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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)

 

PT Development Assistant, Bucks County Historical Society, Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle, Doylestown

Position Summary: The Development Assistant is responsible for all administrative aspects of development operations of the Bucks County Historical Society, which operates the Mercer Museum and Library & Fonthill Castle.

Scope and Impact: The Development Assistant plays an important role in the Development Office, and is an integral member of the Development Department. The position is responsible for providing administrative support to the Development Office, and participating in all fundraising activities including donor and public relations, direct mail appeals, membership, and special events.

Responsibilities

  • Manage and maintain the confidential donor database. Continually update and correct database records. Support others in the use of Raiser’s Edge software.
  • Coordinate database updates and keep current on advances in database management software.
  • Process all charitable contributions and prepare acknowledgement letters, membership cards and other correspondence in a timely manner.
  • Create and analyze reports/queries from Raiser’s Edge.
  • Manage all mailing lists and invitation lists. Coordinate mailings of invitations, appeals, newsletters, submissions, etc.
  • Maintain verbal and written communication with internal and external constituents.
  • Manage and process matching gifts.
  • Assist in the coordination of Development Department volunteers and prepare committee materials.
  • Attend events as assigned. Assist with event materials, preparation, banking needs, set-up, clean-up and other duties as assigned for fund-raising events.

Requirements/Qualifications

  • Two or more years of experience in gift processing, non-profit development and/or membership, database management. Raiser’s Edge preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint. Two or more years of experience preferred.
  • A demonstrated ability to analyze, evaluate, record, and report information clearly, concisely, and accurately.
  • Must have excellent and proven organization, communication (verbal and written), and customer service skills.
  • Must have good problem-solving skills and pay strong attention to detail.
  • Must be accurate, accountable, and be able to maintain donor confidentiality.
  • Must be a self-starter who can work independently, adhering to deadlines with little direction, and be able to work well as part of a team.
  • Familiarity with a variety of software programs and applications a bonus (e.g. Constant Contact, Mail Chimp, Facebook, Twitter, and/or website management applications, Word Press preferred).
  • Familiarity with Bucks County philanthropy, business and history is preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.

Work Environment

Part-time, 24-29 hours per week. Occasional weekend and evening work for events.

Send Resume To: Laura Biersmith- lbiersmith@mercermuseum.org

Submission Deadline: July 31, 2018
(Posted 7/17)

 

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)

 

PT Administrative Coordinator, Zimmerman Center or Heritage, Wrightsville

(Part-time Hourly Position, 25-30 hours/week, with limited benefits)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Administrative Coordinator provides day-to-day operational support for the organization, including bookkeeping, human resources, grants administration, contracted services, and Board of Directors assistance. The position involves working with staff throughout the organization to address issues and questions related to office management, invoices, deposits, payroll, benefits, grants, and other financial and administrative tasks. Attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines are essential. The position is based at the Susquehanna Heritage office at the Zimmerman Center for Heritage, 1706 Long Level, Rd., Wrightsville, PA.

REQUIREMENTS

Applicant must have an Associate’s Degree, Business School Certificate, and five or more years of prior experience in business, accounting, bookkeeping, human resources, or office management. Two or more years of relevant nonprofit experience is preferred. Applicant must have proven experience drafting meeting minutes and managing digital file systems. Proficiency with computers, including writing and revising text and formulas in Microsoft Word and Excel, and using Microsoft Outlook is essential.  Availability to work weekdays and occasional evenings and weekends.

View full position description at http://www.susquehannaheritage.org/about-us/employmentrequests-for-proposal/

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Required application materials include: 1. Letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications; 2. Current resume; 3. List of three professional references.

All required application materials should be sent electronically to:

jpinkerton@susquehannaheritage.org.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, applications received on or before July 26, 2018 will receive priority consideration. Only applicants most closely qualified for the position will be contacted.
(Posted 7/13)

 

Exhibit Operations Manager, The National Constitution Center, Philadelphia

Supervises: TBD

Reporting to: Vice President of Finance

Department: Exhibitions

FLSA Status: Full-Time/ Exempt

National Constitution Center: Our Vision

The National Constitution Center inspires active citizenship as the only place where people across America and around the world can come together to learn about, debate, and celebrate the greatest vision of human freedom in history, the U.S. Constitution.

National Constitution Center: Our Mission

We serve as America’s leading platform for constitutional education and debate, fulfilling our Congressional charter, “to disseminate information about the U.S. Constitution on a non-partisan basis.”

Position Summary

The Exhibit Operations Manager oversees the production and implementation of the Center’s exhibition projects, as well as the day-to-day operation and maintenance of its galleries. Manager plays a critical role on the exhibitions team, helping to shape the development and design process, and is responsible for leading projects through the phases of construction, fabrication, and installation. Additionally, the Manager implements a program of continual maintenance and upgrades for all exhibition galleries; plays a critical role in the acquisition and installation of rental exhibitions; manages the Center’s traveling exhibition program; provides design support as needed; and assists in managing overall department operations, especially schedules and budgets.

Responsibilities & Duties

  • Lead exhibition projects through fabrication, gallery construction, and installation, coordinating the in-house team, working closely with other internal stakeholders, and managing outside vendors and contractors
  • Play an integral role in exhibition conceptualization and design, with an eye towards production and implementation
  • Assist with creating department budgets and schedules and oversee their day-to-day management (including maintaining expense records) to ensure projects are being completed on time and within budget
  • Assist with all aspects of identifying and obtaining rental exhibitions, and manage logistics for their display, including shipment, installation, maintenance, and return to the exhibitor
  • Work closely with the Center’s building operations and AV departments to maintain the cleanliness and good working order of all gallery spaces, and coordinate with appropriate staff on issues that impact daily visitor experience and facility operations
  • Establish and execute a routine maintenance schedule for all galleries, including the cleaning of display components, monitoring for wear and tear, and making or coordinating repairs as needed. Tasks may include woodworking, painting, lighting maintenance, and replacing various types of exhibit elements such as graphics, casework, multimedia displays, and mechanical and computer-based interactives.
  • Obtain and maintain proper copyrights for all media (photography, audio, and video) contained in exhibition components
  • Manage the circulation of Center-developed traveling exhibitions, including, but not limited to, the planning, coordination, installation, and de-installation with host venues
  • Create and maintain exhibit inventory lists, including temporary walls, casework, graphic hardware, and AV equipment, and oversee all on-site and off-site storage areas
  • Assist Registrar in monitoring the environmental and security conditions for all galleries, and with the installation, de-installation, and monitoring of artifacts
  • Assist with exhibition design as needed, particularly 3D-design work such as floor plans and artifact case layouts
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree in museum studies, design, construction, architecture, or related humanities field preferred
  • 3 – 5 years previous museum exhibition experience required
  • Project management experience and fiscal responsibility, including maintaining budgets and managing budget projections, required
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required
  • Proficiency in Adobe Create Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) and Auto-Cad/VectorWorks required
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, required
  • Design experience preferred
  • Artifact handling experience preferred
  • Knowledge and/or interest in American history or government preferred
  • Ability to work weekends, evening hours, or holidays as needed and assigned

Physical Demands

  • Standing and walking may be required on a frequent basis
  • May be required to work in a kneeling, stooping, bending, or prone position for a prolonged period of time on an infrequent basis
  • Some moderate lifting, forty (40) pounds or less, may be required on an infrequent 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

(Posted 7/9)

 

Executive Director, Demuth Foundation and Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster

Responsible for providing management and strategic leadership for the Demuth Foundation. Directs and participates in fundraising, marketing, development of strategic vision, collection development, general management, financial management, volunteer coordination and fostering relations with the community.

Reports To

The Executive Director will report to the Board of Trustees.

Job Overview

The Demuth Foundation is one museum with two locations in the City of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. There is the historic residence of Charles Demuth (home of the Demuth Museum) which holds the largest public collection of his work and the Grubb Mansion (home of Lancaster Museum of Art) overlooking a city park which serves as a contemporary art museum with diverse educational program. The Executive Director must be an outstanding leader with exceptional communication skills who will advocate for the visual arts and can direct and integrate the focus of both locations. The Executive Director will work closely with the Board of Trustees to refine, develop and implement programs for fundraising, exhibitions, collections management, education, outreach and collaboration with other organizations. Success in this role will require moving the organization ahead while preserving the ideals and cultural qualities from which the organization has derived its success.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Increasing local and regional public awareness of the Demuth Foundation so that it is broadly recognized and attracts visitors, volunteers and donors;
  • Developing new fundraising strategies that bring in additional outside revenue from public, corporate foundation and individual sources; effectively balancing income and expenditures to assure financial health of the organization.
  • Managing the maintenance of the facilities and developing strategies to optimize the use of the buildings.
  • Working closing with the Board and staff to develop and articulate the strategic direction of the Demuth Foundation and implementing the strategies and initiatives.
  • Overseeing the evaluation, selection and orientation of a Chief Curator for the Demuth Foundation.
  • Overseeing the operations of the museums including the collections, exhibits, maintenance and educational outreach, consulting and advising on objects of art brought to the museums for analysis; and researching possible purchases for the museums.
  • Collaborating with community partners to enhance the arts in the Lancaster County community; developing relationships with community organizations and staff to communicate the Foundation’s vision.
  • Performing a variety of public relations activities; coordinating communications, both internal and external, concerning all aspects of the Demuth Foundation, working closely with support groups, working with City of Lancaster and other governmental and non-governmental agencies, encouraging and working with potential donors, and working with others in the community to increase citizens’ appreciation of the arts, often by giving lectures to various citizen
  • Demonstrating effective staff development and organizational skills in areas such as hiring, coaching, collaboration, problem solving and goal Empowering internal staff to think, act and plan in a collaborative manner.
  • Assisting in the selection, evaluation, and orientation of new Board

Please do not contact the Foundation directly  All submissions should be directed to this link.  Submissions should include a cover letter with salary requirement.  Submissions without this information will not be considered.

Qualifications

Any combination of education, training, and experience providing the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Knowledge

Thorough knowledge of art and art history; museum management theory; fundraising principles and techniques; public relations; art techniques and media; exhibition design and installation; artwork conservation and preservation; museum publications research, design and layout; modern management principles and techniques.

Abilities

Effectively lead and manage the Demuth Foundation; cultivate donations for collection; utilize sound, independent judgment; prepare and present clear and comprehensive written reports; demonstrate creative leadership skills dealing with museum support groups; effectively supervise and develop department personnel; regularly attend evening and weekend meetings and/or engagements; establish and maintain good internal and external working relationships; follow oral and written instructions; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; deal effectively and courteously with a wide variety of individuals and groups; present an overall professional image; model and facilitate a working environment that encourages awareness and respect for differences among employees and citizens.

Experience, Education, and Training

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration, Art History, Fine Arts, Museum Studies, Humanities or a related field with an art emphasis, and a minimum of four years progressive, professional experience in an art museum including at least two years in a management capacity.

PhysicalRequirements

Pushes, pulls or lifts objects up to 50 pounds, may stand for long periods.

Working Environment

Primarily indoors with heating and cooling regulated in an office and museum environment.

 

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)

 

Facility Mechanic and Security Associate, Whitaker Center, Harrisburg

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:  This is a full-time, hourly position, reporting directly to the Facility and Security Manager at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITY:  The Facility Mechanic and Security Associate is responsible for the maintenance, repair and security of buildings and grounds.

SPECIFIC FACILITY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Perform ongoing preventative maintenance and repair work on facility mechanical, electrical and other installed systems.
  2. Maintain, operate all HVAC systems and associated equipment, electrical equipment, plumbing systems, building management system, and building repairs.
  3. Perform facility inspections and report on condition affecting operations.
  4. Review and understand equipment and methods of operation of Tracer Ensemble system, CCTV system, fire/life safety and other systems.
  5. Replace filters on large commercial HVAC units water source heat pumps, replace/tighten belts, grease motors/blowers and replace motors on HVAC systems.
  6. Repair residential/commercial fixtures such as toilets, urinals, sinks, water fountains, snake/clear drain lines, adjust fill values on cooling towers and change bags on Lakos separator system.
  7. Replace/repair commercial locksets, door hardware, adjust commercial door closure, able to read and understand blue prints, understanding of fire alarm panel, and able to repair ADA accessible devices.
  8. Maintain building and grounds including trees, plants, weeding, leaf and snow removal.
  9. Move office furniture, equipment, fixtures, unload trucks, set-up and teardown for special functions and events.
  10. Replace incandescent/fluorescent/compact and metal halide bulbs, lamp ballast, switches, outlets, fuses/fuse holders, lamp sockets, proper use of Amp/Volt meter, circuit tracer, replace lighting relays and trouble shoot basic electrical circuits.
  11. Perform fire extinguisher preventative maintenance.
  12. Notify Facility and Security Manager of building and equipment issues requiring attention of outside contractors and/or vendors.
  13. Attend departmental and all-staff meetings as directed, staying informed of ongoing changes in department and overall organization.
  14. Perform other duties as assigned by the Facility and Security Manager.
  15. Perform security patrol of building and grounds.
  16. Protect property from theft, sabotage, fire and accidents.
  17. Privately investigate and write reports on accidents, incidents, suspicious activities.
  18. When necessary, work closely with Harrisburg/State police and Harristown Property Services.
  19. Ensure the Safety Committee is a functioning forum within Whitaker Center.
  20. Provide any needed assistance to guests and employees.
  21. Perform other duties as assigned by the Facility and Security Manager.

This position description is relative to major requirements and is not intended to be all-inclusive.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. High School Diploma or equivalent required, trade school preferred.  Minimum of 5 years of related experience.
  2. Understanding of building maintenance relating to such areas as air conditioning, plumbing, heating, carpentry, painting, electric, etc.
  3. Knowledge of float system on sewage pumps and preventative maintenance of grease traps.
  4. Physically able to lift and to carry up to 50 pounds of materials up to 100 feet several times daily and able to bend and crawl to a degree sufficient to gain access to all components of the HVAC system and other facility-related systems.
  5. Work from ladders, scaffolding and genie lift safely and without fear of heights.
  6. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with staff and the public, to understand and follow standard operating procedures.
  7. Perform duties in a professional manner and appearance.
  8. Make independent and good judgment decision within proper policy and procedures.
  9. Maintain and use tools in a safe manner.
  10. Must be able to provide courteous and effective service to general public, co-workers and volunteers.  Positive and friendly attitude at all times.
  11. Ability to communicate effectively with guests at all levels and enforce code requirements in a professional manner.
  12. Familiar with local building codes, OSHA regulations and current health and safety procedures and requirements.
  13. Ability to work well with ever changing priorities and or situations.
  14. Working knowledge of security operations, safety practices in a business environment and enforcement procedures.
  15. Ability to write and investigate required reports.
  16. Ability to work inside/outside, on building roof and in hot/cold weather.
  17. Certified in CPR/First Aid.
  18. Ability to work as a part of a high performance team and be a strong team leader
  19. Ability to work days, evenings, weekends, and on-call 24 hours a day and provide immediate response to calls, supervisor, manager on duty, etc.
  20. Ability to successfully complete a Pennsylvania State Police Clearance, a Pennsylvania   Child Abuse History Clearance obtained through the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal History Record Information obtained by submitting a full set of fingerprints to the Pennsylvania State Police or its authorized agent for submission to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

EQUIPMENT:

  1. Ability to operate and schedule the energy management system and building automation systems.
  2. Ability to operate and schedule lighting control and emerge systems.
  3. Diagnose electrical problems using meters and other testing devices.
  4. Ability to utilize hand saw, circular saw, reciprocating saw, read tape measure/Tee square, patch/paint drywall/metal doors, replace ceiling tile/ceiling grid and the ability to use miscellaneous hand tools.
  5. Operate snow blowers and salt spreaders.
  6. Ability to work on Genie lift at heights up to 40 feet.
  7. Ability to work on lift truck.
  8. Skilled in Fall Arrest Systems.
  9. Computer literate; demonstrated understanding of Microsoft and Internet research procedures and database application.
  10. Working knowledge of telephone, computer, printer, fax machine, copier and calculator.

WORKING CONDITIONS:  Work is performed inside and outside the property with exposure to inclement weather and unpredictable crisis situations.

DIRECT REPORTS:  None at this time

Submit resume, cover letter and three (3) supervisory references by 4:00 pm on Friday, July 13, 2018 to:  Department of Human Resources, Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, 222 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101 or by email at hr@whitakercenter.org. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.
(Posted 7/6)

 

Seasonal Tour Guides, Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia

Tour Guides are responsible for explaining the history and relevance of the penitentiary for a broad
audience. ESPHS’s guide-led programming includes hands-on experiences such as unlocking a cell
door, leading public and school tours of the property, and staffing locations around the penitentiary
to ensure a safe and educational environment for visitors.

Other responsibilities include site maintenance, which entails cleaning exhibits and taking out the
trash. Please note that Eastern State Penitentiary is a ruin and working conditions are not always
ideal. Tour Guides spend their workday in outdoor conditions.

You are a great fit for this job if you are:
• Passionate for learning and sharing knowledge with people from a wide range of ages,
backgrounds, and interests.
• A clear, confident, thoughtful, and open public speaker.
• A natural at leading conversations and making people feel comfortable.
• Flexible and adapt quickly.
• Willing to discuss politically and culturally sensitive subject matter (ie: prison, crime, and
race) in a way that fosters space for diverse opinions that may differ from your own.
• Exceptional in providing customer service.
• Work well on your own, but also enjoy teamwork and collaboration.
• Willing to work outdoors in all types of weather.
• Fluent in a language other than English (preferred).
• Have some knowledge about criminal justice and prisons (preferred).
• Experienced in working in an educational environment, such as a museum,classroom,
tutoring, mentoring, etc. (preferred)

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on
the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship
status, age, disability or handicap, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity,
gender expression, arrest record or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.
Our management team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion,
transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities and general treatment during employment.

About ESPHS:
When Eastern State opened more than 180 years ago, it changed the world. The first prison of its
kind – a penitentiary – it was designed to inspire true regret in the hearts of criminals. The building
itself was an architectural wonder; it had running water and central heat before the White House,
and attracted visitors from around the globe. Although the prison now stands in ruin, its story
remains relevant today.

When Eastern State Penitentiary opened as a historic site in 1994, it attracted just over 10,000
daytime visitors – in 2017 it was visited by more than 270,000. The site’s staff and programming
continue to grow by inviting the public into new spaces, mounting original artist installations, and
engaging visitors in conversations about the history and legacy of the building.
The penitentiary is open every day, year-round from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information
please visit easternstate.org

About Seasonal Employment at ESPHS:
This position is seasonal, ending on November 30th. Applicants must be available for weekday and
weekend shifts (approx. 9 am to 5:30 pm); occasional early mornings and evenings required.
Hourly rate begins at $12.00/hr. After the completion of an evaluation process the pay raises to
$13.00/hr. There is also an hour-based incentive for seasonal staff who complete the season in good
standing.

To apply please click the link below:
https://www.gapjumpers.me/questions/eastern-state-penitentiary-historical-site/qs-437/
The deadline for applications is July 15th, 5:00 p.m. No phone calls, please.
(Posted 7/6)

 

Manager, Digital Engagement, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh

The MANAGER DIGITAL ENGAGEMENT will develop and manage a robust and forward-thinking digital presence for AWM, one that is continually evolving and changing, and which includes/adapts to emerging technologies. Works collaboratively with all departments and manage external vendors to develop and produce content for various digital outlets including web, in-gallery interactive projects, mobile apps, and social media. Develops relationships with local, national, and international technology providers as well as peer institutions. Partners with AWM senior staff to define projects and develop creative solutions, while monitoring project goals, milestones and budget.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s degree and experience in computer science, interaction design, visual communication, instructional design or related field; ability to do excellent research with little direction; excellent organizational and written communication skills; ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously in order to meet deadlines and user demands; ability to work cooperatively in a team environment with a wide variety of people. Five to seven years professional experience producing web-based and other multimedia in a team environment, in particular collaborating with content experts, editors, developers, preferably in a museum, entertainment, research, or educational setting. Strong expertise and blend of skills in web, interactive, business administration, operations and marketing. Masters degree in interaction design, entertainment technology, or related field a plus.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Thorough understanding of the changing technology field and production workflows in various digital media, including web, mobile, video, social media, video game, and more. Familiarity with standard concepts, practices and procedures of user-centered design. Usual office setting; extended contact with CRT/CPU; ability to work under pressure; pay attention to detail. In order to meet deadlines, evening and weekend hours will be required.
– ASP, PHP, or similar server-side application languages, XHTML, CSS, Javascript, AJAX, XML, Actionscript 3 or other interactive media programming languages for prototyping purposes;
– Experience managing teams producing in the above environments, advising best practices with an eye toward sustainability and scalability;
– Experience producing table-less, XHTML, standards-compliant cross browser, and gracefully-degrading code;
– Experience developing interaction-design workflow documents as well as naive user testing or ‘play testing’ new digital projects;
– Knowledge and demonstrated experience with cross-browser and cross-platform issues (IE, Firefox, Safari, etc.);
– Experience working in a digital production/marketing environment;
– Able to work with Adobe Creative Suite

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

DIRECT REPORTS: Supervise unpaid Web Communications intern at times when necessary. Supervise paid temporary & part-time staff if/when budgets allow.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:
 – Develop and manage AWM digital strategies;
– Develop and manage AWM web content management systems and digital platforms;
– Manage analytics across digital platforms and provide analysis via standard reporting tools;
– In collaboration with the marketing department, manage AWM’s growing social media audience, developing policy and strategy for long-term engagement related to programming, exhibitions, and education;
– Manage AWM’s growing relationship with local universities, at times managing student teams and attending appropriate events;
– Manage and develop in-gallery interactive projects, usually in conjunction with special exhibitions;
– Contribute to museum-wide and industry-wide discussions about the vision and goals of AWM’s web presence and how this presence interacts with and supports AWM’s strategic plan;
– Liaise between CMP and IT on communications issues pertinent to digital engagement as well as content management databases and collections databases when appropriate;
– Serve when appropriate on museum, CMP and external task forces relevant to digital engagement issues;
– Participate in conferences and other staff development opportunities to stay on top of developments in the field;
– Work with internal and external designers to establish and enforce brand and voice standards and templates for design and navigation in all digital projects across various media;
– Meet regularly with colleagues in technology initiatives at other CMP museums to discuss best practices, problem-solve, and discover shared resources;
– Devise, implement and champion standards for accessibility and other best practices;
– Ensure web and digital media products follow AWM and CMP branding guidelines;
– Assure quality control on work of outside contractors on related projects;
– Function as final step in workflow process for content management systems, evaluating content for standards and accuracy before publication;
– Campaign to further the mission of AWM, shouldering with museum leaders to craft innovative solutions that ensure a rewarding visitor experience.

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.

To Apply:

  • Visit carnegiemuseums.org/opportunities
  • Scroll down to Search Jobs
  • Locate opportunity: Manager Digital Engagement
  • Click Apply Now
  • Complete online application

Carnegie Museums is an EEO-1 Affirmative Action Employer-M/F/Veteran/Disability
(Posted 6/28)

 

Grants Manager, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown

Reports To
Vice President of Development and Communication

Department
Development

Job Description

The Grants Manager is responsible for the creation and management of a well-coordinated, strategic development plan to cultivate and solicit support from foundations, corporations, and government sources. This position works to establish long-term partnerships, strengthen existing relationships, and initiate new contacts within each of these sectors. Success is defined by expanded income and resources from all three fundraising sectors and excellent stewardship and ongoing communication with current donors and prospects.

Responsibilities

Manage all current and future Museum efforts in corporate, foundation, and governmental support of the Museum.
Communicate, collaborate, and coordinate with all departments in the Museum pertaining to current and future corporate, foundation, and governmental donors and prospects
Develop fundraising/stewardship strategies for foundations, corporations, and local, regional, and national governmental prospects
Conduct ongoing prospect research to identify new prospective funders and follow-through on those identified
Draft letters, proposals, reports, and other written materials as needed
Manage Museum’s EITC funding process and expand the current donor pool
Build strong and productive relationships with all constituencies
Oversee current and future corporate sponsorship of fundraising events (Gala, Cocktails & Collecting, etc.)
Oversee current and future corporate sponsorship of educational initiatives and exhibition programs
Be proactive and creative in the identification and solicitation of new prospects and in the ongoing communication with current donors

Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree with at least 3 years of grant writing experience preferred
Proficiency in Altru or similar database management system preferred
Proven ability to work on a variety of projects simultaneously, strong project management skills,
and an attention to detail
Demonstrated literacy in MS Word, Excel & Outlook
Strong writing, editing and communications skills
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
Energy, ambition, and being goal-driven are important for this position

Time Commitment

Some evenings and weekends throughout the year required.

Full benefits package available, including medical and dental. Salary commensurate with experience.

To Apply
Please submit your resume and cover letter by email to: hr@allentownartmuseum.org
(Posted 6/28)

 

PT Guide/Educators, Stenton, Philadelphia

Historic Germantown (HG) is a partnership of 16 extraordinary historic sites and museums in Northwest Philadelphia that have joined together to protect, preserve, and share some of Philadelphia’s prized historical assets. HG is currently seeking Guide/Educators to lead student programming for the award winning field trip program History Hunters, as well as interpret many of the museum partners to the public.

The History Hunters Youth Reporter Program, a national award-winning educational program, takes place at five member historic sites of Historic Germantown: Cliveden of the National Trust, the Johnson House, Stenton, La Salle University Art Museum, and Wyck.  The program dramatically weaves together the individual histories of the sites into a historic fabric, covering United States’ history that spans from colonial times through the War of Independence and the Civil War, focusing on cross-cultural contact and multiple perspectives of history. The program combines on-site visits with structured classroom activities, and is supported by a student workbook and printed and web-based resource materials. The program will serve approximately 2,500 students for the school year 2018-2019, in Grades 4 and 5.

Guides will be fully cross-trained in the History Hunters interpretation at each site, and will also work with the general public at several Historic Germantown sites throughout the year. Sites may include Stenton, Cliveden, Wyck, Historic RittenhouseTown, Concord School House, Hood Cemetery, Germantown Mennonite Meeting House, and The Johnson House.

The position is part-time. It requires some flexibility and hours will vary according to tour schedule. Weekend availability is required; evening availability is strongly desired. Compensation is $12.00 per hour.

SPECIFIC DUTIES INCLUDE:

  1. Attending History Hunters Guide training sessions, as well as trainings for the individual sites.
  2. Interpreting each historic site to students and the public as part of a guided tour.
  3. Overseeing on-site educational activities.
  4. Assisting staff with site opening and closing.
  5. Providing site security while groups are being received.
  6. Answering any questions students or teachers may have.
  7. Assisting with special events.

The ideal candidate for this position will have a background in American history or education, will have experience working with young people, will be able to prepare and deliver a specific tour at each site, be enthusiastic, and have the capacity to retain information and to convey it in an interesting and memorable way. Some college or equivalent experience required. We aim to have our team reflect, understand and respect the experience and background of the children they will be working with. Strong preference for candidates who have experience and ability working with children from Philadelphia public schools.

Historic Germantown is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and believes that an inclusive and respectful environment enriches the HG community and the educational and employment experience of its members. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Historic Germantown is committed to building a culturally diverse team and strongly encourages applications from minority candidates.

For information about the program, visit www.historyhunters.org. For information about the sites in Historic Germantown, visit www.freedomsbackyard.com.

Education Level:
College Preferred

Please send resume, references and cover letter to both of the following:

Kaelyn Barr
Stenton Site Administrator and Director of Education
History Hunters Program Coordinator
(215)-329-7312
kaelyn.barr@stenton.org

Carolyn Wallace
Cliveden Education Director
(215)- 848- 1777
cwallace@cliveden.org
(Posted 6/28)

 

Controller, Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia

Hours:  Full time, M-F, 9-5, with occasional evenings and weekends possible.

Reports to:  President and CEO

Description:   The Controller is responsible for overall financial, personnel and risk management activities of the Museum.  S/he works as part of the Museum’s leadership team and in cooperation with the Board of Port Wardens to ensure the financial health of the organization.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of BS in Finance or Accounting.
  • Five years or more of progressive experience in accounting and Business Office procedures.
  • High degree of computer literacy is essential.
  • Experience should include non-profit accounting, human resource administration, employee benefit plans, grant reporting, audit requirements and risk management.

Duties:

  • Responsible for management of all the financial records and reportings of the Museum including financial forecasts, coordination of the budget and audit processes.
  • Manages all personnel and human resource related issues, including oversight of payroll, management of salary and fringe benefits plans.
  • Responsible for keeping museum up-to-date on all labor issues, practices and laws.
  • Develops policies, systems and procedures pertaining to finance and personnel management.
  • Manages the Museum’s commercial insurance policies and reviews contracts and other legal matters.
  • Financial:
    • Coordinates the preparation of the annual budget and year-end projections.  Tracks departmental budget variances and works with department managers regarding any negative variances.
    • Reviews financial reports as prepared by Accountant.  Prepares financial forecasts and special grant reporting as necessary.
    • Authorizes check payments for vendors and payroll.  Monitors cash flow and forecasts upcoming cash needs.  Coordinates endowment transfers with the custodian as necessary.
    • Maintains internal control systems throughout the Museum.
    • Organizes annual financial audit with outside accounting firm.  Arranges for special audits as required by granting organizations and federal or state governments.
  • Human Resources:
    • Acts as Plan Administrator for Museum’s 401(k) plan.  Manages eligibility requirements and coordinates communications to enrollees.  Reviews and approves all paperwork for enrollments, employee loans, withdrawals and repayments.
    • Manages all benefit plan contracts.  Reviews plan for improvements and cost/benefit of changes on a yearly basis.  Coordinates yearly Open Enrollment meetings and ensures all employees are informed of available benefits.
  • Risk Management: Manages the Museum’s commercial insurance policies including liability, fine arts, marine, building and workers’ compensation.  Reviews coverage and cost on a yearly basis.  Manage and maintain Museum’s liquor license while compiling with local and state regulations.
  • Tax Filing: Arranges to have all necessary tax returns and registrations filed in accordance with the IRS, federal, state and other regulatory agencies.
Education Level:
Minimum of BS in Finance or Accounting

To apply:

Send a brief cover letter and your resume in an e-mail to Timothy McGrath, member Independence Seaport Museum Board of Port Wardens at tim@healthandsciencecenter.com. No phone calls.

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

Location: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106.  The Museum is easily accessible by public transportation and nearby parking.

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 6/28)

 

Fellowship, Samek Art Museum, Bucknell University, Lewisburg

The Museum is a program of Bucknell University that creates meaningful encounters between artists, students, scholars, the public and works of art. The Museum presents original, travelling, and collection exhibitions and public programs that cover the range of art history with an emphasis on contemporary art. The Museum maintains an active museum collection of over 5,400 objects, including 450 works installed across the campus. The encyclopedic collection includes objects from pre- history to contemporary video art with strengths in photography and prints. The Museum programs and/or manages 3 spaces – the Samek Gallery on campus (including offices, work-room, and collection study room), Downtown Gallery, and off-site collections storage – totaling 3,600 square feet of exhibition and program space plus 2,000 of storage and workspace. The Galleries produce, on average, 12 exhibitions and numerous public programs and campus events annually.

The Samek Art Museum actively contributes to Bucknell University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Museum believes that social diversity drives artistic complexity and contributes to a broad intellect. Our exhibitions bring historically underrepresented artists and cultural perspectives to bear on the important question of our time. We serve our multicultural audiences through social relevant programs and inclusive interpretive materials. We build our collection to reflect the diverse world we live in and to model the equitable future we strive for.

For more information, see http://museum.bucknell.edu.

Fellowship Overview
The Museum Fellowship is offered for recent college graduates interested in pursuing a museum career. The fellowship focuses on curatorial work but also offers professional training in collection management, exhibition design and installation, education and public programs, and arts administration. It is designed to help fellows support their academic and career goals through supervised work experiences. Under the supervision of the Samek Art Museum director and chief curator, the fellow will have the opportunity to be involved in every aspect of the Museum’s programs and operations. This is a 1-year fellowship with the possibility of renewal for a second year. The fellowship offers an annual $12,000 stipend for living expenses.

Special Opportunities
In addition to their other responsibilities and opportunities, the Fellow will be offered the opportunity to curate an exhibition drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection for the museum’s downtown gallery for the summer at the end of their second year.

The Fellow is also offered the chance to manage the museum’s “Connections Gallery” featuring student-curated exhibitions and other partnership projects. For this reason, it is desirable that Fellow candidates have experience curating, installing, or coordinating galleries.

Additionally, the Museum is currently exploring actively collecting and preserving born-digital art in addition to traditional art forms, offering a unique opportunity for the next Fellow who will be an integral part of this research and early collection development. Museum director, Richard Rinehart, recently published “Re- Collection: Art, New Media, & Social Memory” and working together with campus IT, the Museum is well positioned to undertake this project.

Fellowship Learning Goals
For the fellow, the purpose of the fellowship is:
• To learn to function as a professional within his/her institution as well as the broader community of museums, and to understand current museum issues.
• To learn to function within the organizational structure of a museum and to develop a knowledge of governance and administrative operations.
• To develop knowledge and skills related to specific areas of museum work.
• To develop the ability to identify, assess and solve on-the-job museum problems.
• To assess individual wishes and needs for professional development.
• To learn how exhibitions are curated and produced in a professional art gallery/museum environment.
• To learn how the permanent museum collection of artworks is conserved, documented, and used in teaching and research.
• To learn how galleries and museums educate the public about art in an informal life-long learning environment.

Fellowship Assignments
The fellow engages in learning opportunities and provides assistance with all aspects relating to the museum collections, interchanging/rotating exhibitions and interpretive programs, including, but not limited to:
• Curatorial coordination for the “Connections Gallery: Experiments in Community Curating” including coordinating bi-monthly installation and de-installation.
• Research artists and the exhibition history of artworks, create exhibition documentation, correspond with artists, and other tasks that contribute to developing exhibitions.
• Conduct research, assist, and advise the Museum in collecting and preserving born-digital artworks.
• Receive training in handling original artworks by assisting with installing and de-installing exhibitions and assisting with delivery and pick-up artwork.
• Document art objects, and making the collection available to students and faculty in a learning environment.
• Curatorial field trips to regional galleries and museums.
• Accompany director and staff to selected campus arts meetings.
• Act as Museum docent.
• Occasionally opening gallery and assisting with producing events.
• Practice public museum writing with regular writing for museum’s blog.
• Read assigned readings about the history of museums and exhibition practices.
• Attend regular meeting with museum director to reflect on fellowship experiences, plan individual projects and receive work assignments, discuss readings, and receive career consulting.
• Attend weekly Museum staff meetings to observe and participate in administrative planning for the Museum’s programs and operations.

Fellowship Requirements
The ideal candidate has a demonstrated interest in curatorial practice. Attention to detail, excellent communication skills, and the ability to multitask and prioritize are essential to the position. Strong research skills are a plus. Background in art history with coursework in modern art preferred.

• Master’s degree in art history or related fields such as art education, curatorial studies, or museum studies.
• Familiarity with issues around curating and collecting is preferred and familiarity with preserving born-digital artworks is desired.
• Dependable, strong work ethic, and good communication skills.
• Must be proficient with social media tools (WordPress, Facebook, etc.) and familiar with digital AV media (Video files, Images, iMovie, Photoshop, etc.)
• Must be able to lift 50 pounds and work crouched or on ladders.
• Must have a valid drivers license.
• Must be able to obtain medical card required to drive 15 foot, 10,000 gross weight box truck.
• The University is required to conduct several background screens according to state and federal laws and Bucknell policy, including Pennsylvania Criminal History, FBI and Child Abuse clearances. The Samek Museum Fellowship offer is contingent upon the University’s verification of these credentials.

Application Guidelines
In order to be considered for the position, all applicants are required to submit online a candidate profile and the application material (detailed below) on http://careers.bucknell.edu

Details of application material
Cover Letter:
Include a cover letter that addresses all of the following questions in one to two pages:
• Why are you interested in this position?
• What makes you a strong candidate for this position? Please tell about your relevant educational background and past experience.
• What aspects of this position interest you the most? Why?
• What are your long-term goals? Where do you see yourself in five years?

Resume:
Please outline ALL of your employment history including art-related and non-art- related work experience. Please also list exhibitions you have worked on, art writing or curating, awards and recognition that you have received, other art-related engagements you’ve participated in, as well as extracurricular activities, etc.

Writing Sample:
Please include either:
2 academic papers you have written about art, or
1 academic paper and one other writing sample such as an exhibition brochure or art review.

References:
Please provide email and phone contact information for three references; professors, curators, gallery directors, or related professionals who know your work well.

Additional Information
If you have any questions about this position or about the application process then please contact:
Richard Rinehart, Director
r.rinehart@bucknell.edu
(Posted 6/28)

 

PT Museum Assistant, Hope Lodge Historic Site, Fort Washington

EMPLOYMENT CATEGORY: Hourly, non-exempt, up to 10 hours per week (Sunday tours and special events as needed)

REPORTS TO: Board President

HOURLY RATE: $12 per hour, no benefits

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Museum Assistant is expected to assist with all aspects of visitor services at Hope Lodge historic site: staffing the reception desk; admissions, membership and retail sales; collecting visitor statistics; maintaining site security; giving tours; and assisting with public programs, events, and other duties as assigned.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

– Assists with general museum reception and visitor services and maintains the highest standards of customer service for all visitors.

– Responds effectively and knowledgeably to questions from visitors regarding Hope Lodge including exhibit information, planned programs/events, local tourist information, and membership and volunteer opportunities.

– Responsible for all opening and closing procedures, both at the register and reception desk and in opening and closing the Hope Lodge mansion and associated buildings.

– Performs accurate retail museum shop sales, admissions, event, and membership sales to balance the day’s business in the appropriate manner.

– Provides in-depth and engaging tours of the Hope Lodge mansion and grounds.

– Answers the telephone and provides requested information. If unable to answer the question, forward the call to appropriate board members, using good communication skills and working collaboratively to do so.

– Performs museum shop maintenance, restocking supplies, and cleaning as needed to optimize the appearance of the retail sales floor and all merchandise.

– Participates in all aspects of setup/break down and staffing of Friends of Hope Lodge events in support of the organization as requested and needed.

– Assists with public, education, and fundraising programs.

– Is knowledgeable about Friends of Hope Lodge membership levels and benefits and promotes FOHL membership sales.

– Willingly and enthusiastically assists FOHL volunteer staff with tasks as needed, including administrative tasks and public and fundraising programs.

– Other duties as assigned.

JOB SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND EDUCATION:

– College preferred, high school or G.E.D. essential. Those with degrees in history, art history, museum studies, education, or related fields are encouraged to apply.

– A minimum of one year of work experience in retail or customer service position.

– Demonstrated interest in and aptitude for providing high-quality educational content to a diverse general public.

– Dedicated commitment to the philosophy and mission of Hope Lodge.

– Excellent customer service abilities, accuracy, enthusiasm and productive work ethic.

– Effective oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.

– Effective knowledge of Hope Lodge site and programs as well as local tourism and restaurants.

– Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with a diverse population of visitors and staff.

– Demonstrated organizational and time management skills.

– Proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and Power Point required.

– Ability to follow policies, procedures, and instructions to accomplish assigned tasks accurately and appropriately.

– Demonstrate a desire and ability to function as a team player, including working a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends, to accommodate the needs of the Friends of Hope Lodge.

– Public speaking experience.

-Ability to pass PA background check to work with and around children

-Demonstrated maturity and responsibility to be entrusted with key and security codes to site buildings

To apply, please email resume, cover letter, and three recommendations to hopelodgepa@gmail.com

The Friends of Hope Lodge (FOHL) is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. FOHL considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
(Posted 6/25)

 

PT Museum Educator, Iron Hill Museum and Science Center, Newark, DE

Please send resume, cover letter, and three references to:
Iron Hill Museum & Science Center
1115 Robert L. Melson Lane
Newark, Delaware 19702

Or email director@ironhill-museum.org

General Description

Teacher Naturalist assist in delivery of environmental education lessons for school students, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and the general public. Lessons may include field studies, outreach, seasonal programs, summer camps, or other activities and may be held inside or outdoors in all weather conditions. Scheduling is highly flexible and can include weekdays and weekends throughout the year. There is no minimum hourly requirement and hours will vary seasonally. Salary is $10 an hour. Training is provided. This is a part time hourly position.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Teach environmental education lessons.
  • Assist with program preparation and delivery of educational curriculum and activities, including summer camp.
  • Provide a valuable educational experience for museum visitors.
  • Maintain clean and orderly classrooms and museum exhibit areas.
  • Attend appropriate instructor-training workshops.
  • Promote Delaware Academy of Science mission, goals, activities, events, and membership.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Teaching experience or experience working with children.
  • Natural Sciences Knowledge.
  • Ability to work effectively and productively as part of a team, as well as individually.
  • Certification in First Aid and CPR, or willingness to obtain said certification.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to work a schedule that meets the needs of the site.
  • Satisfactory completion of a background investigation; this position may require annual background investigations.

(Posted 6/21)

 

Curatorial Assistant, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

Carnegie Museum of Art creates experiences that connect people to art, ideas, and one another. We believe creativity is a defining human characteristic to which everyone should have access. CMOA collects, preserves, and presents artworks from around the world to inspire, sustain, and provoke discussion, and to engage and reflect multiple audiences.

Carnegie Museum of Art is arguable the first museum of contemporary art in the United States, collecting the “Old Masters of tomorrow” since the inception of the Carnegie International in 1896. Today, the museum is one of the most dynamic major art institutions in America. Our collection of more than 30,000 objects features a broad spectrum of visual arts, including painting and sculpture; prints and drawings; photographs; architectural casts, renderings, and models; decorative arts and design; and film, video, and digital imagery. Through our programming, exhibitions, and publications, we frequently explore the role of art and artists in confronting key social issues of our time, combining and juxtaposing local and global perspectives.  With our unique history and resources, we strive to become a leader in defining the role of art museums for the 21st century.

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 CURATORIAL ASSISTANT, FINE ARTS works closely with the assistant curator of Fine Arts to ensure that the department operates effectively and efficiently. In collaboration with the assistant curator, s/he assists in carrying out the departmental functions: researching its collections, with significant emphasis on provenance, developing and presenting exhibitions, proposing acquisitions, and generating the relevant writing/reports.

The Curatorial Assistant is responsible for the general administrative work of the department. S/he works with the assistant curator to develop an appropriate distribution of responsibilities for exhibitions, gallery rotations, collections/provenance research, and special projects. This is a fulltime temporary position, beginning immediately and continuing through approximately December 2018, with the potential for additional hours.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Requires a master’s degree in art history or a related field. At least one-year prior work experience in a museum or comparable organization is preferred. Experience with art handling in a museum setting is a plus.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Requires strong research and analytical skills and ability to work collaboratively and collegially with staff and to interface effectively with donors and professionals in the field. Training and experience with projects involving collections/provenance research is strongly preferred. S/he must be highly organized and able to work both independently and as a productive member of an interdisciplinary team. Outstanding written and oral communication skills are essential. Familiarity with a foreign language (French, German, and/or Italian strongly preferred). S/he must be proficient in Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and PowerPoint, as well as with Internet-based research. Expected to gain familiarity with KE Emu, CMOA’s collection management system.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Work is primarily sedentary in nature. Some out-of-town travel and occasional evening and weekend work is required.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES – Assists with creating, developing, and maintaining exhibition checklists, object labels, and other gallery texts, including interactive and/or educational materials;
– With the assistant curator, coordinates the acquisition process with galleries/auction houses/donors, registrars, conservators, and other departments, as necessary;
– Researches and contributes to the writing and preparation of acquisition reports;
– Carries out research to improve overall knowledge of objects in the collections, with specific emphasis on enhancing and documenting provenance information;
– Develops proficiency with museum’s collections management system; inputs and updates information and generates reports and other documents using the system;
– Working with the curators, registrars, and other departments, helps to facilitate loan requests made of or by the departments;
– Fields internal and external questions regarding the department’s collections and directs inquiries to appropriate curators; follows up as required. Handles written correspondence as directed by the assistant curator;
– Assists in compiling research and writing for the department’s collections and exhibitions;
– Sorts, files, and maintains records, correspondence, and other documents. In consultation with the assistant curator, implements improvements to the systems as required. In accordance with accepted procedures, destroys outdated file materials or transfers them to inactive storage;
– Manages departmental interns;
– Prepares outgoing mail and interdepartmental correspondence for delivery;
– Tracks budgets and maintains accurate records of all departmental expenses; checks records against monthly statements; resolves discrepancies; and produces reports as required;
– Verifies, codes, and processes invoices, check requests, travel and entertainment reimbursements, and wire transfers in a timely manner;
– Manages assistant curator’s appointment schedule, travel arrangements, and itineraries;
– Manages arrangements for visits by artists, advisors, designers, and other professionals;
– Orders books as required;
– Manages departmental library

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.

To apply, visit:

  • Carnegiemuseums.org/opportunities
  • Click Search Jobs
  • Click Apply Now in the section – Curatorial Assistant, Fine Arts –
    Carnegie Museums of Art Req #57
  • Follow instructions and prompts as directed

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

The above job description reflects the essential functions and qualifications for the position identified, and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position. The job description does not constitute an employment contract and does not alter the at-will relationship between CMP and the employee.
(Posted 6/21)

 

Museum Educator, Erie Maritime Museum, Erie

Do you enjoy teaching history as a hands-on interactive subject?  The Erie Maritime Museum is looking for an experienced educator to develop and oversee the museum’s educational programs, integrating the museum’s shore-based activities and exhibits with the waterborne sailing programs of the U.S. Brig Niagara and the Lettie G. Howard.

DESCRIPTION OF WORKA ship’s deck has often been the stage for intense drama, set against a backdrop of awesome scenery.  The U.S. Brig Niagara is a replica War of 1812 warship, operated as a U.S. Coast Guard inspected Sailing School Vessel.  The restored 1893 fishing schooner Lettie G. Howard is also a Sailing School Vessel.  These ships sail from the berth at the Erie Maritime Museum; the Niagara on voyages of several weeks, the Lettie G. Howard on short day sails.  Our goal is to introduce new audiences to the region’s maritime history through the development of new interactive exhibits and programs for the museum and its sailing ships.  The educator is shore-based but will be expected to sail occasionally.  Prior sailing experience is not required, willingness to learn is.

The educator will be responsible for overseeing and managing all aspects of museum education and visitor services operations for the museum, developing interpretive programs for the museum and the ships for visitors of all ages.  The educator will train museum staff and volunteers in interpretive techniques and customer service skills.  Planning and implementing programs both indoors and outdoors, and ensuring outstanding visitor experiences are key to the work of this position.  The educator assists with public relations activities, manages intern and student workers, and assists with the preparation of various types of museum plans.

For a complete job description and application instructions, please click here.
(Posted 6/19)

 

Director, Exhibitions, Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia

How would you like to be part of a 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) a non-profit organization seeks an experienced, Director, Exhibition will project manage (people, budgets and schedules), develop and design (in a collaborative team environment) and manage the implementation (fabrication, installation, and continued maintenance of) the physical environments and visitor experiences (exhibitions).

The Director of Exhibitions (DOE), reporting to the Chief Engagement Officer responsible for the creation, facilitation and execution of contemporary and responsive practice. Working collaboratively internally, with staff and leadership, as well as externally with local, national and international communities. Work will include the creation of drawings/models (sketches, renderings, construction documents, specifications, graphic design, etc.), communication materials and presentations to museum staff and board. The DOE will coordinate outside partners, be responsive to evaluation, support research agenda, and present at conferences. Working closely with the Museum’s Research, Development and Education Departments to achieve goals for institutional advancement.

Other responsibilities include but not limited to: manage and execute integrated responsive physical experiences for early childhood learning to develop and design interpretive visitor focused; developing and managing the creation of a scaffolded multigenerational approach to collaborative inquiry-based learning environments; ensure the development of these engagements will have a clear focus on communities and learner diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and equity; lead the conceptualization and development of physical activities for exhibitions, interactive, spaces, media learning experiences, and support visual communications (drawings/graphics) and language development for proposals for project funding; facilitate key involvement of museum staff, communities, outside stakeholders, etc. in the development of exhibits and experiences; responsible for the development and integration of research, prototype testing, progress and results, serving in roles including planning, development, relationship management, project management, project facilitation, project implementation, interpretation, delivery, project assessment and reporting; develop and design and manage the implementation (fabrication, installation, and continued maintenance of) the physical environments and visitor experiences (exhibitions); project manage people, budgets and schedules both in ongoing maintenance of the museum but for the development and design of new projects; responsible for the creation of drawings, models, sketches, renderings, construction documents, specifications, graphic design; and manage the research and procurement of temporary exhibitions from other institutions.

Minimum Qualifications: Minimum 5-8 years’ experience working in a Museum or similar environment or related field ;must have a deep awareness of exhibition modalities and smart applications of such; from environmental settings to mechanical interactives to digital media to graphic (word and image) to play-based programing; Bachelor’s degree required in design, science, education or related discipline; Master’s degree in Design, Planning, Social Science, Museum Studies, or related field strongly preferred; excellent visual, written, oral and interpersonal communication skills; demonstrated experience in facilitation and project management, particularly budgeting and scheduling, of construction and fabrication, as well as working successfully in a creative collaborative team environment; at least 2-3 years of exhibitory development required with preference in early education exhibits; demonstrated experience in the development and managing of project schedules, project budgets and ongoing maintenance; ability to work independently, while informing the team, and efficiently to produce consistent, high-quality results over long-term projects; proficiency using multiple software platforms (CAD-Vectorworks/SketchUp, Adobe Suite, Project Management Software) Windows) and experience with relational databases highly desirable.

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, 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 6/19)

 

Public Programs Manager, The Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia

The Public Programs Manager will develop and manage an engaging and diverse program of talks and events, including the museum’s popular Read the Revolution speaker series. Reporting to the Director of Education, the Public Programs Manager works closely with the Gallery Education Manager and across the Curatorial, Education and Marketing departments to create, implement and evaluate the Museum’s talks and events, targeting new and existing audiences, including Members.  The Manager supervises the Public Programs Coordinator and liaises with Education and Guest Services Managers to staff programs appropriately. The qualified candidate has proven experience in successful public program planning and management in museum or heritage settings.

Education Mission Statement:

The Education Department brings the causes, events and ideas of the American Revolution to life through immersive and creative programming for people of all ages and diverse life experiences. We produce well-researched, high-quality programs and learning resources that draw on the Museum’s collection and exhibits to present multiple historical perspectives through the eyes of real people who lived through the Revolution. In doing so, we empower people to think critically, understand and respect the views of others, and make positive changes in their communities and beyond.

Primary Responsibilities:

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Develop, define and manage a robust program of engaging, mission-driven talks and events that offer continued opportunities to explore and interpret the Museum’s core galleries and support the Museum’s changing exhibition program.

Work closely with Curatorial, Education and Marketing staff to conceptualize, develop, execute, and publicize programs, ensuring effective and appropriate outreach and communications.

Support the Museum’s efforts to increase annual attendance with rich and varied programming for general audiences (including families), Members and high-end supporters.

Utilize experience within and knowledge of the field to develop a program of dynamic and relevant speakers and creative professionals to deliver talks & events that reflects the Museum’s educational mission and advances its strategic purpose.

Establish and maintain positive relationships with local and regional partners to increase awareness of, interest in and appreciation for the Museum and its mission.

Continually evaluate current offerings and initiate new program types to ensure the Museum offers unique, innovative, and reflective programs in multiple disciplines.

Assist in the research and development of funding proposals for family and adult programs.

Actively support the Museum’s commitment to equity, diversity, access and inclusion, with an aim to increase and deepen the participation of all audiences in museum activities.

With colleagues in Education, foster a culture of learning and community among the Museum’s staff.

Attendance at Public Programs and other Education programs as needed, requiring evening, holiday and weekend work.

Additional duties, as assigned.

Education/Skills:

Bachelor’s degree in American History, American Studies or closely-related field required; Master’s degree in Education, History, Museum Education or Museum Studies strongly preferred.

Minimum of 3 – 5 years of management-level experience at a museum, historic house, or other cultural or heritage setting, planning and implementing talks and events programs for adults and children.

Strong knowledge of 18th-century American history and material culture, as well as demonstrable familiarity with the current field of research.

Knowledge of Philadelphia’s Historic District and community organizations a plus.

Understanding of theories and best practices of learning and engagement in museums.

Excellent research, analytical, writing, and oral presentation skills.

Practical experience in project and personnel management (including volunteers and interns), budgeting and program evaluation.

Must be capable of undertaking multiple projects simultaneously and balancing long- and short-term priorities, with equal attention to big-picture goals and small logistical details.

Ability to work effectively and diplomatically with Museum staff, patrons, and representatives of community-based organizations.

A collaborative, energetic, pro-active work style, with demonstrated creativity and flexibility.

Ability to lift 25 pounds. Frequent use of stairs required.

Valid driver’s license.

Education Level:
Bachelor’s degree in American History, American Studies or closely-related field required; Master’s degree in Education, History, Museum Education or Museum Studies strongly preferred.
The Museum of the American Revolution (www.AmRevMuseun.org) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.To apply, please send a cover letter including a resume with 3 professional references to employment@amrevmuseum.org
(Posted 6/19)

 

Museum Advancement Director, The Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh

There’s no cultural organization in the world quite like Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. With a legacy of discovery and outreach dating back to 1895, today we are a family of four diverse, dynamic museums; Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. We’re committed to being inclusive, both onsite and online, and to exploring with our audiences the big ideas and issues of our time.

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.

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh seeks a MUSEUM ADVANCEMENT DIRECTOR for The Andy Warhol Museum. The successful candidate is responsible for articulating the case for support and funding needs for the Warhol Museum and fostering robust relationships between donors and museum leadership.

Responsibilities of the position include identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding gift prospects and donors primarily through personal visits. Responsible for the management of a portfolio. Implements, in conjunction with Carnegie Museums’ and The Warhol’s leadership staff, fundraising strategies and tactics to generate restricted and unrestricted support.

A bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of five years of demonstrated success in major gift fundraising from various sources is required. Must have excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills. Position requires an understanding of relationship building with volunteers, donors and prospects; initiative; strong attention to detail; discretion in handling confidential information; and the ability to manage time in order to meet defined performance and activity goals. Knowledge of local and national funding community is a plus.

Interested candidates encouraged to visit – carnegiemuseums.org/opportunities

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
(Posted 6/13)

 

PT Visitor Experience Supervisor, The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, Chestnut Hill

The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania (in Chestnut Hill) has an opening for a Visitor Experience Supervisor. Acting as the on-site manager, the Visitor Experience Supervisor oversees the front-line operation of the Arboretum, ensuring an exceptional guest experience for all visitors.

The Supervisor has four main areas of responsibility:

Customer Service.
The Supervisor takes an active role in ensuring that every visitor (over 135,000 annually!) has a wonderful experience and, when they don’t, steps in quickly to resolve issues in a friendly, pro-active manner. It is important for the Supervisor to be calm under pressure, comfortable interacting with diverse groups, and able to think on their feet.

Staff Oversight.
The Supervisor directly manages 3-12 part time Visitor Experience staff on a given day, ensuring that every staff member not only adheres to the Department’s policies but also rises to the Arboretum’s high standards of service and professionalism. The Supervisor models exceptional customer service and builds a strong working team through training, coaching, and mentoring. As a team leader, the Supervisor must be self-confident, comfortable addressing issues directly, professional, and willing to jump in where needed.

Operations.
The Visitor Experience Department oversees admissions, parking, and the Shop/Visitor Center. This involves everything from addressing problems that arise and responding in emergencies to handling cash and making sure brochures are stocked. This requires strong attention to detail.

Rental Program Coordination.
Also under the Visitor Experience umbrella, the Arboretum has a robust rental business with which the Supervisor takes an active role – giving rental tours, answering initial inquires, following up with clients, and actively monitor rental event details. This requires the Supervisor to be not only customer-focused but also able to pitch the Arboretum while keeping its needs and limitations in mind.

Additional Requirements:

  • Experience managing/leading staff.
  • Proven track record of servicing customers/clients.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Valid driver’s license.

This is a year-round, part-time, paid position working a variable 16-24 hours (2-3 days) per week, including weekends and some holidays and evenings.

Hourly Rate: $15.50-16.25/hour

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter to: dormanc@upenn.edu
(Posted 6/13)

 

Director, Research and Content Development, Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia

How would you like to work for a nonprofit organization that strongly believes in education? 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) a non-profit organization with an $8 million operating budget, seeks an experienced, energetic, and dynamic Director of Research and Content Development (Director) who will be responsible for PTM’s research agenda in all aspects of the Museum experience, (exhibit, education and visitor related). The Director is responsible for management of all federal grants from determining opportunities for federal funding through submission of the grant and compliance with all collateral grant management and reporting.  The Director is the primary interface with external partners to advance research opportunities. The Director will also have a lead role in Museum accreditation.

Other responsibilities include but are not limited to: Content Development: Manage and execute integrated research on early childhood learning and tenants of “play as learning” studies to develop interpretive visitor focused approaches for both children and adults; developing and managing the creation of multigenerational approach to collaborative inquiry-based learning environments; lead the conceptualization and development of content and activities for exhibits, exhibit-related programs and media learning experiences, and proposals for project funding; responsible for the communication of research, testing, progress and results, serving in roles including planning, development, relationship management, project management, project facilitation, project implementation, interpretation, delivery, and project assessment and reporting. Research Development: define and facilitate involvement of community and research advisors; assess educational and experiential value of existing and developing exhibits and programs; frame, coordinate, and regularly share research and evaluation findings; support the development of Human Research Protection Procedures including informed consent position statement, Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements, and Visitor Studies Review Team; represent PTM’s Engagement Research and Advancement activities, displaying leadership skills; Government Grant and Accreditation Development; manage government, foundation grants including proposal writing; research opportunities; projection timelines; complete funders reporting requirements and internal reports.; support planning, procurement, implementation, documentation, and timely reporting of grants; and will lead the efforts of re-accreditation process.

Requirements: Minimum 5 years’ experience working in a Museum or similar environment or related field; Bachelor’s degree required in science, history, design, education or related discipline; Master’s degree in Museum Studies, social science, or related field strongly preferred; excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; demonstrated experience in facilitation, project management (budgeting and scheduling) as well as working successfully in a team environment; demonstrated experience in the development and managing of project and grant budgeting; experience in government and foundation grant writing and reporting required; must demonstrate excellent analytical skills; proven ability to assess research and define the implementation of the research findings; excellent interpersonal skills to work with diverse communities and able to utilize community assistance with research projects; and efficiently to produce consistent, high-quality results over long-term project; proficiency using multiple operating systems (Windows) and basic software.

Please Touch Museum offers an excellent work environment with, a comprehensive benefit package, and competitive salary.  To apply for this opportunity, please mail your cover letter including your accomplishments, resume and salary requirements to:  Human Resources, 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 6/13)

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 t0 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.