophy of organic architecture: the harmonious union of art and nature. Open to the public since 1964, more than five million visitors have toured and experienced Fallingwater.

The Conservancy seeks an innovative, entrepreneurial and visionary leader for Fallingwater, who demonstrates a passion for engaging others in a lifelong learning agenda while delivering a high-quality experience that is financially sustainable through solid programs, marketing, fundraising and business practices. A high level of experience in building and sustaining a community of national and international partnerships with other art history, architectural, historic preservation, educational and cultural stakeholders, public and private, is necessary. The ideal candidate will show evidence of successful fundraising leadership that includes the acquisition of major gifts and grants from foundations, corporations, individuals and the public sector at the local, state and national level. Particularly helpful would be a background of launching innovative, groundbreaking programs resulting in long-term funding and stable revenue streams.

A bachelor’s degree is required. A master’s degree is preferred. At least five years of successful leadership experience in a museum or comparable organization or venue is strongly preferred. Demonstrable leadership experience in public or private institutions concerned with art history, architecture, education, philanthropy, history and/or historic preservation or related professions would be valued. Previous experience working with, or serving on, a nonprofit board and knowledge of board governance is important.

Applications are being received exclusively by Kittleman & Associates, LLC. Submit a letter of introduction and a current resume at

For more information about the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, visit; or Fallingwater,

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This job posted by MERC from November 9 through January 9.

Executive Director

Yellowstone Art Museum
Billings, Montana, USA

The Yellowstone Art Museum (YAM) seeks an experienced, creative, and visitor-centered museum professional to become its Executive Director, lead its growing programs, and expand its community impact. The Executive Director will work with the Board of Trustees and senior management team to build on recent successes in exhibitions, art education, events, and institutional advancement. The Executive Director will provide overall leadership, vision, and guidance to the YAM in support of its mission and core values, continuing to build on a strong reputation for exciting programs and solid scholarship.

The Executive Director will be responsible for expanding community engagement, general operational oversight, grantwriting and annual fundraising, and growing the museum’s planned giving program and endowment. The Executive Director will also participate enthusiastically in citywide efforts to advance the quality of life in Billings through cultural initiatives.

The Executive Director is expected to work alongside the Board of Trustees and staff to achieve the museum’s strategic objectives, which center on 1) greater financial stability, 2) audience development and community engagement, 3) maximizing assets, and 4) planning the institution’s future footprint.

About the museum
The Yellowstone Art Museum was founded in 1964 as the region’s first venue for progressive contemporary art. The museum is located in downtown Billings, Montana, which is the state’s largest city. The main museum includes the historic Yellowstone County jail building, and the museum also operates the Visible Vault, the region’s only publicly accessible art storage facility. The Yellowstone Art Museum possesses a unique and respected professional reputation. The institution stewards a 7,500-object permanent collection, curates incisive temporary exhibitions, publishes regularly in the area of regional contemporary art, conducts vibrant curriculum-based art education programs and broad-ranging adult art programs, art-related special events, and an artist-in-residence program. The YAM is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and has a $2 million annual budget and a staff of 18 FTEs. The YAM maintains a leadership position among the region’s museums, and has enjoyed a steady trajectory of growth throughout its existence. The new Executive Director will lead a strong, professional institution that has already achieved much and is well loved within its community.

The museum’s mission is:
"The Yellowstone Art Museum exhibits, interprets, collects, and preserves art, with an emphasis on Montana and surrounding regions, for the enrichment, education, inspiration, and enjoyment of all."

About the region
Billings is located along the beautiful Yellowstone River in the south-central part of Montana. The statewide arts community is an exceptional group of close-knit professionals who do not let geographic distance interfere with collaborative opportunities. Billings is the urban hub for an immense region, offering top-drawer medical and business services. Sporting events, the state fair, the performing arts, an award-winning new library, and three history museums are part of the city environment. Billings is home to a campus of the state university and a private college. Outdoor recreation is second to none, and the city of Billings is investing increasingly in quality-of-life initiatives.

Position summary
The Executive Director is responsible for the general management and development of the museum, including the collections and programs; attainment and maintenance of professional standards; and care of financial assets, property, and personnel in accordance with the objectives and policies established by the Board of Trustees.

Specific responsibilities
  • Provides managerial leadership in the development of plans and programs, maintenance of national museum standards, and the development of public interest and support to assure that the museum operates according to the highest professional standards.
  • Garners the ongoing financial support from the community and the region necessary for long-term financial security.
  • Works closely with the staff and Board of Trustees Finance Committee to prepare the annual operating budget. Makes recommendations for organizational change and development as necessary so that the museum’s financial capabilities are utilized in the most efficient, effective manner to assure stability both now and in the future. Conceives operating budgets with the goal of expanding programs and services for the public.
  • Works with the development team to maintain relationships with donors, individuals, and businesses, in order to expand the fundraising capabilities of the museum. Builds an endowment fund to provide income for long-term operational security.
  • Works with the staff and the Board of Trustees annually to review and update the museum’s Strategic Plan by which the museum shapes, plans, implements, and controls the mission it has adopted, the programs and services it offers, and the outreach to the audiences it seeks to attract.
  • Regularly reviews the permanent collection: its overall focus, its policies of acquisition and deaccession, loan policies, condition of individual works, and adherence to professional standards in storage and registration, to assure the public of the highest quality permanent collection.
  • Oversees all aspects of staff management, including hiring, supervising, training, mentoring, administration of annual performance reviews, and setting salaries.
  • Works with curatorial staff to develop the exhibition schedule, resulting in a diverse program of contemporary and historic exhibitions that will stimulate interest in the region, advance scholarship, and enrich the visitors’ experiences. Such program schedules will be an asset to the overall marketing programs, education programs, and visitor attendance for the museum.
  • Works with the education staff to advance programs that will increase the appreciation and understanding of the visual arts in the region, enrich regional arts education opportunities, engage new audiences, and interest new benefactors. Supports the well-established museum school and outreach programs.
  • Acts as the museum’s spokesperson in all public relations and publicity initiatives. Represents the museum at various civic meetings, public forums, and social events to take advantage of opportunities to bring the museum and its programs to the public’s attention. Makes every effort to keep the museum in the forefront of the community’s cultural dialogue.
  • Supports volunteers in their various activities to assure enhancement of one of the museum’s most valuable non-financial assets.
Professional experience, skills, and qualifications
Competitive candidates will be seasoned executives with high energy and commitment, who possesses track records of achievement, management ability, and business acumen. The successful candidate will have broad knowledge of American art in general as well as developments in contemporary art; specific knowledge of the art of the northern Rockies / northern Plains is highly desirable. The museum’s leader must be a creative, experienced, persuasive senior manager.

With a minimum of five years’ museum-based, progressively responsible supervisory and administrative experience, competitive candidates will also possess:
  • An advanced degree in art, art history, or a related field, and demonstrated passion for this discipline of art
  • Willingness and ability to create and work within a team-oriented environment and to motivate and mentor a diverse staff
  • A reputation for honesty and integrity; recognition that the public trust must be held in the highest regard
  • A track record as a sophisticated relationship-builder, especially in the area of fundraising strategies and funding partnerships
  • A leadership style that balances openness with decisiveness; candidates will have the ability to empower staff and encourage initiative
  • Strong art connoisseurship abilities
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and strong levels of grantwriting success
  • Organizational abilities; the successful candidate will be a natural planner with a demonstrated record for successfully managing multiple priorities
  • Future-focus and strong planning abilities, specifically experience leading strategic planning processes and executing strategic plans
  • Solid understanding of financial management for nonprofits; minimum five years’ experience in budgeting, working to budgets, and resolving deficits
  • Creativity and nimble problem-solving skills
  • Residence in Billings or the immediate vicinity is required
The Executive Director’s position is an excellent opportunity for an arts leader to take his or her next career step, either from leadership of a smaller institution or from a position in a large institution heading up a division or department.

Salary and benefits are competitive within the northern Plains / northern Rockies region, and are commensurate with experience. The position is open until filled. The Yellowstone Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

Interested applicants should send a résumé and cover letter in PDF format to the contact listed below. Additional application materials will be required of candidates who advance to initial interviews. Please, no phone calls.

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This job posted by MERC from November 2 through February 2.