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  • 19 Jun 2017 10:42 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The Deschutes County Historical Society is accepting applications for a part-time Development Coordinator to aid in development and membership management. Primary duties revolve around membership management working with Donorperfect database and fundraising event planning/execution. 

    Apply by sending a cover letter, resume, and references to by July 3, 2017

    More information is available on their website at

  • 12 Jun 2017 9:16 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Hours: 20 per week

    Permanent, Part Time

    Potential days: Monday, Wednesday – Saturday

    Occasional evening hours may be required

    Pay: $13.00 per hour


    General Job Description


    The Volunteer Coordinator for the Clackamas County Historical Society assists the Museum of the Oregon Territory (MOOT) and the Stevens-Crawford Heritage House (SCHH) in recruiting, training and assisting in the management of our extensive volunteer base to fulfill our mission: “Enriching the lives of current and future generations through collecting, preserving and interpreting the history of Historic Clackamas County.” The coordinator will also make sure the front desk is staffed during open hours of the museum (Wednesday-Saturday 10:30-4 pm). Additional administrative tasks may be assigned as determined by the Executive Director.


    Job Duties and Responsibilities


    Recruit Volunteers

    • Responsible for checking e-mail address and voicemail
    • Maintains three separate advertisements with VolunteerMatch
    • Schedule in-person interviews with possible recruits and manage the hiring and onboarding process for new volunteers
    • Identify and contact community outreach opportunities to promote volunteering
    • Create and/or maintain the volunteer application form as well as any other documents related to volunteer management
    • Create print and digital media to recruit volunteers for MOOT and SCHH
    Coordinate the volunteers at MOOT and SCHH
    • Works with the SCHH and MOOT staff to determine the need for volunteers and the positions that need to be filled including office, collections, docent and maintenance volunteers as well as single event volunteers
    • Maintain accurate records of volunteer hours and museum attendance
    • Assist in the planning and execution of our annual volunteer recognition lunch as well as any additional volunteer appreciations
    • Manages volunteer budget and reports expenses to bookkeeper and Executive Director
    • Manages Google volunteer calendar
    • Trains volunteers on opening/closing and front desk procedures and maintains written procedures
    Works with the staff and board
    • Reports to the Executive Director
    • Communicates regularly and in a timely manner with museum staff as issues arise
    • Attends weekly meeting and additional 1:1 meetings with department managers to review volunteer needs and issues
    • Tracks progress and assists with disciplinary actions of individual volunteers with department manager and/or Executive Director or board president
    • Works with marketing department for social media presence
    • Generates monthly outreach and volunteer report


    Interested parties should send a resume and cover letter to Applications will be accepted until finalists are identified. Applications without a resume or cover letter will not be considered.

  • 06 Jun 2017 1:23 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Executive Director

    The Albany Regional Museum, a non-profit organization in Albany, Oregon, is seeking a qualified candidate for Executive Director.  The successful candidate will bring leadership experience in fundraising, grant writing, marketing, financial management, operations and an ability to work cooperatively with community leaders, board of directors, staff and volunteers. The Executive Director working closely with the Board of Directors, is a strong and dynamic leader who understands, supports and promotes the mission of the organization, financial plans, and programs. The Executive Director is expected to attend exhibit openings, board meetings, and fundraising and public relation activities. This individual will act as the primary spokesperson for the museum, creating partnerships, supporting fund-raising campaigns, and promoting the museum as a community asset.


    The position job description and pay scale is available at and on Facebook. Please submit cover letter and resume to or mail to 136 Lyon Street S., Albany, OR 97321. Closing date June 30, 2017.


  • 02 Jun 2017 2:22 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Job Description: 

    The Western Museums Association (WMA) seeks a creative individual to produce a range of communications, coordinate programs, and help plan/execute the Annual Meeting (conference). This full-time position (40 hours per week) works remotely via telecommuting, requires travel 2-3 times per year, and reports to the WMA Executive Director. As crafting new content for member communications and drafting marketing materials are critical to this position—excellent writing, communication, and design skills are required.


    • 1–2 years of marketing or communications experience
    • Photoshop and/or In Design experience
    • Telecommuting experience
    • Association and conference production experience preferred
    • Demonstrated interest in museums, free choice learning, and/or professional development preferred

    Highly focused museum professionals that are self-directed, collaborative, and who have excellent time management skills are encouraged to apply. This is an exempt position with a $35,000 salary and generous vacation. Download the complete job description HERE.

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

    To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Jason B. Jones, WMA Executive Director, at

    Applications will be accepted until Friday, June 30, 2017.

  • 31 May 2017 12:46 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Clark County (WA) Historical Society and Museum

    Executive Director


    Provides leadership and administration for the Clark County Historical Society and Museum, including planning and directing all operational, fundraising, and programmatic aspects. The nonprofit is governed by a board of trustees, and is partially supported by Clark County and the City of Vancouver. Operational funding is heavily reliant on donations, grants, and memberships. The Museum maintains and exhibits a collection of artifacts and provides a research library. Public programs, including speakers and walking tours, are regularly offered.  The director supervises three paid staff and numerous volunteers.


    Full job description is at

    Full time. Starting range is low $50,000’s to mid $60,000’s; commensurate with qualifications and experience.


    Closing date: open until filled; review of applications will begin June 30, 2017

    To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and references (in Word document or PDF) to: Karin Ford, CCHS Board President, 

  • 22 May 2017 9:42 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)


    The Springfield Museum, a non-profit organization in Springfield, Oregon, is seeking a qualified candidate for Executive Director. The successful candidate will bring leadership experience in fundraising, grant writing, marketing, financial management, operations; a background in museum or collections management; and an ability to work cooperatively with community leaders, Board of Directors, staff and volunteers.

    The Executive Director of the Springfield Museum, working closely with the Board of Directors is a strong and dynamic leader who understands, supports, and promotes the mission of the organization. The Executive Director is responsible for implementing the plans and policies authorized by the board, developing organizational and financial plans, and programs. The Executive Director oversees and maintains the day-to- day operations of the organization. The Executive Director reports directly to and communicates fully and frequently with the Board of Director. The Executive Director will present written reports regarding the status of the museum at monthly board meetings. The Executive Director has the operational authority to carry out the duties and responsibilities assigned by the Board of Directors within the framework of policies, plans, and budget as specified in the Museum’s bylaws. The Executive Director will serve as an ex officio member of the board (no vote). The Executive Director is expected to attend exhibit openings, board meetings, fundraising and public relations activities. 

    View full job description here:

    Apply by 5pm PST on June 30, 2017.

    Send resume and cover letter to 

  • 09 May 2017 1:42 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    OMSI is currently hiring a Research and Evaluation Assistant I, Research and Evaluation Associate, and Junior Research and Evaluation Associate. 

    Visit to apply!

  • 09 May 2017 1:39 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The Portland Art Museum has been awarded a grant from the International Fine Print Dealers Association Foundation to fund one paid summer internship for 2017. The eight-week internship offers a rare opportunity to work directly with the prints of the Portland Art Museum, a collection of graphic arts spanning more than 500 years. The intern will report to the curator of prints and drawings and will gain valuable experience in cataloguing, researching, and handling works of art on paper.

    The starting date for this role is negotiable, but should be on or after June 5, 2017. Hours are part time (21 hours per week) for eight weeks. Compensation is budgeted at $17.85 per hour, as grant funding is $3,000 in total for this internship role. The role include a variety of perks such as free Museum admission, Gift Shop discounts, and screenings at the NW Film Center. Please see our website for more details.

    For more information and to apply online visit and include:
    a. Cover letter outlining the applicant’s interest in the position and any experience with prints and other works on paper. Please explain the value of this internship to your studies and career goals;
    b. Current résumé;
    c. Academic transcript or a list of coursework in art history;
    d. Professional references (please include name, title, institution, and contact information)

    For questions please contact

    The Portland Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Closing Date: May 12, 2017

  • 17 Apr 2017 1:53 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for recruiting, screening, placing and providing general orientation for new volunteers, as well as providing for the recognition and retention of all volunteers at OMSI.

    Essential Duties & Responsibilities: 

    Performing some of the following will involve driving to various locations outside OMSI's corporate headquarters:

    • Work with OMSI staff throughout the organization to understand the needs for volunteers in their areas.
    • Accept requests from staff for new ongoing, special project and special event volunteer positions in their areas, and assist with the development of position descriptions.  Monitor existing ongoing positions for openings to be filled with new volunteers.
    • Maintain database of organizations, agencies, websites, listservs, schools, and colleges for recruitment purposes, and maintain relationships with key personnel of agencies and organizations that refer volunteers to OMSI.
    • Recruit qualified adult applicants for open volunteer positions through a variety of mechanisms, including postings on the OMSI website and other volunteer recruitment websites and participating in volunteer recruitment fairs.
    • Respond to telephone and email inquiries regarding volunteer service at OMSI.
    • Process volunteer applications as they are received, creating personnel files and tracking candidates through the interview, placement and orientation process.
    • Contact applicants for preliminary phone interviews and schedule position-specific interviews for applicants with immediate supervisors in their areas of interest as needed.
    • Conduct general personal interviews with qualified applicants, and determine placement in positions that match their interests, skills, abilities and availability. 
    • Conduct general orientation and training for new volunteers, and schedule them for additional training as needed. 
    • Complete reference checks and background checks for prospective volunteers.
    • Follow up with absent volunteers and perform resignation procedures for volunteers leaving their positions.
    • Maintain accurate records for volunteers, including their contact information and hours of service, using Volgistics database.
    • Train and supervise volunteers who perform clerical duties for the Volunteer Services department.
    • Provide recommendations regarding needs, issues and services for volunteers based on feedback obtained through personal observation and communication with volunteers and volunteer surveys.
    • This position is non-exempt, paid hourly  
    • This position is regular full-time, scheduled for 40 hours/week.
  • 11 Apr 2017 1:03 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – Washington County Museum, Hillsboro, Oregon
    The Washington County Museum (WCM) seeks a dynamic Executive Director to lead the institution through a period of growth and beyond.  The new CEO will take the reins of the Tualatin Valley’s leading cultural organization, as it begins the implementation of a ten year strategic plan.  

    The WCM currently operates two facilities through a partnership between the Washington County Historical Society and the Washington County government.  The facility in Rock Creek consists of the administration offices, the archives and artifact repository.  The collections include a wide range of items related to the cultural heritage of the Tualatin Valley, including an estimated 30,000 objects and more than 60,000 images.  The exhibition and education center is located in the Hillsboro Civic Center.   Through the center WCM offers a variety of temporary and long-term exhibits, programs and events that emphasize the arts, sciences and humanities at they relate to Washington County.  Educational opportunities also include outreach programs for schools and community youth groups.  Discover more at

    The Executive Director is the chief executive officer of WCM and is responsible to the Board of Directors for all museum operations. He/she is responsible for the fundraising activities, finance and budgeting and keeps funders apprised of services, accomplishments and needs.  The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Museum, personnel management, marketing and outreach, leadership, strategic planning, policy development, exhibitions and collections, professional standards, educational programs, facilities maintenance, operations, liaising with the board, and representing the museum externally.  The Director will be offered a competitive salary with benefits, contingent upon experience.

    The position requires a combination of strong professional credentials and demonstrated skills and success in development and community outreach.  The successful candidate should present most of the following: 


    Development and Fund-raising

    -Record of fundraising success, particularly the demonstrated ability to reach out to, inspire, cultivate, listen to, and build relationships with donors.
    -Exposure to planned giving, major gifts, and with capital campaigns is a plus.
    -With the Finance Committee, able to create and monitor operating and capital budgets
    -Demonstrated business and fiscal management strength.

    Museum Leadership
    -Leadership and museum-management experience, skills, and credentials.
    -Ability and enthusiasm to lead a mid-sized museum where the Director works on a variety of fronts and wears multiple hats.
    -Knowledge of museum standards, best practices, and trends
    -Museum experience, including managing and motivating staff, working with and engaging boards, and collaborating with external partners.
    -Managerial style to empower and be accessible to staff.
    -Strong organizational and communication skills.
    -Experience working with or for municipal or county officials is an asset
    -Community Relationships
    -Inspirational and motivational leader to serve as the public face of the Museum in the community.
    -Capability and experience to work well with a variety of stakeholders, including, civic leaders, cultural partners, and museum members and volunteers. 
    -Wants to play a civic-leadership role in the ongoing and successful revitalization of the city and county and its rapid growth in cultural offerings.
    -Enthusiasm for the broad mission and for engaging the public

    Personal Characteristics
    -Accessible, welcoming, gracious, sincere, and sociable person, with a personality compatible with a hospitable and friendly city.
    -Gentle” change agent -- open to new ideas and willing to take sensible risks, but also respectful of tradition
    -Vibrant, engaging public speaker
    -Enthusiastic about educating the public about history and art.
    -Receptive to incorporating new technologies as appropriate in marketing, education programs, exhibitions, and interpretation of collections
    -Expertise, flair, skills, and desire to rebrand and market the Museum to a broader, more diverse audience, beyond the Museum’s traditional audiences, to better reflect the population profile of the region.

    Apply in confidence to   

    Email cover letter, résumé (.pdf preferred), salary requirement, and names of 3 references with contact information.  References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant.  Review of applications will begin May 1, 2017 and process will remain open until the position is filled.  Nominations welcome. 

    The Washington County Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

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