Jobs and Internships

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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.

Administrative Assistant

Connecticut Historical Society

Reports to: CEO

Department: Administration

Schedule: Part-time, 25 hours per week. Flexible regarding days/hours. Potential on-site/remote schedule.

General Description: The Administrative Assistant is responsible for performing a variety of administrative and clerical tasks to ensure the efficient operation of an office. Duties of the role include providing support to several executive level managers and others, assisting in daily office needs and managing the organization’s general administrative activities. Responsible for working with confidential and time sensitive information.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Organize and schedule meetings between internal managers and external partners including board trustees, members, potential board trustees and sponsors
  • Assist in planning meetings including preparation of material and taking minutes
  • Maintain electronic filing systems
  • Maintain contact lists and notes
  • Make travel arrangements as necessary
  • Set up final correspondence from notes and drafts
  • Prepare reports
  • Work with vendors
  • Research and create draft presentations
  • Develop and update administrative systems to make them more efficient
  • Reconcile and submit expense reports, review invoices prior to submission
  • Order office supplies, research new purchases/suppliers, as needed
  • Act as the point of contact for internal and external partners
  • Write and distribute email, other correspondence
  • Maintain supplies inventory
  • Produce and distribute correspondence
  • Receive and sort mail
  • Resolve administrative issues
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending appropriate workshops/webinars
  • Assist with marketing and other mailing material preparation including copying, binding, scanning, packaging
  • Assist with museum events, may include evenings and weekends
  • Provide general administrative support
  • Organize meetings, events, lunches, dinners
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Two to three years of related experience required
  • High school degree or equivalent (GED) required; prefer Associate’s Degree
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with an ability to successfully interact with community leaders, corporate executives, donors, and elected officials
  • Highly organized
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Calendar, Teams, Access
  • Familiarity with general office equipment
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritize work and multitask
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem solving skills
  • Organizational and planning skills
  • Knowledge of office management systems and procedures
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Facility with communicating with all levels in an organization
  • Displays good judgement to accomplish goals
  • Affinity for excellent internal and external customer service
  • Positive demeanor
  • Proven reliability and trustworthiness
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to lift 15 lbs.
  • Reliable transportation

For additional information, please visit the CHS website.

Benefits: Part time position. Eligible for employer contribution to 403(b) plan and paid vacation and sick days.

Schedule: Part time, 25 hours per week, days/hours flexible. Partial on-site/remote schedule available.

Compensation: $20 to $24 per hour

Other: Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until position is filled. Final candidate subject to background and reference check.

How to apply: Please email cover letter and resume to Susan Presutti, Director of Human Resources, susan_presutti@chs.org, by August 26, 2022.

CHS is an affirmative action-equal opportunity employer.

Development Associate

Stonington Historical Society

The Stonington Historical Society, founded in 1895, seeks an experienced development associate responsible for implementing a comprehensive development plan that includes data management, an annual appeal, membership recruitment and retention, programs, special events, donor stewardship, and ongoing capital campaigns.

Reporting to the Executive Director and working with staff members and a Development Committee, the Development Associate also manages external communications collaborating on social media posts, written press releases, website updates, and print materials. This position also:

  • Oversees the administration of a robust annual calendar of development activities and events.
  • Provides support for Development Committee, Executive Director, and all Board-level fundraising efforts.
  • Manages, tracks, and reports on membership, donations, pledges, acknowledgments, and potential donors.
  • Creates and maintains Constant Contact email campaigns, and regular posts to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.
  • Writes press releases, marketing materials, and other copy.
  • Pursues additional opportunities for funding from grants, advertisements, and sponsorships.
  • Represents and serves as an ambassador of the Society at public events and in the community at large.

Desired skills include computer literacy, experience with Little Green Light fundraising software and databases, strong verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to manage multiple priorities and demands in a collaborative setting. Interest in museums and American history and/or a background in marketing and communications is preferred, but not required. This is a full-time position with some evening and weekend hours required for programs and events.

Salary range depending on qualifications and experience: $40,000 - $45,000

This position is available immediately and is located in Stonington, CT. Applicants should submit a letter of interest along with a current resume to director@stoningtonhistory.org. No phone calls please.


Grants and Programs Assistant (FT)

Connecticut Humanities

CT Humanities seeks a full-time (37.5 hours), Grants and Programs Assistant. This is a one-year position with the possibility of extensions, dependent on continued state funding support. CT Humanities (CTH) administers the Connecticut Humanities and Connecticut Cultural Funds, maintains the websites connecticuthistory.org and teachitct.org, and supports Connecticut’s cultural organizations. During fiscal year 2022, CTH grantmaking distributed over $20 million in operating support and project grants to Connecticut’s museums, cultural, humanities, and arts organizations and expects to administer an additional $30+ million in grants in fiscal year 2023. Reporting to the Director of Grants and Programs, the Grants and Programs Assistant provides a high level of support to CTH’s grantmaking program. Duties include processing grant applications, managing CTH grants database and records, and communicating with grantees about their applications and funded projects. Salary: $50,000/ year, plus full CTH benefits package (health, dental, vision, and life insurance, retirement plan, and vacation and paid time off). Please visit our website for the full position listing and to submit your application materials.


Grants Manager

The Mark Twain House and Museum

REPORTS TO: Director of Development

STATUS: 35 hours per week, on-site

POSTING DATE: July 2022

The Mark Twain House & Museum seeks an experienced Grants Manager to join our team to manage all aspects of the grantmaking process, responsible for researching, writing, submitting, and managing the grant application and reporting processes for the organization. He/she will work with relevant staff members/department managers to develop meaningful narratives for programs and projects to be funded. All work will comply with The Mark Twain House & Museum’s policies, procedures, mission, and strategic plan.

The Mark Twain House & Museum is the primary American museum dedicated to the life, legacy, and literary work of Samuel Clemens. From this house, Twain changed the way the world viewed Americans and the way Americans viewed themselves. It was here that he wrote his best-known books during the 17 years of his residence. The Museum typically sees 70,000 visitors in-person every year from all 50 states and 60 countries around the world. In 2020, the Museum created a strong online presence reaching an audience of 110,000 through its virtual house tour and online lectures with notable speakers and authors. The lectures alone have seen nearly 40,000 registrations during the last 30 months.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Develop well-written grant proposal narratives, applications, and supporting documents
  • Draft and submit grant applications (foundation, corporate, and government), letters of interest, required grant reports, and related budgets and other correspondence
  • Manage the grant application process to ensure timely submission of all required materials
  • Acknowledge grants received
  • Process and submit grant-related paperwork, such as grant contracts, approval forms, trademark agreements, and representation forms
  • Work with department managers and staff to compile financials, data, and outcomes
  • Maintain current list/calendar of upcoming deadlines for grant applications and reports
  • Communicate with funders and potential funders as needed on grant-related matters and maintain grantor relationships
  • Maintain records and list of sponsor acknowledgement requirements
  • Prepare monthly grant status reports
  • Maintain up-to-date corporate, foundation, and government files
  • Conduct research to identify and cultivate potential institutional funding sources
  • Keep abreast of industry news and trends that could impact changes in funding abilities/requirements

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in researching, managing, and writing grant proposals and reports with government, corporate, and foundation sources
  • Excellent written and communication skills with demonstrated track record of successful grant approvals
  • Interest in history, historic preservation, and/or passion for the works of Mark Twain an added plus
  • Detail oriented, organized, deadline-driven skills required, including high proficiency in all areas of Microsoft Office
  • Motivated self-starter who can work independently with purpose and accuracy
  • Effective team player with strong project management experience
  • Ability to work successfully with all people in contact with the organization without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origins, or disabilities.
  • Strong ethical standards and ability to handle confidential and sensitive donor information

This position is on-site in Hartford, CT. Salary commensurate with experience. The Mark Twain House & Museum offers a benefits package including health insurance, retirement plan, and paid time off.

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and writing sample (preferably a grant with proprietary information removed) to Sydney.Baker@MarkTwainHouse.org; include “Grants Manager” in the subject line. It is the policy of the Mark Twain House & Museum to provide equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class.


Program Associate (FT)

Connecticut State Office of the Arts

This position directs all administrative and program-specific tasks to process funding applications and recommendations within the Arts in Education program including: directing all administrative and program-specific tasks throughout the grant process for COA's Arts in Education funding and making funding recommendations to the director of Arts, Preservation and Museums and the Arts Council. Additional tasks associated with this position include conducting site visits; providing technical assistance and training; overseeing the COA's Teaching Artist Roster; identifying and building statewide partnerships; management tasks associated with Poetry Out Loud and Poetry Ourselves; and managing honorary positions. In addition, Program Directors serve as genre experts in their field of artistic practice for various COA programs, work as a member of a small-but-mighty team to execute special programs, trainings and conferences – both virtual and in-person – and serve as back-up support for colleagues as needed. Employees in this class may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employee assigned such duties will be required to possess a driver’s license valid in the State of Connecticut. Some weekend work may be necessary.

To be most successful in this position, you will love working in a fast-paced environment; enjoy working both independently and as part of a team; possess excellent interpersonal skills to maintain effective working relationships with teaching artists, teachers, school administrators and others; have strong written and oral communication skills; love to juggle multiple, concurrent, and high priority projects with the skills to effectively present information, explain policy, and respond to inquiries; and proficiency with Microsoft Suite products.

We participate in a competitive benefits package that includes comprehensive healthcare coverage, retirement plan options, paid time off and more! We also encourage a healthy work-life balance to all employees.

Salary: $71,147 - $92,072/year

Close date: 7/22/2022 11:59:00 PM

View a full job description and how to apply on the Connecticut state government website. 

Senior Museum Administrator

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

LMMM is seeking a Sr. Museum Administrator to join a talented and small team. Reporting to the Executive Director, you will be a part of a professional, hands-on museum team. Required to be highly organized, you will be managing staff, support operations, communications strategies and oversight to programs, as well as interface with the Board of Directors.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide oversight for daily administrative duties of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum as well as upkeep of this historic building.
  • Perform Administrative duties including, maintaining database, and writing letters of acknowledgement to donors and sponsors.
  • Schedules and organizes complex activities such as board meeting materials, calendars, all meeting minutes, conferences, and department activities for all members of the Board of Trustees. Prepares agendas and records and organizes board, committee, and staff meeting minutes.
  • assists in data-entry and development of record keeping protocol for various museum departments utilizing the museum’s database software Past Perfect.
  • Oversees office and meeting spaces for upcoming meetings
  • Organizes meetings notifies attendees and sends reminders on behalf of the executive director and chairman of the board, prepares agendas, correspondence to donors and other documents as required by the executive director and chairman of the board.
  • Organizes meeting spaces for conference calls and telecommunications, including logistical arrangements and Skype or Zoom calls.
  • Implements and maintains effective management systems for the museum’s paper and electronic records, including accounting, insurance, contracts, etc.
  • Manages administrative office budget; ensures accurate and timely reporting
  • Organization, management and oversight of staff and programs.
  • Work with staff, Board, and contractors to plan, implement, and coordinate annual fundraisers, fundraising activities and events, and year-end giving.
  • Management and research of donor database, and identification of new funding opportunities, including local, regional and national grants, and private and public partnerships.
  • Create and maintain internal communication systems between Executive Director and other departments
  • Prepare and manage written correspondence for LMMM including digitizing and storing archives in LMMM’s relationship management database and write all acknowledgments for donors and sponsors.
  • Creation of materials for Board and other meetings including presentations and reports
  • Schedule annual calendar of Board meetings and assist with governance including distribution of Board packets and materials, contact lists, minutes, meeting schedules and logistics.
  • Organize and maintain files and records for LMMM

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Maintain up-to-date mailing lists across all platforms for the organization
  • Proofread all marketing and media material

Qualifications:

  • Degree from an accredited 4-year college/university, with a preference for candidates with several years of experience with history, museums, nonprofit management, and business administration.
  • Must be proficient with Excel, Wordpress, Google Docs, Social Media, and donor software.
  • Ability to work during standard office hours plus evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Must be highly organized, have outstanding communication skills, including written, oral and interpersonal.
  • Passion for working with people, history, culture and community engagement.

Salary commensurate with experience. Reports to the Executive Director.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com.

Early American Pattern Glass Fellowship

The Barnes Museum

Early American pattern glassware was produced in cast-iron molds and sold as a cost-effective option to hand-cut crystal. Also known as pattern glass it was created exclusively in America between 1840-1910. Bradley Barnes began collecting goblets in the late 1930s. Initially his collection grew from approximately 300 goblets in 1940 to the over 1,000 stored within the Barnes Museum today.

The Early American Pattern Glass Society is funding an 18-week fellowship to work with this impressive collection. This will be an ongoing project, and it is not expected to be completed within this time period. Expectations below provide an overview of work activities. The amount of the fellowship is not to exceed $1,000. The Society, a non-profit group of collectors and dealers sharing an interest in this beautiful American work, was founded in 1994 to foster and encourage the collection, appreciation, study, preservation and documentation of early American Pattern Glassware (EAPG), its makers, and its place in American life, past and present.

The Barnes Museum is the historically preserved home of Bradley H. and Leila Upson Barnes. The 17 rooms of the 1836 homestead are home to art, antique furniture, pressed glass, unique textiles, and personal belongings from the Edwardian and Victorian eras. It is a department of the Town of Southington.

Expectations:

  • 15 weeks, starting in September and running through early December.
  • 10-15 hours per week, on site at the Barnes Museum.
  • Research, photograph, and identify the style, year, and company that individual goblets are derived from.
  • Catalog and assign collection numbers to identified goblets in the Connecticut Collections database.
  • Report on scope and progress of project.
  • Assist in research on the history of pressed glass.
  • May be asked to assist with tours, special events, or public programs relating to the research of the collection.
  • May be asked to attend meetings or seminars relating to decorative arts, pressed glass, and other programs as determined by the project supervisor.

Experience

  • Enrolled in or completion of Bachelor’s Degree with a focus in history, public history, museum studies, art history or related field.
  • Experience researching and using primary source material to investigate historic objects.
  • Experience handling museum collections
  • Basic knowledge or willingness to learn about cataloging process.

Application must include a letter of intent stating your interest in the project and why you would be a good fit for the team at the Barnes Museum (not to exceed 500 words.)


Museum Curator

Gunn Historical Museum

Reports to: Executive Director

Hours: Total number of hours to be worked per week: 36. Schedule to be determined.

Museum Overview

The mission of the Gunn Historical Museum is to collect, preserve, and share the objects and stories which illuminate the history of Washington, CT. Our beginnings date back to 1899.When the local chapter of the Memorial Library was built in 1908, the collection was moved across the street into the lower level of the library. In 1965 June Willis bequeathed her house to the library and the museum moved next door. Together the Gunn Historical Museum and The Gunn Memorial Library work as one organization to serve the community of Washington and the surrounding towns.

Position Summary:

Building on the Museum’s mission, the Curator will provide leadership and curatorial vision in planning and implementing vibrant exhibitions, programs, projects, lectures, and related initiatives that expand audiences and increase the Organization’s visibility. As the Museum’s liaison to the Community, the Curator will provide outreach to the general public, educational institutions and the Senior population through interpretive materials, scholarship and publications. In leading the curatorial side of collections stewardship, the Curator will have oversight of acquisitions and deaccessions and work collaboratively with the Collections Manager* in the care of the Museum’s collections. The Curator will also conduct research on collections and assist the Director with Museum advancement initiatives and with donor relations. The Curator will be a key member of the overall Organization, working collaboratively across functions to achieve collective goals.

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor degree in history, museum or related field; Master’s degree is preferred in museum studies, history or American studies
  • Knowledge of current technology and networking capabilities as it relates to the Museum
  • Knowledge of the methods, techniques, policies and procedures involved in the care of and interpretation and exhibition of historical artifacts and documents
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Museum and Library staff, visitors, volunteers, donors, collectors, professional colleagues and other members of the museum community
  • Ability to manage a budget
  • Possess creative and organizational skills to conceptualize and execute exhibit with a defined budget and timetable
  • Strong written/oral communication skills and public speaking abilities

36 hour work week, hours to be determined but will include evenings and alternating Saturdays. Annual salary is $51,480 with excellent benefits including paid annual vacation and sick leave, health insurance, and a 401(k) plan.

The Gunn Museum is an equal opportunity employer. All applications will be considered without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national identity, or veteran status.

For a full-job description : email searchcommittee@gunnlibrary.org.

To apply, candidates should email a letter of interest and resume, with three references,

to: searchcommittee@gunnlibrary.org Application deadline: July 29, 2022.

* After one year (or sooner upon mutual agreement), the Collections Manager will report to the Curator.


Ancient Burial Ground Association Coordinator

Ancient Burying Ground Association

Deadline: August 1, 2022

Reports to: President of the board

Part-time Consultant

Summary: The ABGA seeks a part-time consultant to oversee and coordinate its development and grant writing, events and programs, and communications. The ABGA is a non-profit organization that works in a public-private partnership with the City of Hartford to preserve and restore the Ancient Burying Ground in downtown Hartford. The ABGA offers public education events on a year-round basis and has on-going research projects. Consultant would be responsible for identifying grant programs, preparing grant requests and aiding in the annual appeal. In addition, the consultant would manage social media, email marketing, press releases, event calendars, and the ABGA websites. Consultant would be responsible for assisting with planning for events and programs and would manage events both virtual and in-person. Qualifications: Successful candidate will be organized, a self-starting heritage professional. Bachelor’s degree in history or journalism with successful experience in grant writing and development preferred. Knowledge of non-profit administration and Connecticut history a plus.

Position is 25 hours per month at $35 per hour. To receive a full job description, please email Ty Tryon, President, at alt1953@gmail.com To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to Ty Tryon at alt1953@gmail.com The ABGA is an equal opportunity employer.

Public Engagement Manager

Madison Historical Society 

The Madison Historical Society (MHS) seeks a creative, energetic, and collaborative individual to serve as a part-time public engagement manager to develop and implement new programming. This individual will promote MHS events and improve general public awareness of the MHS through the dissemination of press releases and social media postings. The public engagement manager will further work with the exhibit and youth education chairs to assist with all aspects of the development of programs and events that relate to any new exhibits and MHS school tours. This person will also train and manage docents for tours and events at our historic properties.

The successful candidate will possess the following qualities:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time-management abilities
  • Friendly and welcoming demeanor
  • Creative spirit and can-do attitude
  • Ability to contribute new ideas and fresh perspectives.

The candidate is required to have a college degree with coursework in museum studies, history, or communications. A working knowledge of museum best practices is also needed, along with a strong desire to learn all aspects that define a successful historical society and a vibrant museum. The MHS believes that public programming is the key to garnering more membership support and meeting the needs and interests of diverse audiences. Salary is commensurate with experience. The salary range will be $20 to $25 per hour for 10 to 15 hours per week. 

We strongly encourage interested parties to apply by sending their cover letter and resume to: director@madisonhistory.org.  




Research Associate

Madison Historical Society 

The Madison Historical Society (MHS) seeks an enthusiastic and knowledgeable person for part-time employment as a Research Associate working with the collections chairperson.

The successful applicant will be familiar with antiques, archival practices, and historical periods--and will be socially adept, enthusiastic, curious, and trustworthy. A college degree in museum arts or science or a related field is required, as is the ability to use cloud-based computer systems and social media networks. Previous experience with archival software is a plus. The Research Associate will work at both Lee’s Academy and the Allis-Bushnell House in downtown Madison with oversight by the Collections Chair and general supervision by the MHS Executive Director.

For this position, the successful candidate will need:

  • Organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Time management skills
  • Research and writing skills
  • Knowledge of museum practices, art history, history, and nonprofit functions
  • Computer literacy, including the use of personal digital devices
  • Social media account management experience
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in a related field such as museum studies, fine arts, library sciences, history, art history, or archaeology.

Compensation is $15 per hour for 18 hours per week. We strongly encourage interested parties to apply by sending their cover letter and resume to: director@madisonhistory.org.



Administrator

Raymond E. Baldwin Museum of CT History at the Connecticut State Library

The Museum of Connecticut History Administrator is responsible for overseeing the staff and operations of the museum, including acquisition, conservation, interpretation, exhibition, loan, and storage of historical objects. Under the general direction of the State Librarian, the incumbent will lead an ambitious initiative to strengthen and reaffirm the museum’s place in the Connecticut heritage community.

The administrator will work to:

  • Operate the museum within best practices of nationally recognized standards and keep pace with a changing public history environment
  • Advance a conservation and interpretation plan for the museum which spotlights local, state, and national history for broad and diverse audiences
  • Oversee the ongoing development and presentation of museum education and other public programs
  • Optimize the museum’s unique physical space
  • Actively pursue grant opportunities
  • Ensure the museum’s effective use of technology for both operations and exhibitions
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships and partnerships with various museums, heritage sites, and other community organizations

Position Highlights: This is a full-time position working 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm. Perks of the job include telework options based on operational needs. The incumbent in this position will report to the State Librarian, and the Administrator’s primary location will be the State Library and Supreme Court Building, 231 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT 06106.

*This salary range shall increase effective July 1, 2022.

What We Can Offer You: The State of Connecticut offers a competitive starting salary, excellent state benefits package including health/dental insurance, generous paid time off, retirement plan options, alternate work schedules, and a culture that encourages work-life balance.

View a full job description on the Connecticut state website.


Director

Wilton Historical Society

Wilton Historical Society, a not for profit organization, in Wilton, Connecticut seeks a full-time salaried Director to provide dynamic leadership and planning, organizational vision, staffing and operations management.

The Director will be responsible for:

  • Overall administration
  • Programs
  • Development
  • Staff management and volunteer oversight
  • Marketing and communications, including social media
  • Community relations
  • Fostering historic preservation, including buildings, documents, and artifacts

The Director is the primary executive of the Wilton Historical Society and reports to the Board of Trustees. This position requires a willingness to work a variable schedule, including occasional weekends and evening hours when needed, dependent upon work load and program schedule.

QUALITIES AND SKILLS

  • Ability to provide strong leadership, vision and strategic direction
  • Experience developing and implementing strategic plans
  • Development experience in a not-for-profit environment
  • Proven ability to work cooperatively, diplomatically, and effectively with Board and volunteers, as well as in community relations and outreach
  • Evidence of success in developing, managing, and growing an annual operating budget
  • Demonstrated excellence in writing and public speaking
  • Ability to recruit and retain a professional staff
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, volunteer recruitment and retention
  • Experience creating and implementing new programs
  • Knowledge of budget preparation, and revenue and expense monitoring
  • Strong planning, time management, and decision-making skills. Working knowledge of spreadsheet, database, email, calendar/scheduling, and word processing software.
  • Passion for local history and community engagement
  • Knowledge of museum and preservation practices
  • Motivated self-starter able to work in a flexible environment

SPECIFIC FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Works in conjunction with the Board to develop the strategic direction, establish initiatives, and implement the strategic plan
  • Manage the operations of the Wilton Historical Society, including planning, organization, coordination, scheduling and oversight of exhibits and programs
  • Assists the Treasurer to prepare the annual budget
  • Oversee and participate in development and grant writing initiatives
  • Increase membership and steward existing members
  • Maintain and enhance the Wilton Historical Society's collections through curator supervision
  • Serve as primary spokesperson for the Wilton Historical Society representing the organization at community events, professional organizations, and other venues
  • Maintain and enhance the brand of the Wilton Historical Society
  • Oversee Marketing and Communications, including social media
  • Maintaining close working relationships with Wilton entities, the business community, and relevant organizations.
  • Engage with the Building and Grounds Committee to assure facilities are maintained and well utilized
  • Work closely with the committees of the Board of Trustees
  • Ensure that the Society is using the most effective technology with regard to operations, e-mail marketing, photo/video production, etc.
  • Oversee volunteers to assure appropriate assignment, supervision, and availability as a key facet of community outreach and membership recruitment.
  • Supervise, develop and evaluate staff

Opportunities and Challenges

Design and implement the Strategic Plan: The Board has been in the process of a thorough review of where the organization is today and where and how it should move forward. Now the need is to put forward a short and long term plan that will keep the organization current with today’s demands as well as increasingly relevant. Items include: how to appeal to a broader audience, staffing, and the role and work of the trustees and volunteers. The resolution of these items will be the shared responsibility of board and staff.

Begin and implement a development program: Whereas in the past the organization has depended on revenue from special events, it is time to design and implement a strong development program that will maintain and strengthen the organization as it goes through this important transition, beginning with membership as the first step to building a permanent constituency. A strong and relevant annual giving program and special purpose fund raising will lead to a capital campaign to support the strategic plan. A planned giving program should begin in order to provide for increasing the endowment and special funds. A structured volunteer program should be implemented to insure a pipeline of new and proven volunteers to move into roles of greater responsibility and involvement.

Marketing and Communications: The organization needs to implement a contemporary marketing and communications strategy, fully embracing social media as well as the more traditional strategies to organize and manage all the marketing and communications. These include press releases, event announcements, publications, program and educational materials. In addition it includes coordination of media and public relations with local organizations with which the organization has shared programs. These efforts should lead to the organization having a higher profile and better understanding in and from the community.

Financial Balance: The recent pandemic has shown that the organization has the ability to withstand financially some severe blows. A thorough examination of financial reporting methods and staffing along with future projections of revenue and expenses should be implemented.

REQUIRED EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline
  • Graduate degree with specialization in subjects such as museum management or historic preservation a plus.
  • Minimum of five years' experience running a museum, cultural institution, or other non-profit organization
  • Experience with Little Green Light donor database management software a plus

SALARY RANGE – $85,000 – $95,000

Wilton Historical Society, LLC is an equal opportunity employer.

Applicants should reply to jobs@wiltonhistorical.org and include a cover letter, their resume and three references.


Connecticut Freedom Trail Research Internship

The Connecticut Democracy Center at Connecticut's Old State House

This paid internship provides an opportunity to contribute to a stronger foundation, higher profile, and greater impact for the Connecticut Freedom Trail (CFT). The intern will work with the CFT Outreach Director, history groups, scholars, and community experts to develop a statewide narrative that connects sites along the Trail, reveals the history of interactions among all Connecticans, and contributes to an understanding of Connecticut’s full and inclusive history. The CFT Intern will research and create an inventory of relevant resources, scholarship, sites, historical events, and people related to Freedom Trail themes and stories. In addition to informing the statewide narrative, these tools will form the backbone of a new “clearing house” website geared to sites, educators, and the public; a new brochure; and educational programs. Successful candidates will be enrolled in an advanced degree program in the museum, library, or relevant humanities fields and demonstrate: an interest in and knowledge of Connecticut’s complex history; strong historical research, organizational, and presentation skills; the ability to work on multiple projects concurrently and meet project deadlines; the ability to work both independently and as part of a team; respect for diverse backgrounds and points of view; excellent verbal and written communication skills; strong analytical and quantitative skills; and demonstrated expertise using Excel, MS Office, Google, and Zoom.

The goal is for the Intern to begin work in May 2022 and end by June 2023. The internship is grant funded with a fixed budget of $15 per hour for 385 hours of work. Requires ability to travel in-state for research as required; mileage reimbursed. Qualified applicants will be contacted on a rolling basis. Early applications are encouraged due to the pace of the search. Apply by sending a resume, cover letter, and two letters of recommendation to careers@connecticutdemocracycenter.org with subject line: “Freedom Trail Internship.”

The CT Democracy Center is committed to fostering equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. For more details please see: www.ctdemocracycenter.org


Museum Interpreter (PT)

The Keeler Tavern Museum

Open until filled. Anticipated start date in May.

Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center is seeking a Museum Interpreter to ensure a welcoming and engaging environment for visitors by facilitating tours of the historic tavern and grounds, and by supporting museum activities, programs, and events. The Museum Interpreter builds community by sharing KTM&HC site history and former resident stories through storytelling, dialogue, and inquiry; connects local and national history and make connections between past and present; delivers multiple tours daily of the historic tavern museum; and staffs the front desk, providing visitor services support on a daily basis. Qualified candidates have excellent interpersonal, communication, and storytelling skills; enthusiasm for working with audiences of all ages; ability to work as a team player; a love of learning; and strong time management skills and flexibility. Prior historical knowledge and museum experience is a plus. Weekend availability required; part-time staff position averages 10-20 hours per week. Starting hourly rate: $15.

View the complete job ad here.

To apply, email a letter of interest and résumé to Executive Director Hildegard Grob at hgrob@keelertavernmuseum.org.


Director of Finance and Administration (Full-time, Exempt)

The Harriett Beecher Stowe Center

The Director of Finance and Administration is a strategic thought-partner reporting to the Executive Director. This position is responsible for finance, business planning and budgeting, human resources, administration, and information technology, and works closely with the Board Treasurer, Investment Committee, Audit Committee and ad hoc committees as appropriate as well as Stowe Center staff. The Director of Finance and Administration is an integral part of the management team charged with sustaining the Stowe Center’s mission. There is a close working relationship with the Director of Collections & Research, the Director of Programs & Visitor Experience, and the Director of Development & Visibility to strengthen collections and program capacity.

GENERAL COMPETENCIES AND QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree and at least five years of relevant financial and operations management experience. An MBA or related graduate degree is desirable.
  • Experience with human resources and benefits functions and ability to work with outside resources to meet best practices in HR management.
  • High degree of computer and technology systems literacy and experience in working with software and equipment vendors.
  • Advanced problem-solving and decision-making skills and the ability to provide continual assessment of processes and systems to maximize accuracy, consistency and improve efficiencies.
  • Outstanding project management and organizational skills, with the necessary attention to details to drive complex, multi-faceted projects forward and on time.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as in a team setting.
  • Ability to convey complex financial ideas through brief, simple materials to colleagues with limited financial knowledge.
  • Good moral character, mature judgment and a strong sense of responsibility and dedication with a customer service orientation.
  • Experience working in an urban community with a diverse population.

For a full list of duties and how to apply, please click here. Click here to submit an application.

The salary range is $65,000-$70,000.

The Stowe Center is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its staff. The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is an equal opportunity employer. Women, members of protected classes, and individuals with limitations are encouraged to apply.

Docent (PT)

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.

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

with support from
CTHumanities

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