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  • 23 Sep 2019 1:19 PM | Anonymous member

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND SENIOR PARTNER WITH WABANAKI NATIONS

    Bar Harbor, Maine

    Type: Full-time position; start date January 2, 2020

    Required Education: Master’s degree or equivalent experience

    Salary: $82K-$87K plus benefits

                   Salary negotiable based on experience and proven record of success

    With the mission to inspire new learning about the Wabanaki Nations with every visit, the Abbe Museum is a decolonizing museum (https://www.abbemuseum.org/), offering changing exhibitions and a programming schedule for all ages, welcoming 30,000 visitors each year on Mount Desert Island, Maine, home of Acadia National Park. The museum maintains a collaborative partnership with Wabanaki people that emphasizes Wabanaki self-determination.  The museum also has a long history of partnership with the Park; our Sieur de Monts site is the only remaining trailside museum in the National Park system.

    The Abbe is an active member of the International Coalition for the Sites of Conscience and in 2013, the Abbe became the only Smithsonian Affiliate in Maine. Annually, we hire over 30 Native artists and demonstrators to lead programs for schools and public audiences, serve on advisory committees and as content specialists, and we represent over 80 Native artists in our shops, making us an economic engine for tribal communities.

    The Abbe Museum has the organizational mandate to decolonize its relationships and practices. We are the among the first non-tribal museums to make this commitment. Through collaborative practice that includes foregrounding Native/Indigenous/First Nations voices and perspectives, respecting the collections and telling the multiple stories of more than 10,000 years of history, and maintaining our commitment to social justice and equity, the Abbe Museum is breaking ground in 21st-century museum practice. We seek actively to promote inclusion and power-sharing in service to and in partnership with Wabanaki and other Native/Indigenous/First Nations communities. The Executive Director and Senior Partner with Wabanaki Nations will coordinate this work on behalf of the Abbe Museum and in collaboration with the Wabanaki peoples.

    Candidates should be able to demonstrate history of success working with non-profit organizations, and have a strong record of success in fundraising and cultivation of programs that aid the ongoing financial health of the organization. The successful candidate for this position should have a minimum of five years’ experience working with Native communities, and be able to demonstrate engagement in decolonizing practices. The candidate benefits from a graduate degree or equivalent experience in one of various fields: Indigenous/Native American Studies, Anthropology, Museum Studies, Management, or an associated field. Candidates must have knowledge of and/or demonstrated interest in Wabanaki cultural traditions.

    POSITION DESCRIPTION

    The Executive Director and Senior Partner with Wabanaki Nations supports the Abbe’s vision to review, revise, and implement ongoing strategies that facilitate the mission and goals of decolonizing. They work in partnership with the Board of Trustees and the tribally-appointed Native Advisory Council to establish operational objectives that support the strategic planning. 

    The main responsibilities of the Executive Director and Senior Partner with Wabanaki Nations are to:

    • Manage the Abbe’s staff, operations, business, and facilities

    • Lead development efforts for the museum, including a capital campaign, ongoing fundraising, and grant-seeking programs that meet goals established by the Board

    • Lead development of relationships with Indigenous/First Nations/Native communities, pursuing new opportunities for collaboration and partnerships

    • Serve as an ambassador for the Abbe, sustaining active involvement in regional and national museum organizations.

    The Executive Director and Senior Partner with Wabanaki Nations works at the Abbe’s Bar Harbor headquarters during standard business hours. Evening and weekend activities are not uncommon. Some travel is required, within our region and beyond.  The Executive Director and Senior Partner with Wabanaki Nations reports to the Board of Trustees.

    SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIESinclude but are not limited to:

    Management

    The Executive Director and Senior Partner with Wabanaki Nations shall:

    • Lead, build, and motivate the organization and its partners, exhibiting a commitment to the organization’s vision of decolonizing, social justice, and equity.

    • Work with staff (in consultation with Native Advisory Council) to produce truth-telling exhibits, facilitate engaging programs and respectful research, and steward vibrant collections.

    • Lead a process to evaluate and revise the Abbe Museum strategic plan.

    • Execute contracts and decisions on behalf of the Abbe (subject to guidance and policies set by the Board of Trustees), maintain records, and communicate clearly with staff colleagues, Board, and Native Advisory Council in a timely manner.

    • Manage full-time staff, including training, professional development and annual evaluation.

    • Establish and maintain a work environment that facilitates open communication, clearly articulated expectations, and a mutual respect that supports and motivates Abbe employees, contributing to a healthy workplace environment.

     • Engage in discussion with the Native Advisory Council, Board of Trustees, staff, and other invested parties, in a manner that facilitates reflection and constructive dialogue that contributes to the organization’s overall goals.

    Fundraising & Finances

    The Executive Director and Senior Partner with Wabanaki Nations shall:

    • Manage museum assets and finances with oversight from the Board of Trustees.

    • Lead the museum’s capital funding campaign, as mandated in the Abbe strategic plan.

    • Actively seek, engage, and plan opportunities to obtain funding through grants or donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, and governmental agencies with the goal of building and maintaining a dependable income stream for the Abbe.

    • Collaborate with the Director of Advancement to identify, recruit, and build productive ongoing relationships with prospective donors through personal contact and fundraising events.

    • Oversee and strategically develop earned income streams, including admissions, museum shop, rentals, consulting, and other opportunities.

    Relationship Building with the Wabanaki

    The Executive Director and Senior Partner with Wabanaki Nations shall:

    • Collaborate with Wabanaki Nations and communities across their homelands that include what is now recognized as Maine, New England, Quebec, and the Canadian Maritimes.

    • Demonstrate cultural awareness and interest in Wabanaki cultural practices.  Indigenous heritage is advantageous, but not required.

    • Demonstrate understanding of settler-colonialism and ability to facilitate decolonizing practices through a lens of social justice and self-determination.

    Public and Professional Outreach and Engagement

    The Executive Director and Senior Partner with Wabanaki Nations shall:

    • Oversee the Abbe Museum’s web presence and communications.

    • Represent the Abbe Museum at public and private events.

    • Foster and maintain relationships with Bar Harbor businesses, non-profits, and National Park Service personnel.

    • Develop relationships with artists and other culture bearers, collectors, business leaders, public officials, professional museum organizations, and media – clearly articulating and acting upon our goal of decolonizing and our ongoing commitment to social justice and equity.

    TO APPLY, please email a cover letter indicating previous relevant work, a resume or CV, and contact information for three references to:

    Margo Lukens

      Co-Chair, Search Committee

    Darren Ranco

      Co-Chair, Search Committee

    search@abbemuseum.org

    No phone calls, please.

    Review of applications will begin October 15, 2019 and continue as needed.

    The Abbe Museum is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on age, sex, gender, ethnicity or cultural affiliation, physical ability, or religion. We encourage applications from Indigenous/First Nations/Native people and intersectional identities including Two-Spirit, LGBTQ, and people of color.

    For information on Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island:

    https://www.visitbarharbor.com/

    for information on Acadia National Park:

    https://www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm

    For information about living and working in Maine:

    https://www.liveandworkinmaine.com/


  • 16 Sep 2019 4:17 PM | Anonymous member

    Archivist / Librarian

    Old York Historical Society

    York / Kittery, Maine

    The Old York Historical Society seeks a part-time Archivist / Librarian to be an integral part of the organization’s small, dedicated staff.  The Archivist / Librarian will be responsible for managing all aspects of the institution’s paper and digital collections, as well as public access at the new Old York Research Center in Kittery, Maine, located seven miles from the administrative offices in York.  Old York uses PastPerfect for maintaining collections records.  The successful candidate will have a degree and/or certificate in archival or library studies, or equivalent experience; be proficient in using collections management databases; and demonstrate confidence in interacting with the public.  Position description is available by request from director@oldyork.org .  A letter of interest and résumé may be sent to the same email address.

    Salary:  $19.00 hourly

    Employment Type:  Part time / 12 hours per week

    Closes:  October 4, 2019


  • 05 Sep 2019 11:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Looking for an opportunity to work in a place of wonder and exploration?

    The L.C.Bates useum is currently  recruiting for a part-time Museum Educator/Assistant (up to 29 hours per week) to work at the L.C. Bates Museum at Good Will-Hinckley. The L.C. Bates Museum houses unique natural history and culture collections. This position primarily involves working with children and families presenting natural history programs, but would also involve working in all aspects of the museum including greeting visitors and presenting tours, preparing exhibitions, presenting outside activities, helping develop programs for children and presenting educational outreach programs at schools.

    Please contact the L.C.Bates Museum at 207-238-4250 or lcbates@gwh.org for more information.


  • 03 Sep 2019 2:33 PM | Anonymous member

    Pejepscot Historical Society in Brunswick, Maine, seeks a self-motivated, forward-thinking, part-time Development Manager to work with the Executive Director and Board of Trustees in strengthening and expanding PHS’s overall fundraising program to advance its mission and 10-year vision.

    In addition to day-to-day responsibility for development activities, the Development Manager will help plan long-term funding strategies and build sustainable philanthropic relationships for PHS’s three museums: the Pejepscot Museum and Research Center, the Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum, and the Skolfield-Whittier House.

    Responsibilities include improving member retention and attracting new members; increasing the annual fund and creating other targeted campaigns, developing PHS’s Business Partner program, assisting with grant writing, and working on special fundraising events.

    Qualifications: BA or BS degree in communications, business, marketing, or humanities/related fields with relevant experience; advanced degree helpful. Prefer 3-5 years experience in non-profit development or marketing roles. Strong interpersonal, organizational, project management, written/verbal skills required. Facility with constituent databases. Interest in local history. Willingness to work as part of a small team.

    Non-exempt position reports to the Executive Director and is approximately 20-24 hours per week year-round. Limited evening and weekend hours required for programs and events. Salary commensurate with experience. Eligible for pro-rated leave time after six-month probationary period.

    To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and the names and contact info of three professional references to director@pejepscothistorical.org. Accepting applications through January 17, 2020. Position open until filled. FMI:http://pejepscothistorical.org/about-us/job-opening.

  • 09 Aug 2019 5:47 PM | Anonymous member

    To apply visit this link: https://usm.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=57191&job=education-outreach-assistant-administrative-specialist-cl3-temporary

    Position Title: Education Outreach Assistant (Administrative Specialist CL3) - Temporary

    Campus: Portland

    Department: Library Administration - PLY

    Salary Band/Wage Band: B23, $15.50/hr

    Work Schedule:

    Typically Tuesdays-Fridays, morning through afternoon (K-12 schedule)

    Statement of Job:

    The University of Southern Maine is seeking applicants for the part-time (20 hours per week), temporary (up to one year from start date), non-benefited, hourly position of Educational Outreach Assistant in the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education (OML SCCE) located on the Portland campus. Hours are typically Tuesday to Friday, morning through early afternoon (K-12 schedule). Expected start date around September 1, 2019.

    The Educational Outreach Assistant will assist the Coordinator of Educational Outreach with curriculum development, field trip support (on and off site), teacher workshops, and increased outreach to local high school educators. This position provides administrative and complex clerical work for OML SCCE outreach, with a strong emphasis on K-12 outreach, organization, and follow through. This position works collaboratively in a small team environment to support the mission and services of the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education. Independent judgment and initiative are frequently exercised. The Educational Outreach Assistant works with other staff on library marketing, social media, and website activities and content. This position has extensive in-person, telephone, and online interactions with students (K-12 and university), faculty, staff, and the general public, and utilizes a wide range of resources in a variety of formats. The Assistant may supervise student employees.

    Pay is $15.50 per hour.

    We live our USM Service Promise Student Focused Every Day and we are looking for a staff member who understands that promise and supports our values: Respect & Care, Integrity, Equity and Responsiveness.

    We are the University of Everyone – committed to building a culturally diverse team of leaders, faculty and staff. We welcome applicants who are multi-lingual. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

    Qualifications:

    Required:

    Bachelor’s in related field (History, Secondary Education, Geography, Museum Studies, etc.) or equivalent education and work experience

    Experience working with K-12 students and teachers

    Valid driver’s license

    Ability to work successfully with many people at all levels

    Ability to lift and transport outreach materials

    Experience working in various computer environments

    Excellent verbal and written communication skills

    Preferred:

    Experience working in a library, special collection, school, or museum setting in an educational capacity

    Marketing and website updating experience

    Experience working with high school students and teachers

    Other Information:

    Materials must be submitted via "Apply for position." You will create an applicant profile and complete an application. You will need to upload a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae and a list of the names and contact information for three references.

    All required materials must be submitted by 8/25/2019

    Appropriate background screening will be conducted for the successful candidate.

    The University of Southern Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Office, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).


  • 21 May 2019 7:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Founded in 1945, the Bar Harbor Historical Society was formed to collect and preserve the history of Bar Harbor. Having recently purchased a magnificent estate for its museum, LaRochelle, an outstanding historic shoreside mansion built in 1902, the BHHS now seeks to hire its first professional full-time staff member.  The successful candidate for the Executive Director position will have the unique opportunity to work with the Board of Directors to develop a new museum, guide the organization into its next phase, and create what will become one of Bar Harbor's main attractions. The Executive Director has overall operational, fundraising, programming, and marketing responsibility for BHHS and serves as the public face of the organization. A full job description is available upon request. The ideal candidate will possess a college degree, strong financial skills as well as a background in history, with demonstrated success at fundraising, networking, and grant writing. Candidates should have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, social media platforms, or other similar programs. The Executive Director must be an independent, creative thinker with strong writing and communications skills as well as the ability to work with the Board of Directors, community members, and volunteers. Please direct any questions or submit a letter of interest with resume by June 14 to Kate McBrien at McBrien Museum Consulting by sending an email to mcbrienmuseumconsulting@gmail.com.

  • 15 May 2019 12:08 PM | Anonymous member

    The Boothbay Region Historical Society seeks an independent, highly organized office manager for its museum at 72 Oak St., Boothbay Harbor. Applicants should enjoy working with the public, be competent with Microsoft computer programs and understand MS Access or similar database. The office manager is responsible for a wide variety of tasks under the direction of the board of trustees, including but not limited to: light bookkeeping and banking, volunteer training, maintenance of member and donor records, correspondence, troubleshooting technology issues, and managing general society business. The office manager also works closely with our  local historian and serves as the face of the society when greeting visitors and researchers. This is a year-round, 16-hour per week position. Fixed hours are Thursdays and Fridays 10:00-2:00. Remaining 8 hours are somewhat flexible. For more information, contact the society at brhs@gwi.net, 207-633-0820, or stop by the museum Thursday – Saturday 10:00-2:00. Applicants must submit a cover letter and current resume by May 29 to Office Manager Position, Boothbay Region Historical Society, PO Box 272, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538, or by email to brhs@gwi.net.

  • 06 May 2019 1:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     Maine Historical Society (MHS) is hosting a paid summer internship within its historic costume collection. The 350‐hour summer internship pays $5,000 ($14.28/hr), and takes place in Portland at our offsite facility. Ideal candidates include graduate students recently accepted to, currently enrolled in, or recent graduates of a Museum Studies, Fashion History or a Material Culture program. This internship focuses on all aspects of costume collection review, preparation, and preservation, including item level inspection, dressing mannequins, cataloguing and preparing items for long term storage. The application deadline is May 22, 2019. We have a flexible start date, but ask that the internship be completed by September 30, 2019.

     

    Please visit our website for more information. https://www.mainehistory.org/about_opportunities.shtml

  • 04 May 2019 3:43 PM | Anonymous member

    Camp Tecumseh seeks an intern from a Museum Studies, Heritage Studies, Historic Preservation or similar program.  

    This non profit overnight summer camp for boys, founded in 1903 by three University of Pennsylvania Olympic athletes, is located on Lake Winnipesaukee.  See www.camptecumseh.net and especially alumni spotlight page for an example of a previous internship project.   

    The Camp Tecumseh Archives contains paper-based materials dating from 1903 to the present, many digital photographs and oral histories, and some artifacts.

    Projects to be determined by intern, advisor, and consulting archivist.  Possible choices include:
    Identify, photograph and catalog artifacts in the Archives and around the Camp
    Document Poor Farm cemetery on property or other historic structures
    Develop timeline for property and Camp; and identify images and objects that might be used in a virtual and/or physical exhibit
    Research and conduct oral history interview(s)

    Supervisor is the Consulting Archivist. 

    Unpaid; meals available at Camp.  Camp sessions run between June 22 and August 11 for any on-premises tasks. 

    Please provide letter of interest, and CV to

    Cynthia Swank, CA, CRM

    cgswank@inlookgroup.com

  • 04 May 2019 3:36 PM | Anonymous member


    Camp Tecumseh, Moultonborough, NH seeks a  part-time Archives Assistant for its 2019 summer season.  This non profit overnight summer camp for boys, founded in 1903 by three University of Pennsylvania Olympic athletes, is located on Lake Winnipesaukee.  See www.camptecumseh.net  

    The Camp Tecumseh Archives contains paper-based materials dating from 1903 to the present, many digital photographs and oral histories, and some artifacts.

    Possible tasks are:
    -- Accession any materials transferred or donated during the summer
    -- Re-house original film negatives; catalog digitized images
    -- Collect and digitize weekly newsletter
    -- Digitize Gilbert & Sullivan programs, marketing brochures if feasible
    -- Assist Archives team activities

    An experienced consulting Archivist will be available.

    Qualifications.
    BA
    Familiarity with office software applications
    Ability to lift and move 40 lb containers

    Expectation is 15 hours/week, $15/hour.  During the weeks the Camp is in operation (June 22 - August 11, 2019) meals are available. 

    Please submit the following to :
    Cynthia G. Swank, C.A., C.R.M.
    cgswank@inlookgroup.com

    – A cover letter expressing interest in the position, and outlining any relevant experience
    – A curriculum vitae of education and employment

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