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.

While we try to keep this list current, please notice the posting date, and closing date for each listing. Position openings are a benefit of membership in the CLHO. If you are not a member and wish to post a job offering, please contact director@clho.org.

The Noah Webster House

Museum Educators

The Noah Webster House and West Hartford Historical Society is seeking part time Museum Educators, who will provide accurate programs through hands-on experiences for schools, scouts, and other groups in period clothing both on- and off-site. The museum serves approximately 7,000 students of varying ages and grades annually. Teaching experience is highly desirable but not required. They are looking for a candidate who is friendly with interest or experience in history or museums. The position has an hourly rate of $11.00 per scheduled hour, and travel reimbursement for distance traveled.

To Apply: Please send resume with cover letter to Beth Sweeney, Education Department Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society, 277 South Main Street West Hartford, CT 06107. Fax: (860) 521-4036. Email: Education@noahwebsterhouse.org. Visit their website for more information at www.NoahWebsterHouse.org.

Fairfield Museum and History Center

Librarian

The Fairfield Museum and History Center is seeking a part time librarian for their research library, which is among the best resources for Connecticut history, used by hundreds of students, scholars and researchers each year. The librarian is responsible for managing and directing library operations and facilities, providing proactive customer-oriented services, leading efforts to develop museum's library collections, and developing and managing the library's departmental budget and assist in identifying new revenue sources. This is a part-time (28 hour/week) position requiring Saturday and occasional evening hours. Compensation is $30/hour or commensurate with experience. Must be available Wednesday - Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM. For more information please visit their pdf or their website.

To Apply: Please email a detailed resume and cover letter to librariansearch@fairfieldhs.org by November 15th, 2019. The Fairfield Museum is an equal opportunity employer. 

Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford

Executive Director

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford (JHSGH), located in West Hartford, CT, a vibrant community in central Connecticut, seeks a dynamic leader with proven development experience to serve as its executive director. Supported by a strong community presence located on the Jewish Community campus, the Society’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and promote the history of the Greater Hartford Jewish community. The JHSGH has a rich archival collection, strong programming and numerous historical publications. Annually, the JHSGH has approximately 1-3 exhibitions, 12 programs, bus tours, and a consistent number of individuals and researchers who use the archival collection. The JHSGH has recently completed a new strategic plan and the new executive director will be responsible for implementing the plan with emphasis on expanding the organization’s profile, strengthening governance, growing membership and increasing revenue and monetary support from individuals, foundations, and businesses.

Position

The Executive Director will work with the President and report to an engaged and committed Board of Directors, providing strategic vision, direction, development, and administrative leadership for this vital membership organization. The Executive Director directs staff and volunteers and is responsible for daily operations. 

Ideal Candidate

The Executive Director of the JHSGH is the chief executive officer, responsible for fiscal leadership, general management and operations, including programs, partnerships, budget, fundraising, public relations, recruiting and marketing. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and works closely with all constituents to develop, articulate and implement the strategic direction of the JHSGH to accomplish its mission.

The ideal candidate will be an outgoing and personable heritage professional with a proven record of success in community engagement, fundraising, grant writing, administration, community collaborations, donor stewardship, and volunteer management. Also essential are a passion and knowledge of Jewish culture and history, effective written and verbal communication skills, financial literacy, and the ability to lead both board and staff with tact and diplomacy. The JHSGH has two part-time employees, an archivist and an administrative assistant.  

Key Responsibilities

  • Minimum of five years leadership experience in a non-profit heritage organization or similar organization with knowledge of best management practices for non-profit operations, staffing and archives/collections growth and oversight. Experience in handling human resources. 
  • Proven ability to organize and manage a budget to effectively assure the financial health of the JHSGH. 
  • A track record as successful fundraiser, including capital campaigns, individual & corporate donor cultivation, grant writing, and familiarity with key funding sources for heritage organizations. 
  • Increasing public awareness of the mission and programming offered by JHSGH to attract visitors, donors and volunteers to our programs.
  • Implementing the new vision of the JHSGH’s strategic plan that increases fundraising and community engagement while maintaining and preserving the mission and traditional qualities of the JHSGH. 
  • As the public “face” of the organization, demonstrate superior communication skills in promoting JHSGH and expanding its base of support. Knowledge of social media, websites, and electronic communications essential.   
  • Experience with creating and implementing exhibitions, oral history projects and programming. Developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with community partners and local, state, and national institutions. 

Qualifications

Degree in Museum Studies, Arts/Nonprofit Management/Administration, Public History, Judaic Studies, Education, or similar field. B.A. required. M.A. preferred. 

Salary and Benefits Statement

  • Employment Type: Full Time, 37.5 hours per week; occasional evening and weekend hours for meetings and programs
  • Benefits: Paid time off and retirement program
  • Salary Range: Based on experience

Equal Opportunity Employer

Employment is contingent upon a satisfactory background check. JHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and Equal Opportunity Employer.   

Application Process 

Applications must include cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three professional references. Application deadline Tuesday, October 15, 2019.   Email to Estelle Kafer, Executive Director, ekafer@jewishhartford.org. No phone calls, please.


Windsor Historical Society

Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Windsor Historical Society (the Society) is seeking a new executive director to lead an organization that has brought the rich and evolving history of Windsor to life for the community and its visitors for nearly 100 years.   The next executive director will be a dynamic leader and enthusiastic fundraiser who can build on the Society’s many strengths to grow it to the next level of its important mission.

The mission of the Society is to inspire public awareness and appreciation of the diverse people, places, and events that contribute to Windsor’s evolving history.   Its extensive museum campus, which includes two historic homes, exhibit galleries, a research and genealogy library, and a museum shop, is a centerpiece of Windsor’s historic district. 

The next Executive Director of the Windsor Historical Society will inherit a tremendous opportunity to further leverage the Society’s many strengths to take its innovative programming to a new level, broaden its reach, and engage more diverse segments of the community in learning about the rich history of Windsor.   She / he / they will be passionate about history, will possess an understanding of historical museum management, and will be dedicated to Windsor and its rich historical heritage.  The ideal candidate will bring high emotional intelligence and excellent communication and public speaking skills, will be a relationship builder who can easily and genuinely connect with people, and will be astute at building strategic partnerships. 

Applications are open until the position is filled.  For the complete position profile and guidelines please visit the application page.


Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Visitor Services Manager

The Visitor Services Manager (VSM) is responsible for overseeing the Visitor Center operations to ensure a high quality, educational, and enjoyable experience for individuals and groups taking tours or otherwise experiencing the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. The VSM will oversee all aspects of operations including staffing for planned and unplanned visits and tours, managing the Stowe Center’s gift shop, supervising staff, and developing and managing the Visitor Center budget. The VSM collaborates and communicates at a variety of levels within the organization working closely with members of Programs, Development, and Administration, and externally interacting with visitors and other stakeholders. The VSM reports to the Executive Director and is a member of the senior Management Team.

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.  For a detailed position description and application instructions, visit the Stowe Center's employment page.


State of Connecticut, Department of Economic and Community Development

Architectural Preservationist

The State of ConnecticutDepartment of Economic and Community Development invites qualified candidates to apply for the position of Architectural Preservationist. This position will perform specialized duties relating to the review and approval of architectural plans and specifications for projects that impact the State's historic resources. As part of the State Historic Preservation Office team, the Architectural Preservationist will work collaboratively on projects that implement the SHPO's Statewide Plan and creatively envision ways to better serve the people of Connecticut and promote historic preservation. Applications must be received by September 23rd, 11:59 pm. ​For a full job description, and to apply, visit this link. Please address the preferred qualifications in your cover letter. 


Mark Twain House and Museum

Beatrice Fox Auerbach Director of Collections

The Mark Twain House & Museum interprets the life and legacy of Mark Twain and his family in Hartford, where during their residence, Twain wrote his best known works and rose to world-wide fame. Annually, the museum sees 70,000 visitors from all fifty states and up to 65 countries. It has a $3 million budget, and is AAM accredited. 

The house, constructed in 1874 and designed by Edward T. Potter, is viewed as a masterpiece of Stick Style architecture, and the interior decoration by Louis Comfort Tiffany and Candace Wheeler, working as Associated Artists, is one of the earliest extant examples of their work.

We seek an outgoing and articulate individual to provide enlightened leadership for the department. This full-time, exempt, management-team position is also part of the team charged with preservation of historic structures.

In addition to being a positive team player, the candidate must anticipate the needs and challenges of the department, problem solve, and have outstanding verbal, written, and interpersonal skills. A Masters in Museum Studies, History, Art History, or related discipline is required, as is proven collections management expertise.

Duties:

  • Oversee curatorial staff of one full-timer and two part-timers;
  • Create and mount annual exhibition;
  • Develop and manage curatorial budget;
  • Oversee and engage in collections management work;
  • Participate in professional development;
  • Oversee “Trouble Begins” series of academic lectures;

Qualifications:

  • 3-6 years working in museums in a curatorial capacity with progressively increasing responsibility;
  • Strong knowledge of 19th century American fine and decorative arts;
  • Strong experience in collections database applications;
  • Strong visual sensibility for exhibition design and proven abilities in exhibit development;
  • Ability to lift fifty pounds, climb stairs, a stepladder, and work with exhibition materials and installation.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Send a resume and letter of interest in confidence to lynn.gregor@marktwainhouse.orgApplications accepted until October 15th.


Wethersfield Historical Society

Collections Management Intern

80 hours, $15/hour stipend. Wednesdays beginning October 2, 2019.

Wethersfield Historical Society (WHS) is seeking a graduate intern to work with Museum Consultant Elizabeth Pratt Fox on a CT Humanities-funded collections management project. Activities will include assisting Ms. Fox with a portion of the collections review, photography and data entry using Excel and PastPerfect. The intern will learn collections storage, handling cataloging and research techniques, will participate in the review of objects’ appropriateness for scope of the institution’s collection as well as the deaccession process. The intern will research and write a paper on a WHS collection-related topic of their choice which may be presented as a public program and be published on the WHS website. Objects under review include furniture, looking glasses, clocks and agricultural equipment. Successful candidates will be enrolled in an accredited Museum Studies or Public History graduate program, be experienced with Excel and PastPerfect, have excellent research and writing skills, and be available to work with Ms. Fox on Wednesdays. This position requires the ability to climb stairs and lift moderately heavy collection objects and storage boxes.

Send cover letter, resume and references to Amy Northrop Wittorff, Executive Director at amy.wittorff@wethersfieldhistory.org. EOE.


Litchfield Historical Society

Museum Interpreter

  • Part-time Seasonal position – Ends December 1st 

  • $12.50/hour dependent on experience

  • 18-25 hrs/week

  • Flexible weekday schedule with occasional evening and weekend work required 

The Litchfield Historical Society is seeking a part-time Museum Interpreter to facilitate visitor experience at the Tapping Reeve House and Law School and the Litchfield History Museum.  This position requires strong interpersonal skills, experience providing interpretation, and interest in American history.  

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Provide a quality visitor experience at the Tapping Reeve House and Law School and the Litchfield History Museum

    • Greet and provide orientation to visitors

    • Provide interpretation to visitors as they tour the museums, offering information and insight to facilitate their engagement with the exhibits. 

    • Maintain admission records, stock front desk, and make gift shop sales

    • Ensure the site is opened and closed according to procedures and that all security measures are in place. 

  • Communicate effectively with the Curator of Education and other staff

    • Identify time-crucial issues and respond appropriately  

    • Keep Education staff informed on front-line matters

    • Work in collaboration with weekend Museum Guides to provide high quality interpretation to visitors

  • Assist the Curator of Education in implementing education programs.

    • Assist in the set up, running, and break down of community events

    • Prepare and maintain supplies for education programs

  • Other duties as may be assigned.

Applicants should be able to work independently and have the ability to prioritize and remain flexible during peak visitation times.  Please send cover letter and resume to Curator of Education, Kate Zullo, at kzullo@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org to apply or call (860) 567-4501 with questions.

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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