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  • 25 Sep 2017 5:54 AM | Bruce Russell

    Havre de Grace Maritime Museum

    100 Lafayette Street

    Have de Grace, Maryland

    E-mail : hdgmaritimemuseum@verizon.net

    The Havre de Grace Martime Museum and Environmental Center (the Museum) (www.hdgmaritimemuseum.org) is accepting applications for a part-time executive director (28 hours per week with flex time).  We are seeking an experienced administrator with strong management, organizational, writing, budgeting and financial management experience and interpersonal skills.  Experience with non-profits and or grant management, social media, volunteers’ management, as well as fund-raising is preferred.

    This position was created by the Board of Directors (the Board) based on the Strategic and Business Plan and a comprehensive staffing needs assessment, as well as on a recent reorganization of the Museum that includes the new Environmental Center. The Museum is currently run by volunteers, contract personnel, and part-time staff. The executive director reports to the President and works with the Board of Directors, the environmental center director, and working committees to manage the day-to-day affairs of the Museum’s operations, programs and activities. Occasional weekend and evening hours are required.

    Qualifications

    Minimum required:  Bachelors degree and five years experience in administration with increasing levels of responsibility.  Three years of practical experience overseeing day-to-day operations of an organization; supervising staff; budget development and management; and liaison/ public engagement of external organizations (e.g., government, other non-profits, local businesses and or unrelated organizations).  Demonstrated competence with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point and graphics programs).

     

    Salary and benefits

     $32,700/year, one week vacation after one year.

    Please provide three references, job history and a succinct letter of interest.  The letter of interest (addressed and e-mailed to the Board of Directors) should provide a statement of your specific interests in the position, your most relevant qualifications and other attributes and qualities that would make you particularly suited to this position.

    Each qualifying candidate will be provided an opportunity to meet with our search committee at the Museum to learn more about the organization and our expectations for the position.

    Advertising closing date:  On or before November 15, 2017

    Hiring start date:  On or before February 1st 2018


  • 22 Sep 2017 2:09 PM | Brian Auer

    JOB SUMMARY

    The Museum Educators may work full-time or part time.  A limited number of Full time positions are open at any time.  All educators begin as part-time, benefit-non-eligible, but when available, and qualified on all of our programs, can be promoted to full time, benefit-eligible status.  Part-time educators may be required to work up to 29 hours a week but are assured of no minimum number of hours per week.  Educators work at all Museum sites, sometimes outdoors and during inclement weather.  Museum Educators are expected to perform all responsibilities, general and specific, of the Museum Guides, as well as to provide presentations, demonstrations, and activities during Museum programs that occur during normal day operations, overnight programs, off-site, and Museum special events.  Museum Educators are directly responsible to the Museum Interpretation Coordinator and frequently, the Museum Education Coordinator

     

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

    Primary Responsibilities

    1.       Museum Educators provide public presentations, tours, and education programs on any of the museum’s sites.  Those sites are: The Sloop-of-War USS Constellation, the WWII submarine USS Torsk; the WWII cutter USCGC Taney; the light ship Chesapeake; and the Seven-foot Knoll Light House.

    2.       Educators are expected to learn and demonstrate mastery of subject matter pursuant to those responsibilities, and they are expected to be able to perform them in a timely manner (within three months) after their date of hire.

    3.       Educators act as the face of the organization, and are required to exhibit positive, friendly interaction and demeanor with visitors and guests always, and are expected to be able to manage their interactions with visitors and conduct themselves accordingly.

    4.       Monitor, provide for, and protect the safety of the vessels themselves and all visitors to them by knowing and following established policies regarding operations. 

    5.       Performing daily, routine duties and custodial maintenance at Museum sites in accordance with museum protocols, directives, and instruction.

     

    Organizational Responsibilities: 

    1. Support museum-sponsored efforts such as, “all-hands” activities/evolutions to include, but not limited to: 4th of July celebration; New Year’s Eve celebration; “Victory Night”, “The Blast,” and Pearl Harbor Day ceremonies.
    2. Museum Educators must be able to do all manner of physical activities associated with boarding and departing the sites, and opening and closing the sites.   
    3. Educators will commonly work catered events that will require working late, sometimes until after midnight, as well as overnight programs which may require working through the night.  During overnight programs, educators will spend the night on the ship to which assigned or, in the case of Constellation overnights, the museum building.
    4. Being an effective co-worker who promotes, by personal example and leadership, a positive work ethic and good morale among ship’s staff and volunteers.
    5. Learning and demonstrating mastery of all shipboard presentations.
    6. Performing all administrative requirements, routine and otherwise, which includes but is not limited to: sign-in/out sheets; site logs; and time sheets.

     

    JOB QUALIFICATIONS

    1. Demonstrates and maintains effective leaderships and a positive work ethic. 
    2. Must effectively handle stress, and demonstrate an ability for decisiveness and quick thinking.  
    3. A Bachelor’s degree in Education, Museum Science, History, or a related field, OR a minimum of 2 years of experience working in a relevant field..(A higher degree may substitute for 1 year of museum programming experience, but does not necessarily increase qualification.)
    4. Must be available weekends, holidays, overnight programs, and special evening programs/events.

     

    WORK ENVIRONMENT

    1. While on duty, wearing the appropriate, clean, and serviceable uniform(s) for the various sites.
    2. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk to various locations and maybe exposed to a variety of outdoor weather conditions.
    3. Various physical activities may be required on occasion including, but not limited to, moderate lifting, pulling lines, operating shipboard equipment, traversing ladders, and navigating spaces with low overheads.

    COMPENSATION

    Base pay: $10/hr, increased to $12/hr upon completion and qualification on all 13 interp. programs

    Overnight Bonus: 10%/hr ($11-$13.20/hr)

    Overnight Leader Bonus: 20%/hr ($12-$14.40/hr)


    PLEASE SUBMIT RESUME AND COVER LETTER TO:

    Amy Ferguson, aferguson@historicships.org


    DISCLAIMER

    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

    Living Classrooms Foundation is An Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities, Women, Handicapped Persons are encouraged to apply.

     All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap status, Vietnam era or disabled Veterans status.

  • 22 Sep 2017 3:59 AM | James Levesque

    Looking for Experienced Space Museum Manager and Science and Technology Museum Manager to be part of one of the biggest museum developments in the world.  Project is part of the Kuwait National Cultural Center located in Kuwait City, Kuwait.  The museums are scheduled to open first quarter of 2018.  Must have at least 7 years of operations experience as a Science & Technology or Space Museum Manager and with 3 years of content development and SOP development skills.  Relocation is required to Kuwait.  Great compensation contract package with base salary and accommodations, transport allowance, medical, 3 week paid vacation with one annual flight ticket, relocation allowance and tax free.   

    Museum Information and Video:

    http://www.sshic.com/projects/sheikh-abdullah-al-salem-cultural-centre

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcvYrCCO5KM

    Please forward your cover letter and resume to:  Jim Levesque, Executive Director Operations, j.levesque@kncd-kw.org

  • 08 Sep 2017 12:54 PM | Teresa Reynolds

    Position opening at a country museum, in charming Warrenton, VA. Successful candidates will have good museum and/or preservation experience; suitable education/credentials; familiarly with fundraising, special event planning, recruiting and managing volunteers. 

    More information at: http://www.fauquierhistory.org

    Please forward your cover letter and resume to: YM Lubowsky, President, FHS, PO Box 3411 Warrenton, VA. 20188 OR to museumdirectorjob@yahoo.com

     

  • 01 Aug 2017 2:41 PM | Mark Sutherland

    Search Continued

    The Historic Sites of the Morris County Park Commission seeks a dynamic individual for the Cooper Gristmill, a restored working water-powered mill located in Chester, NJ.  The site is on the National and State Registers of Historic Places.

    As Miller/Educator, the candidate is responsible for the safe operation and programming at the Cooper Gristmill.  He/She plans, develops, presents, and supervises educational programs (including school, scout, home school, and adult programming), and special event programming throughout the season.  The Miller/Educator will evaluate programs and events to assure they are effective and meet educational standards and goals as defined by the New Jersey core curriculum standards.  The position requires the candidate address the mechanical needs of this working historic gristmill by identifying, analyzing and fixing the equipment to operate the Mill.   The chosen candidate will assist with budget development, supervise subordinate personnel and volunteers, work with maintenance staff to coordinate site upkeep, and wear period historic clothing during public programming hours.  

    Qualifications:  The successful candidate will be a college graduate with a major program study in history, museum studies, or a related field, have a minimum of 2 year’s experience working in a historic site or history museum setting developing and implementing educational programming and events, and have the ability to learn the operations and care of the Cooper Gristmill.  The Miller/Educator will be computer literate and able to lift 50 lbs.

    The position will begin as early as September 30, 2017, and will train alongside the current miller for up to four months.  The chosen candidate must be a New Jersey resident, or become one within 60 days of the hire date, and possess a valid NJ driver’s license. 

    The position is full-time, 40 hours per week, flexible schedule, including weekends and holidays as  assigned.  Salary: $50,008, with a full benefits package.  Email a cover letter, resume and three references no later than August 18, 2017 to:  Mark Sutherland, Manager of Historic Sites – msutherland@morrisparks.net

    No phone calls please.  For more information about  the Morris County Park Commission and the Cooper Gristmill, visit morrisparks.net or friendsoffosterfieldsandcoopermill.org

    The Morris County Park Commission is an EOE employer.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 19 Jul 2017 11:10 AM | Kathryn Blackwell

    Colvin Run Mill Historic Site Part-time Educator 

    G-Status Historian

    Part-Time: 900 hrs/year

    $13.37/hour

    Location: Colvin Run Mill Historic Site

    10017 Colvin Run Road

    Great Falls, Virginia  22066

     

    Description of Duties:  As a site educator, primary duties are to present cultural history interpretive programs for school aged children and/or adults on a regular basis. Groups can include: public, private and home-school groups, scout groups, general public, thematic class series, camps, events, and special request programs including overnight programs. Additional duties to include plan, prepare, and present Cub Scout and/or other Cub/Boy Scout activities, both pre-scheduled and upon request. Front desk, administrative, and other jobs may be included.

    Hours: Must be able to work weekday mornings Tuesday-Friday, with core hours of 9:30am -12:30pm, to present field trip programs during the regular Fairfax County Public School’s school year. Scheduled hours for field trips will generally fall during October, November, and late February through early June. Additional hours including weekends may be scheduled as needed.

    Required Qualifications: Experience preparing and presenting interpretive programs to individuals or groups. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to deal effectively with citizen inquires and questions. Ability to remain flexible and adaptive on a daily basis, in a small museum environment.

    Preferred Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in history, education or a closely related field, and six months experience presenting interpretive programs or teaching children.

    Please Note: Individuals in these positions are not eligible for employee benefits, and are not eligible to earn leave or receive holiday pay. This position cannot exceed 900 hours per calendar year.

    To Apply: Please send any questions, resume with references, and cover letter by Friday, August 4, 2017

    Kathryn M. Blackwell, acting Visitor Services Manager at:

    kathryn.blackwell@fairfaxcounty.gov

    10017 Colvin Run Rd.
    Great Falls, VA 22066

     

     

  • 11 Jul 2017 3:26 PM | Ann Hobing

    The Service and Sales Specialist conducts the daily operations for the National WASP WWII Museum.  The Specialist is responsible for providing superior hospitality and service, and providing a safe, friendly, clean environment. Additionally, the Specialist must work daily to deliver a seamless sales experience to our guests and Members while aggressively maximizing sales, driving incremental revenues and actively soliciting new Members.

    Basic daily duties include operating register system for retail, ticket sales, membership and donations, providing orientation, guidance and assistance to guests, Members and groups, and maintaining safe, clean and efficiently operating work spaces.

    Qualifications include a high school diploma with some college in hospitality, nonprofit or museum management a plus, previous experience in customer service, hospitality or retail, previous cash handling experience strongly preferred, computer literacy and excellent guest service skills.   

    Position is part time, hourly.  Requires flexible schedule to meet business demands, including evenings, weekends and holidays. Premium wages paid on most holidays. Must have reliable transportation.

    Send cover letter and resume to Carol Cain, Associate Director at waspmuseum@yahoo.com. 

  • 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 publicprograms@historiclondontown.org.

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

  • 28 Apr 2017 1:34 PM | Meg Hutchins

    The 1890 House Museum seeks a highly motivated, self-directed and creatively inclined individual to help lead the Museum into the future. The Assistant Museum Director exists as a museum professional at The 1890 House Museum and reports to the Museum Director. This position is guaranteed 15 hours per week. These hours are to be worked Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 4 pm. Additional outside special events work as necessary.

    The duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    • ·         Assisting the Museum Director in all areas of the museum management.
    • ·         Opening and closing the museum and managing the front desk.
    • ·         Helping maintain and manage the museum website, calendars, social media outlets, and communication outlets.
    • ·         Giving public, private and school tours during on and off hours.
    • ·         Helping with interpretation and exhibition development.
    • ·         Managing volunteers.
    • ·         Helping maintain the building and grounds.
    • ·         Participating in grant writing efforts.
    • ·         Participating in historic preservation efforts for the museum.
    • ·         Attending Board meetings to support Coordinator and giving a report on the museum in the absence of the Museum Director.
    • ·         Staying up to date on best practices for museum management.
    • ·         Work on projects in area of focus (i.e. Exhibits, education, programming).

    Qualifications for Assistant Museum Director:

    • ·         Bachelor’s Degree or higher, History, Social Studies Education, Art History, Museum Studies or Historic Preservation preferred.

    Or

    • ·         Three years experience in Museum Administration/Management or museum work.

    Or

    • ·         Equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

    Successful candidates:

    • ·         Should be self-motivated, organized, flexible and detail-oriented.
    • ·         Should have leadership ability, strong writing skills, an enthusiasm for history, and the ability to communicate.
    • ·         Basic computer skills a must with experience with Wordpress, Publisher and social media outlets preferred.

                This job requires an Assistant Museum Director to be actively moving around the house and grounds and someone able to climb 4 flights of stairs. They should also be able to lift 40lbs and shovel snow.


    Those interested should email a cover letter and resume to the1890house@gmail.com with the subject line of Position Opening Interest.


    About the 1890 House Museum:

                The impressive limestone mansion, now called the 1890 House Museum, was once the home of 19th century Industrialist Chester F. Wickwire. Born in 1843, Chester grew up on the family farm in McGraw, east of Cortland. As a young man, he moved to Cortland and opened a grocery store on Main Street. Gradually, the grocery store became a hardware business. Chester’s brother, Theodore, joined him in the business. In 1873, the brothers received a carpet loom as payment for a debt. Adapting the loom to weave wire, Chester transformed the hardware store into a major manufacturing firm that would impact the nation. The 1890 House Museum holds tours, monthly programming, and hosts venue rentals. It is run by a part-time staff, a dedicated Board of Trustees and volunteers.

    The 1890 House Museum’s Mission Statement:

                The 1890 House Museum aims to promote and interpret the historical and cultural significance of this property to the public. The 1890 House seeks to collect, preserve, research, display, and interpret objects that promote local and national history of America’s cultural heritage during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 


  • 17 Apr 2017 9:56 AM | Alice Donahue

    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 nemuseum.adm@gmail.com.

    www.nationalelectronicsmuseum.org


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