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Director of Learning, Engagement, and Partnerships, Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg

Description

At the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, we imagine a world in which everyone feels valued and represented. Our mission is to offer a place to share compelling and meaningful cultural experiences that open the door to new ideas, perspectives and possibilities.

We seek a creative and dynamic Director of Learning, Engagement, and Partnerships to join our team. Our ideal candidate will be a visionary thinker, bringing new ideas to the Museum and seeing them from conception to execution. This person will play a critical role in developing strategic direction and objectives for their department to deliver engaging experiences to all of our visitors. This is an exciting opportunity to work in a senior position at a world-class museum with a strong collection of over 3,000 works across four centuries.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Learning & Engagement:

Develop exhibition-specific interpretive methodologies, innovating how individuals and communities make meaningful connections with our collection and exhibitions through a range of experiences, both in-gallery and online.

Launch a new visitor centered Interpretive Planning Process for temporary and permanent exhibitions, collaborating with department team members, Curatorial Department, Collections and Exhibitions Department, and other stakeholders.

Oversee the training and management of the Docent Program (volunteer Museum guides). Develop education opportunities to expand their knowledge and skills set for a variety of audiences, both onsite and online. Collaborate with School Programs Manager to develop training specifically for K-12 audiences.

Represent the Westmoreland, and art museum education, locally, regionally, and nationally through participation and presentations in conferences and other gatherings.

Partnerships:

Seeks opportunities to collaborate with other cultural and community organizations to advance the role of the arts in creating quality of life, expand and diversify the Museum’s audience and extend the Museum’s reach.

Establish and foster partnerships that supports the museum in its commitment to creating a diverse, inclusive, equitable and accessible institution.

Oversee the new Artists-in-Residency program supporting marginalized artists. This program provides financial support to the artists as well as residential and studio space to create new bodies of work.

Collaborate with local college professors and their students, utilizing their expertise and creativity, to develop programs for their peers and the general public. Oversee the Student Advisory/Ambassador Group.

Management:

In alignment with the museum’s values, manages department in a welcoming, inclusive, collaborative, kind and inspiring way. Empowering team members to be involved in decision-making activities and provide opportunities for professional development.

Supervise the School Programs Manager, ensuring the cultivation of relationships with teachers and the development of curriculum content for tours and educational programs at schools and at the Museum. Collaboratively develop content for a Learning Management System (LMS) that will house pre-visit and post-visit multi-media curriculum to be used to support virtual and onsite fieldtrips.

Supervise the Public Programs Manager and Studio Programs Coordinator to cultivate a robust roster of programs and studio offerings, both virtual and onsite, for visitors of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.

Successfully advise and direct evaluation development and identify outcomes, indicators, strategies, activities, data collection and analysis for the department.

Serve as a Senior Leadership team member. Create and manage department budget informed by team members and finance department, provide information and support for grant applications and advancement initiatives, and participate in the institutional strategic planning process. Lead the cross departmental programming team meetings monthly.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Master’s degree in Art, Education, History, or Museum Studies or Bachelor’s degree with additional progressive experience in a Museum or educational setting.
  2. Minimum of 5 to 7 years prior experience with educational programming and knowledge of current museum education methodologies.
  3. Proven project management capabilities. Must be able to work in a collaborative team environment.
  4. Minimum of 2 years supervisory experience, demonstrated ability to strategically manage and mentor a team.
  5. Capacity to serve as an effective spokesperson for the museum.
  6. Adaptable to working with diverse communication models, digital technologies, and analytical tools such as SurveyMonkey.
  7. Knowledge of state and national educational standards.
  8. Have a growth mindset with an ongoing quest to learn.

Employment offers are contingent upon satisfactory verification FBI fingerprint, PA Child Abuse (Act 33) and PA Criminal (Act 34) Clearances.

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art offers a competitive salary and benefits package including:


Paid vacation, holiday, personal, and sick days
Flexible work arrangements
Opportunity to participate in 403(b) Retirement Plan
Medical, Vision, and Dental Insurance plans available
WMAA Membership
Museum Shop Discounts
Event Rental Discounts

The Museum is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The Museum does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other category protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

Please send resume and letter of interest to careers@thewestmoreland.org
. No phone calls please.
(Posted 11/23)

Facilities Superintendent, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, Philadelphia

The Facilities Superintendent (FS) supports the mission of The Athenaeum of Philadelphia by ensuring that its National Historic Landmark brownstone building is well- maintained, clean and ready for use by members, the public, and staff. The FS does this by properly managing the contract cleaning staff, monitoring the general condition of the property, ensuring the property is always secure, and planning/overseeing all maintenance and repair work. The FS ensures environmental control standards for building housing archives, library and museum and oversees electronic security system and fire detection system.

The FS will work closely with vendors and contractors, coordinate maintenance, and handle event set-up in collaboration with other Athenaeum staff. The FS reports directly to the Executive Director in the performance of these duties. The FS will also work closely with the Superintendence Committee of the Board of Directors.

Chartered in 1814 and located on Washington Square, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia is a membership-supported lending library and research archives that provides thoughtful and intellectually engaging programs and events for its members and the general public.

Responsibilities:

Supervision

  • Meet with the Athenaeum’s Events Coordinator to coordinate support for events
  • Attend weekly staff meetings
  • Instruct staff on safety standards, new maintenance procedures, practices & materials
  • Maintain appropriate documentation of systems, processes, and work that is done in coordination with the Executive Director and the Superintendence Committee

Safety and Security

  • Maintain building so that, in the event of an emergency, it can be evacuated safely
  • Respond to emergency calls from Security and Fire monitoring companies
  • Identify and eliminate hazards on the Athenaeum campus
  • Oversee building security and all equipment to ensure that property is not misused or stolen
  • Coordinate with staff to provide access to groups recorded on the shared staff calendar
  • Monitor building security systems remotely when building is closed

Building Maintenance

  • Arrange cleaning in such a way that facilities are prepared for scheduled activities Ensure the performance of daily, weekly, monthly, and special seasonal cleaning projects Keep all storage and supply areas clean, orderly, and well-stocked
  • Supervise or perform light maintenance throughout the building including painting and other interior repairs, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, landscaping and grounds maintenance
  • Develop and administer Preventive Maintenance program for the buildings and building systems
  • Select or participate in the selection of vendors, suppliers, and contractors for building maintenance, repair, and improvement projects. Schedule and oversee all work done on premises. Track progress and communicate with contractors as necessary to ensure timely completion of projects.
  • Manage the building maintenance budget, including: order, inventory, and secure control of maintenance supplies.
  • Establish and ensure immediate follow-through with corrective action for any possible safety/hazardous materials concerns including but not limited to:
    • safe storage of paint and cleaning solutions
    • immediate repair or replacement of frayed electrical wire resolution of plumbing or building leaks

Position Qualifications/Requirements:

High School Diploma or equivalent required, 2 or 4 year College degree preferred

Minimum of three (3) years relevant work experience in building maintenance or equivalent combination in the fields of carpentry, electrical work, plumbing, mechanical systems, and janitorial care

  • Ability to read and interpret architectural, mechanical, and electrical drawings
  • Understanding of the particular maintenance challenges of historic buildings and libraries/archives
  • Orient new employees and volunteers to the facility and its use, including building access during and outside normal business hours
  • Participate on the Superintendence Committee on a monthly basis or more frequently, as needed
  • Ability to maintain budgets, and ability to utilize Google and Microsoft Office Suite of products, including WORD and EXCEL, for job-related use
  • Must be able to use various hand tools to keep building systems operating and maintained Working knowledge of fire control systems and security systems, strongly preferred
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills required to relate effectively to contractors, staff, and superintendence committee, and to keep Executive Director informed of unexpected challenges as they arise.
  • Proven ability to coordinate complex projects for remodeling and improving physical plant and grounds
  • Must possess knowledge of purchasing procedures and strategies; proven ability to negotiate effective cost-saving strategies without sacrificing quality of materials or work
  • Ability to work independently, make decisions, and manage work assignments that directly influence staff productivity. Assignments may be extremely broad in scope and incumbent will need to determine and complete specific duties

Flexible Schedule: Normally Monday-Friday, 9 am – 5 pm. However, there could be earlier/later start and end times as well as Saturday hours as directed by the Executive Director

FLSA Status: Exempt Position

Salary: This is a full-time position with competitive salary depending on experience. The Athenaeum of Philadelphia provides a generous benefits package that includes excellent vacation, comprehensive medical benefits package, retirement plan and parental leave for new parents.

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia is proud of the spirit of cooperation and mutual respect that extends throughout our organization. We are committed to a professional work environment where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity, without discriminatory or harassing behavior based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, domestic partnership or civil union status, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

Education Level: High School Diploma or equivalent required, 2 or 4 year College degree preferred.

To apply: Please email a cover letter with resume, and three references to bhessel@philaathenaeum.org.

Please put “Facilities Superintendent” in the subject line.
(Posted 11/23)

Project Curatorial Fellow – Rising Sun, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

Department: Museum

Reports To: Curator of Contemporary Art

Status: Full time, 30-month appointment

ABOUT PAFA

Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is America’s first school and museum of fine arts.  Located in center city Philadelphia, PAFA is intimate in scale with a strong sense of community.  PAFA’s undergraduate degree offerings include a BFA in Studio Art and a coordinated BFA with the University of Pennsylvania. Graduate programs include an MFA and Low-Residency MFA degree, and a Post-Baccalaureate certificate. PAFA’s museum has an outstanding collection of American art, and the museum actively collects and exhibits contemporary art, including work in new media.  Additionally, PAFA is home to the Brodsky Center, a print and papermaking center focused on the creation of innovative editions by contemporary artists.

DIVERSITY STATEMENT

Because we were the nation’s first art museum and art school, we believe PAFA has a moral obligation to ensure that every member of our community can study and work in an environment where they feel a sense of belonging.  We have the additional obligation of ensuring that our community reflects that rich tapestry of beauty and diversity that surrounds our world.  We are committed to modeling diversity and inclusion for the entire arts, cultural and educational sector, and to maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all.  PAFA is committed to maintaining an inclusive learning environment, and a diverse community of students, faculty and staff.

PAFA is an equal opportunity employer. Women and diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply to work in our pluralistic community.

THE POSITION: Project Curatorial Fellow – Rising Sun

The Exhibition Curatorial Fellowship at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia, PA offers the opportunity for a highly qualified candidate with outstanding credentials to gain professional curatorial experience at a nationally renowned museum of American art affiliated with a degree-granting fine arts art school. One of the main goals of the Fellowship is to support the upcoming, transformative, multi-site contemporary art exhibition “Rising Sun,” scheduled to open at PAFA, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, and additional venues throughout Philadelphia in late 2022.

One of the most ambitious and multifaceted Philadelphia art exhibitions in recent memory, Rising Sun, will feature newly commissioned work by 30 leading contemporary American artists. The exhibition draws inspiration from the words of Benjamin Franklin, who pondered whether the sun was rising or setting on the country’s future during its formative years, and the lyrics “Facing the rising sun of our new day begun” from Lift Every Voice and Sing (or “The Black National Anthem”), written by James Weldon Johnson. In the midst of an uncertain and tumultuous contemporary moment, the 30 participating artists will critically engage with Franklin’s question – Is the sun rising or setting on America? – according to their individual points of view and artistic practices, forging new insights, connections, and discussions on inadequate history, the work of re-appraisal, reformation, reckoning, repair, and, ultimately, a collective way forward: “Facing the rising sun of our new day begun.”

The Curatorial Fellowship will be a full-time, 30-month term position offering a highly mentored and structured curatorial experience at PAFA. The Fellowship will be designed to provide a professional bridge to a major institutional museum career. The Fellowship provides growth and development for outstanding candidates. The start date will be determined based on the successful applicant’s schedule, but, ideally, in January 2021. This in-depth experience will ensure that the Curatorial Fellow in Contemporary Art has worked collaboratively with all museum staff, especially the director, curators, and educators, as well as marketing and development.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage deadlines between PAFA and AAMP, coordinate marketing efforts, organize monthly meetings, and help navigate this partnership for artists.
  • Work with other local partners and aggregate information about Rising Sun-related events and programming.
  • Prepare and edit correspondence, reports, and presentations.
  • Assist with travel and guest arrangements, and the preparation and submission of expense reports.
  • Coordinate curator’s calendar and assist in scheduling meetings with the PAFA exhibition project team, as well as collectors, galleries, artists, and exhibition partners as requested by the exhibition curator.
  • Maintain the exhibition, contact information, and publication checklists in PAFA’s collection management database (MIMSY).
  • Assist with exhibition catalogue preparation, obtaining photographic material and rights and reproduction permissions, as well as proof reading and copy editing.
  • Assist with research as assigned.
  • Proofread and edit exhibition labels, brochures, invitations and other exhibition printed materials.
  • Assist PAFA staff in the preparation and mailing of exhibition informational packets, loan letters, exhibition catalogues, and other materials as required.
  • Assist with other departmental needs including acquisitions research, preparation of presentations, attending and participating in the Board’s Collections and Exhibitions Committee meetings, leading tours, and assisting in donor relations.
  • Participate in all phases of exhibition development, including: research; checklist development; lender and/or artist relations; grant writing; public relations; publication rights and reproduction; floor plan development; installation; and development of public programs related to exhibitions.
  • There is an opportunity for some teaching which will vary depending on the applicant’s expertise and interest.
  • Other duties pertaining to the exhibition and its programming as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s Degree and demonstrated study of contemporary art, Master’s degree in art history or related field strongly preferred.
  • Museum or gallery experience preferred.
  • Basic computer skills, including the use of collection management databases and Microsoft Office Suite required. Photo editing software skills preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written communication, and research skills.
  • Excellent organization skills; ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, as well as independently.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts accepts digital applications only. A complete application should include the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume and/or CV

Applications missing the requested information will not be considered.

When submitting your application online, please save your documents as Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx) or PDF (.pdf) files. To help us process your applications as efficiently as possible, please save your files with the following filename format.

  • Cover Letter: LastName-FirstName-CoverLetter
  • Resume/CV: LastName-FirstName-Resume-CV

*Due to the amount of potential applicants, we do not respond to voice calls or messages about the status of your application. Based on the criteria for the position, the most qualified candidates will be contacted directly. Thank you for your interest in PAFA.

The deadline to apply is 12/15/2020. This is a full-time, salaried appointment that includes benefits.

Link to Project Curatorial Fellow posting: https://recruiting.myapps.paychex.com/appone/MainInfoReq.asp?R_ID=3274577
(Posted 11/5)

Executive Director, Artist-Blacksmith’s Association of North America, Inc., Johnstown

The Artist-Blacksmith’s Association of North America, Inc. (ABANA) seeks a highly qualified Executive Director responsible for the day-to-day operation of its permanent headquarters in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The Executive Director will report to the ABANA Board of Directors. Responsibilities include furthering ABANA’s mission by administering programs, fund raising, marketing, community outreach, strategic planning, and other new initiatives such as creating at the headquarters a gallery of forged metal art, a retail store, a library of ABANA documents, and a repository of legacy tools and blacksmith work.

Candidates interested in this position are invited to provide a 200-word statement that sets out their vision for ABANA’s mission, growth and accomplishment. Please transmit this statement along with salary requirements in a one-page letter of intent to president@abana.org. Qualified candidates will receive the full position description and an invitation to apply formally.

Starting annual salary is $60,000. Benefits include health insurance and paid time off.

ABANA does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. ABANA will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants and employees are treated fairly and without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.
(Posted 11/4)

Visitor Services Associate, Michener Art Museum, Doylestown

Position Overview:   

The Michener Art Museum is a private non-profit organization in Doylestown, PA, seeking a part-time Visitor Services Associate. Associate Provides excellent customer service to all visitors, Museum Staff, and volunteers. Ensuring every visitor has a meaningful, enjoyable, and lasting experience

Visitor Experience Associates must be able to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends. Weekly hours range from 15-18 hours a week.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:   

Welcome, direct, and process all visitors and tour groups, assuring that everyone is treated with respect and courtesy.

Must work collaboratively with all museum staff, security, and volunteers to ensure visitors have a positive and memorable experience.

Maintained a safe and secure environment for visiting museum guests and special event guests by enforcing museum policies and procedures

Assist in executing security procedures, including emergency protocols during museum hours and special events, including but not limited to opening and closing.

Ability to use (POS) Point of Sales System and Registration/ticketing software for both the Museum shop and Visitor Services

Responsible for daily maintenance and restocking of Museum Shop merchandise, daily sales tracking, and opening and closing of POS sales during scheduled shifts

Strong understanding of Museum History, Museum Department structure, and permanent & rotating exhibitions

Provide accurate information and assists members/non-members with registration for art education classes, tours, and adult programs both on-site and over the phone

Identifies opportunities to promote memberships to interested parties and process new memberships and renewals

Answering and returning phone calls

Receive and processing mailings and shipments

Ability to stand and work on your feet for extended periods; lift and carry small objects and books weighing up to 25 pounds

Strong problem-solving and organizational skills with an ability to multitask

Implement and uphold all Health and safety guidelines, along with the museum’s Policy of Decorum and security procedures

Maintained a positive working environment while building customer and membership loyalty through daily contact

Skills and Minimum Requirements: 

High School Graduate, or hold equivalent degree; some college experience preferred

One to two years’ experience in customer/visitor services, hospitality, or event management

A genuine passion for working with the public

Outgoing personality with excellent interpersonal skills

Possess good conflict-resolution skills

Highly organized with the ability to multitask while maintaining a strong attention to detail

Art background/interest a plus

Bilingual or non-English language skills an asset

Ability to understand and apply a significant amount of detailed information both in-person and over the phone

Must have a flexible schedule with the ability to work weekends, some evenings, and some holidays, as needed

Proficiency in digital tools, including Microsoft products and modern communication tools

Security clearance mandatory

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, references, and salary requirements to Kathryn Lathrop, at info@michenerartmuseum.org or mail to James A. Michener Art Museum, Attn: Kathryn Lathrop, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, PA 18901. No phone calls, please.

*This position description is designed to reflect job duties accurately. However, it may not be all-inclusive, and other job-related duties may be required.
(Posted 10/29)

Director of Learning, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia

About Drexel

Drexel is a comprehensive global research university ranked among the top 100 in the nation. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America’s 15 largest private universities. Drexel is one of Philadelphia’s top 10 private employers, and a major engine for economic development in the region. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.

Job Summary

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is seeking an experienced, creative, and innovative Director of Learning to reinvent the way people learn in natural history museums. The role requires someone who is both visionary and tactical, big-thinking and big-doing, inspired and inspiring, and invigorated by challenge. They will create programs that are high-quality, high-impact, cost-efficient, and user-led, and display a dedication to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility in all aspects of their work.

The visionary: The director will work with the Chief Learning and Engagement Officer to craft a slate of programs that will serve audiences onsite, offsite, and online, through both expected and unexpected times. They will provide a vision for how to serve public audiences, school audiences, and communities through museums visits, offsite engagements, and online tools. They will seek to explore the themes of the natural world, ANS’ collections, and the institution’s four position statements through a multidisciplinary lens; creating opportunities to learn science through many media (visual arts, performing arts, history, geography, food, writing). They will actively engage the scientists at ANS and Drexel University in program design and implementation, as well as local experts and partners in all aspects of the work.

The tactical: The director will be responsible for strategically creating, hiring, managing, mentoring, and inspiring the department’s staff and the suite of programs they offer. All aspects of managing the operations of the department will be the responsibility of the director, including strategic planning, budget management, payroll approval, annual reviews, and quarterly reporting. Continuous monitoring and assessment of the work is a key element of this role;  collecting and analyzing data, and making our impacts visible, will be a large part of the job. The director will also work closely with volunteers, Drexel co-op students, and interns, and manage their project load, schedules, and training as needed.

The ideal candidate will be a natural leader with robust management experience, a professional demeanor, a deep understanding of informal and free-choice learning, and a creative yet organized style of working. They will be intrinsically motivated to do outstanding work, passionate about learning and the natural sciences, and solutions-focused in their approach. They must display quality and excellence in their work at all times and guide all their teams to do the same. They will be an advocate for STEAM learning, integrating the sciences with other disciplines, and connecting the Academy with critical partners in the region, state, and nation.

The Director of Learning reports to the Chief Learning and Engagement Officer and is a key leader in the Engagement Division and institution.

Essential Functions

  • Strategic thinking and planning:
    • In partnership with the Chief Learning and Engagement Officer, oversees the short- and long-term vision for the Learning Department, and aligns them with the institutional strategic plan and experiential master plan.
    • Creates, manages, and directs the development of new strategic initiatives.
  • Leadership and mentoring:
    • Actively mentors staff members and encourages growth in their skills.
    • Serves as an advocate for the visitor experience.
    • Fosters a culture of open communication and spirited collaboration between team members, departments, and local institutions.
    • Continually models excellence in informal education, gallery teaching, and program creation.
    • Stays current on thought leadership in the field of museum education, and freely shares that information with staff.
    • Seeks out opportunities to further the museum’s work in STEAM education and present it to the museum field.
  • Management:
    • Manages the creation and spending of multiple department budgets, endowments, grant funds, and gifts.
    • Identifies and pursues opportunities for earned and contributed revenue.
    • Identifies, recruits, hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates staff members, interns, Drexel Co-Ops, and volunteers.
    • Prepares reports for museum leadership, board members, and stakeholders.
    • Maintains a database of information about programming at many levels, from spreadsheets to individual program briefs.
  • Programming:
    • Plans, develops, and implements a diverse yearly schedule of program offerings, including onsite programs, partnerships, and the utilization of distance learning, new media, and other technology.
    • Effectively collaborates on joint programming initiatives with other museum departments and outside partners.
    • Develops programming that embraces multidisciplinary learning; understanding the natural sciences through other modalities including writing, visual arts, performing arts, history, and geography.
    • Creates programming for those with different learning abilities and modalities and develops accommodations for those learning styles across all programs.
    • Facilitates programs alongside the team on a regular basis.
    • Understands current educational technologies and keeps current on new software, hardware, and delivery systems for a digitally discerning audience.
  • Partnerships and community engagement:
    • Identifies key partnerships on the local, national, and international level.
    • Works closely with partners to provide public programming at ANS that features the voices of others and their work in collaborative, co-created way.
    • Ensures the museum enjoys a lively and productive relationship with educators and the education community locally, regionally, and nationally and makes appropriate contributions to the field.
  • Assessment:
    • Establishes a plan for meaningful visitor assessment, data collection, and dissemination.
    • Works closely with other departments to create surveys, collect data, and use it to make our impact visible to staff, members, visitors, and key stakeholders.
  • IDEAL:
    • Actively engages with the IDEAL Charter Team and committees to identify ways that our programming can keep inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and leadership central to our work.
    • Inherently believes in the strength of a diverse and equitable workforce and makes that belief visible in their work.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Education, Museum Studies, or equivalent
  • Minimum of 6 years of advancing management-level museum experience (or equivalent) is required
  • Minimum of 4 years applied educator experience is required; informal learning experience preferred over formal or classroom teaching
  • Available evenings and weekends
  • Valid driver’s license and 3-year clean driving record
  • Must pass criminal background check and child abuse clearance check
  • Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook
  • Experience or ability to learn specialized software
  • Exemplary written, verbal, and listening communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and professionally
  • Highly developed public speaking skills and demonstrated mastery of teaching techniques
  • Strong staff management and mentoring skills
  • Self-directed work style, and the ability to work independently and effectively
  • Ability to maintain the highest levels of confidentiality and discretion
  • Understanding of and ability to maintain the highest ethical standards, related to organizational responsibilities and public accountability
  • Ability to create and successfully manage multiple annual budgets
  • Demonstrated organizational planning, problem solving, and collaboration skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current practices in museum education, multiple learning styles, and visitor studies
  • Enthusiastic, patient, and flexible leadership style

Preferred Qualifications

  • Database creation and reporting experience
  • A positive, proactive outlook and a great sense of humor

Please click here to apply.
(Posted 10/26)

PT Social Media and Digital Marketing Coordinator, The National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia

The NLM seeks a Part Time Social Media & Digital Marketing Coordinator to assist the Digital Marketing Manager. This position would help with the creation and implementation of all social media activities meant to increase awareness and engagement with the National Liberty Museum’s social media channels and ultimately increase attendance and revenue.

Reports to: Digital Marketing Manager

Hours: Part-Time 20 hours a week

Occasional Weekends and Evenings may be required.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Manage social media channels for the Museum including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter LinkedIn, YouTube, etc.
  • Monitor social media platform comments and submissions
  • Help assess the suitability and relevancy of new social platforms
  • Manage photography and video creation for social media
  • Aid in the planning and logistics for social media influencer events
  • Assist with Google Adwords ad creation and keyword list building
  • Perform other duties as requested

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s required and minimally 1 years of Social Media Experience
  • Understanding of the Philadelphia Arts and Culture scene
  • Excellent writing and public speaking abilities
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and solve problems both independently and as a team
  • Interest in using Marketing and enrollment metrics to tack the success of projects
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills
  • Understanding of Altru Database, preferred

Physical Demands:

The work environment and physical demands and characteristics are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions:

  • Physical Demands: Requires some physical activity including sitting/standing, limited lifting and carrying (up to 20 lbs.), up/downstairs
  • Work Environment: Work is typically performed in an indoor environment, in museum offices or on museum floor
  • Equipment: General office equipment, projector, Smart Board, two-way radio

The National Liberty Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer seeking a diverse workforce.

We are now interviewing and will continue to do so until we find the ideal candidate. Interested applicants are asked to please forward your 1) resume, and 2) cover letter for immediate consideration to HR@libertymuseum.org.

We regret we may not be able to respond to all applications. No phone calls, please.
(Posted 10/26)

Director of Development, Berks History Center, Reading

The Historical Society of Berks County d.b.a. Berks History Center is seeking a full-time Director of Development responsible for working with the Board, Executive Director, and Development & Membership Committee to solicit major gifts, cultivate relationships with an ever-growing community of donors. He/She will also work closely with our development consultant, as will our Executive Director and Board, to implement a comprehensive development program.

The Director of Development will monitor and meet established fundraising activity metrics and help the Berks History Center raise over $500,000 annually.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Executive Director to create an annual fundraising and membership revenue and expense budget.
  • Implements an annual fundraising program that includes:
    • Year-round membership marketing for new members, member upgrades, and renewals
    • A calendar of annual giving solicitations that includes personal asks, mail/email appeals, EITC, written proposals and grant applications, and corporate sponsorship
    • A limited schedule of special fundraising events
  • Builds a pool of major gift prospects by working with the Executive Director, Board, Staff, volunteers, and consultant to identify potential donors and create ways to cultivate their interest
  • Solicits a personal portfolio of major gift prospects
  • Follows established fundraising metrics to meet annual goals
  • Ensures that donors receive proper acknowledgment, recognition, and stewardship
  • Serves as a key person on the Development & Membership Committee
  • Willing to travel locally and out-of-town as necessary
  • Performs special projects and other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Personal Characteristics

  • Demonstrated ability to personally solicit gifts at levels $1,000 and up
  • Proven track record of success in achieving annual revenue goals and meeting established fundraising metrics
  • High level of organizational skills
  • Ability to champion for philanthropy, to motivate self and others
  • Knowledge of fundraising concepts and methods
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with the Executive Director, donors, members, board leaders, volunteers, and consultants
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to write and edit grant proposals
  • Experience with donor management software and Microsoft Office projects and willingness to learn about and use fundraising technology
  • Ability to problem-solve, to adapt and respond to dynamic situations
  • Willingness and ability to travel and work a flexible schedule year-round
  • Bachelor’s degree and two years plus experience in development, membership or equivalent with proven results in a nonprofit organization, experience in soliciting major gifts preferred
  • Willingness to provide three work references from senior staff and volunteers who have personal knowledge of the applicant’s ability to solicit donations and consistently meet annual fundraising goals.

Terms of Employment:

Full Time – Experienced.  The starting salary is $45,000.00.  Benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance, paid time off, and a 403(B) plan.

The position holder must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.  It is the employee’s responsibility to inform the BHC Executive Director of any and all reasonable accommodations that will be required.

Please send a PDF cover letter, resume, and three (3) writing samples to:

Benjamin Neely, Executive Director

executive.director@berkshistory.org

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

The BHC is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of age, citizenship, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, veteran status, genetic information, ancestry, and any other protected status. The BHC values and promotes diversity as a strategic advantage.

Berks History Center Mission:

Berks History Center leads the way in telling the 300-year story of Berks County and its people, with the aim of building an understanding of our unique history, strengthening our sense of community, and inspiring our community’s progress in the years to come.

More about the BHC:

Founded in 1869, the Historical Society of Berks County, now the Berks History Center (BHC), is the official historical society for Berks County, Pennsylvania, as recognized by the Berks County Board of Commissioners. The BHC owns and operates two facilities in Reading, Pennsylvania. The BHC’s Museum collection includes 28,941 three-dimensional artifacts dating from 1684-2017. The purpose of the BHC is to promote the discovery, collection, preservation, and publication of the historical legacy, records, and information relating to Berks County and the City of Reading. It accomplishes this by collecting and preserving Berks County artifacts, court records, books, newspapers, maps, genealogies, artwork, relics, engravings, manuscripts, letters, and all other materials that illustrate and document the history, growth, and development of the area. Our concentration includes, but is not limited to, the social, commercial, and artistic development that shaped the community we serve. In addition to being an essential adjunct to the educational institutions in Berks County, we also strive to promote the artistic and cultural legacy of our community, which enhances the quality of life and place for the citizens of Berks County, as well as the county’s reputation as an important destination for tourists throughout the world.

The Center’s Henry Janssen Research Library & Archives is staffed by a full-time archivist and holds 2,782.37 linear feet of archival and manuscript material, including 272 collections, with 7,628 books, 600 maps, and 20,665 photographic images. This state-of-the-art research center hosts genealogists, scholars, and researchers from all 50 states and abroad.
(Posted 10/22)

Executive Director, Cumberland County Historical Society, Carlisle

The Cumberland County Historical Society (CCHS) located in Carlisle, PA seeks a highly motivated, well organized, energetic Executive Director (ED).  The ED is the chief operating and administrative officer of CCHS.  This senior leadership position demands vision and implementation capabilities to energetically direct the growth and operations of the Society which includes a museum, library and archives, education program, rental facilities, museum shop, three buildings including an historic property listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and extensive community outreach activities.  The ED reports to the Board of Trustees and has general supervision of the management and executive powers over CCHS properties, operations, business affairs and 14 full and part-time employees and 4 contractual staff.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Master’s Degree in public history, museum studies or a closely related field

Five years administration experience in the museum field or related field

Strong leadership and management skills including financial management

Demonstrated background in strategic planning, budgeting, forecasting and growing membership

Demonstrated ability of fundraising techniques and grant writing

Excellent oral and written communications skills

Knowledge of non-profit structure and function with strong organizational and problem-solving skills

Knowledge of professional standards for public history, archival management, and museum practices

Computer skills, technology proficiency, and experience with common web and social media resources

START DATE: Early 2021

SALARY: $50,000 – $65,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience.

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references not later than November 30, 2020, to Paul Hoch, Interim Executive Director, interimdirector@historicalsociety.com.  Prospective candidates should be prepared to be interviewed
in December, 2020.  A detailed job description and salary information will be available on the website.  Attached documents must be in Microsoft Word or PDF formats.  No phone calls will be accepted.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SOCIETY AND OUR INITIATIVES IS AVAILABLE AT OUR WEBSITE:  www.historicalsociety.com   and  https://www.historicalsociety.com/who-we-are/work-with-cchs/

The Cumberland County Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetic information.
(Posted 10/21)

HR Generalist, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia

We Are Commited to an Inclusive Workplace

At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, we actively seek to employ a diverse group of people who embody our organizational values.  We welcome and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply, including those from traditionally underrepresented groups in the museum field, who are inspired by our shared purpose and enjoy working collaboratively with others.

We’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship or immigration status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other protected status.

How You Will Contribute

The Human Resources (HR) Generalist works closely with HR management to provide support and assistance to museum employees and departments in all areas of Human Resources.  This position carries out responsibilities in the following functional areas: benefits administration, employee relations, training and development, performance management, onboarding, policy implementation, recruitment, employee on/off boarding, and compliance.

Specifically, you will:

  • Serve as the first point of contact for department managers and employees for all HR-related topics.
  • Support the administration of benefit plans ensuring accuracy in enrollments, changes, and terminations.  Communicate benefit plans to employees and assist with benefits questions and claims resolution.
  • Verify benefit billing accuracy and prepare invoices for payment.
  • Responsible for full life cycle of recruiting and onboarding working closely with hiring managers to identify, interview, and cultivate candidates.
  • Work with HR team to develop and implement a comprehensive onboarding experience for new employees.
  • Process and maintain records for leaves of absence, workers compensation claims and unemployment claims.
  • Support the performance management process by working with senior HR staff to ensure comprehensive, transparent, and effective execution.
  • Work with employees and managers on a variety of employee relations matters.
  • Support the annual compensation review process by conducting market research and analyzing compensation data.
  • Maintain and analyze Human Resources data to identify trends and make recommendations for improvements or corrective action.
  • Prepare off boarding materials and conduct exit interviews as needed.
  • Serve as backup to the HR Coordinator to ensure accurate data into the HRIS system, maintaining employee files, and conducting new hire orientations as needed
  • Support the HR team and work in close collaboration with HR Coordinator in planning several annual events (staff holiday party, employee recognition lunch, flu shot clinic, etc).
  • Assist in the development and implementation of employment policies and procedures, recommending new approaches, policies, and procedures to improve efficiency.
  • Maintain compliance with federal, state, and local employment and benefits laws and regulations.
  • Assist with visa process for employees who require sponsorship.
  • Ensure compliance with USCIS Form I-9 and periodically audits I-9 Forms.
  • Process unemployment claims in a timely, efficient manner and review and process unemployment invoices for payment.
  • Assist with Human Resources projects as assigned and perform related duties as required.
  • Provide general support to the HR team as needed and serve as backup for the HR Coordinator when they are out of the office.

Your background and experience include:

  • Minimum of three years’ experience in Human Resources.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or related field.
  • Sense of urgency and strong customer service orientation.
  • Ability to establish credibility and rapport with employees of all levels.
  • Excellent computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office products, applicant tracking systems, report creation and analysis, and utilizing databases
  • Experience with ADP Workforce Now required.
  • Experience in a union environment preferred.
  • Highly organized. Able to set priorities, manage time effectively, and complete multiple assignments on time.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

What We Offer

Our employees are at the center of the museum and we encourage everyone to be actively engaged in museum culture and activities.  As an employee, you will have access to numerous museum perks including, but not limited to:

  • Free general admission to the museum for you and your immediate family
  • Discounted guest tickets for general admission and special exhibitions
  • Discounts on gift memberships
  • Special staff tours and presentations from our world-renowned curatorial staff
  • Discounts at the museum restaurant, all museum cafés, and museum retail stores

We offer a competitive benefits package* for employees including:

  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits
  • Fully paid short-term disability insurance, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance
  • Health savings or flexible spending account program
  • Retirement savings program with museum match
  • Paid vacation, personal days, sick days, and holidays

*Eligibility for certain benefits is based on a variety of factors including the employee’s regular schedule and tenure.

Please submit a cover letter and resume with your online application at: https://philamuseum.applytojob.com/apply/s6oZxcXv4O/HR-Generalist

(Posted 10/19)

Executive Director, New Hope Historical Society, New Hope

The New Hope Historical Society is looking for a passionate and talented individual to fill the Executive Director position. The Executive Director will direct and supervise all administrative and programming functions including the day-to-day operations, developing and implementing program strategies, building membership and community outreach and ensuring organizational financial sustainability. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will provide strategic vision and leadership, lead development and programmatic oversight, promote community engagement and build coalitions that share a passion for history and what it teaches us today.

The Executive Director is the key management leader of the New Hope Historical Society and is responsible for overseeing the administration, strategic plan, fundraising and educational programming of the organization. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Trustees and gives leadership to the organization’s mission and strategy to achieve its annual objectives and goals.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Mission and Strategy: Works with the Board to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through thoughtful and interactive strategic planning
  • Responsible for the development and ongoing enhancement of programs that add diversity to the membership and invigorate current members
  • Able to quickly build networks by working closely with the other professional, civic and private organizations including diverse local histories
  • Provides a clearly articulated and detailed vision for the organization and what benchmarks and goals are needed to achieve that vision
  1. Organizational Operations: Manages the internal operations of the organization with a proven record of accomplishment in fiscal responsibility, management of people, operations and all communication in a professional manner
  • Generates, plans and staffs educational programming and outreach opportunities that attracts all ages, diversities, and interests.
  • Knowledge of museum practices as it relates to archives and familiar with the process of digitization and utilizing an archive for community and educational research.
  • Familiar with database management systems, current technology and social media
  • Responsible for review and execution of all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into on behalf of the organization
  1. Financial Viability: Develops an annual budget in conjunction with the Finance Committee
  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of the organization to include monthly financial statements which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization
  • Responsible for fiscal management that operates within the approved budget
  • Responsible for fundraising and developing resources necessary to support the organization’s goals and financial viability
  1. Board Governance: Works with the Board in order to fulfill the organization mission
  • Communicates effectively with the Board in a timely and accurate manner and reports all information necessary for the Board to make informed decisions.
  • Works with the President of the Board to develop and prepare agendas for meetings, develop an annual calendar to cover current issues
  • Works with the President of the Board to recommend the composition of the Board and its committees

Job Responsibilities

  1. Serve as the organization’s primary spokesperson with enthusiasm and knowledge to all constituents, the media and the general public
  2. Establish employment and volunteer policies’ and procedures for all functions as well as the day-to-day operation of the organization
  3. Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising and to increase the overall viability of the organization
  4. Strategic planning and implementation
  5. Planning and operation of annual budget
  6. Oversee and initiate marketing and other communication efforts
  7. Review and approve contracts for services
  8. Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors

Professional Qualifications

  • Demonstrates a passion for history with transparent, high integrity and core-values driven leadership
  • Ability to convey and inspire a vision for the organization to Board, volunteers, membership and the community at large.
  • High level strategic thinking and planning with strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting
  • Active fundraising experience. Excellent donor relations and generating new revenue streams
  • Experience working in and managing non-profit organizations.
  • Degree in American History, Museum Studies, Archival Management or related field

The salary range is $40,000 – $45,000

All applications are to be sent to the following email address: newhopehistory@gmail.com
(Posted 10/13)

Chief Executive Officer, The Independence Seaport Museums, Philadelphia

About Independence Seaport Museum

Independence Seaport Museum increases the awareness, knowledge, and experience of our waterways by highlighting the important role of the Delaware River through direct contact with their collections, exhibits, and the water. Located on the busy Penn’s Landing Waterfront in Philadelphia, the Museum is a key component of the waterfront renaissance and is uniquely positioned to tell the story of the vital role that Philadelphia played in the maritime history of the United States, including the founding of the US Navy.

Founded in 1960 by maritime collector J. Welles Henderson as the Philadelphia Maritime Museum, ISM has expanded to become a leading maritime museum and educational center. The Museum is home to a vast collection of maritime artifacts and two retired US Navy ships, the warship USS Olympia and the submarine USS Becuna. Welcoming over 110,000 visitors annually, the Museum is a vital part of the Philadelphia waterfront and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

In addition to the Olympia and the Becuna, the Museum houses several permanent exhibits focused on science, ecology, maritime history and art. It also operates Workshop on the Water, a working boat shop, is home to the Philadelphia Ship Model Society and a MakerSpace as well as offering several recreational boating opportunities to visitors.

The USS Olympia

Launched in 1892, the USS Olympia is a cruiser that played a vital role during the Spanish-American War at the Battle of Manila Bay and is the only surviving American naval warship from her era. Olympia served in World War I where her final act of service was the transportation of the American Unknown Soldier from France to the United States in 1921. The 100th anniversary celebration of this event is to be held in 2021. She was decommissioned in 1922 and became a part of the Independence Seaport Museum in 1996.

The USS Becuna

USS Becuna is a World War II and Cold War-era submarine. Commissioned in 1944, she was sent to the Pacific Ocean where she engaged the naval forces of Imperial Japan during World War II. Becuna completed five wartime patrols, sinking three and a half ships and earning four combat stars for her service. Becuna was decommissioned in 1969 and became a part of the Independence Seaport Museum in 1996.

Education Programs

Independence Seaport Museum seeks to become the premier educational maritime museum in the United States. ISM utilizes its location, collections, historic ships, connection to the Philadelphia port community and working relationships with primary, secondary and post- secondary schools to offer targeted educational programs and “ladders of opportunity” to students in the Philadelphia community.

The River Ambassadors program strives to educate all individuals about our impact on our waterways through hands-on and on-water experiences, community science, outreach and fun.  Students participate in the River Ambassadors program at the Museum to learn as much as possible about Philadelphia’s surrounding rivers and watershed and why and how to protect them. The River Ambassadors program is a WorkReady provider partner.

The Sailor STEM Boatbuilding program takes place in the Museum’s traditional wooden boat shop. Middle and high school students work together to build a wooden boat from start to finish learning key concepts in physics, mathematics, biology, engineering, design, construction, technology, language arts, ecology, and chemistry, as well as team-building and leadership.

Eagle STEM Mentorship is a four-year program exclusively for high school girls that takes students with a strong interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and presents them with hands-on learning and mentoring in these areas.  EAGLE is run in partnership with Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP-WSS).

River Alive!

In 2018, the museum opened its latest permanent exhibit, River Alive!, merging science and technology to deliver an interactive educational experience that teaches visitors about the vital role our waterways play and the importance of preserving them.

Workshop on the Water

The Museum’s boat shop, Workshop on the Water, is dedicated to the skills and traditions of wooden boat building and sailing in the Delaware Valley and the New Jersey shore. Visitors to the Museum can interact with the boat builders as they work on various projects. The Workshop on the Water builds and restores privately-owned vessels as well as maintaining the Museum’s own boat collection.

Waterfront Programming

ISM is uniquely positioned to connect visitors to the water. Recreational boating activities including weekend kayak excursions and Paddle Penn’s Landing: Boatin’ in the Basin enable visitors to experience being on the water and explore the Delaware River’s natural environment.

The J. Welles Henderson Research Center

The J. Welles Henderson Research Center is open to the public and has served authors, historians, filmmakers, boat builders and hobbyists for many years. The library, artifact collection and archives focus on maritime history and culture along the Delaware River and in the Port of Philadelphia from early America to the present. The largest maritime collection in the region, it includes personal and business records, rare books, reference materials, mechanical drawings, ship models, maps, art, architectural drawings, charts, recordings, photographs, cultural artifacts, and ephemera.

For more information about Independence Seaport Museum, visit www.phillyseaport.com.

The Next CEO

Partnering with the Board of Port Wardens and the staff, the next CEO of Independence Seaport Museum will bring entrepreneurial leadership and direction to the institution. He/she will be a hands-on visible, internal and external leader and serve as a champion of the institution and its mission, bringing a strategic focus with strong operational and management abilities.

As ISM continues to adapt, grow and eventually emerge from COVID-19, the next CEO will lead the organization through an unprecedented time. A renewed emphasis on digital content has expanded the organization’s national reach and recognition. The next CEO will embrace this growth and innovation with agility and work with staff and the board to capitalize on opportunities to ensure its continued success.

The next CEO of the Independence Seaport Museum will lead the organization through an exciting time as plans for the re-development and re-branding of Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia get underway. Located strategically in the center of Penn’s Landing, the Museum will be a focal point of the newly envisioned waterfront which includes the development of residential, retail and dining facilities as well as vast public green spaces that will connect Center City Philadelphia and the river.

The Independence Seaport Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity, inclusion, and equity as matters of fairness and effectiveness. We are committed to hiring and retaining a staff that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve, fostering an inclusive working environment where staff of all backgrounds feel welcomed and engaged in our mission. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Requirements

Key Experience and Expertise/Competencies

Leadership: An innovative, strategic and collaborative leader with a track record of success piloting an organization of similar size and complexity. Possessing the ability to leverage the Museum’s assets, programs and location to continue to raise the profile of the institution while effectively managing people and programs.

Fundraising: An energetic leader with a track record of successfully raising funds for a similar organization focused on major gifts and membership. The ability to nurture and develop external networks, think creatively and work with staff and Board to achieve fundraising goals.

Operations: Success managing operations including finance, development, programming, facilities and brand marketing. Possessing a focus on organizational effectiveness with the ability to take calculated risks and leverage organizational strengths to achieve results.

Change Management: Experience managing change within an environment of similar size and complexity. Experience creating and executing project strategies and plans, including stakeholder assessment, communications, leadership alignment and organizational transition. The ability to prioritize and execute accordingly.

Vision and Execution: Previous success creating vision and effectively setting goals and motivating teams to execute upon that vision. The ability to create alignment and generate enthusiasm from staff and external stakeholders.

Entrepreneurial Approach: An agile leader with an innovative approach to utilizing the Museum’s assets and programs. Ability to think “outside of the box” to establish partnerships, create relationships, and creatively steer the Museum into the future.

Communication: An inspirational and passionate communicator with exceptional written and oral communication skills. An adept and active listener with the ability to connect with staff, donors, visitors, and external stakeholders alike.

Relationship Building: The ability to create new and nurture existing relationships with internal staff and board as well as external visitors, students, donors, peer organizations, cultural partners and the City of Philadelphia.

Ability to Work with a Board: Experience working with a Board to create and execute a long-term strategic plan in line with mission and achieve the operational, financial, and programmatic goals of an organization.

People Management: A strong leader focused on creating a culture of teamwork and transparency. A good listener who champions a diverse, collaborative and inclusive workplace.

Passion for the Mission of ISM: Possessing enthusiasm for the cultural and educational work of Independence Seaport Museum including an appreciation for specific challenges facing cultural institutions including visitorship, fundraising and education.

Professional Knowledge: A working knowledge and appreciation of maritime history, culture, and the importance of our waterways including watershed protection as well as an enthusiasm for being on the water preferred.

Education: Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s degree preferred.

Applications and nominations can be sent to cdisston@disstonsearch.com

The Independence Seaport Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity, inclusion, and equity as matters of fairness and effectiveness. We are committed to hiring and retaining a staff that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve, fostering an inclusive working environment where staff of all backgrounds feel welcomed and engaged in our mission. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
(Posted 10/5)

Posting a job opening with PA Museums

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