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Tufts University Art Galleries Internship Opportunity

For Tufts University Students: Graduate Assistant-Academic Programs

Tufts University Art Galleries is seeking a graduate student interested in museum pedagogy, audience development, and public programs to work closely with the Gallery Educator & Academic Programs Coordinator for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The Graduate Assistant will conduct research on future exhibitions, organize and create resource materials for faculty and students, design and implement campus-wide public programs in conjunction with exhibitions, and provide informal learning opportunities in the Gallery. The Gallery Educator will train and mentor the Graduate Assistant to facilitate discussion-based tours in current exhibitions using a variety of museum pedagogies (i.e., VTS, Artful Thinking). This fall, the Gallery will feature Expressions Unbound: American Outsider Art from the Andrew and Linda Safran Collection, which brings together 38 artworks by some of the foremost self-taught artists of the 20th century and States of Freedom: The Figure in Flux, a pan-historical group exhibition of contemporary and historical work in which the body appears fragmented, flattened, or collaged.

The schedule for this paid position is flexible, but the expectation is a commitment of 5-10 hours per week. This position can be used to fulfill the Museum Studies internship requirement. Applicants should send a letter of interest and CV/Resume to Liz Canter at

Museum Program Specialist [Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington DC]

Museum Program Specialist, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation

Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History

The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History (NMAH), seeks a new Museum Program Specialist to oversee the daily operations of Draper Spark!Lab, a hands-on invention space for children and families, and to support the development and execution of other Lemelson Center public programs. The Lemelson Center conducts historical research, develops educational initiatives, creates exhibitions and hosts public programming to advance new perspectives on invention and innovation and to foster interactions between the public and inventors. To learn more about the Lemelson Center, visit

Position Involves:

  • Developing staffing plans for the Spark!Lab to create meaningful visitor experiences for the number of visitors and types of audiences anticipated
  • Recruiting, hiring, training and supervising paid floor managers and facilitators, and volunteer docents and interns
  • Managing inventory, supplies and overall maintenance needs of the Spark!Lab space
  • Working with the Lemelson Center and NMAH staff to develop, implement, and evaluate appropriate hands-on activities for a wide range of visitors
  • Coordinating the development and execution of public programs in the Spark!Lab
  • Assisting with the development and execution of Lemelson Center public programs, such as lectures, workshops, demonstrations, conferences, performances, films, living history events and hands-on activities related to the history of invention and innovation for families, children and other audiences

The Lemelson Center has a distinctive organizational culture that seeks to emulate how inventors work. We experiment, learn, iterate, and aim to widely apply new methods for engaging audiences on the broadest scale. We strive for a startup culture while working inside an organization with a highly valued brand and global reach. The successful candidate must have experience managing a hands-on education space; recruiting, training, and supervising paid and volunteer staff; and developing public programs for a wide range of public audiences. Ability to collaborate with colleagues on a wide variety of projects, skill to inspire a sense of inventiveness among diverse audiences and knowledge of the importance of invention is required. A master’s degree in education or museum studies, or a scientific, engineering, historical or other relevant discipline is preferred.

Salary Information

This is a full-time, 2-year Trust (non-Federal) position at the IS-9 grade level. The salary is $56,233 annually, including an excellent benefits package.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples (compiled into 1 master PDF) to Monica Smith, Lemelson Center Head of Exhibitions and Interpretation, at, with the subject “Museum Program Specialist.” Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. EDT on May 9, 2018.

The Smithsonian is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Summer Educators [Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA]

Department: Department of Education
Supervisor: Tour Programs Manager
Position Status: Contract, Seasonal (June 1 – August 31, 2018)
Schedule: 3 days/week, approximately 16 hours/week
Overview: Summer Educators will primarily lead participatory tours for groups of ICA visitors, grade school age and beyond. The Summer Educators will engage tour participants in lively discussions that encourage close looking and critical thinking about contemporary art. Summer Educators will also lead guided experiences at the ICA Watershed, the ICA’s new, seasonal space in East Boston.
Responsibilities of a Summer Educator:
1. Attend 3 Summer Educator training days
2. Attend supplementary Curator-led and Gallery Educator training sessions
3. Prepare written tour outlines for approval before giving tours
4. Prepare and lead a successful graduation tour for Education staff by June 22, 2018
5. Must be on site an average of 16 hours each week, which includes leading at least 3 hour-long tours
6. Confirm tour schedule with the Education Department Associate by Monday of each week
7. Submit weekly post-tour reflections to Tour Programs Manager
8. Collaborate with Tour Programs Manager to develop creative response activities for guided youth experiences
9. Must be punctual and arrive 15 minutes before the group is scheduled to arrive
10. Be familiar with exhibitions, artworks, and the ICA building and be fully prepared to provide tours
11. Lead orientations for guided and self-guided groups, including a review of museum policies and procedures
12. Assist with bag and coat check for groups
13. Ensure that group members adhere to museum policies and procedures
14. Support Education Department efforts in the galleries and other ICA spaces as needed

Summer Educator training sessions are required and will take place from 12:30-4:00 pm on Tuesday, June 5; Wednesday, June 6; and, Thursday, June 7. Summer Educators are also expected to attend exhibition specific trainings, including special training for We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-1985, the ICA’s featured summer exhibition.
Summer Educators will work a predetermined schedule developed in collaboration with the Education Department Associate and Tour Programs Manager. Tours will be scheduled June 19 – August 31, 2018. For the services described above, the Contractor will receive a flat fee at the end of the contract period.

 Ability to work weekdays (morning or afternoon shifts Tuesday – Friday) and occasional weekend days
 Spanish language fluency and the ability to facilitate tours in Spanish highly desirable
 Experience with or knowledge of contemporary visual art
 Experience with gallery teaching a plus; comfortable speaking to large groups of visitors
 Solid interpersonal and communication skills
 Must be friendly, outgoing and conduct oneself in a polite and professional manner
 Ability to assert oneself when needed in order to enforce museum policies
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through May 18, 2018. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, current resume, and a list of three professional references to .

Director [Kupferberg Holocaust Center, NYC]

Queensborough Community College invites applications for Director of the Kupferberg Holocaust Center.

CUNY is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.  It welcomes nominations of, and applications from members of protected groups including minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities, as well as others who would bring additional perspectives to the university’s mission.  Candidates with demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusiveness through their research, teaching and/or service are also encouraged to apply.  One of the Queensborough Community College’s greatest strengths, and a necessary element of excellence, is the diversity of our community.  We strive to attract and nurture a talented and diverse faculty and staff that proudly reflect the unique character of the local Queens community, the most diverse county in the United States.

The Director reports to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and leads the operational, educational, outreach, and fundraising programs of the Kupferberg Holocaust Center.  The mission of the Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC) is to use lessons from the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping. The lessons of the Holocaust are also used to develop exhibits and programs related to genocide, mass atrocities, and contemporary issues. The Center seeks to encourage an awareness of, and appreciation for, the value of diversity in a pluralistic society.

The Director’s leadership and vision guides the production of customized exhibits and their attendant catalogues each semester dealing with Holocaust-related themes and, in doing so, assembles and directs a production team consisting of researchers, writers and graphic designers; creates a production, distribution and viewing schedule for the exhibits; and develops budgets and funding sources to support their creation, distribution, marketing and evaluation.

The Director’s background and collaborative skills will assist him/her in creating and maintaining working relationships with the faculty and department chairs of the College to have the KHC serve as a learning laboratory for Queensborough students, including students who are in those programs directly related to the study of the Holocaust as well as those who are not.  Key components of interaction with the Queensborough student body are the various internship programs coordinated by the KHC Director.

The Director’s knowledge and planning for the KHC’s educational programs, activities and events for the greater community shall incorporate the available research on the Holocaust, the experiences of Holocaust survivors, the needs of second and third generation survivors, the concerns of the KHC Advisory Board and the expressed concerns of Queens County’s most diverse, multi-ethnic community in developing a mechanism that adds relevance to such studies and provides to the users an approach to addressing prejudice and enhancing individual and group relations.  The KHC’s programs, activities and events are held throughout the year and scheduled during days, evenings and weekends.

The Director’s inspiration and commitment to the mission of the KHC will guide his/her efforts in developing working and funding relationships with community organizations, elected officials and funding sources.  Support for the KHC’s programs is generated by grants, sponsorships, membership, annual fund campaigns, major gifts, planned giving, naming opportunities, speaker stipends or rental fees from the KHC customized exhibits, along with funds generated by the KHC’s endowment.

The Director, working in conjunction with the Office of Marketing and Communications, maintains a constant public awareness of the KHC and its ongoing customized exhibits and instructional materials.


Bachelor’s Degree and eight years’ relevant experience required.


-Advanced degree in a field related to the Holocaust, Genocides, or Human Rights
-Post-secondary teaching experience
-A documented portfolio of exhibits developed to educate about the Holocaust, and Genocides, or Human Rights
-Fundraising experience (government grants/allocations, major gifts, special events and membership drives)
-Program management experience (to generate relevant exhibits, activities and events for the KHC)
-Knowledgeable about the Holocaust and genocides throughout the world
-Community outreach experience
-Experience working with elected officials to garner support for instructional programs
-Marketing experience
-Excellent writing skills
-Excellent communication and public presentation skills
-Budget management skills
-Technology skills
-Experience working with diverse populations
-Public education experience
-Willingness to work non-standard hours as necessary


Directs a specialized academic and/or research center.
– Designs, implements and monitors curriculum for programs sponsored by the Center
– Oversees the design and delivery of courses and workshops; assesses learning outcomes
– Develops and manages Center’s budget and operations
– Implements ongoing faculty and/or student development activities
– Plans, develops, and initiates strategies for generating resources and/or revenues
– May seek and acquire grant funding to further advance Center initiatives
– Manages professional and clerical staff
– Performs related duties as assigned.


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

For the 2018 Summer/Fall Season

The Shirley-Eustis House (SEH), a 1747 Royal Governor’s Mansion located in Boston, Massachusetts, seeks to hire 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; collect fees; open/close museum (including light housekeeping duties); and facilitate Education Programs, some with hands-on components (making butter, ‘teaching’ school; carding wool, etc.). Participants may include youth from Boys and Girls Clubs, Summer Camp Programs, or other students across all grade levels, including college peers. Duties may also include assisting the Program Coordinator with organizing/running. Events such as weddings and family gatherings. Moreover, work opportunities assisting with Tours and Events beyond the season—such as the SEH Christmas Celebration—also exist; some set-up and ‘meet-and- greet’ duties would be included.
Seasonal Shifts run from 12:30-4:30 Thursday to Sunday through Labor Day, then Saturday and Sunday through Columbus Day; weekend flexibility required. Season starts Saturday, June 2nd; a mandatory Training Session will be held prior to opening day. (Training is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 19th)
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 encouraged to submit a résumé, as are employees in the historical, archaeological, art-history, or related fields. Also open to 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 as a form of Professional Development experience to add to their résumé.
Kindly forward a Résumé/CV, Cover Letter, and a List of Three (3) References to:, noting DOCENT POSITION in the subject line.
Docents will be paid $12-$15/hour.
Please respond by Friday, May 4th . 

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