For those seeking museum jobs or who are training and mentoring junior colleagues for such work, check out Robert Connolly’s recent post “Thoughts on How to Get a Museum Job.”
Find it here: http://rcnnolly.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/thoughts-on-how-to-get-a-museum-job/
My older list of Web Resources for Museum Job Seekers can be found here: http://jasonbairdjackson.com/2012/12/04/web-resources-for-museum-job-seekers/
Here is some very good news from the University of Arkansas and the Arkansas Archaeological Survey.
George Sabo III, a professor of anthropology and environmental dynamics at the University of Arkansas, will be the next director of the Arkansas Archeological Survey, a division of the University of Arkansas System.
Sabo, who has served as an archeologist with the survey for more than 30 years, will replace Thomas J. Green, who will retire June 30 after more than 20 years as director of survey, a statewide research, public service and educational institution with 11 research stations. UA System President Donald R. Bobbitt selected Sabo after a national search for a new director.
Read more in the full press release. Congratulations George!
The emergent Woodie Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma (one of my favorite places) is seeking to fill two key positions: (1) Executive Director/Chief Curator and (2) Educator and Public Programs Manager. These are great opportunities in an exciting new venture to be built around the Woody Guthrie Archives . Find out about both the Director and Educator jobs on the Oklahoma Museum Association website.
For many years I have maintained a handout in which I list online venues of interest to those searching for museum positions. Every few years I check and update the links, usually in connection with my Curatorship course. I will be teaching that course again next spring and I am working with a number of students preparing for museum job searches. This motivated the latest update, which I am posting online here. Additions and corrections are welcome. Please use the comments section.
- American Alliance of Museums: http://www.aam-us.org/
- USAJobs: https://www.usajobs.gov/ (Federal jobs in the United States.)
- Museumjobs.com: http://www.museumjobs.com/
- Chronicle of Higher Education: http://chronicle.com/jobs/ (There is a dedicated section for museum jobs. See also the CHE listings for disciplines–anthropology, history, art history, American studies, ethnic/multicultural Studies, archival management, arts/cultural organizations, research organizations, etc.)
- Chronicle of Philanthropy: http://philanthropy.com/jobs/ (There is a dedicated section for museum jobs.)
- H-Net (Humanities and Social Science online): http://www.h-net.org/jobs/ (There are several relevant categories on H-Net Job Guide, not all of them visible from any particular point in the site.)
- American Association for State and Local History: http://www.aaslh.org/
- Mountain Plains Museum Association: http://www.mountplainsmuseums.org/ (They publish job ads in their print newsletter not online.)
- Association of Midwest Museums: http://www.midwestmuseums.org/ (The site includes jobs section, see “career center” tab.)
- Western Museums Association: http://www.westmuse.org/ (The site includes jobs section, see “job board” tab.)
- New England Museum Association: http://www.nemanet.org/ (The site includes jobs section, see “NEMA Jobs” tab.)
- Southeastern Museums Conference: http://www.semcdirect.net/ (The site includes jobs section, see “Jobs” tab.)
- Archaeological Institute of America: http://www.archaeological.org/
- Society for American Archaeology: http://www.saa.org/
- American Institute for Conservation: http://www.conservation-us.org/
- Museum Ethnographers Group: http://www.museumethnographersgroup.org.uk/
- Council for Museum Anthropology Blog: http://museumanthropology.blogspot.com/
- Society for Applied Anthropology: http://www.sfaa.net/sfaajobs.html
- American Anthropological Association: http://www.aaanet.org/profdev/
- Organization of American Historians: http://www.oah.org/
- American Folklore Society: http://www.afsnet.org/
- The Publore (Public Folklore) List-Serv receives job notices: http://www.afsnet.org/?page=publore&te
Updated most recently on 12/5/12.
Having been asked to do so, I am happy to share news that the Smithsonian Institution is seeking applications for the position of Director of the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. This is an important and exciting post. See the details below:
The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution, is accepting applications and nominations for a Director. The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage is responsible for planning, developing, and managing programs which have as their major objectives the research, documentation, presentation and conservation of living traditional and grassroots folk cultures of the United States and of other countries. The director is responsible for the administrative direction and management of all Center program activities including the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, exhibitions, symposia, scholarly research, cultural heritage policy, educational projects and all media, as well as the participation of other Smithsonian museums and programs in national celebration events and National Mall events. The Director represents, at national and international levels, Smithsonian concerns relating to the understanding of the cultural representation of living heritage, as well as public sector folklore, and policies related to them. The Director will have a proven track record of leadership, management and fundraising skills to run a unique multi-disciplinary cultural organization. The successful applicant must have a degree in a relevant field, management level experience in public programming, and have earned a presence in the scholarly and/or cultural community. The Smithsonian offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefit plan including a lucrative, fully vested retirement program with TIAA- CREF. For detailed information on the position, qualifications and application instructions, go to http://www.sihr.si.edu/jobs.cfm and scroll to position announcement EX-13-01. We are only accepting online applications for this position. For questions or additional information, contact Tom Lawrence, 202-633-6319 or email@example.com. The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
There are a number of museum directorships of relevance to anthropology and folklore studies open right now. The University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology at Brown University and the Museum of Anthropology at Northern Illinois University are among them. Most relevant to me, because the museum is so central to my graduate teaching and my collections research, is the Mathers Museum of World Cultures at Indiana University. I especially hope that a large group of strong candidates apply for the Mathers Museum position. It will be exciting to see where each of these institutions head when they welcome their new leaders.
Recovering Voices Program Manager (IS-301-12, $74,872)
Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
We are seeking a program manager for Recovering Voices, an interdisciplinary Smithsonian program that is working with communities to document and sustain endangered languages and knowledge. Read more
Did everyone notice that the position of Executive Director of the Institute of Texas Cultures is open? This is a major position for someone with the right public folklore and/or museum work background. See: http://chronicle.com/jobs/0000677703-01/
I am thrilled to have more happy job news to report. Carrie Hertz has just been appointed to the post of Curator of Folk Arts at the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University. This is a great curatorial position for a great museums and material culture scholar in folklore studies and anthropology. Carrie is also a doctoral candidate in folklore studies (major field) and anthropology (minor field) at Indiana University. In her research, her special emphasis is on dress and adornment in the United States. For her dissertation, she is completing conducting an ethnographic study of wedding dresses in the Midwest. She has held a range of museum posts previously and also served with me as editorial assistant for Museum Anthropology and Museum Anthropology Review. The Castellani Art Museum has excellent collections and a remarkable track record of research and exhibition work on folk and vernacular arts. Congratulations to both Carrie and the museum!