Job Listing: Curator

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The Hampton University Museum invites nominations and applications for Curator of Collections with an anticipated start date beginning no later than February 1, 2020.

Founded in 1868, Hampton University is a leading historically black university (HBCU) located on the Virginia Peninsula in the City of Hampton. It is a privately endowed, co-educational, nonsectarian institution. The Hampton University Museum was founded in 1868 and is the oldest African American Museum in the nation and one of the oldest museums in Virginia.

Duties and Responsibilities

The curator will manage the growth, interpretation and preservation of Hampton University Museum collection of over 9,000 objects consistent with the mission of the Hampton University Museum; and collaboratively create and implement an exciting exhibition program to engage the campus and extended audiences. With the Director, and Associate Curator, the curator will be responsible to write grants. Responsibilities include research and writing interpretive publications and exhibit didactics, and exhibit design and installation. The position serves as the registrar and collections manager: maintaining all hard copy records related to the exhibitions and collections, including condition reports, loan agreements, deeds of gift, etc.: maintains the digital database (Past Perfect) and works to provide continuity for records in external databases; conducts routine inventories; makes shipping arrangements; packs and repacks loans, providing condition reports and photographic documentation; and provides general care and recommendations for conservation needs of collection. Experience implementing computerization and digitalization of collections is preferred.


The ideal candidate will have a M.A. /M.F.A. in Museum Studies, Art History (African American, African and/or American Indian), American Studies, or Anthropology. Considerable experience in the storage, protection, handling and moving, and the care of fine arts and archival documents. Considerable museum experience with one or more areas of registration, collections management, touring exhibitions. Experience working with collection management databases. Considerable knowledge of museum collections management and conservation standards and good practices; knowledge of nomenclature and museum cataloging methods; knowledge of museum exhibit development standards and good practice. Proficient skill in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher. High level of accuracy and attention to detail and ability to work independently. Proactive in independent work, with a high level of discretion and confidentiality. Ability to establish and maintain productive, cordial working relationships, and have excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing with a minimum of 5 years’ museum experience as a curator; including a demonstrated success in exhibition development and publication. Track record of successful grant writing and proposal development a plus. Willingness to work as part of a team with wide a range of people is essential.