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Manager of Interpretation and Visitor Services [USS Constitution Museum]

Manager of Interpretation & Visitor Services (Full-time)

Description: The Manager of Interpretation & Visitor Services develops, implements, and evaluates interpretive programs and visitor services offered by the USS Constitution Museum to over 300,000 visitors annually. S/he shares the responsibility of leading a team of staff members, interns, and volunteers within the Museum Learning Department to provide the highest level of customer service and to facilitate hands-on, minds-on interpretive programs. S/he creatively develops interpretive programs based on key themes in USS Constitution’s history (focused largely on the War of 1812 time period) for audiences of all ages, backgrounds, learning styles and abilities. S/he is an integral part of the department’s collaborative management team and actively participates on Museum-wide committees and projects. S/he is also responsible for a number of administrative tasks including coordinating staffing schedules, maintaining visitation statistics, and budgeting. S/he reports directly to the Director of Collections & Learning.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree and 2-5 years of experience in education, customer service, or management required. Master’s degree and/or prior museum experience preferred

• Demonstrated leadership abilities with prior personnel management experience at a supervisory or assistant supervisory level

• Collegial, team-oriented leadership style with the ability to lead by example, and motivate colleagues towards long-term and daily goals

• Ability to appropriately mentor staff members, interns, and volunteers of different ages and backgrounds

• Commitment to the Museum’s vision, mission, and strategy to share USS Constitution’s history in a hands-on, minds-on environment

• Demonstrated creative abilities with prior experience developing, implementing, and evaluating educational and/or interpretive programs

• Prior customer service experience in a front-line position

• Positive demeanor with the ability to calmly and professionally handle all customer service situations

• Strong organizational and administrative skills

• Clear written and verbal communication skills

Knowledge of Microsoft Office 2007 (emphasis on Outlook, Word and Excel) and FileMaker Pro 8

• Ability to commit to a Sunday – Thursday work week. Additional morning, evening, and weekend hours may be required.

To Apply: Send a letter describing your interest in and unique qualifications for this position, a resume, and a salary history to the search committee by e-mail (amaksy[at]ussconstitutionmuseum[dot]org), fax (617-242-0496), or mail (PO Box 291812, Boston, MA 02129) by June 2, 2011. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted. EOE.

Assistant Director [Brookline Arts Center]

Assistant Director, Brookline Arts Center

A community-based art education nonprofit in the Boston area seeks a full-time Assistant Director. This is a 40-hour / week position and requires some evening and weekend hours.

This person:
* Has primary responsibility for class operations, including registering students, interviewing, hiring and interfacing with teachers
* Creates and prepares all printed materials for the Center, including catalogs and promotional material
* Works with the board of directors on fundraising events.
* Recruits volunteers and coordinates their activity.
* Manages all information technology activities.
* Has primary responsibility for daily and long-term responsibility for the building facility.
* Attends some committee meetings: taking notes and writing minutes, coordinating with committee chair to set meeting dates and plan agendas.
* Responsible for helping to set up and run public events, such as gallery openings.

Applicant should demonstrate ability to work in a fast-paced environment, ability to work without supervision and skill at interacting with a variety of people.

Knowledge of Microsoft office programs and InDesign required. Experience with database programs and HTML preferred.

Ability to work in spoken and written English required. Ability to lift 40 lbs required.

Knowledge of art education or studio art practice preferred, 3 – 5 years employment experience in an administrative or teaching role preferred.

B.A. or equivalent experience required.

Salary DOE, this position includes health insurance and vacation benefits.

The Brookline Arts Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.

Send resume and cover letter to: assistantdirectorsearch[at]yahoo[dot]com

Education Director [Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum]

Education Director

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, a non-collecting contemporary art museum in Ridgefield, CT, is seeking a dynamic, creative and experienced Director of Education to take responsibility for the conception, development, and evaluation of all education and interpretative programs and activities for the Museum. For more details and additional links please visit: http://www.aldrichart.org/opportunities/employment_EducationDirector.php

Community Educator, Hartford [Connecticut Landmarks]

Job Description
Connecticut Landmarks

Revised May 2011

JOB TITLE:              Community Educator, Hartford

DEPARTMENT: Education

REPORTS TO: Education & Historic Sites Manager

STATUS: Part-time

OVERVIEW: Connecticut Landmarks is seeking a part-time Community Educator for the greater Hartford area (25 hours/week). The Community Educator will be responsible for developing and implementing audience engagement initiatives, community partnerships and community-based programming for the Butler-McCook House & Garden and the greater Hartford community. The Community Educator will report to the Education & Historic Sites Manager.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Under the direction of the Director of Programs & Collections, work closely with the Education & Historic Sites Manager to build on CTL’s rebranding, audience research (Reach Advisors) and strategic planning process work to develop and implement an interpretive plan for the Hartford Campus.

The interpretive plan will address, but not necessarily be limited to:

o   A mission statement

o   Historical and architectural significance

o   Core themes, topics and stories including the recently discovered, nationally significant Civil War collection

o   Existing and potential audiences

o   Best interpretive strategies for engagement with existing and potential audiences

o   Potential partners and collaborators in the delivery of programs and services

o   Opportunities for increasing the earned revenue potential of the property

o   Appropriate, regular, and predictable schedule of operation as well as any other factors unique to the particular property

Implementation of the Interpretive Plan will include but not necessarily be limited to:

  • Work with Hartford nonprofit organizations, community and business groups, businesses, neighborhood associations and the City of Hartford to develop and implement a shared vision for the Education and Community Center at the Butler-McCook/Hartford Campus.
  • Initiate, strengthen and enhance collaborative relationships and strategic alliances that bring greater attention to and use of CTL’s Hartford campus including schools and school systems, GHCBV, local businesses, West Hartford Garden Club, current and future collaborators, community organizations, current and potential donors, etc.
  • Create, implement and oversee new and existing CTL community-based programming on and off of the Hartford Campus.
  • Reinvigorate and oversee the Youth Employment Program.
  • Expand the exhibition schedule and gallery revenue generation at the Butler-McCook House & Garden. Engage, recruit, schedule and promote the work of new artists.
  • Expand the profile, diversity, participation and revenue potential of the Butler-McCook concert schedule. Engage, recruit, schedule and promote musicians.
  • Represent CTL at neighborhood and business association meetings –  SODO, CSS/CON, local merchants’ groups, GHCVB Hospitality.
  • Ensure compliance with planning, reporting and programmatic commitments made to funders.
  • Ensure that volunteer appreciation activities are planned and successfully carried out.
  • Perform other duties as needed and/or as directed.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum of 3–5 years experience in museum education, public programming and/or community organizing and outreach required.
  • Energetic, collaborative leadership style that encourages broad community engagement; well developed diplomacy, supervisory, managerial, communication, planning and coordinating skills; a hands-on, can-do, cooperative, glass-is-almost-full attitude; and a demonstrated audience-driven philosophy essential.
  • Self starter with demonstrated ability to prioritize and to handle multiple concurrent priorities under pressure with grace necessary.
  • Commitment to increasing site revenue through enhanced gift shop sales, program and admissions revenue, rental fees and membership sales and demonstrated ability to utilize data and budgets to manage programs to achieve revenue goals required.
  • Proven ability to build collaborative relationships within the Museum as well as within its broad-based constituencies and a proven track record in developing, creating and leading community-focused programs essential.
  • Proven understanding and successful application of learning theory and multiple intelligences; event planning and management experience; and demonstrated experience with web-based communication and the use of social media for program and site marketing, desired.
  • Proven experience with qualitative and quantitative program evaluation necessary.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish
  • BA required; MA or nonprofit MBA, preferred

PROJECTS TO BE DEVELOPED & IMPLEMENTED IN FY12 INCLUDE:

  • July Garden Party, Benefit Concert & Silent Auction
  • FY12 Youth Employment Program – recruitment & management
  • Interpretive Plan
  • Butler-McCook & downtown Hartford walking SCVNGR cell phone tours

Education and Historic Sites Operations Manager [Connecticut Landmarks]

Job Description
Connecticut Landmarks

Revised May 2011

JOB TITLE:              Education & Historic Sites Operations Manager

DEPARTMENT: Education

REPORTS TO: Director of Programs & Collections

STATUS: Full-time, exempt

OVERVIEW: Develop & implement, in cooperation with CTL Site Administrators and

Coordinators, strategic programmatic & revenue-generating initiatives.  Ensure the smooth day-to-day operations of CTL’s public sites and related

educational, programming and revenue-generating activities through oversight of Site Administrators and Coordinators, in alignment with and fulfillment of the organization’s priorities and strategic plan.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Supervise Site Administrators and Coordinators, including hiring, scheduling, priority and goal-setting, work plan development and performance evaluation.  Visit sites on a regular basis to ensure strong communication and effective coordination.

Work closely with Site Administrators and Coordinators to:

  • Build on CTL’s rebranding, audience research (Reach Advisors) and strategic planning process work to implement Goal 4 of CTL’s Strategic Plan: Develop and implement interpretive plans for those properties that are fully aligned with CTL’s mission with priority given to those properties with the highest potential for public visibility and attendance.”

The interpretive plans for each property will address, but not necessarily be limited to:

o   A mission statement for each property

o   Historical and architectural significance

o   Core themes, topics, and stories

o   Existing and potential audiences

o   Best interpretive strategies for engagement with existing and potential audiences

o   Potential partners and collaborators in the delivery of programs and services

o   Opportunities for increasing the earned revenue potential of the property

o   Appropriate, regular, and predictable schedule of operation as well as any other factors unique to the particular property

  • Ensure the effective implementation of interpretive strategies and themes for CTL’s public sites that have been developed in fulfillment of Strategic Plan Goal 4 and that reflect the organization’s overarching approach, values and priorities. Set clear criteria for evaluating the success—both quantitative and qualitative—of educational programming and services including site interpretation, curricula, collaborations with allied organizations, exhibitions and youth programming. Ensure the timely scheduling of annual programs and events, school field trips and other activities that require advance planning.
  • Ensure the effective implementation of revenue-generating activities, including events, site rentals and gift shop sales so that budget targets are met.  Establish clear goals and criteria for evaluating the success of community and fundraising events, including encampments, farmers markets, garden shows, dog shows and other programs.  Work closely with Site Administrators and Coordinators to ensure that these criteria are met.
  • Ensure compliance with planning, reporting, evaluation and programmatic commitments made to funders.
  • Develop strengthened relationships with school systems, designated communities, local businesses, current and future collaborators, community organizations, current and potential donors, etc.
  • Ensure that volunteer appreciation activities are planned and successfully carried out.

Participate in the development and oversee the introduction and implementation of computerized systems designed to capture financial and attendance information, track gift shop sales and inventory, and organize and track other needed data. Oversee and ensure recordkeeping and data collection/analysis from all sites, so that successes are clearly defined and problems are promptly identified and resolved.

Serve as the liaison between Site Administrators/Coordinators and Hartford-based staff responsible for programming and site interpretation, community relations, fundraising, marketing and technology.

Participate in the concept development and oversee the development and implementation of non-site specific programming and educational activities (academic conferences and symposia, lectures, travel trips, etc.) so that they achieve programmatic, public relations and revenue goals.

Work with Site Administrators/Coordinators, Central Office staff and consultants to further develop and synchronize the implementation of CTL’s brand expression across its core properties (opening welcome; complimentary seasonal beverage; distribution of CTL collateral, etc.).

Work with Central Office staff and Site Administrators/Coordinators to develop and implement an effective site based CTL membership sales  program.

Work with the Director of Programs & Collections, the Director of Donor Development and other staff to support existing and new audience development and outreach activities to targeted audiences.

Perform other duties as needed and/or as directed.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum of 5–7 years experience in the development and implementation of entrepreneurial educational programming and revenue generating initiatives in a museum, historic preservation nonprofit and/or similar organization required.
  • Energetic, collaborative leadership style that encourages broad community engagement; well developed diplomacy, supervisory, managerial, communication, planning and coordinating skills; a hands-on, can-do, cooperative, glass-is-almost-full attitude; and a demonstrated audience-driven philosophy essential.
  • Commitment to increasing site revenue through enhanced gift shop sales, program and admissions revenue, rental fees and membership sales and demonstrated ability to utilize data and budgets to manage programs to achieve revenue goals required.
  • Proven ability to build collaborative relationships within the Museum as well as within its broad-based constituencies and a proven track record in developing, creating and leading community-focused programs essential.
  • Self starter with demonstrated ability to prioritize and to handle multiple concurrent priorities under pressure with grace required.
  • Proven experience with successful fund generation including grant writing critical.
  • Event planning and management experience a must.
  • Proven understanding and successful application of learning theory and multiple intelligences necessary.
  • Proven experience with qualitative and quantitative program evaluation required.
  • Demonstrated experience with web-based communication and the use of social media for program and site marketing desired.
  • Willingness to travel regularly between Hartford and Connecticut Landmarks’ properties on a regular basis required.
  • BA required; MA, MBA or Nonprofit MBA preferred.

PROJECTS TO BE DEVELOPED & IMPLEMENTED IN FY12 INCLUDE:

  • SCVNGR cell phone tours for the Hartford Campus and the Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden
  • Programming for the New London premier of the multi-media performance piece In This House
  • Academic conference/symposium
  • Interpretive plans for the Hartford Campus and Hempsted Property
  • Computerized inventory management and visitor data collection system
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