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Conservation Center Office Technician
Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center
History Nebraska
Omaha, Nebraska

Salary: $17.56 hourly
Status: Temporary part-time

Description

History Nebraska is seeking an organized and team-oriented Administrative Technician with excellent customer service skills to support the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center in Omaha. As a member of the conservation team, this position is accountable for a variety of administrative activities, coordinating with Center clients, and aiding conservation staff. This position will play an integral role in the operation of a world-class regional conservation facility that serves museums, libraries, universities, corporations, private individuals, and state and federal agencies.

This is a part-time temporary position expected to last one year, assisting the conservation team 16-20 hours a week based on business needs.

History Nebraska is a statewide educational institution connecting people to the past through our library and research center, museum, 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. History Nebraska’s goal is to be the most engaging and relevant state historical society in the nation. 

Examples of Work

• Coordinate replies and responses to general Ford Center email and phone call requests.
• Greet clients upon initial arrival and take in deliveries; coordinate safe object retrievals and returns with clients.
• Assist conservators with client appointments and facilitate scheduling of lab tours.
• Complete regular lab and building maintenance duties, including but not limited to: laundry, cleaning of lab glassware, and vacuuming.
• Arrange mailing of client reports and invoices.
• Prepare stock chemical solutions, monitor supply levels, and maintain equipment as directed.
• Assist with management of the Ford Center’s integrated pest management program.
• Work with other History Nebraska departments, including Finance, IT, and Facilities, for purchasing, billing, technology, and facility maintenance needs.
• Track and monitor levels of materials and supplies for labs and building, and make purchase requests.
• Assist with daily Ford Center environmental monitoring.
• Prepare content for agency intranet and social media to highlight Conservation team projects.
• Assist with conservation-related tasks, such as basic object cleaning and housing preparation.
• Perform other related duties as apparent or assigned. 

Qualifications / Requirements

At least one year of post high school coursework or experience in: administration, office management, accounting, finance, planning, policy analysis and implementation, administrative/management analysis, operations research, program evaluation, research, or similar fields or in a field related to the programs or functions of the employing agency. 
Preferred
• Experience with conservation examination and treatment of 3-D objects, paper works, or paintings, including knowledge of standard conservation practices such as handling, storage, and cataloging.
• Experience working in an office setting.
• Interest and/or past experience in history, art, conservation, museums, or library work.
• A background in studio art and associated strong hand skills. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Strong organizational skills and high attention to detail necessary to maintain thorough electronic and paper documentation.
• Flexibility, creativity, strong problem-solving skills, and the ability to identify and achieve goals and objectives and meet multiple competing priorities.
• Ability to communicate and work effectively and inclusively with diverse and varied people and groups in writing, by phone, and in person.
• Experience using modern computer programs and products such as Google Workspace and Microsoft Office Suite, and ability to adapt to other technologies quickly.
• Demonstrated ability to take initiative and to work both independently and as a member of a team.
• Ability to complete repetitive tasks for long periods of time, while sitting or standing.
• Ability to lift and carry up to 40 lbs.

For more information and to apply: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/nebraska/jobs/3889543/conservation-center-office-technician


Museum Collections Associate
National Willa Cather Center
Red Cloud, Nebraska

Salary Range: $16-$18 per hour based on experience

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:

Under direction, the Museum Technician’s duties will include tasks related to the care and preservation of our collections and archives. This person will be trained in the use of specialized preservation procedures and materials to maintain antiques, furnishings, papers, artwork, and other objects of historical or artistic value; perform tasks in the maintenance and preservation of museum facilities housing artifacts and art objects; conduct basic research; and assist with cataloging and inventorying collections. The museum technician will perform collections care work in several historic house museum properties and in the National Willa Cather Center exhibit spaces and archives.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Using appropriate care and precautions under direction, performs specialized daily/weekly/monthly cleaning of historic interiors and art objects, rugs, decorative pieces, clothing and accessories, furnishings, utilizing knowledge of professional standards for collections care and following approved processes.
  • Practices proper care and handling of museum objects at all times.
  • Inspects objects for change and records observations and concerns.
  • Performs rodent and insect monitoring and records observations; coordinates with contractor to provide pest control.
  • Monitors and records environmental controls.
  • Participates in a planned preservation program by monitoring conditions in historic sites, submitting, receiving from others, and coordinating maintenance work orders.
  • Conducts collections inventories, maintains records, and moves objects within the facility or to other locations. 
  • Assists with special projects, such as installing, arranging, preparing, and moving artifacts for exhibition or storage, including loaned objects.
  • Assists with museum registration tasks essential for curatorial accession, loan, and research, including preparing and filing collections documents, object numbering and database maintenance.
  • Is present when staff or outside contractors perform work in the vicinity of collections and records 
  • Provides administrative and event support and contributes to publicity materials such as social media posts or NWCC newsletters
  • Executes documentation for external permissioning of photographs and other archival materials

Preferred qualifications:

  • College education in history, art history, English or other humanities majors, or in museum studies. Bachelor’s degree is preferred but not required, and relevant museum experience may substitute.
  • Knowledge of basic object handling practices and procedures
  • Proficient use of computers and software including Google Suite word processing, spreadsheets, slideshow presentations, scanning and image editing. Experience with cloud-based collection management software (Collector Systems or similar) a plus. 
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds and stand for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to work independently and balance multiple and changing priorities.
  • Attention to detail and ability to maintain accurate records (paper and electronic).
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to follow instructions and learn proper methods of preservation procedures 
  • Shows unusual care and judgment in the performance of assigned duties.

Schedule

Monday through Friday, 8:00 to 5:00 with the ability to work occasional weekends or evenings

Compensation
$16 – $18/hour based on experience. Benefits, including health insurance, IRA, paid holidays, and paid time off (PTO) are available. Housing and relocation support are also available for candidates who wish to reside in Red Cloud.

This job description may evolve over time. Duties and the position status are subject to periodic updating. 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


Program Associate
National Willa Cather Center
Red Cloud, Nebraska

Salary: Minimum of $16.50/hour

Classification: Non-exempt
Type: Full-time
Reports To: Director of Education & Engagement

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 role of the Program Associate is to assist with planning, executing, and promoting arts and educational events at the National Willa Cather Center and Red Cloud Opera House. The Program Associate works closely and collaboratively with a cross-functional work team to coordinate performances, guided tours, and conferences, as well as associated virtual and in-person programs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participate in meetings of the internal programming and community engagement committees to select and plan education and arts programming
  • Accept proposals and identify performing artists for consideration
  • Maintain a database of artists and performers for consideration
  • Correspond with artists, colleagues, and sound/lighting tech to finalize event logistics
  • Ensure all contractual obligations and contract riders are met
  • Collect patron satisfaction surveys and assist with organizing the data
  • Track Red Cloud Opera House event attendance and ticket sales
  • Create basic support documents for events (programs, posters, postcards) from existing templates
  • Assist with virtual Author Series events and Spring Conference events, including live event moderation, video and survey distribution, and event support
  • Assist with creating and maintaining event webpages, digital galleries, and supplemental materials for performances and exhibitions
  • Coordinate event staffing duties with other staff members Schedule and work with volunteers
  • Provide frontline support as a tour guide during peak season (March-October)
  • Assist with hanging art exhibits

Education and Experience:

  • A bachelor’s degree is preferred, but relevant coursework in the humanities or fine arts will also be considered
  • Prior experience in the nonprofit field is preferred, but not required

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of and willingness to use standard office equipment and technology, including Google Drive, Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite, and Drupal
  • Outstanding communication skills, organizational skills, and attention to detail
  • An appreciation of literature, the humanities, and the arts
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships and communicate effectively and professionally
  • The ability and desire to work cooperatively with others on a team
  • A life-long learner who embraces opportunities to continue to grow professionally
  • Adeptness to reprioritize projects as new assignments arise
  • The flexibility to work as part of a small team that often wears multiple hats

Schedule and Work Environment: Generally Monday through Friday with occasional evenings and weekends as needed for events. Flex time is available when event-related work occurs outside of regular business hours. Candidates must be available to work on site at least 3 days each week; remote work for the remaining two days will be available after a 30-day on-site onboarding.

Salary and Benefits: A competitive wage will be based on experience. Benefits, including health insurance, IRA, paid holidays, and paid time off (PTO) are available. Housing and relocation support are also available.

This job description may evolve over time. Duties and the position status are subject to periodic updating. 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 October 31.

—The position will remain open until filled—


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


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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