59 School Street, Box 1310, Edgartown MA 02539 - 508.627.4441
Martha's Vineyard Museum MV Museum

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:

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 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.

 

Additionally:

• Supervise education staff of 2 museum teachers 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, train, and supervise education department interns and education-based staff and volunteers: docents, STEAM cart facilitators and classroom helpers.
• 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 Bachelor's degree is required, Master’s Degree preferred. 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.

Start date: January 2019

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.


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 tens of thousands of artifacts that tell Island stories: paintings and literature, 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. The Museum is poised to become a
modern cultural center that honors our past while affirming our commitment to the future,
featuring state-of-the-art galleries, enhanced exhibits and public spaces, and improved
collection storage.

MVM is nearing completion of a $31 million capital campaign to fund the transformation of our
organization. Over the next few years, we will be seeking to increase our annual contributions
in all categories (events, membership, grants, annual fund) by at least 150%.

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.

Qualifications:
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
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.

Start date: November 2018

 

Assistant for exhibitions

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 Assistant for Exhibitions will report to the Manager of Exhibitions and Programs (MEP) and work closely with the MEP to ensure the success of MVM’s changing exhibition program. As currently envisioned, the MVM will mount frequently changing exhibitions and object displays in seven galleries/public spaces. Candidates must possess superb writing and communication skills and be able to work independently. The ideal candidate is an energetic and affable self-starter with a strong commitment to MVM’s mission.

 

Job Requirements:
Education: Undergraduate degree required
Experience: 1 to 3 years of relevant experience and/or graduate degree

 

Professional Responsibilities:
• Assist MEP in the design and development of exhibitions
• Responsible for all facets of changing-exhibit implementation including:
- Staff coordination
- Research
- Writing
- Installation
- Maintenance
• Assist in evaluation, maintenance, and updating of permanent exhibitions
• Actively participate in the life of the Museum


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

Desired skills -
• Familiarity/experience with museum databases
• Experience with Sketch Up
• Experience with Adobe Photoshop/InDesign

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: Assistant for Exhibitions.

Application deadline: January 1, 2019
Start date: February 2019

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.


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