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Special Events Internships
Gage County Historical Society and Museum (Beatrice, Nebraska)

Part-time, 20 hours per week (total of 240 hours)
Salary: $12/hr

The Gage County Historical Society and Museum is hiring a summer event assistant intern, with a
flexible schedule 20 hours a week with additional hours on event weeks. This internship is geared
toward college students or recent graduates. This position is for 240 hours of work at $12 an hour.
The Special Events Internship will begin in May and last for fourteen weeks, ending in early August to
coincide with the height of our rental program, public programs, and summer events.
The Special Events Intern will assist the Executive Director in the preparation and carrying out of our
summer event 150th Anniversary of Filley Stone Barn July 13th and 14th
, at this event the intern will
assist in a variety of tasks such as church fan preparation, registration of performers, setting up and
strike of the venue space, and setup and maintaining the gift shop table as well as various other tasks
at the event. The intern will also assist with our Members Only Sneak Peak event, Summer Speaker
Series, and Homestead Days programs at the Museum. The intern will prepare, set up, and
implement our new program for the museum “Escape from the Museum”. The intern will also learn
how to book and manage our rental programs at the museum or the Filley Stone Barn.
Requirements and Qualifications

  • Desire to learn more about special event planning.
  • Strong organizational skills
  • The ability to multitask in a fast-paced setting.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work calmly and enthusiastically under high pressure.
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently.
  • A positive attitude and flexibility in an ever-changing environment
  • Pursuing a degree in history, event planning, or related field of study
  • Flexible, highly responsible, articulate, self-motivated.
  • Working knowledge of MS Word and Excel
  • Candidates must have a car and be willing to work additional hours on nights and weekends
    for special events.
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs. and use step ladders.

This is a temporary position and therefore no benefits with the job.
To apply, create an account and submit an application to Intern Nebraska (internne.com). For
additional details contact the museum at 402-228-1679 or director@gagecountyhistory.org.
Interviews are expected to be held in the first week of May 2024 and the start date will be May 16, 2024.


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/90059 located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln employment website.


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

SUMMARY

Inventory, photograph, and record locations of collection materials. Assist in rehouse artifacts when necessary. Assist in processing new acquisitions. Assist in other collections projects as assigned. Occasionally help with exhibition preparations, installations, and de-installations. Assist with records management and maintenance within the museum’s collections database.

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s degree in history, Anthropology, or Museum Studies or equivalent combination of museum training and experience.  

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB

  • Identify, photograph, rehouse, and document location of artifacts in storage.  
  • Clean objects, such as paper, textiles, wood, metal, glass, rock, pottery, and furniture, using vacuum, brushes, or solvents.
  • Enter information about museum collections into computer databases. Assist in maintaining records, logs and reports.
  • Maintain equipment, materials, and supply inventories required for the project.
  • Performs related duties as required or assigned.

Wage $15.57 – $22.32 per hour

HOURS OF WORK

20-25 hours per week, may include evenings and weekends.

See https://www.cityofhastings.org/departments/human-resources/job-openings/part-time-positions/museum-assistant.html  for more details and application.


Job Title: Project Registrar
Joslyn Art Museum (Omaha, Nebraska)

Full-Time, 2 years, starting March 2024
Salary Range: minimum $50,000

Position Summary

Joslyn Art Museum seeks applicants for a two-year Project Registrar position focused on the care of the Native American art collection. The Project Registrar will join the Collections Department and will work especially closely with the Registrar and Curator of Native American Art to ensure long-term preservation and support access and study of the Museum’s collection of approximately 1,500 Native art objects. This temporary position entails approximately forty regularly scheduled hours per week for twenty-four months to begin by March 2024.

Major Duties

  • Together with curators and registrars, assess the current organization and housing of Native art objects in storage
  • Reorganize objects in storage by region and tribe according to field standards and tribal advisement
  • Rehouse the Native American art collection by replacing existing storage materials with archival materials and fabricating archival quality storage containers and supports
  • Implement a collection care iconography system to indicate cultural care and handling instructions
  • Perform essential cataloguing and update information into existing database records
  • Handle three-dimensional objects of various sizes and materials
  • Coordinate photography of select objects
  • Schedule and facilitate collection visits by Indigenous communities, knowledge bearers, students, and scholars
  • Coordinate conservation assessments
  • Conduct regular quality control checks on data produced for this project
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in museum studies, studio art. art history, anthropology, or related field preferred; all levels of postsecondary education or equivalent experience will be considered
  • Knowledge of museum registration practices and experience handling a variety of three­ dimensional museum objects in a museum or gallery environment
  • Experience building archival boxes and supports for a wide variety of objects and materials
  • Excellent organizational skills, strong attention to detail, and ability to meet deadlines
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Suite: Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and other standard office skills, procedures, and equipment
  • Proficiency with collections management database entry and management; TMS preferred
  • Ability to work and manage projects and priorities independently
  • Ability to lift 30-40 lbs
  • Discretion in handling confidential information
  • Demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in the field

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience managing collection rehousing projects
  • Experience working with Native American art collections
  • At least two years’ experience working within a museum or gallery setting
  • Proficiency with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Bridge, and Adobe Acrobat

Salary

Minimum Salary: $50,000

Qualifications and experience will be considered in the compensation for this position.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to careers@joslyn.org. Please include “Project Registrar” in the subject line. Joslyn Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer and the Museum is committed to diversity and equal opportunity in its hiring. Qualified candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply for this position. Joslyn offers a competitive salary and generous benefits package.

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.


Job Title: Executive Director
Union for Contemporary Art
(Omaha, Nebraska)
Job Listing: https://artsconsulting.com/opensearches/the-union-for-contemporary-art-executive-director/
Salary Range: $125,000-$145,000

Organization

The Union for Contemporary Art (The Union) is a community-based hub strengthening the cultural and social landscape of North Omaha, Nebraska, using the arts as a vehicle to inspire positive social change. Founded in 2011 by journalist and visionary arts administrator, Brigitte McQueen, The Union began programming in a 3,500-square-foot former food pantry on Burdette Street responding to the needs of the North Omaha artists and community members. Playing an anchor role in the revitalization of their North Omaha community, in 2017 and subsequently, in 2022, The Union renovated the historic Blue Lion Center and F.J. Carey Block buildings, the epicenter of entertainment and arts in North Omaha’s golden era of the 1920s – 1960s.

The Union for Contemporary Art's main building.

Today, The Union is a cornerstone for the development and presentation of artistic expression in its historic community. It is an economic driver in its North Omaha community that strengthens the cultural and social landscape by providing free and low-cost programs, equitable compensation for artists and The Union’s workforce, artist development and training for all ages, state-of-the-art facilities, and intentional investment and partnerships. Simultaneously, the organization works to center the arts within a larger critical conversation on how to collectively build a more just and liberatory society. Among its core values, The Union attests to the power of dialogue: “By nature, artists who seek to challenge the status quo – aesthetically, socially, politically – produce works that often agitate, unsettle, and disquiet our most closely held assumptions and beliefs. Inherent to The Union’s commitment to fostering social change and promoting freedom of artistic expression is a firm belief in the power of dialogue. To this end, The Union for Contemporary Art invites challenging conversations between artist and audience while maintaining a supportive environment of equality and respect.”

Featured in Architecture Magazine, The Union’s state-of-the-art facilities include the Wanda D. Ewing Gallery; Co-Op Studios including ceramics, darkroom, digital design lab, fiber arts, and print shop; private studios for local artist fellows and studio/living space for national/regional artists-in-residence; offices, library, and community gathering spaces; youth engagement classrooms, studios, and commercial kitchen; and the Abundance Garden’s greenhouse, raised bed gardens and fruit orchard, compositing facilities, and outdoor classroom. The Shirley Tyree Theater features a 75-seat black box theater, set-design workshop, lobby, box office, rehearsal, and community gathering space enhancing The Union’s performing arts program.

Entering its second decade, The Union serves its mission through its dynamic programming and the exceptional talents and passion of its creative, diverse, and dedicated staff, board leadership, and community and funding partners. Part of the national cohort of the Wallace Foundation’s Arts Initiative, The Union leadership and staff are engaged in strategic planning that prioritizes staffing capacity and policies; growth and sustainability of programming; business-model strategy for long-term financial sustainability; succession planning; and expanding its national profile as a model for community-based cultural organizations serving artists of color.

From youth programming, a performing arts collective, and communal studio spaces, to an artist fellowship program, The Union’s programs nurture the creative practice of artists of diverse disciplines at all stages of their development. Exhibition programs showcase works by local and national artists, with an emphasis on the diversity of twenty-first-century experiences, and annually commission new works by women of the African diaspora. Co-Op Studios and Fellowship programs create opportunities for local artists to strengthen their creative and social practices offering access to space and resources to create. The Performing Arts program is dedicated to sharing productions that reflect authentic narratives about experiences within the African diaspora. Youth Engagement programs offer free access to the arts, including studio-based classes, for youth living in North Omaha. The Abundance Garden is a 6,500 sq. ft. garden, cared for by Union staff and neighborhood youth, growing and distributing 700 pounds of free produce each year. The Neighborhood Arts program is a community-focused mural initiative, connecting artists and North Omaha residents to create public works in North Omaha. The Populus Fund, in partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation’s Regional Regranting program, distributes six $10,000 project grants to regional artists annually.

The Union is governed by an 11-member board of directors led by chair Shavonne Washington-Krauth, with Brigitte McQueen, founding Executive Director, overseeing a full-time staff of 19. For the fiscal year ending December 31, 2023, The Union anticipates total revenues of $2.6 million with 87% from Foundations/Trusts, 5% from Government grants, 2% from Corporate and Individuals, and 6% from Interest and Other Earned Revenue.

Sources: architectmagazine.com; u-ca.org

Community

Omaha, Nebraska is known as the gateway to the West, and North Omaha has a rich legacy as an influential and vibrant African American community uplifting activism, literature, and music. Omaha-born Malcolm X spent his first years of life in a home less than two miles from The Union. In the decades since the community has nurtured the roots of generations of grassroots leaders working for the liberation of an area frequently left under-resourced and segregated from the city surrounding it.

North Omaha has also sustained a rich cultural heritage. In the heyday of jazz, the intersection of North 24th and Lake Streets (where The Union is situated) was a destination for musicians traveling through the Midwest. Legends including Duke Ellington, Charlie Christian, and Gene Krupa performed in the neighborhood. Today, this vibrancy continues with The Union at the center of a revitalized artistic corridor. Within walking distance of The Union are multiple cultural organizations—The Great Plains Black History Museum, North Omaha Music and Arts, Culxr House, and Fabric Lab—each uplifting distinct aspects of history and the humanities in the community.

Annual events and festivals uniting community members and attracting visitors to the area include Native Omaha Days, the Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow, Omaha Blues, Jazz, and Gospel Festival, and the annual Juneteenth Joyfest. The wider Omaha arts and cultural scene features a variety of contemporary art centers, museums, galleries, and cultural destinations, including the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, The Durham Museum, the Kaneko, Joslyn Art Museum, Kiewit Luminarium and the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy parks and scenic trails along the Missouri River with the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge, Lauritzen Gardens, Fontenelle Forest, and the 390-acre Cunningham Lake with fishing, boating, hiking, and camping. The historic Old Market District features shopping, dining, and nightlife with boutiques, galleries, family-owned restaurants, world-class steakhouses, and fine French dining.

Omaha is home to four Fortune 500 companies with a mix of public and private employers, including Berkshire Hathaway, CHI Health, First National of Nebraska, Mutual of Omaha, Nebraska Medicine, Offutt Air Force Base, Peter Kiewit and Sons, Inc., and Union Pacific Railroad. Eppley Airfield, just ten minutes from The Union and four miles from downtown Omaha, serves five million passengers annually with 200 daily flights including non-stop service to 31 of the nation’s busiest airports. Omaha has the highest number of millionaires per capita in the nation and its Public Schools serve more than 52,000 students.

The Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area has a population nearing one million. Omaha’s cost of living is 8% below the national average whose population of 500,000 is 65% white, 12% Black, 14% Hispanic or Latino, 1% Native American, 4% Asian, and 4% two or more races. North Omaha’s more diverse population is 43% Black, 32% White, 13% Hispanic or Latino, 7% Asian, and 5% two or more races.

Sources: unomaha.edu; redfin.com; visitomaha.com; forbes.com; parks.cityofomaha.org; worldpopulationreview.com; census.gov

Position Summary

The Executive Director will be responsible for implementing The Union’s strategic goals and shaping the organization’s vision, serving as the primary external spokesperson for the organization. Cultivating authentic relationships in the community, regionally, and nationally, the Executive Director will expand The Union’s presence in the social justice and community arts education spaces locally and nationally, building financial support and brand awareness as a model for other communities. Collaboratively with senior leadership and the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will embrace and advance The Union’s programming and ensure the financial sustainability of the organization, leading through a lens of empowerment and driving equitable, inclusive, and accessible opportunities that align with the vision of The Union.

Roles and Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership and Communication

  • Embody and champion The Union’s policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, and equitable community.
  • Provide inspirational and empowering leadership to all employees, especially the senior leadership circle, and assure the continued development and management of a professional, efficient, equitable, and sustainable organization.
  • Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the board, prioritizing its development and expansion.
  • Nurture collaborative partnerships locally, regionally, and nationally that increase participation in The Union’s programs and events and expand financial support and visibility.
  • Embrace other strategic leadership and communication responsibilities, as needed.

Community Engagement and Revenue Enhancement

  • Serve as the lead spokesperson, communicating effectively and authentically with all internal and external constituents.
  • Provide strategy to The Union’s fund development activities as a key fundraiser, working with the board and staff, cultivating and stewarding relationships with donors, and foundation and corporate partners.
  • Leverage the networks of the board and partner organizations to maximize contributed revenue and sponsorship opportunities for The Union’s annual campaign, exhibitions, and programs.
  • Maintain an accessible and familiar persona with The Union’s artists, students, patrons, partners, donors, and local community leaders, including regular attendance and engagement in programming and events.
  • Ensure the flow of funds is allocated strategically and equitably to reflect present needs and future potential.
  • Embrace other community engagement and revenue enhancement responsibilities, as needed.

Operational Excellence

  • Provide day-to-day management and supervision of The Union’s staff and volunteers and encourage staff’s creative and professional development.
  • Nurture and support a workplace environment that fosters employee engagement, a sense of belonging, and a high level of professional performance.
  • Lead a robust human resources management process that includes an annual review of personnel job descriptions and compensation, performance reviews, and ongoing updates to the employee handbook.
  • Oversee comprehensive marketing, branding, and development strategies collaboratively with staff leadership that will safeguard consistency throughout the organization.
  • Embrace other operational excellence responsibilities, as needed.

Governance and Board Relations

  • Build and empower a diverse and inclusive board, representative of the community, who are highly engaged and empowered to leverage and secure resources.
  • Provide support to best utilize the board’s talents and The Union’s resources and partner with board members, committees, and advisory members to develop strategies that effectively mobilize and utilize stakeholders.
  • Ensure the efficient and timely development and distribution of agendas and reports.
  • Provide board members with clear and concise financial and programmatic reporting to inform decisions that advance the mission and goals of The Union.
  • Attend quarterly board meetings, and executive committee and other committee meetings as needed, to facilitate the transparent flow of information.
  • Assume primary responsibility for the preparation of the annual financial budget and operating plans, collaborating with the treasurer and the finance committee for full board approval and oversight.
  • Engage and empower leadership staff in building direct relationships with the board through shared reporting responsibilities, and board engagement in programming.
  • Embrace other governance and board relations responsibilities, as needed.

Traits and Characteristics

The Executive Director will be a dynamic, passionate, and altruistic leader who values teamwork and collaboration with others and is passionate about uplifting marginalized communities through their deep commitment to the arts. An active member of the community, they will be people-oriented, valuing interactions with a range of stakeholders, and comfortable networking across sectors (donors, government, education, grass-roots community) beyond the arts is a must.

A sound decision-maker, the Executive Director will be a versatile and resourceful leader with the ability to anticipate complex problems. Demonstrating leadership through consultation and consensus building with highly developed cultural competencies, the Executive Director will handle difficult situations with diplomacy and ease, remaining sensitive and responsive to the needs of others. The Executive Director will also possess leadership that promotes transparency with constituents, including the board, staff, artists, patrons, and external stakeholders.

Other key competencies include:

  • Time and Project Management – The acuity to ascertain competing priorities, resolve difficulties, overcome obstacles, and maximize the use of time and resources to attain the desired outcomes.
  • Personal Accountability – The ability to take responsibility, be accountable, listen and use feedback, and analyze data to learn from mistakes, possessing a high degree of awareness of the impact of personal actions and decisions.
  • Diplomacy – The clarity to demonstrate emotional intelligence and sensitivity when handling challenging issues while communicating, building rapport, and relating well to others.
  • Resiliency – The dexterity to quickly adjust to changing circumstances in the industry and environment with the flexibility to remain optimistic in the face of setbacks and challenges, recognizing these are part of learning and growth that informs new strategies and tactics.
  • Leadership and Decision Making – The capacity to make consistently sound and timely decisions and to organize and inspire people to believe in a vision that centers on the well-being and growth of The Union’s artists, patrons, and community.
  • Planning and Organizing – The capability to identify and oversee all resources, tasks, systems, and people to establish courses of action to ensure that work is completed effectively.

Qualifications

Qualified candidates will have seven to ten years of increasing responsibility in nonprofit administration. Prior executive-level experience with arts education and community-based organizations is ideal but not required. Significant experience and a proven track record of board development, fundraising, marketing, branding, and fiscal management are expected. Outstanding presentation and communication skills and the propensity to be a passionate spokesperson, relationship builder, and fundraiser are needed. A strong commitment to the professional development of staff and a successful track record of recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive team is essential.

Compensation and Benefits

The Union provides a competitive salary, with an anticipated starting salary range of $125,000 to $145,000 commensurate with experience. Benefits include health, medical, and dental insurance with The Union covering 80% of premiums; paid time off and parental leave policies; short- and long-term disability coverage; term life insurance; and matching 401(k) contributions with automatic 3% Union contribution.

Applications and Inquiries

To submit a cover letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments, please click here or visit artsconsulting.com/opensearches. For questions or general inquiries about this job opportunity, please contact:

Renée Danger-James, Vice President
Delilah Norris, Senior Advisor

1040 First Avenue, Suite 352
New York, New York 10022-2991
Tel     (888) 234.4236 Ext. 212 (Danger-James) or Ext. 230 (Norris)
Email   TheUnion@ArtsConsulting.com

To support a full creative life for all, The Union for Contemporary Art commits to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, equitable community.

Cultural equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure all people—including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion—are represented in the development of arts programming; the support of artists; the nurturing of accessible, thriving venues for expression; and the fair distribution of financial and informational resources.

The Union for Contemporary Art recognizes that our work takes place on the ancestral homeland of the Umoⁿhoⁿ (Omaha) and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (The Seven Council Fires) Nations. The colonial genocide and forced removal of these people remain an irrevocable part of the history of the land we now call home. The Union acknowledges this history and affirms the sovereignty of the thousands of native peoples still inhabiting, tending, and sanctifying this land. As an arts organization, The Union is committed to pursuing opportunities to support the creative and cultural light of the people who’ve made this land a home for countless generations.


Job Title: Membership Coordinator
Douglas County Historical Society (Omaha, Nebraska)
Job Listing: https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=douglas+county+historical&l=Omaha%2C+NE&vjk=b7cd99d0616cbb8b
Part-Time, In-Person
Salary: $16.50/hour, 30 hours/week
Benefits: Flexible Schedule

The Douglas County Historical Society (DCHS) is located on Metro Community College’s Fort Omaha Campus. DCHS operates the General Crook House Museum and the Archives Center. DCHS covers history related to Douglas County, Nebraska.

The Membership Coordinator plays a key role for DCHS. Primary responsibility is to oversee membership/donor contributions to DCHS while accurately inputting them into the museum database system. Fulfilling acknowledgments of contributions to DCHS is the responsibility of the Membership Coordinator. The potential candidate must enjoy working with the public and help develop ideas to promote new member prospects.

Main Responsibilities

  • Answer the phone and direct calls to the appropriate personnel.
  • Work with the Visitor Experience Coordinator to greet guests entering Museum.
  • Process memberships and donations.
  • Process membership renewal/thank you letters and membership cards.
  • Prepare payment requests for accounts payables.
  • Maintain guest registrations for member events and some community events.
  • Maintain accurate member records in the Past Perfect database.
  • Processing and delivery of bulk mailings.
  • Assist with set up for events/meetings at the Crook House.
  • Develop postcards for events.
  • Maintain accounts payable files.
  • Process and deliver vendor book orders.
  • Prepare and deliver weekly bank deposits.
  • Conduct annual gift shop inventory.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Professional personal presentation.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Great attention to detail.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • Experience with museum database systems.
  • Excellent computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • At least one year of experience with membership programs in museums, non-profit, or similar settings.

The Mission of the Douglas County Historical Society is to preserve and enliven the historical insight in Douglas County, Nebraska.

The Douglas County Historical Society is committed to creating a diverse environment and ensures all employees are treated with dignity, equity, and respect. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender identity, religion, disability, age, national origin, or veteran status.


Job Title: Facilities & Preservation Specialist
National Willa Cather Center (Red Cloud, Nebraska)
Job listing: https://www.willacather.org/join-our-team
Status: Full-Time
Classification: Exempt
Reports To: Director of Collections & Curation

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 Specialist position. The Specialist 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 Specialist works as part of the Collections team to ensure efficient maintenance and repair of properties; 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 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, 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 January 21, 2024. The position will  remain open until filled.


Position Title: Executive Director
Nebraska Jewish Historical Society
Omaha, Nebraska

Salary: $65k-90k
Full-time

POSITION SUMMARY

The Executive Director is the management and development officer of the Nebraska Jewish Historical Society (NJHS) which is an agency of the Jewish Federation of Omaha, a non-profit 501c3 organization. The incumbent is responsible for carrying out the mission of the NJHS which is to help assure the collection, preservation, protection, and promotion of the history of the Jewish family heritage including business and social histories of the Jewish Communities of Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

· Manage staff including, but not limited to:

o Recruit, interview, hire, and train staff within the department.
o Oversee the day-to-day workflow of the department.
o Provide constructive and timely performance evaluations.
o Provide coaching and mentorship to staff.
o Handle discipline and termination of employees as needed and in accordance with JFO policy.

· Manage the day-to-day operations of the NJHS and lead the NJHS staff.

· Responsible to define and carry out the strategic direction of NJHS consistent with its vision, mission, and culture in collaboration with the Board of Directors of the NJHS.

· Collaboratively develop the big picture and vision with the ability to think strategically and creatively about setting and achieving the priorities.

· Create an action plan to enhance the reputation of the institution locally, regionally, and nationally.

· Create and maintain an updated business plan.

· Manage budget, write and seek grants and other sources of funding; identify opportunities to generate new earned income revenue sources while improving existing revenue categories.

· Manage preparation of proposals including strategy, writing, editing, appointment setting and internal proposal approval processes.

· Publish research that utilizes the archival collections.

· Work closely with JFO and Marketing staff; promote NJHS priority issues through Federation communication vehicles, social media, local Jewish news, and other marketing opportunities to bolster organizational awareness and engage new populations.

· Represent the organization at professional conferences, fundraising, and other events.

· Routinely review and update NJHS processes and procedures.

· Develop strong and effective relationships with lay leadership, donors, prospective donors, Federation professionals, and other professional advisors.

· Collaborate with the NJHS Board of Directors to ensure appropriate selection of lay people to serve on various committees.

· Ensure that the NJHS functions in full compliance with all federal, state, and/or local laws, and regulations.

· Use public programming opportunities to promote and educate the Jewish community about the mission and goals of the NJHS.

· Develop rotating exhibits that synthesize the archival collections into rich narratives that engage multiple community voices and perspectives.

· Establish public programming that provide enrichment opportunities for the Jewish community and the broader Omaha and Council Bluffs communities.

· Oversee educational programming and curriculum development for students of all levels (K-12, university, post-graduate, senior).

· Ensure the NJHS follows ethical non-profit practices and upholds DEIA standards.

· Collaborate with the NJHS Board to recruit, train, engage and empower an evolving Board leadership while growing the group’s diversity, expertise, and philanthropic capacity.

· Reliable and predictable attendance.

· Execute other duties as requested.

Other Requirements

This position requires some time out of the office, limited travel, and active participation in programs that occur outside of a traditional work schedule.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

· Must have knowledge of standards and best practices for museums or similar organizations.

· Experience with PastPerfect or similar museum database software.

· Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.

· Superior interpersonal and networking skills with a proven ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with various individuals at all levels; both inside and outside the organization.

· Strong supervisory and leadership skills, with the ability to develop and communicate the NJHS mission.

· Communicative individual that encourages a positive and inclusive environment.

· Must act with integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality.

· Superior verbal and written communication skills.

· Ability to travel locally, nationwide and/or internationally as required.

· Able to travel via commercial airlines nationally and/or internationally.

· Must maintain a valid driver’s license and automobile insurance.

Education and Experience:

· Master’s Degree in History, Art History, or Museum Studies required.

· At least 5 years of experience in a historical society, museum, or gallery required.

· Published research manuscripts focusing on Jewish, local, or regional history preferred, but not required.

· Teaching history, art history, or museum studies at the secondary or university level preferred, but not required.

· Knowledge of standards and best practice for museums or similar organizations.

Physical Requirements

Occasionally = 0% – 33% of the work day
Frequently = 34% – 66% of the work day
Constantly = 67% – 100% of the work day

· Must be able to remain in a stationary position constantly working on a computer in an office environment.

· Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.

· The person in this position needs to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.

· The person in this position constantly communicates with others. Must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations.

· The person in the position occasionally needs to be able to position self to pick up/put down items.

· The person in this position will frequently need to travel throughout campus.

· The person in this position will need to occasionally ascend/descend stairs, traverse ramps and/or uneven surfaces.


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