Job Listing: Curator of Costumes and Textiles

Job Postings,

The Valentine - Richmond, VA

Closes - Open until filled.

Position Title – Curator of Costumes and Textiles

Salary - Based on Experience.

Job Type - Full-Time

For more info and to apply:

 –  Email in Word or Adobe PDF format only to

 –  Fax to the attention of Human Resources at 804.643.3510

 –  Mail to Human Resources, 1015 E. Clay Street, Richmond, VA  23219

General Responsibilities: The Nathalie L. Klaus Curator of Costume & Textiles is responsible for the physical care and intellectual control of the museum’s Costume & Textiles Collection, comprised of dress, accessory, and textile objects made, sold, worn or used in the Richmond region from the late-18th century to the present day. This work is conducted in accordance with the museum’s official Collections Management Policy, adhering to the code of ethics advised by the American Alliance of Museums.

Reporting Supervisor: Director of Collections/Chief Curator

Positions Supervised: Collections technicians, volunteers and interns

Itemization of Key Duties:

Collections Management

  1. Receive and recommend objects for accession.
  2. Research and catalog incoming donations, purchases and other acquisitions.
  3. Implement institution’s security procedures.
  4. Supervise cataloging and storage of new accessions and existing collection.
  5. Recommend objects for deaccession and assist with their disposition.
  6. Assist with managing collections database and updating cataloging manual, policies and procedures.
  7. With registrar/collections project manager, coordinate incoming/outgoing loans.
  8. Contract with vendors for object conservation.

 Capital Project

  1. Supervise comprehensive inventory and conduct review and refinement of Costume & Textiles collection as part of Collection Refinement Initiative.
  2. Develop and implement repopulation plan following completion of museum building renovation.

 Exhibition Development

  1. Collaborate with and support other Valentine exhibition curators.
  2. Curate mission-based exhibitions in the museum galleries.
  3. Develop and manage exhibitions, including researching the topic; develop object list; writing label and catalog copy; contracting with outside vendors and coordinate with Valentine staff.
  4. Oversee object installation, including preparing object mounts; installing objects; striking exhibition and returning objects to storage.
  5. Work with Development Department to secure funding for exhibitions.
  6. Work with PR & Marketing Department to promote exhibitions.


  1. With the Research Assistant, address Costume & Textiles Collection inquiries and provide access to the collection to researchers.
  2. Work with local institutions, researchers, students and the public to share knowledge about museum holdings and related subjects.


  1. Support the institution’s marketing plan.
  2. Develop and present collection-based programs for student and adult groups.
  3. Maintain active membership in appropriate professional organizations and continue professional development.
  4. Keep up-to-date on current laws, practices and policies.
  5. Attend Board Collections Committee meetings and Board Meetings as needed.
  6. Serve as member of the Collections and Collections and Interpretation teams.
  7. Other duties as assigned.

Summary of Qualifications: The Nathalie L. Klaus Curator of Costume & Textiles must be organized, detail-oriented and have the ability to manage multiple tasks, administrative management experience to include, but not limited, to budgeting and project management.  Person must have the ability to work as part of a team; must have good communication skills; and provide excellent customer service.   Should have extensive knowledge of museum standards and costume and textile history, sewing and textile construction. This position must hold a minimum of a BA in costume & textile history, history or museum studies, with a MA preferred, and should have a minimum of five years of experience.

Physical Demands: The Nathalie L. Klaus Curator of Costume & Textiles must be able to use a telephone, computer keyboard and mouse; reach with hands and arms, speak for extended periods of time and listen.  The employee is frequently required to walk and sit, as well as to lift and carry objects such as objects, boxes, books and files weighing up to 40 pounds; work within confined spaces; feel comfortable on a ladder; work around dust and mildew.  The Curator of Costume & Textiles is occasionally required to stand, stoop or kneel.  Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision and the ability to focus.  The physical demands described here are representative of the requirements that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

[1] DISCLAIMER: This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned.[2] FLSA stands for the Fair Labor Standards Act, which was enacted by Congress in 1938 and is under Federal Wage and Hour statutes. An exempt employee is not paid for overtime hours worked.  There are three categories under which an employee may be considered exempt.  They are administrative, executive, and professional.  These categories generally define an exempt employee as one who customarily and regularly exercises discretion and independent judgment in the performance of his/her duties.