The Sunnyvale Historical Society and Museum Association (SHSMA) is looking to hire a Museum Manager who will be responsible for overseeing daily operations at the museum.
To be successful in this position, the candidate should have:
- strong communication and leadership skills
- the ability to manage end-to-end projects
- the desire to lead a team of volunteers and help them increase their efficiency and skills
This part-time position is 20 hours a week, at $20 per hour. It is preferred that the candidate live in or near Sunnyvale.
If interested, please submit a resume with a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Open/close the Museum on Tuesdays and Thursdays; be on site for cleaning crew alternate weeks
- Schedule/oversee inspections required by the City, County, and State (e.g., elevator, fire, ADA, safety)
- Be the “point person” for daily questions on-site
- Work with the research committee for all incoming inquiries
- Purchase/maintain standard office/museum supplies, e.g., printing, archival, and exhibit materials
- Know when to use Deed of Gift, donation, and loan forms
- Apply for event permits when museum hosts on-site, outdoor events
- Learn the archiving/box numbering system; help locate and retrieve artifacts from storage
- Assist the volunteer team, as needed, on planning rotating exhibits and receptions
The Sunnyvale Historical Society and Museum Association is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to tell the stories of the diverse history of Sunnyvale and its surrounding area through collections, exhibits, and educational programs. The society was founded in 1956 by a number of public-spirited citizens to rescue Bay View ranch, which was the original home of the Martin Murphy family, early settlers in Santa Clara County whose arrival in California predated the Donner Party. Though unable to save the house from demolition, the Historical Society had a hard lesson reinforced: if there is no active organization to preserve local heritage, it will be gone forever.
The Historical Society raised funds privately to build a museum, a replica of the original Murphy home, which opened in 2008. The museum contains permanent and rotating exhibits for the public to understand the evolution of the Sunnyvale area, and it educates people of all ages through docent led presentations for school children and adults, groups from senior centers, members of other museum societies and other various organizations who are visiting.