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Assistant Curator
Stuhr Museum
Grand Island, Nebraska

Salary: $31,200 –$35,000, depending on experience and qualifications

Full Time – 40 hours a week

Description:

        Assists the Curator with the preservation, care, organization and development of the artifacts and objects within the Stuhr Museum’s Primary and Secondary Collections.  Assists in the planning of major exhibitions, programming, educational opportunities, interpretation, conservation, and preservation, to expand the national impact and viability of Stuhr Museum collections.  Assistant Curator helps lead and manage the Curatorial Department focusing on three-dimensional artifacts, objects, and exhibitions. Works within the policies and procedures adapted by the Stuhr Museum, the American Alliance of Museums, and generally accepted practices of sound museum science to keep the collections and department healthy, relevant, and publicly engaged; focusing on our mission to portray the history of Nebraska and the Great Plains with special emphasis on the history of Hall County from 1840 through the 1920s.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Manages the ongoing Renewal project with assistance from the Curatorial department members. This project includes great attention to detail and a high level of organization, as well as a thorough knowledge of the Museum catalog system Past Perfect.
    1. Coordinate with the Stuhr Museum Collections committee monthly regarding the progress on this project. 
    2. Oversee the organized and ethical disposition of artifacts to other appropriate non-profit organizations and entities. 
  2. Manages all incoming artifact donations from the public to the Stuhr Museum permanent collection and is responsible for accessioning all artifacts into the permanent collection.
  3. Manages all outgoing loans of artifacts to other museums and similar institutions and provides for the safe and secure transport of these artifacts both to and from these institutions.
  4. Assists with the research, coordination, design, scheduling, installation, and maintenance of rotating museum exhibits.
    1. Schedule and manage collaborative efforts with local and regional organizations regarding exhibits and programming taking place at Stuhr Museum.
    2. Arrange proper movement, packing, storage and transportation of artifacts, labels, display units, etc. as necessary following Stuhr Museum collection policies.
    3. Procure and maintain needed supplies, materials, equipment, etc. following Stuhr Museum purchasing policies.
  5.  Provide care for the physical safety of all artifacts using proper and current preservation and conservation guidelines and following the Stuhr Museum Collection policies (e.g., cleaning artifacts correctly with proper materials, employing proper lighting techniques, storing artifacts safely and securely, etc.)

6.    Establishes and manages a daily plan to inspect exhibit spaces to ensure proper artifact safety, visitor safety, cleanliness, proper lighting, etc. and to quickly solve or improve on any problems with the direction of the Curator.

7.    Assists the Curator in interviewing, hiring, orienting, training, scheduling, and evaluating the performance of and, when necessary, disciplining and recommending discharge of subordinate personnel. 

8.    Develops, secures approval, and monitors compliance with the Curatorial department budget alongside the Curator.

9.    Assists other departments on museum projects, special events, educational programs as directed by the Curator. This will include occasional evening and weekend activities. 

10.  Update personal and departmental knowledge of current trends, technology, and developments in the field by reading appropriate journals, books, and other literature, attending related seminars, conferences, and the like.

11. Ensure Integrated Pest Management policy is being followed and updated, as necessary.

12. Monitors, collects, and documents environmental data for exhibition spaces and other collection storage areas.              

13.  Answers questions from the public and staff regarding the history of Hall County, central Nebraska, and the Platte River Valley.  Assists staff and volunteers with questions regarding Stuhr Museum’s historical collections.

14.  Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Requires in-depth knowledge of 19th and 20th-century American history, especially as it pertains to central Nebraska.
  2. Requires the ability to do historical research and communicate that research in a professional manner. A bachelor’s degree in history, museum studies, library science, or a related field is required. A Master’s degree is preferred.
  3. Requires two years of related work experience to have adequate knowledge of relevant history, care of a variety of objects, museum cataloging procedures, and responding to public inquiries.
  4. Analytical skills are necessary to provide optimal and organized artifact storage, research collections, evaluate historical sources, and assist in the planning of exhibitions.
  5. Advanced communication skills required to research, write, and present historical research, write academic and public articles, develop programs for the public and staff, answer inquiries, and help staff and the public conduct research.
  6. Ability to acquire and maintain a Nebraska driver’s license to drive to examine and evaluate potential donations, present programs, and conduct research at other facilities.
  7. Ability to pay close attention to detail when researching, assigning accession numbers, and cataloging collections artifacts. 
  8. Requires computer skills necessary for data entry, scanning, and designing.  Needs to be proficient in Microsoft Office software as well as the museum catalog program PastPerfect and Adobe programs.
  9. Carpentry and hands on work will be required. This includes painting, sanding, and the use of hand tools. 
  10. Must have the ability to think creatively, work with a creative team, and help to develop a culture of innovation within the department and at the museum.

Benefits:

  • Nebraska Public Employees Retirement
  • Retirement matching
  • Health insurance
  • Vision/Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Holidays
  • Accrued Vacation and Sick
  • Health Savings Account

Job is open until filled.  Interested applicants may send their cover letter, resume with three professional references to Stuhr Museum, Personnel Department, 3133 W US Hwy 34, Grand Island, NE 68801


Curator
The Durham Museum
Omaha, Nebraska

Salary: $43,000 – $55,000 a year – Full-time

Full Job Description

Department: Museum Operations

Reports to: Director of Museum Operations

Supervision of: Interns

NATURE AND SCOPE:

The Curator oversees all curatorial operations of The Durham Museum in accordance with accepted museum practices. This role is responsible for the acquisition, interpretation and security of the museum’s collections, and assists with the maintenance, development and installation of the museum’s exhibition programs. The Curator is committed to learning about the history of Omaha and is driven by building strong partnerships within the community, scholars and museum professionals to ensure the museum is presenting content that is trusted and relevant. The Curator supports other museum departments by providing content that tells the story of our community’s rich history.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Lead the planning, development and installation of internally developed exhibitions through research, writing, object selection and preparation.
  • Coordinate the museum’s temporary and traveling exhibition schedules and assist with internal and external communications and installation and deinstallation.
  • Provide content for use in public programs, marketing and other museum related initiatives.
  • Responsible for the general maintenance, care and cleaning of the permanent and temporary exhibit galleries and collection storage areas.
  • Create and maintain schedules for all curatorial activities.
  • Coordinate with the collection manager regarding collection preservation and digitization strategy, as well as manage incoming and outgoing loans, artifact transportation, security requirements, public access to the collection and technology upgrades.
  • Correspond with the public and other entities regarding the museum’s permanent collections and research requests.
  • Evaluate potential acquisitions/donations and make recommendations to the Director of Museum Operations.
  • Oversee department special projects and grant-funded programs to ensure objectives are met and reporting is completed on a timely basis.
  • Manage curatorial internship program by coordinating candidate selection and providing program direction and supervision.
  • Work with the Director of Museum Operations in establishing annual departmental goals and is responsible for the execution of those goals.
  • Support the museum’s overall strategies and operational activities within the Museum Operations division.
  • Participate in all mandatory training and safety programs required and provided by the museum.
  • Responsible for working within department and program budgets as approved by the Board of Directors of the museum for all areas of responsibility.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s degree or Master’s certificate in Museum Studies, History, Public History or related field.
  • 5+ years of professional curatorial experience.
  • Experience with PastPerfect and CONTENTdm or other collection management systems.
  • Effective in a creative and collaborative environment.
  • Highly developed organizational skills with demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks and manage workflow for efficient operations.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Effective research skills with a passion for local, regional and national history.
  • Ability to work independently or as a member of a team.
  • Strong supervisory skills and ability to motivate a team.
  • Experience with exhibit layout and design and object label creation preferred.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Routine periods of sitting, standing, kneeling and walking are required. Must be able to climb ladders, lift up to 40 pounds, go up and down stairs, and sit or stand for extended periods.

**Please include a cover letter when applying.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $43,000.00 – $55,000.00 per year

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

Education:

  • Master’s (Preferred)

Experience:

  • professional curatorial: 5 years (Preferred)

Work Location: One location

For more information and to apply: https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=%20curator&l=Omaha%2C%20NE&from=searchOnHP&vjk=72580bbdfa3511d0&advn=8203256125413150


Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator
Saunders County Historical Society
Wahoo, Nebraska

Salary: 24 hours per week, $12 per hour to start

Summery: Under the general direction of the Saunders County Historical Society’s Curator/Administrator, this part-time staff position is responsible for assisting with general operations of the Saunders County Museum; helping with exhibits and special projects, both physical and virtual; assisting with Society/Museum promotions, newsletters, and public relations efforts; overseeing gift shop inventory and sales; coordinating volunteers; and other duties as assigned.

For the full job description and how to apply visit: https://www.saunderscomuseum.org/assistantvolunteer-coordinator


Winter Archivist Intern
Gage County Historical Society and Museum

Beatrice, Nebraska

Salary: The internship is 218 hours at $10.00 an hour

The Gage County Historical Society and museum is hiring a winter archivist intern, with a flexible schedule 8-20 hours a week. This internship is geared toward college students or recent graduates. This position is for 218 hours at $10.00 an hour. This position requires work on site, no work from home. So scheduling is dependent on how many times a week the applicant can come to the museum. Monday- Saturday are the days the applicant can choose from.

The Intern will work with the archivist and the museum director in inventorying the collection of the museum and entering the collection into PastPerfect. The intern will learn from the archivist how to handle archives, accession of archives, deaccession of archives, storage of archives, and finding aids. 

This position requires attention to detail and the ability to work independently. Applicants must be reliable and self-motivated with strong communication skills and organizational skills. Coursework or previous experience in museums, record management, or library science is preferred. Proficient computer skills and creativity are a plus. 

This position is temporary, therefore there are no benefits.

Application deadline is September 23, 2022.

Interviews will begin the week of September 26, 2022

Start date will begin the week of October 3, 2022

To apply, send in application to the Museum Director at  director@gagecountyhistory.org. If you have any questions about the job, please contact the museum at 402-228-1679.


Development Director
Hastings Museums Foundation

Hastings, Nebraska

Salary: begins at $60,000

The Hastings Museum Foundation is looking for a dynamic, outgoing, and driven Development Director to take the Hastings Museum to the next level.  Under the supervisor of the Hastings Museum Foundation Board, this person will work closely with the Museum Director and be responsible for the leadership, strategic direction, and overall management of a comprehensive fundraising program to financially support the Hastings Museum vision plans to enhance exhibits, education, and community support while increasing the endowment.  This includes facilitating and managing all aspects of a capital campaigns; long and short-term giving; developing donors; applying grants; and developing corporate sponsorships. 

Qualified applicants must have a bachelor’s degree plus 3-5 years’ experience working in fund development with a proven record of achievement in fundraising including but not limited to knowledge of local and national philanthropic communities; familiarity with planned giving, major gifts, grant writing, annual appeals, corporate fundraising, and soliciting project driven donations; and identifying and cultivating prospective donors.  Experience in managing a capital campaign preferred. Base salary begins at $60,000.  See the full job description at

https://hastingsmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Development-Director.pdf

Job is open until filled.  Interested applicants may send their cover letter, resume, a list of at least four recent fundraising projects, and three professional references to Hastings Museum Foundation, 1330 North Burlington Ave, Hastings, NE 68901.


Education Coordinator
Sioux City Arts Center

Sioux City, Iowa

Salary: $58,864.00 – $67,788.03 Annually

Description

The Sioux City Art Center seeks an Education Coordinator with the expertise to schedule a variety of art classes, workshops, and programs for students of all ages, and who communicates clearly through writing and speaking to a wide variety of audiences. The Education Coordinator manages all activities within the Gilchrist Learning Center, overseeing an Education Assistant and contract art teachers. Of special importance, the Education Coordinator must collaborate with the Curator to develop programs that serve as opportunities for engagement with the Sioux City community as a whole. The Art Center’s strategic plan defines its institutional commitment to providing cultural leadership and service throughout the community. The Education Coordinator and Curator will shape this effort, collaborating with other staff members to determine programming and outreach projects, define marketing opportunities, and identify potential sources of financial support. This position that requires considerable start-up energy and enthusiasm, so we are looking for applicants who are self-starters and motivated to take control of their duties and responsibilities.

Founded as a WPA Art Center in 1938, the Sioux City Art Center is an AAM-accredited art museum located in Sioux City, Iowa, a city of 85,000 people, located along the banks of the Missouri and Big Sioux Rivers. Sioux City features a thriving cultural scene with live theaters, music venues, artist studios, orchestra, and dynamic colleges, yet the community maintains a surprisingly low cost of living. The Art Center is housed in a signature facility designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The 45,800 square-foot building features six exhibition galleries with a combined total of more than 11,000 square feet. In 2018, the Art Center opened the Gilchrist Learning Center, a 11,000 square-foot building on its campus in which all studio classes are conducted.

Classes and workshops conducted at the Gilchrist Learning Center typically include painting, drawing, pottery, clay sculpture, mixed media, and stained glass. Classes range from 8-week courses to single-day workshops to summer art camps for children. The Education Coordinator will be encouraged to expand these offerings given available resources. Additional Duties and Responsibilities include:

Docents/School Programs

  • Develop, with the Director and the Curator, volunteer docent program, including recruitment, training, supervision, and evaluations.
  • Develops and retains strong contacts with area teachers and schools including advisory and

focus groups to develop/adapt programs according to their needs.

Collaborations

  • Collaborates with community groups, organizations, and school systems to provide

educational programs and resources.

  • Seeks out collaborations with local and regional creative communities.

The Art Center’s staff consists of eight (8) full-time and seven (7) part-time employees with additional professional support provided by the city. With the relatively small staff, a successful candidate for this position must have the ability to work collaboratively and directly with all other staff members. The education coordinator reports to the Art Center’s Director.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in studio art, art education, museum education or closely related field; Master’s degree is preferred.
  • A record of scheduling classes or other educational programming at art venues or museums.
  • The ability to build positive and effective relationships with museum colleagues, artists, teachers, and members of the Sioux City community.
  • The ability to manage projects and deadlines independently and manage multiple priorities.

Desired Skills and Abilities

  • Creativity: designing art classes and workshops that are fulfilling, stimulating, and fun for students from all ages and backgrounds.
  • Management: providing direction and oversight for the education assistant and art instructors.
  • Collaboration: partnering with the Curator to design educational programs related to exhibitions and to train exhibition guides.
  • Fundraising: seeking out and writing grants to support new and ongoing learning and interpretive programs.
  • Flexibility: working with the Director to set the schedule of education activities, which will include occasional evening and weekend hours.
  • Planning and Finance: setting and maintaining the budget for the education department. Maintains inventory of art supplies.
  • Communication: speaking publicly is a part of the job, which can involve speaking to the media, to visitors, and to students and parents.

Compensation

  • Salary Range, $58,864.00 – $67,788.03 Annually
  • As an employee of the City of Sioux City, the Art Center education coordinator receives extensive benefits, including vacation, personal, and sick leave, paid holidays, comp time, medical/dental coverage, and enrollment in the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System.

Application

Apply at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/siouxcity. Position is open until filled. The City of Sioux City is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. AA/EOE/ADA


Director of Learning and Engagement
Museum of Nebraska Art
Kearney, Nebraska

Salary: $50,000-$60,000, depending on experience and qualifications.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, outgoing, creative person to develop innovative programming!

The Director of Learning and Engagement is responsible for the development, management, and evaluation of all engagement programs serving all audiences of MONA. The Director of Learning and Engagement collaborates with other Museum staff members to provide a comprehensive art education curriculum, ensuring that all programming, both on-site and virtual, fulfills the mission and vision of the Museum.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Education, Art Education, Studio Art, Art History, Museum Studies, or related field

  • Minimum of 2 year’s relevant experience in interpretation, public programming, or education at a museum, historical site, zoo, archive, or other institution of informal learning
  • 2 years of personnel and volunteer management experience
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, public speaking, and critical thinking skills
  • Knowledge of curriculum standards, learning and teaching strategies, visitor engagement, interpretive techniques, curatorial practices, museum ethics and principles
  • Ability to work collaboratively and organize groups such as committees and teams
  • Basic computer skills, proficiency with MS Office Suite and database systems; willingness to learn advanced computer skills
  • Successful candidates will demonstrate a deep understanding of how to engage cross-generational and diverse audiences, with a welcoming and accessible approach
  • Knowledge of current education, education for those with disabilities, and visitor experience theories
  • Innovation, versatility, energy, curiosity, and enthusiasm are key qualities for this position
  • Flexibility and respect for cultural diversity
  • Must be comfortable in front of tours, public events, and audiences of all sizes both formal and informal
  • Discretionary judgment regarding confidential information
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule; willingness to travel periodically, and work occasional evenings and weekends as needed
  • Valid NE driver’s license, or willingness to get this

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in related field
  • 5+ years of relevant experience in interpretation, public programming, or education at an art museum
  • 5+ years of personnel and volunteer management experience
  • 2+ years of teaching or tutoring in the visual arts pre-k – 12 in a school, museum, or other arts center

HOW TO APPLY: For more information and to apply visit UNK Employment Opportunities. For more information about the position contact: Gina Garden at  mona@unk.edu or 308-865-8260. For more information about the online application process contact: 308-865-8516 or employment@unk.edu.


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