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History Nebraska (Lincoln, Nebraska)
Education Associate

History Nebraska is seeking a dynamic and curious Education Associate to develop engaging educational programs and hands on activities. Working with an innovative education team, other History Nebraska workgroups and community partners, the Education Associate will plan and implement family and youth programs on site, in Lincoln and occasionally across the state and assist with development of classroom resources that align with school tours and support state educational standards. History Nebraska is a statewide educational institution that connects people to the past through our library and research center, conservation facility, interpretive sites, and the state archeology and historic preservation offices. History Nebraska preserves and interprets our state’s past, contributes to the education of its citizens, and uses the tools of history to shape a better future for all Nebraskans.

Hours: Monday – Friday with some occasional SaturdaysJob location is 131 Centennial Mall North, Downtown.

Examples of Work

• Plans, promotes and organizes existing family programs such as summer Mad Science and monthly Free Family Fun Days and help create new programs as needed.
• Represents History Nebraska at family festivals and develops new relationships with service organizations in the community.
• Assists with development and management of distance learning, annual Nebraska Trailblazer and other classroom resources to align with the existing school tour offerings and support state educational standards.
• Manages group learning experiences to ensure customer satisfaction and fulfillment of program objectives.
• Prepares reports such as: program plans, proposed budgets, activity reports and attendance records
• Occasionally assists curators with training museum guides and conducting school and public tours.
• Coordinates with other agency staff to complete projects and meet agency goals and objectives.

Qualifications / Requirements

REQUIREMENTS:  Bachelor’s degree in History or related field such as: Education, Museum Studies, Geography, or Anthropology AND two years of experience in museum work, providing educational programming, or providing interpretive tours.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Experienced in public speaking with strong extemporaneous communication skills
• Ability to work collaboratively with others, including internal and external partners
• Experienced in planning and executing events and workshops.
• Ability to interact with the public professionally and work well with people of all ages and abilities
• Dependable; reliable attendance, including some Saturdays, and flexibility to work special events on occasion
• Strong organization skills; ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
• Curiosity and interest in Nebraska history

To apply:

Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) (Kearney, Nebraska)

The Museum of Nebraska Art, (MONA) in Kearney, ( with a mission to celebrate the history of Nebraska’s visual art for diverse audiences, seeks a dynamic, engaging new leader to guide it into the future. This is an opportunity to lead a unique, financially stable museum with a statewide reach and exciting plans for the future. MONA opened in1986 and is the only museum exclusively dedicated to telling the story of Nebraska through the art of the state, and by extension it also tells the story of America. The museum is housed in Kearney’s 1911 Post Office, a neoclassical building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. MONA is a private nonprofit museum affiliated with the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK).

The director will have the opportunity to oversee a robust and growing collection; explore options for reaching new local and statewide audiences; partner with UNK to strengthen and expand the connection between the organizations; lead and inspire a hardworking, dedicated staff; be part of a community that supports the arts and culture, has a strong philanthropic presence, and a diverse and thriving economy; and be part of the statewide arts community. The new director will have a passion for American regional art; strong management, fundraising, communication, and organizational skills; the capacity to inspire and support a dedicated staff; and the desire to be the public face of the museum. MONA’s 38,000-square-foot facility includes long-term and changing exhibition galleries, education and program spaces, library and research center, sculpture garden, and museum shop. The collection of 5,000+ works reflects 200 years of Nebraska history, from the nineteenth-century through contemporary art and artists. Onsite and outreach exhibitions and programs reach 40,000+ local and statewide visitors annually. MONA has an operating budget of $1.5M, a $4.4M endowment, and seven full time and eight part time employees.

• Lead the development of exhibition, programming, and interpretive vision and strategies; oversee implementation.
• Develop and implement policies and procedures affecting all areas of the museum.
• Develop and monitor the budget.
• Hire and supervise paid and volunteer staff.
• Provide for stewardship of the collection and ensure that MONA has a strong buildings and
grounds management plan.
• Create development and marketing plans.
• Cultivate donor relationships; seek out support for operations, programming, and endowment.
• Partner with UNK administration and faculty to enhance the existing collaborative relationship.
• Serve as spokesperson and advocate for the museum locally and statewide.
• Work with Board and committees as appropriate.

Required knowledge and experience:
• MA/MS in Museum Studies/Arts Administration or similar degree. Background in art history;
American art preferred.
• Minimum of five years’ leadership experience in an art museum or similar setting.
• Experience in a community-based or regional museum desirable. Familiarity with academic
museums helpful but not required.

For a full job description and information on how to apply, contact search consultant Gail Nessell Colglazier: Application deadline: 8/12/19. EOE/Veterans/Disabled.

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