Job Listing: Curator of Black History and Culture

Job Postings,

Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation - Williamsburg, VA

Closes - May 16, 2023

Position Title – Curator of Black History and Culture

Salary - $70,000 - $75,000 annually

Job Duties

As a key member of the curatorial staff, the Curator of Black History and Culture will be responsible for leading the scholarship and interpretation of Black history and culture at the Jamestown Settlement museum and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. This position will be responsible for historical research, collections development, advising on historical content, providing staff training, and disseminating this history to public and professional communities. This position is committed to the stewardship of the history and cultural representation of Africans, people of African descent, and the African Diaspora in our museums, building relationships with descendant groups, and guiding the Foundation’s conversation surrounding repatriation of historic artifacts as necessary. The Curator of Black History and Culture will work collaboratively on a team of historian curators developing overall interpretation, acknowledging multiple points of view.

Minimum Qualifications

Content knowledge, by working experience or coursework, of 17th and 18th century history as it relates to West Central Africa, the African Diaspora, and experiences of Africans and people of African descent that is applicable to Virginia and early America

Experience using material culture to interpret Black history and culture

Demonstrated ability to conceptualize, research and write articles and interpretive materials

Experience in best museum practices including but not limited to collections management, exhibitions, acquisitions, and object handling

Ability to cultivate community relations with cultural groups

Experience effectively working in groups involving multiple points of view

Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion

Knowledge of conversations regarding repatriation as it relates to artifact collection practices and museum ethics

Ability to meet multiple deliverables with exceptional attention to detail

Skilled at computer programs in a museum environment, including full Microsoft and Google suite of programs and collections management systems

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated knowledge and application, either by experience or coursework, of American Studies, Archaeology, History, or a related field focusing on 17th and 18th-century Virginia history or African American studies, and the legacies and presence of Black culture today.

Degree in history or related field preferred.

Special Instructions: 

You will be provided a confirmation of receipt when your application and/or résumé is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your account to check the status of your application for this position.

In addition to a completed application, please submit a resume and cover letter.
Your cover letter should include the following-
What inspired you to apply for this position.
What unique and relevant education, skills and experience make you the most successful candidate for this position.
Please take a moment to consider our mission statement and share how you perceive it relating to the role of Curator of Black History and Culture.

Contact Information:

Name: Lee Ann Shelhorse

Phone: 757-253-4553



In support of the Commonwealth’s commitment to inclusion, we are encouraging individuals with disabilities to apply through the Commonwealth Alternative Hiring Process. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants will need to provide their Certificate of Disability (COD) provided by a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor within the Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services (DARS), or the Department for the Blind & Vision Impaired (DBVI). Veterans are encouraged to answer Veteran status questions and submit their disability documentation, if applicable, to DARS/DBVI to get their Certificate of Disability. If you need to get a Certificate of Disability, use this link: Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities, or call DARS at 800-552-5019, or DBVI at 800-622-2155.