Museum and Cultural Resource Job Vacancies

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

Position Description: Membership Manager

Position Overview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Position Description: Marketing/Public Relations Manager

Position Overview

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


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

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

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

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

Executive Director
Bosque Museum
Clifton, Texas, USA

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

Phone/Email Contact:
Dr. Leslie Bennett

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


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

Job Description

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

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

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

Dr. Leslie Bennett


PO Box 269
Clifton, TX 76634

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

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

$26.79 Hourly
$55,716.00 Annually

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

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

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

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

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

Recruitment Guidelines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Position #19-6141-02

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

Collections Manager
City of Farmington - Farmington Museum
Farmington, New Mexico, USA

JOB POSTING #51: Collections Manager


DEPARTMENT: Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs

WORK LOCATION: Farmington Museum

HIRING RANGE: $18.8863 - $28.7924 Per Hour


DAYS WORKED: Monday through Friday

HOURS WORKED: 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.

TYPE OF POSITION: Regular, Full-Time



Resumes submitted without a City of Farmington application will not be considered in our job selection process.


Responsible for the preservation, documentation and management of over 8,000 objects in the Farmington Museum collection. Work involves acquisition, registration, cataloging, environmental control, loan processing, records computerization, storage maintenance, arrangement and description, handling requests for photographic reprints, and retrieving materials in response to research requests. Identifying and contacting potential donors, conferring with curator on donors.

Works under the direction of the Museum Director.

Responsible for the security of artifacts in museum collection and exhibit areas. Performs daily walk through of exhibit and storage areas to check for security issues including insect/pest presence, environmental concerns such as water leaks, and Administrative maintenance of areas.

Communicates finding with Museum Director and performs follow through if necessary work is to be performed.

Prepares facilities for upcoming traveling exhibits. Processes all necessary paperwork related to the exhibits such as condition report, damage reports, correspondence with lenders, storage paperwork, etc. Schedules volunteers to assist with set up of exhibit.

Works closely with in-house exhibits. Compiles lists for curator and staff of objects and photographs. Compiles historical information on collection objects or photographs for labels or brochures.

Process duplication requests from photo collection when required. Makes arrangements for reprints and enlargements and processes necessary paperwork for requests.

Works closely with the public in regard to requests for information. These requests may include research of local historical collection from newspapers, photographs, maps, etc.

Processes Collection objects on loan to outside entities. Assures adherence to approved procedures for check out of items. Processes proper paperwork.

Catalogues museum objects using specified process, i.e. cleaning, producing description, numbering object, photographing, processing identification tag, and ensuring proper storage of object.

Maintains a complete inventory of museum collection using computer database system.

Maintains computer history of collection including check out dates and by whom, return dates, condition of object, etc.

Prepares for special events such as exhibit openings, programs, etc.

Assists in training volunteers for the museum store, museum tours/programs and in the handling and cleaning of museum collection.

Performs various museum clerical duties including typing, computer data entry, answering telephone calls, scheduling museum programs, etc.

Required to perform shift work in a rotation of days, evenings, and nights including weekends and holidays.

Using excellent customer service skills, establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other employees, officials, and all members of the general public.

Operates a motor vehicle to assist in carrying out the business of the department and the City.

Attendance at work is an essential function of this position.


Helps greet visitors to the museum and directs their inquires to the appropriate area.

May serve on various community or employee committees as required and assigned.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.


This position is subject to the City's Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace Program. This includes: pre-employment testing, post-accident testing, reasonable suspicion testing, return-to-duty testing, and follow-up testing.

Bachelor's degree in history, museum science or related field and two (2) years experience in a museum setting, or any equivalent combination of education and experience.

Valid New Mexico driver's license with acceptable driving record for the past three years or state of current residency.

Experience in museum education, environmental education and/or primary science curriculum required.

Knowledge of basic principles and methodology for museum education.

Must be available to work a varied work week to include weekends, evenings and holidays as required.

Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing. Must possess excellent grammar and composition capabilities.

Must possess a high degree of proficiency in public relations skills.

Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, other City personnel and the public.

Ability to follow verbal and or written instructions.

Ability to work under stress and handle stressful situations.

Ability to meet deadlines.

Ability to operate tools and equipment listed.

Extensive background checks required.

This position has the responsibility to participate in and comply with the City's Environmental, Health, and Safety program.


Personal computer and applicable software packages such as Microsoft word, Excel, collections database, calculator, copy and fax machine, phone, motor vehicle, and various tools and hardware necessary for museum installation (including painting, hammering, drilling, etc.).

Conservation equipment such as hygro-thermograph and sling psychrometer.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

The employee is required to perform shift work in a rotation of days, evenings and nights including weekends and holidays.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee performs duties in a wide variety of settings including office, public galleries, outside plazas and trails, and classroom settings. The noise level in the work environment will vary accordingly.



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This job posted by MERC from March 12 through March 22.

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


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

Head of Multigenerational Learning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Museum Curator (Exhibit Hall & Facility)
The Whale Museum
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington, USA

The Whale Museum is seeking a person to fulfill the role of Museum Curator (Exhibit Hall and Facility).  Year-round FT employment.   (Please note: job functions have been combined in order to provide a full-time, year-round position.)

Established in 1979 as the first U.S. museum dedicated to whales living in the wild, The Whale Museum’s mission is to promote stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research.  Our facility is located on San Juan Island, northwest of Seattle, Washington.  This remote island is accessible only by ferry, boat or plane. 

The Museum Curator's responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • management and care of the Museum's collections and exhibits
  • oversee operation and maintenance of the Museum building
  • coordinate volunteer recruitment, database management, and scheduling
  • conduct education programs, guided tours, other educational programs, and special events as needed
  • provide assistance in Gift Shop
The Museum Curator works closely with staff and/or contracted consultants to plan, budget and implement specific projects associated with their areas of responsibility.

This position works closely with the Executive Director and other staff, particularly the Education Curator, the Stranding Network Coordinator, and the Visitors’ Experience Team Manager. The successful candidate will be highly flexible. Required work schedule includes weekend coverage on a year-round basis.

Qualifications: a Bachelor’s Degree in Museology/Museum Studies or 3 years’ experience in a relevant field, excellent communication skills (oral and written), excellent attention to detail, excellent computer/technological skills (i.e., word processing, database management, spreadsheets, graphics, and social media. Specific programs include: Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Access, Excel, and Publisher, as well as PastPerfect Collections Software, Adobe Create Suite), grant writing, experience with public communication, and project management experience.  A varied skill set and flexibility are major assets. Familiarity with the Pacific Northwest environment, Salish Sea ecosystem and its inhabitants is a plus; emphasis is placed on knowledge of the federally-listed endangered community of Southern Resident Orcas, the threats they face and efforts underway to help them recover.

Electronic submissions are encouraged.  It is suggested that a PDF compiled with the requested information be submitted.  While it is planned for the new person to be in place as soon as possible, start date is negotiable for the right candidate.  Active review of submitted applications will begin March 1, 2019, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Application package should include: a cover letter, resume and up to five references (either reference letter or contact information for each reference).  Please send to: 

Jenny L. Atkinson, Executive Director
The Whale Museum
P. O. Box 945
Friday Harbor, WA 98250

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This job posted by MERC from February 20 through May 20.

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


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

Head Preparator and Senior Preparator

No one

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Principle Responsibilities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keep up to date records of tour attendance.

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

Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Education, Training, Traits:

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

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

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

Work Experience:

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

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

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

Experience providing administrative support, specifically scheduling and program coordination.

Licenses and Certifications:

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

Skills and Abilities:

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

Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking.

Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.

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

Ability to work some weekends and evenings.

Ability to effectively multitask in a fast paced environment.

Flexibility, creativity and a good sense of humor.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 22, 2019

July 15, 2019 – July 31, 2020

Submission Questions:
Saint Louis Art Museum

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


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

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

Executive Vice President
Skirball Cultural Center
Los Angeles, California, USA

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

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

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

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

Collections Manager & Exhibitions Coordinator
The High Desert Museum
Bend, Oregon, USA

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

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

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

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

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

Thoma Foundation Education Fellow
Museum of Contemporary Art
Cleveland, Ohio, USA

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

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

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

Program Manager
Fallingwater Institute
Mill Run, Pennsylvania, USA

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

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

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

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

The last update to this page was 3-19-19.