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Posted January 6, 2014

Deadline for submission of applications: February 21, 2014 

Enquiries, application with résumé, to: 
Larry Lavers 
Chief Operating Officer, Herreshoff Marine Museum 
401 253-5000, l.lavers@herreshoff.org 

 

 

Executive Director 

Background 

The Herreshoff Marine Museum (the HMM) houses one of the nation’s foremost historic maritime collections, presenting and interpreting the history and accomplishments of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. Herreshoff boats dominated competitive sailing-yacht racing from 1891 to 1925, including the design and building of five successful America’s Cup defenders: Vigilant, in 1893; Defender in 1895; Columbia in 1899 and 1901; Reliance in 1903; and Resolute in 1920. The America’s Cup Hall of Fame honors outstanding contributions to yachting's most distinguished competition up to the present day. Located in Bristol, Rhode Island, the HMM campus comprises eight buildings, four of them of historic significance, and extensive waterfront and docks, that are a destination for cruising sailors, provide for visits from small cruise lines as well as being a venue for yacht rallies and regattas, and offer an attractive location for summer weddings and other events. Bristol is a charming coastal town on Narragansett Bay with a number of boat-building and other marine businesses, 85% of which had their start on the HMM campus. The Bristol Yacht Club runs multiple sailboat racing events, and the town is currently making a major investment in a municipal maritime center. Bristol is home to several complementary historical attractions as well as the Roger Williams University, which offers liberal arts education paired with strong graduate programs in professional fields. The University captured the 2011 Intercollegiate Sailing Association Team Race National Championship and is currently building a major sailing center. 

Over the past three years the board and management have stabilized the HMM’s operations and finances. A five-year strategic plan is now in place and will guide the HMM in achieving its potential. The HMM strives to serve a broad spectrum of visitors, with particular emphasis on inspiring students through exposure to the innovative designs and entrepreneurial endeavors that underlay the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company’s success, and the competitive spirit and commitment of the most successful racing sailors. The HMM seeks an Executive Director who is ready to devote his or her energies and talent to leading the implementation of this plan and has the skills to make it successful. This is an extraordinary opportunity to build upon the HMM’s remarkable assets—its collections; legacy; connection to the America’s Cup; the charm of its campus and location—to transform the HMM into a thriving destination. 
 

Job Description 

As the chief executive officer of the HMM, reporting to the chairman of the board of directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the leadership and management of the entire organization, and for all programs, partnerships, fundraising, budgets, and external relations. 

The Executive Director must guide the HMM through a period of carefully managed growth, primarily created by outreach to the general public, classic boat enthusiasts, and local educational institutions. He or she must be a pro-active, visible symbol of the HMM, upholding the highest standards in all of its activities and operations, maintaining fiscal discipline, and ensuring consistency in direction, communication, organizational alignment and vision. 

The Executive Director must have a deep commitment to the HMM mission and be effective in communicating it to others. 

During the first year, the Executive Director is expected to: 

• Initiate the implementation of the strategic plan; 

• Establish and develop strong, mutually beneficial relationships with all of the HMM’s constituencies, external and internal, with particular emphasis on fundraising; 

• Create, and begin implementation of, plans for major improvement of the HMM’s exhibits and the management of its collections; 

• Ensure that staff, volunteers, and directors are working together effectively to address the HMM's opportunities and challenges. 


Essential skills and knowledge 

The HMM seeks a leader who has the ability and enthusiasm to articulate the vision, both externally and internally, combined with the ambition for success. Candidates must have strong business and communications skills, and proven proficiency in fundraising.  

The successful candidate will know how to foster a positive and forward-thinking environment. He or she will be creative, innovative, committed to quality, and have the drive to achieve excellent, timely results. 

Significant experience as a leader or manager within a museum or a non-profit cultural organization would be valuable. Candidates will be considered who have not led an organization, provided they can demonstrate the essential skills and have the aspiration to take on executive leadership. 

Marine-related experience and knowledge are highly desirable.


Director of Education

Posted 8 January 2014

Enquiries, application with résumé, to: 
Larry Lavers 
Chief Operating Officer, Herreshoff Marine Museum 
401 253-5000, l.lavers@herreshoff.org 

Reports to: Chief Operating Officer
Hours per Week: 20


Position Overview:

The Director of Education plans, develops, and administers the educational program of the Museum.  S/he confers with the Chief Operating Officer and the Education Committee to decide scope of programs to be offered.
 
Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions*):

~Works with teachers and school administrators to develop and execute field trips and other educational programs for students.

~Works with Bristol Warren and other school system representatives to develop programs that provide useful and enjoyable educational experiences for students, especially in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

~Works with other staff members to plan and present film programs and other special activities.

~Assists the Volunteer Manager in planning and developing training materials and programs for docents, guides and other volunteers.

~Prepares budgets for education programs.

~Assists in the preparation of marketing and other materials for education programs, especially the summer sailing program.

~Executes the student enrollment process for the sailing school and other educational programs.

~Participates in the development of exhibits, particularly with respect to thee educational aspects of the exhibits.

~Plans, recruits speakers for and manages the Museum’s lecture series. 

Supervision Received:

Reports to the Chief Operating Officer.
Receives guidance and direction from the Education Committee. 


Supervision Exercised:

Sailing School Director
Shipwright/Mentorship Instructor with regards to mentorship program.  
 

Qualifications & Skills:
 
REQUIRED:

Bachelor’s degree
Teaching experience 

PREFERRED:

Experience with and interest in sailing
Degree in Museum Science or Museum Education
Experience planning for or teaching to curriculum standards 
 
* To comply with regulations by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the principal duties in job descriptions must be essential to the job. To identify essential functions, focus on the purpose and the result of the duties rather than the manner in which they are performed. The following definition applies: a job function is essential if removal of that function would fundamentally change the job.


Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

 Volunteer Infrastructure Intern
The Herreshoff Marine Museum/ America’s Cup Hall of Fame
 
The Volunteer Infrastructure Intern acts as an assistant to the Volunteer Manager. Responsibilities may include volunteer tracking, recruitment, aiding in creating a volunteer newsletter, designing and distributing marketing materials and assisting with miscellaneous special projects. This position requires minimal physical exertion, but may involve some walking, lifting, and time outside in all weather conditions. The ideal candidate would have effective project management skills, ability to multitask, excellent communication skills, initiative, drive, creative flair and flexibility and a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office products and design software. The internship position would take place during the winter semester with a commitment of one or two days a week. The position is unpaid. Please send a cover letter and resume to Harris Gruber, Volunteer Manager, at h.gruber@herreshoff.org.
 
 
Accounting Intern
The Herreshoff Marine Museum/ America’s Cup Hall of Fame
 
The Accounting Intern acts as an assistant to the Chief Operating Officer and reports to the Chief Financial Officer.  Responsibilities may include but are not limited to entering annual budget into Quickbooks, processing checks and accounts payable and various other day-to-day data entry. The Accounting Intern must be a Junior or Senior Accounting Major with knowledge of accounting and bookkeeping terminology and practices, automated accounting systems, spreadsheets and database software, general record keeping and filing systems. The position is unpaid and would begin immediately. Please send a cover letter and resume to Maggie Church, Visitor Experience and Events Manager, at m.church@herreshoff.org.
 
Graphic Design Intern

The Herreshoff Marine Museum/ America’s Cup Hall of Fame
 
The Graphic Design Intern acts as an assistant to the Museum Events Manager.  Each intern will have one semester long project in addition to other smaller projects.  This intern will be responsible to design new marketing materials for our summer sailing school including a brochure and t-shirt.  Additional responsibilities may include but are not limited to editing images for use on web and print, drafting, distributing and designing events poster and banners, flyers and brochures to market various Museum programs, performing miscellaneous office duties and assisting with miscellaneous special projects. The ideal candidate will have effective project management skills, ability to multitask, excellent communication skills, initiative, drive, creative flair and flexibility, a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office products and design software and an ability to work within the aesthetic of the Museum. The internship is unpaid and the intern should be able to commit to 20 hours a week. Please send a cover letter and resume to Maggie Church, Visitor Experience and Events Manager, at m.church@herreshoff.org.
 
 
Marketing and Events Intern

The Herreshoff Marine Museum/ America’s Cup Hall of Fame
 
The Marketing and Events Intern acts as an assistant to the Museum Events Manager.  Responsibilities may include but are not limited to organizing and compiling marketing spreadsheets, drafting, designing, editing and distributing events information and flyers, tracking the Museum’s social media, collecting information from Constant Contact, attending local business merchant association meetings and actively promote the Museum, maintaining the Museum’s blog, being available during events to help coordinate logistics and assisting with miscellaneous office duties and special projects. This position requires minimal physical exertion, but may involve some walking, lifting, and time outside in all weather conditions on specific occasions. The ideal candidate would have effective project management skills, ability to multitask, excellent communication skills, initiative, drive, creative flair and flexibility and a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office products. The internship is unpaid and the intern should be able to commit to one or two days a week. Please send a cover letter and resume to Maggie Church, Visitor Experience and Events Manager, at m.church@herreshoff.org.
 
 


Volunteer Opportunities

Docents and Educators
Volunteers will guide visitors through the Museum, which contains exhibits, photographs and memorabilia related to the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company; and through the America's Cup Hall of Fame, which has many artifacts and information on the America's Cup competition. Docents escort small and large groups, including school groups, and often work together conducting tours.

Training sessions are available throughout the year, both as a group and on an individual basis. Volunteers will receive training materials and have access to the resources of the Museum's library and archives.

Museum Store Assistant
The Museum's gift shop is adjacent to the admissions area and is a lively and interesting place to work. Working in the gift shop provides an opportunity to meet visitors from all over the world. The volunteer would assist the gift shop manager with sales and inventory and help maintain the appearance of the store.

Some knowledge of computers is helpful but not essential. The gift shop has an easy-to-use scanning system. Training will be provided on an individual basis.

Boat Keepers
This is an opportunity for volunteers to assist the museum's boat restoration and maintenance staff with their projects, most involving small vintage sailing craft. Project work would include rigging; spar, hull and sail repair; and maintaining the facility and waterfront.

Some knowledge of hand tools is helpful. An interest in classic small craft is desirable. This work is "hands-on".

Admissions Desk Assistant
The Admissions Desk Assistant is the first person people meet when they come into the Museum. The person at the desk greets and admits visitors, takes in admissions fees, and provides a general overview of the Museum. The Admissions Desk Assistant has the opportunity to meet visitors from all over the world.

Volunteers must be friendly and like to work with the public. Comfort with computers is helpful for the admissions process. Training is available on an on-going basis for both for groups and at the individual level.

Office Assistant
The Museum office is located on the second floor of the main Museum building. Although the Museum is open from May through the end of October, the office is open year-round.  The volunteer would assist in general office work such as answering phones, filing, assisting in mailings, etc.

Good telephone manners and comfort in working with the public are essential. Some knowledge of computers is desirable. Training is available at the individual level.

Grounds Assistant
The Museum has several gardens which would appreciate some tender loving care throughout the summer months. Volunteers should have some experience in garden planning and maintenance. Museum staff would assist with heavy work such as bed preparation and watering, but the volunteer would be responsible for planting, weeding and pruning.

Contact
If you would like to learn more about these unique opportunities contact the Museum at (401) 253-5000 or email us at info@herreshoff.org.

 

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