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Executive Director
Windsor Historical Society
Windsor, Connecticut, USA

Overview
The Windsor Historical Society: Bridging Centuries. Bridging Cultures.

The Windsor Historical Society's mission is to inspire public awareness and appreciation of the diverse people, places, and events that contribute to Windsor's evolving history.

We preserve and interpret Windsor's historical record through active collecting, research, exhibitions, programs, and communications in the belief that an understanding of history can provide individuals and communities with connections to the past, a sense of belonging in the present, and responsibility for the future.

The Opportunity
Founded in 1921, the Windsor Historical Society (the Society) has brought the rich and evolving history of Windsor to life for the community and its visitors for nearly 100 years. Its extensive museum campus, which includes two historic homes, exhibit galleries, a research and genealogy library and a museum shop, is a centerpiece of Windsor's historic district, a town that is known for being the oldest in Connecticut. The Society is known for its wide breadth of collections, an extensive research library and its innovative, engaging and varied public programs that draw people from across town and state lines. Additionally, the Society recently gained national attention for the innovative restoration and re-interpretation of one of its historic homes. The organization rests on a foundation of financial stability and a staff team of five of both professional and support staff.

With the retirement of its long-term executive director, The Windsor Historical Society now seeks a dynamic leader and enthusiastic fundraiser who can build from the Society's many strengths to grow it to the next level of its important mission. The successful candidate will be passionate about history and have significant experience and success in raising funds from diverse sources and advancing the strategic direction and operations of a not-for-profit organization.

About The Windsor Historical Society
In the field of historical societies across the nation, the Windsor Historical Society is looked on as a thought leader in its development of creative, diverse and responsive programming and exhibits. Its public programs include lectures, family events, a genealogy support group, writing contests and an oral history project currently underway in partnership with Windsor's local TV station. It has a strong partnership with Windsor Public Schools and provides tours, student exhibitions, classroom presentations and student scholarships.

Its collection of approximately 11,000 items is extensive, varied and always growing. In 2015, the Society renovated the Strong-Howard House – supported by a $750,000 capital campaign – and, in a stroke of innovative genius, re-interpreted the home to appear as it looked in 1810, complete with all reproduction furnishings so that it could be a hands-on exhibit, which has since gained national recognition.

The Society has a strong presence on social media, with approximately 3,000 followers who enjoy the daily photo posts of items from their collection with commentary and links to related articles. In addition, staff members publish a quarterly newsletter that includes professional-quality articles on various aspects of Windsor's history.

The organization is very involved in the broader Windsor community – staff members attend community events and often take an advocacy lead in community preservation efforts.

The Society stands out among many of its historical museum peers for the level of professionalism among its team of three full-time and three part-time staff: all uphold strong professional standards of practice excellence and customer service. It also has a committed corps of volunteers who perform daily supportive functions as docents, receptionists and researchers. The organization is governed by a 13-member board of directors comprised of community leaders from the fields of history, speech pathology, education, social services, finance, legal, information technology and website design.

The Society is a membership organization and currently has approximately 550 members, some of whom live in other states. It has a budget of just under $500,000. Its operations are also supported by a sizeable endowment, thanks to generous bequests in 1959 and 1985 and more recent times, which contributes between 60% and 70% of the annual budget. The organization is in the process of implementing a thoughtful strategic plan that re-positioned the mission and vision and set a clear path for the organization 2017-2020.

Strategic Opportunities and Challenges
The Windsor Historical Society is at an important juncture as it transitions from a long-term executive director who built a firm base of financial stability and strong and professional operations to a new leader empowered to maintain and strengthen the Society's legacy of bringing Windsor's history to life through innovative programs and exhibits and extensive library collections.

The next Executive Director of the Windsor Historical Society will inherit a tremendous opportunity to further leverage the Society's many strengths to take its innovative programming to a new level, broaden its reach and engage more diverse segments of the community in learning about the rich history of Windsor.

Opportunities
  • There is across the country a renewed interest in history, perhaps stoked by the increasing number of people exploring their genealogy. The Society has an opportunity to leverage this interest to attract more people to its programs, exhibits, extensive library collections and its already active genealogy program.
  • Trends in the historical museum arena have made history more accessible. Historical museums across the country are reimagining their exhibits to create experiences that place the person in another time and “personalize” or tailor, their programs to specific segments of the population. These trends give the individual a more direct experience of the historical moment and thus make the historical museum experience more attractive. The Society is already doing some innovative programming along these lines, but has an opportunity to further enhance this aspect of its work.
  • An increasing number of young families in Windsor: the Society has the opportunity to engage younger residents in new and creative ways.
  • Increase in the use of digital platforms for accessing information: the Society has already leveraged this in bringing its collections and historical content to people on Facebook and Instagram, and can continue to stay on the forefront of digital platforms through the use of video and on-line fundraising methods.
  • Windsor's population has been growing each year by around 1% - housing is relatively affordable and thus attractive to young families; median household income is in the mid-80s, with a high level of giving potential.
Challenges
Outreach and Community Engagement:
A number of factors pose challenges to engaging all segments of Windsor's diverse community:
  • With busy lives and an ever-expanding range of entertainment and information at their digital fingertips, residents under 40 are an audience whose attention is difficult to capture and who may be unlikely to attend the Society's events.
  • Many people may perceive the Society as focusing on white colonial history; the organization is challenged in its attempt to reach out and engage all segments of Windsor's diverse population.
  • Windsor has a fairly high turnover of residents and those who are more transient feel less connection to the history of the town.
Resource Development:
Many nonprofits in town are tapping the same funding sources; those passionate about history are aging out, leading to a decline in funders, membership, and volunteers; and corporate funding priorities have shifted toward education or youth programming. Most of the larger corporations in Windsor are located in the outskirts of town and don't feel connected to the community.

The Historical Museum Market:
Competition for attention is stiff – nearly every town has its own historical society, and some of the more substantial ones – with large budgets and varied and attractive programs – are within an hour or so of driving distance from Windsor. Additionally, Connecticut's historical organizations tend toward independence and there's little/no interest in collaborating or partnering in ways that could increase visitor-ship and revenues for all involved. On top of this, Windsor has an unusually high number of civic and nonprofit organizations who are all competing for residents' time and attention.

Space for Collections:
As the Historical Society's profile has grown, so have its collections. Despite the Society's cautious criteria for accepting pieces that align with the mission, items continue to stream in, thus placing more strain on its storage capacity.

Responsibilities
High priorities for the new executive director include:
  • Managing effectively and efficiently the daily operations;
  • Maintaining a collaborative work environment that has a strong team culture of mutual support and respect;
  • Developing and implementing a human resource strategy to recruit, support and retain the highest quality staff;
  • Facilitating the development of a robust and diverse board of directors with an eye to engaging members more fully in fundraising and critical governance functions;
  • Continuing to foster and retain relationships and build new partnerships with initiatives and organizations throughout Windsor and in the historical museum arena and related fields;
  • Continuing to implement the strategic priorities outlined in the 2017-2020 strategic plan and thinking strategically about the long-term positioning of the Society;
  • Assessing the current collections and managing the limited space considerations;
  • Maintaining relationships with current donors and building new relationships to increase revenues;
  • Maintaining a strong public presence within the city, state and broader field community to advance the Society's positive profile.
Qualifications
Profile of the Ideal Candidate
The next Executive Director of the Windsor Historical Society will be able to build on the many strengths of the Society in order to lead it in innovative directions. She/he/ they will be passionate about history, will possess an understanding of historical museum management and will be dedicated to Windsor and its rich historical heritage. The person who assumes this position will be a leader with high emotional intelligence and excellent communication and public speaking skills, and a relationship-builder who can easily and genuinely connect with people and is astute at building strategic partnerships.

Minimum Credentials
Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree in a relevant field preferred. At least five years of experience in a senior leadership role in a similar size organization in the field of museum management or a related field.

Qualities
- Passionate advocate for the mission
  • The ideal candidate will have demonstrated passion for history in general, and will be able to translate that passion into an articulate and compelling story. She/he/they will be able to ignite passion in others.
- Keen emotional intelligence
  • The ideal candidate will have keen listening skills, empathy, self-awareness, and the ability to connect with people of different styles, professional levels and backgrounds.
- Demonstrated core values of integrity and honesty
  • The essential quality of personal humility and an intuitive understanding of when to give credit to others while exercising effective leadership is a must. The ideal candidate will be open-minded, approachable, and fair.
- Flexibility and balance
  • The ideal candidate will be able to face difficult challenges with competence, grace, and a sense of humor.
- Innovative and entrepreneurial approach
  • The ideal candidate will continually scan the environment for key trends and new opportunities, can leverage opportunities and support for initiatives, and has an innovative approach to solving problems and overcoming challenges.
Skills and Experience
- Experienced nonprofit manager
  • The ideal candidate will have significant professional experience in supervision and management of staff, in administering a multi-source budget, and in efficiently and strategically aligning and maximizing resources. Experience working in the historical museum or related field is preferred.
- Respectful, inclusive and effective leader and developer of staff
  • The ideal candidate will be able to inspire, develop and empower staff and create a productive team-based culture that welcomes inclusion and diversity. She/he/they will be able to build and maintain a climate of trust and respect where each worker feels appreciated for her/his/their strengths and contributions.
- Demonstrated success in diversifying and expanding revenue streams
  • The ideal candidate will have demonstrated success in fund development and will have the ability to lead the board and staff in executing a comprehensive fundraising plan.
- Exceptional communication skills
  • The ideal candidate will be able to passionately articulate, both in writing and orally, the organization's mission and deliver compelling presentations to public and private audiences. She/he/they will be able to communicate effectively with people with diverse backgrounds and styles.
- Experience working with boards of directors
  • The ideal candidate will be skilled in working effectively in partnership with boards of directors to carry out the mission of the organization, set strategic direction, and build a board culture of diversity and inclusiveness.
- Social media and information technology knowledge and curiosity
  • The ideal candidate will have a basic understanding of the landscape of information and social media technology and be eager to leverage emerging trends to engage increasingly diverse audiences with Windsor's rich history.
Candidate Guidelines and Additional Information
Transition Consultant Catherine Bradshaw with TSNE MissionWorks' has been exclusively retained for this search.

Electronic submissions are preferred.

Please include a resume and a cover letter that includes a description of how your qualifications and experience match Windsor Historical Society's needs. All submissions will be acknowledged. All inquiries and submissions are strictly confidential. Submissions of candidacy will be accepted until the position is filled.

Selected candidate will undergo thorough reference checks as well as a criminal history background check.

Salary is commensurate with experience, within the framework of the organization's annual operating budget. Total compensation includes a competitive benefits package with health insurance and a generous paid time off program.

The Society is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable state and federal fair employment practices laws. The Society does not discriminate against employees or applicants because of race, color, religious creed, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, present or past history of mental disorder, mental retardation, learning disability, physical disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

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This job posted by MERC from September 17 through December 17.





Membership Coordinator
Adirondack Experience
Blue Mountain Lake, New York, USA


The Adirondack Experience in Blue Mountain Lake, NY, founded in 1957, is one of the premier cultural institutions in upstate New York. It is one of a select group of institutions accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. ADKX’s 60,000 square feet of exhibitions are dedicated to telling the story of one of America’s most unique regions, its residents, and its many visitors. ADKX’s operating budget is approximately $5M. The year-round staff includes 35 employees with an additional 50 employees added during the May – October season. ADKX completed a capital campaign recently that enabled it to open a new 19,000 square foot interactive exhibition that was designed by a world class team of consultants. Other major projects in the development stage include new permanent galleries for the institution’s fine and decorative arts collections.

Adirondack Experience seeks a qualified candidate for the position of Membership Coordinator, for full or part-time.

This position will oversee the administration of the museum’s Membership Program, and assist with processing memberships and maintaining member records. They will supervise the seasonal Membership Sales Representatives, and the seasonal part-time Membership/Advancement Assistant. Incumbent will also monitor the effectiveness of the program and make recommendations as needed.

This position is year-round with a generous benefit package, and paid time off.

To apply, visit www.theadkx.org

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This job posted by MERC from September 16 through December 16.





Manager of Exhibitions and Events
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Boylston, Massachusetts, USA


Posting Expires: Review of applications will begin immediately. The position will remain open until filled.

Salary Range: $46-56,000

Application Instructions: Please submit your cover letter, resume, and references by email to resumes@towerhillbg.org. Include your last and first name in the file name of each document. In your cover letter, please include where you found this posting. Review of applications will begin immediately. The position will remain open until filled.

Employer: Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Location: 11 French Drive, Boylston, MA 01505

Schedule: The Manager’s position is full-time, permanent, salaried and exempt from overtime. The standard work schedule for this position is 40 hours per week, Monday-Friday. However, the schedule may be flexible to suit the needs of the organization and will frequently require weekend or evening hours. While the work is generally performed inside, the Manager will often have to assist with event management in outdoor roles. Some local travel is required.

Position Overview: Under the direction of the Director of Education, the Manager of Exhibitions and Events is charged with attracting and serving a diverse population of new and existing audiences at Tower Hill through a robust array of stand-alone events and mission-focused exhibitions which include displays (art and/or plant), interpretation, complementary events, and youth and adult programming. From proposal to delivery, the Manager oversees all aspects of these educational offerings including planning, development, implementation, and evaluation. The manager must have high expectations for quality and excellent customer service and interpersonal skills, including the ability to deal tactfully with visitors, students, volunteers, instructors, vendors, artists, and staff and the demonstrated capability to conduct one’s self with a calm and professional demeanor at all times. The ideal candidate is enthusiastic, highly organized, strategic, creative, a strong team-leader, and has experience with exhibitions and events. Please see our website for the full job posting http://1vy3xb4dnlyw2hi8ft1pvwr0- wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/FINAL-Manager-of-Exhibit-and-Events-Edits-9-12-19.pdf

Responsibilities
  • Plan, develop, implement, and evaluate a robust array of stand-alone events and mission-focused exhibitions which include displays (art and/or plant), complementary events, interpretation, and youth and adult programming. Please find a list of examples below.
  • Manage long-term planning for exhibitions and events and communicate the timeline to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Oversee a thoughtful interdepartmental process for planning and curating mission-related exhibitions.
  • Explore ways to engage the community through exhibitions and events.
  • Oversee and coordinate arrangements with artists including contracts, shipping, installation, label content, artist talks, workshops, payment, and other special arrangements as may be required.
  • Develop and manage travelling exhibitions and all related logistics including scheduling, contracts, maintenance and conservation, marketing, and sharing educational materials.
  • Collaborate with other staff with regard to educational content, staging, marketing, signage, promotional materials, and financial controls.
  • Coordinate with the Manager of Adult Education and the Manager of Youth Education to schedule and offer a variety of creative, themed programming during exhibitions and events.
  • Measure and report on the success of offerings and make recommendations for improvements including analyzing the return on investment and mission value of all offerings.
  • Set up, communicate, and maintain timelines and priorities on every project.
  • Deliver events on time, within budget, and that meet (and hopefully exceed) expectations.
  • Manage the Exhibitions and Events budget including processing payments, sales, and tracking and forecasting expenses.
  • Develop positive relationships with multiple plant society representatives and ensure plant society shows are mutually beneficial for the societies and Tower Hill.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Supervision and Training
  • Supervise and the Education and Events Coordinator.
  • Supervise and train volunteers who support exhibitions and events.
  • Manage event staff and volunteers and communicate with them effectively so that they may provide excellent vendor and visitor experience.
  • Work with the Director of Education and Institutional Advancement staff to identify and capitalize on fundraising opportunities to support upcoming programs and exhibits.
  • Collaborate with Horticulture, Public Relations, and Marketing staff to research, write, design, and produce interpretive signage and brochures as needed.
  • Develop contracts and oversee the processing of payments for vendors, plant shows, artists, etc.
  • Deliver day-of event coordination, and ensure set-up, breakdown, and clean-up are accomplished by staff and volunteers.
Leadership and Interpersonal Relations
  • Attract and serve new and existing audiences through mission focused learning opportunities.
  • Facilitate the Arts and Exhibitions Committee and the Night Lights Working Group.
  • Work with education staff, other departments, vendors, exhibitors, performers and others in an efficient, cooperative, and collegial manner.
  • Help to position Tower Hill as a leader among public gardens and informal education institutions.
  • Develop exhibitions and events that engage a population that is representative of Worcester County’s diversity.
  • Think strategically about how to maximize available resources to reach new audiences.
  • Provide leadership, motivation, direction and support to event teams, volunteers, and staff.
  • Anticipate visitation and coordinate with the Volunteer Coordinator and Operations staff in a timely fashion to ensure that all events are appropriately staffed.
  • Ensure excellent customer service and visitor experience.
Qualifications
  • Commitment to principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.
  • Experience working on exhibitions and/or events by, for, and with diverse audiences.
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision in a face paced environment.
  • Ability to give and receive feedback and cooperate with staff to solve problems.
  • Experience working in a public garden, museum, or other cultural or educational non-profit organization.
  • Experience developing art, science, or history exhibits, and writing and designing interpretive content.
  • Experience developing drop-in educational experiences.
  • Experience managing employees and volunteers.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent record keeping, organization, and planning skills.
  • Success working professionally as a member of a larger team and willing to assist at every level of a project.
  • Budget management and negotiation skills and a proven track record of generating revenue from events.
  • Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a high level of professionalism.
  • Superior time management skills, multi-tasking abilities, team playing skills.
  • Experience with hiring and managing vendors for event production.
  • Flexibility, a willingness to adapt to change, and an interest in helping to envision change.
  • Proficiency in computer applications including Excel, Raiser’s Edge, Word, Google Docs, Outlook, Smartsheet, and other internet applications.
Education and Experience
  • A bachelor’s degree in event management, public gardens, horticulture, education, museum studies, or related field, and five years of related experience.
  • 3+ years of prior experience coordinating educational events, exhibitions, and/or programs.
Physical Demands / Working Conditions
  • Must be able to lift 25 pounds and work outdoors as required.
  • Must be able to bend, squat, kneel, stand, and walk for extended periods of time and to navigate uneven grounds and stairs evenly.
  • Must be able to work with appropriate computer and communications equipment.
Note: Duties described above, other duties and physical demands have been identified as essential functions as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Sample of Exhibitions and Events Held in 2019
Below are some examples of recent and upcoming exhibitions and events that fall under the purview of the Manager:
  • Healers and Killers (Feb 1-Mar 3) – This exhibition, created in-house, focused on the how people have used plants to heal (and also harm) the mind, body, and spirit throughout history. The exhibition included fantastic medicinal plant displays and interpretation throughout the Milton Gallery. There were four complementary event weekends and a wide-range of related programming.
  • Horticultural Heroes (Mar 5-May 12) – This art exhibit was created in-house and intended to travel. This one-of- a-kind exhibit features portraits by local artists of diverse leaders of horticulture, including people from marginalized groups, who have championed the cause of plants throughout history.
  • Hello Spring (Apr 1-May 31) – This annual exhibition is a celebration of the collections at Tower Hill and of the spring season. This exhibition includes events, interpretation, drop-in activities, and associated programming.
  • Wind, Waves, & Light (Apr 13-Oct 14) – This exhibition featured large stainless steel kinetic sculptures created by George Sherwood. The exhibition included interpretation and associated events and programming.
  • New England Rose Society Show & Sale – one of fifteen competitive society run plant shows hosted at Tower Hill. Each show is 1-3 days long and offers associated programming, competitions, and often plant sales.
  • Free After Three (Thursdays, Jun-Aug, 3-9pm) – These free summer evenings feature a beer garden and associated programming and activities.
  • Beer Garden Fridays (One Friday per month, Jun-Aug, 3-9pm) – These summer evening programs focused on the beer garden for an adult audience with a different theme each month and plant-themed trivia.
  • Botanical Tattoo Weekend (Jul 20-21) – a weekend event celebration plant-inspired tattoos and botanical art.
  • Enchanted Garden (Sep 16-Nov 10) – this fall exhibition, created in-house is a celebration of nature and the magic of autumn. It includes giant wings made of plants, fairy houses, interpretation, and associated events and programs.
  • Growbots (Oct 1-Nov 10) – This groundbreaking exhibition features robots that read and respond to electrical signals from plants, created by created by Harpreet Sareen, professor at Parsons School of Design.
  • Night Lights (Nov 29-Dec 30) – This annual celebration is an inclusive, secular event where visitors of all backgrounds can celebrate winter, light, and nature together. The event features elaborate light displays, interpretation, and associated programming.
  • Orchid Show (Feb 1-March 31, 2020) – Tower Hill’s first-ever Orchid Show will feature lush displays of orchids and tropical plants, integrated seamlessly with custom-made graffiti art by local Worcester artist, Croc. The exhibition included interpretation and complementary event weekends and adult and youth programming.
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This job posted by MERC from September 16 through November 22.



Executive Director
North Andover Historical Society
North Andover, Massachusetts, USA


Responsibilities
Strategic Opportunities and Challenges
The Executive Director will have the opportunity to lead this well-respected, venerable and prominent institution which has preserved, interpreted and shared North Andover and New England history for over 100 years. High priorities for the Executive Director include:
  • Working collaboratively with the Board of Directors to create a revitalized strategic direction for the Society, one which leverages the organization's legacy and history, acknowledges the shifting demographic and engagement trends in historical societies and museums and determines the best use of NAHS's resources, most especially its buildings.
  • Expanding significantly NAHS's visibility, community outreach, social media presence and engagement to raise the institution's profile, modernize its presentation, expand participation in its programs and grow financial resources and support.
  • Developing and executing on a resource development plan to grow NAHS's philanthropic support through a targeted combination of membership dues, individual donations and private and public grants.
  • Creating deep connections with members, residents, regional and local community leaders as well as the general public to create a welcoming, engaging and inclusive culture in all of NAHS's public engagements.
  • Collaborating with the Board of Directors to create the appropriate governance versus management balance that supports strong executive staff leadership and proper board oversight.
  • Empowering, supporting and leading a team of dedicated and skilled museum professionals committed to achieving NAHS's preservation mission and delivering exceptional programs.
Qualifications
Desired Credentials and Profile
  • Academic or organizational background in museum studies or a related field
  • A minimum of three years of personnel and financial leadership experience
  • Experience, ability and strong desire to be a public facing leader
Skills and Experience
Exceptional Communicator, Networker and Ambassador
The Executive Director must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and be eager to serve as NAHS's primary spokesperson to proactively build and sustain relationships with members, visitors, the community, partners and donors to benefit NAHS. The leader must be a consummate ambassador and networker who is politically savvy as well as an astute marketer on behalf of NAHS. The Executive Director must proactively, graciously and regularly engage and welcome the community and publicly promote NAHS, so others become inspired to support its mission and vision and participate in its programs.

Experienced and Committed Resource Developer
The Executive Director will have experience in and a strong desire to engage self and board members in private fundraising and expansion of NAHS's membership program, with the ability to create a vision and strategy for sustained philanthropic support aligned with NAHS's mission and financial needs. The leader must be an eager and proactive fundraiser and recruiter of members, someone who is skilled at capitalizing on existing relationships and creating new ones to grow NAHS's financial resources, most particularly through membership fees, individual giving and private and public grants.

Visionary and Strategic Leader
The Executive Director must be able to engage in “big picture” thinking, ultimately and collaboratively providing strong leadership to guide NAHS's board and staff to develop and implement a refreshed strategic vision for its future. The leader must be open to ideas and suggestions and confidently offer creative and innovative concepts and solutions of her/his own. The leader must be bold in her/his leadership, willing to challenge the status quo, able to collaboratively lead the entire NAHS community toward a revitalized future and support the Center Realty Trust as it determines the prospects for its real estate holdings.

Fluid Administrator with Museum Training
As the agency's chief administrative officer, the Executive Director must be a fluid and collaborative multitasker, able to oversee the organization's operations, finances, and personnel, decisively and efficiently aligning and maximizing resources to achieve NAHS's strategic goals. Ideally, the leader will be a trained and experienced museum professional who will ensure the organization adheres to museum standards, provide guidance, feedback and leadership on exhibits and programs and offer feedback and guidance to other professionals on staff. Finally, the Executive Director also serves as the primary liaison to and proactive partner with the Board of Directors to engage it in effective governance, strategic planning and thorough oversight.

Confident Relational Manager
An experienced manager of people, the Executive Director must inspire, develop and empower NAHS's relatively small yet highly committed staff of professionals, including the prior Executive Director who will serve as the lead museum educator. An active listener, the Executive Director must create a welcoming, collaborative and mutually supportive work culture and climate; display high levels of integrity and accountability; and approach the work with a sense of good humor, diplomacy, patience, warmth, care and considerable energy.

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This job posted by MERC from September 11 through December 11.



Museum Assistant Registrar
Middlebury College
Middlebury, Vermont, USA


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

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

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

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



Exhibit Engineer
Exploratorium
San Francisco, California, USA


(Two positions available*)

SUMMARY

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

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

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

Open until filled

HOW TO APPLY

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

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

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

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

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This job posted by MERC from August 8 through November 7.



New Media Exhibit Developer
Exploratorium
San Francisco, California, USA


SUMMARY

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

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

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

This position is open until filled.

HOW TO APPLY

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

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

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

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

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



Exhibit Developer
Exploratorium
San Francisco, California, USA


SUMMARY

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

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

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

Open until filled

HOW TO APPLY

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

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

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

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

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



Curator
The Salem County Historical Society
Salem, New Jersey, USA


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

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

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

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

Or by email to schs@salemcountyhistoricalsociety.com

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



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