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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

Please reference museum-employment.com when applying for this job.
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

Please reference museum-employment.com when applying for this job.
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.

Please reference museum-employment.com when applying for this job.
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.

Please reference museum-employment.com when applying for this job.
This job posted by MERC from July 16 through August 12.



Executive Director
Stonewall National Museum & Archives
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA


The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the Stonewall National Museum & Archives in the search for an Executive Director.

The Executive Director of the Stonewall National Museum & Archives (SNMA) will excite organizational growth, drive significant fundraising efforts, and begin to develop a long-term plan to achieve heightened national visibility with an eye toward creating a physical presence in Washington, D.C., while maintaining a strong presence in the South Florida region.

To lead the organization in fulfilling this vision, the Board of Directors is seeking a dynamic, experienced leader who is committed to equality and visibility for the LGBTQ+ community on the national stage, who can inspire our community to think boldly about the future, and who will ensure that SNMA remains on sound financial, programmatic, and operational footing in South Florida as it aspires towards increased national impact.

Founded in 1973, the Stonewall National Museum & Archives is a 501(c)(3) cultural organization whose mission is to promote understanding through the collection, preservation, and sharing of the proud culture and heritage of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their significant role in American society.

Stonewall National Museum & Archives is one of the leading independent museums and archives in the country solely devoted to the acquisition, preservation, and exhibition of LGBTQ+ history. Now in its 45th year of operation, SNMA offers research materials, archival collections, exhibitions, and educational and social programming that are unmatched by any other institution in the nation. Stonewall is built on four programmatic pillars: the Paul Fasana and Robert S. Graham Archive, the Stonewall National Library and Stonewall National Library Special Collection, the Stonewall Museum & Galleries, and the Stonewall National Education Program (SNEP).

SNMA is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of sixteen committed local, regional, and national LGBTQ+ leaders and is guided by an impressive National Advisory Council, consisting of major thought and action leaders in the museum-world and in the LGBTQ+ equality movement. The Board of Directors is committed to furthering the diversity and inclusivity of the LGBTQ+ community within Board membership – consistent with SNMA's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is all of its activities, events, and exhibits. The Executive Director will report to the Chair of the Board of Directors. SNMA's operating budget is currently supported by Board contributions, donors, state and local grants, special events, corporate sponsorships, foundation grants, and partnerships.

A bachelor’s degree in business, the humanities or a field related to the duties of this position is required for this position, as is five years of experience in an executive or senior leadership role within a nonprofit cultural organization, preferably with an annual budget consistent with that of SNMA. An advanced academic/professional degree in not-for-profit leadership, finance, museum studies or any applicable field within the humanities is preferred. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.

To apply for this position, visit: https://opportunities.aspenleadershipgroup.com/opportunities/525

Please reference museum-employment.com when applying for this job.
This job posted by MERC from June 17 through September 16.



Executive Director
The Congregational Library and Archives
Boston, Massachusetts, USA


The Congregational Library and Archives, a special library of books, manuscripts, and electronic resources in Boston, Massachusetts, is seeking a new Executive Director. The Library (CL&A) preserves materials relating to and advancing the study and deeper understanding of the Congregational story, a crucial religious influence on America’s intellectual, civic, and cultural traditions.

The CL&A is poised to enter an exciting new phase of its development as a resource in American and global history. We believe that with the right visionary and entrepreneurial Executive Director, the CL&A can become the catalyst for profoundly important scholarship and discourse. For example, can the CL&A help lead the conversation about how to vitalize our Congregational denominations? Can it show how our history can play a meaningful role in reigniting civic discourse in our country? Working with the Board, the new Executive Director will lead the CL&A into its future.

The Organization
CL&A is a vigorous 166-year-old organization dedicated to the idea that “history matters” for people in the present. The Puritans who migrated to New England in the early seventeenth century created a unique church polity rooted in spirited debate and principled self-governance, the so-called Congregational Way. Congregational churches and leaders have had a profound impact on America’s social, political, and religious life. Eager to preserve their heritage, leading Congregational clergy in New England formed the Congregational Library Association in Boston in 1853. Their initial collection of 53 books has grown to a unique collection of over 225,000 manuscripts and printed materials covering Congregational history and a broad array of related topics, including colonial-era records documenting the settlers’ efforts to establish a civil and religious society. Although CL&A’s origins and holdings are religious, it is not a church institution; its focus and approach is broadly historical, not narrowly denominational.

CL&A’s rare book section is rich in works of English and early American Puritanism. Complete collections from historically significant churches are indispensable for researchers, libraries, historical societies, and genealogists. Missionaries’ memoirs and reports reveal cultural transferences and transformations in all their global complexity. CL&A has a collection of some 15,000 sermons from the 1600s to the twentieth century that illuminate trends across time in all aspects of American life. As the designated archive of the Congregational Christian churches, the Library holds major institutional records and some 1,500 periodicals regarding social reform, human rights, and education. CL&A also holds rare newspapers from the Christian Connection, a denomination that merged with the Congregational churches in 1931. Travel grants, fellowships, and office space are provided to independent scholars, and the Library promotes innovative scholarship with its signal publication, the Bulletin of the Congregational Library, and its e-newsletter History Matters.

CL&A offers educational programs, including exhibits, author talks, book discussion groups, and meet-and-greets for a broad range of audiences. It provides wide and free access to the collection through the New England’s Hidden Histories initiative, excellent patron services, and the global reach of modern technology.

CL&A moved to the Congregational House at 14 Beacon Street when the building was dedicated in 1898. In 2017, it sold its interest in the building and entered into an ultra-long-term lease. Proceeds from the sale have created a position of financial strength that will allow CL&A to pursue its aspirations. A graceful Victorian Reading Room remains a quiet haven for researchers, while the newly renovated facility accommodates state-of-the-art library equipment and archival processing and storage. By capitalizing on technological innovations, the organization has been advancing scholarship and sharing its rich repositories in fresh ways. CL&A has an expansive vision for the future, and it invites its next leader to approach forthcoming opportunities with enthusiasm and creativity.

CL&A has a dedicated staff of six full-time and four part-time employees and an annual operating budget of $1.3 million, comprising grants, memberships, philanthropy, and earned income. It is governed by a 14-member Board of Directors. Long-time Executive Director Peggy Bendroth will be retiring this fall. To learn more about this position, please visit www.congregationallibrary.org and www.facebook.com/CongreLib, and The Beacon Street Diary blog.

Responsibilities include:
Organizational identity and vision
  • With the Board, create a vision of the future for CL&A;
  • With the Board, create and drive the strategic plan;
  • Build support for the mission among important constituent groups and attract new ones;
  • Promote and represent the history of American Congregationalism in a way that will stimulate both broad interest and serious academic study.
Fundraising and development
  • With the assistance of the Board, prioritize fundraising;
  • Develop and implement strategies for donor relationship building and solicitation;
  • Cultivate new and existing donors, sharing a new and dynamic vision of CL&A’s mission and future;
  • Oversee grant solicitation as well as the research and writing of grant applications.
Executive leadership and management
  • Oversee the Library Director and all Library operations;
  • Oversee the hiring, goal setting, directing, review, and termination for all CL&A personnel;
  • Work with Board leaders to recruit new Board members;
  • Make all final decisions on Library collection development.
Program development and implementation
  • Increase the use of the library;
  • Oversee the strategic vision for the website’s organization and content;
  • Oversee editorial development of the Bulletin and other regularly published materials;
  • Plan and support Library events and host visiting groups;
  • With the Library Director, oversee the Project Director’s work on New England’s Hidden Histories and attract new research endeavors;
  • Direct the creation of promotional materials.
Financial management
  • Work with the Board’s Finance Committee on financial planning and to set investment goals and policies;
  • Monitor external investment managers, auditors, risk management professionals, and other contractors;
  • Develop and implement the annual budget and monitor ongoing expenses and income.
Qualifications Desired
  • Demonstrated passion for the mission of CL&A;
  • Advanced degree and experience in a highly relevant field, e.g., library and information science; museum studies; American history; church history; the humanities; and/or nonprofit management;
  • History of building and maintaining a cohesive team and providing strategic direction;
  • Inspiring leadership and strategic thinking;
  • Record of building partnerships;
  • Ability to persuade, negotiate, achieve consensus, and build collegial relationships with stakeholders;
  • Significant experience with board development, fundraising, and marketing/branding;
  • Well-developed written, verbal, and presentation skills;
  • Financial savvy and solid general management skills;
  • Comfort in working with faith communities.
To apply in confidence: Please send resume and cover letter to Susan Egmont, Egmont Associates, at segmont@egmontassociates.com.

Please reference museum-employment.com when applying for this job.
This job posted by MERC from May 30 through August 29.



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).

Apply Here: http://www.Click2Apply.net/pw4zzstm6wgp276f

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This job posted by MERC from May 17 through August 16.



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