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Fellow for Diversity in the Arts [Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA]

Fellow for Diversity in the Arts

The Worcester Art Museum (WAM) seeks an exceptional fellow in the department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs. The 13 week position, supported by the Moggio Foundation, encourages the advancement of minorities within the museum community. The Fellow for Diversity in the Arts will focus on research related to upcoming exhibitions, notably Worcester contemporary photomontage artist John O’Reilly and turn-of- the-century amateur photographer William Bullard, whose collection of 5,000 negatives includes a rare group of photographs representing African Americans and Nipmuc descendants in the Worcester area.

The Fellow will report to the Assistant Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, but engagement may cross-over into other areas of the museum outside of Curatorial, notably Exhibition Design and Fabrication, Registration, and Conservation.

The Diversity Fellow will be expected to research and write about objects for exhibitions as well as objects brought into the collection for potential acquisition or deaccession. Further, he or she will be expected to perform administrative tasks for the Prints, Drawings and Photographs department including the cataloguing, movement and storage of artworks as needed.

By the start of the fellowship, the candidate should be an advanced undergraduate or graduate student with a strong art historical foundation. Excellent communications skills, both oral and written, are expected, as is an ability to do independent research offsite as well as the ability to confidently engage with archival materials. Art handling experience and a broad knowledge of African American art history and/or contemporary art are highly desirable. The fellowship is a part-time, limited-term, non-exempt position requiring the candidate to be on-site two days a week for a total of 8-10 hours.

Qualified candidates please send a resume, a letter of interest, and a brief writing sample to Interim Director of Human Resources, Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA, 01609, or email documents to Minority students are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Worcester Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

Coordinator of Interpretive Services and Audience Engagement [Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT]

The Coordinator of Interpretive Services and Audience Engagement is an advanced entry level position responsible for taking and processing reservations for all of the Museum’s school programs and adult tours and supervising the visitor services team. Reservation responsibilities include, but are not limited to: school and community center visits and guided tours for adults. Supervisory responsibilities include, but are not limited to, building and evaluating a visitor services team, creating its schedule, leading trainings for visitor services and security staff and ensuring that best practices in visitor services are followed. As the initial contact between program participants and the Bruce Museum as well as the coordinator of visitor services (VS), this position requires an outgoing, friendly personality with strong organizational and computer skills. A high degree of independent decision-making and authority for such decisions is required. Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in art, science, cultural history, education, museum studies, or related field required; Out of classroom teaching experience, handling of collections required; Experience in administrative work, particularly with scheduling software, required; Experience using Altru (by Blackbaud) a plus; Experience in customer service in a museum setting preferred. Please submit a cover letter and resume to Kathleen Holko at No phone calls please. The full job description is on the Bruce Museum website:


Building Technician [Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA]

Building Technician I

Full Time Benefitted Position

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art presents internationally-recognized collections and exhibitions and a broad array of cultural and educational activities.

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art has an opening for Building Technician I in the Facilities Department. Must be able to work at a busy pace, have a flexible working style and good communication problem-solving skills. The right applicant will have the ability to work well as a team member , be diplomatic and collaborative, and effectively perform regular duties independently.

Requirements include: High School diploma, two years of experience in general maintenance and/or in skilled trades; must have excellent mechanical abilities. Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. on an occasional basis and up to 25 lbs. frequently. Prior art handling experience a plus.

The position reports to the Facilities and Installations Manager.

  • Full-time, regular, and non-exempt status.
  • Salary is DOE and the position is eligible for full benefits.
  • Successful Background Check is required
  • Deadline to apply: Applications (with salary requirements), Resumes and Cover Letters will be accepted until the position is filled.

Please E-mail to:

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Application at under our About page and Career link.

Registrar/Collections Manager [The Printing Museum, Houston, TX]

Classification: Temporary, 1 year position
Work Schedule: Flexible, 30-40 hours per week, Monday-Friday, 9:00am to 6:00pm
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Reports to: Curator


While the museum remains closed to the public in 2017, it will undergo a strategic planning process with focused attention towards how the collection aligns with its mission and future moving forward. The Registrar/Collections Manager will play a crucial role in this process, working towards completing an accurate inventory and catalog of the collection, as well as establishing clear ownership and title of collection items.

Oversee the proper documentation and care of the museum’s collections (including archives and Reference Library) in accordance with museum “Standards and Best Practices,” as put forth by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).

  • Complete an inventory of the collection, currently in-progress
  • Create and maintain object and vendor documentation and files, as well as digital files and photographs related to the collection
  • Determine status of museum ownership for collection items by reviewing museum records
  • Establish records of ownership for Found in Collection (FIC) items
  • Accession and catalog collection items; assigning accession and/or catalog numbers to all objects in the collection and creating accurate and precise entries in Past Perfect, the museum’s collection management database.

Develop cataloging solutions to improve systems of record and accuracy of collection data.

Maintain and oversee condition, housing, and transportation of collection items.

Prepare reports for Collection Management Committee meetings and assist with drafting new forms and paperwork, as needed.

Other Duties:

  • Oversee and help facilitate a preservation assessment of the collection by an outside professional, which will lead to the eventual creation of a Preventative Conservation Plan.
  • Work with Curator, Executive Director, and Collections Committee in reviewing, updating, and drafting policies and procedures related to collections management, including updating the Collections Management Policy.
  • Support Curator as needed in collection research, refining a scope of collections, and creating a vision for collection development in relation to institutional planning.
  • Performs other collection duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in history, art history, library science, museum studies or related field.
Master’s Degree is a plus.

2-5 years of experience in a museum environment involving collection registrar work and/or collections management, as well as object handling.

Extensive knowledge of collections handling techniques, as well as AAM-recommended museum practices and ethical standards.
Experience with collection/documentary photography and construction of basic housing for documents, books, and artifacts is a plus.

Proficiency using collection management software (such as TMS or Past Perfect) and knowledge of museum cataloging standards and registration techniques. Proficiency in working with Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite and Google SketchUp is a plus.

Willing and interested in working with collection records and computer database for long hours over extended periods of time, as well as able to use discretion, maintain confidentiality, and respect donor privacy.

Capable of working independently, but also adept at working in a team/collaborative environment, including working with and possibly overseeing volunteers and interns.

Excellent communication skills, written and verbal, including the ability to present information in a variety of formats, as well as demonstrated organizational and time management skills.

Interest and experience with letterpress printing, graphic design, digital technology and/or library science is a major plus.

Must have a valid driver’s license and able to lift 30 pounds.


Commensurate with experience and education. Temporary, full-time, 30 – 40 hours/week. The Museum of Printing History dba The Printing Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply:

Please direct all inquiries to Keelin Burrows, Curator. To apply, please send a current resume, a letter of interest, and the contact information for 3 professional references to Keelin Burrows, Curator at Preference will be given to candidates who apply by Wednesday, January 18, 2016. For more information about The Printing Museum please visit and for more information about the museum’s collections visit

About us:

For nearly 35 years, the Museum has promoted, preserved, and shared the knowledge of printed communication and art as the greatest contributors to the development of the civilized world and the continuing advancement of freedom and literacy.

Each year, over 10,000 visitors experience the history of printing technologies and how those technologies were used by men and women to make a lasting impact on the world. Visitors also explore both historical and contemporary aspects of printing through temporary exhibitions and special events. We also provide an opportunity for people to excel at the craft and art of printing through workshops, seminars and our annual Summer Book Arts Studio.

Director of Exhibitions and Programming [Portsmouth Historical Society, Portsmouth, NH]

The Director of Exhibitions and Programming for the Portsmouth Historical Society is a full-time, year round position that has oversight of the institution’s 4000 sq. ft. of museum galleries, mission-driven museum shop, and related educational programming including exhibition lecture series and Third Grade Portsmouth History Program. Portsmouth Historical Society is a fast-paced nonprofit which operates Discover Portsmouth – a multi-program museum/ welcome center – and the John Paul Jones House, a National Historic Landmark. The Director of Exhibitions and Programming facilitates/acts as liaison to the Exhibition and Programming Committee of the Board of Trustees, and manages three part-time employees including the Museum Shop Manager, the Educational Program Coordinator and the Curatorial Associate. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, exhibition budgeting, preparation, installation, related programming, coordinating guest curators as needed and assistance with publicity. Additional responsibilities include assisting with the design and production of exhibition graphics, print materials and website content, and coordinating artwork transport and other activities related to the mounting of exhibitions. Bachelors minimum, Masters preferred in history, history of art, American Studies or related discipline. Minimum three years of increasingly responsible experience in museum and/or gallery operations. Must have excellent writing skills, interpersonal skills, be well organized and highly motivated to work in a team environment. Advance knowledge of computer software including Microsoft Office Suite, Google docs, design software an advantage. Experience with Little Green Light and PastPerfect desirable. Familiarity with working in historic buildings, ability to do light carpentry, painting, lift 50 pounds and overseeing contractors and maintenance personnel for larger jobs within the gallery space is required. Applicants can submit a resume and cover letter online to or by mail to Attn: Wendy Rolfe, Portsmouth Historical Society, P. O. Box 728, Portsmouth, NH 03802. No phone calls please. EOE.

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