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Curator of Education
History Nebraska
Lincoln, Nebraska

History Nebraska is seeking a leader and active partner within the Educational Resources Division. This position is responsible for developing a creative, mission-driven education strategy that values authentic experiences with content and our collections to position History Nebraska as a vibrant center for curiosity, conversation and learning. The Curator of Education will play a critical role in all phases of the program development process, including concept generation, design, content, delivery, evaluation, and promotion. As a key member of the Education Resources team, the Curator of Education will work collaboratively to generate an innovative, dynamic and creative statewide approach to audience engagement. 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. 

Our four core values are: 
• We Do It Better Every Time. We are always looking to improve. When we fail, we know why and learn from it. 
• We Have Each Other’s Back. We work in groups. We candidly support one another for the betterment of the organization. 
• We Own It. If we say we are going to do something, we do our best to get it done. 
• We Are Curious. We never stop learning and we encourage curiosity in others. 

Nebraska History Museum, 131 Centennial Mall North 

Pay range is $44,179-$55,710, commensurate with education and experience, if approved. 

Examples of Work

• Work closely with Director of Educational Resources to develop a long term education strategy and short term goals. 
• Manage all of History Nebraska’s educational programming, including curriculum-based school programs and public programs like lectures, events, workshops, camps and tours at all of History Nebraska’s sites. This includes both in-person visitation and digital programming. 
• Oversee administration functions including programming budget, promotion, and partnership building. 
• Work as a collaborative partner in a team oriented culture, sharing responsibilities with staff across the organizational structure. 
• Develop, implement and track metrics to measure, evaluate, interpret, and analyze the effectiveness and outcomes of education programs, with a focus on continuous improvement. 
• Lead and manage Education staff, student workers, and volunteers, including setting expectations and priorities, delegating, and ongoing performance management. 
• Limited travel will be required 
• Ability to work evenings and weekends for events and programming, as needed. Qualifications / Requirements

REQUIREMENTS:  Bachelor’s degree in History or closely related field such as: Education, Museum Studies, Geography, or Anthropology AND two years of experience in museum curatorial work, developing and/or providing educational programs to K-12 students, or providing interpretive tours.
OTHER:   Candidate must possess a valid driver’s license. 
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Working knowledge of informal and formal education theory, trends, and best practices. 
• Must have an authentic belief in and support of inclusion, accessibility and equity for diverse audiences and learning styles. 
• Project management skills; ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines. 
• Proven supervisory experience and ability to lead and manage a small team. 
• Ability to adapt to new technology. 
• Effective communication skills including ability to present information in a variety of formats. 

History Nebraska collects, preserves, and opens to all, the histories we share. We believe a diverse and inclusive workforce is an essential element in making Nebraska’s rich history available to everyone. 

History Nebraska is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage and welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds. Our work is meaningful and challenging, and we believe diverse perspectives will make it better. 

To apply:

Art Bridges Fellow
Joslyn Art Museum
Omaha, Nebraska

Joslyn Art Museum seeks applicants for a three-year  fellowship  position supporting  the Art Bridges Collection Loan Program. This position offers a motivated  individual  the opportunity to gain collections management and registration experience in an art museum, including  art handling, condition reporting, packing, shipping, logistics, installation, research, cataloguing, and data entry. The Art Bridges Fellow will join Joslyn Art Museum at a time of change and growth, as an ambitious expansion and renovation  of the Museum’s campus occasions a complete deinstallation and reinstallation of the permanent  collection.

The Art Bridges Fellow at Joslyn Art Museum will be part of the inaugural cohort of the Art Bridges Fellows Program. The  Art Bridges Fellows Program is dedicated to creating diverse museum leadership with a national cohort of emerging arts professionals and mentors. Through its newly-formed Art Bridges Fellows Program, the foundation will establish deep career pathways for people with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences and offer new models for fellowship  roles within museums.

Major  Duties

•    Assist with  all aspects of loan preparation and travel for the Art Bridges Collection Loan Program, including condition  reports, photography, shipping logistics, and object placement

•    Conduct object and artist research for new interpretive materials and Art Bridges Learning 8:

Engagement initiatives for the borrowing institutions in the Collection Loan Program

•    Support Joslyn Art Museum Collections and Curatorial staff  with all aspects of deinstallation and reinstallation during a period of expansion and renovation, including art handling, packing, tracking, and reporting

•    Assist with storage inventory, rehousing, and cataloguing  initiatives, including updating  data standards

•    Complete a capstone project reflecting  on the experience of the Art Bridges Collection Loan Program

•    Attend  two Art Bridges convenings in Bentonville, Arkansas each year, including  a month-long residency and orientation in Year 1

•    Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

•    Bachelor’s degree in art history, history, museum studies, or related field, preferred; all levels of postsecondary education or equivalent  experience will be considered

•    Excellent organizational  skills

•    Exemplary oral and written communications skills

•    Strong attention to detail and the ability  to meet scheduled deadlines

•    Proficiency with Microsoft  Suite: Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and other standard office skills, procedures, and equipment

•    Ability  to work collaboratively in a team environment  as well as independently

•    Ability  to follow  protocols in handling  works of art with  care

•    Ability  to lift 30-40 lbs

•    Commitment  to Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAl) in the field

Preferred Qualifications

•    Previous knowledge, interest, and/or experience in studio art or art history

•    Previous experience with art handling  in a museum or gallery environment

•    Proficiency with database entry; knowledge of the standard museum collection  management system, The Museum System (TMS)

Salary Range: $40,000-42,000. Qualifications and experience will be considered in the compensation for this position.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to

Joslyn Art Museum and Art Bridges are equal opportunity employers and are committed  to building and maintaining a culturally diverse workplace that is free of discrimination and harassment of any kind. We encourage women, minorities, individuals  with disabilities, and veterans to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment  without regard to race, religion, color, national  origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Joslyn Art Museum offers a competitive salary and generous benefits package. Relocation assistance will be provided.

About Joslyn Art Museum

Joslyn Art Museum is a major regional resource for the collection, preservation, and interpretation of the visual arts. Through its collections, exhibitions, and educational programs, Joslyn Art Museum seeks to foster appreciation  and enjoyment  of art for the benefit  of a diverse regional and national audience.

About  Art Bridges

Art Bridges is the vision of philanthropist and arts patron  Alice Walton. The mission of Art Bridges is to expand access to American art in all regions across the United States. Since 2017, Art Bridges has been creating and supporting  programs that bring outstanding  works of American art out of storage and into communities. Art Bridges partners with a growing  network  of nearly 170 museums of all sizes and locations to provide financial  and strategic support for exhibition development, loans from the Art Bridges collection, and programs designed to educate, inspire, and deepen engagement with local audiences. The Art Bridges Collection represents an expanding vision of American art from the 19th century to present day and encompasses multiple media and voices.

About  the Art Bridges Collection Loan Program

In an effort to get works of art out of storage and to deliver on Art Bridges’ mission of expanding access to American art around the nation, Art Bridges is developing a pilot program for a new way of circulating art from museums with  deep collections to those with  limited  access to great works of American art. This model represents a paradigm shift of how works of art are loaned by and to museums across the country. Traditional  lending models are expensive and exclusive, and there is limited  transparency surrounding  how to borrow  and what is available to borrow. Art Bridges is inspired to make borrowing more accessible to museums operating  with smaller budgets and encourage the development of professional relationships through  the borrowing and lending process

Executive Director
American Historical Society of Germans from Russia
Lincoln, Nebraska

The mission of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia is to discover, collect, preserve, and share the history, cultural heritage, and genealogical legacy of Germanic settlers in the Russian Empire. We fill the mission, in part, by providing quarterly professional journals and holding an annual convention where members meet and conduct family research, hear from scholars of German Russian history and ongoing research and activities, learn about the latest technology for family research, and renew old and make new acquaintances.   We have purchased and translated hundreds of vital and other relevant records from Russia, conducted multiple educational classes both virtually and in person, collected stories and family histories, and assisted members and nonmembers seeking their family history and connections.

Founded in 1968, we have 3000 members worldwide, four full time staff members, a museum campus with replica buildings and artifacts of our German Russian ancestors, and a library that houses one of the largest collections of German Russian ancestral records and documents in the United States.

Our Requirements for an Executive Director: Our Board of Directors is seeking an experienced Executive Director with a minimum of 5 years of progressive responsible experience in a nonprofit/for profit role.  An undergraduate or/graduate degree in history, historical research, business administration, management or a related field strongly preferred. 

The successful candidate must have:

  • Successful Executive leadership experience that includes governance, strategic planning, finance, and administration
  • The ability to successfully lead and grow programs, outreach, and operations
  • A proven track record in successful fundraising (building/sustaining donor relationships and major gift development)
  • Excellent verbal, presentation, and written skills
  • Working knowledge and understanding of nonprofit budgeting and financial management
  • Skill in working with a wide range of age groups at all levels of the organization
  • Experience working with board committees and board leadership
  • Willingness to learn about and embrace the German Russian heritage and culture
  • Capacity to successfully work with ambiguous situations and bring order to competing interests and priorities

Salary and Benefits: $65,000 – $75,000 based on experience and education

To apply: Resumes must be received no later than January 5, 2022.  Email letter of interest, resume, and three professional references in PDF format to AHSGR Search Committee at using the job title and your name in the subject line (example: “Executive Director – Sally Smith”).  All attachments should include your name in the file name (for example: “Sally Smith, Resume”). 

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