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Assistant to the Director, The Frick Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh

The Assistant to the Director provides essential support to the museum’s busy executive director and its board of trustees, and serves as a friendly, helpful first point of encounter for members of the public. The Assistant will be joining the Frick during an exciting period of renewal and change, as the museum seeks to become an actively anti-racist organization that can serve as a vital resource for our entire community.

This position is full-time, non-exempt with benefits.

Hours:
   Primarily, Monday – Friday, 9:00-5:00, with occasional evenings and weekend events.
Reports to:   Executive Director

Salary:  $32,000-$42,000, based on experience 

Responsibilities:

I. Coordination of the Director’s Activities (70% of time) 

  • Proactively maintains the Director’s electronic calendar 
  • Manages the primary corporate Zoom account 
  • Answers the phone, responds to requests, logs messages, re-directs calls
  • Maintains electronic and paper filing systems
  • Sorts and processes mail
  • Coordinates documents needing the Director’s approval
  • Prepares standard correspondence  
  • Prepares and submits expense reports
  • Maintains inventory of office supplies
  • Updates the staff telephone list
  • Receives guests 
  • Maintains an uncluttered, pleasant reception/waiting area 
  • Reserves rooms and sets up requested A/V and refreshments
  • Supplies requested meeting materials 
  • Ensures that meetings begin and conclude on time
  • Makes dining reservations, occasional travel arrangements
  • Schedules and records monthly All-Staff Meetings

II. Coordination of Board Activities (25% of time) 

  • Maintains the schedule of quarterly Trustee and committee meetings
  • Oversees the set-up and execution of Board meetings, receptions, and retreats
  • Maintains the Trustees Portal, Trustee Directory, and online meeting calendar
  • Drafts Board meeting agendas; prepares and distributes meeting minutes 
  • Schedules and coordinates New Trustee Orientation Sessions
  • Prepares meeting minutes for selected Board committees

III.  Other Responsibilities (5% of time)

  • Serves on one of the staff committees 
  • Represents the Frick at occasional onsite and/or community events
  • Pitches in as needed

Qualifications:

  • Organization
  • Reliability
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong time management skills
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • Proficiency with standard business software (MS Suite, Adobe, Zoom, etc.) 
  • Collaboration/a team approach
  • A friendly, helpful attitude 
  • A sense of humor
  • A commitment to fostering a workplace culture of diversity and inclusion 
  • Interest in museums, art, and history 
  • The ability to work occasional evenings and weekend special events
  • High School diploma or equivalent (required)
  • College or business school (preferred)
  • At least 1 year’s prior experience in a similar or equivalent role
  • Clearance of a criminal background check

The Frick Pittsburgh is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to fostering a workplace culture of accessibility, inclusion, diversity, and racial equality and urges qualified diverse applicants to apply.

The Frick Pittsburgh embraces diversity as a proposition that is central to the organization’s mission. In building and serving diverse audiences, the Frick affirms and supports diversity of persons and ideas both within the organization and the communities it serves.

Please visit The Frick Pittsburgh’s website to apply or view other openings.
(Posted 4/13)

Director of Lafayette Art Galleries and Curator of Art Collections, Lafayette College, Easton

Lafayette College invites applications for the full-time position of Director of Lafayette Art Galleries and Curator of Art Collections. The search committee seeks creative and experienced applicants, with the appropriate academic qualifications, who are equipped to guide and manage the College’s art galleries and collections and to nurture relationships on campus and in the community for exhibitions, research, scholarship, and programming. A touchstone position within Lafayette Arts, the work of this highly collaborative position intersects with all disciplines on campus. Imaginative, inventive, and forward-looking applicants will demonstrate the ability to advocate for and share a global perspective of the visual arts in relationship to interdisciplinary learning at the College. Lafayette is deeply committed to creating a diverse community, one that is inclusive and responsive and is supportive of each and all of its faculty, students, and staff. All members of the College community share in the responsibility for creating, maintaining, and developing a learning environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, and inclusiveness is practiced. All Lafayette gallery operations reflect the College’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion (DEAI) initiatives, and Lafayette welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds.

About Lafayette College

Founded in 1826, Lafayette College is among the nation’s leading undergraduate liberal arts colleges, with 260 faculty members and more than 2,500 students who pursue degrees in 51 academic programs, comprising a rare blend of liberal arts and discipline-specific engineering areas of study. Located in close proximity to both New York City and Philadelphia, Lafayette’s home is the historic and vibrant city of Easton at the confluence of the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers, in the culturally dynamic and rapidly growing Lehigh Valley region of Eastern Pennsylvania. Some 500,000 visitors annually visit Easton’s many attractions, such as the Crayola Experience, Sigal Museum, National Canal Museum, State Theatre for the Performing Arts, abundant outdoor festivals, and public programs and events offered at Lafayette College. The College enjoys a long history of community engagement in the arts and connection with other venues in the region, including 10 other private and public colleges and universities and many arts and cultural organizations, such as the Allentown Art Museum. For more information about Lafayette College, Lafayette Arts, and the Lafayette Galleries,visit https://www.lafayette.edu/, https://the-arts.lafayette.edu/, and http://galleries.lafayette.edu. For more information about the City of Easton and the Lehigh Valley, visit https://www.exploreeastonpa.com/ and https://www.discoverlehighvalley.com/.

Exhibition Program
Lafayette’s exhibition program spans two 1,000-square-foot galleries, the Williams Center Gallery (WCG) and the Grossman Gallery (GG). Most College exhibitions are generated in-house. A typical schedule incorporates several exhibitions in each gallery per academic year. All exhibitions and related programs are free and open to the public.  Located in the Williams Center for the Arts (WCA) on the main Lafayette campus, the WCG presents exhibitions and related programming in a wide range of media, cultures, subjects, and eras. The GG, located in the Williams Visual Arts Building (WVAB) on the Williams Arts Campus (WAC), supports the studio art curriculum through exhibitions and residencies by regional, national, and international contemporary artists; and exhibitions by students and faculty. The WCA, opened in 1983, houses the Performance Series, the Music Department, the art history faculty, and the newly opened Kirby Art Study Center. Adjacent to the downtown Easton business district, the WAC comprises the GG, studio art, the Theater Department, Film and Media Studies Department and classrooms; a blackbox theater, and a cinema screening theater.

Art Collection

The College’s expanding art collection includes approximately 4,500 works of 18th- through early 21st-century American and European paintings, prints, and sculpture; vintage and contemporary photographs; contemporary American sculpture and paintings; outdoor sculpture; and Native American pottery and baskets. The art collection includes work on view throughout the campus, in addition to works on view in the galleries and the Kirby Art Study Center.

The new Kirby Art Study Center (KASC)–with 1,475-square-feet of art storage, an adjacent 590-square-foot study room, and a 400-square-foot workroom/photography studio–opened in fall 2018. Located off the main lobby of the WCA, the KASC sits adjacent to the art history lecture room, the Performance Series and music main stage, and the WCG. The KASC makes accessible to faculty, students, other scholars, and the public the rich visual arts resources not already on display across campus. The KASC provides a modern museum-standard environment for the care, display, and study of the growing art collections. 

Both the Art Collection and Kirby Art Study Center offer first-hand encounters that comprise an important role in our academic mission by allowing students to develop the skills of close observation, visual and critical analysis.

Strengths of the collection include:

  • The Kirby Collection of Historical Paintings, assembled by Allan P. Kirby, class of 1915, as the College’s original core teaching collection and consisting of important 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century American portraits, history paintings, and sculpture.
  • The Bennett J. ’79 and Meg Goodman Photograph Collection includes 1,400 photographs by more than thirty-six 19th- through 21st-century photographers, with an important emphasis on images of the Civil Rights era of the 1950s through the 1970s.
  • The collection of innovative, limited-edition prints by renowned national and international artists, produced in Lafayette’s Experimental Printmaking Institute has a focus on work by women and artists of color.

Responsibilities

  • Plan and execute interdisciplinary and cross-campus exhibitions in collaboration with an Advisory Gallery Committee, guest curators and/or essayists.
  • Generate and coordinate programs related to the collections and exhibitions, such as lectures, films, workshops, publications, and tours.
  • Manage budgets, endowment fund income, annual gifts, and grants.
  • Oversee acquisition, commissioning of original artwork, installation, conservation needs, and prepare artwork for exhibition.
  • Oversee publications production, editing, and guide the design of all marketing and communications materials, including advertising, media releases, and social media.
  • Advise campus facilities about the protection and care of artworks on campus, including the Kirby Hall of Civil Rights, the Kirby Room in Van Wickle Hall, and the Chateau Chavaniac.
  • Collaborate with development and college relations staff in seeking gifts of artworks, financial support, and grants, and in cultivating and stewarding relationships with donors.
  • Remain current with best practices for student engagement, exhibitions, technology, issues of concern, and ethics, etc., through such organizations as the AAMG (Association of Academic Museums and Galleries), AAM (American Alliance of Museums), and College Art Association.

Qualifications

Competitive applicants will hold a MFA, MA, or PhD degree in an appropriate field and bring significant experience (five years or more) directing and curating exhibitions and visual arts programs at an academic institution. Applicants should demonstrate a solid track record organizing exhibitions as well as clear evidence of collaborations across disciplines. The College seeks highly qualified applicants familiar with best practices in the academic museum field with preference given to those involved in AAMG. In support of the College’s commitment to DEAI initiatives, Lafayette welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds.

The successful applicant will show curiosity, vision, a strategic mind, and a facility for collaborating in diverse situations. The position requires knowledge of 18th- through 21st-century art, including American art and photography, and experience managing collections; supervising students and staff; cultivating and stewarding donors and collaborating on development activities, including grants; promoting diversity, equity, access, and inclusion; working productively with students, staff, and faculty across campus to advance College priorities.

The successful applicant will also demonstrate the energy and motivation to create a strategic plan for the galleries and art collection toward accreditation by the AAM. Such a plan will enhance effective practices in the field, promote the arts in general, and reflect the College’s mission and institutional plan.

Submit the following materials for consideration: a letter of application; curriculum vitae; curator’s statement relevant to an interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary learning setting; and materials that demonstrate experience curating original exhibitions, including sample catalogues, promotional materials, exhibition reviews, and other relevant support materials. In addition, include evidence of art history expertise (with American and contemporary art and photography recommended), successful academic collaborations that have resulted in exhibitions and educational programs, budget and supervision experience, collections management and development experience, and experience with DEAI initiatives.  Please upload to:  http://apply.interfolio.com/86015

Additional Information

Current additional staff:

  • Registrar/Collections Manager (half-time): primary responsibilities in the art collection, including rights and repro requests; database updates; exhibition are transport and shipping.
  • Gallery Receptionist (half-time) for the GG.
  • Marketing Director, shared with the Performance Series and the Director of Arts, designs season announcements, ads, posters, and edits some marketing texts.
  • 8–12 student employees who serve as gallery monitors at the WCG.
  • Contract preparators/art handlers install most exhibitions and do most matting and framing.
  • Freelance copy editors and publication designers as needed.

Lafayette College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and underrepresented groups.

Lafayette College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, religion, age, military or veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or familial status, pregnancy, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law in its educational programs and activities, admissions, or employment, as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable laws and College policies.

Lafayette College is committed to creating a diverse community: one that is inclusive and responsive, and is supportive of each and all of its faculty, students, and staff.  The College seeks to promote diversity in its many manifestations. These include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and place of origin.
(Posted 4/7)

Vice President of Advancement, York County History Center, York

The York County History Center inspires the exploration of the history, people, and culture of the county, state, and nation. As a non-profit organization it utilizes collections, historic sites, and museums to help tell the American story. The History Center’s collection encompasses more than 90,000 three dimensional artifacts and 400,000 books, ephemera, video, and photographs highlighting nearly 300 years of York’s impressive history. These artifacts give substance to the culture and contributions of the York County community.

The History Center tells the remarkable stories of York County’s different ethnic and socio-economic groups, businesses, inventions, and historic events. Experiences within its three museums, five historic buildings, and a nationally renowned Library & Archives make the York County History Center a beloved cultural institution for the community and an important resource for all.

The York County History Center seeks an externally focused and result-oriented leader to serve as its next Vice President of Advancement. The VP will foster conversations that build financial support to advance the organization’s strategic priorities, balancing the creativity to envision the future History Center with the attention to detail necessary to oversee all aspects of the fundraising program. Specific qualifications include:

  • At least 8 years of experience, with demonstrated success in different areas of institutional advancement, and a track record in closing major gifts in a non-profit setting.
  • A keen understanding of best practices in fundraising, experience using metrics to drive performance.
  • Demonstrated success in increasing year-over-year fundraising, especially converting capital donors to annual donors. Experience with capital or endowment campaigns preferred.
  • Knowledge of the mechanisms of major gift and planned gift fundraising; experience developing a planned giving society preferred.
  • Ability to manage, inspire, and lead a professional staff.
  • Demonstrated achievement in organizing and motivating Board members, staff, and key volunteers to participate in fundraising activities.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and appreciation for the distinctive value of museums and cultural institutions; museum or cultural institution work experience a plus.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in any field is required; advanced degree is preferred.

Development Resources, inc. is leading this search for the York County History Center. All of DRi‘s searches can be viewed at http://driconsulting.com/available-positions/. Applications can also be submitted via email to search@driconsulting.com.
(Posted 4/7)

Performer, Experiences, 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 Franklin Institute is looking for energetic performers to enhance the in-building visitor experience. We are looking for performers with high-energy, big personalities, and the ability to captivate an audience. This role would benefit from having someone with comedic skills who can read an audience and has the ability to improvise with guests.

Performer, Experiences are responsible for engaging guests with scientific content in an educational, fun, and memorable capacity through demonstrations, live shows, group and one-on-one facilitation.

We are looking for reliable performers with initiative who can work with little supervision, customer service skills, and commit to at least 3 days a week. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule to include weekdays, weekends, evenings, and holidays.

The Performer, Experiences will also be responsible for:

  • Performing shows and acts in assigned area according to show schedules and assisting in the daily operation aspects of the assigned show.
  • Leading science experiences for museum guests, including, but not limited to performing live shows and demonstrations and interacting/facilitating in exhibits.
  • Performing dissections of animal organs, not limited to but focusing on mammalian. 
  • Developing skills and knowledge to maintain quality show, appearance and integrity.
  • Assisting in general cleaning of specified areas.
  • Working as part of a team to increase productivity and while providing excellent guest service.
  • Developing an understanding of exhibit content and activities grounded in STEM
  • Handling of chemicals and materials – (ex: liquid nitrogen, hydrogen, helium, carbon dioxide and oxygen gases; dissection scalpels) – training provided. Ability to handle latex balloons.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

  • Interest in learning about science and value the importance of science communication
  • Able to communicate effectively in a professional manner with co-workers, supervisors, and guests
  • Deliver a high energy entertainment experience; experience in delivering high energy, fun performances
  • Excellent customer service experience
  • Previous experience in education and visitor services in an attraction setting preferred
  • Ability to stand, walk and work for prolonged periods of time
  • Fluent in Spanish preferred

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). We look forward to hearing from you!

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 4/5)

Museum Educator, Wagner Free Institute of Science, Philadelphia

For over 165 years, The Wagner Free Institute of Science has been contributing to increasing science literacy and access through FREE public programs. Founded in 1855, the Wagner serves 35,000+ people each year through its museum, library and extensive educational programs. The Wagner seeks a Museum Educator to lead programs for groups of all ages, with primary responsibility for audiences pre-kindergarten through college.

The Museum Educator will work within the Institute’s Children’s Education Department to manage onsite field trips and family programming. This position focuses on collections-based science learning in the museum setting. Children’s lesson topics complement the museum’s natural science collections and include interpreting the Wagner’s history. College group visits cover a wide variety of topics and includes science content, architecture, museum studies, archives access, and history of science. As a National Historic Landmark, the building and artifacts are crucial to the programming and mission of making science accessible. The best-fit candidate will leverage the museum’s resources to maximize this exceptional collection to teach science and the history of science to the public with the fewest barriers.

Responsibilities:
 Schedule and manage group visits to the museum, including field trips, group tours, science lessons, etc.
 Develop and teach onsite and virtual field trips, tours, and science lessons
 Collect, review and report evaluations from visiting group leaders
 Maintain group visitor statistics
 Orient and support visitors in the museum
 Lead planning for public family and community programs
 Deliver outreach programming to area elementary schools
 Prepare promotional materials for children’s and family programs, both print and electronic
 Promote and distribute program offerings to the community and other audiences
 Represent museum in community and citywide collaborations
 Serve as a mentor and partner for Children’s Education and museum interns
 Manage the teaching collection that supports the field trip experience
 Work with collection committee to steward and provide oversight of the historic museum collections
 Assist with public programs and special events and as needed
 Other duties as assigned
Qualifications:
 Bachelor’s degree in a science field and/or education required
 Minimum two years teaching experience in education or science-related field required
 Familiarity with national, state, and local standards at the K-8 level
 Must work well with the public, possess excellent public speaking skills, and demonstrate interest and/or experience in museums, natural science and collections
 Detail-oriented with excellent organizational and written communication skills
 Outstanding time management skills, ability to manage multiple tasks and efficient working style
 Ability to work collaboratively, independently, creatively and to take initiative
 Interpersonal skills that foster a collaborative working environment
 Strong computer and software application skills
 Criminal background checks required
 Personal transportation recommended; Valid Driver’s License required
 Availability to work evenings and Saturdays

Salary: $30-36,000 salary commensurate with experience, generous benefits package
Hours: Full time, exempt

How to Apply
Please email a cover letter and resume assembled and attach it into a single pdf to Holly Clark, Director of Children’s Education, clark@wagnerfreeinstitute.org Please no phone calls.

Please label the pdf as LAST NAME, FIRST NAME_RESUME.PDF
Subject line of the email: Museum Educator Applicant-Last Name, First Name

The interview process may include a phone interview, an initial virtual interview, a second interview with several staff members, and a competency assignment.
The Wagner Free Institute of Science is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. We especially encourage members of historically underrepresented communities to apply. We also welcome candidates returning to the workforce and candidates with military experience or veterans.
(Posted 4/2)

Executive Director, Institutional Advancement, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia

The Executive Director leads the Institutional Advancement team at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (ANS). As a key member of the ANS leadership team, the Executive Director will strategize and expand philanthropic support for the Academy and its interdisciplinary approach to the environment and sustainability. As the primary advancement liaison between ANS and Drexel University, the Executive Director will work closely with both ANS leadership and Drexel’s Office of Institutional Advancement (IA) to launch a fundraising campaign that widens engagement, grows revenue, and builds an open, innovative and inclusive culture.

The Executive Director will be responsible for securing principal gifts in addition to overseeing all aspects of the Academy’s membership, individual giving, annual fund, major gifts, planned giving, and stewardship programs; member, donor, and fundraising events; and foundation, corporate, and government support. They will work collaboratively across departments toward the shared vision of creating a healthy, sustainable and equitable planet. This position reports to the Academy’s VP, CFO/COO, and works closely with the Academy’s President and CEO and the Senior Vice President, Institutional Advancement of Drexel University. This position currently has three direct reports and oversees a dedicated and skilled team of ten. 

Essential Functions 

  • Secure principal gifts and develop future donors by pursing the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, recognition, and stewardship of donor prospects with capacity to give $100,000 or more to the Academy
  • Build and manage a dynamic portfolio of prospects (individual, corporate, foundation) and who are believed capable of making major commitments, based on giving patterns, prospect research, and other indicators
  • Maintain an active schedule of meetings with trustees and major gift prospects.  Travel may be required
  • Staff the Academy’s President & CEO and Board Chair on principal gift prospect stewardship and solicitation visits
  • Oversee all aspects of the Academy’s fundraising program, including annual fund appeals, Leadership Circle giving, Major Gifts, planned giving, and foundation and corporate relations
  • Oversee the Academy’s Membership program, including membership recruitment, solicitation, upgrade and renewals program, communications, and fulfilment
  • Oversee all Academy fundraising, cultivation, and member fulfilment events
  • Act as primary liaison with Drexel’s departments of Institutional Advancement and Government Relations
  • Provide staff liaison support and management of the Academy’s Board Development and Board Nominating and Governance Committees
  • Work collaboratively across the organization to advance the development goals and strategic initiatives of the Academy
  • Provide leadership and effective management to take the Academy’s Institutional Advancement programs to a higher level of sophistication and demonstrated success

Required Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in development with progressively increased responsibility
  • Knowledge of prospect management systems
  • Proven ability and success in managing all aspects of a fundraising program, including individual giving, membership, and institutional giving
  • Demonstrated success in soliciting and closing six figure gifts from individuals and institutions
  • Supervisory experience
  • Experience working with Board members, including staffing Board committees or advisory boards
  • Ability to work collaboratively with various constituent groups, museum staff, Trustees, and volunteer committees 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Knowledge of database fundraising software, Raiser’s Edge or CS Advance
  • Experience with fundraising campaigns
  • Familiarity with planned giving concepts and experience in soliciting planned gifts
  • Experience in development at a museum or cultural organization

Physical Demands 

  • Typically sitting at a desk/table
  • Typically standing, walking 

Location 

Center City

Additional Information 

This position is classified as Exempt with a salary grade of N. For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure, https://drexel.edu/hr/career/ducomp/salstructure/ 

Special Instructions to the Applicant 

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application. 

Review of applicants will continue until a suitable candidate pool is identified. 

Advertised: Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

Please visit Drexel University’s Human Resources website to apply.
(Posted 4/1)

Grants and Government Relations Officer, The Senator John Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh

The Heinz History Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and the largest history museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is currently seeking a full-time Grants and Government Relations Officer to successfully match government and foundation fundraising needs of the Heinz History Center and our branch museums (Meadowcroft Rockshelter & Historic Village, Western PA Sports Museum, Detre Library & Archives and Fort Pitt Museum) by researching foundation and government funding opportunities; writing and coordinating specific proposals that match the History Center’s organizational needs with funder priorities; following up to secure funding; and reporting to funders on the progress of the History Center’s initiatives they have supported.

This is a full-time position reporting to the Vice President.

The primary responsibilities of the Grants and Government Relations Officer include:
•    Research, analyze and solicit foundation and government agency funding opportunities.
•    Review the History Center’s strategic plan and project priorities and align fundraising goals to plan.
•    Work with the Vice President, Advancement Director, Corporate Relations Director and all departments to enumerate and verify the prioritized needs of the            organization with respect to the strategic plan and projects seeking funding.
•    Participate in brainstorming sessions to decide on priorities. 
•    Identify potential funders.
•    Assist in research and lead the efforts to write drafts of proposals and reports to foundations and government entities.
•    Explore published information, electronic databases, and other research tools to determine potential funders’ priorities for funding and investment.
•    Follow-up with funders to refine the nature of the ultimate request.
•    Track and write proposals and reports for new and renewing foundations.
•    Maintain and update department files and databases on foundations and government agency funders.
•    Develop an accurate updated database of foundations and government entities.

The successful candidate must have the following credentials:
•    Bachelor’s Degree and 5-8 years of related experience. 
•    A proven ability to take direction, but to also work with minimal direct supervision and manage multiple projects, while being a committed team player.
•    The ability to read and understand organizational budgets.
•    Must be a self-starter and be proactive in anticipation of team needs and have the ability to creatively solve problems.
•    Superior written and oral communication skills; excellent analytical, critical thinking, and organizational skills with precise attention to detail.
•    A high degree of competency in the MS Office suite, particularly Excel, PowerPoint, and Word, and the ability to learn new applications quickly.
•    Ability to work independently (especially during hybrid office hours).
•    The work is detail-oriented and requires flexibility, positivity, effective time-management, precision, patience, efficiency, and integrity.

Please click here to apply.
(Posted 3/29)

Web 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. 

Carnegie Museum of Art’s Web Manager is a highly skilled and strategic professional who possesses exceptional web development, leadership, and collaboration capabilities.  As the organization innovates ambitious artistic and educational programs, deepens its commitment to the Pittsburgh community, broadens its reach to national and international audiences, and expands access to its remarkable collection of art, this position is integral to advancing the museum’s mission. 

 

Reporting to the Director of Marketing & Engagement, the Web Manager oversees the ongoing development, improvement, and administration of the museum’s ever-evolving web properties in an effort to attract and engage audiences, increase institutional visibility, and enrich and enhance the online user experience. The Web Manager partners with colleagues across the organization, cross-functionally and cross-departmentally, to develop and project manage initiatives that require creative web-based solutions including in-gallery/on-site interactives, podcasts, virtual education and public programming, mobile apps, and more.  The Web Manager assesses web performance and reports web analytics and insights to evaluate the effectiveness of the museum’s web efforts.  

The Web Manager is a supervisory position that oversees Carnegie Museum of Art’s Web Developer and is a forward-thinking adopter of emerging technologies.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

 

Education and Experience: A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, or equivalent professional experience, is required, along with five years of professional web production management experience in a collaborative team environment. Experience in a visual or performing arts, cultural, educational, or similar setting is preferred, but not mandatory, as well as working within a marketing team/environment alongside editors, designers, and content experts and managers.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: The Web Manager must have a strong background in the creation, planning, and executing of web initiatives and a thorough understanding of the changing technology landscape.  Exceptional leadership, communication, problem-solving, organizational skills and the ability to work collaboratively with others is crucial. Ability to balance several projects simultaneously, manage and complete projects on scheduled deadlines, work alongside others of varying technology capabilities, and manage and mentor a direct report is critical.  Agility within the context of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh hardware/software environment and a nuanced appreciation of the values of a mission-driven organization are essential.  Experience in managing and/or contributing to a digital transformation effort, infrastructure-related project, or content migration is a plus.

 

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

 

Competence, knowledge, and experience in the following:

  • Designing complex navigation on websites for easy user experience; familiarity with standard concepts, practices, and procedures of user-centered design
  • Website content management systems; in-depth knowledge of WordPress required
  • CSS/Sass, JavaScript, JQuery, PHP, React, node.js, Command Line, and other current web development technologies
  • Coding responsively for all screen sizes
  • Concepts and principles of accessibility, including WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines)
  • Adobe Creative Suite and at least one general purpose programming language (e.g., C/C++, perl, Java, etc.)
  • Web analytics (including Google Analytics, SEMrush, Google Tag Manager, Facebook Pixels, etc.) and/or survey platforms (Qualtrics)
  • Web evaluation tool (such as SiteImprove) for effective application of SEO principles
  • Project management tools (Asana, if possible) and Outlook

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

 

Traditional office setting as well as work-from-home setting; extended contact with CRT/CPU; ability to work under pressure and pay attention to detail. To meet deadlines, evening and weekend hours will be required. 

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Web management and development responsibilities include:
  • Develop, Improve, and Administer Carnegie Museum of Art’s Web Properties: 
  • Oversee ongoing development, improvement, and administration of the museum’s multiple web properties. 
  • Liaise with other departments to support required updates and maintenance, as needed.  
  • Anticipate problems; troubleshoot; make and communicate midcourse corrections when needed. 
  • Communicate with CMP’s IT department and other Web Managers to identify best practices, advocate for improvements, address problems/barriers, and leverage shared resources.  
  • Collaborate closely with the Director of Design & Publishing, who leads art direction for the museum’s web properties and web-based initiatives, and the Digital Content Manager, who oversees content for the museum’s web properties.
  • Project Management:  
    • For web-based projects and initiatives, manage and communicate schedule/deliverables to internal constituents to achieve on-time delivery.  
    • Anticipate problems and collaborate with colleagues to develop and implement solutions.  
    • Liaise with Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh’s IT department on planning, testing, and analysis, as needed before launching new features to ensure seamless implementation.
  • Collaborate on Collections Website: 
    •  Coordinate with Carnegie Museum of Art’s Collections Database Administrator and Collections Management database vendor to ensure effective integration of the collections search.  
    • Work toward continued improvements in functionality and usability.
  • Web Strategy and Performance Reporting:  
    • In close partnership with the Director of Marketing & Engagement, develop strategies to effectively measure and evaluate the effectiveness of the museum’s web efforts. 
    • Conduct research and utilize web analytics to understand web users’ preferences and usage patterns; use research to inform planning and decision-making. 
    • Continually report web performance and make improvements as required to respond to user needs and drive the museum’s strategic goals. 
  • Specific Museum Web-Based Projects:  
    • Work with colleagues on the implementation of specific museum web-based projects including those related to specific exhibitions and programs, such as in-gallery/on site interactives and resources; podcasts; virtual education and public programming; mobile apps; and more.
  • Supervision of Web Developer:  
    • Responsible for oversight and management of the Web Developer; direct, guide, and mentor Web Developer and help prioritize the Web Developer’s day-to-day work streams to ensure the Web Developer’s success.
  • Contractors:  
    • Manage contractors, when authorized by the Director of Marketing & Engagement, and supervises day-to-day work.

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

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

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

Carnegie Museums is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minorities / Females / Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity

Please visit the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh’s employment portal to apply.
(Posted 3/29)

Digital Engagement Editor, The Science History Institute, Philadelphia

The Science History Institute is currently recruiting for the full-time position of Digital Engagement Editor.  The Digital Engagement Editor will lead the Institute’s engagement and storytelling through effective message-driven, multi-channel content development and communications utilizing digital platforms.  The Digital Engagement Editor will lead cross-organizational social media team and external vendors to develop and produce content for various digital outlets including web, in-gallery interactive projects, mobile apps and social media.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Three or more years of professional experience in creating on-line and digital content.
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, history, English or related field.
  • A combination of education and professional experience will be considered.
  • Demonstrated record of success in building presence and increasing stakeholder engagement on social media sites.
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Suite; Adobe Creative Suite; video editing software or programs.  Experience with content-management systems is a plus.”
  • Solid understanding and knowledge of digital landscape including current industry and user trends, emerging technologies and standards, and social media data collection and analysis.
  • Strong understanding and demonstration of design and visual communication.
  • Ability to work occasional evening and/or weekend events.

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 professional references to: DEE2021@sciencehistory.org

The starting point for this position is $44,000. Salary offer may be slightly higher based on candidate’s experience. 

The Science History Institute provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants and prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. The Science History Institute is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages applicants from underrepresented groups such as women, racioethnic minorities, LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities to apply.
(Posted 3/29)

Seasonal Daytime Visitor Services Staff, Eastern State Penitentiary and Historic Site, Philadelphia

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site (ESPHS) seeks outgoing, engaging and creative professionals for the position of Seasonal Daytime Visitor Services Staff. This positions serves as the face of ESPHS. A detailed description for the position appears below; please follow specific instructions to apply.

 

Seasonal Visitor Services staff are responsible for creating a positive and engaging experience for each and every visitor to the penitentiary. Responsibilities include welcoming and orienting visitors when they arrive at the historic site, selling admission, working in the museum store, and promoting the membership program. Visitor Services Staff also distribute audio tour units, answer visitors’ questions, interact with the public both in person and over the phone, and maintain a clean and professional work environment.

 

Other responsibilities include site maintenance, which entails cleaning and taking out trash, retail duties, such as stocking shelves and keeping the merchandise storage area organized, and upholding safety and security standards. Please note that Eastern State Penitentiary is a ruin and working conditions are not always ideal. Visitor Services staff spend a significant portion of their workday in outdoor conditions.

 

You are a great fit for this job if you are:

  • Passionate about learning and sharing knowledge with people from a wide range of ages, backgrounds and interests.
  • Comfortable working with the public.
  • Able to provide exceptional customer service in a fast-paced environment.
  • Committed to team process and fostering a collaborative work environment.
  • Willing to work outdoors in all types of weather.

We especially encourage you to apply if you:

  • Speak a language other than English.
  • Have experience with cash handling.
  • Have experience working in retail.

About Employment at ESPHS:

Positions are three to five days pers week (Wednesday or Thursday and  Friday – Sunday approx.. 9am to 5:30pm), beginning in late April 2021 through the end of June 2021.

Hourly rate begins at $12.00/hr. After the completion of an evaluation process, the pay raises to $15.00/hr.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:

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

ESPHS strongly believes in second chances and, as such, is committed to providing appropriate employment opportunities to those who have been incarcerated.  As a condition of employment, all individuals who accept an employment offer must complete a criminal background check.  Eastern State will review any criminal record and make appropriate employment decisions in accordance with applicable law and its policies.

About ESPHS:

When Eastern State opened more than 180 years ago, it changed the world. The first prison of its kind – a penitentiary – it was designed to inspire true regret in the hearts of criminals. The building itself was an architectural wonder; it had running water and central heat before the White House, and attracted visitors from around the globe. Although the prison now stands in ruin, its story remains relevant today. When Eastern State Penitentiary opened as a historic site in 1994, it attracted just over 10,000 daytime visitors – this past year, it was visited by more than 300,000. The site’s programming continues to grow by inviting the public into new spaces, mounting original exhibits and artist installations, and engaging visitors in dialogue about history that deepen the national discussion about criminal justice today.

Please send a resume and cover letter with your availability to ss@easternstate.org.  In your cover letter, please include why you want to work at Eastern State Penitentiary and what you feel makes an excellent visitor experience at a museum/historic site. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 9, 2021. No phone calls please.
(Posted 3/29)

Assistant Director of Professional Development, 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 Assistant Director of Professional Development will be responsible for strategic oversight of professional development initiatives and partnerships with informal and formal organizations locally, regionally, and nationally. This position will also be responsible for the design of resources that support the execution of conferences, trainings, and webinars for local, regional, and national grant-seeded initiatives, in addition to processes related to technical assistance for trainers, educators, and other program participants. The candidate will work collaboratively with a team that supports the broader focus of education programming across The Franklin Institute. The Assistant Director of Professional Development will also be responsible for:

  • Assisting the Director of Education Programs in shaping vision and business strategies for professional development initiatives
  • Managing the professional development team to achieve deliverables including content development and trainings 
  • Leading communications and partnership development with local, regional, and national organizations 
  • Contributing to the evaluation and continuous improvement activities for all professional development initiatives 
  • Overseeing project budgeting and reporting of program impact 
  • Leading the design and execution of convening’s for partners and participants from formal and informal organizations representing local, regional, and national contexts 
  • Leading the design and execution of web-based training and technical assistance webinars for partners and participants from formal and informal organizations representing local, regional, and national contexts 
  • Managing development and dissemination of content and programmatic materials that may include educational resources, handbooks, presentation slides, program applications, and videos 
  • Providing guidance for program technical assistance for partners and participants
  • Flexibility to assume duties as assigned related to educational programming

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in science or education, master’s degree preferred
  • Seven years’ experience developing and leading STEM resource development in informal settings
  • Seven years’ experience designing and leading professional development for formal and informal educators required; experience managing national network projects with museums, libraries, and/or out-of-school time organizations preferred
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Experience building and managing partnerships, program content development, and supporting grant writing. 

Benefits Information:

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

Please visit our Careers page or contact employment@fi.edu (please indicate the position for which you are applying in the subject line). We look forward to hearing from you!

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 3/29)

Social Media Specialist, Gettysburg Foundation, Gettysburg

Please click here to see the job description and application information.
(Posted 3/29)

Museum Assistant, Montgomery County, Pottsgrove Manor, Pottstown

EXEMPT: NO
DEPARTMENT: ASSETS AND INFRASTRUCTURE – PARKS, TRAILS & HISTORIC SITES
POSITION REPORTING: HISTORIC SITE SUPERVISOR

SUMMARY: 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 include the following:

  • 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
  • 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

To apply: https://www.montcopa.org/jobs.aspx
(Posted 3/18)

Assistant Director of Exhibit Operations, 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 Assistant Director of Exhibit Operations will be responsible for overseeing the installation, repair and routine maintenance of all permanent and temporary exhibits within the facility.  Other duties will include the project management, coordination of special exhibit installations and permanent exhibit remediation.  The Assistant Director of Exhibit Operations will also be responsible for:

  1. Program Support – Staff Management
    1. Manage the staff assigned to the Operations Department, which includes Operations Technicians, Project Technicians and other positions that support the exhibits
    2. Read and understand the collective bargaining agreement with Local 835 of the Operating Engineers Union
    3. Maintain proper staffing levels as indicated in the annual budget.
    4. Review the Program Support staff schedule on a monthly basis and determine if any changes need to be made.
    5. Review the weekly overtime list to insure that all events are covered as    requested
    6. Review time sheets and enter payroll  into ADP during each pay period
    7. Manage and reviewing staff time off requests
    8. Enforce disciplinary policies as needed
    9. Meet with staff as needed to discuss exhibit operations
  2. Work Order System – Management
    1. Review incoming work orders and insure that all exhibit related work orders are properly assigned  and prioritized
    2. Consult with Lead Technician  on repair status
    3. Send out reminders as needed to remind technician to close out work orders.
    4. Add, Delete or modify assets in the work order system
  3. Remediation
    1. Use frequent communication with the technicians, exhibits, and floor staff to determine which devices should be referred for remediation
    2. Solicit quotes or estimates to determine the cost of repairing or replacing a device
    3. Identify vendors and fabricators who can support our remediation efforts
  4. Exhibit Operations
    1. Maintain a complete inventory of all exhibit   devices
    2. Perform weekly inspections of all exhibit  areas
    3. Work with lead technician and project technicians and develop routine preventative maintenance  procedures  that can be scheduled through the work order system
    4. Review and organize all exhibit documentation, update manuals as needed
    5. Develop a device status protocol that the technician can use to update the status of a device being repaired. (Exhibit Status Board)
    6. Oversee and manage the exhibit repair  budget
  5. Special Exhibitions
    1. Serve as the main point of contact for incoming special exhibits
    2. Manage all aspects of traveling exhibits including schedules, storage, shipping, installation and de-installation logistics, labor, and budgets
    3. Request support from exhibit company as needed for troubleshooting and repairs while the exhibit is on display
    4. Lead and organize meetings to discuss incoming special exhibitions
  6. Project Management
    1. Lead or attend meetings to discuss current and upcoming projects
    2. Create and maintain a project status board that will display the current status of a project
    3. Prioritize project work assignments with staff
  7. Other duties as assigned

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of five years’ experience working in a technical/maintenance oriented position
  • Project management experience that includes budgeting and scheduling
  • Experience working in a science center, museum, entertainment venue or in arts management is a plus
  • The ability to read and interpret technical drawings is essential
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required

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.

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). We look forward to hearing from you!

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 3/16)

Curator and Director of Outreach, Matson Museum of Anthropology, Penn State University, University Park

The Department of Anthropology at The Pennsylvania State University seeks an energetic and creative colleague for the position of Curator of the Matson Museum of Anthropology and Director of Outreach at the rank of Researcher, Assistant or Associate Research Professor. This non-tenure track position reports to the Head of the Department of Anthropology and works closely with an advisory committee of department faculty to plan and implement museum programming. The individual in this role oversees all museum-related activities including curation and digitization of museum and teaching collections, development and management of exhibits, and coordination of educational and outreach efforts. The ideal candidate will develop innovative approaches to the curation, exhibition and engagement of anthropological collections that celebrate the diversity of human cultures, biology, and experiences and foster an inclusive educational environment. Candidates whose work and vision engage principles of decolonization, knowledge and heritage repatriation, and community building are particularly encouraged to apply, as are candidates with a demonstrated commitment to collaborating with Indigenous and descendant communities.

The Matson Museum of Anthropology supports the teaching, research and outreach activities of the Penn State Department of Anthropology and the College of the Liberal Arts. The mission of the Museum is to promote an appreciation for human cultural and biological diversity through its exhibit and educational programs. The Museum houses over 28,000 accessioned items with the majority of the original collections made up of ethnographic items primarily from Afghanistan, South America, Africa, and New Guinea, as well as the DeForest folk pottery collection from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Museum also maintains large hominin and other primate fossil cast and osteological collections used in both teaching and research. Excellent opportunities exist to collaborate with faculty and students in the Department of Anthropology and from other campus units to develop novel educational and outreach initiatives. More information about the Matson Museum and the Department of Anthropology can be found at https://anth.la.psu.edu/.

Specific responsibilities of the position include: curate, manage and conserve collections; maintain storage facilities; research, design, and mount exhibits; oversee compliance with relevant laws, including NAGPRA; work with department faculty and graduate students to incorporate museum materials into courses and to develop exhibits that complement research and teaching activities; develop and provide outreach programs for community groups, including K-12 school children and educators; work with department faculty and graduate students to develop outreach programs that incorporate museum material; manage museum endowment budgets and write grant proposals to support educational, exhibition, collections management, and outreach activities; supervise staff which may include part-time staff and students and graduate student assistants; interact and collaborate with other Penn State museums and relevant academic units in exhibit, outreach, and educational activities. Curator will also represent the Matson Museum as member of the Penn State Museum Consortium.

Qualifications: Master’s or Ph.D. required. Area of focus is open but strong preference given to candidates with a degree in anthropology, archaeology, history, cultural studies, museum studies or related disciplines. Experience with digitization and expanding collections’ accessibility is desired. Demonstrated experience and commitment to the principles of decolonization, inclusion, diversity, and equity, and community engagement are required. Must possess excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills, attention to detail, and problem-solving skills. In addition, successful candidates must either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity. Review of applications will begin March 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. For further information, please contact Tim Ryan (tmr21@psu.edu).

To apply, submit a cover letter detailing relevant educational and museum experience, a current C.V., and the names and contact information for three references. The cover letter must provide evidence of experience with anthropological or related collections (cultural and/or biological) and a statement on how you will foster an inclusive and diverse environment in the exhibit, educational, and outreach spaces of the museum and department.

The following clearances must be successfully completed for this position:

– Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Background Check

– Pennsylvania Child Abuse History

– Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Background Check

This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

Apply online at https://psu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/PSU_Academic/job/University-Park-Campus/Curator-of-the-Matson-Museum-in-Anthropology-and-Director-of-Outreach_REQ_0000010827-1

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to http://www.police.psu.edu/clery/, which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.
(Posted 3/16)

Accounting Manager, Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia

The Accounting Manager position reports to the CFO and assists with oversight of all financial operations. Crucial attributes include a high level of organizational and multi-tasking skills, excellent computer literacy, strong oral and written communication skills, and a minimum of five years of daily sales experience, preferably in a museum setting.  Must be comfortable working in a fast paced environment while remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful and efficient, with a high level of professionalism and confidentiality.  Bachelor’s degree in Accounting is required.

Primary Responsibilities:

Responsible for recording of and reconciliation of all Daily Sales activity including:

Sales activity reported by Galaxy POS.  Work with Director of Visitor Experience to ensure that all tickets types and promotions are set up correctly to ensure the ability to track and record where needed.   

Monitor policies and procedures for daily handling and reporting of cash and credit card receipts and update as needed.  Ensure that systems are maintained to segregate and account for all cash received.  Audit the daily processes on a regular basis to ensure continued compliance with approved procedures.  Assist Director of Visitor Experience with establishment of any new policies and procedures that become necessary as changes are made.

Monitor all credit card activity, review monthly fee reporting and record in General Ledger.

Set up scholarships received via donations or grants in Galaxy; monitor and report usage of scholarships on a monthly basis.

Calculate, record and pay quarterly sales tax

Reconcile all Earned Revenue and Deferred Revenue accounts.

Oversee preparation of, and serve as backup for the bi-weekly payroll by Staff Accountant

Validation of payroll accuracy.  Responsible for payroll related functions including preparation of bi-weekly and end of month calculations and journals, set up of new payroll processes when needed, monitoring of time and attendance, and ensuring compliance with payroll policies.

Reconciliation of all payroll-related accounts in the general ledger.

Reconciliation of 403(b) / Profit Sharing deductions and contributions to 3rd party administrator statements.  Prepare and submit payroll information for annual 403B review and audit.

Assist with special reporting and projects for Director of HR

Oversee and serve as backup for Accounts Payable function, including establishment and maintenance of procedures for payments of invoices to vendors and of reimbursable expenses to employees. 

Validate and process monthly credit card payments. 

Verify that policies regarding internal authorization of payments are followed. 

Monitor Museum contracts to ensure that payments are made in accordance with contracted terms.

Ensure compliance with established procedures to minimize risk of security issues regarding EFT and wire payments

Responsible for monthly entries and reconciliations regarding Prepaid Insurance, other Prepaid and Accrued expenses, and Health and Dental/Disability insurances.

Assist CFO with monitoring of expenses for exhibits, grant reporting, special events, and other projects

Participate in preparation for annual audit

Assist CFO with maintenance of General Ledger structure and General Ledger reporting.

Assist CFO with monitoring of all banking activity, verifying transactions and maintaining balances to ensure adequate reserves to cover payroll and AP activity, and to assist with future cash flow projections.

Provide support for budget and forecasting activities.

Other duties as assigned.

Skills and Knowledge:

Bachelor’s degree in Accounting is required

Supervisory experience required

Strong interpersonal skills and effective written and verbal communication skills

5 years’ experience non-profit accounting experience including experience with daily sales via POS system, and payroll, preferably in a museum setting

Proficient in Microsoft Excel and payroll and accounting software, preferably ADP and Financial Edge

Ability to work independently and virtually

The Museum of the American Revolution (www.AmRevMuseum.org) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To apply, please send a cover letter including resume and three professional references to employment@amrevmuseum.org.
(Posted 3/16)

Membership and Development Manager, The African American Museum of Philadelphia, Philadelphia

The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) seeks an experienced membership and fundraising professional to manage, steward, and grow AAMP’s membership and annual fund programs and provide administration for institutional and individual funding. S/he is responsible for producing and distributing monthly renewals and appeals to members and donors via email and mail; communicating in a timely manner with members and donors to ensure they remain engaged and informed; and maintaining the development and membership database. The Manager also assists the Vice President of External Relations and Development with various development initiatives, including producing grant application materials and events, which align with the strategic priorities of the organization. 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with the VP of External Relations and Development to update development and membership records, and help administer strategies for building and maintaining a vigorous fundraising program by actively identifying and soliciting new members, and by retaining, renewing and upgrading current members in a timely manner
  • Under the guidance of the VP of External Relations and Development, produce and coordinate donor and member communications, including monthly renewals, brochures, appeals, etc., through email, mail, social media, and other strategies
  • Log and process all donor and membership renewals, gifts, pledges and agreements, with attention to details and accuracy
  • Administer membership benefits fulfillment and acknowledgement and serve as a staff liaison to Museum members
  • Work with Visitor Services and Programming staff to attach member benefits to AAMP programs and events, and produce occasional members only and donor events.
  • In conjunction with the VP of External Relations and Development, maintain a calendar of funding activities including due dates and impact report timelines
  • In coordination with the VP of External Relations and Development, draft language, maintain and update development and membership webpages on the AAMP website
  • Generate regular reports as requested by Vice President of External Relations and Development

Qualifications, Skills and Abilities Required:

Education/ Experience Required:

  • Minimum three to five (3-5) years of experience in development or membership, preferably in a museum(s) or related field
  • Bachelor’s Degree

Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Excellent organizational, writing, and communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Proficiency in MS Word and Excel, and donor database software
  • Knowledge of basic fundraising and membership techniques and strategies
  • Knowledge of fundraising information sources
  • Ability to take direction, manage multiple priorities, meet deadlines, and take initiative
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Critical thinking skills in decision making
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to deal professionally with a wide range of people, including staff, board members, donors, and volunteers
  • Available to work nights and weekends as needed for events or deadlines
  • Knowledge of African American history and culture a plus

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:

Must be able to remain in a stationary position for extended periods of time operating a computer and other offices productivity devices such as a calculator, telephone, and copy machine. Must be able to adapt to high pace environments occasionally moving/lifting light weight equipment and other work-related objects up to 25lbs. May have to work late nights, weekends and in outdoor weather.

Employee Acknowledgement:

This job description describes the general nature and level of work performed by the employee assigned to this position.  It does not state or imply that these are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to the job. The employee may be required to perform other job-related duties as requested by the supervisor.  All requirements are subject to change over time, and to possible modification to reasonably accommodate changing institutional needs and individuals with a disability.

Expected hours: 37.5 per week

Please send your resume, a brief writing sample, and cover letter by April 2, 2021, to hr@aampmuseum.org.  Use “Membership and Development Manager” as the subject line.  No phone calls. 
(Posted 3/16)

PT Assistant Curator, Cumberland County Historical Society, Carlisle

The Cumberland County Historical Society (CCHS) seeks qualified applicants for the part-time position of Assistant Curator. The Assistant Curator assists with all CCHS exhibits, exhibit outreach, museum-related development and fundraising, and Collections management of the Society’s 10,000+ objects and artifacts.  The Assistant Curator reports to the Museum Curator and will work as a team with the CCHS staff, and volunteers in the completion and implementation of fund raising, programming objectives, and other duties as assigned.

Job Duties Include:

Assists in the conceptualization and implementation of all Society exhibits and ensures these exhibits align with Society programming, marketing and development goals and objectives.
Support, solicit, and cultivate relationships to acquire exhibit and program sponsors.
Accession and process new museum collection acquisitions into Past Perfect software.
Maintains and updates accurate records pertaining to the collection.
Help in the care, upkeep, and organization of the collection’s storage.
Provide guided tours to school groups and guests as needed.
Supervise, train, and recruit interns and volunteers to work in the collection, give tours, and docent on the museum floor.
Provides or helps coordinate special content presentations or lectures related to Cumberland County material culture and history.
Quickly answers requests and inquiries from other professionals and the public.
Participates in the Museum Committee.
Represents the Society at special events and receptions to promote the activities, goals, and aspirations of CCHS and the Museum.
Assists in initiating and developing publications related to the collections.
Assists selected special events, initiatives, and tours to promote the mission of CCHS and the Museum.
Other duties as assigned.

JOB SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

Degree in public history, museum studies or a closely related field;
Knowledge of professional museum principles, standards, and best practices;
Knowledge of research tools and methodology;
Good written and oral skills;
High level of interpersonal skills;
Self-directed, motivated, highly organized, and conscientious;
Experience with computerized museum records management;
Previous experience working in a museum or historic site;
Ability to work pre-scheduled evenings and occasional weekends; and
Flexibility and ability to occasionally shift priorities to meet overall needs of Society.

PAY:
Pay commensurate with experience.

HOW TO APPLY:
Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resumé, pay requirements and contact information for three references no later than April 9, 2021, to rknapp@historicalsociety.com. Attached documents must be in Microsoft Word or PDF formats. No phone calls will be accepted. A position description can be viewed at the CCHS website at www.historicalsociety.com.

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 3/11)

Development Manager, Chester County History Center, West Chester

The Chester County History Center, museum, library and photo archive located in the center of downtown West Chester, seeks a dynamic individual to serve as Development Manager. This is a full-time, salaried position, reporting to the Director of Development.

To apply for this position, please e-mail your cover letter and resume to Allison Snavely, Director of Development, asnavely@chestercohistorical.org prior to March 31, 2021.

Job Description:
The Development Manager is a vital component to the Chester County History Center, coordinating development efforts initiated by the Director of Development while working closely with the marketing team. The Development Manager, reporting to the Director of Development, will manage fund-raising campaigns, organize special events and coordinate development operations, including grant and foundation opportunities. This position works with foundations, donors, corporate partners and volunteers to enhance community visibility and establish donor relations.

Core Competencies:
Advanced critical thinker, highly effective communicator, emotionally intelligent, highly organized, team player, ambitious self-starter, detailed and passionate about quality of work

Qualifications:

  • 2 + years of professional-related experience in core competencies
  • Grant writing or relevant experience
  • Experience with gift solicitation
  • Computer fluency in MS Office and donor database software
  • Great attention to detail is essential to success in the position
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, and organizational skills, capable of working effectively with board members, staff members, volunteers, and donors
  • Energetic, self-motivated, flexible and adaptable with a sense of humor

DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work with the Director of Development to manage all efforts, including the Annual Fund,  to increase philanthropy from individuals, corporations, and foundations.
  • Lead the Development team grant process, including writing and submission, grant reports, and maintaining the foundation grants calendar cycles.
  • Build ongoing, positive relationships with donors, other constituents, and partners.
  • Work with the Development team to set goals and develop strategy for annual appeals.
  • Implement best practices for revenue growth, adjusting to customer experience survey results and feedback; drive and encourage creativity and innovation leading to new revenue opportunities.
  • Engage the community to create relevant, best in class experiences; ensure event and activity details are expertly executed.
  • Support communications and marketing efforts.
  • Help plan, execute, and analyze all fundraising events.
  • Achieve budgeted fundraising goals.
  • Ensure all commitments to donors are fulfilled through on-going communication, follow-up, and outreach.
  • Support staff and Board members with other projects as deemed necessary.
  • Independently lead projects from beginning to completion.
  • Collaborate in a small team setting; be flexible, adaptable and willing to take on a variety of roles.
  • Assume responsibility for personal and professional growth.
  • Perform other duties as assigned/required by supervisor.

CCHC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we are committed to diversity and equal opportunity in our recruitment and hiring. Qualified candidates of all backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to apply for this position.

Compensation:

Salary range of $40,000 – $50,000 based upon experience.  PTO and health benefits.
(Posted 3/9)

PT Collections Manager, Chester County History Center, West Chester

Chester County History Center invites applicants for the part-time position (32 hours/wk) of Collections Manager for its artifact collection. This position reports to the Director of Collections/Curator and is part of the Collections Department team. Responsible for the care and access of the renowned museum collection (80,000 artifacts from the late 1600s to the present), the Collections Manager supervises volunteers and student interns, and works collaboratively with other department and CCHC staff.
This part-time position includes partial benefits. It requires occasional evening and weekend work. Range: $29,900 to $34,900.

Duties
1. Maintain detailed records of existing artifacts and new acquisitions, manage the PastPerfect database, coordinate photodocumentation, and ensure appropriate object handling and housing.
2. Process incoming and outgoing loans, assist with exhibitions, research inquiries and social media content, and supervise volunteers and interns.
3. Foster an inclusive workplace and interact with diverse constituents.
4. Maintain professional standards for work environment and collections records.
5. Participate in departmental planning and adhere to policies, strategies, and guidelines.
6. Actively participate in fundraising for museum and exhibit projects, including assisting with grant writing.

Master’s degree in museum studies, history/public history or related field with demonstrated ability for teamwork preferred. Experience being sought includes one year of accumulated professional museum experience in public history or other museum setting, especially with work experience related to organization and volunteer supervision, digital access, and ability to read cursive handwriting. The successful candidate will 1) be current with best practices for procedures and principles, including physical care of primary materials and digital management, 2) have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, proficient computer experience, and 3) have superior time-management skills and ability to prioritize. Successful candidates will also have the ability to physically carry out regular museum duties, including lifting up to 35 lbs.
Please email your resume and letter of interest by midnight March 26, 2021 to: Ellen Endslow, Director of Collections/Curator, Chester County History Center eendslow@chestercohistorical.org.

About Chester County History Center
CCHC has been collecting materials about the history of the region since 1893. The collections currently comprise 80,000 museum objects, a special collections library with 20,000 reference books and over 750,000 manuscripts, and over 100,000 images of all types in the photo archives. The Center benefits from the resources of its location in the Brandywine River Valley and its proximity to Philadelphia. More information about CCHC is available at http://www.chestercohistorical.org.
Chester County History Center, 225 N. High Street, West Chester, PA 19380, 610-692-4800
(Posted 3/9)

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