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Seal Cove Automobile Museum
Seal Cove, ME

Curator of Education Seal Cove Auto Museum

Qualified applicants can send a CV and letter of interest to Raney Bench at raney@sealcoveautomuseum.org

The Curator of Education is a full-time, year-round position that reports to the Executive Director and works in close partnership with the staff, volunteers, and Board of the Seal Cove Auto Museum. This highly public position will lead the development and evaluation of adult and children’s education programs at the Museum and off-site; design and install hands-on interactives that allow visitors better engagement with the mission of the Museum and special exhibits; work with the Executive Director to rotate curation of special and satellite exhibits; as well as promote the collection and its history at events, programs, and car shows.

The Seal Cove Auto Museum nurtures a close team environment focused on mutual respect, support, and honesty. We foster a fun work environment where visitor experience is valued as a priority. Staff are empowered to work independently while seeking help and support as needed, focused on problem-solving and solutions.

Responsibilities Include:
– Develop educational programs and materials in partnership with regional schools, technical school, and adult education programs that can be offered at the Museum and in Maine classrooms. Programs would focus on science and technology, design, hands-on learning, innovation, and topics related to special exhibits and themes at the Museum.
– Develop classroom materials to support education programs
– Work with summer camps to create fun, interactive programs
– Research, document, and interpret the collection for special programs and lectures, exhibits, and articles for publications
– Create programs, online resources, and satellite exhibits sharing research and findings with the public
– Design and write curatorial guides for special exhibits
– Rotate lead-curatorial role with Executive Director or consulting curators for major exhibitions
– Create hands-on activities in support of exhibits and the mission that engage the public
– Evaluate programs, educational initiatives, and visitor experience and make any necessary adjustments
– Work with visitors throughout the season on the front lines, and on the floor to teach about the history of the collection
– Give rides to visitors to enhance their museum experience
– Develop a team of education volunteers who can support educational programming and serve as docents
– Drive cars for events, parades, and car shows and work with the public to educate people about the collection and its history
– Develop a public program series with a variety of programs that appeal to audiences of different ages, interests, and backgrounds and find funding to underwrite the series
– Work with mechanics and volunteers as they identify cars to show and get operational, including mechanical work
– Lead the annual process of condition reporting of the collection and updating files in Past Perfect
– Manage all physical and digital collections records
– Manage the work of the Collections Technician, including guiding which cars will be detailed for show and operations, conservation and preservation needs, and any necessary training

Qualifications:
– Advanced degree in history focused on industrial history, will consider equivalent work experience in an industrial history museum
– Working with children and adults in informal education
– Experience developing educational materials related to museum collections
– Excellent verbal, written, and digital communication skills
– Experience writing for publications, including exhibits, magazines, articles, or printed press
– Excellent computer skills and familiarity with current operating systems
– Mechanical knowledge of antique vehicles
– Excellent driving record
– Experience with evaluation methods and techniques
– Experience working with the public
– Willingness to pitch in and help with events and to support other staff in their work to ensure the success of the Museum

 

 

California Automobile Museum
Sacramento, CA

Museum Mission: The Mission of the California Automobile Museum (CAM) is to preserve, exhibit and teach the story of the automobile and its influence on our lives.

General Job Description: The CAM Executive Director (ED) is the chief executive officer and “face” of the Museum, responsible for fiscal leadership and general management and operation of the museum, including programs, partnerships, budget, fundraising, public relations, recruiting and marketing. The ED works closely with the Board of Directors, staff, docents, and volunteers to develop, articulate, and implement the strategic direction of the Museum in order to accomplish the Museum’s mission.

Key Responsibilities:

* Managing all aspects of museum operation, including budgets, finances, programs, staff, and the physical plant, in an efficient and effective manner;

* Developing fundraising strategies, including capital campaigns, that bring in additional outside revenue from public, corporate, foundation and individual sources, and effectively balancing income and expenditures to assure the financial health of the Museum;

* Increasing local and regional public awareness of the mission and programming offered by CAM in order to attract visitors, donors and volunteers to the Museum;

* Interacting with the Sacramento community, including patrons, donors, CAM members, exhibitors, car clubs, schools, civic organizations, local and state government, docents and volunteers, to ensure CAM reflects their needs and that its contributions are recognized;

* Developing a vision to move the Museum ahead while preserving the traditional qualities from which the Museum has derived its success.

Qualifications:

• A Bachelor’s Degree in Museum Studies, Business Administration or related degree;

• Proven ability to organize and manage a budget, monitor on-going financial performance, and demonstrated success in fundraising and implementing a capital campaign;

• Significant experience as a leader or manager within a public museum or non-profit with a comparable budget, or demonstrated management, analytical, and planning skills that provide a potential to grow into this profile;

• Superior communication skills, and the ability to work with, implement policies of, and report to the Board of Directors to carry out the mission of the Museum and the vision of what the Museum is and can be;

• Experience in managing a staff and dealing with human resources and related issues, including hiring, monitoring, evaluating, and terminating employees;

• An appreciation of the automobile and its impact on our lives and history.

Additional Notes on the Position: * Reports monthly to the Board of Directors through the President of the Board;

To apply please email hiring@calautomuseum.org with resume and cover letter.

 

 

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum
Auburn, IN

POSITION: CURATOR

 JOB SUMMARY:

 RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CARE, PRESERVATION, AND INTERPRETATION OF AN UNPARALLELED COLLECTION OF HISTORIC AUTOMOBILES, ARCHIVES, AND ARTIFACTS. RESPONSIBLE FOR DIRECTING THE DEVELOPMENT AND COORDINATION OF MUSEUM ARTIFACTS AND PROGRAMS. SUPERVISES CURATORIAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDING; ARCHIVES, COLLECTIONS MANAGEMENT, AUTOMOBILE COLLECTION MAINTENANCE, THE COLLECTION CONSERVATION CENTER, AND DEVELOPMENT OF EDUCATION PROGRAMS. RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING HIGH STANDARDS OF PROFESSIONALISM IN AREAS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO ACQUISITION, PRESERVATION, RESEARCH, INTERPRETATION, AND EXHIBITS TO INFORM, EDUCATE, AND INSPIRE THE PUBLIC. SOME MUSEUM

ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES IN ADDITION TO GENERAL ADMINISTRATION OF CURATORIAL AFFAIRS. CONSIDERABLE PUBLIC AND DONOR CONTACT.

JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

DEVELOPS A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LOCAL, REGIONAL, AND NATIONAL MUSEUM COMMUNITY AND SERVES AS AN AMBASSADOR FOR THE MUSEUM IN THE LOCAL AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITY.

  1. ACTIVELY PARTICIPATES IN THE MARKETING, PUBLIC RELATIONS, AND COMMUNICATIONS RELATED TO THE MUSEUM INCLUDING EVENTS OUTSIDE THE MUSEUM WHICH PROMOTE THE MUSEUM AND ITS COLLECTION.
  1. ASSISTS THE MARKETING DEPARTMENT IN THE PREPARATION OF MATERIALS RELATED TO THE MARKETING AND PROMOTION OF EXHIBITS, PROGRAMS, AND SERVICES.
  1. ACTS AS A LIAISON WITH COMMUNITY, INDUSTRY, AND OTHER GROUPS TO WHICH THE MUSEUM HAS OR COULD HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT.
  1. REPRESENTS THE MUSEUM AT AUTOMOBILE CONCOURS, CONFERENCES, MEETINGS, AND OTHER GATHERINGS INVOLVING HISTORIC VEHICLES.
  1. RESPONDS TO INQUIRIES RELATED TO THE COLLECTION INCLUDING ARCHIVAL REQUESTS
  1. OVERSEES RESEARCH ON MUSEUM OBJECTS AND PROVIDES GUIDANCE IN THE ACQUISITION OF REFERENCE AND OTHER SUITABLE MATERIALS FOR RESEARCH AND THE LIBRARY.
  1. ASSISTS WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MUSEUM’S RESEARCH RESOURCES AS A PUBLIC RESOURCE, INCLUDING DIGITIZATION OF SELECT MATERIALS AND DETAILED PHOTOGRAPHY.
  1. WORKS ACTIVELY WITH THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CEO ON ISSUES RELATED TO PRESERVATION AND PRESENTATION OF MUSEUM COLLECTIONS.
  1. WORKS WITH STAFF TO DEVELOP AND MONITOR ANNUAL AND LONG-TERM BUDGETS FOR ACQUISITION, PRESERVATION, RESTORATION, EXHIBITION, AND STORAGE OF ALL COLLECTIONS INCLUDING VEHICLES.
  2. IN CONJUNCTION WITH COLLECTIONS MANAGER, PLANS ONGOING AND FREQUENTLY CHANGING EXHIBITIONS THAT APPEAL TO A CROSS-SECTION OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND CREATES INNOVATIVE METHODS TO DISPLAY COLLECTIONS.
  1. MANAGES POLICIES, PROCEDURES, AND STAFF TO ENSURE THE LONG-TERM MAINTENANCE AND PRESERVATION OF THE MUSEUM COLLECTIONS.
  1. DIRECTLY SUPERVISES THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS AND ALL RELATED ACTIVITIES: COLLECTIONS MANAGER; CURATORIAL ASSISTANT/EDUCATION MANAGER INCLUDING DEVELOPMENT OF EDUCATION PROGRAMS (STUDY TRIPS) INCLUDING THEIR MARKETING AND COORDINATION.
  1. IMPLEMENTS CURATORIAL AND PROGRAMMING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ACCORDING TO THE HIGHEST MUSEUM STANDARDS.
  1. PROPERLY SECURES AND ORGANIZES FORMS, LEGAL DOCUMENTS, FILES, AND RETRIEVAL SYSTEMS ASSOCIATED WITH ACQUISITIONS, ACCESSIONS, DEACCESSIONS, CATALOGING, LOANS, PACKING, SHIPPING, INVENTORY, INSURANCE, AND STORAGE.
  1. MONITORS AND ADVISES ABOUT SECURITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS.
  1. DEVELOPS AND DIRECTS EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY FOR THE MUSEUM.
  1. SUPERVISES AND ANALYZES BUDGETS FOR ALL ACTIVITIES REPORTING TO THIS POSITION.
  1. SEEKS AND ADMINISTERS THE ACCEPTANCE OF AUTOMOBILES, ARTIFACTS, AND ARCHIVAL MATERIALS FOR DONATION, PURCHASE, AND/OR LOAN AS DESIRED TO COMPLETE THE MUSEUM’S INTERPRETIVE STORY.
  1. MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE COLLECTION COMMITTEE REGARDING DEACCESSIONS FROM THE COLLECTION.
  1. RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MOVEMENT OF AUTOMOBILES, ARTIFACTS, AND ARCHIVAL MATERIALS.
  1. MAKES ROUTINE EVALUATIONS ON ALL PROCEDURES AND CONTROLS RELATING TO THE COLLECTIONS AND MUSEUM PROPERTY.
  1. ONE OF THREE TRAINED, AUTHORIZED, AND RESPONSIBLE STAFF MEMBERS OF WHICH AT LEAST ONE MUST BE PRESENT WHENEVER A COLLECTION AUTOMOBILE IS MOVED AND IS ALSO PERMITTED TO DRIVE AUTOMOBILES IN THE COLLECTION THAT ARE OR CAN BE IN OPERABLE CONDITION.
  1. RENDERS ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE IN WORKING HAND-IN-HAND WITH THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CEO TO ACHIEVE THE LONG-TERM GOALS OF THE MUSEUM.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS:

  1. BACHELOR’S OR MASTER’S DEGREE IN MUSEUM STUDIES, HISTORY, LIBRARY SCIENCES OR RELATED FIELD REQUIRED.
  1. QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WILL HAVE HAD AT LEAST THREE YEARS’ EXPERIENCE IN AN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM OR SIMILAR SETTING, DEVELOPING AND/OR FACILITATING CURATORIAL PROGRAMS AND SERVICES.
  1. STRONG RESEARCH, ORGANIZATIONAL, AND WRITING SKILLS.
  1. BASIC UNDERSTANDING OF MECHANICAL AND AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, RESTORATION, AND MAINTENANCE.
  1. PROFICIENCY IN STANDARD MICROSOFT OFFICE PROGRAMS OR SIMILAR IS EXPECTED; USES TO ACHIEVE DESIRED RESULTS.

APPLY:

To apply for the position of Curator with the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, please submit your cover letter and resume through the American Alliance of Museums’ website.

You may also apply with your cover letter and resume to:

Brandon J. Anderson

Executive Director & CEO

banderson@automobilemuseum.org

 

 

Ford Piquette Avenue Plant
Detroit, MI

Executive Director

Museum Overview
The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant museum is a National Historic Landmark, housed in the first factory built and owned by Ford Motor Company. Ford occupied this building from 1904 to 1910; and the Ford Model T was conceived, engineered and assembled here from 1908 to 1910. The museum displays more than 60 vehicles, mostly very early Fords, including a rare and complete collection of all the early Ford “alphabet” cars that were assembled in this historic building. Through the vehicles and authentically recreated exhibits, the museum seeks to celebrate and interpret the infancy of the American automobile industry in Detroit. The museum attracts more than 20,000 visitors per year from around the world. The museum is a nonprofit, educational corporation that is funded through admissions, donations, grants and facility rentals. Visit our website at www.fordpiquetteplant.org or our Facebook page at Ford Piquette Avenue Plant. The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is not affiliated with Ford Motor Company.

Brief Job Overview
Title: Executive Director
Reports To: President, Board of Trustees
Schedule: Full-time position with variable schedule, including weekends and evenings when needed
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Job Start: The anticipated start date is March 1, 2019

Job Description
The Executive Director (ED) will have the overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. The ED will initially develop deep knowledge of field core programs, operations, and business plans. Position includes staff supervision, fundraising, grant writing, budget management, marketing, community outreach, building management, and governmental relations. Candidate should exude an enthusiastic personality and professional demeanor to best encourage a positive and hospitable environment.

Job Qualifications
• All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.
• Specific requirements include:
o A Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree in a museum-related field preferred
o Minimum 5 years in museum management positions
o Unwavering commitment to quality programs
o Strong written, verbal communication, and technology skills
o “Team Player” attitude while possessing outstanding organizational, interpersonal, and leadership abilities
o Excellent time-management skills with the ability to plan, organize, and prioritize workload and manage multiple projects simultaneously
o Optimization of the role of the Board, staff, government, charitable organizations and donors
o Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach, manage, delegate, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
o Skills in marketing, public relations, capital campaign development, and endowment expansion
o Passion, idealism, integrity, transparency, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed
Job Responsibilities
Leadership and Management
• Ensure ongoing local program excellence and evaluation; consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve strategic goals
• Actively engage and energize staff, volunteers, Board members, partnering organizations and funding resources
• Support a strong and active Board of Trustees; seek and build Board involvement with strategic programming
• Lead, coach, develop, and retain passionate staff and volunteers
• Ensure effective systems to track museum progress and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the Board, funders, and others
• Ensure that our historic facility is accurately preserved through proper maintenance, safety, cleanliness and protective precautions
• Always demonstrate a strong code of ethics and knowledge of municipal, state, and federal laws that impact Piquette
Fundraising and Communications
• Expand revenue-generating and fundraising activities to support existing programs
• Expand and refine all aspects of communications — web presence, social media, news media and publications — with the goal of creating a stronger brand
• Participate with professional organizations, associations, and other cultural heritage sites to garner new opportunities and relationships
• Have a comprehensive understanding of nonprofit strategies and techniques to enable Piquette to identify new opportunities for growth and development
Planning and New Business
• Leverage the museum’s Master Interpretive Plan to implement new guest experiences that are history-rich and engaging
• Provide support and encouragement to operational committees and volunteer organizations
• Design and implement a strategic, long-range business plan
• Begin to build partnerships in new markets, establishing relationships with funding sources and political/community leaders

Application Requirements
Your application should include: a cover letter, your salary history/expectations and a resume. Letters of recommendation may be requested at a later date.

How to Apply
Applications should be sent to Steve Shotwell, Ford Piquette Avenue Plant Board of Trustees President via e-mail addressed to edposting@fordpiquetteplant.org or by federal mail addressed to Steve Shotwell at PO Box 2127, Detroit, Michigan 48202. Applications should be sent in a PDF format and received no later than noon on Monday, November 26, 2018. No phone calls, please. You will receive an acknowledgement of your application within a week.

 

 

Crawford Auto- Aviation Museum- Western Reserve Historical Society
Cleveland, OH

TITLE:                      Event & Promotion Manager, Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum – Cleveland History Center – Western Reserve Historical Society

CLASSIFICATION:  The position is classified as full-time and is exempt from overtime compensation.

SUPERVISION:        Occasional supervision of interns, volunteers and temporary labor.

COORDINATION:    Manager, Crawford Auto-Aviation Collection; CHC Education and Public Program Manager; Marketing Manager; Youth Entrepreneurship Education Program Manager; Sales Manager; Library Manager

DUTIES:                     1. Develop and execute community events and programs using the Crawford Auto-Aviation Collection, with an emphasis on auto, aviation and transportation history and entrepreneurship.

  1. Increase attendance at the CAAM and the Cleveland History Center (CHC) by promoting daily and special CAAM programs and activities.
  2. Create and finalize annual CAAM event and exhibit calendar
  3. Recommend and research program and exhibit topics, and develop and execute rotating exhibits
  4. Responsible for preparing activity, progress and grant reports as required.
  5. Responsible for promoting CAAM programs and exhibitions and for supporting audience development for WRHS.
  6. Performs other specific duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: Minimal education requirement is an undergraduate degree in Education, History, Museum Studies or related field.  At least three years of previous experience with event programming and/or educational programming or the equivalent, and familiarity with transportation history, is required. Excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills are essential as is the ability to work with a wide variety of people from diverse backgrounds. Qualified applicants will exemplify WRHS’s core values – Integrity, Innovation, Stewardship, Connectivity, and Excellence.  Tact, enthusiasm and professionalism are essential.  Applicants must be able to work independently, but function as a member of a team for success.

TO APPLY, PLEASE SEND YOUR COVER LETTER AND RESUME TO JANET WATERMAN, HR ASSOCIATE AT jwaterman@wrhs.org

 

 

LANE MOTOR MUSEUM
Nashville, TN

Title: Curator

Reports To: Director

Areas of Responsibility:  Management and interpretation of the Collection

FLSA:  Full-time

Salaried/Hourly:  Salaried

Basic Function:  To manage the collection and direct related educational opportunities for the public, in accordance with the Museum’s mission.

  1. Functions and Responsibilities
  • Oversees all aspects of the Museum’s curatorial program with respect to the Museum’s collection of automobiles, planes, boats, mono- and bicycles, motorcycles, and related materials, including objects on loan.
  • Works with and directs the efforts of the Education department as it relates to the collection.
  • In conjunction with the Director, develops and executes plans for the long-term preservation and exhibition of Collection objects.
  • Works with staff to develop and monitor annual and long-term budgets for acquisition, preservation, restoration, exhibition, and storage of Collection objects.
  • Directs the content, planning, and installation of exhibits, both permanent and temporary.
  • Assists the Director in the identification of future acquisitions, assessment of current holdings, and making recommendations as to the disposition of objects no longer suited to the Museum’s Mission and Collection Plan.
  • Assists the Marketing Department in the preparation of materials related to the marketing and promotion of exhibits, programs, and services.
  • Oversees research on Museum objects, and provides guidance in the acquisition of reference and other suitable materials for research and the library.
  • Assists with the development of the Museum’s research resources as a public resource, including digitization of select materials and detailed photography.
  • Responds to changing needs in the community, as well as the needs of the Museum’s visitors.
  • Develops a relationship with the local, regional, and national museum community, and serves as an ambassador for the Museum in the local and professional community.
  • Keeps up-to-date with changes in appropriate technology and curatorial techniques.

Key responsibilities shall include:

  1. The planning, design, promotion, and maintenance of public exhibitions.
  2. Oversees documentation, organization, and appropriate storage of Museum objects, including loaned objects.
  3. Evaluation of existing and potential Museum vehicles as regards their suitability for the Collection.
  4. Direction of the technical staff in the proper care of objects.
  5. Review and verify the accuracy of the Museum’s descriptions of its objects, as well as those on loan. Conduct research to determine the provenance of objects when appropriate.

Education, Experience, and Skills Required:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Museum Studies, History, Library Sciences or related field required.
  • Qualified applicants will have had at least three years’ experience in an automotive museum or similar setting, developing and/or facilitating curatorial programs and services.
  • Strong research, organizational, and writing skills.
  • Basic understanding of mechanical and automotive systems, restoration, and maintenance.
  • Proficiency in standard Microsoft Office programs or similar is expected; uses technology to achieve desired results.
  • This position requires an outgoing, self-motivated individual who enjoys working with the public in a constructive, positive fashion resulting in appropriate resolutions of disputes and/or difficult situations.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, attention to detail, ability to work as a member of a team as well as on your own is expected.
  • Creatively handles staff resistance to implementing changes in policies and procedures.
  • Has a high degree of personal and professional integrity; acts in an ethical manner and avoids conflicts of interest.
  • A varied schedule, including some evenings and weekends, may be required.
  • Qualified applicants will, at the Museum’s expense, take and pass a DOT physical and drug screening, as well as a background check.

Compensation is based on qualifications and annual reviews will assess growth in job proficiency. Wages are based on a 40-hour work week. We enjoy 6 paid holidays/year, and earn 20 days/year of paid time off. Health insurance is available.

Lane Motor Museum’s Mission Statement

The mission of Lane Motor Museum shall be to collect, preserve, document, and interpret a mostly European collection of automobiles and motorcycles for the public, through both static displays and active demonstrations.

Disclaimer Statement:

This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate description of the current position, other or different tasks may be required when and if circumstances change (e.g. emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs, or technological developments)

ABOUT LANE MOTOR MUSEUM
At Lane Motor Museum, visitors of all ages are introduced to a broad variety of vehicles from Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Engineering, politics, geography, economics and design are some of the ways these automobiles have been important to human history. Lane Motor Museum is a working museum with the goal of maintaining all vehicles in running order. Vehicles date from the 1920s to today and feature a variety of microcars, amphibious vehicles, military vehicles, alternative fuel vehicles, airplanes, prototypes, one-of-a-kind vehicles and motorcycles.

The Museum is located on one of Nashville’s old pikes, about halfway between our vibrant downtown and Nashville International Airport. Nashville, named an It City by Forbes and the New York Times, is a growing and dynamic Southern city – for more information about Nashville, see: https://www.nashvillechamber.com/explore/live/relocate

Applicants may reply via email with Cover Letter and Resume to: positions@lanemotormuseum.org

Or by mail to:

Curator

Lane Motor Museum

702 Murfreesboro Pike

Nashville, TN 37210

 

 

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, Inc.
Indianapolis, IN

POSITION TITLE:                       Curator for Vehicles

ORGANIZATION:                      Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, Inc.

REPORTS TO:                             Executive Director

POSITION LOCATION:            Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, Speedway, Indiana

FLSA STATUS:                            Exempt

This position description is for an employee of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC (“Speedway”) to work for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, Inc. (“Foundation”), d/b/a Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum (“Museum”), pursuant to the relationships of the Speedway and the Foundation set forth in their Shared Services Agreement dated as of December 2006, as currently in effect and as it may hereafter be amended.

 Essential Functions:

Full-time position as Curator for Vehicles to oversee all aspects of the Museum’s curatorial and education programs with respect to its collection of race cars, passenger cars, dragsters, motorcycles, land speed record holders, and similar racing and automotive vehicles, which currently number more than 350.  Working within the context of the Foundation’s strategic plan, master facility plan, and the master interpretive plan for the Museum, the Curator of Vehicles will provide vision and leadership for implementation of those plans, including (a) the development and execution of plans for preserving, restoring, and maintaining all Museum vehicles, as well as vehicles on permanent or temporary loan to the Museum; (b) developing permanent, temporary, periodic, and traveling exhibits from vehicles in the Museum’s collections and loaned to the Museum; (c) assisting the Curator of Media and Historic Archives (“MHA”) and education staff with exhibits and programs that focus primarily on non-vehicle objects or content; (d) overseeing restoration and maintenance of all Museum vehicles; (e) oversight of vehicle collections acquisition and management, including assessments of vehicles in the collection and recommendations for disposition of duplicate, non-functional, or other vehicles that do not fit the Museum’s mission and strategic plan; (f) oversees research on Museum vehicles and develops a program to provide research services for owners of similar vehicles; (g) provides expertise and guidance in the acquisition of reference and other materials for research and archives that relate to vehicles; (h) assists in the  development of public access to Museum archives and sharing of Museum collections on-line through photography and digitization; and (i) creation of content for the Museum’s website, social media, and other communications vehicles to both educate and promote the Museum.

Key responsibilities include:

  1. Preservation, restoration, and storage of vehicles
    1. Oversees organization, documentation, and storage of Museum vehicles, including vehicles on permanent or temporary loan to the Museum
    2. Analyzes donations of prospective vehicles for appropriateness in Museum collection
    3. Solicits donations of vehicles
    4. Develops three to five-year restoration plan, prioritizing vehicles that merit restoration, and working with other Museum staff, develops individual vehicle plan and budget
    5. Responsible for assuring accuracy of all descriptions of vehicles on display or loan, including research to determine provenance of vehicles
    6. Represents the Museum at automobile concours, conferences, meetings, and other gatherings involving historic race cars, Indiana passenger cars and other vehicles
    7. Serves as liaison to owners of historic race cars and passenger cars on substantive matters about vehicle provenance, history, construction, and restoration
    8. Periodically analyzes existing vehicle collection to eliminate duplicates, significantly deteriorated, or inappropriate vehicles, and works with other staff to assure proper disposal, sale, or other disposition
    9. Assures proper storage and maintenance of vehicles to maximize preservation for future use and reference
    10. Develops individualized standards and plans for maintaining each vehicle in the Museum’s collection
    11. In consultation and conjunction with other Museum staff, works with third-party contractors specializing in vehicle restoration and preservation to implement Museum restoration plans and priorities
  1. Works with and oversees the work of third-party curators and/or experts and other staff on curating aspects of the Museum’s vehicle collection as to which the Curator has limited expertise
  1. Development of permanent, temporary, and traveling exhibits using Museum vehicles
    1. Provides leadership in developing concepts for Museum exhibits, maintaining an on-going three to five-year exhibit plan.
    2. Works with individuals and partner organizations to obtain items on loan for Museum exhibits.
    3. Works with Museum colleagues to develop written, audio, and film/video content for exhibits.
    4. Works with counterparts in other Museums to develop traveling or joint exhibits.
    5. Oversees budgeting, planning, installation, and break-down of all exhibits.
    6. Works with sponsorship and fundraising staff to secure funding for exhibits.
    7. Works with communications and outreach staff on promoting exhibits.
    8. Assures all Museum staff and volunteers are informed about the exhibit and can act as interpreters and guides.
    9. Develops educational and programmatic content to enhance exhibit content and story-telling.
    10. Provides leadership in organizing annual Historic Racing Exhibition and the periodic Pace Car Reunions.

4    Works collaboratively with Curator for MHA to develop special exhibits and refresh permanent exhibits with content and objects from the Vehicle and MHA collections. 

  1. Develops and manages loan program for Museum vehicles, assuring the safe use and display of all Museum vehicles while on loan. Develops collaborative relations with other automotive museum curators to facilitate exhibit development with loaned vehicles.  Develops relationships with private vehicle owners to gain access to historically important vehicles for Museum exhibits.
  1. Participates in Museum’s design and development efforts for facility improvements as lead for vehicles, assuring adequate storage, lighting, temperature and humidity controls, and public access opportunities. Assists with development of interactive exhibits involving vehicles.
  2. General Administrative Duties
    1. Develops and oversees three-year and annual plans and budgets for vehicle collections and exhibits.
    2. Assists other staff in preparing content for tours, education programs, exhibits, museum self-guided tours, Museum mobile applications, and similar communications vehicles.
    3. Works with senior leadership of Foundation and Board of Directors to implement strategic plan, provide support for other functional groups, and enhance communications aspects of colleagues’ projects.
    4. Hires, supervises, evaluates, trains, and otherwise manages members of team and provides input on performance evaluations of other staff.  Currently, supervises Restoration Services Manager, Assistant Curator, Vehicle Maintenance Specialist.   Collaboratively supervises other staff that may be engaged in vehicle management, such as Museum Historian.

Job Requirements:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Basic knowledge of automobile and race car mechanics, car construction and operation, running and maintenance needs
  • Experience with preservation, restoration, maintenance, and proper storage of vehicles
  • Extensive substantive knowledge about open wheel race cars, open wheel racing, other race series, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis 500 and other races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Familiarity with the owners of key open wheel race cars and select passenger cars
  • Strong research, organizational, and writing skills
  • Experience with website and social media management (Facebook, Twitter)

Knowledge/Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in history, library science, archives, museum studies, motorsports, or similar educational program; or the substantial equivalent in other training or direct job experience.
  • At least 15 years’ experience in working with race cars, passenger cars, and similar vehicles, and communicating and educating the public through use of such vehicles.
  • Basic understandings of mechanical and automotive systems, restoration, and maintenance.
  • Extensive knowledge of auto racing, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis 500 and other races at the IMS track, IndyCar racing, NASCAR, and other racing series.
  • Excellent organizational skills, with attention to detail in the display, transport, and storage of vehicles.
  • Extensive experience working collaboratively with a variety of people with different skills and abilities.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills
  • Understands annual planning and budgeting processes and has had significant experience with both.
  • Understands data and can analyze it to monitor and measure performance.
  • Uses technology to achieve desired results; uses MICROSOFT Office products (OUTLOOK, WORD and EXCEL), and other software and hardware technology systems.

Complexity/Problem Solving:

  • Handles several projects and varying deadlines simultaneously.
  • Develops solutions to problems that arise during the day.
  • Handles difficult personalities, both as to staff and the public, in a constructive, positive fashion resulting in appropriate resolutions of disputes and/or difficult situations.
  • Experiments to find creative solutions. Enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar opportunities.
  • Creatively handles staff resistance to implementing changes in policies and procedures.
  • Analyzes outcomes of programs and processes, seeks improvement, plans for and implements improvements, striving always to work as effectively and efficiently as possible.
  • Not afraid of experimenting (within reason), failing, or learning from new approaches.

Discretion/Latitude/Decision-Making:

  • Works independently, without direct supervision.
  • Distinguishes between problems and solutions requiring management approval and those that s/he may resolve directly.
  • Maintains confidentiality of proprietary, confidential, and sensitive information.
  • Has a high degree of personal and professional integrity; acts in an ethical manner and avoids conflicts of interest.
  • Prioritizes projects and adjust priorities in light of changing needs and circumstances.
  • Follows through promptly and delivers work product on-time and of a superior quality.

Communications/Interpersonal Contacts:

  • Communicates with passion and commitment the mission and vision of the Museum as well as its strategic and operating plans to third parties as well as internal audiences.
  • Effectively communicates plans and ideas to colleagues and external individuals or organizations.
  • Communicates performance issues to supervised staff and provides guidance, training, and constructive feedback.
  • Communicates effectively with a wide variety of people.
  • Keeps colleagues and supervisor informed of progress of tasks, as well as issues that require supervisor’s resolution.
  • Knows when to ask questions to seek guidance and when to move forward on his or her own.

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

Work requires physical exertions and/or physical strains.  May involve infrequent exposure to disagreeable weather conditions.  Must periodically work evenings and on weekends, especially in May.

Work Environment: 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 


 

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, Inc.
Indianapolis, IN

POSITION TITLE:                       Restoration Technician

ORGANIZATION:                      Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, Inc. (Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum)

REPORTS TO:                             Manager of Restoration Services

POSITION LOCATION:            Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

FLSA STATUS:                            Non-Exempt

OTHER STATUS:                        Full-time

This position description is for an employee of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC, (“Speedway”) to work for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, Inc. (d/b/a Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum), pursuant to the relationships of the Speedway and the Foundation set forth in their Shared Services Agreement dated as of December 2006, as currently in effect and as it may hereafter be amended.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum restoration services is responsible for the restoration, preservation, and maintenance of the Museum’s vehicle collection.  

Responsibilities:

The Restoration Technician assists the Manager of Restoration Services in restoring Museum vehicles as funds allow; maintaining Museum vehicles used in exhibitions, parades, demonstrations, and concours/car shows; preserving vehicles that do not run; and maintaining all running vehicles.   The Technician may assist in the supervision and training of other Museum staff who get involved in restoration projects from time to time, interns, seasonal assistants, and volunteers.

Specific duties include:

  • Repairing damaged, aged, or otherwise incomplete vehicles, including (a) fabricating components for chassis, frames, brackets, and other support and mechanical components as necessary; (b) repairing minor dents and body imperfections; (c) paint touch-ups; (d) rebuilding engine components; and (e) routine vehicle maintenance.
  • Assisting Manger of Restoration Services with maintenance program for all running Museum vehicles and implementing plans for each vehicle.
  • With Managers approval, purchasing of goods and equipment necessary for routine tasks and projects.
  • Transporting vehicles to local venues and between Museum controlled storage sites.
  • Supervising interns, other Museum staff who assist Restoration Services function from time to time, seasonal staff, and volunteers
  • Participating in meetings and training programs with respect to restoration services.
  • Under direction of Manager, collaborating with automotive museums on restoration matters.

Knowledge/Skills:

  • Minimum of five years of relevant experience in vintage/antique race car and automobile repair, restoration, preservation, and maintenance.
  • High school graduate or GED equivalent required; senior certification or Associates Degree in automotive engine design and repair, auto maintenance and repair, and/or bodywork preferred.
  • Experience and interest in older engine systems and body construction techniques.
  • Excellent attention to detail and high accuracy rate required.
  • Basic skills in welding, fabrication, use of metal lathe and mills, use of basic power tools for engine and body work, wiring, and similar technical skills and knowledge.
  • Current driver’s license valid in Indiana.
  • Interest in motorsports preferred, with experience working with race car maintenance a plus.
  • Knowledge of and experience using MICROSOFT Office products (WORD and EXCEL).
  • Problem solving skills:  ability to see and diagnose a problem, determine best method of fixing the problem, how to obtain and allocation necessary resources, and execute on the solution.
  • Ability to communicate with a variety of individuals on technical matters.

Discretion/Latitude/Decision-Making:

  • Ability to work independently, without limited supervision.
  • Ability to distinguish between problems and solutions requiring management approval and those that s/he may resolve directly.
  • Maintains confidentiality of proprietary, confidential, and sensitive information.
  • Has a high degree of personal and professional integrity; acts in an ethical manner and avoids conflicts of interest.
  • Ability to prioritize projects and adjust priorities in light of changing needs and circumstances, recognizes when to involve manager in decision-making about priorities.
  • Follows through promptly and delivers work product on-time and in acceptable condition/quality.
  • Ability to work within an established plan and budget.

Communications/Interpersonal Contacts:

  • Ability to communicate own plans and ideas to colleagues and individuals or organizations with which s/he interacts.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people.
  • Keeps colleagues and supervisors informed of progress of tasks, as well as issues that require supervisor’s resolution.
  • Knows when to ask questions to seek guidance and when to move forward on his or her own.

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

Must work all or a part of a day on weekends at various times during the year, especially in April and May, during select other events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, or as may periodically be requested and/or necessary.  Must be able to lift 40 pounds, push vehicles (with assistance of others), work underneath cars, bend over engine bays, and otherwise work at sometimes awkward angles or positions.  Due to potential work-related exposure to chemicals, awareness of and adherence to Hazard Communication and Personal Protective Equipment written programs is expected.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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