Careers

Working with Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum goes beyond preserving culture and furthering research. It is also meaningful and nourishing to the community we serve.

March 18, 2020

Bishop Museum has implemented a temporary hiatus in hiring for open positions. If you are interested in joining the Museum’s ‘Ohana in the future, we encourage you to submit your application so that we may review it when the hiring freeze has ended.

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Assistant Director of Building and Grounds (Temporary)

This position is responsible for the development and implementation of all activities and tasks related to facility support and security at Bishop Museum. Areas of responsibility include direct supervision of the ground-keeping staff, security department staff, housekeeping staff, and facility maintenance and support staff. Groundskeeping management includes the development and implementation of plans to maintain and enhance safe and aesthetically attractive facilities. Security management includes directing security operations to ensure the Museum’s buildings and their contents and personnel are safe and secure from fire, theft, and other hazards. Facilities support management includes proactive maintenance of the Museum’s buildings, fixtures, motor pool, and ancillary operations.  

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Under the direction of senior management, develops and implements the operational goals and objectives for the Building & Grounds department to ensure effective program planning in care, maintenance, and improvement of the Museum campus. 

  • Responsible for establishing and regularly reviewing standards of operations for general upkeep and preventative maintenance repair programs for buildings and fixtures (including utilities), grounds, and Museum equipment. 

  • Plans and schedules work assignments of department supervisors and staff and review performance according to prescribed verbal and/ or written instructions. 

  • Contracts and works with architects, engineers, contractors, consultants, suppliers, and vendors to address the maintenance and improvement of the Museum facilities.  

  • Oversees work of contractors to ensure compliance with budget, contract standards, and timely completion of projects.  

  • Provides planning and support services to other Museum departments including but not limited to Exhibits, Visitor Services, Membership, Special Events, and Education to assist in the achievement of the Museum’s goals and objectives.  

  • Develops and directly oversees effective safety and security control plans, policies, procedures, and systems within established parameters and consistent with Museum goals and objectives. 

  • Proactively keeps apprised of programs and activities across the Museum to coordinate appropriate B & G staff coverage and resource allocation to match needs. 

  • Develops, implements, and reviews security policies related to the maintenance and control of facility access by staff and other individuals, including keys and security system controls.  

Qualifications 

  • Minimum of five years of experience in overseeing and directing building and grounds maintenance  

  • Preferred minimum five years’ experience in all aspects related to overseeing and directing a security department. Experience with security related to the general public and/ or collections management is highly desirable.  

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in the field of experience, required. 

  • Computer requirements including knowledge and application in email, and Microsoft Office suite of products including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. 

  • Experience with reviewing building plans and schematic drawings and plans. 

Other Requirements 

  • Highly energetic with strong verbal communication skills with an ability to interact with individuals at all levels. 

  • Demonstrated ability in creative problem solving related to facility maintenance and repair. 

  • Highly organized with the ability to meet tight deadlines and to work on multiple projects simultaneously. 

  • Flexibility to work some weekday evenings and weekends as needed. 

  • Professional and appropriate dress for the job at hand (office, laboratory, field)  

  • Good attendance 

  • Detail-oriented  

  • Flexibility in schedule to meet deadlines

  • Desire to learn and work hard 

Direct Reports

Facilities Manager 

Security Lieutenants 

Hours: Temporary Full Time Salary, some evenings and weekends required
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.

 

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Director of Major Gifts

The Director of Major Gifts will develop programs and strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward prospective major donors to Bishop Museum for significant gifts to fund a broad range of institutional priorities, including its collections, educational programs, and research throughout Hawai‘i and the Pacific.

The successful candidate will demonstrate proven success in major gifts fundraising, superior organizational and communication skills, and the initiative and ability to work collaboratively with senior management and staff across the organization. The successful candidate must be a critical thinker, conversant with current technologies, comfortable with public presentations, and able to serve as a spokesperson and champion for the Museum’s mission and priorities. A minimum of five years of progressive fundraising experience, proven success in cultivating donors and securing large gifts, prospect management experience, a passion for learning and exploration, and the desire to join a dynamic and growing organization must be demonstrated. Experience in an educational or a large cultural or environmental organization is preferred.

 

Duties and responsibilities

  • Identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards major gift donors and prospects; recommends and implements cultivation and solicitation strategies of individual donors and members currently engaged with the museum and identifies, engages, and cultivates new donor prospects.
  • Works with senior management and board leadership to support the coordination of cultivating and soliciting major gift donors.
  • Develops and maintains a prospect management tracking system and communication strategy that supports proactive major gift fundraising.
  • Works collaboratively with the VP of Institutional Advancement and the rest of the advancement team on developing strategies for successful major gift fundraising and achievement of departmental goals.
  • Assists senior and unit management in the recognition and prioritization of institutional and departmental funding needs. Keep abreast of institutional and departmental priorities, public programs, events, and key initiatives.
  • Maintains working knowledge of current tax laws, investments, and planned giving opportunities; applies knowledge for prospect cultivation as appropriate.
  • Helps to maintain a sophisticated planned giving program for the Museum; cultivates prospects through targeted marketing efforts and educates prospective donors on planned giving vehicles.
  • Collaborates with others on the Advancement team on donor cultivation, stewardship, and recognition events/ activities. Ability to meet and exceed set goals as agreed upon annually.
  • Performs other duties as required.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s Degree desirable.
  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in the development activities of a nonprofit organization with a proven track record in major gift fundraising
  • Planned giving experience desirable
  • Strong writing skills required, including the ability to write standard development communication  pieces including direct solicitation proposals, acknowledgments, letters of inquiry, and general correspondence Working knowledge of MS Office Suite and customer relationship management system software is preferred
  • Organized and detail-oriented, with the ability to meet tight deadlines and to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Energetic and enthusiastic team player with the ability to work independently to accomplish tasks/goals of the department
  • Flexibility to work some weekday evenings and weekends as needed
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; positive attitude; ability to interact and develop rapport with people with varied backgrounds/interests
  • Ability to maintain composure under time constraints; ability to maintain a professional demeanor when dealing with others.

 

Other Requirements

  • Valid driver’s license and car with proof of insurance required
  • Professional business-like appearance
  • Good Attendance

 

Direct reports: None

Working  Conditions: Normal office environment with some flexibility for remote work

Hours: Full Time Salary, some evenings and weekends required
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.

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Director of IT

The Director of Information Technology is responsible for the IT strategy, staff, and systems that support Bishop Museum’s goals for planning, evaluating, coordinating, and managing information technology systems. This position will work closely with the Director of Informatics to provide infrastructure and security in support of our digitization, collections, research, and education programs.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Advocate for the strategic use of technology and communicate with leadership and departments to assess and understand technology needs. Understand Bishop Museum’s business and mission and the current and future role of technology to drive technological and digital innovation.
  • Lead the technology strategy for Bishop Museum by leveraging new and existing technologies and driving toward integrated information systems. Align technology and digital efforts to Bishop Museum’s mission and strategic plan.
  • Manage external IT vendors, facilitate contracts, provide oversight, and prioritize projects.
  • Manage implementation of sustainable, innovative IT and digital projects, including schedules, budgets, resources, and internal change management.
  • Oversee planning, implementation, management, monitoring, and upgrading security measures for the protection of the organization’s data, systems, and networks.
  • Provide secure and expandable infrastructure for rapidly growing digital initiatives across the Museum, especially large digitization projects generating multiple terabytes of data monthly.
  • Oversee backup and disaster recovery plans for all technological infrastructure, including systems and data, monitor, and ensure a high level of IT security and data integrity.
  • Identify external advancements in technology to enhance the visitor experience and empower curatorial and education to be more impactful to visitors, improve customer and user satisfaction, reduce expenses, and maximize revenues.
  • Develop and maintain detailed documentation regarding existing hardware and software infrastructure, upgrade and replacement schedules, software licensing, equipment inventories, and the overarching on- and off-campus IT landscape.
  • Manage the IT budget.
  • Performs other duties, as assigned, to accomplish the goals of the Museum.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, or equivalent related experience. MBA or Masters of Technology a plus.
  • 7-10 years relevant experience, including at least 3 in a leadership capacity. Must have experience managing vendors and projects with increasing responsibility, experience managing a help desk, information systems, and/or web development groups.
  • Technology leadership experience in a major museum or similar organization a plus.
  • Strong strategic and business perspectives. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Familiarity with cloud and on-premise infrastructure.
  • Knowledge of CRM, ticketing, HR, and financial systems required. Experience in selecting and supporting applications for a museum or similar organization is a plus.
  • Strong organizational and management skills; excellent communication skills; experience handling multiple competing priorities and timely, effective decision-making.
  • Ability to adhere to Museum policies and support management decisions in a positive, professional manner.

 

Other Requirements

  • Flexibility in working hours, as some evening and weekend work is required.
  • Good attendance.
  • Detail-oriented.

 

Direct Reports

External IT vendors and contractors.

Working Conditions

Occasional evening and weekend work required.

Physical Requirements

Occasionally required to stand for extended periods of time, climb stairs, lift heavy objects, and do repetitive

Hours: Full Time Salary, some evenings and weekends required
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.
 

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Entomology Collections Manager

The Entomology Collections Manager maintains overall responsibility of The J. Linsley Gressitt Center for Research in Entomology collections including administering the care and maintenance of these specimens and associated records in the Entomology Department. The Collections Manager supervises collections staff activities and manages activities associated with collections use to provide access.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supervises and participates in the identification, recording, and organization of the collections per departmental and disciplinary standards to enhance access and retrieval of materials for study and exhibition.
  • Process specimens for preservation and storage using appropriate methods and techniques to provide for their optimum use in study and display.
  • Updates and maintains the collections database and other retrieval systems to enhance access to and use of the collections and associated information. Hosts visiting researchers working in the collections and arranges equipment, workspace, and building access. Responds to inquiries to provide accurate and appropriate information.
  • Plans, arranges, and maintains storage systems, monitors and controls environmental conditions, conducts and supervises monthly IPM monitoring and intervention for pests, and appropriately secures the collections to ensure the physical welfare of the collections and associated records.
  • Supervises and participates in the processing of transactions to ensure that additions to and deletions from the collections are in accordance with Museum and department policies and procedures. Works with federal and state agencies to ensure compliance with all collecting, possessing, and shipping regulations and permits. Receives and reviews collections offered by potential donors.
  • Supervises and coordinates the training and work of collections staff, volunteers, and interns and encourages their professional development to manage the collections efficiently and effectively.
  • Develops and writes grant proposals to support proper care, processing, and access associated with the collections.
  • Provides guided tours and explanations to public groups to demonstrate the collections’ care and use, and to inform the public of Museum resources.
  • Participation in education and public programs, off and on-site outreach programs, provide content for exhibits and participate in fundraising events.
  • May entail participation in fieldwork for surveying, sampling, collecting, and general research activities; publishing papers relating to collections management or scientific discipline; and attending and presenting at professional meetings and seminars relating to the collections, data management, and other collection-based projects.

 

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in biology or related field, or 5+ years of experience working in collections.
  • Knowledge of insect taxonomy and world geography, specifically the Pacific Basin.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Working knowledge of computers, desktop, and electronic publishing and modern digital imaging skills and database management.

 

Other Requirements

  • Professional and appropriate dress for the job at hand (office, laboratory, field)
  • Good Attendance
  • Detail-oriented
  • Flexibility in schedule to meet deadlines

 

Direct Reports

  • Entomology Collections Technicians
  • Entomology Digitization Technicians

 

Working Conditions

Laboratory work environment may involve exposure to fumes, noxious odors, and gases from the mounting and preservation media, as well as dust and mold from the specimens themselves.  Fieldwork may involve exposure to high altitudes and wet conditions.

Physical Requirements

Primarily light work with periods of sitting, walking, reaching, lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling.  A high degree of hand-eye coordination is required in using a microscope, hand tools, and light power tools to mount and prepare specimens that range in size from small and delicate to very large and heavy.  Long periods of handling and manipulating specimens and storage containers.  Long periods of data entry and keyboard use.  Visual requirements include 20/20 corrected vision, depth perception, a wide field of vision, and the ability to distinguish colors.  Must be able to lift at most 25 lbs.  Must be able to communicate verbally with co-workers and others, both in-person and over the phone.  Must be able to read and process information, as well as communicate in writing.

Hours: Full-Time Salary, some evenings and weekends required
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: The application will remain open until the position is filled.

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Library and Archives Collections Technician

The Collections Technician is responsible for assisting the Collections Manager in the care and maintenance of collections within the division or department, and their associated records; assists with supervision of volunteer activities; carries out activities associated with collection use to provide access.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists the staff, lay, and public in safe collections access and responds to inquiries to provide accurate and appropriate information.
  • Assists with the planning, arrangement, and maintenance of storage systems and appropriately secures the collection to ensure the physical welfare of the collections and associated records.
  • Works with collections staff to develop and maintain retrieval systems to enhance access to and use of the collections, and associated information.
  • Participates in the identification, recording, and organization of the collections according to departmental and disciplinary standards to enhance access and retrieval of materials for study and exhibition.
  • Assists with the processing of collections in accordance with Museum and department policies and procedures, and federal and state law.
  • May supervise the work of interns and/or volunteers on specific projects.
  • Performs other duties, as assigned, to accomplish the goals of the Museum.

 

Qualifications:

  • B.A. or B.S. preferred, although students completing an undergraduate degree in a related field will be considered.
  • 1-2 years prior experience working with collections preferred.
  • Hawaiian language proficiency preferred.
  • Ability to communicate clearly in writing and verbally.
  • Computer-literate, ability to use/learn various computer applications.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently.
  • Ability to maintain composure when working under time constraints and to meet deadlines.

 

Other Requirements:

  • Flexibility in working hours, as some weekend work is required.
  • Professional business-like appearance.
  • Good attendance.
  • Detail-oriented.

 

Working Conditions:

Ability to work on Saturday required.

Physical Requirements:

Occasionally required to stand for extended periods of time, climb stairs, lift heavy objects, and do repetitive tasks with few breaks.

Hours: Temporary Part-Time Hourly, some evenings and weekends required
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: The application will remain open until the position is filled.
 

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Curator of Hawaiian & Pacific Cultural Resources

Bishop Museum was founded in 1889 in honor of Bernice Pauahi, who was the great-granddaughter of King Kamehameha I, by her husband Charles Reed Bishop. Its original purpose was to house the royal family heirlooms of the Kamehameha Dynasty. Having expanded its mission over the course of more than 130 years, the Museum now stewards over 25 million cultural treasures and biological specimens, each of which provides evidence and gives voice to the stories of Hawai‘i and the broader Pacific. These include cultural artifacts, archaeological materials, historical photographs, films, works of art, audio recordings, books, manuscripts, and more than 22 million specimens of plant and animal life across seven scientific areas of study. Today, Bishop Museum is the world’s premier museum for Hawai‘i and the Pacific, recognized internationally for its primary source materials. This “library of life” and archive of Oceania cultural heritage connects the people of this region to their ancestors and chronicles changes in Hawai‘i and the Pacific over time and, in so doing, builds a bridge between the past and the future. Bishop Museum is located in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

Bishop Museum with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is launching a new program, Building a Pacific Pipeline: Bishop Museum & The Te Rangi Hīroa Pacific Curators and Caretakers Program. The program is designed to build capacity, develop indigenous curatorial practices, and diversify the pipeline of future cultural heritage professionals. In collaboration with the British Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Te Papa Tongarewa, the program will open new pathways for historically underrepresented groups to pursue work in the museum field, and demonstrate how museums can change their practices and positively impact their communities.

The first phase of Building a Pacific Pipeline will increase staffing in Bishop Museum’s Cultural Resources Division by hiring two curators, a collections manager, and a collections technician to join a team that will represent a new generation of curators and caretakers who will steward the one of the best collections of Hawaiian and Pacific materials in the world. Bishop Museum is an ideal learning laboratory for examining how indigenous collections are understood, interpreted, and cared for. These four positions are permanent Bishop Museum positions.

The Curator of Hawaiian & Pacific Cultural Resources oversees Hawaiian & Pacific Cultural Resources in collaboration with division curators, including the management of collections and research programs.The Curator is responsible for initiating, developing, and directing original knowledge-generating projects that advance the understanding of the histories and perpetuation of the cultures of Hawai‘i and the Pacific as well as for invigorating collections, expanding access to scholars, practitioners, and community members both digitally and in person. He or she is also expected to actively participate in raising funds to support Museum initiatives; publish significant original scholarly works; build the Museum’s collections in existing areas of strength and identify new and contemporary areas for growth; actively engage community partners and participate in the Museum’s public programs through diverse forms of engagement whether digital or physical including talks, workshops, and curation of exhibits. Place-based and proximal to its communities, Bishop Museum and its staff are actively promoting diversity in the museum field and examining how museum collections are understood, interpreted and cared for from an indigenous perspective. 

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Conducts original research that advances the understanding of the histories and cultures of the people of Hawai‘i and the Pacific through collections-based research and related activities.  
  • Develops collections within area of specialization to improve and enhance the collections; oversees the work of Collection Manager(s) and provides general direction of collection management activities (collections care, preservation, loan processing, accessions, cataloging, etc.) to support curatorial priorities and objectives; develops knowledge and associated information of collections within specialized area of expertise, discipline, or practice.  
  • Actively seeks and obtains financial support through grants, contracts, and other resources to further research and/or to support Museum programs and activities. 
  • Curates exhibitions including planning and development of exhibition concepts and content as part of the Museum’s exhibition team. 
  • Maintains a high level of publication productivity in original scholarly works related to the Curator’s field of expertise. 
  • Collaborates with the Museum’s education, marketing, communications, and public relations teams in providing subject matter expertise and content for public engagement and institutional advancement.  
  • Interacts and collaborates with research staff, affiliates, and volunteers working on knowledge-generating  projects.  
  • Contributes significantly to operational planning which includes planning, development, and budgeting of immediate and long-term project goals and objectives for the department and within specific field of study. 
  • Serves the Museum’s public programs goals through significant contributions in leading lectures, workshops, field trips, docent training, exhibit development to serve the Museum’s constituents.  
  • Maintains affiliations in scholarly, professional and/or cultural organizations through active service (i.e., councils, committees, editorial review boards, funding review panels) and participation (i.e., conference attendance, panel discussions, community meetings, etc.), including presentations of significant and major works at regional, national or international gatherings, meetings, symposia, conferences, and workshops which enhances their development as a Museum professional, practitioner and representative.  
  • Supervises others engaged in professional and/or knowledge-based activities and serves as affiliate faculty advisor to graduate level students working with Bishop Museum collections. May supervise others engaged in professional and/or knowledge-based activities. Potentially will serve as Co-Lead for Mellon project if funded. 
  • With assistance and direction from the applicable senior executives, prepares and administers budgets pertaining to relevant department activities. 
  • Interacts with staff and Museum constituencies with tact, courtesy, and unqualified respect at all times.  Stays motivated and projects a positive and professional attitude towards fellow workers and clients.  Cooperates and supports teamwork; maintains and strengthens relations.  
  • Works in a safe manner so as not to endanger fellow staff members, volunteers, and visitors.  Complies with safety rules and regulations and establishes safe work practices.  Reads all safety materials received.  Promptly reports unsafe conditions ad unsafe acts or accidents to appropriate individual.  Maintains assigned work area and equipment free to accident-producing conditions. 
  • Inspires and connects with diverse constituents to broaden scholarly reach and expand Museum audiences.  
  • Performs other duties as requested to accomplish the goals of the Museum. 

 

Additional Responsibility Purpose 

Museum Safety Captains are responsible for maintaining records, rehearsing safety drills and practices, and coordinating department needs related to safety and security of both the personnel and collections in spaces they often occupy.  As members of a cross-departmental team, Safety Captains help to keep the institution prepared for the variety of natural and human-impacted crises and circumstances that may affect our resources and visitors. Examples of situations that Safety Captains help to prepare for include medical emergencies, natural disasters, weather-resiliency, emergency evacuations, and secure-in-place events. 

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Maintain Medical and Emergency supply kits by checking assigned supply statuses quarterly. 
  • Inspect evacuation bags and update rosters quarterly. 
  • Update Emergency policies and procedures in Museum Handbooks within your unit when they change. 
  • Facilitate accurate hazardous materials documentation practices within your unit. 
  • Communicate policies and procedures between Safety Committee and colleagues.  Represent safety updates or take issues back from department meetings. 
  • Co-facilitate evacuation drills and tabletop exercises to help prepare unit for multiple emergency scenarios. 
  • Train and refresh staff in your zone on emergency procedures, evacuation routes, fire extinguisher locations, fire alarm pull handles. 
  • Designate backups for safety issues in your absence. 
  • Report unsafe and/or unsecure situations and/or be prepared to address certain situations individually, as appropriate (example: calling for security backup if a visitor seems to be of concern). 
  • In times of emergency, know your role and serve as a point person for that role. 

 

Qualifications 

  • Ph.D. or equivalent professional or knowledge-based practice, or lived experience. 
  • Prior collections-based research experience in Hawai’i and Oceania required. 
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with cultural knowledge bearers and local community stakeholders. 
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with researchers in the Natural Science Division and Library & Archives, including for the development of inter-disciplinary projects. 
  • Strong track record of scholarly publication and grant writing. 
  • Collections management and/or curatorial experience highly desirable. 
  • Demonstrated history of project collaboration with diverse community resources, including government, not-for-profit and commercial entities, and individuals. 
  • Strong project management skills. 
  • Keen awareness of museum professional standards and practices.  
  • Creative and analytical ability; good communication and listening skills. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work with diverse groups of people and interact at all levels; demonstrated ability to direct and supervise staff. 
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks/projects, meet deadlines, and maintain composure under time constraints.  
  • Excellent verbal and written skills.  
  • Technologically proficient across a variety of platforms and applications. 

 

Other Requirements 

  • Flexibility in working hours, as some evening and weekend work is required. 
  • Professional business-like appearance. 
  • Good attendance. 
  • Detail-oriented. 
  • Valid driver’s license and must have own vehicle. 

 

Direct Reports 

Collections Manager of Hawaiian & Pacific Cultural Resources 

Working Conditions 

Primarily light to medium work. Visual requirements include depth perception, good-to-excellent vision, and color vision. May be required to read and write up to large amounts of material. Able to work with computer word-processing and database programs efficiently and effectively.  

Hours: Full Time Salary, some evenings and weekends required
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.

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Collections Manager of Hawaiian & Pacific Cultural Resources

Bishop Museum was founded in 1889 in honor of Bernice Pauahi, who was the great-granddaughter of King Kamehameha I, by her husband Charles Reed Bishop. Its original purpose was to house the royal family heirlooms of the Kamehameha Dynasty. Having expanded its mission over the course of more than 130 years, the Museum now stewards over 25 million cultural treasures and biological specimens, each of which provides evidence and gives voice to the stories of Hawai‘i and the broader Pacific. These include cultural artifacts, archaeological materials, historical photographs, films, works of art, audio recordings, books, manuscripts, and more than 22 million specimens of plant and animal life across seven scientific areas of study. Today, Bishop Museum is the world’s premier museum for Hawai‘i and the Pacific, recognized internationally for its primary source materials. This “library of life” and archive of Oceania cultural heritage connects the people of this region to their ancestors and chronicles changes in Hawai‘i and the Pacific over time and, in so doing, builds a bridge between the past and the future. Bishop Museum is located in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

Bishop Museum with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is launching a new program, Building a Pacific Pipeline: Bishop Museum & The Te Rangi Hīroa Pacific Curators and Caretakers Program. The program is designed to build capacity, develop indigenous curatorial practices, and diversify the pipeline of future cultural heritage professionals. In collaboration with the British Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Te Papa Tongarewa, the program will open new pathways for historically underrepresented groups to pursue work in the museum field, and demonstrate how museums can change their practices and positively impact their communities.

The first phase of Building a Pacific Pipeline will increase staffing in Bishop Museum’s Cultural Resources Division by hiring two curators, a collections manager, and a collections technician to join a team that will represent a new generation of curators and caretakers who will steward the one of the best collections of Hawaiian and Pacific materials in the world. Bishop Museum is an ideal learning laboratory for examining how indigenous collections are understood, interpreted, and cared for. These four positions are permanent Bishop Museum positions.

The Collections Manager of Hawaiian & Pacific Cultural Resources is responsible for administering the care and maintenance of collections and associated records in the Department, to preserve and facilitate the transmission of knowledge both tangible and intangible contained in and generated from collections. The Collections Manager supports the priorities and objectives set forth by the Curator(s) of Hawaiian & Pacific Cultural Resources, supervises collections staff activities and manages activities associated with collections in accordance with established collections management policies and procedures for collections preservation, care, and use.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintains overall responsibility for the preservation, care, and use of Hawaiian & Pacific Cultural Resources collections, together with other Collections Managers, unless the care of a specific collection or group of collections has been designated to specific individuals.
  • Supervises and coordinates the training and work of collections staff, interns, and volunteers and encourages their professional development to manage the collections safely, efficiently, and effectively.
  • Facilitates and coordinates needs and work required for the research, preservation, conservation, preparation, digitization, documentation, sharing of knowledge, and community engagement associated with collections.
  • Takes the lead in developing and writing grant proposals to support proper care, processing, and access associated with assigned collections.
  • Supervises and participates in the processing of transactions to ensure that accessioning to and deaccessioning from the collections are in accordance with Museum and department policies and procedures, and federal and state law.
  • Supervises and participates in the identification, recording, and organization of the collections according to departmental and disciplinary standards, as well as cultural practices to enhance access and retrieval of materials for study, use, and exhibition.
  • Plans, arranges, and maintains storage systems, monitors and controls environmental conditions, and appropriately secures the collections to ensure the physical welfare of the collections and associated records.
  • Develops and maintains retrieval systems to enhance access to and use of the collections, and associated information. Assists with safe collections access to facilitate and control use, and responds to inquiries to provide accurate and appropriate information.
  • Provides guided tours and explanations to public groups to demonstrate the collections’ value, care, and use, and to inform the public of Museum resources.
  • Supports exhibit development processes by providing information and access to collections, and participates in collections preparation, handling, and installation.
  • Performs other duties, as assigned, to accomplish the goals of the Museum.

 

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in a related field or cultural practice, or 5+ years of experience in collections management.
  • Expertise or knowledge in Hawaiian and Pacific cultural traditions and material culture.
  • Ability to read, write, and communicate in English.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Ability to maintain composure when working under time constraints and to meet deadlines.

 

Other Requirements

  • Flexibility in working hours, as some evening and weekend work is required.
  • Must have own car with proof of insurance.
  • Professional appearance.
  • Good attendance.
  • Detail oriented.

 

Direct Reports

  • Associate Collections Manager
  • Assistant Collections Manager
  • Collections Technician

 

Working Conditions

Occasional evening and weekend work required, including working outdoors.

Physical Requirements

Occasionally required to stand for extended periods of time, climb stairs, lift heavy objects, and do repetitive tasks with few breaks.

Hours: Full Time Salary, some evenings and weekends required
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.
 

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Hoʻokipa Ambassador

The Ho’okipa Ambassador position covers a wide range of job duties that, together, facilitate and enhance our visitors’ experience at Bishop Museum. This facilitation takes many forms, from enhancing the visitors’ interactions by greeting, managing our traveling exhibits, facilitating traffic flow, handling basic cashiering duties, assisting groups and answering the main information line of the museum as visitors plan their visit. The Visitor Experience team’s overall goal is to enhance the visitor experience; primary responsibilities may be adjusted day of to assist with visitor flow and museum needs.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Primary Responsibilities:

Special Exhibits, Greeting & Line Management:

  • Staff any designated exhibit positions that require staff coverage at Bishop Museum. Greet visitors as they enter the exhibit and explain nature of exhibit. Monitor lines of visitors waiting for exhibits, operate equipment as needed, and enforce any age or height requirements.
  • · Ensure the exhibit is open in the morning; do a check to make sure all equipment is functional and all supplies are in place. Staff, monitor and resupply the exhibit during the day. Reorganize and resupply the exhibit at end of day.
  • Monitor volunteers in the exhibit: make sure they have adequate breaks, assist them with content, and update those volunteers on how to assist visitors in the exhibit space.
  • Using a cash box/iPad/tablet sell tickets to exhibits or programs and museum special events. Count out the balance for cash box and ensure starter fund is correct. Take credit card payments using portable device (card reader/iPad).
  • Submit balanced drawer/cash box at the end of each shift, file report of attendance and tickets sold when necessary. Verify balance with supervisor and report any discrepancies to supervisor immediately.
  • Greet visitors as they enter the museum and for special events; explain programs, admission prices, hours of event; direct visitors to the right entry point.
  • Greet trolley as it arrives at Bishop Museum. Provide information, welcome trolley riders and invite them to visit Bishop Museum.
  • Arrive at planetarium 10 minutes before the show to ensure that waiting line forms properly and that visitors in line understand the content of upcoming program.
  • Assist with ticket box admissions particularly on high volume days and for membership/advanced sales check in. 

Secondary Responsibilities:

Reception & Reservations:

  • Serve as the public’s first point of contact when they call Bishop Museum or email Visitor Experience. Provide assistance in the form of information, responding to visitor feedback and complaints, and direction specific staff members when needed.
  • Answering multiple phone lines and assess needs of caller.
  • Routing calls/emails to appropriate employees and staff throughout museum. Maintain an awareness of “who does what” and where to send calls/emails on such topics as membership, collections, donation, collection access, cultural and scientific inquiries, etc.
  • Taking and relaying messages when employees aren’t available, in situation where leaving a voice mail does not suffice.
  • Provide information to callers regarding Bishop Museum’s hours, admission prices, exhibit schedules, programs, and other information. Stay familiar with Museum’s permanent and temporary exhibits, regular daily program schedule, special events, special promotions and offerings.
  • Attend staff meetings and serve as ‘day of’ informational contact person for any programing or issues that come up with tours during the day. Report on daily operations, groups or programming to management and appropriate staff as needed.
  • Take bookings via phone, email and website for Bishop Museum tours and other programs; explain programs to customers, book events, follow up on any special situation or details.
  • Assist with greeting groups and group reservations.

 Minimum Qualification

  • High school degree required; college degree preferred.
  • Ability to read/write/speak and communicate clearly in English in person and via phone and email.
  • Ability to understand, retain, and effectively communicate information about the Museum’s history, grounds, exhibits, merchandise, events, and policies to team members and visiting guests in a polite and professional manner with the “aloha spirit.”
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment, multi-task and prioritize workload with thorough completion in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrate an outgoing and friendly personality.
  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic by taking the initiative to identify departmental needs and assisting with or taking ownership, correcting or implementing steps to remedy or improve the work environment, process, Guest experience, etc.
  • Must be fully computer literate, with demonstrated ability to set up sound systems, connect laptops to LCD projectors, and troubleshoot problems. 

Other Requirements

  • Required to interface with multiple technology devices and operating systems
  • Flexibility in working hours, weekend availability is essential
  • Professional business like appearance
  • Punctuality and reliable attendance is required 

Direct Reports

None

Working Conditions

Evening work and weekend work is required. Positions may be required to work outdoors in the elements and at times in a bright/dark environment. Employee will be working in busy, sometimes noisy exhibit halls. On feet for 3-4 hours at a time. Regular walking duties, crossing campus on regular basis. Must be able to remain polite and professional when faced with long lines and high visitor demand.

Physical requirements

Ability to work in low lit or outdoor areas and to stand and walk for an extended period of time.

Hours: Part-Time, some evenings and weekends required
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: The application will remain open until the position is filled.
 

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Ethnology Collections Manager

The Ethnology Collections Manager is responsible for administering the care and maintenance of collections and associated records in the Ethnology Department, under the supervision and guidance of the appropriate Curator, when that position is filled. The Collections Manager supervises collections staff activities and manages activities associated with collections use to provide access.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintains overall responsibility of all collections and records, unless care of a specific collection or group of collections has been designated to another qualified individual. 
  • Supervises and coordinates the training and work of collections staff and volunteers and encourages their professional development to manage the collections efficiently and effectively.
  • Supervises and participates in the processing of transactions to ensure that additions to and deletions from the collections are in accordance with Museum and department policies and procedures, and federal and state law.
  • Works closely with the Registration office to facilitate incoming and ongoing loans.
  • Facilitates the curatorial review of collections offered by potential donors, and coordinates the processing of incoming of donations.
  • Assists and participates in the identification, recording, and organization of the collections according to departmental and disciplinary standards to enhance access and retrieval of materials for study and exhibition.
  • Plans, arranges, and maintains storage systems, monitors and controls environmental conditions within storage areas and display galleries, and appropriately secures the collections to ensure the physical welfare of the collections and associated records.
  • Develops and maintains retrieval systems to enhance access to and use of the collections, and associated information. Assists with safe collections access to facilitate and control use, and responds to inquires to provide accurate and appropriate information.
  • Assists the Curator to provide guided tours and explanations to public groups to demonstrate the collections’ care and use, and to inform the public of Museum resources.
  • Assists the Curator in developing and writing grant proposals to support proper care, processing, and access associated with assigned collections.
  • Under the guidance of the Curator, supports exhibit making by coordinating collections readiness for temporary exhibition and long term displays, and by participating and coordinating exhibit installations and de-installation.
  • Performs other duties, as assigned, to accomplish the goals of the museum.

 

Qualifications

  • Masters degree in a related field or 5+ years of experience in collections management.
  • Expertise in Hawaiian and Pacific material culture.
  • Ability to read, write, and communicate in English.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Ability to maintain composure when working under time constraints and to meet deadlines.

 

Other Requirements

  • Flexibility in working hours, as some evening and weekend work is required.
  • Must have own car with proof of insurance.
  • Professional business like appearance
  • Good Attendance
  • Detail oriented

 

Direct Reports

  • Ethnology Assistant Collections Manager
  • Ethnology Collections Technician 1
  • Ethnology Collections Technician 2

 

Working Conditions

Occasional evening and weekend work required, including working outdoors.

Physical Requirements

Occasionally required to stand for extended periods of time, climb stairs, lift heavy objects, and do repetitive tasks with few breaks.

Hours: Full Time Salary, some evenings and weekends required
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.
 

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Bishop Museum is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to affirmative action and workforce diversity.

It is our policy to consider all qualified applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, or the presence of a non-job related medical condition or disability.

In compliance with federal law and as a condition of employment, all employees must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation as part of the employment selection process please contact Cynthia Higa, Manager of Human Resources at (808) 848-4171.

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