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  • 12 Sep 2023 2:37 PM | Guinevere Beirne

    Preservation Greensboro Incorporated

    Job Description:

    Blandwood Manager
    Part-Time Position/20 hours per week/In person
    Up to $20/hour, based on experience.
    Reports To: Executive Director

    The Blandwood Manager is responsible for the overall management, operation, and programming of the Museum. Blandwood Museum includes the historic house and dependencies, gardens, museum shop and the Carriage House. This position will answer directly to the Executive Director. The Blandwood Manager will work closely with the Community Outreach Director.


    • Act as primary contact responsible for coordinating the care of grounds and contact for contractors/volunteers to make repairs to the grounds and buildings.
    • Manages preservation of the museum following the Secretary of Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
    • Carry out supervisory/managerial responsibilities including interviewing, training, planning, assigning, and directing work of docents establishing deadlines; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
    • Fill in positions when staff is out sick.
    • Design and implement public relations activities that increase awareness of the museum and promote local recreational opportunities through effective marketing, and public events.
    • Present specialized educational programming for school and community organizations; conduct off-site outreach educational programming, and promotional outings.
    • Prepare, administer, and monitor museum budget.
    • Research and apply for grants.
    • Prepare reports and recommendations regarding museum operations using a variety of computer software, i.e., Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet, and e-mail programs.
    • Manage curatorial responsibilities including the acquisition, deaccessioning, care, conservation, cataloging, storage, display, and annual audits of collection.
    • Set policy and procedure needed for the care and preservation of the artifact collection.
    • Perform other duties at the direction of the Executive Director.


    Masters or Bachelors of Arts in Museum Studies, Architecture, Historic Preservation, or related field.


    • Experience in preservation planning, architectural history, or museum studies, with demonstrated experience and knowledge of Best Practices in Historic Preservation and Historic House Museums.
    • Cultural competence working with individuals and groups in the community, including businesses, and volunteers.
    • Establishing priorities, strong initiative, organizational, communication, and writing skills.

    How To Apply:

    Please provide a cover letter and a resume to The subject line of the email should read Blandwood Manager. In the body of the email please state your intentions and name your favorite historic house museum.

  • 12 Sep 2023 2:27 PM | Guinevere Beirne

    Preservation Greensboro, Inc. Restore. Explore. Connect.
    Job Title: Executive Director
    Employment Type: Full-Time
    Based in: Greensboro, NC

    The Organization:
    Preservation Greensboro Incorporated is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to serve as the city’s primary voice for advocacy of historic preservation. Our project portfolio includes Architectural Salvage, Blandwood historic house museum, the Blandwood Carriage House special events center, a preservation resources library, the annual Tour of Historic Homes, and community advocacy. We promote architecture and neighborhoods through our activities such as educational tours, special events, seminars, and publications.

    Since 1966, Preservation Greensboro Incorporated has served to preserve historic sites, neighborhoods, and streetscapes that provide the Gate City with a unique sense of history and place. As the city’s only non-governmental membership organization dedicated to this cause, Preservation Greensboro has provided resources to enhance our distinctive sense of heritage and has helped the city maintain a tradition of adaptive reuse, renovation, and recycling.

    Job Description: 
    The Executive Director of Preservation Greensboro Inc. is responsible for creating an atmosphere in which volunteers and staff can successfully meet the objectives of the organization’s mission. This action-oriented professional is responsible for day-to-day leadership, financial management, and growth of the organization. S/he will cultivate and sustain a strong team-oriented culture with an emphasis on collaboration, results, and accountability. A successful Executive Director will ensure organizational financial sustainability, maintain a reputation for excellence, and identify opportunities for mission-related impact in the community.

    Key Responsibilities:

    Strategic Leadership
    Provides inspired and motivating leadership to the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers; mobilizing the varied talents and resources available to plan for and deliver growth in mission impact. This involves developing overall goals, timelines, and budgets in partnership with the Board and ensuring goals are achieved and performance meets or exceeds expectations.

    Leads the execution of strategic revenue plans to drive diverse and sustainable growth; consistently delivering against established revenue/expense targets. This includes ensuring that the responsibilities and accountabilities are well-defined in the functions of relationship management, cultivation, stewardship, and pipeline development.

    Board Recruitment & Development
    Nurtures ongoing development of an engaged and high-performing board by fostering mutual trust and respect, emphasizing shared leadership and responsibility, and providing thoughtful reflection on performance. Keeps board leadership current on all PGI communications and programs.

    Public Policy and Advocacy
    Positions PGI as an effective, vital, historic preservation organization. Represents Preservation Greensboro at all appropriate public meetings and functions and makes effective public presentations. Establishes and maintains relationships with key individuals in both the public and private sectors. Works for strong communications with local elected officials and related nonprofit organizations.

    Marketing, Communications and Public Relations
    Oversees the development of all promotional and communications strategies. Leads all public relations efforts and serves as the Preservation Greensboro spokesperson.

    Staff and Financial Management
    Establishes administrative policies and procedures for all day-to-day functions and operations for a full-time staff of three plus contracted services. Preserves the fiscal responsibility by operating within the approved budget; maximizing resource utilization and maintaining financial records and forecast reports. Oversees submission to the board of annual and monthly statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization. Performs personnel management functions including but not limited to performance management, training, supervision, and hiring/termination.

    Desired Qualifications

    ● At least 5 years’ professional nonprofit experience, with a clear record of achievement in a complex, mission-driven organization; minimum of 2 years in a supervisory capacity preferred.

    ● Bachelor's degree in disciplines related to business, public administration, communications, planning, and/or historic preservation. Advanced degree in historic preservation or related fields is preferred.

    ● Record of success in a fundraising leadership role, particularly in establishing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence including funders, partner agencies, and volunteers. It is anticipated PGI will conduct a capital campaign in the near future so professional or volunteer experience is a plus.

    ● Experience with managing a preservation revolving fund and/or preservation projects is desired.

    ● Strong financial management skills including budget preparation, analysis, decision making, and reporting.

    ● Exceptional management skills and the ability to inspire, lead, and motivate a talented staff team; developing and sustaining an inclusive and respectful work environment through all interactions with staff and volunteers.

    ● Ability to be a passionate spokesperson/representative of PGI’s mission.

    ● High degree of energy, integrity, transparency, and creativity.

    ● Proven track record of success and accomplishments.

    Salary and Benefits

    Salary: $70,000 to 80,000

    Benefits: PGI offers reimbursement for medical insurance and paid leave (sick time, vacation, and holidays).


    For consideration, please email your resume and cover letter to Esther Hall ( with Executive Director in the subject line by September 22,2023.

  • 08 Sep 2023 3:05 PM | Debra Rantanen

    Digital Archivist Position Opening

    Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory

    ($53,627 - $85,951)

    Job Description

    Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPPM), a unit of the Maryland Historical Trust, is recruiting for a full time, permanent Digital Archivist. JPPM is located in St. Leonard, Calvert County, Maryland, and is a center for both regional and statewide archaeological research.  It is home to the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab), which houses over 10 million artifacts.  The MAC Lab is responsible for the in-perpetuity curation of the State of Maryland’s archaeological collections, including artifacts and associated records. The main purpose of this job is to create and implement policies to ensure that digital archaeological records are properly managed, preserved, accessible, and associated with descriptive and meaningful metadata.


    Duties for this position will include creating an archival management plan for paper, photographic and digital records associated with the MAC Lab’s archaeological collections. This plan will include creating and managing a database for digital data and conducting data entry of all metadata for the associated digital records; coordinating with MAC Lab and Maryland Historical Trust staff regarding the disposition of digital, photographic and paper records in accordance with the records retention and disposition schedule for the Maryland State Archives; preparing digital, photographic and paper records for long-term curation; providing access to digital records while maintaining protections of confidential archaeological site location information; assisting with environmental monitoring of the records storage area; and assisting with grant writing.


    Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in archival management, history, archaeology, museum studies or a related field from an accredited college or university and a minimum of one year’s experience in digital archive management. Additional experience as defined above may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

    Preferred qualifications include a master’s in library science from an American Library Association accredited program or a graduate degree in archival studies, history, archaeology, museum studies or a related field. Society of American Archivists Digital Archives Specialist certificate preferred. Minimum of two years’ experience in digital archive management.

    To Apply

    The applicant must be a US citizen or have a currently valid work visa. 

    To apply for this position, closing on October 9, 2023, visit

  • 07 Sep 2023 10:37 AM | Kelli Hepler

    The Muskegon Museum of Art (MMA) is seeking a full-time qualified professional to serve in the newly created position of Bennett-Schmidt Curator of Women’s Art and Director of The Bennett Prize for Women Figurative Realist Painters.

    The creation of this position coincides with the construction of The Bennett-Schmidt Pavilion, an addition to the current museum which will feature exhibitions dedicated to the work of women artists.  The Bennett-Schmidt Curator will; 1) be responsible for the women-focused programming of the MMA, including the selection, design and logistics of the various exhibitions of the work of women artists sponsored by the museum; 2) curate the work of women artists in the MMA permanent collection (including those contained in The Bennett Collection, a gift of over 150 contemporary and historic paintings of women by women being given to the museum by the Texas-based collectors, Steven Alan Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt); 3) function as Director of The Bennett Prize for Women Figurative Realist Painters, a biennial, juried art competition that awards $50,000 to one woman artist to create her own solo exhibition and awards an additional prize of $10,000 to a woman painter for achievement in figurative realism. The incumbent will also oversee the associated exhibition, which travels the country for two years following the award. The Prize is intended to encourage women artists who have historically been underrepresented in the art world and to showcase and promote figurative realism.

    In their capacity as Director of The Bennett Prize, the incumbent will be responsible for the organization, coordination, and management of all Bennett Prize activities, including overseeing the logistics of the competition and the call for entries, gathering the information for the exhibition and associated catalogue, overseeing the design of the catalogue and, in conjunction with MMA staff, overseeing the installation of the exhibition at the MMA and the logistics of the traveling exhibition. Given the national scope of The Prize, the incumbent must have significant skill in coordinating with other institutions and individuals, including museums, art galleries, consultants, and awardees.

    The ideal candidate will have significant experience, preferably 5 or more years, in and with museums, art exhibitions, and arts management and will have an understanding of and experience with managing a collection of art objects, mounting museum exhibitions that include all types of art, and the creation of promotional materials related to such exhibitions, including accompanying scholarly catalogues. A Master of Arts degree in museum studies or administration, museum science, museology, or art history is preferred. Alternatively, the appropriate candidate might have a Master of Fine Arts degree in an artistic discipline with accompanying experience in a museum setting. Lesser education, but not less than a bachelor’s degree, with offsetting experience may be considered for the right candidate.

    A complete detailed job description can be found at:

    Full-Time Position with Benefits

    Salary Range: $60,000 -$70,000

    Application materials can be emailed to by Friday, October 6, 2023.

  • 07 Sep 2023 7:57 AM | Stacie Vodra

    Development Director

    Montgomery History, Rockville, MD

    Montgomery History seeks a skilled, experienced, and enthusiastic professional for the position of Development Director. The successful candidate will be an integral part of our team and will advance the organization’s mission by helping to build our base of support and increase awareness of and engagement in our activities.

    About Montgomery History

    Montgomery History collects, preserves, interprets, and shares the histories of all of Montgomery County’s residents. Our goal is to make local history relevant, accessible, inclusive, and engaging. To that end, we undertake the following activities:

    • Operate the Jane C. Sween Research Library and Special Collections, the county’s most comprehensive historical library;
    • Manage the County’s official government archives;
    • Maintain a 10,000-item collection of historic artifacts;
    • Deliver a wide variety of educational programming, both in-person and online, including the annual Montgomery County History Conference, the county’s National History Day event, streaming History Conversations, and the award-winning Speakers Bureau;
    • Operate the Stonestreet Museum of 19th Century Medicine on the campus of the City of Rockville’s c. 1815 Beall-Dawson House; and
    • Provide a home for the Harper Center for Suburban Studies.


    The Development Director will report to and work closely with the Executive Director and the Development Committee of the Board of Directors. Responsibilities include:

    • Develop and implement a clear fundraising strategy that includes realistic, yet ambitious goals.
    • Oversee all aspects of donor solicitations, project-specific appeals, and the Annual Fund campaign.
    • Prepare letters of inquiry, funding requests, and other materials to solicit funds from foundations, government agencies, businesses, and organizations.
    • Manage major giving program and support efforts to secure planned gifts.
    • Produce timely donor updates and reports.
    • Organize periodic cultivation and stewardship events to strategically engage prospects and donors in our programming.
    • Research prospective individual donors, businesses, and foundations.
    • Design and produce regular fundraising reports.
    • Solicit donations of product and/or in-kind support from businesses and individuals.
    • Ensure prompt and personalized gift acknowledgement and recognition.
    • Develop and coordinate the production of promotional materials related to fundraising and program activities.


    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent;
    • Impeccable writing and oral communication skills;
    • At least five years of professional development experience;
    • Demonstrated track record of success using a variety of fundraising techniques including special events, corporate sponsorships, foundation proposals, and membership;
    • Keen understanding of fundraising best practices;
    • Highly organized, thorough, and detail-oriented;
    • Organizational and time management skills;
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and CRM software;
    • Availability to work occasional evenings and weekends; and
    • Creativity, inquisitiveness, flexibility, and good humor.

    Preferred Skills and Experience:

    • Experience working with 4-figure and higher donors and prospects;
    • Experience working with WordPress, social media platforms, and Bloomerang (donor database software);
    • Experience working in a small nonprofit setting; and
    • Knowledge of the history and culture of Montgomery County, Maryland.

    To Apply

    This is a permanent, full-time position with occasional weekend and evening hours required. Because programs and events may be located throughout Montgomery County, access to reliable transportation is necessary. After an introductory period, working remotely 2-3 days per week may be permitted. The starting salary will be $70,000 to $80,000 with an opportunity for increases as the organization prospers. The benefit package includes health and dental insurance, paid vacation, Federal holidays, sick leave, and employer-matched retirement.

    To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter explaining why you are a good fit for the position to Matthew Logan, Executive Director at Type “Application for Development Director” in the subject line. No phone calls please. All applicants will be notified that their application has been received. Selected applicants will be contacted for telephone and/or in-person interviews.

    Equal Employment Opportunity

    Montgomery History is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all applicants and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, family responsibility, pregnancy, genetic status or information, military or veteran status or on any status protected by federal, state or local law.

  • 04 Sep 2023 11:04 AM | Doris Galuchie



    The Hopewell Museum, founded in 1922 and situated in the quaint town of Hopewell, New Jersey, is seeking an industrious and innovative Executive Director to implement the Museum’s mission to preserve and promote the story of life in Hopewell Valley from its pre-colonial beginnings to the present. The Executive Director is appointed by the Board of Trustees and is generally responsible for the overall operations and management of the Museum, including the implementation of Board initiatives, fundraising, and assisting in the management of an exciting renovation and expansion project.

    Employment Type: Temporary, part-time employee position that may transition into permanent part-time or full-time after one year.  The workplace will be considered hybrid.

    Salary Range: Twenty hours per week at $35-$45 per hour, commensurate with education and experience.

    Required Qualifications:

    • ·        Bachelor’s degree in public history, museum studies, non-profit management, or a related field.
    • ·        Fundraising and grant-writing experience.
    • ·        Knowledge of standards and best practices for museums and nonprofits.
    • ·        Experience developing and managing budgets.
    • ·        Event-planning experience.
    • ·        Exemplary writing skills.
    • ·        An aptitude for public speaking.
    • ·        Willingness to work a variable schedule, including to help staff occasional evening and weekend events or participate in evening or weekend meetings..

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • ·        Master’s degree or commensurate experience.
    • ·        Curatorial experience.
    • ·        Experience with building construction projects.

    Summary of Responsibilities:

    • ·        Take direction from the Board of Trustees while overseeing all aspects of the organization’s operations.
    • ·        Work with the Board of Trustees, staff, and volunteers to further the mission of the organization.
    • ·        Supervise Museum staff and volunteers.
    • ·        Ensure a stable financial foundation for the Museum through the development and implementation of fundraising initiatives, including application for and procurement of grant funding.
    • ·        Cultivate new contributors, while retaining current individual and corporate donors.
    • ·        Serve as a proactive spokesperson to develop and maintain strong community partnerships.
    • ·        With the appropriate approvals, prepare and issue press releases, manage social media, and update the Museum website.
    • ·        Various administrative duties essential to the functioning of a small office.
    • ·        At the direction of the Collections Committee, oversee the curation, conservation, installation, and maintenance of all Museum collections and exhibits.
    • ·        At the direction of the Programming Committee, oversee the development and coordination of all public programming activities and events.
    • ·        At the direction of the Buildings and Grounds Committee, oversee the management of the facilities and grounds.
    • ·        At the direction of the Finance Committee, participate in the development of annual and long-range budgets.
    • ·        At the direction of the Joint Long-Range Planning Committee, participate in the development of organizational objectives and long-range plans.
    • ·        At the direction of the Treasurer, assist in executing and recording of financial transactions.
    • ·        At the direction of the Board of Trustees and the Reimagination Committee, provide administrative and logistical support for the Museum’s renovation and new construction project.
    • ·        Manage the Museum Gift Shop.

    Disclaimer: The preceding job description is merely a summary of the typical functions of the position.  It is by no means an exhaustive list of all possible responsibilities, tasks, and duties.

    How to Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Doris Galuchie at

  • 31 Aug 2023 11:43 AM | Meghann Mahoney

    Job Description

    The Public Programs History Specialist spearheads the research, implementation, and evaluation of history programs for children, adults, and families. Additionally, they implement horticultural and ecology programming for all age groups and assist with general visitor operations of the site.


    • Develop, lead, and evaluate youth, family, and adult programming, to include monthly homeschool programs, monthly Colonial Cocktails program, traveling trunk presentations, and quarterly adult workshops in history and horticulture.
    • Lead interactive school tours of our historic area (including conducting demonstrations of various 18th century skills in various weather conditions while wearing 18th century costume).
    • Develop, lead, and evaluate interactive tours of our 1-acre historic site, including the two reconstructed buildings and original brick building.
    • Lead interactive tours of and programs in our 10 acres (about half the area of Chicago's Millennium Park) of woodland and ornamental gardens for school groups, adult tour groups, and general visitors.
    • Continue to implement and evaluate interpretive plan for the 1760s historic William Brown House, maintaining current and adding new interactive elements, updating training manuals, and working with Events, Development, and Facilities to ensure the well-being of the historic building and its collections.
    • Working in conjunction with the Director of Public Programs, assist with the planning and implementation of two annual public events, including meeting with external partners, staffing the event, coordinating with volunteers, and assisting with preparation, setup, implementation, and evaluation.
    • Working in conjunction with the Director of Public Programs, assisting with the training and supervision of House Docent volunteers.
    • Perform research as needed to answer history inquiries from the general public, members, external scholars, and the London Town organization.
    • Assist with front desk duties and customer service.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications & Skills:

    • 4 years of experience working in an informal education setting, or equivalent education and experience.
    • Experience in historic interpretation.
    • Proven experience in successful program development.
    • College-level education in the fields of American History, World History, Social Studies education, or similar fields.
    • Experience working with the public and speaking to visitors of all ages, including school and adult groups.
    • Interest in, and ability to learn about, horticulture, gardening, and ecology.

    Physical & Environmental Requirements:

    • The candidate must possess the following:

    o Ability to perform various functions such as standing, sitting, kneeling/squatting, walking across uneven surfaces, climbing stairs, lifting up to 30 pounds, seeing in varying light conditions, and participating in some strenuous physical activities.

    o Ability to work outside all day in varying weather conditions.

    o Ability to come in daily contact with pollen, dust, smoke, perfumes, mold, and other seasonal and environmental allergens.

    o Ability to wear historically accurate and complete 18th century clothing for an entire workday, some of which may be uncomfortable to a modern wearer.

    Work Schedule

    This is a permanent, full-time, salaried position. The public programs administrator will work 40 hours per week: Tuesday through Saturday, from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm, with occasional evening work.

    Reports to:

    Director of Public Programs


    • $53,000 annually. This position is considered a full-time position and is eligible for the following benefits:
    • Health care with 70% of the premium paid by London Town for individual only. Spouse and dependent coverage as well as dental and vision is available at the employee’s expense.
    • Retirement plan and Foundation match
    • Foundation-paid flexible spending account ($750)
    • 10 days of accrued annual and 7 days of personal leave each year plus paid holidays.

    How to Apply:

    Email cover letter and resume to

    Application accepted through Wednesday, September 13.

    About Historic London Town and Gardens

    Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater, MD is a 23-acre museum and gardens operated by the London Town Foundation (501c3 nonprofit) on behalf of Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks. Learn more at

  • 30 Aug 2023 7:30 PM | Robin Malpass

    POSITION: Executive Director – National Quilt Museum

    Are you an inspiring and creative leader with a passion for building a strong team culture and fostering meaningful community and business partnerships? Do you have a proven record of leadership, delivering exceptional customer experiences, driving revenue, and fundraising results? If so, we are seeking an enthusiastic Executive Director to lead The National Quilt Museum.  As the Executive Director, you will play a vital role in overseeing all aspects of our operations, driving our mission forward, and making a positive meaningful impact within the quilting as well as local community.  The Executive Director will partner with and report to the Board of Directors.


    • Model and promote our organization's core values and passion for quilts, quilting and quilters. Emphasizing and driving these values through energetic leadership throughout all interactions and experiences.
    • Cultivate a performance-oriented culture, promoting accountability, empowerment, and excellence among the staff.
    • Provide inspirational leadership to our staff, offering guidance, motivation, development, accountability, and support, while aligning all with our goals and priorities.
    • Create, develop, and execute stewardship, development plans, and tactics that foster strong relationships with supporters, volunteers, partners, donors, businesses, and community leaders to achieve annual objectives.
    • Oversee and execute the annual budget, identifying opportunities for revenue and donation growth, as well as cost savings and efficiencies in collaboration with the Board of Directors.
    • Attract, develop, and retain a high-performing lean team, ensuring adherence to our core values and mission through defined processes, while measuring results.
    • Implement and execute the National Quilt Museum brand vision and executional strategy, by creating, enhancing, and personalizing our visitors’ experiences.
    • Represent the National Quilt Museum at public events and engagements, promoting our mission, programs, and outcomes to media, supporters, and partners, while building additional relationships within the quilting community.


    • Three plus years in a nonprofit leadership role, with strong proven focus on leadership, culture, accountability, revenue and fund-raising generation, and community engagement.
    • A bachelor's degree in a relevant field (e.g., business administration or nonprofit management).
    • Demonstrated management experience, including talent development, and building an inclusive, high-performing team, built on transparency and accountability.
    • Proficiency in budget management and execution.
    • Experience enhancing organizational reputation through effective communication, internally and externally, while utilizing various marketing and media methodologies and tactics.
    • Experience and proven collaborator with staff, board of directors, community leaders and industry leaders.
    • Personally passionate about the maker and creative community.

    Qualities for Success

    • Passionate about our mission and driven to be part of something bigger.
    • Proven track record of driving and exceeding objectives and expectations.
    • Financial acumen, with the ability to manage and understand P&L and balance sheet.
    • Collaborative nature, skilled in building teams that respect diverse viewpoints and work together for success.
    • Strong leadership and management abilities, encouraging high performance and professional growth.
    • Detail-oriented, with a sense of urgency.
    • Inquisitive, seeking clarity where and when needed.
    • Open to learning from others and continuous improvement.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, effectively articulating the organization's mission.

    Job Type: Full-time

    Annual Salary: $75,000.00 - $80,000.00*

    *Potential annual bonus based on achieving key annual objectives


    As needed, occasionally, for special events, quilt industry meetings, and donor requests.

    Ability to commute/relocate

    215 Jefferson Street, Paducah, KY 

    Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required).

    Work Location



    Email a cover letter, resume and three professional references to 

    No phone calls, please. 


    The National Quilt Museum honors today’s quilters and inspires future quilters with exceptional exhibitions, education, and programming. Our vision is to be America’s premier quilt museum, celebrating traditional/nontraditional and extraordinary quilts from the United States and around the world.

    The National Quilt Museum features masterpiece quilts created by today’s most well-known quilters and fiber artists from around world.  The museum inspires and motivates the growth and expansion of quilting to new audiences through exhibits, education programs, preservation, and advocacy efforts. The museum is in Paducah, KY and sees visitors annually from all 50 states and over 40 foreign countries. The museum was founded in 1991.

    Since 2010, the museum has been an eight-time TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner and a two-time TripAdvisor Hall of Fame winner. The Hall of Fame honors destinations that have received the Certificate of Excellence at least five years in a row.


    Paducah is a beautiful historic river town at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee rivers. The United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Paducah as a Creative City in November 2013 for the City’s important role in the connectivity of cultures through creativity. Paducah is one of only nine cities in the United States to hold this distinction.

    The county seat of McCracken County, Paducah is the largest town in the Purchase Area of the state. The combination of southern charm and hospitality that originated with Paducah’s founding in 1827 is still alive and well - blending a rich history with a stable economy, healthy business climate, and outstanding schools and neighborhoods.

    Paducah boasts a thriving arts and entertainment community — from theaters and museums to parks and sporting events. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate Paducah’s excellent location: three state parks are within a 45-minute drive, and all offer scenic shores, challenging golf courses, beach areas, and fully equipped marinas.

  • 18 Aug 2023 9:37 AM | Steve Humphrey

    Position: Executive Director

    The Steamboat Era Museum, a small community history organization in Irvington, Virginia, seeks an energetic, creative, and goal-oriented leader with non-profit and development experience to serve as Executive Director (ED).

    About the Steamboat Era Museum 

    The Steamboat Era Museum collects and preserves artifacts of the Steamboat Era on the Chesapeake Bay.  Through the design of dynamic exhibits and educational programs, the Museum illustrates and interprets the important economic and lifestyle changes steamboats brought to Virginia and Maryland communities on the Bay from 1813-1937. The pilothouse of the Potomac was installed as the central exhibit in 2019 after three years of fundraising and restoration work.

    The museum was founded in 1998 by a group who wanted to ensure the history and importance of steamboats to the Northern Neck and Chesapeake Bay were not forgotten.  In 2001, the largest remnant of a Chesapeake Bay steamboat in existence, the pilothouse of the Steamer Potomac, was acquired by the museum. The museum building opened in 2004.

    The museum is a member of the American Alliance of Museums, Virginia Museum Association, Council of American Maritime Museums and is recognized by the National Park Service as a Chesapeake Bay Gateway.  For the past few years, it had been designated one of the “Best Museums in Eastern Virginia” by Virginia Living Magazine.

    Job Description

    The general responsibilities of the ED are broad, but focus on management and operation of the museum, development, and collection management.  In conjunction with the Board, the ED undertakes long- and short-range planning, policy development, budget preparation and monitoring, and development of museum programs and services.  Work hours will be flexible and commensurate with museum requirements and ED’s needs/preferences.  The baseline expectation is a 24-hour work week (three eight-hour days or equivalent).  The ED manages one part-time staff member, a contracted marketing consultant, and volunteers who serve as docents and on established committees that support the core work of the museum.

    The ED represents the museum in the community, participates in events which increase awareness of the Steamboat Era and museum, expands community outreach, and performs duties which encourage donation of relevant artifacts and funds to the museum.

    The ED is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the mission and vision of the museum, reports directly to the President of the Board of Directors (the Board), works collaboratively with the Board, and is responsible and accountable for efficient day-to-day operation of the museum.  The ED serves as a non-voting, ex-officio member of the Board and Board committees.  The Executive Committee of the Board will conduct an annual review of the ED’s performance prior to setting the budget for the next fiscal year.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the Executive Director

    The Board believes engagement and philanthropy are critical activities for the next five years and has recently completed a strategic plan supporting its goals.  A key component of the plan is the Full Steam Ahead Campaign started this year.  The following duties and responsibilities reflect the Board’s priorities.

    Engagement, Philanthropy, and Grant Writing.  The ED will work with the Board to support the Full Steam Ahead Campaign.  The ED will assist efforts to identify and pursue fundraising and grant opportunities and make regular reports to the Board and relevant committees.  The ED will assist Engagement Committee efforts to increase donors/members, manage donor/member relationships, and maintain accurate donor/member records.  It is anticipated that engagement, philanthropy, and grant writing will require 40 percent of the ED’s time.

    Planning.  The ED will support Board and committee planning efforts to achieve the museum’s vision and execute the strategic plan.  It is anticipated that planning will require 10 percent of the Executive Director’s time.

    Fiscal Stewardship and Financial and Non-financial Records Maintenance.  The ED will be responsible for day-to-day financial management of the museum and will maintain essential financial and non-financial records.  The ED will ensure maintenance of accurate membership and donor records and records related to utilization of the museum.  Both digital and hard copy records will be maintained in an orderly and accessible system.  It is anticipated that fiscal stewardship and records maintenance will require 10 percent of the ED’s time.

    Facilities Management.  The ED will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the museum building, grounds, and equipment and will ensure the safe and reliable operation of the museum.  The ED will ensure a proactive approach to maintenance, replacement, and budgeting.  It is anticipated that facilities management will require five percent of the ED’s time.

    Information Technology Management.  The ED will be responsible for the execution of the Information Technology Management Plan and monitoring and maintenance of the museum’s hardware and software architecture to ensure uninterrupted continuity of operations.  It is anticipated that information technology management will require five percent of the ED’s time.

    Other Duties and Responsibilities of the Executive Director

    The following duties and responsibilities will together require approximately 30 percent of the ED’s time.  Demands will vary based on the season, planned activities, availability of volunteers, and the museum’s capacity to hire staff or consultants to assist with specific duties or tasks.

    Museum Visitor Services.  Working with the Museum Manager, the ED will ensure the museum is open and staffed during posted hours of operation.  The ED will support and coordinate, as required, the scheduling of group tours and coordination of volunteer staffing for regular hours, special tours, and events.  The ED will exercise oversight of the museum shop, including shop purchases, inventory records, price-setting, and mandatory reporting.  The ED will ensure that all volunteers are trained, that staffing is sufficient, and that a congenial atmosphere and environment conducive for recruiting and retaining volunteers is maintained.  From time-to-time, the ED may conduct tours and educational programs.

    Community Engagement.  The ED will develop and implement programs, community activities, and other events to further the mission of the museum and benefit the community.

    Brand, Communications, and Marketing.  Working closely with the Engagement Committee, the ED will promote the museum and its events and activities through a variety of media and will ensure the website and social media accounts are current.  

    Exhibits.  The ED will work with the Board and assigned exhibit project teams to develop, implement, and install exhibits for the museum and off-site venues, as appropriate.

    Education and Programs.  The ED will work with the General Education Committee and Children’s Program Director to develop and implement adult, continuing education, and children’s programs.

    Collections (Acquisition, Preservation and Conservation).  The ED will work with the Board and Historian/Curator to ensure that items donated to the museum are appropriately reviewed, accessioned, conserved, preserved, cataloged, and displayed.

    Event Planning and Execution.  The ED will support planning and execution of events such as the Annual Crab Festival and other special events.

    Skills and Expertise Required:

    • Experience in planning, philanthropy, and management in a non-profit setting.

    • Proficient and capable of representing the museum eloquently and effectively.

    • Strong people skills, specifically working with volunteers, a Board of Directors, paid staff, and consultants/contractors.

    • Previous experience with museums desirable, but not mandatory.

    • Familiarity with the PC Windows environment and knowledge of the following applications: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneDrive.  Experience with Publisher, PastPerfect CRM, QuickBooks Online, and LightSpeed POS desirable.

    • Adept at information technology and social media, especially Facebook and Instagram.


    The Executive Director will have a relevant bachelor's degree and 3-5 years' work in a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience, demonstrating the ability required to support a non-profit organization.  Experience in planning and development in a non-profit organization is an important qualification for this position.

    Salary: This is a part-time salaried position with no benefits and a salary range $24-32,000.  The salary is based on an average 24-hour work week for 49 weeks a year.  The work schedule may vary, requiring some weekend and evening hours, with the opportunity of working from home during the off-season.  The work schedule will be coordinated with and approved by the Board.

    Closing date: September 15, 2023

    To Apply: Please submit cover letter and resume to: No phone inquiries please.  EOE

    Steamboat Era Museum

    PO Box 132

    156 King Carter Drive

    Irvington, VA 22480

  • 17 Aug 2023 10:21 AM | Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

    Job Purpose

    The Expeditionary Programs Manager works with the Director of Maritime Programs to manage and lead on-water expedition programming for teenagers. The position also supports the Museum’s Champlain Longboats youth boat building and open-water rowing program that partners with regional schools and community organizations. More information about the expeditions can be found here: and Champlain Longboats here: 

    The Expeditionary Programs Manager leads the annual planning and management for the Museum’s overnight on-water summer expedition trips, with responsibilities including but not limited to hiring, training, and managing seasonal staff; planning program schedules, itinerary, and content; communicating with parents as needed before, during, and after trips; facilitating parent and student evaluations; working with the Museum’s marketing and communications team to effectively promote programs and to generate registrations, and with the development team to share the impact of programs with donors; leading trips on-water as needed; working with trip leaders to coordinate and implement food prep; and providing land support for expeditionary trips led by other trip leaders. Above all, the Expeditionary Programs Manager should value and prioritize safety, team building, and teen empowerment for these programs. 

    In addition to expeditions, the Expeditionary Programs Manager also supports Champlain Longboats youth boat building and rowing programs by assisting in the boat shop and on boat building outings with students; coaching rowing teams; assisting with rowing program logistics including trailering/hauling/launching boats as needed; coordinating and assisting with travel to out-of-state races; supporting local race logistics and preparation. 

    Additional duties may include facilitating maintenance projects on the museum’s fleet of rowing gigs, working with volunteers, working on the repair of donated boats, assisting with adult rowing programs and other education programs for students at the Museum. 

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Manage summer on-water expedition trips 
      • Hire, train, and supervise trip leaders 
      • Plan content, itinerary, and logistics for overnight trips 
      • Organize expedition gear storage areas, clean gear in between expeditions, and track the repair and warranties of gear 
      • Lead overnight trips as needed
      • Manage land support on trips led by other trip leaders 
      • Manage communication with parents and students before, during, and after trips 
      • Coordinate with the marketing and communications team to promote expeditions and registrations 
    • Boat Building and Rowing Program Support 
      • Participate in boat repair and restoration projects 
      • Assist in the boat shop with student boat building or student outings  
      • Manage rowing program logistics 
      • Move/haul/launch rowing gigs  
      • Coach rowing as needed 
      • Lead rowing outings on Lake Champlain with youth and adults 
      • Provide support for local and out-of-state rowing races/events  
    • Assist with adult rowing club logistics in coordination with adult rowing club leaders 
    • Support on-site school programs as needed and schedule allows 
    • Take photos and video, and write up summaries and stories of expeditions and Champlain Longboats program in coordination with the marketing and communications team  
    • Other duties as assigned 

    Qualifications, Skills, and Attributes

    • Experience in outdoor education  
    • Experience leading on-water trips 
    • Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification, or willingness to obtain certifications 
    • Experience and passion for working with middle and high school students of all abilities (It is essential that the applicant wants to and enjoys working with adolescents) 
    • Intellectual curiosity about subjects related to boats and on-water environments and a desire to teach 
    • Aptitude for working with boats, tools, equipment, trailers, etc. 
    • Ability to organize and prioritize tasks, including a strong ability to work under the pressure of multiple deadlines 
    • Strong interpersonal and team leadership skills 
    • Strong writing and public communication skills 
    • A commitment to collaboration and an enthusiasm for Lake Champlain, its history, and its future 

    Working Conditions

    • This position will include onsite, offsite, and on-water work. 
    • This position includes moving and maintaining large wooden boats, trip gear, and other heavy items inside and outside in all seasons, using trailers and tractors as needed. 
    • Work outside will occur in all weather conditions. 

    How to Apply:

    To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and three references to Nick Patch at  

    Applications due no later than September 5, 2023. All applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and this job listing will be updated when if position is filled before the deadline. 

    Equal Opportunity Employment: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. The Museum prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type based on race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

    Job Title Expeditionary Programs Manager
    Reports To Director of Maritime Programs
    Employment Dates Year-round, full time (40 hours/week)
    Status Non-Exempt
    Salary $20/hour
    Includes a benefit package with 24 days of Earned Time Off for new employees
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