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Manager, History Interpretation [Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens]


The Interpretation & Events Division provides meaningful learning opportunities for Mount Vernon’s one million annual visitors. Through a diverse portfolio of interpretive experiences, engaging public programs, and special events, we expand each guest’s understanding of and appreciation for our nation’s Founding Father.  The Department of History Interpretation, one of the Division’s six operating units, manages interpretive operations at the Mansion and Washington’s Tomb, provides walking tours around the historic area, and supports a variety of special guest experiences.  This dynamic department is composed of approximately 75 dedicated part-time and 3 full-time employees.

Division-wide Principles:
A. Exceed guest expectations – be friendly, respectful, engaging, and flexible. Always remember that this visit may be their first and only.
B. Encourage a meaningful appreciation of George Washington – keep him first and use his unparalleled legacy of character and leadership to inspire.
C. Engage yourself in the mission of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association – take responsibility for your continued development and commit to collaboration.  Care for your colleagues and be proud of what we accomplish together.


– Manage the staff and educational programs at the Mansion, Washington’s Tomb, and around the historic area in order to ensure high-quality learning opportunities in a safe and friendly environment.
– Lead departmental managers, supervisors, and all front-line staff, to maximize collaboration and effectiveness.
– Direct the evaluation of existing programs, ongoing interpretive planning, new tour and program development, and other special projects.
– Develop and implement new/refreshed interpretive strategies and policies, when necessary.
– Oversee all elements of personnel management related to History Interpretation staff (approximately 70-80 people). Create a positive work environment, encourage morale, and provide staff with the tools necessary to succeed. Direct recruitment, hiring, training, coaching, disciplining, and effective evaluation of performance.
– Manage departmental resources, monitor budget, and promote efficiency.
– Participate in Interpretation & Events Division senior team meetings and strategy sessions.


  • A bachelor’s degree and 5-10 years of relevant experience required
  • Excellent managerial, interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills required
  • Must be detail-oriented and able to work well under pressure
  • Must be able to work creatively and effectively as a member of a team
  • Must demonstrate a sincere interest in history
  • Must be able to stand/walk for long periods on varying surfaces, inside and outside, and in a variety of conditions
  • Must comply with: division-wide managerial standards
  • Must work some weekends, evenings, and holidays

You may send application materials:  via email –, or fax – 703.780.8320 or postal mail – P.O. Box 110, Mount Vernon, Virginia 22121.  Our applications may be downloaded and printed from the website or picked up in person at the Ticket window, Restaurant or Retail shops.

Mount Vernon is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Exhibition Coordinator [The National September 11 Memorial & Museum]


The Exhibition Coordinator will work with the Assistant Director of Exhibition Development and the Exhibition division to prepare content and production materials for the 9/11 Museum’s inaugural exhibitions.


The 9/11 Memorial Museum has a dual mission of commemoration and education. It will tell the story of 9/11, its antecedents, and its aftermath and will honor the memory of those who were killed. As the Museum prepares to open, Exhibition division staff is finalizing content selections; securing artifacts and licensing film, photographs and sound assets; reviewing deliveries from its exhibition designers, media producers, fabricators, and audio visual designers and integrators; and preparing presentations and other materials to share with advisors and constituents. The Exhibition Coordinator will prepare, manage, and track materials and support the work of others on the project. Specific tasks include:

• Prepare content deliveries and review the work of design and fabrication consultants, with particular focus on graphic and label production
• Support the coordination of photograph, film, and audio licensing to be included in the exhibitions and track associated use rights
• Assist with supervising the installation progress of artifacts, graphics, and exhibitry
• Provide research on exhibition content, ensuring key documentation is entered into exhibition database systems
• Maintain record of exhibition content decisions and rationales
• Manage special projects as assigned by the Director and Assistant Director of Exhibition Development


• Undergraduate degree required.
• Graduate degree in in a liberal arts, journalism, library science, museum studies, or related exhibition design or information design program preferred.
• One year general office experience required.
• Excellent communication, research, and organizational skills, and attention to detail required.
• Experience with database management preferred.
• Familiarity with a range of computer programs, including the Microsoft Office suite.
• General knowledge of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 events helpful.


• This is a full-time, 15-month renewable term position.


• Please send cover letter and resume by 10/05/2012 to Please include “Exhibition Coordinator” in the subject heading.


Curator of Collections and Exhibitions [The Sharon Historical Society]

Curator of Collections and Exhibitions (part-time position)

The Sharon Historical Society (Sharon, CT) is seeking a part-time (15 hours/3 days/week) Curator of Collections and Exhibitions to be responsible for maintaining professional standards in the development, management, intellectual integrity, care of, and access to the museum collection in-house and in the public domain; and for the development, curation, preparation and installation of museum exhibitions that may be presented on-site, off-site and/or on the Internet.

We are seeking an independent, creative, organized and tech-savvy individual who is comfortable working with people and recognizes the important role that small museums play in preserving and sharing the complex stories of a community.

Minimum bachelor’s degree in public history, museum or American studies (or other topic relevant to the SHS mission); Master’s degree preferred. Two years museum experience in history museum or library setting with specific duties relating to collections management, curatorial, exhibits and/or volunteer management preferred. Experience working with databases (Past Perfect), word processing and spreadsheets is required. The qualified candidate must possess strong organizational and interpersonal skills, and have the ability to prioritize, work independently, and meet deadlines. Weekend availability (one half-day per weekend) a plus.

Click Here for full job description. Interested candidates should mail or e-mail their resume, list of references and cover letter no later than Friday November 16, 2012 to: Sharon Historical Society, P.O. Box 511, Sharon, CT, 06069 or

School Programs Coordinator [The Studio Museum in Harlem]

The Studio Museum in Harlem is looking for a highly motivated, energetic museum education professional to be responsible for the coordination of the Museum’s School Programs.

School Programs at The Studio Museum in Harlem seek to expand the walls of the classroom to include the museum as an extension of the classroom. The Museum’s School programs are a rich resource for teachers and students to explore and examine art and culture.  Forming creative partnerships with schools is at the core of our school programs.  The Studio Museum is committed to enhancing school curricula and encouraging innovative teaching practice.

Responsibilites include:

  • In collaboration with the Manager of School, Youth and Family Programs, work to increase and deepen participation of school audiences in Museum activities; increase the level of school community awareness, interest & appreciation of Museum’s mission and exhibitions.
  • Coordinating and implementing multi-session school collaboration projects
  • Acting as liaison between school partners and the Museum including facilitation of planning meetings, workshops, documentation, etc. as appropriate for school collaborations
  • Vetting and management of teaching artist roster
  • Organizing professional development and training sessions for Museum teaching artists/museum educators
  • Organizing professional development sessions for school teachers, including Museum’s ‘Open House for Educators’ and ‘Teaching & Learning Workshops’
  • Establish and maintain relationships with individuals (teachers & school administration) and schools in an effort to extend Museum school programming to a wider audience.  Build and foster relationships with other school service providers
  • Develop ‘Curriculum Idea Guides’ for teachers, including  topics for discussion, writing and art projects that introduce the key ideas of an exhibition, address core subject areas in school curriculum, and address New York State Learning Standards
  •  Leading inquiry based tours and art workshops in the galleries for school audiences as needed
  • Collaborate with appropriate departments to create promotional materials for school collaboration program
  • Writing end of year reports


  • Candidates must have a BA/BFA in art, art history, education, African-American Studies, or related fields. Additionally, applicants must have experience with the following:
  • At least 2 years of relevant experience in school programming with responsibilities in planning, development, and implementation of programs.
  • Museum education
  • Community outreach and developing relationships with cultural, social, and educational organizations
  • Passion for the dual mission of achieving artistic and educational excellence
  • Demonstrated ability in the successful development and maintenance of a wide variety of partnerships.
  • Ability to assess priorities and work well under pressure; excellent time management, problem solving, and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work with close attention to detail, and to maintain confidentiality.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with and accuracy in using MS Office products, including WORD, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint and other related software applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to work professionally and tactfully, represent the Museum with a high level of integrity and professionalism, adhere to Museum policies and support management decisions in a positive, professional manner.

Working Conditions:

  • Position requires frequent early morning and evening work, and occasional weekends to participate in Museum programs and activities and to meet job goals and deadlines.

Physical Activities Required to Perform Essential Functions:

  • Sitting/Standing/Walking: Approximately 60% of time is spent working at a desk or in meetings. Balance of time(approximately 40%) is spent moving around the work areas, the galleries, and around the city.
  • Speaking/Hearing: Ability to effectively communicate with co-workers, visitors and outside agencies, by telephone and in person.
  • Vision: Ability to see art objects and to effectively use a computer screen and interpret printed materials, memos and other appropriate paperwork.
  • Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling: Ability to transport art and program supplies.
  • Stooping/Kneeling: Ability to access files/stock supplies in low cabinets and shelves.
  • Reaching/Handling: Ability to input information into computer systems and retrieve and work with appropriate paperwork, equipment and supplies.

Send resume and cover letter No phone calls or faxes, please.

Collections Manager [The Watermill Center]

The Watermill Center, a performance art center on the east end of Long Island,  has an art collection of over 8,000 objects ranging from contemporary prints, photographs and found objects to African, Indonesian, and Oceanic art. A majority of the collection and on-going acquisitions are focused on Oceanic art.

Responsibilities include managing all incoming acquisitions, maintaining all collection records, maintaining and updating the collections database, managing all shipping, and managing professional photography project of the collection. The right candidate will be able to conduct research on the art collection, specifically Oceanic and Indonesian art, and conduct public tours of the collection, building and history of The Watermill Center.

Based full-time, year round, at The Watermill Center, but must be available to occasionally travel to New York City and a storage facility on Long Island.

Due to the collaborative nature of The Watermill Center all staff, regardless of position, are required to assist with performances and events both in Water Mill and occasionally New York City.

Salary commensurate with experience, full medical and dental insurance, and vacation.

Requirements:  Master’s degree in art history or museum science, strong attention to detail, must be a self-starter comfortable working independently and collaboratively, comfortable with public speaking, valid driver’s license required.  Must be able to work on a Mac; must have knowledge of Word and Excel.

Please send cover letter and resume to Kristin Fabrizio,, with Collections Manager in the subject line.

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