Executive Director [Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA]

Description

The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) a non-profit multi-disciplinary artists

community located in beautiful Amherst County, Virginia with an additional facility in

Southwest France, seeks a visionary Executive Director who can lead the organization with

imagination and verve. The Executive Director reports to and works closely with the VCCA

Board of Directors, and provides leadership, management and supervision of VCCA. Major

areas of responsibility include fundraising, institutional planning and implementation,

community relations and overall management of staff. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a

genuine passion for the creative process with a graduate degree in arts management or fine arts

and have significant leadership experience (8-10 years) in an arts-related field. He/she will have

a proven track record of fundraising and accomplishments in senior level leadership positions;

administrative and fiscal management experience and exceptional interpersonal skills. The right

candidate will be a confident, effective communicator and collaborator, who is innovative and

self-driven. For more information about VCCA: www.vcca.com.

To be considered for this position, please send a letter of interest and resume/c.v. to

directorsearch@vcca.com or to Executive Director Search, 154 San Angelo Dr., Amherst VA

24521 no later than March 18, 2016.

For more information please visit:

http://www.vcca.com/main/news/executive-director-search-2016

Requirements

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a genuine passion for the creative process with a graduate degree in arts management or fine arts

and have significant leadership experience (8-10 years) in an arts-related field. He/she will have

a proven track record of fundraising and accomplishments in senior level leadership positions;

administrative and fiscal management experience and exceptional interpersonal skills.

Job Information
  • AMHERST, Virginia, 24521-3257, United States
  • 26779443
  • February 8, 2016
  • Executive Director
  • Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
  • Directors/Administrators
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • Indefinite
  • Master’s Degree
  • 7-10 Years
  • 10-25%

Arts Ambassadors [The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, Boston, MA]

Greenway Volunteer Program

Art Ambassador

About the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

The Conservancy is the designated steward of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, a mile-and-a-half of

contemporary parks in the heart of Boston that connect people and the city with beauty and fun. The non-
profit Conservancy maintains, programs, and improves the Greenway on behalf of the public and in

partnership with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Position Overview

The Conservancy is dedicated to bringing innovative and

contemporary art to the Greenway through free,

temporary exhibitions. In 2012, a public art master plan

was developed that stresses the importance of engaging

people in meaningful experiences, interactions and

dialogue with art and each other, as well as giving artists

unique opportunities to exhibit bold new work that

consider the possibilities of 21st century Boston.

In 2016 we will be featuring public art in a variety of locations, based on two curatorial concepts:

text/language based works in contemporary art and the Chinese zodiac. Works include a to-be-announced

sculpture exhibit at the Rings Fountain, The Local (an exhibition by local artists), the new zodiac piece in

Chinatown and the mural on the Greenway Wall at Dewey Square Park.

This volunteer position supports our public art program by providing park-based ambassadors that are

knowledgeable about contemporary art practices, the artwork on The Greenway and our park system.

Ambassadors help the public better understand the artworks that dot the park system, helping to inspire

our many visitors. We are looking for people who are passionate about public art and public spaces, and

are willing to work with a team to create meaningful experiences for park patrons. This position is

moderately structured with set shifts and responsibilities, and includes a range of opportunities and

experiences.

Responsibilities

Art Ambassador responsibilities include:

• Acting as a friendly, knowledgeable and approachable presence at our art exhibitions and events

• Engaging visitors with information about our exhibitions and activities on-site

• Providing on-site support during opening events, performances, lectures and other programs

related to our public art program

• Attending trainings and memorizing information about The Greenway and our programs

• Leading Greenway art tours

• Completing measureable observations for inclusion in public art reports

• Working closely with Play Ambassadors and our Play Coordinator to engage young park visitors in

informal learning

Qualifications

1

• Passion for public art, with academic or professional experience in the arts preferred

• Ability to commit to a set schedule of shifts for at least 3 months with a minimum of two shifts (5-8

hours) per month

• Excellent communication skills and a willingness to engage with park visitors (experience working

with children is a plus)

• Friendly, approachable, and professional demeanor and commitment to providing a positive

experience for our park guests

• Ability to work outside in a variety of weather types, to move equipment including a rolling kiosk

and program materials, and to stand for a period of time

• All volunteers must complete a general orientation as well as specialized and periodic training on

our exhibitions, and must follow our volunteer policies at all times

• Must have email and internet access, as this will be the primary means of scheduling and

communication

Details

This position reports to Keelin Purcell, Volunteer and Education Manager, and works very closely with

Lucas Cowan, our Public Art Curator, as well as the Curatorial Assistant and Play Coordinator. We will rely

primarily on set shift schedules that provide volunteer coverage during busy times of the week and allow

us to consistently advertise the times when we have activities near our exhibitions. There will also be some

special shifts that will support a range of activities, performances and lectures.

Shifts are anticipated to occur primarily at the Rings Fountain on select weekdays (5:00p-7:30p or 11:30a-

3:30p) and weekends (11:30a-3:30p, 2:00p-6:00p) though the exact schedule is still being determined.

Art Ambassadors will primarily be needed from May through early October and assignments may shift

throughout this season as exhibitions change and new opportunities arise. At least two shifts per month

are required, with preference for volunteers that can make a weekly commitment. We are also willing to

work with volunteers who would like to take on a larger number of shifts and create a professional

experience in the public arts field that would be suitable for college credit.

Volunteers will be provided with and asked to wear a t-shirt identifying them as an Art Ambassador.

Otherwise we ask that volunteers wear casual but professional clothing appropriate for the outdoors.

Benefits

• Further develop public presentation skills and be involved in impactful art program

• Be a part of a great team of Art Ambassadors and interact with Greenway staff and partners,

potentially including artists, performers, and Boston arts professionals

• Gain public art knowledge and experience to support career development

• Participate in the benefits of the Greenway volunteer program, including a summer Volunteer and

Member picnic, a t-shirt, and other training and event opportunities depending on accumulated

volunteer hours

• Opportunity to gain college credit, when applicable at your university

Application Process

Positions are limited. Applications are due by March 1st and then will be accepted on a rolling basis if open

positions remain; training sessions will begin in late March or early April. To apply, please fill out the Art

Ambassador application and submit it along with your resume to Keelin Purcell at volunteer@rfkgc.org.

Curator of Organizational Stories (Curatorial Exhibit Intern) [Blinds.com, Houston, TX]

[Note from the Editors: This internship is not eligible for the Tufts Museum Studies program internship credits. However, it is paid and might be interesting and useful.]

Curator of Organizational Stories (Curatorial Exhibit Intern)

Other Houston, Texas

General Description:

Do your eyes shine when you step foot in an exhibit of cultural history? Do you take your time reading every descriptive blurb surrounding interesting artifacts? Ever ponder what it would be like to become a storyteller of a “Best Places to Work” organization? Blinds.com, rated consistently as one of the Top Places to Work in Houston and Texas as well as a winner of the National 101 Best Places to Work award, is looking for a Curatorial Intern for Summer 2016 in Houston, TX.

As a Curator of Organizational Stories, you’ll archive information while developing and installing creative corporate exhibits at the Blinds.complex. You’ll learn what it takes to create an amazing company culture and be part of something greater than you ever thought possible.

How You’ll Curate The Story:

  • Gather documents, interviews, videos and other information about Blinds.com company history
  • Interview current employees (including the CEO!) to gather information
  • Create a digital archive of corporate history documentation and categorize physical media
  • Collaborate with our communications and user experience groups to create content
  • Design, create, and install a corporate display which shows our company history and culture
  • Interact with employees on all levels to obtain input during design and installation progress
  • Track project progress and work within a specified budget
  • Coordinate construction and purchasing activities with the Office Manager
  • Coordinate document archival with the Executive Assistant
  • Perform other tasks as required to support the Office Manager and Executive Assistant

Note: *The main company history display project must be completed during the summer internship.*

What You’ll Need To Be Successful:

  • You’re studying hard as you pursue a Bachelors degree in Art History, Museum Curation, Museum Studies, Public History, Anthropology, Historic Preservation, Cultural Studies, or something similar. If you’re in graduate school, that’s a huge plus too!
  • You can begin and complete the project within the months of June – July 2016.
  • You have previous experience designing and installing exhibits with references and a portfolio.
  • You have personal transportation to gather information around the Houston, TX metro area and to commute to our office in the Westchase area.

Important Information:

This position reports to the Executive Assistant. The time commitment per week is to be determined based on your school commitments, but at a minimum of 15-20 hours.

We’ll provide you with a casual dress code, friendly colleagues, snacks and goodies (including our love of cake), access to fun team-building parties, plus $10/hour and a sweet $500 project completion bonus. We’d also be happy to provide you with course credit on this (if your advisor is okay with it).

Interested? Apply online at about.blinds.com/careers with your resume and unofficial transcript. No pictures of yourself, please. J Want to stand out and be more creative? Show us a timeline of your college journey and attach the file to your application.

Director of Interpretation [Burke Museum, Seattle, WA]

Description

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Interpretive Director functions as a high level manager, coordinating strategy and implementation of all programming relevant to the Burke Museum visitor experience and audience development.  This position will play a key role in supporting the museum’s commitment to creating visitor-centered experiences that transform the ways our audiences connect with our unique collections, the work of our staff and researchers, and the world around us. The Interpretive Director will work closely with Burke leadership to clarify desired outcomes and successfully pursue those goals by strengthening existing programs and implementing new initiatives.

Strategic oversight includes the Burke Museum’s exhibits program, public programs, and community outreach efforts. Further, this position is responsible for strategic planning related to the museum’s eventual expansion project as it pertains to interpretive exhibit planning. This position functions as a critical manager, providing budgetary/personnel oversight, representing the museum in the community, and participating on senior management committees within the museum and university.

Responsibilities:

  • Strategic Leadership/Coordination:  Ensure that all public offerings of the Burke Museum are strategically coordinated. Actively promote collaboration, efficiency, and shared strategy between public programming, exhibit design/content, the visitor experience, and community outreach efforts.  Act as a critical member of the Burke leadership team, providing authoritative guidance to both peers and the Executive Director as it pertains to interpretation, programming, and outreach. Work closely with the Director of Communications to determine strategies for targeted audience development.
  • Exhibits division: Manage the exhibits division, including exhibit concept development/strategy for Burke-produced exhibits, oversight and strategy for incoming exhibits, long-term exhibits improvements, and off-site exhibits.  Partner with Burke Curators, outside vendors/contractors, and other exhibit development staff to ensure that all exhibit offerings are relevant, engaging, and promote the vision of the Burke Museum. Foster creativity and innovation in all exhibitions.
  • Visitor Services:  In coordination with the Visitor Services Manager, seek out opportunities to develop exhibit experiences through partnerships and collaborations, both with museum staff and community groups, in ways that support the museum’s mission and visitor experience goals, increase attendance, and generate income, both earned and contributed.
  • Public Programs: Provide oversight and strategic management of the public programming efforts of the Burke Museum. Collaborate with Public Programs Manager to select, develop, and evaluate public program offerings at the Burke. Ensure that public program offerings are relevant, captivating and successful. Oversee the production of programming that reaches a broader community audience, and brings new visitors and members to the Burke.
  • Outreach: Oversee outreach efforts of the Burke Museum, to include, campus outreach, community outreach (street fairs, etc), and the Burke Ambassador program. Ensure that all efforts support agreed-upon strategies for audience development/impact.
  • Contract negotiation: Represent the interests of the museum in contract negotiations with exhibit vendors, videographers, artists, and other exhibit-related collaborators. May manage contract negotiation for individual consultants hired by the Burke Museum.
  • Budget: Develop and monitor budgets and provide support in development and preparation of annual museum budget. Make strategic budgetary decisions around investment opportunities in order to build new programming, impact new audiences, or pursue additional revenues/funding.
  • Committee participation: Participate in management-level committees. Frequently facilitate committees as it pertains to Burke interpretation, outreach, and expansion.

To Apply:  Visit UW Hires and reference requisition #129567

Requirements

Requirements:

•     Must have at least 5 – 7 years management-level museum experience in exhibits, education, and programming.

•     Must have Master’s level education in arts/non-profit administration, museum administration, or other related field or equivalent work experience.

•     Must be able to build strong teams to achieve strategic outcomes.

•     Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.

•     Must exhibit strong leadership skills with direct reports, other museum staff, peers, leadership, and contacts in the community/museum field.

•     Must be proficient with all typical business-related software (Microsoft Office) and have familiarity with exhibit design software.

Job Information
  • Seattle, Washington, 98195, United States
  • 26764049
  • February 5, 2016
  • Director of Interpretation
  • Burke Museum
  • Directors/Administrators
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • Indefinite
  • Master’s Degree
  • 5-7 Years
  • None

Assistant Curator of Collections [Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, Pittsburgh, PA]

Description

About Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village

Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village operates in association with the Senator John Heinz History Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian in Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania’s largest history museum.  Meadowcroft, a National Historic Landmark, is the oldest site of human habitation in North America and features a massive, 16,000-year-old rock overhang used by the region’s earliest inhabitants for shelter. Meadowcroft’s 19th century village features a covered bridge, one-room schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, church, and two log houses that create a charming country village setting. The 18th century frontier trading post emphasizes the period of European contact and the impact of the fur trade. The 16th century Indian Village includes wigwams, recreated prehistoric artifacts, and hands-on activities related to American Indian agriculture. Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village is located in Avella, Pa., Washington County, within an hour’s drive of Pittsburgh, Wheeling, W.Va., and Steubenville, Ohio.

 

Job Posting

The Heinz History Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and the largest history museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is currently seeking a fulltime, Assistant Curator of Collections to become part of the dynamic and growing Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village.

This position will serve two major functions related to the collections and exhibits at Meadowcroft.  In regards to collections, the Assistant Curator of Collections will receive and document all inquiries concerning potential donations or sales of artifacts.  They will be responsible for investigating collection leads, pursuing research of potential donations and making recommendations to the collections leads committee and ensure proper follow-up.  Responsibilities also include taking the lead role in pro-actively collecting in accordance with the priorities of the History Center’s strategic plan and reviewing collections to make recommendations regarding de-accessioning.  Under the direction of the History Center Collections Manager, the Assistant Curator of Collections will care for the collections housed and / or exhibited at Meadowcroft. In regards to exhibits, the Assistant Curator of Collections, using their knowledge of the region’s history, will assist in the planning, research, development and maintenance of Meadowcroft exhibits. The Assistant Curator of Collections will supervise the work of both volunteers and interns.

This is a fulltime position that reports to the Meadowcroft Director and works closely with, and in coordination with, the History Center Collection Manager and other Museum Division Staff.

Requirements

Requirements

This position requires 2 years  minimum experience with a Bachelor’s degree, in history, museum studies, American studies or similar field.  Master Degree preferred.

A knowledge of prehistoric and historic rural life and material culture, visitor studies (demographics and interests of museum visitors) and the understanding of the nature of learning in a museum setting is desired.  The successful candidate will have a thorough knowledge of current museum standards for collections care and management as well as object handling according to museum standards.  This position requires excellent public speaking skills as the Assistant Curator of Collections often represents the entire organization when they speak in public and / or to the media about the collections and the history of the region.  This position requires the ability to work well with the public, other staff members, volunteers and interns.  Must have standard computer efficiency, specifically spreadsheets and the ability to learn new software as necessary.  Experience with Past Perfect or other museum software is a plus.

Application Process

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability. Minorities are encouraged to apply.

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, including salary requirements and how you learned of this vacancy, and a resume to:

Renee Falbo, Director of Human Resources

Senator John Heinz History Center

1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

412-454-6357

hr@heinzhistorycenter.org

www.heinzhistorycenter.org

Job Information
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15222, United States
  • 26763549
  • February 5, 2016
  • Assistant Curator of Collections
  • Senator John Heinz History Center
  • Curator
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • Indefinite
  • BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • 2-3 Years