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.

Historic Preservation Project Manager

Mill Run, Pennsylvania, USA

This is a full time position offering a competitive salary and excellent benefits. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and a current resume to and list Preservation in the subject line of the email.

The Historic Preservation Project Manager will provide design and construction project management for the preservation of Fallingwater, a National Historic Landmark designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. This position requires expert knowledge and experience with historic preservation theory and practice as well as a thorough knowledge of construction project management. Must be well versed in using the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and have the ability to carry out preservation projects requiring the application of historic preservation, engineering, architecture, and landscape architectural standards and methods. Reports to the Director of Preservation and Collections.

A degree historic preservation, architecture, engineering or a related field is required; graduate degree preferred. Other combinations of work experience and education will be considered. Minimum of 3 years of experience in oversight of historic properties and management of preservation construction projects is required. Knowledge of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and early to mid-20th century building technologies preferred.

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This job posted by MERC from May 3 through August 2.

Visitor Services Coordinator

The Asia Society
New York, New York, USA

The Asia Society, a dynamic organization, seeks a qualified candidate for their NYC Headquarters. Will ensure that all visitors to Asia Society’s New York headquarters building are welcomed warmly, professionally treated and made aware of all the benefits of engagement with Asia Society. This is a player-coach supervisory position where the incumbent will lead by example as well as manage and train a team of part-time and volunteer staff who interface with visitors and support the objectives of the department, as listed in the responsibilities below.

  • Creates a highly positive experience for museum and institution guests that encourages repeat visitation, membership conversion and positive word of mouth for the Society
  • Proactively and warmly welcomes guests, members and groups in a cheerful, receptive manner at all times.
  • Leads training, scheduling and assigning work to visitor service staff and volunteers
  • Oversees opening and closing of the facility
  • Tracks and monitors attendance and visitation
  • Oversees coat check staffing and management
  • Coordinates with programmers for lobby registration of events
  • Proactively markets Asia Society opportunities to visitors, selling museum admission, program tickets, memberships and institutional services.
  • Works closely with Box Office Senior Coordinator in ticket processing and distribution.
  • Processes credit cards and cash transactions.
  • Answers phone calls in a friendly manner, providing requested information about museum, programs and services
  • Ensures smooth flow of visitors by helping to guide visitors to various locations.
  • Resolves complaints from guests and members on site or escalates to management as needed.
  • Stays abreast of current and upcoming exhibitions, programs, special events, services and marketing campaigns.
  • Helps maintain inventory of printed information and marketing materials and ensures signage is properly placed.
  • Working with security to ensure VS staff is trained in active shooter training, fire, emergencies, first aid and CPR
  • Perform all other duties as required and assigned.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • 2-3 years related work experience.
  • Proficiency with computers/Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Salesforce experience and ACME box office software knowledge a plus.
  • Exceptional customer service skills public relations techniques, including phone etiquette
  • Previous museum experience and foreign language skills preferred.
  • Must be available to work weekends, evenings and holiday periods.
Generous benefits. Email resume to:
Please indicate Job Code MEC-1916 in the subject line of your email.

Asia Society is an equal opportunity employer.

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This job posted by MERC from April 26 through July 26.