Much has been written (here and here, for example) about the importance of including salary ranges in job ads.
So allow me to share some good news on that front. The Museum Association of New York (MANY) has announced that starting June 1, 2022, salary ranges will be required for all job ads on their website. (In recognition of MANY's efforts on behalf of museum workers, POW! is proud to sponsor the MANY Job Board through June 2023.)
"I am so pleased that we now require salary ranges on our job board," said MANY Executive Director Erika Sanger. "I have had to walk away from a long interview process because salary negotiations started way below a living wage. I hope this change will help museums and museum professionals advance equity in our field."
MANY joins a long list of national and regional museum organizations, including AASLH, ASTC, ACM, NEMA, MAAM, and AMM, who have chosen to support museum workers by promoting wage transparency.
Conspicuously absent from organizations supporting museum workers in this way is the American Alliance of Museums. Why not send AAM's President & CEO, Laura Lott, a short email (firstname.lastname@example.org) asking why AAM still resists simply requiring that salary ranges be included for all positions on the AAM Job Board?
Better yet, help support the work of the National Emerging Museum Professionals Network (NEMPN) and sign their petition to get AAM to #ShowTheSalary.
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