Mirken Family Postbaccalaureate Fellowship in Museum Practice

Colby College
Maine, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Apr 13, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Arts Administration, Librarians & Library Administration, Other Academic Affairs, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach
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Full Time
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Museum Communications
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Job Summary:Colby College Museum of Art
Full-Time, Temporary, Non-Exempt, Hourly, Support Staff Appointment

The Mirken Family postbaccalaureate fellowship in museum practice at the Colby College Museum of Art will support a one-year appointment to the museum, with the possibility of a renewable second year. The position offers broad exposure to work across all areas of the museum that fosters increased visibility of and access to the museum’s programs and resources, with particular emphasis on communications, exhibitions and publications, collections, and student engagement pathways. The Mirken fellow reports to the communications manager and the Barbara Alfond manager of exhibitions and publications and works with all departments including communications, administration, advancement, collections, curatorial, and engagement.

The Colby College Museum of Art is a collecting and teaching museum dedicated to the preservation, display, and interpretation of the visual arts. We embrace within our collections works of art from diverse cultures and historical periods, with a focus on American art, and commitment to collecting and exhibiting contemporary art. We manage these resources for the benefit of the Colby College community, the region, and the nation and aspire to display works that embody the highest standards of achievement.

Working to advance equity and inclusion in the field of American art—and, by doing so, in the wider world—is core to our mission. We feel the urgency of national and campus conversations on inequality and are keenly aware of the unique responsibility that we have as an academic art museum—as a place where we can listen, ask questions, and challenge assumptions—to engage in this dialogue, and to act. We affirm the Colby Museum’s commitment to multidisciplinary teaching and learning and our potential for deep engagement with students will be leveraged in this effort toward fighting racialized violence, injustice, and inequality; and we encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our college, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.

  • Support museum communications an information access
    • Assist the communications manager in executing the museum’s digital marketing, including website and web content, e-newsletters, digital and print publicity, and social media
    • Update and maintain the centralized photography archive of museum images; maintain digital and print archives of museum advertising, collaterals, and earned media
    • Research and facilitate artwork image rights and reproduction requests
    • With the communications manager and the manager of registration and collections, monitor photography and videography in museum galleries to ensure the safety and integrity of the objects on view
    • Assist as needed with museum collection inquiries and research and related initiatives that support collection access
  • Support and facilitate student engagement and pathways
    • Work with Department of Art faculty leads, prepare and schedule travel and logistics of Department of Art annual Mirken field trip for student professional development in the museum field
    • Organize professional development and networking opportunities for 45+ museum student employees, including art partner field trips, staff meet and greet programs, and museum studies conversations
    • Assist with student engagement and opportunities at the museum, including assisting with academic engagement, public programs, and supporting the Student Guide program
  • Provide support for the museum’s exhibitions and publications
    • Assist the manager of exhibitions and publications with logistics for exhibition installations
    • Maintain the internal exhibitions website, including content management and updates
    • Assist with exhibition catalogue proposals, correspondence with publishers, designers and editors, and production and distribution of publication projects
    • Support the distribution and sale of Colby Museum publications, including organizing book fair opportunities and book sales, conducting outreach to booksellers and arts organizations, and posting publications on the Colby Museum website
  • Attend and support museum special projects and events, including occasional night and weekend events
  • Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice
  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in education and experience
  • Relevant coursework in art history and demonstrable administrative experience preferred
  • Highly motivated, flexible, and comfortable with diverse audiences
  • Outstanding interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills with a high level of motivation
  • Unwavering commitment to fostering an antiracist, equitable work environment supportive of people from different cultures, backgrounds, and life paths
  • Excellent research skills and attention to detail
  • Experience in a professional environment, able to work collaboratively within a team and a diverse organization
  • Able to work independently as well as in a team, exercise judgment, establish priorities, and manage projects with minimal supervision and to adjust as new projects are assigned
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with staff, students, and faculty
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite; Adobe Creative Suite, especially Photoshop and InDesign; WordPress; and Google applications; familiarity with digital cloud collaboration platforms preferred

Reporting to the communications manager and the Barbara Alfond manager of exhibitions and publications, the fellow also works closely with the manager of collections and registration and deputy director, and has ongoing interactions with all museum teams as well as Colby faculty, students, staff, alumni, and museum guests.


General open office and campus environment. Position involves sitting, although frequent movement is necessary. Occasional lifting is required. Computer usage involving repetitive hand/wrist motion is also necessary. Some night and weekend work required based on museum events.


Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the "Apply" button on the Colby Careers website. Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and the contact information of three professional references. Materials should be addressed to:

Mirken Family Postbaccalaureate Fellowship in Museum Practice - Search Committee
Office of Human Resources
Colby College
5500 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8855

A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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