Curator / Collections Management / Conservator Positions

Curatorial Assistant
Colgate University
Hamilton, New York, USA

The Picker Art Gallery and Longyear Museum of Anthropology at Colgate University are teaching and collecting museums that engage local and global communities through innovative exhibitions, interdisciplinary research, dynamic outreach, and meaningful experiences with art and material culture.

Position Accountabilities
Primarily accountable for providing key support in collections research and documentation, curricular use of collections, exhibition and program coordination, and publication production.

Accountable for conducting research on objects in the collections, including archival research, contacting galleries and museums, and corresponding with specialists.

Accountable for accurately inputting data into collections databases, maintaining consistency across records, and producing reports.

Accountable for significant oversight and assistance in the production of museum publications, including writing and editing content.

Accountable for providing substantive support for the coordination and preparation of class visits, including corresponding with faculty.

In collaboration with the curators, accountable for conceptualizing, developing, and implementing exhibitions and programs.

Works closely with team members, accountable for making progress in digitizing collections and for developing strategies for sharing collections online, including through the development of online exhibitions and other digital projects.

Accountable for overseeing the work of undergraduate student employees or interns.

Accountable for engaging audiences through marketing and/or social media and maintaining the effective management of social media presence for both museums.

Accountable for knowing and following standards for museum and curatorial practice and Code of Ethics as outlined by the AAM.

Accountable for performing other duties as assigned.
  • Bachelor's degree in related field (art history; anthropology; archaeology; museum studies; humanities) is required
  • Master's degree in related field (art history; anthropology; archaeology; museum studies; humanities) is strongly preferred
Professional Experience/Qualifications
  • Minimum one (1) year experience in a museum or other arts or cultural institution, or equivalent demonstrable experience
  • Familiarity working with databases and/or demonstration of understanding of database concepts; able to accurately input data, maintain consistency across records, and pull reports
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Experience conducting object-based research
  • Ability to work collegially with a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students on a daily basis
  • Flexibility and the ability to think creatively
  • Knowledge of relevant computer programs (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Google applications)
Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of contemporary debates in the field of art/anthropology curation
  • Previous experience working with graphic designers, editors, scholars, and other museum professionals
  • Previous supervisory experience such as overseeing undergraduate student employees or interns
  • Experience handling museum objects/artworks. Knowledge of safe handling and movement practices.
  • Experience with digital and multimedia projects, such as online exhibitions and collections
  • Experience working with The Museum System (TMS) and/or FileMaker Pro databases
  • Previous involvement in producing exhibitions
  • Experience producing publications
  • Experience engaging audiences through marketing and/or social media
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This job posted by MERC from June 15 through September 4.

Curator, Japanese Art & Culture
Royal Ontario Museum
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Canada’s largest museum ($65M annual budget), seeks an energetic, innovative Curator of Japanese Art & Culture to develop and implement a dynamic schedule of exhibitions, programs and research while also building the collection, at a time when the ROM charts a new course to more deeply engage visitors and communities. The successful candidate will lead interpretation and presentation of the collection for general and academic audiences; will enjoy working with donors, collectors, scholars, external communities, and global partners; and welcome interactions with varied audiences, including families.

OPPORTUNITIES: To curate innovative, interdisciplinary exhibitions; build, refine and interpret the 10,000-work Japanese collection with fresh strategies and in new directions, including modern and contemporary; build global networks; and engage in original research. Opportunity for cross-appointment at University of Toronto and to live in cosmopolitan Toronto (population 2.8M, metro-area 6.4M).

RESPONSIBILITIES: Manage permanent collection and installation rotations; work collaboratively with museum teams on special exhibitions and programs; develop strategies for new interpretations and directions to reach local and regional communities; engage community stakeholders, including Japanese-Canadian communities in Toronto and throughout Canada; engage with professional colleagues to produce research and publications; help maintain and promote the Korean collection and galleries; and help cultivate support from patrons and foundations for projects and acquisitions.

REQUIREMENTS: PhD or equivalent in Japanese art history or related field; curatorial/exhibitions experience, publications track-record; Japanese proficiency. Familiarity with Korean an asset; fundraising experience a plus. Full qualifications/how to apply: Apply by 7/6/18 to EOE. Nominations welcome

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This job posted by MERC from May 9 through July 6.

Curator of Maritime History
Calvert Marine Museum
Solomon's, Maryland, USA

Job Title: Curator of Maritime History - Marine Museum 
Closing Date/Time: Wed. 4/11/18 11:59 PM Eastern Time 
Salary: $64,956.00 - $80,608.00 Annually
Job Type: Merit Full Time
Location: Calvert County, 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.

Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of historical research and collection management as applied to the programs of the Marine Museum.
  • Effective techniques of supervision
  • Use of hand tools and basic power tools.
Ability to:
  • Grow, manage, and develop the museum's maritime collections.
  • Manage staff and volunteers, daily operations, and policy development and implementation.
  • Supervise staff engaged in collection work.
  • Move heavy objects.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others encountered in the work.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Deal effectively with the public.
Minimum Qualifications
Required Qualifications
(Note: Any acceptable combination of education, training and relevant experience that provides the above knowledges, abilities and skills may be substituted on a full-time year for year basis.)

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.

Physical Demands:
Requires long periods of standing, frequent walking indoors, repeated bending, crouching, stooping, stretching or reaching; recurring lifting of objects up to 49 pounds; operation of keyboard devices.

Unusual Demands:
May be occasionally be required to work weekends or holidays.
Worker is exposed to hazards of using tools and shop equipment.

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 March 22 through June 22.

The last update to this page was 6-15-18.