Job Listing: Associate Curator

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Position Title – Associate Curator

Salary -$40,000 - $50,000

Job Type - Exempt-Full Time

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Position summary:

The Associate Curator advances the acquisition, documentation, care and access to the museum object collections held by VMHC. This position also works with the curatorial team to develop in-house and traveling exhibitions that engage diverse audiences in dialogue, explore relevant issues and ideas, and help VMHC realize its mission and business goals.

A major project to begin upon the selected candidate’s arrival will be to serve as the content expert on a cross-divisional team preparing for the opening of Julia Child: A Recipe for Life, a traveling exhibition being hosted by the VMHC in March 2024. The Associate Curator will also research and develop a display of Virginia-related stories and objects to complement the Julia Child exhibition. Other significant projects include the development of a comprehensive collecting plan and participating in the continued development of a long-term exhibition plan that will be a critical element of the VMHC’s upcoming strategic planning process.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Collections responsibilities

· Build VMHC’s museum collections through the identification, appraisal, and acquisition of appropriate artifacts and objects    representing Virginia’s rich history and diverse cultures including fine and decorative arts, furniture, prints and                          photographs, ephemera, textiles and militaria.

· Promote and provide access to the museum collections through technology and related services for the collections

· Work closely with collections staff to research and document collections

· Support the physical management, care and preservation of the museum object collections

· Serve as an institutional authority and spokesperson for VMHC with the general public and media on specific aspects of          Virginia’s history and material culture; engage in public outreach in the form of lectures, tours and research assistance

Exhibitions responsibilities

· Research and develop ideas for exhibitions and programs that meet VMHC’s mission, community engagement and                  business goals, and leverage the collections

· Provide content expertise as part of a core team that leads the collaborative development and implementation of                    exhibition projects

· Work within a cross-functional team to oversee the care, upkeep and refreshment of core gallery experiences

· Collaborate with Guest Engagement staff to develop plans for exhibition-related programming, activities, and evaluation

Project Management and Administration

· Lead and serve on cross-functional teams and committees

· Participate in VMHC institutional priority setting, and strategic and annual business planning

· Develop and steward collection donor relationships in partnership with VMHC staff and trustees

· Contribute to the development, writing, implementation and reporting of grants; participate in the development of                  corporate and other partnership proposals

· Contribute to the development and writing of articles, public relations and external communications materials as needed

· Keep abreast of developments in the fields of Virginia history, exhibitions and museology; stay current with professional        best practices

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Necessary:

· Knowledge of United States and Virginia history and material culture

· Knowledge of principles and best practices of exhibitions and museum collections

· Broad knowledge of current trends in curatorship, exhibition development and community engagement

· Demonstrated ability to build partnerships and work with individuals and community-based organizations

· Understanding of museum ethics and standards for collections management

· Exceptional communication skills and experience with the general public, donor groups, press and external and internal        stakeholders

Education & Experience Requirements:

· Master’s degree in a relevant field such as history, art history, public history, museum studies, or equivalent work                    experience required

· Demonstrated experience with collections research, development and documentation associated with museum objects

· Three years of demonstrated experience developing exhibitions with broad community relevance and appeal

Note & Special Requirements:

· Please include a two to three-page writing sample (e.g., exhibit script, grant application, article, blogpost) with your                  application.


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The Virginia Museum of History & Culture is owned and operated by the Virginia Historical Society — a private, non-profit organization established in 1831. The historical society is the oldest cultural organization in Virginia, and one of the oldest and most distinguished history organizations in the nation. For use in its state history museum and its renowned research library, the historical society cares for a collection of nearly nine million items representing the ever-evolving story of Virginia.

The Virginia Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.