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Director of Programs and Engagement [Historic Hudson Valley, Tarrytown, NY]

Historic Hudson Valley is a museum of historic sites that has embraced contemporary programs to broaden and build diverse audiences. The non-profit organization seeks an experienced, strategic-thinking, creative Director of Programs and Engagement to join its senior management team and implement a wide range of public programs utilizing historic sites and material culture collections. Programs include site tours, school and youth workshops, living history demonstrations, and digital initiatives for five nationally-significant historic sites. Historic Hudson Valley also mounts popular events including the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze which are overseen by a separate Event Production Department. Major programmatic areas include slavery in the colonial North; Washington Irving and the art of storytelling; and philanthropy and family history at Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate.

The Director of Programs and Engagement is responsible for all phases of the content development process, including concept generation, design, delivery, and documentation, as well as the training and evaluation of museum guides. The position involves oversight of five program managers and, indirectly, more than 100 part-time guides and educators. In addition, the Director of Programs and Engagement will manage ongoing relationships with outside vendors, consultants, and content experts.

In addition to assuming the management of National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) existing grant-funded projects, the Director of Programs and Engagement will lead the Program Development Team in the design of new programs for all audience segments, with a strong emphasis on making historical content relevant to a contemporary audience. Reporting to the President, the Director of Programs and Engagement will create a forward-thinking roster of programs that provoke thought, advance learning, and encourage engagement and participation. Candidates should have a high awareness of visitor service best practices as well as an understanding and interest in the role of technology in the museum experience.


• Initiate and set goals for programs, according to organizational strategic objectives.

• Plan programs from start to completion in the context of deadlines, milestones, budgets, and processes.

• Actively pursue social, mobile, and emerging channels as a means to engage audiences with historical content. Work with the Marketing Department to expand the digital audience.

• Work collaboratively with other departments to create educational events and programs.

• Work collaboratively with the Event Production Department to add meaning and contextualize popular events.

• Develop budgets, timelines, and contract terms.

• Collaborate closely with inter-department teams on grant applications.

• Devise evaluation strategies to monitor program performance and determine areas for improvement.

• Recruit, hire, mentor, counsel, and regularly evaluate both the qualitative and quantitative work of subordinate staff; coordinate, direct, and evaluate the work of all content experts, consultants, and vendors.

• Seek ways to enhance efficiency and productivity of procedures and people.


• Ten years’ experience as a program director in a museum or other cultural setting; at least five years’ experience supervising professional staff and multi-disciplinary teams.

• BS/BA in a related field; MS/MA preferred.

• Thorough understanding of project/program management techniques and methods.

• Strong knowledge of program evaluation techniques, key metrics, and impact/outcomes in both digital and on-site contexts.

• Experience developing and managing department, program, and project budgets.

• Excellent organizational, leadership, communication, and leadership skills.

• Strong awareness of the interplay of trends in the fields of history, education, museums, and technology.

• Weekend, holiday, and evening availability a must in support of program needs.

The position carries a full benefits package including employer paid 401(k), paid time off, and employer supported health insurance. To apply, email resume and letter of interest to with Director of Programs and Engagement in the subject line. Historic Hudson Valley is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Database Administrator [Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA]

Job Opening: Database Administrator

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA


The Database Administrator is responsible for providing IT management for The Museum System, the Peabody Museum’s collections management database system, including day-to-day administrative management and documentation of database, end user training and troubleshooting, creating reports and user-requested customizations, and planning and implementing system upgrades.


For more information see:

Req# 42511BR

Manager of Group Visit and School Programs,[Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton Township, NJ]

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Position Title: Manager of Group Visit and School Programs

Position Description:
Grounds For Sculpture is seeking a full-time Manager of Group Visit and School Programs to join its education and engagement team. The Manager of Group Visit and School Programs is a newly created position and presents an exciting opportunity to contribute to the development and expansion of garden and gallery based experiences serving a wide array of Grounds For Sculpture visitors. The Manager of Group Visit and School Programs will oversee the museum’s group visit and school programs with goals of access to, and understanding of, GFS’ collections and seasonal exhibitions and increasing museum engagement and support. Group visits include guided tours and self-guided experiences and serve individuals and groups of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Tours may be led by GFS volunteers, part-time educators, or staff. School programs serve students and teachers in grades Pre-K through 12, and may include guided tours and related workshops, scavenger hunts, and professional development programs and events. This position reports to GFS’ Director of Education and Engagement and works collaboratively across the education and engagement department, and other departments throughout the museum, on planning, marketing, evaluation, and outreach.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Working closely with colleagues across the education and engagement department, designs, develops, and implements offerings for groups visiting GFS with an emphasis on accessible, inquiry-based, and discovery-oriented tour experiences that encourage close looking, personal connection, and collaborative meaning-making across audiences.
• Additionally reaches out to, and creates and manages programming for, K-12 schools and teachers, including workshops designed to deepen guided tour experiences, professional development events and programs, and partnerships serving K-12 youth and educators.
• Supervises, coordinates, and evaluates the work of GFS’ Group Visit Coordinator and, together with education and engagement department staff, recruits and trains part-time museum educators, fostering an atmosphere that values inquiry, exploration, experimentation, collaboration, and reflection.
• Partners with the Manager of Volunteer Services and Group Visit Coordinator to train and oversee volunteer docents.•Provides group visit and school programs staff with regular opportunities throughout the year to deepen their understanding of GFS’ collections and exhibitions, and strengthen their practices as educators and volunteers.
• Ensures quality of program delivery, and develops and routinely implements systems for evaluating the impact and effectiveness of group visits, school programs, and museum educators. These systems may include direct observations, documentation, individual conferences, monitoring attendance and participation data and trends, and preparing and analyzing statistical reports.
• Creates and/or manages the development of educational materials specifically geared towards potential or existing participants in group visit or school programming, including and pre- and post-visit materials, educator guides for temporary exhibitions, and gallery-based activity resources for use by volunteers, educators, and visiting groups.
• Articulates and conveys the museum’s mission and programming to diverse audiences and stakeholders, and establishes and maintains effective working relationships with colleagues, GFS supporters, and the public at large.
• Works collaboratively across departments to analyze target audiences, and marketing and outreach strategies, to ensure effective promotion of programs through both print and electronic media.
• Works collaboratively with colleagues across GFS to develop, coordinate, and promote special tours and programs tied to temporary exhibitions, new institutional initiatives, and/or strategic goals.
• Actively contributes to, and collaborates on, programming reports to funders and the cultivation of new funders or funding opportunities.
• Manages payroll for group visit and school program staff, and creates and tracks group visit and school programs budget in conjunction with the Director of Education and Engagement and GFS’ Finance Department.
• All other duties as assigned.

• Outstanding customer service and people skills.
• Strong organizational and written skills.
• Proven project and personnel management skills.
• Ability to prioritize and work both collaboratively and independently.
• Understanding of budget management.
• Web research and social media skills.Requirements
• Minimum of 2-4 years of nonprofit experience in museum education, horticulture education, art education, or related discipline.
• Bachelor’s degree in related field.
• Experience developing and leading tours for diverse audiences in a museum, garden, or similar informal learning setting and knowledge of, and ongoing interest in, best practices in museum teaching.
• Experience hiring, training, and managing professional staff and/or volunteers.
• Ability to work some weekend and evening hours.
• Advanced Microsoft Office skills; proficient in standard word processing, spreadsheet and database software applications.
• Bilingual Spanish preferred.


Job Date: 2017-06-06

Registrar/Collections Manager [Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CT]

The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut, seeks a highly motivated Registrar to manage its collections of American paintings, works on paper, decorative arts, and archival materials. The Museum is located in coastal Connecticut on a historic site that was once the setting for the Lyme Art Colony. A regional museum of American art, FGM is a dynamic cultural destination combining art, history, and landscape with strong educational dimensions. Reporting to the Curator, the Registrar will help manage the Museum’s collections and help coordinate its exhibition program. Responsibilities include supervising storage, executing loans and insurance, maintaining the collections database, digital images, and all collection records, and assisting with the planning, production, and installation of exhibitions. Qualifications include a B.A. in art history, American studies, or related field, Master’s degree preferred; 2-3 years of museum experience; knowledge of best practices for museum registration; proficiency with collections management software; hands-on attention to detail; strong organizational skills, including the ability to supervise interns and volunteers and interact with the public; ability to assist physically with installations and to lift 35 pounds. Competitive salary and benefits. Please email applications to No calls.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Education Program Officer [Japan Society, NY, NY]


The Education Program Officer plans and coordinates all aspects of the on-site and off-site student and family programs including the High School Summer Workshop and the annual family holiday programs. The Education Program Officer is responsible for the effective planning and implementation of program components including program content, logistics, collaboration with other institutions, and promotion of the events. The position requires meticulous organizational, program development, communication and networking skills in order to ensure the successful implementation of the programs. The Education Program Officer will work closely with the Director to produce and prepare budgets, project proposals, and other duties related to educational programing. Other responsibilities include producing timely content on the education and family programs for the department’s social media outlets.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

• Conceptualize and plan six (6) Family Festivities event and the two-week High School Summer Workshop taking place throughout the year. Responsibilities include securing guest presenters, performers, and related vendors, ordering books and materials, outreach and promotion of events to recruit student and family participants as well as school groups, and registration of participants for workshops and events.

• Collaborate with other Japan Society departments on translation of descriptions of Education Department projects and activities for publication in the Society’s Annual Report, and the preparation of reports for the Development Department concerning funding for Education Department programs.

• Promote Education Department events by securing promotional photography and video clips for use in Japan Society publications, website, and social media. Promote events on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Japan Society’s website.

• Prepare financial reports on departmental budget, expense reconciliations, and program analysis. Work with Education Director and Finance Department on preparation of financial reports.

• Collaborate with other Japan Society departments on translation of descriptions of Education Department projects and activities for publication in the Society’s Annual Report, and the preparation of reports for the Development Department concerning funding for Education Department programs.

• Assist the Director and Senior Program Officer in the management of other education and family programs such as the Junior Fellows Leadership Program.


• B.A/B.S. in Japan-related studies, education, international education, arts education, and/or equivalent professional experience. Master’s degree a plus.

• 5+ years’ experience in education, international education, arts education, community education programs, and /or K-12 teaching. 2-4 years’ experience teaching in a Japanese school or American public/private/charter school and teacher certification preferred. Experienced at applying pedagogical principles to various learning scenarios;

• Knowledge of Japanese history and culture. Experience teaching Japan-US relations a plus. Life/work experience in Japan is essential.

• Professional-level speaking, reading and writing communication in Japanese and English.

• Experience in networking with businesses, non-profit organizations, government, and schools in Japan and the United States desirable.

• Knowledge of New York City public and private educational institutions.

• Experience working in a high-paced environment with demonstrated ability to multitask.

• Must be self-motivated, creative, observant, and able to work independently as well as collaboratively as a team member;

• Strong administrative skills, well-organized, detail-oriented and possess advanced computer proficiency in MS Office required;

• Past experience leading volunteer efforts a plus.

• Flexible schedule with availability to work after-hours and weekends as needed.

• Must be able to lift and carry 25 lbs.

To Apply: Email your resume and cover letter to the Director of Human Resources at

Japan Society, celebrating its 110th anniversary in 2017, is an internationally-recognized, multidisciplinary hub for global leaders, artists, scholars, educators, and English and Japanese-speaking audiences seeking information on Japan, opportunities to experience Japanese art and culture, and to foster dialogue on issues important to the U.S., Japan and East Asia. Japan Society sponsors more than 100 events annually through its art gallery, performing arts program, film festival, speakers’ series, business and policy presentations, family and children’s programs, and Japanese language school. Japan Society is a nonprofit, nonpolitical organization located in a landmark building near the United Nations. For more information, visit our website

Japan Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and welcomes a diverse workforce.

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