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Site Administrator, Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Lancaster

Do you have a passion for history, love working with historic buildings and museum collections, and enjoy managing complex operations? If so, the Bureau of Historic Sites and Museums (BHSM) of the PA Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is looking for an experienced director to manage Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum in Lancaster County–one of PHMC’s premier historic sites.

As Site Administrator for Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, you will play a crucial role in the preservation and interpretation of this significant historic site.    Landis Valley consist of nearly 100 acres containing almost 60 structures.  There is an amazing collection of Pennsylvania German artifacts and archives on site.

Generally, the site administrator manages all aspects of the operation and development of Landis Valley.  The administrator plans, directs, monitors, and supervises all facets of day-to-day operations. Responsibilities include maintenance and preservation of buildings and grounds, personnel management, financial management, security, collections care and management, exhibits, programs, interpretation, educational programming, accreditation, various types of planning, recruitment and training of volunteers, fundraising, identifying and developing community partners, marketing, development of the Associate group, implementation of Commonwealth and PHMC policies and procedures, and promotion of the site locally, regionally and nationally.

The administrator serves as PHMC liaison with the Landis Valley Associates, the site’s 501-c-3 support group.  The Associates add approximately $700,000 in annual assistance to site operations, including a farm program and Heirloom Seed program.  The Site Administrator assists the Associates in annual planning, submission of the Associates Agreement, and timely reporting to the Bureau office. Provides appropriate non-profit management expertise and advice to the Associate group to insure compliance with Associate Agreement. Additionally, serves as PHMC liaison to the community, organizations, institutions, and individuals.

Landis Valley serves approximately 40,000 visitors annually with a busy schedule of classes and special events.

Further information about the position, along with requirements, salary range, and application materials may be found here:  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/pabureau/jobs/2649365
(Posted 12/11)

 

PT Archives and Collections Assistant, LancasterHistory, Lancaster

LancasterHistory is a community-based, not-for-profit organization established to educate the public on the history of Lancaster County and its place in the history of Pennsylvania and the United States, to advance the missions of regional historical organizations, and to promote the acquisition, preservation, and interpretation of resources representing the history of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania within the broader context of state and national history, including the life and legacy of America’s fifteenth president, James Buchanan, and to preserve and maintain Wheatland, his home.

LancasterHistory exists to engage and educate the public about the people, places, and events that shaped Lancaster County within the broader context of the history of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States of America. As custodians of a complex past, we collect, preserve, exhibit, and make accessible materials chronicling Lancaster County’s heritage as we seek to engage audiences in multi-layered stories of that past.

Job Type: Part-time/Not Benefits Eligible
Salary: $18/hour
Entry Level: No
Minimum Education: Master’s Degree
Minimum Experience: 2 Years
Required Travel: 10%

Position Summary:

The Archives and Collections Assistant will be an initial contact for onsite and remote archives requests; preserve and catalog archival and manuscript collections; and inventory, research, and catalog select curatorial collections. The Archives and Collections Assistant will staff the Reference Desk and Archives one Saturday per month. The collections include archival and manuscript materials, ephemera, and curatorial objects. Work will be done at LancasterHistory. Part-time, hourly position. Not eligible for benefits.  22.5 hrs/week @ $18/hr. Tuesday and Thursday hours are required, as well as one Saturday every four weeks.

Primary Responsibilities:

The Archives and Collections Assistant will…

Reference Duties

  • Be one of the initial contacts for onsite and remote archives and manuscript item requests;
  • Work with and supervise onsite patrons using archives and manuscript items; and
  • Staff the Reference Desk and Archives one Saturday every four weeks.

Collection Arrangement and Description

  • Preserve, catalog, and research archival and manuscript collections;
  • Inventory curatorial collections, including decorative arts such as quilts, clocks, and more;
  • Contribute research and cataloging to the curatorial collections; and
  • Preserve, catalog, and manage database records of Lancaster County’s historic government records housed at LancasterHistory.

Administrative Duties

  • Train, supervise, and evaluate archives volunteers;
  • Prepare and digitize archives and manuscript collections;
  • Maintain statistics for the Archives Department;
  • Assist in planning, curation, and design of exhibitions; and
  • Write blog posts about manuscript collections, especially upon completion of processing projects.

Additional Professional Responsibilities

  • Participate in organizational committees;
  • Participate in appropriate professional and scholarly associations and organizations including maintaining membership and attending meetings, conferences, and workshops;
  • Maintain up-to-date professional knowledge and skills in areas related to primary job assignment, as well as general knowledge of current trends; and
  • Support the mission of the organization.

Required Skills:

  • Strong management and organizational, interpersonal, and written communication skills;
  • Proficiency in word-processing, spreadsheets, and database management, including the use of museum software and Microsoft Office suite;
  • Knowledge of and experience with digital technologies and software used to capture, describe, display and preserve images and/or media;
  • Ability to plan, coordinate and execute collaborative projects;
  • Working knowledge of DACS, MARC, and other descriptive standards; and
  • Ability to lift up to 40 lbs.

Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in Archival Science or Library and Information Science;
  • Minimum two years of experience cataloging archival and manuscript collections and assisting researchers in an archive, museum, or research center;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current archival theories, standards, and best practices in appraisal, arrangement, and description of archival, manuscript, and photograph collections;
  • Experience with current museum theories, standards, and best practices in description and cataloging of curatorial collections;
  • Formal training in the care and handling of objects;
  • Project management of large and diverse collections, to include preservation, cataloging, digitization, and database management;
  • Experience with exhibition planning;
  • Supervisory experience of volunteers;
  • Experience in historical research; and
  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently and to promote teamwork among colleagues.

LancasterHistory is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Interested applicants may submit a cover letter and resume to the attention of Heather Tennies, Director of Archival Services, at archives@lancasterhistory.org. Applications accepted until position is filled.
(Posted 12/11)

Accounting Manager, Visitors Services, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

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

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

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is interested in candidates who, through their experience and collaborations, will contribute to diversity and excellence of the Carnegie Museums community.

The ACCOUNTING MANAGER – VISITOR SERVICES manages the financial operations of the Visitor and Museum Services department of the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. Responsible for general ledger account maintenance, general financial functions, and reporting and reconciliation for revenue in admissions, parking, program enrollment, and scholarship allocation. Responsible for reconciling accounts payable and receivable and managing customer invoicing. In conjunction with the Director of Visitor and Museum Services, builds and maintains the department budgets. The position is responsible for the monthly financial analysis and evaluation of internal cost centers and variance analysis. Proactively make recommendations for course corrections and improvements. Guides staff members regarding financial and administrative policies and procedures.

This is a Full Time Position.

Candidates are required to submit a cover letter with their application.  Save the Cover Letter AND Resume as one file and then upload accordingly.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
– Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance required;
– Knowledge and experience of Blackbaud accounting software preferred;
– Must have working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel;
– Knowledge of ticketing systems and ticket revenue reporting preferred;
– 3 to 5 years accounting experience REQUIRED with…
–  2 to 3 years of non-profit accounting work experience PREFERRED

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
– Strong analytical and fund accounting skills;
– Computer literacy skills as well as the ability to gather and analyze costs and data and interpret and communicate this information to all levels of management required;
– Must be detail oriented, accurate, and timely;
– A customer service-oriented attitude is essential.

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

ESSENTIAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:
General Ledger and Invoicing:
Manage and monitor the department’s general ledger accounts, including the reconciliation of revenue from admissions, parking, program enrollment, and scholarships. Prepare monthly reconciliations of certain financial accounts related to Accounts Receivable and Deferred Revenue.  Process invoices, check requests, parking purchase orders, and other financial paperwork relating to department.

Reporting:
Develop and maintain annual department budgets. This includes the accurate and timely preparation of monthly revenue reports, statistical reporting, monthly variance analysis, and other ad hoc reporting. Disseminate all monthly financial reports to the appropriate museum sections.

Fund Management:
Work with Director of Visitor and Museum Services to manage and maintain operating budgets for department and parking garage. Periodically review and analyze budget activity and fund use to meet management’s expectations regarding internal fund financial controls and municipal parking tax regulations.

Operations Interface:
Evaluate efficiency and effectiveness of museum activities and finances; proactively seek ways to enhance earned income and control/reduce expenses. Develop and prepare recommendations for changes to policy, procedures, and /or controls. Maintain change fund for cash handling operations. Process all routine personnel paperwork such as position requisitions and change of status and maintain all active position files. Manage bi-weekly staff time and attendance reporting for payroll.  Maintain confidentiality of personnel and salary records. With the Director of Visitor and Museum Services, negotiate contracts with third parties on behalf of the Oakland Campus regarding matters such as admissions agreements.

Other:
Provide other department financial support to the Director of Visitor and Museum Services, Manager of Admissions, Manager of Museum Services, and Manager of Volunteers. Prepare and disseminate monthly reporting and reconciliations to Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History.

Other duties as assigned.

 

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

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

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

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 12/11)

Museum Educator, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia

National Constitution Center: Our Vision

The National Constitution Center brings together people of all ages and perspectives, across America and around the world, to learn about, debate, and celebrate the greatest vision of human freedom in history, the U.S. Constitution.

National Constitution Center: Our Mission

The National Constitution Center serves as America’s leading platform for constitutional education and debate, fulfilling our congressional charter “to disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a nonpartisan basis in order to increase awareness and understanding of the Constitution among the American people.”

Position Summary

The Museum Educator provides outstanding interpretation of exhibitions and delivery of shows and demonstrations. The Educator facilitates and presents programs and activities for school and adult groups as well as the general public on a daily basis. The Educator provides engaging content and superior customer service to ensure an exceptional visitor experience. Educator works with the public in a dynamic museum setting to translate complex historic information into fun and exciting concepts.

Responsibilities & Duties

  • Present dynamic, interactive shows and activities on a daily basis
  • Provide direct service to museum visitors by discussing and interpreting all exhibitions, shows, and demonstrations
  • Participate in other programs, including, but not limited to, Traveling History and civics shows
  • Assist with supervising and training part-time, volunteer, and intern staff on exhibitions, activities, and shows
  • Participate in special events for the Center as needed and assigned
  • Assist visitors in general museum needs to achieve excellence in customer service
  • Assist with developing educational daily programming as needed and assigned
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in history, education, or other related field required
  • Experience and comfort level with public speaking required
  • Knowledge of and/or interest in American history and government required
  • Must be outgoing, friendly, and comfortable working with a diverse group of people
  • Must be willing/able to travel
  • Ability to work weekends, evening hours, or holidays as needed and assigned

Physical Demands

•      Position requires extensive walking, climbing stairs, and standing for long periods of time

•           Some moderate lifting, fifty (50) pounds or less, may be required on a frequent basis

To Apply Click on the Follow Link; https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=0193ac74-68f3-4bb6-83c9-7f8a60ced6bd&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=196266&source=CC2&lang=en_US

(Posted 12/11)

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 12/11)

Manager of School Programs, York County History Center, York

The York County History Center, a cultural non-profit located in downtown York,
PA, seeks a focused, results oriented full time Manager of School Programs to
join a team committed to creating an innovative and important historical
resource for the region. This position will play a vital role in connecting the
History Center with educators and their students from across the county.
The Manager of School Programs should be an enthusiastic, creative individual
who enjoys connecting with people and delivering great experiences by creating a
welcoming, and rewarding learning environment. Through high quality tours and
programs, the History Center is able to build long-term relationships within the
region and local communities. Individuals that serve in this capacity will engage
visitors in conversation while providing interpretive information at the History
Center’s main sites. Periodically the Manager of School Programs will participate
in off-site programs and, as needed, will support other Visitor Engagement
functions.

Formal Position Description

The York County History Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not
discriminate because of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital or family status,
national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, military veteran status, or
any other characteristic protected by law. Please submit cover letter and resume
no later than December 31, 2019 to: Manager of School Programs, York County
History Center, 250 E. Market St., York, PA 17403. Electronic submissions are
welcome at taltland@yorkhistorycenter.org. Please, no phone calls.
www.yorkhistorycenter.org.

Position Description
Position Title: Manager of School Programs
Division/Department: Visitor Engagement/Museum
Status: Full-time, exempt
Supervisor: VP Visitor Engagement

Overall Summary:
The Manager of School Programs engages student groups from youngsters
through college through on-site, off-site and technology opportunities. This
position works closely with the volunteer Education Committee to develop
curriculum aligned with state standards across several disciplines including
history, civics & government, arts & humanities, science & technology, and
others as appropriate. As a key contributor to fulfilling the institutional mission
and values, the manager will establish a creative array of school related
educational opportunities involving volunteers, and team members. The
Manager will work closely with cross functional team members from all
departments in leading school offerings that are relevant, responsive to
feedback (evaluation), and audience focused.

Expectations:
 Assess current school tour offerings and streamline processes.
 Create and maintain a master contact list for existing school
relationships and initial goals for the year.
 Meet with Education Committee regularly to review progress and set
work plan.
 Maintain a list of education volunteers and establish routine training or
ongoing meetings to refine program offerings.
Essential Functions (includes but is not limited to):
 Create strategy, tactics, outcomes and evaluative measures for school
related programs.
 Develop relationships with educators in public, private and homeschool
to discern educational needs and expand communications
 Work in collaborative, cross functional teams to meet school program
demands.
 In cooperation with the marketing department develop a systematic
means for communicating with schools and teachers for the purpose of
proactively engaging interest and deepening relationships
 Assist students seeking education based internships with opportunities
at the History Center
 Provide support to public programs and other Visitor Engagement
activities/initiatives.
 Suggest sponsorship or funding opportunities in order to expand or
enhance educational offerings.
 Develop high quality professional development to refine staff/volunteer
knowledge and skills
 Fulfill grant requirements including financial and close out reporting.
 Understand and utilize best practices regarding DEAI (Diversity, Equity,
Accessibility and Inclusion).
 Assist or train volunteers as needed
 Conduct tours at all sites
 Operate the Point of Sale System to sell admissions, memberships and
retail material

Skills:
 Exceptional verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
 Demonstrated leadership
 Ability to work in a dynamic environment especially in cross functional
teams in differing locations
 Manage and encourage development of team members
 Willingness and ability to engage a variety of audiences including diverse
populations, all age ranges and learning abilities.
 Enthusiasm to comfortably speak with small and large groups of people
 Desire to provide high quality education programs
 Flexibility in dealing with a variety of situations
 An affinity for and commitment to working in a team environment
 Commitment to continuous learning

Qualifications:
 A Bachelor’s degree in history, education, museum studies, social science,
or other related field is highly desirable.
 Classroom teaching or similar experience
 Demonstrated ability to use various software programs and content
management systems
 Ability to stand for long periods of time during tours and programs
 Willingness to occasionally dress in period attire
 Ability to lift 40 lbs.
 A valid driver’s license
 Background checks required

(Posted 12/10)

Chief Preparator, The Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State University, University Park

The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State is seeking applicants for the position of Chief Preparator. This is a full-time staff position reporting directly to the Assistant Director. This is a professional position that requires considerable experience and expertise in art handling, preparation, and installation, as well as mastery of specialized skills, strategic thinking, and knowledge of best practices in the field of museum preparation. The Chief Preparator supervises and coordinates the installation of permanent collection displays and temporary exhibitions; oversees the preparation and maintenance of gallery spaces (including painting, lighting, and exhibition furniture); matting, framing, and mounting works of art; and preparation of budgets for maintaining and upgrading design, exhibition furniture, framing, gallery lighting, and shop supplies. This position directs and supervises a full-time preparator. As a collaborative member of the exhibition leadership team, the Chief Preparator will strive to accomplish the museum’s mission and to support its strategic direction as set by the Director and the senior leadership of the university. Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree or higher (Master’s degree preferred) or higher plus six years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Extensive experience in fine art handling and installation, with a minimum of five years’ experience in a museum or gallery setting. Supervisory experience and familiarity with principles of exhibition design are strongly preferred. Willingness to work occasional evening and weekend hours.

Please click here to apply at Penn State University’s employment portal.
(Posted 12/5)

Talent Acquisition Specialist, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh

The Talent Acquisition Specialist will provide recruitment activities to attract diverse talent and retain qualified staff to meet Museum’s mission, goals and strategies.  The talent includes employees, interns and volunteers.  The Talent Acquisition Specialist will represent the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh at events related to recruiting talent to the Museum. Please click here to see this and other employment opportunities and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.
(Posted 12/3)

 

Marketing Manager, The Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia

The Marketing Manager will 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 11/3)

Executive Director, The Wyck Association, Philadelphia

The Executive Director provides leadership for The Wyck Association, which governs Wyck Historic House, Garden, & Farm, in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. The Executive Director is responsible for all aspects of day-to-day and long-range operations necessary to protect and promote this important National Historic Landmark house, its collections, rose garden, small working farm, and educational programs. The position reports to the active and congenial Board of Directors of The Wyck Association.

The Executive Director works with the Board to develop the short- and long-range planning and decisions needed to guide Wyck in accordance with its strategic plan. The Director’s responsibilities include staff hiring and management, preparing and monitoring the annual budget, all aspects of fund-raising, supervising educational programming, and public representation. The Director represents Wyck to its multiple engaged constituencies and neighbors and to the community at large. The last includes Wyck’s sister members of Historic Germantown, and Greater Philadelphia and beyond.

Wyck has established a strong reputation as a leading historic house museum in Greater Philadelphia and the new Executive Director will have an exciting opportunity to continue its innovative, sustainable strategies into the future. The new Director will demonstrate energy, enthusiasm and the ability to foster collaboration and community engagement for Wyck in the context of the site’s unique collection of three centuries of family furniture, objects, manuscripts, and historic plantings.

Required Education and Experience:

A Master’s degree in a related liberal arts, historic preservation, museum management, administrative, or business discipline with at least three years’ experience or a Bachelor’s degree with at least five years’ applicable experience is required. The Director will need excellent presentation skills, current information technology skills, and a successful development track record. The active Wyck calendar includes some evening and Saturday programs in season.

Please send cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references to wyckapplications@gmail.com.  Deadline for the receipt of applications is Sunday, January 5, 2020.
(Posted 12/3)

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)

 

President, The Science History Institute, Philadelphia

The Science History Institute, a multifaceted nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve and celebrate our scientific and technological culture and to make it accessible for investigation and knowledge creation, seeks an inspirational, strategic leader to tell the story of the Institute with passion and contagious enthusiasm. Reporting to the Chair of the Board of Directors, the next President and CEO should have significant management experience, a “builder” mindset and a leadership style that values transparency, accountability, and collaboration. The successful candidate will be an expert communicator with high emotional intelligence, media savvy, and a deep and broad intellectual curiosity. Candidates should have successful experience or comparable understanding of fundraising for nonprofits within the United States, particularly for audience-focused organizations.

The President and Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the organization’s vision, strategy, and management, and for ensuring that the management team is properly structured and staffed to ensure programmatic, financial, and operational strength. The President/CEO serves as the linchpin in the organization’s fundraising efforts, linking donor interests with the fundamental needs of the organization, all in close collaboration with the development staff. The President will frequently serve as the face of the Science History Institute and act as the steward of the Institute’s brand and understands their role in growing the reputation of the Institute.

Further information regarding the position and the Science History Institute can be found at:

sciencehistory.org/presidential-search 

Applications should consist of a detailed cover letter responsive to the needs of the Science History Institute and a cv or resume. For priority consideration, please apply by January 13, 2020. To ensure full consideration, inquiries, nominations and applications should be submitted in confidence to:

shi-ceo@kornferry.com
Paul Chou, Co-Managing Director

Global Education Practice, Korn Ferry, Philadelphia, PA

The Science History Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Institute provides equal opportunities to all individuals without regard to age, race, ethnicity, current or future military status, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, religion, sexual orientation, veteran, or any other status protected by law.
(Posted 11/27)

Administrator, 1719 Hans Herr House, Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, Lancaster

Please click here to see the full job description.

If interested, please submit a cover letter, resume, and two professional references to execsupport@lmhs.org.

Applications will be accepted until December 27th, 2019.
(Posted 11/27)

Operations Manager, Joseph Priestley House Museum, Northumberland

Job Title:                                Operations Manager
Reports To:                            Board, Friends of Joseph Priestley House
Salary:                                                $15.00-17.00 / hour
Hours:                                                Part Time, primarily Saturday and Sunday afternoons, March-November
Primary Work Location:     Joseph Priestley House Museum, Northumberland, PA

Purpose of the Job

The Joseph Priestley House Museum is an historic site owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and operated by the Friends of Joseph Priestley House, a 501 (c)3 organization. The Operations Manager at the Joseph Priestley House is the primary individual responsible for the successful day-to-day operations of this historic site. It is the Operations Manager’s responsibility to make sure that the site is open and closed each Saturday and Sunday during season (March-November), that all visitors feel welcomed, and that all have a positive experience.

The Operations Manager supports mission of the Joseph Priestley House Museum through a regular presence at the museum and through managing/tracking all aspects of site operations. The Operations Manager acts as one of the site’s liaisons to the Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission (PHMC) and must be responsive to PHMC requirements and initiatives, and work in support of the overall mission of PHMC.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Visitor Center Management and Site Administration:
    • Staff the Visitor Center when the site is open to the public.
    • Manage opening and closing of the site.
    • Assist with training, recruiting, and scheduling of volunteers.
    • Oversee organization and appearance of the Center.
    • Carry out routine administrative duties (e.g. respond to phone messages; track visitors; order supplies; manage time reporting; collect and distribute the mail from the PO Box on a weekly basis).
  • Financial Management:
    • Track financial operations using the POS/QuickBooks system.
    • Train volunteers in the use of the POS system.
    • Collaborate with the Treasurer and accountants in carrying out these duties.
  • Gift Shop Management:
    • Maintain the gift shop displays, organizing as needed.
    • Order gift shop items as needed for re-stocking.
    • Consult with the board on new items to offer.
    • Manage the annual inventory.
  • Membership Management:
    • Maintain the membership list (currently an Excel file), with ongoing updates.
    • Facilitate correspondence with members and other site supporters.
  • Website Management
    • Maintain and update website.
    • Post announcements on short notice, when necessary.
  • Newsletter Planning and Publishing
    • Purchase mailing supplies.
    • Work in collaboration with Newsletter editor.
    • Facilitate distribution of the newsletter, with mailing labels and email addresses.
  • Social and Print Media Planning and Publication
    • Update postings on social media platforms.
    • Prepare and/or edit print materials as needed.
    • Organize digital and print materials.
  • Event and Fundraising Assistance
    • Assist as needed with the planning, execution, and follow-up to all events and fundraising initiatives.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
    • Report to the Friends of the Joseph Priestley House Board regularly

Qualifications

  1. Pass the State Police Criminal Background Check and Child Abuse Clearance.
  2. Over 21 years of age preferred.
  3. Experience in customer service or office management desirable.

Essential Functions

  1. Take initiative and work without direct supervision.
  2. Use routine office technology, for example Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, Google Drive, etc.
  3. Facility with social media platforms and web site management.
  4. Clearly communicate verbally and in writing, in English.
  5. Develop and maintain effective working relationships with people of all ages and backgrounds.
  6. Lift packages and materials of up to 30 lbs, from floor level to above shoulder height. May involve long periods of standing and/or sitting.
  7. Use basic mathematics to reconcile purchases, monitor budgets and allotments, and related operations.

Additional Information:

Hours

  • Part-time. Approximately 9 hours per week (primarily Saturday and Sunday afternoons), and not to exceed 12 hours per week. Schedule may vary and may include some evening hours, depending on site activities and meetings.

Salary and Benefits

  • $15.00-17.00 per hour, March through November
  • Medical or retirement benefits – None
  • Paid holidays – None

To Apply:

  • Send your resume and cover letter by email to jphmuseum@gmail.com by January 10, 2020 for full consideration; position open until filled.

(Posted 11/27)

Director of Library Services, Hosting Solutions & Library Consulting (HSLC), Philadelphia

Position available January 1, 2020
Location: 3600 Market Street, Philadelphia PA 19104

HSLC furthers the missions of Pennsylvania libraries by delivering technical and consulting solutions.

Position Description

The Director of Library Services is responsible for management of interactions with librarians and the public for Pennsylvania’s POWER Library services including: the Pennsylvania statewide union catalog, the Interlibrary Loan System, the Chat with a Librarian online reference service, access to e-resources and PA Photos and Documents.  Under the direction of the Executive Director, this full-time, exempt position is responsible for managing HSLC’s training and library support staff and their interaction with nearly 3,000 public, school, academic and special libraries in the use of these systems. The position is responsible for collecting and reporting service statistics, evaluating products and coordinating training and ongoing support.

The selected candidate will have significant oversight and input into enhancements and training for any of the POWER Library services. The position requires experience in training and support services and a working knowledge of two or more POWER Library services.   An advanced degree in library science is required.  A minimum of five years or more supervisory experience is required, including personnel management.  Travel for presentations and attendance at trade shows and exhibits is required.

Qualifications

  • A graduate degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited library school; at least ten years increasingly responsible professional experience, with a minimum of five years supervisory or management level experience;
  • Familiarity with the POWER Library;
  • Ability to manage a team of professional librarians;
  • Ability to respond to changing funding patterns and to develop and implement long-term strategies;
  • Strong interpersonal, communications and collaborative skills;
  • Strong marketing and customer service skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects from inception to full implementation within the time and cost framework defined by the contract or other agreement;
  • Knowledge of national bibliographic control and access technologies;
  • Experience in the application of automated library operations;
  • Enthusiasm for keeping abreast of new technological developments and insight into their potential for creative application to library services;
  • Ability to juggle competing priorities;
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products or equivalent;
  • Experience with presentation equipment setup and use

Compensation

Annual salary commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits package.

To Apply

Application deadline:  December 31, 2019

Please email or fax your cover letter and resume, including three references to:

Maryam Phillips, Executive Director
3600 Market Street, Suite 550
Philadelphia, PA 19104
phillips@hslc.org

Phone: 215-222-1532
Fax: 215-222-0416

Equal Opportunity Employer
(Posted 11/25)

Chief Growth Officer, Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia

How would you like to be part of the team at the most beloved children’s museum in Philadelphia?  Please Touch Museum (PTM), a non-profit organization, is seeking an experienced Chief Growth Officer (CGO) reporting to the President and CEO, the CGO oversees all revenue generating departments and plays a pivotal role in the Museum’s growth, managing the communications strategy and elevating the visitor experience for members and others. The CGO is an advisor and thought-partner to the Executive team.

This role is tasked with keeping all departments aligned with the organizational vision to deliver a best in class visitor experience that in turn will support and drive revenue growth and profitability. The CGO is accountable for the performance of revenue operations functions within the organization, including Sales, Marketing, Communication, and Member Services.

The CGO is responsible for planning, directing and maintaining a multi-platform communication plan to advance the Museum’s institutional brand within all markets. The CGO ensures the consistency of institutional messaging across all channels as well as establishing annual plans and budgets.

This role is responsible for mentoring and managing the Director, Member Services, and Managers in Marketing and, Communications.

Other responsibilities include but are not limited to: Marketing & Sales: leads the annual planning process and develops long-range strategic plans, objectives, and tactics for marketing, and member services; oversees and gives strategic direction to the Marketing Manager in all aspects of digital marketing, develops a strategy for internal communications; drives strategy, budget, and execution of new customer acquisition for PTM through all forms of digital media with a core focus on PPC/SEO/Social Media/Digital Marketing; partner with CFO to forecast business growth and set a strategic approach for ROI for marketing investments. Communications: Elevates Museum initiatives through strategic communications programs, media engagement and outreach and development of creative social media campaigns; leads public relations initiative by providing strategic input and management of press releases, thought leadership, and public speaking opportunities; oversees the Museum’s website and social media; crafts and maintains institutional writing and brand style guide and collaborate these efforts with Manager, Marketing; Partners with the Manager, Communications to provide communications, creative and earned/owned media support; provides crisis management counsel and execute crisis communications, helps design, strategize and deliver effective internal communications; develops and implements Museum’s corporate communication strategy Members Services: Fosters a best in class customer-first focused organization; work with the Director Member Services to create accountability for membership growth within the Museum; guides customer strategies and implement plans to convert general admission visitors to members; develops innovative approaches to expanding membership programs.

Minimum Qualifications: An experienced and inspiring leader with excellent people skills and business acumen; Bachelor’s degree, in Business. MBA or MS in a related field preferred; 10 years + experience leading revenue operations and 5+ plus Executive-level Sales and Marketing leadership; proven results as a CGO or a similarly relevant role with responsibility of at least $10M budget; extensive experience cultivating broadcast, print and online media; demonstrated experience acting as the primary print/broadcast spokesperson; successful track record of defining and executing strategic and innovative initiatives; demonstrated ability to engage with business leaders, C-level executives community leaders, peers; working knowledge of data analysis and performance/operation metrics; proven leadership experience and success in growing an organization’s membership and revenue streams; effective at building growth forecasts and delivering commensurate results, partnering with Finance team to refine scenarios based on Museum’s revenue & projections; deep expertise in performance marketing.

To be honest; PTM is not for everyone. If you dislike a fun educational environment and a collaborative workforce, then PTM is probably not for you. If you do like an excellent time off package and competitive salary, please apply.  To apply for this opportunity, please email your cover letter, accomplishments and resume to: employment@pleasetouchmuseum.org. or mail to Human Resources, Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131; fax to: (215)-581-3182; Email: Office phone:  215-581-3189  EOE
(Posted 11/25)

 

Executive Director, Sewickley Valley Historical Society, Sewickley

DESCRIPTION:

  • Under the direction of the Board of Directors, advance the mission of the Society: “To promote interest in and record, collect, preserve and document the history of the Sewickley Valley.”

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Community Relations

  • Staff headquarters during open hours, recruit new members and maintain membership database, help guests conduct research in the archives.
  • Recruit, train and supervise volunteers.
  • Produce content and administer the layout and publishing of the Society’s newsletter, Signals.       

Events Coordination

  • Expand outreach to the membership and community through scheduled programs and presentations.

Archives

  • Oversee the Society’s archives, collections and exhibits, developing new systems of web-based and digital communications to inform the public of the content in our collections.
  • Maintain archives and PastPerfect database and train volunteers to assist.

Financial & Development Support

  • Follow the budget, maintain accurate financial records and explore granting opportunities.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • A friendly, welcoming personality. Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with colleagues, volunteers, donors and the general public.
  • Enthusiasm for local and regional history.
  • High level of written and oral communication skills with strong writing ability for publications and articles.
  • Excellent self-management and project management skills.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Strong computer skills, with proficiency in Word, Access, Excel. Graphic design experience and knowledge of Adobe programs (Photoshop, InDesign) a plus.

Approximately 20 hours per week.  Office hours will be Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Salary commensurate with experience and abilities ($25,000-$40,000 per year)

Interested candidates may submit a cover letter, detailed resume, writing sample and contact information for three references to info@sewickleyhistory.org.
(Posted 11/21)

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

The Public Programs manager creates and produces innovative public programs designed to engage targeted audiences, with a strong emphasis on families, in furthering the Museum’s mission. 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 audiences, drive visitation, increase and sustain membership, and meet revenue targets.

The Public Programs Manager is responsible for creating and implementing project timelines, budget management, securing partnerships and talent, staging, as well as data collection, reporting and evaluation. This position manages the Museum’s family-friendly discovery center Revolution Place, produces programs to engage audiences on peak-attendance weekends, is responsible for spearheading the development and growth of the Museum’s new grant-funded family program and leads on the Museum’s monthly evening series History After Hours. The qualified candidate has proven experience in successful public program planning and management in a large and busy museum, heritage, arts or cultural setting.

The Public Programs Manager works in close collaboration with the Museum’s Gallery Interpretation Manager, who leads on in-gallery interpretation and living history programs, and the Special Programs Manager, who oversees the Museum’s speaker series and scholarly programs, to conceive, develop and produce a comprehensive public-facing program for the Museum.

Education Mission Statement:

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

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Produce a rich annual slate of dynamic and relevant programs and events that engages new and sustain existing audiences, in particular families, that reflects the Museum’s educational mission and advances its strategic purpose.
  • Collaborate very closely with Curatorial, Education and Marketing staff, 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 general audiences, families, adult learners and Members.
  • Lead on 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 diverse audiences.
  • Lead production of monthly late-opening event History After Hours to continue driving audience development goals while meeting attendance and revenue projections.
  • 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 both adults and children.
  • Experience in event management and production
  • 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 11/20)

Archivist, Berks County History Center, Reading

The Historical Society of Berks County dba Berks History Center (BHC) in Reading PA is seeking an energetic and passionate library/archives professional for the role of its Archivist. The ideal candidate will be a pragmatic, detailed-oriented leader who is familiar with all facets of a historical society’s operations including archivist/librarian duties, collections management and facility operations. Candidates must be professionally flexible and understand that all employees within the organization wear many hats at any given time. This position reports to the Executive Director.

Position Goal:  The BHC Archivist contributes to the organization’s success by preserving the archival materials and library holdings of the BHC’s Henry Jansen Library collections and through the operation of the research library open to the citizens of Berks County and those that visit us to gain an understanding of the unique legacy of our community. In addition, the position contributes to the organization’s success by assisting the executive director in the oversight of facility maintenance ensuring that the research library and programming provided by the BHC are accessible to the public.

Performance Responsibilities:  The Archivist will be a critical member of the overall staff team, who supervises two Library staff members, volunteers, and interns. The Henry Janssen Library is the center for genealogical and historical research at the Berks History Center. BHC’s archival holdings have grown extensively since the founding of the Society in 1869 and include both personal and family papers as well as the records of churches, cemeteries and local businesses. Some items especially worth noting are: County tax records from 1754 to 1850; Census reports from 1790 to 1920; over 17,000 photographs; newspapers from 1796 to the 1940s (including the run of the Reading Eagle from 1869 to 1988 on microfilm); Church and Cemetery Records from 1730 to present; and numerous histories on local Berks County families.

  • Accepts donations of materials for consideration as potential accessions to the Collection, ensuring the proper paperwork is completed and temporary custody standards are followed.
  • Processes new accessions following archival standards.
  • Responsible for establishing inventory and cataloging priorities for the entire library and archival collections and implementing work plans to accomplish collections management goals.
  • Plan and manage collections storage for archives, library materials, vertical files and microfilms.
  • Deaccessions materials which are superfluous to the Library and organization’s collections policy and overall mission.
  • Assists the Assistant Archivist with Reference desk duties as needed.
  • Ensures proper handling of materials in research rooms.
  • Responds to remote research requests and handles photograph reproduction requests, including scanning materials.
  • Oversees the work of the Assistant Archivist and a part-time Library Assistant, as well as monitors the work of about thirty volunteers, and assigns projects when applicable.
  • Maintains statistics of Library visitation and use, including tabulating daily visitor totals and inputting data into an Excel spreadsheet.
  • Prepares weekly deposit forms for admission and copies fees. Works with the Financial Administrator to reorder office supplies and maintain service contracts related to the Library.
  • Compose content for The Historical Review of Berks County, monitor the Organization’s social media accounts, with the Communication Director, to moderate and encourage engagement.
  • Provides research support to the curator.
  • Curates temporary mini-exhibits that coordinate with special events or organizational marketing plans.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Must be able to work Wednesday to Friday, 8am to 5pm and Saturday, 8am to 4pm, with occasional night and weekend hours for organizational events and other needs.

Candidate must be able to present the following background checks, required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Board of Trustees of the Berks History Center, on their first day: Pennsylvania State Police PATCH; PA Childline – PA Child Abuse History Clearance Program; FBI Fingerprinting Services. Successful candidates will also be required to sign the BHC Child Abuse Policy and the BHC Code of Conduct Form.

Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in Library Science, Public History or Museum with coursework or educational experience in archives. Preferably an MS in Library Science with an Archives Management Concentration from an ALA/SAA-accredited program.
  • Demonstrated interest in America History. Undergraduate degree in History preferred.
  • Five or more years professional archival experience in an archives or special collection environment with staff and volunteer management experience.
  • One or more years experience processing a wide variety of archival materials following current archival standards and policies.
  • Experience using a collections management system, such as Archivist’s Toolkit or preferably PastPerfect.
  • Knowledge of reference services in a research setting, especially archives and special collections.
  • Ability to use standard office equipment (ie copy machine), microfilm readers and book scanners. Trains staff, volunteers and interns on how to use these devices. Ability to troubleshoot basic technology issues.
  • Understanding of copyright regulations as they relate to library and archival materials.
  • Experience using a wide variety of social media platforms and an understanding of how they can apply to a LAM/LIS setting.
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as on a large team often with competing deadlines.
  • Participation in the formulation of policy, procedures, programs, planning, and budget preparation in cooperation with the Museum & Library Committee and Executive Director.
  • Demonstrated commitment, through active membership in professional and/or scholarly associations and the interest in staying current on professional trends and policies.

Terms of Employment:

Full Time – Experienced.  Compensation package is negotiable and commensurate with experience.

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

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

Benjamin Neely, Executive Director
executive.director@berkshistory.org

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

The BHC is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of age, citizenship, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, veteran status, genetic information, ancestry, and any other protected status. The BHC values and promotes diversity as a strategic advantage.
(Posted 11/19)

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)

Vice President, External Affairs, The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia

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

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

Position Description:

Reporting to the President and CEO, the Vice President for External Affairs is a member of the Institute’s executive leadership team with responsibility for the strategy, development and execution of all fundraising initiatives and philanthropic revenue. The Vice President oversees a team of approximately 18-20 staff members, providing leadership and direction in the establishment and achievement of annual program plans and financial goals, and is responsible for activities that generate in excess of $11 million in annual operating revenue from Membership and Development. In addition to the annual revenue goals, the Vice President oversees fundraising for restricted projects and capital campaigns. This includes the 2018-2024 Campaign to fund the renovations of the building and new exhibitions which has a working goal of $150 million. The position manages a portfolio of approximately 70 high capacity donors and prospects and works closely and independently with Institute leadership and volunteers including members of the Board of Trustees.

Serving as the leader of the External Affairs team, responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Oversee programs charged with raising $11 million or more in operating support each year.
  • Oversee fundraising for special projects and capital campaigns, including the planned $150 million 2019-2024 Campaign.
  • Oversee the Institute’s government relations work.
  • Manage a portfolio of 70 high capacity donors and prospects; developing, soliciting and stewarding gifts.
  • Serve as primary staff liaison to the Development and Government Relations Committee and the Nominating and Board Resources Committee of the Board of Trustees.
  • Work closely with the CEO/President on Board relations, communications, engagement, onboarding and cultivation.
  • Lead a team of approximately 18-20 staff members, ensuring they have resources to meet their objectives, participate as strong team players on behalf of the Institution and enjoy meaningful opportunities for professional development.
  • Oversee production of the annual Franklin Awards Ceremony and Dinner event.
  • Participate as a member of the Institute’s executive leadership team, contributing to overall operations and direction and assist the President and CEO with special projects as required.
  • Position will work closely with colleagues throughout and at all levels of the organization, senior volunteers and donors.
  • Represent The Franklin Institute at business and social events throughout the community.

Position Requirements:

To be successful, the Vice President of External Affairs must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The Vice President must have a sincere interest in stewarding donor relationships and investments, and a desire to work in a donor-centered development culture and produce products of exceptionally high quality.

The Vice President of External Affairs must be well-versed and well-experienced in sophisticated fundraising techniques. Extensive experience in crafting and implementing thoughtful donor development strategies for a variety of donor constituencies is necessary, as it deep experience in direct solicitation. The candidate must also have the ability to oversee and manage a complex development program, as well as the ability to effectively instruct and motivate leadership staff and volunteers.

The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator, with the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from key leaders, donors and the public. Very strong listening, writing and speaking skills are necessary. The ability to carefully manage projects, and motivate staff is also a must.

Mandatory Requirements:

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

Benefits Information:

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

Please visit our Careers page athttps://www.fi.edu/join-our-team/job-openings or contact employment@fi.edu (please indicate the position for which you are applying in the subject line).
(Posted 11/4)

Director, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia

The Friends of Laurel Hill & West Laurel Hill Cemeteries has an exciting opportunity for a full-time Director. The Friends group, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and promoting the visual and historic character of Laurel Hill and West Laurel Hill Cemeteries.  The Friends produces educational, recreational and entertainment programming at both sites and raises money for preservation, operations, and special project support.

Reporting to the President & CEO, the Director is a key management leader, responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, fundraising and strategic goals for the non-profit (501c3) affiliate of two nationally recognized historic cemeteries. Other key duties include the cultivation and upkeep of relationships with key stakeholders, community outreach and engagement, increasing the visibility of and membership in the Friends, and fostering a culture of excellence in performance.  The Director supervises a staff of four full-time and two part-time employees.

Essential Functions:

Financial Performance and Fundraising:

  • Works with the Board, Controller, and President to ensure the fiscal integrity of the Friends by setting annual financial goals and preparing and implementing the annual budget.
  • Plans and executes fundraising and philanthropic development activities necessary to grow the organization.  Ensures proper cultivation and stewardship activities occur along with new strategies for warranting that fundraising and philanthropic targets are met.
  • Develops and implements strategies for increasing revenue, expanding the membership and donor base, and growing attendance at events.
  • Cultivates major donors.

Organization Mission and Strategy:

  • Work with the Friends of Laurel Hill & West Laure Hill Cemeteries’ Board and Committees to support their mission.
  • Ensure all plans and activities are in alignment with the organization-wide strategic plan.

Programs, Marketing, and Community Engagement:

  • Oversees the development and implementation of programmatic initiatives and events; leads the planning, administration and execution of the organization’s major annual fundraiser – the Gravediggers’ Ball.
  • Works with the President and appropriate cemetery staff to develop and implement marketing and communication strategies and programs that measurably strengthen visibility and recognition of the Friends.
  • Strengthens the Friends’ role as an important civic organization by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, cultural, and private organizations.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of five years of nonprofit management experience, including a demonstrated track record of successfully working with a Board of Directors.
  • Fundraising experience in the cultural, educational or historic non-profit sector with a history of successfully generating new revenue streams and improving financial results.
  • High-level strategic thinker with an ability to convey the organization’s future development and success to a variety of stakeholders.
  • Excellent written, presentation and interpersonal skills with the capacity to inspire prospective donors.
  • A confident and persuasive communicator, with solid writing, verbal and computer skills.
  • Strong work ethic with flexibility to attend events on evenings and weekends.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to meet multiple deadlines.
  • A driver’s license and access to a personal vehicle is required.
Education Level:
Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
Please send your cover letter and resume to: anatalone@westlaurelhill.com
(Posted 10/30)

 

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