Assistant to Executive Director of Ireland's Great Hunger Museum - Quinnipiac University in Hamden Connecticut

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Quinnipiac University

Hamden, Connecticut 06518

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The 4,750 square-foot museum is home to the world’s largest collection of visual art, artifacts and printed materials relating to the starvation and forced emigration that occurred throughout Ireland from 1845 to 1850. Museum programs will include tours of the collection, discussions, films, play and performances highlighting the richness of Irish culture and encouraging its fullest appreciation by the general public, academics, researchers, artists and students. It will open to the public on Oct. 11, 2012.
Works by noted contemporary Irish artists will be featured at the museum, including internationally known sculptors John Behan, Rowan Gillespie and Eamonn O'Doherty; as well as contemporary visual artists, Robert Ballagh, Alanna O'Kelly, Brian Maguire and Hughie O'Donoghue. Featured paintings also will include several important 19th and 20th‐century works by artists such as James Brenan, Daniel MacDonald, James Arthur O'Connor and Jack B. Yeats.



Coordinates processing collections including registering, accessioning, cataloging, packing, unpacking, maintaining inventory, and documentation.

Develops budgets for projects, programs, and the department, working in conjunction with the museum staff.

Assists in development of and maintenance of museum collection database.

Manages the Museum's administrative office.

Provides strict accounting control over all of the Museum's fiscal operations. This could include, but be not limited to budget reports, material costs, inventory control for a small gift shop, and general fund accounting in a complex environment.

Establishes and maintains administrative files, records and other information to meet museum needs, including the responsibility to adapt or improve the methods used.

Prepares correspondence, forms and other materials. Prepares various reports regarding collection activities and condition of objects as requested.

Initiates external relationships on behalf of the Museum. Speaks & works effectively with the public.

Coordinates museum events.

Assists in setup and assembly of storage areas for collection according to curatorial standards; cleans collection and storage area as needed.

Performs specific tasks that are components of exhibit planning, installation, and maintenance; prepares graphics, illustrations, labels, and artifact mounts and construction of exhibit cases.

Establishes and maintains membership records, donations and pledges, including accounting records.

Organizes special viewing of collection; arranges showings and selects exhibits based on audience; prepares displays.

Other duties as assigned.


This is a start-up situation, so initial work schedule will reflect the Museum hours (shown below); however, we expect this role will have more regular work hours within a few months.
Tuesday 12pm -5pm

Wednesday 9am -5pm

Thursdays 11am -7pm

Friday 9am – 5pm

Saturdays 10am -5pm

Sundays 1pm -5pm

You must be able to cover this work schedule.

Qualifications & Special Instructions to Applicants:

Bachelor's degree required.

Two years working in a professional administrative support role, preferably in an arts or educational institution.

Successful candidates will:

- be highly proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint;

- possess good organizational skills and have exceptional attention to detail;

- communicate well both verbally and in writing;

- have some experience with events and project management;

- be experienced in managing budgets and creating new systems, reports and processes;

- be at ease with meeting the public and working with a variety of constituents from the University and the larger Irish history and cultural community.

NOTE: you must be able to work the hours shown in the posting.

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Applications must be submitted electronically and should include a resume and a thoughtful cover letter describing your interest in the position, and explaining how your background and experience qualify you for this position.

Quinnipiac University has a strong commitment to the principles and practices of diversity throughout the university community and we welcome candidates who would enhance that diversity.

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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Other
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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