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  • 19 Jun 2014 9:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Founded in 1813, Colby College in Waterville, Maine, is one of the nation's oldest and best independent liberal arts colleges, enrolling approximately 1,825 students. Colby is a national leader in research and project-based undergraduate learning, and the depth of student-faculty interaction and collaboration is unparalleled. Colby embraces and honors a 200-year tradition of fostering intellectual and personal growth, with graduates emerging as conscientious, committed, and inspired leaders ready to make a profound impact on their world. Colby is a national leader in environmental sustainability and education with award-winning campus greening initiatives and a nationally renowned academic program. Colby invites applications for the position of:



    The Mirken Family Postbaccalaureate Fellowship in Museum Practice at the Colby College Museum of Art will support a one-year appointment to the Museum, with the possibility of a renewable second year.  The Fellow reports to the Associate Director and interfaces with all departments including education, collections, exhibitions, and administration areas. 


    ·       Coordinate logistics associated with the Art Department annual field trip related to professional opportunities in the museum field (conservation, public relations, curatorial, education, administration, collections)

    ·       Provide general assistance to the collection management area, assisting with all aspects of registration for museum objects, condition reporting, incoming and outgoing receipts

    ·       Manage the museum’s rights and reproduction program

    ·       Coordinate and implement centralized photography archive for museum images

    ·       Serve as a liaison between the collections and curatorial staff, oversee the deaccession initiatives as established by the museum team

    ·       Field museum collection inquiries as required

    ·       Work with collections intern on special projects as assigned

    ·       Contribute to social media program

    ·       Perform other duties as assigned


    ·       A Bachelor’s degree in Art/Art History is preferred

    ·       Highly organized, flexible and comfortable with diverse audiences

    ·       Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills

    ·       Excellent attention to detail

    ·       Strong ability to effectively collaborate with a small professional staff, students, and faculty


    This position reports to the Associate Director of the Museum and has ongoing interactions with all members of the museum staff. 

    Physical Effort/ENVIRONMENT:

    Position involves sitting, although frequent movement is necessary. Walking, standing, bending, and twisting are required. Computer usage involving repetitive hand/wrist motion is also necessary. General office and campus environment with duties that require the employee interact with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and museum guests.

    Interested candidates should submit:

    ·    A letter of interest stating relevant work experience

    ·    Curriculum vitae

    ·    Three letters of reference

    Send all materials to: and addressed to:

    Mirken Family Postbaccalaureate Fellowship in Museum Practice - Search Committee

    Office of Human Resources

    Colby College

    5500 Mayflower Hill

    Waterville, ME  04901-8855

    A review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

    Colby College is committed to equality and diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college. Colby College does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, or age in employment or in our educational programs.

    For more information about the College, please visit the Colby web site:

  • 18 Jun 2014 8:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AAM Collections Assessment for Small Museums Webinar

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    2–3:30 p.m. (ET)

    Join colleagues with a range of experience working with small museums in a practical, focused discussion on issues related to assessing collections, including object assessment and condition reporting, storage and housing, environmental conditions and exhibition/display.

    We’ll explore key questions to ask when assessing collections and offer suggestions for immediate, intermediate and longer-range solutions and action steps. Additional resources will be provided.

    How Will I Benefit?

    By participating in this program, attendees will be better able to:

    • Take stock of collections
    • Assess the condition of objects in a range of environments
    • Take positive action to resolve collections-related issues

    Who Should Attend

    Staff and volunteers working in collections-related positions in small museums.


    • Samantha Dorsey, curator, City of Bowie Museums, Bowie, Maryland
    • Ellen Endslow, director of collections/curator, Chester County Historical Society (and CurCom chair), West Chester, Pennsylvania


    • Tamara Hemmerlein, assistant director, Local History Services, Indiana Historical Society (and SMAC chair), Indianapolis
    • Greg Stevens, assistant director, professional development, American Alliance of Museums, Washington, DC
    • Adam La Faci, senior producer, LearningTimes

    Register Now

    FREE: Staff of Tier 3 Museum Members

    $25: Staff of Tier 2 Museum Members, Ally, Individual and Industry Members
    $50: Staff of Tier 1 Museum Members and Non-members

  • 11 Jun 2014 3:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Maine Maritime Museum Position Announcement:

    Marketing and Communications Manager

    Maine Maritime Museum, a nationally recognized, state-wide cultural institution located on the Kennebec River in Bath seeks a Marketing and Communications Manager to help the museum continue to grow and excel by raising awareness of the museum, increasing admissions and program attendance, and supporting fundraising efforts. Under the supervision of the Director of Development and External Affairs, and working in close collaboration with all departments, this position is responsible for marketing, advertising, public relations, communications (including website and social media), visitor experience and special events support with the goal of increasing attendance and building community and financial support for the Museum. This position works closely with Public Programs and Front Desk/Visitor Services and represents the Museum on outside tourism and marketing committees, the Maine Motorcoach Network and at other community and business organization activities and events.

    Specific Responsibilities Include:

    • Develop and evaluate marketing strategy in line with the strategic plan. This includes development of marketing objectives, budgets, advertising, and communications plans that enhance the museum’s short-term and long-term goals.

    • Create and maintain the Museum’s advertising, marketing, and communication materials, including website, print and e-mail newsletters, brochures, invitations, social media sites and promotional materials. This includes researching, writing, and managing design and production to maintain a high level of quality and consistent messaging across all platforms, as well as managing distribution as appropriate. Knowledge of website technology, cost-effective print sourcing, and production methods is essential; attention to detail is critical.

    • Plan and execute the Museum’s media relations activities, to include writing press releases and advisories, maintaining close working relationships with local and industry media, responding to media inquiries and requests, developing opportunities for Museum media coverage and placement and all related tasks.

    • Work with outside contracted graphic designers, website designers, agencies, printers and other support professionals to ensure a consistent quality of production within budget and on deadline.

    • Work with the Museum Store/Admissions Desk staff to implement a positive visitor experience consistent with the educational and financial goals of the Museum. Provide signage and support materials necessary to achieve those goals.

    • Serve as the Museum’s principal photographer, providing photographic coverage of events and activities. Maintain Museum’s electronic non-collection photographic files.

    • Assist with development-related and programmatic special events, including invitations and printed material, catering and logistics. These events require occasional evenings and weekends.
    • Work to enhance the Museum’s corporate support through its Business Partner Program and through event, exhibit and program support, and participate in activities as needed to maintain and enhance the Museum’s role in community relations.

    • Perform all other tasks and duties as assigned, to ensure the Museum’s brand and image and to help meet organizational financial goals.

    • Other duties and responsibilities as required.


    • Minimum 5 years progressive experience in marketing, public relations, and social media.
    • Demonstrated skill in design and production of print materials and publications, as well as website management and social media.
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills, creative, analytical and organized.
    • Team-work oriented with a good sense of humor.
    • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications or related field.
    • Non-profit experience and enthusiasm for maritime heritage preferred but not required.

    Applications will close July 7.  The position start date is September 15.

    Salary commensurate with experience, competitive benefits, positive working environment.

    Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to John Settelen, Personnel Officer, Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street, Bath, ME 04530.  Electronic submissions accepted at

    No phone inquiries, please.  Maine Maritime Museum is an equal opportunity employer. This position is subject to background checks including sex offender, criminal and credit checks.      


    Membership and Business Relationship Manager

    Maine Maritime Museum, a nationally recognized, state-wide cultural institution located on the Kennebec River in Bath seeks a Membership and Business Relationship Manager to help the museum continue to grow and excel. This individual will create strategies to attract, retain, and upgrade individual memberships, corporate memberships, and sponsorships; increase annual fund giving; support special fund raising efforts; and bolster all other revenue-generating activities that support the mission. Reporting to the Director of Development and External Affairs and working in close collaboration with all departments and volunteers, the Membership and Business Relationship Manager accomplishes work in a professional, timely, thorough, and organized manner, with keen attention to detail, within a team environment; is a self-starter with excellent sales and communication skills, learns quickly, and is people-oriented.

    Specific Responsibilities Include:

    • Creates and executes an annual work plan to retain and grow the base of all memberships, Business Partner corporate memberships, and sponsorships. Working closely with volunteers, solicits and retains support through personal calls and through other channels. 

    • Is responsible for membership, corporate support and sponsorship portions of the Operating Budget.  Maintains an inventory of development materials.

    • Is responsible for coordinating member special events such as exhibit preview openings for members and supports all other fundraising event efforts in conjunction with other Development team members.

    • Conducts research, as needed, on prospects and ways to generate new sources of revenue.

    • Supports the integrity of records in Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge in order to manage all pertinent data. Coordinates with the Database Coordinator on various tasks within the scope of the Department.  In particular, with the Database Coordinator, coordinates membership and annual fund mailings, renewals, pledge reminders, event invitations and all data retrieval involving Raisers Edge; produces reports as needed for other departments and functions.
    • Represents the Museum at community and business organization activities and events.

    • Does all such other projects and tasks as required to support the development function and the financial health of the organization.


    • Minimum 5 years progressive experience in development, marketing, public relations, or related field.
    • Demonstrated sales or in-person gift solicitation ability.

    • Demonstrated knowledge of Raiser’s Edge fundraising software or other relational database; Word, Excel, Power Point.
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills, creative, analytical and organized.
    • Team-work oriented with a good sense of humor.
    • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications or related field.
    • Non-profit experience and enthusiasm for maritime heritage preferred but not required.

    Applications accepted through June 27; the position will be filled as soon as possible.

    Salary commensurate with experience, competitive benefits, positive working environment.

    Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to John Settelen, Personnel Officer, Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street, Bath, ME 04530.  Electronic submissions accepted at

    No phone inquiries, please.  Maine Maritime Museum is an equal opportunity employer. This position is subject to background checks including sex offender, criminal and credit checks.       

    About Maine Maritime Museum:

    Maine Maritime Museum is an independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of Maine’s maritime heritage through gallery exhibits, an historic shipyard, educational programs, a research Library, and narrated excursions along area waterways.  Founded in 1962, the Museum is located on a beautiful 20-acre campus along Kennebec River in Bath, “The City of Ships” and provides a unique experience to visitors of all ages.  The Museum is open daily (except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day) from 9:30 am to 5 pm. Visit for more information.

  • 11 Jun 2014 1:05 PM | Anonymous member

    The Norlands, a 19th-century living history museum and working farm, in Livermore, Maine, seeks a dynamic history educator for the position of Program Coordinator. The Program Coordinator facilitates the scheduling of all programs and tours, provides tours for the public and delivers school programs, assists with promoting educational services and volunteer opportunities, and  helps to recruit and supervise volunteers.  In addition, s/he assists with planning special events and workshops. The Program Coordinator works cooperatively with the Director of Interpretation and Training and reports to the Executive Director.

    For a detailed job description, email

    The ideal candidate holds a B.A. in education, history, or similar field; is well-versed in living history education and interpretation methods; familiar with Maine history and rural life in America; effective in working with volunteers and managing diverse groups of all ages, and has excellent interpersonal, communication, and writing skills.  We seek someone who is highly organized, flexible, and self-motivated with the ability to multi-task and work independently and as part of a team. S/he must be familiar with MS Word, Excel, Publisher, database and email systems.

    This is a part-time temporary position, approximately 15 - 18 hours per week with a flexible schedule based on program needs.  Some weekend and evenings required.

    Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume to:


    Sheri Leahan, director

    Washburn-Norlands Living History Center

    290 Norlands Road

    Livermore, ME 04253

    Or email a PDF to

  • 10 Jun 2014 4:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Maine Historical Society's Brown Research Library seeks a full-time (35
    hrs/wk) Project Archivist for processing the recently acquired Bangor
    Theological Seminary Collection. The start date for this 18-month temporary
    project is August 3, 2014. The Project Archivist is responsible for working
    independently and as part of a larger collections management team to
    complete the archival appraisal, processing and description of a nearly 250
    linear ft. collection of institutional records documenting the 200 year
    history of the Bangor Theological Seminary of Bangor, ME, an
    inter-denominational seminary in the Congregational tradition.

    The project includes three components: Project Management, Arranging &
    Describing, and Outreach.

    Project Management:

    .         Creating and implementing a working timeline

    .         Keeping the project on-task and within the 18 month perimeter

    .         Communicating with and reporting to the Society's Archivist as
    well as other technical services staff

    .         Managing the project budget

    .         Supervising other project staff  and volunteers

    Arranging & Describing:

    .         Archival appraisal and survey

    .         Identifying and setting priories in respect to preservation,
    conservation and digitization

    .         Arranging the collection including, but not limited to, re-housing
    and reformatting

    .         Adhering to the industry's best practices

    .         Implementing and/or providing guidelines for preservation and

    .         Creation of a completed finding aid in accordance with the
    Society's expectations and current practices


    .         Cultivation and promotion of the collection though the Society's
    online and printed outlets

    .         Coordinating internal requests for exhibition content and/or

    .         Providing recommendations to the Society's Maine Memory Network



    .         MLS or equivalent degree from an ALA accredited institution with
    graduate coursework in archival management

    .         Five or more years experience as a processing archivist

    .         Experience working with large collections, including series and
    hierarchical organization

    .         Ability to lift and move 40 lbs and stand for long periods of time

    .         Transportation to an offsite facility




    .         Experience with institutional records, especially of an academic
    and/or religious nature

    .         Working in a historical society setting

    .         Working knowledge of Maine history


    Compensation & Logistics:


    Salary at $30,000 per year with benefits package. Processing of this
    collection will take place off-site at the Society's collections management
    center in Portland, ME. The Project Archivist must provide their own
    transportation to and from the site, but are not expected to transport
    collections. Public transportation to the site is limited.



    Please submit the following electronically to Jamie Rice, MHS Director of
    Library Services at  <>


    .         A cover letter expressing interest in the position and outlining
    relevant experience

    .         A complete curriculum vitae of education, employment and

    .         One complete finding aid and one additional writing sample in the
    form of exhibition text, a professional presentation, or a blog post

    .         Three professional references, including current phone, email
    addresses and affiliations

    The above may also be mailed to the following address:


    Maine Historical Society

    Brown Research Library

    489 Congress Street

    Portland, ME 04101-3498

    Attn: BTS Search Committee


    No Phone Calls Please.


    The Application period ends on July 1, 2014.

  • 10 Jun 2014 4:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Museum Interpreter Position

    Penobscot Marine Museum is seeking a hardworking, reliable person to fill a part-time, seasonal

    position in our in our exhibits as an Interpreter.

    Penobscot Marine Museum is located in the coastal town of Searsport, Maine. Eight of the buildings

    on our campus are listed on National Register of Historic Buildings. The Village is complete with

    a classic New England Town Hall, the First Congregational Church (still in operation!), private

    residences and a commercial building. The Village buildings range in date from about 1810-1845.

    • Make the visitor experience enjoyable

    • Provide information to visitors about the museum and the exhibits

    • Make sure the artifacts remain safe

    A strong applicant must have an interest in Penobscot Bay history, enjoy working with the public,

    physically able to climb stairs and be technology savvy. Prior customer service experience preferred.

    Must be available through the third Sunday in October.

    To apply, please send cover letter and resume to

  • 03 Jun 2014 3:28 PM | Anonymous
    Maine Historical Society seeks a part-time content assistant for Maine
    Memory Network, a statewide digital museum ( Looking
    for someone with an advanced history degree with experience working the
    field. This person will work as part of the MMN team and serves the
    requirements of the project as needed, including assisting the MMN curator
    and other team members. This person is responsible for working on projects
    that involve scanning and transcribing historical documents, cataloging
    records, reviewing all records added to MMN, managing the digital image
    archives, assisting and training contributing partners, and doing other
    production work related to MMN and the MHS websites. This position is
    part-time, grant-funded and would be working on-site at the Maine Historical
    Society in Portland, ME.

    For details see
  • 29 May 2014 4:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, ME seeks an experienced professional to lead our fundraising efforts. The Director of Development will create and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy, and guide staff and trustee participation in various campaigns. This position has primary responsibility for the annual appeal and donor stewardship to build our donor base and strengthen our major gifts pipeline; grants management and foundation relations, especially grant research and support to program staff in writing successful grant applications; and support for our trustee fundraising efforts. The Director of Development will work closely with our External Relations Director to coordinate membership and corporate sponsorship campaigns with our fundraising efforts, and will be a key member of the team to plan and manage our biennial gala auction.

    A strong candidate will have prior work experience in a mid-size nonprofit organization, a track record of meeting fundraising targets, and demonstrated ability to guide other staff, trustees, or volunteers in successful fundraising campaigns. She/he will have broad functional knowledge of fundraising principles and practices and the ability to plan and manage annual and long-term fundraising programs. Familiarity with coastal Maine and the Maine philanthropic community is preferred. Experience with GiftWorks and auction software would be a plus. Facility with Microsoft Office and use of the internet is essential.

    Penobscot Marine Museum’s staff works together in a team model rather than a strict hierarchy, with a high level of individual accountability. The Director of Development will combine the characteristics of a committed team player, a confident self-starter, and a leader-from-within.
    The position is 30 hrs/wk, salaried exempt with benefits. A flexible work schedule will include some evening and weekend attendance at meetings and events. Reliable transportation and willingness to travel primarily in the coastal Maine area are necessary.
    The mission of Penobscot Marine Museum is to preserve, interpret and celebrate the maritime culture of the Penobscot Bay Region and beyond through collections, education, and community engagement. Our campus has more than a dozen buildings, most dating from the first half of the 19th century, to authentically recreate the look and feel of a seaport village from the Great Age of Sail. Our collections include small craft, marine art, historic photographs, ship models, and domestic furnishings of our historic homes. We encourage applicants to review our website at and our Guidestar entry to familiarize themselves with the museum’s activities.

    To apply, send a resume and letter of interest as attachments in an email to, or mail to Catherine Moore, Penobscot Marine Museum, PO Box 498, Searsport, ME 04974. Review of applications will begin immediately. Position is open until filled.
  • 21 May 2014 2:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    If you work with, have knowledge of or experience with the use and preservation of digital news content, you are invited to participate in a research study from the University of Maine about digital news content by completing a short survey.  The survey should only take 5 to 10 minutes of your time.  At the end of the survey you may enter a raffle to receive a $25 VISA gift card.

    Please feel free to share this survey with colleagues. We are interested in any and all opinions.

    If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer E. Moore at jennifer.e.moore@maine.eduor Jennifer L. Bonnet at

    Click on this link to begin the survey:

  • 15 May 2014 9:44 PM | Anonymous
    Fellow Museum Professional(s):

    Since its inception in 1978 many of us have come to use Chenall's
    Nomenclature to categorize and organize our museum collections. Now in its
    third edition, the Nomenclature Task Force of AASLH is preparing to
    undertake a project to release Nomenclature 4.0, but we can't do it without
    your input and help! We are asking you, as the frontline of museum
    collections, to recommend new terms, alternative categories for objects, and
    new definitions of objects.

    It's easy to do and won't take but a few minutes and can all be done online.
    If you go to this link:
    you can choose the best option for what you'd like to submit and add
    information to the form, provide us with your contact information in case we
    have any questions or need to follow up with you, hit submit and you're all
    done. It's that easy! We are open to any suggestions you have and rest
    assured we give thought to each and every recommendation sent in to us.
    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly and I
    will try to answer your question(s) myself or share them with the Task Force
    to address them.
    Thank you for your help and your time!
    John Hart, Jr.
    Museum Registrar and AASLH Nomenclature Task Force Member Sullivan Museum
    and History Center Norwich University
    158 Harmon Drive
    Northfield, VT 05663
    (802) 485-3289
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