Romare Bearden Graduate Museum Fellowship

Saint Louis Art Museum
St Louis, Missouri, USA

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

Eligible candidates must have completed at least one year of graduate school by June 2019 in art history, art education, museum studies, or related fields. Applicant must have good written and verbal communication skills, be able to work independently and manage multiple assignments.

The Romare Bearden Fellow receives $36,395 annual salary, full time benefits package along with moving and educational travel allowances.

Candidates must complete the on-line application at, upload a cover letter explaining your interest in the fellowship, a resume, a writing sample in a humanities area not to exceed 1500 words, contact information for three references (academic and professional), and undergraduate and graduate transcripts (copies are acceptable). Only complete applications will be reviewed.

March 22, 2019

July 15, 2019 – July 31, 2020

Submission Questions:
Saint Louis Art Museum

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


All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

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This job posted by MERC from January 18 through March 22.

Executive Vice President

Skirball Cultural Center
Los Angeles, California, USA

Skirball Cultural Center seeks a seasoned and strategic manager with an inclusive, collaborative leadership style to serve as its next Executive Vice President. Inspired by the intersection between Jewish values and American democratic ideals, the Skirball Cultural Center engages diverse communities with an array of permanent and changing exhibitions, music, film, theater, dance, lectures, family, adult education, seminars and conferences, and programs for families, schools, and teachers. For more information about the Skirball Cultural Center, please visit

Reporting to the President and CEO, the Executive Vice President (EVP) oversees the Skirball’s full range of programs and operations in their work to successfully achieve audience, mission and operating objectives. A majority of the $22 million budget and nearly 400 regular and part time staff fall under the purview of the EVP. This individual strengthens the Skirball’s capacity to thrive, leading strategies and programs that foster growth, effectiveness and long term stability in alignment with the vision, mission and goals by the organization’s administrative, operation and content leaders. The EVP will have working knowledge of general business operations, preferably in a nonprofit, cultural environment. Although the successful candidate might have executive management experience in the nonprofit community, the Skirball encourages individuals from other sectors and with different experiences to apply. An undergraduate degree is required; an advanced degree in business, public administration, nonprofit management or related area is preferred.

Skirball Cultural Center has retained Morris & Berger to conduct the Executive Vice President search. To apply and to review the full position description, please submit application, including resume and a letter of interest, in confidence to Morris & Berger through their website:

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This job posted by MERC from January 12 through April 13.

Curator of Archives

Placer County Museums
Auburn, California, USA

Curator of Archives:

Is responsible for the preservation of documents, books, ledgers, photographs, negatives and ephemera in the Placer County Museums Collection.

Is responsible for assisting staff, other County personnel and the public with research requests and to serve as a member of the Exhibit Team.

Manages approximately 20 volunteers who assist with research requests, indexing, scanning images, data entry and inventory.

Works closely with the Curator of Collections to ensure the overall health of the facility and our Past Perfect database.

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Care for and interpret items belonging to or on loan to the museums; research collections owned by or lent to the museums.

Disseminate information to the public; prepare and evaluate exhibitions.

Assist with community education and school education programs.

Prepare educational materials and publicity for exhibits and programs.

Assist with budget preparation in assigned program areas; monitor revenue and expenditures; assist with recruiting, training, evaluating and overseeing volunteer staff; maintain appropriate records; assist in the maintenance and daily operation of the museums.

Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.

Administer the professional archives management program, including conservation and preservation of historic books, documents, photos and ephemera.

Assist public with research.

Determine records and documents that are appropriate for retention in the Archives.

Administer processing and accessioning procedures.

Conduct research, analyze information and write reports for a variety of uses and develop historical context for volunteer training and presentations.

Train and supervise docents and volunteers in Placer County history, research methods, archival procedures and conservation and preservation techniques.

Assign and monitor volunteers’ projects in the Archives.

Prepare for and conduct oral histories.

Serve as a member of the Exhibit Team.

Perform related duties as assigned.

To apply, please go to:

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This job posted by MERC from January 11 through January 30.

Collections Manager & Exhibitions Coordinator

The High Desert Museum
Bend, Oregon, USA

High Desert Museum – Organization Description
The High Desert Museum is a non-profit organization focused on the biotic and cultural elements of the High Desert region of the Western United States. Located near Bend, Oregon, on the edge of the beautiful Deschutes National Forest, the Museum melds the natural history of diverse habitat types with human history of the environment into a unique blend of indoor and outdoor exhibits, living history and both living and historical collections.

The Museum is an American Alliance of Museums-accredited institution and adheres to the professional standards for collections care. Our collection includes approximately 29,000 objects from the Great Basin, Plateau and Pacific Northwest territories (includes portions of Oregon, Nevada, Washington, Idaho and California). It includes historic and cultural artifacts from many groups of western people such as clothing, regalia, furniture, tools, archaeological materials, basketry, paintings, drawings, sculpture, and western and contemporary art, rare books and photographs. Of particular note, we have more than 6,000 objects in our American Indian collection with a strong representation of Plateau Indian material culture.

Job Summary – Collections Manager and Exhibitions Coordinator
This position manages the Museum’s collection, library and archives. Furthermore, the position plays a role in helping to coordinate and facilitate the production and installation of temporary and permanent exhibitions within a dynamic team of curators and exhibit design professionals. The successful candidate will be a creative problem solver, have strong organizational skills, a team-oriented perspective and will work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary museum. A positive demeanor and the ability to learn new skills quickly are essential traits. We look at each candidate in terms of combined skills; different combinations of skills can serve to qualify for the position.

Preferred Qualifications
  • BA/BS in Museum Studies, American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Natural History, Museum Studies, U.S. Western History or equivalent; experience with exhibitions and collections preferred
  • Knowledge of material culture theory
  • Knowledge of culturally responsive collections management practices, those practices that take into consideration the culture that produced an object, with particular emphasis on Plateau tribes
  • Demonstrated skill in collections management databases (PastPerfect preferred) and MS Office suite
  • Demonstrated knowledge of professional museum practices and standards, including registration methods, object loans, safe object handling, conservation, packing and shipping, proper storage, security measures and object numbering techniques
  • Experience in collections management procedures: accessioning, retrieval, attributions, documentation, proper storage and handling techniques
  • Ability to implement strategic collections management plans and acquisition policies
  • Ability to implement and adhere to Collections Management policy
  • Ability to lead and train volunteers and interns
  • Experience with museum display, such as mount making, and exhibition techniques and standards
  • Ability to set and meet deadlines; manage projects, exhibit installations and planning
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and written and oral communication skills. Ability to work independently and as part of a team, establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with fellow employees, volunteers and general public
Responsibilities and Tasks
  1. Maintains objects and materials in accordance with artifact collections management policy and strategic collections plan.
  2. Provides conservation guidelines for exhibitions and actively assists in installation, which may include mount making and gallery preparation.
  3. Ensure cultural considerations for collections preservation.
  4. Serves on the Museum’s Collections Committee
  5. Actively assists in long-range collections development.
  6. Maintains collections database records and standards.
  7. Initiates grants and other funding sources to assist in ongoing collections maintenance.
  8. Oversees the processing of objects into the collections and library.
  9. Oversees the environmental quality of collections and exhibits – including daily maintenance and monitoring in galleries.
  10. Responsible for disaster planning for museum collections.
  11. Supervises research related to collections.
  12. Monitors the security of collections.
  13. Prepares objects for exhibition or loans.
  14. Directs and trains interns and volunteers.
  15. Helps to maintain schedules, budgets and contracts for temporary, permanent and traveling exhibits.
  16. Prepares and monitors annual budget for collections, exhibits and library.
  17. Follows all Museum policies, procedures and safety regulations.
  18. Performs other tasks and duties as assigned by supervisor.
Please send resume and cover letter to the High Desert Museum, attention Shannon Campbell.

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This job posted by MERC from January 11 through April 12.

Thoma Foundation Education Fellow

Museum of Contemporary Art
Cleveland, Ohio, USA

The Thoma Foundation Education Fellow is a passionate, spirited museum educator who enjoys creating and delivering strategic engagement and experiences for onsite Museum audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Working closely with the Curator of Education & Engagement, the Thoma Foundation Education Fellow ensures a consistent, intentional, and memorable experience for all museum visitors through dialogue, interpretation, programs, tours, and other onsite educational initiatives. This position develops creative approaches to connect with and cultivate diverse audiences. It also evaluates onsite engagement strategies and refines them based on visitor needs and desires in order to deliver an inclusive, satisfying experience to all and encourage repeat visitation. This position is a full-time, 3-year appointment.

  • Create, produce, and deliver educational and multi-generational engagement experiences.
  • Develop, plan, and lead customized guided tours and interactive programs for intergenerational, family, and teen learners.
  • Cooperate with a cross-departmental team to support onsite Museum offerings and strategize outreach.
  • Minimum 2 years direct experience with teens and/or adult learners.
  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Education, Art Education, Museum Studies, or Communications.
  • Demonstrable experience developing interactive experiences for diverse learners.
  • Fluency in English with superior communication and public speaking skills.
  • Positivity and enthusiasm with outstanding interpersonal skills that enable collaborative interaction with all levels of management, staff and the public.
  • Proactively pursues a deep understanding of trending topics in critical cultural discourse and strategies in (museum) education, especially for teen and adult learners, including the activities of peer organizations.
  • Creativity, curiosity, commitment to accessibility and equity, and sustained interest in teaching, museums, contemporary art, and culture.
  • Computer competency with Microsoft Office and Google Apps, as well as with software specific to the position.
  • Flexible schedule with regular weekend hours and occasional evenings required.
  • Works at a desk in the Administrative offices as well as in the Museum gallery and learning spaces.
  • Able to hear and speak clearly and audibly to visitors.
  • Able to lift and move 25 lbs. and access materials stored in bins on multi-level shelves.
  • Able to stand or move for extended periods of time on concrete floors.
Submit the following to using the subject line “Thoma Foundation Education Fellow – Your last name”.
  • Cover letter that lets your personality and style shine through. Tell us what you can offer and what you hope to gain. It wouldn’t hurt to mention a museum or cultural program that you planned or attended recently that made an impact.
  • In the cover letter please answer the following question: How do you see visitor engagement evolving in museums right now?
  • Resume or CV that highlights relevant education and experience and makes it obvious why you are the best possible candidate for this position.
  • An one-page overview of a program that you created for the public or a lesson plan/curriculum for an educational experience that you led with a group.
  • Contact information for 3 references. If you know someone who is associated with moCa, be sure to tell us.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered so please submit all required materials together in one email.

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This job posted by MERC from January 8 through April 9.

Program Manager

Fallingwater Institute
Mill Run, Pennsylvania, USA

Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterwork, has a full time opening for a Fallingwater Institute Program Manager. This newly created position will oversee the Fallingwater Institute Program, supervising and assisting residency instructors, and will directly supervise a Lead Educator. Responsibilities include handling the application and admissions processes, managing studio spaces and materials, tracking expenditures and monitoring budget, handling correspondence to students, teachers and group leaders, and observing and evaluating Fallingwater Institute programs. Will lead guided hour tours of Fallingwater, as needed. This position reports to the Curator of Education and is located in Mill Run, PA.

Required qualifications include an undergraduate degree, preferably in museum education, art/design education, studio art/architecture/design, art or architecture history, or a closely related field of study and/or at least 7 or more years of professional experience working in museum education. 3-5 years of demonstrated ability to communicate, motivate, lead and relate effectively to a wide variety of individuals. Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and reflect a positive, professional demeanor in a variety of situations. Prior supervisory experience is strongly preferred. Must be flexible with schedule and be available to work days, evenings, weekends and holidays as needed.

This is a full time position offering a competitive salary and fringe benefits package and the chance to work on educational programs for an architectural masterpiece. Interested candidates should send a letter, resume and salary requirements to and list FW Institute in the subject line of the email.

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This job posted by MERC from January 4 through April 5.

Overnight Program Educator

Mystic Seaport Museum
Mystic, Connecticut, USA

This position provides hands-on engaging programming for scout and other youth groups who sleep overnight at Mystic Seaport Museum. The Anchor Watch and Ship to Shore programs provide an exciting overnight experience for and school youth groups aboard the full-rigged ship the Joseph Conrad. For a description of Anchor Watch programs and a typical schedule, visit The Anchor Watch position is a weekend seasonal job which has hours that range from 13 hours to 27.5 hours per weekend. The Ship to Shore position is a weekday seasonal job which has hours Hours range from 15 hours to 35 hours per week. The positions run February 22nd, 2019 through June 2nd, 2019.

  • 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 Museum
  • 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 primarily on Friday and Saturday nights
Please submit an online application at Applications are due January 18th, 2019.

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This job posted by MERC from December 21 through January 18.

Executive Director

Museum of Danish America
Elk Horn, Iowa, USA

The Museum of Danish America is seeking to fill the position of Executive Director.

Established in 1983, the Museum of Danish America (formerly known as The Danish Immigrant Museum) is located midway between Des Moines, IA and Omaha, NE on 35 acres of recreated prairie in the heart of the largest rural settlement of Danes in the United States. The museum’s mission is to “celebrate Danish roots and American dreams” and is the only national museum dedicated to collecting and interpreting the Danish-American experience. Guidance is provided by a twenty-five member Board of Directors from across the United States and Denmark. The museum, with an annual budget of $1.4 million, has a collection of over 30,000 artifacts, an active traveling exhibit program, and a membership of over 3,000 from across the United States, Denmark and five other countries. It has a staff of 10 full-time employees, six part-time employees and an active internship program hosting up to four Danish graduate students and an American graduate student annually. The museum has the distinction of being among 3% of museums in the United States achieving accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums.


The executive director’s role has both strategic and operational components. The executive director has the day-to-day administrative responsibility for achieving the organizational mission of the Museum of Danish America, implementing the strategic plan, and assuring the efficient and effective operation of the organization. To do this he/she works with the museum’s Board of Directors to develop policies, procedures, budgets and strategic plans that realize the museum’s mission and vision. He/she also assures compliance with legal, financial, accounting and ethical requirements, including the standards and practices set forth by the American Alliance of Museums.


Vision, Mission, and Strategies
Working with the board and staff, the executive director must develop a shared vision for the future of the museum, build understanding around the current mission, and develop appropriate goals and strategies to advance that mission.

Accomplishment of Management Objectives
Working with the board, the executive director establishes operational objectives that support the strategic plan. The executive director is responsible for leading the staff in the implementation of the strategic plan and any annual plans.

Program Management
The Museum of Danish America carries out its mission by offering specific exhibits and programs. The executive director leads the staff in managing and administering these.

Fund Raising and Development
A key responsibility of the executive director is the development and implementation of appropriate fund raising and development strategies.

Fiscal Management
Ensuring that income is managed wisely is especially important. It is the role of the executive director to see that solid planning and budgeting systems are in place and that the museum’s goals and strategic plan serve as the basis for sound financial planning. In addition, it is the executive director’s responsibility to ensure that qualified staff are hired to accurately monitor, assess, and manage the financial health of the museum.

Operations Management
The executive director is responsible for day-to-day management, working with staff to develop, maintain, and use the systems and resources that facilitate the effective operation of the museum.

The Executive Director/Board Partnership
The executive director and the board must work together as partners. The executive director and the board have joint responsibility for developing and maintaining a strong working relationship and a system for sharing information.

External Liaison and Public Image
The executive director is a key player in establishing and maintaining positive relationships with the many groups that support the work of the museum.

Other Duties
Performs other duties, including but not limited to duties as assigned, some of which may include the development and creation of a variety of copyrightable works included but not limited to print, photography, film, music, visual arts, etc. for distribution in any and all media and formats on a world-wide basis, all of which shall be for the benefit of the museum.


Cultural knowledge and intellectual vision to lead the Museum of Danish America which includes having knowledge of or affinity for learning about Danish and Danish American culture.

Excellent communication skills to articulate the museum’s vision and attract and retain current and new audiences. High competency is required in written and spoken communication and in the ability to make effective, credible presentations.

Ability to work cooperatively and effectively in supervising and directing museum staff to create well-conceived programs that serve the museum’s membership and wider publics, and to develop supportive constituencies.

Fund raising skills to maintain existing donor base and reach out to new donor constituencies.

Ability to interact well with people and be open to suggestions and perspectives of others.

Management skills to maintain an efficient, well-focused organization.

Strong financial management and planning skills.

Ability to build a competent, diverse and empowered workforce.


Danish language skills.

The deadline for applying is February 1, 2019. Start date is to be determined by the needs of the applicant in consultation with the museum leadership.
To apply for this position, send a cover letter, resume and three references to the address below. Please note that the search committee would like all applicants to include the following in their cover letter: Address how your interests, experience, and skills prepare you to meet the requirements of the job as described in the position description.

Ms. Beth Bro Roof, President
Board of Directors
Museum of Danish America
2212 Washington Street
Elk Horn, IA 51531

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This job posted by MERC from December 21 through February 1.