Iberville Museum Seeking New Director & Curator

Position: Director/Curator

The Iberville Museum Association is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 1998. Its mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of Iberville Parish. The museum is housed in a restored 1848 parish courthouse that later became Plaquemine’s city hall and is located in downtown Plaquemine, LA.

Over the past few years, the museum has worked on securing financial stability for the organization, designing exhibitions that include more historical interpretations that are engaging for the entirety of our community and its guests, and building partnerships with other local and regional organizations. These efforts have set the stage for an exciting next phase of growth and opportunity for the museum. In conjunction with the Board of Trustees, the Director/Curator will be the core element of this new phase, providing forward-thinking, creative, and innovative leadership for the organization to guide its mission and programming efforts.

Our ideal candidate is positive, upbeat, and ready to bring a fresh perspective to the organization.

Details:

This is a full-time, salaried position with benefits, retirement, and opportunities for professional development. The salary range is $39,000 – $42,000 annually. The final salary will be determined based on the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate.

Key responsibilities include overseeing and managing all aspects of the museum’s operations, exhibits, collections, and education programming; serving as the Museum’s face to the community; establishing and nurturing key collaborations with local and regional partners; overseeing the development of innovative new programming; and capitalizing on education outreach opportunities.

The Director of the Iberville Museum will:

  • Be a highly visible and leading face and voice for the Museum.
  • Partner closely with the Board and part-time staff members to implement the organization’s mission and vision.
  • Work closely with the Board Treasurer in the development of an annual budget.
  • Be a self-motivated and dependable person with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Have excellent writing, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Have knowledge of the local and regional community history, or a willingness to learn.
  • Have the ability to work occasional evening and weekend events as needed

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) in a relevant field such as Museum Studies, Non-profit management, or History
  • A passion for local history
  • Experience or knowledge in researching, writing, designing, and installing exhibitions
  • Experience with marketing, social media, and digital engagement.
  • Familiarity with collections management best practices
  • Experience with guest services or customer service and knowledge in historical interpretation
  • Proficiency with:
    • PastPerfect 5
    • Microsoft Office suite or Google Workspace
    • WordPress
    • Email marketing platform Constant Contact
    • Adobe products including Photoshop and Indesign
    • Graphic design platforms, like Canva
  • Advanced critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and an ability to remain level-headed in stressful situations or at times when decisions must be made quickly
  • Ability to work well independently
  • Ability to wear a variety of hats to support the organizational functions as needed

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter & resume (in one pdf) to contact@ibervillemuseum.org, subject line: Director-Curator Position.

Annual Meeting June 11

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Iberville Museum’s Annual Meeting will be held Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 6:00 P.M. at the museum. This event is free and open to the public.

Our keynote speaker this year is local genealogist and Iberville Museum Board Member, Stella Carline Tanoos.

Tanoos will present her research titled, “Lost Louisiana: The Cattle Drives of Louisiana.” She discusses the earliest known cattle drives in French Colonial Louisiana to the last American cattle drives in the LA during the early 1900s, particularly the details from the diary of Louisiana born cowboy William Duncan Berry.

After the presentation, Cliff LeGrange, author of Spirit of the Atchafalaya and Heritage of the Atchafalaya, will be signing the newest edition of his latest book that includes Tanoos’ research.


For more information please call Meghan Sylvester at 225-687-7197 or email contact@ibervillemuseum.org

Seeking a Museum Collections Intern

SUMMARY:

The Iberville Museum Association seeks to hire 1 Collections Intern for the summer of 2019. The internship will help prepare the candidate for a career in museums and collections management, granting them experience in a small local history museum. The intern will work directly with our director/curator on a collections management project focused on cataloging, organizing, and digitizing our collections. The intern will gain experience in PastPerfect museum software and Digital Curation by researching and organizing collections and enhancing metadata to support a better historical interpretation of the collections.


THE POSITION:

Collections Intern

COMPENSATION:

$12 per hour

TIME COMMITMENT:

160 hours (8 weeks, 20 hours per week) between June-August.

WEEKLY SCHEDULE:

Exact schedule to be determined. Hours will fall within standard work week: M – F, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

The collections management project will include, but is not necessarily limited to Enhancement of collections metadata; Processing, rehousing, and digitizing photographs and paper items; Research (e.g. Iberville Parish, Atchafalaya Basin, Sugarcane, Civil Rights); Curating 4-5 social media posts meant to spark conversation on items in our collection.

SUPERVISOR:

Meghan Sylvester, Director/Curator

QUALIFICATIONS:

Candidates should be graduate students, recent graduates, or advanced undergraduates with a major in public history, history, museum studies, or a related field.

Ideal candidate will be working towards a career in museums and has a passion for local history; Will need to work well independently and with others as needed; Strong writing and organization skills; Exceptional attention to details; Should have completed coursework in collections care and management; and Ideally have knowledge or prior experience with standard archival practices, object handling, photography, and preservation. PastPerfect experience is preferred, but not required.


Resume, cover letter, and a list of 2 references due by April 15, 2019. Please send application materials to Meghan Sylvester, Director/Curator, at contact@ibervillemuseum.org.