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  • 07 Jun 2018 10:49 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    About Gaiety Hollow and the Lord & Schryver Conservancy

    Gaiety Hollow is a new public garden and historic preservation resource located in Salem, Oregon.  It was the home, garden and studio of Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver, two notable twentieth-century landscape architects who introduced a new style of garden in the Pacific Northwest.  They designed 250 gardens in the region between 1929 and 1969 and were actively involved in civic and horticultural improvement efforts in Salem.  Gaiety Hollow reflects their successful mix of formal and informal garden design and contains an array of plants suitable to cultivation in the Pacific Northwest.  The property is located in a historic district near downtown Salem and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The garden comprises the 4/10-acre property and is currently undergoing restoration to its 1932-1969 period of significance.  Gaiety Hollow is part of a complex of Lord & Schryver designed public properties in Salem.

    The Lord & Schryver Conservancy (the Conservancy) received its 501(c)(3) status in 2005.  After a decade of research and restoration of other Lord & Schryver projects, the Conservancy achieved its goal of purchasing Gaiety Hollow, to continue its mission to preserve and interpret the legacy of Lord and Schryver, and is now developing Gaiety Hollow into a cultural and educational center for the community.  The Conservancy is governed by a hardworking volunteer Board of Directors and employs a full-time Garden Manager, who is assisted by volunteers.  

    The Board has a successful track record in taking on ambitious projects and completing them with outstanding results and public approval.  The Board is now ready to transition to a focus on fundraising and governance.  It is looking for an Executive Director who will be a partner in managing the organization to the next level of fundraising and program success.  Gaiety Hollow is the primary focus of the Conservancy, which also engages in other mission related educational, outreach and advocacy activities.  For more information see:

    The Position: Executive Director, Lord & Schryver Conservancy

    This new position provides the opportunity for the Executive Director to assume a leadership role in the Conservancy and a unique opportunity to engage with the horticulture, design, preservation, and civic improvement communities in the region.   

    Priorities for the Executive Director, in order of priority, will be to: build strong fundraising and sustainability practices for the Conservancy’s structure; develop successful public programming stemming from the mission; lead community outreach for the Conservancy; support the vision of the Board of Directors; manage staff and operations; and oversee financial operations.  This position is responsible for providing support to the Board, as well as operational, fiscal, staff and volunteer management for the Conservancy and Gaiety Hollow.

    This is a full-time position and reports to the President of the Board.  Some weekend and evening work is required.  Salary range is $60-65,000 with competitive benefits, and includes a contribution to health insurance.  

    The ideal candidate will have a proven track record in nonprofit organizational leadership and management, communications, fundraising, and program development.  

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Fundraising *(20%)

    • The Executive Director will hold the chief responsibility of raising the annual operating budget of the organization.

    • Plan and execute, with the Board and its Sustainability Committee, an annual fundraising and development plan.

    • Develop and implement, with the Sustainability Committee, a longer-term strategy for financial and organizational sustainability.  

    • Develop and manage donor appeals and corporate sponsorships, including the annual appeal and special fundraising requests.

    • Work with the Board to identify opportunities to enhance fundraising events, programs and other sources of new revenues.  The Executive Director should take an entrepreneurial approach towards developing fundraising strategies and opportunities to generate revenue and communicate ideas to the Board.

    • Research grant opportunities, prepare grant proposals, administer grants, with input from Board members and staff.  


    • Develop, promote and implement educational programs and other activities based upon the Lord & Schryver Conservancy’s mission and legacy.  Develop a calendar of events with a combination of lectures, workshops, tours, and other public events, including fundraising events.  This is a priority.

    • Investigate and develop programs with other community and preservation partners.  

    • Create and promote programs that sustain the mission and gain the awareness, good will and support of the public.  

    Community Outreach, Communications*(20%)

    • Cultivate and enhance relationships with neighbors, City of Salem, Historic Deepwood Museum and Gardens, Bush House Museum, Bush’s Pasture Park, and the community.

    • Manage and coordinate Lord & Schryver Conservancy public relations and communications, including print and digital publications, website, press releases, social media, calendars, direct messages.

    • Lead marketing efforts for the garden and house, promote and manage rentals and events and increase number of visitors to the garden.

    • Be the principal ambassador and spokesperson for the Conservancy; be recognized as the chief information resource and leader for the organization.

    • Collaborate with the Conservancy Board to develop strategy and outreach plans.

    • Join and participate in select community organizations to increase visibility of the Conservancy.

    • Present programs to other audiences and organizations to promote the legacy and public awareness of Lord & Schryver and Gaiety Hollow.

    *All activities will be undertaken without any compromise to the historic integrity of Gaiety Hollow.

    Support Board of Directors(15%)

    • Provide support to the Board to advance its expertise and participation in fundraising and development.

    • Partner with the Board President to provide leadership for the organization by working with and providing support to the Board President and Board committees.

    • Coordinate with the Board President to develop meeting agendas and action plans.

    • Participate in the Strategic Planning process including development, tracking progress and updating the Strategic Plan.

    • Maintain and update policies and procedures, and develop new ones, as applicable.

     Staff and Operational Management(15%)

    • Manage, supervise, and evaluate staff.

    • Manage the volunteer program, including Docent program (aside from the garden volunteer program, which the Garden Manager oversees).  

    • Manage contracts, supervise contractors and consultants, e.g., bookkeeper.

    • Oversee all Board committees.   


    • Prepare the annual budget in collaboration with the Treasurer, with input from committees and staff. Oversee financial projections and performance.

    • Receive, review and monitor revenue and expense reports.

    • Manage financial relationships with the support of the Treasurer.

    • Make and/or authorize purchases that are within the approved budget, bringing exceptions to the Board to address.  


    Education and experience

    • Management experience in a nonprofit organization, with at least five years of advancing responsibilities; or, five years demonstrated leadership as a volunteer in a nonprofit organization  

    • Demonstrable fundraising experience, raising funds for operational and/or project goals  

    • Experience designing, implementing and promoting events and programs

    • Proven management experience, including budgets, personnel, volunteers, contractors

    • Strategic thinking and planning abilities

    • Experience working with a board and/or board service, understanding of board relations

    • Strong staff and volunteer management experience

    • Familiarity with preservation, management and interpretation of historic properties and gardens

    • Bachelor’s or advanced degree

    • Valid driver’s license


    • Creative and strategic thinker with excellent written and verbal communication skills

    • Creative and entrepreneurial spirit, with the ability to motivate individuals and teams to work together

    • Self-starter who can work independently on concurrent projects and meet deadlines; enjoys seeing plans turned into action and evaluated for results

    • Excellent people and communication skills, and ability to manage people and projects

    • Understands the nuances of managing a nonprofit organization and enjoys working in a collaborative atmosphere towards shared goals

    • Consistency in matters of accuracy, presentation and attention to detail

    • A passion for public engagement in preservation and the community

    • Meaningful ties to Salem and Oregon communities preferred

    • Up-to-date computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Outlook, Power Point) photo management (DAM), on-line storage, and DonorPerfect.

    • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends at special events


    Please email a cover letter expressing interest and a resume with salary requirement, including three references to: Applications accepted until position is filled.

  • 24 Aug 2017 1:34 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The Bureau of Land Management National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Baker City will be accepting applications between August 28-September 8 for an Exhibit Specialist.  

    GS/7-9. $40,684-$67,697.  


    Job description and application will be available on 

  • 10 Aug 2017 8:13 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Position Profile:  Executive Assistant to the President

    $45,000 - $55,000 per year  

    What you’ll do: 

    The Executive Assistant serves as the primary point of contact for internal and external constituencies on all matters pertaining to the Office of the President. The Executive Assistant also serves as a liaison to the Board of Trustees and to the COO and senior management teams; organizes and coordinates work and communication with board committees and external relations efforts; and oversees special projects. The Executive Assistant must be creative and enjoy working within a fast-paced, collegial environment that is mission-driven, results-driven and community oriented. The ideal individual must maintain the highest professional standards, with a focus on process improvement, and will have the ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of situations. Strong written and verbal communication, administrative, and organizational skills, and the ability to maintain a realistic balance among multiple priorities are essential. The Executive Assistant will have the ability to work independently on projects, from conception to completion, and must be able to work under pressure at times to handle a wide variety of activities and confidential matters with discretion. 

    What you’ll need:  

    • Strong organizational skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail.  
    • Very strong interpersonal and customer service skills and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, board members, external partners and donors. 
    • Expert level written and verbal communication skills.  
    • Working knowledge of accounting/budgeting principles, procedures and standards.
    • Bachelor's Degree or professional certification appropriate to the position, or equivalent combination of experience and education. 
    • Five to 10 years of experience supporting C-level executives and boards, preferably in a nonprofit organization. 
    • Pass pre-employment checks, such as a criminal background check and reference checks. 

    Compensation Package:   

    Competitive health benefits. 

    Vacation, Personal Days, Sick Days, and Holiday pay! 

    Visit to learn more or apply! 
    Position closes September 1, 2017. 
    OMSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.   

  • 07 Aug 2017 4:54 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Job Opportunity: Volunteer Coordinator,  Aurora Colony Historical Society

    Hours: 20 per week

    Status: Permanent, Part Time

    Schedule: Some flexibility with one Saturday or Sunday required weekly. Work during certain special events will be mandatory and occasional evening hours may be required. 

    Pay: $13.00 per hour

    Reports to: Executive Director


    General Job Description

    The Volunteer Coordinator for the Aurora Colony Historical Society recruits, trains and manages the Society’s volunteer and membership bases to fulfill our mission: “To promote interactive life-long learning by inspiring curiosity about, and preservation of, the heritage of the Aurora Colony.”


    The Volunteer Coordinator will staff the front desk one weekend day each week. Additional tasks may be assigned as determined by the Executive Director or Board.


    Job Duties and Responsibilities

    Recruit Volunteers

    • Promote volunteering through outreach to community, organizations, groups and individuals and use social media and online tools such as Volunteer Match to locate potential volunteers

    • Schedule in-person interviews with possible recruits and manage the orientation  process for new volunteers

    • Create and/or maintain the volunteer application form as well as other documents related to volunteer management

    • Regularly check volunteer email address, phone messages


    Coordinate Volunteers

    • Work with the ACHS staff, BOD and committee chairs to determine volunteer positions to be filled including: clerical, docent, maintenance, school program volunteers, as well as special event volunteers

    • Train/instruct volunteer(s) on tasks to be performed including museum opening/closing and front desk procedures

    • Provide written instructions/procedures to volunteer(s) as necessary

    • Post volunteer schedule for reference during events

    • Maintain a database of volunteers’ contact information, interests, skills, and availability

    • Maintain accurate records of volunteer hours, ACHS memberships, and museum attendance

    • Manage volunteer budget and report expenses to Business Specialist

    • Research and implement online volunteer management program, e.g. Google Calendar or Volgistics

    • Carry out volunteer recognition/appreciation activities including thank-you notes, end of season school program picnic, recognition in newsletter and at the Society’s annual meeting.

    Work with Board and Staff

    • Report to the Executive Director

    • Communicate in a timely manner with museum staff and BOD as issues arise

    • Attend staff meetings and additional meetings as necessary with board members and committee chairs to review volunteer needs and issues

    • Generate monthly outreach and volunteer report

    • Other duties as assigned


    Interested parties should send a resumé and cover letter in PDF or Word format to

    Applications  accepted until 5:00 p.m. September 6, 2017; interviews conducted week of September 10, 2017; position begins October 1, 2017.  

    Applications without cover letter and resumé will not be accepted.

  • 31 Jul 2017 1:56 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Museum Coordinator - Newell Pioneer Village
    Permanent three quarter-time (fluctuates seasonally) with a start day of     8/17/2017.   

    Requirements - minimum of a high school education; reliable transportation; ability to work weekends and holidays during season; museum or teaching experience preferred; grant writing experience a plus.  

    Duties include but are not limited to: responsible for school group tours and activities; booking and working events including weddings; develop educational programs within a living history environment; and execute and track the day to day financial reporting needs of  the museum complex.  

    The successful candidate will be a creative problem solver, have strong organizational skills, a team-oriented perspective and will work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary museum. A positive demeanor and the ability to learn new skills quickly are essential traits. We look at each candidate in terms of combined skills.  

    For a complete job description or to submit cover letter and resume no later than August 5, 2017, email<> or mail to Newell Pioneer Village, 8089 Champoeg Rd NE, St. Paul, OR 97137. 

    Please do not apply in person.

  • 28 Jul 2017 9:40 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Program Analyst 2 (Heritage Commission Coordinator) 
    Closing Date: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 11:59 PM Pacific Time
    Location: Salem, Oregon 
    Job Type: Permanent
    Salary: $4,144.00 - $6,050.00 Monthly

    The Oregon Heritage Commission Coordinator works with the volunteer Oregon Heritage Commission to develop statewide heritage efforts. Together with the outreach team, the coordinator promotes Oregon heritage and, as an asset for the state, provides training and support to people and organizations doing heritage work, and encourages collaboration among heritage and other organizations.

    Oregon Heritage is part of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, the coordinator works with other state agencies and statewide nonprofits, to enhance resources for heritage efforts. Projects like the Oregon Heritage Vitality report, the heritage tourism study, Oregon Connecting to Collections project and MentorCorps are examples of the scope of work.

    The coordinator is part of the heritage outreach team. All members of the team implement projects and programs related to the Oregon Heritage Commission and help people access the services of Oregon Heritage, which also includes the State Historic Preservation Office.

    In addition to developing the Oregon Heritage Plan and the statewide collaborations, the coordinator works with the team on key programs including the Oregon Heritage Conference, Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards, Oregon Heritage Traditions, communications and grants. The outreach team, which includes Kuri Gill, Sheri Stuart and Katie Henry, are excited to welcome someone with enthusiasm, a strong service ethic, creativity, and some fun!

    Click on the link below to see a detailed job description and instructions on how to apply.

    Program Analyst 2 (Heritage Commission Coordinator) 

  • 14 Jul 2017 10:43 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The Director of Brand Marketing provides management and leadership for staff in support of creative marketing and communication strategies, programs, and initiatives to expand the museum’s audiences and revenues across multiple business lines. This position also collaborates with the COO, senior leaders, project managers, and other staff across OMSI to connect and direct project work to support OMSI’s strategic plan. The Director builds and manages a positive, collaborative and effective marketing team through leadership, coaching, and modeling how we work together.

    What you’ll need:  

    • Strength in writing and design style with a very high aesthetic level and ability to oversee development and implementation of materials that align with the OMSI brand.  
    • Experienced in developing mutually beneficial strategic partnerships with organizations.  
    • Knowledge of general/consumer marketing strategy, campaign execution and branding.  
    • Experience in managing website development, search engine optimization, pay per click advertising, mobile, social media and email campaign management.  
    • Minimum seven years in progressively responsible marketing and managerial experience, with a proven record of success in a highly dynamic environment.  
    • Valid Driver’s License.  
    • Pass pre-employment checks, such as criminal background check and reference checks.

    Compensation Package:

    •   $59,850 - $77,850 per year, depending on experience.
    •   Competitive health benefits.
    •   Vacation, Personal Days, Sick Days, and Holiday pay!

    Is this job for you? Visit to apply! Position closes August 11, 2017. 

  • 09 Jul 2017 3:29 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The Birthday Party Coordinator works independently to prepare for birthday parties, provide customer service for families during parties, deliver ScienceWorks programming during parties, and ensure that party facilities and materials are cleaned up at the end of the party. ScienceWorks programming for birthday parties generally includes a short demonstration with liquid nitrogen and making liquid nitrogen ice cream/juice freeze for party guests.

    Major Responsibilities  

    • Coordinate the preparation of birthday goodie bags. This involves maintaining materials on hand and requesting that materials be ordered by the Guest Services manager or Gift Shop Coordinator. Front desk staff may be available for the assembly of goodie bags.  
    • Prepare facilities for birthday parties and provide customer service for families during birthday parties. This involves setting up tables and chairs in the party room, ensuring trash and recycling bins are available, and assisting families with questions and needs related to the facility.  
    • Obtain the materials for liquid nitrogen ice cream/juice freeze demonstration. Do a short demonstration with party guests. And clean up materials from the demonstration.  
    • Ensure that party spaces are cleaned up and ready for use as museum or education space. This involves removing trash and any other materials related to parties, wiping down tables and mopping if necessary, and resetting tables, chairs, and exhibits in the party space.  
    • Provide birthday party evaluation tools to the party organizer. Based on this data, reflect on the birthday party process and the guest experience, and make recommendations for improvements.  
    • Provide support to front desk staff for short periods of time for breaks.
    • Confirm party reservations one week prior via telephone.
    • Reliability and ability to be organized, plan ahead, and manage the details related to preparing and delivering high quality programming with minimal supervision. 

    Essential Traits 

    • Reliability and ability to be organized, plan ahead, and manage the details related to preparing and delivering high quality programming with minimal supervision.  
    • Computer skills for accessing calendars, communicating, and providing support to front desk staff.  
    • Ability to work with adults and children and provide cheerful, positive, responsive customer service.  
    • Understanding of, or ability to rapidly learn, science concepts related to liquid nitrogen and phase change.  
    • Ability to demonstrate phase change using liquid nitrogen in a safe and fun activity that involves party guests.   
    • Enthusiasm for exploration and a curiosity about the world around us.  
    • Ability to work independently and to provide clear communication to the Guest Services Manager, Public Programs Coordinator, and Education Director about needs related to birthday parties.

    Commitment & Compensation

    The schedule and number of hours varies weekly. The number of hours for preparation, programming, and clean up is approximately 2.5 hrs per birthday party. Some birthday party times overlap. The total number of hours will not exceed 15 hrs/week.  

    This position requires work on Friday afternoons, weekends, and holidays.  Compensation includes free membership to Science Works Hands-On Museum. Wages depend on experience

    To Apply  

    Send a resume and cover letter to

    Provide 3 professional references.

  • 09 Jul 2017 3:28 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The Events Manager at ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum is responsible for developing and organizing a wide variety of special events and facility rentals, to provide cultivation and stewardship of donors, support the mission of the museum, attract a broad variety of audiences and generate a significant portion of the museum’s annual revenue.  The position requires someone who enjoys being part of a team with a well developed sense of customer service and excellent communication skills.


    • Serve as sales liaison for facility rentals program, responds to rental inquiries, and conducts site tours for prospective clients.  The Manager works with operations and program staff to ensure event rental client expectations and needs are exceeded
    • Act as Museum liaison for large-scale community events held at ScienceWorks, such as the Rogue Valley Earth Day Celebration.
    • Manage and coordinate the fundraising events (e.g. Science of Wine, Brews & Boogie, Fall Luncheon, etc)
    • Set, communicate, and maintain timelines and priorities for events
    • Identify vendors, secure bids, and manage contracts for events
    • Work with all event-related vendors (caterer, florist, design shop, photographer, entertainment, etc.) to ensure successful scheduling, set-up, and production for events
    • Manage event expenditures within agreed budgets and purchasing guidelines
    • Oversee the production and delivery of event materials and equipment (save the date cards, invitations, seating charts, etc.)
    • Organize delivery and acknowledgment of in-kind donations and sponsorships for events
    • Stay abreast of organizational and community happenings to avoid conflicts in planning events
    • Ensure that ScienceWorks complies with all legal requirements for an event, and keeps our neighbors in mind when planning and implementing events to ensure we are seen as a ‘good neighbor’
    • Work with marketing manager and executive director to increase awareness in the community of ScienceWorks as a rental opportunity for private and corporate events
    • Other duties as assigned

    Applications: Send your cover letter, resume and 3 references to by July 23, 2017.

  • 09 Jul 2017 3:18 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)
    Position Overview:
    In June 2017, the City of Springfield Councilors approved resuming management of the Springfield Museum as proposed by the Springfield Museum Board.  With this agreement, the Museum will be under the direction of the Springfield Public Library.  This transition will provide integration of activities and programs that will serve the community.  Under the direction of the Library Manager, the Museum Curator performs professional museum services for the Springfield Museum.
    To learn more about the Springfield Museum, click here:

    Tentatively, interviews for this position will be held during the week of August 14th, 2017.  

    40 hrs/wk; some evening and weekends required. 
    $47,236-$53,976, depending on qualifications.

    Summary of Essential Duties:
    •  Oversees day-to-day operations of the Museum to include monitoring facility for cleanliness and safety
    •  Collection management and curation of exhibits
    •  Schedules and leads volunteers
    •  Cleans displays, labels objects, photographs and documents items
    •  Researches, develops, builds and installs exhibits
    •  Identifies and designates donated items
    •  Works closely with staff, advisory boards, and external contacts to coordinate exhibits, fundraising events, and content for marketing
    •  Provides metrics and performance measures to ensure oversight and consideration of all initiatives and directives
    •  Works beyond normal business hours, including evenings and weekends, for special events
    •  Responds to customer issues

    Education and Experience:
    •  Bachelor’s Degree in museum studies, art history, anthropology or a related field; and,
    •  0-2 years of professional level museum experience in collection management and curation of exhibits (Contributing level: Grade C41)
    •  Preference may be given to those who have: Spanish language skills or a Master’s level Degree.
    •  Any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education and experience may be considered qualifying.

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
    •  Principles and practices of professional museum work
    •  Proficiency with PastPerfect software
    •  Basic conservation and storage techniques
    •  Public relations principles
    •  Facility maintenance principles and practices
    •  Cataloguing, classifying and processing museum materials including donated items
    •  Ethical codes and accountability standards to ensure good stewardship of assets held in the public trust and to maintain public confidence
    •  Developing promotional materials
    •  Coordinating and scheduling special events
    •  Writing and administration of grants
    •  Curating rotating exhibits

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