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Roedde House Museum (Volunteer Board Director – Exhibitions – Roedde House Museum)

Organization Name: Roedde House Museum
Opportunity Title: Volunteer Board Director – Exhibitions – Roedde House Museum
Category: Heritage / Museums
Commitment: Ongoing Opportunity (> 1 year)
Start Date: January 8, 2018
End Date: January 1, 2020

  • Appropriate for volunteers aged between 18 and 55
  • Appropriate for volunteers aged 55 and over
  • Training or orientation required
Opportunity Description:

Roedde House Museum, in Vancouver’s West End, is a late-Victorian Heritage house museum in the Queen Anne revival style. Built in 1893 for the family of Gustav Roedde, one of the city’s first bookbinders, it has been faithfully restored to reflect the day-to-day life of a middle class, immigrant family at the turn of the last century.

Since the Museum’s official opening in May of 1990, the Roedde House Preservation Society has run Roedde House as a threefold facility:

  • museum with guided tours, including an active schools program,
  • venue for music and other entertainment, and a
  • Rental facility for small receptions.

Role Description

This Volunteer Board Director – Exhibitions will work with the wider Roedde House Preservation Society Executive & Board of Directors to develop and manage the Exhibitions portfolio of the Roedde House Museum. This role’s responsibility is to develop the Exhibitions schedule and themes in alignment with the Roedde House Museum mandate, vision, and goals. This role will oversee the implementation of Exhibitions with visiting curators, staff, summer students, and volunteers. This Director is encouraged to develop meaningful relationships and alliances with other local institutions to share exhibitions, resources, and knowledge. This Director will also oversee the responsible management of the Exhibitions budget as established by the Board.

Role Responsibilities

  • Develop a calendar of exhibition themes and topics forecasting up to two years in advance for the Museum’s permanent and temporary displays
  • Ensure permanent and temporary exhibitions are in alignment with Roedde House Museum’s mandate, vision, and goals
  • Manage the exhibitions budget in coordination with the Board, Treasurer and staff
  • Oversee and mentor those involved with mounting exhibits including: visiting curators, staff, summer students, and volunteers
  • Establish and maintain meaningful relationships and alliances with other institutions to encourage exhibition, resource, and knowledge sharing
  • Ensure permanent and temporary exhibitions maintain stylistic consistency and exhibition display leading practices 

Time Commitment

  • 1-5 hours per week. May increase leading up to the exhibition opening
  • Attends monthly Board meetings (1 per month, usually 2 hours)

Preferred Experience, Interests and Qualities

  • Previous experience and a background in: museums, history, art history, culture heritage studies, communications is preferred
  • Highly organized self-starter, able to take initiative with little direction
  • Strong interpersonal skills and comfort working with a small diverse team
  • Creative and able to create compelling exhibits

Benefits & Recognition

  • Gaining valuable experience and credentials developing and managing a museum’s exhibitions portfolio
  • Developing managerial experience as a part of a team
  • Gain valuable experience on a Board of Directors
  • Network with fellow museums, arts & culture, and archival volunteers and professionals
  • Work with a varied group of Directors with diverse fields of expertise
  • Be invited to fun activities and events at Roedde House Museum
  • Learn about Vancouver’s history, culture and art
  • Take part in the preservation of one of Vancouver’s most notable historic houses and heritage buildings

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