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Museum Manager of Education Services [Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, Boston, MA]

The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum seeks an experienced educator to develop and deliver interpretive
programming to youth and adult visitor groups. Located on the edge of Boston, in the historic pumping station that served as the crown jewel of Boston’s municipal water system, this unique museum addresses the topics of engineering, public health, social history, architecture and water resource issues. Working collaboratively with a small staff and a group of dedicated volunteers, this is an opportunity to be involved in all aspects of a growing museum, including tours, volunteer training, exhibits, outreach and special events. This position requires an ability to creatively engage with diverse audiences. Experience with delivery of STEM or history programming preferred. This is a full-time position, with the expectation that occasional week-end or evening hours may be required.
To apply, email cover letter, resume and the names and contact information of three professional references to

Teacher Programs Manager [George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA]

The Manager of Teacher Programs serves as vital part of the estate’s collaborative Education
team that develops programs, projects, and networks for teachers and students. The primary
responsibility of this position is to create, develop, implement, and evaluate programming for
educators under the supervision of the Vice President of Education. Programming initiatives
include George Washington Teacher Institute* programs such as the signature Residential
Program, regional workshops, distance learning sessions (to be developed), and other related
events. The Manager also represents Mount Vernon and the Washington Library at
conferences and educational events. The position reports to Mount Vernon’s Vice President of
Education. Additional programmatic duties will support the Vice President of Education’s
strategic efforts.
*The George Washington Teacher Institute and its associated programs and resources ensure that Mount
Vernon increases the number of educators nationwide who apply the life, leadership, and legacy of
George Washington to their classrooms to strengthen students’ civic understanding and historical thinking

Essential Duties:
 Works closely with the Vice President of Education to create and conduct professional
development programs including residential, regional, and distance learning teacher
programs that are content rich and primary source based.
 Leads and manages the planning and execution of the George Washington Teacher
Institute, working closely with lead scholars, facilitators, and Mount Vernon staff.
 Manages communication with external scholars and Mount Vernon staff who support
teacher professional development.
 Manages communication with participants in George Washington Teacher Institute
related programs (promotions, application, acceptance, logistics, and resources)
 Manages application selection and registration process of program participants.
 Conducts evaluation of Mount Vernon’s teacher programs and creates and contributes
to reports for internal and external stakeholders.
 Represents Mount Vernon during Teacher Professional Development programs by
presenting content in formal lectures, on panels, and as a facilitator of discussions.
 Represents Mount Vernon at state and national conferences and regional workshops
 Keeps up with curriculum standards, educational trends, and new technology to ensure
Mount Vernon educational materials align and are accessible.
 Creates education materials and reviews teacher-created materials that support
classroom adoption of professional development content (curriculum, lesson plans,
primary sources, worksheets, etc)

2018-2019 VP Strategic Priorities
 Civic Leadership
 History Relevance

 Residential Program Alumni Reunion (summer 2019)

 Master’s Degree in history, museum education, education, museum studies, or related
 Three years’ experience in educational program development and coordination (formal
and/or informal learning environments).
 Clear understanding of and ability to integrate new education and technology trends and
 Strong writing and editing skills.
 Strong oral communication and public speaking skills.
 Knowledge of education practices and program evaluation.
 Strong interpersonal skills to work with teachers, scholars, and stakeholders
representing a variety of backgrounds and experience.
 Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and external partners.
 Demonstrated ability to follow administrative and financial policies and practices.
 Strong organizational skills; ability to track several projects simultaneously and to
prioritize workload.
 Knowledge of computer programs and systems such as Microsoft Word, WebEx, and
Google drive.
 Ability to travel, work non-traditional hours, and additional hours as programs require.

For more information, and to apply, click here.

Writing and Editing Positions [Collections and Curators]


Are you a museum professional who specializes in LGBTQ issues and representation related to cultural institutions? Would you like the opportunity to write about this topic for a museum-centric blog with other dedicated museum professionals? We are looking for a new LGBTQ editor at Collections and Curators and would love to hear from you.

All Editor Positions are currently unpaid, BUT this is a great opportunity to publish your research/informed opinions (rants) on a regular basis and you will only be expected to create content once every 3-4 months. Likewise, you will have the opportunity to manage guest contributors who write on LGBTQ-related themes, a leadership skill that will compliment your other career roles. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please send a short (one page or less) writing sample and a brief blurb about why you are interested in the LGBTQ Editor Position!


Do you love museums and cultural institutions? Do you want to increase your professional experience with social media? We are currently looking for a Social Media Assistant working with our Social Media Manager build the audience for our website, focused on museums and cultural institutions.

Must have excellent writing and organizational skills. Demonstrated knowledge of Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and have the ability to write in an established institutional voice. If you are creative and willing to learn, this would be a great place to gain some experience. The position is currently unpaid but this is a great opportunity to build up your resume.

If interested, please send a short (one page or less) writing sample and a brief blurb about why you are interested in the Social Media Assistant Position, and your experience (examples of social media posts are not required but would be very helpful) to!


Do you find yourself at every exhibition and museum you can go to? Do you take a million pictures while there? Do you have favorite objects in museums that you visit regularly and know everything about? Do you take any opportunity to participate in museum classes and programs? Do you follow more museum-based websites than your friends? Do you attend museum/cultural property conferences? What about Art Fairs and Festivals? Are you a museum professional who uses specific materials, databases, and computer programs for your work? If you can answer yes to any of these questions then you may enjoy being a staff writer for Collections and Curators.

We are always looking to add qualified individuals to add to our new Resources page. All positions on the site are currently unpaid, but if you are interested, you will also be given the opportunity to submit articles under one of our editorial topics for publication on our articles page. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please send a short (one page or less) writing sample and a brief blurb about why you are interested in a Staff Writer Position to!

Curatorial Assistant- Newport Museum of Art


(Temporary Part-Time, 3 days/week, May 28 – Sept 21)



The Curatorial Assistant assists the Senior Curator in the management and coordination of
exhibitions and other museum events. The Curatorial Assistant helps the Senior Curator
manage temporary exhibitions, permanent exhibitions, and loan exhibitions. He/she
manages the logistics of exhibitions, including arranging art shipments and handling loans
and condition reports for exhibitions. This position is a wonderful opportunity to work
closely with museum staff, the curatorial team (including the Senior Curator, Registrar, and
preparators), artists, and works of art. This position is temporary part-time (for 4
months) with the possibility of becoming permanent at the end of the 4 months.



  • Assists in the preparation of all exhibition related paperwork including loan agreements, incoming/outgoing object receipts, and condition reports
  • Manages all aspects of receiving and installing artwork, including shipping,
  • scheduling installations (in consultation with preparators and curator), and coordinating with preparators
  • Assists in coordination of exhibition timelines
  • Creates and maintains exhibition checklists
  • With the Curator, creates and maintains the exhibition installation schedule
  • Executes a variety of research related to services, vendors, and aspects of exhibitions and gathers estimates for exhibition-related activities
  • Oversees installation and de-installation of both temporary and permanent museum exhibitions, including planning and directing fabrication, installation, and disassembly of exhibitions. Helps ensure that exhibition installations happen on schedule. Works closely closely with 2-3 preparators/art handlers who install and de-install exhibitions and objects on permanent display. Involves some hands-on installation work, such as patching and painting walls and installing works of art.
  • With preparators, installs vinyl cut exhibition title and exhibition labels. Generates labels or works with graphic designer to create them.
  • Works closely with artists and preparators to address any installation and deinstallation issues in advance of installation periods and during installation as issues arise.
  • With preparators, assists the Registrar as needed with handling and storing works of art.
  • Occasional proofreading of wall text and labels
  • Deals with outside vendors for tasks, projects, and products related to exhibitions, including signage vendor and graphic designer
  • Assists with other curatorial tasks as needed
  • This is a temporary part-time position requires availability during normal business hours as well as occasional nights and weekends, when needed.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • A positive attitude
  • Works well under pressure and likes problem-solving
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team-environment
  • Flexibility
  • The ability to multitask and to plan out schedules and tasks in order to meet deadlines
  • Experience with Word and Excel; Experience with Photoshop is a plus
  • A willingness to learn
  • A genuine interest in art
  • Work may be performed indoors and outdoors throughout the campus
  • Position may require periods of walking, bending, stretching, climbing and enough physical strength to carry heavy works of art with others and smaller works unassisted
  • 1-2 years of museum or related experience
  • A valid driver’s license
  • B.A. or B.F.A. in art history, art, design, or liberal arts preferred; M.A. or M.F.A.
  • degree in art history or art or a related field is welcome


To Apply:

Please send resume or CV, cover letter, and 3 references to

Preparator- Newport Museum of Art

Status: Part-time
Reports to: Senior Curator and Curatorial Associate
Start Date: May 1, 2018

Position Summary:

The Preparator interfaces with all technical aspects of art handling with regard to
installation and de-installation, art transport, packing/shipping, and storage of art objects
under the direction of the Senior Curator, Curatorial Associate, and Registrar. He/she
assists with the maintenance of art storage, framing room, and routine maintenance of
Museum galleries. He/she plays an integral role in exhibition installation, preparing works
of art for hanging, de-installing and returning or storing works of art, and preparing the
galleries for new shows.

Essential Functions:

  • Assists in all aspects of changing gallery space including patching and painting walls, building structures/mounts, and installing/deinstalling artwork.
  • Completes all preparatory tasks for installing artwork including framing and unframing and sometimes matting.
  • Assists Registrar and Curatorial Associate to pack and unpack artwork on loan.
  • Transports artwork locally.
  • Assists with maintaining the appearance of exhibition space including changing light bulbs, dusting, cleaning plexi, paint touch-up, and care and cleaning of other exhibition furniture.
  • Assists with installing and attaching vinyl, wall text panels, and labels
  • Assists Registrar with maintenance of art storage including rehousing artworks, moving large artworks, and moving art from storage to galleries.
  • Abides by all Museum policies and procedures
  • Performs required administrative tasks in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Works with other Museum staff to ensure smooth operation of the Museum’s daily program and events. Represents the Museum with the highest level of integrity and enthusiasm and works positively with colleagues and the public.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Well organized, resourceful, and results-oriented
  • A good problem-solver
  • Knowledge of art handling practices and procedures
  • Experience using power tools, ladders, and other large equipment
  • Basic math skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to follow directions and work in a supportive role
  • Excellent time-management, planning, and teamwork skills
  • Works well under pressure

Required Education and Experience:

  • B.A. or B.F.A. in studio art, art history, or a related field
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience as a preparator in a gallery or museum
  • Valid drivers license

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Knowledge of museum standards for collection care, packing, crating, handling, installing, and housing artworks
  • Knowledge of loss-prevention techniques
  • Design skills are a plus
  • Familiarity with design software such as Adobe Illustrator, In-Design, Photoshop and ability to learn local Collection Management Software

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

  • Work may be performed both indoors and outdoors throughout the campus as well as off-site locations
  • Position may require standing for prolonged periods, walking, climbing, bending and stretching, and enough physical strength to lift and carry a minimum of 50 pounds unassisted
  • Ability to climb ladders etc. in excess of 8 feet


This is a part-time position requiring availability during normal business hours and occasional nights and weekends, when needed.


To Apply:

Please include a cover letter, current résumé, and three references. No phone calls please. All requests should be emailed to:, with “Preparator” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 
The Newport Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

The Newport Art Museum & Art Association, established in 1912, educates and inspires a diverse audience by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting historic and contemporary visual arts of the highest quality with an emphasis on the rich heritage of the Newport region, and integrates appreciation for the arts and art-making into all its programs. The Museum is fully accredited by the American Association of Museums.



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