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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Director of Foundation Relations

The Director of Foundation Relations is a key member of the Museum’s Institutional Advancement team. This position is responsible for meeting the Museum’s annual and campaign goals for private foundations and government agencies through identifying and cultivating institutional funding sources; developing and carrying out strategies for funding; preparing proposals, reports, agreements, contracts, and correspondence; and acting as a steward for foundation contributions. This position reports to the Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides successful leadership and development experience in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding gifts at all levels from private foundations and government agencies to support the operating needs and priorities of the Museum.
  • Serves as the external face of the Museum to the foundation community.
  • May also be assigned to major gift prospects
  • Develops and executes donor relation strategies for existing and new foundation partners, strategizes and plans all contact and communications, and manages/tracks all follow-up activities through to completion.
  • Prepares competitive grant requests, collateral materials, and reports related to foundation and government funding for the Museum.
  • Conducts prospect research and maintains current foundation records in the donor database.
  • Projects monthly and yearly revenue goals and tracks progress toward reaching those goals.
  • Maintains project calendars and timelines for cultivation/stewardship action steps to further foundation and government relationships.
  • Keeps donors and partners apprised of progress on projects and ensures completion of progress and final reports as required by foundation and government funders.
  • Works with staff across departments to identify funding priorities and match them with prospective funding opportunities, coordinates with other staff as needed for content related to proposals.
  • Performs additional responsibilities as assigned by the Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Five years of fundraising experience required.
  • Proven experience and success in securing six-figure foundation and corporate gifts.
  • Prior work in a museum, cultural, educational, or science organization preferred.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekend as required.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills required.
  • Excellent administrative skills required.
  • Ability to fundraise within the Museum’s stated organizational priorities.

Other Requirements

Must have reliable transportation.

Direct Reports

One part-time grants assistant/administrator

Hours: Regular, Full-Time Salary, some evenings and weekends requiredSalary: Commensurate with experience

Deadline to apply: The application will remain open until the position is filled.

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Digital Humanities Specialist 

The Digital Humanities Specialist is responsible for helping develop original descriptive content related to the history, language, and culture of Hawai’i based on humanities collections held at the Bishop Museum. This position will work directly with curators and collections staff from various departments (Library, Archives, Anthropology, Archaeology, Ethnology, and Registration) to document the history, cultural significance, and meaning of humanities collections and to help provide context and interpretation of these collections for local communities and online audiences.

Duties and Responsibilities  

  • Work directly with curators and collections staff to write, edit, and help develop original descriptive content for humanities-based museum collections.  
  • Help develop new cataloging routines specific to the EMu collections management system for entering descriptive content related to humanities collections.  
  • Serve as the primary liaison between humanities collections and informatics staff to help standardize narrative data entry across departments in EMu.  
  • Collaborate on special projects and digital preservation and research initiatives with informatics, curatorial, registrar, legal, and other museum departments.  
  • Review and organize digital objects in various formats (text, image, audio, video, etc.) associated with humanities collections following best practices and standards               associated with each format.  
  • Work directly with collections management staff across multiple disciplines to understand their data management needs, data standards, processes, and workflows.  
  • Provide informed feedback to the Informatics team on user needs, database issues, and feature requests.  
  • Contribute to the improvement of data quality for humanities collections records.  
  • Implement metadata standards and vocabulary management based on collection type; work towards standardizing agents, geography, taxonomy, and other authority    files across all collections.  
  • Help develop and implement data entry policies related to copyright and intellectual property rights from complete open access to protected access for cultural collections.  
  • Train staff to carry out newly established workflows with digitized and born-digital content, and ensure the ongoing quality of this work.  
  • Create and maintain documentation and training materials for narrative data entry in EMu.  
  • Communicate and work effectively with a cross-section of technical and non-technical staff.  

  

Qualifications  

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities, History, Art, Ethnology, Library Science, Museum Studies, or other related field.  
  • 2+ years of experience with museum, library, and/or archival collections.  
  • Experience working in a cultural institution preferred.  
  • Knowledge of Hawaiian language, history, and culture preferred.  
  • Experience writing and editing content for public and academic audiences.  
  • Experience working with collections management systems, Axiell EMu preferred.  
  • Ability to communicate technical concepts clearly in writing and verbally.  
  • Excellent interpersonal, time management, and organizational skills; ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently.  
  • Experience working with data standards and ability to implement controlled vocabularies and standard thesauri required.  
  • Familiarity with current cataloging best practices and standards, including CCO, CDWA, AAT, ULAN, ISAD(G), EAD, and other protocols as needed.  
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people, with differing levels of technological abilities, at varying levels in the organization, with different areas of expertise, and different working styles.  

   

Other Requirements  

  • Flexibility in working hours, as some evening and weekend work is required.  
  • 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: Temporary, Full-Time Salary, some evenings and weekends requiredSalary: Commensurate with experienceDeadline to apply: The application will remain open until the position is filled.

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Human Resources Coordinator

Under the general direction of the Manager of Human Resources the Human Resources Coordinator position manages and executes administrative duties for the respective department. Under limited supervision, coordinates, oversees, and/or performs a wide variety of administrative, fiscal, and program support activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create and submit Credit Card logs/invoices/check requests for the Human Resources Department.
  • Oversee full recruitment cycle to include: reviewing job descriptions, posting jobs on the Bishop Museum website and job boards, sending out Vacancy Announcements internally and to specific programs, and update various reports.
  • Run background checks of paid and unpaid staff, including intern and volunteer positions to ensure that federal compliance standards are met.
  • Oversee employee pension and 401K administrative functions including, but not limited to periodic audits, filing and maintenance of paper/electronic files.
  • Maintains HR and Volunteer sections of the Bishop Museum public website, ensuring information and documents are accurate and up-to-date.
  • Coordinates volunteer coverage for museum events as requested by other departments.
  • Maintains volunteer database including running reports of volunteer activity, contacting inactive volunteers, conducting new volunteer orientations, and communicating with department supervisors to maintain accurate record.
  • Assist the Manager of Human Resources with annual open enrollment and general benefits administration.
  • Develop and prepare standard communications, including but not limited to recruitment emails, policy memos, invitations, and acknowledgment letters.
  • Schedule training programs and supplemental programs/courses for staff and volunteers.
  • Assist the Manager of Human Resources with the implementation and tracking of employee performance evaluations.
  • Assists with event planning for Human Resources to include: staff anniversary function, staff holiday party, volunteer appreciation party, and other events or functions as designated.
  • Evaluates and facilitates projects that boost staff moral (including birthday cards,
  • Responsible for general filing, compiling and updating employee records (hard and soft copies) adhering to Department of Labor compliance requirements.
  • Assists staff with requests and inquiries in a timely and courteous manner.
  • Performs other related duties as required and assigned.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • At least two years experience in Human Resources and one year in full cycle recruitment Familiarity with HRIS, ATS resume database software, and Microsoft Office Programs
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Event planning and coordination experience.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects through to completion in accordance with deadlines.
  • Ability to type a minimum of 40 WPM
  • Basic knowledge of employment and labor laws
  • Ability to work as part of a team to accomplish departmental and institutional goals.

 

Other Requirements

  • Flexibility in working hours, as some evening and weekend work is required.
  • Professional business-like appearance.
  • Organized, analytical, and detailed-oriented.
  • Good Attendance
  • Must be able to collaborate with others and be comfortable with public speaking
  • Must be able to multi-task and keep organized to manage multiple priorities
 

Direct Reports None

Working Conditions

Typical office environment. Flexibility to work occasional evenings and weekends.

Physical Requirements

Frequently requires sitting and occasionally requires walking, lifting, and carrying. 

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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Digital Communications Coordinator

It’s said that at any given time, Bishop Museum has 25,000,000 stories waiting to be told. We’re searching for a teammate passionate about the history, culture, art, and science of Hawaii and the Pacific, to help share these stories with our global audience.

Join the Bishop Museum Ohana as our Digital Communications Coordinator in the Institutional Advancement department. The Digital Communications Coordinator supports key communications activities for the Museum including public relations; internal and external communications; social media; email marketing; reputation management; content management; content creation; and cross-platform analytics.

This position is an integral member of our communications and marketing teams, and collaborates within and across the Museum’s cultural, scientific, operational, and administrative departments to fulfill organizational goals and milestones. Specifically, the Digital Communications Coordinator works to bolster the Museum’s overall reputation; and increase media engagement, social media audience engagement and growth, email lead generation, and web traffic.

This individual keeps abreast of trends and implements compelling digital communications initiatives, with creative and targeted content, to diverse audiences – from the native Hawaiian practitioner on Hawaii Island, to the natural sciences researcher in Europe, to the visiting traveler from Japan, to the family of four in Honolulu planning their Spring Break activities. Together with the Director of Communications, this individual coordinates and supports the digital presence of the Museum’s exhibits, programs, services, and campaigns.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for serving the Museum’s many stakeholders; the energy to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment; the initiative and creativity to explore new ways to engage the Museum’s diverse audiences; and the commitment to helping preserve our island homes’ history, culture, and environment. Optimally, the candidate will have some work experience/background in public relations, journalism, and/or online communications; is proficient at and enjoys writing; is familiar with digital communications channels; and has a working knowledge of design, photography, and videography / video editing.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Public Relations | Media Engagement | Internal and External Communications
  • Support the Director of Communications with the Museum’s public relations efforts, to include reviewing news releases; writing copy; curating content; engaging with media; and reporting on results.
  • Assist with developing Museum messaging and talking points.
  • Assist with Museum internal communications including employee and other stakeholder engagement.
  • Assist with creating and curating content for distribution to media, and other external as well as internal audiences.

 

Social Media

  • Ensure that the Museum’s social media channels remain responsive, engaging, and innovative.
  • Stay informed on emerging online communications tools, social media trends, and overall best practices.
  • Execute on the social media strategic plan and oversee the Museum’s presence on all social media platforms (including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, and TikTok), and respond to comments and messages and engaging with fans and followers, as well as partner organizations and entities.
  • Write copy and schedule social media posts.
  • Create and implement strategies to increase the number of fans/followers and to increase audience engagement on social media platforms.
  • As needed, evaluate efforts and advise when social channels should be retired and/or when new channels should be explored.

 

Email Marketing

  • Coordinate, build, edit, and distribute email campaigns to support general Museum communications and initiatives, including weekly and monthly newsletters, advocacy alerts, event promotions, and automated/triggered messages.
  • Create and implement lead generation strategies to increase our subscriber base.
  • Support routine maintenance and cleanup of email list.

 

Content

  • Assist with managing the Museum’s planning, scheduling, and production calendars for its various channels.
  • Produce short-form content, including copy, photography, infographics, and video, primarily for public relations and social media, and in some instances to also support other Museum departments/initiatives.
  • Assist with covering Museum events for broadcast on our various channels. This would involve some off-hours and weekend/holiday work, and may include live broadcasts either via social media or an online video platform (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.)
  • Assist with project management of communications and marketing-related design, photography, and video projects with both internal teams and external partners.
  • Contribute to the development of a thoughtful and engaging content strategy for the Museum’s channels.

 

Reporting

  • Track and provide reports and analytics on social and email conversion metrics.
  • Coordinate annual and other regular reporting on digital communications and marketing metrics for external stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the preparation of regular and campaign-specific reports on social, email, and other digital communications performance to relevant staff.

 

Other

Additional duties as assigned to advance the Museum’s mission.

Qualifications

  • Familiarity with Hawaiian and Pacific culture, history, natural sciences, and environment
  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Minimum one year experience in public relations or journalism, or two years’ experience in online communications
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Strong focus to tackle day to day tasks and meeting related deadlines, while also keeping an eye on and managing long-term projects and ongoing campaigns
  • Exceptional customer service skills
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with internal and external partners on multiple intricate, detailed, and time-sensitive projects
  • Demonstrated experience managing large, diverse online communities and global audiences, with the ability to diffuse potential hot-button issues
  • Experience with social media and email management platforms and tools
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite of programs
  • Basic knowledge of design and familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite and/or related tools
  • Experience with videography, photography, and copywriting for online channels
  • Familiarity and basic experience with video editing tools
  • As-needed, flexibility of working remotely / from home, and in an office setting, as well as being able to quickly head to the Museum campus in emergency and/or urgent situations
  • As noted above, the ideal candidate will have a passion for serving the Museum’s many stakeholders; the energy to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment; the initiative and creativity to explore new ways to engage the Museum’s diverse audiences; and the commitment to helping preserve our island homes’ history, culture, natural sciences, and environment

 

Other Requirements

The Digital Communications Coordinator will share social media management duties which include after-hours monitoring and responding on all channels. During emergency situations, this position will require extended shifts to assist with any and all Museum communications duties as needed

  • Flexibility in day to day working hours, as some evening and weekend work is required
  • Must have own car with proof of insurance and valid Hawai‘i Driver’s License
  • Professional, business-like appearance
  • Good attendance
  • Experience creating and working with processes and systems

 

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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Project Manager

Project management responsibilities include the coordination and completion of projects on time within budget and within scope. Oversee all aspects of projects by setting deadlines, assigning responsibilities, and monitoring and summarizing the progress of the project. Prepare reports for upper management regarding the status of the project. The successful candidate will work directly with clients to ensure deliverables fall within the applicable scope and budget. He or she will coordinate with other departments to ensure all aspects of each project are compatible.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate internal resources and third parties/vendors for the flawless execution of multiple projects
  • Ensure that all projects are delivered on time, within the scope and within budget
  • Assist in the definition of project scope and objectives, involving all relevant internal stakeholders and ensuring technical feasibility
  • Ensure resource availability and allocation
  • Develop a detailed project plan to monitor and track progress
  • Manage changes to the project scope, project schedule, and project costs using appropriate verification techniques
  • Measure performance using appropriate project management tools and techniques
  • Report and escalate to management as needed
  • Manage the relationship with the client and relevant stakeholders
  • Perform risk management to minimize potential risks
  • Establish and maintain relationships with third parties/vendors
  • Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation
  • Meet with clients to take detailed ordering briefs and clarify specific requirements of each project
  • Track project performance, specifically to analyze the successful completion of short and long-term goals
  • Meet budgetary objectives and make adjustments to project constraints based on financial analysis
  • Develop comprehensive project plans to be shared with clients as well as other staff members
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in architecture, planning, or another related field
  • 4 years of experience in the field or in a related area
  • Familiar with a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented, excellent time management skills with the ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to interact with people of all levels and backgrounds
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and maintain composure under time constraints
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare and coordinate standard professional correspondence and communications pieces
  • Proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively to achieve departmental goals

 

Other Requirements

  • Flexibility in working hours, as some evening and weekend work, is required.
  • Must have own car with proof of insurance and valid Hawai‘i Drivers License
  • Professional business-like appearance
  • Good Attendance
  • Detail-oriented
  • Experience in a development office a plus
  • Familiarity with Hawaiian or Pacific culture and history a plus

 

Direct Reports None

Working Conditions

Typical office environment. Occasional evening events occur outdoors.

Physical Requirements

Ability to stand and walk for extended periods of time and carry and move heavy file boxes.

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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Administrative Assistant

Reporting to the Vice President of Operations, Planning, and Program Management, the Administrative Assistant plays a supportive role in the growth and advancement of Bishop Museum. S/he provides administrative support is primarily responsible for the handling of all scheduling, filing, messaging, and paperwork. S/he also services external inquiries and request from museum supporters and the general public. This person is pivotal to the smooth functioning and quality of the Museum’s operations and works proactively and collaboratively to ensure that all administrative needs are met and that communication flows smoothly in all directions.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Prepares and processes all check requests, credit card logs, contract summaries, service agreements, expense reports, cash receipts, merchandise transfers, and related paperwork for the VP of Operations, Planning, and Program Management.
  • Supports the Museum’s various Committees including distributing meeting notices, taking RSVP’s, recording meeting minutes, and distributing correspondence as directed.
  • Provides administrative support for the VP of Operations, Planning, and Program Management, including, but not limited to, coordinating/attending meetings, drafting simple correspondence, scheduling, filing, and project coordination.
  • Manages the Museum’s bulk postage accounts with the United States Postal Service.
  • Maintains the division’s budget records, and prepared monthly reports on revenues and expenses.
  • Performs other duties as needed as directed by the VP of Operations, Planning, and Program Management.

 

Qualifications

  • Associates Degree, professional certification, or equivalent work experience required.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented, excellent time management skills with ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to interact with people of all levels and backgrounds
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and maintain composure under time constraints
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare and coordinate standard professional correspondence and communications pieces
  • Proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively to achieve departmental goals
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills; warm and pleasant demeanor

 

Other Requirements

  • Flexibility in working hours, as some evening and weekend work is required.
  • Must have own car with proof of insurance and valid Hawai‘i Drivers License
  • Professional business like appearance
  • Good Attendance
  • Detail oriented
  • Experience in a development office a plus
  • Familiarity with Hawaiian or Pacific culture and history a plus

 

Direct Reports

None

Working Conditions

Typical office environment.  Occasional evening events that occur outdoors.

Physical Requirements

Ability to stand and walk extended periods of time and carry and move heavy file boxes.

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 Public Programming and Community Engagement

The Director of Programming and Community Engagement is a strategic and collaborative team player who serves as a confident, innovative, and knowledgeable advocate who finds value in creating dynamic public programming and community engagement opportunities that raise awareness of and brings attention to Bishop Museum’s collections, research, living culture, exhibitions and priorities. With input and guidance from the Museum’s senior leaders and in collaboration with knowledge bearers, internally and externally, the position will strategize, manage and execute a portfolio of online and onsite programs. Programming includes, but is not limited to, lectures, presentations, cultural practitioners and demonstrations (i.e. Living Culture Series), exhibit programming, large scale Museum events (i.e.. Science and Sustainability Festival, Museum or partner curated film festivals), and large-scale partnership/collaboration programs (i.e. Intertribal Pow Wow, Hawaii International Film Festival, Tsukimi No Kai Japanese Moon Festival, Celebrate Micronesia). These programs shall amplify the Museum’s voice, our institutional identity and community partnerships.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create, plan, implement and evaluate all aspects of Public Programming.
  • In collaboration with the Public Programs team and the Museum’s curators, develop new programs and sustain existing programs that further the Museum’s mission and goals, amplifies the Museum’s voice and strengthens the Museum’s identity.
  • Develop and execute a programming strategy that allows the Museum to reach a wide range of audiences across Hawaii and beyond – to include onsite/in person, online/virtual and hybrid programming opportunities.
  • Develop and propose strategies to generate revenue through public programming.
  • Works with the VP of Public Programs and senior leadership to define and design the Museum’s approach to engaging community partners that will advances the Museum’s mission, amplifies the Museum’s voice and strengthens the institutional identity through programming.
  • Writes public program promotional copy and helps the Marketing & Communication team to prepare and edit print and digital materials that promote, publicize, and interpret public programs
  • Maintains current knowledge of museum programming, including the activities of peer organizations, emerging and established practices, and trending topics in critical cultural discourse.
  • Have awareness and understanding of social and community trends, projects, and issues and works to identify opportunities for the Museum to tie its exhibits and programs to timely topics to increase its relevancy to the community.
  • In collaboration with Institutional Advancement, identify, write, execute and report on grant and/or funding opportunities that support public programs.
  • Duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in History, Hawaiian Studies, Museum Studies, Education or other related field is preferred; Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • With a Master’s degree, a minimum of three years’ experience in program planning, development and execution; a minimum of five years experience with a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with diverse groups of people.
  • Ability to manage multiple project through to completion in accordance with deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain composure under time constraints.
  • Ability to work as part of a team to accomplish departmental and institutional goals.
  • Knowledge and interest in Hawai‘i’s culture, environment, and community.

 

The ideal candidate:

  • thrives in a fast-paced environment;
  • is able to work independently with little supervision and enjoys working collaboratively as part of a team;
  • is solutions oriented;
  • is forward thinking, innovative yet, results-oriented;
  • has high standards for his/her own work and the work of others;
  • if flexible and understanding of multiple perspectives.

 

Other Requirements Flexibility in working hours, as regular evening and weekend work is required

Direct Reports N/A

Working Conditions Primarily indoors / office environment with regular evening and weekend programming.

Physical Requirements Must be able to lift and move up to 50lbs of equipment – Loading and unloading of Program vehicle with supplies and materials

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

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Security Guard

2nd Watch: 8 am to 4 pm.

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 Hawai’i

Education:
High school graduate

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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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 artifacts 

  • Work 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 Hawaiian Studies, Pacific Island History, Science, 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. 

  • Ability to manage multiple ongoing projects with little supervision. 

  • Ability to be organized, analytical and detail-oriented. 

Other Requirements 

  • Some weekend and evening availability (with advanced notice) 

  • Valid Hawaii Driver’s License with proof of insurance 

Direct Reports 

  • N/A 

Working Conditions 

  • May include weekend work 

Physical Requirements 

  • Must be able to lift and move up to 50lbs of equipment – Loading and unloading of Program vehicle with supplies and materials 

Hours: Full Time Salary, some evenings and weekends required
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until the 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 Photo Collections Technician 

The Library and Archives Photo 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. The Technician is primarily responsible for processing and cataloging unprocessed cellulose acetate and nitrocellulose photographic negative collections. Responsibilities include the physical handling of negative collections, identifying negative types, rehousing negatives, amending records, and the potential digitization of collections.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Participates in the processing of collections 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 preservation, access and retrieval of materials for study and exhibition.
  • Participates in, and assists the staff 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.
  • 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 photographic negatives or archival collections 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

  • Good attendance.
  • Detail-oriented.

 

Direct Reports  None.

Working Conditions

Conditions include exposure to chemical irritants present in collections and collections storage areas (acetic acid, nitric acid, nitrogen dioxide, and nitrous oxide) at levels below occupational safety and health exposure limits. Respirator training and certification are available.

Physical Requirements

Occasionally required to climb stairs, lift heavy objects, and do repetitive tasks with few breaks.

Good-to-excellent vision.

Hours: (2) Part-Time Hourly, some evenings and weekends required
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: The application will remain open until the positions are 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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