Iowa Museum Association Annual Conference – Free Event

3:30 – 5:30 p.m. “Career Conversations” @ Iowa Masonic Library. NEW
FORMAT – Six speakers will discuss their career paths and their jobs followed
by Q & A. The six people on the panel are Cedar Rapids museum
professionals in (1) Director/Development; (2) Museum Store; (3) Education/Interpretation; (4) Curator; (5) Librarian/Archivist; (6) Marketing. Following Q & A students/audience will have an opportunity to talk one- on-one with speakers and with museums who request a table so they can talk to potential interns/staff.

The Museums that will have representatives are:

1 National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, Cedar Rapids
2 African American Museum, Cedar Rapids
3 Nelson Pioneer Farm Mahaska County Historical Society, Oskaloosa
4 Granger House, Marion
5 Pella Historical Society, Pella
6 Museum of Danish America, Elk Horn
7 Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum, West Branch
8 Frank Lloyd Wright on the Park & Stockman House, Mason City

Exhibit Developer – The Bakken Museum, MN

The Bakken Museum is currently seeking a creative individual to fulfill the role of Exhibit Developer. We are looking for someone with exceptional curiosity and the intellectual capacity to understand and convey the magic of science and history to our audiences through exhibits.

With a focus on the history of electricity and its role in the life sciences and medicine, The Bakken is a wonderful and inspiring place to work. We are located in a beautiful mansion on the west side of Lake Calhoun, with over 28,000 square feet and grounds and gardens over 4 acres in the heart of Minneapolis’ famous “Chain of Lakes.” Read more about our organization at

Position Summary Statement
The Exhibit Developer is responsible for multiple stages of the exhibit development and the implementation process. The ability to turn science and history content into effective and engaging storytelling for all ages is a must. Tasks include: research; planning exhibit concepts, content and design direction; writing exhibit text; overseeing construction of prototypes; evaluation of exhibits; acquiring resources; supervising exhibit design and production contractors; assistance with fundraising efforts; and other activities, as requested. May guide the process as a project lead or collaborate with others as a team member, dependent on the project.

Position Responsibilities and Duties
Develop concepts, content and engaging interpretive strategies for exhibitions. Draft original exhibit scripts and edit texts drafted by other exhibit team members.
Collaborate with and/or direct the efforts of other exhibit team members.
Develop and implement audience research, exhibit evaluation and remediation strategies. Represent audience perspectives to guide and evaluate design and prototypes.
Identify and read relevant literature, consult with experts, and engage in other research activities to guide exhibition development.
Facilitate review by staff and consultants (when relevant) at key points in the exhibit development/design process and incorporate feedback.
Work with the Exhibits Technician on in-house design, prototyping and fabrication of exhibition projects, and supervise design, prototyping and fabrication consultants and other vendors, as requested.
Work with curators to integrate artifacts and books from the museum collections into exhibitions. Identify and acquire objects, images, media, and other resources to be used in exhibition projects.
Work with Chief Curator, Deputy Director for Programs and External Relations staff on fundraising and promotion for exhibition projects. Assist in writing grants, creating presentation materials and in developing fundraising campaign messages and strategies.
Provide direction to volunteers and interns, as needed.

Organization Relationships and Contacts
Reports to the Chief Curator.
Works in close cooperation with Exhibit Technician, Collections staff, and other Exhibit Developers. Works occasionally with Education and External Relations staff.
Supervises some consultants and vendors.
Ability to supervise volunteers and interns as needed.

Experience and Qualifications Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in education, history, art, design, or a relevant area of science or engineering.
Two years successful experience on creative teams, some experience with science and/or history education and the exhibit development process.
Excellent skills in researching historical, scientific and technological subjects, and analyzing and interpreting them for a public audience.
Familiarity with design and with the use of interactive and multimedia elements in exhibitions is preferred.
Strong communication (verbal and written) and strong collaboration skills are essential.
Computer skills (Microsoft Office); Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator experience preferred.
Experience in leading projects beneficial, but not required.
Self-management and a track record of meeting deadlines is essential.

Send letter of interest, salary expectations, and resume to

Phone calls are accepted: 612-414-4537

(Posted 9/15/14)

Program Assistant – Minnesota Historical Society

OPEN TO: This job is open to all applicants.

LOCATION: History Center

SALARY: $2,720.00 monthly minimum

STATUS & HOURS: Full-time, regular (2,088 annual hours) position


HIRING MANAGER: Visitor Services Manager II

POSTING DATE: September 11, 2014

DEADLINE DATE: Application materials must be received by September 25, 2014.

SUPPLEMENTAL FORMS: Not required for this position.

DESCRIPTION: The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) seeks applicants for a Program Administrative Assistant I to support the customer service and program operations of the Education Division.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 1) schedule K-12 programs and events in support of Education Division operations; 2) provide support for the Education and Historic Sites & Museums Divisions by managing school scholarships; 3) promote MNHS brand and support attendance and revenue goals; 4) prepare statistical and other reports; and 5) provide general assistance in the Guest Services and overall Education Division operations.

High school diploma or equivalent.
One to two years of experience with high volume phone work.
One to two years related experience, such as clerical, scheduling or office administrative work.
Demonstrated ability to operate efficiently an online computerized scheduling system and to understand and manipulate the complexities of the system with confidence.
High attention to detail and accuracy in all aspects of work.
Previous experience in promotions, sales or customer service.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Strong customer service and human relations skills.
Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Suite and Google Applications.
Demonstrated ability to exhibit patience, understanding and courtesy with the public.

Familiarity with Artifax scheduling software.
Broad knowledge of MNHS programs, services, policies, and procedures.
Ability to adapt to new technology as it emerges and applies it to visitor services operations.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Experience working with teachers and in education settings.

Submit MNHS Application for Employment, (available at, cover letter, resume, and if applicable, any supplemental forms. Application materials must be complete and received by the application deadline date in order to be considered by one of the methods below:

Attn: [Fill in Job Title]
Minnesota Historical Society
345 Kellogg Boulevard West
St. Paul, MN 55102-1906

Attn: [Fill in Job Title]

Attn: [Fill in Job Title]
Fax: 651-297-3343

Incomplete application materials will be returned. If submitting materials for more than one position, you must provide MNHS Application for Employment, cover letter, and resume for each position.

Applicants who are offered employment will be subject to passing a background check as a condition of employment.

Applications will be acknowledged
No phone calls please

(Posted 9/11/14)

Collections Preparation Associate – Wisconsin Historical Society

Position Overview:
Flexible schedule at 20 total hours per week at $11.00 per hour, with hours available between 8:00am and 4:30pm Monday-Friday. Position will be part of a team that is preparing the Wisconsin Historical Society Museum’s artifact collections for a move to an offsite storage facility. Duties will include, but not be limited to, the following:

Packing and inventorying artifacts: Assist with the packing and boxing of selected artifact collections. Reorganize existing shelving to accommodate boxed objects. Update locations in database as necessary.
Processing: Assist with the processing of new acquisitions and items found during reinventory so that they are properly documented for packing and moving. This may include numbering and imaging artifacts as necessary.
Catalog data entry: Update database with catalog information from physical files and cards. Reconcile discrepancies in object descriptions, histories, and identification numbers.

Candidates should be extremely well-organized, detail-oriented, and have neat handwriting. A good sense of humor and interest in history are a plus!

How to Apply
Please apply by emailing a resume to Scott Roller, Collections Manager, at . Applications will be accepted through Aug. 31, 2014.

Reference Assistant – Minnesota Historical Society

DESCRIPTION: The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) seeks applicants for a Reference Assistant I to serve library researchers’ needs through retrieval, duplication and re-filing of materials in the MNHS collections.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 1) photocopy materials as requested by patrons according to the Reference department’s policies and copyright law; 2) staff copy services window; 3) retrieve materials from the stack or storage area for researcher use; and 4) re-file materials used so that items are made available for use.

Site Supervisor – Alexander Ramsey House – Minnesota Historical Society

DESCRIPTION: The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) seeks applicants for a Site Supervisor to coordinate the daily operations of the Ramsey House; provide supervision for assigned museum interpretive staff, sales assistants; and coordinate the volunteer and resale schedules.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 1) provide overall direction for hiring, training, supervision, and motivation for assigned staff, interns, and volunteers, and ensure overall compliance with MNHS policies and procedures; 2) coordinate daily operations at the Ramsey House; 3) assist with the training of guides in interpretive techniques, including third person guided, first person living history, and school programs for various ages/learning levels, in coordination with the Site Manager I, Ramsey House; 4) coordinate volunteer program; 5) ensure site security and visitor safety in daily historic site operations; and 6) serve as liaison between all MNHS departments that work at the site.

Park-Time Exhibits Manager – Octagon Center for Arts – Ames, IA

Start Date: May 27, 2014 or ASAP
DEADLINE: Please submit your resume and cover letter electronically via email to by May 12, 2014
Part-time, Hourly Pay (average 20 hours/week)
*10-20 hrs/week non-installation periods; approximately 30 hrs/week during installations
The Octagon Center for the Arts is seeking a highly motivated individual to fill the position of exhibits
manager of the Octagon Center galleries. The ideal candidate will oversee the installation of periodic exhibits
in three galleries and will effectively present exhibitions and public educational programs to promote interest, appreciation and understanding of the arts.