Location
Museum
City
Palm Springs
State
CA
Work Schedule
Varies
Average Hours per Week
40
Travel Involved
11-20%
Job Type
Full Time
Starting Rate / Tips
DOE
 
Category
Tribal Government
Schedule
Full Time
Gaming Experience:
Not Necessary

Curator

Job Description:

SUMMARY 

Oversees Curatorial Department, including Collections, Exhibitions and Education.  Creates policies and procedures for collections and exhibitions management.  Initiates exhibit concepts and scheduling.  Develops educational programming and initiates outreach.  Plans and manages department budgets.  Organizes collection-based exhibitions, non-collection exhibitions and exhibition-specific programs.  Produces engaging public programming, scholarly presentation and gallery texts, and interacts comfortably with various audiences.  Conducts original research on the collections, recommends acquisitions, develops relationships with donors and collectors, and coordinates Museum’s collections planning.  Works with Museum staff to produce meaningful and exceptional programming.  Implements Museum Standards and Best Practices.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Collection Stewardship

  • Responsible for the Museum’s collections of artifacts, photography, and fine arts.
  • Oversees the acquisition, storage and exhibition of collections including negotiation for purchase, sale, exchange or loan of collections.
  • Oversees the authentication, evaluation, and categorization of objects in the Collections.
  • Oversees the conservation, storage, registration, accessioning, inventory, and cataloging of the collection on computer databases and hard files.
  • Encourages and facilitates the use of Museum resources and collaborative programming with staff, committees, and general public, as well as community partners.
  • Responsible for developing Collections and Exhibition Policies and Procedures.
  • Develops Disaster Preparedness Policies and Procedures in collaboration with curatorial, archives, and library staff.

Exhibitions

  • Responsible for the development of exhibitions related to the Museum's mission and overseeing their implementation.
  • Leads, facilitates, curates, and fabricates Museum exhibitions.
  • Develops materials for promotion and publicity for exhibitions.
  • Oversees the condition of equipment, furnishings, and security of Museum exhibitions.

Outreach and Education

  • Participates in educational outreach programs of the Museum as a resource, speaker, or class instructor.
  • Coordinates appropriate programming to supplement the educational goals of exhibitions.
  • Responsible for development of Education Policies and Procedures.
  • Collaborates with museum staff in the creation and management of interpretive strategies, publicity materials, and public programs for a variety of audiences.
  • Acts as Project Manager for the Museum’s Oral History Project including arranging training, supervising volunteers, and coordinating the archiving of interview materials with the Museum’s Archivist.
  • Responsible for the recording of Museum events in the appropriate media: photos, audio, and video recording.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Develops and manages budgets for the Curatorial Department.
  • Hires and supervises staff and contractors including the Collections Manager/Registrar, Museum volunteers, interns, and “job shadowing” students.
  • Chairs committees for Museum activities including the Collections Committee and Exhibition Committee.
  • Actively collects data and publishes information related to the Museum's mission.
  • Responds to Museum security alarms in the absence of the Executive Director.
  • Actively seeks to improve professional knowledge and museum standards for self and staff through membership in professional organizations and participation in professional conferences, workshops, seminars, course work, and other appropriate educational opportunities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements:

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

Minimum requirement:  M.A. degree in museum studies, anthropology, archaeology, Native American studies, or related field, plus three years related experience; or acceptable equivalent.

 

QUALIFICATION AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS

Strong organizational, time-management, supervisory, and decision-making skills.

Ability to maintain accurate records and documentation.   Demonstrated experience developing and implementing exhibitions and complementary educational programming.

Excellent verbal and written skills.  Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office and PastPerfect.  Self-motivated, ability to work independently, and work effectively and diplomatically with staff, Board members, volunteers, and through outreach capacities.   This person must be able to drive to and from the collection storage facilities on a regular basis.