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As part of its continuing service to the field, Maine Archives and Museums' "News & Opportunities for the Field" allows members and non-members to post notices of their announcements, job and internship openings, workshops, and other news of interest to the field. MAM approves all postings and reserves the right to edit or reject postings as it deems appropriate. This service is free to members; non-members will be charged $20 (Individual Membership is only $25).

MEMBERS: To post your item to this bulletin board, simply use your username and password to log into the site (upper right of your screen), then navigate to this page and click "Add Post."

NON-MEMBERS: To submit your bulletin board post, please email info@mainemuseums.org.

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

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

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

    Project Management:

    .         Creating and implementing a working timeline

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

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

    .         Managing the project budget

    .         Supervising other project staff  and volunteers

    Arranging & Describing:

    .         Archival appraisal and survey

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

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

    .         Adhering to the industry's best practices

    .         Implementing and/or providing guidelines for preservation and
    conservation

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

    Outreach:

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

    .         Coordinating internal requests for exhibition content and/or
    publications

    .         Providing recommendations to the Society's Maine Memory Network
    Curator

     

    Requirements:

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

    .         Five or more years experience as a processing archivist

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

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

    .         Transportation to an offsite facility

     

    Preferred:

     

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

    .         Working in a historical society setting

    .         Working knowledge of Maine history

     

    Compensation & Logistics:

     

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

     

     

    Please submit the following electronically to Jamie Rice, MHS Director of
    Library Services at  <mailto:jrice@mainehistory.org> jrice@mainehistory.org

     

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

    .         A complete curriculum vitae of education, employment and
    publications

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

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

    The above may also be mailed to the following address:

     

    Maine Historical Society

    Brown Research Library

    489 Congress Street

    Portland, ME 04101-3498

    Attn: BTS Search Committee

     

    No Phone Calls Please.

     

    The Application period ends on July 1, 2014.

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

    Museum Interpreter Position

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

    position in our in our exhibits as an Interpreter.

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

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

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

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

    • Make the visitor experience enjoyable

    • Provide information to visitors about the museum and the exhibits

    • Make sure the artifacts remain safe

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

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

    Must be available through the third Sunday in October.

    To apply, please send cover letter and resume to admissions@pmm-maine.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Click on this link to begin the survey:

    https://umaine.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_cFLnz2XjQ0pXGq9


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

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

    It's easy to do and won't take but a few minutes and can all be done online.
    If you go to this link:
    (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v1/url?u=http://community.aaslh.org/nomen
    clature-submissions/&k=diZKtJPqj4jWksRIF4bjkw%3D%3D%0A&r=8w2bE7d0oTTrhvE3rIj
    2Ib2mWra6wvwcjfZAjxuuzB8%3D%0A&m=KpM8qSrZLsxrLRXCPVVADVU09Wc%2FKppMhW801nevZ
    OU%3D%0A&s=85286f13c800599ed6f47cb0f17b6df16ad1de2e37374293a21e43af4afdb4be
    )
    you can choose the best option for what you'd like to submit and add
    information to the form, provide us with your contact information in case we
    have any questions or need to follow up with you, hit submit and you're all
    done. It's that easy! We are open to any suggestions you have and rest
    assured we give thought to each and every recommendation sent in to us.
     
    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly and I
    will try to answer your question(s) myself or share them with the Task Force
    to address them.
     
    Thank you for your help and your time!
     
    John
     
    John Hart, Jr.
    Museum Registrar and AASLH Nomenclature Task Force Member Sullivan Museum
    and History Center Norwich University
    158 Harmon Drive
    Northfield, VT 05663
    (802) 485-3289
  • 15 May 2014 10:59 AM | Anonymous member
    An Interim Director is being sought to oversee the management of the RPM for the summer and early fall. This ten-year old museum concentrates on folk art of western Maine, and especially the art and inventions of the renowned Rufus Porter, who grew up in the Bridgton area and preserved the scenes of the area in his historical painted wall murals throughout New England in the 1820-40 period. The Museum is currently renovating a house placed on the National Register of Historic Places with plans to move operations this coming year, plus developing plans for an enlarged campus. This full time position supervises a small staff and many volunteers. The Director will oversee outreach and education to support our mission. A candidate with past museum management and grant writing experience is preferred. Resumes with recent salary history and three references may be submitted to j.k.lindberg@att.net. www.rufusportermuseum.org.
  • 13 May 2014 8:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    MAM rejects the federal budget proposed by Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), which would defund and effectively eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services as well as defund the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Public Broadcasting Service.  For more on MAM's position, click here

    MAM has also added its signature to a statement prepared by the American Alliance of Museums on behalf of state and regional museum associations, directed at Representatives Ryan and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), who are heading up the budget committee. For a copy of the AAM letter, click here.
  • 13 May 2014 7:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Maine Association of Non-Profits 
    2014 Compensation Survey Now Open
    Participation Earns Significant Discount
    Deadline to Participate: June 6th, 2014
      
    IRS regulations require nonprofit boards to document the decision-making process for setting executive compensation. Having a reliable source of data on which to base decisions about pay and benefits for staff and new hires shows excellent governance. The 2014 Report on Nonprofit Wages + Benefits can provide that data.

     

    This year, we have partnered with Common Good Vermont, the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits and the University of New Hampshire Survey Center to make this our best, most comprehensive report to date.

     

    We Need Your Help (+ Will Reward You)

     

    The report is only as good as the data collected and each time we have surveyed, you have come through. By participating, you contribute valuable data that will benefit the entire sector and you will earn a significant discount on the final report. Participating MANP member organizations receive the report for free.

     

    Get Started Today!

    Questions?

     

    Review our FAQs or contact Brenda Peluso at 871-1885 or by email.

     

    * We request that only one survey per organization be submitted, so please coordinate with your administrative staff. The primary contact for your organization as listed in our database should have received an email invitation early this morning that included your organization's unique survey link. Using this personalized link is not mandatory, but it will allow for us to more easily track your participation for the discount and to remove you from further reminder emails.

     

    Get Started Today!

     

    Maine Association of Nonprofits

    565 Congress Street, Suite 301
    Portland, Maine 04101
    (207) 871-1885

    www.NonprofitMaine.org

  • 13 May 2014 7:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Freeport Historical Society located in Freeport, Maine , is seeking a full-time Executive Director to provide leadership during a period of continuing growth.  The Freeport Historical Society is a vital and much respected organization with a 45 year track record of successful stewardship of a significant collection including two major properties, the 140 acre Historic Pettengill Farm at  Freeport, Maine, situated in a unique saltwater environment, and Harrington House, the Society’s headquarters on Freeport ’s Main Street

    During recent years, the Society has achieved significant growth in both individual and business memberships and increased revenues through the implementation of a multi-year development campaign. The Society has also significantly increased its local and regional visibility with unique programming and events while successfully interacting with families, schools, and artisans often through hands-on, educational experiences. The Society has a longstanding, positive history of an active, engaged, and collaborative board of trustees. 

    The successful candidate for this position will help guide the Society to its next level of development through visionary leadership while serving as the conduit of increasing Society interaction with various groups including community and educational organizations, government planning and design review boards, businesses, grant providers, and financial benefactors. Experience with capital campaign development, grant writing, and website management are also desirable.

     Required skills include strategic planning, budget creation and management, and the ability to clearly communicate both internally and externally. Collaborative problem solving, delegation, and organizational skills are also desirable. Previous utilization of these skills in the context of historic preservation, management of historic properties, and museum operations would be favored. Experience as an Executive Director or an increasingly responsible supervisory position is desired. Salary will be commensurate with experience. 

    Please submit a cover letter and resume to FHS Executive Director Search Committee via email at FHSsearch@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is June 30, 2014. 


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