Human Resources

Staff members are valuable assets to institutions of all sizes. If you are not sure where to begin, consider reading this article from Christine Engel, the chief human resources officer at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. She discusses the value of human resources in all museum sizes.

Be aware that, as a 501(c)(3) organization, you can follow human resources guidelines that apply to other nonprofits for almost any circumstance your museum or historic site may face. The National Council of Nonprofits offers a comprehensive page of resources on managing employees in nonprofit organizations.

Developing a human resources manual, and keeping it up-to-date, is an important step in managing your staff. The Canadian Museum Association has provided an extensive list of Human Resource Guidelines to help improve or create your own manual.

If you are looking to create a job listing, the following templates from the Group for Education in Museums can help. One template is for the position of Project Coordinator while the other is for Project Manager.

If you are looking to bring in a contractor or guest curator, the College Arts Association has an example Guest Curator Contract Template.

The Colorado Nonprofit Assocation offers these guidelines for human resources policies and procedures.