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Job Listing: Curator

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Position Open Until Filled
As part of the Historic Preservation & Collections Department, the Curator plays a key role in fulfilling the mission of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, to preserve and interpret George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Under the supervision of the Executive Director, Historic Preservation and Collections and Robert H. Smith Senior Curator, the Curator has responsibility for the development, documentation, conservation, and interpretation of the fine and decorative arts collections (including but not limited to paintings, sculpture, furniture, ceramics, metals, textiles, glass, prints, works of art on paper, personal accessories, medals, and tools and equipment).


Essential Duties:
  • Lead, supervise, and mentor curatorial staff and volunteers, including collections conservator
  • Manage and administer the Curatorial division’s resources; develop budgets and work plans; monitor expenses and income; prepare monthly and other reports as required
  • Enhance the collection through acquisitions, loans, research, documentation, conservation, and deaccessions
  • Direct ongoing program of refurnishing and reinterpreting Mansion rooms and outbuildings
  • Oversee development of museum exhibitions
  • Cultivate donors and lenders
  • Collaborate with Development to plan and implement activities of friends of collections support group
  • Support fundraising, marketing, programming, social media, and other MVLA initiatives
  • Present information on collection via presentations, publications, tours, responses to public inquiries
  • Ensure accuracy of collections information on all platforms
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Master’s degree in material culture, art history, American studies, American history, public history, or related field, with specialization in 18th-century American decorative arts, technology, or fine arts
  • Minimum of five years curatorial experience
  • Connoisseurship skills required; familiarity with Washingtoniana is a plus
  • Familiarity with museum practices, historic site interpretation, and exhibition development
  • Demonstrated success in collections development, donor cultivation, and external relations
  • Strong research and communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively on multi-disciplinary teams across the estate to represent the collections effectively to internal and external constituencies
  • Record of scholarship
  • Attention to detail
Special Requirements:
  • Ability to travel as needed and to work beyond a standard schedule when required
George Washington's Mount Vernon is an Equal Opportunity Employer