Job Listing: Library Collections Curator

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Virginia Museum of History and Culture - Richmond, VA

 

Title: Library Collections Curator

Division: Collections & Exhibitions

Reports to: Senior Director of Curatorial Affairs

Position Status: Full-time; Exempt

Salary Range: $40,000-$50,000 annual

 

Position summary: The Library Collections Curator advances the acquisition, documentation, care and access to the published collections held by VMHC. This position also works with the curatorial team to develop 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 library collections through the identification, appraisal, and acquisition of appropriate items including books, rare books, serials, imprints, sheet music, broadsides and other published materials

· Promote and provide access to the library collections through technology and related services for the collections; work closely with staff librarians and archivists to research and document collections

· Support the physical management, care and preservation of the library collections

· Serve as an institutional authority and spokesperson for VMHC with the general 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 experiences

· 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, museums and library science; stay current with professional best practices

 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Necessary:

· Knowledge of United States and Virginia history and material culture

· Knowledge of principles and best practices of library science

· Broad knowledge of current trends in curatorship, exhibition development and community engagement

· Understanding of museum ethics and standards for collections management

· Exceptional communication skills and experience with the general 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:

· Master’s degree in a relevant field such as history, library science, museum studies, or equivalent work experience required

· Demonstrated experience with collections research, development and documentation associated with published materials

· Three years of demonstrated experience developing exhibitions with broad community relevance and appeal

 

Note & Special Requirements:

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

 

Application:

If interested in this job opportunity, please apply and upload your resume to https://www.virginiahistory.org/contact-us/jobs-and-volunteering

 

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture is owned and operated by the Virginia Historical Society — a private, non-profit 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.