Thank you for your interest in working at Rockford Art Museum! To apply, please send a cover letter and resume (with contact information for 3 references) to Nancy Sauer, Office Manager, at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

These are the positions currently open:

 

INTERIM EDUCATION COORDINATOR

Rockford Art Museum (RAM) is currently accepting applications for a full-time Interim Education Coordinator (EC), who will assist the museum’s staff through the current time of transition between Executive Directors (ED). In addition to the qualifications listed in the position description, the successful candidate for this position will be positive, energetic, and able to multitask. We seek candidates who think creatively and work well both on their own and within a team. Once a new Executive Director is in place, the responsibilities of the EC may or may not shift. If the EC position changes significantly, the interim EC will be encouraged to apply for the new EC position, assuming the candidate meets the position’s application requirements. If the position does not change significantly, the position will no longer be interim and will be considered a regular hire. At this time, RAM anticipates the new Executive Director will be in place and able to review the position within 6 months of this posting. Salary (with benefits) is dependent upon the qualifications and experience of the successful applicant.

The Interim Education Coordinator develops, pursues funding for, manages and maintains educational programs that reflect the education and museum’s missions, exhibitions and collection. The Education Coordinator implements all museum educational programs. The Education Coordinator works closely with the Education Assistant and the Board of Trustees’ Education Committee to maintain all existing museum programs and assist in the development of new programs that reflect the museum’s exhibitions, collections, overall mission and education mission. During the interim period until an Executive Director is in place, the Education Coordinator will report to the Board of Trustees’ Education Committee Chair.

Program Development

  • Work collaboratively with the Curator and Education Assistant to develop an annual plan of educational programming based on the exhibition schedule
  • Work with the Education Assistant and Education Committee to develop new and expand on existing programs
  • Oversee the Docent Program
  • Recruit and place prospective museum interns
  • Collaborate with local cultural institutions, educational agencies and community groups to develop arts-in-education initiatives and programs
  • Plan educational programming (current and new) both on- and off-site including but not limited to: home school and after school Programming, field trips, lecture series, etc. (Some of this work may be contracted out periodically.)

Program Implementation

  • Coordinate and schedule all gallery tours, Artist in Residence, and collaborative programming with area artists, teachers, performers, lecturers, etc.
  • Track attendance for all programs and maintain records of attendance
  • Implement and manage all in-house, outreach, collaborative/community, and ongoing programs for museum audiences including supply orders, supply preparation, classroom set-up and submission of all invoices
  • Teach educational programming (current and new) both on- and off-site including but not limited to: home school and after school Programming, field trips, lecture series, etc. (Some of this work may be contracted out periodically.)

Management/Supervisory

  • Direct and evaluate all in-house and outreach programs
  • Oversee and evaluate the activities of the Education Assistant, docents, art education staff and education interns

 Financial Development

  • Secure funds to develop new and support existing educational programs through grant writing and donation requests
  • Develop and maintain budgets for all education programs

 Exhibitions

  • Coordinate educational programs for exhibitions with Curator and Education Assistant
  • Conduct lectures, gallery walks and tours as needed
  • Assist with exhibition openings and special museum events as needed
  • Assist with research, writing, and editing of exhibition-related didactics
  • Coordinate, install, and take down Young Artist’s Shows and Art Annex Exhibitions

 Public Relations/Marketing

  • Provide relevant programming information to the Graphic Art Coordinator and Community Relations Coordinator
  • Represent the museum with regional schools, teachers educational agencies and community organizations
  • Act as a resource for museum support groups
  • Collaborate with area cultural and educational institutions in arts advocacy
  • Meet with potential community partner organizations throughout the year
  • Promote educational programs

 Board Relations

  • Work with the Education Committee to attain its annual goals
  • Attend Board of Trustee meetings, as requested
  • Work closely with all staff and board members to meet the goals of the museum

 Reporting Systems

  • Report directly to the Executive Director
  • Attend and provide a report at weekly staff meetings
  • Direct Education Assistant

 Education, Experience and Qualifications

  • B.A or B.S in Education with knowledge of art history, current standards and practices in art education, museum education and museum administration
  • Art studio, art history, museum education and administration background
  • Funds development and grant writing experience
  • Management and supervisory experience
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to multitask with attention to detail
  • Strong work ethic, tactfulness and diplomacy
  • Flexible schedule, available on occasional weekends and evenings
  • Basic computer skills, familiarity with Microsoft Office and FileMaker Pro a plus

 

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REGISTRAR

Rockford Art Museum (RAM) is currently accepting applications for a part-time (20 hours per week) Registrar. In addition to the qualifications listed on the attached position description, the successful candidate for this position will be positive, energetic, and able to multitask. We seek candidates who think creatively and work well both on their own and within a team. The hourly rate of pay is dependent upon the qualifications and experience of the successful applicant.

The Registrar acts as the primary record keeper and caretaker of the objects within the museum's permanent collection and exhibitions. Currently, the Registrar works under the direction of the Curator. Once the Executive Director is in place, the Registrar will work under the direction of both the Executive Director and the Curator.

The Registrar has responsibilities in the following areas:

Collections

  • Creates, maintains, and protects manual and computerized records of objects in permanent collection.
  • Researches and provides for new systems to provide better quality care for the collection.
  • Oversees the condition of objects in permanent collection and conducts condition reports as necessary.
  • Constructs exhibition and collection related objects for display, preservation, and security as necessary.
  • Produces loan agreements.
  • Provides sufficient records when an object leaves the museum as to its new location and the purpose of its being there.
  • Oversees and carries out shipping arrangements.
  • Researches objects in the permanent collection.
  • Inventories and photo-documents new additions to the permanent collection.
  • Updates records and photo-documentation of the current collection.
  • Works to fill gaps in paper trail in current collection records.
  • To a lesser extent, provides research and paper trail of objects that have left the collection.
  • Works to update forms and paper work to fit current collection needs.
  • Assists with special events as needed for reasonable requests.

Exhibitions

  • Receives incoming objects, releases outgoing objects, and provides records of each as indicated above.
  • Prepares loan agreements, conducts condition reports and photographs all work for loan objects.
  • Oversees condition of temporary loan objects while objects are on premises.
  • Oversees and carries out shipping arrangements.
  • Produces visual and audio records of exhibitions.
  • Aids curator when needed in the installation and de-installation of exhibitions as follows:
    • Assists with de-installation and packing
    • Picks up and returns artwork to lender as necessary
    • Checks in artwork
    • Produces incoming and outgoing condition reports and photographs
    • Wall prep and painting
    • Prepares labels for artwork
    • Aids curator as necessary in preparing and installing permanent collection exhibitions
  • Provides daily inspection and maintenance of galleries.

Maintenance

  • Checks galleries for security at end of day.
  • Keeps accurate records of temperature and humidity levels in galleries.
  • Provides regular inspection and maintenance of collection vault.

Reporting Relationships

  • Reports to the Executive Director (when in place) and then to the Curator, and is responsible to work as a team member with the entire staff.
  • Committees
    • Reports to Exhibition/Collection Committee as necessary.
  • Works with outside contractors providing services related to areas of responsibility.

Other reasonable duties as needed.

Experience, Qualifications and Education 

  • B.F.A. or B.A. with a broad knowledge of fine art including art history and the processes involved in creating fine art
  • Registrarial experience including knowledge of museum registration practices and museum conservation standards
  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills including the ability to multitask while paying careful attention to detail
  • Solid interpersonal skills; must work effectively in collaborative team environment
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, personnel, clients, customers, and the general public
  • Proficiency in electronic records management and cataloging, digital technologies and programs including Microsoft Word, Filemaker Pro and Adobe Photoshop
  • Flexible schedule