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Two New Job Postings at the Fitchburg Art Museum

The Fitchburg Art Museum is hiring a Director of Education and a Part-time Development Assistant—check out both job descriptions below!


About FAM

The Fitchburg Art Museum is a catalyst for learning, creativity, and community building. We accomplish this mission with art historical collections and exhibitions, special exhibitions of contemporary New England art, education programs, public art projects, community partnerships, and creative economy initiatives. All decisions, initiatives, projects, and programs at the Fitchburg Art Museum reflect our commitment to art, education, and the greater community.

FAM is located in four buildings across a city block in downtown Fitchburg, in North Central Massachusetts. Our varied collection of over 7,000 objects includes particular strengths in American Art, African Art and photography. FAM maintains 12,000 square feet of exhibition space, presents three major special exhibitions of New England contemporary art annually, and periodically re-installs selected permanent collection galleries.


Director of Education

Position

The Fitchburg Art Museum (FAM) seeks an experienced, dynamic, and creative Director of Education (DoE) to manage and provide vision for our Education Department.

FAM is fully committed to equity in all aspects of museum practice and is a leader in the growing movement to make art museums more relevant and responsive to their immediate communities. FAM works closely with multiple partners to improve the quality of life and community health in our region, and we seek to continually grow and learn from the communities that we serve. FAM is a visionary leader in developing programs for underserved audiences, as well as for our city’s 35% Latino community.

FAM’s new DoE will lead, oversee, and expand school, community, and interpretive programs, guided by a collaborative, partnership approach.

Specifically, the DoE will:

  • Build on our work with the Fitchburg Public Schools, including curriculum development tied to our permanent collection, teacher training, in-school programs, and our recently established neighborhood arts-based after-school program.
  • Expand FAM’s art-based Community Education Program, which currently includes programs for people with memory loss, people in recovery from addiction, and children and families in Head Start. The new DoE will forge new relationships with other communities underserved by the Museum in the past to co-create new programs.
  • Work with the Museum Director to further integrate art therapy into FAM programs.
  • Creatively manage FAM’s interactive in-gallery education programs, working in close collaboration with our Curatorial Department.
  • Take the lead on ensuring and enhancing museum accessibility.

The DoE reports to the Museum Director and is a key member of the senior leadership team. The DoE supervises a School Programs Manager (FT), Director of Docents (PT), and interns, and works closely with FAM’s Curatorial Department and a small but passionately devoted professional staff. The DoE is the staff liaison to the FAM Trustees’ Education Committee, and will serve on the 2023-2027 Strategic Plan Steering Committee.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have:

  • Significant museum experience, familiarity with contemporary art as well as a broad general knowledge of art history, and an understanding of the full range of current museum education theory and practice.
  • Excellent leadership, communications, and organization skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Experience advancing and advocating for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • A successful track record of partnering with community organizations to create programs for new audiences and clients.
  • Knowledge of current Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.
  • Knowledge of program evaluation techniques.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, and empathy. Spanish language fluency is also desired.

Salary

$50,000 – $60,000/year, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To apply

To apply, please send a letter of interest, CV, and three references to FAM Director Nick Capasso at ncapasso@fitchburgartmuseum.org. FAM seeks to fill this position by April 1, 2022. Interviews will commence in February 2022.


Part-time Development Assistant

Position

The Development Assistant will advance the development efforts of the Fitchburg Art Museum by providing administrative support in the development department, primarily through gift processing, acknowledgements, and maintaining accurate and complete records in the constituent management database, Altru, a Blackbaud product.

Please note: This is a one-year part-time contract position with the possibility of becoming a permanent position after the first year. 18-20 hours/week, primarily on-site in Fitchburg.

Responsibilities and Duties

Working with the Manager of Membership and Events:

  • Maintains and updates member, donor, and prospect records in Altru.
  • Processes memberships (including entering into the Altru database and producing membership cards/packets) for both individual and corporate memberships.
  • Processes Annual Fund gifts and acknowledgements.
  • Processes revenue and acknowledgements for events.
  • Assists with other development mailings, filing, and events as needed.

Also:

  • Works with the Director of Development on prospect research and management, and other special projects as assigned.
  • Attends meetings of the Development Department and FAM staff meetings.
  • Serves as back-up, when schedule allows, for the admissions desk.

Qualifications

  • Experience in an administrative/office role.
  • Experience with data entry in a constituent database.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint preferred.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding donor information.
  • Success working in a team environment.
  • Strong attention to detail, accuracy, ability to be a self-starter and to multi-task.
  • Spanish language a plus.

Compensation

$20/hour.

To apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV or resume, and the names and contact information for 2 references by email to Rebecca Wright at rwright@fitchburgartmuseum.org by January 14, 2022.

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The History of One of Boston’s Most Beloved Historic House Museums

The Paul Revere House, 19 North Square, Boston.

The United States boasts lots of historic house museums with at least a few in nearly every state, and one of the first-established historic house museums is right here in Boston: the Paul Revere House, opened to the public in 1908. From its construction around 1680 (341 years ago!) to today, the Paul Revere House boasts an extensive and fascinating history, and is one of many Boston museums that is always worth a visit!

Situated at 19 North Square in Boston’s North End neighborhood, the building known today as the Paul Revere House is believed to have been built around 1680. Though it may not seem like it from our present-day perspective, the house was essentially a mansion by seventeenth-century standards: with two high-ceilinged stories, a small attic, and a basement kitchen, the house had much more space than many others at the time. The first inhabitants of the house were, in fact, one of the wealthiest families in Boston at the time—merchant Robert Howard, his wife and daughter, and one enslaved man.

A drawing of Paul Revere’s famous 1775 Midnight Ride.

Paul Revere, the house’s fourth owner and its most famous resident by far, occupied the property from 1770 (when he was thirty-five, and the house was already ninety years old) until 1800. For those three decades the house was home to Paul, his first wife Sarah Orne Revere, his second wife Rachel Walker Revere, his sixteen children (although it’s believed that only five to nine children lived in the house at any given time), and occasionally extended family members and boarders as well. It was also where Revere began his famous Midnight Ride on the night of April 18th, 1775: he made his way from the house to the Charles River, which he rowed across in a canoe, then got on a horse and rode several miles north to Lexington and Concord to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock of the British troops’ approach. After being captured by the British and held for a few hours, Revere began to make his way home on foot, witnessing the Battles of Lexington and Concord in the process.

For a century or so after Revere moved out of the house in 1800, the building served a variety of purposes. The ground floor was transformed into a commercial space: a bank, a grocery, a candy store, and even a cigar factory all operated there in turn. The upper floors, meanwhile, served as a boarding house, most often for the Italian, Irish, and Jewish immigrant families who were increasingly settling in the North End at that time.

In the first years of the twentieth century, there was a small fire in the basement of the house—fortunately it wasn’t significant enough to cause any damage to the house, but it did make the newspapers at the time. This increased scrutiny on the house led to it being purchased by a Revere descendant, John P. Reynolds, Jr., in 1902. After several years of fundraising and restoration, the Paul Revere House opened as a museum in 1908. Today, visitors can tour four rooms in the house: the kitchen, the hall (which is the only room in the house to model a pre-Revere period, inspired instead by the Howard family’s residence in the late seventeenth century), and two upstairs bedrooms. Also on the museum’s property are the Pierce–Hichborn House, a brick house that dates to 1711 and was occupied for many years by Revere’s cousin Nathaniel Hichborn, and Lathrop Place, a nineteenth-century building that was originally constructed as tenement housing and has served since 2016 as the museum’s visitor center.

Historic house museums have proven enduringly popular, and given its status as one of the nation’s first historic houses and the oldest continually standing building in downtown Boston, the Paul Revere House is no exception! The museum is open to visitors every day from 10am to 4:15pm (and don’t forget that if you’re a NEMA member, you can get in for free!).

Job Opportunity with Historic New England — Advancement Assistant

See below for an exciting term-limited job opportunity with Historic New England. If you’re interested in applying, be sure to submit your application by the November 5th deadline!


Advancement Assistant – Term Limited

Classification: Full time, non-exempt, term-limited

Location: Primarily remote, must reside in New England

Responsibilities: This five to six month term-limited position provides high-level administrative support that ensures the smooth operation of Historic New England’s fundraising programs and reports to the Development Communications and Events Manager. This employee provides superior internal and external customer service through efficient and effective support of daily advancement office activities. Provides exceptional customer service to high level donors, funders, and governance volunteers.  

  • Manage and facilitate the creation of the donor pages in the Gala Tribute Book for the March 2021 fundraising gala.
  • Communicate individually with sponsors to help them design their pages for approval and coordinate with the graphic designer.
  • Handle all development committee logistics, prepare materials, and coordinate meetings including taking minutes.
  • Assist high level donors and funders ensuring excellent customer service.
  • Provide event assistance including creating email invitations and communications, and RSVPs.
  • Assist at events as needed, requiring some evening and weekend work.
  • Draft written communications as assigned, including acknowledgement letters and other individual constituent communications, and development reports.
  • Develop and draft the communication tools for the development team, including development web pages, the Patron Program Newsletter, the Vice President of Advancement’s email to donors, and the development team’s Looking Forward submission. 

Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree or equivalent job experience, and two to three years of job-related experience in a busy office environment, preferably in a development office. Exceptional organizational skills and ability to thrive in a fast-paced setting while maintaining precise attention to formats, procedures, details, accuracy, punctuality, and quality. Ability to balance and manage competing priorities with flexibility. Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills; familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style. Excellent internal and external customer service skills, interpersonal communication, and tact and diplomacy for regular interaction with high-level constituents. Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality. Fully competent computer and technical skills, including WordFly or similar e-marketing platform, WordPress or similar web content management system, Zoom or similar virtual meeting platforms, constituent management databases, and advanced working knowledge of MS Office Suite. Must be a team player with the ability to work independently.

Applications: Please send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to jobs@historicnewengland.org.

Historic New England is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to supporting equality of opportunity and respect for diversity. We are committed to providing equal opportunity in employment to all qualified persons without regard to non-work-related factors such as race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

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