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Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and NAI Announce
Fellowship in Interpretation Research


The new Colonial Williamsburg Foundation-National Association for Interpretation Fellowship will fund up to two months of scholarship in residence at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Virginia. The fellowship is intended to advance the field of heritage interpretation by supporting research and scholarship through a partnership between NAI, the recognized voice of interpretation, and Colonial Williamsburg, America's largest outdoor living history museum.

"As a learning institution, we are committed to promoting groundbreaking research into interpretive best practices to better serve our visitors and the field," says Ted Maris-Wolf, Vice President of Education, Research, and Historical Interpretation at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. "We are thrilled to be partnering with NAI to further enhance the guest experience not only at Colonial Williamsburg but at museums and historic sites around the world."

Proposals for one or two months of study will be accepted, and applicants should specify desired start and end dates in 2017. The committee will also consider longitudinal studies for one month each in the current and following year (one month in 2017 and a follow-up month in 2018, for example). Successful proposals will demonstrate potential to advance the understanding and practice of interpretation through study of planning, training, and/or visitation. It is open to interpretive professionals with current membership in NAI.

"NAI is committed to advancing the profession of natural and cultural heritage interpretation through sound research," said NAI's executive director Margo Carlock. "It is through interpretation that visitors to historic sites, museums, parks, and nature centers are engaged and make the emotional and intellectual connections so important to understanding as well as learning."

Fellows are expected to be in continuous residence at Colonial Williamsburg and to actively participate in the intellectual life of the Foundation's research, educational, and interpretive
campus. Fellowships carry a stipend of $2,500 per month and are available to researchers with strong qualifications. Applications are due July 3, 2017 and decisions will be announced by July 17, 2017

Applicants should submit a succinct project abstract (maximum 250 words), a project description (not to exceed 1,000 words), and a C.V. Applicants should also indicate whether they are a U.S. Citizen or are eligible to work in the United States. Proposals must be submitted electronically as PDF or Word files via email to fellowships@cwf.org. In addition, the names and contact information for two professional references that could provide a letter of recommendation at the request of the committee are required.

For more information and to submit a proposal, please go to http://research.history.org/learning/fellowships/ or http://interpnet.com/cwf


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Connecticut Landmarks

Job Title:
Manager of Interpretation & Historic Sites

Description:

Founded in 1936 as the Antiquarian & Landmarks Society, CT Landmarks is a state-wide network of eleven significant historic properties that span three centuries of New England history. Connecticut Landmarks “inspires interest and encourages learning about the American past by preserving selected historic properties, collections and stories and presenting programs that meaningfully engage the public and our communities”.  

 

Our museums are starting points, "landmarks in every sense," for deeper exploration and greater understanding of the American experience. We have something for everyone: from thought provoking house tours to beautiful historic gardens, history celebrations and remarkable material culture collections. The human stories told through our properties and collections demonstrate that history matters.

 

As a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, CT Landmarks is committed to utilizing dialogic interpretation as a primary vehicle for connecting our sites’ stories with our visitors and communities and advancing social justice causes by turning “memory into action”.

 

Core Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for managing personnel, interpretation and community engagement at the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden in Bethlehem; the Butler-McCook House & Garden & Isham-Terry House in Hartford; and the Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden in Suffield toward fulfillment of organizational strategic and site specific goals.

  • Responsible for implementing CTL’s organizational initiatives to convert site tours to dialogue-based experiences at the Bellamy-Ferriday, Butler-McCook and Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden; to improve the evaluation and understanding of the visitor experience at CTL’s five core properties; and to create youth-driven exhibits at the Hale Homestead, Hempsted Houses & Butler-McCook House & Garden.

  • Responsible for fulfillment of CTL’s strategic plan – including the development and growth of site-based earned and contributed revenue - and the organizational change that it requires.

  • Responsible for administering and growing school, youth and teen programs at CTL’s Hartford properties and for serving as a resource for CTL’s youth programs statewide.

  • Responsible for preparing and managing site program and operating budgets.

  • Responsible for preparing proposals for, and for managing and reporting on complex grant-funded projects.

  • Responsible for managing program and project evaluation and monitoring, and for administering pre-and post-tests and surveys to understand participant interest and program effectiveness.

 

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for delivering dialogue-based tours and educational programs for children, teens, adults and families.

  • Responsible for developing and administering student archival, research, artifact labeling, exhibition and program development, and house interpretation projects.

  • Responsible for demonstrating content knowledge and the ability to successfully facilitate the visitor experiences for people of diverse ages and backgrounds.

  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Required Qualifications:

  • MA in Museum Education, Museum Studies or related field.

  • Proven leader with 5-10 years of experience in museum staff management; historic site interpretation; program and site-based earned and contributed revenue development; and successful museum education program development, planning, implementation and teaching.

  • Experience with developing, managing and reporting on program and financial operating budgets.

  • Experience with preparing proposals for and managing and reporting on complex grant-funded projects.

  • Experience with developing, implementing and facilitating successful youth and teen leadership programs and civic engagement initiatives.

  • Experience working with multi-cultural programs, audiences and communities.

  • Self starter with demonstrated ability to prioritize, work independently, and handle multiple concurrent projects and priorities under pressure and with grace.

  • Proven ability to build relationships with staff, management and community partners.

  • Positive, energetic, flexible style.

  • Well-developed diplomacy, planning, organization and coordination skills; strong attention to detail.

  • Superior written and oral communication skills.

  • Experience with budgeting and reporting systems, excel, web-based communication and the use of social media for program and site marketing.

  • Physical requirements include the ability to travel independently throughout the state, lead visitors up and down stairs, conduct outdoor walking tours of CTL sites, and the ability to lift 35 pounds.

 

Preferred

  • International Coalition of Sites of Conscience Dialogic Training

  • Working knowledge of Common Core Standards

  • First Aid and CPR certification.

 

Full-time, benefit position reporting to the Executive Director.

 

To apply, send resume, letter of interest and three professional references by May 10th, 2017 to: Kerri Zongol, Office Manager, Connecticut Landmarks, 59 South Prospect Street, Hartford, CT 06106 or kerri.zongol@ctlandmarks.org. For more info, visit www.ctlandmarks.org.

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Museum of Science and Industry

Job Title:

Senior Coordinator of Guest Facing Programs (Volunteer Department)

Division: Education and Guest Services         

Status: Full Time             

Description:

The Museum of Science and Industry is hiring a Sr. Coordinator of Guest-Facing Volunteer Programs. Ideal candidates will have a minimum of two years of experience training and floor coaching volunteers.  Please submit all cover letters and resumes to matt.porth@msichicago.org.


This individual leads the Museum guest-facing volunteer captains and volunteers in providing exhibit content in a positive, fun, inclusive and educational capacity. The Senior Coordinator of Guest-Facing Volunteers works with team captains to ensure facilitation content is being communicated to guests in an engaging capacity that inspires children to achieve in science, technology, engineering and medicine. The Senior Coordinator of Guest-Facing Volunteer Programs will lead the volunteer captains in their role of team communication and planning fun, team-based recognition events. 


Responsibilities:
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Cultivate, coach, and enable the volunteer captains and volunteer guest-facing teams to support the Museum's needs, projects and programs.
  • Ensure guest-facing volunteer captains and volunteers are engaging guests with exhibit content consistent with our brand and vision. 
  • Provide coaching, professional development, and immediate performance feedback to volunteer captains. Along with captains, analyze volunteer training and development needs.
  • Manage and implement programs associated with external, guest-facing partnerships (e.g., Millennium Park, Naval History Program, Rosalind Franklin Anatomy Academy).
  • Conduct auditions, orientations and training of new guest-facing volunteers.
  • Lead guest-facing captains in the creation, development and implementation of new facilitation content and activities.
  • In collaboration with the Senior Coordinator of Administrative Programs, lead the Volunteer Leadership Committee, planning agendas and leading meetings.
  • Track and reward outstanding captains and volunteers.
  • Oversee guest-facing captains in leading volunteer reward and recognition events. 
  • Attend and lead discussions and exercises at team leadership meetings.
  • Develop, assess and improve volunteer orientation and trainings, both general and specific to guest-facing programs.
  • Create, deliver and/or manage team captain training.
  • Proactively resolve volunteer leadership issues.
  • Partner with appropriate Museum departments to support and launch needed programs.
  • Provide general guidance and support to volunteers as needed, ensuring issues are resolved or appropriately escalated.
  • Track and report the monthly guest-facing clicker counts to MSI and Museums in the Park.
  • Work with Volunteer Manager to identify new guest-facing volunteer opportunities throughout the Museum.
  • Proactively greet guests and address their questions or needs.
  • Perform administrative duties pertaining to the Volunteer Office and Guest Experiences.
  • Maintain a presence in the volunteer community, and keep current on volunteerism trends and issues.
  • Assist in training volunteers in the Museum’s mission, ideology, vision, strategic priorities, and our important guest-focused culture.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university, and one to two years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. 
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent, and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.
  • Knowledge of Raiser's Edge Development software.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software.
  • Excellent writing, communication and facilitation skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Previous experience in training others on new programs or concepts. 
  • Research skills.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • High energy and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Background in improv and science.
  • Available for a five-day workweek that includes weekends.
  • Available to work occasional evening events.

The Museum of Science and Industry is an AA/EOE/ADA employer.


To Apply: 

Please submit all cover letters and resumes to matt.porth@msichicago.org.  

Or visit: http://www.msichicago.org/about-the-museum/jobs/opportunities/

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