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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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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AP Educator

The AP Educator delivers culture-based programming to Japanese school groups, community groups, and general public at Bishop Museum. In conjunction with other educators, he/she serves as a cultural content resource in the development, delivery, and evaluation of museum programs, exhibits, and special events. He/she supports the Museum’s Japanese volunteer docents and interacting with museum guests. AP Educators are also responsible for the booking, coordination and delivery of daytime and evening programs to Japanese visitors Programs include public programs for the general visitor, fee-based specialty programs, and online programs.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide programs to eastbound customers on topics ranging from hula to celestial navigation, for both daytime and evening programs. Some of the programs are presented in a team situation with an English-speaking presenter; other programs are presented solo. These include programs in the Museum’s planetarium, tours in Hawaiian Hall, Pacific Hall, Science Adventure Center, Castle Memorial Building, and online courses.
  • Work with tour operators and travel agents to schedule and accommodate tour groups. Maintain tour records. Answer calls in office, take bookings, arrange a facility and an instructor for programs such as hula instruction.
  • Provide clerical support for programming, including copying, generating invoices, mailing receipts, and other office responsibilities.
  • Assist AP Education Supervisor in the development, revision, evaluation and implementation of cultural and multidisciplinary programming for school groups, community groups, and general public.
  • Prepare materials for each tour, including setting up luncheons as needed.
  • Provide translation duties for museum in terms of Japanese-language guides, signs and website.
  • Assist the rest of the team in screening, training, and coordinating the work of Japanese-speaking docents.
  • Cover evening astronomy programs as needed. This includes operating planetarium equipment, welcoming visitors, and providing clerical support for programming.
  • Provide other daily operational assistance as needed.
  • Support museum contractees that deliver museum-specified programs such as hula, ‘ukulele, lau hala, and Hawaiian language.
  • Study and learn Hawaiian and Pacific Cultures, plants, and species for interpretation to the Japanese-speaking public.
  • Occasionally, deliver a museum program offsite as part of Japanese outreach program or English immersion experiences for Japanese visitors.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, and/or four years of related experience, preferred
  • Must be fluent in both Japanese and English
  • Background in Hawaiian language and culture desired
  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Ability to work with visitors in a courteous and engaging manner
  • Must be comfortable in operating audiovisual equipment, including planetarium
  • Experience in museum or visitor industry

 

Other Requirements

  • Flexibility in working hours, as regular evening and weekend work is required.
  • Professional business like appearance
  • Demonstrated good attendance record
  • Detail oriented
  • Computer literate

 

Direct Reports: None

Working Conditions

Position does require working on campus at night, in dim lights, in particular in planetarium and observatory. Tours require the employee to be on one’s feet for as long as 1 hour at a time.

Physical Requirements

Ability to walk and stand for an extended period of time and occasional use of stairs.

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

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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Museum Educator

With direction from the Director of Education and in collaboration with educators from the Science and Hawaiian Cultural Education groups, the Museum Educator will be responsible for developing and implementing a variety of culture-based educational programming, creating educational resource materials related to the museum’s content and collections and serve as an educational resource. The Museum educator also supports the work of the Education department by working with school and community group visits, daily visitor tours, and other public programming.  On occasion, the Museum Educator may be assigned to deliver outreach programs off-site.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop, refine, implement and assess Hawaiian cultural content and multidisciplinary (Hawaiian Hall tours, Science Adventure Center activities, and Planetarium) programming, grounded in Bishop Museum’s Knowledge Core.Programming shall include a variety of delivery methods for appropriate audiences and may include dramatic storytelling, interpretation of the artifacts and replicas of artifacts from the Museum’s collection. Audiences include school groups, community groups and Museum visitors of all ages.
  • Assist with the development and launch of innovative free and fee-based visitor experiences that serve visitor interests.Advise the Director of Education on budget needs and distribution of propose activities.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of programming to support and enhance new exhibits and special events.
  • Support staffing needs for special extended-hour events and facility rentals, as needed.
  • Communicate and collaborate with museum staff to ensure high quality visitor experiences.
  • Maintain an accurate inventory of program materials and request replacements, when needed.
  • Properly care for program materials – artifacts and replicas of artifactsWork in a safe manner as not to endanger fellow staff members, volunteers and visitors.
  • Comply with safety rules and regulations and establish safe work practices.  Read all safety materials received.
  • Report unsafe conditions and unsafe acts directly to supervisor.  Promptly report accidents to immediate supervisor.
  • Maintain assigned works area and equipment free of accident-producing conditions.
  • When using the Museum’s vehicle – staff shall maintain a current Hawaii Driver’s License and shall comply with all highway regulations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Science, Hawaiian Studies, Pacific Island History, Education or closely related field.
  • 3-5 years of demonstrated experiences and success in the development and implementation of formal (classroom) and informal (museum programming) educational programs.
  • 3 – 5 years of experience performing similar job functions.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge and application of instructional methods that are grounded in Hawaiian cultural perspectives/worldview
  • Working knowledge of Hawaiian Language
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Must be able to work collaboratively with others to develop and deliver program content
  • Must have strong written and verbal skills – in order to communicate with a variety of audiences
  • Must have strong organizational skills
  • Must be solution-oriented problem solver and team contributor
  • Ability to use a computer and appropriate software necessary to accomplish tasks (MS Office)
  • Ability to engage with a wide range of audiences and communities

Other Requirements

  • Weekend availability required
  • Valid Hawaii Driver’s License

Hours: (2) Full Time Salary, some evenings and weekends required
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until position(s) are filled.

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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum’s Pacific Center for Molecular Biodiversity and Malacology Research Center in collaboration with the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Snail Extinction Prevention Program seek highly qualified postdoctoral researcher to work on a collaborative project developing genomic tools for parasite and pathogen detection in endangered and captively reared land snails of Hawaii. The researcher will be key member a team of passionate conservationists, taxonomists, and biodiversity researchers in Honolulu, Hawaii and help lead the development of genomic tools as part of conservation program for Hawaiian land snails.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works directly with a network of museum researchers and conservationists in the Department of Land and Natural Resources to develop genetic screening protocols to identify potential pathogens and parasites impacting captively reared populations of snails as part of the team’s conservation management program.
  • Leads the development and implementation of next generation sequencing approaches to assess parasites and pathogens in captive reared populations, newly collected individuals to be added to captive populations, and potentially impacted wild populations.
  • Understands high-throughput, next generation sequencing approaches and associated bioinformatics pipelines as applied to eDNA and genomic DNA.
  • Coordinates and communicates with a team of field- and laboratory-based researchers whose primary objectives include the conservation of endangered land snails in Hawaii and across the Pacific.
  • Engages in training and outreach activities, including training students from groups underrepresented in STEM in modern genomic approaches, bioinformatics, and museum studies, and producing exhibit and educational outreach material related to the conservation of biodiversity and integrative research approaches.
  • Develops independent aspects of his/her/their own research at the museum and in collaboration with team members.
  • Assists with grant report and manuscript development by summarizing results and providing updates to the Principal Investigators as needed.
  • Works with other collections staff at the museum as needed to fulfill museum mission.

 

Qualifications

  • Proven record of relevant training and achievement in genomics, next generation sequencing, biodiversity studies, bioinformatics data management, and computational biology.
  • Skills and experience necessary to assist in developing and maintaining genomics and biodiversity informatics tools and organizing and analyzing genetic data for conservation and management of endangered land snails.
  • Experience in taxonomy and systematics, as well as taxonomic knowledge of gastropod parasites and pathogens is preferred.
  • Doctoral degree (Ph.D., or equivalent) is required, with bioinformatics, genomics, or related field preferred.
  • Experience in bioinformatic pipeline development, computational biology, and biodiversity and collections research preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience with next generation sequencing platforms (e.g. MySeq, PacBio, MinIon), bioinformatics software and pipelines for data analysis and management, and analysis software.
  • Highly motivated, well-organized, and creative.

 

Other Requirements

  • 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: None

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. Field work may involve exposure to high altitudes and wet conditions.

 

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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Vice President of Finance and CFO

The Vice President of Finance and CFO will play a critical role in Bishop Museum’s successful growth. Reporting to the President and CEO, the Vice President of Finance and CFO is a member of the Museum’s senior leadership team and is a corporate officer serving as the organization’s Treasurer. S/he will be a strategic thinker and articulate spokesperson in support of the institution’s mission, setting financial policies and providing direction in order to: ensure long-term financial sustainability, increase capacity and productivity, maintain financial oversight, and enhance overall institutional reputation.  The Vice President of Finance and CFO is directly responsible for the Finance and Accounting Department and for directing the Museum’s financial affairs in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, ensuring compliance with the requirements of governmental and other regulatory departments, and collaboratively advancing the Museum’s strategic plan and institutional priorities. 

Duties and responsibilities 

Strategy, Vision and Leadership 

  • Support Bishop Museum’s mission, vision and values by exhibiting the following behaviors: excellence and competence, collaboration, innovation, respect for individuals, commitment to our community, accountability and ownership. 
  • Report to the President & CEO and collaborate with the executive management team to develop and implement institutional priorities and manage performance across museum departments. 
  • Develop the Museum’s short-and long-term strategies for financial performance.  
  • Provide and interpret financial information and reports necessary to the Board of Directors, President & CEO, executive management team and other department directors.  
  • Act as liaison to the Audit & Finance and Investment Committees of the Board of Directors; provide regular financial statements as well as specialized financial reports as requested. 
  • Lead the annual budgeting and planning process; administer and review all financial plans and compare to actual results with a view to identify, explain and correct variances as appropriate. 
  • Consistently analyze financial data including the financial performance and revenue forecasts of operating units and major projects; present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly, quarterly, an annual accrual based financial statements; monitor progress and changes to keep executive team appropriately informed of Museum’s financial status. 
  • Anticipate and keep abreast of federal, state and local funding or relief opportunities that may be applicable to the Museum’s situation and/or status, including for emergency conditions.  

 

Engage in strategic and tactical matters as they relate to budget management, cost benefit analysis, forecasting needs and the securing of new funding.  

 Team Building/Organizational Development 

  • Oversee, direct and organize the work of the Finance and Accounting Department, developing short- and long-range department goals, objectives, policies and operating procedures. 
  • Ensure divisions, departments and/or units of the organization have access to the required financial information that will allow a fair assessment of the progress being made by their programs. 
  • Work with directors and managers across the institution to monitor and evaluate financial performance; assist with mentoring as required; provide recommendations to improve potential process or outcomes and provide financial training when required. 

 

Work to strengthen inter-departmental communications to help achieve the Museum’s long-term strategic plans.  

Financial Management 

  • Maintain institution-wide financial controls, policies, standards and procedures. 
  • Plan, organize, develop, direct, implement, report on, and regularly evaluate and upgrade the Museum’s fiscal functions.  
  • Monitor and analyze financial data; identify, research and resolve any discrepancies. 
  • Monitor and report on the performance of the Museum’s investments; ensure the assets of the organization are appropriately managed including investment portfolios, fixed assets and investment properties. 
  • Steward risk management; coordinate with the General Counsel to manage the Museum’s contractual agreements and obligations including the review of all insurance policies. 
  • Manage the annual independent audit of the Museum’s financial and compliance reports, and related income tax returns in conjunction with key Accounting personnel. 
  • Ensure that required filings including annual Federal and state tax returns, city and state registrations, applications and financial reports are properly prepared and filed. 
  • Work with the Institutional Advancement team to create annual and long-term fundraising goals that support the Museum’s operating and program expenditure budgets.  
  • Work collaboratively with various stakeholders to ensure timely receipt of revenues, grants and gifts, with attention to reporting, budgeting, stewardship and compliance.    
  • Coordinate the organization’s annual Defined Benefit and 401k plan audits and related Forms 5500 information return in conjunction with the Director of Human Resources. 

 

Negotiate and maintain the Museum’s federal negotiated indirect cost rate agreement with the Museum’s cognizant agency.
 
Functional Management 

  • Ensure divisions, departments and units of the organization have access to the required financial information that will allow a fair assessment of the progress being made by the organization’s programs. 
  • Ensure that the key transaction systems and reports (for areas including but not limited to membership, admissions, store sales, online sales, auctions, food and beverage sales, events and facility rentals) are efficiently and fully implemented, regularly reconciled with general accounting, and staff using these systems are properly trained and proficient in their use. 

 

Work with managers across the institution to monitor and evaluate financial performance; assist with mentoring as required; provide recommendations to improve potential process or outcome; and provide financial training where and when required.

 
Additional Duties and Responsibilities  

  • Accomplish all tasks as appropriately assigned in order to assist the organization in meeting its goals. 
  • Perform other tasks as requested and learn appropriate skills to adequately service both internal and external constituencies.

 

Works with senior management, Board of Directors and key staff to directly support fundraising efforts including but not limited to making presentations and attending community events and museum conferences to represent the Museum. 

Qualifications 

  • An experienced leader and financial executive with appropriate industry experience, preferably in the not-for-profit field.   
  • An energetic, forward-thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards and an appropriate professional image.   
  • A strategic and visionary thinker with sound technical skills, analytical ability, good judgment, and strong operational focus.  
  • A well organized and self-directed individual who is a team player.  
  • An intelligent and articulate individual who can relate to people at all levels of an organization and possesses excellent communication skills.  
  • A good educator who is trustworthy and willing to share information and serve as a mentor.  
  • An excellent negotiator who is experienced in contracts.  
  • A decisive individual who possesses a “big picture” perspective.   
  • A high energy individual that can concentrate for long periods of time.   
  • Must be proficient in general ledger, spreadsheet, database, and word processing programs. 

 

Other Requirements 

  • Master’s in Business Administration degree (MBA) or equivalent; or eight to ten years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.   
  • CPA or CMA desired. 
  • Adheres to the organization’s Policy and Procedures. 
  • Acts as a role model within and outside the organization. 
  • Performs duties as workload necessitates to help meet the organization’s goals. 
  • Maintains a positive and respectful attitude. 
  • Communicates regularly with supervisor and executive team about various organizational issues. 
  • Works inclusively and collaboratively with the executive team, board, and staff 
  • Demonstrates flexible and efficient time management and ability to prioritize workload. 
  • Consistently reports to work on time prepared to perform the duties of the position.  
  • Meets organizational productivity standards. 

 

Direct reports 
Controller 

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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Hoʻkipa 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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Security Guard 1st Watch

1st Watch: 12 am to 8 am.

Provide protection and safety for Bishop Museum visitors, staff, volunteers, collections, and buildings. Direct vehicular and pedestrian traffic as needed. Assume responsibility for building, contents, and staff during non-public hours. Complete written reports and logs as required.

Qualifications:

  • Must have experience in security, preferably in a museum or educational environment.
  • Must have patience interacting with children and senior citizens
  • Be tactful in dealing staff, researchers and visitors
  • Able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in written form
  • Capable of original thinking and planning.

 

Required license or certification: Valid Security Guard Card issued by the State of Hawaiʻi

Education: High school graduate

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

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Ethnology 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 to facilitate and control use, and responds to inquires to provide accurate and appropriate information.
  • Assists with the processing of collections to ensure that additions to and deletions are in accordance with Museum and department policies and procedures, and federal and state law.
  • 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 planning, arrangement, and maintenance of storage systems, monitors and controls environmental conditions, and appropriately secures the collection to ensure the physical welfare of the collections and associated records.
  • Works with collections staff to develop and maintains retrieval systems to enhance access to and use of the collections, and associated information.
  • May supervise the work of collections interns and/or volunteers on specific projects.
  • Performs other duties, as assigned, to accomplish the goals of the Museum.

 

Qualifications

  • 1-2 years prior experience working with collections preferred.
  • Ability to communicate clearly in writing and verbally.
  • Hawaiian language proficiency preferred.
  • 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 evening and weekend work is required.
  • Professional business-like appearance.
  • Good attendance.
  • Detail-oriented.

 

Direct Reports None.

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 tasks with few breaks.

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

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Conservator

The Conservator manages the Conservation Laboratory and all Conservation projects. The Conservator is responsible for providing conservation consultation, examination, survey and treatment services for provision of conservation service.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Examines materials to determine their condition and provides proposals with cost estimates for provision of conservation service. As needed in treatments, researches artists’ techniques and interprets scientific analysis of materials.
  • Prepares written reports and/or photographs to document the condition of objects before, during, and after treatment.

  • Provides stabilization and conservation treatment with respect for the integrity of the artifact and intent of the artist.

  • Surveys collections and evaluates environmental conditions to provide recommendations for proper and safe storage and exhibition. Provides assistance with conservation planning. Manages the IPM program for exhibit spaces and coordinates IPM activities with Collections Managers across the Museum.

  • May plan, research, and manage large grant or contract-funded conservation projects.

  • May supervise interns and/or volunteers to instruct and ensure quality work is performed in a timely and efficient manner.

  • Determines the advisability of transporting objects, provides information on proper packing, and/or supervises or carries out the packing.

  • Answers inquiries, lectures, and participates in workshops to educate museum professionals and the general public in basic conservation principles.

  • Interacts with staff and museum clients with tact, courtesy and respect. Projects a positive and professional attitude. Cooperates and supports teamwork; maintains and strengthens customer relations.

  • Performs other duties as necessary to accomplish Museum goals.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in conservation from an accredited conservation training program.

  • 1-5 years experience as a practicing conservator, or equivalent training and experience.

  • Ability to communicate clearly 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.

  • Professional business-like appearance.

  • Good attendance.

  • Detail-oriented.

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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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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