Job Listing: Part Time Curator

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Virginia Quilt Museum - Harrisonburg, VA

Closes: January 3


The Virginia Quilt Museum is hiring a Part-Time Curator. The Virginia Quilt Museum was founded in 1995 and is the Official Quilt Museum of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Charged with a mission of “celebrating and nurturing Virginia's quilting heritage," the Museum offers three floors of rotating, curated gallery space. Each round of exhibits features quilts from the Museum’s collection, as well as traveling exhibitions. Heirloom quilts, contemporary quilts, and art quilts are typically featured simultaneously, allowing visitors the chance to marvel at the extreme variety of styles, techniques, and themes present in quilts.

The Curator must be approachable, enthusiastic, and able to multitask and prioritize writing and exhibit projects. The Curator is required to have excellent communication skills and promote the Museum’s vision and objectives. Providing ongoing care and documentation of a large collection of quilts and artifacts for the Virginia Quilt Museum, in accordance with relevant state and federal laws and regulations, and museum/gallery policies and procedures. The Curator performs diverse activities related to both collections and exhibitions, including research and curatorial activities. Assists with exhibition development and installations, and implementation of related educational programs and publications. The Curator will develop original content for exhibitions, museum/gallery programs, and publications, and curate exhibitions.

Main Duties of the Position:

1. Provides the daily operations of the museum's curatorial functions, to include research on collections for publications, exhibitions, and/or related to the documentation, care, and maintenance of the collection. Manages acquisitions and de-accessions, processing loans and research requests, cataloging, housing and storing objects, and managing inventory.

2. Assists in the coordination of guest-curated exhibitions, touring exhibitions, outreach programs, and museum-related public programs/events.

3. Develops original curatorial content including exhibitions, curatorial text, publications, and educational programs and materials.

4. Conducts research on proposed gifts and/or acquisitions as assigned, to advise the Director and collection committee.

5. Provides information and consultation to external constituencies and/or the general public on matters pertaining to the collection.

6. Plans and develops strategies for generating funds and other resources for the museum.

7. Provides research assistance to staff related to the development and organization of exhibitions, public programs, and publications as assigned.

8. Interacts with the local, scholarly, and museum community and responds to research or educational requests related to the collections.

9. Trains community service volunteers, students, and/or volunteers for museum functions.

10. Participates in staff meetings, serves on working committees, and other museum functions.

11. Supervises interns, community service volunteers, and/or student employees on directed projects.

12. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

13. Oversees the Library to ensure that the staff and public have regular access to research and archival materials and that the institution’s digital and paper records are preserved according to best practices.

14. Promotes the museum mission and vision in all activities; works collaboratively with staff and the community; represents the museum both within and outside the building and works to fulfill the museum’s operating and strategic goals.

15. Writes grants and corporate sponsorship proposals with Executive Director for select collections and exhibit projects.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

· Strong interpersonal skills that include being tactful and diplomatic and dealing effectively in a team environment.

· Knowledge and understanding of curatorial principles, methods, procedures, and techniques.

· Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, as well as listening skills.

· Knowledge and understanding of the field represented by the collection.

· Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.

· Ability to coordinate and organize meetings and/or special events.

· Proficiency in the use of computers (PC and Mac), Microsoft Office software, Google Docs, and Google Calendar.

· Skill in manipulating databases, such as Past Perfect.

· Ability to analyze project requirements and prepare work estimates.

· Ability to finish Exhibitions before opening day.

· Knowledge of research methodology, principles, and procedures.

· Prepare and draft for Director’s signature all contracts for exhibits, tours, and events planned. As well as other documents that the Director may require.

· Knowledge of quilts, quilt history, or textiles a plus but not required. A willingness to learn about these items a must.


Distinguishing Characteristics

Position requires:

a) facilitating research on collections and conducts research in respective areas in support of exhibitions and/or publications;

b) assisting in taking proper care of the collections, advising on conservation, and participating in planning for the focused growth of the collection and museum;

c) assisting in organizing and implementing exhibitions, public programs, and publications

d) must be able to lift 40 pounds, climb ladders, climb stairs, and be able to do other physical parts of creating exhibits

e) must be willing to travel regularly

f) must work at least one weekend a month or more depending on activities at the museum


This is a part-time position, with up to 25 hours a week.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to by January 3, 2020.