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A Guide to Guidestar

With the advent of the internet age, we all have a LOT more tools in our hands to begin to learn about specific organizations – and particularly specific museums. Whether you’re doing some research into a museum you’d like to work for, trying to get a good picture for how a museum of a certain size operates, or considering donating to a museum, there are some great tools out there that are promoting transparency and openness for nonprofit organizations.

Today, we’re highlighting Guidestar.

Guidestar is essentially a database of all sorts of nonprofit information. Organizations can establish their profiles and post information – financial statements, programs and events, staff listings, and recent news items. There’s also a section in which the organization can advertise its current funding needs.

Guidestar’s mission is: “to revolutionize philanthropy by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving.”

To access the full capabilities of Guidestar, you’ll need to register. It’s easy and free, and they send a minimum of email. So, start here.

Once you’ve registered, you can navigate the site by searching for a specific organization, or try a more advanced search for organizations in a particular area or focus. Doing a general search on “museum” brings up some of the heavy hitters on the first page:

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Museum of Modern Art

American Museum of Natural History

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Field Museum of Natural History

Organizations are responsible for updating their own information, so what you see is what the museum gives you. The Met, for example, hasn’t put up their budget numbers, but they have linked to their 2007-2009 990 tax forms and their 2010 Annual Report. (Watch this space for a guide to interpreting museum annual reports, by the way.) They don’t have a lot under staff or programs, either.

The American Museum of Natural History offers some different information. It lists all its board members, and gives a programs overview that includes its budget: almost $149 million. The MFA Houston also has all its board members and programs information, though no budget.

After quite a bit of searching and clicking, the best museum profile I found belonged to our local USS Constitution Museum. They have background statements, staff information, financial information, programs information, and they’ve even put up some of their funding goals. Bravo to them. (You’ll notice that a Guidestar user has also given the museum an enthusiastic five star review!)

Most museums put a bare minimum of information in Guidestar, which is a shame – it’s a powerful tool that’s quick and simple to update. Administrative and financial transparency is a hot topic in the nonprofit world right now – check out the Christian Science Monitor’s Guide to Giving for recent articles about that very subject.

Think about it: if you’re trying to figure out where to donate your hard-earned money, do you give to the organization that’s tight-fisted and secretive about how it’s going to use that money, or do you want an organization who opens its books and says “here, here’s how your $20 made a substantive difference in the way we do our work”?

Guidestar also offers other tools for nonprofit professionals, including a series of webinars about development, community outreach, and other important topics.

Internship [Discovery Room]

*Discovery Room*

*Internship Program*

*Fall 2012*

This is a great opportunity for students not in fieldwork this year, and
for students who will be doing their museum internship in the spring.

American Museum of Natural History

The Discovery Room is an immersive, interactive exhibit that offers
families, and especially children ages 5-12, an interactive gateway to the
wonders of the Museum and a hands-on, behind-the scenes look at its
science. Every major field of Museum science and research, from
anthropology to zoology, is represented. Children, accompanied by adults,
explore an array of artifacts and specimens, puzzles, and scientific
challenges. Activities in the room encourage visitors of all ages to think
like a scientist and explore topics of their own interest, all while
exercising observation and process skills.

Discovery Room interns serve as facilitators, providing support and
guidance to visitors as they find their way through the room. Facilitation
requires the willingness to experiment with personal engagement styles and
the challenge of incorporating inquiry methods and object-based teaching
strategies into a fast paced, immersive environment. Interns are expected
to gain proficiency in a minimum of two science content areas such as
paleontology, anthropology, biodiversity, microscopy, invertebrate zoology,
seismology, astronomy or any other area represented in the room.

Interns work closely with Discovery Room staff to explore strategies for
interpreting these science concepts and develop new worksheets, exhibition
elements, or facilitator training materials to incorporate those strategies
across the program. Interns may also take on exhibit maintenance, label
design and preparation, collections housing, and live animal care tasks as
assigned.

Candidates must have experience working with young children in an informal
setting and be able to maintain a professional demeanor at all times while
serving diverse audiences. They must possess a strong curiosity for the
natural world and an enthusiasm for sharing that curiosity with visitors of
all ages. Research, writing, graphic design and layout skills are a plus.
Candidates must be willing to commit to a minimum of 100 hours during the
semester including some weekend days.

To apply, send a resume and letter of interest to:

Sarah Moshenberg

Discovery Room Assistant Coordinator

smoshenberg@amnh.org

Public Programs Coordinator [American Museum of Natural History]

American Museum of Natural History
Job Title: Public Programs Coordinator (Education/Public Programs)

Responsibilities & Duties:
This position assists with all operations and programming to implement the
full calendar of public programs. This position is split equally between
general public programs and coordinating the Margaret Mead Film Festival.
This
position is the main coordinator for the Margaret Mead Film Festival.
Specific tasks include, but are not limited to:
€ Researching and requesting possible films for festival, and researching
potential program speakers and resources for exhibition-related programming

€ Overseeing and coordinating entire festival submission process
including: creating and disseminating guidelines and entry forms,
maintaining festival database, previewing and reviewing festival entries

€ Manage all aspects of Mead Traveling Festival

€ Training festival and public programs volunteers and interns. This
includes: database training, film trafficking, marketing and
promotions, etc.

€ Coordinating all guests speaker and filmmaker needs which often involves
continuous communication.

€ Gathering/compiling of assets for festival program and
other supplementary documents

€ Coordinate all technical aspects of the festival. Managing, processing,
and tracking Mead Festival
and Mead Traveling Festival budgets

€ Coordinating internal and external advance logistics for programs

€ Coordinating day-to-day relationship with A/V, Photo Studio,
and Institutional Advancement

€ Stage management and day-of support for programs

€ Researching potential funding opportunities and in-kind donations

This position sits within the Public Programs division of the Education
Department, and reports to the Senior Manager of Public Programs.

Qualifications:

This position requires someone with exceptional organizational skills
and the
ability to juggle many tasks. Candidates must excel in time management,
writing, and verbal communication.  Bachelor¹s Degree required.

€ Knowledge of international documentary film and film history

€ Interested in all aspects of public programming, from adult lectures
to family workshops to non-festival film screenings

€ Extensive knowledge of current audio visual technology and
exhibition standards

€ At least 2 years experience working with film festivals or
public programs and events

€ Excellent written and oral communication skills

€ Highly organized and detail oriented

€ Team player who can juggle multiple projects and work well under
tight deadlines

€ Ability to work some nights/weekends a must

€ Proficiency in using MS Excel and FileMaker Pro

Send resume and cover letter to programsintern@amnh.org

Public Programs Coordinator [American Museum of Natural History]

Public Programs Coordinator, American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

Job Title: Public Programs Coordinator (Education/Public Programs)

Responsibilities & Duties:

This position assists with all operations and programming to implement the

full calendar of public programs. This position is split equally between
general

public programs and coordinating the Margaret Mead Film Festival. This

position is the main coordinator for the Margaret Mead Film Festival.
Specific

tasks include, but are not limited to:

€ Researching and requesting possible films for festival, and researching

potential program speakers and resources for exhibition-related

programming

€ Overseeing and coordinating entire festival submission process

including: creating and disseminating guidelines and entry forms,

maintaining festival database, previewing and reviewing festival entries

€ Manage all aspects of Mead Traveling Festival

€ Training festival and public programs volunteers and interns. This

includes: database training, film trafficking, marketing and promotions,

etc.

€ Coordinating all guests speaker and filmmaker needs which often

involves continuous communication.

€ Gathering/compiling of assets for festival program and other

supplementary documents

€ Coordinate all technical aspects of the festival.

Managing, processing, and tracking Mead Festival and Mead Traveling

Festival budgets

€ Coordinating internal and external advance logistics for programs

€ Coordinating day-to-day relationship with A/V, Photo Studio, and

Institutional Advancement

€ Stage management and day-of support for programs

€ Researching potential funding opportunities and in-kind donations

This position sits within the Public Programs division of the Education

Department, and reports to the Senior Manager of Public Programs.

Qualifications:

This position requires someone with exceptional organizational skills and
the

ability to juggle many tasks. Candidates must excel in time management,

writing, and verbal communication.  Bachelor¹s Degree required.

€ Knowledge of international documentary film and film history

€ Interested in all aspects of public programming, from adult lectures to

family workshops to non-festival film screenings

€ Extensive knowledge of current audio visual technology and exhibition

standards

€ At least 2 years experience working with film festivals or public

programs and events

€ Excellent written and oral communication skills

€ Highly organized and detail oriented

€ Team player who can juggle multiple projects and work well under tight

deadlines

€ Ability to work some nights/weekends a must
€ Proficiency in using MS Excel and FileMaker Pro

Senior Manager, Public Programs [American Museum of Natural History]

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent
scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the
Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and
disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the
universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research,
education and exhibition. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and
scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire
planet and present a panorama of the world’s cultures.

Senior Manager, Public Programs

The Senior Manager, Public Programs works with the Public Programs
division of the Education Department, and reports to the Associate
Director of Public Programs. This position oversees the direction and
management of major cultural programs and festivals. The Senior Manager
also contributes to the conceptualization and planning of the overall
programming vision managing staff, building audiences and strategically
integrating community and internal resources to maximize cultural and
educational impact. The events produced by the Senior Manager encompass
various mediums of expression, including performances, lectures,
demonstrations, discussions, conversations, workshops, and hands-on
activities. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to:

● Create, innovate, develop, and implement cultural and scientific
programs that draw large and diverse audiences in the highly competitive
NYC events landscape
● Collaborate with Museum curators and outside experts in
conceptualizing and developing innovative program ideas
● Contribute to the overall planning and strategy for the public
programs area
● Manage support staff, office assistants, and other programming
contractors, interns, and volunteers
● Build and present programs through strong relationships with a
variety of community organizations, individuals, and institutions
● Manage relationships and expand local, national, and
international networks for program participants and audiences
● Develop and oversee program budgets
● Collaborate with other Museum departments on writing public and
private fundraising proposals and final reports
● Give media interviews when appropriate
● Conceive and draft key program “take-away” messages and
educational/program materials
● Constantly engage in arts and cultural programming in NYC,
keeping abreast of innovation in the field, locally and beyond

Qualifications:
● Track record of success in program development, audience
development, and successful grant seeking.
● Proven track record of strategic planning for and execution of a
full season of programs across diverse topics and art/presentation
formats
● Demonstrated excellence in crafting and communicating an
overarching strategic vision for a diverse and interconnected series of
programs
● Strong history of creating and articulating core content themes
and goals that provide a context, rationale, and cohesive framework for
a broad series of events
● Extensive experience managing staff
● At least 10 years of programming experience with demonstrated
excellence in producing top quality events with exceptional community
organizations and performers as well as high profile artists and talent
● Established reputation in arts and cultural professional
networks; significant personal experience with and professional
connection to marquis-name talent
● History of innovative and groundbreaking work and thinking,
particularly in projects that require extensive collaboration and
cross-disciplinary approaches―demonstrated track record of originating
new kinds of programs and ideas, robust portfolio of
“outside-the-box” programs and events
● Bachelor’s Degree required in a field connected to the scope
of the Museum’s mission, Master’s Degree in Arts Administration or
related field preferred
● Excellent oral and written communication skills
● Ability to manage multiple projects at the same time, and work
with a variety of people inside and outside the Museum

Applicants interested in applying may send their resume, specifying
salary history and requirements to: publicprograms@amnh.org
The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/
Affirmative Action Employer. The Museum encourages Women, Minorities,
Persons with Disabilities, Vietnam Era and Disabled Veterans to apply.
The Museum does not discriminate due to age, sex, religion, race, color,
national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual
orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law.
If special accommodations are needed in applying for a position, please
call the Office of Human Resources.
Please be advised that due to the high volume of applicants, we are
only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best
fit the needs of the open position.

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