This is a unique opportunity for a dynamic, self-motivated individual to be team leader of the Albert County Museum and RB Bennett Commemorative Centre, managing its artefact collection, offering educational outreach and leading a dedicated interpretive staff in telling the story of the People of the Tides and showcasing Albert County's native son, Hon. RB Bennett, 11th Prime Minister of Canada.
The incumbent will direct the day to day museum management functions, train and supervise the summer student staff and develop interpretive programming and exhibits. Education in business management with a strong emphasis on curatorial and museum management and/or prior experience in a museum or historical property setting is preferred. Strong organizational, supervisory, interpersonal and oral/written communication skills are mandatory, as well as strong social media skills, and speaking before small and large groups. Bilingualism is an asset but not a requirement.
This is a seasonal position. Salary to be negotiated commensurate with experience. Please submit cover letter, résumé and two reference letters.
Applications will be accepted until Friday, December 8, 2017.
Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail: The Albert County Historical Society, 3940 Route 114, Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick, E4H 3J8
Duties & Responsibilities
The Museum Manager is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the mission and vision of the museum, will report directly to the President of the Board of Directors (hereafter the Board) and work collaboratively with the Board by being responsible and accountable for the efficient day to day operations. The Museum Manager is an exempt position and serves as a non-voting, ex-officio member of the Board and other committees established by the Board.
In addition to being responsible for the day-to-day management of Museum operations, the Manager/Curator will:
- Ensure that Museum visitors receive an experience which exceeds expectations from a standpoint of friendliness, enthusiasm, and delivery of product.
- Oversee and develop Membership, Volunteer and Contact Management programs with the goals of broadening and growing the museum’s membership base. Build supportive, constructive relationships with all Board members, staff, donors, government agencies, volunteers, and all community partners.
- Oversee fundraising planning and implementation, including identifying resource requirements, researching funding sources, establishing strategies to approach funders, submitting proposals and administrating fundraising records and documentation.
- Oversee design, marketing, promotion of programs and exhibits in conjunction with the Board. Promote the museum through a variety of media, with strong emphasis on social media.
- Position the museum and its mission, such that its programs, products and services are consistently presented in strong, positive image within the community and to relevant stakeholders.
- Manage Museum human resources according to official personnel policies and procedures, and remain current on applicable laws and regulations.
- Manage and train summer student employees, develop projects for employees to do in “downtime”, and develop programs and activities to attract visitors to the museum.
- Oversee the secure use, cleanliness, public safety, and maintenance of all facilities related to the Museum.
- Participate with the Board in: developing a vision and strategic plan, identifying yearly capital projects that need to be addressed and funded, and formulating policies and planning recommendations.
- Serve as key communicator between Museum staff and the Board.
- Identify, assess, and inform the Board of internal and external issues which affect the Museum.
- Work closely with the Finance Committee to prudently manage Museum resources within budget guidelines and in accordance with current laws and regulations.
- Represent the Museum at special events and community activities to enhance the Museum’s profile.
- Prepare a detailed monthly report of pertinent information for the Board and an annual report for the ACHS Annual General Meeting.
- Capture, record, and report accurate visitation counts and other metrics necessary for assessing the success of the Museum in achieving its mission.
- Oversee all aspects of collections management, preservation, conservation and care. Actively lead the Museum’s effort to expand its collection of artifacts, oral histories, reference books, articles, and memorabilia.
- Research, construct, and install internal and external exhibits reflective of the Museum mandate. Borrow and install exhibitions from other institutions when desirable.
- Oversee activities establishing internal and external programs for schools, children, adults and the general public, initiated by the Museum or in collaboration with groups and institutions in the community and region.
- Manage the Museum gift shop, including the purchasing, merchandising, and marketing of items which complement the Museum’s mission and generate a profit.
- Purchase and maintain proper inventory of all required supplies for the Museum’s daily operation.
- Oversee the production of all Museum events and manage the Museum’s annual calendar of events.
- Develop and maintain a documented “practices and procedures” manual of Museum operations in the event of the Manager’s absence.
- Ensure Museum compliance with all regulations, laws, and local ordinances in the daily operation of the Museum and its events. Obtain licenses and permits as required.
- Maintain organized files (paper or computer) with adequate back-up files.
- Assist the Board on other duties as may be assigned.
- Produce and coordinate all written communications (e-mails, letters, press releases, exhibit descriptions, etc.) that are of professional, error-free quality.
- Ensure all financial information is delivered to the Treasurer in a timely and organized fashion.
- Be willing to travel when necessary for museum related events.
- Evening and significant weekend work required.
The listed duties are illustrative and are not intended to describe every function that may be performed by this job. The omission of specific statements does not preclude the Board of Directors from assigning specific duties not listed if such duties are a logical assignment to the position.
- University Diploma or related post secondary education
- Experience working with a Non-profit organization and working with a volunteer board of directors.
- Experience supervising employees and building a functional staff team
- Proven success in fundraising.
- Bilingualism is an asset but not a requirement.
Skill and Abilities Desired:
- Strong organizational, interpersonal, and oral/written communication skills are mandatory, including speaking before small and large groups
- Highly self-motivated, team player
- Must show leadership capabilities
- Innovative and creative thinker able to multi-task
- Development and grant writing experience (experience an asset)
- Social Media experience
All or some of the following:
- Knowledge of professional museum principles, practices, and procedures, especially as they relate to strategic planning, fundraising, collections management, audience development, public programming.
- Ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment and discretion.
- Demonstrates an ability to deal effectively with deadlines, multiple competing priorities and time pressure.
- Experience in fundraising and proven success.
- Demonstrate exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Possesses a valid driver’s license.
- Police records check required / Vulnerable Sector required
- Food Safety Certificate required
- Computer skills: Excellence in the use of personal computers, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Knowledge of social networking and cloud computing concepts.
Please note if you feel you would make a qualified candidate but only meet some of these requirements, please don’t hesitate to submit your application. Please state clearly in your cover letter the reasons why the Museum should consider you as a candidate.