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The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, IN
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Solid Light, Inc., KY
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Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, IL
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Lakeshore Museum Center, MI
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Village of Wilmette, IL
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The Bakken Museum, MN
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Tarble Arts Center, IL
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DuPage Children's Museum, IL
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Solid Light Inc., KY
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Cincinnati Art Museum, OH
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City of Elmhurst, IL
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Cincinnati Museum Center, OH
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American Association of State and Local History, TN
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Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, OH
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Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, OH
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School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI
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School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI
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DuSable Museum of African American History, IL

Taft Museum of Art, OH
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Missouri Department Of Natural Resources, MO
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Johnson County Museum of History, WI
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Chippewa Valley Museum, WI
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Glen Ellyn Historical Society, IL

Mount Horeb Area Historical Society, WI
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John Michael Kohler Arts Center, WI
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Peoria Riverfront Museum, IL
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Cranbrook Art Museum and Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, Bloomfield Hills, MI
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Canton Museum of Art, OH

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The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, IN

REPORTS TO: Construction Services Manager

The Exhibit Fabricator/Carpenter will work as part of the Experience Production team at The Children's Museum. The Fabricator/Carpenter will work with colleagues and contractors to fabricate, install, and maintain exhibit elements, interactive elements, environmental decor, thematic graphics and special effects in exhibition spaces and throughout the Museum facility and campus. The incumbent will work to achieve the department and museum high standards of quality, professionalism and excellence.

  1. Proficiently fabricates, remodels, repairs, installs, de-installs and maintains exhibit and decorative elements throughout the Museum. Employs methods and techniques appropriate to each project in style, durability, quality, and safety while meeting established standards of excellence at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis.
  2. Creates exhibits structures and constructs elements from design sketches and drawings by using a working knowledge of fabrication methods, carpentry skills and construction processes. Works with the designers and their project team leader to order necessary materials, develop detailed design drawings as needed, and determine fabrication methods required for a durable, operational product.
  3. Installs exhibit elements for long-term and temporary exhibits by moving exhibit elements from one location to another within the museum building. Arranges exhibit elements according to established designs and plans while adhering to museum standards of excellence; consistently considers appropriate compliance and the best possible aesthetic. Sets up and takes down traveling exhibit elements within the museum. Travels, as necessary, to set up and take down traveling exhibit elements produced by The Children's Museum at other museum venues or institutions across the United States.
  4. Plans work sequences at the direction of the Construction Services Manager or Team Leader. Communicates and collaborates effectively to move production processes forward in the most cooperative, safe, economical, efficient and resourceful manner. Works with the Team Leaders to meet production deadlines and conduct work within established production budgets.
  5. Assists with planning for production of exhibit and decorative elements by producing simple design sketches, working drawings showing fabrication methods or simple computer diagrams representing construction details and dimensions.
  6. Identifies and researches sources for supplies, materials and specialized equipment. Completes any and all necessary training requirements to operate fabrication equipment and tools. Establishes and maintain contacts with materials suppliers and vendors. Maintains adequate records and paperwork supporting purchasing procedures.
  7. Serves as a point of contact for outside vendors as they perform work in The Children's Museum. Assists with getting the manpower and materials into the project site, provides information to vendors on scheduling and sequencing work,
  8. Serves as point person for traveling exhibit for set up and take down up to six times a year. Works with the venues to perform repairs and troubleshooting on exhibit elements. Assists venues with the connection and startup of AV Equipment, if appropriate.

  1. Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience as a carpenter or fabricator.
  2. Three years' experience in a professional three dimensional production field similar or related to production work needed at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis; theme park, museums, theater, themed retail space, etc.
  3. Ability to easily generate and communicate innovative verbal and visual ideas that are the result of fresh viewpoints and combinations of idea possibilities in brainstorming situations and in routine conversations.
  4. Very strong interpersonal communication skills and an ability to work effectively in a people oriented, changing, flexible environment within the museum and at different locations during the on-site set up/take down of traveling exhibits. Must be able to work effectively to coordinate and facilitate the traveling exhibit setups
  5. Spanish fluency desired but not mandatory.
  6. Ability to work in a self-directed manner with a minimum of explicit structure and guidelines, but with very high levels of accountability and reliability. Ability to manage multiple priorities and work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  7. Must provide some representative examples of work (portfolio) materials and references during the interview process which will not be retained by the Museum. Must provide some representative examples of work that may be retained by the Museum such as photo prints (rather than slides or transparencies), paper prints or copies, tearsheets, etc.

  1. Must be able to perceive space and colors and to make esthetic assessments of installations, to review drawings of designs and fabrication diagrams, to view documents and computer monitor.
  2. Must be able to engage in extensive communication during brainstorming and planning situations and strong presentations of ideas. Team and group dialogue is required for communication of plans and concepts. Must be able to effectively communicate during complex installation situations involving coordinated group work.
  3. Must be able to safely negotiate and maneuver within carpenter and production shop environments and production sites. Agility and dexterity required for onsite inspections of fabrication and installation of complex elements. Must be able to lift, carry and move 40lbs. Must physically maneuver through small spaces and to climb on elevated platforms to view job progress. May be required to perform intricate operations with computer graphics equipment. Must tolerate dust in the work environment.
  4. Must be able to sit or stand for extended periods of time and negotiate local, regional and international overnight air and vehicular travel.

(Posted 10/30/14)

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Solid Light, Inc., KY

Reports To: Design Director
FLSA Status: Exempt

The Exhibit Designer reports directly to the Design Director and assists the Design team in the creative implementation of projects and in upholding the firm's standards of excellence in design. The Exhibit Designer provides project visualizations, graphic designs, elevations, plans, and 3D modeling, graphic production files, and fabrication drawings as needed. The Exhibit Designer also works with the entire project team to assist in the successful planning, design, and build of projects on budget and on time.

  • Work with project team to create designs that best address the client's vision and goals.
  • Report to the Design Director and follow company process to create designs for each project phase—planning, schematic design, final design, and construction drawings—and ensure that the project adheres to project vision, budget, and schedule.
  • Interface with the full project team and subcontractors, following the lead of the Project Manager, to facilitate project schedules and successful client deliverables
  • Collaborate with the Production Director and assist the Design team in selection of materials and finishes that accomplish the goals of design and meet the project budgets.
  • Work with Design team to create project visualizations and support drawings that incorporate all necessary components for the fabrication.
  • Work with the Design team to create presentations necessary for project deliverables.
  • Work with Design team to create graphic files for print production and coordination documents for fabrication.
  • Collaborate with the Production Director and Exhibit Architect to coordinate with fabrication and construction subcontractors.
  • Coordinate with the Design Director in creating promotional materials as necessary to assist the company in business development.
  • Help to promote Solid Light and its values and provide support in reaching its goals.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.

  • Bachelor's degree in related subject or equivalent work experience and training.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience in exhibit design.

  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite and Google SketchUp.
  • AutoCad and/or Revit proficiency preferred.
  • Construction and fabrication knowledge preferred.
  • Proficient understanding of computer applications to include Microsoft Office Suite.

  • Creativity and the ability to develop innovative solutions for client demands and project vision.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to include team collaboration, presentations, and internal and external client deliverables.
  • Ability to professionally and efficiently correspond with external and internal clients and vendors via phone, email, and written correspondence.
  • Excellent attention to detail in an environment with rapidly changing data.
  • Interpersonal skills, which promote open communication, candor and trust, both internally and outside of the Company.
  • Accurate and timely completion of projects and/or reports.
  • Maintenance of Company information in a confidential manner.
  • Ability to work independently or in a team setting in a fast paced environment.

  • Must be capable of handling a high stress environment.
  • Must be capable of lifting a minimum of 50 lbs.
  • Ability to travel domestically utilizing both automobile and airplane.


Cynthia Torp, Owner/President Solid Light

(Posted 10/17/14)

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Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, IL

About the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
The Museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost and by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice and indifference.

When neo-Nazis threatened to march in Skokie, IL in the late 1970s, Holocaust survivors around the world were shocked. They realized that, despite their desire to leave the past behind, they could no longer remain silent. In the wake of these attempted marches, Chicago-area survivors joined together to form the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois, Inc. They pooled their resources to purchase a small Skokie storefront and made it available to the public, especially to schoolchildren, focusing on combating hate through education and giving voice to "Never Again!"

Now known nationally as a leader in its field, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center (IHMEC) opened in 2009 in Skokie, IL, and is a culmination of 30 years of hard work and dedication by the local Holocaust survivor community and many others. According to President Emeritus Sam Harris, "We dreamt of creating a place that would not only serve as a memorial to the millions lost, but also where young minds could learn the terrible dangers of prejudice and hatred."

The Opportunity: Vice President of Marketing and Business Development
The Vice President of Marketing and Business Development will serve as the visionary and strategic leader for IHMEC in two critical areas. With equal priority, the newly hired VP will increase earned revenue in new and existing categories; and secondly, develop and ensure the marketing and communications supporting the institution are inspiring to all potential audiences. Outcomes and accomplishments of the VP's efforts will include:
  • Strengthening the Museum's visibility in Chicagoland and the Midwest.
  • Increasing the number of annual visitors and members that experience the mission.
  • Expanding and increasing opportunities for earned income, including: admissions, membership, facility rental, the Museum store, and new sources of revenue.

The successful candidate will shape Museum branding and messaging and guide the communication of the Museum's priorities to external audiences across all available channels. S/he will lead efforts to establish and strengthen partnerships with area cultural and civic organizations; as well as provide input on fundraising initiatives, inclusive of IHMEC's partnerships and outreach initiatives.

The Vice President will oversee the Marketing and Communications Coordinator, and ultimately design and expand the team to support enhanced efforts. Team growth is expected with the accomplishments and visions of the successful candidate, new initiatives, and corollary revenue. Additionally, the Vice President will indirectly supervise two roles with revenue accountability (the Development Associate/Membership and the Operations Coordinator/Facility Rentals.)

The position reports to Susan Abrams, Chief Executive Officer, and serves on the senior leadership team along with executives who oversee the operations, finances, education, and fundraising areas.

The newly designed role requires a strategic thinker and experienced team leader with business development acumen and past proven revenue generation experience. Experience cultivating partnerships, and high-level work with board committees and organizational leadership are essential. The Vice President of Marketing and Business Development will collaborate extensively with other members of the leadership team and other internal and external stakeholders.

The Qualified Candidate
IHMEC seeks an entrepreneurial and strategic professional with demonstrated success in increasing earned revenue while executing successful marketing and communications strategies. An ideal candidate will demonstrate a successful track record in enhancing, strengthening and diversifying revenue streams and developing consistent messaging for large organizations with diversified programming. The Vice President will maximize the opportunities to communicate the mission of IHMEC and increase visibility and attendance.

Specific Requirements
The successful candidate will have:
  • A passion for the mission of IHMEC.
  • A demonstrated and quantifiable track record in achieving results from business development and marketing efforts.
  • Proven expertise in taking initiative, building and maintaining strong rapport and positive relationships with various internal and external constituencies.
  • Excellent project management and budgetary skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution is required; advanced degree(s) and credentialing is preferred; as are concentrations in business and marketing.
  • 5 to 7 years of related experience with proven skills in growing earned income revenue streams and/or leading marketing initiatives that positively impact revenue.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and social media.
  • Ability to work outside standard work hours and to travel locally and nationally; a current driver's license is required.

This position offers a competitive salary with generous benefits. All inquiries will be held in strict confidence.

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria.

To Apply
This search is being managed by Heather Eddy, CFRE, President and CEO of Alford Executive Search. To apply, candidates must complete the online application at and thereon submit their cover letter and resume. No applications will be accepted via email. Questions may be addressed to Laura Weinman at

Alford Executive Search is a retained search firm dedicated to providing recruitment services of exceptional quality and strengthening the not-for-profit community through professional staffing solutions

(Posted 10/14/14)

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Lakeshore Museum Center, MI

The Lakeshore Museum Center, located in Muskegon, Michigan, is seeking an Archivist to work with its collections and curatorial team. The mission of the Lakeshore Museum Center is to preserve and interpret through exhibits, education, and programs the natural and cultural history of Muskegon County. The archivist's leadership will ensure that the best practices of preservation and access of the institutional archives will be used.

Candidates for this position must have the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
  • Master's degree in Museum or Library Science with emphasis on archival studies.
  • Two to three years experience with archival management, including the principles of fair use, logical arrangement of collections, and storage methods and materials.
  • Excellent customer service/interviewing skills to efficiently assist the public with research
  • Proven time management and records management skills
  • Strong Excel, Word, PastPerfect, Photoshop and Scanning skills
  • Cooperative nature, able to work well within a team structure
  • Able to work independently while communicating relevant information to others
  • Moderate to heavy lifting — 30-50 pounds
  • Ability to frequently climb stairs and stand for long periods of time

Position accountabilities will include:
  • Curatorial: Perform fundamental procedures for collecting, accessioning, inventorying, cataloging, and housing archival collections according to established procedures.
  • Research: Fill research requests for staff and patrons accurately and in a timely manner. Supervise, supply, and staff the public reading room as needed.
  • Exhibits: Serve as Exhibits Project Manager as assigned. Assist with temporary and permanent exhibit research, project management, and label writing. Conduct two dimension artifact searches for exhibits. Physically number archival artifacts. Assist with preparation of archival objects for exhibit.
  • Volunteer Management: Train and supervise archives volunteers and interns. Keep track of volunteer hours and projects.
  • Administrative: Manage assigned budget line items and assist supervisor/CEO with development of such items for annual budget. Submit purchase orders; purchase equipment and supplies. Produce monthly report for supervisor.

Compensation: Full time salary position with a benefits package that includes health insurance, retirement contributions, vacation, and sick leave.

To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to, subject Archivist, or mail to Cheryl Graves at Lakeshore Museum Center, 430 W. Clay Avenue, Muskegon, MI 49440. The LMC is an EOE. For more information see

(Posted 10/6/14)

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Village of Wilmette, IL

The Village of Wilmette is seeking to fill a Part-Time Museum Assistant position with the Historical Museum. The assistant will work approximately 14 to 18 hours per week and report directly to the Museum Director.

Position Responsibilities
Position is responsible for assisting with planning, organizing, and promoting public programs and events sponsored by the museum, and assisting with museum collections and exhibits. Responsibilities may include writing publicity releases, creating and distributing publicity materials, brochures and newsletters, contacting potential speakers, staffing programs, working with museum collections, assisting with exhibits, processing memberships, and other duties as assigned. Position requires significant contact with the public via in person, email and on the telephone.

Position Requirements
The successful candidate will have a college degree. A candidate with museum experience and educational training in history, museums studies or a related field is preferred. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential to the success of this position. Knowledge of Microsoft Office products, Past Perfect, and Quark Express software is a plus. The successful candidate must be well organized and have the ability to meet deadlines.

Hourly Wage Rate
The hourly wage rate is $17.31/hr.

Selection Process
Interested candidates should complete an employment application which can be downloaded from the Village's website at, and submitted to the Village Manager's Office, Attn: Human Resources, 1200 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091 or e-mailed to Questions should be directed to Kathy Hussey-Arntson, Museum Director at (847) 853-7713. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The Museum is located at 609 Ridge Road, Wilmette, IL.

The Village of Wilmette is an Equal Opportunity Employer

(Posted 9/30/14)

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The Bakken Museum, MN

Part time 20 - 22 hours per week
Saturday 9 - 5, Thursday, Friday TBA

Position Summary Statement
The Visitor Services Area resides in the museum's lobby and serves as a central communication and safety hub. The Visitor Services Representative provides excellent customer service and sales to all museum visitors and plays a strong role in organization-wide communication and building safety and security. Warmly greet and guide museum guests, promote the museum store and donations, assist with field trip check-in and payments, and tell guests about membership, museum programs, events and volunteer opportunities. Responsible for knowing what is happening in the building in order to provide company-wide communication.

Position Responsibilities and Duties
  • Greet visitors and provide museum and program information.
  • Collect museum admissions, store sales, memberships, and donations using Point of Sale system.
  • Assist with field trip, group, and invention program check-ins and payment.
  • Serve as first point of contact for all museum telephone calls and professionally direct to appropriate staff.
  • Maintain and update appropriate databases; includes data entry of applicable information.
  • Develop, edit, and maintain manuals for Visitors Services procedures and operations.
  • Coordinate and monitor museum store. Responsible for inventory, purchasing, labeling, sales, reporting, etc.
  • Respond to membership, donation, volunteer and program requests, etc.
  • Receive tour and program payments as needed and coordinate with accounting staff to ensure accurate reporting of payments and income.
  • Serve as a link in the chain of responses to safety issues, informing supervisors as needed.
  • Responsible for managing the public announcement system in response to a lost child or building emergency, weather alerts, etc.
  • Inform appropriate staff of any exhibit components in need of repair, maintenance or special cleaning.
  • Create and reconcile appropriate reports as needed, including statistical visitor data.
  • Train appropriate staff and volunteers on functions of visitor services area.
  • Assist with event and program support as needed.

Organization Relationships and Contacts
  • Reports to the Director of Community Engagement.
  • Meets and greets visitors, including donors, corporate visitors, and board members.
  • Supervises volunteers.
  • Communicates with staff at all levels and serves as a resource for daily happenings.

Experience and Qualifications Requirements
  • Superior customer service, sales, and retail skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Two year's work experience in customer service
  • Familiarity with non-profits
  • Willingness to work independently and as a team.
  • Able to make decisions and respond quickly in emergency situations.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations of all ages and ethnicities.
  • Good computer skills (Microsoft Office) required. Point-of-sale software experience preferred.
  • Ability to lift equipment/supplies (up to 30 pounds).

Please send resumes to:

Phone calls are accepted: 612-414-4537

(Posted 9/30/14)

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Tarble Arts Center, IL

Position Description
Eastern Illinois University seeks a director for the Tarble Arts Center, the university's art museum. The Director will be a dynamic and creative leader who has proven success in envisioning and implementing strategic planning. He or she will have a passion for diverse object-based learning and practical managerial experience in programming, community outreach, budgeting, and fundraising. He or she will have excellent interpersonal skills and experience working with university faculty, students, and administrators; artists and scholars; museum donors and patrons; school teachers and administrators; and other related constituents and stakeholders. The Director will continue efforts to integrate Tarble Arts Center programs and collections into EIU's education and service mission, will sustain and expand the Center's service to the greater east-central Illinois community, and will maintain affiliations with local, regional, state, and national museum professional organizations.

The Director has primary responsibility for the administration and promotion of the Tarble Arts Center's programs, projects, and collections, in support of the educational and public service mission of EIU, and oversight of the Tarble Arts Center facility. The Director serves as curator of exhibitions and of collections, develops and implements educational and engagement programs and projects, coordinates all development/fund-raising activities, maintains affiliations with other university units, museum professional organizations and east-central cultural organizations, stays current regarding university museum best practices, and annually teaches one graduate-level art exhibition practices Art course.

Qualifications Required
This position requires a minimum of an undergraduate degree in the visual arts, an advanced degree in Museum Studies or a related discipline, and at least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in an art museum or gallery, or related environment, preferably associated with an institution of higher education. Also required are demonstrated abilities in the administration of personnel, budgets and facilities in an efficient and effective manner; long-range planning and assessment; grant-writing and fundraising; and enthusiastic support for serving diverse constituencies.

Application Deadline
Review of applications will begin on November 7, and will continue until campus interviews are scheduled.

A complete application will include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, contact information for five references, statement of leadership philosophy, undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable initially). Send application materials to Interfolio at (

Tarble Arts Center
The Tarble Arts Center presents a year-round program of changing art exhibitions, public programs, and educational and outreach activities, and administers and maintains the university's permanent collection of approximately 1,300 art objects. The Center serves the Eastern campus community, residents of east-central Illinois, and visitors. The Tarble serves as a hands-on laboratory for university students, with on-going affiliations with the Art Education and Historical Administration programs, and presents a rich array of school and community-based educational and engagement programs serving east-central Illinois. The staff is made up of the director, assistant director, curator of education, office administrator, 2 graduate assistants, and 6-8 student assistants, supported by volunteer gallery attendants and docents. Major program support is provided by dedicated endowments in the EIU Foundation, memberships, and corporate sponsorships. The museum facility includes one large gallery, two smaller galleries, a studio classroom, a large multi-purpose room, collections storage, plus offices and support spaces. The Tarble was accredited by the American Association (now Alliance) of Museums in 2000; reaccreditation is currently in process.

Dr. Dana Ringuette, Search Committee Chair
English Department, Eastern Illinois University
Phone: 217-581-2428
Fax: (217) 581-7209

(Posted 9/23/14)

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DuPage Children's Museum, IL

Full-time, exempt

Organizational Overview: DuPage Children's Museum is nationally acclaimed for its interactive, hands-on experiences, carefully designed to foster curiosity, creativity, problem solving, and innovation through the power of play. With over 300,000 annual visitors, we partner with 38 school districts as well as approximately 60 social service agencies through our Community Access Network. We work directly with corporate and foundation supporters and rely on the work of more than 800 volunteers each year. We provide high-quality early learning resources for parents and offer professional development opportunities to caregivers and teachers. DuPage Children's Museum is more than a Museum... it's a force for early learning!

Job Summary: As the Early Learning Specialist, you will manage the early learning and parenting support initiatives of DuPage Children's Museum; act as the Museum's internal consultant and advocate in the area of early childhood development and learning for all Museum departments; lead the development of early childhood/learning training and professional development content for museum staff, volunteers and external organizations; and represent the early childhood mission of DuPage Children's Museum to outside agencies and institutions.

DCM's Early Learning Specialist:
  • Functions as the early learning consultant and advocate across all DCM departments, models developmentally appropriate interactions, helps develop both programs and exhibits, consult as a regular member of the Exhibits Experience Team, as exhibit experience consultant and actively participates in the Education Committee.
  • Manages approved Early Childhood/Learning initiatives when appropriate, including, but not limited to, the Family Resource Center, Preschool Summer Camp, classes, Professional Development, the DCM blog and others as assigned.
  • Prepares and oversees the development and preparation of written and other materials to support the early learning and parenting program initiatives of DCM, e.g. DCM Blog, articles for magazines and journals.
  • Develops, prepares and delivers training content and materials based on consultative observation in conjunction with other DCM specialists, the Director of Exhibits and Operations and the Museum Floor Manager.
  • Represents the early learning mission of DCM through professional development; also presents, participates on professional panels, and creates a variety of materials for outside institutions on behalf of DCM as needed.
  • Acts as a DCM ambassador to area agencies and other institutions to establish and nurture collaborations that foster early learning, parent support and adult education as appropriate.
  • Works with Department Directors to implement a regular program of observation, on the museum floor, to ensure continuing high quality educational experiences.
  • Stays current with Early Learning research and utilizes it to promote Museum education opportunities; oversees the building up and maintenance of a library of research and training materials for the institution.
  • Assists in development and monitoring of relevant budgets.
  • Assists in grant writing and reporting to maintain grant funded early learning and parenting programs. Work with grant writer, as appropriate, to develop strategic approach for prospective donors.

Secondary Responsibilities:
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Relationships:
  • Supervised by the Director of Education and Outreach.
  • Works closely with the Director of Exhibits and Operations and other staff to develop and deliver appropriate training,
  • When acting as Exhibit Experience Consultant, duties are coordinated by the Director of Exhibits and Operations in collaboration with the Director of Education and Outreach.
  • Must work collaboratively from within the Education Department to coordinate program initiatives with other DCM departments.

Education and Experience:
  • Masters' level degree in areas such as Early Childhood Development, Psychology, Family and Child Studies, Human Development , or closely related career field required.
  • Minimum of five years of experience working with adults and young children in a learning environment, preferably a museum setting.
  • Experience with social constructivist and Reggio Emilia learning models is a plus.

Skills and Abilities:
  • Passion for the mission of the museum
  • Must work well in a collaborative fast paced environment.
  • Have demonstrated leadership skills.
  • Must have excellent presentation skills.
  • Must have excellent, demonstrated interpersonal skills in working directly with children and families.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills essential to communicate with varied DCM constituencies.
  • Excellent skills in organizing, determining priorities and taking initiative, willingness and ability to work toward objectives, shifting priorities when needed.
  • Good computer skills, including Word, Excel, Outlook, blogging and comfortable with using social media.
  • Knowledge of evaluation techniques and software is required.
  • Knowledge of budget development and monitoring.
  • Be able to work evenings and weekends when required.
  • Bilingual Spanish a plus.
  • Prior museum, especially children's museum, experience a plus.

The following abilities are required for the position: (a) Visually keep track of visitors, materials and exhibit functioning on the museum floor; (b) Comprehend and speak English extensively and clearly with the public; (c) Hear children's voices; (d) Assist visitors in emergency situations; (e) Display dexterity necessary to facilitate play in the exhibits environment; (f) Stand and move among exhibits for extended periods; (g) Climb up and down stairs or use an elevator daily; (h) Bend, kneel, climb and reach; (i) Lift 25 pounds;

Other requirements:
  • Negotiate travel locally and nationally
  • Tolerate frequent interruptions in the work process
  • Perform analysis on data to form reasonable conclusions and be able to demonstrate findings to others.
  • Must have driver's license, own transportation and appropriate liability insurance

Send resume and cover letter to or

DuPage Children's Museum, Attn: HR
301 North Washington Street
Naperville IL 60540

or Fax: 630 637 1276

No phone calls.

DuPage Children's Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

(Posted 9/23/14)

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Solid Light Inc., KY

Location: Louisville, KY
Employment Type: Full Time

Are you looking to expand your career and to be part of a successful team in the Exhibit Design and Build industry? Solid Light Inc. is seeking a motivated, driven individual to become the next Operations Assistant. The Operations Assistant is responsible for the administration, organization and administrative work involved in the design and build of exhibits and visitor experiences. The position serves as the initial line of communication between Solid Light and the Company's external community, and works alongside the company president, operations staff, project managers, and marketing team coordinating schedules, organizing internal company events and other operational support activities. The ideal candidate will have experience in architecture, design, and working together with a creative team. Please submit a resume and cover letter explaining why you are the best candidate for the position.

  • Assist president in organizing meetings, schedule integration, and coordination of marketing pipeline action items.
  • Assist with company marketing efforts, including conference coordination, maintenance of marketing databases, and integration of social media efforts with the branding team's standards.
  • Attend weekly production meetings and assist in the preparation of required materials.
  • Prepare and edit written correspondence.
  • Manage postage and shipping logistics as needed.
  • Assist in delivery and coordination of proposal and project submissions.
  • Organize travel arrangements and accommodations for staff.
  • Manage company lobby area, ensuring that public common areas are neat, clean, and organized.
  • Responsible for conference room meeting preparation, from confirming attendees and sending reminders to preparing meeting spaces, including refreshment coordination and preparation.
  • Assist in internal and external presentation tools including AV set-up, and coordination of iPad, laptop, and presentation files.
  • Maintain office supplies throughout the main office and fabrication shop by: checking stock to determine inventory levels, anticipating requirements, placing and expediting orders, verifying receipt, stocking items, delivering supplies to work stations, handling accounts and expenses in a responsible manner and within budget with direction from the Chief Operating Officer/Operations Team.
  • Provide and support communication between the fabrication shop and main office.
  • Organize internal company events, such as the holiday party and company retreat.
  • Assist operations staff, including project managers with miscellaneous tasks as directed.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.


Minimum Education & Experience
  • Bachelor's degree in related subject or equivalent work experience and training.
  • Minimum two (2) years of relevant experience.

Specialized Skills, Training & Abilities
  • Proficient understanding of computer applications to include Word, Excel, Power Point and the Internet, including social media platforms.

General Skills, Training & Abilities
  • Creativity and the ability to develop innovative solutions to assist internal and external partners.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to professionally and efficiently correspond with external and internal clients and vendors via phone, email, and written correspondence.
  • Excellent attention to detail in an environment with rapidly changing data.
  • Ability to develop interpersonal relationships that encourage openness, candor and trust, both internally and outside of the Company.
  • Accurate and timely completion of projects and/or reports.
  • Maintenance of Company information in a confidential manner.
  • Ability to work independently or in a team setting in a fast paced environment.

Some travel required. Candidates must be able to work flexible hours, including nights and weekends.

(Posted 9/9/14)

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Cincinnati Art Museum, OH

Position Description

Status: Exempt

Reports to: Director of Learning and Interpretation

I. Definition:

This position directs the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Art Museum's on-going Docent program. This includes planning and evaluation of all of the activities of the Docent Corps at the Art Museum, to insure that short-term and long-term goals are met. The key activities include: structuring the content and format of touring strategies, training of new Docents, recruiting of new Docents, providing continuing education for the entire Corps, and guiding program committees. This position serves as the main liaison between the Docents and the staff of Art Museum.

The position interfaces consistently with other members of the Division of Learning and Interpretation to develop, implement, and evaluate the Docent-led touring programs for adults, youth, and families at the Art Museum. These programs are both available for free-choice visitors and those arriving for scheduled programs such as school groups and adult group tours

II. Requirements:

Masters degree in art education, art history, museum education, or related field. The candidate should have a background in volunteer management. Knowledge of art history and the ability to teach art history are essential. The candidates should have at least two years experience in public programs in an art museum/gallery setting and knowledge of visitor studies/educational theory. The candidate should be familiar with and supportive of discussion based tour methods (e.g. Visual Thinking Strategies). Candidates should have a proven track record as excellent managers and effective leaders, and a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with volunteers, colleagues/staff, and community representatives. Candidates should possess strong organizational abilities, excellent speaking, writing, and interpersonal skills, and have a good knowledge of computing, finance, and budgeting.

III. Responsibilities:
  1. Oversees the daily activities of the Docent Corps, including issues related to Docent-led programs, training, preparation of materials, and Docent functions and committees.
  2. Reports to the Director of Learning and Interpretation on all Docent activities and status of projects.
  3. Coordinates Docent activities and works collaboratively with other museum divisions.
  4. Supervises and evaluates all Docents and fosters their educational development.
  5. Develops and monitors an annual budget for the Docent Corps in consultation with the Director of Learning and Interpretation.
  6. In collaboration with Learning and Interpretation staff, helps to plan and implement all Docent-led programming related to both the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions. Establishes qualitative and quantitative goals for evaluating this programming.
  7. Oversees Docent training in cooperation with Learning and Interpretation and Curatorial Divisions.
  8. Develops and implements strategies for increasing the number of new Docents, creating diversity in the Corps, and retaining current Docents.
  9. Stays current and implements best practices around Docent touring strategies.
  10. Serves as the primary liaison to the Docent Advisory Council. Assures the Art Museum's strong collaborative relationships with its Docents and provides formal and informal recognition of their contributions to the Art Museum and its audience.
  11. Works closely with the Docents and the Learning and Interpretation Division to develop, implement, and evaluation programs that address the needs and interests of visitors with disabilities.
  12. Works closely with Docents to coordinate social events.
  13. Oversees annual contracts and publication of annual directory.
  14. Creates and edits monthly Docent newsletter.

IV. Other responsibilities:
  1. Cooperates in a teamwork fashion with all co-workers to accomplish goals.
  2. Demonstrates respect and dignity to co-workers and visitors.
  3. Provides excellence in service and portrays a positive and professional image of the Cincinnati Art Museum.
  4. Maintains confidentiality and upholds professional standards.
  5. Follows Cincinnati Art Museum protocols, procedures, rules, and policies.
  6. Staff liaison for National Docent Symposium, to be held in 2015 in Cincinnati.
    • Manage NDS Website, and assist with NDS registration. Attend regular planning meetings.
  7. Manage docent website.
  8. Coordinate ART Inc., Corporate Team building.

To Apply:
Resume may be mailed or sent electronically to Cincinnati Art Museum, Attention: Human Resources Department, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Email to: An application can be filled out at the visitor services desk in the front lobby during Museum hours. No drop-in interviews available. No phone calls please.

The Cincinnati Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where a variety of backgrounds, cultures, orientations, ideas, and talents can flourish.

(Posted 9/8/14)

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City of Elmhurst, IL

Position Summary
Under general supervision, this professional position develops, schedules, promotes, and conducts museum programs for school groups, scouts, and other children's group visits at the Elmhurst Historical Museum.

This is a part-time position working approximately 18 hours per week. Work is performed in an office setting, Churchville One Room Schoolhouse, school classrooms, and the Elmhurst Historical Museum. Evening and/or weekend work schedules would be expected when supporting the museum's public programs. Some work hours flexibility would be required of the incumbent.


Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor's Degree in History, Museum Studies, Education or closely related field; AND two (2) years of professional experience working in a historical museum or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Required Certificates, Licenses, and Registrations:
  • Illinois Driver's License.

Required Knowledge:
  • Museum education, history, arts, humanities, and other subject areas represented in museum exhibits.
  • Principles and practices of museum education for various age groups.
  • Techniques for teaching a broad range of age and school types.
  • Computer applications related to the work.

Required Skills:
  • Scheduling, promoting and conducting museum programs for classroom and group visits.
  • Ability to portray circa 1910 schoolteacher.
  • Development of curriculum materials.
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply immediately. Submit completed application and resume online at Offers of employment are subject to successful completion of a background check and post offer drug screen and physical.

Position open until filled.

The City provides equal opportunity and offers reasonable accommodations in all programs and employment.

(Posted 9/8/14)

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Cincinnati Museum Center, OH

Cincinnati Museum Center is a very interesting organization for a person who wants to be part of a complex, vital growing organization.

The Cincinnati Museum Center, a nationally regarded museum, seeks an accomplished leader and executive to serve as the Vice President for Finance and Administration & Chief Financial Officer. (CFO). The CFO serves as the chief business and finance officer for the Cincinnati Museum Center, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center ("Freedom Center"), Cincinnati Museums Foundation (the "Foundation") and other subsidiaries (collectively the "CMC Group").

Cincinnati Museum Center is headquartered in the National Landmark Cincinnati Union Terminal Building along with the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History, Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children's Museum, Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and Cincinnati History Library & Archives. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is located nearby in The Banks development of downtown Cincinnati between the football and baseball stadiums. Other property include the Geier Collections & Research Center and the Richard and Lucile Durrell Edge of Appalachia Preserve System located in Adams County, Ohio. This 16,000-acre nature preserve of global importance is one of the largest privately owned preserves east of the Mississippi.

Reporting to the CEO, the Vice President's responsibilities include overall finance, accounting, human resources, property management, legal and other administrative functions with a focus on the operating performance and financial condition of the institution. This includes managers reporting directly to the VP and almost 40 total staff in the areas of responsibility.

The VP works closely with the Board of Trustees and supports the audit, finance, and investment committees of the CMC Board of Trustees, Freedom Center and Foundation Boards of Directors.

The first of the museums started in 1818, with the Museum of Natural History as the first Natural History Museum west of the Alleghany Mountains, and the latest, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. The combined endowment is $35 million with a combined operating budget of approximately $30 million.

The next VP will be an integral part of the CEO's executive leadership team, who will lead and embrace positive change and help facilitate the advancement of the museums. S/he must be a consummate professional who values a team environment and works with colleagues in a spirit of partnership, transparency, and fiscal responsibility. The Vice President will be a confident, flexible, dynamic leader who will inspire others to seek out innovative opportunities to advance and benefit the institution, and will promote an environment that fosters teamwork, reinforcing the core values of the institution. A complete listing of required qualifications can be found at this link

The Cincinnati Museum Center draws outstanding, diverse staff who value its mission and share its commitment to its Common Purpose: We create meaningful experiences, inspiration and lasting memories for all. Museum Center seeks a vice president with vision and an innovative spirit who appreciates and supports the mission of the museums. For further information about the museums, please visit: and

Recruitment is underway and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure consideration, nominations, inquiries and applications (including a letter of interest and resume) should be submitted via email to David Howard, Director of Human Relations (513) 287-7009

Cincinnati Museum Center is committed to principles of diversity, inclusion and affirmative action and to equal opportunity policies and practices. We act affirmatively to recruit and hire women, traditionally under-represented minority groups, people with disabilities and protected veterans.

(Posted 8/29/14)

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American Association of State and Local History, TN

The American Association of State and Local History (AASLH), a 6,000- strong membership organization headquartered in Nashville, TN, is seeking qualified applicants for the position of President and CEO. AASLH — "your home for history" — provides leadership and support for its members across North America who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all Americans.

The President & CEO represents AASLH to the history and museum field, articulates the association's vision, builds and maintains its partnerships, and ensures delivery of the highest quality services to its members. Experience in strategic planning, board management, communications, member relations, and proven operational and administrative skills are mandatory. Candidates must have direct knowledge of budget development, financial management and reporting, personnel management, and hands-on experience with fund development. Must be a graduate of an accredited university with at least a master's level degree and a minimum of five years progressive senior management experience in association/nonprofit management.

A personal commitment to and passion for preserving and interpreting state and local history is essential.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Applicants should submit a letter of interest and a current resume to:

AASLH Search Committee
c/o Center for Nonprofit Management
37 Peabody Street, Suite 201
Nashville, TN 37210
Fax: (615) 259-0400

Applicant screening begins August 22, 2014 and continues until the position is filled. EOE

(Posted 8/28/14)

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Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, OH

Reports To: Executive Director
Department: Education

The Maltz Museum seeks a strong educational leader, strategic thinker, adept communicator and dynamic collaborator to lead the Museum's Education department. An important cultural and educational resource in Northeast Ohio, the Maltz Museum has enormous potential to grow its programming and expand its audiences. The Director of Education and Public Programs position offers an opportunity to exercise creativity in developing programs and implementing processes while playing a key role on the Museum's senior management team.

The Director of Education and Public Programs provides leadership and vision for the development and implementation of innovative programs, events, partnerships and educational and engagement initiatives that enhance the Museum's profile and build audience. From exhibition- and mission-related events to student and group tours, this position oversees all aspects of adult, student, educator and public education as well as special projects including the annual Stop the Hate: Youth Speak Out! essay contest. The Director of Education and Public Programs synchronizes the Museum's programs and exhibitions with its core values, strategic goals and organizational metrics. This position has one direct report: Manager of School and Family Programs.

In addition to managing the operations of the Education Department, the Director of Education and Public Programs prepares and tracks an annual budget to meet participation, income and expense goals. This position leads program planning meetings, identifies metrics, oversees evaluation activities and analyzes findings to inform future Museum activities. The Director of Education and Public Programs collaborates across departments and with members of the board and other external stakeholders. This position works closely with other Senior Managers to ensure Museum programs are aligned with departmental and institutional capacities and resources.

The Director of Education and Public Programs cultivates relationships and manages programmatic collaborations with local, national, and international organizations and colleagues to promote and expand the Museum's programs and share resources. This position participates in organizations/advisory/ad hoc committees to ensure MMJH's position as a community cultural resource, potential partner and national leader among heritage and history institutions.

  • Adult Public Programs/Community Engagement:
    Develops and implements programs and collaborations related to our core mission and to our special exhibitions that engage audiences in unique and unexpected ways. Adapts content for adult group tour audiences and "drop-in" visitors looking for a curated, guided or "insider" experiences.
  • School and Family Programs
    Manages staff responsible for student and educator, youth and family and docent education. Oversees outreach to schools to maintain and grow school tour program as key to the Museum's identity as an educational resource and a platform for significant public and private support. Oversees content creation for school tours and educator programs, interpretive materials/educator guides and docent training for core and special exhibitions, professional development events for educators, and content creation for youth and family events and programs. Works with Manager of School and Family Programs to evaluate docent preparedness and provide feedback and additional training when needed. Work with Manager of School and Family Programs to develop new initiatives to attract families.
  • Stop the Hate: Youth Speak Out Essay and Youth Sing Out Contest
    Directs and oversees all aspects of Stop the Hate (STH), including conceiving ways to expand the program in Ohio and beyond. Responsibilities include organizing and leading a STH community advisory committee, creating and maintaining project timeline, annually updating essay theme and content requirements for student participation, leading outreach efforts to school district leadership and educators to grow awareness and participation, forging and maintaining relationships with community leaders to recruit a diverse pool of readers, judges and community partners to support the project. Organizes and manages student entry process, student data collection, reader assignment, scoring process and identification of student finalists. Manages relationship with Roots of American Music for the Sing Out program and College Now Cleveland for administration of scholarship awards. Works closely with special events consultant on planning of Awards Ceremony.
  • Other duties as assigned.

The Museum's team is collaborative, hands-on and diverse in every sense. We appreciate creativity, commitment and being open to opinions, to people and to ideas.

Education, Training and/or Experience
  • An MBA or equivalent experience
  • Existing legal working status in the United States
  • Must have at least 5+ years of relevant experience in an educational, museum or nonprofit setting
  • Understanding or experience in a public or private school setting a plus, but not required.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Traits
  • Superior interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Attention to detail and ability to perform tasks with a high degree of accuracy and autonomy
  • Strong analytical and communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct, organize, and conduct education programs
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office with a working knowledge and ability to quickly learn programs including, but not limited to Excel, Altru and Constant Contact
  • Openly expresses a desire to create a more inclusive and accepting society
  • Resourceful, enthusiastic and willing to take initiative
  • Curious and a quick learner
  • Appreciative of volunteer time and talent
  • A professional demeanor and appearance

The Maltz Museum introduces visitors to the beauty and rich history of Jewish culture in the context of the American experience. A valued educational resource, the Museum explores broader issues around identity to build bridges of tolerance and understanding among communities and encourage a greater appreciation for the diversity of the human experience.

The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage provides equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, disability, political affiliation or other legally protected status.

Application review will begin immediately. Please send your resume to Human Resources, Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, 2929 Richmond Rd., Beachwood, Ohio, 44122, No phone calls, please.

(Posted 8/27/14)

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Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, OH

Reports To: Executive Director
Department: Exhibitions

The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage seeks a curious, creative and detailed-oriented team player to manage artifacts and exhibitions for the dynamic nonprofit. A respected heritage museum, the Maltz Museum is planning at least two major original exhibitions over the next two years while exploring opportunities to rethink certain core gallery spaces, engage broader audiences and widen its reach through traveling exhibitions. The Registrar and Exhibitions Coordinator will work across the organization to help create cutting edge, high quality exhibitions that inform and inspire.

The Registrar and Exhibitions Coordinator manages all aspects of the Maltz Museum's core exhibitions (An American Story and the Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery) as well as temporary special exhibitions. The Registrar researches and identifies temporary traveling exhibitions and coordinates all aspects of their presentation. S/he assists with curating exhibitions originated by the Maltz Museum and coordinates all aspects of traveling these exhibitions to other institutions. Additional responsibilities of the Registrar include overseeing shipping, insurance, conservation, condition reporting and installation.


Permanent Exhibitions:
  • Act as liaison between the Maltz Museum and the Western Reserve Historical Society, The Temple-Tifereth Israel, and other lenders and donors
  • Generate loan agreement forms and deeds of gift
  • Maintain and update the artifact database
  • Plan and facilitate rotation of artifacts in the collection
  • Have replicas fabricated and rotated with original paper artifacts
  • Walk through Museum on a weekly basis to check artifacts
  • Coordinate opening of cases for access to artifacts and cleaning
  • Work with mount makers to maintain and repair/replace mounts
  • Arrange for conservation of artifacts
  • Manage creation and production of wall texts, including design, proofreading, fabrication and installation
  • Manage images for museum exhibitions including sources, credit lines and rights and reproduction issues
  • Maintain files and books used in museum research
  • Remain informed of collection management principles and procedures in the field

Special Exhibitions:
  • Manage all logistics and documentation for incoming/outgoing loans and in-house traveling exhibitions, including but not limited to handling, numbering, packing and condition reporting
  • Generate the Museum's standard facility report and review facility reports of prospective loan venues
  • Oversee installation and de-installation of exhibitions
  • Manage contracted preparators
  • Prepare/negotiate loan agreements for all exhibition and collections loans
  • Coordinate with outside shipping companies, freight forwarders, customs brokers and lending institution/organizer to arrange shipping
  • Manage creation and production of wall texts, including design, proofreading, fabrication and installation
  • Work with Director of Operations on budget, shipping, insurance and storage
  • Oversee photographic documentation of all temporary exhibitions

  • Research potential temporary exhibitions
  • Assist with curating and organizing traveling exhibitions and those originated by the Maltz Museum
  • Work with Executive Director to coordinate exhibition schedule
  • Coordinate Exhibition Committee meetings
  • Evaluate and respond to all exhibition proposals
  • Assemble post-exhibition reports for originating institutions

Other duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Traits
  • Strong command of American Alliance of Museums (AAM) standards and best practices for collections management
  • Understanding of exhibition development process
  • Proficient with collections management software; knowledge of EmbARK a plus
  • Detail-oriented and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Visual acuity for object inspection and reading fine print
  • Physical dexterity for working with cumbersome or fragile materials
  • Able to follow safe work practices

Education, Experience and/or Training
  • Master's degree in museum studies, history, art history, library science or related field strongly preferred.
  • Completed coursework in collections management.
  • Three years of experience as a registrar in a museum, gallery, private collection or other cultural organization.

The Maltz Museum introduces visitors to the beauty and rich history of Jewish culture in the context of the American experience. A valued educational resource, the Museum explores broader issues around identity to build bridges of tolerance and understanding among communities and encourage a greater appreciation for the diversity of the human experience.

The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage provides equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, disability, political affiliation or other legally protected status.

Send your resume to Human Resources, Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, 2929 Richmond Rd., Beachwood, Ohio, 44122, No phone calls, please.

(Posted 8/27/14)

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School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI

The School of Human Ecology seeks an intrepid individual to lead the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, Ruth Davis Design Gallery and Ruth Harris Library into the next era in a new building with state-of-the-art collection facilities. Working collaboratively with Department of Design Studies faculty and staff and under the direction of the Dean of the School of Human Ecology, the individual builds partnerships with the broader campus community, businesses and industries, promoting the contributions and value of design in local and regional development.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has long been recognized as one of America's great public, land-grant institutions with an enrollment of approximately 41,000 and an internationally recognized research community. It offers a complete spectrum of liberal arts studies, professional programs, student activities and over 150 study abroad programs around the world. The School of Human Ecology is engaged in addressing real societal problems locally and globally through research, teaching and outreach in humanistic, scientific and social inquiries. Located on Lake Mendota, the University is an integral institution in Wisconsin's capital city that offers a combination of natural beauty, a vibrant cultural community, and abundant international cuisine and locally sourced eateries. Its location provides convenient access to Milwaukee, Chicago and Minneapolis through daily bus service and the Dane County Regional Airport. Madison was recently identified as the second best city in the country for biking.

Position Description:
As director, the individual will strategically position the activities of the collection, gallery and library to forward the missions and aspirations of individuals and organizations within the school, campus and broader communities committed to the importance and power of design and textiles in particular. Collaborative development efforts with the Dean will further the mission. The individual will draw on resources unique to a research institution to enhance scholarly publication, produce creative exhibition programming, and organize timely conferences, lectures, and public programming. The individual will invest in teaching/learning activities by teaching classes, working with undergraduate and graduate students and faculty to forward their research and creative projects, and promoting the collection and gallery through publications, websites and social media.

As curator, the individual will extend teaching and learning through interpreting objects for faculty, students and guests, direct accessioning/de-accessioning, participating in the campus-wide curatorial and museum practices program, and by initiating and writing grants to support special projects. The individual will promote the unit through activity in regional and national textile-related communities and organizations.

The staff includes: an Assistant Curator/Collection Manager, a Gallery Curator, graduate project assistants, student assistants and experienced volunteers. The collection staff is small with a big vision; a vision supported by the School of Human Ecology and Department of Design Studies.

  • Ph.D. with specialization in textiles broadly defined (for example; material culture studies, art history, art administration, museum studies, or design history).
  • Five years management with teaching experience in a collection.
  • Ability to communicate with a diverse and broad group of stakeholders and partners, including students, scholars, designers, artists, industry leaders, scientists, and private and corporate donors.
  • Experience managing with a collaborative team approach.
  • Demonstrated success in teaching, development, grant writing and administration.

Salary Range: $65,000 minimum, commensurate with qualifications and level of experience. This is a full-time, 12 month, academic staff position that includes outstanding health and retirement benefits.

Application: The official posting is on the UW-Madison Office of Human Resources website, PVLSummary.aspx?pvl_num=80521

Please refer to position vacancy listing #80521 when sending a cover letter highlighting: relevant experience related to this position; a description of interest in working in an academic setting; a resume; and names and contact information for three references.

Applications will be reviewed beginning October 15, 2014. Position will remain open until filled.

Contact Person:
Professor Roberto Rengel
Chair, Department of Design Studies
Phone: 608.265.5209

Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding applicants and nominees must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

(Posted 8/26/14)

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School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI

The School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks a dynamic individual with curatorial and collection management experience to take the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection into its next era in a new building with state-of-the-art collection facilities, including the Ruth Davis Design Gallery, and Ruth Ketterer Harris Library. The unit supports and contributes to a design-focused faculty, an active arts community on campus, and a broader community with related business, industry and arts organizations.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has long been recognized as one of America's great public, land-grant institutions with an enrollment around 41,000 and an internationally recognized research community. The University offers a complete spectrum of liberal arts studies, professional programs, student activities and over 150 study abroad programs around the world. Located on Lake Mendota, the University is an integral institution in Madison, Wisconsin's capital, which offers a combination of natural beauty, a vibrant cultural community, and abundant international and locally sourced eateries. Location in south central Wisconsin provides convenient access to Milwaukee, Chicago and Minneapolis through daily bus service and the Dane County Regional Airport. Madison was recently identified as the second best city in the country for biking.

Position Description:
The successful candidate will thrive in an academic institution in a necessarily collaborative unit in a school with people engaged in addressing real societal problems locally and globally through research, teaching and outreach. The individual will report to the Director/Curator, and work collaboratively with the faculty, staff and students in the Design Studies Department and across campus. The individual will develop, maintain and interpret the collection to promote the vital role of designed objects in creative and scholarly activities.

The candidate will work comfortably in a research environment, taking advantage of unique opportunities available within a research institution, and actively assist faculty and students with their scholarly and artistic research endeavors. Individual is attracted to the educational role of working with project assistants, undergraduate and graduate student assistants with their scholarly and creative research. Individual is well organized, an initiator, appreciates team approaches, is detail-oriented, capable of working under pressure and meeting deadlines. Individual appreciates their role in introducing students to future professional opportunities.

In addition to the Director/Curator and this position, the staff includes at least one graduate project assistant, student assistants and experienced volunteers. The collection staff is small with a big vision; a vision supported by the School of Human Ecology and Department of Design Studies.

The position includes but is not limited to:

Curatorial activities:
  • Interpretation of objects for faculty, students and guests, a responsibility shared with Director/Curator.
  • Contribution to research for major exhibitions.
  • Research and documentation for the collection database.
  • Planning and implementation of rotating exhibitions in Mecklenburg Reading Room.
  • Assisting with exhibition planning and installation of major collection-based exhibitions in the Design Gallery and outside venues.
  • Assisting with development and implementation of education and outreach programs.
  • Assisting with implementation of strategic planning goals.
  • Assisting with development of online and written materials.
  • Management of the schedule of access to the collection, including class visits, guest researchers, students, and outside visitors.
  • Evaluation of potential accessions, deaccessions and preservation projects.
  • Management and evaluation of student workers and volunteers.
  • Participation in collection development activities and events.

Collection management activities:
  • Caring for a collection of approximately 13,000 textiles and related objects of dress, adornment and textile production, consistent with current knowledge of and experience with professional museum practices.
  • Assessment and improvement of information systems for handling and documenting objects.
  • Management of collection facilities.
  • Maintenance of collection database, the online collection and collection documentation.
  • Identify proposals for funding of special projects related to collection objects.
  • Photographing objects.
  • Maintaining new website and social media.
  • Processing loan and image requests.

  • Master's degree (terminal degree preferred) in a textile area within material culture-related disciplines, or professional museum studies.
  • Knowledge of professional museum standards and practices.
  • Three years curatorial/collection management experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of textiles and related objects, and their cultural and social context.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Project management skills.
  • Comfortable working with collection databases, word processing, spreadsheets, photo editing software, and website software such as WordPress.
  • Daily work requires ladders and maneuvering large two-person drawers.

Salary Range: Minimum of $45,000 commensurate with qualifications and level of experience. This is a full-time, 12 month, academic staff position that includes outstanding health and retirement benefits.

Application: The official posting is listed on the UW-Madison Office of Human Resources website, PVLSummary.aspx?pvl_num=80524
Please refer to position vacancy listing #80524 when sending a cover letter highlighting: evidence of textile knowledge, curatorial and collection management experience related to this position, description of interest in working in an academic setting; a resume; a writing sample (for example, a detailed catalogue entry, brochure text, essay, proposal for a project); and names and contact information for three references.

Applications will be reviewed beginning December 1, 2014. Position will remain open until filled.

Contact Person:
Professor Roberto Rengel
Chair, Department of Design Studies
1300 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1524
Phone: 608.265.5209

Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding applicants and nominees must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

(Posted 8/26/14)

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DuSable Museum of African American History, IL

740 E. 56th Place • Chicago, Illinois 60637
(773) 947-0600 •

Posted: August 18, 2014

Entry Level: No

Job Duration: Indefinite

Job Type: Development/Membership

Min. Experience: 3-5 Years

Min. Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate

Job Description:

Membership Coordinator
The DuSable Museum of African American History is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the history and culture of the African American experience through stimulating exhibitions and inspiring education programs focused on arts, artifacts, events and customs.

The DuSable Museum of African American History is currently seeking a Membership and Volunteer Coordinator to effectively maintain the Raiser's Edge donor database and provide general support for the Museum's growing membership and volunteer base. The Membership and Volunteer Coordinator will work closely with the Director of Development to implement effective solicitation strategies for stewarding, and substantially enhancing The DuSable Museum's membership base, to increase membership revenues and manage a corps of volunteers.

  • Report to the Development Director
  • Work with the Development Director on administration of the Development Office
  • Monitor member donations and prepare donation acknowledgements
  • Prepare reports, charts and graphs as needed for meetings and presentations
  • Maintain and record Board, membership and donor related data in the Raiser's Edge database
  • Prepare and disseminate donor correspondence and fundraising materials
  • Coordinate efforts for renewing, and upgrading current donors
  • Respond to members' inquiries
  • Support the coordination of volunteers
  • Orient volunteers to museum functions and programs
  • Organizing volunteer support for all functions of the museum
  • The successful candidate must use good judgment and treat confidential information with discretion

Required Skills:

  • Bachelor's degree and 3-5 years of Raiser's Edge experience
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Must possess a drive to meet set fundraising goals
  • Close attention to detail
  • Strong experience in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Proven experience in maintaining the Raiser's Edge database
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Flexible to work occasional weekday evenings and weekends for meetings and special events
  • Excellent administrative, coordinating, and organizational skills
  • Self-starter with strong ability to multi-task
  • Museum experience desired
  • Must have a sense of humor

Competitive salary and a standard benefits package provided.

Application Instructions:

Please email resume and cover letter to Kristina Eason at, with "Membership and Volunteer Coordinator Search" as the subject.

The DuSable Museum of African American History is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We will contact only those candidates whose professional experience meets our requirements. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

(Posted 8/26/14)

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Missouri Department Of Natural Resources, MO

Position Number: 7010523

Division: Missouri State Parks

Specific Work Location: Missouri State Museum, Jefferson City, Mo.

Rate of Pay: $1,794.00 to $1,863.00

Shift: 5 Eight Hours Days per Week

Days Off: Saturday and Sunday

The Museum Curator Coordinator (Assistant Museum Director) is responsible for the management of two historic buildings as well as monitoring the Riverside Collections Facility and exhibits in the capitol galleries of the Missouri State Museum. Serves as liaison for two volunteer groups. Helps curators of exhibits and collections with projects, supervises three fulltime staff members and all seasonal assistant curators and interns. The Museum Curator Coordinator (Assistant Museum Director) must develop a good working knowledge of capitol to give tours and presentations and must understand retail system and money handling procedures. Applicant must meet the qualifications of a Museum Curator Coordinator under the State of Missouri Merit system. Please see the below link to the job specifications at The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information about Missouri State Parks and the Missouri State Museum, please visit our website at

For information or questions about this position, contact John Cunning, (573)522-1979. For general information or application procedures call Margaret Neumann, DNR/DAS, Human Resources Program at (573)522-2078 or email

(Posted 8/13/14)

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Johnson County Museum of History, IN

20 hours/ week

The Johnson County Museum is searching for a part time employee to fill an open museum assistant position. This person would report directly to the Director and work with the museum's staff and volunteers to update and organize the PastPerfect database, greet and assist visitors with inquiries, answer the phone and tend to the front desk, assist with curator with various tasks, maintain the museum's social media accounts, send out press releases, and create marketing material for museum events, programs, and publications. This is a Friday and Saturday position with the third day of work being flexible throughout the week.

  • Detail-oriented
  • Data entry skills
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop
  • A minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in history, museum studies, or a related field
  • Experience with social media and marketing plans
  • Basic knowledge of museum best practices for collections management and care
  • Basic knowledge of Wordpress website management

Primary Responsibilities
  • Provide administrative support and clerical assistance to museum staff
  • Enter collection data into the museum's database, Past Perfect
  • Prepare acquisition reports for review of curatorial and administrative staff.
  • Maintain all social media accounts including Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Flickr
  • Send press releases to media entities to promote museum events and programs
  • Create marketing collateral for museum publications and print materials
  • Assist with the design of exhibit labels and elements as directed by the curator
  • Work museum events as needed, including occasional evenings
  • Update museum website as directed
  • Assist with other tasks as needed

Review of applications will begin immediately. The position will be open until filled.

Send resumes and cover letter to:
Carrie Birge, Museum Director

(Posted 8/12/14)

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Chippewa Valley Museum, WI

Position Overview
The AAM-accredited Chippewa Valley Museum (CVM) seeks an energetic, experienced museum professional to serve as Director. The CVM Director has overall leadership responsibility for planning, operations, personnel, financial management and fundraising, program development, marketing, and community relations, subject to Board oversight. Employment is "at will."

About the Chippewa Valley Museum
  • AAM-Accredited regional history museum
  • Private not-for-profit corporation with 501(c)(3) status and a governing board of 15
  • Open year-round with approximately 22,000 visitors annually
  • Public program: exhibits, school services, programs and classes for all ages, special events, publications, digital programming
  • Principal website: Also: ChippePedia, an on-line encyclopedia
  • FY14 Budget: $852,299
  • 11 full-time equivalent employees, supported by 203 volunteers who recorded 9,966 hours in FY13
  • 33,000 square feet of facilities including 13,000 square feet of galleries, 6,860 square feet of artifact storage, and a library/archive
    • In 2014, CVM is completing an $800,000 gallery renovation including a new major exhibit, Changing Currents
  • 21,000+ three-dimensional artifacts in the Permanent Collection
  • 38,000+ photographs and other documents in Glen Curtis Smoot Library and Archives
  • 3 historic buildings
  • $935,672 investment/endowment funds held in the CVM Foundation

CVM is located in a large city park in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Founded as a sawmill town in the mid-19th century, Eau Claire today has a population of 67,500. For more general community information, start with Visit Eau Claire at and the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce at

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in history, American studies, historical administration, museum studies or related field. Preferred: Advanced degree in one of these fields. Nonprofit management training or experience a plus.
  • Minimum of seven years of progressively responsible leadership experience in a museum or comparable non-profit cultural organization. Preferred: At least three years at a senior managerial level.
  • Knowledge of standards and best practices for professional museums and nonprofits.
  • Interest in, and experience researching, local and regional history.
  • Commitment to visitor-centered programs and community engagement
  • Commitment to quality
  • Proven leadership working for a nonprofit museum in an executive or fundraising capacity
  • Ability to provide strong leadership, vision and strategic direction
  • Demonstrated successful fundraising and grant writing experience.
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal, organizational, and written communications skills
  • Knowledge of technology use in museums
  • Proficient with standard computer software and electronic communication and capacity for learning new software

Begin as soon as possible. Fulltime. Some weekends and evenings. Occasional overnight travel.

$4,373-$4,693 per month. Actual rate depends on preparation, experience and achievement. After a waiting period, position is eligible for available benefits. These currently include health insurance and paid leave as described in the Personnel Policy.

How to Apply
Send cover letter and resume electronically in PDF format to with your name in the subject line. Review of applications will begin 9/2/14 and continue until position is filled. We will invite a selection of qualified individuals to participate in the interview process, which may involve several interviews. Candidates will be notified of their status by letter at the end of the search. Finalists will be subject to a background check. An equal opportunity employer.

(Posted 8/12/14)

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Glen Ellyn Historical Society, IL

Executive Director Qualifications and Responsibilities

Glen Ellyn Historical Society Mission: To research, collect, preserve and present the history of Glen Ellyn and educate and engage the community in understanding the effect of its heritage on the present and the future.

Glen Ellyn Historical Society was established in 1969 and is a volunteer based organization allowing it to function with minimal paid staff. Volunteers provide docent staffing for Stacy's Tavern Museum and resource assistance to professionals and individuals by utilizing the Society's extensive reference, pictorial and artifact collection. Programs on the history of the Glen Ellyn community are offered throughout the year and are typically organized and often presented by volunteers. The Society operates a large gift shop and has published several books on local history with plans for future publications. The Society's membership currently exceeds 375 and it employs an Executive Director and three part-time staff.

Position Summary: The Executive Director serves as the chief executive officer of the organization, managing the day-to-day activities and operations, directing and coordinating the work of staff and volunteers. He/she works closely with the Board of Directors and committees while assuming the overall leadership role in guiding all administrative, fund raising, fiscal, and community-oriented activities and programs. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is a non-voting member of the Board.

Essential Qualifications:
  • A minimum of 2 years as a professional in a management position in a museum or historical society, preferably in the Executive Director role. This experience should include budgeting and staff management as well as program development.
  • An understanding of finances including budgets, financial reports and investments
  • An understanding of collection best practices
  • Leadership skills including a demonstrated ability to recruit, motivate and manage volunteers and staff, as well as a history of Board interaction and strategic planning.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills including public speaking
  • Fund raising experience: Ability to plan, design and oversee fund raising campaigns and grant applications
  • Demonstrated ability to be organized, disciplined and a self-starter
  • Ability to develop a strong relationship with Glen Ellyn and agencies and individuals within the community (e.g. Village government, park district, library and civic organizations)

Other Useful Qualifications
  • A personality that encourages positive interaction with members, volunteers, staff and people in the community
  • The ability to solicit and close major donor gifts
  • Event planning experience
  • Basic computer skills (e.g. Word, Excel, Power Point) and experience using museum management software
  • Graphic arts experience
  • Experience with designing educational programs and working with youth
  • Network of connections within the museum field

General Responsibilities:
  • Be the public face of the Society and Stacy's Tavern Museum, establishing them as superior cultural institutions with a reputation for excellence.
  • Work with the Board of Directors and each of the committees to assure the mission, vision and financial goals of the Society are consistently met through activities and programs.
  • Prepare all materials for Board of Director meetings and maintains all official records and documents to ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations
  • Work with the appropriate committees to assure financial and membership growth.
  • Work with the Fund Raising & Resource Development Committee to develop and execute fund raising strategies.
  • Work with Finance Committee to prepare budgets prior to presentation to the Board of Directors and ensure that the organization operates within those budget guidelines
  • Create an atmosphere that invites volunteer spirit and inspires members and others to give their time and talent to the benefit of the organization.
  • Prepare/supervise regular communications with members and the public through newsletters, press releases, the Society's website, and various electronic and social media.
  • Maintain a climate that attracts, keeps and motivates top quality people, both employees and volunteers. This includes responsibility for employing, controlling, compensating and discharging of all employees and volunteer personnel, subject to Board review
  • Provide leadership in developing educational and entertaining programs and exhibits.
  • Become well versed in the history of Glen Ellyn and an advocate for its presentation to the community
  • Work with the staff, volunteers, and committee to make Stacy's Corner Store a source of income for the Society.

Submitted resumes will be reviewed beginning September 15, 2014.
Please forward resumes to:
Jane Rio, Interim Executive Director
Glen Ellyn Historical Society
800 N. Main Street, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
630-469-1867 x101

(Posted 8/7/14)

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Mount Horeb Area Historical Society, WI

Seeking chief executive to assume responsibility for advancing our mission to celebrate and preserve rich ethnic and rural heritage of SW Dane County's Driftless Area, promote educational outreach, manage day-to-day operations of Museum and Archives, oversee budget, pursue granting/funding to ensure the organization's success. In 2013 MHAHS launched a Capital Campaign to build a new Heritage Center. Located 30 minutes W. of Madison.

Bachelor's degree in Museum Studies or Public Administration (master's degree desirable) with 5 years administrative experience. Full job description at

Applicants should include resume & letter addressing their strengths, challenges/opportunities of the position, salary requirements, & names only of 3 references. Submit to:, or, Wm. Thousand, Box 64, Mt Horeb, WI 53572. Deadline 9-15-14. Later applications may be considered.

(Posted 8/7/14)

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John Michael Kohler Arts Center, WI

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, a dynamic visual and performing arts complex located in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is seeking an experienced Advancement Associate to support the Arts Center's advancement operations with an emphasis on writing, research, and stewardship, including gift processing and grant reports. In a department of four staff, the Advancement Associate also participates in corporate campaigns and special events.

Primary responsibilities include researching, identifying prospects; writing background briefings on prospects (individual, foundation, corporate); writing/proofing drafts of proposals for submittal to government agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals; tracking the status of proposals: maintaining records; handling reporting requirements; and assisting with drafting and preparation of written materials for special projects.

A Bachelor's degree in writing, art history, arts administration or other applicable field and three or more years of progressive experience in managing/preparing grants in the cultural sector is required. Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills plus organizational skills are mandatory. Proficiency in fundraising software and Microsoft Office is essential.

Send cover letter, resume, three writing samples, and references to Manager-Human Resources, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 608 New York Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 53081, or E-mail EOE

(Posted 8/5/14)

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Peoria Riverfront Museum, IL

The Peoria Riverfront Museum has an opening for a full-time Membership and Facility Sales Coordinator. This is a highly visible position. Under the direction of the VP of Development, the Membership and Facility Sales Coordinator is primarily responsible for planning and executing the museum membership program for basic and entry level gemstone membership categories (member cultivation, acknowledgements, membership processing, meeting membership goals, tracking revenue and coordination of membership promotions, sales and activities) as well as promoting the museum as a venue for rentals, including, but not limited to, weddings, business receptions, and meetings.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Development or related field.
  • 3+ years of database management experience.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and fundraising software.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Positive entrepreneurial attitude.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to speak effectively and communicate the cultural and educational values of the museum to the public.
  • Must be self-motivated and be a team player.
  • Maintain solution focused approach to communicating and managing issues.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Prior membership program experience in a non-profit organization is desirable.
  • Sales, customer service or fundraising background is recommended.
  • Proficient in Raiser's Edge Donor Software

(Posted 7/29/14)

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Cranbrook Art Museum and Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Cranbrook Art Museum and the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research are accepting applications for a joint Head Registrar position. This is a unique opportunity for an experienced registrar to work with the collections and exhibitions of a leading AAM-accredited contemporary art museum and the historic collections and architecture that comprise Cranbrook's world-renowned campus.

Cranbrook Art Museum is an integral part of Cranbrook Academy of Art, a community of Artists-in-Residence and graduate-level students of art, design, and architecture. In 2011, the Museum completed a $22M construction project, which realized not only the restoration of its landmark Eliel Saarinen-designed building and the installation of a state-of-the-art climate-control system, but also the addition of a new 30,000 square-foot Collections Wing. The Museum's collections and temporary exhibition program are the focus of the Head Registrar's work at the Museum. The collections are comprised of 6,000 objects from the Arts and Crafts Movement to the present, including the restored Art Deco house-museum Saarinen House; temporary exhibitions focus on the leading-edge of contemporary art, architecture, craft, and design.

The Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, which includes Cranbrook Archives, centralizes Cranbrook's 110-year story and offers intellectual engagement with its collections and legacy. While the majority of these collections are part of the Institute of Science, Art Museum, or Archives, Cranbrook still has a wealth of objects that fall outside these three established collections. These "Cultural Properties" include the Saarinen-designed furniture in the Cranbrook Schools, the vast decorative arts and fine art collections in Cranbrook House (the founders' 1908-manor home designed by Albert Kahn), outdoor sculpture and stonework, and the artist-designed gates that populate Cranbrook's campus. Publically launched in 2012, the Center's broadly defined mission includes the management, curatorial leadership, and interpretation of these Cultural Properties as well as Cranbrook's historic architecture (most notably Cranbrook House and Saarinen House). The Center's offices are housed within the Art Museum, where it is able to take full advantage of the Collections Wing. The management of Cranbrook's Cultural Properties is the focus of the Head Registrar's work for the Center.

The Head Registrar reports directly to the Art Museum's Director (who also serves as the Center's Director) and works collaboratively with the staffs of the Art Museum and the Center. In addition to all responsibilities related to the management of the Museum's collections and loans (including those associated with its temporary exhibitions, accessions and deaccessions, outdoor sculpture collection, and Saarinen House) and Cranbrook's Cultural Properties—ensuring that objects are handled and installed in accordance with the field's highest standards of care and preservation—some key responsibilities include working with Campus Public Safety to oversee the Museum's security systems and taking an active role in the security of Cultural Properties campus-wide; working with Cranbrook Facilities to oversee the Museum's climate control system; managing the collections management database system used for Museum and Cultural Properties collections (TMS by Gallery Systems), including the development and implementation of a public web-based interface; organizing and controlling all art storage vaults in the Collections Wing and storage areas for Cultural Properties across the campus; coordinating work with contracted conservators; developing policies and responding to inquiries concerning Rights and Reproductions; and coordinating Cranbrook's fine arts insurance coverage. The Head Registrar supervises two key positions—the Museum's Head Preparator and Exhibition Designer, and the Center's part-time Associate Registrar—as well as Academy work-study students and, as funding permits, the Museum's temporary Registrar Assistants.

The ideal candidate will have a Master's degree in Museum Studies, Art History, or a related field; eight years of professional experience in a registrar's office that includes experience in records management, art transport arrangements, accessioning and deaccessioning, loan management, exhibition management, database management (TMS preferred), strong computer skills, and administrative and supervisory experience; and a thorough understanding of accepted museum registration practices, art handling techniques, US customs and copyright laws, and risk management practices and standards. The position demands attention to detail and requires excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate with individuals both inside and outside the department, including senior Cranbrook employees, Trustees, and Governors. A valid driver's license with a satisfactory driving record is required.

The Museum and Center are a part of Cranbrook Educational Community, which also includes its Schools, the Academy of Art, an Institute of Science, and Cranbrook House & Gardens. Located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, twenty miles north of downtown Detroit, Cranbrook's 319-acre campus is a National Historic Landmark that welcomes tens of thousands of public visitors each year to the Institute of Science, Art Museum, and historic houses. Cranbrook also is home to more than 1,600 students in grades pre-K through 12 attending Cranbrook Schools and more than 150 graduate Academy students.

For consideration, please submit a cover letter, résumé, work samples, list of references, and a completed Cranbrook Employee Application (which can be downloaded from the Employment page of our website at to: Cranbrook, Human Resources, P. O. Box 801, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48303-0801, or email Cranbrook offers a competitive salary and benefit package that includes medical, dental, life, and retirement. While Cranbrook will continue to accept applications until the position is filled, serious candidates are encouraged to submit their applications by August 22. Cranbrook is an equal opportunity employer and strives to provide a work environment that welcomes diversity.

(Posted 7/23/14)

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Canton Museum of Art, OH

Position Overview
The Executive Director has overall leadership responsibility for fundraising, staff supervision, planning, financial management, program management, marketing, and community relations for this non-profit museum, subject to Board oversight.

History and Museum Information
  • Established in 1935
  • Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums
  • 33,000 square foot space made up of 2 Major galleries, 3 smaller exhibition galleries, classroom space and a library
  • 1,400 works in the Permanent Collection valued at over $25 Million
  • Today, the Permanent Collection focus is American artist created works on paper, and ceramics from 1950 forward
  • $1.1M Annual Operating Budget
  • $3.8M Endowment, some of which is restricted for the purchase of art
  • Located within walking distance to downtown Canton and its Arts District
  • Metro area is comprised of 350,000 residents with a major industrial base and a number of Fortune 1000 companies
  • Is a lessee of the Canton Cultural Center, which also houses the Canton Ballet and Players Guild
  • Is an affiliate of Arts In Stark which manages the Center and handles an annual fund drive that contributes 25% of the museum's annual budget


Reporting Relationships
The Executive Director reports to the Board of Trustees and manages a total staff of 9 through three direct reports including the Finance Director, the Marketing Director, and the Development Director.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Fundraising - Endowment/Development
  • Work with development director to strategize
  • Lead fundraising efforts
    • Exhibit specific campaigns
    • Annual Fund
    • Donor Cultivation
    • Work with ArtsinStark

Manage All Museum Activities
  • Leadership and Staff oversight
  • Financial oversight
  • Develop and manage multi-year exhibition portfolio
  • Board Involvement / Meetings
  • Strategic Planning
  • Accreditation

Represent Museum in Community
  • Regional partner outreach
  • Educational outreach
  • Community involvement

Candidate Qualifications
  • Background - A minimum of 5 years of senior level experience in an organization demonstrating leadership skills and team building activities. Preferred to include demonstration of fund raising and financial management.
  • Education - A bachelor's degree is required and a master's degree is preferred in liberal arts or similar field of study.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and benefits are competitive with the American Alliance of Museums reviews.

Application Process
Please submit the following via CMA's resume email
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/CV
  • At least 3 references

(Posted 7/9/14)

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