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Merrill S. Simmons has been named new Executive Director of the Thomas Edison House in Louisville, Kentucky. The Thomas Edison House is owned and operated by Historic Homes, Inc.
Postings from Kentucky
Museum Director, Callahan Museum, Louisville
The Museum Director is responsible for the administration and management of all Callahan Museum activities. Acting in consultation with the Museum Committee of the Board of Trustees (hereafter referred to as the Board of Trustees), the Museum Director establishes the museum's general quality criteria and direction and assures that all activities support the missions of American Printing House for the Blind (APH) and the Callahan Museum. Responsibilities:assumes responsibility for all museum activities, including but not limited to permanent exhibitions, traveling exhibits, educational programs, and museum tours; continues the development of the Callahan Museum as both an interactive teaching tool and a leisure-time enrichment activity for groups of visitors, including blind people, professionals in the field of blindness, families of visually impaired persons, organized groups, and the general public; formulates for approval by the Board of Trustees a long-range plan for the operation of the Callahan Museum; a plan that will allow the museum to prosper, grow, and enrich the lives of its patrons. Develops and submits an annual budget to the Board of Trustees for approval. Oversees all expenditures in accordance with the approved budget. Develops educational programs and web-based educational materials that focus on teaching about a) blindness; b) tools, materials, and practices used in the education of the blind; and c) the history and role of APH. Supervises all museum personnel. Is responsible for the selection and acquisition of artifacts for the collection, as well as the disposal of artifacts in accordance with the Deaccession Policy of the Callahan Museum. Keeps the In-House Museum Committee informed of all activities of the Callahan Museum. Plans and oversees the development of grant applications and other formal solicitations on behalf of the Callahan Museum. Furthers the visibility of APH and the Callahan Museum by participating in activities of professional, civic, and charitable organizations whose interests are compatible with the mission of the Callahan Museum. Ensures that the Callahan Museum maintains the professional standards of the American Association of Museums. Performs such other duties as the Vice-President of Public Affairs may assign from time to time.Salary negotiable, based on education and experience. Minimum: $44,841. Maximum: $68,280. Submit application/resume to Darrell Buford, Human Resources Department, American Printing House for the Blind, 1839 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky 40206. For additional information, call Darrell Buford at 502- 899-2238. E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org. EEO/AA. (5/05).
Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator, Filson Historical Society, Louisville
The Filson Historical Society seeks a creative and energetic candidate with proven skills to serve as marketing and public relations coordinator. The coordinator’s responsibilities include media relations and the production of a variety of publications. Other tasks include: writing and distributing press releases; purchasing media advertising; writing, editing and coordinating production of brochures, calendars of events, quarterly magazine, and other publicity materials. This position requires a bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, English, history or related field; excellent written and verbal communication skills; strong ability to multi-task, to work as a team member, and to prioritize responsibilities; knowledge of AP & Chicago writing styles; experience using MS Word, Excel, Access, Photoshop, and PageMaker. For institutional information, view the The Filson’s Web site at www.filsonhistorical.org. Send or e-mail cover letter and resumé to: Judy Miller, email@example.com, The Filson Historical Society, 1310 S. Third Street, Louisville, KY 40208 (4/05).
Education Curator, Department of Library Special Collections, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green
The Education Curator develops educational programs for diverse audiences; recruits, trains and supervises volunteer and student guides; plans and implements workshops, community outreach activities, and weekend and summer programs; develops educational content for web site; is a member of the exhibition planning team; and performs scholarly activity required for tenure. Requirements: One advanced degree in museum studies, history, folk studies or related discipline plus a second advanced related degree or 10 years related professional experience. Demonstrated ability to create and manage programs using current interpretive techniques; excellent interpersonal, presentation, communication, and writing skills; experience recruiting and supervising volunteers and assistants; a working knowledge of information technologies; and be a team player. Highly Desirable: A working knowledge of Kentucky history. Salary & Terms of Employment: mid 30s. Tenure-track faculty position with the rank of assistant professor in and reports to the Department Head of Library Special Collections. A ten month contract position (August 15 to May 15, plus one additional month), requires some evenings, weekends and holiday work. Send a letter of application, three professional references, and resumé to the address below. For more information, visit our Web site. Review of applications begins June 2, 2005. Applications accepted until the position is filled. Submit applications to: Sandy Staebell, Search Committee Chair, Kentucky Library and Museum Western Kentucky University, 1 Big Red Way, Bowling Green, KY 42101-3576. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply including women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and disabled veterans. Western Kentucky University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Kentucky Library and Museum Western Kentucky University, Sandy Staebell, Search Committee Chair, 1 Big Red Way, Bowling Green, KY 42101-3576. www.wku.edu/Library/kylm.
Executive Director, Museum of the American Quilter’s Society (MAQS), Paducah
The MAQS seeks an energetic and creative candidate with proven leadership and quilt-related experience to serve as executive director. Founded in 1991, MAQS (annual operating budget $1M plus) has become a leading institution both regionally and nationally, with new opportunities for international activity. The executive director’s responsibilities include providing strong administrative leadership, ensuring fiscal stability and growth, working effectively with the MAQS board and staff, managing programs, managing a 30,000-square-foot facility, and working effectively with other agencies and groups, including tourism, art/cultural, and educational. The successful candidate shall have strong educational, development, management, strategic planning, grant writing, and community relations skills, and share the Museum’s commitment to quality and service. B.A. or B.S. in art history, museum studies, business, or related field required; advanced degree desirable. Minimum of three years’ experience leading a non-profit organization required; five years’ experience preferred. Application review begins immediately. For institutional information, view the museum’s Web site at: www.quiltmuseum.org. Send resumé and cover letter to Search Committee, Museum of the American Quilter’s Society, P. O. Box 1540, Paducah, KY 42002-1540. (3/05)
Postings from Adjacent States
Interpretive Coordinator, Belle Meade Plantation Museum, Nashville, Tennesseemivs@bellemeadeplantation.com. EOE. (5/05).
The Interpretive Coordinator is a full-time interpretive employee of Belle Meade Plantation (BMP). The primary functions of the Interpretive Coordinator are: 1) to serve as a liaison between interpretive staff and administration, representing the corporate needs of the interpretive staff and communicating administrative policies and operational changes to the interpretive staff; 2) supervising training and operation of the interpretive staff. This position will report to the Manager of Interpretation and Volunteer Programs (MIV). Salary range for this position is - $21,000-26,000. Requirements: Demonstrated supervisory skills and at least six months experience at BMP or a comparable historic site or cultural attraction. Excellent verbal and good written communication skills. Extensive knowledge of interpretation theory and principals and the ability to teach those principals to the interpretive staff. Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays. Candidates with a background of study and/or program development in plantation history or 19th century southern history are ideal.Send resumé, references, and cover letter to: Mark Cooper, Manager of Interpretation and Volunteer Programs, Belle Meade Plantation, 5025 Harding Road, Nashville, TN 37205. 615-356-2336 (fax).
Part-Time Temp Family Program Coordinator, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
The PT Family Program Coordinator will be facilitating and implementing in-gallery youth and & family activities for the public (10-15 hours/week) and assisting with school group tours (5-10 hours/week) in order to enhance the visitor experience of the Freedom Center programs.Responsibilities (not all-inclusive) all of the duties listed below are essential job functions for which reasonable accommodations will be made. All job requirements listed indicate the minimum level of knowledge, skills and/or ability deemed necessary to perform the job proficiently. This job description is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements. Employees may be required to perform any other job-related instructions as requested by their supervisor, subject to reasonable accommodations. Essential Functions:facilitate in-gallery activities and presentations for families in an engaging and creative manner; serve as an educational resource for program participants, assist with group tours Tuesday-Friday. Must be available to work some weekends. Interested candidates should send their resumé to:National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Human Resources Department, 50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Fax Number 513-333-7719. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. EOE. (5/05)
Museum Educator, Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, Ohio
The Springfield Museum of Art seeks an energetic, creative and articulate individual to develop, promote and direct all aspects of the Museum's educational programs and fine arts school. The Museum Educator is responsible for developing, implementing, coordinating and evaluating all museum education programs in support of the museum’s mission statement, and for all facets of the operation of the fine arts school. The Museum Educator will collaborate with the Museum Curator and the Museum Director to develop interpretive programs and materials for museum exhibitions and appropriate special events and functions. The Museum Educator will also work with the Marketing and Development Directors to ensure the effective promotion and funding of the Museum’s educational programs. A Bachelor’s Degree in education, art, art education, art history and/or a related field of interest is required (Masters preferred). Teaching experience and/or a graduate degree is preferred. Strong verbal and writing skills, and a demonstrated ability to develop innovative programs required. Demonstrated knowledge of current art and museum education theory and practice preferred. Administrative experience in staff supervision required. $30,000-$40,000. Send letter of application and resumé, including three professional references, by May 29 to: Museum Director Springfield Museum of Art P.O. Box 34 Springfield, OH 45501. (5/05).
Internships and Fellowships
Internships, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort
Undergraduate or graduate students of any age, currently enrolled in a college/university, seeking professional experience that will inform academic studies and prepare them for a related career are eligible to apply for KHS internships. There are several opportunities in the Library, Education, Folklife, Research and Interpretation, Museum Collections, and Visitor Services. http://www.history.ky.gov/Teachers/internships.htm. For general information about the internship program, contact: Julienne Foster, Internship Coordinator, 502-564-1792, ext. 4441 or Julienne.Foster@ky.gov. (5/05)
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Education Internships, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
15-20 Interns needed to assist the Freedom Center with leading Group Tours. Job Duties: Assist Group Tours by acting as liaisons between Freedom Center exhibit galleries. Knowledge of the exhibits will be provided, however, in-depth and specific historical knowledge will not be required. The interns will not serve as tour guides but will ensure that groups stay organized and are on time while giving introductory information at exhibit spaces. Qualifications: Current History, African American studies, American Studies preferred. Open to all majors. Interested candidates should send their resumé to:National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Human Resources Department, 50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Fax Number 513-333-7719 Email to email@example.com. EOE. (5/05)
School Programs Intern - Education Collection, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
The School Programs Department at Cincinnati Museum Center is looking for a dedicated team player to organize, and catalog the growing collection of artifacts and specimens of the Education Department. Position may also require some research on artifacts. Direct report will be to the Manager of Educational Initiatives. To be considered, candidates must have at least junior standing in college (graduate students are also encouraged to apply) and be able to work independently as well as collaboratively. Candidates will also need to have computer experience and exhibit proficient writing skills. Candidates need to be a major in or exhibit a strong interest in education. An interest in museum studies, history, anthropology and/or science a plus.To apply: Please e-mail or send resumé and cover letter to: Jason Dennison, Manager of Educational Initiatives, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45203. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org . Application due date: May 15, 2005. Unpaid. http://www.cincymuseum.org. (5/05)
School Programs Intern - Museum Curriculum, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
The School Programs Department at Cincinnati Museum Center is looking for a dedicated team player to research and develop museum curriculum for school teachers and students visiting Museum Center. Topic selections may include (but is not limited to): art, architecture, history, natural science, ecology and anthropology. Position may also require some research on artifacts and specimens. Direct report will be to the Manager of Educational Initiatives. To be considered, candidates must have at least junior standing in college (graduate students are also encouraged to apply) and be able to work independently as well as collaboratively. Candidates will also need to have computer experience and exhibit proficient writing skills. Candidates need to be a major in or exhibit a strong interest in education. An interest in museum studies, history, anthropology and/or science a plus. To apply: E-mail or send resumé and cover letter to: Jason Dennison, Manager of Educational Initiatives, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45203. E-mail: email@example.com Application due date: May 15, 2005. Unpaid. http://www.cincymuseum.org. (5/05)
Fellowships and Internships, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville
The Filson Historical Society offers fellowships and internships to encourage the scholarly use of their nationally significant collections by providing support for travel and lodging. The Society’s collections are especially strong for the frontier, antebellum, and Civil War eras of Kentucky history. The fellowships are designed to encourage research in all aspects of the history of Kentucky and the regions of the Ohio Valley and the Upper South. Internships provide practical experience in collections management and research for graduate students. Fellows as well as interns are expected to be in continuous residence at The Filson. Application deadlines for all fellowships and internships are February 15th and October 15th each year. Applications are reviewed two times a year. For more information about fellowships & internships, visit The Filson's Web site: www.filsonhistorical.org/fellowships.html. For application information, visit: www.filsonhistorical.org/fellowsapply.html. (4/05).
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