Job Listing: Manager of Collections & Exhibitions

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Pamunkey Indian Museum & Cultural Center - King William, VA

Closes - open until filled

Position Title - Manager of Collections & Exhibitions

Compensation - $65,000 - $70,000 per year; After completion of 90 Days Probation Period: Medical, Holidays, and Paid Time Off

Job Type - full-time; hybrid remote

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Summary - The Manager of Collections & Exhibitions is a full-time position (1 FTE) that will direct, manage, support, and advise the Pamunkey Indian Tribe in the preservation, care, and exhibition of the Pamunkey Indian Museum & Cultural Center’s collection. The Manager will establish policies, guidelines, and processes to manage the documentation, preservation, and installation of the permanent collection, as well as coordinating collections movements internally and externally. The Manager will serve as the liaison for the museum regarding loans (incoming and outgoing), collections inquiries and research requests, and external exhibition projects. The Manager of Collections & Exhibitions will primarily work from the Pamunkey Indian Museum & Cultural Center on the Pamunkey Indian Reservation in King William, Virginia.

Job Responsibilities 

  • Manages the day-to-day operations of the Pamunkey Indian Museum & Cultural Center’s collections and exhibitions;
  • Coordinates the development of collections management policies, procedures and processes for implementation;
  • Advises the Tribe on best practices in the field of museum studies;
  • Develops and maintains the museum’s collections inventory database and the Tribe’s digital archives;
  • Develops and implements a museum collections and archives conservation plan;
  • Collaborates with the Cultural Resource Director/Museum Director to develop and implement Cultural/History Education Programs centered on the museum collection;
  • Establishes and maintains a positive receptive interaction with Tribal Citizens to develop relevant programs and exhibitions that engage and serve the Tribal community;
  • Works closely with the Cultural Resource Director/Museum Director to develop grant proposals to ensure the museum’s initiatives are funded; including researching grants and other funding opportunities that can support current and future work;
  • Performs grant management and/or reporting duties for grant funded projects and programs, as assigned by the Cultural Resource Director/Museum Director;
  • Works with the Cultural Resource Director/Museum Director to maintain appropriate financial, procurement, and property records in order to manage and report expenses;
  • Develops partnerships and collaborations with appropriate educational, professional, and museum organizations;
  • Works in close partnership with the Cultural Resource Director/Museum Director and the Tribe to provide strategic vision, direction and management to support and drive the future of the museum;
  • Occasional evening or weekend hours will be required for special events or programming;
  • Additional duties as assigned.


  • Master of Arts or Science Degree in Museum Studies, Art History, Collections Management, Conservation, Archaeology, Anthropology, History, Historic Preservation (or a closely related field), or a Bachelors of Arts or Science degree with a minimum of five (5) years’ work experience in the fields listed above;
  • Preferred experience in working with Tribal governments and Tribal communities;
  • Deep understanding of museum ethics and the standards of collections management;
  • Experience in Grant Writing, Database Management, Collections Management Policy Enhancement, and Exhibition Development;
  • Demonstrated experience researching in collections and a commitment to working with stakeholders to achieve an equitable and inclusive space via collaborative exhibitions;
  • Experience in managing employees, interns and/or volunteers.
  • Bachelor's (Required)
  • NAGPRA: 1 year (Required)
  • Eastern Woodland Tribes or mid Atlantic region: 1 year (Required)
  • Tribal government and/or tribal community: 1 year (Required)
  • Work authorization (Required)

Knowledge & Abilities -

  • Ability to perform detailed work with a high degree of accuracy and flexibility;
  • Ability to use tact, discretion, and courtesy in dealing with staff, Tribal Citizens, volunteers, and the public;
  • Highly effective when working independently and in a team environment;
  • Ability to respond effectively to management direction and adapt to frequent changes, delays, and unexpected events;
  • Able to learn, create and follow complex written policies, procedures and compliance guidelines;
  • Thorough knowledge of Native cultural material and variables throughout the United States, Virginia and the surrounding region;
  • Knowledge of planning, developing, and monitoring budgets;
  • Exceptional interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills;
  • Must have strong time management skills;
  • Must maintain strict confidentiality of sensitive data, records, and files, etc.;
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and the ability to learn new software;
  • Ability to develop and manage electronic databases.

Accommodation(s): The position requires the ability to carry out the noted essential job duties as outlined above. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the Tribal Preservation Officer.

 Supervisory Relationships: Tribal Preservation Officer reports to and shall receive general direction from the Cultural Resource Director/Museum Director. They will show initiative in carrying out assigned duties and responsibilities in a professional and businesslike manner, consistent with Pamunkey Indian Tribe policies and requirements.

Indian Preference: Qualified persons with Indian Preference are given priority for this position. If you are claiming Indian Preference, you MUST submit documentation verifying Indian Preference. Examples of verification documentation include: Certification by an authorized representative of the tribe, band or other organized group of Indians, a Tribal membership card or a Tribal voter registration card. 

Other Details:

Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8:00AM – 4:30 PM

Ability to commute/relocate: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Preferred)

Subject to a background check upon hire.