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Martha's Vineyard Museum MV Museum

advancement associate

About Martha’s Vineyard Museum:

Martha’s Vineyard Museum (MVM) inspires all people to discover, explore, and strengthen their connections to this Island and its diverse heritage.

Since its early existence as the Duke’s County Historical Society, MVM has operated from a small cluster of buildings in the heart of historic Edgartown. Over the last century, the Museum has collected thousands of artifacts that tell Island stories: paintings and archives, oral histories, tools and vessels, dance and music. As the Museum and our community have grown, a dramatic transformation is now underway. In late 2018, MVM will move to its new permanent home at the historic Vineyard Haven Marine Hospital. Built in 1895, this majestic Vineyard landmark is poised to become a modern cultural center that honors our past while affirming our commitment to the future. Situated on four acres of park-like land with spectacular views of Vineyard Haven Harbor and Lagoon Pond, the new Museum will feature enhanced galleries and public spaces, frequent changing exhibitions, and improved collection storage.

 

About the Position:
The Advancement Associate will report to the Advancement Director (AD) and work closely
with the AD and Executive Director to ensure the success of MVM’s annual fundraising efforts,
which will raise over $1.2 million each year from individuals, events, and foundations. The
Advancement Associate will play an important role in supporting efforts in all funding streams.
This role requires attention to detail and professionalism in all things, from daily email to donor
and trustee interaction. Candidates must possess superb writing and communication skills. The
ideal candidate is an energetic and affable self-starter with a strong connection to the Island and
commitment to MVM’s mission.


Professional Responsibilities:
• Process all pledges, gifts and membership renewals from receipt to mailing thank yous.
• Create donor profiles for AD, Executive Director and Board Members.
• Write donor proposals, manage grant applications, and edit content of newsletter and
other communications pieces
• Support all annual events, including major benefits, cultivation events and other
advancement activities.
• Support all annual mailings, including list maintenance and generation.
• Analyze fundraising metrics monthly, looking for trends and opportunities
• Research new foundations and corporations for partnership and/or funding.
• Manage all updates in Bloomerang, such as returned mail, Style Guide compliance, etc.
• Manage stationary and supply inventory.
• Actively participate in the life of the Museum.


Job Requirements:
A Bachelor's degree is required for this role.

Ideal candidates possess the following strengths:
Seeks excellence –
• Exceptional writing, editing, and proofreading skills
• High level of integrity and standard of work
• Outstanding professional judgment and demeanor
• Highly organized and able to anticipate, plan for and reach deadlines
Collaborative –
• Excellent interpersonal/communication skills
• Discretion and malleability to work with varying constituencies
• Willingness to learn new skills to support team growth and efficiency
Optimistic –
• Positive attitude and a strong desire to be a part of a diverse team
• Demonstrates the resiliency needed to excel
• Exudes composure, especially under pressure
• Reflective, proactive, and dedicated to personal growth
Adaptable –
• Adept at working within deadlines handling several projects at once
• Creative thinker who can think beyond status quo
• Ability to juggle priorities and to maximize resources
• Takes initiative to anticipate next steps and potential roadblocks
Desired Skills –
• High degree of proficiency in Microsoft Office suite; experience with Bloomerang or
Raiser's Edge, a plus
• Experience in fundraising analytics, prospect research and proposal writing preferred

 

Salary and Benefits:
• Salary commensurate with experience
• Comprehensive benefits (including health, retirement and vacation)
• Professional development opportunities


Interested candidates should send cover letter, resume, and list of references to Heather Seger at hseger@mvmuseum.org.

 

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status.

Upon receiving notification of the Museum's intent to hire, if an individual requires assistance securing a seasonal or long-term rental or purchasing a new residence, MVM will work will local real estate agents and use social media and other forums to assist the individual until housing can be secured.

 

education director

About Martha’s Vineyard Museum:
Martha’s Vineyard Museum (MVM) inspires all people to discover, explore, and strengthen their connections to this Island and its diverse heritage. Since its early existence as the Duke’s County Historical Society, MVM has operated from a small cluster of buildings in the heart of historic Edgartown. Over the last century, the Museum has collected thousands of artifacts that tell Island stories: paintings and archives, oral histories, tools and vessels, dance and music. As the Museum and our community have grown, a dramatic transformation is now underway. In late 2018, MVM will move to its new permanent home at the historic Vineyard Haven Marine Hospital.
Built in 1895, this majestic Vineyard landmark is poised to become a modern cultural center that honors our past while affirming our commitment to the future. Situated on four acres of park-like land with spectacular views of Vineyard Haven Harbor and Lagoon Pond, the new Museum will feature enhanced galleries and public spaces, frequent changing exhibitions, and improved collection storage.

About the Position:
This is a 10-month position that follows the MVPS calendar. The Education Director will report to the Chief Curator (CC) and work closely with the CC to ensure the success and strategic growth of the MVM’s educational programs. Candidates must possess superb writing and communication skills. The ideal candidate is a seasoned museum professional – a creative, energetic, and affable self-starter with a strong commitment to MVM’s mission.

Professional Responsibilities:
• Develop and teach pre-K through high school curricula that align with Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools goals.
• Develop content for STEAM carts.
• Partner with the rest of the program staff to develop and implement creative year-round and seasonal in-museum experiences.
• Develop and manage Cooke House Legacy Gardens programming for children and families May-June.
• Develop and implement docent-led tours for the new Museum after expanding the existing docent program with increased recruiting and training.
• Develop summer programming and train Summer Education Supervisor

Additionally:
• Supervise one museum teacher with weekly planning meetings and feedback opportunities.
• Develop metrics and reports as necessary to demonstrate how the strategic plan objectives are being met.
• Work with Institutional Advancement on grants.
• Select and train education department interns and docents.
• Collaborate with curatorial and programming departments.
• Lead education committee members on meaningful initiatives with quarterly meetings.
• Maintain partnerships eg: Vineyard Montessori, Sheriff’s Meadow, The Wampanoag Tribe, The Yard, Sail MV, Polly Hill, etc. Support the MVEEA Martha’s Vineyard Environmental Educators Alliance.
• Explore “teaching teachers” professional development possibilities.

Qualifications:
A Master’s Degree is required. Ideal candidates possess the following strengths:
Seeks excellence:
• Exceptional writing, editing, and proofreading skills
• High level of integrity and standard of work
• Highly organized and able to anticipate, plan for and reach deadlines
Collaborative:
• Excellent interpersonal/communication skills
• Works well on a team
Salary and Benefits:
• Salary commensurate with experience
• Comprehensive benefits (including health, retirement and vacation)
• Professional development opportunities

Interested candidates should send cover letter, resume, and list of references to
jobs@mvmuseum.org with the subject line: Education Director.

Please note: There is a strong internal candidate for this position.

Start date: April 2019

Successful applicant must be willing to undergo a criminal background check.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status.

Upon receiving notification of the Museum's intent to hire, if an individual requires assistance securing a seasonal or long-term rental or purchasing a new residence, MVM will work will local real estate agents and use social media and other forums to assist the individual until housing can be secured. 

summer education supervisor

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum is hiring a part time (20 hrs/week) summer education supervisor June 19 through August 26. This fun and dynamic role oversees and executes a rotating artist-in-residence program, running Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. 10am-1pm, for 6 weeks. The education supervisor will be responsible for sourcing additional materials that the artists may need, set up & break down, processing student payment and parent communication. The education supervisor needs to become familiar with the collections on exhibit to help guide artist (and student!) inspiration for the projects and where possible, work with curatorial staff to facilitate “Do Touch” hands on learning of the objects.  The supervisor needs to have excellent organizational and communication skills, especially as it pertains to the teaching artists.
The supervisor does not have to be an artist per se themselves, but it would be very helpful.

This position also entails supervising a museum education intern who will lend support for the artist-in-residence program, but the intern will also be tasked with photo documentation, maintenance of Hands On History Gallery and an independent project on quantitative and qualitative metrics on how children and families use the museum.

The right candidate will be energetic, resourceful, hands-on, and like working with children. This role is highly visible, active, fast-paced, and requires self-motivated problem solving.

Interested candidates should send cover letter, resume, and list of references to
jobs@mvmuseum.org with the subject line: Summer Education Supervisor

 

Successful applicant must be willing to undergo a criminal background check.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status.

Upon receiving notification of the Museum's intent to hire, if an individual requires assistance securing a seasonal or long-term rental or purchasing a new residence, MVM will work will local real estate agents and use social media and other forums to assist the individual until housing can be secured. 

 

 

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