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  • 06 Jul 2017 12:54 PM | Kristen Butler

    Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater, MD, is looking for enthusiastic and creative individuals with experience in museum interpretation, classroom education, environmental education, and/or colonial history to assist with presenting interpretive programs and special events in our living history museum and gardens as seasonal Museum Educators.

    Position is open until filled. Training for new Museum Educators will begin on September 5, 2017. For more information, visit our website.

    To apply for this position, send an e-mail expressing why you are interested and why you would be a good fit along with a resume and three professional references via email to Kristen M. Butler, Director of Public Programs, at

    Kristen M. Butler
    Director of Public Programs
    Historic London Town and Gardens
    410.222.1919 ext. 212

  • 17 Apr 2017 9:56 AM | Anonymous

    The National Electronics Museum in Linthicum, MD invites applications for the position of Museum Educator.

    Job Description:  The Museum Educator develops and executes educational and outreach programming.  This includes management of quarterly programs including workshops and the summer Pioneer Camp.  The Museum Educator works with educational professionals to promote state and regional STEM initiatives.  The Museum Educator oversees the museum tour program, including staffing and scheduling. This position is 30 hours a week.

    Requirements:  Bachelors Degree, Master’s preferred, in Museum Studies, Education, or STEM related field.  Minimum two years experience in museum education.  Familiarity with Maryland STEM curricula.  Candidate should be outgoing, have excellent communication skills, and be able to connect with people of a broad range of ages and interests.

    To apply email resume, letter of introduction, and three professional references to Mike Simons, Director at

  • 07 Mar 2017 10:36 PM | Anonymous





    The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts (PFMFA; The Pearl) seeks an experienced, entrepreneurial, and business-minded individual to lead the museum during its next stage of growth.  The Director will be responsible for furthering the goals and mission of the Pearl and

    directing development, fundraising, marketing, general management, financial management, and fostering member/volunteer/docent/board relations of the PFMFA.  The Director will also be responsible for maintaining and fostering the museum’s image of exceptionalism.  The Director must be able to capitalize on the PFMFA’s existing strengths and provide leadership and management for the next chapter in the PFMFA’s history.  The Director is expected to be an active participant in the community and in all areas of responsibility.  The Museum Director is responsible to the Board of Directors and reports to the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

    About the Museum

    The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts opened to the public in March 2008.   The museum is a non-collecting museum located in Spring, Texas that serves the greater northwest Houston communities of over one million people.  It is the only museum of fine arts outside the central museum district of Houston.  Together with the Barbara Bush Branch Library, the Foundation for the Arts and Cultural Enrichment (FACE), and the Cypress Creek Christian Community Center, the PFMFA is part of the Cypress Creek Cultural District.  The museum has become an important social, cultural, and educational center for the area. 

    From its humble beginnings, the museum has progressed to being named the Houston Press Best Small Museum in 2010 and, again, in 2015.  The Houston Press stated, “The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts has snagged a Best Small Museum nod before. It wins again this year for the very simple reason that it's doing excellent work. The brilliance in its programming is that it showcases works rarely seen publicly from small, private collections held locally.”

    More than 185,000 visitors, including 60,000 school children, have visited the Pearl since its opening, experiencing world-class art.  The galleries have exhibited 46 shows since opening.  Exhibitions have ranged from exquisite European paintings, Texas paintings, Japanese objects, American paintings, contemporary pieces, African Gold, ceramics, pottery, glass, metal, recycled objects into art, Hispanic art, French collections, and many more.


    To be the leading fine arts museum in greater Houston, outside the downtown museum district.


    While upholding the highest ethical and professional museum standards, the Pearl’s mission is:

    • 1.     Provide direct, first-hand access to original works of art and other culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant objects to a regional, national, and international audience.
    • 2.     Offer outstanding and inclusive educational and public programming.

    Education has been a key element of our mission since the very beginning.  That vision has expanded to include school children to university students to senior adults.  The school program is outstanding, serving 8,000 children each year as part of their scheduled school field trips.  The museum has recently launched a leading-edge special needs program serving visually impaired and autistic children.


    The physical space of the museum encompasses about 11,000 square feet. The duration of each exhibition is approximately four months.  A strong volunteer base by an active Guild, docents, and community service organizations provides needed assistance in operations. 

    The Pearl is funded by grants from businesses and charitable foundations, donations from our dedicated donor base, and an Endowment Foundation.

    • A.   As Museum Director, manage the operational and administrative duties of the Pearl in an efficient and effective manner.
    • 1.     Oversee budget development and financial management; ensure the accuracy and integrity of complete financial and accounting records and reports.
    • 2.     Develop plans for exhibitions and programs including exhibition sponsorships.
    • 3.     Direct the personnel and employment of human resources that includes interviewing, hiring, training, encouraging, coaching, and disciplining and terminating employees.
    • 4.     Ensure the efficient operation and maintenance of the facility, including HVAC systems, technology systems, janitorial staff, and grounds maintenance.
    • 5.     Maintain and oversee the effective safety and security of the museum.
    • 6.     Enhance the PFMFA’s marketing program to raise awareness and grow audiences.
    • 7.     Facilitate the development of web-based marketing and strong social media presence.
    • 8.     Collaborate with community partners to enhance the arts in the Northwest Houston area.
    • 9.     Participate in Board meetings as Director and administrator of the museum.
    • B.    As Chief Fundraiser, engage vigorously and effectively in development and fundraising.
    • 1.     Consistent with the PFMFA’s current and long-term needs, lead fundraising events, annual fundraising initiatives, specific grant proposals, capital campaigns, and membership campaigns. 
    • 2.     Develop and monitor gift and endowment contributions for the Endowment Foundation.
    • 3.     Cultivate and strengthen relationships and communications with members, Board of Directors, donors, and supporters of the PFMFA.
    • 4.     Providing a high degree of visibility in the community, strengthening community relationships and serving as chief spokesperson for the PFMFA.
    • C.    As Chief Strategic Planner provide visionary leadership in long-range planning and implementation.
    • 1.     Advance the current long range plan established by the Board of Directors.
    • 2.     Lead the Board of Directors in an annual strategic plan update.
    • ·      Possession of a bachelor’s degree is required and an advanced degree preferred.
    • ·      Relevant executive experience working with a board of directors and leading a staff; minimum of five years of successful and progressive responsibility, executive experience in a museum environment.
    • ·      Exceptional skills in development, fundraising, marketing and financial management.
    • ·      Experience in successful grant writing.
    • ·      Strong skills in written and verbal communication and organization.
    • ·      Possess an entrepreneurial spirit, including the capacity to develop innovative strategies for income generation, audience-building, and programming.
    • ·      Possess the capacity to develop and maintain positive relationships with members, donors, and community constituents.
    • ·      Possess a strong work ethic and high level of energy.
    • ·      Compensation will range between $65,000 - $75,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience
    • ·      Attractive benefit package is provided

    To Apply:

    Send a letter of interest, resume, copy of college/graduate school transcripts and a list of three professional references with contact information by email to  Position will remain open until filled; however, it is the desire of the Search Committee to have an approved candidate ready to assume the position in early May 2017.

  • 06 Mar 2017 9:37 AM | Jill Barry

    Through interesting and engaging programs, Morven Museum & Garden’s Education and Public Programs Manager is responsible for the Museum achieving its audience development goals for adults, children, and families. Current scope includes the historic mansion and grounds, and in late spring 2018 the new Stockton Education Center will open.


    • Serve as primary staff to the Education Committee of the Board of Trustees and its subset, the Family Programming ad hoc committee
    • Conceive, develop, and implement quality, appropriate general Museum programming in consultation with the Education Committee
    • Develop, and manage appropriate, family friendly programming in consultation with the Family Programming ad hoc Committee
    • Organize and oversee Morven’s signature education events such as: July 4th Jubilee, month-long Festival of Trees program including “Morning with Santa” and the British Encampment during the Battle of Princeton.
    • Using previously developed content, implement periodic home school programs
    • In conjunction and collaboration with curatorial and other staff, plan exhibition and collection related lectures and general programs including contacting and scheduling potential speakers/instructors as well as logistical planning
    • Coordinate with community partners like the Princeton Arts Council, Princeton Public Library, and others, to develop programs both on and off site that serve our mission.
    • Organize, recruit, train and evaluate Morven’s volunteer docent corps
    • Participate in identifying and writing grants or sponsorship proposals, including narratives and budgets
    • Participate in exhibition planning and interpretation to optimize the educational potential of installations and exhibitions
    • Aid in creating site-wide didactics, brochures, and other matter as appropriate, in conjunction with other museum staff members
    • Represent Morven at education-based events

    Administrative Duties

    • Responsible for the scheduling, oversight and implementation of assigned programs
    • Create and manage departmental budget
    • Other duties as needed

    Category/hours:   25-30 hours a week, permanent part time. Some evening and weekend work required.


    • B.A. or B.S. in in Education, History, Museum Education, Museum Studies, or related discipline. M.A., M.S., or M.Ed. preferred, Museum experience preferred.

    To apply: 

    Mail a cover letter, resume, three references, and sample of a successful program to Education

    and Public Program Search, Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ

    08540 or email with Education and Public Program Search in the subject line to

    No Phone Calls.

  • 09 Feb 2017 1:51 PM | Anonymous

    Program Coordinator (Part-Time)

    Alice T. Miner Museum

    Chazy, New York

    Description: The program coordinator is responsible for the development and implementation of educational and cultural programs at the Alice T. Miner Museum and at off-site locations. The coordinator will work with schools, community organizations, and other historic/cultural institutions in the region to create programming that draws diverse audiences to the museum and helps strengthen the museum’s position as a center for community activity.


    • Researches, develops, schedules, and presents programs for adults and children, on- and off-site
    • Publicizes and promotes events using social media and other outlets
    • Maintains a calendar of events and communicates with local media and tourism promotion organizations
    • Conducts tours of the museum for individuals and groups
    • Assists the Director/Curator in training and supervising volunteers
    • Assists the Director/Curator with other duties as needed


    • B.A. in history, public history, education, or other related field
    • Experience in public programming at a museum, historic site, or similar venue
    • Knowledge of general philosophy, principles, and practices of history museums
    • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing
    • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with organizations, volunteers, and the public

    About the Alice T. Miner Museum: Opened in 1924, the Alice T. Miner Museum holds a collection of furniture, textiles, ceramics and other decorative arts, books, manuscripts, and more, reflecting Alice Miner’s engagement in the Colonial Revival movement of the early 20th century. The museum also presents and interprets material related to Alice and William Miner’s life and philanthropic work in the North Country. Visit for more information.

    Direct applications and inquiries to Ellen Adams, Director/Curator,

  • 16 Jan 2017 11:04 AM | Anonymous

    EDUCATION PROGRAMS COORDINATOR - The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., an educational charitable nonprofit organization in Columbia, PA, seeks an individual for Education Programs Coordinator.

    This position oversees educational programming of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. The Education Programs Coordinator will work closely with the NAWCC staff and NAWCC committees to develop educational programming consistent with the NAWCC’s mission and goals. This will entail providing programming to meet the educational needs of the public, NAWCC members and chapters. The person will oversee the budget for educational programs of the association. This position is responsible for evaluation of programs and audiences, assessing needs and formulating strategies to anticipate, then meet those needs. Outreach program planning may also include collaborative activities with other institutions.

    Primary Responsibilities Include:

    • Develops educational programming in support of the mission and goals of the association
    • Plans, budgets, coordinates, promotes and supervises adult educational programs
    • Serves as the primary advocate for association educational programming
    • Manages onsite workshop classes
    • Coordinates watch and clock traveling workshop program with program volunteers and instructors
    • Oversees development and implementation of online educational programming and webinars
    • Coordinates with the museum director concerning museum, school and youth educational programs implemented by museum staff
    • Recruits, selects, oversees training and supervises instructors and education volunteers
    • Maintains registration and accounting for educational programs and prepares reports as needed
    • Plans, researches, develops and produces documents, brochures, handouts, outreach materials, web content, other technology-based presentations, and materials for the public, members and chapters
    • Designs storyboards, rich media scripts and products, exams, and instructor and participant materials for online courses
    • Evaluates educational programming and audience needs to improve courses and develop new programming
    • Works with development coordinator in grant development and funding for educational programs
    • Works with communications staff to develop marketing and website copy related to courses
    • Works with controller and executive director on revenue goals for educational programs

    For complete position description see EOE. Submit letter of interest and resume to Executive Director Steve Humphrey at

  • 12 Jan 2017 9:41 AM | Stephen Heaver
    The Fire Museum of Maryland in Lutherville, MD seeks an Assistant Curator to understudy the curator and learn all aspects of caring for and operating the wheeled artifacts. Promotion to Curator will follow. This job especially includes the details of maintaining and running the hand-pumped, steam-pumped, and early motorized equipment. Experience with early motor equipment or heavy machinery will be a plus. On-site training will include steam, manual transmissions, and tillering. Some knowledge of the American fire service will be a plus.

    With time, the ideal candidate will meet the following requirements:

    1.Care for the entire collection, along with the archivist, (i.e. photographs, lithographs, documents, models, leather objects, etc.) and design and preparation of exhibits. Write grants for conservation and restoration. Monitor temperature and humidity conditions.

    2.Develop a working knowledge of the Museum’s extensive telegraph system. This is mentioned separately because it is such an important part of the hands-on experience in the exhibits.

    3.Work with paid and volunteer staff, coordinating the Tuesday night volunteers. Participate in parades, demonstrations and musters, operating pumps and aerial devices.

    4.Buildings and grounds oversight. Work with the director in managing the various aspects of property management and emergency plans. Assist with the planning and oversight of several construction projects as part of a major capital campaign.

    5.Maintain several aspects of the Museum’s Web site and write monthly blog posts. Contribute social media posts across various platforms.

    6.Write an annual article for publication in a professional magazine.

    7.Other duties as assigned.

    A Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of experience in a related field are required. Salary is $34,000. Seven paid holidays plus personal time of 2 weeks per year.

    To apply, submit a cover letter explaining why you would be a good curator for this Museum and your resume to Call Stephen G. Heaver at 410-321-7500 x101 for further details or questions.

  • 12 Jan 2017 9:11 AM | Anonymous

    NAWCC Editor

    EDITOR - The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., an educational charitable nonprofit organization in Columbia, PA, seeks an individual for Editor with the skills, talent, and aptitude in the following areas:

    • Oversee the editorial content for two bimonthly publications: Watch & Clock Bulletin, a peer-reviewed journal, and Mart & Highlights, a buy/sell supplement with advertising and Association business.
    • Coordinate with the editor of WatchNews, an online watch publication, in editing and writing industry-related content
    • Manage the editorial process for special publications and work with NAWCC Departments in editing marketing materials, other literature and exhibits.

    The editor is responsible for planning the features and articles for each issue, editing volunteer-written content, coordinating with peer reviewers, and overseeing the layout of the issue. The editor ensures adherence to quality standards regarding appearance and content.

    The editor is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Publications Department and working with its staff.

    The editor is responsible for contributing ideas and executing ones that complement the Association’s mission to preserve and promote horology.

    The successful candidate must have experience:

    • Working with writers in developing and editing their submissions
    • Overseeing the layout of a publication in InDesign
    • Managing a small staff
    • Using Chicago Manual of Style.

    The ideal candidate is a flexible, self-motivated, team player and leader with superb time management skills. He/she will have superior writing and editing skills; a willingness to gain deep knowledge of the field of horology; and a willingness to take on the unique challenges of the organization’s publications.

    Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, or Liberal Arts preferred.

    For position description see below. EOE. Submit letter of interest and resume to Executive Director Steve Humphrey at

  • 12 Jan 2017 9:06 AM | Anonymous

    The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC), a 501(c)(3) educational charitable nonprofit organization, seeks an individual for Executive Director with the skills, talent, and aptitude in the following areas:

    ·         Marketing, Promotion & Fundraising

    ·         Education & Communications

    ·         Strategic Planning & Leadership

    ·         Management & Administration

    ·         Fiscal Oversight

    Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the NAWCC with its approximately 13,000 members worldwide. Staff consists of 30 full- and part-time employees organized into eight departments (museum and library, education, communications, publications, membership, information services, development, and controller).

    The successful candidate must have superior communication and fundraising skills; a willingness to gain a comprehensive knowledge of the field of horology; and a willingness to take on the unique challenges of leading the world’s largest horological organization.

    The NAWCC manages the National Watch and Clock Museum, the Library and Research Center, and a robust publications program in addition to serving a large membership base. The ideal candidate is a flexible, self-motivated team player and leader with superb time management skills.

    A bachelor’s degree or advanced degree in a related field is required along with ten years in responsible management positions.

    The position will be filled by June 2017 with a start date in August 2017. Submit a letter of interest and resume to by March 20, 2017.

    For additional information about the position, visit EOE

  • 10 Jan 2017 12:46 PM | Anonymous

    About the Museum


    The Museums of Sonoma County are run by a privately-financed 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. We consist of the Art Museum of Sonoma County, which presents exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, and the History Museum of Sonoma County, which is a regional history center for the north San Francisco Bay area. In addition to rotating exhibits, both museums serve as gathering places and educational forums for our community.  The Museums are privately funded and have an operating budget of approximately one million dollars, employ approximately fifteen full and part-time staff members, and have endowments of 3.7 million dollars. 

    Who We Are Seeking


    The Board of Directors is seeking a person who will enthusiastically lead the Museums into the next phase of our growth. We have operated with separate art and history spaces for just over one year. Our new Executive Director will coordinate the operation of our two exhibition venues and begin the second stage of our Art Museum expansion, which is why the successful applicant will have demonstrated excellence in building community networks that develop strong and continuing ties to patrons, donors, members, and to the visiting public. We believe that with the right leadership we can deepen the Museums’ support base by attracting new board members, increased corporate sponsorship, and greater cooperation with City of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County government officials. The new Executive Director’s salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

    Primary Responsibilities


    The following list is illustrative and is not intended to describe every function that may be required by this job:

    1. Cultivates fundraising relationships for the development of endowments, exhibits, special projects, Museum collections, and operations.
    2. Oversees the planning and execution of Museum fundraising events such as the annual gala, artist and donor receptions, guest speakers, and special sales events.
    3. Plans, coordinates, and oversees the operation of the Museum including collection accession and deaccession, exhibits, educational programs, and facilities maintenance. 
    4. Utilizes both print and electronic media to bring visitors to the Museum and foster participation from diverse demographic communities.
    5. Collaborates with community partners to enhance appreciation of history and the arts; develops relationships with community organizations to communicate the Museum’s vision.
    6. Oversees planning, preparing, and administering the Museum budget; seeks opportunities to develop new revenue streams for the Museum.
    7. Performs public relations activities, including: coordinating internal and external communication, working with support groups, governmental and non-governmental agencies, potential donors, and others in the community to increase awareness of the Museum.
    8. Demonstrates effective staff development and organizational skills in hiring, coaching, collaboration, problem solving, and goal setting. Empowers staff to think, act, and plan in a collaborative manner.
    9. Ensures that the operations and administration of the Museum are in compliance with laws and regulations.
    10. Serves as principal advisor to the Board regarding Museum issues and projects; attends Board meetings and assists in the selection and orientation of new Board members.
    11. Attends conferences, seminars, workshops, and other training for professional development purposes.
    12. Prepares annual report and other special reports as prescribed by the Board.


    Some combination of education, training, and experience providing the following knowledge, skills, and abilities: 

    Knowledge of:
    Modern and contemporary art; California history; museum management theory; fundraising principles and techniques; public relations; exhibition design and installation; art/artifact conservation and preservation; museum publication research, design and layout; computer skills; modern management principles and techniques.
    Effectively lead and manage the Museums; cultivate donations for exhibitions and endowment; prepare and present clear and comprehensive written reports; demonstrate creative leadership skills dealing with Museum support groups; effectively supervise and develop Museum staff and volunteers; attend evening and weekend events and meetings; establish and maintain good internal and external working relationships; communicate effectively both verbally (private and public speaking) and in writing. 

    Deal effectively and courteously with a wide variety of individuals and groups including the Board, local government, community leaders, Museum staff, and the general public; present an overall professional image; model and facilitate a working environment that encourages awareness and respect for differences among employees and citizens. 

    Experience, Education, and Training:
    Degree from an accredited college or university, and preferably a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration, Art History, Museum Studies, History or a related field, and a minimum of four years professional experience in a museum including at least two years in a management capacity.
    How to Apply

    Interested candidates should submit a current resume, cover letter, and three professional references in PDF format to Steven Gelber ( by February 1, 2017. The cover letter should address the following four areas: 1) work experience and achievements; 2) leadership experience and qualifications; 3) fundraising skills and experience; 4) your vision of the ideal role of an art and history museum in SonomaCounty. The Executive Search Committee expects to make a hiring recommendation to the full Board by April 2017.



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