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Gallery Ambassadors [Tufts University Art Gallery]

Job Description:
The Tufts University Art Gallery is hiring four Gallery Ambassadors to join its core team of 12 student workers. Gallery Ambassadors provide a range of visitor services from front desk greeting and orientation, to ‘concierge-style’ problem solving, to security of works of art on loan for exhibitions, to conducting audience marketing surveys, to logistical support at special events and receptions. Ambassadors are the first, and often only staff members that the visiting public
encounters and thus bear the primary responsibility of creating a positive visitor experience.

Ambassadors will work 10 hours per week (except during times when the Gallery is closed to the public) and occasional special events. Ambassadors will work either Saturdays or Sundays from 11am to 5pm and 4 additional hours during the week. Gallery Hours are: Tuesdays through Sundays, 11am to 5pm and Thursdays 11am to 8pm. Position begin May 5th.

If you love art, informal teaching, enjoy talking to strangers, and want to learn more about how museums run, please apply!

Visitor or customer service experience and outgoing, friendly, and mature personality required. BA in an arts related field and/or museum and gallery experience preferred. If you cannot work weekends, do not apply. Minimum 1-year commitment required.

How to apply:
Qualified applicants should send a resume and brief cover letter describing why you want to work at the Tufts University Art Gallery and what skills you would bring to the job to: Hannah Swartz via email ( Please no phone calls. Applications will be considered through April 22.

Early Childhood Specialist [DuPage Children’s Museum]

Position Title:  Early Childhood Specialist
Status: Full-time, exempt
Job Classification: Educator
Job Summary:  The Early Childhood Specialist manages the early learning and parenting support initiatives of DuPage Children’s Museum; acts as the Museum’s internal consultant and advocate in the area of early childhood development for all Museum departments; leads the development of early childhood/learning training and professional development content for  museum staff, volunteers and external organizations; and represents the early childhood mission of  DuPage Children’s Museum to outside agencies and institutions.

Essential Responsibilities:
1. Functions as the early learning consultant and advocate across all DCM departments, models developmentally appropriate interactions and consults as a regular member of the exhibits experience team.
2. Manages approved Early Childhood initiatives when appropriate, including, but not limited to, the Family Resource Center, Preschool Summer Camp, classes, the DCM blog and others as assigned.
3. Prepares and oversees the development and preparation of written and other materials to support the early learning and parenting program initiatives of DCM
4. Develops and prepares training content and materials based on consultative observation in conjunction with other DCM specialists, the Director of Operations and the Museum Floor Manager.
5. Represents the early learning mission of DCM through professional development; also   presents, participates on professional panels, and creates a variety of materials for outside institutions on behalf of DCM as needed.
6. Works with Department Directors to implement a regular program of observation to ensure continuing high quality educational experiences.
7. Stays current with Early Learning research and utilizes it to promote museum education opportunities; oversees the building up and maintenance of a library of research and training materials for the institution.
8. Assists in development and monitoring of relevant budgets.
9. Assists in grant writing and reporting to maintain approved early learning and parenting programs.
10. Acts as a DCM ambassador to area agencies and other institutions to establish and nurture collaborations that foster early learning, parent support and adult education as appropriate.
11. Other duties as assigned

Secondary Responsibilities:
1. Other duties as assigned

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

Education and Experience:
* Masters’ level degree in early childhood development or closely related career field required.
* Minimum of five-ten years of experience working with young children and adults in a learning environment, preferably a museum setting.
* Experience with social constructivist and Reggio Emilia learning models is a plus.

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

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

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

Send resume with letter of interest to:

DuPage Children’s Museum
301 N. Washington
Naperville, IL 60540
Attn: Early Childhood Specialist Position

Or jobs[at]dupagechildrensmuseum[dot]org

Gallery Educator [Institute of Contemporary Art]

Job Title: Gallery Educator
The Institute of Contemporary Art | Boston Education Department seeks Tufts Juniors and Seniors, Graduate Students or Alumni to work in the galleries during the upcoming shows:
– Catherine Opie: Empty and Full
– The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl

Both exhibitions open on April 12 and run through to September 4, 2011 Training sessions will happen on April 11, 12, 14, and 15.

Students will serve as Gallery Educators and must be versed on art history, focusing on contemporary art and ideas.

Department: Education
Reports To: Manager of Gallery Learning & Interpretive Media
Position Status: Temporary, April through early September 2011

As the face of the ICA’s Education Department, Gallery Educators engage and excite visitors about the art work on display. Gallery Educators answer visitor’s questions, engage in dialogue, give brief talks in the galleries, and direct visitors to other educational resources. Being a Gallery Educator requires enthusiasm, interest, availability, and knowledge of contemporary visual art.

* Must be a Junior or Senior Undergraduate student, Graduate Student or Alumni
* Interest in teaching or experience with object-based learning
* Knowledge of contemporary art history required
* Strong verbal communication skills; Public speaking experience required
* Ability to think on your feet

* Facilitate discussions in the galleries, according to guidelines set by the Education Department staff
* Provide visitors with information, brochures, and gallery talks during museum hours
* Attend required training sessions and meetings
* Along with the formal training, it is expected that a Gallery Educator will be self motivated and will educate him or herself on the exhibits and artwork so that they have as much background as possible to share with the visitors.
* Availability on Saturdays from 11:30am-5pm, and/or Sundays from 11:30am-5pm.

Salary: The salary for this position is $10.00 per hour. Training will be provided prior to the start of the position. Attendance is required at training sessions.

Type of Job: Part Time

Job Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Majors Wanted: Art History

Company Name: The Institute of Contemporary Art

Employer Web Site:

Company Description:
The Institute of Contemporary Art has been at the leading edge of art in Boston for seventy years. Like its iconic building on Boston’s waterfront, the ICA offers new ways of engaging with the world around us. Our exhibitions and programs provide access to contemporary art, artists, and the creative process, inviting audiences of all ages and backgrounds to participate in the excitement of new art and ideas.

Equal Opportunity Employer: Yes

Contact Name: Emma Fernandez
Address: 100 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210

Application Instructions:
Interested candidates should send letter of interest and resume When applying include “Gallery Educator Opie/Record” in subject line of email.

Questions should be directed to Emma Fernandez, Manager of Gallery Learning & Interpretive Media at the ICA by emailing at

Director of Education [Brookside Museum]

The Director of Education for Brookside Museum, home of the Saratoga County Historical Society, is responsible for furthering the museum’s mission by providing high quality, technologically diverse education programs to a variety of audiences. This position plans, executes, and evaluates all on site, outreach, and virtual programs for people of all ages and will develop additional education programs based on input from Programs Committee, Teacher Advisory group, and the local community.

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required, but a Master’s is preferred. The Director of Education must have experience in an educational capacity, preferably in a school or museum environment, as well as a background and/or interest in history. Must also possess an understanding of New York State’s educational curriculum standards and the
museum’s goals in meeting NYS objectives. Work is performed in an office environment but the Director of Education is expected to administer off-site programs and build relationships outside the museum as well.

This full-time, exempt position includes an annual salary in the low $30’s, paid leave, and professional development opportunities.

The Saratoga County Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer. The Society does not discriminate in matters of hiring, promotion transfer, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, or other matters of employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or non job-related handicap and/or disability.  Further, the Society will
continue a program of affirmative action to ensure that minority group members and women are afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination.

A detailed job description is available at Please email resume, letter of interest, and three references with contact information to before April 1, 2011. NO PHONE  CALLS, PLEASE.

Executive Director [Montgomery County Historical Society]


The position is open immediately.  The job requirements and personal qualifications are:

– Assume overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Society’s staff, programs, volunteers, and execution of its mission
– Participate in the creation and implementation of educational and County based historical-type activities and events
– Prepare and present the Society’s contributions to the preservation of history in the County at governmental meetings (like the County Council) and professional associations for the purpose of enhancing the Society’s finances and explaining the Society’s role in history preservation
– Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations
– Ability to work well with people, including the staff of 8, volunteers, local politicians and state government representatives and personnel
– Some knowledge and experience with financial matters and budgets
– Some management experience, preferably in the museum/history field
– Ability and willingness to work with others in developing a broader based individual and business membership
– Past experience working with a Board of Directors in achieving the goals of the Society and cultivation of existing board member relationships
– The successful candidate should have an action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable and innovative approach to business planning. Salary commensurate with experience and enthusiasm in the field of history.

Interested persons should submit their resume of applicable experience by April 19, 2011 to: MCHS.Director[at]gmail[dot]com

For more detailed information about the Society and its many activities, interested persons should check our website at

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