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Museum Curator, Pennsylvania Lumber Museum, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Galeton

Interested in environmental and industrial history?  Hands-on curatorial work?  The PA Lumber Museum in beautiful Potter County is looking for an experienced curator to manage, interpret, and care for a variety of collections including archival and library material, two historic buildings, and outdoor exhibits related to the history of logging and Pennsylvania’s forests.

The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum (part of the PA Historical and Museum Commission’s Trails of History) collects, preserves, and interprets the history of Pennsylvania’s forests and forest industries and their role in the cultural and economic growth of the Commonwealth and the nation.  Notable exhibits include Challenges and Choices in Pennsylvania’s Forests, which tells the story of “Penn’s Woods” from the Native Americans and European settlers through today; a recreated late nineteenth century lumber camp and sawmill with operational steam-powered saw; Shay logging locomotive; and a Barnhardt log loader.  A sustainable forestry trail illustrates on-going efforts to maintain Pennsylvania’s forests.  Special events introduce the public to lost skills such as log rolling and birling.

The curator will be responsible for managing, interpreting, and caring for approximately 4,000 artifacts; 90 cubic feet of archival material, including photographs, manuscripts, maps, and ephemera; a 4,000 volume research library; two historic buildings; indoor and outdoor exhibits; and the historic landscape.  Work includes evaluating and recommending additions to (accessions) and deletions from (deaccessions) the collection; cataloging; inventory; documenting, identifying, and resolving numbering problems; and collections care and storage.  In cooperation with site staff, the curator interprets collections, exhibits, buildings, and landscape for the public and researches, plans, and installs new exhibits.

Salary range is $49,076.00 – $74,641.00 Annually

Information on eligibility and instructions on applying for this posting are on the Pennsylvania State Civil Service Commission website at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/pabureau/jobs/2140801/museum-curator-history-2 .
(Posted 8/14)

 

Director of Marketing and Communications, York County History Center, York

The York County History Center, a cultural non-profit located in downtown York, PA, seeks an innovative, motivated Director of Marketing and Communications to support the organization’s transformation into a significant county-wide and regional cultural destination. As such, the director will lead an integrated marketing and communications strategy focused upon developing creative and dynamic campaigns expanding brand awareness through multiple platforms. The director’s core responsibilities include marketing to increase general attendance; specific program, exhibit and event promotion; communications materials; sponsorship solicitation; and supporting community relations. Balancing traditional marketing for current audiences with a strong technical background in social media and video to attract new audiences is vital to success.
Candidates will have a Master’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communications, History, Journalism, or similar discipline and 5-7 years of direct experience with supervisory skills. Design, technology and social media skills are highly desirable. Experience in or affinity for history is desirable. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a team, and manage multiple projects to maximize marketing and communication efforts is key to a successful candidacy.
The York County History Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate because of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital or family status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, military veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. By August 31th please submit a resume, writing sample and campaign or design examples to: Director of Marketing & Communications Search, York County History Center, 250 E. Market St., York, PA 17403. Electronic submissions are welcome at jmummert@yorkhistorycenter.org. No phone calls, please. www.yorkhistorycenter.org
(Posted 8/8)

 

Assistant Director of Digital Marketing, Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia

Hours:  Full time, hours vary with events, overtime exempt.

Description:  The Assistant Director of Digital Marketing creates marketing content to support Independence Seaport Museum.  S/he works on department strategy and implementation of marketing materials, such as social media, emails, websites, videos, and advertising content for digital media.  S/he also assists with PR and media relations as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing, editing, and research skills, and ability to frame and draft compelling messages required.
  • Proficient with Adobe Design Suite, basic HTML, and CSS.
  • Strong project-management and organizational skills.
  • Experience in education or nonprofit strongly preferred.
  • Experience with press and media relations preferred.
  • Experience working through a website launch that significantly enhanced user experience a plus.
  • Minimum of 2-3 years of experience in website management, content strategy, and/or digital marketing.
  • The ideal candidate will be flexible, resourceful, detail-oriented, and proactive with strong interpersonal skills and a sense of humor.

Duties:

  • Develop digital cultivation strategies and ensure marketing tactics are implemented on time and within budget.
  • Serve as website producer ensuring consistency of website content and strategy across digital properties.
  • Oversee Independence Seaport Museum’s email and social media marketing efforts.
  • Serve as key point of contact for email vendor and digital advertising outlets.
  • Regularly audit Independence Seaport Museum’s digital content and develop strategies, production timelines and asset requirements to keep content fresh and timely.
  • Research and recommend features, functions, and solutions to create compelling digital content that enhances Independence Seaport Museum’s ability to reach and engage a broader constituency.
  • Ensure integration of content across channels.
  • Manage multi-channel digital campaign calendar, collaborating closely with colleagues across departments.
  • Manage internal production for updates to Independence Seaport Museum websites including planning, process and policy development, monitoring, and metrics and reporting.
  • Coordinate regular team meetings to ensure digital marketing and web strategies are aligned with organizational priorities and events.
  • Define and manage SEO/SEM strategies to increase search engine rankings.
  • Manage metrics reporting and analysis of the website performance and online communications efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned.

To apply: Send a brief cover letter, two work samples, and your resume in an e-mail to Alexis Furlong at afurlong@phillyseaport.org.  No phone calls.

Independence Seaport Museum deepens the appreciation, understanding, and experience of the Philadelphia region’s waterways through history, science, art, and connecting communities.  For more information, please visit phillyseaport.org.

Independence Seaport Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in its visitors, board, and staff.  The museum does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status.  People demonstrating a commitment to diversity and multiculturalism in education are encouraged to apply.
(Posted 8/8)

 

 

Lead Museum Experience Coordinator, Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia

How would you like to be part of a Museum Experience team of the most beloved children’s museum in Philadelphia? Now is your chance to represent a nonprofit organization that changes a child’s life as they discover the power of learning through play.  Please Touch Museum (the Children’s Museum of Philadelphia), seeks an experienced, energetic, and dynamic Lead Museum Experience Coordinator(LMEC) to provide support for the Manager, Museum Experience to ensure all exhibit areas are adequately staffed; handles customer services issues, administrative duties and addresses unforeseen changes in the schedule and/or the Museum’s needs.  The LMEC serves as an ambassador for the Museum, greeting guests and addressing guest’s needs. LMEC will have a work schedule of Tuesday- Saturday.

Other responsibilities include but are not limited to: attending various planning meetings; engage with guests performing a daily 5-star experience; lead by example to demonstrate educational play facilitation; assist as needed on the floor to provide added support; prepare schedules and assist with delegating rescheduling needs and exhibitory staff changes; preparing morning 8:30 a.m. Museum Experience training meetings; co-conduct morning and end of the day meetings; provide administrative support such as but not limited to: creating daily/monthly schedules, creating workflow of discovery programs; assist in hiring, orienting, training, and appraising staff; train staff in exhibit and program content, customer services, and museum engagement; be the lead with school groups and birthday parties; ensures that each guest receives outstanding guest services by acknowledging visitors and answering questions; address staff issues; assist with training, onboarding and orientation of new staff ; assume role of MOD in the absence of Manager; and supporting and training volunteers.

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Fine Arts, Museum Education/ Studies or related field required; 1-3 years’ experience working in a professional hospitality venue by demonstrating professionalism, flexibility, great play skills, administrative skills and top-notch customer service preferable in a children’s museum setting; one year plus of experience demonstrating excellent administrative skills; highly experience working with young children & adults in a cultural inclusionary institution setting required; able to train staff on exhibits; proven excellent time management, attendance and project management skills; excellent computer skills; proven ability to handle customer questions and complaints with professionalism; ability to think proactively about the best way to solve a customer service problem; must be able to maintain an energetic performance throughout the day; demonstrates excellence and competence, collaboration, innovation and commitment to the mission of the Museum; proven excellent verbal and written communication skills required; willingness to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, evenings and holidays and bilingual skills a plus.

Education Level:

Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Fine Arts, Museum Education/ Studies

To be honest; PTM is not for everyone. If you dislike a fun educational environment and a collaborative workforce, then PTM is probably not for you. If you do like an excellent time off package and competitive salary, please apply.  To apply for this opportunity, please mail your cover letter, accomplishments and resume to: Human Resources Dept., Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131; fax to: (215)-581-3182; Email: employment@pleasetouchmuseum.org. Office phone:  215-581-3189  EOE
(Posted 8/8)

 

Web Content Manager, Science History Institute, Philadelphia

The Science History Institute is recruiting for the full-time position of Web Content Manager for our dynamic website.  The Web Content Manager will be responsible for creating and/or gathering web content, improving website functionality and information architecture, and increasing and analyzing user engagement. The Web Content Manager will also participate in content strategy discussions and make recommendations for improvements to the website.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Three to five years of professional work experience as a web content manager, web managing editor, web strategist, digital account or project manager.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Previous experience with a robust CMS. Experience with Drupal is a plus.
  • Fundamental understanding of HTML/CSS concepts and SEO best practices.
  • Solid knowledge of best practices in web design, navigation, usability, digital marketing, and coding standards.
  • Demonstrated record of success in executing web projects with cultural or educational institutions.
  • Proficiency in Google Analytics and other reporting tools.
  • Experience with e-mail marketing.
  • Exceptional customer service skills with the ability to work with internal staff members and with external vendors.
  • Strong project management skills, including the ability to successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining attention to detail.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office products.
Education Level:
Bachelor’s degree
To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with salary expectations, CV/resume, contact information for 3 professional references, and links to recent work and/or writing samples to:WebContentMgr2018@sciencehistory.org– Science History Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer –About the OrganizationFormed by the merger of the Chemical Heritage Foundation and the Life Sciences Foundation, the Science History Institute collects and shares the stories of innovators and of discoveries that shape our lives. We preserve and interpret the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences. Headquartered in Philadelphia, with offices in California and Europe, the Institute houses an archive and a library for historians and researchers, a fellowship program for visiting scholars from around the globe, a community of researchers who examine historical and contemporary issues, an acclaimed museum that is free and open to the public, and a state-of-the-art conference center. For more information, visit www.sciencehistory.org.
(Posted 8/8)

 

Museum Educator, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia

Reporting to: Director of Visitor Experience
Department: Visitor Experience and Education
FLSA Status: Full-Time/ Non-Exempt

Location: Independence Mall, 525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

National Constitution Center: Our Vision
The National Constitution Center envisions a more perfect union where “We the People” know our Constitution, celebrate our freedoms, embrace our role as citizens and inspire the world.

National Constitution Center: Our Mission
Illuminate Constitutional ideals and inspire acts of citizenship.

Position Summary
The Museum Educator provides outstanding interpretation of exhibitions and delivery of shows and demonstrations. The Educator facilitates and presents programs and activities for school and adult groups as well as the general public on a daily basis. The Educator provides engaging content and superior customer service to ensure an exceptional visitor experience. Educator works with the public in a dynamic museum setting to translate complex historic information into fun and exciting concepts.

Responsibilities & Duties
• Present dynamic, interactive shows and activities on a daily basis
• Provide direct service to museum visitors by discussing and interpreting all exhibitions, shows, and demonstrations
• Participate in other programs, including, but not limited to, Traveling History and civics shows
• Assist with supervising and training part-time, volunteer, and intern staff on exhibitions, activities, and shows
• Participate in special events for the Center as needed and assigned
• Assist visitors in general museum needs to achieve excellence in customer service
• Assist with developing educational daily programming as needed and assigned
• Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in history, education, or other related field required
Experience and comfort level with public speaking required
Knowledge of and/or interest in American history and government required
Must be outgoing, friendly, and comfortable working with a diverse group of people
Must be willing/able to travel
Ability to work weekends, evening hours, or holidays as needed and assigned

Physical Demands
• Position requires extensive walking, climbing stairs, and standing for long periods of time
• Some moderate lifting, fifty (50) pounds or less, may be required on a frequent basis

Core Competencies
• Interpersonal Relations – Establishes rapport with others at all organizational levels; shows respect for others; considers and responds to the needs, feelings, and capabilities of others; establishes and maintains an open dialogue with others; works with others in a healthy and productive way
• Customer Service/Teamwork – Is dedicated to internal and external customer service; committed to the Center’s customer service standards, regardless of position; is able to work independently or as part of a dynamic team
• Communication – Oral and written communication expresses ideas and facts in a clear and understandable manner appropriate for the individual or group; listens to and comprehends what others are saying
• Self-Management – Assesses own skills and abilities and identifies areas for improvement; willingly accepts constructive feedback; can work independently, or as part of a dynamic team; is able to produce under tight deadlines; can successfully handle multiple projects; possesses excellent organizational skills
• Personal Integrity and Professional Conduct – Demonstrates dependability, honesty, integrity, trustworthiness, and credibility; models appropriate professional behavior; accepts responsibilities for own actions; maintains confidentiality; upholds ethical standards
• Adaptability – Adjusts, modifies own behavior, remains flexible in response to changing situations and environments, new or rapidly changing information, and unexpected obstacles;
maintains high performance, emotional composure, objectivity, and balanced perspective under pressure and shifting priorities
• Organizational Awareness – Uses the organization’s formal and informal social, political, and technical structures to build relationships, negotiate solutions and accomplish goals. Stays open-minded, embracing key elements of diverse perspectives, adapting strategies as needs, expectations or the organizational climate evolve. Gets positive results for clients and/or visitors and other stakeholders, based on accurate assessments of what is realistic and whose support is essential.

Equal Opportunity Employment
• The National Constitution Center is committed to equal employment opportunity. It is our policy to encourage and support equal employment for all employees and applicants without regard to age, sex, race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, individual genetic information, disabled veteran or Vietnam Era Veteran status.

Americans with Disabilities Act
• Applicants as well as employees who are, or become disabled, must be able to perform the essential job functions either unaided or with reasonable accommodation. The organization shall determine reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis in accordance with applicable law.

Job Responsibilities
• The above statements reflect the general duties and responsibilities considered necessary to perform the essential functions of the job. This document should not be considered a fully detailed description of all the work requirements of the positions. Other duties may be assigned that are not listed in the above description and the Center may change the specific job duties with or without prior notice based on the needs of the organization.

To apply, please visit constitutioncenter.org/careers

We offer Medical, vision, dental, PTO, company paid life insurance, STD & LTD, and 401k profit sharing.
(Posted 8/5)

 

Specialist, Visitor Services, Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia

The Specialist, Visitor Services is an exemplary member of Eastern State’s full time Visitor Services staff. He or she demonstrates the ability to deliver excellent customer service.

The Specialist, Visitor Services is responsible for directly managing the historic site, at least one day per week. This includes monitoring operations and safety and day-to-day management of frontline staff.

At least one day a week the Specialist, Visitor Services will act as Front of House Supervisor overseeing the operations of the front of house (admission, museum store and the two orientation points: Gatehouse and Gravel Beach).

All other days the Specialist, Visitor Services’ daily tasks will include processing admissions and selling merchandise, greeting visitors, explaining various programming options, distributing audio equipment, and performing basic maintenance and upkeep.

The Specialist, Visitor Services is positive and supportive of Eastern State and its programs; will assist in training new staff and serves as a role model for all frontline staff members. The Specialist, Visitor Services position is full time. Full time is defined as working four or more days a week throughout the year.

Qualifications:

Cash handling and customer service experience required.
Passion for providing an exceptional visitor experience.
Prior leadership experience required.
Should be skilled in problem-solving, multitasking and time management.
A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience is preferred.
Experience working in a museum/historic site setting is a plus.

Salary and benefits: Competitive salary and benefits.

To Apply:
Please send a resume and cover letter to Shelly Sickbert, Associate Director Visitor Services and Operations at ss@easternstate.org. In your cover letter, explain why you are passionate about providing an exceptional visitor experience. The deadline for applications is Friday, August 17, 2018 at 5:00 pm. No phone calls please.
(Posted 8/3)

 

Curator of Academic Affairs and Community Engagement, Franklin and Marshall College, Phillips Museum of Art, Lancaster

Franklin & Marshall College, founded in 1787, is a highly selective, private, liberal arts college known for academic rigor, opportunities for faculty-student research and its commitment to helping each student reach their full potential. The College enrolls more than 2,300 undergraduate students from throughout the U.S. and around the world.

The campus is located in a residential neighborhood in Lancaster, PA, a vital, historic city in a county of over 500,000 residents, with easy access to Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York, and Washington, D.C. Lancaster offers both a diverse, urban environment and lush, rolling farmland. Residents enjoy charming historic districts and historical landmarks, a vibrant arts and cultural scene, and dining and shopping to suit every taste.

About the Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin and Marshall College:

The Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin and Marshall College is a forum for the creative process and fosters an understanding and appreciation of the arts. It serves as a cultural and educational resource the college campus and the larger Lancaster community and will play a key role along with other college departments in the Winter Fine Arts Building scheduled to be open in 2019. The largest fine arts museum in Lancaster, the Museum is located inside the Steinman College Center, which Minoru Yamasaki designed in 1976. In 2011, the College renovated and expanded the Museum to current its configuration of three floors, four galleries, a sculpture garden, a classroom, along with professional offices and workspaces. The museum has a collection of approximately 8,000 objects and is broad and eclectic, consisting of fine art, decorative art and ethnographic materials. Its exhibition and educational programming is robust with between 8-12 exhibitions and 20-25 programs per year.Job Description:

Franklin & Marshall College’s Phillips Museum of Art is seeking an energetic and dynamic collaborator with a solid art and or humanities background and a passion for working with the campus community. The Curator of Academic Affairs and Community Engagement is part of a staff of six that ensures the Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin and Marshall College and its presence in the Winter Fine Arts Center is central to campus life and the academic program as well as its outreach to the greater Lancaster community. Reporting to the Director of the Phillips Museum, this full-time, year-round position is primarily responsible for development of faculty and student focused exhibitions as well as programs and special projects that engage both the academic and larger Lancaster community. In this dual role, the Curator of Academic Affairs and Community Engagement will be a strategic collaborator and advocate for the Phillips Museum to position it as a diverse and vital center for learning.

As the Curator of Academic Affairs, the position develops a portfolio of faculty and student related exhibitions, in collaboration with various stakeholders as well as works with the Director on other exhibitions as appropriate. As Curator of Community Engagement, s/he works collaboratively with staff, students, faculty, artists, educators, and volunteers to develop exhibitions and programs to strengthen relationships between Phillips Museum and its partners on campus and in the community.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Develop and facilitate a schedule of faculty and student based exhibitions and related programming. Most exhibitions should be curated in partnership with faculty & students to support the academic program and strengthen relationships between Phillips Museum and its partners on campus and in the community.
Maintain and invigorate existing partnerships to reach new audiences both directly, through programming efforts, and indirectly, through incorporation of new ideas and learning into relevant curricula.
Work closely with the Phillips Museum staff to achieve its common goals in a collaborative manner often under tight timelines.
Work with the Director in the logistics of the larger exhibition program and its goals and outcomes, create and maintain timelines.
Teach a museum-based course as conditions and time permit.
Lead the student engagement program by recruiting, training and mentoring student staff, interns and volunteers
Write and prepare requisite exhibition texts, labels, catalogs, and promotional materials.
Act as the liaison with the College’s communications department and facilitate exhibition and educational materials for design and fabrication.
In conjunction with the Director, work to engage museum professionals, especially in college museums and regional museums, and advocate for the Phillips Museum on and off the Franklin & Marshall College campus.

A successful candidate for this position will:

Understand and implement up-to-date best exhibition and educational practices.
Maintain a positive attitude and admirable work ethic
Demonstrate ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, visitors, volunteers, donors, professional colleagues, and other members of the community.
Be a self-starter and display ingenuity and flexibility in the event of unexpected situations.

To learn more about the The Phillips Museum, please click here HERE.

Full-time members of the Franklin & Marshall College professional staff receive competitive starting pay and a comprehensive benefits package that includes health coverage, dental, vision, generous retirement savings plan contributions, education benefits for employees, spouses and dependent children, and enjoy access to all College facilities including dining venues to suit all tastes, recreation and fitness facilities, and libraries, plus access to College performances, lectures, and events.

Requirements:

Master’s degree in art, museum studies, or a related field and 5+ years professional museum or arts engagement experience required.
Five+ years’ experience curating museum exhibitions and educational programs required.
Demonstrated knowledge in best professional museum exhibition and educational practices that place high value on public access to the arts.
Extensive knowledge of the contemporary art scene including strong relations with artists, curators and institutions.
Experience working in higher education or relevant experience working with a highly educated constituency or clientele desirable.
Demonstrated ability to design and implement public programs that engage and educate diverse audiences is essential.
Budget management experience and related grant funding experience is a plus.
Strong organizational, planning, writing, and teaching skills.
The ability and willingness to provide excellent service and to work in a collegial manner with students, faculty and staff, and other constituencies is essential.
Demonstrated capacity to work productively and collaboratively in a team environment with others to achieve the goals of a museum.
Must have excellent work habits, including a willingness to work the hours necessary to get the job done.
Excellent interpretive, writing, presentation/public speaking, and communication skills.
Must possess ability to maintain confidential information in a professional manner.
Capacity to work with high-achieving students and excellent faculty at a highly select liberal arts college.

Because this position requires driving for College business, the successful candidate must possess a U.S. or Canadian driver’s license which has been valid for at least two years, have a driving record that is free from excessive motor vehicle violations within the last three years, and have had no convictions in the last 24 months for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Additional Information:

Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of reference checks, a criminal background verification, a motor vehicle records check, and verification of credentials. The College will coordinate these verifications.

Franklin & Marshall College is committed to having an inclusive campus community where all members are treated with dignity and respect. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the College does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of gender/gender-identity, sex, race or ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, veteran’s status, genetic information, family or marital status, sexual orientation, or any other protected class.

Individuals who need an accommodation due to a disability in order to submit an application or attend an employment interview should contact Human Resources at (717) 358-3995.

Franklin & Marshall is proud to offer a smoke-free work environment.

Application Instructions:

All resumes and cover letters must be submitted via this online process. We regret we are unable to accept applications or resumes submitted via mail, email, or fax.

As you are submitting your application via this online process, please ensure that you provide an accurate email address. You will then receive an acknowledgment indicating that your application materials have been received.

Please click here for more information and to apply.
(Posted 8/1)

 

Seasonal Guest Support Assistants, Terror Behind the Walls, Eastern State Penitentiary and Historic Site, Philadelphia

Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls presented by Lukoil, the region’s largest haunted attraction, is seeking a patient, friendly, customer focused, and well-organized Guest Support Assistants for the 2018 season. This position assists the Manager, Group Sales and Guest Support with administrative and customer service duties for Terror Behind the Walls and daytime programming.

This is a seasonal position that starts after Labor Day to November 10. Training will take place during museum hours with the exception of two evenings. Once Terror Behind the Walls opens the hours change to 4pm-10pm or 6pm-10pm on weeknights and 11pm some weekends. The number of weekly hours vary based on the month. In September and November it is 5-10 per week while in October it is 10-20 hours. Pay $12.10 hour.

Responsibilities:
• Addresses Terror Behind the Walls and Eastern State’s daytime programming
inquires with utmost courtesy and enthusiasm by phone and e-mail.
• Answer guests’ questions answer about tickets, packages, add-ons and assists
with ticket exchanges and refunds
• Assists with group sales, which includes fielding inquiries, sending information,
invoices and confirmations to group leaders.
• Additional duties as required. These tasks may include, but are not limited to,
assisting with mass mailings, outbound sales calls and data mining.

Qualifications:
• This position requires a friendly, upbeat attitude and an ability to focus in a
hectic environment.
• Must be energetic, customer focused, hardworking, and be able to multitask.
• Experience with ticketing systems for cultural attractions or museums
preferable, but not required.
• Must be a fast learner. Must be willing to learn and memorize Terror Behind the
Walls show nights, group discount nights, prices, and policies in a relatively short
period of time.
• Must be computer literate.
• Must have experience working multiline phone systems. Must be comfortable
with being on the phone for lengthy periods.

To Apply:
Please send your cover letter and resume to fs@easternstate.org by August 10,
2018. Please include your availability and include why you are interested in this
position. No phone calls please.
(Posted 8/1)

 

 

Corporate Sponsorship Coordinator, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh

The Coordinator will: identify, solicit and secure corporate contributions and sponsorships that meet or exceed fiscal year fundraising goals, manage funder recognition and benefits, create thorough sponsor proposals and reports, manage database and prospect list reporting and maintenance, and create and develop best-in-class opportunities. Must have experience in sales and marketing. Must be highly proactive, creative, detail oriented,

capable of working autonomously and as a team. They will generate strategies to reach goal, will be held responsible for generating impactful revenue, and general upkeep of records. This individual will be expected to set and meet deadlines.

For a full job description and to apply, please click here.
(Posted 7/31)

Hamilton Watch Collections Research Fellow and Project Archivist, National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., National Watch and Clock Museum, Columbia

The NAWCC, Inc., through its National Watch and Clock Museum, and in partnership with the Hamilton Watch Company, is seeking a professional, educated, and experienced library, museum, and/or archival project and research conservator to fill the role as the Hamilton Watch Collections Research Fellow and Project Archivist. This temporary position will aid in researching, processing, preserving, and making accessible to the public our numerous collections and objects related to the Hamilton Watch Company. This includes more than 900 objects in the museum collection and more than 20 archival collections.

The position will require 468 hours over a three- to six-month period depending on the hours worked per week. The successful candidate will report to the Curator of Collections and/or the Library Archivist.

The Hamilton Watch Collections Research Fellow and Project Archivist will work to modernize and expand the descriptions of the current database records in PastPerfect5 and ArchivesSpace.

Other duties will include the following:

  • Research and link digital objects to corresponding records in the databases as well as edit archival descriptions.
  • Use resources available from the NAWCC Research Library and approved websites to find relevant information on the objects or collections in question and update all applicable fields.
  • Photograph museum objects in accordance with current museum standards.
  • Work with the archivist to assess the preservation needs of the archive collections and re-house materials as appropriate.
  • Process small or large collections in the archive.
  • Assist the archivist in building digitization plans for these collections.

This position offers an opportunity for experience in processing collections in a special library and working in a museum to make collections accessible to researchers and prepare the collections for digitization projects.

The ideal candidate will have experience with both archives and museums, with a possibility to concentrate on one area based on the goals, interests, and experience of the candidate and the needs of the NAWCC.

Additional required experience:

  • Enrolled in or recently graduated from a graduate program in Library/Archival Science from an ALA-accredited library school; or
  • Enrolled in or recently graduated from a graduate program in Museum Studies; or
  • The equivalent qualifications gained from experience.

Needed skills:

  • Working knowledge of content management databases such as PastPerfect5 or ArchivesSpace
  • Professional conservation paper and object handling experience
  • Practical or theoretical training in preservation and conservation
  • Experience arranging, describing, and re-housing archival collections
  • Experience creating electronic finding aids
  • Photography and/or digitization experience
  • Knowledge of relevant industry standards such as DACS
  • Basic knowledge of best museum and archive practices and ethics
  • Ability to use the Research Library
  • Ability to work independently
  • Trustworthy
  • Able to lift 25 lb.
  • Able to work within the assigned work areas and project collections storage
  • Good research skills
  • Good organizational skills
  • Able to take and follow instructions and direction

 

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to research@nawcc.org by August 20, 2018. Review of applications will begin immediately. The anticipated start date will be in mid-September. This is a grant-funded, paid position.
(Posted 7/30)

 

Manager of Rights and Digital Collections, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh

The MANAGER OF RIGHTS & DIGITAL COLLECTIONS is responsible for supervising and managing the museum’s photo services and facilitating rights and reproductions for external inquiries and all museum departments. Responsible for providing imagery and photography rights of the museum’s collection for scholarly and commercial reproduction in keeping with the museum’s standards of aesthetics and appropriateness, and the management of ongoing operations with these transactions. Assist in producing and maintaining accurate information for publication needs and collection/exhibition documentation. Manage the on-going process of digitizing the art and archive collections and the exhibition installation photography.

QUALIFICATIONS EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s Degree and training in art history, arts administration or publishing desirable. Experience in sales or marketing beneficial.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Requires excellent interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills. Individual must have strong organizational skills and be detail-oriented with the ability to manage several projects at one time. Candidate must be self-motivated and able to work independently. Knowledge of museums and galleries preferred.

MACHINES AND EQUIPMENT: Microsoft Office, Collections Database System.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Work is primarily sedentary in nature; no special demands are required.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  • Issues or denies requests to reproduce objects in the museum’s art and archive collections for scholarly or commercial purposes based on museum guidelines and standards of use (consulting with division heads as necessary);
  • Processes licensing and loans of film and video stills and footage for scholarly and commercial purposes. Consults with the Film and Video Department to identify appropriate materials and ensure assets are high quality and maintains proper crediting and captioning;
  • Provides black and white or color photographs, transparencies or digital images. Responds to all correspondence related to rights and reproductions;
  • Compiles photo material for museum publications, events, PR, or other museum projects as requested by other departments;
  • Researches requests to determine if works of art are in the museum’s collection, notes any specific restrictions on publication or use, verifies accuracy of documentation on file and communicates specific credit line information. Assists with copyright approval between copyright holder (AWF, Artist Rights Society, or others) and requester if needed;
  • Initiates contracts, letters of permission, and invoicing documents for reproduction of photographic material for all requests and in all media, which includes but is not limited to books, exhibition catalogues, articles/essays, and web-based publications. Maintains current files or correspondences on publications and use, including all outgoing and returned material transactions;
  • Verifies accuracy of credit lines, assesses quality of reproduction, graphic presentation, and publishing context to maintain museum’s standards. Approves accuracy of color proofs before final printing;
  • Revises fees and policies to maintain competitive pricing and reflect standard practice. Maintains accurate income and expense records;
  • Keeps appraised of changes in copyright laws with regard to visual art, artists, and museums. Monitors and notifies staff of illegal uses of images of works in the collection;
  • Coordinates and supervises photographing of collections and exhibitions for external requests and internal needs in conjunction with art handlers, photographers, security, and other appropriate staff;
  • Manages and regularly assesses slide, transparency and digital library/archive, ensuring appropriate quantity of inventory, quality of images, securing new or additional assets, cataloguing and labeling such material, and researching cost and quality of photo labs. On an on-going basis assesses need for new or additional images to represent the collection;
  • Develops and initiates procedures and policies for digitizing the image database to provide material for requests that are more in-line with contemporary needs and formats. Works closely with Associate Registrar for Collections to develop and maintain a comprehensive image library that utilizes the collection database system to ensure highest level of efficient and high-quality availability for all users requests and research needs;
  • Assists the Exhibition Department in managing the museum’s facsimile collection, including digitization of original collection objects, facsimile creation, collection database entry and location tracking of all facsimile records and materials;
  • Acts as museum liaison for Catalogue Raisonne research and coordination of image assets;
  • Maintains the internal museum library and assists in its related budget development and supervision. Coordinates book and periodical ordering.;
  • Assists Publications Department with research, compilation, and maintaining data relating to the preparation of museum publications. Includes image asset collection, crediting, intellectual property rights and image quality control;
  • Works with the Museum Store Manager in developing image collection materials for licensing commercial product.

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is interested in candidates who, through their experience and collaborations, will contribute to diversity and excellence of the Carnegie Museums community.

The following PA Act 153 clearances, or proof of application of clearances, are required beginning employment and as a condition of continued employment:

  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check
  • FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check

Obtaining the required clearances is completed as part of the new hire process.

Carnegie Museums is an EEO-1 Affirmative Action Employer-M/F/Veteran/Disability

Please click here to apply.
(Posted 7/19)

 

Director of Guest Service, Phipps Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh

As one of the nation’s oldest and largest Victorian greenhouses, Phipps is a leading cultural attraction and provides the perfect location for any special event. Phipps is seeking a full-time senior level hospitality professional to serve as our Director of Guest Service. This position is part of the senior leadership team and is responsible for managing all revenue generating areas and supervising guest service functions to ensure delivery and continual enhancement of a magical guest experience. Revenue generating areas include admissions and guest services; gift shops; Phipps Café; rentals.

The qualified candidate must have a passion for world-class guest satisfaction, be a strategic thinker with strong communication and organizational skills, and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment. A Bachelor’s degree in hospitality management, business, or a related field and minimum of five years’ senior leader experience with a proven track record is required. Senior management experience in a high-end environment or in a museum setting is preferred. Evening and weekend hours required. Phipps offers a competitive compensation package, strong benefits and unique atmosphere. A more detailed description can be found at www.phippsjobs.org.

Qualified candidates should email a cover letter, resume and salary history to hr@phipps.conservatory.org or mail to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Human Resources Department, One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. No telephone calls, please.

For more information about Phipps, please visit our website: www.phipps.conservatory.org.

Phipps Conservatory is an equal opportunity employer.
(Posted 7/17)

 

Events Coordinator, The Senator John Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh

The Senator John Heinz History Center, the largest history museum in Pennsylvania dedicated to history and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is seeking an Events Coordinator.

For a full job posting and application instructions, please click here.
(Posted 7/17)

 

Public Relations Director, Penn Museum, Philadelphia

The Public Relations Director plays a vital role within the Marketing and Communications team at the Penn Museum. Reporting to the Director of Marketing and Communications, the PR Director will lead media and promotionally-oriented community relations efforts at a very important time in the Museum’s history. The Museum is currently in the midst of a $102 million Building Transformation campaign, during which a significant portion of the Museum’s galleries and amenities will be renovated and reimagined, transforming the visitor experience. The incumbent will be responsible for pitching and securing coverage in local, regional, national, and international press as well as cultivating university and community relationships to facilitate positive awareness of and increased attendance to new and existing permanent galleries, special exhibitions, public programs, and more.

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

RequirementsA Bachelor’s Degree and 3-5 years of public relations experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience; strong local and regional media relationships with a track record of placing major stories; exceptional written and oral communication skills; strategic thinking skills with the ability to connect PR initiatives to marketing, communications, fundraising, and institutional objectives; ability to work with ease across multiple subject areas and to produce materials for diverse media; knowledge of crisis communication practices; experience leveraging PR efforts through social media platforms; ability to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize frequently; mastery of the Microsoft suite.

Preferred Qualifications: Strong relationships with national and international media; experience working in a museum, other cultural organization, or university; personal interest in the subject matter covered by the Penn Museum.

The University of Pennsylvania adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Please click here to apply.
(Posted 7/17)

 

President and Chief Executive Officer, The Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s newest museum, the Museum of the American Revolution, opened on April 19, 2017 and recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. The Museum explores the dramatic, surprising story of the colonial conflict with the British through its unmatched collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art. Immersive galleries, powerful video, theater, and interactive digital element experiences vivify the diverse array of people that created a new nation against incredible odds.

The Museum’s exhibitions tell an inclusive story about the American Revolution that is often overlooked when the tale of the Revolution is told: the stories of enslaved and free Africans, Native Americans, and women – in addition to the Founding Fathers and Revolutionary War soldiers. Visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in the ongoing promise of the American Revolution.

The Museum’s founders envision the Museum, through multiple activities, acting to expand to national and international audiences an awareness of and curiosity about the ideals of the Revolution and its extraordinary significance around the globe. The new President and CEO will have an unparalleled opportunity to provide the leadership to fulfill these aspirations.

The Museum holds an expansive collection of several thousand Revolutionary-era artifacts, including a number of George Washington’s personal belongings, as well as an impressive assortment of weaponry, soldiers’ and civilians’ personal items, fine art, letters, diaries, and manuscripts from the nation’s Revolutionary Period. The crown jewel of the Museum’s collection is George Washington’s War Tent, which served as Washington’s office and sleeping quarters throughout much of the Revolutionary War. It is one of the most iconic surviving artifacts of the Revolution. Through thought-provoking and hands-on exhibitions, engaging displays, and fascinating artifacts, the Museum traces the evolution of the colonies from the first stirrings of revolutionary sentiment through a legendary war and the improbable victory that led to a new nation.

Encompassing 118,000 square feet, the state-of-the-art building was designed by the internationally recognized firm of Robert A.M. Stern Architects in a style that reflects and honors the rich architectural history of the neighborhood. Located just two blocks away from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic district, the Museum serves as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration. The Museum was recently honored by the American Association for State and Local History with its 2018 Award of Merit, the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.

From 2005 until 2016, Philadelphia-area entrepreneur and philanthropist, Gerry Lenfest, served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Museum. Working tirelessly alongside him was former Pennsylvania governor, Edward Rendell, and many other passionate local-area philanthropists, government officials, thought leaders, scholars, and deans of the business community. To date, they have raised over $175 million. In its first year, the Museum welcomed approximately 300,000 visitors, including more than 50,000 schoolchildren.

The Museum, constructed under budget and debt free, is a private, nonpartisan, and nonprofit organization. The Museum’s recent $150 million capital campaign surpassed its goal by $23 million. As a result of the highly successful campaign, the Museum will have an endowment of nearly $50 million – once all pledges are received in 2023. Governed by a 27-member Board of Directors, it has an annual operating budget of approximately $10.4 million, with 131 employees, including 57 full-time and 74 part-time staff and volunteers.

THE POSITION

Building on the successful opening in 2017, it is expected that the President and CEO will lead the Museum to its fullest potential, providing the leadership, management, and creativity necessary to enable the effective delivery of the organization’s operations, exhibitions, and programs. The President and CEO will quickly understand the business of the Museum: its budget, resources, earned revenue, partnerships, and other sources of support, and establish a baseline for success across all programs, resources, and other activities to measure and ensure progress.

While embracing the Museum’s current sense of place, the President and CEO will assume a highly visible external role, serving as a spokesperson and marketer to strengthen the Museum’s position among Philadelphia’s historic and iconic landmark destinations as a vibrant institution of national distinction, while ensuring that significant financial resources continue to be obtained in support of the Museum’s ambitious agenda going forward.

Reporting to the Board Chair, the President and CEO will provide fiscally sound leadership while securing a sustainable mix of both earned and contributed income. This person will enhance visitorship, target and attract new audiences, build a national profile, and steward institutional growth in advance of key historic milestone events, such as America’s 250th in 2026 and the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in 2020.

Overseeing the efforts of a highly engaged and dedicated senior management team, the President and CEO will create and nurture an aspirational culture that brings out the best in each person. He/she must generate and give voice to new ideas, as well as empower and support others to implement them. Additionally, the President and CEO will harness their energy, and strengthen interdepartmental communication and trust, while encouraging and facilitating cross-departmental programming and engagement.

PRIORITIES AND ONGOING RESPONSIBILITIES

The President and CEO will prioritize the following:

  • Review the Museum’s newly established strategic plan, build upon existing plans and strategies, and as a result, adopt and champion a well-articulated vision for the Museum going forward; spearhead institutional growth, set priorities, and allocate resources to achieve the Museum’s performance goals and expectations;
  • Serve as primary spokesperson and chief fundraiser for the Museum; play a significant and active role in the cultivation of major donors; develop and nurture key relationships with individual, corporate, government, and foundation supporters, while beginning to explore new avenues of support through the Museum’s nascent membership and leadership giving programs;
  • Engage and gain the support of the Board; find ways to bring forth their best efforts; develop strong and collaborative relationships with the Board Chair and other Board members and inspire them to invest their best ideas, efforts, resources, and contacts; identify, recruit, and expand the national profile of the Board; manage expectations and keep Board members well informed and up to date on the Museum’s institutional and fiscal standing;
  • Expand the reach and impact of the Museum’s exhibitions and educational programs; ensure the integration and balance of curatorial, educational, and marketing objectives; leverage the Museum’s programmatic assets, collections, and broad reach to increase visitorship, expand membership, and create new and enduring partnerships within the local and national community of historic museums and other cultural entities;
  • Nurture the intellectual life of the Museum; embrace and maintain its ongoing commitment to programming and outreach which explores and embraces a contemporary narrative of the American Revolution, while valuing diversity and promoting inclusion;
  • Manage, supervise, and evaluate the Museum’s staff; provide appropriate leadership, direction and oversight of all activities; ensure that well-defined goals, clear responsibilities, and levels of accountability are in place to achieve excellence at all levels within the organization;
  • Continue to strengthen the Museum’s profile, visibility, and reach locally, nationally, and internationally; raise awareness of its educational offerings and exhibitions through effective marketing, publications, local and national press, and social media; build effective relationships with key civic, education, and cultural leaders and partners in Philadelphia and beyond, including the National Park Service and the Constitution Center;
  • Ensure the ongoing financial stability of the Museum; strengthen internal processes and systems and demonstrate the business acumen necessary to ensure its ongoing success.

IDEAL EXPERIENCE

The President and CEO will be a passionate ambassador, advocate, and spokesperson, who strongly believes in the mission of the Museum, and will also be or have the following experience and qualifications:

  • A proven track record as an executive responsible for leading a significantly complex nonprofit institution or for-profit enterprise; experience working within a museum, while not required, is desirable; business and financial acumen commensurate with running an institution of similar scope and stature; ability to develop and manage a budget, interpret and articulate financial statements and financial performance;
  • Experience aligning strategic plans with institutional capacity and fiscal resources; able to set goals and objectives and course correct as necessary; a willingness and ability to seek and obtain buy-in from all constituencies in order to implement that direction;
  • A persuasive and accomplished fundraiser, with strong external relations and marketing skills; successful results in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting individual donors, foundation grants, and corporate sponsorships; able to connect with untapped philanthropic resources, potential partnerships, and other revenue-generating opportunities;
  • A proven track record of effective and respected management; success in building and retaining staff with the strength to engage, inspire, and unite others to new levels of effectiveness, transparency, and programmatic impact; able to breakdown silos and to delegate, handle, and prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities with clarity and confidence and manage effectively in all directions;
  • Demonstrated interest and enthusiasm for history and the subject matter of the Museum and the relevance of the story of the founding of our nation in contemporary American society; a passion for the Museum’s public-facing mission and an understanding of museums in general and the role they play in civil society; professional experience in a historic, cultural, or academic environment is a decided plus; a PhD in an appropriate discipline is preferred; knowledge of AAM standards and practices desired;
  • Conversant in the use of technology and digital media in promoting an institution, reaching audiences, and creating innovative and engaging exhibitions and programs; meaningful experience in overseeing effective information technology plans and programs;
  • Able to effectively communicate contemporary thoughts and ideas as it pertains to the Museum’s mission and operation, verbally and in writing; comfortable with both formal and extemporaneous presentations to a variety of audiences.

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

The ideal candidate will exemplify a high degree of integrity, social and emotional intelligence, and will also be or have the following:

  • A creative and collaborative leader, with strong organizational skills and a track record of success creating an environment that coalesces others around one vision of an institution, its goals and their successful achievement; the ability to articulate and implement strategy and policy;
  • Proven managerial, problem-solving, and strategic-planning capabilities, ideally, on a national level in a highly collaborative environment in a public or nonprofit setting; significant private sector experience may also be considered; a person who has the professional and personal background necessary to be a standout in Philadelphia’s business and cultural community;
  • An energetic team builder; firm, fair, flexible and empathetic who leads with enthusiasm, who can motivate others in a similar vein; a successful record of engaging, partnering, and building alliances with a wide range of stakeholders, internally and externally;
  • A person who can affect and manage change; able to manage multiple priorities and engagement strategies, ranging from the broad and strategic to the narrow and tactical, with the ability to grow an organization in size, impact, and visibility;
  • Resourcefulness and a strong work ethic; able to make tough decisions and bring clarity to the Museum’s plans and activities; a smart, quick study who will engage and be embraced by visitors and colleagues within the museum community alike;
  • Mature, with good judgment and a sense of humor in order to maintain perspective and balance.

For more information on the Museum of the American Revolution, please visit www.amrevmuseum.org.

Please send applications or nominations to Mark Tarnacki and Addie Jones at: MAR@PhillipsOppenheim.com.
(Posted 7/6)

 

Posting a job opening with PA Museums

Hiring the best candidate increases your organization’s capacity, and PA Museums is here to help.  We post job openings as a service to our membership and potential membership.  We post positions available in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and sometimes those in neighboring states depending upon a number of variables.  To post a position opening with PA Museums, please feel free to send us your job description that includes any application deadlines, salary information, and how to apply.  We post openings for thirty days, but we are pleased to extend postings at your request. Please email us.