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  • 17 Sep 2018 9:28 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Oregon Historical Society Seeks Educator to Develop Curriculum for New Permanent Exhibit


    Experience Oregon, the Oregon Historical Society's new, permanent exhibit covering regional history from time immemorial through the twenty-first century, will offer educators and students unprecedented opportunity to engage with Oregon's history from a wide range of perspectives. Development of high-quality curricula for educators and students at all grade levels, K-12, is crucial to realizing the exhibit's potential to give students a well-rounded understanding of Oregon's complex history.

    Highlights of the curriculum contract include:

    • Pre-visit and post-visit lesson plans for grades Kinder, 1-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 
    • Best practices in museum education and formal education, including use of primary source learning
    • Emphasis on diversity, equity, inclusion, and access
    • Alignment with the ODE Social Sciences Standards, and in the spirit of SB 13 (Oregon Tribes curriculum) and HB 2845 (Ethnic Studies curriculum)

    Read the full RFP at

    Proposal Deadline: Monday, October 1 at 8am

    Project Duration: October 2018 - February 1, 2019
    Compensation: $13,000

    Interested applicants may contact Kristen Pilgrim at or 503.306.5262.

  • 17 Sep 2018 9:13 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The Executive Director is the chief executive officer of the Willamette Heritage Center (WHC). The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives.

    Supervisor: Board of Directors

    Core Responsibilities

    • Assures that WHC has a long-range strategy that allows it to make consistent and timely progress toward achieving its mission.

    • Provides leadership in developing program, organizational, and financial plans in collaboration with the Board of Directors and staff. Carries out plans and policies authorized by the Board.

    • Maintains sound financial practices and ensures that adequate funds are available to permit WHC to carry out its work. Works collaboratively with the Development Director to maximize fundraising opportunities, including individual contributions, corporate contributions, grants, and special events.

    • Works with staff, Finance Committee, and the Board to prepare a budget and see that the WHC operates within budget guidelines.

    • Maintains a climate that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff of top-quality people. Takes final responsibility for recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, including paid staff and volunteers.

    • Promotes WHC to agencies, organizations, and the public. Establishes sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations, government agencies, and committees.

    • Works with Curatorial and Education Department to ensure the success and high visibility of all museum-related offerings, including education, exhibits, collections, events, programs preservation, and publications.

    • Works with the Director of Operations to maximize the use, maintenance, and general appearance of the museum complex.

    • Works with the Director of Development and the Board of Directors to create, strategize and execute a development plan that will secure the assets necessary to operate Willamette Heritage Center

    Qualifications and Skills

    • Commitment to the mission of Willamette Heritage Center.
    • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree; advanced degree preferred.
    • Three or more years of senior management experience preferably with a nonprofit
    • organization.
    • Ability to attract, retain and motivate talented staff; strong team-building skills.
    • Leadership and management of a diverse group of people; board, volunteers, renters and
    • the public.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    • Ability to prepare and administer a budget.
    • Goal setting and long-range planning processes.
    • Fund raising experience, including corporate giving, individual solicitation and grant writing.
    • Marketing savvy that creates interest in the mission and in sponsorship opportunities.
    • Strong commitment to the goals of the Willamette Heritage Center, including increased community involvement, increased visitor enjoyment, excellent preservation and maintenance of WHC’s historic treasures, diverse funding sources and greater annual revenues.
    • An interest in history and education.
    • Ability to delegate and supervise.
    • Ability to lead strategic planning.
    • Demonstrated ability to coordinate with project manager on large capital projects
    • Mastery of office software including Word, Powerpoint and Excel.
    • Personal integrity.
    • Sense of humor

    Terms of Employment and Compensation: The annual salary for this full-time, exempt position is $70,437 - $91,904 based upon experience. Benefits include health insurance including vision and dental, retirement plan, flexible spending account and paid time off.

    Willamette Heritage Center is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to gender, race, religion, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran’s status or any other protected status in accordance with local, state, and federal law.

    How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to James K. Phelps, Interim Executive Director, at or mail to Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill Street SE, Suite 200, Salem, OR 97301. For full consideration, apply by Monday, October 1. Position open until filled.

  • 07 Sep 2018 1:11 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The Portland Art Museum invites applications for the position of Exhibitions Registrar. The Portland Art Museum’s mission is to engage diverse communities through art and film of enduring quality and to collect, preserve, and educate for the enrichment of present and future generations. The Exhibition Registrar performs a critical role in the fulfillment of this mission by coordinating registration of all in-house, borrowed, and traveling exhibitions.  This role assists in the stewardship of permanent collections, loans, and associated documentation; and includes supervisory oversight of an assistant registrar and occasional project staff. If you’re passionate about the “people first” mindset to further the mission of the Museum, then apply today!


    This position is full-time working 35 hours per week. The salary range is $50,000-$60,000 per year, depending on experience. The position is eligible for the Museum's benefits package first of the month following 30-days of full-time employment. Benefits include medical and dental, paid time off (vacation, sick, holiday, jury duty, bereavement), long-term disability and AD&D, and 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.


    Resumes received without completed employment application will not be considered. Please no drop ins. For questions or accommodation please contact


    The Portland Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

    Closing Date: Friday, September 21, 2018 at 5 PM PST

    Find out more.

  • 31 Aug 2018 10:26 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The Oregon SHPO has full-time opening in their compliance team for built-environment reviewer. The position is in Salem, the state capital. 

    Program Analyst 2 (Historic Preservation Specialist)
    Closing Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 @ 11:59 PM Pacific Time
    Location: Salem, Oregon
    Job Type: Permanent
    Salary: $4,221.00 - $6,162.00 Monthly

    Find out more.

  • 30 Aug 2018 9:49 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)


    Washington County Museum

    Are you a museum professional who enjoys the thrill of wearing a multitude of hats? Does the idea of being part of a growing department in an evolving local museum excite you? Join us in celebrating Washington County’s history in a full-time position combining registrar, collections manager and curator. No two days will be the same – guaranteed! To that end, you’ll need to be hands-on, flexible, collaborative and innovative. From exhibit development to working with donors and interns/volunteers, to caring for the collection, you’ll carry much responsibility.

    Washington County Museum is engaged in an ongoing process to identify inequities in our programming and organizational culture. We are creating a socially just environment in which all people are welcomed, appreciated and valued. Applicants from historically underserved and/or under-represented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.


    1. Design, curate exhibits (on and off-site) and assist with exhibit curation while fostering cross department collaboration and community engagement. 
    2. Manage all aspects of collections care, following and implementing accepted museum professional standards and practices. 
    3. Ensure accurate numbering, cataloging, photographing and labeling specimens already in the collection as well as those added to the collection. 
    4. Recruit develop and supervise interns and volunteers and maintain an active student internship program. 
    5. Assist with developing and maintaining collection management plans and policies. 
    6. Raise funds through direct donations, grants or earned income development to expand collection, update facilities or support research efforts. 
    7. Propose strategic acquisitions for presentation to Executive Director and Collections Committee to diversify our current collection. 
    8. Actively participate in community engagement through committees, tours, writing articles, tabling events and public speaking. 
    9. Research community requests, articles in the collection and significant stories within our communities. 
    10. Ensure proper documentation of loans, acquisitions, deaccessions etc. 
    11. Other duties as required.


    • Minimum: Bachelor’s degree. Preferred: Completion of a Master’s Degree in museum studies, history or a related field. 
    • Two or more years of progressively expanding museum expertise demonstrating curatorial, management and exhibit development. 
    • Experience working with collections management software; Past Perfect preferred. 
    • Must be resourceful, creative and have the ability and desire to work collaboratively with museum staff and community members. 
    • Demonstrated professional communication skills, both written and oral. 
    • An understanding of and desire to work towards telling difficult aspects of historical interpretation. 
    • Scholarly knowledge of Oregon history. Preferred: Washington County history. 
    • Ability to convey excitement about the relevance of history. 
    • Physical ability to do basic bending, stooping, climbing and lifting up to 50 lbs. 
    • Must have a valid driver’s license and insurance and/or the ability to travel within the county and state to off-site locations with pieces from the collection

    Position is located at Washington County Museum, Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus, 17677 NW Springville Rd, Portland OR 97229 and requires limited travel

    This is a .75 FTE position with possibilities of full time within eight months. Starting range for .75 FTE $28,000 to $32,000. Position includes paid vacation and sick leave benefits, reciprocal museum pass, and free parking.

    Application period closes September 17, 2018. Please email cover letter, resume, and photos or plan of an exhibit installation to:

  • 30 Aug 2018 9:45 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Visitor Experience Specialist – accepting applications now!

    Supervisor: Director of Education
    OT Status: Non-Exempt

    As the Washington County Museum Visitor Experience Specialist, you’ll be working with a dedicated and talented staff to amplify the museum’s work at an evolving organization. To that end, you’ll need to be hands-on, flexible, collaborative and innovative. From conducting museum tours to coordinating a docent program to engaging in community outreach, you’ll carry much responsibility.

    Washington County Museum is engaged in an ongoing process to identify inequities in our organizational culture and public programming. We are creating a socially just environment in which all people are welcomed, appreciated and valued. Applicants from historically underserved and/or under-represented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Job Summary

    • Oversee visitor experience and museum front desk as the first point of contact for all visitors.
    • Develop education materials for exhibits and programs as requested.
    • Amplify the museum’s work by initiating connections with schools and local organizations.
    • Coordinate, plan, and implement a museum docent program.
    • Plan, schedule, and lead on-site tours and learning sessions for all ages.
    • Assist in organizing education materials.
    • Assist with writing and research.
    • Other duties as assigned.


    • Possess or be working towards a Bachelor’s degree in education, communications, museum studies, history or a related field. Will consider relevant experience in place of formal education.
    • Bilingual candidates preferred.
    • General understanding and appreciation for Pacific Northwest history and culture.
    • Demonstrated communication skills, both written and oral.
    • 1-2 years educator, facilitator, and/or program leader experience in a camp, school, community center, care center or other learning environment.
    • Experience with point of sale system, cash handling, and other front desk operations.
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Docs.
    • Ability to lift and carry 15+ lbs, stand on feet for extended periods of time, and arrange furniture.
    • Available to work Wednesday through Saturday during regular museum hours.
    • Must pass background check.

    This position is located at Washington County Museum on the Portland Community College – Rock Creek Campus at 17677 NW Springville Rd. Portland, OR 97229.

    Pay range: $14.00 to $16.00 hourly. Up to 32 hours per week. Benefits include paid vacation, sick leave, free museum admission pass, and more.

    To apply: Email your resume and cover letter explaining your interest in the position by September 14, 2018 at 5pm to

  • 24 Aug 2018 12:09 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Curator, Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals
    Hillsboro, Oregon, USA

    The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, seeks a curator to manage, maintain, and promote the museum’s collection of rocks, minerals, fossils, gems, and meteorites. The curator must have the technical and managerial skills and expertise required to maintain, display, and enhance the Museum's extensive collections and associated records. The position requires a dynamic person with a proven ability to translate the mineral collection into accessible and compelling exhibits and teaching tools or programs.

    Salary Range: $30,000-$40,000
    Competencies & Experience Requirements:

    • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in geology, Master’s or PhD preferred.
    • At least 2 years technical experience in mineral sciences involving education, curation and/or collection management with a detailed knowledge of mineral collection management.
    • Proficiency in basic personal computer applications.
    • Basic knowledge of scientific mineralogical equipment. 
    • Proficiency in the use of both verbal and written English language.
    • An ability to convey excitement about the value of earth sciences to scholars and novices alike.  The curator must be as comfortable with people as with minerals and be capable of introducing one to the other.  

    Full job description and details are available at


    TO APPLY: Please email your resume and cover letter to mail job materials to Julian C. Gray, Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, 26385 NW Groveland Drive, Hillsboro, Oregon 97124

    Application materials must be received by October 8, 2018. No phone calls, please.


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