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Standards and Best Practices

The Alliance shares standards on Leadership and Organizational Structure.

Contractors and Consultants

This section has information about choosing a consultant, contracted services by type, contracts, employees vs. independent contractors, finding a consultant and request for proposals.


This section addresses employment contracts, director evaluations, and transitions.

Employment Law

This section has links to the full text of relevant legislation and information about compliance.

Health and Wellness

This section has links to resources related to potential hazards in the museum workplace and provides resources on self-care solutions for museum workers.


This section has information about designing an internship program, recruitment, selection and supervision.

Leadership and Management

This section provides resources on leadership, management skills, and team building.

New Staff

This section addresses background checks, interviews, job offers, orientation, recruitment, and resumes.

Personnel Policy Issues

This section has resources on benefits, compensation, diversity, grievance, harassment, performance management, personnel records, and privacy and separation.

Position Descriptions (Staff)

This section has information about job analysis and position descriptions.


This section reviews orientation and training; performance management; policy development; position description development; recruitment; screening, interviewing and placement; and volunteer program management.

Staff Structure

This section deals with organizational structuring, strategic structuring and organizational charts.

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