Job Listing: Contract Curator of Collections and Exhibitions
Fredericksburg Area Museum is hiring, in Fredericksburg, VA. Applications close 3/15/21
The Fredericksburg Area Museum (FAM) is looking for a highly organized, focused, energetic individual to fill the position of a contracted (1099) Curator of Collections and Exhibitions. Term of this contract is May 1 – September 30, 2021. The contractor commits to 24 hours a week, Monday-Friday (specific days to be negotiated) and works directly with the President and CEO. This contractor is responsible for the management and maintenance of all aspects of the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. Expert knowledge of PastPerfect V.5, Microsoft office, Excel, and PowerPoint required; Adobe Suites experience preferred. Contractor will have knowledge of the process of developing exhibits to include planning, design, fabrication, and installation. In addition, candidate will understand best practices and standards of collections stewardship as set forth by the American Alliance of Museums.
Education and experience requirements:
Bachelor’s Degree in Museum Studies, Public History, History, Historic Preservation, or equivalent; Master’s Degree in Museum Studies preferred. Minimum of 5-years curatorial and exhibition experience required.
Specific duties include:
- Oversee documentation, maintenance, and physical care of the museum’s collections.
- Monitor and record environmental systems.
- Identify and work with sources of new acquisitions, whether through purchase or donation. Perform due diligence on potential acquisitions by researching their provenance and value.
- Maintain an accurate and timely record of the Museum’s collection using PastPerfect v.5 or similar collection database.
- Independent exhibit development and team exhibit development to include a thorough understanding of exhibit contract and budget oversight, exhibit design and development, as well as the oversight of exhibit planners, designers, fabricators, and installation.
- Research and identify objects to be used in each exhibit, using the Museum’s collection, as well as those of private and public collectors and arrange with outside collectors and museums for the loan of artifacts, including insurance, appropriate paperwork, and transportation.
- Install and maintain all galleries, special exhibits, and temporary exhibition spaces. This includes building and painting temporary walls and platforms, moving object cases throughout the building, and installing objects and art in all media using accepted museum standards and practice.
- Coordinate all appropriate publicity and marketing for new and ongoing exhibits in a timely manner (e.g. press release, website and e-blast content, advertising, interviews, etc).
- Work with the Education and Public Programs Coordinator to develop exhibit interactives and education programs for diverse audiences.
Please submit cover letter, resume, three references, two writing samples, exhibition sample overseen by the candidate, and contract rate to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicant close date is 3/15/2020. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE!