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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.