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Position : Education Manager Position (Full-time)

Job Description :

Overview: The Education Manager supports the mission and goals of The Mark Twain House & Museum by implementing strategic plan initiatives through leadership and collaboration.

Under direct supervision of the Executive Director and working in close collaboration with Museum staff and volunteers, this position is responsible for planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating the Museum’s educational initiatives.

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

•             Responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of appropriate educational programming for all audiences and in keeping with the strategic plan objectives. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to, school programs, educator workshops, adult education, public programs, outreach, and web-based content.

•             Act as the primary contact between the museum and educational institutions (elementary through graduate level) and school systems.

•             Develop and manage an Education budget that includes grant-based programs and fee-based programs.

•             Expand the Museum’s educational programs to a diversified audience with an increasing focus on experiential learning and technology and fee-based workshops for educators.

•             Work with Curatorial staff to coordinate educational offerings around exhibitions.

•             Evaluating, editing, creating, and updating content for website.

•             Work with Development to support grant applications and evaluations.

•             Assist in providing responses to questions from the public.

•             Assist the Manager of Visitor Services in training and evaluation of historic interpreters, planning and implementing school programs.

•             Develop and implement educator workshops to assist educators in integrating the works of Mark Twain into their curriculum.

•             Identify, cultivate, and maintain ties to community groups and educational organizations in order to promote Museum education programs.

•             Establish effective public relations through the preparation and presentation of public programs and workshops.

The ideal candidate has a strong knowledge of Mark Twain’s life and writings, has a strong work ethic, is well organized and flexible, has a good sense of humor, and desires to work and learn with others in an energetic and collaborative professional setting.

Desired skills:

•             Ability to plan and implement programs from concept, curriculum development, budgeting, and teaching to evaluation.

•             Knowledge of learning and human development theories that influence museum education practice.

•             Ability to conceive new ideas and undertake new initiatives.

•             Ability to grow and maintain a network of educators and Twain scholars.

•             Strong interpersonal skills and public relations skills.

•             Ability to assess the various needs, preferences, and learning levels of multiple museum audiences.

•             Ability to interpret primary and secondary sources, including visual and material culture, and to critically and effectively reshape it through public programs, school programs, new media, and written materials for a variety of audiences.

•             Strong organizational abilities, time management skills and ability to effectively plan ahead across the program season, and to prioritize and manage multiple projects.

•             Excellent communication skills including writing and public speaking.

•             Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Content Management Systems.

•             Working knowledge of the Common Core State Standards.

•             Three+ years of progressive leadership and management in a classroom or in an experiential education setting.

Contact Info :

Please, no phone calls. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume in ONE PDF document to Lynn Gregor at lynn.gregor@marktwainhouse.org with ‘Education Manager Applicant’ in the subject line.

This position is subject to background checks including sex offender and criminal background. Will accept applicant submissions through February 1, 2015.

Position : Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR)

Job Description :

The Mark Twain House & Museum (MTH&M) in Hartford, Connecticut, requests professional qualifications and fee proposals from a Construction Management firm to act as a Construction Manager at Risk and/or Owner’s Consultant (collectively hereinafter referred to as “CMAR”) to oversee a combination of design-build, historic preservation, and facilities-upgrade projects in three (3) separate buildings, two (2) of which are historical.

Questions Received & Answers Given

Question 1:  Will the MTH&M accept and review Responses to the RFQ from Owner’s Representatives (OPMs) which DO NOT include CM-R (“Constructor”) responsibilities?

Yes.

Question 2:  Will CM-R’s responding to the RFQ, be required to break-out the costs for “Owner’s Consultant” (OPM) services, and list the value separately within their responses? 

Yes.

Question 3:   Please forward any and all existing conditions documents and schematic design documents as referenced at the RFQ walkthrough.

These are PDF’s if you would like them, please email lynn.gregor@marktwainhouse.org

Question 4:   Will the geothermal repairs as reviewed at the walkthrough be included in the scope of this project?

The burst pipes/geothermal repairs are covered by insurance and are not included in the scope of this project. However, the entire HVAC system for the Visitor Center is included.

Question 5:    Will an exhibit consultant be required?

No.

 

 

Contact Info :

For full RFQ, contact Lynn Gregor, 860-280-3104 or lynn.gregor@marktwainhouse.org.

Position : Beatrice Fox Auerbach Chief Curator

Job Description :

The Mark Twain House & Museum welcomes applications for the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Chief Curator (“Curator”) position. In 2001, the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund, through the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, designated funds for a permanent endowment to support a senior curator position: Chief Curator.

DEPARTMENT: Curatorial
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Executive Director
STATUS: Exempt
HOURS: 40 Hrs./Week

THIS POSITION SUPERVISES THE FOLLOWING STAFF:
Assistant Curator

THIS POSITION SERVES ON THESE COMMITTEES:
Collections Committee
Buildings & Grounds Committee

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Position Purpose:
The Curator will direct the maintenance and preservation of historical properties, management of archives and collections, and exhibition of artifacts, aligned with the museum’s mission, vision, and values.

Historical Properties: House & Carriage House
Responsible for the care and preservation of the Mark Twain House, a National Historic Landmark and “one of the ten best historic homes in the world” according to National Geographic; the Carriage House; and the historic interpretation of the Grounds

  • Monitor and report condition of properties;
  • Work with the Buildings & Grounds Committee, Maintenance staff, and others (e.g., SHPO, DECD) to facilitate maintenance, repairs, preservation, and restoration efforts;
  • Organize and oversee seasonal updates to house décor, and provide information to historical interpretation staff to ensure accuracy;
  • Oversee and facilitate the reopening and/or reinterpretation of rooms and spaces;
  • Oversee volunteers for various maintenance projects related to buildings and grounds;
  • Perform other related duties as required.

 

Collections & Archives
Responsible for the museum’s major collection of furniture, artifacts, papers, books, photographs, and the adjunct collection of Tiffany glass with guidance from the Collections Committee

  • Maintain and sustain Collections Policy, Plan and Procedural Manual;
  • Monitor and report condition of collections and archives;
  • Remain current on all state, national, and international laws as they pertain to objects in the museum’s collection;
  • Manage accessions and deaccessions;
  • Prioritize conservation needs and work with appropriate consultants;
  • Maintain collections and archives records;
  • Oversee research projects and requests;
  • Perform other related duties as required.

 

Exhibitions
Responsible for mounting periodic exhibitions highlighting important elements of Mark Twain’s life and achievements, as well as related subjects in the fields of art and history

  • Oversee one major exhibition annually appropriate to the museum’s mission and resources;
  • Research and write wall texts and labels, plan layouts, secure loan objects;
  • Collaborate with other museum staff on related educational programs, outreach, publicity, website, communications, marketing, and grant writing by providing assistance and materials;
  • Facilitate loans of objects and/or images to other institutions;
  • Oversee smaller exhibitions on site and/or traveling exhibitions;
  • Perform other related duties as required.

 

General

  • Field information requests from researchers to support Mark Twain scholarship;
  • Develop and manage annual curatorial budget;
  • Represent museum as spokesperson within and without museum community in relation to Historical Properties, Collections, and Archives;
  • Perform other related duties as required.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education and Experience
The ideal candidate will have a Master’s degree in museum studies, history, archaeology, or related field and have experience in historic building preservation and as a museum generalist; this position requires knowledge of the methods, techniques, and procedures involved in the preservation and interpretation of an historic house site and related museum collection.

Skills and Abilities

  • Strong interpersonal, diplomatic, and negotiation skills
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
  • Computer literacy
  • Strong organizational, planning, time and resource management, and research skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, visitors, volunteers, donors, collectors, professional colleagues, committee/board

 

TIME COMMITMENTS:

Hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. After hours and weekend work is required at times.

DISCLAIMER:

This description indicates the general aspects of the position and is not intended to be a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications of this position. Management may add to or modify the duties of this position or designate other functions as essential at any point in time.

SALARY:

Salary is commensurate with experience and expertise.

Contact Info :

Please send CV, cover letter, and salary requirements to:

Lynn Gregor
Mark Twain House
351 Farmington Ave.
Hartford CT 06103

Or by email to: lynn.gregor@marktwainhouse.org

Pitch In!

Join our sterling group of volunteers! The Mark Twain house is currently looking for volunteers for the fall willing to work with school students (our school ambassador program), and with our development team (our membership ambassador program). They also help with fundraisers and outreach projects. If you are looking for a challenging and engaging volunteer opportunity, The Mark Twain House & Museum might be the perfect match for you.

We are always looking for volunteers and interns with the following skills:

• Graphic design
• Videography and editing
• Record-keeping/filing
• Customer service
• Organizational skills

Contact our Assistant Manager of Visitor Services for additional details or specific opportunities.

Grace Belanger
call 860-280-3130 or email grace.belanger@marktwainhouse.org

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