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JOB TITLE
INSTITUTION
POSTING DATE
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Minnesota Historical Society, MN
5/21/14
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Minnesota Historical Society, MN
5/21/14
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John Michael Kohler Arts Center, WI
5/18/14
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Wisconsin Historical Society, WI
5/18/14
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Minnesota Historical Society, MN
5/18/14
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Springfield Museum of Art, OH
5/12/14
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Monroe County History Center, Bloomington, IN
5/7/14
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Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN
4/30/14
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Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN
4/30/14
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National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML), IA
4/28/15
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Indiana Historical Society, IN
4/22/15
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Lake County Forest Preserves, IL
4/21/15
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The Pleasure Driveway and Park District of Peoria, IL
4/2/15
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The Pleasure Driveway and Park District of Peoria, IL
4/2/15
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Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, IL
3/26/15
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Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, IL
3/26/15
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Oberlin Heritage Center, Oberlin, OH
3/23/15
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The Henry Ford, MI
3/16/15
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Naper Settlement, IL
3/16/15

University of Iowa Department of Anthropology, IA
3/12/15
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Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Skokie, IL
3/10/15
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Missouri History Museum, MO
3/10/15
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Missouri History Museum, MO
3/10/15
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Missouri History Museum, MO
3/10/15
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Missouri History Museum, MO
3/10/15
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Missouri History Museum, MO
3/10/15
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Missouri History Museum, MO
3/10/15
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Missouri History Museum, MO
3/10/15
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Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI
3/9/15
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Dorothy Molter Museum, Ely, MN
3/5/15
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Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society, MI
3/3/15
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Streamwood Park District, IL
3/2/15
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John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC), WI
2/24/15
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Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN
2/23/15
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Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN
2/23/15
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First Division Museum at Cantigny Park, IL
2/23/15
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The Pleasure Driveway and Park District of Peoria, IL
2/9/15

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Image of a star #1203 INTERPRETER I (HISTORIC SITE GUIDE)
Minnesota Historical Society, MN

OPEN TO: This job is open to all applicants.

LOCATION: Historic Forestville

SALARY: $13.33 hourly minimum

STATUS & HOURS: Part-time, regular (624 annual hours) position. Weekly hours vary according to seasonal site needs.

CLASSIFICATION: 55L Service

HIRING MANAGER: Site Supervisor

POSTING DATE: May 18, 2015

DEADLINE DATE: Application materials must be received by June 2, 2015.

SUPPLEMENTAL FORMS: REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION.

DESCRIPTION: The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) seeks applicants for an Interpreter I (Historic Site Guide) to conduct public tours and educational programming by educating and engaging visitors with the history of the site and assisting in its operations.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 1) interpret the historic site to educate, entertain and interact with visitors; 2) receive, welcome, and orient visitors to his/her learning station or to the historic site grounds and facility; 3) study and master site-related historical material to enhance delivery of site interpretive program; 4) assist in retail museum gift shop operations; and 5) perform light, routine housekeeping and assist in the maintenance, development and protection of the historic site grounds, facility and collections.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Strong interpersonal and oral communication skills; and the ability to effectively deliver verbal presentations.
  • Demonstrated ability to listen to public and be responsive to inquiries and comments.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with a diverse public, including children, teachers, senior citizens, and professional staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to master program information and present it according to interpretive or learning objectives.
  • Ability to master and apply a wide variety of interpretive techniques.
  • Flexibility to adjust to changes in schedule and assignments.
  • Ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions.
  • Must be able to attend mandatory training sessions (in April) and work a varied schedule of 2-4 days/week, including weekdays, weekends and holidays from April through October.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Some college course-work in history, education or a related field.
  • Knowledge of Minnesota history and the ability to learn Forestville's and site-related history.
  • Ability to acquire and assimilate knowledge of the history of Forestville and accurately portray village life from 1899 Minnesota through physical appearance, historical clothing, interpretive presentation and performance of historical work tasks. Tasks may include 19th century farming practices (gardening & field corps), domestic skills, (cooking on & operating a wood stove; treadle sewing machine & needlework).
  • Ability to perform basic historical research.
  • Ability to operate electronic equipment such as cash registers and audio-visual equipment.
  • Experience as a teacher or group leader working with children.
  • Experience with acting, storytelling or musical performance abilities that can be used in interpretive programs.

TO APPLY: Submit MNHS Application for Employment, (available at www.mnhs.org/jobs), cover letter, resume, and if applicable, any supplemental forms. Application materials must be complete and received by the application deadline date in order to be considered by one of the methods below:

Attn: [Fill in Job Title]
Minnesota Historical Society
345 Kellogg Boulevard West
St. Paul, MN 55102-1906

Attn: [Fill in Job Title]
Email: humanresources@mnhs.org

Attn: [Fill in Job Title]
Fax: 651-297-3343

Incomplete application materials will be returned. If submitting materials for more than one position, you must provide MNHS Application for Employment, cover letter, and resume for each position. Applicants who are offered employment will be subject to passing a background check as a condition of employment. EEO

Applications will be acknowledged
- No phone calls please -

(Posted 5/21/15)

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Image of a star #1205 VISITOR SERVICES ASSISTANT I
Minnesota Historical Society, MN

OPEN TO: This job is open to all applicants.

LOCATION: Mill City Museum

SALARY: $13.33 hourly minimum

STATUS & HOURS: Part-time, regular (780 annual hours) position

CLASSIFICATION: 55L Service

HIRING MANAGER: Visitor Services Manager II

POSTING DATE: May 18, 2015

DEADLINE DATE: Application materials must be received by June 2, 2015.

SUPPLEMENTAL FORMS: Not required for this position.

DESCRIPTION: The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) seeks applicants for a Visitor Services Assistant I to perform a variety of service duties in the Mill City Museum ticketing/admissions, retail store and visitor information areas.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 1) sell merchandise in the museum store; 2) sell admissions to the museum, and provide visitor information both in person and on the telephone; and 3) assist with school programs.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Previous retail or service industry experience.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Positive public appearance and attitude.
  • Basic accounting and math skills.
  • Ability to learn scheduling, ticketing and retail software.
  • Ability to work a flexible work schedule that includes many weekends, holidays and both early and late shifts.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Strong customer service experience and skills.
  • Knowledge of retail display and marketing techniques.
  • Knowledge of Minnesota and area history.

TO APPLY: Submit MNHS Application for Employment, (available at www.mnhs.org/jobs), cover letter, resume, and if applicable, any supplemental forms. Application materials must be complete and received by the application deadline date in order to be considered by one of the methods below:

Attn: [Fill in Job Title]
Minnesota Historical Society
345 Kellogg Boulevard West
St. Paul, MN 55102-1906

Attn: [Fill in Job Title]
Email: humanresources@mnhs.org

Attn: [Fill in Job Title]
Fax: 651-297-3343

Incomplete application materials will be returned. If submitting materials for more than one position, you must provide MNHS Application for Employment, cover letter, and resume for each position. Applicants who are offered employment will be subject to passing a background check as a condition of employment. EEO

Applications will be acknowledged
- No phone calls please -

(Posted 5/21/15)

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Image of a star DEPUTY DIRECTOR FOR OPERATIONS
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, WI

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, a dynamic 100,000 sq. ft. visual and performing arts complex in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is seeking an experienced, talented leader—preferably from the museum field— to direct its business operations.

The Arts Center melds: 1. a contemporary museum that originates acclaimed exhibitions and houses renowned collections, the most acclaimed of which is the result of its 45-year efforts to preserve the art of vernacular environment builders; 2. a hub for the creation of new works including Arts/Industry, which supports artists through 2- to 6-month residencies in an industrial foundry and pottery, and Connecting Communities, a commissioning program in which innovative artists collaborate with the area's cultural minorities, the carpenters union, youth at risk, etc.; 3. performing arts that present dance, music, theatre, and interdisciplinary forms from around the world; and 4. an education program that enhances understanding of the above through an arts-based preschool, classes, tours, lectures, a free, collaborative studio and learning space for visitors, special events, etc.

With a solid support base of corporate/foundation donors, government granting agencies, upper level members, and 350 volunteers—the Arts Center has an operating budget of $5.5 million and 52 full-time staff. Its facility consists of 12 galleries, 2 performance spaces, studio-classrooms, sculpture gardens, and an adjunct site. The expanded facility, completed in 1999, has been called "...a sassy, classy tour de force..." —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Sheboygan is experiencing a downtown revival and is on the shore of Lake Michigan, 45 minutes north of Milwaukee, and 2 1/4 hours north of Chicago.

The Deputy Director will oversee the Arts Center's finance, human resources, facilities, information technology, box office, business enterprises (retail operations, café, and rentals) and the Friends of Art organization. The Deputy Director will also play a role in the development of a unique adjunct facility focusing on visible art storage of the collections as a public attraction.

Candidates should have an MBA or other applicable education and preferably 10 years' experience in nonprofit administration, including several years in a senior position in a similarly complex organization. A strong knowledge of information technology and data bases is highly desirable as is museum experience. The successful candidate will be a leader of integrity, resourcefulness, and initiative and have excellent written and verbal communication skills and enthusiasm for working with dedicated, highly intelligent individuals. The Deputy Director reports to the Executive Director (who serves as artistic/programming/strategic planning head and works closely with the Board). The Deputy Director for operations will work with the Board in the areas in which s/he is involved.

Send cover letter, detailed resume, and list of professional references to:

John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Human Resources, 608 New York Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 53081
Or email atritz@jmkac.org
www.jmkac.org
EEO

(Posted 5/18/15)

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Image of a star ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY EXHIBIT INTERN (LTE) PART-TIME
Wisconsin Historical Society, WI

Location(s): The Water Council, 247 W. Freshwater Way, Milwaukee, WI 53204; the Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E. Park Place, Milwaukee, WI 53211

Division: Library/Archives

County: Milwaukee

Classification: Education Specialist

Working Title: Environmental History Exhibit Intern

Type of Employment: Part-time LTE (20 hours per week). Work hours are flexible during regular business hours.

Salary: $12.00 per hour.

Deadline to Apply: Application materials will be accepted until the needs of the department have been met. Top candidates will be contacted for the next steps in the interview process.

Introduction
The Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) is seeking an intern to assist the Milwaukee Field Services Representative on a project to create a history-focused, water-themed traveling exhibit in partnership with the Water Council, Urban Ecology Center, and Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. WHS will be working with the Urban Ecology Center to train and employ an intern to work with education directors from nature and environmental centers and secondary educators to develop the content of the exhibit. This will help bridge the need to present accurate history and primary sources while introducing public historians to the tactile experiences of science education.

An ideal candidate for this internship will be a graduate student with an interest in museums and science education, particularly in working collaboratively with teachers. This is a part-time LTE position with approximately 20 hours a week for ten weeks between June 1 and August 31. Work hours are flexible during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. The intern will need to be available for orientation at the Urban Ecology Center Monday through Wednesday the weeks of June 8 and June 15. These weeks will have a 24 hour per week schedule.

For additional information on the Wisconsin Historical Society, please see our website at http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/.

For additional information on the Urban Ecology Center, visit its website at http://urbanecologycenter.org/.

Job Duties
  • Participate in the Urban Ecology Center intern training sessions
  • Research Great Lakes environmental history
  • Collaborate with secondary educators to identify content that will be relevant across disciplines and that will help fulfill Common Core guidelines
  • Work with the WHS Milwaukee Field Services Representative and Urban Ecology Center staff to write an exhibit storyline featuring main points
  • Select historical materials suitable for reproduction in the exhibit or curriculum materials

Qualifications
  • Strong written and oral communication and interpersonal skills required
  • Good project management and organizational skills required
  • Ability to work effectively independently and as a member of a team
  • Experience with conducting historical research
  • Interest in public history, museum education, or environmental science
  • Comfort with walking or hiking in an outdoor setting
  • Ability to use basic computer software including Microsoft Word and Excel

Special Notes
A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment to determine if the circumstances of any conviction may be related to the job.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires employers to hire only individuals who are eligible to work in the United States. Upon reporting for work, an individual will be expected to present proper evidence establishing employability.

How to Apply
Submit a cover letter and current resume identifying relevant education and experience to Kristen Leffelman at Kristen.Leffelman@wisconsinhistory.org or mail to:

Kristen Leffelman
Field Services Representative — The Water Council
247 Freshwater Way, Suite 536, Milwaukee, WI 53204

Application materials will be accepted until the needs of the department have been met. Top candidates will be contacted for the next steps in the interview process.

(Posted 5/18/15)

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Image of a star #1204 SALES ASSISTANT I
Minnesota Historical Society, MN

OPEN TO: This job is open to all applicants.

LOCATION: History Center

SALARY: $13.33 hourly minimum

STATUS & HOURS: Part-time, regular (624 annual hours) position.

CLASSIFICATION: 55L Service

HIRING MANAGER: Retail Operations & Services Manager

POSTING DATE: May 14, 2015

DEADLINE DATE: Application materials must be received by May 28, 2015.

SUPPLEMENTAL FORMS: Not required for this position.

DESCRIPTION: The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) seeks applicants for a Sales Assistant I to provide excellent customer service by assisting and advising History Center visitors with their product selections at the museum stores and to sell MNHS memberships.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 1) assist and advise museum store customers in a courteous, efficient and attentive manner in their purchase of books, gifts, and other store products as well as MNHS memberships while providing excellent customer service based on set customer service standards; 2) accurately and effectively operate the POS system; 3) maintain inventory levels in the stores; 4) work with Retail Operations & Services Manager in the merchandising of the store to assure attractive displays and profitable sales as well as keeping displays clean; and 5) when assigned, accountable for prompt opening and closing of museum stores so that the published hours are strictly adhered to.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Specialty store sales experience.
  • Experience stocking and displaying merchandise.
  • Good verbal and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to be courteous when relating to the public.
  • Ability to learn a Point of Sales (POS) system and retail software.
  • Ability to maintain a neat and appropriate appearance.
  • Basic accounting and math skills.
  • Availability and willingness to work Tuesday through Sunday including occasional evenings and holidays.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and customer service skills.
  • Positive public appearance and attitude.
  • Experience operating a Point of Sales (POS) system.
  • Knowledge of Minnesota history.
  • Knowledge of Minnesota Historical Society programs and services.

TO APPLY: Submit MNHS Application for Employment, (available at www.mnhs.org/jobs), cover letter, resume, and if applicable, any supplemental forms. Application materials must be complete and received by the application deadline date in order to be considered by one of the methods below:

Attn: [Fill in Job Title]
Minnesota Historical Society
345 Kellogg Boulevard West
St. Paul, MN 55102-1906

Attn: [Fill in Job Title]
Email: humanresources@mnhs.org

Attn: [Fill in Job Title]
Fax: 651-297-3343

Incomplete application materials will be returned. If submitting materials for more than one position, you must provide MNHS Application for Employment, cover letter, and resume for each position. Applicants who are offered employment will be subject to passing a background check as a condition of employment. EEO

Applications will be acknowledged
- No phone calls please -

(Posted 5/18/15)

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Springfield Museum of Art, OH

The Springfield Museum of Art is a small, AAM Accredited American Art Museum and an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. The Museum serves a local community of nearly 60,000 Springfield city residents and a larger regional community of over 500,000 people. The Museum recently renewed its focus on art education to better engage the community in relevant ways. This was instrumental in a "turn around" for the Museum and resulted in significant increases in attendance, membership, grants, and contributed revenues. The Museum staff is small in number however formidable in their work together to implement a shared vision for the Museum's role to engage the whole community through partnerships and programs.

We are seeking a museum professional with a keen interest in American art, particularly art of Ohio and the Midwest, and museum operations. The Curator of Collections & Exhibitions will collaborate on exhibition planning, prepare exhibitions, and manage all aspects of the Museum's collection of approximately 2,000 works of art. This includes collections management (Past Perfect data base, care, access, storage, use, Collections Plan, policies), caring for the physical spaces where the art is exhibited and stored, overseeing security for the collections and facility, and managing the Museum's exhibitions.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Responsible for implementing policies that relate to the care of the collection and exhibitions.
  • Oversee and implement routine Cleaning Program for collection storage areas and galleries, integrated pest management program, and climate monitor/tracking.
  • Oversee and implement security policies and procedures, including responsibilities for Front Desk staffing.
  • Manage all collection records including object files, rights and reproductions, and cataloging of new acquisitions.
  • Oversee incoming and outgoing loans, maintaining all related records.
  • Maintain the Collection Management Database (PastPerfect), including complete and accurate electronic and hard copies of all object records; responsible for all digital and paper documentation, and images related to the permanent collection and exhibitons.
  • Manage correspondence and logistics associated with loans to the museum including loan agreements, loan records, insurance, shipments, and condition reports.
  • Work with artists, organizations, guest curators, Museum staff, relevant committees, and others to install/de-install exhibitions as well as foster collaboration and build relationships in the broader community.
  • Fabricate exhibition text and labels, and/or manage outside contractors doing this work.
  • Participate in regular staff meetings
  • Supervise interns, and volunteers working on collections and exhibition projects.

Additional Duties
As staff members of a small museum, we are flexible and able to work on tasks or projects outside our immediate scope of responsibilities. The Curator of Collections & Exhibitions will join a team that equally contributes to the overall operation and success of the Museum. S/he must be self-motivated, have excellent research, writing, problem-solving and communications skills, and be able to effectively work as part of a team. The position is full time and will require occasional evening and weekend work; salary range $30,000-$35,000.

Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of accepted registration, collection management, art handling, and preventative conservation practices in line with AAM standards of care.
  • Working knowledge of PastPerfect museum database and other computer programs
  • Detail oriented with strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work flexible hours when required
  • Skill with tools and knowledge of building materials
  • Ability to lift objects weighing 50lbs or more
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team

Required Education and Experience:
  • B.A., M.A. or equivalent experience in art history, museum studies and/or fine art.
  • 2-3 years working with collections and exhibitions in a museum setting.

Please send a letter of application, resume, and list of references by June 15, to Ann Fortescue at afortescue@springfieldart.net

(Posted 5/12/14)

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Monroe County History Center, Bloomington, IN

The Monroe County History Center in Bloomington, Indiana is seeking a skilled collections manager to implement the museum's collection policy. Responsibilities include: research and care of objects; in-house conservation, and data management. Visit the Center's website at www.monroehistory.org to view the full position description. Submit your application by sending a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information of three references to: mchcoperations@gmail.com Only electronic submissions will be accepted! All applications must be received by 5 pm on 5/22/15. MCHC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

(Posted 5/7/14)

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Image of a star CURATORIAL ASSISTANT: CONTEMPORARY ART
Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN

A competitive salary is offered for all positions and a generous benefits package for full-time positions. To apply, please send your resume to: ATTN: Human Resources — 4000 Michigan Road; Indianapolis, IN 46208, e-mail to hr@imamuseum.org, or fax to 317-920-2655. No phone calls, please. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

(please specify "Curatorial Assistant, Contemporary Art" in your subject line if you email your resume)

Reports To: Curator of Contemporary Art
Basic Work Week: 37.5 Hrs/Wk

OVERVIEW
Provide administrative, research, and curatorial support to the Curator of Contemporary Art for both temporary exhibitions and permanent collection responsibilities. The position requires a polished and motivated arts professional who is highly organized and detail-oriented with strong interpersonal skills, efficient ability to execute multiple tasks, and demonstrated proficiency in writing.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
  • Perform administrative responsibilities, including coordinating Curator's travel as well as visiting artists' travel, scheduling meetings on Microsoft Outlook calendar, processing mail, maintaining digital and files for exhibitions, collection, loans, and other projects, as well as keeping track of departmental expenses and filling out purchase orders and other forms.
  • Provide curatorial assistance and support on exhibitions organized by Curator—temporary exhibitions (Forefront series), temporary sculptural installations (Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion series), and permanent collection installations. Responsibilities include conducting research on artists and artworks, coordinating and scheduling meetings, making checklists, attending planning meetings, researching conservation issues, keeping track of budgets, liaising with registrars regarding movement of artwork and loan paperwork, among other tasks.
  • Assist Curator with coordination, communication, and scheduling of events for the affiliate group, Contemporary Art Society (CAS); draft copy for email announcements and invitations; maintain RSVP lists for all events; assist in planning events in collaboration with Curator, CAS board members, and caterer; attend all CAS board meetings; assist at CAS events that take place in the evening about ten times per year.
  • Assist Curator in the management, study, cataloguing, and interpretation of the Contemporary collection.
  • Maintain collection database for Contemporary collection and assist Curator in duties related to the acquisition, deaccession, or loan of objects for the collection.
  • Answer general correspondence relating to collection and other queries; assist the public and visiting scholars.
  • Write texts and didactic materials, including extended label copy, website and magazine content, as well as other materials, for print and online.
  • Contribute to public programs in support of collection and exhibition initiatives through gallery talks and lectures; also assist Curator in related endeavors for various public programs.

Other duties may be assigned.

To perform the job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
M.A. required in art history, curatorial/museum studies, or related field. At least two years of museum experience or equivalent demonstrable experience with other art institutions, galleries, or auction houses. Candidates should have excellent written, communication, and organizational skills as well as strong interest and knowledge of contemporary art. Aptitude in Microsoft applications such as Word, Outlook, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint required. Writings samples will be requested.

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES
  • Exceptional organization, detail-oriented nature with strong attention to accuracy, and advanced interpersonal/communication skills, including telephone and e-mail etiquette.
  • Ability to effectively coordinate diverse projects, prioritize, and execute multiple tasks, and work well with frequent interruptions.
  • Proficiency in writing reports, business correspondence, and various texts for public audiences.
  • Strong note-taking and proofreading skills.
  • Flexibility, dependability, and professional demeanor.
  • Ability to work well both independently and with others.
  • Ability to problem-solve, anticipate next steps, and apply common sense judgment to various tasks. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Capacity to meet deadlines with minimum supervision.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions in one-on-one and small group situations to other staff members and general public.
  • Capacity to serve as supervisor to interns or volunteers.
  • Ability to appropriately handle confidential information. Discretion and judgment in regards to information about the Museum's collection and art works on loan to the Museum.
  • Proficiency in at least one foreign language.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Ability to work with basic mathematical concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions, in practical situations.

(Posted 4/30/14)

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Image of a star CURATORIAL ASSISTANT: EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN PAINTING, SCULPTURE, AND WORKS ON PAPER
Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN

A competitive salary is offered for all positions and a generous benefits package for full-time positions. To apply, please send your resume to: ATTN: Human Resources — 4000 Michigan Road; Indianapolis, IN 46208, e-mail to hr@imamuseum.org, or fax to 317-920-2655. No phone calls, please. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art seeks a skilled professional to provide administrative assistance and curatorial support to the museum's curators of European and American painting, sculpture, and works on paper. Responsibilities include participating in the research and interpretation of the permanent collection, including label writing, docent training, and answering internal and external inquiries. The assistant also provides clerical support for loans, acquisitions, and gallery rotations; updates records within the collection database; and makes travel arrangements. Other duties include assisting the curators with special exhibitions through research, budget tracking, checklist maintenance, and interdepartmental coordination. The curatorial assistant routinely attends curatorial meetings and discussions with conservators about treatment proposals.

Qualifications: M.A. in Art History or a related discipline, pertinent work experience, demonstrated project management and organizational skills, verbal and written communication skills, proficiency in at least one Romance language and aptitude in Microsoft applications such as Word, Outlook, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.

To apply, please send a cv, a brief writing sample, and three professional references. The deadline for applications is May 18, 2015.

(Posted 4/30/14)

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Image of a star CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER—MUSEUM
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML), IA

An acclaimed national museum and library celebrating freedom and human rights seeks an experienced development professional for the position of Chief Development Officer (CDO). The CDO will lead implementation of fundraising activities to support a new, exciting strategic plan that will elevate the scope and impact of the institution. Building upon the museum's recent $27 million capital campaign, the CDO will work to increase philanthropic support and ensure long-term sustainability.

As one of the nation's leading ethnic museums, the National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library tells stories of freedom and identity, family and community, human rights and dignity, through extraordinary exhibitions and experiences. The museum is the recipient of the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation's highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community. It gained accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2008. More information about the institution can be found at www.ncsml.org.

The CDO will be a key member of the museum's leadership team. The position offers the opportunity to direct local, regional, and national fundraising efforts for an institution that fills a unique niche yet is global in its appeal. The museum is located in a mid-sized, centrally located city with a high quality of life and low cost of living.

The complete job profile and qualification requirements can be found at http://benefactorgroup.com/chief-development-officer/

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to:
HR@benefactorgroup.com

(Posted 4/28/15)

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Image of a star EXHIBITIONS DESIGNER
Indiana Historical Society, IN

Full Time, Exempt

POSITION PURPOSE:
Under the direction of the Director of Exhibitions, this position is responsible for the design, creation, implementation, guidance, and evaluation of the physical environment within the Indiana Experience areas, in general, and You Are There experiences in particular. Incumbent leads and oversees design and production activities for all Indiana Historical Society (IHS) in-house and traveling exhibitions.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
  1. Works with Director of Exhibitions to advise, review and sign off on physical production, design, AV components, prototyping and evaluation of department projects and products.
  2. Oversee design integrity throughout development process. Prepare for, attend and drive the creative portion of proposed designs. Work with team to utilize wide range of resources creatively.
  3. Coordinate development of CAD, Vectorworks, and other spec drawings in early phases of project for development purposes and for staff and vendor completion during production and installation.
  4. Assist with or oversee fabrication, installation and dismantles by staff or contractors.
  5. Collaborate with Indiana Experience and other project team members to promote synergy, create efficiencies and foster a positive work environment.
  6. In concert with department staff, establish system to measure effectiveness of experiences and exhibitions. Keep abreast of best practices in the field and regularly evaluate current methods of graphic production, label design, environment design, fabrication, lighting and technological innovations that can be deployed in a museum setting.
  7. With Director of Exhibitions establish sound and lighting installation and environmental specs for all IHS collections and collections on loan for experiences and exhibitions.
  8. Work with department staff and Director, Exhibitions to periodically evaluate and maintain appropriate storage for archival items and non-archival props and furniture.
  9. In tandem with Director, Exhibitions coordinate and maintain photographic documentation of all experiences and exhibitions and department portfolio of projects. Coordinate documentation and storage of all relevant project research materials, documents and electronic files.
  10. Performs other duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES:
  1. Good conceptual, graphic, and spatial design skills; envisions both big picture design and details. Ability to read blueprints schematics, elevations, and shop drawings.
  2. Proficiency in Vectorworks and CAD systems and software.
  3. Ability to assist with production needs of an active exhibitions department, to include possible graphic production and mounting, comfort in a fabrication shop, mount making, lighting, and installation tasks.
  4. Self-motivated, creative problem solver, with strong detail and organizational skills.
  5. Team player with the ability to manage, lead, motivate, and delegate.
  6. Understanding and appreciation of ADA requirements and best accessibility practices in museum design.
  7. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, for diverse audiences.
  8. Understanding of generally accepted museum education concepts, strategies, ethics, and standards.
  9. Knowledge of ethical, legal, and copyright issues as they relate to historical research libraries.
  10. Ability and desire to continuously stay abreast of technology opportunities and advancements that may facilitate education through public programs.
  11. Ability to organize and manage fiscal resources within the structure, culture, and mission of a nonprofit organization.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
  1. Strength — Ability to lift & carry items weighing up to 50 pounds
  2. Physical Movement — Stooping, Bending, Kneeling, and Crouching In order to reach & pick up items
  3. Manual Dexterity — Ability to handle fragile items with care
  4. Wrist & Visual Stamina — Ability to type and focus on a computer screen for prolonged periods of time
  5. (Incumbent must be able to meet physical requirements with or without reasonable accommodations. Reasonability of requested accommodation is to be determined by IHS on a case-by-case basis, in accordance with the ADA.)

QUALIFICATIONS:
MINIMUM: Bachelor's degree in Design, Visual Communications, Museum Studies or related field. 5 years exhibition experience—project management, design, and production. At least 3 years supervisory experience including budget preparation.

PREFERRED: Experience in developing an exhibitions program in a museum or education setting. Working knowledge of Indiana history.

PAY & BENEFITS
Full-time
The salary will be commensurate with experience and skills. IHS offers an excellent benefits package, including health, dental, life and long-term disability coverage; employer and employee funded retirement plans with American United Life — OneAmerica; employee assistance program (EAP); Pre-Paid Legal Services; flexible benefits, and generous paid time off. Free parking provided nearby, staff discounts in the Basile History Market and the Stardust Café, and reciprocal benefits at other cultural institutions in Indianapolis.

Applications
Please send a cover letter and resume to: April Kerber, Senior Director, Human Resources, Indiana Historical Society, 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202, hr@indianahistory.org or Fax: 317/233.0857. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Indiana Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer.
www.indianahistory.org

(Posted 4/22/15)

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Image of a star VISITOR SERVICES ASSISTANT
Lake County Forest Preserves, IL

Temporary Position: 50 weeks
Hourly Rate: $9.00-$13.00/hr.
Location: Wauconda, IL
Application deadline: Friday, May 15th at 4:30pm

Duties include: staffing the admission desk and museum store; conducting monthly and year end inventories in the museum store; assisting with product selection, purchasing, and arranging store displays; conducting visitor evaluations; assisting with the planning and staffing of facility rentals; assisting with the planning and staffing of special events, artist receptions, and exhibit openings. The Visitor Services Assistant will be required to work weekends and some evenings. Additional information about the museum may be found at the website www.lakecountydiscoverymuseum.org.

EXPERIENCE:
Qualified applicants should have experience in museum visitor services. This could include experience: handling cash transactions, retail experience, event planning, or conducting visitor evaluation. Candidates should possess the customer service and communication skills necessary to provide a positive experience for the public, even during hectic environments. Must possess a valid driver's license.

HOW TO APPLY AND APPLICATION DEADLINES:
Interest in Forest Preserve employment can be indicated only by submitting a completed Forest Preserve Employment Application, which is available at our office or on-line at www.LCFPD.org and must be returned to: Lake County Forest Preserve District, Human Resources Department, 1899 West Winchester Road. Libertyville, IL 60048, 847/367-6640. The application deadline for this position is Friday, May 15th at 4:30pm. Applications are accepted only for posted positions.

Please visit www.LCFPD.org for more information about the Lake County Forest Preserves.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER

Date Posted: April 17, 2015

Smoking is not permitted in our facilities.

(Posted 4/21/15)

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Image of a star PLAYOLOGIST — EXPERIENCE FACILITATOR
The Pleasure Driveway and Park District of Peoria, IL

Job Opening — Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

POSITION: Part Time (Average 24 - 29 hours per week)

REQUIREMENTS:
  • High school diploma or equivalent required. Some college preferred. Degree in Education, Art or Early Childhood Development a plus. Extensive experience in a similar role may be substituted for all of part of the educational requirements.
  • Minimum of one year experience in a school or other informational educational setting working with children 0-8 years of age. Previous experience in a museum or customer service is a plus. Must have excellent communication and customer service skills.
  • Experience or desire to work with a highly diverse audience in a busy atmosphere.
  • Must have experience or interest in working with children and families in an informal educational setting.
  • Ability to interact positively and spontaneously with visitors.
  • Knowledge of basic telephone and PC functions including Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to contribute to an atmosphere of teamwork and positive energy among staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously with a minimal degree of supervision.

DUTIES:
  • Facilitate visitors' play experiences in a welcoming and enthusiastic manner.
  • Deliver high quality customer service by answering questions and assisting visitors.
  • Monitor the orderly operation of the museum including communicating rules to visitors/field trips and following safety standards and sanitation requirements. Routinely walk through galleries and straighten as needed.
  • Continually organize exhibition spaces throughout the day. Perform cleaning and resetting of exhibitions for opening and closing procedures daily. Spot clean as needed.
  • Assist in setup, delivery and visitation tracking for Museum exhibits, workshops, birthday parties and programs.
  • Report supply needs and exhibition repairs or maintenance to supervisor in a timely manner.
  • Lead planned and impromptu group activities and special events as necessary.
  • Report all visitor comments, complaints and trends to Operations Manager in a timely manner.
  • Follow and support all aspects of the Park District's safety program.
  • Attend all staff meetings as required.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

OTHER:
  • Pay rate is $10.00 per hour.
  • Typical work hours are assigned and performed during the 8am - 5pm time period while the facility is open, seven days per week. Some hours will be assigned outside after 5pm for events and programs, as necessary.
  • Includes weekdays, weekends and some evenings and holidays.

How to Apply: Applications are available at the Peoria Park District Administration Office or can be downloaded/printed from www.peoriaparks.org under "Join Our Team". Applicants may submit a resume, but to be fully considered for this position an application must be completed. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.

To ensure full consideration, applications/resume should be forwarded in a timely manner to: PEORIA PARK DISTRICT — Human Resources Manager, 1125 West Lake Ave, Peoria, IL 61614 or fax to: (309) 686-3352.

PEORIA PARK DISTRICT
Human Resources Manager
1125 West Lake Ave
Peoria, Illinois 61614d

The Peoria Park District hires without regard to race, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, unfavorable discharge from military service, or disability to perform the tasks of the job. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

(Posted 4/2/15)

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Image of a star ADMISSIONS AND RETAIL ATTENDANT
The Pleasure Driveway and Park District of Peoria, IL

Job Opening — Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

POSITION: Part Time (Average 24 - 29 hours per week)

REQUIREMENTS:
  • High school diploma or equivalent required. Some college preferred. Extensive experience in a similar role may be substituted for all of part of the educational requirements.
  • Minimum of one year experience in a customer service role, ideally a museum or other visitor attraction setting.
  • Must have excellent customer service, problem solving and organizational skills.
  • Must have experience or interest in working with children and families in a highly diverse informal educational setting.
  • Practical understanding of ages and stages of child development.
  • Knowledge of basic telephone and PC functions including Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to maintain focus and professional demeanor in a highly demanding atmosphere.
  • Ability to create an atmosphere of teamwork and positive energy among staff and volunteers. Experience working as or with volunteers preferred.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously with a minimal degree of supervision.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with co-workers and the general public.
  • Must be able to interact effectively and respectfully with adults as well as children of all ages.
  • Must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to learning and innovation.

DUTIES:
  • Open and close Welcome Desk computer systems according to defined procedures.
  • Perform cashier duties including handling cash, check and charge transactions.
  • Promote and sell PlayHouse Children's Museum admissions, memberships and programs.
  • Clean and maintain an organized and well-stocked front desk area and assist in exhibition cleaning and organizing on a daily basis. Perform spot cleaning in other areas as needed.
  • Interact with museum visitors by answering questions about the Peoria PlayHouse Museum, Peoria Zoo and Luthy Botanical Gardens programs and ticket options.
  • Interact with the general public and privately booked groups, school groups, and birthday parties and ensure an excellent experience for all visitors.
  • Light clerical work: answering and directing phone calls, data entry and other duties as assigned.
  • Check in and direct guests for museum workshops and programs.
  • Manage lost and found area.
  • Attend all staff meeting s and trainings as required.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

OTHER:
  • Pay rate is $10.00 per hour.
  • Typical work hours are assigned and performed during the 8am - 5pm time period while the facility is open, seven days per week. Some hours will be assigned outside after 5pm for events and programs, as necessary.
  • Includes weekdays, weekends and some evenings and holidays.

How to Apply: Applications are available at the Peoria Park District Administration Office or can be downloaded/printed from www.peoriaparks.org under "Join Our Team". Applicants may submit a resume, but to be fully considered for this position an application must be completed. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.

To ensure full consideration, applications/resume should be forwarded in a timely manner to: PEORIA PARK DISTRICT — Human Resources Manager, 1125 West Lake Ave, Peoria, IL 61614 or fax to: (309) 686-3352.

PEORIA PARK DISTRICT
Human Resources Manager
1125 West Lake Ave
Peoria, Illinois 61614d

The Peoria Park District hires without regard to race, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, unfavorable discharge from military service, or disability to perform the tasks of the job. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

(Posted 4/2/15)

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Image of a star GUEST RELATIONS REPRESENTATIVE
Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, IL

Updated: Jan. 2015
Supervisor's Title: HS Daily Operations Manager or RH Daily Operations Manager
Employees Supervised: None
Classification: Seasonal/part-time (April-October) Non-Exempt X
Location: Chicago, IL and Oak Park, IL

WORK SUMMARY:
Implement successful delivery of daily guest experiences and activities including but not limited to tours, programs, events, administrative support, special use of sites and facility rentals at the Home and Studio, the Rookery and Robie House. Travel to all three visitation sites is required. Weekend and evening hours required to meet the needs of the organization and customer service goals of the department.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
  1. Deliver quality daily guest experiences including but not limited to tours, programs, events, special use of sites and facility rentals at the Home and Studio, Robie House and the Rookery.
  2. Assist in the preparation of the sites for delivery of guest experiences
  3. Participate in and complete the interpreter training program(s), successfully learning to lead tours.
  4. Manage daily audio tour logistics.
  5. As a team member of the Guest Relations Department provide organizational support and back up as coordinated by supervisor.
  6. Provide administrative assistance to Daily Operations Manager at Home and Studio site.
  7. Serve as back-up for Rookery receptionist.
  8. Assist other departments and perform other duties as assigned.
  9. Ensure customer service and safety goals in order to contribute to organizational objectives.
  10. As a team member of the Preservation Trust, demonstrate positive interpersonal skills that promote open communication, respect for all positions, maintenance of confidentiality and success of the organization.

QUALIFICATIONS:
High school diploma or equivalent preferred. Position requires excellent customer service and communication skills. Experience in hospitality, museums, or other service industry with proven results preferred.

ENVIRONMENT:
Central administrative office is accessible and located in Loop historic building; Oak Park and Chicago house museum sites are multi-level work areas not accessible to the mobility impaired. Position requires frequent computer and phone use. Workplace is a smoke- and drug-free environment. Travel to off-site locations necessary. Weekend and occasional evening hours required. Equal opportunity employer.

HEALTH AND SAFETY REQUIREMENTS/INSTRUCTION:
Employees advised on OSHA standards through required signage and administrative updates compliant with federal and state law.

DISCLAIMER:
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

To apply:
Email resume, cover letter and salary requirements to apply@flwright.org. Reference position title in subject line. Applicants are screened by human resources and resumes of qualified candidates are referred to individual departments.

No phone call will be accepted.

Thank you for your interest in employment with us. The Trust does not accept unsolicited resumes. All open positions with the organization are posted and application instructions are included.

(Posted 3/26/15)

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Image of a star DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, IL

Department: Administration
Date: March 2015
Reports to: President and CEO
Employees Supervised: Staff Accountant, Accounting Assistant
Classification: Exempt

WORK SUMMARY
Lead financial staff position working as a key management team member of the Trust, providing leadership to the staff in financial matters. The finance function is based in Oak Park, but requires regular visits to our downtown Chicago location in the Rookery.

Manages Trust functions for the receipt, disbursement and protection of cash, of assets and investment of funds. Responsible for recording, reporting, controlling and analyzing the finances and taxes of the Trust. Trains and supervises finance department staff. Ensures maintenance of accounting procedures and reporting practices in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles for nonprofit organizations.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
  1. Monitor and implement a robust set of processes for internal controls. Regularly test these processes to insure they are meeting the objectives for which they were designed.
  2. Insure the accuracy and integrity of all Trust accounting systems, including general ledger, cash receipts/disbursements, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll.
  3. Lead the organization in the preparation of the annual budget. Track actual financial performance against budget, identify key variances, and recommend action to correct problem areas. Coach other departments in budget preparation, cost monitoring, and problem correction processes.
  4. Monitor and update cash forecasts and financial projections, while working with the CEO, Treasurer and finance committee to effectively manage the operating results and financial position of the Trust.
  5. Actively lead cost management efforts for the organization. Assess the cost effectiveness of activities and events throughout the organization, and make recommendations to staff and to the board of directors for ways to improve the financial results and position of the organization.
  6. Maintain a complete general ledger to reflect all financial activity of the Trust from properly documented and approved detail and from systems output such as CMS, NCR Counterpoint, and Altru.
  7. Provide supplemental schedules and detail to substantiate ledger account balances for all entries on balance sheet.
  8. Coordinate with the Development Department to insure proper revenue recognition and fundraising campaign tracking and projections.
  9. Responsible for overall month-end and year-end close process including reconciliations and adjusting entries. Review and distribute to the department heads monthly accounting reports and cost analysis information.
  10. Provide oversight of sales and profit reporting, inventory management and retail accounting for three affiliated retail locations, catalog operations and on-line merchandising.
  11. Oversee the accounts payable function to maintain timely status of payments.
  12. Ensure the proper reconciliation and review of monthly bank statements and review weekly cash flow report.
  13. Provide management and financial reporting and analysis to Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Finance Committee, funders and Trust staff.
  14. Coordinate the annual audit, working with all departments to accumulate data required by auditors. Prepare or oversee preparation of audit schedules, audit reports, financial statements and annual report detail. Act as key liaison to outside auditors.
  15. Primary point of contact for relationships with banking, insurance, audit and tax and other service providers, working closely, as needed, with the CEO and/or Treasurer.
  16. Monitor the expenditures from Restricted Funds to insure proper use of funds and compliance with donor, grant or Board of Directors designated restrictions.
  17. Regularly attend Finance Committee meetings and present the financial results, financial position and cash flows in a clear and concise manner.
  18. Compile financial data as needed for insurance audits, grant proposals and other requests.
  19. Insure compliance with all state, federal and local reporting requirements.
  20. As a team member of the Trust, demonstrate positive interpersonal skills that promote open communication and respect for all positions, maintenance of confidentiality, and contribute to the success of the organization.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of the work and the level of responsibility associated with this position. They should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required.

QUALIFICATIONS:
A Bachelor's degree in accounting is required; CPA or equivalent desirable; minimum 5 years prior relevant experience; prior experience with fund accounting, nonprofit museum management, and retail financial management is desirable.

Experience is required in the preparation of financial statements and tax returns, cost analysis, budgeting, and staff supervision. Will work in collaboration with Development Department on grants.

Candidate must be proficient in the creation and use of computer spreadsheets, modeling and report writing, and possess excellent oral and written communication skills. Familiarity with Blackbaud Financial Edge software is desirable.

ENVIRONMENT:
Administrative offices are located in a downtown historic building. Oak Park and Hyde Park Trust sites are located in multi-level work areas not accessible to the mobility impaired. Position requires frequent and regular computer and phone use as well as travel to off-site locations. Workplace is a smoke- and drug-free environment. Equal opportunity employer

HEALTH AND SAFETY REQUIREMENTS/INSTRUCTION: Employees advised on OSHA standards through required signage and administrative updates compliant with federal and state law.

To apply:
Email resume, cover letter and salary requirements to apply@flwright.org. Reference position title in subject line. Applicants are screened by human resources and resumes of qualified candidates are referred to individual departments.

No phone call will be accepted.

Thank you for your interest in employment with us. The Trust does not accept unsolicited resumes. All open positions with the organization are posted and application instructions are included.

(Posted 3/26/15)

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Image of a star EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Oberlin Heritage Center, Oberlin, OH

The Oberlin Heritage Center has opened a search for Executive Director (to replace its current Executive Director who has served since 1993). The Executive Director provides leadership, vision and direction for the organization's achievement of its mission and financial objectives in accordance with its strategic plan, the American Alliance of Museum Standards for Accredited Museums, the Ohio Association of Non-Profit Organizations' Standards for Excellence, and federal, state and local regulations.

The award-winning non-profit, community-based Oberlin Heritage Center, a historical society and historic preservation organization in the city of Oberlin, Ohio, operates a complex of historic sites and offers extensive programming and tours. It preserves, collects and interprets the history of this nationally significant, diverse college town located 35 miles southwest of Cleveland. It is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is certified by the Ohio Association of Non-Profit Organizations' Standards for Excellence program. The 700-plus member organization has two endowed full-time staff positions, including the executive director position, and also has 4 part-time employees, an AmeriCorps member, and numerous interns and volunteers. The Oberlin Heritage Center is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, visit www.oberlinheritagecenter.org.

The Executive Director reports to and maintains a close relationship with the Oberlin Heritage Center Board of Trustees. He/she is an ex-officio member of all committees and plays a central role in building an effective board-staff-intern-volunteer team to accomplish the organization's goals. He/she is responsible for leadership in:
  • Long-range and strategic planning and implementation
  • Budget development and financial management
  • Fundraising, including grant preparation and administration
  • Staff, intern, and volunteer recruitment, supervision, training, and direction
  • Management, stewardship and interpretation of the collections, including the historic buildings
  • Facilities planning, property management, and preservation
  • Educational and public program development, delivery, and administration
  • Community and public relations and collaborative partnerships

Required Qualifications
  • Master's degree in Museum Studies, Historic Preservation or a related field
  • Strong skills in written and verbal communication and organization
  • Minimum of five years of experience in the history, museum and preservation field
  • Experience in working with a non-profit Board of Trustees
  • Experience in history museum/historic site and non-profit management
  • Experience in community engagement/volunteer management
  • Experience in building successful and creative public programs
  • Experience in fundraising and grant writing
  • Experience in public relations
  • Strong ties to the public history, museum and historic preservation worlds

Starting Salary Range: $50,000 to $60,000 depending on qualifications and experience

Benefits include: Flexible health care allowance, sick leave, vacation time, opportunity to participate in 403b retirement plan with employer match, and opportunities for professional development.

Evaluation: 6-month probationary period. The Director is reviewed annually by the Board of Directors and receives a written performance appraisal.

To Apply:
Send a letter of interest, resume, copy of college and graduate school transcripts, list of three professional references with contact information, and copy of most recent performance appraisal from current or most recent position by e-mail to the Search Committee at execdirOberlinHeritage@gmail.com. Include your surname in the subject line of the e-mail.

Application deadline: May 18, 2015

Anticipated start date: August 17, 2015

No phone calls and no walk-in inquiries.

(Posted 3/23/15)

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Image of a star SENIOR MANAGER, COLLECTIONS OPERATIONS
The Henry Ford, MI

Summary of Purpose
The senior manager of collections operations is responsible for overseeing the coordination of the Registrars/Collection management, Special Projects, and Conservation departments—both within the unit and with regard to Historical Resources' interactions with other units.

Essential Functions
  1. Leads the Registrar, Chief Conservator, and head of Special Projects with regard to the coordination, implementation, and completion of team projects.
  2. Assists Senior Director of Historical Resources to ensure that projects and initiatives are tracked and completed according to unit and institutional strategy and objectives.
  3. Confers with and assists Senior Director of Historical Resources with regard to inter-unit coordination and collaboration. Works directly with appropriate managers in Programs, Facilities, Digitization, Public Relations, Marketing, Education, and other departments to ensure smooth workflow and productive collaboration.
  4. Works with the Senior Director of Historical Resources and in conjunction with Team Leaders, to develop the annual expense budgets for the unit. Works with leadership to devise business planning formats and processes, then administers their implementation. Assist Unit Director in on-going review of unit budget performance reports
  5. Works with Team Leaders, staff and ITS team members, to determine computer needs in terms of software applications, hardware upgrades, and staff skills. Works with staff to develop skills according to Unit strategy.
  6. Facilitates the education of team leaders and staff in the development, implementation, and maintenance of project tracking and reporting tools—both inter- and intra-departmentally.
  7. Facilitates the education of Team Leaders and staff in the principles of financial tracking, reporting, and efficient means of operation within the Unit.
  8. Contributes to the effective team management of all problems, issues, and opportunities.
  9. Leads twice-monthly Collections Operations team meetings; approves minutes of said meetings.
  10. Responsible for development of creative work which includes, but is not limited to, publications in any medium, product and program development and design, and all related collateral materials.
  11. Other duties as necessary.

Minimum Requirements
Requires a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in American History or related field. Minimum five years' professional experience—supervisory or coordinative preferred. Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills required. Computer skills that support current museum practices—particularly project tracking and collections database.

Special Skills
Good interpersonal, organizational, problem-solving, and consensus-building skills. Ability to function independently and to work as a member of a team. Ability to work on multiple projects at a time. Ability to develop creative work in a variety of media.

Please visit our web site to apply: www.thehenryford.org/about/employment.aspx

(Posted 3/16/15)

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Image of a star DIRECTOR OF MAJOR GIFTS
Naper Settlement, IL

Division: Executive

Department: Development

Supervisor: President & CEO

Job Summary
The Director of Major Gifts will be responsible for working with the President & CEO, the leadership team, and Naperville Heritage Board to ensure that the institution reaches its fundraising and donor contact goals with regard to major gifts. This position will play a key role in an upcoming capital (comprehensive) campaign, including solicitation, cultivation, and stewardship of major donors working with high-level volunteers in a variety of capacities.

Job Scope
One direct report, grant writer. Under Major Gifts/Campaign Management will identify, develop, execute and lead prospect strategies to ensure an optimal donor experience and positive outcomes for the Museum. Identity prospects, qualify, and service a portfolio of major gift accounts. This position will be responsible for overseeing major gift records and reporting to staff, board and others.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities
  1. LEAD the Museum's planned gifting efforts including prospection, creating strategy, and executing to deliver results.
  2. IMPLEMENT under the direction of the President & CEO the major gifts plan to meet the budgeted goal.
  3. Personally carry a portfolio of major gifts prospects, COORDINATING the involvement of board members and staff leadership in the cultivation and solicitation process, and actively solicit as appropriate.
  4. PRODUCE cultivation, solicitation and stewardship material and, as necessary, prepare needed correspondence and proposals for Board and staff leadership.
  5. DEVELOP a schedule of cultivation and stewardship events and manage their execution, including organizing the logistics with staff and volunteers.
  6. OVERSEE major donor recognition throughout the year.
  7. REPRESENT the Naperville Heritage Society at philanthropic and community events.
  8. WORKS with the grant writer to identity and vett grants and foundations that support the strategic goals of the institution.
  9. CREATE and MANAGE Raiser's Edge database policies and procedures for tracking major donors and prospect activity. WORK with staff to generate and utilize effective reports in order to identify, segment and solicit current and prospective major gift donors, in addition to monitoring ongoing progress against established goals.
  10. PRODUCE well written, ACCURATE and TIMELY follow-up and related correspondence such as comprehensive proposals, related budgets, contact reports, cover and thank you letters, emails, reports, and briefings in support of cultivating, soliciting and stewarding assigned prospects.
  11. WORKS in a COLLABORATIVE manner with all institutional staff PERFORMING other duties as may be appropriate and needed.

The above noted job description is not intended to describe, in detail, the multitude of tasks that may be assigned but rather to give the staff member a general sense of the responsibilities and expectations of his/her position. As the nature of business demands change so, too, may the essential functions of this position.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
Superior knowledge of principles of institutional advancement, development and philanthropy, including prospect portfolio management, personal solicitation, campaigns, planned giving and other areas. Demonstrated knowledge of techniques of donor cultivation and solicitation. Expertise with all forms of private resource development including annual, capital and events. Outstanding written, listening and oral communication skills, including excellent public speaking presentation. Experience with systems, processes and work alliances in a complex, collaborative organization. Excellent process management skills, financial operations experience and computer proficiency with development software, customer relationship management software and general office applications. Prefer knowledge of Raiser's Edge. Enthusiasm, sense of humor and the ability to be flexible and work collaboratively with a variety of teams and constituents. Proven record of accomplishment that demonstrates initiative, creativity, and critical thinking abilities; willingness to take risks and solve problems creatively. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, volunteers, staff, and members.

Essential Functions
  1. Ability to operate or observe office equipment for an hour or more at a time in order to send and receive information with necessary optical, auditory, and manual dexterity.
  2. Ability to analyze, compute and audit information including proof-reading and checking documents for errors.
  3. Ability to use a keyboard to enter, retrieve or transfer words or data.
  4. Ability to operate a telephone to receive and send information.
  5. Ability to closely examine computer screen or written reports.
  6. Ability to read, comprehend and speak English and be able to demonstrate a minimum of twelfth grade reading skills.
  7. Ability to walk, sit, or stand for an hour or more at a time.
  8. Ability to lift or carry objects weighing at least 25 pounds.
  9. Ability to distinguish colors.
  10. Ability to work in an area that may be uncomfortable due to temperature variation, noise, odors, or other conditions.

Minimum Education, Experience and Certification Requirements
Bachelor's degree required. 3-6 years in direct fundraising and/or transferable professional skills that include sales and/or developing relationships with high net worth clients or customers, preferably at the major gift level. Verifiable track record of successfully soliciting and closing gifts from individuals/organizations and the ability to articulate and advocate a strong case for support. Five to seven years of experience required, experience with Raiser's Edge software strongly desired.

Application
Naper Settlement has retained Campbell & Company to conduct the search for the Director of Major Gifts. This search is being conducted by Kris McFeely, Consultant, and Colleen Rogers, Associate Consultant. To be considered for this opportunity, please send a letter of interest and resume to:

Colleen Rogers
Associate Consultant, Executive Search
colleen.rogers@campbellcompany.com
(312) 896-8906 direct

(Posted 3/16/15)

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LECTURESHIP — MUSEUM STUDIES PROGRAM
University of Iowa Department of Anthropology, IA

The University of Iowa Department of Anthropology invites applications for a non-tenure-track lecturer position in Museum Studies for a three-year period (2015-18), beginning August 19, 2015, and renewable thereafter in three- or five-year increments pending collegiate approval and demonstrated excellence in teaching. Duties of this position include teaching 'Introduction to Museum Studies' and five other Museum Studies courses per academic year such as 'The Natural History Museum: A History' and 'Historic House Management & Preservation.' The duties also include advising museum internship students along with other faculty. This position requires experience in the development of online Museum Studies courses — it is anticipated that the Museum Studies Program at The University of Iowa will have an autonomous online program within three years. Requirements include: M.A. in Museum Studies or equivalent museum professional experience, and a Ph.D., in History, the Natural Sciences, or a related field. Salary commensurate with teaching and professional experience. Lecturers at the University of Iowa are considered regular (not temporary) faculty with full benefits. Applicants must apply online at the following website (http://jobs.uiowa.edu/) and refer to requisition number 66106. In the online application, please attach a letter of application, curriculum vitae, details of previous teaching experience, prospective courses, and contact information for three references. Please visit the website: http://www.uiowa.edu/~mstudies/ to learn more about the Program and the University. Screening of applications will begin on April 15, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Anthropology and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are strongly committed to diversity; the strategic plans of the University and College reflect this commitment. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

(Posted 3/12/15)

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Image of a star VICE PRESIDENT OF EDUCATION & EXHIBITIONS
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Skokie, IL
www.ilholocaustmuseum.org

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center 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. The Museum fulfills its mission through the exhibition, preservation and interpretation of its collections and through education programs and initiatives that foster the promotion of human rights and the elimination of genocide. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Vice President of Education & Exhibitions will be a member of the senior management team. The Vice President is responsible for guiding and overseeing the overall exhibition and educational programs as well as public outreach activities. This person will be responsible for developing an integrated program strategy for IHMEC that links existing programs to achieve mission objectives in ways that are effective, efficient and use contemporary technology resources. The Vice President of Education & Exhibits is responsible for a team of eight and directly manages the Chief Curator of Collections & Exhibitions and Director of Education. Qualified candidates will have a minimum of 10 or more years of verifiable management and administrative experience in museums, historic sites or other appropriate setting preferably in the area of education or exhibits. Leadership skills in the development of a strategic plan for programming are required. The candidate must have prior experience developing innovative and creative programs that are presented in attractive and comprehensible ways to different public audiences.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated management experience and the ability to work with and lead a staff in the development and implementation of education, exhibitions and outreach programs. Furthermore, organization of multiple programs requiring efficient and careful project management will be required. The ideal candidate will have grant writing experience and knowledge of other funding strategies. This person will have solid experience developing budgets, spreadsheets and cost control measures. The successful candidate will embody the vision, mission and values of IHMEC. Knowledge and study of the Holocaust is desired. A minimum of a B.S. or B.A. in education, public history, museum studies or related field of study is required. Graduate study is preferred.

Applications and nominations are being received by Noetic Search (www.noeticexsearch.com) via electronic mail at resumes@noeticexsearch.com. If interested, please submit a current resume and cover letter to the above email address.

(Posted 3/10/15)

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Image of a star 2015 SUMMER AUDIOVISUAL INTERN — LEE AUDITORIUM
Missouri History Museum, MO

The Missouri History Museum is accepting applications from students who are interested in an unpaid internship with our Community Education and Events department. The intern will assist our Technical Coordinator with theater-related tasks including but not limited to theatrical lighting, sound and general audiovisual applications. Intern will coordinate with the Technical Coordinator, Community Education and Events staff, general public, and at times, outside productions.

The interns responsibilities will be:
  • Hang, gel, focus, and program lighting designs
  • Run the lighting board during LIVE performances
  • Set up and run sound for LIVE productions, events, and programs
  • Run documentary screenings and lecture presentations
  • Other duties as assigned

The desired candidate will have a flexible schedule as many events take place during evenings and weekends. A minimum of 12 hours of work per week is required. This internship will run June through August, 2015. The final schedule will be determined with the supervisor.

The preferred candidate will be a sophomore or above with a GPA of 3.0 or better, majoring in theater, performing arts, media studies, or other related field.

The Missouri History Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to deepening the understanding of past choices, present circumstances and future possibilities; strengthening the bond of community and facilitating solutions to common problems.

To apply, each candidate must complete the online application at www.mohistory.org/intern-application and attach a resume and a short statement of interest in applying for an internship. If chosen for an interview, the candidate will be asked to supply two references.

For questions, please contact:
Vicki Kaffenberger: vak@mohistory.org
or
Tamaki Stratman: tamaki@mohistory.org

(Posted 3/10/15)

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Image of a star 2015 SUMMER DEVELOPMENT INTERNS
Missouri History Museum, MO

The Missouri History Museum is accepting applications from college students who are interested in an unpaid internship with our development department. Two interns will be selected.

The development interns will report to a development assistant and will be responsible for helping the department staff implement their annual fund goals. The positions will run from June to August, 2015, and require a minimum work schedule of 10 hours per week. The ideal candidate will be an advanced undergraduate with a minimum GPA of 3.5.

Duties/Responsibilities:
Assists in executing annual fund development plan including identification, cultivation, solicitation, and recognition of membership:
  • Promotes membership through onsite sales
  • Assists in managing the Time Travelers Program
  • Process and fulfill complimentary membership request through Raisers Edge
  • Assists with the preparation of membership packets and other mailings
  • Assists development staff with calling members
  • Assists with membership and development event coordination
  • Promotes and nurtures productive working relationships
  • Undertakes other development activities as assigned

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities Required:
  • Solid written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills in interacting with staff, members, and donors
  • Ability to manage sensitive and confidential information

The Missouri History Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to deepening the understanding of past choices, present circumstances and future possibilities; strengthening the bond of community and facilitating solutions to common problems.

To apply, each candidate must complete the online application at www.mohistory.org/intern-application and attach a resume and a short statement of interest in applying for an internship. If chosen for an interview, the candidate will be asked to supply two references.

For questions, please contact:
Vicki Kaffenberger: vak@mohistory.org
or
Tamaki Stratman: tamaki@mohistory.org

(Posted 3/10/15)

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Image of a star 2015 SUMMER PHOTOS & PRINTS INTERN
Missouri History Museum, MO

The Missouri History Museum is accepting applications from students who are interested in an unpaid internship with our photos and prints department. This position will report to the photo processing archivist.

The intern will assist in cataloging and digitizing images of St. Louis architectural photography from the Henry Mizuki Photo Studio collection. The intern will learn archival cataloging methods and create catalog records according to department guidelines as well as digitizing 35mm, 120mm, and 4x5 film negatives under the guidance of the archivist.

The work schedule is flexible, with hours typically between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. A minimum of 15 hours of work per week is required. This internship will run June through August, 2015. The final schedule will be determined with the supervisor.

The ideal candidate will be an undergraduate majoring in Library Science, History, American Studies, or similar field of study. Some experience with Adobe Photoshop is preferred.

The Missouri History Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to deepening the understanding of past choices, present circumstances and future possibilities; strengthening the bond of community, and facilitating solutions to common problems.

To apply, each candidate must complete the online application at www.mohistory.org/intern-application and attach a resume and a short statement of interest in applying for an internship. If chosen for an interview, the candidate will be asked to supply two references.

For questions, please contact:
Vicki Kaffenberger: vak@mohistory.org
or
Tamaki Stratman: tamaki@mohistory.org

(Posted 3/10/15)

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Image of a star 2015 SUMMER OBJECT CATALOGER INTERNSHIP
Missouri History Museum, MO

The Missouri History Museum (MHM) is accepting applications from students who are interested in an unpaid internship with our collections department. The intern will work alongside the Museum's collection management staff to process new acquisitions in the object collection. The intern will assist in object processing, including cataloging, condition reporting, object labeling, object photography, basic preventive conservation, and object housing.

MHM is committed to making accessible to researchers, staff, and patrons alike its vast collections via exhibits, programs, and digital cross collection search. Full processing of objects, including cataloging and responsible storage, is the first and most critical step in ensuring collections accessibility.

The intern's responsibilities may include:
  • Associate and apply trinomial ID numbers to objects
  • Create full object records-including physical description, object measurements and material, and object history in MHM's Mimsy XG database
  • Capture and edit reference photographs of each object to be associated with object record in Mimsy
  • Complete object condition reports
  • House objects using appropriate materials

The preferred start date of this summer internship is the week of May 18, 2015. The internship will last 10 weeks and the number of expected work hours will be contingent on whether or not the intern will receive academic credit from their university. The intern and supervisor will set a specific schedule prior to the start of the internship.

Ideal candidates will be enrolled in a program or hold a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Museum Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, History, Public History, or related fields. The applicant should have experience in academic research and object handling, familiarity with museum database software (Mimsy XG preferred), proficiency in photo editing software (Picasa 3.9 preferred), ability to climb ladders and lift up to 40 pounds, and have knowledge and understanding of current museum best practices.

The Missouri History Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to deepening the understanding of past choices, present circumstances and future possibilities; strengthening the bond of community, and facilitating solutions to common problems.

To apply, each candidate must complete the online application at www.mohistory.org/intern-application and attach a resume and a short statement of interest in applying for an internship. If chosen for an interview, the candidate will be asked to supply two references.

For questions, please contact:
Vicki Kaffenberger: vak@mohistory.org
or
Tamaki Stratman: tamaki@mohistory.org

(Posted 3/10/15)

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Image of a star 2015 SUMMER RESERVATIONS OFFICE INTERN
Missouri History Museum, MO

The Missouri History Museum (MHM) is accepting applications for an internship with the ticketing and scheduling department. This position is unpaid, but the opportunity for current students to receive academic credit for hours worked is available. Recent graduates will also be considered.

The ticketing and scheduling department/reservations office is at the core for 700 annual events held at MHM. Each internal booking is submitted, processed, cross-referenced, and updated to ensure accuracy. The success of every K-12 field trip, adult tour, corporate/private room rental, and event hosted by MHM hinges on the dependability and reliability of the this office.

The intern's responsibilities may include:
  • Process K-12 field trips and/or summer camp group bookings
  • Enter internal programming holds for upcoming MHM events
  • Facilitate RSVPS for members-only events in conjunction with the development office
  • Print weekly reports and schedules for various departments through the Museum
  • Work closely with the reservations assistant, and ticketing and scheduling manager
  • Cross-train with the guest services team to support front-line staff
  • Greet visitors, and be stationed throughout exhibits to answer questions, etc.
  • Professionally interact with customers in person, via e-mail, and over the phone

The work schedule is flexible, with hours between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, 10-15 hours of work per week is required. This internship will run from May through July 2015, and the final schedule will be determined with the supervisor.

The reservations office intern must be in good academic standing with an exceptional knack for organization and attention to detail. The ideal candidate will have previous customer service experience, especially in an entertainment venue or arts and cultural institution.

Undergraduate and graduate students will be considered. The ideal candidate will major in Library Science, History, American Studies, Anthropology, Education, Marketing Management, or other related fields.

The Missouri History Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to deepening the understanding of past choices, present circumstances and future possibilities; strengthening the bond of community, and facilitating solutions to common problems.

To apply, each candidate must complete the online application at www.mohistory.org/intern-application and attach a resume and a short statement of interest in applying for an internship. If chosen for an interview, the candidate will be asked to supply two references.

For questions, please contact:
Vicki Kaffenberger: vak@mohistory.org
or
Tamaki Stratman: tamaki@mohistory.org

(Posted 3/10/15)

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Image of a star 2015 SUMMER ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY COLLECTION ASSISTANTSHIP OR INTERNSHIP
Missouri History Museum, MO

The Missouri History Museum is accepting applications from students interested in an un-paid assistantship or internship with our Exhibitions and Research Division. The intern will assist in research for the museum's artifact collection and content development of exhibits.

The intern's responsibilities may include:
  • Identifying library, photography archive, and document archive holdings related to specific collection artifacts, including source and finding aid citations in a comprehensive summary report
  • Researching maker/manufacturer, industry, materials, ownership, and/or usage information of specified artifacts, including source and finding aid citations in a comprehensive summary report
  • Providing researched characterizations of discrete aspects of regional resource exploitation or conservation
  • Measuring, describing, and entering artifact identification information into the collections database management system
  • Assisting with artifact photography, document scanning, and/or interview transcription

A minimum of ten hours of week for 12-15 weeks is desired, with scheduling flexible between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday. This internship will run from May through July 2015, and the final schedule will be determined with the supervisor.

Preferred candidates will be graduate students for assistantship; undergraduate students in good academic standing with a passion for and competency in the subject will be considered for internship. Appropriate fields of academic study include Environmental Studies, Archeology, Material Culture Studies, History, Museum Studies, Archive Management, or similar fields. The applicant should have good communication, computer, and research skills, and sensitivity to and care for delicate artifacts.

The Missouri History Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to deepening the understanding of past choices, present circumstances and future possibilities; strengthening the bond of community, and facilitating solutions to common problems.

To apply, each candidate must complete the online application at www.mohistory.org/intern-application and attach a resume and a short statement of interest in applying for an internship. If chosen for an interview, the candidate will be asked to supply two references.

For questions, please contact:
Vicki Kaffenberger: vak@mohistory.org
or
Tamaki Stratman: tamaki@mohistory.org

(Posted 3/10/15)

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Image of a star 2015 SUMMER ENVIRONMENTAL PHOTO ARCHIVE ASSISTANTSHIP OR INTERNSHIP
Missouri History Museum, MO

The Missouri History Museum is accepting applications from students interested in an un-paid assistantship or internship with our Exhibitions and Research Division The intern will assist in analyzing, scanning, and cataloging slide and film images in an extensive collection of wildlife conservation images spanning the 1950s into the 1980s. This ongoing project establishes descriptions and finding aids that will enable future generations of researchers to appreciate conservation efforts during the latter half of the twentieth century.

The intern's responsibilities may include:
  • Identifying individual images within the context of and sequenced for as many as 20 years of wildlife observation activity
  • Summarizing groups of like images in report format
  • Consistently applying descriptive nomenclature for individual image within the collections database management system
  • Labeling and tagging artifacts with collections tracking information
  • Constructing archival storage housings for slides and film
  • Scanning individual images and associating scans with metadata

A minimum of ten hours of week for 12-15 weeks is desired, with scheduling flexible between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday. This internship will run from May through July 2015, and the final schedule will be determined with the supervisor.

Preferred candidates will be graduate students for assistantship; undergraduate students in good academic standing with a passion for and competency in the subject will be considered for internship. Appropriate fields of academic study include Photography, Environmental Studies, Wildlife Conservation, Museum Collections, Archive Management, History, or similar fields. The applicant should have good communication, computer, and research skills, and sensitivity to and care for delicate artifacts.

The Missouri History Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to deepening the understanding of past choices, present circumstances and future possibilities; strengthening the bond of community, and facilitating solutions to common problems.

To apply, each candidate must complete the online application at www.mohistory.org/intern-application and attach a resume and a short statement of interest in applying for an internship. If chosen for an interview, the candidate will be asked to supply two references.

For questions, please contact:
Vicki Kaffenberger: vak@mohistory.org
or
Tamaki Stratman: tamaki@mohistory.org

(Posted 3/10/15)

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Image of a star CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI

The Grand Rapids Art Museum has opened a search for its Chief Operating Officer. The 125,000 square foot museum, popularly known as GRAM, is an independent, non-profit and nationally accredited art museum positioned at the vibrant heart of Michigan's second largest city. Founded in 1910, GRAM's 2007 facility is the world's first LEED Gold-certified art museum. 20,000 square feet of gallery and exhibition space on three floors are supported by a full array of program and event facilities and climate-controlled collections storage. The innovative green facility provides meeting, classroom and performance space for public and school programs and robust community outreach initiatives. GRAM preserves and exhibits a notable permanent collection of more than 5,000 works of historic and contemporary American and European art that support and advance its educational mission. Focusing on art, design, and creativity, GRAM seeks to provide diverse platforms for experiences, ideas, and dialogue that enrich the human spirit and build practical learning skills. Through dynamic exhibitions, collections, learning initiatives, and community collaborations, GRAM increasingly serves as a cultural beacon and civic anchor for West Michigan.

The successful candidate for the Chief Operating Officer will direct and implement dynamic and innovative management of daily operations, finances and business strategies that support the board-adopted strategic plan of this growing, vital institution. S/he will supervise multiple department heads ranging from Comptroller to Museum Retail Manager, reporting to the Director and CEO.

Additional information and procedures for confidential application are posted at http://www.artmuseumgr.org. Applications will be reviewed beginning March 9, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

Timothy Chester of Timothy J. Chester & Associates, a consultant with The Museum Group, is assisting the Grand Rapids Art Museum with this search.

Summary of Position:
Under the direction of Director and CEO Dana Friis-Hansen, the Chief Operating Officer of the Grand Rapids Art Museum will partner with the Senior Management Team in leading the museum's staff and volunteers to reach the goals and objectives of its recently adopted strategic plan. The COO is responsible for overseeing the management of the museum's day-to-day operations including financial and business affairs, human resources, facility operations, information systems, facility rental and beverage services, security, the museum store and the GOSite, an innovative new civic visitor information center operated collaboratively with others. The COO is a member of the Director's Senior Management Team, which includes the Chief Curator, the Director of Advancement, Director of Learning & Audience Engagement and Director of Human Resources.

Employing human-centered design methodologies and 21st century skills, s/he will plan, develop, foster, implement, and manage a workplace culture that is characterized by critical thinking, reflective practice, collaboration and communication in the exercise of best practices for the museum profession and delivery of a high level of guest experience. Responsibilities include developing and implementing values and work strategies that form nimble cross-departmental teams and task forces to address institutional needs and strategic priorities.

The COO will be responsible for an annual operating budget process, leading the staff and Senior Management Team and Budget and Audit Subcommittees. Sources of revenue include earned income, fees, donations and funds from external granting agencies, along with revenues generated by a dedicated endowment managed by an affiliated foundation board. S/he will also work to analyze the institution's ongoing capital needs and maintain a schedule of cyclical maintenance for the museum's landmark contemporary building. The COO will oversee internal operational support systems, and provide direction and guidance to contracted staff and outside individuals and entities connected with the museum's operations. In close consultation with the Senior Management Team and Trustee leadership, the COO will assist in long-term institutional and financial planning including enhancement of the museum's facility and operational efficiency; increasing endowment and annual revenue streams, staffing, artistic programming and learning initiatives and the art collection, as well as supporting the fundraising program to meet those needs. S/he will form and reinforce productive partnerships and collaborative relationships in the larger community to benefit the museum's activities and to enrich the educational and cultural life of the regional arts community, the City of Grand Rapids and its region.

The salary and compensation package are competitive.

Position Description:
All aspects of museum business administration, finance and operations including, but not limited to:

Financial and Operational Management
  • Direct all financial planning, new business development, budget production, review and reporting and budget controls needed to realize the museum's fiscal and business goals. Develop, monitor and regularly report key metrics to staff and the Board of Trustees, including non-financial metrics such as attendance and enrollment. Provide business analysis support and training to all staff to help improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the museum's businesses.
  • Direct external reporting and prepare financial reports and analysis for the Director and CEO, Executive/Finance Committee, Budget and Audit Sub-Committee, Audit Committee and Board of Trustees, supported by the Comptroller (in this as well as all following financial management responsibilities). Serves as Staff Representative for the relevant Board Committees (such as the Executive/Finance and Facilities Committees, and the Budget and Audit Sub-Committee and work with the committee chairs and the Director and CEO to set committee agendas and manage the work of the committees.
  • Direct that the computerized financial management system, chart of accounts, and internal control systems are properly designed and maintained, and provide meaningful and timely information. Ensure that the key transaction systems (including school group registration, fundraising and membership, store sales, museum admissions, and event ticketing) are efficiently and fully implemented, the department staff managing and utilizing these systems are proficient in their use, and that the data is regularly reconciled to the general ledger.
  • Direct treasury management; monitor investment manager performance in conjunction with the museum's foundation, manage investment policies and procedures, and prepare monthly and quarterly reports to the Board's Executive/Finance Committee.
  • Direct facilities management and security, supported by the Facility Manager.
  • Oversee efficient and effective use of the building, including needs assessment, design development, budgeting and controls, and general project management of renovations.
  • Direct human resource programs, policies, procedures, and compensation administration supported by the Director of Human Resources.
  • Direct management of the Museum Store, supported by the Retail Manager.
  • Maintain contacts with peers in the museum field to keep abreast of best practices and current issues, and import this information into the museum.
  • Supervise the Comptroller, the Facility Manger (who manages all maintenance and security staff), the head of Information Technology, the Director of Human Resources, Special Events Manager, Catering and Beverage Manager, Retail Manager, Information Technology contractors and GOSite Project Manager.
  • Plan and manage the annual budget process, including the operational staffing plan
  • Manage and conduct annual performance evaluations of supervised museum staff
  • Develop, mentor, coach and discipline staff in a positive and productive fashion.

Institutional Leadership
  • As part of the Senior Management Team, lead the planning and overall management of the Museum, including the efficient development and implementation of its temporary and long-term programs and strategies. Assist the Executive Office with institutional strategic planning, and lead planning for the museum's operational and support departments.
  • Attend all meetings of the Board of Trustees and its Executive/Finance Committee and manage the agendas, meetings and communications for the Facilities Committee, the Budget and Audit Sub-Committee` and the GRAM Foundation Board.
  • Foster an institutional culture that values stakeholder input and utilizes evaluation and other metrics to measure effectiveness.
  • Foster interdepartmental communication, collaboration and the formation of cross-departmental teams in undertaking objectives that advance the Museum's strategic goals.
  • Create a collaborative work environment through meetings with staff, volunteers, board members, donors and other stakeholders as needed to foster effective communication.
  • Build and maintain contacts with peers in the museum field to keep abreast of best practices and current issues and bring this information into the museum.
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned.

Required Education, Knowledge, Experience, Skills, and Abilities:

Education: Master's degree or above, preferably in museum or arts management, non-profit and/or public administration, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience: Minimum of five years of relevant and progressively responsible experience in non-profit institutional operational and financial management is required. Previous managerial or supervisory experience in a museum setting is not mandatory, but will be highly valued.
  • Demonstrated experience in formulating and managing budgets, planning and oversight of security and human resource management
  • Successful financial management experience
  • Experience with banking and investment strategies, institutional asset management, risk management (safety security and financial), cost containment and process improvement.
  • Strong project management skills as both a manager and an executive
  • Strong organizational, administrative, customer service, time management, and interpersonal skills, along with the ability to interact effectively with a diverse population of staff, trustees, donors, artists, and local community members
  • Excellent communication skills, including public speaking and writing.
  • Abilities to plan, carry out, delegate and evaluate work essential to the management of the museum's daily operations
  • Abilities to form and maintain productive partnerships, and build collaborative relationships with appropriate individuals and entities throughout the institution, with the regional arts organizations and museums, and in the larger museum community
  • Knowledge of best practices in the field of non-profit management and demonstrated abilities to learn and apply institutional policies and procedures to best financial and budgeting practices

Environmental Capabilities and Requirements:
  • Aptitude with basic social media, database management, IT and other computer hardware and software applications used to support staff communication, financial reporting and museum external engagement.
  • Proficiency in the use of general office equipment, cameras, tools, equipment and products used in the care and maintenance of building systems and communication networks.
  • Abilities to handle, pack, lift, move, mount, and store a variety of supplies, tools, equipment used for IT, building systems and basic equipment
  • Familiarity with strategies, best practices, tools, and equipment (such as HVAC systems) used to preserve and protect museum collections to standards recommended by the American Alliance of Museums
  • Willingness and ability to travel when necessary and attend special events and fund-raising activities that support the museum's programs

About Grand Rapids:
Grand Rapids is Michigan's second largest city, located midway between Chicago and Detroit. It's the largest city in West Michigan with a M.S.A. population of 1.3 million people. The city is situated on the banks of the Grand River 25 miles east of the spectacular dunes, beaches and harbor towns of Lake Michigan. The region is economically diverse, with an economy based in the health care, information technology, automotive, aviation, and consumer goods manufacturing industries. Its airport hosts more than 2,000,000 passengers annually. Grand Rapids continues to gain national recognition for its economic resurgence and job growth as shown in its new ranking as the 25th Best Performing City in America out of the nation's 200 largest cities. World headquarters for such companies as Amway, BISSELL, Steelcase, Herman Miller, and Wolverine World Wide find their home in the region.

Grand Rapids has long been a mecca for creators and patrons of art and is a national leader in civic-minded philanthropy. It was first known as the Furniture City for the artistry of its furniture. In the 20th century, Alexander Calder's stabile la Grande Vitesse became an integral element of the city's identity as the very first public art project funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. In this century, the global art scene has been marked by ArtPrize, the world's richest, most radically open art competition where 1,500+ artists from around the world annually display their work in every corner of downtown Grand Rapids, including the art museum — and more than 400,000 visitors vote on which artist will receive the $200,000 grand prize. This cultural event like no other has been named one of the world's top five festivals by Time magazine.

Grand Rapids is a great place to live and work. The Wall Street Journal Market Watch recognized it as the second best place to live in the United States based on its solid schools and strong economy. Along with its Lake Michigan shoreline, the city was recently named by Lonely Planet as the top U.S. travel destination for 2014. Forbes recently named the Grand Rapids metropolitan region the 4th smartest city in America with a regional network of more than 20 public universities and 6 community colleges, and the 4th highest expenditures globally for higher education. Grand Rapids features other nationally known museums in addition to GRAM including the Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Children's Museum, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts with its art house cinema and the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Theater, music, dance, and opera venues are complemented by 25 craft beer breweries, diverse restaurants with leading chefs, and the Griffins hockey team. Outdoor recreation includes biking, hiking, boating, fishing, golf, and America's largest 25K road race boasting 21,000 global participants. Visit www.experiencegr.com or www.grandrapids.org to learn more about the city.

The Grand Rapids Art Museum is in principle as well as practice an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to an equitable work place without discrimination with regard to race, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability or sexual orientation. GRAM places a high priority on sustaining a supportive work environment that recognizes the importance of having diverse staff in order to meet its mission.

Application Information:
Additional information about the Grand Rapids Art Museum can be found at www.artmuseumgr.org. Qualified applicants should send in confidence a compelling narrative cover letter, résumé, samples of written work relevant to this position (such as a project plan or project proposal), and full contact information for at least three references along with compensation requirements to Timothy Chester of Timothy J. Chester & Associates at tim@timothyjchester.com. Applicants must be willing and able to work evenings and weekends as needed and travel as assigned. Final candidates will be subject to criminal history, credit history, and motor vehicle background checks. Review of applications will begin March 9, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates lacking the requisite education, knowledge, skills and abilities need not apply.

(Posted 3/9/15)

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Image of a star VISITOR SERVICES ASSISTANT
Dorothy Molter Museum, Ely, MN

Job Classification: Seasonal, part-time, hourly at $9.00/hour averaging 15-20.5 hours per week during the summer tourist season. Winter hours may be available depending on special events.

Start date: May 19, 2015

The Visitor Services Assistant acts as the initial visitor contact and is responsible for maintaining retail operations as a primary duty. Secondary duties include museum tours and collections care as well as other projects as assigned.

Applies to all Employees:
  1. Represents the Dorothy Molter Museum in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current members, donors, visitors, vendors and the communities we serve; Interacts effectively with a diverse group of staff, interns, volunteers and other customers of our services.
  2. Learns and uses operating practices of the Dorothy Molter Museum.
  3. Upholds the Mission Statement, adheres to organizational standards, and promotes membership and sales.
  4. Handles confidential information with tact and discretion.
  5. Follows staff guidelines and performs opening/closing duties as outlined in the Employee Handbook.

Primary Responsibilities — Retail & Guest Services (75%):
  1. Communicates the museum's mission, vision, and interpretive message to the public by greeting visitors in person and over the phone; informs visitors of museum programs, exhibits, and resources; provides information to the public about Dorothy Molter via in-person contact including guided tours, and online social media (i.e.: Facebook)
  2. Carries out daily operations of the museum's gift shop, including: sales, stocking and straightening merchandise, merchandise inventories, and performing end of day procedures (daily sales receipts/reports and balancing cash drawers)
  3. Provides support services for museum members, patrons, group tours, and school tours (e.g. folding brochures, stuffing envelopes, making coffee for special events)
  4. Assists with processing, packing and shipping internet orders

Secondary Responsibilities — Tour Guide Services & Projects (25%):
  1. Communicate the museum's mission, vision and interpretive message to the public by
    1. Providing scheduled tours and
    2. Informing visitors of museum programs, exhibits, and resources
  2. Assists cashiers with daily gift shop operations (stocking, bagging, helping customers locate items, etc.) as needed or requested
  3. Performs other duties as necessary or assigned including collections care
  4. Participates in meetings as necessary or assigned
  5. Provides reports on progress to supervisor as requested

Required Qualifications:
  • Proficiency with computer software applications including Microsoft Office
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to represent the museum in a friendly and professional manner
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that will sometimes include weekends, evenings and holidays
  • Willingness to work in a variety of environmental situations, ranging from cold and snow to hot, humid and buggy conditions

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience with museum and/or interpretive center visitor services operations
  • Retail experience, including cash handling and maintaining inventory, and proficiency in QuickBooks Point of Sale software

Applications accepted through March 31 or until positions filled. To apply, submit cover letter and resume to:

Jess Edberg
DMM &38212; VSA Position
PO Box 391
Ely, MN 55731

or

jess@rootbeerlady.com (Word or pdf)

(Posted 3/5/15)

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Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society, MI

The Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society (http://www.sdhistoricalsociety.org) is a non-profit 501(c)3 "organization of over-achievers" in the lovely resort towns of Saugatuck and Douglas, located along the shore of Lake Michigan in Southwest Michigan. (http://saugatuck.com/index.asp) With this announcement, the Society will hire its first full-time employee and director. To this point, our organization has achieved remarkable things through the efforts of its working Board and 100+ volunteers. We have evolved to the point that we need professional management on a day-to-day basis. Our vision is to be a premier Michigan attraction built on unparalleled collections and innovative visitor-centered experiences, employing the highest standards of scholarship and stewardship. We believe we are the best small history organization in the State of Michigan and we want to remain and excel in that position.

2014 revenues — $135,600. Assets — over $1.6M. Debt — $0.

The 1866 Old School House History Center in Douglas, purchased in 2006, is our business and programming center. It is also home to our beautiful Back-In-Time-Garden and the historic 1854 Francis Metal Surfboat and the permanent boathouse exhibition, "Rowing Them Safely Home — Shipwrecks and Lifesaving on Lake Michigan."
http://www.sdhistoricalsociety.org/sites/ schoolhouse/schoolhouse.php
http://www.sdhistoricalsociety.org/sites/ schoolhouse/boathouse.php

The Society is the long-term leaseholder of the historic Saugatuck Pumphouse (1904) on the west bank of the Kalamazoo River at the foot of Mt. Baldhead Park. The Pumphouse is our History Museum, where in May, 2015, we will open our 20th different exhibition.
http://www.sdhistoricalsociety.org/sites/ museum/museum.php

The SDHS has also published 12 books and acts as the principal archival depository for the area, including a photo archive (largely digitized) with over 13,000 images.

Each summer, our programming attracts SRO crowds to the History Center with Monthly Programs and "Tuesday Talks" in July and August.
http://www.sdhistoricalsociety.org/current/monthly.php
http://www.sdhistoricalsociety.org/current/tuesday.php

The last 20 years of our "Achievements" are beautifully summarized at:
http://sdhistoricalsociety.org/Newsletter/ sdhs_summary_FINAL_11-25-14.pdf

Our hard-working Board and cadre of dedicated volunteers are seeking a Director who will be responsible for managing the daily operations of the organization. Reporting to the Board of Directors directly and through regular contact with the President, the Director will have substantial operational responsibility for the organization, including supervising staff and volunteers, and coordinating with Working Group and Project Chairs and volunteers to implement the execution of the organization's mission as more specifically provided below. S/he will develop and maintain deep knowledge of programming, activities, operations, and business plans.

Job Title: Director

Education: Bachelor's degree (minimum) and advanced degree preferred in Museum Studies, Non-Profit Administration or a discipline related to the museum's mission and collections.

Desirable experience, skills, and knowledge:
  • Excellent organizational skills; ability to coach staff and volunteers; develop and manage teams; set and achieve strategic objectives; and manage budgets.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong working knowledge of digital technology tools (word processing and financial software, web, social media, etc.)
  • Past success working with a board of directors.
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising skills.
  • Ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of volunteers.
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.

Responsibilities:

Leadership/Management:
  • Serve as the primary contact for the public and membership.
  • Provide staff support for a strong Board of Directors.
  • Attend all meetings of the Board of Directors.
  • Identify areas for formulation of policies and policy changes, as needed, for review and action by the Board and maintain and implement such policies in the organization's administration and activities.
  • Coordinate and assist Working Group Chairs and volunteers to maintain, grow and energize the membership.
  • Coordinate and assist Working Group Chairs and volunteers to ensure ongoing programming and exhibition excellence.
  • Coordinate and assist Working Group Chairs and volunteers in growing, managing and ensuring access to the organization's collections and archives consistent with policies formulated by the Board.
  • Administer and manage the books and records of the organization, including day-to-day finances.
  • Coordinate and assist the organization's accountant and Treasurer in producing timely financial reporting for use by the Board and for other purposes.
  • Coordinate and assist Work Group Chairs and volunteers to maintain, preserve, improve, and manage the use of the buildings, grounds, facilities, equipment, technology, furnishings and other property of the organization.

Fundraising:
  • Work with the Board to formulate and implement strategies for fundraising campaigns, sponsorships and events to support the annual budget and development of a high standard of excellence of the organization.
  • Work with the Board and independently to cultivate external relationships to garner new opportunities for support.
  • Research, apply for, and administer grants.
  • Coordinate and assist Working Group Chairs and volunteers with fundraising events.
  • Formulate and implement strategies for marketing and merchandising SDHS programs, products and facilities.

Communication:
  • Manage and cultivate the SDHS brand locally, statewide and nationally so as to maintain and grow public awareness of the excellence, programming, collections, and activities of the organization.
  • Manage, maintain and direct the improvement of the organization's website and social media presence.
  • Coordinate and assist Working Group Chairs and volunteers to ensure a high standard of excellence in design of the displays, products, facilities, publications and advertising of the organization.
  • Coordinate advertising of the organization's programming, exhibitions, events and activities.
  • Manage partnership and cooperative relationships and activities with other non-profit organizations, libraries and schools.

Planning:
  • Coordinate annual strategic planning process.
  • Assist the Board of Directors on policy and planning issues.

Compensation:
Competitive salaried (starting at $40,000 per year) position with monetary allowance for benefits, including flexible health care allowance, sick leave, vacation time, and opportunities for professional development.

Evaluation:
The Director will be reviewed annually by the Board of Directors. A written performance appraisal will be provided and the Director will be given an opportunity to address the board on performance related issues at the time of the annual review if requested.

Application:
If the qualifications can be met, a substantive letter of interest accompanied by a current resume and three references with complete contact information should be sent via e-mail and attachments only no later than Monday, May 3, 2015 to:

Sharon M. Kelly, Board President
Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society
PO Box 617
Douglas, MI 49406
smkelly@comcast.net

Questions may be made in writing to Fred Schmidt at info@sdhistoricalsociety.org

(Posted 3/3/15)

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Streamwood Park District, IL

Department: Recreation

Classification: Part-Time, Non-Exempt

Salary: $11.00 - $13.00/Hour, Based on Qualifications

Job Summary
Under the direction and supervision of the Superintendent of Business Services & HR, the Museum Docent is responsible for opening and closing the museum, supervising the building, assisting guests during museum hours and administrative and design duties as outlined below. This is a part-time position with the following schedule: Working Museum Hours March through December: Wednesday from 1:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and any additional hours as needed. There will be flexible work hours, as needed in January and February to prepare for the Museum's annual activities. Additional hours may be added and/or available depending on the need; however, hours will not to exceed 19 hours per week and/or approximately 900 hours per year.

Qualifications
  • Candidate must have excellent communication skills and enjoy working with a diverse audience ranging in age from pre-school, teens, adults and seniors.
  • Candidate must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Candidate must be CPR certified within six (6) months of hiring.
  • Candidate must have an Associate's Degree in Museum Studies, Education, Communications, History, or related field.
  • Candidate must have a minimum of one (1) year of experience as a museum docent.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Strategic/Liaison Responsibilities
  • Employee will attend monthly Historical Society meetings to create an effective and professional relationship between the Museum Docent and Historical Society members.
  • Employee must research grant opportunities for the museum and bring all grant possibilities to the Superintendent of Business Services & HR.

Customer Service
  • Employee must display excellent customer service providing guests with a courteous, helpful and informational visit.
  • Employee must create an enthusiastic, interesting, positive, and informative experience for visitors.
  • Employees must show support toward the museum and its activities, programs and exhibits.
  • Employees must show support toward the Hoosier Grove Campus activities, programs and events.
  • Employee must maintain an appropriate customer service attitude.

Daily Operations
  • Employee must clean up after events, special activities and visitors at the end of the day.
  • Employee must be able and willing to work with the Event and Corporate Service Manager and the Hoosier Grove Barn staff on a daily basis on items including, but not limited to: rentals, tours, special events, projects, etc.

Overall Operations
  • Employee is responsible for implementing and monitoring the Museum Passport Program.
  • Employee must research the history of the museum and the District.
  • Employee must develop a tour script for the museum and the Hoosier Grove grounds.
  • Employee will aid in the design, presentation, mounting and preservation of museum exhibits and artifacts.

Special Events
  • Employee will plan and execute special museum related activities.
  • Employee must be able to work Pumpkinfest.
  • Employee must assist with St. Nicholas Night.

General Duties and Responsibilities
  • Employee must greet all visitors and provide accurate information about the museum, history, and exhibits to all guests.
  • Employee must supervise all guests during their museum visit.
  • Employee must ensure the safety and proper care of all visitors, the facility, artifacts and exhibits.
  • Employee must coordinate and assist in scheduled contracted program providers that are scheduled to work at the museum (during museum hours).
  • Employee must supervise and present special scheduled activities, exhibits and/or events (during normal museum hours).

Apply online:
  1. Click: http://www.applitrack.com/streamwood/onlineapp
  2. Click under vacancies listed under Business & HR; Museum Docent
  3. Click "Apply"

(Posted 3/2/15)

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John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC), Sheboygan, WI

BACKGROUND:
Founded in 1967, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) generates a creative exchange between an international community of artists and a diverse public of up to 220,000 annually (plus broadcast audiences). JMKAC makes real the power of the arts to transform lives and strengthen communities. The Arts Center serves as laboratory for the creation of new works; nurturer of interdisciplinary initiatives; originator of exhibitions and critical writings; steward of groundbreaking collections; presenter/producer of performing arts; educator; and community builder. In essence, the Arts Center is an explorer and catalyst that impacts artists and the public. Its inspiring mission, extensive award-winning programming, local/regional/national audiences, and strong involvement of underserved constituencies make it unique.

The Exhibitions/Collections Department of 12 annually curates 12-22 original exhibitions that are part of 2-3 broad themes exploring relevant issues in contemporary art. These series of exhibitions emphasize original installation works, new genres, other contemporary forms, and the work of self-taught and folk artists. The Arts Center is acclaimed for its 45-year partnership to preserve vernacular art environments and has developed an unprecedented collection of 15,000+ works that were once in jeopardy. Publications are developed to document series or individual exhibitions as possible and are exemplary in capturing the spirit of the work.

Working with 17 Community Partners, JMKAC's Connecting Communities program gives artists the opportunity to collaborate with underserved constituencies on the creation of large-scale compelling works. Among recent works, in 2014, JMKAC and two other nonprofits partnered to create a magical Culinary Art Car that reached over 25,000 in its debut weekend.

For over forty years, the groundbreaking Arts/Industry program has provided 2—6-month residencies for 16 artists annually, giving them 24/7 access to Kohler Co.'s Pottery, Iron and Brass Foundry, and Enamel Shop to create whole bodies of new work. Over 400 artists have participated in the program to date, among them Chris Antemann (OR), Susan Beiner (AZ), Jack Earl (OH), Molly Hatch (MA), Stuart Keeler (Canada), Sergei Isupov (MA), Beth Lipman (WI), Michael Sherrill (NC), and Tom Spleth (NC).

Performing/Media Arts programming includes 3—4 day Footlights residencies annually by up to 5 national/international companies, for example, Stephen Petronio Dance (NY), Esperanza Spaulding Trio (MA), Minh Tran & Company (OR), and Les Yeux Noirs (Paris) Other series focus on cultural heritage, contemporary music, theater, and documentary film.

Education efforts deepen the impact of other programs through an acclaimed arts-based preschool; introductory videos for exhibitions; lectures; tours; festivals; and programs for schools, universities, daycare centers, shelters, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and families.

The Arts Center has become a focal point of a major downtown revitalization phase one of which will open this summer with a 12-week contemporary music series. Another major project that is in a very early planning stage is the Art Preserve that will make the Arts Center's vernacular art environment collection available to scholars, artists, and the public year round.

Despite economic pressures, the Arts Center maintains free admission. It involves diverse artists in the breadth of its programming and works closely with its Community Partners. It has a 20-member Board of Directors, a full-time staff of 50 and a budget of $5.5 million. The Arts Center will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017 with a spectacular yearlong celebration.

POSITION SUMMARY:
The Chief Curator reports to the Director and is expected to develop a creative, strategic vision for the Exhibitions/Collections Department; provide effective management of the curatorial staff; engage in cultivation and fundraising activities; and generate and carry out original ideas for major exhibition series.

Working with the Director, Deputy Director for Programming, two curators, and the full Exhibitions/Collections Team, the Chief Curator will shape a diverse, balanced exhibition schedule; conceive and curate original, innovative exhibitions; oversee the development of publications and touring exhibitions; maintain and strengthen JMKAC's regional and national professional networks; collaborate with other departments to encourage interdisciplinary activity; oversee the curatorial team; and work in a collegial and collaborative manner with peers in education, development, marketing/public relations, and visitors services. Working with the Director, Deputy Director for Programming, and Exhibitions Team Lead, the Chief Curator will assist in the development of departmental budgets and management of the exhibition schedule.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  1. Primary responsibility for the supervision and development of curatorial and collections staff.
  2. Editorial supervision of JMKAC's didactic materials and exhibitions- and collections-related publications.
  3. Research into the richness of exhibition content and that of related programming, with consideration given to availability of works of art, budget, strong public engagement, and potential to tour exhibitions.
  4. Oversee the development and execution of exhibitions with the Exhibitions Team Lead including the following responsibilities:
    1. communication (written, verbal) with artists, galleries, museums, as well as private collectors and other lenders
    2. coordination of shipping and other technical details with the registrars as needed
    3. oversight of installation requirements and exhibition design and layout
  5. Direct, assign, and oversee curatorial staff responsibilities relating to:
    1. the research and writing of interpretive materials in exhibitions—wall statements, labels, handouts, etc.—and for catalogues and other publications
    2. curatorial involvement in special-topic conferences as appropriate
    3. assisting development staff in seeking funding for Exhibitions/Collections Department
    4. collaborating with performing arts, education, and other staff as necessary on the conceptual development of related programming
    5. briefing of docents and gallery aides
    6. aiding the marketing lead in the development of marketing plans and publicity materials for each exhibition series

Qualifications:
The Chief Curator must demonstrate leadership and team-building skills and have the ability to think strategically while showing the highest level of excellence. The successful candidate will be entrepreneurial-minded and possess the energy and enthusiasm to reach her/his goals while creatively applying skills and techniques to solve problems. In addition, s/he will display integrity, be self-starting, well-organized, both big-picture and detail oriented, innovative, and capable of working under pressure and meeting deadlines.

Specific qualifications include:
  • Master's degree in Art History or related content area plus a minimum of 7 years curatorial experience;
  • Extensive knowledge of the emphases of JMKAC's specializations;
  • Exemplary curatorial record, including rigorous research and critical writing skills;
  • Excellent managerial, organizational, and administrative skills;
  • A heightened aesthetic sensibility and understanding of visual culture, as well as the ability to ignite excitement in diverse audiences;
  • Cultivation of collectors and potential donors and a willingness to travel in order to study and work with other museums' staff, collectors, and gallerists.

START DATE:
Summer 2015

COMPENSATION:
Commensurate with experience

PROCEDURE FOR APPLICATION:
Send resume and cover letter indicating interest, qualifications and list of 4-6 references to:

Diane Frankel/ Linda Sweet
Management Consultants for the Arts

Email only care of Christy Wall at mcawall2@gmail.com.

(Posted 2/24/15)

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Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN

A competitive salary is offered for all positions and a generous benefits package for full-time positions. To apply, please send your resume to: ATTN: Human Resources — 4000 Michigan Road; Indianapolis, IN 46208, e-mail to hr@imamuseum.org, or fax to 317-920-2655. No phone calls, please. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) is seeking an Affiliate Gift Officer to build meaningful and successful relationships with members of the IMA Affiliates and secure substantive philanthropic support for IMA operations and programs. The IMA Affiliate Gift Officer will work closely with the IMA curatorial leadership and the Affiliate volunteer leadership to increase membership in IMA Affiliate groups and cultivate, solicit and steward major gifts from Affiliate members.

Founded in 1883, the Indianapolis Museum of Art serves the creative interests of its communities by fostering exploration of art, design, and the natural environment. Over the last 130 years, the IMA has built a solid reputation regionally and nationally for artistic excellence, and is poised to assume a position of prominence as a museum on the leading edge of innovative practices in audience engagement and programming. With a deep commitment to Indianapolis and a strong vision for the future, the IMA is an institution on the move.

The Affiliate Gift Officer will be a valued member of an advancement team for one of the country's leading public arts institutions. This position offers exciting opportunities for the successful candidate to make a significant impact on the future of the IMA.

Indianapolis Museum of Art
Position Description

Job Title: Affiliate Gift Officer
Department: Development
Reports To: Major Gift Officer

Overview
Manage fundraising activities related to the IMA's membership program by serving as gift officer staff liaison between the Museum and its six Affiliate member groups.

Essential Job Functions
  1. Manage established portfolio of Affiliate member donors.
  2. Identify, cultivate, and solicit Affiliate members for major gifts.
  3. Develop and implement innovative techniques to increase membership in IMA Affiliate groups.
  4. Develop and manage the implementation of Affiliate policies and procedures.
  5. Oversee planning of Affiliate group programming and special events, in cooperation with Affiliate leadership, Public Programs, and the related curatorial departments.
  6. Work collaboratively with Design and Public Affairs departments to produce marketing materials and invitations promoting Affiliate group activities.
  7. Work closely with Finance department to ensure accurate recording of Affiliate group membership revenue.
  8. Produce monthly Affiliate membership reports and analyze membership trends in order to identify areas for growth.
  9. Oversee Affiliate group content on the IMA website working in coordination with Design and Public Affairs Departments.

Other duties may be assigned. To perform the job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience
An undergraduate degree and a minimum of 7 years experience in volunteer management and major gift fundraising are required. The ideal candidate will have graduate degree in related field and experience in a cultural arts organizations and.

The Affiliate Gift Officer must have exceptional interpersonal skills and be able to communicate professionally and diplomatically with a diverse group of volunteers and donors.

Other Skills and Abilities
Skills are required in the areas of organization, computer, and customer service. The ideal candidate will have experience in Raisers Edge. Event planning skills, including ability to supervise and coordinate volunteers and event activities, are also required.

Physical Demands of Work Environment
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the position. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

(Posted 2/23/15)

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Image of a star MAJOR GIFT OFFICER
Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN

A competitive salary is offered for all positions and a generous benefits package for full-time positions. To apply, please send your resume to: ATTN: Human Resources — 4000 Michigan Road; Indianapolis, IN 46208, e-mail to hr@imamuseum.org, or fax to 317-920-2655. No phone calls, please. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

MAJOR GIFT OFFICER
(please specify "Major Gift Officer" in your subject line if you email your resume)

Reports To: Deputy Director of Institutional Advancement

Basic Work Week: 37.5 Hrs/Wk

OVERVIEW
The IMA Major Gift Officer will build strong, meaningful and successful relationships with current and prospect major and planned gift donors to the IMA, leading to a substantive increase in philanthropic support for IMA operations and programs. The IMA Major Gift Officer will work closely with the IMA curatorial and senior leadership and volunteer leadership to effectively identify, engage, solicit and steward donors for annual and special/campaign gifts at the level of $10,000 and greater and $25,000 to $50,000 and greater, respectively.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
  • Manage a portfolio of approximately 150 donors, high net worth individuals, averaging 20 substantive visits per month.
    1. Develop detailed cultivation and solicitation strategies for individuals within the portfolio to increase their level of support.
    2. Working closely with curatorial and senior leadership and volunteer leadership to engage them in the donor strategies.
    3. Work closely with Advancement Services Manager and Advancement team members to expand major and planned gift prospect list and design donor engagement, recognition and stewardship.
    4. Maintain accurate and timely tracking of all donor activities using Raisers Edge.
  • Manage the planned giving recognition society, IMA Legacy Circle
  • Coordinate activities of IMA Planned Giving Advisory Group and utilize the group's professional expertise

Other duties may be assigned. To perform the job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Undergraduate degree required; graduate studies or masters degree preferred. Minimum 5 to 7 years experience and proven track record in major gift fundraising and donor stewardship required; experience in cultural institution preferred. Experience in securing planned gifts preferred.

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Must have exceptional interpersonal skills and be able to communicate professionally and diplomatically with a diverse group of major donors, Board members, and executive management team. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to donors and employees required. Persuasive writing skills required. Must demonstrate initiative and follow-through. Must be able to work effectively across multiple departments and at all levels of the organization. Ability to think creatively and develop effective solicitation materials and correspondence required.

Skills are required in the areas of organization, computer, and customer service. Event planning skills, including ability to supervise and coordinate volunteers and event activities, are also required

(Posted 2/23/15)

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First Division Museum at Cantigny Park, IL

Job Location: Wheaton, Illinois

Position Reports To: Director of Media, First Division Museum at Cantigny Park

About the First Division Museum
The First Division Museum (FDM) at Cantigny Park, part of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, promotes public learning about America's military heritage and affairs through the history of the Big Red One—the famed 1st Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. It stands in tribute to all who have served our country in the armed forces. This Historic Vehicle Collection is operated on a managed basis to assist the museum in this mission. These vehicles appear in local parades, car shows, static displays and other related events. The museum's main exhibit hall transports visitors to the trenches of World War I, the beaches of Normandy in World War II and the jungles of Vietnam. Outside, tanks are displayed from every era, along with personnel carriers and artillery. The Robert R. McCormick Research Center, open to the public, houses the museum's library, archival and photo collections. Visit the First Division Museum at Cantigny online at www.FirstDivisionMuseum.org.

About Cantigny Park
Located in Wheaton, Illinois, Cantigny Park is the former home of Colonel Robert McCormick, longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. He left this 500 acre estate as a gift for community. Cantigny Park is home to the McCormick Museum, First Division Museum, spectacular gardens, picnic grounds, nature trails, a Visitors Center with banquet and dining facilities, educational and recreational programs and much more. Explore Cantigny at www.cantigny.org.

Principal Function:
The Media Design Associate is responsible for digital design and social media to support and promote the First Division Museum's exhibits, programs, events, research center and historical projects. The Associate will maintain and update the website. Additionally, the Associate will manage the Museum's engagement with social media, generating and monitoring content. The ideal candidate will be an experienced design specialist with strong writing skills, a knack for technology, and an interest in history. The job requires the ability to manage multiple projects at once as well as work with and manage the expectations of stakeholders.

Principal Responsibilities:
  • Maintain the First Division website for accuracy, clarity and integrity. Update the site with general information, events, programs, temporary exhibits, digital archive, and special interest items. Design layout, graphics, animation, video, and sound content for the web. Assist and take part in planning for a website redesign. Familiarity with military and veteran culture to creatively engage our communities.
  • Manage and coordinate the First Division Museum social media platforms and measurement strategies for Facebook, Twitter, UStream, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram with regular engagement. Work closely with museum staff to portray a complete picture of our work to the public. Work within the guidelines of the McCormick Foundation Digital Strategy and collaborate with Cantigny Park, McCormick Museum and Cantigny Golf.
  • Design, write and edit the Museum's communications vehicles including marketing collateral, e-blast, digital and print ads, postcards, flyers, posters, buckslips, brochures, signage, invitations and other publications. Ensure that these products meet First Division Museum deisgn management and reputation guidelines. Write historical content for marketing pieces. Work with historian and educator for accuracy and authenticity.
  • Stay current with latest trends in website design, accessibility, and usability, and make recommendation for incorporating new features into the site.
  • Collaborate with Exhibits team on the use of digital tools in online and in-Museum exhibits. Provide expert advice.
  • Scan and prepare images for use on the web and in publications.
  • Support the production of LINK (internal newsletter), Bridgehead Sentinel (Veteran newsletter), and Cantigny Military History Series books as required.
  • Collaborate routinely with communications and IT teams on selected projects.

Position Requirements:
  • Graphic design experience in creating and producing communication materials (advertising, direct mail, brochures, etc.). Demonstrated skill in layout, graphic design and desktop publishing for publication and web. Established design portfolio showcasing versatile styles for both online and offline projects.
  • Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design, Communications or related field.
  • Interest in Military History of the United States Army (Museum topic: 1st Infantry Division) and the application of the history into social media in creative ways. Comfortable dealing with veteran and active duty military communities and individuals.
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Microsoft products.
  • Knowledge and experience managing social media campaign tools (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Hootsuite) and implementing best practices.
  • Proficient in webpage construction and designing e-blasts (MailChimp). Demonstrated skill in HTML and CSS design.
  • Decisive and proactive; self-starter with ability to adapt to change and prioritize projects. Highly organized-can meet deadlines and keep track of details. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills-a team player. Creative thinker for program development and problem-solving.

How to apply for this job:
Interested applicants must submit a resume and cover letter at: MFResumes@McCormickFoundation.org

(Posted 2/23/15)

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Image of a star PEORIA PLAYHOUSE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM EDUCATION MANAGER
The Pleasure Driveway and Park District of Peoria, IL

POSITION: Full Time

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Four-year college degree in museum education, education or a closely related field is required. Although a degree is preferred, extensive experience in a like position with similar duties or responsibilities may be substituted for all or part of the educational requirement.
  • Requires a minimum of two years of direct experience in an educational setting, ideally a museum or other informal education setting.
  • Must have excellent customer service, problem solving and organizational skills.
  • Must have knowledge and experience in creating and facilitating educational experiences in a science and engineering, art, history, early childhood and/or other related context. Must be comfortable working in all of these disciplines.
  • Knowledge of basic personnel supervision practices.
  • Knowledge of computers as needed for office work, including knowledge of Microsoft Office suite.
  • Ability to train, supervise and evaluate employees and volunteers. Create an atmosphere of teamwork and positive energy among staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to communicate with others clearly in person and in writing.
  • Ability to plan, organize, implement, supervise and evaluate educational programs.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously with a minimal degree of supervisory oversight.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with co-workers, other park district personnel, vendors, and the general public.
  • Must be people oriented. Must continually demonstrate a customer-friendly personality while performing all duties in a manner that demonstrates reliability, initiative, tact and resourcefulness.
  • Must be able to work with children of all ages, as well as adults. Must show interest in children and families.
  • Must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to learning and innovation.

DUTIES:
  • Develop educational programs for a range of audiences, including infants, toddlers, young children, older children, teens and parents. Develop strategies for engaging parents and guardians.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with schools and community groups. Develop programs for school groups and teachers.
  • Create and manage off-site educational programming. Promote education programs and work directly with visitors to the Museum.
  • Collaborate with programming staff from Peoria Zoo, Luthy Botanical Gardens and other Park District staff to create educational programs in Glen Oak Park and elsewhere.
  • Help to train staff, volunteers and interns to work with Museum visitors. Develop policies and procedures for staff and volunteers working with education programs.
  • Manage special events and birthday parties as needed.
  • Evaluate programs and use the evaluations to inform program changes.
  • Coordinate with Operations Manager and other staff.
  • Follow and support all aspects of the Park District's safety program.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

OTHER:
  • Under the supervision of the Director of Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum
  • Salary range: $33,000 - $38,000 per year.
  • Schedule consists of four week-days and one weekend day per week. Additional evening and weekend hours may be required.

How to Apply: Applications are available at the Park District Administration Office or can be downloaded/printed from www.peoriaparks.org under "Join Our Team". Applicants may submit a resume', but to be fully considered for this position an application must be completed. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.

To ensure full consideration, applications/resume should be forwarded in a timely manner to: PEORIA PARK DISTRICT - Human Resources Manager, 1125 West Lake Ave, Peoria, IL 61614 or fax to: (309) 686-3352.

PEORIA PARK DISTRICT
Human Resources Manager
1125 West Lake Ave
Peoria, Illinois 61614

The Peoria Park District hires without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, pregnancy, military status or unfavorable discharge from military service, protected veteran status or on the basis of any characteristic protected by law. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

(Posted 2/9/15)


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