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Job Listing: Curator

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Virginia Museum of History and Culture - Richmond, VA 

Title: Curator
Area of Focus: Underrepresented Communities
Division: Collections & Exhibitions
Reports to: Senior Director of Curatorial Affairs
Position Status: Full-time; Exempt
Salary Range: $45,000-$55,000 annual

Position summary:
As a member of the museum’s curatorial team, this position will focus on the acquisition, documentation,
care, and access to VMHC collections representing the cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity of Virginia. The
Curator also develops in-house and traveling exhibitions that engage diverse audiences in dialogue and the
exploration of relevant issues and ideas, and that help VMHC realize its mission and business goals.
Duties & Responsibilities:

Collection Responsibilities
• Build VMHC’s collections through the identification, appraisal, and acquisition of appropriate items
that represent the rich demographic diversity of Virginia
• Develop and sustain relationships with communities whose stories are under-represented by
VMHC’s collections to create collecting opportunities
• Promote and provide access to the collections through technology and related services for the
collections, work closely with staff librarians, curators, and archivists to research and document
• Support the physical management, care, and preservation of the collections
• Serve as an institutional authority and spokesperson for VMHC with the 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

Exhibition 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
• Collaborate with Guest Engagement Division 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 museums; stay
current with professional best practices
• Perform other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Necessary:
• Knowledge of United States and Virginia history
• Historical knowledge of cultural, ethnic, and racial groups within Virginia
• Ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across cultures
• Knowledge of principles and best practices of the care and maintenance of historical collections
• Demonstrated ability to build partnerships and work with individuals and community-based
• Broad knowledge of current trends in curatorship, exhibition development and community
• Understanding of museum ethics and standards for collections management
• Exceptional communication skills and experience with the public, donor groups, press, external and
internal stakeholders

Education & Experience Requirements:
A combination of experience and education that demonstrates possession of the necessary knowledge and
abilities for this position is required as noted:
• Advanced degree in a relevant field such as American history, African American studies, Latin
American studies, Native American and Indigenous studies, Asian and Pacific Islander American
studies, museum studies, or equivalent work experience required. Ph.D. preferred
• Demonstrated experience with collections research, development and documentation associated with
museum objects
• Three years of demonstrated experience developing exhibitions with broad community relevance and
• Demonstrated commitment to achieving equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace and the

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


If interested in this job opportunity, please apply and upload your cover letter and resume to

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture is owned and operated by the Virginia Historical Society — a private, nonprofit
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 everevolving story of Virginia.

The Virginia Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.