Museum Assistant Registrar

Middlebury College
Middlebury, Vermont, USA


Middlebury College seeks a Museum Assistant Registrar to support the Museum Registrar in the care and recordkeeping of the Middlebury College Museum of Art’s permanent collection.

BA in Art History, Arts Administration, or related field. Two or more years of registration or comparable experience in a museum setting with significant experience in automated collections records management and cataloging. Must have art historical expertise; excellent computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite, knowledge of electronic imaging technology; ability to apply new technology to the development of new instructional methods for art history courses; knowledge of professional photographic methods and techniques and excellent interpersonal, communication, and writing skills. To view the complete job description and apply online, visit https://apptrkr.com/1568336

Middlebury College employees enjoy a high quality of life with excellent compensation; competitive health, dental, retirement, and vision benefits; and educational assistance programs. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability

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This job posted by MERC from August 9 through November 8.



Exhibit Engineer

Exploratorium
San Francisco, California, USA


(Two positions available*)

SUMMARY

Exhibit Engineers are the primary staff responsible for exhibit design and production. Although exhibit designs will come from many sources and fabrication may be accomplished in coordination with other staff or entities, exhibit engineers ensure the functionality, reliability, safety, efficiency, and cost effectiveness of each exhibit. Exhibit engineering at the Exploratorium emphasizes the design and building of interactive exhibits with complex mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems within design, budget, and schedule to fulfill the needs of the project. Exhibit engineers are also expected to be knowledgeable of current technologies and professional standards and to have an active role in the maintenance and improvement of existing exhibits, design practices, and documentation standards.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Execution:
  • Consistently deliver high-quality exhibit engineering across a number of projects under the direction of project leadership.
  • Create exhibit designs that fit into budget and schedule, meeting regular milestones.
  • Produce complete sets of design documentation including: part and assembly drawings, bills of materials, electronics and wiring schematics, maintenance manual pages and assembly instructions.
  • Provide support to Production Management and project teams as needed in regards to purchasing efforts, including occasional management of subcontractor and vendor relationships.
  • Design and fabricate basic tooling/fixtures for manufacturing.
  • Participate in off-site installations, maintenance trips, and de-installations.
  • Solutions/Idea Generation: Regularly implement a wide variety of practical and innovative engineering strategies. Work to find creative ways to bring new and appropriate technologies into our current system.
Facilities Work/Institutional Support:
  • Contribute to general museum operations, including shop and/or lab maintenance, exhibit maintenance, material ordering and stocking, and equipment upkeep.
  • Share design and engineering techniques with other Exploratorium staff.
  • Provide technical advice to help production staff order and build exhibits; promote quality, efficiency, and decreasing costs.
  • Maintain current library of exhibit designs by managing design revisions, photographing design details, and organizing design information.
  • Collaborate with design, engineering, and production staff, to find efficient ways to create exhibits.
  • Other duties as assigned
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
  • BA/BS degree or equivalent combination of education and experience, preferably in engineering or design.
  • Basic shop knowledge: wood, metal, and plastic fabrication; prototyping and fabrication of exhibits using appropriate production methods; follow safety standards.
  • Basic experience with Autodesk Inventor essential plus working knowledge of AutoCAD, Wiki-based platforms, MS Word & Excel.
  • Ability to effectively communicate ideas and concepts through hand sketching, basic drawing skills preferred.
  • Ability to collaborate as part of an effective team.
  • Comfortable taking direction and mentoring from senior shop staff, senior engineers, and project leadership.
  • Ability to adhere to budgets and timelines for individual exhibits and projects, and to proactively communicate expected variances.
  • Sense of value and efficiency as expressed in effectiveness of solutions, use of materials, and personal time management.
  • Interest in science and teaching a plus.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds short distances. Able to move from place to place; bend, stretch, grasp, reach, kneel and twist.
APPLICATION DEADLINE

Open until filled

HOW TO APPLY

*We have two (2) fixed-term, full-time, non-exempt, union positions that include benefits. One position has an end date of 6/30/21 and the other position has an end date of 8/31/21. Please indicate in your cover letter your end date preference if you have one. Please, no phone calls in regards to this job. To apply, please visit the Exploratorium job page.

https://exploratorium.applytojob.com/apply/6lj3u3tat2/Exhibit-Engineer?source=MERC

The Exploratorium is committed to providing equal employment without regard to race, color, religious expression, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, ancestry, genetic information, citizenship, marital status, pregnancy, veteran’s status or any other class protected by applicable law.

The Exploratorium will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

Please reference museum-employment.com when applying for this job.
This job posted by MERC from August 8 through November 7.



New Media Exhibit Developer

Exploratorium
San Francisco, California, USA


SUMMARY

New Media (NM) exhibit developers are the primary staff responsible for exhibit creation, from idea generation and concept development through design and implementation. Although exhibit ideas may come from many sources and fabrication may be accomplished in coordination with other staff, NM exhibit developers drive the process of transforming exhibit ideas into interactive, physical form using digital technologies. Exhibit development at the Exploratorium emphasizes iterative prototyping and incorporates input from outside advisors, public visitors, and project team members including project directors, other exhibit developers, graphic designers, writers, scientists, and evaluators. NM exhibit developers are also expected to collaborate on other types of experiences for visitors, including demonstrations and programs, to contribute to overall project and exhibition development, and to participate in developing proposals for new exhibits and exhibit areas. This position reports to the manager of the New Media Exhibit Developer group.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Execution:
  • Consistently deliver high-quality exhibit experiences across a number projects under the direction of project leadership; pursue best practices in all areas of exhibit creation.
  • Design screen-based and physical user interfaces.
  • Contribute to hardware and software platform decisions, program applications, and build circuits as appropriate for exhibits.
  • Scope work within time and budget parameters. Meet project milestone and final deadlines.
  • Idea generation: reliably produce a wide variety of compelling and engaging exhibit ideas, interactions, and interface designs.
  • Iteration: observe visitors and work with evaluators to iterate prototypes based on feedback.
  • Documentation: document exhibits, demos, and source code according to standards set by the shop, new media group, and project leadership.
Facilities Work/Institutional Support:
  • Contribute to general museum operations, including shop and/or lab maintenance, exhibit maintenance, material ordering and stocking, and equipment upkeep.
  • Assist other museum staff, visiting artists, and contractors in meeting new media hardware and coding standards and practices.
  • Other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
  • BA/BS in a New Media field, Human-Computer Interaction or a combination of art/design and computer science or electrical engineering, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Basic experience in wood, metal, and/or plastic fabrication, or the desire and ability to learn as needed.
  • Basic coding skill in Processing and Arduino or related code base; experience with some combination of Javascript, Java, and Max/MSP/Jitter preferred; experience with C++ frameworks and OpenGL a plus.
  • Basic user interface, user experience, and interaction design skills; visual design skills a plus.
  • Basic physical computing and circuitry skills.
  • Experience applying user research or feedback in an iterative development process preferred.
  • Experience exhibiting work in a public setting preferred.
  • Comfortable taking direction and mentoring from senior shop staff, senior exhibit developers, graphics and editorial, and visitor research and evaluation.
  • Strong interest in exhibit design and inquiry-based learning.
  • Ability to collaborate as part of an effective team.
  • Open-minded, able to fail and try again, observant and deeply curious.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds short distances. Able to move from place to place; bend, stretch, grasp, reach, kneel and twist.
APPLICATION DEADLINE

This position is open until filled.

HOW TO APPLY

This is a fixed-term (End date 6/30/21), full-time, non-exempt, union position that includes benefits To apply, please visit the Exploratorium job page. Please, no phone calls in regards to this job.

https://exploratorium.applytojob.com/apply/ErhEGoFyH6/New-Media-Exhibit-Developer?source=MERC

The Exploratorium is committed to providing equal employment without regard to race, color, religious expression, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, ancestry, genetic information, citizenship, marital status, pregnancy, veteran’s status or any other class protected by applicable law.

The Exploratorium will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

Please reference museum-employment.com when applying for this job.
This job posted by MERC from August 8 through November 7.



Exhibit Developer

Exploratorium
San Francisco, California, USA


SUMMARY

Exhibit developers are the primary staff responsible for exhibit creation, from idea generation and concept development through design and fabrication. Although exhibit ideas may come from many sources and fabrication may be accomplished in coordination with other staff, exhibit developers drive the process of transforming exhibit ideas into interactive, physical form. Exhibit development at the Exploratorium emphasizes iterative prototyping and incorporates input from outside advisors, public visitors, and project team members including project directors, other exhibit developers, graphic designers, writers, scientists, and evaluators. Exhibit developers are also expected to collaborate on other types of experiences for visitors, including demonstrations and programs, to contribute to overall project and exhibition development, and to participate in developing proposals for new exhibits and exhibit areas.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Execution:
  • Consistently deliver high-quality exhibit experiences across a number of projects under the direction of project leadership.
  • Pursue best practices in all areas of exhibit creation.
  • Scope work within time and budget parameters. Meet project milestone and final deadlines.
Idea generation:
  • Reliably produce a wide variety of compelling and engaging exhibit ideas.
Iteration:
  • Observe visitors and work with evaluators to iterate prototypes based on feedback.
Documentation:
  • Document exhibits and demos according to standards set by the shop and project leadership.
Facilities Work/Institutional Support:
  • Contribute to general museum operations, including shop and/or lab maintenance, exhibit maintenance, material ordering and stocking, and equipment upkeep.
  • Other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
  • BA/BS degree or equivalent combination of education and experience, preferably in art or science.
  • Basic experience in wood, metal, and plastic fabrication; CAD drafting and hand sketching; prototyping and fabrication of exhibits, or the desire and ability to learn as needed.
  • Experience applying user research or feedback in an iterative development process preferred.
  • Experience exhibiting work in a public setting preferred.
  • Comfort in taking direction and mentoring from senior shop staff, senior exhibit developers, graphics and editorial, and visitor research and evaluation.
  • Strong interest in exhibit design and inquiry-based learning.
  • Some experience in interpreting scientific content.
  • Ability to collaborate as part of an effective team.
  • Open-minded, able to fail and try again, observant and deeply curious.
  • Familiarity with the Exploratorium exhibit collection is a plus.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds short distances. Able to move from place to place; bend, stretch, grasp, reach, kneel and twist.
APPLICATION DEADLINE

Open until filled

HOW TO APPLY

This is a fixed-term (End date 6/30/21), full-time, union position that includes benefits. Please, no phone calls in regards to this job. To apply, please visit the Exploratorium job page.

https://exploratorium.applytojob.com/apply/UKfsdg6ViA/Exhibit-Developer?source=MERC

The Exploratorium is committed to providing equal employment without regard to race, color, religious expression, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, ancestry, genetic information, citizenship, marital status, pregnancy, veteran’s status or any other class protected by applicable law.

The Exploratorium will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

Please reference museum-employment.com when applying for this job.
This job posted by MERC from August 8 through November 7.

Curator

The Salem County Historical Society
Salem, New Jersey, USA


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

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

Submit cover letter, resume, salary history, and at least four references to:

Search Committee, Salem County Historical Society, 83 Market Street, Salem, NJ 08079

Or by email to schs@salemcountyhistoricalsociety.com

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This job posted by MERC from July 26 through October 25.

Executive Director

Hockaday Museum of Art
Kalispell, Montana, USA


Hockaday Museum of Art: Executive Director Posting

Mission Statement: “To enrich the cultural life of our community and region, and preserve the artistic legacy of Montana and Glacier National Park”

The Hockaday Museum of Art is seeking to fill the Executive Director position. Having just celebrated its 50th year, the Hockaday Museum of Art (HMA) is recognized as one of the premier regional art museums in the Pacific Northwest. Located in Kalispell, Montana, in a 1904 Carnegie Library building, the HMA welcomes more than 20,000 visitors and interacts with 5,000 students annually through its education programs and exhibitions. With a curatorial emphasis on the art and culture of nearby Glacier National Park and Montana in general, its extensive collection includes various art mediums, artifacts and archival items.

Exhibitions highlight contemporary artists of Montana and the West, as well as regional and national touring shows. For the last 49 years, HMA has hosted an annual Arts in the Park festival, with 100 artists and over 6,000 visitors each year. It also puts on an annual juried plein air paint out week in Glacier National Park followed by a party and sale event at the Museum. This is a favorite with local and national artists alike.

In 2015, HMA launched A Timeless Legacy: Women Artists of Glacier National Park event and exhibition to national recognition and praise. It included a documentary film highlighting many historical women artists who painted Glacier in the early days of the Park along with four contemporary women artists who followed their example. The film was picked up by Montana PBS and continues to be broadcasted on a regular basis. A Timeless Legacy continues annually and last year included a special version celebrating the world’s first peace park, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Twenty-three U.S. and Canadian artists contributed paintings featuring Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada and Glacier National Park. Sales from this fundraising event reached an all-time museum record.

Kalispell is the third fastest growing ‘micropolitan’ area in the United States for the second year in a row (US Census Bureau) and is in the top 5% of U.S. communities for healthcare job growth. The surrounding area is a mecca for outdoor recreation, with major area features including Glacier National Park, Whitefish Mountain Resort, Blacktail Mountain Ski Area, and Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in the west. The Flathead Valley has been named by Golf Digest as a top 50 golf destination community.

HMA’s Board of Directors is conducting an Executive Director search for an individual with 5+ years’ experience in museum or nonprofit management. Financial management, fundraising, strategic planning, innovation and a love art and nature are necessary. The successful candidate should have interpersonal skills to manage a 6-person staff and numerous volunteers, and positively relate to the Board, HMA members, artists, volunteers and the community.

Executive Director Responsibilities
The Executive Director is responsible for implementing the Mission Statement and providing team leadership. In conjunction with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will support and implement the Board of Directors’ vision and goals and work with them to update and carry out the organization’s strategic plan in order to ensure the long-term viability and vibrancy of the Hockaday. The Executive Director has the responsibility to plan, organize, staff, and direct all the Museum’s activities.

Museum Operations
  • Provides leadership and supervision of the daily operations of the Museum
  • Carries out policies and other duties as directed by the Board of Directors
  • Develops and implements events that excite/educate our membership and the public; Maximize inter-active and experience programs
  • Ensures the protection and preservation of Museum property, including facility/buildings, archives, records, fixtures, and all art owned or cared for by the Museum
  • Ensures all programs, exhibitions, and activities of the Hockaday are consistent with the Museum’s mission and branding identity
  • Develops and implements plans resulting in the Hockaday attaining accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums
  • Manages and maintains the facilities as resources allow
Curatorial
  • Works with Curator to maintain a vibrant Exhibition Committee to formulate an exhibition plan at least one year into the future involving local, regional and national artists and exhibitions
  • Oversees the acquisition, preservation, research, interpretation, presentation, and exhibition of the Permanent Collection, working with Curator and Collections Committee
Finance
  • Manages the Museums finances including budgeting, accounting, purchasing, and banking; Monitors revenues and expenses; Works with Bookkeeper to finalize month-end reports; Reviews financial data monthly with the Board Treasurer
  • In conjunction with the Treasurer and Board Chairperson, develops the annual budget for approval by the Board of Directors; Implements short and long term plans for budget attainment
  • Works with the appropriate staff and departments within the Museum to achieve revenue goals and maintain expenses
  • Reviews with the Executive Committee all human resources requirements and concerns
Development and Fundraising
  • In conjunction with the Board Development Committee, establishes goals and implements plans for fundraising and revenue generation
  • Works with Board members to cultivate major donors, corporate contributors, patrons and general membership for continued financial support of the Museum
  • Works with Communications & Events Coordinator on existing and new events; Builds on our success with A Timeless Legacy, Arts in the Park and Plein Air; Expands our member artist and local student’s art exhibits;
  • Ensures the donor database is maintained
  • Works with Curator and other staff to identify grant funding opportunities on a quarterly basis. Establishes relationships with funders, writes or approves grant applications, oversees all functions of successful grant funding efforts
  • Works with Visitor Services Manager to grow both individual and business museum memberships
Public Relations and Community Relations
  • Works with Communications & Events Coordinator to clearly communicate the Museum’s vision and message through local, regional and national media
  • Serves as the public face of the Museum by attending public functions and sharing the Museum’s message in appropriate venues
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in the Arts, Business Management, or related field, and 5+ years museum or similar non-profit management experience; Master’s degree preferred
  • Thorough understanding of museum practices and standards
  • Demonstrated leadership and communication skills
  • Financial management experience, preferably with a non-profit organization
  • Collaborative management style; personnel supervision experience
  • Ability to work independently and as a community leader
Compensation is competitive and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, with an annual salary range of $45,000 - $55,000. A bonus and benefits package is included.
To be considered for the position, please email a cover letter, resume, salary expectation, and two letters of recommendation/references to Joe Unterreiner, Search Committee Chairman at hr@hockadaymuseum.org. Application deadline is August 9, 2019.
All discussions and material will be considered confidential. Hockaday Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer. www.hockadaymuseum.org.

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This job posted by MERC from July 17 through August 9.

Executive Director

Museum of Nebraska Art
Kearney, Nebraska, USA


The Museum of Nebraska Art, (MONA) in Kearney, Nebraska, (www.mona.unk.edu/mona) with a mission to celebrate the history of Nebraska’s visual art for diverse audiences, seeks a dynamic, engaging new leader. This is an opportunity to lead a unique, financially stable museum with a statewide reach and exciting plans for the future. MONA opened in1986 and is the only museum exclusively dedicated to telling the story of Nebraska through the art of the state, and by extension it also tells the story of America. The museum is housed in Kearney’s 1911 Post Office, a neoclassical building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. MONA is a private nonprofit museum affiliated with the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK).

The Executive Director will have the opportunity to create and implement a vision for the museum; oversee a robust and growing collection and an active schedule of long-term and changing exhibitions; explore options for reaching new local and statewide audiences; partner with UNK to strengthen and expand the connection between the organizations; lead and inspire a hardworking, dedicated staff; be part of a community that supports the arts and culture, has a strong philanthropic presence, and a diverse and thriving economy; and be part of the statewide arts community. The new director will have strong management, fundraising, communication, and organizational skills; the capacity to inspire and support a dedicated staff; the desire to be the public face of the museum; a passion for American regional art.

MONA’s 38,000-square-foot facility includes long-term and changing exhibition galleries, education and program spaces, library and research center, sculpture garden, and museum shop. The collection of 5,000+ works reflects 200 years of Nebraska history, from the nineteenth-century through contemporary art and artists. Onsite and outreach exhibitions and programs reach 40,000+ local and statewide visitors annually. MONA has an operating budget of $1.5M, a $4.4M endowment, and seven full time and eight part time employees.

Responsibilities: Lead the development of exhibition, programming, and interpretive vision and strategies; oversee implementation.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures affecting all areas of the museum.
  • Develop and monitor the budget.
  • Hire and supervise paid and volunteer staff.
  • Provide for stewardship of the collection and ensure that MONA has a strong buildings and grounds management plan.
  • Create development and marketing plans.
  • Cultivate donor relationships; seek out support for operations, programming, and endowment.
  • Partner with UNK administration and faculty to enhance the existing collaborative relationship.
  • Serve as spokesperson and advocate for the museum locally and statewide.
  • Work with Board and committees as appropriate.
Required knowledge and experience:
  • MA/MS in Museum Studies/Arts Administration or similar degree. Background in art history; American art preferred.
  • Minimum of five years’ leadership experience in an art museum or similar setting.
  • Experience in a community-based or regional museum desirable. Familiarity with academic museums helpful but not required.
For a full job description and information on how to apply, contact search consultant Gail Nessell Colglazier: gncolglazier@gmail.com. Application deadline: 8/12/19. EOE/Veterans/Disabled.

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This job posted by MERC from July 16 through August 12.