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Executive Director [The Alice Austen House Museum]

Alice Austen House Museum

(Staten Island NY)

The Alice Austen House Museum seeks an Executive Director
The directorship of the Alice Austen House Museum on Staten Island, NY, is an exciting opportunity for a creative, hands-on, and visionary leader.  Alice Austen was one of America’s earliest and most prolific female photographers as well as a landscape designer, a master tennis player, and the first woman on Staten Island to own a car.  A rebel who broke away from the constraints of her Victorian environment, Austen created her own independent life.
The museum is housed in a Victorian Gothic cottage that dates back to a 1690 Dutch farmhouse. It sits on the water with a magnificent panoramic view that stretches from Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Verrazano Bridge.  Its activities are divided into three categories: exhibits, education, and public programs.  The museum furthermore owns and cares for a large collection of Austen’s photographs
Job Responsibilities
As a CEO with vision, lead an established, vibrant museum.
Head fundraising and administration
Work closely with the Board of Directors.
Plan, budget, and implement cutting edge exhibits and programs
Expand the Museum’s audiences, reputation, and reach.

Job Requirements
Dynamic personality and professional credibility to be the public face of the Museum
5+ years management experience
Demonstrated creative achievements
Exceptional team leadership and management skills
Experience working with board and staff to achieve earned and contributed revenue goals
Extensive experience in non-profit fundraising

To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter to


Associate Registrar for Collections [The New York Historical Society]

Job Title:  Associate Registrar for Collections
Department: Collections
Job Reports To: Collections Manager

Job Summary

The Associate Registrar for Collections, whose immediate supervisor is the Collections Manager, is charged with the responsibilities of record-keeping, safeguarding, and tracking the multiple uses of the New-York Historical Society’s (NYHS) vast collections in their role as a learning resource.  In addition they are charged with the responsibilities of all logistics related to in house generated exhibitions displayed at the Society and collection traveling exhibitions.

The Associate Registrar for Collections conducts his/her work in accordance with the museum’s official Collections Policy, adhering to the code of ethics advised by the American Association of Museums.


Coordinate logistics associated with NYHS’ in-house exhibitions and traveling exhibitions.

Coordinate logistics associated with NYHS’ active, outgoing program, including processing all loan forms and receipts, insurance certificates, facilities report, condition reports, loan fee invoices, maintenance of collections database with loan and exhibition records, and the arrangement for safe packing and transport of these materials to and from other institutions.

Prepares all paperwork and handles logistics for incoming loans for collections-based exhibitions and smaller loan exhibitions. Coordinate all ongoing display rotations with the N-YHS art handlers, design department, conservator for loans and exhibitions and curators.

Work with the Museum Database Administrator to manage and maintain NYHS master collections catalog including register and create official accession records for all incoming donations and purchased materials accepted into the Society’s permanent collection; record donor documentation; create object files and records, and assist with the dispersal of materials approved for de-accessioning by the Society.

Manage and maintain NYHS master collections catalog including paper records and the electronic database (TMS); oversee accuracy of catalogers assisting in data entry and rectification of catalog information.

Coordinate transportation on NYHS collections to and from the institution’s offsite storage facilities, and the pick-up and return of objects offered to the Society as gifts or for purchase approval.

Document and update information on the condition, storage, permanent and interim locations of museum objects, including materials housed at the Society’s headquarters, offsite storage facilities, and on temporary deposit to approved borrowers.

Additional Responsibilities

Serve as the recording secretary for the staff Acquisitions and Loans Committee. In this role, he/she will assist Collections Manager in assembling meeting agendas, oversee timely distribution of relevant information to committee members, and prepare meeting minutes.

Attend weekly museum and departmental staff meetings; provide Collections Manager with monthly reports summarizing activities and progress towards established goals

Perform other reasonable duties, as requested by the Collections Manager and by the Chief Curator.

Knowledge and Skill Requirements

Education: M.A. in museum studies, art history, history, material culture or related field preferred.

Experience: At least three years registration/exhibition experience in museums; proficiency with TMS (The Museum System) collection management software essential.

Knowledge of current registration methods and art handling techniques required; proven excellence in oral and written communication; superior organizational and interpersonal skills. The ideal candidate will be a detail oriented, team player, able to juggle multiple tasks and shifting priorities, and work productively in hectic environment.

For consideration please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to In the subject line please reference the job title.  The New-York Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Maintainer-Registrar’s Office [The Metropolitan Museum of Art]

Maintainer – Registrar’s Office

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

(New York NY)

The Maintainer will report to the Manager Packing and Art Services. The Maintainer is responsible for the packing and unpacking of artwork both to and from the Museum as well as handling the art in a safe and proper manner.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:
•Art handling and packing of art objects
•Constructing wooden packing crates using manual and/or power tools while following standard safety procedures
•Lifting and moving packing crates safely and properly
•Measuring artwork and calculating interior and exterior specifications of packing materials
•Candidate must complete Security Threat Assessment application
•Other related duties

Requirements and Qualifications:
Experience and Skills:
•Minimum two years experience working with detailed and/or fragile materials is required; the materials need not be artwork, but the appropriate candidate must have experience in a field with an equivalent skill set
•Minimum two years experience with power tools (saws, drills, pneumatic guns), ability to do mathematical calculations, ability to lift 100 lbs. with or without assistance, and carpentry skills are all required
•Candidate must be detail oriented, able to work under pressure, and with close supervision
•Candidate must be able to interact in a professional manner with Metropolitan Museum of Art staff and visiting museum professionals

Knowledge and Education:
•Knowledge of basic packing materials required
•A Bachelor’s degree is preferred with a minimum of an Associate’s degree required

Please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to with the position title in the subject line.

Visiting Professor-Museum Management [The Cooperstown Graduate Program]


Job Description:

The Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP) at SUNY Oneonta invites applications for a Visiting Professor of Museum Management beginning August 2013. The appointment will be for two years and is non‐renewable. Expectations include teaching, research, student advisement, college and museum service. SUNY Oneonta is a comprehensive, public, liberal arts and sciences college with 6,000 students. The College is ranked as one of the 50 best regional universities in the North by U.S. News & World Report, has been one of Kiplinger’s magazine’s “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” for six years straight, has been named to the Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges and the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll every year since their inception, and has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for excellence in community engagement. The nationally recognized Cooperstown Graduate Program trains professionals for leadership careers in museums. CGP is co‐sponsored by the State University of New York and the New York State Historical Association (NYSHA) and offers a Master of Arts degree in museum studies. The program is located on the NYSHA campus, which includes the Fenimore Art Museum and the Farmers’ Museum, a living history farm. It is located in a rural, yet cosmopolitan community. Museum management is a key component of the graduate program curriculum. To learn more about the College or the Program please visit or

Duties include but not limited to: teaching museum management, development, strategic planning, museum entrepreneurship, or areas within the applicant’s area of expertise; coordinating with adjuncts; leading a management field trip; participating in curriculum development and assessment and the admissions process; promoting the Graduate Program at professional conferences.


Required Qualifications: MBA degree, a degree in Arts Administration or other appropriate Master’s degree; plus a minimum of ten yearsexperience as a museum director; an entrepreneurial professional museum background.

Preferred: 15 or more years of progressively more responsible experience in museum management preferably as a director; demonstrable commitment to audience‐focused and community‐oriented museum service; demonstrated success working with not‐for‐profit boards and as a collegial team member; entrepreneurship, planning, finance, and fund raising experience in the not‐for‐profit sector; experience working with diverse populations and/or teaching pedagogies and/or multicultural teaching experience.

Additional Information:

For other employment and regional opportunities, please visit our website at:

SUNY Oneonta values a diverse college community. Please visit our website on diversity at: Moreover, the College is an EEO/AA/ADA employer. Women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions:

To apply online go to: Plea se upload a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional references, copies of transcripts (official required at time of appointment), and a brief statement of philosophy of museum professional training.

‐‐ Garet Livermore Vice President for Education New York State Historical Association & The Farmers’ Museum PO Box 800 Cooperstown, NY 13326 607‐547‐1490 ‐ voice 607‐547‐1499 ‐ fax

Travel to Collections Awards Program [The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation]

The Travel to Collections Awards Program supports research on the history of invention and innovation based on the holdings of the Museum’s Archives Center and curatorial divisions. The Archives Center holds more than 20,000 feet of archival materials. The collections are particularly strong in personal papers and business records documenting the history of American enterprise and technology.

Since 1995 the Lemelson Center has supported oral and video documentation of contemporary inventors and inventions such as the SmartLevel, a high-tech electronic level, the Gerber Cutter, a computer controlled fabric cutter invented by H. Joseph Gerber, the Sendzimir “Z” Mill for cold rolling steel invented by Tadeusz Sendzimir, and the windsurfer invented by S. Newman Darby.

To encourage use of its invention-related collections, the Lemelson Center offers short-term travel awards. Awards are $150 per day for 10 business days (Monday-Friday) maximum. No additional funds will be granted for travel. The travel award may be used to cover transportation and living expenses, and copying pertinent archival resources. All funds awarded are subject to tax and non-U.S. applicants should inquire about visa status and tax implications. Scholars, graduate students, and independent researchers not residing or attending school within commuting distance of the National Museum of American History may apply for this program. Awards may not be used to extend other Smithsonian appointments. Only one award can be offered to a visitor within a twelve-month period.

Recipients must commence their research at the National Museum of American History within one year of being notified of the award. Recipients are requested to submit a short report on their research at the National Museum of American History. Edited versions of or excerpts from these reports may be used in the Lemelson Center’s publications. Recipients also are asked to provide the Center with a copy of any publication resulting from research conducted as a result of the award. Decisions are made on the basis of recommendation and review by the Smithsonian staff.

The Application Process

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m., EST, on January 15, 2013.

Applicants must apply using the Smithsonian online application system.

Please be aware that complete applications must include the following:

  • application form;
  • current curriculum vitae or resume;
  • bibliography of relevant secondary sources;
  • statement of purpose summarizing their project and detailing why the Archives Center’s collections are essential to their research;
  • list of specific collections or resources to be consulted (visit the main archives page to search online finding aids for invention-related collections at the Archives Center).

Applicants must consult with the Travel Award Coordinator prior to submitting a proposal. Awards will be announced within two weeks of receiving the application materials.

To request information about the Archives Center’s invention-related holdings contact Alison L. Oswald at: 202.633.3726. More information about Smithsonian collections and staff can be found on the following web sites:

For more information, contact:

Travel to Collections Awards Program
Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation
National Museum of American History, Room 1210, MRC 604
Smithsonian Institution
P.O. Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012
Tel: (202) 633-3450
Fax: (202) 633-4593

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