Curator / Collections Management / Conservator Positions

Chief Curator
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Bentonville, Arkansas, USA

Crystal Bridges seeks an innovative and collaborative Chief Curator with excellent leadership and management skills to lead the Curatorial Department as the Museum builds on its national reputation for collecting and presenting American Art. Partner with a talented staff presenting a robust exhibition schedule, education and public programs in an environment that thrives on cross-department teamwork presenting fresh perspectives on the visitor experience. OPPORTUNITIES: Play a pivotal role in setting strategies that shape visitor experiences, developing leading-edge future programming, building the historical and contemporary art collection, growing private funding, and cultivating donor and art-collector relations. Crystal Bridges’ breathtaking 201,000-square-foot facility is designed by Moshe Safdie and located in a park-like natural setting within the beautiful Ozark Mountain region of Northwest Arkansas. Open for 6 years, the Museum is growing and developing rapidly, piloting bold new initiatives with national and global impact. Visit: REQUIRED: The Chief Curator must be a skilled leader and collaborative spirit who is committed to exploring the evolving relationships between art museums and their audiences. They will possess a supportive, flexible, and creative, risk-taking style that fosters teamwork and welcomes partnerships and innovation opportunities in a non-hierarchal work environment. Minimum 4 years’ experience leading a curatorial department, or other significant relevant administrative and organizational leadership experience. Knowledge of museum and curatorial best practices. Full position description, qualifications and how to apply at Apply by 2/1/2018 to Dan Keegan and Marilyn Hoffman at EOE. Nominations welcome.

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This job posted by MERC from December 18 through February 2.

Curator of Collections and Exhibitions
Masur Museum of Art
Monroe, Louisiana, USA

Join a great team! We're a small museum doing big things. The Curator of Collections & Exhibitions is responsible for the planning and implementation of exhibitions presented through the Masur Museum of Art, and oversees the care and scholarship of the museum’s permanent collection. This is a senior staff position that reports to the Director of the Masur Museum of Art, and may be responsible for supervision of one or more assistants and temporary staff. In the absence of the Director, the Curator of Collections & Exhibitions assumes responsibilities for general operations of the Masur Museum of Art. Serves as liaison with the Exhibition Committee and the Collection Committee of the Twin City Art Foundation.

I. Collections

  • Responsible for the care, maintenance, and documentation of collection objects and objects on loan to/from the collection
  • Responsible for research on collections and related topics
  • Functions as museum liaison with the TCAF Collections Committee
  • Makes recommendations to Collections Committee of objects for accession or de-accession; all recommendations must first be approved by the Director
  • Maintains information on accessions and de-accessions
  • Pursues external funding (including grant writing) for collections management
  • Prepares articles on collections activities for inclusion in museum publications and press releases
II. Exhibitions/Registration/Public Programs
  • Responsible for the development, implementation, installation, and interpretation of temporary exhibitions
  • Pursues external funding (including grant writing) for exhibition activity
  • Organizes and implements plans for installation and de-installation of exhibitions, and supervises preparation staff engaged in preparing, mounting, maintaining, and changing permanent collection and temporary exhibitions
  • Coordinates and manages details of shipping, crating, packing, transportation, insurance, customs clearance, and storage for collections and exhibitions, and recommendations to Exhibitions Committee of same
  • Oversees preparation and maintenance of records of collections and exhibitions inventory, accession and de-accession, condition of permanent collection and loaned objects, insurance valuation of permanent collection and loaned objects, and of activity of objects in collections
  • Oversees creation and completion of cataloguing and systems forms for collections and exhibitions
  • Oversees preparation of exhibition labels, brochures, text panels, and other education materials
  • Oversees maintenance of museum collection’s storage and temporary loan facilities
  • Occasional travel to supervise and assist with transportation of collections objects and temporary exhibitions
III. Education & Public Programming
  • With museum staff and committees, works to develop, prepare, and promote lectures, gallery talks, presentations, demonstrations, and special events in the areas of the visual arts as needed
  • Assists Curator of Education and Public Programs with the development, implementation, and promotion of outreach programs, curriculum resources, and library resources as needed
IV. Public Relations/Promotion
  • Maintains positive relations with persons associated with the museum, including, but not limited to, the museum staff, other City of Monroe employees, volunteers, board, the general public, and the media
  • Assists in promotions of museum activities with media
  • Assists with development and presentation of public programming and civic engagement activities
  • Serves on City of Monroe committees and advises said committee(s) as to museum participation and resources
V. Other
  • Weekend and evening duties as required
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the proper authority
Training and Experience

  • Bachelor and/or masters degree in studio art, art history, museum studies, or equivalent required. Holders of bachelor degrees must show four years of relevant professional experience.
Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills
  • Demonstrated supervisory, public speaking, writing, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage multiple, concurrent projects
  • Ability to work creatively with staff and volunteers in a team approach in planning and implementation of museum activities
  • Knowledge of art handling procedures and registration duties
  • Knowledge of current art market and trends
  • Knowledge of collecting and exhibiting ethics
  • Preparator experience highly desirable
Valid Louisiana Driver’s License

Please Note: The Curator, with the Director’s oversight, will present a multi-tiered exhibitions and collections program that emphasizes artists with diverse backgrounds: artists with local, regional, and national reputations. Working with these seemingly disparate groups of artists will lend each other context by elucidating which ideas are most important to the History of Art, as well as culture in general.

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Position pays $31,422.56/ year.

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This job posted by MERC from December 14 through March 15.

Curator of Maritime History
Calvert Marine Museum
Solomons, Maryland, USA

Job Title: Curator of Maritime History - Marine Museum 
Closing Date/Time: Wed. 12/27/17 11:59 PM Eastern Time 
Salary: $56,584.00 - $74,220.00 Annually
Job Type: Merit Full Time
Location: Solomons, Maryland

Job Summary
Merit position, Grade 25, 35 hours per week.

Performs museum curatorial work for the County's Marine Museum. Work involves collection management, historical research, writing, preservation of the museum's historic structures, supervision of boat yard, and boat operations, and related activities. This position is responsible for meeting all requirements related to maintaining the National Historic Landmark designation of the Wm. B. Tennison (passenger vessel) and J.C. Lore Oyster House and National Historic Register designation of the Drum Point and Cove Point Lighthouses. Work requires an advanced degree and experience in the field. Work is performed under administrative supervision.

Essential Job Functions/Other Duties/KSA:
Conducts research for publications, lectures, maritime exhibits, etc. Compiles necessary reports, articles, proposals, etc. related to maritime history.

Monitors operations of the two passenger vessels, the Wm. B. Tennison and the Dee of St. Mary's, and boat yard. Ensures repairs are completed and monitors maintenance and repair expenses for both vessels. Coordinates inspections with US Coast Guard. Tracks requirements necessary for USDOT Drug Testing Program for the crew.

Supervises boatwright and the Small Craft Guild program. Prepares budgets and coordinates long-range planning.

Oversees maintenance and repairs of historic buildings to meet Maryland Historic Trust standards and Secretary of the Interior standards for the treatment of historic properties.

Directs and assists the museum registrar with collections inventorying, cataloging, storage, and general management.

Prepares purchase orders/check requests; researches vendors; handles receipts/invoices.

Assists Exhibits Department in researching and preparing temporary and permanent maritime history exhibits and signage.

Assists researchers in Paul L. Berry Library and Archive and directs library volunteers.

Prepares and monitors department budget.

Assists with preparation of grants and acts as grant manager for maritime grants.

Provides lectures both internally and in the community. Leads Maritime Tours of the museum.

Approves photo reproduction orders from the public.

Training and/or Education:
Master's degree in history or related field.

Four years of experience in the museum field which must include maritime history work, considerable experience managing staff, daily operations, customer service, and policy development and implementation.

Licenses or Certificates:
Valid driver's license. A current Medical Examiner's Certificate in accordance with Federal Regulations must be obtained within six (6) months.

Special Requirements:
Operation of County owned vehicle.

FLSA Status:

Accommodations will be made for individuals with disabilities upon reasonable notice.

County application required.

The Museum
The Calvert Marine Museum was founded in 1970 and is located in Solomons, Maryland at the confluence of the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay. The museum interprets three themes: the paleontology of the Miocene epoch, the estuarine biology of the river and bay, and the maritime heritage of Southern Maryland. Among its exhibits are the Drum Point Lighthouse, the Cove Point Light Station, the sailing skipjack Dee of St. Mary’s, the historic bugeye Wm. B. Tennison, and the J. C. Lore and Sons Oyster House.  The latter two are National Historic Landmarks. It also houses the largest collection of Miocene marine fossils outside of the Smithsonian and has a 15-tank aquarium featuring animals native to these waters. The museum is open year round.

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This job posted by MERC from December 7 through March 8.

Gems & Mineral Registrar
Perot Museum of Nature & Science
Dallas, Texas, USA

The Perot Museum of Nature & Science is seeking to immediately fill a new registrar position as part of the expansion of the museum's Gem & Minerals Center of Excellence.

This position’s main responsibility is the record-keeping for the Perot Museum’s gem and mineral acquisitions and loans. The successful candidate will be able to meticulously handle tracking, record keeping/administration and the logistics related to gems and minerals handling, shipment, and installation. The Gems & Minerals Registrar reports to the Director, Gems & Mineral COE (Center of Excellence).

Key Accountabilities:
  • Catalogue acquisitions and keep appropriate records and archives.
  • Registration – Incoming Loans: Administers the registrar’s records for all incoming loans.
  • Registration – Temporary Relocation of Collections: Processes and tracks all short-term/temporary transfers of objects from the Museum’s collections.
  • Assess and create condition report for incoming exhibit pieces.
  • Coordinate shipments to confirm arrival of new pieces for an exhibit.
  • Unpack and prepare pieces for display.
  • Arrange transportation of gems and minerals to and from the museum.
  • Ensure correct installation and deinstallation of the loaned specimens.
  • Research Support: Provides assistance to outside researchers and curatorial staff with research projects relating to museum collections records.
  • Maintains the registrar's records and digital files in the Collections Management System.
  • Designs and/or revises paper and electronic forms pertaining to acquisitions, incoming research loans, receipts, shipments and/or release of borrowed objects and specimens, as directed by the COE Director.
  • Work with museum CFO to arrange for insurance of objects on loan or special exhibition.
Position Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field preferred (e.g. Cultural Studies, Museum Studies, or natural science).
  • Minimum 2 years of experience and skill in museum registration and/or collections management, preferably working with natural history and/or cultural collections, and knowledge of object/specimen handling and condition reporting at an AAM accredited institution.
  • Strong computer skills and proficiency with a Windows PC and MS Office. Experience with relational databases such as Microsoft Access, Re:Discovery Proficio, or similar museum collections management software.
  • Knowledge of museum registration methods and collections management best practices.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to proofread documents effectively for accuracy and consistency.
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills with ability to ably manage multiple tasks and prioritize work independently to meet deadlines.
  • Must be a self-starter, detail-oriented, have strong interpersonal skills, and be able to work well alone as well as in a group setting in order to interact effectively with a wide variety of good judgment.
Essential Functions:
Position will be based in a busy office environment and will be subject to frequent interruptions. Must be able to lift and carry delicate and awkward items weighing up to 50 lbs. Requires intermittent standing, walking, sitting, squatting, stretching, and bending throughout the workday. Must be able to see and hear, or use prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately to assure that the requirements of this position can be fully met.

Please apply at the Perot Museum Career Website to be considered for this position. No phone calls or agencies please.

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This job posted by MERC from October 26 through January 26.

The last update to this page was 12-18-17.