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The Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum – Museum Assistant

Museum Assistant
Job Summary:
The Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum is a county museum which includes a 1909 Carnegie Library building, a 1957 museum building, and a 1916 homestead cabin. The museum is host to visitors, programs, and special events. Museum staff are expected to be community advocates as they represent the museum and community.

This position is responsible for contributing to the daily operations of the museum. Time will be split between the operations of the store, collections care, educational programming, and special events coordination.

The museum mission and museum store mission will be closely followed. Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
Job Tasks
• Store operations: ordering, inventory, receiving, and evaluating product. Provide financial reports and conduct cash deposits. Maintain and update the Point of Sale retail database
• Memberships: update/maintain membership database, generate membership reports
• Visitor services: act as a community representative by greeting and assisting visitors with queries, purchases, and navigation of the museum
• Exhibits: participate in the research, planning, design, and installation of exhibits
• Publications: research and write articles for The Sentry quarterly publication
• Special events: assist with special events, programs, or tours as required
• Research: respond to collections and external researcher inquiries
• Collections: process new artifact donations and conduct artifact inventories as required. Catalogue, store, display, photograph, and research artifacts. Conduct data entry within the artifact database
• Supervise part-time staff, temporary staff, interns and volunteers as directed
• Responsible for contributing to a safe and organized work environment
Qualifications
• Two years’ experience in a cultural institution such as a museum or archives and/or a retail setting preferred
• Knowledge of museum processes and standards
• Knowledge of or interest in regional history
• Strong computer skills, good verbal/written communication skills, attention to detail, excellent organization skills, strong team work skills, but also an ability to work independently
• Some physical activity such as climbing ladders, lifting boxes up to 50 pounds, and kneeling is required
• Evening and weekend hours will be required as will occasional hours off-site for program assistance
• Other duties as determined

To apply
• Email resume and three references to director@jimgatchell.com or
• Mail resume and three references to: Johnson County Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum, PO Box 596, Buffalo, WY 82834, att: Sylvia Bruner

The Denver Firefighters Museum – Executive Director/Chief Curator

JOB DESCRIPTION
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CHIEF CURATOR
DENVER FIREFIGHTERS MUSEUM

Posted: January 10, 2018 – February 28, 2018. (Open until filled.)

Position Description:
The Denver Firefighters Museum seeks an Executive Director and Chief Curator. The person selected for this position is charged with conducting the daily affairs of the Museum, interpreting and applying the policies adopted by the Board of Directors and controlling the operation and activities of the staff and volunteers.

The Executive Director manages the Museum including: finances, grant writing, strategic planning, budgeting, overseeing and implementing the long range plan, events/fundraising/programming, collections care and exhibitions.

The ideal candidate will have previous experience as an Executive Director directly responsible for developing special events, fundraisers and programming, as well as a successful grant writing history and a historic preservation background.

This position additionally serves as the Curator for the Museum collection. These duties require an extensive knowledge in collections care, storage and display techniques, and Past Perfect database experience.

Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree (Masters Preferred) in Museum Studies, History, or equivalent field and five years of full-time experience in a management position in a museum or historic site setting.

Compensation:
This is a salaried position. Starting yearly salary range is $45,000 – $48,000, commensurate with experience. This position receives paid sick time and vacation leave.

To Apply:
Submit a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three professional references to info@denverfirefightersmuseum.org by February 28, 2018. No phone calls please.

About the Denver Firefighters Museum:
The DFM is housed in historic Old Station No. 1, which was an active fire station from 1909 to 1975. It interprets the history of both the 151-year-old Denver fire Department and firefighting profession. In addition, the DFM works to educate the members of the community about fire and life safety. This is accomplished through educational programming, interpretive exhibits, and scholarly research.

The Grand Encampment Museum – Director

The Grand Encampment Museum (GEM) is seeking a Director that is a dynamic leader with management skills as well as knowledge and passion for history, historic preservation, and community outreach. The Director will plan, develop, coordinate, and implement all of the museum’s activities, including preservation management, public relations, marketing, and promotional aspects. Will work collaboratively with the Board of Directors and must have experience in grant writing. This is a full time, salaried, exempt, at-will employee. The position is open until filled.

The GEM is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and interpret the history of the Upper North Platte Valley. It provides the public with access to historical sources, as well as a place for research and to educate all generations.

To apply, email a letter of interest and resume to: GEMdirector@GEMuseum.com.

OR mail letter of interest and resume to:
Grand Encampment Museum
Attn: GEM President
PO BOX 43
Encampment, WY 82325

The full job description is posted on www.GEMuseum.com

Poudre Landmarks Foundation – Communications Specialist (PT)

Communication Specialist, Part-Time [Fort Collins]
Compensation $15.00 per hour
Part-time – 15 hours per week
Non-profit organization

Communications Specialist – Poudre Landmarks Foundation
Poudre Landmarks Foundation (PLF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve, restore, protect, and interpret the architectural and cultural heritage of the Fort Collins area. PLF accomplishes this through the care and management of the 1879 Avery House and the 1883 Water Works owned by the City of Fort Collins, and by providing educational programs and events focused on early life in Fort Collins.

Overview:
The Communications Specialist will create PLF’s digital and print marketing materials and campaigns, manage the PLF website, e-newsletters, and social media presence, and provide general office and project support to the Executive Director.

Work Relationship/Accountability:
The Communications Specialist reports directly to the Executive Director.

Time Commitment:
Commitment of 15 hours per week is required. The PLF office is currently open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Due to changing/flexible needs of PLF, it is understood that additional hours may be required, and from time-to-time, flexibility in arrival/departure times may occur.

Communications Specialist Responsibilities/Duties:
• Develop marketing campaigns and content for website and social media pages
• Design print collateral including advertisements, brochures, postcards, & posters
• Write and edit content for press releases, online outlets, e-newsletters
• Assist with volunteer recruitment and coordination
• Work with staff and volunteers to execute special events
• Manage email inquiries, answer phone, handle phone messages
• Other duties as assigned

Qualifications/requirements:
 Experience with website mgmt., e-newsletter design, and social media promotions required
 Thorough knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) required
 Thorough knowledge of MS Office and Google Calendar required
 Knowledge of G Suite preferred
 Experience with nonprofit organizations preferred
 Excellent organizational, time management, and communication skills
 Strong self-direction and team player

Contact:
Executive Director, jennifer@poudrelandmarks.org Website: www.poudrelandmarks.org

How to Apply:
Send resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 references to jennifer@poudrelandmarks.org
Application deadline: February 23, 2018 at 5 p.m. Mountain Time Zone

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• Do NOT contact us with unsolicited services or offers.

Boulder County Parks and Open Space – Nederland Mining Museum Coordinator

Boulder County Parks and Open Space has a seasonal job opening for the Nederland Mining Museum Coordinator, a 40 hour per week position, April 11-November 4, working Wednesdays-Sundays. Learn more and apply here:

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/boulder/jobs/1978395/nederland-mining-museum-coordinator?page=2&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

History Colorado – A/V Engineer

If you are considering a career opportunity with the goal of making a difference, consider joining the dedicated people at History Colorado. Our professionals inspire generations to find wonder and meaning in our past and to engage in creating a better Colorado. The History Colorado Center is a location convenient to downtown shopping, restaurants, and cultural facilities in the Golden Triangle district. In addition to a great location and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

Your choice of one of two strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or the PERA Defined Contribution Plan.
Medical and dental health plans
Paid life insurance plan plus additional optional coverage
Free short-term disability coverage plus optional long term disability
10 paid holidays per year plus paid opportunities to volunteer in the community
Generous paid vacation and sick leave benefits
ECO Pass offered at a reduced cost (in some locations)
Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training opportunities, and more

HISTORY COLORADO has a strong commitment to diversity and cultural competence. We welcome responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Description of Job

Duties:

This position exist to manages the audiovisual and instructional technology needed to support exhibits at History Colorado.
The audiovisual engineer performs AV installation, design, support, consultation on repair, and technical operation services for History Colorado exhibit audiovisual media, computer interactive, and other AV exhibit components as necessary.
The audiovisual engineer also performs a variety of functions relative to audiovisual operations including: sound system design, audiovisual equipment exhibit installation and support, computer software and hardware diagnostics, consultation, repair, contractor selection and monitoring, coordination with IT, equipment transportation and operation.
The AV engineer keeps abreast of current technological innovations and museum audiovisual standards, and guides decisions about the selection and placement of audio and video delivery systems to achieve maximum effectiveness for a particular exhibit component, collaborates with exhibit development staff to develop AV solutions to museum exhibit needs.
The AV engineer develops, creates, and seeks out new and better ways to conduct the duties of this position, makes the work processes more efficient and effective, implements cost-saving measures wherever possible and brings forward ideas that result in improvements in revenue generation or better services to the State of Colorado.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

An Associate’s degree or higher in audiovisual technology, communications technology, digital media production, electrical engineering, electrical technology or closely related field from an accredited program.
Two years related experience in AV technology with a clear understanding of advanced AV systems and integration practices is required.
Excellent oral and written communication skills required, as is the ability to work collaboratively in highly-visible and high-pressure situations.
Supplemental Information

Must be knowledgeable of safety policies and procedures, and apply that knowledge consistently and appropriately on the job.
Must interact professionally, courteously and respectfully with clients, coworkers, and volunteers with the expectation to provide excellent customer service.
The ideal candidate must be able to pass a criminal background check prior to hire.

 

To apply: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colorado/jobs/1934324/audiovisual-engineer

Wyoming Pioneer Memorial Museum – Summer Internship

Wyoming Pioneer Memorial Museum
Announcement: Summer Internship
Internship Location: Wyoming Pioneer Memorial Museum, Douglas, WY
Compensation: This position is unpaid and no housing is provided. Qualified candidates may receive academic credit through their college or university.
Apply By: February 16, 2018
Start Date: June 2018 Open Positions: 1-3
Desired Schedule: 30 hours/week (Tuesday – Saturday) for 10-12 Weeks (June-Aug).
Job Duties: Wyoming Pioneer Memorial Museum interns will be working with the Curator and will chose one of the following three areas to concentrate on during their internship. The area of interest will be chosen once the intern is hired. The three areas of concentration are as follows:
1.) Collections Management/Registration:
-Primary duties include inventorying a select portion of the museum collection and reconciling any existing digital and paper records for those objects.
– Intern will work with the museum’s collection management software, PastPerfect.
– Intern will assist in processing incoming and outgoing loans and acquisitions as needed.
– Intern will be trained on object handling and condition reports.
– Intern will be required to work with staff and volunteers and interact with the public.
-Other duties as they arise.
2.) Interpretation:
– Primary duties include creating new text and labels for artifacts currently on display throughout the entire museum.
– Research, plan and design, interpretive signs and reader rails at Ft. Fetterman State Historic site.
-knowledge of Photoshop, scanning and printing is required.
– Intern will have to work with staff and volunteers and interact with the public.
– Other duties as they arise.
3.) Archival Collections:
– Primary duties include working in the Museum’s library, applying archival principles to arrangement of archival materials of various formats.
– Recording general information about archival collections, including a box and folder inventory.
– Entering archives collections into collection management software, PastPerfect.
– Photographs and all other formats throughout the collection will require assignment of accession numbers, description of images depicted, measurements, and identification of various historic formats.
-Scanning and uploading images to the archival record in PastPerfect.
-Knowledge of Archival best standards and practices in desired.
– Other duties as they arise.

The student will specify which area he/she would like to concentrate on for the duration of the internship. This decision must be provided prior to set start date and may not be changed once in the program.
There will be events that the student may be required to help other staff with and may be on a holiday such as 4th of July.
Qualifications:
– BA in Museum Studies or related discipline such as public history, history,
library science or related field.
– Detail oriented.
– Knowledge of PastPerfect museum software preferred but not required.
– Excellent written and communication skills.
– Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets.
– Knowledge of accessioning principles and standards.
– Knowledge of museum best practices and standards.
– Graduate level preferred, but not required.

To Apply for this Position:
Email Cover letter, Resume and two letters of recommendation to jenna.thorburn1@wyo.gov by February 16, 2018.

Announcement: Summer Internship
Internship Location: Wyoming Pioneer Memorial Museum, Douglas, WY
Compensation: This position is unpaid and no housing is provided. Qualified candidates may receive academic credit through their college or university.
Apply By: February 16, 2018
Start Date: June 2018 Open Positions: 1-3
Desired Schedule: 30 hours/week (Tuesday – Saturday) for 10-12 Weeks (June-Aug).
Job Duties: Wyoming Pioneer Memorial Museum interns will be working with the Curator and will chose one of the following three areas to concentrate on during their internship. The area of interest will be chosen once the intern is hired. The three areas of concentration are as follows:
1.) Collections Management/Registration:
-Primary duties include inventorying a select portion of the museum collection and reconciling any existing digital and paper records for those objects.
– Intern will work with the museum’s collection management software, PastPerfect.
– Intern will assist in processing incoming and outgoing loans and acquisitions as needed.
– Intern will be trained on object handling and condition reports.
– Intern will be required to work with staff and volunteers and interact with the public.
-Other duties as they arise.
2.) Interpretation:
– Primary duties include creating new text and labels for artifacts currently on display throughout the entire museum.
– Research, plan and design, interpretive signs and reader rails at Ft. Fetterman State Historic site.
-knowledge of Photoshop, scanning and printing is required.
– Intern will have to work with staff and volunteers and interact with the public.
– Other duties as they arise.
3.) Archival Collections:
– Primary duties include working in the Museum’s library, applying archival principles to arrangement of archival materials of various formats.
– Recording general information about archival collections, including a box and folder inventory.
– Entering archives collections into collection management software, PastPerfect.
– Photographs and all other formats throughout the collection will require assignment of accession numbers, description of images depicted, measurements, and identification of various historic formats.
-Scanning and uploading images to the archival record in PastPerfect.
-Knowledge of Archival best standards and practices in desired.
– Other duties as they arise.

The student will specify which area he/she would like to concentrate on for the duration of the internship. This decision must be provided prior to set start date and may not be changed once in the program.
There will be events that the student may be required to help other staff with and may be on a holiday such as 4th of July.
Qualifications:
– BA in Museum Studies or related discipline such as public history, history,
library science or related field.
– Detail oriented.
– Knowledge of PastPerfect museum software preferred but not required.
– Excellent written and communication skills.
– Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets.
– Knowledge of accessioning principles and standards.
– Knowledge of museum best practices and standards.
– Graduate level preferred, but not required.

To Apply for this Position:
Email Cover letter, Resume and two letters of recommendation to jenna.thorburn1@wyo.gov by February 16, 2018.

The Aurora History Museum – Exhibits Curator

Summary of Job Duties
The Aurora History Museum is a community based cultural center featuring changing history, natural history, culture, fine and decorative arts exhibits and programs.

The Aurora History Museum is an exciting place to work! Therefore, we are seeking a highly motivated individual for the position of Exhibits Curator. The Curator of Exhibits is responsible for the visual presentation and interpretation of the exhibits placed in the Museum and other locations. Under the supervision of the Aurora History Museum (museum) Director, this position is responsible for all aspects of exhibit development, implementation, removal and evaluation.
The salary range for the Exhibit Curator position is $19.23 – $26.92/hour. The starting salary of the ideal candidate will be determined by their years of experiences and overall knowledge.
The City of Aurora will conduct a first screening of this position on Friday, January 12th at 9a.m.; if we determine to have a qualified pool of applicants at that time this position may close early without prior notice. Thank you for your interest in this position.
Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace. A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification or termination once hired.
If you value and model the City’s Core 4 values we encourage you to apply.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Researches, plans, develops, writes or coordinates exhibition texts (panels/labels/gallery guides, marketing products and related media), designs, fabricates, installs, maintains, removes, stores/returns and evaluates long-term and temporary exhibits at the Museum and other locations
Organizes, presents, and communicates messages effectively through design, sketches, models, detailed working drawings and specifications as required
Manages all aspects of the changing exhibition schedule to minimize any negative impacts on visitors during “downtimes” between exhibits
Plans long-range schedule of exhibits and conceptualizes exhibits in consultation with staff and community partners when applicable
Develops and installs exhibits including graphics, signage, lighting and media according to standard museum practices and in multiple languages as appropriate
Organizes time, materials, and resources effectively to create exhibits according to schedule
Cultivates collaboration and networking with regional resources that have objects and materials available to loan or donate to the museum’s exhibitions
Prepares and maintains exhibit budgets and acquires through purchase or other means all materials and equipment necessary for exhibits
Fabricates exhibit components as necessary using the museum’s carpentry workshop.
Assists with programs, special events, educational materials and tours related to exhibits
Manages Museum’s traveling exhibits, including contract management
Assists with identification of grants and grant writing
Assists with marketing responsibilities including, but not limited to, website, print and electronic media and communications with media and the public
Assists with the tracking and interpreting of exhibit attendance
Provides outstanding customer service to internal and external customers Performs additional duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
Education:

Bachelor’s Degree in museum studies, history, historic preservation, archeology or field related to area of assignment.
Experience:
At least 4 years of experience researching, planning, designing, fabricating, installing, maintaining, removing, storing/returning and evaluating professional, complex and interactive museum exhibits. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.

Education/Experience Equivalency: A combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the minimum education and experience requirements on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree preferred.

Licenses and Certifications:
Driver’s License
Working Conditions
Knowledge: Knowledge of collection handling techniques required for safety/security of artifacts used in exhibits; graphic design and knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud, Microsoft Office, safety procedures for working with woodworking equipment, paint, solvents, and adhesives used in a museum setting; budget and contract compliance.

Abilities: Ability to establish and adhere to strict exhibition schedules and to manage many projects simultaneously; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; design and create museum exhibits; conceptualize and articulate exhibit objectives; maintain working knowledge of standard museum practices for exhibition; maintain effective working relationships with employees, citizens, and other museum professionals; ability to maintain electronic and mechanical interactive devices; develop multi-media interactive technology-based interpretation in permanent and temporary exhibits; ability to work with guest curators/content specialists in exhibit conceptualization and development and oversee work of assistant(s) and volunteers.

Skills: Strong organizational and time management skills; strong problem solving, communication, and teamwork skills; skill at conceptualizing and implementing museum exhibit programs; skill at conceptualizing and implementing exhibit concepts into finished exhibits; skill with fabrication of exhibit components using hand and power shop equipment, including table saw, miter saw, and air tools; Excellent customer service skills

LICENSES, EQUIPMENT, OR CERTIFICATES REQUIRED: Colorado drivers license with a good driving history. This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g.. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment.
WORKING CONDITIONS

Physical Demands: Physical work requiring ability to lift 50 pounds with or without assistance; lifting and carrying museum objects; regular walking, standing, bending, kneeling, stooping, pushing or pulling ability to prepare exhibits; hand/eye coordination for operation of hand and mechanical shop equipment and computer keyboard; ability to operate motor vehicles; frequent communication (speaking and listening) with employees, citizens, museum professionals and other stakeholders.

Work Environment: Works primarily indoors in a museum environment with some exposure to dust, fumes, and chemicals from exhibit materials.

Equipment Used: Personal computer; motor vehicle; shop equipment.

For Veterans points: Please show all of your employment history, including military service and related documentation (DD214) on the application.

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/aurora/jobs/1938142-0/museum-specialist-exhibit-curator

Wyoming State Museum – Registrar

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

The Registrar position at the Wyoming State Museum is responsible for creating and maintaining all legal paperwork required by the museum. This includes, but is not limited to: donation and loan contracts; federal permits and curation agreements; image use and permission to publish agreements; and copyright agreements.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The listed functions are illustrative only and are not intended to describe every function which may be performed in the job level.

Create and process all legal paperwork necessary for donation/purchase/transfer of new artifacts, federal permits and curation agreements, relocation of loaned artifacts, deaccession of artifacts, image use and permission to publish agreements, copyright agreements, and artifact insurance values.

Maintain and set standards for museum artifact database of 70,000+ artifacts. Oversee uniformity of data input; run reports as necessary; perform regular indexing, backups, and random sampling of data to ensure against loss of data; and update older data to current standards.

Assist with processing of newly acquired artifacts or those involved in incoming or outgoing loans. This includes researching, cataloging, photographing, writing condition reports, and ensuring proper storage or exhibition conditions.

Research the collections and related information to provide information to the public.

Provide information and technical assistance to small Wyoming museums with registration questions.

Assist with researching and writing artifact exhibit labels for gallery or online exhibits.

Report, grant, and policy writing and/or review as needed.

Attending staff, division or departmental meetings as needed.

Qualifications

PREFERENCES:

Preference may be given to applicants with a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies or a Bachelor’s Degree in History or a related field with 3 years of work experience in a museum.

KNOWLEDGE:

Strong knowledge of current museum standards, practices, policies, and ethics.

Excellent awareness of legal issues including: federal and local tax laws, copyright law, endangered species laws, federal permit requirements, and Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act requirements.

Strong computer skills in order to manage the museum collections database system and associated collections data (PastPerfect experience preferred).

Knowledge of current museum methods for: cataloging, artifact care/handling, storage and exhibition requirements regarding temperature/humidity levels, artifact mounts, and lighting levels.

Basic knowledge of preventive conservation, condition reporting, artifact cleaning and stabilization.

Excellent written and oral communication skills, both technical and non-technical.

Knowledge of historic, ethnographic, archaeological, art, and natural history materials for cataloging and insurance purposes.

Strong knowledge/experience working in a general history museum.

Strong ability to work well with a variety of people including: donors, lenders, volunteers, researchers, government officials, and the general public.

Must be highly organized and have the ability to recognize problems and solve them independently or with minimum supervision.

Must have excellent multitasking abilities.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Education:
Bachelor’s Degree (typically in Cultural Resources)

PLUS

Experience:
0-2 years of progressive work experience (typically in Cultural Resources)

OR

Education & Experience Substitution:
3-5 years of progressive work experience (typically in Cultural Resources)

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
None

Necessary Special Requirements

PHYSICAL WORKING CONDITIONS:

Most work is performed in an office environment, however some items in the collection may contain hazardous chemicals used in the preservation of artifacts.

NOTES:

FLSA: Non-exempt
All new hires or rehires starting in a non-exempt position on or after January 1, 2018 are required to be paid hourly.
Must be able to lift 40 lbs with or without an accommodation.

Supplemental Information

024-Department of State Parks & Cultural Resources – Cultural Resources – State Museum

Click here to view the State of Wyoming Classification and Pay Structure.

URL: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/wyoming/default.cfm

The State of Wyoming is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively supports the ADA and reasonably accommodates qualified applicants with disabilities.

Class Specifications are subject to change, please refer to the A & I HRD Website to ensure that you have the most recent version.

TO APPLY follow this link – https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/wyoming/jobs/1934804/crcr08-07498-registrar-state-museum-cheyenne?keywords=crcr08&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

Powerhouse Science Center – Executive Director

Executive Director Position Opening The Board of Directors [BOD] of the Powerhouse Science Center [PSC] invites applications for the position of Executive Director [ED]. The mission of the PSC is to “spark curiosity, ignite imagination and power exploration.” Its vision is “to be a leading center for science and education in the Southwest that brings together curious minds of all ages, inspires innovative learning, and unleashes human potential.”

The PSC opened in the historic Durango Powerhouse in February 2011 as a science center for the Four Corners region. After more than a decade of community work, the building was rehabilitated and merged with the Children’s Museum of Durango.

The PSC offers education programs and interactive natural and physical science exhibits in a renovated 8,000 square foot science center. The Powerhouse building is the one of the oldest coal-fired alternating current power plants in the world, located in downtown Durango. The Powerhouse is located adjacent to the paved Animas River Trail, which parallels the Animas River for over seven miles. The PSC has over 250 members and serves as a community gathering place, with space and facilities available to rent for parties, weddings, celebrations, and meetings, as well as fundraising events. With a full and part-time staff of 5, The PSC attracts over 15,000 visitors annually. The PSC also provides in-house, in-school, and outreach STEM education programs for Durango and surrounding communities, including an after school “Sudden Science” program for elementary age students; field labs and tours of the powerhouse for K-12 students; summer science camps for pre-K to 6th grade; and LEGO league. Since 2008, the organization has served over 136,000 individuals with STEM programs. A community driven MakerLab was added to our facility in mid-2017, and has shown strong growth in membership and capacity. The BOD seeks a transformative leader with the innovative vision to advocate for and lead the PSC towards becoming one of the premier interactive science centers in the Southwest for children, teenagers and adults to explore and learn about earth, life and physical sciences. Reporting to the BOD, the ED will lead the next phase of PSC’s growth and is responsible for the overall direction, supervision, and coordination of the PSC’s operations in accordance with the mission, strategic plan and board policies. The ED will provide strategic vision and program leadership, manage operations and ensure the organization’s financial development and sustainability, including fundraising and the creation and implementation of capital campaigns for the future. The ED will work closely with and report to the BOD in these endeavors. Other responsibilities include: Serve as the face of PSC embodying its mission and brand; be an enthusiastic and highly visible representative, fundraiser and advocate for the PSC; actively participate in the cultural and civic life of Durango, develop and maintain relationships that will enhance PSC’s connection to its community. Facilitate partnerships with the Board, school systems, community leaders, local governments and industry; responsible for implementing change and continuing the PSC’s position as a regional destination for children, students, learners and “citizen scientists” of all ages. Apply innovative and strategic thinking to chart and implement the next phase of growth for the PSC. Direct and supervise 5 staff and more than 20 volunteers. Collaborate and establish clear communication with staff on marketing, education programs, development, financials, exhibits design, volunteer program and special events. The successful candidate should possess a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Museum Studies or related field, advanced degree preferred. Proven knowledge and experience gained in a senior staff position within a museum or science center. Required qualifications: Proven results in winning extramural funds from national granting sources, corporations and government sponsored programs Proven ability to create the necessary systems and infrastructure for a high performing organization Strong written and verbal communication skills, a persuasive communicator with excellent interpersonal skills Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people Self-directed with positive attitude, integrity and mission-driven Desired Qualifications: Proven results in planned giving, major gifts, direct mail and donor stewardship Clear understanding and knowledge of the Maker movement. Inclusive, culturally-aware approach to partnerships and people management Strong computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office Suite and the Google Suite Durango is home to approximately 17,000 residents, but serves a hub and the county seat for La Plata County’s 50,000 residents. The PSC’s service area includes those living in the rural, high-desert Four Corners region, including communities in the the Southern Ute Indian Reservation, the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Reservation and the Navajo Nation as well as more rural county populations. Durango is centrally situated within the Four Corners region, only a short distance to New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. Durango is known for its wealth of outdoor activities and enthusiasts. Fort Lewis College, a liberal arts college established in 1911, is also located in Durango. Durango has a strong commitment to the arts and health care, and has a rich mining and agricultural history.

Please e-mail your PDF application package including your resume, references and a cover letter no later than January 16th to: search@powsci.org. Postal mail applications can be sent to Powerhouse Science Center, Attn: Search Committee, 1333 Camino Del Rio, Durango, CO 81301. Questions and requests for documents may also be directed to the search@powsci.org email.

You may access more information including budget, bylaws and staff structure from our website, www.powsci.org under the “About” tab, or via this document drive folder.