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Executive Director [Smithtown Historical Society, Smithtown, NY]

The Smithtown Historical Society seeks an energetic and dynamic Executive Director to take charge of the day-to-day operations of the Society. The Executive Director will be responsible for fiscal guidance and site management, as well as the oversight of planning, programming, budgeting, marketing, public relations, institutional advancement, recruitment, and development. The Director also serves as the supervisor of all full time and part-time employees and volunteers. The Director will report to and work directly with the Historical Society’s Board of Trustees. Working in partnership with the Board of Trustees, the Executive

Director has responsibility for:
• Day-to-day operations of the Society, its properties and programs, supervision of professional, clerical and maintenance staff, all business functions and accounting, development and management of the annual operating budget.
• Ensuring that professional standards are developed and followed in the maintenance of the Society’s collections, buildings, and grounds.
• Serving as the Society’s representative and spokesperson in the community and with other community organizations; communicating directly with the Society’s members and the community at large through various written publications and through speaking engagements at events and programs.
• Supervising and coordinating established fundraising events, applying for grants, seeking corporate sponsorship, developing new sources of income for the Society, organizing and implementing annual giving and capital campaigns, maintaining membership records and dues, and encouraging new members to join the Historical Society.
The Historical Society is looking for an Executive Director who can manage the existing ambitious array of programming as well as someone who can seek out opportunities for growth and can find ways for the Society to expand its public, educational, and volunteer programs so that the history of Smithtown comes alive and remains meaningful for all the residents of Smithtown.

Job Requirements

Successful candidates for the position of Executive Director must have:
• BA/BS degree and at least three years paid professional experience within a museum, historical society, or other not-for-profit setting. Masters degree or equivalent in non-profit or museum administration, museum studies or other relevant field preferred. A candidate with experience or familiarity in every facet of museum/historical society work is strongly preferred.
• Strong computer and Internet skills required with experience in development of web sites and web applications.
• Excellent communication skills, experience with grant writing, and the ability to speak and deal with a wide variety of people from varying backgrounds from the general public to the press to government officials.
• Experience in fundraising event management, marketing and communications, and knowledge of efficient and effective business practices.
• Proven experience as a team leader and team and community cultivator. Must be comfortable working closely with a small staff in a team-oriented atmosphere.
• Ability to be a flexible and resourceful problem solver.
• Proficient with the following computer programs/applications: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Publisher, & PowerPoint), QuickBooks, PastPerfect, and Word Press Website templates.

Interested candidates should send their résumé, cover letter, and salary expectations to This vacancy will be open until filled, and it may close at any time. No phone inquiries, please.

Conservation Internship [American Museum of Natural History, NYC]

The American Museum of Natural History, New York, is offering an internship in objects
conservation, beginning in the late winter or early spring of 2018. The intern would work
alongside museum conservators to treat pieces for inclusion in the Museum’s iconic Northwest
Coast Hall, which is undergoing reinterpretation and renovation. The intern would also be
exposed to preventive conservation principles, as well as collections management activities, if
desired. The treatment focus will be on large scale wooden carvings for indoor display, as well
as on smaller cultural material.
The most appropriate candidates would be those individuals who work in or are planning to
work in cultural institutions that hold such materials, as well as artists and museum studies
students. Good hand skills are necessary, but previous experience is not required.
Funding is available to support living and travel expenses for up to 14 months, which could be
split among participants or time periods. The minimum internship period is 4 months.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter, CV and two letters of recommendation to:

Judith Levinson
Director of Conservation
American Museum of Natural History
The application deadline is January 30, 2018.
The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and all
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other
characteristic protected by law.

Education Programming Manager [African American Museum, Philadelphia, PA]

Reporting to the Vice President of Programming, and serving as a vital member of the Education Department, the Education Programming Manager is responsible for realizing the potential of the African American Museum in Philadelphia, (the Museum)’s collections and exhibitions as learning resources for visitors and the wider community. Responsibilities include engaging diverse level school groups, adult/lifelong learners and special needs audiences through the development, implementation and promotion of educational programs for schools and the broader community at the Museum, schools and other sites consistent with the Museum’s mission.

Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to, coordinating and designing various innovative arts integration gallery- and school- based initiatives, planning lectures and symposia, managing group tours, and leading professional development training for K-12 teachers.

Principal Duties And Responsibilities:

  • Works with the Education staff to develop educational programs suitable for children, youth and adults as adjuncts to exhibitions that align with Common Core Standards, as well as Pennsylvania State and school district goals. Develops gallery guides and catalogues, education program materials, including training manuals and curriculum materials related to education programs ;
  • Collaborates with teachers, artists, educators and curators to create curriculum resource units, teacher’s guides, lesson plans, online materials for the Museum’s website, and outreach materials. Update existing materials on a regular basis;
  • Responsible for developing and implementing programmatic calendar of events, including general coordination of major annual Education Department events such as MLK Day of Service, Kwanzaa, and annual symposium. Tasks include coordinating with the Visitor Services Manager, budget preparation, identifying staffing needs and providing staff/volunteer oversight, and logistics;
  • Implements educational programming in partnership with peer institutions, community-based organizations, and other partners that support and enhance the mission and message of the Museum.  Promotes and maintains institutional partnerships through networking, developing shared programming opportunities, and maintaining regular communications;
  • Directs the staff and volunteers of the Education Department, including the docent program. Interviews and selects staff, volunteers and interns; plans, schedules and assigns work to staff and volunteers such as teaching artists and workshop facilitators.  Ensures adherence to standard policies and procedures as well as ensures that communications and  information are current and accurate
  • Serves as an ambassador of the Museum by participating in teacher training events in school districts, at conferences and other workshops
  • Work with Vice President of Programming to expand and maintain contact with teachers and school district administrators, including serving as an ambassador of the Museum at teacher training events, at conferences and other workshops.
  • Collaborate with marketing to publicize the Museum’s educational programs via website, social media and other digital portals
  • Write and coordinate production of annual educational materials to be shared via web set. Make presentations at events
  • Assist Vice President of Programming and the Curatorial staff and Public Programming staff in the development of programs to support and interpret exhibitions directed toward a broad public audience
  • Manage and distribute a weekly schedule of tours and educational programs and events via the Museum’s Point-of-Sales (POS) system
  • Maintain and generate daily/weekly/monthly visitor reports in collaboration with the Visitor Services Department including details such as program attendance records, demographic information, survey results, etc
  • Perform other duties as needed and as assigned

Qualifications, Skills And Abilities Required:

Education/Experience Required: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s degree preferred. A degree in museum education, education, American history, African American studies, or art history preferred
  • A minimum of two years experience in Museum education or related work
  • Must possess current Child Abuse and Criminal Background clearances. If not current must acquire prior to the start of term
  • Experience with education program development and management
  • Experience with volunteer management
  • Experience teaching in a classroom or professional informal learning setting
  • Knowledge and understanding of African American history and art
  • Ablility to research, understand and interpret history and art in an engaging fashion
  • Experience supervising adults and youth while maintaining a positive environment


Skills & Abilities Required:

  • Must have a passion for the African American history and culture, and teaching youth
  • Self-motivated and comfortable speaking to large groups and diverse audiences
  • Ability to train, direct, manage, evaluate, and motivate staff and volunteers
  • Ability to work in non-profit environment; adhere to deadlines; demonstrate flexibility in meeting shifting demands and priorities
  • Ability to establish and manage effective working relationships with staff, volunteers, and members of the public; exercise tact and diplomacy at all times; demonstrate an understanding of protocol and sensitivity to cultural diversity issues
  • Ability to work some weekends and special event hours
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and able to work well with others in a team setting
  • Excellent writing, verbal, organizational and communication skills
  • Strong Microsoft Office (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, etc.) and database skills

To apply click here.

Administrative Assistant [MIT Museum, Boston, MA]

Administrative Assistant, Education & Public Programs 

The MIT Museum seeks a part-time, temporary (12-16 hrs. per week) administrative assistant to perform a number of duties for the Education & Public Programs team. Primary responsibilities will involve data entry, placing and processing catering orders for meetings and public programs, maintaining contact lists and programs databases, communicating with individuals and groups at MIT and within the greater Boston community about Museum programs, and administrative support for the Programs team. The successful candidate will have at least two years of administrative, secretarial, office, or related experience; strong customer service orientation; excellent organizational, time management, communication, customer service, problem solving, and interpersonal skills; proficiency with Word and Excel; ability to work both independently with limited supervision and as part of a team. Attention to detail is critical. 12-16 hours/week schedule, to be determined, may include occasional evening and weekend hours to provide program support. The person hired will be a NextSource employee with an MIT Museum assignment. Please send cover letter and resume to

Interpretive Planner [Texas Parks and Wildlife, Austin, TX]

General Description

Under the direction of the Lead Interpretive Planner, this position performs project management and interpretive planning for exhibits in Texas State Parks.  Responsibilities include working visitor and nature centers, as well as outdoor exhibits, publications, and other types of media.  Responsible for Interpretive planning including stakeholder consulting and collaboration, theme and concept development, research, and interpretive writing.  Project management includes stakeholder reviews, scope development, coordinating with purchasing teams, budgeting, vendor evaluation, implementation, and general oversight to ensure projects are completed on time and on budget.  Researches content and writes interpretive messages to reach diverse audiences.  Provides expertise and support to Interpretive Services programs and park staff with park messaging initiatives, interpretive media and master plans.  Provides interpretive planning and writing workshops to State Park staff.  Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.  Performs additional duties as assigned.  Complies with all Agency, Division and Branch rules, regulations and procedures.


  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree.


  • Three years of experience researching and developing written content for interpretive materials, exhibits or educational materials.


  • If driving is required, applicant must possess a valid State driver’s license.


  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s degree may substitute for one year of the required experience.


  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s  degree, with major coursework in History, Natural Sciences, Environmental Education, Geography, Anthropology, American Studies, Museum Studies, Education or closely related field;
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s degree with major coursework in History, Natural Sciences, Environmental Education, Geography, Anthropology, American Studies, Museum Studies, Education or closely related field.


  • Three years experience working in a conservation-focused or park setting;
  • Two years experience writing for diverse audiences or in outreach to diverse audiences;
  • Two years experience in project management.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of agency mission;
  • Knowledge of cutting-edge best practices and standards and techniques for presenting information to the public;
  • Knowledge of ADA regulations, archeological regulations, agency policies and federal, state and local laws as they apply to the presentation of information;
  • Knowledge of cultural resources subjects: history, culture, and archeology;
  • Knowledge of natural resources subjects: geology, geography, ecology, other natural sciences;
  • Knowledge of best practices and standards in interpretation and interpretive writing;
  • Skill in using MS Word, Excel and Outlook;
  • Skill in effective verbal and written communication;
  • Skill in overall interpretive planning, plus other media planning and implementation;
  • Skill in using primary, secondary, and scholarly source research for a variety of topics;
  • Skill in research, writing and editing for diverse audiences;
  • Skill in facilitating group planning sessions and resolving conflicts;
  • Skill in estimating budgets and schedules for projects;
  • Skill in meeting deadlines;
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with co-workers and work-related contacts;
  • Ability to create specialized text for a wide range of media, including interpretive displays, articles, brochures, newsletters, web sites, multimedia, proposals, plans, reports and marketing materials for diverse audiences;
  • Ability to provide leadership and team-building across organizational lines of authority;
  • Ability to perform project management and budget oversight for projects;
  • Ability to work with little or no supervision;
  • Ability to maintain flexibility and work with frequent interruptions and multiple changing priorities;
  • Ability to learn new subjects quickly;
  • Ability to create a narrative description of exciting and educational visitor experiences of various venues in state park settings for diverse audiences;
  • Ability to conduct work activities in accordance with TPWD safety program.


  • Required to work from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday;
  • Required to work overtime as necessary;
  • May be required to operate a State vehicle;
  • Required to travel 20% with possible overnight stays;
  • Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles.
In order to be considered for this position, the following information is required:
  • Submittal of a completed online application;
  • Work history experience MUST be completed in the online application;
  • A scanned copy of official college transcript(s) issued from the registrar must be attached to the online application (if applicable);
  • Applicants must attach a DD214 or other supporting documentation to the online application to claim Veterans Preference.
NOTE: Resume and professional references may be attached to the online application, but not in place of the completed application.  A skills test may be conducted at time of interview.
For more information and to apply, click here.


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