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Audience Engagement Manager, Betsy Ross House, Philadelphia

The Betsy Ross House seeks a motivated and well-rounded museum professional to fill the position of Audience Engagement Manager. This position’s primary role is to ensure a high-quality experience for visitors before, during and after their visit, and for audiences engaging with the Betsy Ross House through our website and social media accounts. The Audience Engagement Manager works collaboratively under the Betsy Ross House Director’s leadership to fulfill the mission and strategic goals of the Betsy Ross House through exhibitions, programming, and engagement with staff, partners, museum patrons and the community.  This role provides general support and assistance to the Director to maintain continuity of museum operations and to ensure it functions efficiently and effectively. The Audience Engagement Manager serves as the onsite supervisor of the Betsy Ross first-person interpreters and Visitor Experience Supervisors. This position works collaboratively with the Visitor Experience Supervisors to hire, train and lead the team of Betsy Ross House guides. This role will work closely with other Betsy Ross House team members and staff of the parent organization, Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Responsibilities include:
Collections and Exhibitions
• Work with the Director, guest curators, consultants, Facilities Manager, and Collections Department staff and interns to research, develop and install exhibits. Manage and update permanent exhibitions as necessary.
• Develop virtual exhibitions and blog posts to feature on Historic Philadelphia, Inc.’s website.
• Work with the Director and Collections Assistant to create a schedule of small changing exhibitions.
• Research and write text for interpretive panels, exhibit labels, website narratives, and literature distributed by the BRH, ensuring that information is accurate and up to date.

• Work with the Director to develop and implement audience-centered interpretive programs for the historic house, including Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Flag Day celebrations, events held in conjunction with our parent organization, Historic Philadelphia, Inc., and the surrounding Old City neighborhood.
• Research and develop dynamic and relevant programming such as lectures, symposiums, workshops, etc.
• Evaluate programs for continuous improvement, quality, attendance, content, cost effectiveness, etc.
• Assist Director with various public events, and community and regional engagement opportunities.
• Organize public events, including staffing and assisting with event setup and breakdown.
Community Outreach
• Cultivate relationships with Old City businesses, organizations, historic sites, and residents. Create partnerships that support meaningful collaboration.
• Join the leadership team in making connections with community organizers and groups that champion diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion.

• Occasionally provide guided tours of the site for special guests.
• Assist with the creation of social media, public relations, and marketing content for the House.
• Support the Visitor Experience team by stepping in to help with ticketing, assisting with group visits, and opening and closing the site when needed.
• Collect, assess, and report information to evaluate programs, exhibitions, and overall visitor experience.
• Actively strive to improve the Betsy Ross House experience for guests, with special emphasis on creating inclusive programming and exhibits; ensuring that all guests and staff feel represented, welcomed, and comfortable.
• Other duties as assigned.

• Must possess leadership skills and professionalism.
• Excellent public speaking skills.
• Ability to work collaboratively and independently.
• Strong research and writing skills.
• Excellent writing, speaking, interpersonal, customer service and problem-solving skills.
• Exceptional organizational skills, with the ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines, stay on budget, and manage multiple assignments.
• Ability to navigate several flights of narrow, winding stairs and to lift up to 30 pounds.

A Bachelor’s degree in history, museum studies, museum education, or related field and previous experience working for a museum or historic site is required. Experience with Past Perfect and Altru database systems a plus.

This is a full-time, benefits-eligible professional position. Some evening, weekend and special event work is required. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  

Salary: $45,000 plus benefits and PTO

Deadline: May 31, 2024

Send a cover letter including salary requirements, resume and three professional references to: lisa@betsyrosshouse.org
(Posted 5/8)

Maintenance Repairman 2, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 2 locations

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is accepting applications for Maintenance Repairman 2 positions at the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum and Ephrata Cloister, both in Lancaster County, PA.

Please click here for complete job descriptions and instructions for applying.
(Posted 5/7)

Director of Finance & Administration, Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, Washington

Pennsylvania Trolley Museum (PTM) is seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated full-time Director of Finance & Administration, which is a key leadership role within the organization. This individual will be responsible for the financial and administrative operations of the Museum and ensuring compliance with all financial regulations. The successful candidate will be a hands-on and participative leader. This position is an Exempt Full-Time role, which reports to the CEO of the Museum.


Financial Management

  • Manage and execute on the museum’s financial planning and budgeting processes.
  • Develop and implement financial policies and procedures (including financial controls) to ensure compliance with all regulations and best practices.
  • Analyze financial data and make recommendations to Sr. Leadership and Board (of Trustees) regarding financial performance and opportunities for improvement.
  • Administer the museum’s accounting and reporting functions, including management of the general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll.
  • Manage cash flow and financial risk, including forecasting and budgeting.
  • Ensure timely and accurate financial reporting to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Conduct financial audits and manage relationships with external auditors.
  • Communicate financial constraints and controls, while providing guidance and support.
  • Manage and develop a team of finance professionals (could include volunteers) that would include bookkeeping functions.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Work closely and transparently with all external partners including third-party vendors and consultants.
  • Responsible for selecting and managing various types of insurances critical for the museum (liability, facility, vehicle, etc.).
  • Manage and oversee Employee Compensation & Benefits


  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, or business administration.
  • CPA or CMA certification preferred.
  • Experience in non-profit or museum industry a plus.
  • 7+ years of experience in finance or accounting, with at least 3 years in management role.
  • Strong knowledge of financial regulations and best practices.
  • Experience managing budgets, forecasting, and financial analysis.
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills.
  • Ability to think strategically and make sound financial decisions.
  • Experiences with financial systems and software.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Needs to be bondable.


  • Have a flexible schedule that allows you to work during periods (including weekends and evenings) that is consistent with the Museum’s schedule of events.

About the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum:

The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum (PTM) is a nonprofit nationally significant trolley museum and unique heritage site located in southwestern Pennsylvania. Visitors are invited to ‘ride into the past’ on antique trolleys and discover one of the most transformative periods of American history through preservation, interpretation, special events, and educational programs. The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum (PTM) has seen tremendous visitor growth, with over 38,000 people walking through PTM’s doors in 2023! To more effectively connect with our visitors and provide them with a more rewarding educational experience, PTM opened a new Welcome & Education Center in November 2023 that significantly expands our education programs and special events and serve as our new “front door”. If you believe in building an enjoyable and rewarding educational experience and have a passion for making great things happen, we want to talk to you.

For Us, It’s a Mission:

The mission of the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum is to preserve and perpetuate its collection of historic transportation equipment, artifacts and archives and utilize the collection and other resources to provide an unparalleled immersive experience that brings the technology and culture of the Trolley Era alive through entertaining, educational and diverse programming.

Equal Opportunity Employer


  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

Experience level:

  • 7 years


  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekends as needed

Ability to Relocate:

  • Washington, PA 15301: Relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: In person

Pay: $73,000.00 – $85,000.00 per year

Please click here to apply.
(Posted 5/1)

Director of Events, Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia

Hours:  Full-time; days and hours may vary with event bookings.  Weekend and evening hours required.    

Compensation:  Exempt position, competitive salary commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits.

Reports to: Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer  

Description The Director of Events is responsible for promoting event space at the museum to achieve revenue goals and maximize ISM exposure to potential clients in the region and to the events community. This includes the sale, oversight, and successful execution of Independence Seaport Museum’s space rentals and events.  This position provides services to clients for event scheduling, planning and execution, with attention to business details and a positive, customer-centric attitude.  This includes, but is not limited to: serving as, or overseeing the Museum’s representative for load-in prior to the event, greeting clients, guests, caterers and/or other vendors upon arrival to the event, overseeing the event set-up, monitoring the needs throughout the event and proactively problem solving any issues that arise during the event, and overseeing break-down of the event and space.  They work as a team player within and across departments to advance the mission and vision of the Museum. 


  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills for dealing with clients, vendors, visitors and staff including excellent interpersonal skills, exuding a warm, professional, and outgoing personality when dealing with clients and the general public. Must demonstrate skill in dealing with a variety of client personalities and navigate delicate situations with diplomacy.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills to coordinate the actions of multiple parties with attention to detail.
  • Creative thinking skills to design events that fit the visions of the clients.
  • Multitasking ability necessary to move from one task to another at a fast pace.
  • Computer skills for using events management software, Altru, MS Office, spreadsheets and e-mail.
  • Basic accounting skills to track spending with proven budget management abilities.
  • Knowledge of risk management to identify potential legal liabilities and take steps to mitigate them.
  • Good networking skills to build relationships with vendors and suppliers and attract new customers.
  • Minimum of high school diploma or GED, bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • At least 3-5 years relevant experience with event sales, coordination, management, execution and/or planning preferred.
  • Ability to regularly work evenings and weekends as required.
  • Excellent negotiation skills to provide a superior customer experience.
  • Must exercise sound independent judgment and exemplary integrity in all internal and external interfaces with event clients and members.
  • Commitment to keep client events compliant with policies and procedures of the Museum.
  • Must have, or obtain, the following certifications
    • Food Safety
    • RAMP
  • Prior experience with managing a liquor license and liquor inventory, including performing inventory counts, tracking inventory usage, maintaining stock levels, and ordering inventory preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage time effectively and independently, organizing multiple tasks and prioritizing to meet timely deadlines.
  • Ability to think on feet and problem solve if an issue arises during the event.  

Essential Duties:

  • Proactive selling of the Museum including ballroom, ships and Concert Hall to potential clients from direct business and caterer/vendor referrals and respond to calls and e-mail requests for information about facility rentals and events.
  • Gathering information about the client’s objectives, budget and preferences.
  • Providing advice about food and bar menus, decor and entertainment.
  • Communicating with all vendors and suppliers before, during and after the event.
  • Managing the event to the budget by providing pricing structure for space rentals.
  • Handling problems that arise to help the event function smoothly.
  • Ensuring that events comply with insurance, health and safety standards.
  • Seek clients to increase revenue for the Museum through proactive acquisition of new relationships through networking events and other outreach opportunities. 
  • Coordinate with the Museum’s Strategic Communications Department for advertising and promotional needs.
  • Execute and track proposals and sales contracts for events, providing regular reports toward goals on sales, inventory and attendance. 
  • Coordinate use of building space, including elevators, with staff and vendors.
  • Coordinate with Museum staff, catering staffs, clients, and vendors to ensure quality event preparation, production and wrap. 
  • Keep accurate liquor inventory usage, including ensuring that alcohol is inventoried at the time of event setup, and after the event, and that the alcohol is securely stored. Perform liquor inventory counts at least monthly to recommend purchasing and restocking, including completing alcohol and supply purchase orders.
  • Provide input on alcohol inventory to stock and serve at events and pricing for bar packages.
  • Manage the Museum’s liquor license to ensure compliance.
  • Manage and report on the Facility Rentals and Events department budget, and assist in the development of each year’s budget.
  • Oversee the presentation of food and beverages at Museum events to meet set standards (ensure food safety certified person on-site; RAMP certified bartenders selling/serving) and to ensure kitchen and food service areas maintain compliance with health standards; assist with periodic health inspections.
  • Work closely with building maintenance staff to ensure event spaces are cleaned and prepared for upcoming events as well as post-events, and daily to ensure spaces are ready for site visits.
  • Implement creative staging opportunities for rental areas when not in use.
  • Ensure support or be present on-site for day of event logistics from load-in prior to the events through break-down after completion of the event, and oversight of other Museum representatives during the event.
  • Perform follow-ups with clients once the event has been completed, asking for testimonials (if applicable) and feedback.
  • Assist Museum Education and Development Departments with special events set-up and needs.
  • Recommend improvements and/or repairs of rental spaces and equipment as needed.
  • Demonstrates ethical business practices; demonstrates and conducts oneself in a manner consistent with the organization’s mission statement and core values
  • Other duties as assigned.

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

To apply:

Submit a brief cover letter and your resume to us via https://phillyseaport.efficientapply.com/jobs/ . No phone calls.

Independence Seaport Museum allows visitors to discover Philadelphia’s river of history and world of connections.   For more information, please visit www.phillyseaport.org.  

We are located on Penn’s Landing at 211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106. The Museum is easily accessible by public transportation and nearby parking and is ADA accessible.    

Salary range: $65-72K
(Posted 5/1)

Visitor Services Associate, Friends of the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum, Strasburg

The Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania (FRM) is looking for a skilled, energetic person to provide front-line customer service, ticket sales, historical interpretation, guided tours, grounds security, and custodial and housekeeping services.  The Visitor Service Associate position is responsible for conducting tours, selling tickets, performing various safety and security routines, and cleaning and housekeeping work. Since the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania has an annual visitation exceeding 100,000 visitors, and daily visitation averaging nearly 400 visitors, the Visitor Service Associate plays a key role in assuring quality visitor experiences, smooth and efficient operations, and clean and safe public areas and workspaces, along with other museum staff and volunteers.  If you have an interest in history and serving the public, apply today to begin your public service career in one of the Commonwealth’s busiest, and most high-profile museums!

About the Employer:

The Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania (FRM) was formed in 1983 and is chartered and licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as an associate nonprofit organization which assists the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in fulfilling its mission to document, preserve and interpret the rich and diverse heritage of railroading.  The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania annually hosts about 100,000 in person visitors annually, and FRM staff and volunteers play a key role in the daily operations of the Museum in visitor services, education, restoration, library and archives, administration, advancement, and the museum store.  Presently, the FRM has about 1,500 members from many U. S. states and several foreign countries.

Work Location:

This position is based at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 Gap Road, Strasburg, PA 17579.  Located in beautiful Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the facility hosts about 100,000 guests annually. The museum is a family friendly attraction and an integral part of the region’s important cultural and heritage tourism. The museum is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) aided by the Friends of the Railroad Museum (FRM).


This is a full-time, hourly position for a maximum of 37.5 hours weekly (or 75 hours bi-weekly), Tuesday through Friday and every other Saturday and Sunday (Off Mondays and every other Saturday and Sunday); and some evening work may be required. Scheduling will be coordinated with the Visitor Services Supervisor, Site Administrator, and other staff members. The museum is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM, and Sunday, 12 PM to 4 PM.  Start time is 8:30 AM; end time is 5:00 PM.  The length of the lunch period is one hour.


Compensation commensurate with education and experience, starting around $17 per hour.

Minimum Requirements:

  • At least six months of experience in tour guide or historical interpretation, security, customer service, and custodial work; and such training as may have been gained from a standard high school; or any equivalent combination of experience and training.
  • Applicant should have experience comparable in scope and responsibility at a museum, historic site, park, battlefield, or landmark with the mission of preserving and interpreting history.
  • Previous experience should include conducting tours and/or giving presentations on historical subjects to the public (guided by PHMC, NPS, and NAI standards).
  • Must obtain Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Background Check; Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance; and an FBI Criminal History Clearance.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The Visitor Service Associate (hereafter referred to as VSA) conducts tours of the museum, interprets historic locomotives and rolling stock, and assists with school tours and other large group tours and programming.
  • VSA works the admissions desk, including the point-of-sale system, selling tickets, and answering visitor questions.
  • VSA provides frontline customer service to our patrons, including answering visitor questions and explaining the admissions and tour options to visitors in a clear and concise manner.
  • VSA answers phone calls, taking messages and redirecting calls as needed.
  • VSA performs basic custodial and housekeeping tasks (such as vacuuming, the cleaning of restrooms, sweeping and mopping of floors, and the cleaning of windows and surfaces), the dusting and cleaning of exhibits and collections (such as locomotives and railroad cars), light groundskeeping work, and minor maintenance duties.
  • VSA assists with opening and closing procedures for the Museum and ensures the Museum is secured properly during each workday assigned.
  • VSA patrols the buildings, grounds, and exhibits to protect and guard persons and property from fire, theft, trespass, or other hazards, in accordance with prescribed rules and procedures.
  • VSA helps with set-up, tear-down, and security at facility rentals, special events, and other Museum activities, both during normal business hours and after hours.
  • VSA adheres to PHMC and RRMPA core values and behaviors and exhibits those behaviors when conducting work duties.
  • VSA is responsible to be familiar with PHMC and RRMPA safety rules; to work in a safe manner and following all PHMC and RRMPA safety rules; to immediately report all workplace injuries or incidents to their supervisor; and to immediately report any safety hazards in the work area to their supervisor.
  • VSA performs other related duties as assigned by the Visitor Services Supervisor or the Site Administrator.

Additional Notes: (Additional information related to this position.)

  • The Visitor Service Associate is a non-exempt, regular employee that works 75 hours per pay period.
  • The Visitor Service Associate will receive overtime pay or compensatory time for any additional hours worked in a pay period.
  • The Visitor Service Associate will submit a bi-weekly timesheet to the FRM business office.
  • The Visitor Services Supervisor will conduct an annual Employee Performance Review (EPR) of the Visitor Service Associate in the first six weeks of each fiscal year. 

To Apply:

Please email a cover letter and resume with references to Patrick C. Morrison, Site Administrator, pmorrison@pa.gov. No phone calls, please.
(Posted 5/1)

Museum History Curator 1, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg

Are you an experienced curator eager to start the next chapter in your career? The State Museum of Pennsylvania is seeking a devoted Museum Curator 1 to help manage our history collections. This position gives you the opportunity to assist with programs and exhibitions and is essential in fulfilling the responsibilities of the curatorial division. If you have a passion for material culture, museums, and public history, apply today to begin your career at the official museum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

In this role, you will utilize your skills and experience to assist the curator or senior curator with day-to-day management of history collections within the Curatorial Division of The State Museum of Pennsylvania. Duties include processing new acquisitions, including cataloging, labeling, transporting, and storing; assisting with collection inventories and updating collections records; entering and organizing collections data in Argus database; and physically moving and re-housing collections, as needed. You will have the opportunity to assist with preparing and presenting objects for exhibits, public programs, and social media, as well as helping direct interns and volunteers assigned to the division. You may also be responsible for answering questions regarding collections, conducting limited research, and traveling to off-site location to pick up collection donations.

Salary range: $47,472.00 – $72,176.00 Annually

Closing date: 5/9/24

To see a full job description and apply, please click here.
(Posted 4/23)

Contact Center Manager, The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia

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

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

Position Description

The Contact Center Manager is responsible for executing the daily operations of the Contact Center. This position will work closely with staff to ensure that every potential guest to The Franklin Institute (TFI) is prepared for an amazing visit!

This is achieved by guaranteeing both inbound and outgoing calls and emails to TFI are handled in a professional and efficient manner through training, coaching, and supervising the activities of all Contact Center staff members.

The Contact Center Manager is responsible for customer service for various audiences including members, school groups, and the public. This job will play a key role in the curation and sales of school and summer field trips.  Additionally, they will resolve customer complaints and payment issues, review and send mailings and confirmations, and complete ticket orders.

The Contact Center Manager will also be responsible for:

  • Oversee donation requests including correspondence and fulfillment.
  • Assist in answering customer phone calls and email inquiries.
  • Support floor operations by assisting in managing staff, selling tickets at point of sale, and providing general customer service support.
  • Coordinate handling of visitor suggestions and complaints; administer refunds or other visitor transactions as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

  • College degree or a minimum of three years of relevant management experience, preferably in a contact center or related customer service role for attractions.
  • Excellent interpersonal, managerial, communication, and organizational skills.
  • Excellent coaching and training ability and a proven commitment to managing and providing excellent customer service.
  • Proven leadership roles with a strong background of managing a team in a guest-facing organization.
  • Experience with fulfillment or ticket delivery for programs larger than 150,000 attendees annually.


  • Full-time, 37.5 hours per week, with a willingness to work irregular hours including some nights, weekends, and holidays. Salary $65K

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.

To apply, please visit our Career CenterWe look forward to hearing from you!

Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications.  We recognize that it is highly unlikely that someone meets 100% of the qualifications for a role.  If much of this job description describes you, then please apply for this role.

The Franklin Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.
(Posted 4/23)

Performer, The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia

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

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

Position Description:

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

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

We are looking for reliable performers with initiative who can work with little supervision, customer service skills, and commit to at least 4 days a week. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule to include weekdays, weekends, evenings, and holidays.

The Performer will also be responsible for:

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

Position Requirements

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

Status: Part-time, 30 hours per week, $18/hour

To apply, please visit our Career CenterWe look forward to hearing from you!

Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications.  We recognize that it is highly unlikely that someone meets 100% of the qualifications for a role.  If much of this job description describes you, then please apply for this role.

The Franklin Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.
(Posted 4/23)

Executive Director, Historic Rock Ford, Lancaster

Historic Rock Ford, overseen by the nonprofit Rock Ford Foundation since 1958, boasts the circa 1794 General Edward Hand Mansion, the John J. Snyder, Jr. Gallery of Early Lancaster County Decorative Arts, and 33 acres of scenic gardens and grounds in the City of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The Hand Mansion, once home to George Washington’s Adjutant General, stands as a pristine example of Late-Georgian architecture in Pennsylvania and is proudly listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Meanwhile, the Snyder Gallery showcases exquisite Lancaster County decorative arts spanning from circa 1750 to 1820.  Further information appears on the Historic Rock Ford website: www.historicrockford.org

Historic Rock Ford continues its transition from a local historic house to an increasingly professionalized museum destination with a growing regional and even national footprint and a broader focus that includes both history and the decorative arts.  As the Executive Director, you will be tasked with building upon and accelerating this progress.  You will spearhead our visionary direction in collaboration with the Board of Trustees, professional staff, and an enthusiastic corps of volunteers.

Responsibilities encompass strategic leadership, team management, collaborative engagement with the Board, nurturing volunteer relationships, financial oversight, fundraising initiatives, and innovative program development.

Ideal candidates possess a graduate degree, a minimum of four years of professional experience, nonprofit board engagement, and an unwavering commitment to safeguarding organizational assets with integrity.  

Salary range: $65,000 – $70,000, inclusive of paid vacation and sick days. Other benefits are negotiable.

To apply, please forward your resume and a letter of introduction to Dana Lewis at: dana_lewis@historicrockford.org
(Posted 4/12)

PT Bookkeeper, Landis Valley Associates, Lancaster

This part-time position will be responsible for maintaining and processing financial information for Landis Valley Associates, a 501c3 (non-profit) organization.  The candidate must be able to make routine inquiries concerning invoices, accounting coding and deposits.  Must also be able to research and make recommendations regarding increasing the organization’s efficiencies, in consultation with the Landis Valley Associates Treasurer and Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Site Administrator. 

This position reports to the Board of Directors of the Landis Valley Associates. 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Main Responsibilities:
  1. Full charge of the organizations QuickBooks Online
  2. Responsible for reviewing, coding and accurately posting all daily transactions including deposits, accounts receivable, accounts payable and other income/disbursements processed through the cash accounts
  3. Prepare monthly reconciliations for all bank, loan and credit card accounts on a timely basis and investigate discrepancies and outstanding items
  4. Payroll processing and administration
  5. Manage and oversee distribution of paperwork to employees for a simple IRA
  6. Complete monthly close process including review of all account balances for accuracy and reasonableness prior to Board meetings
  7. Generate any reports requested by Landis Valley Associates and PHMC Site Administrator.
  • Other Responsibilities:
  1. Maintain LVA accounting records according to the accrual method of accounting
  2. Manage cash and credit card transactions to ensure control and safekeeping of organizational cash assets
  3. Execute the disbursement and collection of cash during LVA Special Events including initiating a change order from the Bank
  4. Ensure LVA accounting records are maintained according to accepted business practices, as well as following the protocols outlined in the Associate Agreement concerning state policies and procedures, internal protocols and procedures
  5. Maintain all confidential files including personnel and payroll records
  6. Manage Sales Tax reporting and filing
  7. Maintain and execute Articles of Incorporation, Associate Agreements, BCCO registration, Annual Associate Questionnaire for State of PA, Federal and State commerce reports
  8. Maintain and review all insurance needs, including but not limited to: Workers Comp, Carriage Insurance
  9. Execute employee onboarding paperwork including any necessary clearances
  10. Issue 1099’s to subcontractors and obtain required clearances
  11. Assist auditors during fiscal year-end audit
  12. Assist Treasurer and Finance Committee in creation and on-going review of the organization’s Accounting Policy and Procedure manual
  13. Provide other duties as assigned or required


  • 3-5 years bookkeeping experience including accounts payable, general ledger, cash reconciliations, budgeting, and financial statement preparation with non-profit experience preferred
  • Advanced proficiency in QuickBooks Online
  • Familiarity with cash and credit card reconciliation
  • Ability to maintain a working relationship with banking institutions, insurance broker, credit card companies and Square
  • Familiarity with how to manage, maintain and use restricted funds
  • Ability to manage and administer a simple IRA account
  • Detail oriented
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including Word and Excel
  • Ability to maintain confidential information
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally, in person, via email and telephone
  • Ability to prepare clear and effective written materials as described above
  • Ability to participate in discussions and meetings
  • Ability to assess and evaluate information including reporting findings back to LVA Treasurer, LVA Board or PHMC Site Administrator


  • Available to work Monday through Friday, 20-25 hours per week, during business hours of 9:00am to 5:00pm as well as some evenings and weekends, based on events and needs of the organization.  All work will be performed in an office that will be provided on site at Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum.
  • Ability to walk on uneven surfaces and drive an electric golf cart
  • Able to reach with arms and operate a computer
  • Occasionally lift no more than 20 pounds

Provide friendly, courteous, and willing work attitude with public and other employees

Pay is $21.00 per hour

To apply, please send your resume to Carrie Rhinier at carrie.rhinier@landisvalleyassociates.org
(Posted 4/12)

PT Public Engagement Representative, Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia

Hours: Part-time
Reports to: Public Engagement Manager
Compensation: Non-exempt, $14.25/hour
Description: Our Public Engagement Representatives are part of a dynamic team whose goal is to greet and interact with Museum guests. Individuals in this position are responsible for selling tickets to the museum, historic ships, and boat rentals, assisting customers in the Museum Store, as well as occasionally assisting with the waterfront and public programming all while making customer service the highest priority.

 Positive, friendly, welcoming attitude
 Good interpersonal communication and telephone skills
 Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
 Excellent written and verbal communication skills
 Superior customer service skills, cash handling experience preferred
 Ability to work as part of a dynamic team, as well as independently on various projects
 Ability to handle confidential information
 Ability to work weekends, evening hours, or holidays as needed
 Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Fully vaccinated is defined as at least two weeks after your final dose. Medical and religious exemptions will apply.

 Provide a positive, welcoming and helpful front of house experience  Sell admission tickets at the front desk and various ticket booths  Upsell guided tours and other museum events/programs  Assist customers in the store with purchase decisions and process store sales  Restock merchandise as needed and maintain store displays  Provide tourism information beyond the museum to visitors  Assist in the selling and promotion of membership packages  Service inbound calls and inquiries in a professional manner  Maintain accurate cash drawers and reports  Report out-of-order interactives or needed repairs in galleries to supervisor  Receive deliveries and mail  Ability to fill in for other front line departments as needed and occasionally assist in the operation of renting boats or bartending special events.
The Independence Seaport Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity, inclusion, and equity as matters of fairness and effectiveness. We are committed to hiring and retaining a staff that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve, fostering an inclusive working environment where staff of all backgrounds feel welcomed and engaged in our mission. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

To apply: Apply to this position directly at https://phillyseaport.efficientapply.com/jobs/. No phone calls.
Independence Seaport Museum allows visitors to discover Philadelphia’s river of history and world of connections. For more information, please visit phillyseaport.org.
We are located on Penn’s Landing at 211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia,
(Posted 4/12)

Exhibitions Curator, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia

The American Philosophical Society’s Library & Museum seeks to hire an Exhibitions Curator to join a collaborative team at the APS’s Museum.


The American Philosophical Society’s Museum mounts yearly thematic exhibitions that showcase the extensive materials in the Society’s collections. The Exhibitions Curator is responsible for planning, developing, and delivering interpretative exhibitions for broad audiences in the Museum Gallery located in historic Philosophical Hall. The position is expected to bring fresh interpretations to the Library & Museum collections to tell compelling and pertinent stories that have both historical and contemporary value.

The position works closely with a small but dedicated Museum staff. More broadly, they will work as an integral member of the Library & Museum staff who will support them in their professional growth, encourage their contributions, and provide opportunities for self-directed and collaborative work with other staff and external colleagues.

Essential Functions:

  • Conduct research in the APS’s Library & Museum collections in preparation for each exhibition;
  • Work both with APS content specialists and independently to select objects for exhibitions and develop thematic narratives;
  • Write interpretive materials for non-scholarly audiences (exhibition labels and text panels, website text, blog posts, etc.);
  • Participate in exhibition conservation meetings and exhibition design meetings;
  • Work with the Education and Programming Department to develop and support exhibition-related education and programming needs;
  • Periodically act as the public face of the exhibition (giving private tours, communicating with APS Membership, the public, and the press);
  • Other Library & Museum projects as assigned.

This is a full-time, onsite position with benefits. The Society offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, dental, life insurance, long-term disability, 403b with employer match, and generous paid days off.

Salary: Full-time, exempt, $60,000


The American Philosophical Society (APS), the oldest learned society in the United States, was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purposes of “promoting useful knowledge.” In the 21st century, it serves to advance knowledge and promote scholarship in the humanities and social, mathematical, life, and physical sciences. Members of the Society are elected from among the most eminent scholars and civic and cultural leaders in North America and abroad. More than 100 living APS Members are Nobel laureates.

The APS’s Library & Museum collections make it among the premier institutions for documenting and exhibiting the history of the American Revolution and founding, the history of science from Newton to NASA, Native American languages and culture, and the development of American anthropology. The Library houses over 14 million manuscripts, 275,000 volumes and bound periodicals, 250,000 images, fine art, and other objects. Museum exhibitions interpret these extensive collections for the regional, national, and international visitors who come to Philadelphia’s historic district. In so doing, the exhibitions aim to nurture the spirit of inquiry, promote critical thinking, and engender enthusiasm for object-based learning by using primary source documents and authentic objects. The Library & Museum also hosts a robust fellowship program, offering over 25 short-term and 10 long-term fellowships each year to scholars using its collections.

For Further Information on Library & Museum Collections visit:

https://www.amphilsoc.org/library  and  https://amphilsoc.pastperfectonline.com/

The Library & Museum’s approach is interdisciplinary and applications from qualified candidates in any humanities discipline are welcome. Applicants should be able to demonstrate broad interests and the intellectual and conceptual tools necessary for working across disciplines and time periods and for making creative connections.

  • Holds a minimum of an M.A. in the humanities and at least 3 years of previous curatorial experience in an institutional setting;
  • Able to synthesize information quickly; excellent analytical and writing skills; experience in writing for different purposes and broad audiences;
  • Has strong communication skills; actively seeks and actively listens to input from others;
  • Able to adapt and innovate; remains resilient, flexible, and open to change;
  • Works to build trust; earns the confidence of trust in others by consistently demonstrating honesty, integrity, and authenticity;
  • Demonstrates accountability; determines objectives and goals and develops plans to achieve those goals;
  • Skilled in project management; has project-oriented organizational skills and ability to set and meet deadlines for time sensitive projects;
  • Values collaboration; understands exhibition work is a team effort and is open to exchanging and integrating ideas of coworkers, collaborators, and advisors;
  • Experienced researcher, with experience in archival research preferred;
  • Interested in developing connections with local partners;
  • Willing to work occasional evenings and weekends.

Please submit a resume or CV with a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for the position to Interfolio. Samples of scholarly and non-scholarly writing may be requested for semifinalists. References will be requested for finalists. Please click here to apply.

We encourage those interested in learning more about the position to email Mary Grace Wahl, Associate Director of the Museum, at mgwahl@amphilsoc.org.
(Posted 4/2)

Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, The Moravian Historical Society, Nazareth

The Moravian Historical Society (MHS) seeks an inventive, organized, and detail-oriented person to fill the role of Curator of Collections and Exhibitions. The Curator leads the efforts to care, preserve, and interpret the museum’s collection. In managing all aspects of collections, the Curator follows professional standards and practices including documentation, care, maintenance and handling, use and access, copyright, security, and environmental monitoring of objects. This position is also responsible for planning, developing, and delivering interpretative exhibitions and programs to broad audiences. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Curator will work closely with the entire staff and Board of Directors to achieve the overall goals of the organization. The ideal candidate will have a passion for history and enjoy working cooperatively with colleagues and the public. The Curator is expected to bring fresh interpretations of the museum’s extensive collections to tell compelling and pertinent stories of Moravian history.

A full job description can be found on our website: www.moravianhistory.org/careers
$20 per hour/ 28 hours per week
Deadline to apply: 5/31/2024
Qualified individuals are invited to send a cover letter and resume to director@moravianhistory.org
(Posted 3/27)


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