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Program Coordinator (2 positions), Susquehanna National Heritage Area, Wrightsville

(Full-time regular employee position with benefits)

REPORTS TO: Visitor Center Manager at either Columbia Crossing River Trails Center (Columbia, PA) or the Zimmerman Center for Heritage (Wrightsville, PA)

POSITION SUMMARY: This position is focused on supporting visitor services, educational programs and facility rentals at the Zimmerman Center for Heritage or Columbia Crossing River Trails Center. Public program responsibilities include planning, implementing, and promoting programs related to Susquehanna National Heritage Area’s (SNHA) vision and mission. The Program Coordinator must interact with and provide guidance to visitors and manage details of events, lectures, educational programs, and facility rentals. The position requires an out-going, team-oriented, creative and motivated individual who is a self-starter and pays attention to details. Must be able to work weekends, evenings, and some holidays.

Although these two openings share many responsibilities, there are differences between the two sites:

  • At the Zimmerman Center, the Program Coordinator will coordinate the seasonal River Discovery Boat Tours, including reservations, communication with boat operators, and conducting on-water programs. The position also includes leading and participating in house tours, guided walks, and programs that engage adult visitors and children. The Program Coordinator will maintain an inventory of merchandise for sale and develop and oversee a volunteer base. Assisting with general facility maintenance of the house and grounds may also be required.

Position categories – Program Coordination: 60%; Facility Rentals 10%; Visitor Services 30%

  • At Columbia Crossing, the Program Coordinator will lead programs and events related to the history, science, recreation, and natural heritage of Columbia and the Susquehanna River. The Program Coordinator will prepare for and implement a variety of programs, including but not limited to a teen summer camp, monthly pre-k story time, environmental outdoor ranger program, and community workshops. Participation in Columbia community activities and events to connect residents to SNHA programs will be required. Facility Rental coordination of 30-45 rental events per year is also a major part of this position.

Position categories – Program Coordination: 60%; Facility Rentals 30%; Visitor Services 10%

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of associate degree in related field. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated competency utilizing technology (i.e. e-mail, Facebook, Instagram, Microsoft Office including Excel and Publisher, Outlook Calendar, and audio/video equipment).
  • Previous experience coordinating interpretive or educational programs, visitor services, facility rentals and working in a collaborative fashion with other partners within the community.
  • Interest in the Susquehanna River’s cultural and natural heritage.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Availability for working a variety of shifts based on the event calendar and visitor hours, including weekends, evenings, and some holidays.
  • Valid Pennsylvania driver’s license and ability to operate a vehicle in day and night time conditions.
  • Ability to work outdoors and in varying weather conditions.
  • Ability to lift and carry objects weighing up to 40 pounds.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in dealing with co-workers, adults, and children.
  • Good work ethic and ability to work without close supervision
  • As a condition of employment applicants must pass pre-offer and post-offer staff screening processes which include: reference checks, criminal background checks, sex-offender registry check, and other staff screening checks deemed appropriate.

See full position description at  https://www.susquehannaheritage.org/about-us/employmentrequests-for-proposal/. Send resume and cover letter to hbyers@susquehannaheritage.org. Review of applications will begin February 18th and continue until the positions are filled.
(Posted 1/22)

Manager of Visitor and Member Services, National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia

We are looking for a proactive and experienced Manager of Visitor and Member services to plan and execute a strategic sales plan for the National Liberty Museum targeting growth in both areas. The Manager identifies prospects, determines needs, and oversees both general and membership admission. This position will cross over with almost every other department in the museum and involve a great deal of teamwork. The Manager will be responsible for achieving mutually agreed upon goals for both visitorship and membership.

Reports to:  Chief Administrative Officer

Hours: Full time, 40 hours a week.

Occasional weekends and some evenings throughout the year.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Develop and maintain annual budgets and budgetary goals.

Identify and cultivate target markets for the museum.

Work with Marketing and Development to grow our visitorship, membership and donors; in particular, collaborate closely with Marketing to implement and ensure effective front-line sales efforts

Send weekly admissions and museum store reports with analysis and solutions in addition produce Quarterly and Annual reports to be distributed to senior leadership.

Create a concrete membership plan and hit membership targets; determine/report metrics to measure growth in membership.

Build and lead the visitor services department to ensure a premier experience for all on-site visitors to the Museum; continual improvement of training materials and communication with entire team.

Develop and ensure that department systems, procedures and practices support effective operations while providing outstanding customer service.

Coordinate with Group Sales team to ensure positive group visitation experiences. Manage arrival of group visitors.

Communicate regularly with other departments to ensure operational awareness of all Visitor Services functions.

Handle visitor concerns, comments and complaints at the supervisory level.

Identify opportunities to convert visitors to members and/or donors and maintain timely, open communication with Development whenever donors or prospects are on site.

Build partnerships with other cultural institutions, as well as various vendors for the museum store and museum events.

Qualifications:

Five years of experience in museum visitor services and or development

Experience with Blackbaud database systems, specifically Altru

Customer service management experience

Sales-driven and highly self-motivated

Proficient in Office 365

Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including weekends.

Bachelor’s Degree preferred, but not required

Well-organized and thorough with close attention to detail and follow through

Ability to constructively lead and motivate Visitors Services staff to work as a team and reach goals

Excellent communicator; able to work positively and flexibly with all departments of the NLM to reach consensus and achieve goals.

Physical Demands:

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

Physical Demands: Requires some physical activity including sitting/standing, limited lifting and carrying (up to 20 lbs.), up/downstairs

Work Environment: Work is typically performed in an indoor environment, in museum offices or on museum floor

Equipment: General office equipment, projector, Smart Board, two-way radio

Work Environment/ Office Culture:

We are proud of our Museum family and work each day to create an atmosphere where everyone can contribute their ideas, energy and enthusiasm for the important services we provide to the public. We emphasize working together as a team which is cooperative and supportive of each other, with open communication always.

Our management team is committed to providing an atmosphere of trust and open communication and to listen to and answer any staff questions or concerns. We believe in giving each staff person opportunities to grow and will always promote from within and where possible.

The National Liberty Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer seeking a diverse workforce. The NLM provides an excellent compensation package. The benefits package includes medical, dental, life & long-term and short-term disability insurance, a voluntary 401(k) program with employer match, paid time off, and an employee assistance plan for transit and dependent care.

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

We regret we may not be able to respond to all applications. No phone calls, please.
(Posted 1/21)

Exhibition Designer, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

Reporting to the Director of Collections and Exhibitions Management, the EXHIBITION DESIGNER will manage the design and production of CMOA’s temporary exhibitions and permanent collection installations. The Exhibition Designer will closely collaborate across departments—Curatorial, Exhibitions, Registration, Art Preparation & Installation, Conservation, and Education—to produce specifications, methods, materials, technical drawings, and display techniques for museum casework, platforms, walls, partitions, fixtures and lighting, in accordance with best museum practices. The position provides support for the administration and execution of all aspects of construction-related activities associated with the exhibition design. The Exhibition Designer works closely with internal and external stakeholders including the Exhibitions Project Manager, Curators, contractors, vendors, and contributing Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh (CMP) and CMOA departments to efficiently and effectively achieve exhibition goals and installation designs on schedule and on budget.

TO APPLY:  Visit http://www.carnegiemuseums.org/opportunities; Click Search Jobs; Locate Requisition #354 – Exhibition Designer; Click Apply; Complete On-line application.  If you wish to include a cover letter and/or links to your professional portfolio, save document(s) AND resume/CV as ONE file and upload accordingly

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Required
– Ability to organize, represent, and communicate concepts effectively through design; working knowledge of color utilization and design theory;
– Familiarity with construction as well as art museum-appropriate materials and fabrication techniques;
– Understanding and awareness of security, conservation, and accessibility requirements and standards;
– Highly organized, and able to set and carry out short-term goals while keeping long-term goals in mind;
– Excellent interpersonal skills and be able to work professionally and collaboratively with colleagues from diverse backgrounds in a team-oriented environment;
– Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists;
– Initiative to undertake and complete tasks and projects as they arise.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
– Bachelor’s degree in architecture, design, fine arts, or a related field, and at least two years experience in architectural gallery drawing and detailing, interior space planning, materials specification, and/or fixture design (or an equivalent mix of education and experience).
– Able to administer the drafting and production process from specification through completion;
– Proficiency in computer aided design programs such as InDesign, CAD, Vectorworks, SketchUp, etc., as well as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook is mandatory;
– Position requires sufficient mobility to travel throughout the museum’s galleries and storage areas.
(Posted 1/21)

Finance and Administration Coordinator, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

As the FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION COORDINATOR, you will be responsible for assisting the Director of Finance in the processing and tracking of financial information. This includes, but is not limited to the following: creation and distribution of standard and ad-hoc reports for CMOA departments as well as for board and committee meetings, processing museum accounts receivable and payables, and deposits and withdrawals of funds.

As well, you will assist in the preparation of annual operating and designated/ restricted budgets. Supports CMOA departments with: monthly expense reporting (P-Cards), reporting and analysis of departmental financial reports including budget-to-actual reconciliation – also includes preparation and submission of any required correcting journal entries; back-up for visitor services financial activities as needed, including daily admissions balancing and reconciliation. Additional duties include administrative support related to finance activities.

This is a Full-Time position and is eligible to participate in the comprehensive Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh benefits program.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
– Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree in finance or business administration, or equivalent experience;
– Three years of demonstrated experience working with financial information, such as processing financial data; AP/AR;
– Solid experience in office administration duties including meeting coordination and calendar management;
– Proficient in Microsoft Office suite applications with a focus on MS Excel;
– Knowledge of financial systems.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
– Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as strong organization and presentation skills;
– Ability to schedule workload to meet necessary due-dates;
– Ability to use discretion in respect to confidential information.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Work is primarily sedentary in nature. No special demands are required.
Please visit the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh’s employment portal to apply.
(Posted 1/21)

Curator, The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh

Founded in 1977 by artists, the Mattress Factory is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in site-specific installations, contemporary art, and acclaimed for pushing the boundaries of both artist and viewer.

The Mattress Factory supports artists working in residence to create site-specific installations. Over the last 42 years, the museum has presented and commissioned new installation and performance works by more than 750 established and emerging artists, often from places in a state of flux, such as Eastern Europe, East Asia, Cuba, India, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and the Middle East. Through a residency program that provides leadership, guidance, resources, and opportunities, artists create work that is unconventional, challenging, and thought-provoking. There is a regular schedule of rotating temporary exhibitions and a permanent collection of work by James Turrell, Hans Peter Kuhn, Yayoi Kusama, and others; as well as the archives of Greer Lankton and a garden installation by Winifred Lutz.

Artists receive unparalleled support, while working in residence, often resulting in the production of extraordinary artwork that propels the artist’s career and significantly impacts the field of contemporary installation art. Exhibition reviews appear in publications like The New York Times, Art in America, Art Asian/Pacific, and the Wall Street Journal, among many others.

The museum’s mission is to 1) provide artists with an integrated residency and exhibition program, 2) educate and provide access so that everyone can appreciate the multi-disciplinary creative process of today’s artists, and 3) energize its urban community through artistic and education programs.

The Mattress Factory has three exhibition spaces:

-The Main Building (a former mattress warehouse) hosts three floors of available space for temporary exhibitions. The Main Building also holds large works from the museum’s permanent collection, including a floor of James Turrell’s work;

-The Monterey Annex, located one block from the Main Building, is a three-story row house. Monterey Annex shows typically feature between three and eight artists, showcased across multiple rooms, and range from three to nine months;

-The Sampsonia Annex, located a half block from the Main Building, is a three-story row house. The two most recent exhibitions feature one artist across all three floors.

With the passing of the founder Barbara Luderowski in 2018, the museum has restructured and the curator position as envisioned is a newly created role within the museum. This provides an opportunity for a visionary and entrepreneurial professional to build on the legacy of Barbara Luderowski and Michael Olijnyk, maintain the tradition of promoting the artists’ vision and freedom of expression as a priority, and expand the role of the Mattress Factory as a leader in the field of contemporary and installation art.

Position Overview:

The curator provides leadership and vision for all exhibitions, including creating, implementing and managing the installation of exhibitions and associated exhibition programs, conducting research, overseeing conservation, and developing curatorial publications. The curator maintains professional relationships with artists, peer organizations and thought-leaders and establishes the reputation of the Mattress Factory broadly. The curator works collegially and collaboratively with the other departments including Development, Education, Marketing, and Finance. The curator develops and monitors curatorial department budgets, and supervises the Curatorial Department.

The curator serves as a spokesperson for the Mattress Factory, particularly on curatorial matters, including communication with various groups such as the Pittsburgh arts community and national and international constituents. The curator assists as necessary with donor events, patron cultivation, and board and member engagement. The curator values diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in artistic expression, the visitor experience, and all major initiatives.

The curator reports to the (Interim) Executive Director and is part of the museum’s senior management team.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

Curatorial Responsibilities and Relationships:

  • Conceives and develops an inventive and creative exhibition program of site-specific works that supports the museum’s vision; maintains the tradition of unconventional, challenging, and thought-provoking work, which takes advantage of the range of exhibition spaces in the museum’s various facilities; and, evidences successful intellectual leadership;
  • Utilizes a variety of methods of artist selection and exhibition development, including commissions, open-calls, guest curators, and other;
  • Has successful experience working with artists in a residency situation;
  • Has the experience and ability to assist in the creation of new works;
  • Produces and/or oversees proposed exhibition layouts and installation and de-installation schedules, all site-specific technicalities, installation staff, and has the ability to creatively problem-solve and adjust as needed;
  • Maintains professional relationships with local, national, and international artists and peer organizations in the arts;
  • Stays abreast of trends in the field and enhances the reputation of the Mattress Factory as a leader in the field of contemporary and installation art;
  • Builds partnerships as appropriate to achieve strategic goals of the museum;
  • Oversees the conceptualization and implementation of curatorial public programming, and collaborates with other department in the development of interpretive and public programming;
  • Presents gallery talks and public lectures on the museum’s exhibitions and collection;
  • Creates and/or oversees the creation of budgets and estimates, project schedules, agreements, checklists, short and long narratives, presentations, and other materials, proposed programming calendars, and artist biographies.

Management and Oversight

  • Prepares, monitors, manages, and evaluates the annual Curatorial Department budget;
  • Coordinates with HR and Executive Team for needs within the Curatorial Department;
  • Hires, manages, and motivates department staff;
  • Meets regularly with Executive, Education, Marketing and Development Teams to plan and coordinate key programs and initiatives;
  • Provides relevant programming data and program specific content for proposals and reports in assistance of fundraising efforts.

Communications and External Relationships

  • Assists with presentations to relevant funders and donors, sharing program information and coordinating visits;
  • Evidences excitement to propel, communicate, and advance the Mattress Factory’s mission and vision with passion and sensitivity;
  • Actively and effectively engages in fundraising and cultivation activities.

Interpersonal Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a proven ability to work well with colleagues, other employees, artists, donors, and other internal and external constituents.

Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A. in art history or related field; M.F.A.; or B.A. with comparable experience as noted below;
  • Five to seven years’ experience organizing and curating museum exhibitions, with a primary focus working with contemporary artists, a portion of those years in a proven leadership role;
  • Extensive knowledge of international contemporary art, art history, and theory;
  • Experience working with artists in a residency situation, and assisting in the creation of new works, particularly with installation art;
  • A passion and vision for the role of contemporary art in civic life and a diverse community;
  • Ability to convey a vision of the Mattress Factory through excellent public speaking, writing, editing, leadership, and management skills;
  • Works effectively as part of a team and values a range of perspectives; and
  • Strong organizational abilities, including the ability to create and manage project budgets, and proficiency in the full Microsoft office suite.
  • Proficiency in a language other than English encouraged.

To learn more about the Mattress Factory, please visit https://www.mattress.org/

The Mattress Factory is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The museum is committed to workplace diversity and 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.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, CV and contact information for three references to jobs@mattress.org by February 10,  2020. Please put “Curator” in the subject line. No calls, please.
(Posted 1/17)

Executive Director, Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust, Philadelphia

The Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust (ASMHPT) is a nonprofit corporation formed in 2011 as a support organization of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to oversee the preservation, operation and educational programs at the Arch Street Meeting House and grounds.  Its mission is to increase public understanding of the impact and continued relevance of Quakers and Quaker history.  The executive director will lead the organization as it seeks to be the preeminent destination for experiencing and learning about Quakers’ unique contributions to society.

Arch Street Meeting House is a National Historic Landmark, and the largest Quaker meeting house in the world.  It attracts over 30,000 visitors and interest from around the world each year.  A significant number of visitors are school children. In its programming it makes a special effort to engage the diverse peoples in the Philadelphia region.  The Arch Street Meeting House is owned by the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and it continues as an active meeting house for the Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia.

A comprehensive position description will be made available to qualified applicants. The Board of Trustees seeks an Executive Director with demonstrated capability in:

Strategic Planning and Plan Implementation

Fundraising

Communications and Stakeholder Collaboration

Sensitivity to Quaker Values

Of these competencies, the Board intends to prioritize Fundraising and Strategic Planning and Plan Implementation.  Applicants are requested to focus emphasis on their relevant experience in these areas.

For more information about Arch Street Meeting House, please visit the following sites:

  • Arch Street Meeting House web site: historicasmh.org
  • Arch Street Meeting House Named National Landmark WHYY Newsworks.org

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkN0oat63p0

  • Arch Street Meeting House/2112 WHYY Young Journalists

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Wgqq0lfXo0

  • Arch Street Meeting House Becomes National Historic Landmark You Tube

American Artifacts: American History TV, CSPAN3 Preview:  Arch Street Meeting House-Philadelphia:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UT56lDqigyU

  • Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia (Arch Street Quakers)

https://www.fgcquaker.org/cloud/monthly-meeting-friends-philadelphia-arch-street-quakers

The salary range for the position is $70,000-80,000 and comes with a comprehensive benefit package including health insurance, retirement and paid time off. The ASMHPT is an Equal Opportunity Employers; diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.

Applications consisting of cover letter and resume must be directed to ASMHPT Search Committee at cboyce@intermissionllc.com.  Applications submitted by March 15, 2020 will receive full consideration. PHONE CALLS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
(Posted 1/15)

PT Coordinator of Development Operations, York County History Center, York

The Coordinator of Development Operations is responsible for managing the day-to-day administrative functions all fundraising activities. Job responsibilities include data entry and moves management tracking, reporting, acknowledgements and periodic solicitations, list management, mailings, and reconciliation with Finance. Assistance with special events is also expected of this position.

Responsibilities:
• In consultation with the Manager of Individual Giving & Stewardship, execute the Annual Fund, including formatting the Annual Fund solicitations, coordinating printing and mailing, gift entry, donor acknowledgement and handling donor inquiries.
• In consultation with the Manager of Individual Giving & Stewardship, oversee all data functions of the Membership mailing program, including mailing monthly renewal notices, processing new and renewing Memberships, Gift Memberships and member inquiries.
• Ensure the integrity and accuracy of all fundraising and constituent data by maintaining the constituent database.
• Analyze monthly giving results and report to appropriate staff and volunteers.
• Administer the quarterly New Member Orientations.
• Assist with special mailings and projects and provide requested donor data and information as needed.
• Prepare campaign pledge letters, acknowledgements and other donor correspondence as needed.
• Assist with the preparation Development related special events including leadership gatherings, annual meeting and the holiday open house.
• By monitoring donor giving habits, help the team to identify new major donor prospects, alert them to shifts in giving behavior or lapses in donations.

Outcomes:
• Tasks are completed within the agreed upon timeline.
• Gifts are processed and gift acknowledgement letters set to donors within XXX date of receipt of gift.

Qualifications:
• Familiarity with donor databases and the willingness to use, or learn to use, them in support of fundraising efforts. Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge and web development is a plus.
• Two or more years of fundraising or closely related experience working within membership and development programs,
• Strong organizational and interpersonal abilities. Skill in dealing with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds. Diplomacy, tact, discretion and the ability to maintain confidentiality inside and outside the organization are required.
• Superior written and oral communications skills, creativity and demonstrated success in managing multiple project.
• A bachelor’s degree in business, marketing or non-profit management or equivalent experience is considered.
• Driver’s license, flexible schedule and the ability to lift or move materials up to 25lbs. required.

Send cover and resume to Heather Maneval; hmaneval@yorkhistorycenter.org, no later than
February 5, 2020.
(Posted 1/15)

Chief Curator, Bureau of Historic Sites and Museums, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg

Do you have a passion for history, love working with museum collections, and enjoy travel? If so, the Bureau of Historic Sites and Museums (BHSM) of the PA Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is looking for an experienced curator to assist with the care and management of our collection of objects, archival materials, and historic buildings and landscapes at our museums/historic sites across the Commonwealth.

As Chief Curator for the Bureau of Historic Sites and Museums of PHMC, you will play a crucial role in the preservation and interpretation of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s history.  The collections and museums are as diverse as the Erie Maritime Museum, Bushy Run Battlefield, the Anthracite Heritage Museum, Cornwall Iron Furnace, and Ephrata Cloister.  (A complete listing of museums and historic sites on the PA Trails of History is found at www.phmc.pa.gov)  This senior level curatorial position will evaluate, document, catalog, and care for a large collection of objects, archival materials, and historic buildings and landscapes illustrating the breadth of Pennsylvania history.  Your work in helping to preserve our collections will make a significant and lasting difference for future generations.

Your work will include collections management tasks (such as identifying, inventorying, and cataloging a variety of objects and archival materials on exhibit and in storage), collections care tasks (historic housekeeping, upgrading storage areas, reviewing environmental conditions), research and writing (assisting with interpretive plans or furnishing plans), interpretation and exhibits (as a team member for exhibit development at sites), setting goals for the overall BHSM curatorial program, and supervising one staffperson.

As part of the senior staff team at BHSM, you will be called upon to represent a curatorial perspective in the development and review of various Bureau-level programs.  You will also be a contributor to Bureau-level initiatives, such as our internal standards program and our diversity/equity/access/inclusion initiative.

For further information on BHSM’s Chief Curator position, please see https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/pabureau?category[0]=Museum&sort=PositionTitle%7CAscending
(Posted 1/13)

Director of Education, Chester County History Center, West Chester

Description:

Chester County History Center (formerly Chester County Historical Society) invites applicants for the full time position of Director of Education.  The Director will lead the institution in the expansion of its educational programming for all ages, including K-12 partnerships, adult and family programming, History Day, community outreach, and gallery experiences.  The position will be part of the Management Team, reporting to the President, and participating in planning and implementing the Center’s strategic priorities.

Duties:

  • Leads the implementation of interpretive goals outlined in the institution’s long-range planning;
  • Works with area educators to develop, implement, and evaluate relevant learning experiences that support curriculum topics and reinforce critical thinking;
  • Develops and presents school programs both onsite and in the classroom;
  • Plans public programs to respond to community interests, exhibit themes, and varied learning styles;
  • Expands institutional outreach through community-based learning partnerships;
  • Supervises education department personnel, including staff, interns, and volunteers;
  • Works with management team to develop and implement greater engagement of underrepresented and diverse audiences.

Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in Museum Studies, Education, Public History or related field preferred;
  • A minimum of five years experience in museum education and two years in a supervisory role required;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Understanding of principles of teaching and learning in informal environments;
  • Experience with budgeting, grant writing, and securing funding to support educational activities;
  • Enthusiasm for working with students of all ages;
  • Experience in working collaboratively with team members, staff, and external partners.

Salary Range:$45,000 — $48,000       Benefits:Health insurance/TIAA retirement plan

About Chester County Historical Society

Chester County Historical Society has been collecting materials about the history of the region since 1893.  More than 300 years of local history are represented in the permanent collections that comprise 80,000 museum objects, a special collections library with 20,000 reference books and 750,000 manuscripts, and more than 100,000 images of all types in the photo archives.  The 56,000 square foot complex includes 8 exhibit galleries, an extensive research library, and a large auditorium for programs and events. The History Center benefits from the resources of its location in the Brandywine River Valley and its proximity to Philadelphia,

Deadline to Apply:    February 12, 2020

 

Please send resume and letter of interest to Beverly Sheppard, Interim President, Chester County History Center, 225 North High Street, West Chester, PA 19380.

Or, email to President@chestercohistorical.org.
(Posted 1/13)

Visitor Services Assistant (Multiple positions, seasonal, March 1-November 15), 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 programming
• Serve as Point Person on an as-needed basis
• Assist with light cleaning duties
• Assist with light clerical duties

DETAILS:
• Approximately 20-30 hours per week
• Flexible scheduling availability required to help the museum meet its customer needs
• Weekend and occasional evening 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

HOW TO APPLY: Applications will be accepted until close of business on January 31, 2020. No phone calls please. Please forward a cover letter and resume to Codie Eash, Visitor Services Coordinator, at ceash@seminaryridge.org or by mail to:
Codie Eash, Visitor Services Coordinator
Seminary Ridge Museum, Gettysburg
61 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg PA 17325
(Posted 1/13)

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

The Family Programs Manager creates and produces innovative programs designed to engage families and further the Museum’s mission through intergenerational learning. Reporting to the Director of Education, this position works collaboratively across all departments and cultivates positive programmatic partnerships to produce programs that are audience-focused, dynamic and relevant. Programs range in scale and scope, and are free, free-with-admission and fee-based. In partnership with the Marketing team, this position ensures that programs and events will broaden and increase the Museum’s family audiences, drive visitation, increase and sustain membership, and meet revenue targets.

The Family Programs Manager is responsible for creating and implementing project timelines, managing budgets, securing partnerships, and producing programs, as well as collecting data, reporting and evaluation. This position manages the Museum’s family-friendly discovery center Revolution Place, produces programs to engage audiences on peak-attendance weekends, and is responsible for spearheading the development and growth of the Museum’s new grant-funded family program. The qualified candidate has proven experience in successful family program planning and management in a large and busy museum, heritage, arts or cultural setting.

The Family Programs Manager works in close collaboration with the Museum’s Gallery Interpretation Manager, who oversees in-gallery interpretation and living history programs, and the Senior Manager, K-12 Education, who oversees programs for students and educators, including after-school and homeschooling programs.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Engage new and sustain existing audiences by producing a rich annual slate of dynamic and relevant programs that reflects the Museum’s educational mission and advances its strategic purpose.
  • Collaborate closely with key departments, such as Curatorial, Marketing, Communications and Membership, as well as external programmatic partners, to conceptualize, develop, execute, and publicize programs, ensuring effective and appropriate outreach and communications.
  • Produce programs that align with and support annual attendance goals for children, families and Members.
  • Responsible for successful fulfillment of multi-year grant supporting implementation and growth of family programming, with demonstrable results in increased family attendance and family membership.
  • Manage Revolution Place, overseeing attendance tracking, evaluation, inventory and programming, and lead the growth of a sustainable Family Program that increases family visitation and reflects best practices in intergenerational learning.
  • In line with the Museum’s strategic plan, establish and maintain positive relationships with local and regional partners to increase awareness of, interest in and appreciation for the Museum and its mission.
  • Continually evaluate current offerings and initiate new programs to ensure the Museum offers unique, innovative and reflective programs in multiple disciplines, for family audiences.
  • Assist in the research and development of funding proposals for family and adult programs, as directed.
  • Actively support the Museum’s commitment to equity, diversity, access and inclusion, with an aim to increase and deepen the participation of all audiences in museum activities.
  • With colleagues in Education, foster a culture of learning and community among the Museum’s staff.
  • Attend Public Programs and other Education programs as needed, requiring a flexible schedule with frequent evening, holiday and weekend work.
  • Additional duties, as assigned.

Education/Skills:

  • Minimum of 3 years of management-level experience at a large museum, heritage, arts or cultural setting, with demonstrable experience in producing a diverse range of successful programs for families and children.
  • Excellent project management skills; strong presentation skills with an ability to communicate clearly and concisely with all program stakeholders; a creative, entrepreneurial spirit with a mind for programmatic strategy.
  • Master’s degree or comparable experience in Museum Education, Museum Studies or Arts Administration preferred, with knowledge of theories and best practices in public history or arts programming.
  • Experience in successful project and personnel management (including volunteers and interns), budgeting and program evaluation.
  • Must be capable of undertaking multiple projects simultaneously and balancing long- and short-term priorities, with equal attention to big-picture goals and small logistical details.
  • Ability to work effectively and diplomatically with Museum staff, patrons, and representatives of community-based organizations.
  • A collaborative, energetic, pro-active work style, with demonstrated creativity, flexibility and grace-under-pressure.
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds. Frequent use of stairs required

Applying for this position:

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 1/7)

 

Marketing Coordinator, The Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia

The Marketing Coordinator will work closely with the Director of Marketing to develop, manage, and implement marketing communication strategies that result in audience growth, increased visibility and brand awareness, on-site attendance, and digital engagement.

Primary Areas of Responsibility:

  • Assist Director of Marketing with development of goal-driven, audience-centric marketing strategies for the Museum. Be proactively responsible for implementation of all marketing activities.
  • In collaboration with and under the supervision of Director of Marketing, manage all marketing and promotional activities for the Museum.
  • Write effective, engaging marketing copy for a variety of channels, including, but not limited to, traditional and digital advertising, print, website, and email.
  • Work collaboratively with Museum’s graphic designer to create multi-channel marketing materials in line with strategic marketing goals and objectives.
  • Lead marketing project management and work closely with all divisions to ensure deadlines are met.
  • Coordinate with the Museum’s media buying agency and manage implementation of advertising schedule.
  • Collaborate with Education Managers and wider Education team to ideate and implement engaging events. Seek strategic partners to attract and grow event audiences.
  • Assume proactive responsibility for marketing public-facing programs and events.
  • Monitor and report on effectiveness of marketing campaigns. Analyze and synthesize insights from multi-channel marketing touchpoints to make recommendations for refining marketing strategies, in line with Museum goals.
  • Develop and implement on-site and online visitor surveys; evaluate and report results on visitor preferences and demographic data to better inform marketing initiatives.
  • In collaboration with, and under the supervision of Director of Marketing, create a transparent, centralized program for the dissemination of all Museum audience insights.
  • Maintain effective internal communications to ensure that all relevant company functions are kept informed of marketing objectives.
  • Build and manage relationships with local cultural institutions and partners in coordinated effort to promote region as a tourist attraction.
  • Represent the Marketing Department at both internal and external events as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • 2-3 years of marketing related experience with a museum, cultural organization, tourist attraction or other not-for-profit organization
  • Strong preference for candidates with demonstrated successful experience working collaboratively to ideate and implement audience engagement events
  • Mission- and goal-driven, proactive, accountable, and results-oriented, with growth mindset
  • Analytical, with creative outlook
  • Superior writing skills required
  • Strong project management and organizational skills
  • Ability to produce under tight deadlines with multiple priorities
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a dynamic team
  • Ability to work weekends, evening hours, or holidays as needed
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite programs. Knowledge of and proficiency using e-CRM and CMS systems preferred

The Museum of the American Revolution (www.AmRevMuseun.org) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to employment@amrevmuseum.org
(Posted 1/7)

Educator I, The Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia

Educator I’s deliver engaging educational experiences, especially for school, educator, and youth group audiences. These positions are responsible for implementing daily and monthly programming, special events, and classes and workshops. Qualified candidates are flexible and creative in meeting the needs of guests; skilled at and committed to engaging visitors of all ages, interests, and abilities in discussions of the American Revolution; and are devoted to the mission of the Museum. Educator I is a part-time, nonexempt position with a work schedule that will vary according to tour bookings, and is highly seasonal and includes working on weekend days. Educator Is must successfully complete the Museum’s 100-hour training course. Museum Educators report to the Manager of School Programs with supervision by the Gallery Interpretation Manager and Public Programs Manager.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Engage guests in interactive discussions about Museum’s subject, programs, exhibitions, media, and collections. Encourage interactions and conversations among guests.
  • Help guests develop historical thinking skills and historical empathy through guided viewing and group discussion of original and replica artifacts and documents, role-play activities in immersive and classroom environments, use of multimedia experiences, and participation in hands-on activities.
  • Facilitate interactive, inquiry-based tours, add-on programs, and activities for students (especially grades 4-12), families, and adults, including:
  • The Museum’s Through Their Eyes School Tours, school add-on programs, and school outreach programs
  • Adult, group, and family Highlights Tours of the Museum’s core Galleries
  • The “Washington’s War Tent” Discovery Cart
  • Orient guests to the Museum, assist with the smooth flow of foot traffic, and operate certain Museum theaters.
  • Enforce Museum rules to ensure a safe, friendly learning environment for all guests and the protection of Museum staff, objects, media, and displays.
  • Support ongoing evaluation of programs, including data collection.
  • Master historical content and a variety of interpretive techniques, with a commitment to ongoing learning.
  • Attend staff trainings, meetings, and continuing education sessions; complete assigned readings and research (supported by a quarterly study stipend).
  • This job is seasonal, with peak working hours in the Fall (October-November) and Spring (April-June). Evening, holiday, and weekend work required.
  • Additional duties, as assigned.

Candidate Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, or Associate’s Degree plus relevant work experience; coursework in early American History, American Studies, or Museum Education preferred.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills required. Ability to see, speak clearly, write, and understand the English language required. Proficiency in ASL, Spanish, French, Chinese, or other languages desirable.
  • Previous educational and/or front-of-house experience in museums, heritage sites, after-school or out-of-school time programs, or other informal learning environments strongly preferred.
  • Interest in the American Revolution, and a commitment to ongoing learning about the Revolutionary era.
  • Flexibility, the willingness to cheerfully and calmly adapt to rapidly changing situations, and the ability to “think on one’s feet” essential.
  • Enthusiasm for working and interacting with guests of all ages, abilities, backgrounds, learning styles, and knowledge levels.
  • Ability to interact with and collaborate with other staff in a clear, pleasant, and effective manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a cohesive team with colleagues to achieve desired program goals.
  • Availability to regularly work a schedule that includes weekend days, holidays, and evenings.  (The Museum is open seven days a week).
  • Ability to use email.
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time, kneel and stoop, climb stairs frequently, and occasionally sit on the floor.
  • Ability to handle and carry objects and lift up to 20 pounds.

Applying for this position:

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 1/7)

Senior Curator and Director, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto

The Senior Curator and Director’s responsibilities include the professional leadership and management of the museum. The Senior Curator and Director works with the Board of Directors to develop, communicate and execute a clear vision for the organization. He/She collaborates with the Board of Trustees to develop and implement the museum’s strategic plan. The Senior Curator and Director selects and cultivates qualified staff, models effective behaviors and skills, and builds morale among staff and volunteers. From a tactical perspective, He/She is charged with managing operations, processes and programs; developing and managing the SAMA budget; writing and assisting with grant proposals; and facilitating all the Museum’s activities including all curatorial affairs. He/she acts as the Museum’s representative in the community increasing SAMA’s visibility and influence with legislators, stakeholders, and other constituencies. The Senior Curator and Director oversees the curatorial management of the museum, designs and curates all exhibitions and works with all satellite museums guiding the selection and installation of exhibitions. Develops the annual exhibition program for the institution. Responsible for the development of the collection and provides guidance to the Acquisitions Committee of the Board of Trustees. Develops the permanent collection through engagement with collectors, artists and donors.

Lead and manage the museum.
Develop and maintain an approved general operating budget for the museum
Write and/or assist with writing grant proposals to address the needs of the museum
Supervise museum employees and volunteers
 * Promote activities of the institution
 * Serve as a liaison with community arts organizations and other key groups
 * Develop key contacts within the community
 * Maintain positive public relations
 * Participate in Museum events including the Gala, Garden Party, Think Pink and Crystal Soiree
 * Attend exhibit openings and related events
 * Increase SAMA’s visibility and influence with legislators, stakeholders, and other constituencies
 * Advocate for the arts at the local, state and national levels

Develop and oversee exhibitions at SAMA’s Altoona, Bedford, Johnstown, Ligonier, Loretto Museums and work with satellite coordinators planning site exhibitions

Write and/or assist with writing grant proposals to address the needs of the Museum and/or exhibitions and/or programs/projects
Provide didactic materials and educational activities for all exhibitions
Assist in the design, writing and production of exhibition catalogues
Provide education and training in the appropriate handling and care of works of art to museum personnel, including interns, volunteers, part-time and temporary employees
Supervise museum employees when handling and caring for works of art
Assist in the design, writing and production of the SAMA’s literature and informational material

SUPERVISION GIVEN TO THE FOLLOWING DEPARTMENTS:
This position has direct supervisory responsibility for all museum personnel

SUPERVISION RECEIVED FROM:
Supervision is typically received from the President and Executive Board of Trustees

MENTAL DEMANDS TYPICAL OF THIS POSITION:
Ability to lead/manage multiple projects/tasks; Provide close attention to detail; Utilize creativity; Meet frequent deadlines; Work closely with others; Maintain a high level of record keeping/routine paperwork. Maintain a sense of humor and collegial spirit.

SAMA represents an excellent career opportunity and provides an attractive compensation and benefits package. Compensation will depend on experience.

Interested and qualified candidates should send their resume, three references and sample of writing via electronic submission by January 20, 2020 to:

Search Committee
Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art
P.O. Box 9
Loretto, PA 15940

shampton@sama-art.org or loretto@sama-art.org – No phone calls please. Candidates selected for interview will be contacted no later than January 24th with expectation of telephonic interviews to begin the week of January 27th. Successful candidate will be expected to assume position no later than March 1, 2020.

Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS:
Education
Advanced degree in Art History, Museum Studies, Curatorial Studies or related major required; Ph.D. preferred

Experience/Training
Seven (7) to Ten (10) years with demonstrated curatorial and executive administrative experience. International exhibition experience a plus
Ability to compare and evaluate works of art
Ability to research interpretive materials, produce catalogue raisonne

Communication Skills
Ability to write essays, grant proposals and related exercises
Ability to read and comprehend general written correspondence, i.e., instructions, manuals, rules, etc.
Ability to write routine and general business correspondence, reports, conduct research, and apply analysis and didactic material for multiple audiences.
Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships.
Ability to discuss and respond to questions or complaints.
Ability to present to a group

Math Skills
Ability to calculate rate, ratio, percentage, discount, commission, etc.
Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, and ratios to practical situations

Computer Knowledge
Word Processing Software
Spreadsheet Software
Internet/E-mail
Digital camera and associated programs

Other Characteristics
Documentation and observation skills
Strong organizational skills
Ability to follow established confidentiality policy
Ability to follow established safety standards
Ability to use various office equipment, i.e., copier, fax, shredder, printer, etc.
Working knowledge of applicable regulations

Beyond the credentials and resume experience described above, we are seeking a dynamic individual capable of driving museum excellence, developing the museum’s resources, and advocating for the fine arts. This matric of innovative talent and thoughtful managerial and curatorial skills will be instrumental in promoting SAMA’s tradition of excellence in the visual arts and will contribute to SAMA’s ability to achieve its mission well into the 21st century.
(Posted 1/7)

PT Social Media Coordinator, Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia

Position Responsibilities and Requirements

  • Present in the office 8 hours minimum per week; communicate with Marketing Director when schedule changes. Use that time to meet with colleagues to strategize content creation and find out what kind of projects the staff is working on.
  • Pull content from our staff, including but not limited to our Executive Director, Horticulture Staff, Volunteers, Interns, etc.
  • Work on demand as needed including and not limited to emergency closings or to respond to trending posts as social media inherently dictates.
  • Post photos and copy on FB, IG and Twitter
    • See which posts have performed best and let those be a guide. Be personable. Be original.
    • How do people communicate with us and what makes them respond?
  • Develop and post Facebook ads determined by monthly budgets (Marketing, Development, Rentals)
  • Engage with users, reshare their content; create a dialogue to create authentic connection with community and demonstrate that we are listening to them. Respond to their comments with personal responses.
  • Examine analytics to determine strategy for creating content and best times to post—leverage ongoing analysis of our social media presence
  • Attend events and share posts and stories from the event in order to promote visitation
  • In the week leading up to an event, post content to encourage attendance.
  • Review posts prior to posting for proper grammar, punctuation, and plant nomenclature.
  • Create new branded Bitlys and maintain Bitly list on server.
  • Submit status reports with metrics and data regularly.
  • Review similar institutions’ social media presence and ensure the Arboretum is presented similarly.
  • Keep up to date with trends in social media.
  • Once website platform changes to content management system Drupal (timing TBD)
    • Post blog posts on website
    • Post events on website
    • Post closings on website

Qualifications:

  • 2-4 years experience managing social media for business
  • Flexible work schedule
  • College degree preferred
  • Creative mindset
  • Collaborative sensibility
  • Good communication skills
  • Facility with photos

Please send your resume and cover letter to cranesj@upenn.edu with the subject line Part Time Social Media Coordinator.
(Posted 1/6)

Program Specialist, Chadds Ford Historical Society, Chadds Ford

Job Description
Position: Program Specialist
Classification: Part-time
Schedule: Estimated 6 – 20 hours per month; days and hours vary as needed based on program schedule
Rate: $9.00 per hour
Reports to: Education & Public Program Manager
To Apply: Send an cover letter and resume to email: education@chaddsfordhistory.org or send by snail mail to 1736 Creek Rd Chadds Ford, PA 19317

Program Specialists are vital to the success of the Society. The Program Specialist interacts directly with the public during the Society’s educational programs, activities, school and adult tours, special events and facility rentals. The Program Specialist provides quality history interpretation, engaging guest experiences and excellent customer service that exceeds visitor and customer expectations. Using approved interpretive plans, lesson plans, policies and procedures, the Program Specialist connects the visiting public with the history of Chadds Ford using the historic resources of the CFHS.

General Responsibilities
1. Work as an integral member of the Chadds Ford Historical Society team by leading and assisting with public educational programs and activities.
• Lead general tours of the historic Chads House, Springhouse, and Barns-Brinton House
• Lead specialized educational tours of the historic houses as needed for school groups, adult groups, and others. Oftentimes this position requires one to wear Colonial replica dress which CFHS provides if you do not have or make your own.
• Interpret daily life in past through interactive activities.
• Assist with summer camp by leading and assisting with camper activities including setting up and cleaning up each day
• Engage the public as a history interpreter during Tavern Nights programs
• Facilitate the “Escape Brandywine” or other similar escape room programs by acting as the program’s “Game Master”
• Assist visitors with understanding history exhibitions in the Barn Visitors Center
• Assist with other public programs, including but not limited to paranormal tours, Candlelight Christmas, lectures, etc.
2. Oversees the use of Society facilities during private event rentals.
• Open the building at the beginning of the rental period; secure the building at the end of the rental period; set lighting and temperature levels appropriately; ensure that the space is clean and ready for guests; ensure that there are no safety concerns at the facility
• Assist the renter as needed with use of the room as permitted by the guidelines for use
• Ensure that the renter follows the guidelines for use as explained in the rental agreement
• Provide assistance with clean-up or reset of the room after the renters have removed all of their items from the space
3. Work with other Program Specialists, the Education & Public Program Manager, the Events Manager, and the Executive Director to improve the Society’s public programs and activities.
• Based on historical research, make recommendations for improvement to the content of historic interpretation and activities as well as furnishings, objects, supplies used in both the historic buildings and interactive activities.
4. Ensure positive experiences with individuals and organizations that the Society has or may develop a business relationship with
• Greet and assist visitors, students, researchers, affinity groups, and others that are interested in the Society’s services
• Help develop and maintain a positive relationship with members, visitors, teachers, group tour leaders through cordial, professional demeanor and interactions
5. If available, assist with annual special events such as Valley Jamboree, Chadds Ford Days and the Great Pumpkin Carve
6. Complete other related duties as assigned

Job Requirements
• Must pass all required background checks required by Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to work with children
• Must attend ongoing training sessions as provided by the CFHS

The Chadds Ford Historical Society
Our Vision is to serve as the gateway between Chadds Ford’s past and present. Through preservation, education and celebration, we will bring Chadds Ford to life in a way that promotes our unique history, protects our natural beauty and energizes and sustains our community into the future. Through the support and generosity of our members, visitors and the community at large, we will deliver our Vision by: Preserving and broadening access to our properties and resources; Interpreting, recording and cataloging Chadds Ford’s unique history; Educating residents and visitors alike about Chadds Ford’s past and present; Hosting community gatherings that promote and celebrate the spirit, beauty and history of Chadds Ford ; Collaborating with local organizations to prepare Chadds Ford for the future.
(Posted 1/3)

PT Visitor Services Representative, Zimmerman Center, Susquehanna National Heritage Area, Wrightsville

(Part-time position, approximately 6 days per month, weekends)
REPORTS TO: Zimmerman Center Manager
POSITION SUMMARY
This position is focused on weekend visitor services and site management at the Zimmerman Center for Heritage. Duties will include interacting with visitors, assisting with tours, public programs and site interpretation, carrying out daily chores and site upkeep, and coordinating with other seasonal staff. The successful candidate for this position must provide excellent customer service to Zimmerman Center visitors.
RESPONSIBILITIES
Customer Service
▪ Studies and understands historical resource materials and information relating to Susquehanna Heritage, its programs facilities, and the Susquehanna Riverlands.
▪ Provides excellent customer service to guests and patrons, and whenever interacting with the public, partners and Board members.
▪ Conducts tours and engages the public in hands-on programming and interpretation.
▪ Actively encourages visitors, especially children, to take advantage of Zimmerman Center programming.
▪ Processes Zimmerman Center book & product sales.
▪ Manages visitor use of site, including enforcement of rules and regulations.
Maintenance
▪ Assists with routine behind the scenes site maintenance and chores.
Office Assistance
▪ Completes office administrative tasks as assigned.
▪ Conducts research to enhance site knowledge and programs as directed.
QUALIFICATIONS
▪ Valid Pennsylvania driver’s license
▪ Ability to lift 30 pounds to a height of 48 inches
▪ Excellent interpersonal skills
▪ Willingness to learn new skills
▪ Good work ethic and ability to work without close supervision
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Send resume and cover letter to hbyers@susquehannaheritage.org
(Posted 12/23)

Exhibition Designer and Preparator, The Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster

The Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin & Marshall College seeks a full time experienced Exhibition Designer and Preparator with excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to multitask in a fast-paced, visitor centered, team-oriented environment.

Functions and Responsibilities Include:

  • Support the Curator of Academic Affairs and Community Engagement’s work on exhibitions as well as artists, guest curators F&M faculty and students in the preparation, design and realization of relevant exhibition spaces. Attend and participate in project based meetings and ongoing communication between relevant parties.
  • Support the Assistant Director and Collections Manager’s work on permanent collection projects supporting its care and conservation as well exhibitions on the collection in the museum and on the public grounds of F&M. Fabricate shelving and other exhibition related elements including mounts for collection based exhibition. Frame work as necessary. Create crates and packs for outgoing loans. Assist with preparing objects for class instruction or tours.
  • Perform scheduled preventative maintenance including gallery and outdoor sculpture maintenance. Prepare the galleries for exhibition and is responsible for their maintenance and physical care in accordance with AAM standards. Order exhibition supplies and fabricate exhibition furniture and exhibition elements as needed. Create inventory and maintain supplies including exhibition furniture, lighting fixtures, paint, hardware and tools.
  • Pack, unpack and transport artwork as needed. Construct crates and other packing containers as appropriate. Transport artwork as needed. Assist in uncrating incoming works of art. With oversight from the Assistant Director and Collections Manager, arrange shipping logistics for temporary and outgoing traveling exhibitions.

Requirements:

  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, flexibility, and the ability to multi-task in a fast paced, visitor centered, team orientated environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree (Studio art, Art History or Museum Studies)
  • 4-7 years of relevant work experience
  • Proficiency with Google Suite, Exhibit Design software with preferred experience with Collections software
  • Excellent fabrication, soldering and carpentry skills
  • Audio / Visual skills

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

About Franklin & Marshall College:

Franklin & Marshall College, founded in 1787, is a highly selective, private, liberal arts college known for academic rigor, opportunities for faculty-student research and its commitment to helping each student reach their full potential. The College enrolls more than 2,300 undergraduate students from throughout the U.S. and around the world. The campus is located in a residential neighborhood in Lancaster, PA, a vital, historic city in a county of over 500,000 residents, with easy access to Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York, and Washington, D.C. Lancaster offers both a diverse, urban environment and lush, rolling farmland. Residents enjoy charming historic districts and historical landmarks, a vibrant arts and cultural scene, and dining and shopping to suit every taste.

About the Phillips Museum of Art:

The Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin and Marshall College is a forum for the creative process and fosters an understanding and appreciation of the arts, which include contemporary, historical & multicultural materials.

Application Instructions:

All resumes and cover letters must be submitted through our online process. We regret we are unable to accept applications or resumes submitted via mail, email, or fax.   As you are submitting your application via this online process, please ensure that you provide an accurate email address. You will then receive an acknowledgment indicating that your application materials have been received. Individuals who need an accommodation due to a disability in order to submit an application or attend an employment interview should contact Human Resources at (717) 358-3995.  For more information on career opportunities with Franklin & Marshall College, please visit fandm.edu/jobs

There is no application deadline.

The salary range is $40,000-$45,000

Please see the announcement and apply at: https://fandm.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp;jsessionid=5A43419673C04E7FD0E4ED98ED9264F0?JOBID=118997
(Posted 12/19)

2020 Summer Internships, Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle, Doylestown

The Summer Internship Program at the Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle, or Experiential Learning Academy sponsored by BLBB Charitable, allows a dynamic group of students with varied interests, strengths, and goals to immerse themselves in an outstanding educational and professional environment. Interns learn and work directly with museum professionals in a team-based, collaborative environment that offers experiential learning, mentoring benefits, and leadership building skills.

Background:
Located in Doylestown, Bucks County, PA, the Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle are historic castles celebrating the legacy of Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930), American archaeologist, anthropologist, ceramicist and scholar. Both sites are operated by the Bucks County Historical Society.
The Mercer Museum, one of Bucks County’s premier cultural attractions and a Smithsonian affiliate, features both local and national seasonal exhibits as well as a core museum collection of over 50,000 pre-Industrial tools. This permanent collection offers visitors a unique window into pre-Industrial America through sixty different crafts and trades, and is one of the world’s most comprehensive portraits of American material culture. The museum also features a research library that is a center for local history related to Bucks County and the surrounding region, with its roots dating back to the founding of the Bucks County Historical Society in 1880.

Fonthill Castle was built between 1908-1912, and was the home to Henry Chapman Mercer. Mercer built Fonthill Castle as his home and as a showplace for his collection of tiles and prints. The castle serves as an early example of reinforced concrete and features forty-four rooms, over two hundred windows, and eighteen fireplaces. Fonthill Castle’s interior features Mercer’s renowned, hand crafted ceramic tiles designed at the height of the Arts and Crafts movement.

Timeline: The internship takes place from Monday, June 1, 2020 until Friday, August 14, 2020, and is a full-time position at 40 hours per week.
Compensation: $3,000 stipend (housing option available– please mention housing interest in cover letter)

Application Requirements:
 Letter of interest / cover letter
 Résumé
 2-3 professional references

Please email the above application requirements in one PDF to info@mercermuseum.org, with the subject line “2020 Summer Internship + Your Last Name”.

Please list your internship area of interest, in order of preference, in your email and cover letter:
 Education & Community Services
 Archives
 Exhibits

Deadline: Friday, February 7, 2020 at 5pm

All applicants should possess the following required qualifications:
 Degree or expected degree in history, material culture, education, humanities, museum studies, museum education, anthropology or a related field. Graduate studies students strongly preferred.
 Demonstrated interest in museums, exhibits, programs, production, education, and history
 Strong writing, research, organizational, interpersonal, communication and computer skills
 Ability to work both independently and in groups
 Affinity for working with the public and helping with other duties as assigned
 Sense of humor and positive attitude

Education & Community Services Intern
The position of Education & Community Services Intern specializes in facilitating innovative, informal learning opportunities for museum guests of all ages at Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle. The intern will participate in the production and execution of educational activities and/or materials to promote formal and informal learning for the Department of Community Services. This involves working with a wide array of guests (museum members and program participants of all ages) in varied capacities. In addition, the intern will work closely with other museum staff and assist with public and special programs and the overall daily operations of the department as needed. Each intern will be trained to facilitate hands-on educational programs, activities, demonstrations, and family-oriented events for guests, including summer camps, children’s programs, and activities. He/she will also facilitate summer community or special programs with colleagues in the department as needed.
During the course of the internship, interns may be given the opportunity to explore an individual focus area assigned by their supervisor based on organizational need and the skills and interests of the individual.

Archives Intern:
The Bucks County Historical Society seeks a graduate-level intern to assist in processing its oversized archival collections, including maps, photographs, and certificates related to Bucks County and beyond. The project will involve a variety of archival processing tasks, including arrangement, foldering, numbering, and cataloging the objects into the organization’s database, CuadraSTAR. In addition, the intern will work with the Assistant Collections Manager in a collections reorganization project which will help create more storage space in the library’s vaults. The ideal candidate is a student interested in pursuing an archives or library career. In addition to processing and cataloging, work may involve climbing ladders, lifting 50 lb. objects, housekeeping, and other physically demanding tasks. Other duties will include shifts as a gallery guide in the museum’s changing exhibit gallery, assisting with special events, and special lectures and enrichment activities.

Exhibits Intern:
The Bucks County Historical Society is seeking a graduate-level intern to assist in research and design development for two future exhibitions which will be presented in the Mercer Museum’s 3500 sq. ft. exhibition gallery. The intern will assist the Curator of Exhibits in developing exhibit concepts to prototype, as well as planning methods and instruments for conducting front-end and formative evaluation. The intern will also spend some of his/her time assisting visitors in the museum’s temporary exhibition gallery, and will learn about other specialties within the museum field such as education and program planning. The ideal candidate is a student interested in pursuing a museum exhibition design or related career, and will have the ability to conceptualize and render design solutions for exhibits.
(Posted 12/18)

Executive Director, Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center, Pennsburg

Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center (SLHC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) preserving and interpreting the heritage of the Schwenkfelders and the people of the Perkiomen Valley region.  Founded in 1884 in Pennsburg, PA, the SLHC preserves important artifacts dating from 500 years to the present day.  SLHC houses a rare collection of more than 50,000 books, records, and artifacts – all freely open to scholars, researchers, and the visiting public.

General Job Description:

The Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center (SLHC) Executive Director is the chief executive officer and “face” of the institution, responsible for fiscal leadership and general management and operation of the museum, including programs, partnerships, budget, fundraising, public relations, recruiting and marketing in accordance with all Board of Directors established policies and procedures.

The Executive Director works closely with the Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers to develop, articulate, and implement the strategic direction of the SLHC in order to accomplish the mission and strategic plan.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Managing all aspects of SLHC operation, including budgets, finances, programs, staff, and the physical plant, in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Coordinating fundraising strategies, including capital campaigns that bring in additional outside revenue from public, corporate, foundation and individual sources, and effectively balancing income and expenditures to assure the financial health of the SLHC.
  • Providing local and regional marketing and public awareness of the mission and programming (including newsletters) offered by SLHC in order to attract visitors, donors and volunteers.
  • Interacting with the Perkiomen Valley regional community, including donors, churches, schools, historical and civic organizations, local and state government, volunteers, to ensure SLHC reflects their needs and that its contributions are recognized.
  • Developing a vision to move the SLHC forward while preserving the traditional qualities from which the SLHC has derived its success.
  • To work with, implement policies of, and report to the Board of Directors to carry out the mission of the SLHC and the vision of what the SLHC is and can be.

Qualifications:

  • A Master’s Degree in Museum Studies or related field preferred.  Bachelor’s degree with related experience will be considered.
  • Proven ability to organize and manage a budget, monitor on-going financial performance, and demonstrated success in fundraising.
  • A minimum of five years experience as a leader or manager within a public museum or non-profit with a comparable budget, or demonstrated management, analytical, and planning skills that provide a potential to grow into this profile, including experience in managing a staff and dealing with human resources and related issues, including hiring, monitoring, evaluating, and terminating employees.
  • Appreciation of Pennsylvania German history and culture.
  • Ability to communicate via the written word and through public speaking

Additional Notes on the Position:

  • On call for emergency situations and rotating basis for administrative functions.
  • Attends and reports at Board of Directors meetings (8/year) and participates on all committees.
  • Employment is contingent upon a satisfactory background check.
  • SLHC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and Equal Opportunity Employer

Salary and Summary of Benefits:

  • Salary will be commensurate with experience
  • Individual Health Insurance provided for full time employees
  • Vacation based on years of service
  • Ten paid holidays scheduled annually
  • Five personal/sick days provided per year
  • 403(B) retirement savings program offering $.50 match per dollar contributed

Interested candidates may submit a cover letter, detailed resume, writing sample and contact information for three references to Kathy Lesieur, Search Committee Chair, klesieur@schwenkfelder.com.
(Posted 11/29)

Keystone Summer Internship Program, The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg

The Keystone Summer Internship Program is designed to provide preprofessional training to students interested in pursuing a career in history or museums. The internship is intended to be an integral part of the student’s academic training. Students are encouraged, although not required, to seek credit for their internships.

Each Keystone Summer Intern will work directly with a Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) staff mentor on a specific project or projects and will also learn about PHMC’s multiple functions though staff presentations and possible field trips. Interns will also have regular opportunities to reflect on their own experiences within the broader context of the challenges and possibilities of public history. The intern’s work will be formally evaluated at the conclusion of the internship.

The Keystone Summer Internship Program begins Monday, June 1, 2020, and ends Tuesday, August 18, 2020. Interns must work a minimum of 225 hours and are eligible to work up to 300 hours, within the program timeframe, at a rate of $13.97 per hour.  Work schedules will be determined between the mentor and intern.

Deadline to apply: Friday, February 14, 2020, by 4:00 pm. No late applications will be accepted.

Important dates:

  • Friday, March 13, 2020:  Deadline for mentors to complete all interviews.
  • Friday March 27, 2020:  Deadline for all applicants to accept offers from their mentors and all internship placements toll be confirmed.

For more information, please visit this page.
(Posted 11/7)

 

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