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Facilities & Preservations Manager
The National Will Cather Center (Red Cloud, Nebraska)
Full-Time
Salary:

Who we are: The National Willa Cather Center exists to promote and encourage increased
understanding of and appreciation for the life, times, settings, and work of Pulitzer
Prize-winning author Willa Cather. We promote her legacy through education,
preservation, and the arts, and we aim to become a premier cultural center that offers
broad educational opportunities for our patrons to experience Cather’s work, explore
historic landmarks, foster their own creativity, and embrace the arts and humanities.
Job Purpose: The National Willa Cather Center seeks a highly-organized, technically skilled,
and multi-talented candidate to fill a Facilities & Preservation Manager position. The
Manager ensures the short- and long-term maintenance, security, and safety of the
NWCC’s historic properties and grounds, including the National Willa Cather Center
(30,000 square feet); the Red Cloud Opera House (11,000 square feet); and nine sites on the
National Register of Historic Places, including Willa Cather’s Childhood Home (a National
Historic Landmark), the Burlington Depot, the Farmers and Merchants Bank, the Cather
Second Home, Pavelka Farmstead, J.L. Miner House, and three historic churches.
The Facilities & Preservation Manager works as part of the Collections team to ensure
efficient maintenance and repair of properties within a framework of the Secretary of
Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation; acts on behalf of the NWCC when engaging
and overseeing the work of independent contractors and vendors; and assists NWCC
leadership in planning and prioritizing regular preventative maintenance and capital
improvements. Duties include evaluation of and contribution to sites-related procedures
and documents, such as disaster planning, integrated pest management, environmental
monitoring, and maintenance scheduling.
Essential duties and responsibilities:
● Proactively review all general maintenance records and maintain detailed
maintenance files on all HVAC units, security systems, fire suppression systems, and
other equipment
● Maintain compliance with applicable regulations by completing regularly scheduled
inspections per established schedules and update maintenance checklists as needed
● Oversee the safe and proper maintenance of equipment and tools including
coordinating repairs and/or replacement and ensuring all are returned to
appropriate storage areas
● Ensure that security, fire, and emergency safety equipment is inspected and in good
working order
● Respond to and resolve issues regarding security systems, buildings, and grounds
● Manage and conduct basic maintenance and repairs including carpentry, plumbing,
electrical, and engaging outside vendors/contractors with approval
● Keep centralized detailed records of preservation work completed, costs, warranty
cards, paint colors, and other pertinent material
● Oversee construction projects, ensuring timely completion within budget
● Regularly communicate maintenance priorities, concerns, and emergencies both
verbally in meetings and in written and digital communication
● Develop a long-range facility maintenance plan including necessary improvements
and costs
● Adhere to approved budget, managing expenses for the benefit of the organization
Education and Qualifications:
● Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree with technical training in facility management,
construction, or a related field is preferred
● Minimum 1–3 years of experience as a facility manager or related profession that
involved conducting repairs and renovations including carpentry, plumbing,
electrical, etc.
● Well versed in facilities management and historic preservation best practices and
the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation, or a willingness to
pursue professional development to acquire this knowledge
● Outstanding communication skills, organizational skills, and impeccable attention to
detail
● Ability to work collaboratively
● Strong analytical skills to review complex information in order to make decisions
based on priorities and budget availability
● Experience using Gmail, Google Calendar and Drive, and Microsoft applications
● Ability to have a flexible work schedule when needed (occasional evenings and
weekends)
● Appreciation for rural America, small town life, and local history
Work Environment and Physical Demands:
● Must be able to lift and carry a minimum of 40 lbs.
● Must be able to perform moderate to heavy manual labor
● Must be able to crawl, bend, stretch, and climb while performing routine tasks
● Must be able to work in non-temperature controlled areas throughout the year
● Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to drive a motor vehicle
Salary and Benefits:
This is a full-time, salaried position. Competitive compensation will be based on
experience. Benefits, including health insurance, IRA, paid holidays, and paid time off
(PTO) are available.
This job description may evolve over time. Duties and the position status are subject to
periodic updates. At management’s discretion, the employee may be assigned different
and/or additional responsibilities.
To apply, send cover letter, résumé, and three professional references to:
The Willa Cather Foundation
Attn: Human Resources
413 North Webster Street
Red Cloud, NE 68970
humanresources@willacather.org | www.WillaCather.org
DEADLINE: Applicants are encouraged to apply by June 15. The position will remain open
until filled.


Summer Internship
Table Rock Historical Society & Museum (Table Rock, Nebraska)

Temporary, Full-Time
Salary: $17.50 per hour

The Table Rock Historical Society seeks a summer employee beginning immediately.  The pay is $17.50 an hour, work is full-time for up to 10 weeks, and the schedule is flexible as to both hours and days.  Some  remote work is possible.  Work may begin immediately or as soon as convenient, and may if desired may extend into the early Fall semester.  The Historical Society maintains nine museum buildings, most housed in historic buildings constructed between 1877 and 1915 and also has an extensive photograph collection. This is an opportunity to enjoy an idyllic summer in a tiny town.  Table Rock is in southeast Nebraska, about 70 miles southeast of Lincoln and 90 miles south of Omaha.  It is a town of 239 people, almost all of whom are proud of their history.  The downtown is on the National Register of Historic Places as is the Opera House Museum in its own right. The cemetery is listed in the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom maintained by the National Park Service.  It also has a strong history as a railroad town and as part of an extensive settlement of Bohemian immigrants.

Knowledge of PastPerfect, strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work independently are required, and an interest in (and talent for) storytelling. The primary work is preparing an inventory of extensive holdings, including especially entries in PastPerfect. However, a great number of resume-building projects are available to choose from such as planning and execution of exhibitions and displays, recording oral history relating to our collection of farm equipment and our train museum,   

Free accommodation is being made available in a historic private home on the public square.  The student can walk to work, which is only two blocks away, less if cutting diagonally across the public square. 

To apply, send an email to TableRockHistory@gmail.com and describe your qualifications. Include your contact information and discussion can follow.


Job Title: Collection Assistant
Hasting Museum
(Hastings, Nebraska)
Part-Time
Salary: $15.57-$22.32 per hour

DESCRIPTION OF WORK
Work as part of a team to develop and present dynamic, high quality, and engaging programs for audiences of all ages related to natural and cultural history in a wide variety of settings. Programing includes, but is not limited to, school programs, virtual field trips, summer camps, scout activities, tours, and overnight events. Responsible for developing and coordinating special programs related to events, exhibits, and films. Perform administrative duties in support of the education department.

QUALIFICATIONS
A bachelor’s degree in education-related field preferred with a background in science, history, anthropology, environmental education, or astronomy with previous formal or informal teaching experience preferred. Knowledge of classroom management and engagement methods preferred. Bilingual (Spanish) preferred.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB
The following tasks are typical for positions in this classification. Any single position may not perform all these tasks and/or perform similar related tasks not listed here. Develop is defined as researching a topic using reputable sources, writing an age-appropriate lesson plan that includes learning styles and activities applicable to the audience, and when appropriate, aligning the content to Nebraska State Education Standards.
• As part of a team: develop, coordinate, and implement Summer Fun classes, scout programs, adult programs, family programs, school programs, the backpack program, museum searches, guided tours, and other education activities and materials for all ages.
• Manage one or more specific aspects of the department such as the volunteer program; special programs related to events, exhibits, and films; or oversight over the planetarium projection system and related work to ensure quality and accessible shows for everyone.
• Develop and/or assist with curriculum development and education program planning
• Provide input on the strategic plan for the Museum.
• Present live and full dome planetarium shows using the digital planetarium equipment.
• Coordinate and/or assist with the outdoor classroom, including maintenance, program development, staff and volunteer training, and classroom materials development.
• Develop and/or assist with record keeping including attendance numbers, statistics, surveys, and evaluations.
• Develop and/or assist with event planning, coordination, and implementation, particularly the education activities.
• Perform related duties as required or may be assigned. Museum Educator 3-14-2023

ADDITIONAL EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED
• Assist other museum staff as needed.
• May serve on various employee committees as needed.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
This position requires the knowledge, skill or ability to obtain same in the following areas:
• Knowledge of museum exhibits and resources, as well as community resources.
• Ability to research and learn familiar and unfamiliar topics related to museum exhibits, films, planetarium shows, and education programs. This includes astronomy-related information, as well as environmental education.
• Willingness to learn museum education techniques and principles.
• Ability to learn how to operate necessary equipment, including Virtual Field Trip technology, planetarium equipment, iPads, and digital cameras.
• Demonstrate creativity, organizational skills, flexibility, and the ability to work well with other staff members and the public.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently, manage work time effectively with little supervision, and relate to people of all ages.
• Excellent social and communication skills with the ability to communicate clearly with all ages of visitors, both verbally and in writing.
• Ability to write lesson plans and understand state standards.
• Ability to withstand working in an outdoor environment and willingness to get dirty.
• Must be able to work flexible hours that include some evenings and weekends.
• The ability to proactively problem solve and adapt programs to meet the audience’s needs.

EQUIPMENT/JOB LOCATION
Proficiency in the use and operation of equipment including but not limited to the following:
• Microsoft 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, OneDrive, Outlook)
• PastPerfect
• Copy Machine
• Virtual Field Trip technology including computer, television, camera, and Zoom
• Technology including iPad, digital camera, and video projector
• Planetarium equipment including digital projector, planetarium software, and sound system

The majority of work is performed in the museum building but may work in locations outside and/or away from the museum. The noise level is usually moderately quiet but can become elevated.

For Physical Requirements see full job description:

 See the full description and link to application at  https://www.cityofhastings.org/departments/human-resources/job-openings/full-time-positions/museum-educator.html 


Membership and Development Coordinator
Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Full-Time
Salary: $21.635/hr

The Membership and Development Coordinator plays a critical role in raising operating funds and engaging member/donor communities with Sheldon Museum of Art. This position is responsible for all aspects of managing and building the Sheldon Art Association (SAA) membership program including: providing excellent customer service; strategic planning and growth; planning and implementing engaging member events; developing effective communication and marketing strategies; and increasing member renewal, retention, upgrades, and acquisition. The position is responsible for managing the member/donor database, including processing acknowledgements and payments. The Membership and Development Coordinator provides critical support to development program activities including special events, annual campaigns, and prospect research. It also serves as an administrative liaison to the SAA board of trustees.

The Sheldon Museum of Art, located in a Phillip Johnson masterpiece building, houses one of the nation’s premier university collections of American art, with over 12,000 objects, including European and Latin American holdings. The Museum Sculpture Garden has over 30 works of outdoor sculpture, including monumental works by di Suvero, Lachaise, Oldenburg, Otterness, Serra, Shea, and David Smith.

For more information and to apply go to https://employment.unl.edu/postings/91026 located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln employment website


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