Employment Opportunities

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CLHO members may send their job postings to info@clho.org, and we will post them here as soon as possible. Please be sure to include relevant deadlines, including a closing date for each position, and web links to more detailed application information.

To help create a more equitable museum workforce, we strongly encourage you to include salary and wage information in your job postings.

While we try to keep this list current, please notice the closing date for each listing. If you are not a member and wish to post a job or internship opportunity, please contact director@clho.org.

Membership and Programs Manager

Connecticut League of History Organizations

The Connecticut League of History Organizations (CLHO) seeks a Membership and Programs Manager to support essential program planning and membership cultivation efforts.

About CLHO: The Connecticut League is a nonprofit statewide membership organization serving museums, historical societies, archives, libraries, and other cultural heritage institutions across Connecticut.  Our mission is to strengthen the work of those who preserve and share the stories and objects of Connecticut’s history and culture.  We provide advice, resources, programs, training, networking opportunities, and other services to support best practices in the state’s museum and cultural field.  The League partners with Connecticut Humanities, and with the Public History Program at Central Connecticut State University, where our office is based, to carry out our mission.

Salary: $45,000 annually, plus benefits package (describe this when we know what it is)

Duration: This is a full-time, two-year grant-funded position with the possibility of extension, dependent upon continued funding. Expected start date is February 2021.

Description: Reporting to the Executive Director, the Membership and Programs Manager will be responsible for the League’s membership and programming functions.  The successful candidate will engage with a membership of nearly 800 individuals representing over 200 organizations to grow and strengthen the League’s membership base, understand the needs and challenges of the museum community, and develop membership strategies and program offerings that address those needs.  The Membership and Programs Manager will be an important public face for the League, representing our values and mission to our members, constituents, and the wider world.

How to apply: Please indicate your interest with a cover letter and resume.  In your cover letter, please tell us why you are the ideal candidate for this position and how your values are aligned with those of the Connecticut League.  Send your application materials to Amrys O. Williams, Executive Director, at director@clho.org, with the subject line “Membership and Programs Manager.”

Deadline: 3 January 2022

For more information, including a complete and downloadable job description, click here.

Manager of Partnerships and Projects

Connecticut Humanities

CT Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities located in Middletown, Connecticut, seeks a full-time (37.5 hours), Manager of Partnerships and Projects. CT Humanities (CTH) administers the Connecticut Humanities Fund, maintains the websites connecticuthistory.org and teachitct.org, and provides support to Connecticut’s cultural organizations. With an expected $30.7M of funding from the state over two years, CTH will be expanding its grantmaking, partnerships, and statewide public humanities projects.

Description: Reporting to the Executive Director, the Manager of Partnerships and Projects will serve as a liaison with CT Humanities’ funded partners, convene partner groups, and provide guidance, assess progress, and report impact of partner activities and projects relating to CTH’s mission, strategic goals, and funding priorities. Current projects to be managed include digital collections management, access, and preservation integration for statewide digital content providers; a first ever statewide inventory of existing oral history collections; and training and guidance to help small cultural organizations interpret humanities projects in public spaces. This person will also work across CTH departments to develop more inclusive and representative content for, and expand access to, our digital resources.

Salary: $70,000/year, plus full CTH benefits package (health, dental, vision, and life insurance, retirement plan, and vacation and paid time off)

Job Duration: This is a two-year position with the possibility of extensions, dependent on continued state funding support.

For More Information and to Apply

Shop Associate, PT

Hill-Stead Museum

Hill-Stead Museum is seeking a Part-Time Shop Associate to manage the newly re-opened Museum Shop. Under the general direction of the Curator, the Part-Time Shop Associate is responsible for operation of the Museum Shop and Visitor Services on select days when the Museum is open and as necessary during special events. Flexibility in schedule is required. The Museum Shop is open to the public Wednesday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. (It is required that the shop is kept open until the last tour leaves in case guests want to visit the shop after their tour). The Shop Associate will work 9:30 am – 4:30 pm on select days to accommodate the shop hours. This position must work less than 40 hours a week. Primary responsibilities include greeting visitors, selling admissions tickets and memberships, processing shop sales, and maintaining the Museum Shop. Additional duties include restocking shelves, labeling and pricing merchandise, and conducting inventory. This position serves as an ambassador for HSM and is the first point of contact most visitors have with the organization.

Education & Experience: High School diploma or GED required. Previous retail or customer service experience is a plus. Salary starting at $13/hour.

To apply: For details regarding how to apply for this position, as well as a full job description, please email Megan at olverm@hillstead.org.

Public Programs Manager, PT

Greenwich Historical Society

Founded in 1931 the Greenwich Historical Society operates a nationally-accredited museum, research library and archives with the mission to “preserve and interpret Greenwich history to strengthen the community’s connection to our past, to each other and to our future.” Central to the institution is the Bush-Holley House, a National Historic Landmark built in 1730, that was later the home of the Cos Cob art colony, a gathering place for American Impressionist painters and intellectuals. Our campus includes state-of-the art exhibition galleries, a research library, a museum store in the restored Toby’s Tavern building, and a classroom and meeting space in the Vanderbilt Education Barn. Our grounds feature American Impressionist era flower, fruit and vegetable gardens, and accessible paths that link the new museum to Bush-Holley House.

JOB SUMMARY:   The Public Programs Manager part-time position designs and presents, in collaboration with a community engagement team, a broad range of public programs for adults on history, art, architecture, landscape and gardens relating to the Historical Society’s exhibitions, historic site, collections and diverse community heritage. The Public Programs Manager sustains existing and fosters new relationships with local, regional and national partners to enhance public programs, engage target audiences and broaden stakeholders in the Historical Society’s mission. Part-time position is 30 hours (4 days)/week) for $36,000 with benefits, including 50% individual health insurance coverage and employer contribution to retirement plan after 1 year.

REQUIREMENTS: Master’s degree in museum studies, pubic history or related field; excellent oral and written communication skills; keen listener; excels in interpersonal interaction; collaborative work style; excellent time management skills and strong work ethic

EXPERIENCE: 3 years minimum managing programs and partnerships; successful track record of developing quality programming and nurturing partnerships

TO APPLY: Send cover letter and resume to Laura Kelly, lkelly@greenwichhistory.org.

Interpretation & Education: Weekend Coordinator & School Programs Assistant

The Mark Twain House & Museum 

The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT is seeking a part time employee to manage tour operations on weekends and to support our school programs team during the week.. Duties will include, opening and closing the museum, overseeing weekend interpreters on site, managing the cash drawer and daily reports. Other duties will include working alongside our school programs coordinator to research and prepare for various school programs. The person in this position will conduct tours, present programs, and help plan school reservations.  A more complete description with instructions on how to apply can be found at https://marktwainhouse.org/careers.

Part-time Docents Needed

Friends of the Wood Memorial Library & Museum

The Friends of Wood Memorial Library & Museum is seeking animated and enthusiastic volunteer docents. The primary subject currently is Connecticut Native American Heritage, but other opportunities include general central Connecticut history, Architecture, New England Horticulture and General Museum Studies. Ideal applicants will have a BA degree in a related subject area or prior teaching or docent experience. College and graduate students are also welcome. Clear, welcoming and friendly communication skills are a basic requirement. Training is available and ongoing training in select subject area(s) is required. Docents will be personable, outgoing, enthusiastic and comfortable teaching all ages and abilities in an interactive and immersive manner. Saturday afternoon shifts run 3-4 hours, and in the fall additional opportunities during weekdays will likely be available as well. Must be willing to work outdoors.

Along with your resume, please send a personal statement relating why you’d like to become a Wood docent, along with the skills and experiences you bring to the position. Please send your materials to The Friends of Wood Memorial Library & Museum, PO Box 131, 783 Main Street, South Windsor, CT 06074, Attn: Liz Glaviano or email: education@woodmemoriallibrary.org. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and will remain on file for one year.

Museum Interpreters 

Connecticut Landmarks

Are you interested in local history? Do you enjoy sharing stories with others? Consider becoming a museum interpreter at one of Connecticut Landmarks’ historic properties, including Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden in Bethlehem; Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry; Butler-McCook House & Garden and Isham-Terry House in Hartford; Hempsted Houses in New London; and Phelps-Hatheway House in Suffield. Interpreters greet visitors and share properties with them, give guided tours, and assist with school programs, public programs and special events. Houses are open seasonally. 12-14 hours per month, including weekends. Minimum wage. Training begins in March. Strong candidates are good storytellers, like to meet and engage with new people, and enjoy learning.

For more information see here.

Director of Finance

Florence Griswold Museum

As a member of the Museum’s management team, the Director of Finance must understand and help to sustain the institution’s mission. The Director of Finance reports directly to the Director and works closely with the Treasurer, Investment Committee, and the business staff to implement the financial and business objectives of the Museum.

This position requires a strong financial management background and solid business planning experience. The Director of Finance is expected to have a college degree in finance, accounting, or a related field and a minimum of three years of professional experience in financial management, preferably in a non-profit setting. A graduate degree in business, finance, art administration or similar is desirable, or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Knowledge of, and interest in, museums and the arts are a distinct advantage.

Full-time, 40 hours per week. To read a full job description, please click here.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to: melissa@flogris.org and use subject line: Director of Finance. Confidential nominations welcome.

Membership Coordinator

Grace Farms Foundation

In the newly created role of Membership Coordinator, one will have the opportunity to launch the new Grace Farms membership program and develop a meaningful community. Through the proactive leadership of the Membership Coordinator, people will connect with Grace Farms Foundation's humanitarian mission in profound ways.

Reporting to the Strategic Partnerships Director, one will seek to support and grow the membership community of Grace Farms Foundation through an emphasis on relationship-building, facilitate member events and programming, and efficiently and effectively answer membership questions, including membership status, renewal, logistics, payment, and access.

A successful candidate will help implement and activate a vision for this new program with smooth operational coordination among departments, and facilitate a sense of discovery and connection for our membership and volunteer community. They will communicate professionally with a passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a fluency in conveying our mission.

Full Time

Salaried position: $62,500/year

Includes: Medical/Dental/Vision/paid vacation/holidays/PTO

To read the full job description or to submit an application, click here or email your resume to cmcgowan@gracefarmsfoundation.org.

Special Collection Librarian

The Pequot Library

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Special Collections Librarian directly oversees Pequot Library’s special collections (rare books, manuscripts, and archives) and research services, and coordinates the Library’s exhibitions that incorporate holdings from its Special Collections.

Pequot Library’s Special Collections includes a broad selection of fine books, manuscripts, and archival holdings that reflect Early Americana, nature, science, literature and the Arts. The energetic and enthusiastic incumbent will manage Pequot’s Special Collections by exemplifying and promoting the highest service standards and leveraging resources to provide excellent customer service throughout the library. They share responsibility with the Executive Director and the Special Collections Committee for long-range strategic planning for these valued collections. The Special Collections Librarian fosters a creative, collaborative, and team-oriented work environment, and facilitates communication and coordination among the library staff. 

The Special Collections Librarian establishes and improves policies for Pequot Library in support of customer service, research, and learning by providing reliable, secure, and appropriate access to Pequot’s collections. In collaboration with the Library’s senior staff (Chief Librarian, Education Manager, and Manager of Marketing and Communications), they help plan strategic initiatives for Pequot Library that connect patrons and visitors to creative exhibit- and collection-related programming.

Minimum Qualifications

Completed Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited library school and an undergraduate or graduate degree in literature, history, art, or a related field in the Humanities. A minimum of two to three years of professional experience in a public, association, and/or academic libraries are required. 

Interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to send a confidential letter of interest, c.v./resume, and three references (in one document) with the subject heading Special Collections Librarian to jobs@pequotlibrary.org. Application period open until position is filled. Only the most qualified candidates will be contacted. For more information on the position, click here.

Marketing Associate

The Pequot Library

Pequot Library Association (Pequot Library) is searching for a dynamic and enthusiastic nonprofit arts professional to support its marketing goals to expand audiences, increase patron engagement, and promote the library to a broad and diverse audience locally and throughout the state and region, including researchers, designers, artists, historians, and community partners. Part-time; hourly non-exempt employee, 20 hours/week, with occasional evenings and weekends. Commensurate with experience. Pequot Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more information, click here.

Communications and Administrative Manager

Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford seeks a Communications and Administrative Manager for a two-day/week position, with occasional evening or weekend events. The Jewish Historical Society seeks to preserve the history and tell the stories of the area’s Jewish community, through educational programs, exhibitions, and archives.

We are looking for a detail-oriented person to help ensure the smooth operation of our small nonprofit, including assisting with print and electronic communications, managing our donor database and correspondence, and supporting our programs. 

BA required; must be comfortable in the digital world and willing to learn new skills. Interest in Jewish history and community archives is a plus. 

This position is 14 hours a week, with some flexibility in scheduling. We offer a collegial and comfortable work environment with varied tasks and projects. Hourly rate starts at $19. See the job description here. 

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Elizabeth Rose, Executive Director at erose@jewishhartford.org by November 30.

Part-Time Administrator

Meriden Historical Society

MHS seeks its first paid director to manage and operate a new museum and history center. Meriden is noted for its manufacturing history, particularly silver and jewelry. MHS is an all-volunteer organization that was founded in 1892, was inactive for many years, and was reconstituted in 1940. In addition to the new museum and history center, MHS also manages the 18 th century Andrews Homestead. A degree in museum studies, public history or archives is preferred. In addition, strong oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills and a collaborative work style are a plus. The successful candidate will have a proven track record demonstrating the following experience:

  • Managing a non-profit organization
  • Implementing a strategic plan
  • Supervising dedicated volunteers
  • Developing policies and procedures, including collecting, accessioning and deaccessioning
  • Increasing an organization’s visibility in the community
  • Building networks with other heritage and cultural institutions in the area
  • Managing day to day operations of new facility with a view to increasing public hours

This is a one-year part-time appointment with the possibility of renewal and will be on a contract basis.

Salary $20.00-$25.00 per hour at 20 hours per week

Send resumes to both:

Meriden Historical Society, P.O. Box 3005, Meriden, CT 06450  and email MeridenHistoricalSociety@gmail.com

The deadline is December 30, 2021.

Connecticut League of History Organizations
Central Connecticut State UniversityDepartment of History
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050
(860) 832-2674

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