Museum Associate

Full Time

$38,000-$43,000

Position Summary:

The Museum Associate helps to ensure the successful operations of the museum, including the historic house tour; education, artistic and community programs; museum store. They are responsible for working with the Director of Guest Experience, Program Director, Museum Store Manager and other LAHM staff to promote a positive experience for all visitors, help meet and exceed annual revenue goals for the tour and store, help promote successful education, community and artistic programs and other duties as assigned.

The Museum Associate’s responsibilities include:

  • Learning and conducting tours of the historic home and exhibitions and helping to conceive and implement specialized tours
  • Leading reception, box office point of sale and greeting guests
  • Helping to ensure the financial viability of tour operations, including producing and analyzing visitor data reports
  • Helping to recruit and support volunteer docents
  • Museum store support
  • Supporting the education, artistic and community programs of the museum with project-specific duties assigned
  • Supporting the events of the museum

We are looking for someone who is collaborative, innovative, and personable. Ideal qualifications include:

  • Experience in a non-profit cultural or educational institution
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Willingness to take initiative and able to work independently as well as with a team
  • Strong office and computer skills
  • Knowledge of or interest in learning about  jazz, civil rights, and Louis Armstrong as an American and African-American icon 
  • Demonstrated flexibility in a fast-changing environment.
  • Bilingual in Spanish is a plus.
  • Fully vaccinated (or approved for an exemption due to a qualified disability)

Reports to: Executive Director with active oversight and partnership with the Director of Guest Experience, Program Director, Museum Store Associate and additional roles.

Hours: 40 hours/week. Accommodating to weekend and evening events as needed.

Work locations: A minimum of 3 days/week onsite. Remaining work days may be conducted remotely as work assignments permit. 

To apply: Please submit resume and cover letter to careers@louisarmstronghouse.org, Subject: Museum Associate

 

Consulting Archivist

Part Time 

Contract Duration: 9 months

Scope of work:

Supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Louis Armstrong House Museum and Archives (LAHM) is seeking an Archivist on a consultant basis to ensure the long-term preservation, cataloguing, digitization, and accessibility of the new additions to the Armstrong Archival Collections and to help transition the archives into the new Louis Armstrong Center. The Archivist will collaborate with the Director of Research Collections in activities including acquisition, organization, cataloging, processing, digitization, collections care and accessibility. The successful candidate will have a record of engagement with African American art, history and/or music, and will be capable of relating such knowledge to Louis Armstrong’s role as one of the foremost Black artists of the 20th century. 

Essential duties:

  • Arrange, preserve, catalogue, and digitize newly acquired collections
  • Help plan the transition of the archives into the new Louis Armstrong Center
  • Research and implement trends in archival standards and practices to ensure the long-term care of the collection
  • Help curate virtual exhibits based on newly digitized materials, encouraging new understanding of Louis and Lucille Armstrong’s legacy on American history and culture
  • Help manage access to the archival materials through the Digital Collections platform
  • Other duties assigned

Qualifications:

  • At least 4 years of professional archival experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field such as history/African American history, library science, and archival science
  • Proven knowledge of African American history and contemporary contributions of Black artists to American arts and culture
  • Experience working with digitized collections and creating virtual programs preferred
  • Fully vaccinated (or approved for an exemption due to a qualified disability)

Time Required: 2 – 3 days/week

Work Locations: Primarily in-person at the LAHM Archives on the campus of Queens College or at the LAHM Corona campus with some virtual meetings

Reports to: Director of Research Collections

Supervises: Some service providers and consultants

Compensation: ~ $40,000 in installments, subject to satisfactory completion of the duties described in the scope of work

To apply: Please submit resume and cover letter to careers@louisarmstronghouse.org, Subject: Consulting Archivist