McLean County Museum of History


Job Openings at McLean County Museum of History:

  • Director of Adult Education (see below)
  • Museum Registrar/Assistant Curator

Museum Registrar / Assistant Curator

The McLean County Museum of History is looking for a full-time Registrar / Assistant Curator to work with the Curator of Collections to manage the Museum’s material culture collections. Responsibilities include working with the curator to identify, evaluate, and prepare artifacts for possible deaccession and manage the transfer or sale of deaccessioned artifacts. The registrar will also manage all information regarding the Museum’s collection of 20,000+ artifacts within PastPerfect; clean, label, photograph, and store all objects following established, standardized techniques; conduct genealogical and historical research to properly date artifacts, and confirm and expand information related to each object and its owner’s history; produce deed of gift paperwork for donors and maintain necessary paperwork for all new-to-collection objects; monitor environmental conditions in collections spaces; supervise and train interns and volunteers working in the collections; conduct ongoing evaluation of collections; author new-to-collections article for Museum’s quarterly magazine; and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • BA in History, Museum Studies, or related field
  • Minimum of 2 years verifiable experience in museum registration and administration or collections management
  • Strong computer skills: expert facility with MS Office, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Experience with museum databases, preferably PastPerfect
  • Knowledge of museum collections best practices
  • Knowledge of historical research techniques and resources
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks and to meet deadlines
  • Experience with digital photography and Photoshop
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs.

Skills:

  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple ongoing projects
  • Meticulous work habits and attention to detail; consistency in procedures and quality of effort in all areas of work
  • Professional demeanor when meeting with potential donors and museum stakeholders
  • Ability to see the big picture in regard to all museum functions

The Museum offers a competitive benefits package with a salary range of $34,000-46,000 depending on experience. Deadline for application is April 15, 2022. To apply email resume, cover letter, and three professional references to skhartzold@mchistory.org

Director of Adult Education

Apply by April 22, 2022

The AAM accredited McLean County Museum of History, located in historic Downtown Bloomington, IL, is one of America’s premier county historical museums. The Museum’s mission is rooted in education, and it has built a reputation for delivering high quality, thought provoking, and inclusive exhibits and programs to our growing, diverse community.

The Museum is currently seeking to hire a full-time Director of Adult Education to work directly with the Director of Community Education and Director of Youth & Family Education to reimagine and support adult and older adult programs and outreach. Accountable to fellow Directors of Education, this individual will report to the Executive Director.

Start date is ideally no later than June 1, 2022. Salary range is $37,000-$45,000 depending on experience, with the addition of a competitive benefits package.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develops, presents, and facilitates museum-inspired programs for adults (including older adults who reside in senior care facilities)
  • Directs Senior Reminiscence Program
  • Collaborates with Directors of Education to schedule and implement on- and offsite special events
  • Coordinates with Development Department to identify funding sources for program offerings
  • Contributes to weekly Museum Pantagraph column, “Pieces From Our Past,” on rotation with other Museum staff
    • Manages and supervises interns and volunteers in cooperation with Director of Volunteers & Interns
    • Collaborates with Director of Marketing & Community Relations to promote program offerings and resources
    • Generates social media content and represents the Museum in the media (including radio and television interviews) when relevant

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field; comparable education degrees and professional career experience may substitute
  • Experience working with a variety of ages, in particular older adults
  • Collaboratively-minded, independent worker, and self-starter
  • Ability to coordinate concurrent projects and engage in proper time management
  • Familiarity with best practices in historical research
  • Interest in and commitment to preserving and sharing McLean County history
  • Evening and weekend availability

Please see full job description for more responsibilities and requirements: https://www.mchistory.org/about/staff

Send résumé, cover letter, and three professional references to Executive Director at jemig@mchistory.org by April 22, 2022. Candidates that advance will be asked to share a portfolio that demonstrates their previous work as an educator and/or relevant experience.