Do you have professional museum experience in a managerial capacity? Are you interested in joining an innovative public history environment? If so, read below, and consider applying today!
About the Connecticut State Library
CSL is an Executive Branch agency founded in 1854. The State Library provides a variety of library, information, archival, public records, museum, and administrative services for citizens of Connecticut, as well as for the employees and officials of all three branches of State government. CSL also serves students, libraries, researchers, and town governments. The Museum of Connecticut History has been collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting objects related to Connecticut’s political, industrial, and military history since 1910. Permanent and changing exhibits trace the growth of the State and its role in the development of the nation from the Colonial era to the present.
About the Position
The Museum of Connecticut History Administrator is responsible for overseeing the staff and operations of the museum, including acquisition, conservation, interpretation, exhibition, loan, and storage of historical objects. Under the general direction of the State Librarian, the incumbent will lead an ambitious initiative to strengthen and reaffirm the museum’s place in the Connecticut heritage community.
The administrator will work to:
- Operate the museum within best practices of nationally recognized standards and keep pace with a changing public history environment
- Advance a conservation and interpretation plan for the museum which spotlights local, state, and national history for broad and diverse audiences
- Oversee the ongoing development and presentation of museum education and other public programs
- Optimize the museum’s unique physical space
- Actively pursue grant opportunities
- Ensure the museum’s effective use of technology for both operations and exhibitions
- Cultivate and maintain relationships and partnerships with various museums, heritage sites, and other community organizations
This is a full-time position working 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm. Perks of the job include telework options based on operational needs. The incumbent in this position will report to the State Librarian, and the Administrator’s primary location will be the State Library and Supreme Court Building, 231 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT 06106.
What We Can Offer You
The State of Connecticut offers a competitive starting salary, excellent state benefits package including health/dental insurance, generous paid time off, retirement plan options, alternate work schedules, and a culture that encourages work-life balance.
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PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Raymond E. Baldwin Museum this class directs the Museum operations, collections, programs and services.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
staff and operations of Museum including acquisition, conservation, study, documentation,
exhibition, loan and storage of historical objects;
- In conjunction with Museum
Advisory Committee, develops and recommends museum policy to State Library
administration and Board;
- Designs long range plans
for administrative review;
- Plans and develops new
programs and services;
- Plans and administers
- Develops and monitors
financial controls and reports, maintains adequate collection insurance;
- Manages museum personnel
activities including selecting, training and evaluating of assigned
multifunctional level staff, researchers, docents, volunteers, interns,
consultants and appraisers;
- Develops and recommends
- Obtains State Library
Board approval for accessions and deaccessions in areas of collection emphasis
and monitors to completion;
- Develops an overall plan
for public relations information specific to museum programs and services in
conjunction with agency Public Information Office;
- Works closely with
museum Advisory Committee in raising private funds for museum's non-profit
- Develops a conservation
plan for collection holdings;
- Leads the recruitment
and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
- Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
- Considerable knowledge
- and ability to apply
management principles and practices;
- relevant state and federal
laws, statutes and regulations;
- principles of historical museum administration
and curatorial practices;
- American History in subject areas illustrated by
- Considerable oral and
written communication skills;
- Interpersonal skills.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
A Master's degree in American History or American Studies and four (4) years of professional museum experience.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a managerial capacity.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
A Master's degree in museum studies may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
- Experience as a museum director
- Experience developing exhibits and programs
- Experience in collections management
- Experience managing staff
- Experience applying for and receiving grants in the non-profit sector
- Membership in a professional library organization
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.
As defined by Sec.
5-196 of the Connecticut General
Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general
characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative
purposes. As such, a job class is not
meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.