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Archivist and Librarian, Lebanon County Historical Society, Lebanon

The Lebanon County Historical Society, a non-profit 501(c)(3), is seeking an individual to fill the position of Archivist & Librarian. This is a position that entails a 32-hour work week and is  $20 on an hourly wage basis. The mission of the Lebanon County Historical Society is to collect, exhibit, interpret, preserve, and publish the history of the Lebanon Valley. The Society shall accomplish this mission through its museums, libraries, archives, publications, programs, and historic sites. The Society shall hold its collections in trust for the community and recognizes its responsibility to educate and inform the public about the history of the Lebanon Valley and make its holdings reasonably accessible to the public.

Responsibilities

  • Continue the organization, preservation and description of manuscript collections to ensure long-term access of manuscript collections by processing collection according to best archival practices including expansion of existing catalog and updating entries into CollectiveAccess database (https://lebanon.whirlihost.com/)
  • Analyzing contents of collections for proper arrangement, description and improving organizational storage of collection
  • Accession and deaccession materials as needed per museum/library standards
  • Handle requests and correspondence from historical and genealogical researchers via standard and electronic mail
  • Continue digitalization of documents and images to further preserve the collection
  • Organize, coordinate, and direct the activities of volunteers/interns
  • Other related duties

Education

  • Master’s degree in library or information science, public history, history, or coursework pertaining to collections management, records management, or archives

OR A

Bachelor’s degree in a related field and relevant work experience of at least one to three years is required.

Qualifications

  • Thorough knowledge of best archival practices for appraisal, preservation, arrangement, description, and outreach
  • Understanding of descriptive systems and principles, national standards, archival ethics, and digitization methodologies and metadata standards
  • Ethics and integrity, and sound professional judgment
  • Excellent customer service skills; including establishing, building, and maintaining internal and external customer satisfaction
  • Ability to interact courteously with researchers
  • Ability to analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Ability to compile and analyze data and reports
  • Ability to input collections data accurately and consistently
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team setting
  • Ability to work in an environment that requires frequent walking, standing, lifting, carrying, collection shifting and exposure to dust

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience in conducting genealogical and local history research
  • Ability to write and edit articles for publication in quarterly newsletter
  • Familiarity with Lebanon Valley region, Pennsylvania Dutch culture, industrial & business history, and local schools, churches, and other organizations

Interested applicants should e-mail resume and cover letter to cachrist2@gmail.com.
(Posted 5/17)

Director, Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery, Penn State University, University Park

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) is seeking an innovative and committed individual to join our inclusive and collegial community, serving as the Director of the EMS Museum and Art Gallery. Located on the ground floor of the Deike Building on the University Park campus, the recently renovated EMS Museum and Art Gallery is perfectly positioned to be a vibrant and impactful center of learning, community, and outreach, telling the story of the EMS disciplines to a broad audience. The EMS Museum and Art Gallery possesses a world-class collection of mineral and rock specimens, original artwork of historic significance (including the noteworthy Steidle Collection of American Industrial Art), and significant collections of fossils, ceramics, glass, and artifacts of science and industry. The responsibilities for this position will include: overseeing the collections; developing relevant and engaging exhibits that capture the imagination and bring to life the expertise and research innovations of the College’s five departments and three institutes; implementing and supporting college events in the Museum and Art Gallery space; providing a fully accessible and inclusive experience for all constituencies; writing and managing successful grant proposals to develop and care for the collections, exhibits, and technical projects; partnering with faculty to develop broader impacts/broadening participation activities and materials; partnering with the Office of Development to coordinate revenue-generating activities to foster growth; supervising staff and volunteers; maintaining up-to-date web content; participating in the teaching and research mission of the College including student engagement; creating K-12 educational materials and programs; and fostering community outreach.

The directorship is a full-time non-tenure-line academic position, funded for 3 years from the date of hire, with an excellent possibility of renewal. Non-tenure line academic rank will be commensurate with the final candidate’s background and experience.

The Director must have a PhD in a field related to an EMS department by the effective date of employment. A non-tenure-line faculty appointment in one of the College’s academic departments (Geosciences, Geography, Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, Materials Science and Engineering, Energy and Mineral Engineering) is possible.

This position reports to the John Leone Dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

To apply, please upload the following materials with your application:

  • a cover letter and concise vision statement for the EMS Museum and Gallery,
  • a curriculum vitae, and
  • the names and contact information of at least three references.


The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences takes an active role in building a talented, inclusive, and culturally competent workforce. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, belonging, and engagement, which creates an inclusive environment in their workplace.

We will continue to receive and review applications until the position is filled. For additional information on the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences go to https://www.ems.psu.edu.

We seek both non-tenure-line and immediate-tenure-eligible candidates for this position. Interested immediate-tenure-eligible applicants must refer to and apply to the following advertisement: https://psu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/PSU_Academic/job/University-Park-Campus/Director–Earth-and-Mineral-Sciences-Museum-and-Art-Gallery_REQ_0000029477-1


Apply online at https://psu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/PSU_Academic/job/University-Park-Campus/Director–Earth-and-Mineral-Sciences-Museum-and-Art-Gallery_REQ_0000029321-1
(Posted 5/17)

Preparator, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia

How You Will Contribute

The Preparator focuses on works of art on paper, with duties including archival matting and framing for display and transport, as well as the housing of art on paper in storage. The Preparator works under the supervision of the Head Preparator.

Specifically, you will:

Hinge, mount, mat, and frame works of art on paper in the museum’s collection

Create folders, custom boxes, book cradles, and mounts for works of art on paper for storage or travel

Work on preparation and display of works on paper for all curatorial departments

Work with Library & Archives on storage and installation of materials

Other related duties as assigned

Your background and experience include:

Experience in handling works on paper at the level of fine art

Prior experience matting and framing works of art on paper

Ability to assess priorities

Ability to recognize a problem, condition, or potential problem in works of art on paper

High degree of accuracy and precision

Ability to move items up to 50 pounds

Familiarity with use of power tools, cutting tools, and hand tools

Ability to learn collection database software (TMS)

Post-secondary education with particular focus on Studio Art, Art History, or Conservation, with a BA or BFA preferred

Position and Compensation Details

The salary for this position is $41,000.

This position is full-time, non-exempt, and 35 hours per week.

This position is part of the AFSCME Local 397 bargaining unit.

COVID-19 vaccination required.

Application Timeline
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage candidates to apply early as the position will close once we have a robust applicant pool or a candidate has been selected.

What We Offer
Our employees are at the center of the museum. 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 admission

Discounts on gift memberships

Special staff tours and presentations from our curatorial and conservation teams

Discounts at the museum restaurant, museum cafés, and museum retail and online stores

We offer a comprehensive 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.

Submit application at: https://philamuseum.applytojob.com/apply/2QvHC20Za1/Preparator
(Posted 5/17)

Executive Director, Historic Sugartown, Malvern

The mission of Historic Sugartown, Inc. is to inspire the community to engage with the past through authentic 19th -century experiences, participate in the village’s present life and protect it for the future.

Founded in 1982 to preserve the 1800’s rural crossroads village of Sugartown, Historic Sugartown stewards 11 structures and 9.2 acres located within the Sugartown National Register District in Malvern, Chester County, PA. Historic Sugartown’s collections interpret 19th -century rural village community life in Pennsylvania and early American craftsmanship including domestic, industrial and agricultural artifacts as well as decorative pieces. HSI also stewards collections owned by the Chester County History Center (CCHC) that support HSI’s interpretive programs and exhibits.

The Executive Director is the face of the organization and chief spokesperson, conveying passion of place, caretaking of its collections and promoting educational programs. The Executive Director oversees operations, finances, development, rental units and a small dedicated staff as well as partners with the Board of Directors to guide strategic direction and planning.

Requirements

Education: Relevant bachelor’s or master’s degree.
Experience: Minimum 5 years nonprofit leadership and management experience;
Cultural, historical or preservation experience preferred;
Ability to lead staff, contractors and volunteers.
Skills/abilities: Management, finance and administrative skills;
Proven track-record of fundraising and development;
Excellent written and verbal communications skills; ability to speak in public;
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to reach out to community leaders and dialogue
with colleagues in related fields;
Knowledge of Microsoft office and Google Suite; Quickbooks knowledge a plus.

Competitive salary ($63-68K), schedule flexibility and attractive benefits; some nights and weekends required.
Historic Sugartown, Inc., is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that does not discriminate.
Submit resume and brief cover letter to info@historicsugartown.org; learn more at historicsugartown.org.

Executive Director, Historic Sugartown: Responsibility Details

Priorities
● Broaden visibility, increase community outreach and build awareness of programs/events based on
Strategic Plan approved by Board of Directors in 2021.
● Continue and expand educational programming.
● Expand pipeline of individual and institutional gifts as well as grants.

Mission-Focus
● Programs & Events: oversee the development and coordination of seasonal programs, tours,
workshops and events.
Executive Director, Historic Sugartown, Inc. historicsugartown.org
● Collections Management: oversee the care and protection of the collections.
● Buildings/Facilities Management: oversee project prioritization and regular maintenance.
Management
● Personnel: lead full-time and part-time staff as well as independent contractors, volunteers and
other resources; coordinate with local groups such as the Boy Scouts, Phelps School and area
businesses for volunteer opportunities.
● Governance: with Board of Directors, lead planning objectives as directed by the Strategic Plan
and coordinate board recruitment efforts/board orientation.
● Finance: monitor monthly finances; develop and manage annual operating budget; coordinate
audit process.

Critical Support
● Fundraising: cultivate new and major donors; identify and pursue new grant opportunities; seek
event sponsors and reach out to key supporters for special projects; develop and carry-out midyear and year-end appeal strategies.
● Real Estate Rentals: coordinate 2 residential rentals and 5 office rental spaces.
● Community Outreach: maintain collaborative relationships with other historical/cultural organizations, regional nonprofits and the business community.
● Event Rentals: coordinate rental agreements for short-term and long-term event rentals.
● Marketing: oversee Sugartown brand, website, advertising, social media, etc.
(Posted 5/12)

Seasonal Visitor Service Assistant, Seminary Ridge Museum, Gettysburg

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Assist in the daily operations of the Admissions Desk with a focus on customer service
• Assist in the daily operations of the Museum Shop
• Lead guided tours of Cupola and conduct other public historical programming
• Serve as Point Person on an as-needed basis
• Operate Escape Room on select evenings
• Assist with light cleaning duties
• Assist with light clerical duties

DETAILS:
• Approximately 15-25 hours per week
• Shifts typically 7.5 paid hours plus 30-minute unpaid lunch
• Most shifts start as early as 8:30am-9:30am and end as late as 4:30pm-7:30pm
• Flexible scheduling availability required to help the museum meet its customer needs
• Weekend, evening, and holiday hours required
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
• Ability to operate and balance Point of Sale (POS) cash register and ticketing system
• Excellent interpersonal skills; enjoys working with people of all ages and backgrounds
• Strong verbal and presentation skills

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
• Must be able to lift at least 40 pounds
• Must be able to walk up stairs throughout five-story building

COVID-19 CONSIDERATIONS (as of May 2022):
• Remote interviewing process available
• Staff wearing masks and visitors encouraged
• Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces
• Hand sanitizer stations throughout facility
• Limited capacity and hours of operation when necessary, based on public safety concerns

$12/hour

HOW TO APPLY: No phone calls please. Please forward a cover letter and resume to Codie Eash,
Director of Education and Museum Operations, at ceash@seminaryridge.org or by mail to:
Codie Eash, Director of Education and Museum Operations
Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center
61 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg PA 17325
(Posted 5/10)

Executive Director of Collections and Programs, Mutter Museum, Philadelphia

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia (the College), home of the Mütter Museum (the Museum) and Historical Medical Library (the Library), seeks a dynamic, innovative, strategic and accomplished leader to serve as the Executive Director of Collections and Programs (Executive Director) at an important juncture in the College’s history.  Reporting to the College’s President & CEO, the Executive Director will provide strategic oversight of collections and educational programming in America’s finest museum of medical history and the College’s Historical Medical Library (the Library). The Executive Director will be an integral part of one of the most revered professional medical organizations in the United States.

Housed in a striking Beaux-Arts building deep in the heart of Philadelphia, the College’s 22nd Street location was dedicated as a National Historic Landmark in 2002. The Museum displays its beautifully preserved collections of anatomical teaching specimens, models, and medical instruments in a 19th-century “cabinet museum” setting. The College is also home to the Center for Education (the CfE) and The Mütter Research Institute (the MRI) – both significant and integral areas of the College that make it the invaluable, historical resource it is to the medical community and the public audiences it educates and serves.

An experienced museum professional, the Executive Director will help the College tell great human stories of the past, present and future. Through its collections and educational programming, the College will demonstrate and deliver a message of hope that advances in medicine and science will continue to make the medical conditions reflected in the Museum and Library collections things of the past.  This vision will attract and engage the public and the medical community to explore and utilize the College in new and innovative ways.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with a beloved institution to develop a thoughtful and innovative strategy for how the Museum and Library use the collections to further the mission of the College and tell its story to a wider audience. The Executive Director will be an inspiring and engaging change agent who will leverage and expand upon the College’s 250-plus years of success and influence on medical history and education. As a key member of the leadership team, working with the President & CEO and the Museum, Library, and CfE teams, the Executive Director will take on the challenge of creating and implementing a cohesive and comprehensive strategic plan that will guide the next chapter of the Museum and Library and their programming. A superb manager of people and a strong advocate, the Executive Director will break down existing silos and bring together the integral functions of the Museum, Library, and CfE to ensure success and optimal performance as a cohesive team. Capitalizing on the Museum’s international reputation, the Executive Director will also be a leading influence and voice in important conversations surrounding the ethical acquisition and display of medical specimens and artifacts, not only in the Museum, but also in medical collections world-wide.

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia has retained Isaacson, Miller to assist with this search. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed to: www.imsearch.com/8490.

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.(Posted 5/10)

Senior Accountant, The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia

The Franklin Institute, the most visited museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, strives to be the world leader in promoting science and technology education and literacy through inspiring and engaging experiences that cultivate curiosity, critical thinking, and an understanding of the crucial role science plays in our lives.

At The Franklin Institute, we provide an environment that is as nurturing as it is dynamic. Our team-oriented approach allows for ample learning and career growth opportunities. We think you will find the Institute offers the ideal atmosphere in which to best use your skills and talents. We are eager for your input, ideas, and inspiration.

Position Description:

The Senior Accountant will perform day to day general ledger activities with an emphasis on maintaining endowment schedules and analysis, along with grant reporting and billing.  This position will report to the Controller with a dotted line to the Director of Financial Reporting and Analysis.

The Senior Accountant will also be responsible for:

  • Maintaining grant reporting, tracking, and payment requests
  • Maintaining investment and endowment schedules including reconciling statements monthly and calculating annual spending rate
  • Completing account reconciliations and analysis
  • Preparing monthly/yearly journal entries including analyzing information received
  • Preparing weekly cash forecast/projections
  • Filing US Department of Commerce/Capital Expenditure census reports
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, accounting, or related field
  • Five or more years of experience in accounting and finance in progressively responsible positions
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task and handle a fast-paced work environment
  • Ability to self-manage and prioritize
  • Must be detail oriented, analytical, proactive and a team player
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Fully vaccinated is defined as at least two weeks after your final dose. Medical and religious exemptions will apply

Status:  Full-time, 37.5 hours per week, Monday through Friday

Benefits Information:

The Franklin Institute offers a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, and vision, 401K, life insurance and disability coverage. We also offer generous Paid Time Off, paid holidays, and numerous wellness program benefits.

Please visit our Careers page at https://www.fi.edu/join-our-team/job-openings or contact employment@fi.edu (please indicate the position for which you are applying in the subject line). 

The Franklin Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.
(Posted 5/10)

Museum Assistant, Pennypacker Mills, Schwenksville

The Museum Assistant is responsible for performing the administrative duties required by the historic site, providing guided tours and participating in events and programs. The Museum Assistant also oversees the operation of the retail shop at the site.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conducts guided tours and participates in educational programs and events. Assists with logistics (including set-up/tear down) for events/exhibits;
  • Assists with tour reservations and initiates confirmations. Maintains site calendars including those for meetings, training, tours and other significant site events
  • Coordinates mission based purchases of materials and supplies for the site’s retail activities including merchandise, stocking, display and promotion of the site’s Museum Shop;
  • Performs required cash management activities for the site including credit transactions and sales tax reporting;
  • Assists Historic Site Supervisor with deposits and record keeping for the site’s donation account;
  • Copies and disseminates information to the public, staff and volunteers as directed;
  • Maintains contacts/mailing lists and performs mailings or emailing when required;
  • Required to take training as assigned;
  • Assist with site general cleaning;
  • Assist with creating and/or maintaining digital content, social media and the county website as related to the site’s mission;
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  

  • Minimum two (2) years’ experience at an historic site or museum which includes making presentations to the public;
  • Experience with retail sales and office support operations preferred;
  • Minimum of a High School diploma or GED. Some college level classes in history or related field preferred;
  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License, a satisfactory driving record and the ability to maintain one throughout employment;
  • Must have basic computer skills;
  • Must successfully pass PA State Police Criminal Record check;
  • Ability to communicate effectively and possess good public speaking skills;
  • Must project a pleasant and professional presence when interacting with the public;
  • Must be able to read/write/speak English.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here 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 the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, talk and hear.  The employee frequently is required to taste or smell.  The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands or arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision and depth perception.

  • Have the ability to climb, stoop, bend, reach, walk, sit or stand for long periods of time;
  • Must be able to lift at least up to  thirty (30) pounds;
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must be worn when applicable.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. 

This position will require both office and field work.  A Museum Assistant may experience the following:

  • Occasional exposure to chemicals and other hazardous materials when performing responsibilities;
  • Occasional exposure to inclement weather, extreme heat, cold, snow, ice, and rain;
  • Will work at various sites as assigned;
  • Occasional contact with domestic and wild animals; 
  • Casual work attire; 
  • Required to work weekends, holidays and evenings as needed;
  • Be available for all emergencies outside of normal working hours;
  • Occasional historic attire may be required;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.

Please click here for more information and to apply.
(Posted 5/5)

Education Assistant, Glencairn Museum, Bryn Athyn

Glencairn Museum is seeking a full-time Education Assistant to join its Education Department beginning August 1, 2022. The successful candidate will demonstrate a passion
for and ability to educate students of all ages through the interpretation of material objects. Glencairn Museum is part of the Academy of the New Church and is affiliated with the
General Church of the New Jerusalem (newchurch.org), a Christian denomination based on the theology of Emanuel Swedenborg. The mission of Glencairn Museum is to engage a
diverse audience with the common human endeavor to find higher meaning and purpose in our lives. This is achieved by recognizing universal spiritual concepts expressed in religious beliefs and practices around the world—past and present—through the interpretation of art, artifacts, and other cultural expressions of faith. A special focus of the Museum is to preserve and interpret art and artifacts that illustrate New Church beliefs and practices. Glencairn is seeking applicants who are committed to the Museum’s mission and values. For more information about Glencairn Museum and its mission, please visit glencairnmuseum.org/about-us

As much of the education programming closely follows the academic year, duties and responsibilities can vary seasonally.

Details
• $38,000-$44,000 yearly salary
• Full-time, exempt, benefits eligible
• Reports to Educational Programs Manager

Responsibilities
• Teaching education programs to K-12 school and homeschool groups.
• Assisting with the daily, weekly, and annual creation and preparation of program materials.
• Assisting with ongoing program development, review, and assessment.
• Assisting in the development and execution of annual events for families and students.
• Providing general support and assistance to the Educational Programs Manager.

Personal and Professional Requirements
• Employees of Glencairn Museum are expected to uphold the mission, principles, and polices of the Academy of the New Church; support the mission of Glencairn Museum;
and follow all Museum policies and guidelines.
• B.A. or B.S. in education, museum studies, art history, world religion, or related field, or experience in museum education required.
• Passion and enthusiasm for education through material objects.
• Strong presentation and interpersonal skills, including ability to engage students of all ages (K-12) as well the general public.
• Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, while also being self-motivated and self-sufficient on individual projects.
• Ability to master breadth of content.
• Ability to maintain a calm presence.
• Flexibility and adaptability when engaging children with objects, ultimately creating a positive experience for all children.
• Strong organizational skills while demonstrating the ability to remain fluid and flexible.
• Interest in further education and/or professional training in museum education.
• Occasional weekend and evening work.
• Ability to move and carry educational materials to setup and deliver programming.
• Valid driver’s license required as some programming will require traveling off site using a Museum vehicle.
• Current Pennsylvania background checks including:
o Department of Human Services Child Abuse History Clearance
o Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Records Check
o Federal Criminal History Record Information (CHRI)

How to Apply
An important part of our interview process is understanding why this position and our mission particularly resonated with you, so even if you feel that you don’t check every box or
meet every requirement above, please still consider applying. Applicants should submit a resume, a cover letter including a discussion of their interest in and ability to contribute to
Glencairn Museum’s mission through educational programs, and contact information for three references to Amy Glenn at amy.glenn@glencairnmuseum.org. The application deadline is May 31.
(Posted 5/5)

Welcome Center Host, The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Easton

The Welcome Center Host is a seasonal, part-time position that is one of the first points of contact for visitors to the National Canal Museum and its mule-drawn canal boat during the open season (June through October). He/she/they sell admission tickets and snacks, assist with rentals of boats and bikes, and answer visitor questions.  Typical work hours are 11am-5pm.  Workweeks can be weekends only or a combination of weekends and one or more weekdays (Wed-Fri), depending on the candidate’s availability. 

Position responsibilities:

  • Provide the highest level of customer service for all visitors  
  • Assist visitors with questions about museum and park amenities, directions, canal history, other attractions within D&L Corridor, etc.
  • Use the Point of Sale system to process museum/boat admissions, equipment rentals, and food/drink sales
  • Assist with rentals of paddleboats, canoes, kayaks and bikes, including providing safe operating instructions
  • Follow opening and closing procedures for the Welcome Center
  • Assist with keeping the Welcome Center and surroundings tidy
  • Be prepared to handle emergency situations and deliver first aid if appropriate
  • Attend and participate in annual full-day staff retreat(s)
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years old (exceptions may be made for responsible applicants aged 16 or 17)
  • Must have transportation (work site is not serviced by public transportation)
  • Must be fluent in English with good communication skills and a friendly, helpful attitude
  • Ability to perform basic computer functions, including Point of Sale systems
  • Capable of responsible cash-handling
  • Willingness to gain a familiarity with the cultural, industrial and environmental history of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
  • Must complete and clear PA State Police criminal history clearance, PA Child Abuse clearance, and FBI federal criminal history clearance
  • Current CPR and 1st Aid certification required (may be obtained after promise of employment) and willingness to respond in emergency situations
  • Ability to adapt to changing circumstances and work independently or with a team
  • Must be able to demonstrate proficiency and comfort with physical job requirements
  • May require the ability to work during non-standard hours when the need arises

Salary: $11.00 per hour

Background: The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L) preserves the historic pathway that carried anthracite coal and iron from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol, PA. The organization was established by Congress in 1988 to celebrate our nationally significant story centered on the transport of anthracite coal from the mines of Luzerne and Carbon County to the markets in the Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia (via Bucks County). The D&L Trail is a multi-use trail spanning over 165 miles from the mountains of northeast Pennsylvania, along rivers and through the Lehigh Valley and Bucks County. In 2017, D&L merged with the National Canal Museum to incorporate the archives, museum, canal boat and educational programs into preservation and education efforts. Today, we are an AAM accredited Smithsonian Affiliate and an organization with the ability to connect people to unique experiences in nature and the environment, community and economic impact, health and recreation, history, preservation, and education.

For the full job description and to apply online, visit https://delawareandlehigh.org/about/team/welcome-center-host/.
(Posted 5/5)

Museum Collections Intern, The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Easton

The Museum Collections Internship is available to current students and recent graduates in the fields of history, museum studies, or library and information sciences.  Over 8 weeks between June and August (dates are flexible), the intern will assist with the grant-funded inventory of National Canal Museum collections held at the Museum Support Center in Easton.  Under the supervision of the Inventory Coordinator, he/she/they will gain experience in documenting, handling, storing, and organizing historical objects and archival materials.  Work days are flexible (minimum 8 hours per week) and there is a stipend of $1,000. 

Requirements

  • Current undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in Museum Studies, History, Library and Information Science or a related field; or a recent graduate
  • Reliability, attention to detail, and timeliness
  • Ability to perform basic computer functions, including data entry and using standard software applications (i.e., Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook, etc.)
  • Positive interpersonal skills and willingness to collaborate in a team environment
  • Willingness to gain a familiarity with the cultural, industrial and environmental history of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

Background: The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L) preserves the historic pathway that carried anthracite coal and iron from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol, PA. The organization was established by Congress in 1988 to celebrate our nationally significant story centered on the transport of anthracite coal from the mines of Luzerne and Carbon County to the markets in the Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia (via Bucks County). The D&L Trail is a multi-use trail spanning over 165 miles from the mountains of northeast Pennsylvania, along rivers and through the Lehigh Valley and Bucks County. In 2017, D&L merged with the National Canal Museum to incorporate the archives, museum, canal boat and educational programs into preservation and education efforts. Today, we are an AAM accredited Smithsonian Affiliate and an organization with the ability to connect people to unique experiences in nature and the environment, community and economic impact, health and recreation, history, preservation, and education.

For the full job description and to apply online, visit https://delawareandlehigh.org/about/team/museum-collections-internship/.
(Posted 5/5)

Manager of Public Programs, York County History Center, York

The Manager of Public Programs provide invaluable service to guests by creating a welcoming, rewarding learning experiences through high quality programs and, special events focused upon attracting and serving priority audiences both on and off site. As a key contributor to fulfilling the institutional mission and values, the manager will create a robust calendar of events utilizing volunteers, community partnerships, and team member Associates. The Manager will work closely with cross functional team members from all departments in leading program planning that is relevant, responsive to feedback (evaluation), and audience focused. Individuals serving in this capacity will understand visitor motivations through a continuous evaluation system to inform ongoing planning and programming.

Expectations:

  • Establish a year-long strategic calendar of programs for publication
  • Create a plan to recruit and retain volunteers
  • Develop new partnerships in alignment with organizational

Essential Functions (includes but is not limited to):

  • Develop and implement strong programs, including family activities, workshops, lectures, holiday and community programming that attracts community members and visitors
  • Established a calendar of programs/events that is balanced and offers opportunities for all priority audiences to participate
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment utilizing solid communication skills to ensure the History Center is maximizing audience participation and
  • Suggest sponsorship or funding opportunities in order to expand or enhance program
  • Ability to fulfill grant requirements including financial and close out reporting.
  • Understand and utilize best practices regarding DEAI (Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion).
  • Develop partnerships with community organizations to expand program offerings
  • Hire, train and supervise Visitor Experience Associates
  • Assist or train volunteers as needed
  • Be able to conduct tours at all sites
  • Accurately operate the Point of Sale System to sell admissions, memberships and retail material

Skills:

  • Creativity in programming to attract new audiences
  • Willingness and ability to engage a variety of audiences including diverse populations, all age ranges and learning
  • Enthusiasm to comfortably speak with small and large groups of people
  • Desire to provide high quality programs and services
  • Flexibility in dealing with a variety of situations
  • Solid interpersonal and communications skills
  • An affinity for and commitment to working in a team environment
  • Affinity for continuous learning

Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in museum studies, history, social science, education, or other related field is desirable. Relevant experience in customer service, guest relations or training with a passion for and understanding of history is also
  • Demonstrated ability to use various software programs and content management systems
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time during tours and programs
  • Willingness to occasionally dress in period attire
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs
  • A valid driver’s license
  • Background checks required

Please submit letter of interest and resume no later than May 27, 2022 to taltland@yorkhistorycenter.org. Please, no phone calls. www.yorkhistorycenter.org.
(Posted 5/4)

Specialist, Sales and Support, Eastern State Penitentiary and Historic Site, Philadelphia

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site (ESPHS) seeks an energetic, self-motivated, highly organized team player with strong communication skills, the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment, a passion for the arts, and a positive attitude for the position of Specialist, Sales and Support.

This position assists with the day-to-day operations of the group and event sales program (for both the daytime prison tour and Night Tours programs and the annual Halloween fundraiser, Halloween Nights), provides guest support for individuals and administrative assistance for the office staff.

Responsibilities include selling group visits, performing active outreach to prospective clients, maintaining and updating contact lists and databases, corresponding with group planners, confirming bookings, coordinating payments and post-tour follow up, providing receipts, and asking for feedback and assisting with the sales of facility rentals and film and photo shoots. 

This position assists group and individual Halloween Nights guests with exchanges, reissuing tickets, customer support questions and reviewing chargeback claims by phone and email. During Halloween Nights, office hours will shift from daytime Monday-Friday to include some nights and weekends.

Other responsibilities include maintaining the organization’s master calendar, ordering, organizing, and maintaining an inventory of office supplies, coordinating maintenance for the organization’s printers and office equipment, managing the in-kind donation program, and assisting with events as needed including the receiving of deliveries and purchasing supplies. Occasionally, making trips to retail stores/outlets to purchase supplies will be needed.

SPECIFICATIONS / QUALIFICATIONS

Must be highly motivated, organized, professional, and dedicated to sales excellence. Ability to work well within a team environment, yet comfortable completing tasks independently. Excellent listening and comprehension skills. Comfortable communicating via phone, email and in person.

Ability to provide pleasant, professional, customer focused service to a diverse constituency of visitors from a wide range of ages, backgrounds and interests.

Excellent computer skills required, including proficiency in Microsoft Office, Outlook, Zoom, Galaxy Ticketing System or similar ticketing/CRM system.

Ability and willingness to work irregular hours including evenings and weekends as necessary September – November.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (LIFTING, ETC.)

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is a stabilized ruin and working conditions can vary greatly from area to area; surfaces are uneven, temperatures can range widely and spaces can be tight. Ability is required to lift and/or carry objects that weigh up to 20+ pounds without the aid of lifts or other special equipment when managing deliveries and supplies.

Education Level: 
Requires a Bachelor’s degree with 2+ years of sales experience required in attraction, museum, or similar venue. Knowledge of Philadelphia and the tourism industry ideal.
Salary info: $41K
Please send a resume and cover letter to fs@easternstate.org. In your cover letter, explain why you are passionate about guest support and group sales. The deadline for applications is Friday, May 13, 2022 at 5:00 pm. No phone calls please.
(Posted 5/4)

Public Programs Manager, 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 arguably 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 CMP COVID-19 Employee Vaccine Policy requires that all employees provide proof of COVID vaccination or if not fully vaccinated, must provide proof of negative COVID-19 testing on a weekly basis.

The Public Programs Manager will work collaboratively with education and curatorial staff to create and implement a public program plan that connects expansive publics with Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA); creating and nurturing welcome and belonging, critical thinking, generosity, and mutuality. The Public Programs Manager is responsible for conceptualizing, developing, organizing, supporting and facilitating public programs as an integral component and expression of the museum’s artistic program.

The Public Programs Manager will work with staff across the museum to produce public programs that connect ideas, critical questions, multiplicity of cultures, and lived experiences with museum publics, artists, neighborhoods, the region, and the art field. This role will support the development and implementation of engaging public programs for museum staff as well as develop CMOA as a programming partner and community resource. This role works to both structurally and programmatically further CMOA’s work of creating a museum environment that asserts that all of our existing and potential publics have what they need to engage with art. It is our work to create and make visible the many points of entry for our publics, while integrating our public experiences and knowledge into the dialogue and language of the museum. 

The Public Programs Manager will have broad fluency and translation skills in working with expanding publics, access to museum programming and maintaining a 126-year-old collecting art museum as a contemporary and open space.  The person in this role must be skilled at both the front and back end of public programs operations and production to welcome and create points of entry for publics before the program even begins. This role is integral in creating cross disciplinary inquiry-based discourse across a diverse array of exhibitions and broad ranging permanent collection for an ever-growing museum public.

This position necessitates flexible hours and is a public facing role. The person hired for this position will be encouraged to remain aware of the local, national, and global context for art and the role of Carnegie Museum of Art in both local and global contexts.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • A collaborative leader who thinks innovatively about ways of connecting publics across cultures, ages, race, neighborhoods, economics, genders, and ideologies to a wide range of art.
  • Efficient and detail-oriented, ability to produce events and manage their myriad details.
  • Practice or experience expanding how a museum welcomes and learns from a multiplicity of critical and engaged publics.
  • Experience producing a range of public programs including but not limited to events, workshops, symposia, film series, celebrations, lectures, and performances in collaboration with an institution.
  • Production experience is essential; from operationalizing how to create a public program, to considering the multiple constituent groups to involve, to what is needed for the physical space to meet the program goals, to ensuring both the process of program development and planning and the actual program are welcoming and generative for all who are involved. This person will also have experience of connecting specific audiences that do not self-identify as museum audiences with programs that would be of interest to them.
  • Highly creative thinker capable of conceptualizing and project managing wide-ranging, engaging, informative public programs that consider CMOA’s histories, role as a neighborhood museum with a global reach, collections and exhibitions.

Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree and 5+ years of public program experience at a cultural, community, or educational institution or equivalent required.
  • Demonstrated experience with developing culturally responsive and dialogical public programming.
  • Leadership and project management experience across departments and disciplines.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for collaborative, expansive, creativity, curiosity, integrity, and a strong professional ethic.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience working in fast paced settings.
  • Ability to adapt and locate creative solutions in ever changing situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute in team settings.
  • Willingness to be open, to learn from and respect a multiplicity of backgrounds
  • Experience working in range of organizations and institutions
  • Documented experience working directly with community stakeholders, artists, or parents.
  • Fluency in language(s) other than English valued.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This position requires mobility to lead and contribute to program implementation throughout program spaces and museum exhibit halls for several hours at a time.  Able to bend or lift items of 20–50 lbs. or ask for assistance when necessary.

Principal Accountabilities:

Develops and coordinates cross museum programming plan:

  • Develops and coordinates the annual programming plan in concert with the exhibition and permanent collection exhibition schedule.
  • Collaboratively develops crosscutting critical museum wide questions that center the museums programs in dialogue and community learning.
  • Creates operational procedures for the successful development and implementation of programs guided by various staff throughout the museum.

Public program collaborative development and project management:

  • Collaborate, plan, organize, manage, and coordinate public programs across the museum, as well as designate programmatic/operational responsibilities.
  • Interface with curators, educators, visitor services, special events, and technicians for the successful implementation of programming. 
  • Serve as a member of the department’s management team which is responsible for connecting Carnegie Museum of Art’s artistic programs to regional and international publics.
  • Integrate department arts engagement methodologies with a focus on inquiry-based programming that is access centered and speaks to multiple learning and social styles into all public programming and engagement.

Expands public engagement through a culture of welcome, generosity and mutuality in all programs:

  • Develop and implement public programming strategy that continues to expand the Carnegie Museum of Art as a hub and resource for local communities while connecting to field wide and international dialogue, inquiry and practice.

Manages and leads successful operations and implementations of public programs:

  • As a leadership position the Public Programs Manager not only works to effectively project manage programs and events but also direct reports learning program development and implementation as well as leads various staff members in developing a culture of welcome as core to all programs.
  • This position requires leadership in collaboration across multiple positions from IT to security to facilities as well as across a broad range of museum publics.

Other duties as assigned.

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.

 

Please visit the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh’s jobs portal for more information or to apply.
(Posted 5/4)

Office Coordinator, Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art, Chadds Ford

This position provides administrative and clerical support to Chief Financial Officer. The main areas of responsibilities include office administration and staff support such as projects including payroll preparation, benefits, full cycle recruiting, and preparation of internal communications regarding benefits and company policies.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  1. Execute normal office activities including all incoming/outgoing mail processing, maintenance of employee and office files, CFO’s correspondence.
  2. Coordinates health insurance open enrollment from proofing all communication documents, distributing information packets, and recording elections in the insurance portals.  Provides year-round resource to staff regarding their health insurance questions.
  3. Assist in full cycle recruiting of new staff including editing position descriptions posting jobs on variety of websites and bulletin boards, screening resumes, initial telephone screening, reference checking.
  4. Assist onboarding of all new staff.
  5. Assists in business insurance administration and claims management. File and manage claims as needed.
  6. Files Workers’ Compensation claims. Works with provider to track salary replacement payments, physician visits and return to work.
  7. Assists the finance team (Controller and Accountant) and HR Administrator on projects and grants as needed.

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive information with the upmost care and complete confidentiality.
  2. Must be able to show independent judgement as to alerting senior management to potentially serious issues.
  3. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
  4. 3-5 year of professional experience working in an executive support capacity.
  5. Demonstrated expertise in traditional office technology packages including Office 365.
  6. Excellent writing skills.
  7. Must have ability to self-manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  8. Attention to detail in all work.
  9. Good organization skills with ability to set priorities and adapt as they shift.
  10. Reliable transportation to and from the workplace.

SALARY RANGE:
$22.00 – $23.00 per hour

35 hours / week.

We are an equal opportunity employer and consider all qualified applicants equally without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. The Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art is committed to building a culturally diverse staff.

Please send resume and cover letter to cscholz@brandywine.org
(Posted 5/4)

Digital Archivist, Moravian Historical Society, Nazareth

Job summary

The Moravian Historical Society seeks an organized and detail oriented Digital Archivist as part of a new initiative in the area of digital curation of archival collections. The Digital Archivist will play a key role in bringing the history of the Moravians and of early America to a wider audience. The collection includes documents from the 1700s that are to be digitized, preserved, and shared. Working as part of a small team, the Digital Archivist will scan, edit, catalog, and disseminate archival documents related to the early founding of Nazareth and Bethlehem Pennsylvania. The position is part-time for a short-term project funded through a grant from the American Historical Association – National Endowment for the Arts.

About the Moravian Historical Society 

The Moravian Historical Society is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit museum and historic site that celebrates the rich culture of the Moravians. The collection consists of two Moravian buildings—the 1740-1743 Whitefield House and the 1740 Gray Cottage, the oldest Moravian structure in North America—and historical objects including furniture, decorative arts, paintings, works on paper, musical instruments, textiles, firearms, and other objects important to the story of early America. Also under the care of MHS are photographs, a large historical library, and archives of personal, missionary, family papers, and genealogies.

Key Accountabilities

  1. Scan and edit digital images for a variety of historic archival documents (manuscripts, visual materials, and maps), following archival standards and best practices.
  2. Create structural, administrative, and descriptive metadata for dissemination via Omeka using Dublin Core standards.
  3. Create inventories, finding aids, and condition reports for archival materials.
  4. Assist in the development and revision of workflows, guidelines, and other documentation related to digitization.

Required Qualifications

  • Prior experience with digitization.
  • Knowledge of metadata schema and knowledge of and experience implementing Dublin Core metadata standards.
  • Experience using digitization hardware including computers, flatbed scanners, and copy stand Systems.
  • Proficiency with Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop, and other digitizing software.
  • Proficiency in managing large Excel datasets.
  • Proven attention to detail and ability to perform repetitive tasks.
  • Ability to work proactively and independently.

Preferred:

  • Experience with PastPerfect software
  • Knowledge of XML
  • Sensitivity to and experience with handling archival materials.

Special Consideration

The Moravian Historical Society is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

The Whitefield House Museum is located in an historic 3 ⅓ story building without air conditioning or an elevator. The digitization room is located on the second floor. Various museum-related tasks include lifting moderate weights.

Please note: This is a Temporary, Grant-funded project

To apply:

  • The complete job description can be found at www.moravianhistory.org/careers
  • Please send a cover letter and resume to director@moravianhistory.org.

(Posted 4/26)

Institution Partnerships Manager, The James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown

Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Institutional Partnerships Manager joins the Museum at a pivotal moment in its history, as a newly expanded executive leadership team begins to define an ambitious strategic plan. The Development Team will plan and direct strategic and comprehensive development programs, lead the development of new contributed income streams to ensure a sustainable future for the Michener and maintain a genuine and deep commitment to diversity and inclusion; and proactively ensure the Michener Art Museum is a thought leader in social justice, social access and full social inclusion.

Essential Functions:

The ideal candidate will have three-five years of experience in foundation, corporate, and/or government fundraising and grant development; grant proposal writing and budgeting; identifying, tracking, and reporting on progress to annual revenue goals and demonstrate success in securing grant awards and contributed revenue. The position oversees the Corporate Business Partners Program and will independently manage and develop a portfolio of 30–50 corporate and foundation prospects and donors that generate approximately $1M in contributed revenue for unrestricted, core support as well as restricted projects and initiatives.

Grant planning and proposal strategies will be developed in close partnership with the Executive Director and Chief Development Officer and teams at the Museum.

Primary Responsibilities: 

The duties and responsibilities of the Institutional Partnerships Manager include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Responsible for overall planning, conceptualization, scheduling and development of grant proposals and reports with a record of demonstrated success in assigned area
  • Manages the Museum’s portfolio of foundations, corporate partners and sponsors, as well as a smaller portfolio of business prospects and donors, to secure unrestricted/restricted gifts in excess of $1M annually.
  • Serves as project manager, editor, and/or principal writer for a variety of projects, including proposals, letters, reports, and other institutional communications as required. Provides editorial direction and guidance to others as requested.
  • Develops cultivation and solicitation strategy for current and prospective corporate and foundation donors in conjunction with the Chief Development Officer, Executive Director, and senior leaders and staff
  • Manages the Corporate Business Partners program including oversight and leadership of meetings, events, and reports.
  • Develops, in collaboration with leadership, effective fundraising communication strategies and talking points for development communications and fundraising priorities. Transform concepts and ideas into appropriate and effective written communication for internal and external audiences.
  • Process gifts and reports in Raiser’s Edge (or similar CRM system)
  • Produces monthly trustee reports and tracks fundraising progress to generate reports.
  • Ensures high quality work by carefully proofreading and editing all work for accuracy, completeness, and clarity.
  • Attends departmental meetings and participates in departmental events as requested.
  • Participates in long-range strategic planning initiatives for Michener Art Museum.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred
  • 3-5 years’ demonstrated experience in grant writing, foundation/corporate/government relations, and/or fundraising experience
  • Detail oriented, with excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects at any given time, under competing deadlines, and to establish project timelines and meet deadlines
  • Familiarity with relevant computer software programs, such as Raiser’s Edge, Workforce or similar CRM database, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of regional and national funding communities a plus
  • Museum background is desirable
  • Availability for evening and weekend hours as required.

Additional Skills:

  • Maturity and professionalism to work independently and as part of the Development team, with museum leadership and staff. Discretion in working with confidential information required.
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills; Ability to comprehend a wide variety of concepts (art, history, education, etc.) and effectively communicate them both verbally and in writing
  • Initiative, sensitivity to constituents, and a commitment to exemplary customer service

Salary is commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits. This is a full time regular, non-exempt position.

Interested candidates should submit your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to jobs@michenerartmuseum.org  Please indicate your last name and “Institutional Partnerships Manager” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. We will respond to those candidates whose qualifications are best aligned with the components of this job description. Applicant review will continue until the position is filled.

Note – final candidates will be required to provide two samples of recent foundation/corporate-faced, professional communication samples.

The James A. Michener Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Michener Staff are expected to maintain a genuine and deep commitment to diversity and inclusion; and proactively ensure the organization is a thought leader in social justice, social access and full social inclusion. 

Interested candidates should submit your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to jobs@michenerartmuseum.org  Please indicate your last name and “Institutional Partnerships Manager” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. We will respond to those candidates whose qualifications are best aligned with the components of this job description. Applicant review will continue until the position is filled.
(Posted 4/26)

Director of Museum Education, The National Constitution Center, Philadelphia

About the National Constitution Center

The National Constitution Center is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization devoted to teaching about the Constitution. Located on Philadelphia’s historic Independence Mall, steps from where the Constitution was drafted and signed, it serves as America’s leading platform for constitutional education and debate, fulfilling its congressional charter “to disseminate information about the U.S. Constitution on a nonpartisan basis in order to increase awareness and understanding of the Constitution among the American people.”

Position Summary

The Education and Visitors Experience Division provides meaningful learning opportunities for the National Constitution Center onsite visitors and students in classrooms around the country through our virtual programming. Through a diverse portfolio of interpretive experiences, engaging programs, and online resources, we expand each learner’s understanding of, and appreciation for, the Constitution and its relevance today. 

The Education and Visitors Experience team is composed of the Visitor Experience, Online Education, and Educator Professional Development. In sum total this group comprises more than 50 full-time, part-time staff and volunteer staff members who connect the Center’s mission to a variety of audiences using onsite and offsite programming and physical and digital projects. 

NCC Education Principles: 

  1. Exceed audience learning expectations and ensure a level of access in which everyone is welcome. Be friendly, respectful, engaging, and flexible. Always remember that this visit may be their first and only. 
  2. Encourage a meaningful appreciation of the Constitution and the modern discussions today. 
  3. Engage yourself in the mission of the Constitution Center – take responsibility for your continued development and commit to collaboration as a robust team of learners.
  4. Care for your colleagues and be proud of what we accomplish together. 

Overview: 

The Education Department provides excellence and expertise in inclusive learning practices across all of the Center’s educational programs and projects, with experts in youth programs, intergenerational groups, families, teachers, and students. Staff from the Education team work on national outreach efforts, digital projects and programs, community and local initiatives, and internal staff training. 

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Lead the Onsite Museum Education Team 
  • Direct staff, strategies, and vision for the K12, Family Learning, and Constitutional interpretation programs and projects. With the Director of Visitor Experience, lead full-time staff, part-time staff, interns, and volunteers to maximize collaboration, professional growth, effectiveness, and inclusiveness of our educational offerings. 
  • Oversee Mission Aligned Programs and Projects (implemented by the selected candidate with Museum Education Team staff)
    • Ensure the Constitution Center offers mission-aligned programming for youth that follows best practices in public history, with up to date scholarship and learning theories. 
    • Direct a well-established suite of K12 programs that utilize the Center’s unique exhibits, location and online offerings. Direct the curation and creation of student offerings, teacher alumni engagement at the Center and family programming. New initiatives should integrate learning expertise to onsite field trips for a K12 audience. 
    • Direct and coordinate educational offerings that may re-envision and build upon the existing onsite learning programming that includes both daily programs, Constitutional Ambassadors, Virtual Tours, Scout Days and Civic Holiday events and support of programs created by the education team. 
    • Ensure educational programming uses best practices to support learning for children from across racial and cultural backgrounds and diverse lived experiences. 
    • Lead target audience initiatives and collaboration with existing and new partners and coalitions such as Historic Philadelphia, Global Philadelphia, Constitutional Walking Tours, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and key educational tour operators. 
  • Represent the Museum Education Team
    • Work across departments to advocate for and align learning programs with institutional practices in the Marketing and Communications division and other mission-centric departments, such as the Exhibits team. 
    • Represent the Center in external meetings, VIP experiences, Media, and professional settings. 
  • Bring Museum Education Expertise to the Constitution Center
    • Develop, implement, and evaluate a vision for museum education at the Center in inclusive and accessible ways that create meaningful and relevant experiences for young audiences. 
    • Advise CLO on trends in museum education
    • Actively participate in Education and Visitor Experience division initiatives and meetings and assist the CLO with special projects and initiatives as needed.
    •  
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Please note that the Center may change specific job duties with or without prior notice based on the needs of the organization

Minimum Qualifications

  • Demonstrated expertise in history, museum education, education, museum studies or related fields gained through 8 or more years of professional experience. 
  • Supervisory experience 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Demonstrated expertise in two or more areas of history, museum education, education, museum studies or related field gained through 8 or more years of professional experience in both informal and formal education arenas. Master’s Degree preferred. 
  • Relevant experience leading program development and coordination, with knowledge of and experience in the intersection of formal and informal learning 
  • Knowledge of and ability to integrate new education, museum, and technology trends and standards 
  • Excellent managerial, interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills. 
  • Strong oral communication and public speaking skills 
  • Ability to problem solve under pressure and work creatively with attention to detail 
  • Demonstrated ability to follow administrative and financial policies and practices 
  • Must be able to work effectively as part of team 
  • Demonstrated interest in history 
  • Demonstrated success creating or implementing learning resources in digital environment 
  • A spirit of curiosity and inquisitiveness 

Special Requirements: 

  • Must occasionally travel, work non-traditional and additional hours as programs require 
  • Please submit a Cover Letter, Resume, an example of your work that demonstrates your qualifications for this position, and a list of three (3) professional references. 

Physical Demands

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working at a computer
  • Standing and walking may be required on an infrequent basis
  • Some light lifting, twenty (20) pounds or less, may be required on an infrequent basis

Salary range: $50-65K

Please click here to apply.
(Posted 4/26)

Costumed Interpreters, Historic Philadelphia, Inc., Philadelphia

Historic Philadelphia, Inc. (HPI) is looking for  first-person, costumed interpreters for a new program, “Meet the Women of 18th Century Philadelphia” taking place in the courtyard of the Betsy Ross House at 239 Arch Street, Philadelphia. This program is an opportunity to portray real life people who lived in Philadelphia during the time of the American Revolution, drawing from primary sources and historical scholarship. This would be an ideal position for students or emerging living history professionals. A blend of acting and history/museum experience is desirable.  

HPI seeks interpreters who can convincingly fill the following roles:

  • A free, African American woman in her early 20s
  • A working class, white woman in her 40s
  • A wealthy, white woman in her late teens to early 20s

Knowledge and Skills:

  • An enthusiasm for history; prior experience with museum interpretation and living history is desirable  
  • Acting skills – improvisation and ability to work from a script
  • Interpreting skills – ability to make relevant connections for guests and craft interpretations based on historical sources
  • Ability to take on an 18th century persona, including mannerisms, speech, worldview, etc.
  • Adaptability to various performing environments, from one-on-one encounters to large groups
  • General knowledge and understanding of 18th century Philadelphia History and the American Revolution
  • Willingness to explore and share complex and sensitive aspects of history

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to wear historically accurate 18th century clothing for an entire 4-hour shift
  • Ability to demonstrate a craft or task while interacting with audiences
  • Ability to work outside in varying weather conditions and come in daily contact with pollen and other seasonal allergens

Part-time, seasonal work with approximately three to four weeks of paid training beginning in May and public performances from mid-June through October. Must be able to work weekends and holidays.

The rate is $13 for the rehearsals/training, and then $75 per each 11am-3pm interpretation shift. 
(Posted 4/26)

Manager of Youth Programs, The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia

The Franklin Institute, the most visited museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, strives to be the world leader in promoting science and technology education and literacy through inspiring and engaging experiences that cultivate curiosity, critical thinking, and an understanding of the crucial role science plays in our lives.

At The Franklin Institute, we provide an environment that’s as nurturing as it is dynamic. Our team-oriented approach allows for ample learning and career growth opportunities. We think you’ll find the Institute offers the ideal atmosphere in which to best use your skills and talents. We are eager for your input, ideas, and inspiration.

Position Description:

The Franklin Institute’s Youth Programs offerings aim to inspire middle and high school students to explore their curiosity for science and develop a STEM identity, and equips students with the tools and knowledge necessary to pursue opportunities in these areas.

The Manager of Youth Programs will: develop and lead STEM related workshops; support program logistics that includes engagement with student participants, families, community-based organizations, and workshop educators; provide general program support; and support any other programmatic offerings and events.

Essential Functions

  • Candidate will develop and oversee implementation of weekly STEM related workshops for middle and high school students
  • Create hands-on lesson plans that may include lab-based experiences; facilitate bi-weekly PACTS middle school Science Investigators workshops
  • Support weekly meetings for the freshman and sophomore year components of STEM Scholars Program, in collaboration with university and industry partners
  • Help define yearly program scope, goals, and deliverables for Youth Programs offerings
  • Maintain a database of current high school and alumni students’ records and contacts, as well as program partners
  • Oversee alumni outreach and support, as well as coordinate alumni engagement events
  • Support additional Youth Programs events, as needed
  • Additional duties may include assisting with entrance essay writing, college applications, and career advising
  • Support museum floor operations on an occasional basis

Additional eligibility requirements – Include work hours, schedule, and physical requirements

  • Typical work hours are Tues-Sat, with some evening hours, during the Academic Year (September- May/June) and Mon-Friday during Summer (July, August). Position may include occasional weekend community engagement events
  • The position is based on site at The Franklin Institute, with possibility of occasional remote work arrangements

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, science-related field, or youth development required.
  • Three – five years of experience with program implementation, project management, and community outreach is essential. Familiarity with and passion for science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics is a plus. Strong collaborative, communication and writing skills are essential.

Mandatory Requirements:

  • Ability to maintain consistent, positive relationships with students and families a must.
  • Knowledge of general STEM topics and related careers.
  • Experience interacting with diverse communities, industry and community partners, and university faculty.
  • Must have excellent collaborative and interpersonal communication skills, inside and outside of the museum environment
  • Classroom management and teaching skills, particularly with middle and/or high school students, either in a formal or informal setting.
  • Strong written and oral science communication skills
  • Curriculum development and lesson planning skills a plus.
  • Database management.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, organize and prioritize, and demonstrate flexibility in dealing with a variety of tasks on a daily basis.

The Franklin Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Benefits Information

The Franklin Institute offers a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, vision, 401K, life insurance and disability coverage. We also offer generous Paid Time Off, paid holidays, and numerous wellness program benefits. Salary range: $53-55K.

Please visit our Careers page at https://www.fi.edu/join-our-team/job-openings or contact employment@fi.edu (please indicate the position for which you are applying in the subject line).
(Posted 4/26)

Historic Preservation Supervisor, Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg,

THE POSITION

Are you a highly skilled historic preservationist with National Register experience?  The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) is seeking an Historic Preservation Supervisor to coordinate the office’s National Register of Historic Places program.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK

The PA SHPO uses its resources to educate, encourage and enable Pennsylvanians to value and preserve Pennsylvania’s history and culture. Our role is to identify, promote, and protect the architectural and archaeological resources of the commonwealth. The Historic Preservation Supervisor will be responsible for overseeing the National Register of Historic Places program, supervising staff, and helping to guide proactive research, documentation, and survey efforts. .

Interested in learning more? Additional details regarding this position can be found in the position description.

Work Schedule:
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Monday – Friday
Lunch Period: 1 Hour

Telework:
Telework eligible (part-time): You will have the opportunity to work from home (telework) up to 3 days a week. Specific days will be determined by bureau directors according to bureau needs. In order to telework, you must have a securely configured high-speed internet connection. If you are unable to telework, you will have the option to report to the headquarters office in Harrisburg.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, TRAINING & ELIGIBILITY

One year in the Historic Preservation Specialist classification; or

A Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural History, American History, Archaeology, or a closely related field plus three years experience working on an architectural survey, an architectural restoration and preservation project, historic preservation program, or a preservation assistance project; or

Any equivalent combination of experience and training.

Additional Requirements:

  • Must have experience supervising professional staff.
  • Meet or exceed the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards.
  • At least three years of experience writing National Register of Historic Places nominations, and/or demonstrable experience with nomination development, nomination review and editing, and successful interactions with staff, boards, and federal agencies.
  • Demonstrable experience interpreting and applying National Park Service guidance and criteria for evaluating archaeological and/or above ground properties for National Register of Historic Places eligibility and listing.
  • Demonstrable experience interpreting and applying contexts and Multiple Property Documentation Forms to historic resources.
  • Demonstrate excellent ability working with a team of individuals and independently.
  • Demonstrable experience conducting surveys of historic resources.
  • Proficiency using technology and software applications to manage historic resource data, workflows, and workload.
  • Experience in developing and implementing public outreach programs, conducting preservation education, and public speaking.

Preferred Qualification:

  • Excellent computer and word processing skills using MS Office products and data management systems such as the SHPO’s PA-SHARE.

The Commonwealth is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. The Commonwealth values inclusion as we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified people to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal or state law. All diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.

Please click here for more information and to apply.
(Posted 4/20)

PT Museum Educator, Reading Public Museum, Reading

Job Summary

The purpose of this position is to facilitate the growing number of educational programs at the Museum. The Museum Educator will report to the Director of Education and will be primarily responsible for implementation of educational programming as well as visitor services. This includes but is not limited to student tours, summer camp programs, birthday parties, planetarium facilitation, visitor service operations, outreach programs, and assisting at other Museum events as additional staff as needed.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Facilitate educational programming at The Museum and Planetarium.
  • Using excellent customer service skills, establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, officials, and all members of the general public.
  • Provide support for programming (includes evenings and weekends.)
  • Assists with keeping exhibits and public areas safe and presentable to the public
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Education – preferred: Bachelor’s degree in art, education, science education, history, museum studies or related field.
  • Experience: Required experience working with children. Prefer experience managing and promoting programs and events, and working with people of all ages. Experience working in a museum or cultural institution setting helpful as is experience working with volunteers.
  • Required Skills: Strong organizational and communication skills, strong computer skills, ability to work independently and collaboratively, self-starter, strong research and writing skills.
  • Required: Must be available to work weekends and evenings including overnights, and at least 10 hours a month.
  • Preferred Skills: Knowledge of museum practices, and museum education standards, bilingual is a plus.
  • Obtain successful child related clearances as required by the law, including Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check, Child Abuse History Clearance and FBI Fingerprinting for Criminal Background Check.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here 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 the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use manual dexterity.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and color vision
  • The employee frequently is required to sit and reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee is required to stand, walk, and talk or hear.
  • Must be willing to follow current Museum health and safety protocols.

Work Environment

Work environment characteristics described here 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 the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is not normally exposed to weather conditions.
  • The noise level in the work environment is normally moderate.

The pay rate is $10 – $15 per hour.  And to apply applicants should send a cover letter and résumé to wendy.koller@readingpublicmuseum.org.
(Posted 4/20)

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