Tuesday, April 22, 2014

National Endowment for the Humanities: Small Museums Webinar Tomorrow

NEH Small Museums Webinar

NEH is offering a webinar on Wednesday April 23th at 4pm ET that will give more information about grants for small and mid-sized museums and cultural institutions. They will use stories of previous grantees to share information on Preservation Assistance Grants, NEH On The Road (a traveling exhibition program), grants from NEH’s Division of Public Programs, and state humanities council exhibitions.
Some of the examples we may discuss include:
  • The Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society in Seattle, WA received a Preservation Assistance Grant to store thousands of drawings that detailed naval architecture.
  • The Rokeby Museum in Vermont received Planning and Implementation grants to create an exhibition on the Underground Railroad.
  • The Missouri Humanities Council collaborated with the Missouri State Museum to create a traveling exhibit, the Civil War in Missouri.
Register for the webinar here. Please share this announcement with anyone who may be interested in attending.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Employment Opportunity: Program Assistant, Conservation Assessment Program

Position Announcement
Program Assistant, Conservation Assessment Program

Heritage Preservation seeks a Program Assistant to assist the Director in the administration of the Conservation Assessment Program.

Heritage Preservation is a national non-profit organization based in downtown Washington, D.C. that is dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of the United States. By identifying risks, developing innovative programs, and providing broad public access to expert advice, Heritage Preservation assists museums, libraries, archives, historic preservation and other organizations, as well as individuals, in caring for our endangered heritage.

The Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) helps small to mid-sized museums of all types, from art museums to zoos, obtain a general assessment of the condition of their collections, environment, and historic buildings. It is supported through a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

CAP Assistant duties include, but are not limited to, assistance with program inquiries, production and distribution of application materials, oversight of the online application form, processing applications, screening application eligibility, production and distribution of newsletters, providing assistance to program participants and assessors by phone and e-mail, promoting the program to museums, coordinating program evaluation, digitization of records, and maintaining CAP program FileMaker database.

The CAP Assistant should have excellent organizational and written communication skills, attention to detail, and the ability to manage multiple priorities. The ideal candidate will be comfortable with routine, and strong interpersonal skills.

Compensation: Salary in the mid $30,000s plus a comprehensive benefits package that includes a public transit allocation. Heritage Preservation will not cover relocation expenses.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in museum studies, art history, history, or a related field. This entry level position is ideal for a recent college graduate. Candidates should have experience with Microsoft Office; knowledge of FileMaker Pro is desirable.

How to Apply: Email resume with cover letter describing relevant skills, experience, and interest to:

Melanie Zucker
Director, Conservation Assessment Program
Heritage Preservation

Please no phone calls.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received until the deadline of Friday, May 2, 2014 at 11:59 pm.
Heritage Preservation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information on Heritage Preservation or CAP, please visit the Heritage Preservation Web site at www.heritagepreservation.org.

Employment Opportunity: Administrative Assistant with The Stepping Stones Foundation

The Stepping Stones Foundation
66 Oak Road, Katonah NY 10536

Job Posting

Administrative Assistant (Part-Time)
Stepping Stones is the historic home of Bill and Lois Wilson, co-founders, respectively, of Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon Family Groups. The nonprofit organization is located in Katonah/Bedford Hills, Westchester County, NY.

Position Title: Administrative Assistant (part-time)

Position Purpose: The Administrative Assistant assists the Executive Director with ongoing administrative support duties related to the operation of the Foundation, the 8.5 acre National Historic Landmark, its facilities and grounds.

Reports to: Executive Director

Hours/Schedule: 15-30 hours/week (Hours may vary by season. Requests for flexible hours may be considered.) Hours will typically be between 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. with a few evenings and Saturdays per year.

Pay Rate & Benefits: Benefits and paid time off not available for this part-time position.

General Requirements: In general, the Administrative Assistant is responsible for supporting the ongoing operation of the Foundation through:
1.      A cheerful, polite, welcoming and service-oriented disposition and communication style.
2.      The maintenance of an organized and clean work environment.
3.      A high attention to detail and error-free work style.
4.      A punctual and reliable work ethic.

Position Responsibilities:
·      Clerical Support –administering routine office and site operations, including: filing; answering phones; processing donations, purchases, acknowledgements, tour and information requests; collating, copying, and faxing; responding to emails; data entry; drafting and typing correspondence; ordering, shelving and organizing supplies and merchandise (up to 30 lbs.); shipping, posting and delivering mail and materials (up to 30 lbs.); and making deliveries.
·      Customer service / guest relations –effectively and politely managing guest requests, phone calls and emails and serving as backup guest host
·      Communication and presentation –accurately, efficiently and appropriately responding to in person, phone and electronic requests, to schedule appointments and meetings, and to serve as backup tour guide and presenter
·      Maintenance – handling litter pick up, garbage (up to 30 lbs.) removal/recycling and light maintenance tasks

Stepping Stones Administrative Assistant Job Posting/Page 2
·      Applicants must be licensed to drive and have access to reliable personal transportation.
·      Excellent computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, email and ability to learn and interact with database and vendor systems
·      Exceptional customer service skills
·      Strong organizational skills
·      Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
·      Good record keeping skills
·      Good telephone etiquette
·      Professional presentation
·      Demonstrated ability to set priorities and organize work effectively and efficiently including developing and maintaining effective record keeping systems
·      Ability to compose correspondence
·      Utmost integrity and maintenance of confidentiality
·      Ability to adapt to changes in routine and schedule

Preferred Skills or Experience
·      Full proficiency in both English and Spanish languages (written and verbal)
·      Experience with historic sites, museums, parks, nonprofits, and research institutions (universities, libraries, archives)
·      Knowledge and/or interest in the history of the 12-Step movement and Bill and Lois Wilson
·      Knowledge of the Town of Bedford and surrounding areas of Westchester
·      Familiarity with Microsoft Publisher, Constant Contact and Google calendar
·      Familiarity with accounting, fundraising and collections database software systems
·      Photography and/or graphic design skills
·      Familiarity with editing and posting to template-based websites and social media

To Apply: Email resume, cover letter and three references to Executive Director at mailto:info@steppingstones.org

The Stepping Stones Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Salary Survey

Forwarded from the American Alliance of Museums:
Dear Colleague,

As you know, AAM has teamed up with the six regional museum associations and New Knowledge Organization Ltd. (NewKnowledge) to conduct a national salary survey of museums and their employees. The results of the survey will inform our collective understanding of how museums and their employees are valued.

Below is a link to the survey. As you fill out the survey, remember that it is lengthy so we encourage you to set it aside for a break and take it up again at a later point. The survey is open until April 18.  

If you have any questions they may be directed to aamsurvey@newknowledge.org or by calling 347-766-3399 to reach Laura Tietjen at the NewKnowledge office in New York City.

Kind regards,
Ford W. Bell, DVM
The NewKnowledge Team 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Employment Opportunity with Historic Sugartown

Historic Sugartown, Inc. – Guide Job Description and Announcement

Part-Time Historic Site Guide
Historic Sugartown Inc.
690 Sugartown Road
Malvern, PA 19355


Historic Sugartown, a 19th century crossroads village, is seeking enthusiastic part-time Historic Site Guides! Historic Site Guides are the primary staff members for educational tours during our site’s new open hours. The site will be open to the public every weekend between May 3rd and December 14th from 11AM-4PM Saturdays and 1PM-4PM on Sundays. Additional hours may be available during special programs, scheduled group and school tours, and events throughout the year.

Salary Information: This is a non-exempt position with an hourly wage of $9.00.

Key Responsibilities:

To ensure a positive visitor experience, the Historic Site Guide is responsible for:

·         Presenting engaging and educational tours for a variety of audience types and age groups.
·         Handling admission monies when individuals / groups arrive on site.
·         Guiding visitors/school groups safely throughout the site and the buildings.
·         Promoting the historic site and other public programs available to visitors.

Preferred Qualifications:

·         Interest in and familiarity with nineteenth century Pennsylvania and American history.
·         Able to speak to large and diverse audiences, including school groups and seniors.
·         Able to work a flexible schedule and be available an average of one day every other weekend throughout the open season (May 3rd through December 14th).
·         Able to provide reliable attendance and punctuality.
·         Able to maintain a professional appearance and decorum, including wearing required nametag or shirt.
·         Able to navigate difficult terrains, stand for long periods of time, and lift objects up to twenty pounds.
·         Possess excellent interpersonal skills.
·         Able to work creatively and effectively as member of a team, and contribute ideas and knowledge to the programs at Historic Sugartown.
·         Expertise in museum education, teaching, or historic handcrafts/skills a plus.
·         Submit to required background checks.
About Historic Sugartown:
Historic Sugartown is a restored 19th-century crossroads village encompassing 9 buildings over 9.2 acres. Today, Sugartown offers a window into early American life. Visitors can experience how people came together to conduct business, exchange news, and share their lives as a community.

The site is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of a 19th century village while providing an authentic experience of culture and architecture and enhancing visitor’s understanding of our American Heritage.

Positions are open until filled and multiple positions are available.  Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume by email to jobs@historicsugartown.org or by mail to Historic Sugartown, Inc., P.O. Box 1423, Malvern, PA 19355.