Museum and Cultural Resource Job Vacancies

Romare Bearden Graduate Museum Fellowship
Saint Louis Art Museum
Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

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

Qualifications: Eligible candidates must have completed at least one year of graduate school by June 2020 in art history, art education, museum studies, or related fields. Applicant must have good written and verbal communication skills, be able to work independently and manage multiple assignments.

Additional Details:

Application Deadline: March 20, 2020

The Romare Bearden Fellow receives $37,153 annual salary, full time benefits package along with moving and educational travel allowances.

Candidates must complete the on-line application at, upload a cover letter explaining your interest in the fellowship, a resume, a writing sample in a humanities area not to exceed 1500 words, contact information for three references (academic and professional), and undergraduate and graduate transcripts (copies are acceptable). Note: All documents must be uploaded in a single .pdf or word document.

Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Employment date: July 20, 2020 – July 31, 2021

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

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This job posted by MERC from January 21 through March 20.

Chief Program Officer
Wisconsin Historical Society
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

The Wisconsin Historical Society, founded in 1846, ranks as one of the largest, most active and most diversified state historical societies in the nation. As both a state agency and a private membership organization, its mission is to help people connect to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing stories.

The Wisconsin Historical Society is seeking to fill an exciting new senior leadership position. The innovative and dynamic new Chief Program Officer (CPO) will join the senior leadership team and help unite all programmatic areas within a comprehensive, holistic and synergistic vision of the Society.

The CPO will oversee the Society’s extensive programmatic channels throughout the State including 12 historic sites and museums, publications, outreach services, education and digital services, and experience design. The CPO will lead the development and delivery of dynamic and diverse experiences for existing and new audiences at one of the premier historical organizations in the United States. In addition, initial priorities will include advancing the Society’s plans for a new state history museum in downtown Madison.

Applicants should have at least five years of senior leadership experience in a complex organization with a proven track record of success. Qualified candidates will have demonstrated knowledge of best practices and benchmarks in the public experience and attractions field, as well as demonstrated knowledge of museum operations or museum theory and practices. Candidates should be skilled in the principles of experience development for a variety of audiences; marketing and public relations project management; exhibition development; and public presentation. The ability to envision and implement new strategic goals is key. Other minimum qualifications include the following:
  • Knowledge of history-based programming.
  • Knowledge of general design and construction practices.
  • Ability to travel independently within Wisconsin, the Midwest and nationally.
  • Able to legally operate a motor vehicle from the Wisconsin Department of Administration State Fleet in the State of Wisconsin.
  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field is required; a master’s degree is strongly recommended.
To apply, please send a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC to

For more information about the Wisconsin Historical Society, please visit The Wisconsin Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer.

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This job posted by MERC from January 3 through April 3.

Director of Philanthropy
Drayton Hall Preservation Trust
Charleston, South Carolina, USA

For more than 250 years, Drayton Hall has stood witness to the evolution of American. Among the best and most complete examples of Southern colonial life open to the public today, the property holds a vital educational responsibility. It is also an active archaeological site with an extensive museum collection of rare 18th- and 19th-century objects and artifacts. Drayton Hall has been recognized by Architectural Digest’s “Most Iconic Building in Every State in America” list and called the “Best Place to see in South Carolina” by Condé Nast Traveler.

Drayton Hall Preservation Trust’s mission is to foster a deeper understanding of colonial America and the evolution of life in the South by discovering, researching, conserving, and interpreting the history, context, and culture of Drayton Hall and the people who lived and worked there.

The Drayton Hall Preservation Trust is a privately funded nonprofit organization responsible for the operation and administration of Drayton Hall, a National Trust for Historic Preservation site. In 2020, Drayton Hall will release a new strategic plan which will showcase the future growth potential of this iconic property.

The Director of Philanthropy is responsible for strengthening Drayton Hall through an active, comprehensive, and integrated fundraising program. Reporting to Drayton Hall’s President and CEO, the Director of Philanthropy will strategize, implement and direct fundraising activities, which include major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, membership and grant programs. All efforts are in support of the strategic plans of Drayton Hall Preservation Trust.

Position and Leadership Statement | Director of Philanthropy

The Director of Philanthropy is responsible for strengthening Drayton Hall through an active, comprehensive, and integrated fundraising program. Reporting to Drayton Hall’s President and CEO, the Director of Philanthropy will strategize, implement and direct fundraising activities, which include major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, membership and grant programs. All efforts are in support of the strategic plans of Drayton Hall Preservation Trust.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Contribute to the overall success of Drayton Hall in achieving its mission.
  • Be a team leader and tactfully lead, follow and/or support colleagues.
  • Lead the implementation of an integrated development strategy, inclusive of annual giving, a membership program, major gifts, planned giving, and foundation & corporate support, in consultation with President and CEO.
  • Meet or exceed Drayton Hall development goals while adhering to DHPT best practices and policies.
  • Play a key role in the implementation of the organizational strategic plan as it relates to philanthropy.
  • Help develop and manage a future capital campaign tied to Drayton Hall’s next strategic plan.
  • Steward previous capital campaign major donors for Drayton Hall's new facilities and associated programs.
  • Work with the Development Team to identify, cultivate, and solicit annual, major, and planned gifts from individuals.
  • Coordinate and oversee the development and management of grants from private and public sources.
  • Serve as a liaison with Drayton Hall Preservation Trust Board of Trustees, Development Committee, and major donors.
  • Directly oversee the Advancement Managers, whose primary focus is the management and maintenance of the Friends of Drayton Hall program, encouraging the transition of modest supporters into major donors.
  • Oversee the planning and execution of major fundraising events.
  • Write donor-related briefing materials, proposals, stewardship reports and correspondence for the President and CEO, members of the Board of Trustees, and others as appropriate.
  • As a senior staff member the Director of Philanthropy will be expected to work collaboratively with other senior staff and their teams.
  • Responsible for hosting Board of Trustees development events throughout the year to involve and engage the board in fundraising efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Qualities and Qualifications
  • B.A. or B.S. required; advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 10 years of proven performance in fundraising success in professional capacity with non-profit organizations required.
  • Proven oral, written, and organizational skills are critical, as are supervisory skills and ability to lead and be a team player.
  • Experience with capital campaigns is desirable, as is a genuine interest in museums, historic preservation, and education.
  • Advanced skills using Microsoft Office software, with proficiency in the use of Fundraising/Donor Management software – Altru preferred.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated willingness to learn.
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Genuine passion, enthusiasm and belief in the mission of Drayton Hall Preservation Trust.
To Apply
Drayton Hall has retained Capital Development Services to assist with professional recruitment. Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications can be submitted via email to

Candidates should include a cover letter, a resume, and a list of three references. All material will be confidential. Additional inquiries may be directed to Jen Tozier at Capital Development Services, 336-747-0133 x 208.

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This job posted by MERC from January 3 through April 3.

Museum of Fine Arts, Washington County
Hagerstown, Maryland, USA

The Museum of Fine Arts, Washington County, in Hagerstown, MD, seeks an experienced, outcome-oriented Director to take the reins of a thriving and vibrant art museum and carry it forward in creative, thoughtful and strategic ways. The Director will oversee a $1.3M annual budget, 18 staff, 125 volunteers, and a significant, 6,500-item collection of 19th- and 20th -century American and European painting and works on paper, plus other global collections.

OPPORTUNITIES: fill a newly-endowed educator position and develop new art-education initiatives; shepherd and grow a successful and beloved regional public-private-partnership museum; build capacity to become an even-better-known cultural destination. Located near Hagerstown’s lively downtown, the recently updated, 31,000-sf facility includes 11 galleries, an enclosed atrium for special events, a small stage for performances, a gift shop and a classroom.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Oversee multi-faceted museum programming and operations, be the face of the museum and an effective advocate and communicator with broad constituencies. Fundraise for resources to build capacity and extend the museum’s diversity, reach and impact. Develop long-range financial and strategic plans, mentor staff. The Director reports to a 19-member Board of Trustees.

THE REGION: Located in semi-rural, history-rich, Western Maryland, 90 minutes each from Baltimore and DC.

QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum five years’ experience in a museum executive-leadership position. Minimum M.A. or M.F.A. Fundraising track-record; excellent communication/collaboration skills; engaging, creative leader, enthusiastic to be part of community. Details/how to apply at Apply by 2/17/2020 to EOE. Nominations welcome.

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This job posted by MERC from December 18 through February 17.

Associate Educator, Youth & Family Learning
Saint Louis Art Museum
Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Summary: Provide dynamic learning experiences with art for youth, teens, and their caregivers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Oversee learning initiatives for youth, teen, and family audiences related to the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions;
  • Manage the Museum’s established Family Sundays, Wee Wednesdays, Wee Weekends, Teen Arts Council, Teen Open Studios, Winter Celebrations and Kwanzaa programs and develop new offerings that align with the departmental philosophy and contribute to the advancement of institutional strategic priorities;
  • Establish and maintain strong cooperative relationships with cultural organizations and community groups;
  • Present age- and audience-appropriate tours, classes, performances and other activities for youth and family audiences;
  • Conceive of and implement promotional materials for programs;
  • In collaboration with the Engagement & Interpretation department, develop interpretive materials for youth and family audiences;
  • Regularly evaluate and report on Youth & Family Learning initiatives;
  • Assist with preparation of Youth and Family program budgets, and manage budgets;
  • Supervise staff, contract staff, and volunteers in conjunction with Youth and Family Learning activities; identify and hire teaching artists and representatives from cultural or community organizations as program presenters;
  • Train docents, present occasional programs, lead tours, gallery talks, and assist with the delivery of other Learning & Engagement programs as needed.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in art history, art education, studio art, museum studies, or a related discipline. Three years of professional museum education and/or teaching experience with youth, teen and/or family audiences. Demonstrated ability in object-based teaching and knowledge of diverse learning and teaching styles. Excellent public speaking and writing skills. Preferred: Master’s degree. Studio art experience. Budget experience. Experience working with docents.

Additional Details:
Minimum of Range: $49,747/year

Status: Regular full-time (37.5 hours/week). Must be able to work weekends and some holidays and evenings.

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This job posted by MERC from November 28 through February 27.

The Media Majlis at Northwestern University in Qatar
Doha, Qatar

The Media Majlis is looking to hire a Registrar to lead all aspects related to objects and loans for temporary exhibitions. This position plans, organizes and implements all aspects related to the organization and agreement of loans, shipping, storage, insurance, condition and care, legal and risk management, for all digital and physical objects, including coordination of on- and off-site digitization and ingest, and communication with lenders.

The museum's Registrar is a critical member of a small international team. Due to the placement of the museum within a university, extensive production, IT, digital media, facilities and security and related aspects, support the museum's work. The museum does not hold an accessioned collection so exhibitions may use digital and physical objects from across all collection taxonomies. The Registrar will lead on aspects of the use of the museum’s CMS-DAMS (Qi by Keepthinking) and be the primary staff member for coordination and oversight of exhibition loans.

The Registrar should be highly organized, solution-focused, detail orientated, and able to work productively and creatively with curators, student workers and interns, subject specialists and faculty, and both local and international lenders and institutions. Candidates should have an entrepreneurial outlook, be interested in exploring what exhibitions can be, and enjoy being challenged. Ideally candidates should have worked with digital exhibition content, and be interested in expanding their knowledge of this form or exhibition content.

The Registrar should have some combination of museum, exhibition lending/borrowing, and digital media experience, and have experienced working outside their own culture. This position is located in Doha, Qatar, where the Registrar is required to reside, therefore knowledge and experience of Gulf culture, audiences and local museum practice is a distinct—though not required—advantage.

This position reports to the museum’s director with extensive collaboration with curators and creative digital media staff, and will take an active role in long-range exhibition planning, strategic outlook, budget planning and collaborative projects with faculty and other entities. The Registrar may oversea student workers and researchers, Masters placement/internship students, and freelance workers/consultants as needed/required. Active participation in conferences, publications and public speaking is expected of this position, and participation in university wide committees. This position may involve frequent travel, and is open for immediate hiring.

The Museum:

The Media Majlis is a university museum which is part of Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q), situated at Education City in the Qatari capital of Doha. NU-Q is one of the twelve schools of Northwestern University, a world leading non-profit research university founded in Evanston, Illinois, in 1851. Since 2008 NU-Q has offered Bachelor of Science degrees in Journalism and in Communication, as well as certificates or minors in Middle East Studies, Strategic Communication, and Media and Politics (with Georgetown University). In January 2017 Northwestern opened its new building in Doha, designed by the highly regarded architect Antoine Predock.

A focal point of this building is The Media Majlis, the first university museum in Qatar, the only university museum in the region open to the public, and the first museum in the Arab world dedicated to discussing aspects of media. The museum opened to the public in April 2019. Through active discussion and interrogation, the museum’s exhibitions explore journalism, communication and media—pasts, presents and futures—with a global orientation that reflects the universal nature of media, overlaid with Qatar, Gulf, and Middle East perspectives.

Historical perspectives help visitors understand media landscapes but The Media Majlis largely focuses on present-day and future aspects and issues of journalism and communication, featuring interactive and digital components combined with physical objects, programing, publications, and online content. The internal ethos that drives The Media Majlis, its tone and mindset can be summed up in three words: always another side. This principle allows the museum to blow open subjects by exploring different disciplines and perspectives—exploring the interplay between local, regional, and global perspectives means that the museum challenges standard narratives. It aims to offer polarities of opinion, drawing back the curtain on media by exploring lesser-known angles alongside majority views.

The Media Majlis is a bilingual museum, open to the general public and dedicated to providing audiences with constructivist, visitor-centered exhibitions, programs and resources in a positive, dynamic, comfortable environment. The Media Majlis staff is a small international team, supported by, and working in collaboration with, the staff and faculty of one of the world’s highest ranked universities.

Position requirements:
  • Masters degree (MA, MSc, MPrac.) in museum studies, curatorial studies, registarial practice, archives, digital in museums, or related subject; Bachelors with 5+ years museum registrarial or collections management experience, including with digital objects, will be considered.
  • Minimum three year’s museum or archive experience with one or more areas of registration, collections management, touring exhibitions, copyright and licensing, or digital material (work in exhibition spaces or similar institutions will be considered).
  • High familiarity and comfort with new technology, including digitization processes, with experience of using a CMS-DAMS.
  • Fluent in English, including museum terminology, and experience writing for print or online projects. Active desire to take part in conferences, publications and similar.
  • Exceptional team work and time management skills, and experienced managing staff and/or interns. Proactive in independent work, with a high level of discretion and confidentiality. Ability to travel.
  • Experience with living and working outside of own culture, and working internationally.
Highly desirable: Experience dealing with material (physical or digital) from the areas of media, journalism, television and broadcast, radio, film and video, digital media, gaming/gamification, digital or video art, or closely related subject matter; Arabic fluency, or abilities in Urdu, Hindi, Tagalog, or French; Experience of living and working in Qatar, or another Gulf State.

Northwestern offers a highly competitive compensation and benefits package, and exceptional working environment and resources.

Application is via Northwestern’s careers website:
Once in eRecruit, search by the job number 37541 for the position listing: Gallery Registrar, ID 37541.

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This job posted by MERC from November 5 through February 5.

Education Director
Science Central
Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA


POSITION DESCRIPTION:  Science Central, a hands-on science center (physical, natural and applied sciences), is currently hiring a knowledgeable, self-directed, creative, outgoing, highly-skilled and organized individual to direct its education department (on-site, outreach, distance learning, etc.).  This is a professional, senior-level position, reporting to the executive director. As a member of the leadership team, the job requires previous experience in informal science education, program development, staff management, project planning, and multi-tasking high-level concurrent and future activities. This is a “hands-on” position and the employee will spend much of their time doing as well as directing.

Duties will include:
  • lead in the development, planning, scheduling, staffing and presentation of all science center programs;
  • responsible for monitoring and the continuous growth of all revenue and non-revenue programs, numbers, finances and data;
  • hire, train and manage outreach, school/public and special programs full-time, part-time and seasonal staff;
  • have a strong presence in the educational community (schools, universities, community centers, scouts, etc.);
  • manage various Strategic Plan components;
  • participate in and lead various internal and community committees;
  • assist with researching, writing, and reviewing grants and grant reports
  • collecting and analyzing program and program-participant data
REQUIRED SKILLS:  Comfortable with and interested in science and public education; have a strong background in program development, planning and presentation; experience in researching and writing program scripts; exceptional communication skills (with staff and colleagues) and public speaking abilities (comfortable working with audiences of all sizes/ ages/backgrounds), outgoing, flexible, professional in attitude and appearance; energetic, enthusiastic; highly organized, strong leadership abilities; must be able to be both self-directed and work in a team-oriented environment; have strong sense of humor; moderate lifting (approx. 40 lbs.) when setting-up chairs, tables, exhibits, etc.; ability to work long hours.

QUALIFICATIONS:  This is not an entry-level position. Must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (science, education, etc.); significant number of college science classes; significant experience in the informal science education field (science center, science museum, nature center, zoo/aquarium, etc.); experience with managing staff. Ability to drive, valid Drivers License and successful completion of a Criminal Background Check is required.

SCHEDULE:  Full time; schedule will include days, weekends, early hours and evenings; must be flexible.

SALARY:  $35,000 per year; exempt position; with full benefits including medical, dental, etc. and generous paid time off.

APPLY: Open posting, position filled as needed.

1) completed application,
2) cover letter,
3) resume,
4) examples of science program scripts,
5) other writing examples, such as brochures, newsletters, etc.
6) professional references (minimum of 5) to:

Executive Director
Science Central
1950 North Clinton Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Fax: (260) 422-2899
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This job posted by MERC from October 30 through January 29.

The last update to this page was 1-21-20.