Museum and Cultural Resource Job Vacancies

Executive Director
Rufus King Manor Museum
Jamaica, Queens, New York, New York, USA

The Rufus King Manor Museum, a cultural, historical and educational resource located in the vibrant urban downtown of Jamaica, Queens, seeks a new Executive Director.

King Manor was home to three generations of the politically active King family, including patriarch Rufus King, American statesman and Constitution-signer, Senator King’s radical speeches in 1820 opposing the admission of Missouri as a slave state marked the apogee of his long anti- slavery career. King Manor remained in the King family from 1805 to 1896, and opened as a museum in 1900.

King Manor Museum is operated by the King Manor Association of L.I., Inc., a not-for-profit organization. King Manor itself is a NYC-owned property, one of 23 historic houses in NYC parks. King Manor Association is a member of the Historic House Trust.

King Manor Museum operates with an annual operating budget of approximately $350,000, and a three person staff (a full-time Education Director and a part-time Manager of Public Programs), assisted by interns and volunteers. A resident caretaker monitors the site and its maintenance needs.

The organization is governed by a Board of Directors.

Our mission is to involve and educate children and adults through the preservation and interpretation of King Manor and its collection in the context of life in Jamaica, Queens, as well as the impact of the King family on the United States in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

King Manor serves a largely minority and immigrant community and engages its audiences through historic site tours; interactive exhibits; education programs for school children and their teachers; concerts and lectures for adults; and family and community programs. Collection management, preservation and historic research are continuous activities at the museum.

  • King Manor Museum’s vision is to make history relevant and immediate; to foster a greater awareness of the roots of the present; and to provide a deeper appreciation of history as an on- going process into the future.
  • The primary audiences of King Manor Museum are the children and families who live in Jamaica and the nearby neighborhoods of southeast Queens, many of whom are recent immigrants or first- generation Americans; many others are poor or working class people of color who have never had the opportunity to visit a museum. Our vision is to be a cultural bridge in our community--to make visitors comfortable within our museum so that they are better prepared and more excited about visiting the many other cultural resources that their City has to offer.
  • As steward of Senator King’s legacy, King Manor Museum’s vision is to become a center of scholarly research and the authoritative source of information about the personal and political life of Rufus King, and the lasting impact of his efforts as statesman, diplomat and vocal opponent of slavery.
The Executive Director has overall operational responsibility for programs, development, finances, and communications; reports to the Board of Directors; and works with the Board to define and implement King Manor Museum’s strategic direction.

  • Plan and manage a budget to assure that King Manor uses its resources to maximum advantage; monitor budget and report to Board on status to assure fiscal health.
  • Enforce appropriate systems, procedures and financial controls to assure the organization fulfills its legal, reporting and contractual obligations.
  • Participate in Board development, including recruitment, orientation and training.
  • Increase King Manor’s financial resources through a comprehensive fundraising strategy incorporating board commitment, grant writing, securing government funding, outreach to elected officials, and individual giving.
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with foundation and corporate supporters.
  • Supervise staff (hire, evaluate, coach, terminate if necessary), outside contractors and consultants; maintain effective management and human resource policies and procedures.
  • Direct delivery of and evaluate a portfolio of programs and educational activities.
  • Engage with community-based organizations and local leaders to assure that community needs, attitudes and resources are incorporated into the museum’s programs.
  • Serve as chief spokesperson and public figure of the museum; represent the museum to governmental, professional, civic and private agencies as well as to the media.
  • Develop annual marketing plans and strategy; work with staff to oversee production and effective distribution of marketing materials.
  • Ensure that King Manor itself, its collections, and the site on which it sits, are protected.
Qualifications and Personal Characteristics
  • Demonstrated ability to lead.
  • Staff and/or organization management experience and skills in the non-profit sector; management experience in a cultural institution preferred.
  • Ability and desire to help raise funding for and execute a sustainable plan for growth.
  • Track record in grant writing and donor cultivation and solicitation; experience with NYC and NYS government grant applications and compliance is a plus.
  • Experience with appropriate management and fundraising software, proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet applications, and social media.
  • Experience in development and monitoring of institutional budgets or other direct evidence of financial expertise, skills or experience.
  • Excellent written and public speaking skills; well-developed interpersonal and planning skills.
  • Exceptional listening skills; a collaborative spirit at ease as a leader or team member.
  • Dedication, discipline and ambition to translate vision into concrete action.
  • A positive outlook and good sense of humor.
  • Advanced degree preferred.
Competitive salary commensurate with applicant qualifications; fringe benefits include cost-shared medical coverage and 403B retirement plan after two years of service.

TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter, resume and salary history to or by mail to King Manor, 90-04 161st St. - Suite 704, Jamaica, NY 11432, ATTN: ED Search

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This job posted by MERC from April 17 through May 3.

Executive Director of NMC Dennos Museum Center
Northwestern Michigan College
Traverse City, Michigan, USA

Tracking Code: 1088-443

Position Title: Museum Center 4-19.pdf

Department: Dennos Museum Center
Reports To: President

Anticipated Starting Date: July 1, 2019

Starting Salary: $86,650.00 annually plus a generous retirement and benefit package including medical, dental, vacation, paid sick leave, and tuition benefit. For more details about benefits, go to and click on Salaries and Benefits, or request a copy from the Office of Human Resources.

Established in 1988, and bolstered by support from a uniquely philanthropic community, the Dennos Museum Center (DMC) is a flagship of Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) with a mission that “seeks to engage, entertain and enlighten its audiences through the collection of art, the presentation of exhibitions and programs in the visual arts, sciences and performing arts.” The Museum's signature collection is Inuit Art from the Canadian Arctic (largest in the U.S.) and a permanent art collection (in addition to the Inuit collection) including regional and international contemporary artists with newly expanded galleries to showcase the permanent collection; and a 367 seat Auditorium for lectures and concerts.

NMC is inviting applications for the position of Executive Director, seeking an individual adept at creating connections with colleagues, community partners, and philanthropic supporters, to nurture investment in the strategic directions of the college and the community. The successful candidate will join a highly talented staff seeking to extend the reach of the museum both on campus and the community.

This hands-on position provides vision, planning, and management of collections, programs, and operations consistent with NMC and the professional standards of the American Alliance of Museums.

Northwestern Michigan College is located in Traverse City, Michigan, a community valued for its quality of life in a region nationally recognized for its natural beauty. The region is proud of its vibrant arts and culture communities and organizations.

  • Able to assess quality in the visual and performing arts for the purpose of developing the museum's collections, exhibition and performing programs
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Computer skills, including knowledge of Internet, email, calendaring software
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate, organize and promote exhibitions and concert programming and/or oversee the same
  • Demonstrated ability to design, layout, install, and light exhibitions working with museum's staff and volunteers
  • Demonstrated ability to raise funds via grant writing and donor engagement
  • Master's Degree
  • Preferred experience at least 5 years
FOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES: Essential for all NMC employees
  • Ethical behavior and integrity
  • Commitment to quality service, responsible stewardship, continuous improvement
  • Agility/adaptability/tolerance for ambiguity
  • Accountability/personal responsibility
  • Commitment to lifelong learning
  • Create/Contribute to a culture of innovation and thoughtful risk-taking
  • Collaboration/Team work
  • Value all people
Supervises others in accordance with NMC's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding, recognizing employees; addressing performance problems or gaps.

This is a full-time, 40+ hour per week position.

Applications submitted by May 3, 2019 will receive first consideration. Applications must be submitted online at For assistance call 231-995-2612 or 1-800-748-0566 x52612 or email

Non-Discrimination Policy Notice
Northwestern Michigan College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, height, weight, marital status or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities and admissions.

Michigan Law requires that a person with a disability or handicap requiring accommodation for employment must notify the employer in writing within 182 days after the need is known.

Required Skills

All applicants are required to review the job description prior to applying. Museum Center 4-19.pdf.

Please upload a cover letter, resume and submit answers to each of the following questions in 200 words or less:
  • Describe a situation in which you advocated for the inclusion of a visual artist or performing group that may have been considered a ‘stretch' for the audience/organization. What was your reason for doing so? What was your approach to advocacy? Were you successful? How did the audience respond?
  • The Dennos has grown and evolved through commitment to a mission consistent with the vision and values of Northwestern Michigan College, built upon a history of innovation and entrepreneurial experience,and on community and individual philanthropy. Based on your experience, describe your approach to developing a vision for the next 3-5 years.
  • Leadership requires managing diverse and divergent perspectives from stakeholders. Describe a specific initiative in which you sought to balance divergent interests. What were the challenges you had to overcome? Reflect on the decisions you made that determined the measure of success achieved. Job Location Traverse City, Michigan, United States Salary 86,650.00 - 86,650.00 USD Special Instructions to Applicants Please attach resume, cover letter and submit answers to the questions above in 200 words or less to your online application; scan and attach transcripts, if possible. Official transcripts related to the position will be required of all finalists. Please mail to: Northwestern Michigan College Attention: Human Resources 1701 E Front Street Traverse City, MI 49686. or e-mail to:

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This job posted by MERC from April 17 through July 17.

Membership Manager
International African American Museum
Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Position Description: Membership Manager

Position Overview

The International African American Museum (IAAM)’s Membership Manager will be responsible for the development and implementation of the IAAM’s Charter Membership program. This program is a critically important vehicle to raise operating funds to support the growth and development of the IAAM.

The manager will report directly to the Chief Operating Officer and partner with the IAAM’s development team to execute the IAAM fundraising efforts. She or he will be responsible for all membership activities including membership database management and acquisition, direct mail/email campaigns, social media, and all marketing and management efforts needed to successfully meet membership goals.

  • Design, manage, and implement the IAAM’s Charter Membership program
  • Organize the processing of memberships
  • Conceptualize and manage membership events as needed
  • Create a healthy and vibrant membership program that engages and informs the public and is a major source of the museum’s annual operating revenue
  • Develop personalized membership correspondence for membership categories
  • Manage the membership database (Altru), consultants, and vendors who support the membership program
  • Charter Membership stewardship, retention, and program expansion
  • Analyze data to inform the membership program
  • Consistently grow and retain members and memberships on an annual basis
  • Stay current on national best practices related to membership campaigns
  • Relevant experience creating and managing effective membership programs
  • High level of creativity, energy, and passion
  • Strategic planning experience, discipline and follow-through
  • Enthusiasm for new strategies and tactics
  • Experience applying a wide range of methods and practices for the planning and assessment of a membership program
  • Experience with social media including but not limited to blogs, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc.
  • Event planning experience
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills
  • Powerful commitment to make the IAAM succeed
Recruitment and Application Process:
  • Term: Full-time; permanent position
  • Start date: as soon as possible
  • Benefits include: medical, dental, vision, 403B retirement contribution, paid vacation and sick leave
  • Salary range $50,000 - $60,000
  • Parking is not available
  • Travel Required
To Apply: Please send the following documents to letter of interest, resume, and three references. Please attach these documents to an e-mail message with this subject line: Membership Manager. We seek to fill this position as soon as possible.

The International African American Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce and does not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.

About the International African American Museum
Located on one of the most sacred sites of African American history, the International African American Museum (IAAM) in Charleston, SC will be a museum, memorial, and site of conscience that commemorates the foundational role that Africans and their descendants played in the making of America. It will be one of the most important historical and cultural institutions in the country - presenting critical history and programming that will have meaningful social impact.

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This job posted by MERC from March 19 through June 18.

Marketing/PR Manager
International African American Museum
Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Position Description: Marketing/Public Relations Manager

Position Overview

The Marketing/Public Relations Manager will be responsible for building the International African American Museum (IAAM) brand and strategically communicating it to the world in a way that drives strategic awareness, interest, and engagement.


The Marketing/Public Relations Manager will work with an independent branding and marketing firm to develop a comprehensive marketing and communications strategy, the implementation of which will be the Manager’s responsibility. That plan and the Manager’s areas of responsibility include:
  • Brand, Marketing, and Communications Strategy
  • Brand Identity
  • Public Relations
  • Social Media
  • Direct Marketing
  • Marketing Research
  • Development of all collateral and marketing materials
  • Advertising
These functions serve the greater purpose of:
  • Leveraging the unique and powerful assets of the IAAM (i.e. historic location - city and site; unique mission, content, and programs; board/staff, etc.) to build the IAAM brand: generating increased strategic local, national, and international awareness of, and equity in, the museum.
  • Supporting fundraising efforts of all kinds
  • Stimulating strategic/brand building public engagement both online (website, social media, etc.) and through events (e.g. Groundbreaking, Grand Opening, Center for Family History genealogy seminars, community engagement events, museum programming, etc.)
  • Intimate understanding of traditional and emerging marketing channels and tools
  • Ability to think creatively, and analytically
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Relevant marketing experience
  • High level of creativity, energy and passion
  • Ability to successfully collaborate in a matrixed, cross functional team to accomplish organizational goals
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, high energy environment successfully managing a variety of tasks on deadline, on budget, etc.
  • BA/MA degree in Marketing, Advertising, Communications or a related discipline preferred
  • Solid references
Recruitment and Application Process
  • Term: Full-time; permanent position
  • Start date: as soon as possible
  • Benefits include: medical, dental, vision, 403B retirement contribution, paid vacation and sick leave
  • Salary range $45,000 - $50,000
  • Parking is not available
  • Travel Required
To Apply: Please send the following documents to letter of interest, resume, and three references. Please attach these documents to an e-mail message with this subject line: Marketing/Public Relations Manager. We seek to fill this position as soon as possible.

The International African American Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce and does not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.

About the International African American Museum
Located on one of the most sacred sites of African American history, the International African American Museum (IAAM) in Charleston, SC will be a museum, memorial, and site of conscience that commemorates the foundational role that Africans and their descendants played in the making of America. It will be one of the most important historical and cultural institutions in the country - presenting critical history and programming that will have meaningful social impact.

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This job posted by MERC from March 19 through June 18.

Executive Director
Bosque Museum
Clifton, Texas, USA

Date Posted: March 2019
Salary: $40,000-$50,000 (Full-time)
Position Type: Full- or Part-time

Phone/Email Contact:
Dr. Leslie Bennett

Contact Address:
P.O. Box 269
Clifton TX 76634


Bosque Museum
P. O. Box 345
Clifton, Texas 76634

Job Description

  • Develop and implement annual calendar of events and exhibits
  • Communicate both inside the organization and to the public
  • Promote the Bosque Museum
  • Serve as direct report to the Executive Committee of the Bosque Museum Board of Trustees for the proper administration of all policies and operations of the Museum
  • Supervise the day-to-day functioning of the Bosque Museum and staff
  • Oversee and direct the strategic plan as approved by the Board of Trustees
  • Direct, assist, and participate in fundraising and grant writing
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Master’s degree preferred
  • Experience with non-profit entities, management, and/or fundraising, and the discipline and operations of museums, historic sites, houses, etc. preferred
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and public relations skills
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Engaging and strong personality, one that leaves an impression and expresses itself
  • Grant writing
  • Technology applications and social media skills
  • Effective supervision skills
Our Mission: The Bosque Museum is dedicated to protect and preserve Bosque County’s historic and prehistoric resources for the use, education, enjoyment and economic benefit of present and future Bosque County Citizens.

The Executive Director is the leader and the primary representative of the organization. The Executive Director has the primary responsibility first and foremost to manage the improvement and growth of the Museum. This position will handle or direct the day-to-day functioning of the Bosque Museum. He/she will need a good balance of traditional business skills, including organization, marketing, accounting, basic business management and supervisory skills. Effective communication to the Museum Board and officers, staff and public is essential to this position. Providing new ideas concerning the Museum’s direction (including exhibits) is welcomed.

To apply for the Bosque Museum postion, please send a letter of interest and a resume to:

Dr. Leslie Bennett


PO Box 269
Clifton, TX 76634

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This job posted by MERC from March 14 through June 13.

Collections Registrar
City of Riverside, Riverside Metropolitan Museum
Riverside, California, USA

$26.79 Hourly
$55,716.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 03/08/19
CLOSING DATE: 04/07/19 11:59 PM

The City of Riverside is accepting applications for the position of COLLECTIONS REGISTRAR to fill one (1) vacancy in the Riverside Metropolitan Museum. The eligibility list established may be used to fill the current and/or upcoming vacancies within this classification for up to six (6) months.

The Riverside Metropolitan Museum (RMM) seeks a highly organized, detailed oriented, self-motivated museum professional to fill the position of Collections Registrar at a regionally-oriented organization in the forward-looking and beautiful city of Riverside, California. The RMM is a department of the City of Riverside and is AAM-accredited. The RMM has a distinguished history of collecting, exhibiting, and publishing in its areas of disciplinary expertise, which include history, anthropology, regional cultures, and natural history. The RMM is undergoing institutional reinvention and is embarking on full renovation of its main downtown Riverside site. The RMM also owns three historic houses, one of which is open to the public.

Under administrative direction, the Collections Registrar is a member of the curatorial division of the Museum Department with primary responsibility for the physical maintenance of the permanent collections, loan objects, and related documentation, and for sound and ethical decisions relating to their preservation. The Collections Registrar assists with exhibition installation and facilitates researchers seeking to access the collections.

Typical duties may include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following (duties may vary by assignment):
  • Ensure that the computerized record-keeping system is efficient, up-to-date, and backed up within the limits of available resources. Establish and implement a system for conducting regular collection inventory.
  • Maintain efficiently laid-out and isolated object preparation and work spaces.
  • Create, compile, and maintain legal documents and physical histories of permanent collection objects. Assign accession numbers and establish permanent records and files for all new acquisitions, including computerized records, physical files, photographic and/or digital records, and all related documents.
  • Prepare deeds of gift, loan forms, shipping and receiving reports, condition reports, and all other necessary paperwork pertaining to the movement and ownership of works borrowed or in the permanent or other collections.
  • Oversee all object handling, marking, mount-making, and framing, as necessary.
  • Coordinate packing and shipping of collection objects and incoming and/or outgoing exhibitions. Act as courier. Work to ensure reasonable exhibition schedules.
  • Oversee general maintenance and security of storage and gallery spaces, including keeping them organized and arranging for their cleaning.
  • Assist with temporary exhibition and exhibit installation, as required.
  • Work with the Manager of Curatorial Services and Museum Curators to review conservation status of objects and implement conservation plan, resources permitting.
  • Request invoices for all services rendered out of the collections area. Work with Manager of Curatorial Services to develop an annual budget for collection management; monitor expenditures.
  • Maintain the museum's AAM General Facility Reports for all RMM sites and provide upon request.
Develop and administer the museum's collection disaster and recovery plan and pest management protocol; keep both documents current. Train and supervise volunteers for specific records- and collection care-related tasks.

Recruitment Guidelines:

Education: Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major work in museum studies, history, natural science, or a closely related field.
Experience: Three years of professional experience in museum collections management or curatorial work.

Highly Desirable Qualifications:
  • Experience with the relocation and reorganization of large collections.
  • Experience with data migration and set-up of new collections management software systems.
  • Experience with overhaul of collections management procedures.
  • Experience with Argus, PastPerfect, TMS, MIMSY or a similar major collections management software system.
1) Completed Employment Application
2) Completed Supplemental Questionnaire
3) Resume, Cover Letter, including fully detailed experience for each of the highly desirable qualifications listed, and (3) three professional

If you are selected to move forward in the assessment process, you may be required to self-schedule your appointment. You will be notified via email of your status and provided with self-scheduling instructions. Please check your email regularly following the closing date of this recruitment.

The selection process will begin with an employment application package screening, with the best qualified candidates being invited to participate further in the assessment process. This process may include any combination of written, performance, and oral assessments to evaluate job-related education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities. Those who successfully complete the selection process will be placed on the eligibility list for this classification.

It is the responsibility of candidates with a disability requiring accommodation in the assessment process to contact the Human Resources Department in writing to request such accommodation prior to the closing date of this recruitment.

Appointment may be subject to the successful completion of a pre-employment background investigation, drug screen, and/or medical/physical examination.

NOTE: The City reserves the right to modify selection devices and test instruments in accordance with accepted legal, ethical, and professional standards. Candidates may reapply when there is a posting to establish an eligibility list.

Proof of education listed in your application will be requested at the time of conditional offer. Acceptable documentation consists of transcripts or degree, if applicable, by the accredited U.S. college or university.
Education obtained outside the United States (US) require one of the following options:

A. An equivalency statement from an evaluation company certified by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) at or the Association of International Credential Evaluators Inc. (AICE) at

B. An advanced-level degree from an accredited US college or university.

All applicants will be notified via e-mail or telephone of their application status and the assessment dates/times/locations after the closing date of this announcement.


All applications accepted online only. Note: To view a comprehensive job announcement and apply online, please visit the City of Riverside Jobs website at

***City of Riverside, as an equal employment opportunity employer, encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds apply. ***

Position #19-6141-02

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This job posted by MERC from March 12 through June 11.

Associate Educator, Teacher and Student Learning
Saint Louis Art Museum
St. Louis, Missouri, USA


Associate Educator, Teacher and Student Learning (Exempt, Grade J)

Head of Multigenerational Learning

Assistant Educator, Teacher and Student Learning, contract staff, interns, and volunteers

Required: Bachelor's degree in art history, art education, fine art, museum studies, or a related discipline; Master’s degree preferred.

Three or more years of professional museum education and/or teaching experience with K-12 audiences. Demonstrated ability in object-based teaching and knowledge of diverse learning and teaching styles. Familiarity with current best practices in art, museum, and classroom education strategies.

Proven ability to successfully handle several projects simultaneously and meet multiple deadlines. Capable of balancing strategic thinking and planning with ongoing program implementation and day-to-day administrative duties.

Must be able to work collaboratively and proactively with diverse colleagues, collaborators, and audiences. The ability to work evenings, weekends, and some holidays.

Preferred: Supervision and budget experience. Studio art experience. Experience working with docents.

To manage the Museum’s Teacher and Student Learning initiatives, programs, and resources for early childhood, K-12, and college educators and students.

  • With the Head of Multigenerational Learning and the Assistant Educator, Teacher and Student Learning, define and articulate a strategy for effectively engaging teachers and students that aligns with the departmental philosophy and contributes to the advancement of institutional strategic priorities;
  • Design and implement a robust offering of Teacher and Student Learning initiatives for early childhood, K-12, and college educators and students; stay informed on current local, state, and national best practices, trends, standards and policies in P-16 education;
  • Develop, implement, and teach interdisciplinary and diverse programs and resources for educators related to the Museum’s collections and special exhibitions, including object-based teaching strategies and resources;
  • Conceive of and implement promotional materials and educational resources;
  • Assist in the training and evaluation of volunteer docents, particularly for school programs, with specific emphasis on effective gallery teaching and facilitation to fulfill program objectives;
  • Lead the Museum’s outreach to regional schools (administrators, teachers, and students). Maintain strong cooperative relationships with City and County school districts, local colleges, and other partner organizations;
  • Develop and implement advisory panels and evaluation instruments to assess and influence the impact of programs. Regularly evaluate and report on Teacher and Student Learning initiatives and make adjustments based on findings;
  • Assist with preparation of Teacher and Student program budgets, and manage budgets;
  • Supervise staff, contract staff, interns and volunteers in conjunction with Teacher and Student Learning activities; identify and hire teaching artists and representatives from cultural or community organizations as program presenters;
  • Present occasional programs, lead tours, gallery talks, and assist with the delivery of other Learning & Engagement programs as needed; represent the Museum at off-site conferences and school education programs;
  • Participate in cross-functional teams, projects, and initiatives and contribute to museum-wide projects as appropriate;
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
The above statements of this job description describe the general duties and level of work performed by employees assigned to this position. They do not claim to describe all of the functions of this position. Employees may be assigned other duties and the essential functions may change or be changed from time to time. (2/2019)

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This job posted by MERC from March 8 through June 7.

Collections Manager
Fenimore Art Museum & The Farmers' Museum
Cooperstown, New York, USA

Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown NY are seeking a Collections Manager to act as the primary steward of the collections at the Museums. This member of the professional staff ensures the safety, integrity, condition, proper documentation and handling of all objects within the collections.

The successful candidate will be energetic, positive, self-motivated, a problem-solver and a team-minded individual. Master’s Degree in Museum studies or equivalent is required. To obtain a complete job description, contact Barbara Fischer at This position offers a competitive salary and generous benefits package. To apply, please send cover letter, resume and three professional references to the email above. EOE.

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This job posted by MERC from March 4 through June 3.

Preparator: Collections and Photography
Saint Louis Art Museum
St. Louis, Missouri, USA


Preparator: Collections and Photography
Part – Time: 20 – 25 hours per week, 3 year term (No Benefits)
(non-exempt, grade G $16.83/hour)

Head Preparator and Senior Preparator

No one

BA/BS/BFA or equivalent work experience preferred. High school diploma required, 1-2 years of experience in exhibit preparation, installation, and/or collections management preferred. Experience in museum collection storage and object handling, photography background a plus. Job requires good communication skills, attention to detail, and the ability to lift heavy objects.

Knowledge of the following is also required:
  • Current museum professional standards and best practices with handling and storage for works of art.
  • Ability to identify and use appropriate material handling equipment for object movement, storage and safe object photography set up.
  • Versed in archival materials commonly used within museum collections.
  • Preferential consideration for experience with computerized database systems, preferably TMS (The Museum System)
The Collections / Photography Preparator will review with the Head Preparator, location change requests generated through the Registration and Digital Assets departments of proposed collection photography. The Collections / Photography Preparator will help to identify object concerns, consult with the Head Preparator and Conservation department on developing reasonable and safe procedures for object handling and display during studio photography and the safe return to storage. This position will work with the Head Preparator on scheduling to provide safe, efficient object movement and proper photography object setup within parameters for the digital photo studio. This position may be involved in exhibitions and installations as needed, while the job purpose does not represent all the responsibilities and there could be additional assignments and / or training.

  • Works with the Head Preparator and Conservators to review and assess requested objects for photography.
  • Collaborate and assist with the Installation department Preparators for object gathering, handling, object movement, and object set up as needed for photography and / or other required object movement requests or installation responsibilities.
  • See that works are collected safely, documented photographically, safely returned to their appropriate storage locations and / or housings, and that accurate locations for all art movement is recorded in the museum database system (TMS).
  • Assist full time Preparators as needed within exhibit installations, object movements, packing and unpacking, or other duties as requested.
The above statements of this job description describe the general duties and level of work performed by employee assigned to this position. They do not claim to describe all of the functions of this position. Employees may be assigned other duties and the essential functions may change or be changed from time to time.

Applicants should apply through the Museum’s website – Additional questions regarding the position or the collection should be directed to the Head of Installation –

The Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to treating all applicants and employees fairly based on their abilities, achievements, and experience, without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by law.

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This job posted by MERC from February 14 through May 16.

Associate Museum Educator
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Bentonville, Arkansas, USA

Position Summary
The Guide Program at Crystal Bridges currently encompasses approximately 80 guides in the subject-areas of art, architecture, sculpture, and nature. Volunteer guides deliver tours on a daily basis for the public, and for special groups, and programs. The Associate Museum Educator will be the lead on select educational programs offered by the Guide Program and also provide some administrative support for the program. The ideal candidate is organized, detail-oriented, and capable of building meaningful, professional relationships with our dedicated volunteers. The Associate Museum Educator reports directly to the Guide Program Manager, and works with many members of the museum team in departments including education, volunteer services, guest services, special events, curatorial, and trails and grounds.

Principle Responsibilities

Act as lead-educator for selected projects assigned by the Guide Program Manager based on prior experience and fit within the existing program. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Developing an educational training plan for selected projects by determining topics for trainings, contracting guest speakers, collaborating with the guide program and curatorial staff, and facilitating trainings to enhance the continued education of the guides.
  • Creating educational content to align with trainings and tours for selected projects.
  • Developing new tour routes to benefit selected projects where needed.
Plan and facilitate off-site training experiences for guides that offer additional learning opportunities in differing subject areas.

Work closely with the Guide Program Manager with informal and formal assessment for all guides.

Maintain the program’s online learning management system to ensure that content and resources are available to the volunteer guides.

Serve as first staff back-up for tours when a guide is unavailable.

Serve as first point of contact for all volunteer guide inquiries and events, both from internal and external partners.

Monitor volunteer software and communicate with volunteer services to ensure all tours are loaded and filled.

Maintain information systems including EMS and Outlook to make sure that all tours, trainings, and programs are entered.

Keep up to date records of tour attendance.

Cultivate professional, friendly relationships with our dedicated volunteers and museum staff.

Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Education, Training, Traits:

Degree in art, education, museum studies, or a similar field is desirable.

Knowledge of current practices in docent / tour guide programs is desirable.

Interest in a wide variety of topics, including but not limited to art, architecture, sculpture, and nature.

Work Experience:

Two years’ experience teaching a range of ages in museum, school, or community setting or equivalent is desirable.

Two years’ experience in leading tours, presenting programs or public speaking.

Experience working with volunteers, especially in a museum environment is desirable.

Experience providing administrative support, specifically scheduling and program coordination.

Licenses and Certifications:

Valid Arkansas driver’s license with clean driving record. Willing and able to travel locally for program development.

Skills and Abilities:

Proficiency in the use of computer systems, software, and internet based scheduling. Microsoft Office experience required. Knowledge of (or ability to learn) specialized software, including Samaritan, The Museum System (TMS), and Event Management System (EMS).

Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking.

Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.

Ability to work independently, as well as within a team.

Ability to work some weekends and evenings.

Ability to effectively multitask in a fast paced environment.

Flexibility, creativity and a good sense of humor.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable a qualified individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands: Occasionally, while performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to travel independently regionally and in communities served. In the work environment described below, position requires working at a desk and utilizing a computer and a telephone for prolonged periods of time and good eye/hand coordination, bending and stretching for filing, and physical stamina to lift a minimum of 10 pounds to a height of at least three feet for art materials storage and preparation and as appropriate for the demands of the division office. Vision abilities required by the job include close and distant vision. When not in the office, the person in this position will require the capability of staying in the galleries extended periods of time and navigating through the different Museum buildings and on the trails and grounds also for extended periods of time.

Work environment: Work will be performed in an office environment, museum spaces, outdoors, and in the communities served. When not in the office, the employee will be spending extensive amounts of time in the Museum buildings, galleries, and library as well as on the grounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the Museum work environment is usually low to moderate.

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

Head of Public Programming
The Phillips Collection
Washington, DC, USA

The Phillips Collection, America’s First Museum of Modern Art, is one of the premier collections of Impressionist, modern, and contemporary art. Created by the visionary collector Duncan Phillips when he opened his home to the public in 1921, the museum’s intimate environment encourages people to make personal connections with art. Its permanent collection contains more than 5,000 works. The museum organizes numerous traveling exhibitions that expand scholarship and, combined with an active lending program, makes its works available to audiences throughout the world. The museum also produces some of the industry’s most effective and in-depth education programs for teachers and students. Its long-standing music program attracts top classical performers. The Phillips Collection is a privately-supported, not-for-profit organization that raises over 75% of its annual budget through contributions and earned revenue.

Envision and execute the museum’s public program initiatives for both special exhibitions and the permanent collection, both onsite and in external spaces and in partnership with local community partners/institutions. Researches, develops, and implements robust, innovative, and inclusive visitor experiences and public programs in alignment with the Phillips’s mission and strategic initiatives. Collaborates extensively with interdepartmental museum teams and external museum partners to create cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural programs that engage current and builds new audiences.

  • Leads the vision, strategy, and implementation of the museum’s public program portfolio, including programming for special exhibitions, permanent collection, academic collaborations, and interdisciplinary programming.
  • Manages the museum’s public programs for adult audiences: developing, implementing, marketing, and evaluating programs with strong collaboration with curatorial and other departments.
  • Manages the museum’s strategic public programming (including music, education, member, and special events) monthly meeting to ensure cohesion and collaboration in all programming efforts.
  • Fosters and manages public program partnerships including cultural organizations, embassies, and other museums to produce strong global/local partnerships and collaborative programs.
  • Collaborates with Curatorial staff regarding upcoming exhibition opportunities regarding programming opportunities, audience development plans, and visitor experience. Manages the implementation of the audio guide for special exhibitions.
  • Collaborates with the University of Maryland to create and develop unique programming opportunities (including the annual International Forum).
  • Co-creates monthly Phillips after 5 program with cross-departmental collaboration between public programming, special events, marketing, and membership.
  • Works with the Chief Diversity Officer to develop equitable, inclusive, and diverse programming opportunities at the Phillips and satellite locations.
  • Collaborates with Development staff to craft engaging proposals, donor cultivation strategies, grant writing and reporting.
  • Oversees budgets for public programs and visitor engagement initiatives.
  • Directs annual reporting and evaluation research related to principal functions.
  • Maintains, synthesizes, and applies current knowledge and research on museum programming and practice; researches exhibitions and the permanent collection to support visitor engagement.
  • Supervises volunteers and interns in public programming.
  • Provides departmental administrative support as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • 3-5 years of experience developing, managing, coordinating, and implementing public programs for a museum or equivalent cultural institution.
  • Strong interest in and familiarity with museums, art history, education, and visual culture.
  • A track record of successful event planning and execution (coordinating with external partners and day-of management experience).
  • Demonstrated experience with engaging diverse audiences/stakeholders/constituencies
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with external partners, including (but not limited to) cultural institutions, foundations, embassies, restaurants, musicians, independent artists and creatives, etc.
  • Budget management.
  • Ability to lead, manage, delegate, and juggle multiple priorities and simultaneously meet deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain big picture programming initiatives while maintaining minute details regarding specific programs.
  • Superior interpersonal skills with an ability to work with a range of individuals and departments to adapt and exceed visitor expectations.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Appreciation and understanding for the important history and public mission of The Phillips Collection.
The Phillips Collection is an equal opportunity employer and administers all employment decisions and personnel actions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic disposition or carrier status, marital status, veteran status, personal appearance, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, or any other category protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

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This job posted by MERC from January 27 through April 28.

The last update to this page was 4-17-19.