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Executive Director [Lexington Historical Society, Lexington, MA]


The Society seeks an experienced Executive Director to provide strategic planning and management for a vibrant organization serving a diverse local community and visitors from around the world.  The Society manages and interprets to the public three historic house museums with significant connections to the Battle of Lexington, provides stewardship of important collections and archives spanning three centuries of Lexington history, and provides year-round programming to the community.  The annual budget of $500,000 supports a paid staff of five and the important roles and involvement of a large cadre of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers.

Candidates should have the following qualifications:

  1. Ability to work well with dynamic staff, Board members and volunteers, town officials, community organizations and collaborative partners;
  2. Strong fundraising and grant writing experience; excellent oral and written communication skills;
  3. Management experience in an historical or similar non-profit organization, including familiarity with finance, buildings management, and personnel development;
  4. An advanced degree in museum administration, history, archives management, or the equivalent;
  5. A demonstrated interest in American history and enthusiasm for sharing it with the public.

This is a full-time position with salary commensurate with experience.

Please send a brief statement of interest and resume to: by May 26, 2017.

Gallery Attendant [Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library, Boston, MA]

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library is seeking student interns for the position of Gallery Attendant. As the first face seen by patrons, Gallery Attendants greet and welcome visitors to the Map Center, offer gallery tours, perform light reference work, and provide information about map exhibitions and the Map Center’s collection.

During times gallery traffic is light, the individual will work on special projects which will be determined by Map Center’s needs but assigned with an eye towards the individual’s skill sets, areas of study, and interests. Potential projects may involve public programming, educational outreach, reference projects, social media and/or web content creation, light cataloging, administrative tasks such as mailings and filing, or other tasks as needed.

This is a part-time position. Compensation: $11/hour. Shift hours will be assigned among the group of Gallery Attendants.

An ideal candidate will possess excellent interpersonal, communication, writing, and customer service skills; they should be internet and social media savvy, highly motivated, and detail-oriented.

Graduate or undergraduate students currently enrolled in a library and information science, history, museum studies, or education program are encouraged to apply. Previous library or museum work experience is beneficial but not required. Coursework or experience providing reference services are preferred. Special interests in geography, history, maps, and mapping technologies are favorable.

About the Map Center:
The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library is dedicated to the creative educational use of its cartographic holdings, which extend from the 15th century to the present. In pursuit of its mission, the Center collects and preserves maps and atlases, promotes research in the collection, and makes its resources available to the public through its website, exhibitions, publications, lectures, and other programs.

The Center has a particular interest in developing innovative uses of maps and geographic materials to engage young people’s curiosity about the world, thereby enhancing their understanding of geography, history, world cultures, and citizenship.

Applicants interested in the position should send a resume, cover letter, and three professional and/or academic references by May 19, by email to: Dory Klein, Education and Outreach Coordinator, No phone inquiries please.

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Site Administrator [The Townsend Historical Society, Townsend, MA]

The Townsend Historical Society, Townsend, Ma. Is looking to fill the position of site administrator,  which will be vacated in the end of July.  This is a part time position with a variety of duties housed in a home of museum designation.

Townsend Historical Society,
Att: Clare Kauppi
72 Main St.,
Townsend, Ma. 01460-0095

Docent Educators [Shirley-Eustis House, Boston, MA]

Shirley-Eustis House, Boston Seeks Docent Educators For the 2017 Summer/Fall Season

The Shirley-Eustis House (SEH),a 1747 Royal Governor’s Mansion located in Boston, Massachusetts, seeks to hire two (2) Docents to assist with seasonal programming (June through Columbus Day). In addition to the mansion, the site comprises the Gardner Carriage House Learning Center, heritage gardens/orchards, and a charming Tea Folly.

Docents will be responsible for interpreting the collections, architecture, and family stories of a diverse group of intriguing residents, who called SEH home from 1747 through circa 1910.

JOB DESCRIPTION: In addition to providing engaging tours, applicants will meet and greet visitors; open/close museum (including light housekeeping duties); present hands-on education (making butter, spinning) as needed; and assist with events as needed. Must be able to lift and carry buckets of water, wooden tables, and benches on occasion. Opportunities to assist with events beyond the season—such as the SEH Christmas Celebration—exist; some set-up duties included. Shifts run from 12:30-4:30Thursday through Sunday through Labor Day and Saturday/Sunday through Columbus Day; weekend flexibility required (advance notice will be given). Season Starts Saturday, June 3rd; a mandatory training session will be held prior to opening day.

QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge of /passion for American history; comfortable speaking to and connecting with diverse audiences; a willingness to undertake both on-the-job training as well as research to expand your interest in the house, its history, and its occupants. Basic computer skills required, as is the ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

Advanced undergrads, graduate students, and educators in the historical, archaeological, art-history, or related fields encouraged to apply, as are applicants with archival, exhibit, and/or public-speaking skills/experience. Docents will be encouraged to complete a research project on some aspect of the house, collections, landscape/heritage gardens, residents, or folly.

Kindly forward a Résumé/CV, Cover Letter, & a List of Three (3) References to:, noting DOCENT POSITION in the subject line. Please respond by Wednesday, April 26th. Thank you.

Detroit 1967 Community Outreach Summer Internship [Detroit Historical Society, Detroit, MI]

Position:  Detroit 1967 Community Outreach Summer Internship

Reports to: Director of Community Outreach and Engagement

Start Date: June 1, 2017

The Detroit Historical Society is pleased offer two, for-credit summer internship opportunities with its Outreach and Engagement Department. The Society’s summer internship program involves an intensive, full-time, experience over eight weeks that enables graduate level students to assist with major special projects in one or more museum departments. Internships generally focus on specific projects, but are flexible enough for students to involve themselves in several aspects of museum work. Summer interns are treated as museum professionals and included in the regular ongoing activities of the institution.

The summer internship program is designed to provide graduate level students with exceptional service to the museum community while they evaluate possible career paths, develop a peer network, and gain firsthand experience with professional staff, diverse audiences, and cutting-edge facilities. Summer interns will receive a stipend of $3,000 (divided into four bimonthly payments) to help cover cost of living expenses while working for the Society.

These internships will focus specifically on programmatic and community outreach with one of the Detroit 67 Project’s Story Collection Campaigns. The two interns selected will work cooperatively over the course of eight weeks to coordinate these efforts that will involve collaboration with a host of community partners. Throughout the summer, these organizations will offer an array of community-based public activities such as panel discussions, cultural events, exhibitions, and corporate and community training workshops.

The Story Collection Campaigns are one of several efforts designed to create a larger dialogue regarding current issues impacting local residents such as authentic youth engagement, neighborhood advancement, racial equity, and economic inclusion. To date, numerous and diverse community partners have enthusiastically agreed to be part of this effort, including the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, New Detroit, the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership, the Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program, Focus: HOPE, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Young Professionals, and Detroit Public Theater.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the logistics, planning, and implementation of a story collection campaign designed to canvass the community asking the question, “What’s Your ’67?” The purpose of this effort is to offer an alternative opportunity for residents who did not live through July 1967, to share their experiences and perspectives with the broader community. It will also complement D67’s Oral History Project/ Archive already in progress. This will include:
    • Recording community members’ responses (i.e., audio, video, photography).
    • Collecting 100 or more entries/ interviews over the course of the internship.
    • Submitting collected materials for use on DHS’s Website, social media outlets, and printed collaterals.
  • Develop a strategic plan for executing this effort in collaboration with Engagement & Outreach department, Marking and Communications department, and Oral History Project staff.
  • Work with oral history project team to appropriately store collected interviews.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with marketing department to ensure timely and complete program information for press releases, newsletter deadlines and other notifications.
  • Assist with the Detroit 67 project evaluation process, as related to community outreach programs. This may include:
    • Distribute and collect patron participation surveys during events and coordinate data results, as needed;
    • Collect and prepare research and/or complex statistical data;
    • Provide summarization of data analytics supporting attendance trends at programs and events;
    • Ensure that information collected at Detroit67 programs and events flows timely and securely to and from the organization and is calculated in a timely
  • Serve as a Detroit 67 project ambassador at community events, which includes presenting information to the public regarding ongoing Society-related programs, events, and schedules.
  • Distribute Society and D67 marketing materials to patron participants.

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong writing and oral communication skills
  • Strong organization skills
  • Strong people skills – comfortability with interacting with people or all ages and from all backgrounds
  • Ability to act independently and be a self-starter while operating collaboratively as a team player
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends for Detroit67 programs
  • Experience and/or training evaluation and/or data management is preferred
  • Experience and/or training in program development is preferred

Education, Training, and Experience:

  • Enrolled in a graduate level academic program in journalism, marketing/communications, history, museum studies, public history, public administration, or a related field
  • Earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0

Interested candidates should forward a cover letter, current resume, and a letter of support from faculty supervisor by April 30, 2017 to:

Kalisha Davis
Director of Community Outreach & Engagement
Detroit Historical Society
5401 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202

No phone calls, please.

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