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Director, American Indian Relations [Ohio History Connection]

Ohio History Connection (formerly Ohio Historical Society) seeks a Director of American Indian Relations to foster and maintain a trusted and collaborative relationship between the institution and the Federally recognized American Indian tribes with historic ties to Ohio.  Working in partnership with individual departments and staff members, as well as with tribal leaders, this director will facilitate dialogue built upon partnership and respect to promote knowledge and understanding of the role of American Indians in Ohio history.  Additionally, this leader will serve as a point of contact regarding collaborative activities to provide resources, knowledge and education to the museum staff, sites and the tribes related to their history and heritage in Ohio.

Reporting Relationships

The Director of American Indian Relations will report directly to Burt Logan, the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ohio History Connection.

Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as the liaison and primary point of contact for the federally recognized tribes associated with Ohio History Connection, staff and constituents of the museum for all issues related to American Indian relations.
  • Develop a clear strategy for creating and maintaining a positive relationship with those tribes who have a historic tie to Ohio.
  • Become a subject-matter-expert on the cultures and histories of the tribes associated with Ohio History Connection.
  • Strengthen trust and relationships between the Ohio History Connection and tribal leaders.
  • Interact with individual members of each of the tribes to learn their stories and perspectives, gaining better understanding of the artifacts and historic locations managed by Ohio History Connection and ensuring appropriate management and representation.
  • Provide resources and information for tribes to connect with their Ohio heritage.
  • Encourage engagement of tribal historians, leaders, and cultural and spiritual representatives to visit and interact with collections and storytelling.
  • Convey to tribal leaders the importance and purpose of Ohio History Connection in educating and preserving American Indian History.
  • Provide introductions among tribal members and Ohio History Connection or other partner site managers.
  • Leverage tribal knowledge to provide historically accurate and tribally meaningful interpretations of artifacts and sites.
  • Provide clear and accurate information about associated tribes to ensure clear messaging to visitors of Ohio History Connection sites.
  • Advocate for the importance of American Indian collections and sites maintained by the Ohio History Connection.
  • Be apprised of all initiatives within the organization pertaining to the histories of the tribes associated with the Ohio History Connection.  Consult with museum staff to ensure appropriate representation of associated tribes in exhibits, programs, partnerships, publications, retail and more.
  • Advise State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) in matters related to American Indian historic preservation.
  • Act as an advisor to museum staff on all issues related to associated tribes and their portrayal in museums and historic sites, including events and museum store offerings.
  • Create protocol and policies for interpreters, educators, retailers and exhibit designers for representing associated tribes.

Job Requirements

Key Qualifications, Competencies and Attributes

  • Bachelor’s degree in history, anthropology, public administration or related subject; Master’s degree preferred
  • Knowledge of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated experience with diverse American Indian tribal protocols, customs, traditions, cultures and governmental relations
  • Political acumen and ability to communicate with diverse constituents
  • Willingness to travel (25% national, 35% regional)
  • Ability to establish meaningful one-on-one and group relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically
  • Strong facilitation skills
  • Exceptional listening and communication skills
  • Formal training and demonstrated skill in the application of conflict resolution and negotiation techniques and principles
  • Able to build meaningful relationships, at the appropriate pace, and possess evidence of a strong degree of empathy


Contact Person: Andrea Dixon Phone: 614-939-4240
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Senior Graphic Designer [The History Workshop]

The History Workshop creates indoor and outdoor exhibits, exhibit plans, educational programs, web sites, and interactive environments for museums, parks, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and private companies. Most of our past exhibit projects centered on cultural and natural history.  The History Workshop is a division of Brockington and Associates, one of the largest independent heritage resource management firms in the nation. Many of our projects are done in conjunction with our staff archaeologists and historians.

The History Workshop is looking for a motivated and creative designer with a minimum of 3-5 years of hands-on, professional graphic design experience in print and display design including exhibit displays, signage, labels, advertisements, publications, websites, and marketing collateral (business cards, flyers, brochures). You should have a thorough understanding of color, composition, typography, general design principles, and effective creative decision making. Some experience in industrial design, space planning, photography, and/or videography, and familiarity with museum design is a plus. You should be able to design production-ready artwork for exhibits, and create floor plans, exhibit component sketches, and renderings. You should be passionate about great design, always looking for ways to innovate, and able to explain why your work is effective and relevant. Speaking with clients and team members about design is a key skill. Your designs should have aesthetic appeal and communicate the client’s message.

We are filling this position in our Charleston office. Some travel is part of the job. Please upload your resume with your application and include a link to your portfolio. Please, no phone calls about this job.

Job Requirements

Your duties will require you to work efficiently, meet deadlines, and juggle multiple projects. We are looking for a designer with strong initiative, who can work collaboratively other team members and clients. Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills with a strong attention to detail are a must.

Typical duties:

  • Meet with clients to discuss ideas and products
  • Work with team members to develop design concepts
  • Create initial design sketches and computer-generated visuals
  • Design interpretive products and artwork for displays and exhibits
  • Handle production orders for materials and services
  • Meet with and brief suppliers
  • Transport and install displays to exhibition sites

Required Technical Skills:

  • A minimum of 3-5 years of hands-on, professional graphic design experience
  • Experience working in a Mac OS X environment


Contact Person: Carol Poplin
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PT Museum Interpreter [Accokeek Foundation]

The Accokeek Foundation seeks a Museum Interpreter whose best asset is an outgoing personality and the ability to engage audiences and learners. We love actors, teachers, and class clowns who get a charge out of being able to get audience reactions and to trigger genuine “ah-hah” moments. You enjoy pretending to be other people and wearing funny costumes in the name of education. You’ve also got a brain and an insatiable curiosity about the world, especially nature. Your social conscience will make you a perfect fit here, because we’ve got a serious side and we deal with serious issues. We aim to provoke thoughts and even transform lives by teaching people about the environment through a historical lens. You think that’s exciting and want to be a part of it.

Hours worked per week depend on the season. Late spring and summer, hours worked per week could range from 7-20. The pay is $10/hour.

Hours and Job Focus: This is a part-time position that will include one weekend day (Fri, Sat, or Sun) from 9am- 4pm per week, and occasional weekdays 9am- 1pm. During the late spring and summer months, this position will focus on first-person living history interpretation on the weekends. Starting in late summer, the position will perform in an acting/teaching role in our unique school tour program, Eco-Explorers: Colonial Time Warp.

Job Requirements

Job requirements include:

  • Lively, outgoing personality and/or experience in theatre/drama
  • Ability to master interactive tours and activities; this includes memorizing and performing scripts, improvising with visitors
  • Interpersonal skills and diplomacy necessary to facilitate discussion around sensitive topics
  • Willing and able to work outside in various weather conditions
  • Willing to wear various costumes depending on program
  • Works well in a sometimes unpredictable environment where last minute changes may be necessary
  • Able to lift 50 pounds
  • Historic gardening/farm chores performed when not interacting with visitors (we train). This requires moderate physical activity and willingness to get dirty.
  • Comfortable around large and small animals
  • Excellent communication skills and a willingness to learn
  • Experience working with children
  • Applicant will be required to complete a background check prior to employment.

Highly desired qualities include:

  • Personal commitment to sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship
    (earth-friendly eating and living)
  • Strong interest in teaching, drama, history, agriculture, and the environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Prior experience as an actor, teacher, or interpreter is a plus, but not required

To apply, email: cover letter, resume, and headshot (if you have one) to:, with “Museum Interpreter” in the subject line.


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The Selig Family Chief Curator [Phoenix Art Museum]

Phoenix Art Museum seeks an experienced Chief Curator to manage and provide administrative leadership to its Curatorial Division.  The Chief Curator oversees the development and implementation of all curatorial projects, exhibitions, and art acquisitions. The position serves on the senior management team, reporting directly to the Museum Director, and works closely with the Board of Trustees and the Collections Committee.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Expand the audience for the Museum’s programs through collaboration with in-house departments as well as other organizations in the city to meet the interests and needs of Phoenix and the region’s diverse audiences.
  • Oversee the management and growth of the Museum’s collections, conduct research on the collections, and recommend acquisitions and deaccessions.
  • Serve as the Curator of Contemporary Art for the Museum.
  • Work with the Director and the Director of Development to develop and cultivate relationships with donors and collectors; raise funds for exhibitions and acquisitions.
  • Supervise the work of the Curatorial Division.

Phoenix Art Museum, opened in 1959, has grown to a vibrant, leading visual arts institution in the Southwest.  The founding of the Museum and its development reflect the constant commitment from the community and mirror the growth of Phoenix from a small desert town into the sixth largest city in the United States.  The Museum is the Southwest’s premier destination for world-class visual arts with 285,000 square feet in gallery, education, and presentation space designed by New York architects Tod Williams/Billie Tsien & Associates.  Phoenix Art Museum visitors are immersed in culture while viewing popular exhibitions that feature artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Paul Cezanne, Andy Warhol, and Ansel Adams.

The Museum has a collection of more than 18,000 works of art, emphasizing Modern and Contemporary, American, European, Latin American, Asian, Western American Art, Photography, and Fashion Design.  Eleven organizations support the Museum through fundraising and volunteer efforts.  Last year, nearly 3,000 individuals volunteered an approximate 125,000 hours through various committees, support groups, education programs, events, and exhibitions.

As Arizona’s cultural hub for over 50 years, Phoenix Art Museum presents festivals, live performances, independent art films and educational programs for people of all ages that will both enlighten and entertain.  The Phoenix Art Museum operates with an annual budget of approximately $10 million (FY2015), and serves more than 250,000 visitors annually.

For further information about the museum and a more detailed job description, visit

Job Requirements

Candidates will possess:

  • A Master’s degree in art history or related field, and a minimum of six years management-level museum experience and seven years applied curatorial experience, which includes supervisory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved ;
  • Ability to provide effective vision and strategic direction to the Curatorial Division staff and supporters;
  • Demonstrated experience managing substantial department, project and program budgets;
  • A distinguished record of exhibitions, publications, lectures and other professional accomplishments;
  • Knowledge of contemporary art trends and demonstrated expertise in that area;
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, planning and organizational skills;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as presentation skills;
  • A high level of problem solving and diplomacy skills;
  • The ability to work effectively with staff and with a wide variety of Museum supporters, visitors, members, and volunteers;

Additionally, the Chief Curator must be a passionate and energetic person with the ability to accomplish multiple projects concurrently.  S/he must be a team player and have the demonstrated interest and ability to share the Museum’s collection with diverse audiences and to build a positive image and lasting relationships for the Museum. S/he must be an innovative thinker and a great communicator with the ability to present the Museum and its collection to all internal and external constituencies, and must possess a reputation for the highest level of integrity and credibility.


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YouMedia Lead Mentor [Springfield City School District]

The YouMedia Lead Mentor will report to and work with the YouMedia Director to support and maintain youth project groups and mentoring relationships.

Duties will include, but are not limited to:

Assist in daily operation of the YouMedia Center and Maker Space.

Work directly with students as a mentor.

Act as the resident expert in his;/her specialty.

Recruit Mentors.

Provide professional development and coaching to mentors.

Create and maintain mentor database.

Manage teen mentoring relationships.

Help coordinate teen roles.

Assist in the development of YouMedia program schedules and class offerings.

Work with District Communications Department.

For more details and to apply, please follow the link below.

Job Requirements

The successful candidate must possess:

Bachelor’s Degree

Three years of experience in youth development, project or program management, or digital media or creative arts practice.

High degree of competency with digital media, including social media; competence with budget development and management; supervisory experience; excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.



Contact Person: Deb Dasher
Phone: 937-505-2820
Apply URL:
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