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Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati Archives Survey Internship [Cambridge Historical Society]

Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati Archives Survey Internship

Summer internship to work on a project funded by a grant from the Society of the Cincinnati
$600 stipend
3 month internship, flexible hours
Contact: Gavin W. Kleespies (
Applications accepted until February 3, 2012

We are looking for a summer intern to develop and lead an original walking tour on an aspect of
the history of Cambridge and then give a lecture on the same subject. The tours will take place
as a part of the Cambridge Discovery Days* (August 4 and August 11), and the lectures would
be given at the Public Library or another central location that is accessible to the city’s residents.

The tours can be on a wide variety of subjects, worked out by the intern and CHS staff. The
two main conditions are that the tours will A) advance the understanding of Cambridge History
and B) that they will be guided tours that are given as a part of the Cambridge Discovery
Days program. Other than these two conditions, the format and the content of the tours will be
relatively openly defined. They can be walking tours, bicycle tours, or smart phone tours. The
subject of these tours is also relatively open.

Working with the Cambridge Historical Society staff, the intern will be expected to develop, plan,
research, write, and presentation of a tour. The intern will also gather historic images and take
contemporary photos of the sites and we will use these images to produce a self guided tour to
be distributed in print and/or on-line.

*The Cambridge Discovery Days are two days in August when there are a series of free tours
of Cambridge given across the city by a wide variety of different non-profit groups, including but
not limited to: the Cambridge Historical Commission, the Longfellow House, the Mount Auburn
Cemetery, and numerous independent tour leaders. This will be true as long as the Cambridge
Discovery Days continue. If this program ceases to exist, the Cambridge Historical Society will
offer a tour every August as a part of our regular program schedule.

Seaside Center Summer Co-Naturalists [Bruce Museum]

Two seasonal, full-time positions, Wednesday – Sunday (except at beginning and
end of season, early June and early September). Begin June 4, and continues through
September 7, 2012. Responsibilities include the co- management and daily operation
of the center; supervision of numerous high school volunteers and interns; working
directly with visitors including the development and implementation of environmental
educational activities for public visitors and families; Bachelor’s degree in a science,
education, or relevant subject required; assisting in on-going research projects involving
the Long Island Sound; assist in the upkeep of the large marine aquariums and touch
tank. Preferred applicants will have teaching experience. Compensation is $15 per hour.
Send letter and resume to: Manager of Outreach Education and Seaside Center, Bruce
Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT 06830, email

Museum Educator and Reservations Manager [Old South Meeting House]


Old South Meeting House, a museum, historic site and active meeting place in downtown Boston, seeks an energetic educator with excellent interpersonal and organizational skills to teach interactive educational programs for school programs and tour groups, manage group reservations, and assist with other museum programming serving audiences of all ages.


Qualifications include experience with museum teaching or teaching in other non-formal settings, ability to work effectively as part of a team as well as independently, dedication to excellent customer service in person, over the phone and electronically, attention to detail and experience working with database systems, and an interest in helping audiences of all ages to engage with history. Patience, sense of humor, and flexibility are key. Experience working with community partnerships and collaborations a plus. This is a 20 hr/wk job; weekday morning availability is essential, as most of our education programs are booked during school hours. Occasional evening or weekend hours may be required.

How To Apply:

Interested individuals please email resume and cover letter with subject line “Museum Educator Position” to Erica Lindamood, Education Director, at

Apply by:  1/28/2013 

Director of Learning and Interpretation [DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum]

Director of Learning and Interpretation, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

*Director of Learning and Interpretation/ Deputy Director for Learning and

DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is seeking a Director of, or Deputy
Director for Learning and Interpretation (DLI). The exact title will be
dependent on experience and skills of the selected applicant. Located 12
miles from Boston in Lincoln, MA, deCordova is a contemporary art
institution with a 35-acre sculpture park and full museum exhibition
program. DeCordova has a $5 million operating budget that has seen
philanthropic support double over the past three years, a FT staff of
thirty, and visitation of over 100,000. The Education department currently
has four FT and two PT staff and a volunteer guide program with 45 members
providing nine hundred inquiry-based tours annually.****

** **

A new strategic plan has established the goal for deCordova to become the
leading sculpture park in the US within a decade, with a particular focus
on youth and family engagement, finding new means of making challenging
contemporary art broadly accessible, and hands-on art education. The Museum
is moving forward with a  partnership with a Reggio Emilia-inspired
preschool to establish the only full-time, embedded preschool program at a
contemporary sculpture park in the United States, and is committed to
establishing new educational initiatives in the Park that will become
models for other organizations.****

** **

The DLI is a key member of the senior management team and will lead
deCordova¹s educational efforts during a period of new program development
and opportunity. He/she will work to conceive, implement, evaluate, and
manage an entrepreneurial, coherent, and effective range of educational and
interpretive programs indoors and out that help make the deCordova¹s
exhibitions relevant and meaningful to diverse audiences.  He/she will be
the leader in establishing deCordova¹s core educational philosophy and
framework, ensuring that both become key components of institutional
identity and culture through his/her leadership and collaboration across
the Museum. DeCordova is actively exploring how to best incorporate
multiple learning pedagogies, and the DLI will both encourage and evaluate
those explorations based on current research and best practices as he/she
moves the institution toward a coherent mix of effective and sustainable

** **

The ideal candidate will be a compelling and convincing advocate for
deCordova¹s educational goals, effective at cultivating support from Board
members and constituents, and will directly participate in building and
executing a sustainable institutional fundraising strategy. He/she will
have significant leadership experience in art museum education; experience
with and passion for contemporary art; an MA or PhD in art history, museum
education, or a similar field; be a recognized leader in/advocate for
innovative approaches in museum education; have demonstrated results in
developing funding streams; have highly developed management and
organizational skills; be innovative and creative in his/her approach; and
have a track record of mentoring and developing talented educators.****

** **

Additional skills/responsibilities of this position include:****

€          Administrative and staff management.****

€          Responsibility for establishing an annual education budget
linked to institutional strategic goals.****

€          Management of education revenue and expense to targets.****

€          Management of day-to-day programs, logistics, scheduling, and

€          Leadership of the Education Committee in conjunction with the
committee chair.****

€          Responsible for growing support for Education and the Museum as
a whole via cultivation and stewardship.****

€          Developing and implementing an evaluation plan that
qualitatively and quantitatively measures programs in the Education

€          Responsibility for the use of digital media as part of
deCordova¹s educational program strategy.****

€          A broad and open approach to communications, advocacy, and
relationship building.****

€          Collaborating with senior leadership on institutional projects
and initiatives.****

€          Other duties as assigned.****

** **


€          MA in art history, arts or museum education, or equivalent. Ph.D

€          Experience leading a museum education department.****

€          Experience with/passion for contemporary art.****

€          Familiarity with current pedagogical trends, technologies, and
evaluation methodologies.****

€          Highly developed organizational and management skills.****

€          Demonstrated ability to build, lead, and inspire a creative team
of educators and build collaborative projects with community partners.****

€          Experience working with youth and family audiences.****

€          Ability to write well and to produce analytic reporting from
complex data.****

€          Experience writing grants and supporting Development efforts
related to Education.****

€          Compelling public speaking presence and skills.****

** **

DeCordova offers a beautiful and rewarding work environment, committed
colleagues, a competitive salary, and robust benefits package including
subsidized health insurance. We actively encourage applications from
minority candidates; deCordova is an equal opportunity employer.****

** **

*Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume by 5pm on
Friday, January 27 to:*

** **

While all materials will be carefully reviewed, please note that deCordova
will only be able to respond to candidates in which it has an interest.****

Director of Public Programming [Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum]

Director of Program Planning, IS Gardner Museum, Boston

*Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum*
*Position Title:         *Director of Program Planning
*Department:             *Education
*Reports To*:             Esther Stiles Eastman Curator of Education and
Public Programs
*Type of Position:       *Full-time, exempt/salaried

*Position Summary*
The Director of Program Planning is responsible for planning the museum¹s
public programs, working with an interdisciplinary curatorial team on
program and exhibition planning to shape a lively calendar of activities to
engage a broad public. The program planning director is team-oriented and
ensures timely communication between programming departments and the rest
of the museum. Working especially closely with staff in the Marketing and
Development departments, the program planning director initiates
information flow about programs, assists in writing program descriptions
for internal and external audiences, and manages logistics for lectures and
other programs. Responsibilities include program development and
implementation, and planning and internal communication for the following
public programs: exhibitions, special programs, lectures, and concerts.

1. Manage the long-range planning calendar of exhibitions and programs
and staff-wide communication of programming. This includes organizing
meetings in fall and spring focused on the season¹s programming; running
the bi-monthly managers meeting to ensure departments work
on programming, promotion, and fundraising; assisting curators in their
program presentations as part of budget process; ensuring
inter-departmental meetings take place as part of program planning and
budget process.
2. Coordinates major meetings between curatorial staff and museum
director. Schedules and attends monthly Curatorial meetings, crafts
in coordination with curatorial team, flags follow-up issues. Schedules
quarterly Program Concepts meetings, crafts agenda in coordination with
curatorial team.
3. Works closely with curators, registrar, and conservation team on
special exhibitions to develop time-lines and work plans. Calls general
exhibition information meetings for all-staff and ensures that other
interdepartmental planning meetings occur on a regular basis.
4. Coordinates program and exhibition evaluation in cooperation with the
Director of Visitor Learning and Curator of Education and Public
5. Attends Operations Team meetings to report on coordination and
implementation issues for public programs.  Contributes actively to the
Operations Team meeting agendas regarding work orders, program changes,
department resources. May be asked to collaborate with the Operations
department on creating a cross-departmental program schedule for
operational/feasibility planning purposes.


1. Works with Director of Education and Public Programs to develop
annual lecture series and other programs.
2. Plays a lead role in the development, planning, and execution of
Gardner After Hours.
3. Manages the public program schedule (Gardner After Hours, lectures,
artist talks, symposia, and other programs) and actively works with
departments to ensure programs are scheduled in advance, and budgeted and
promoted as necessary.
4. Initiates correspondence with guest speakers: contract, pr info,
photographs, travel and lodging, details regarding arrival and
run-throughs, thank you afterwards.
5. Responsible for advance internal communication /coordination of
events (work orders, check requests, signage requests, etc.). Day-of
communication with Info desk, security, visitor services, to ensure
6. Responsible for coordinating set-up for public programs and
communication with in-house and outside A.V. specialists.
7. Arranges for social activities around public programs.
8. Oversees and tracks public programs annual budget and analyzes
revenue and expense lines regularly.
9. Supervises a part-time Public Programs Assistant and Program
Production Manager.


– 2-3 years in program planning and development is essential, preferably
in a museum environment
– Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to manage
deadlines and budgets
– General knowledge of production elements of programming (a/v,
staffing, equipment)
– B.A. or M.A.; concentration in art history or related field preferred
– Excellent written and verbal communication skills
– Experience leading interdepartmental teams
– Experience dealing with the public

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is an equal opportunity employer and
encourages qualified minorities, women, people with disabilities, and
military veterans to apply.
To apply for a position, please send your cover letter and resume to ** <>. E-mail is the preferred method of applying,
with all attachments in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Applications not
submitted via e-mail can be mailed to: Human Resources Department, Isabella
Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, Boston MA 02115.
We receive many resumes and kindly request that you do not call to inquire
about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for
interviews will be contacted.

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