Job Listing: Lynchburg Museum Curator

Posted By: Ted Delaney Job Postings ,

Lynchburg Museum System - Lynchburg, VA

Closing Date: December 9, 2018

Museum Curator
APPLY ONLINE: http://www.lynchburgva.gov/node/3455/

Job Type: Full-time with benefits
Closing Date & Time: Sunday, December 9, 2018, 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Salary Range: $17.56–$32.56 hourly ($36,524.80–$67,724.80 annually)

The Museum Curator is responsible for providing primary curatorial support for the Lynchburg Museum System (“LMS”) and Lynchburg Museum Foundation (“Foundation”). The Curator supports other museum staff members and volunteers to ensure effective and efficient daily operation of Lynchburg’s municipally owned historic sites, including the Old Court House and Point of Honor. This position is an employee of the City of Lynchburg (“City”) and reports directly to the Museum Director. The Museum Curator helps to fulfill the missions and visions of the City of Lynchburg, LMS, and Foundation.

City of Lynchburg Mission
Deliver services to City residents, workers, and visitors in an efficient, effective, and equitable manner and to build a stronger community

Lynchburg Museum System Mission
Collect, interpret, and preserve the history and material culture of Lynchburg and surrounding area

Lynchburg Museum Foundation Mission
Conduct activities to support and assist the growth and development of the Lynchburg Museum System

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Collections Management
 Perform registration, research, and catalogue work to maintain records and inventories of LMS collections to standards accepted by the American Alliance of Museums and the official LMS collections policy
 Arrange loans and maintain records of these loans
 Perform limited preventative conservation work on the collections
 Monitor exhibit spaces for condition and oversee regular maintenance, including
integrated pest management
 Oversee proper security of artifact collections and historic structures

Research
 Conduct historical research
 Analyze historical materials for authenticity, accuracy, and context
 Answer questions from general public, City employees, and others about local history and museum collections, including professional consultations on curatorial matters within the provisions of the LMS collections policy

Interpretation and Exhibits
 Write scripts, labels, articles, blog posts, and other texts about local history and
museum collections
 Provide historical content for museum website and social media
 Oversee creation of new exhibits and maintenance of existing ones
 Assist other staff in planning and producing interpretive and educational programs
 Give tours and assist with programs and special events as needed
 Provide training to staff and volunteers

Additional Job Functions
 Participate in professional development opportunities and continuing education
 May be required to perform a variety of duties in support of high level organizational projects or as a back-up to other staff
 Other duties to provide direct or indirect service to the citizens may be assigned.
 When unusual situations occur and/or the City Manager declares a State of Emergency, all City employees may be required to accept special assignments and perform as needed to ensure appropriate service delivery.

WORK HABITS, ATTITUDES, AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
 Demonstrate exceptional communication skills within a team environment
 Speak effectively and comfortably in public
 Focus on problem solving and conflict resolution
 Exhibit common courtesy, treat others with respect, and understand the effects of individual actions upon others
 Follow through, resolve, and seek feedback regarding questions, requests and/or complaints in a timely manner
 Demonstrate effective time management and prioritization of workload
 Use analysis and interpretation to make decisions requiring selection of best options among alternatives
 Show continuous effort to improve methods, procedures, and techniques and streamline or simplify operations
 Display original thinking, and develop creative and innovative approaches and ideas
 Learn new skills and translate prior experience into new skills
 Volunteer readily to help within team or department
 Work effectively with diverse individuals and groups


PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES
 Detail oriented
 Flexible and adaptable in fast-paced and dynamic work environment
 Highly motivated
 Well organized
 Resourceful in complex environments
 Considerate and respectful
 Collaborative
 Trustworthy
 Open to supervision and feedback

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
 Will supervise at least one other staff member, as well as volunteers and interns

MINIMUM EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & TECHNICAL SKILLS REQUIRED
Qualifications
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty listed above satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to
enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 Master's degree from accredited college or university with major work in museum studies, American culture, or related field, formal training in museum techniques, and some experience in professional museum work; or equivalent combination of
education and experience
 Intermediate Microsoft Windows 7–10 computer operating system skills
 Intermediate Microsoft Office software skills, particularly Excel, Word, and PowerPoint programs
 Experience conducting online research
 Experience with social media platforms Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube

Additional Requirements
 Must possess a valid Virginia driver’s license and acceptable driving record according to City criteria
 Must successfully complete IS100 and IS700 National Incident Management (NIMS) training within 90 days of employment. May also be required to complete higher levels of NIMS training as determined appropriate for the position.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described here are representative of those 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.
 Regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel; to reach with hands and arms; and to talk and hear
 Occasionally required to stand, walk, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl
 Occasionally lift up to 50 pounds
 Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus

WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 Work is normally performed in an office environment with low-to-moderate noise
 Often involves school-aged children (pre-school through 12th grade)
 Occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles


BENEFITS
 Medical, dental, and vision coverage available
 Virginia Retirement System (VRS) defined benefit plan, which offers employees a lifetime monthly benefit payable at retirement. The City pays 18.76% and employees pay 5% of base pay (pre-tax) towards VRS benefit.
 Paid time off (PTO) bank for vacation, sick, and personal days

Additional information about City benefits can be found on the City’s website, in the
Human Resources section (http://www.lynchburgva.gov/city-lynchburg-offers-arraybenefits