Curator of Exhibitions

Company Name: 

Oregon Historical Society

Job Description: 

The Curator of Exhibitions is responsible for developing dynamic and educational exhibitions that are reflective of the Oregon Historical Society's (OHS) mission, vision and strategic goals. This position reports to the Museum Director (MD).

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Curates, manages, and evaluates exhibitions under the leadership/direction of the Museum Director.
  2. Works with Museum Director to: create exhibition schedule, propose exhibitions, and develop curatorial direction for the institution.
  3. Researches and writes exhibition copy, and other interpretive materials, and as needed, provides content for grants/marketing/articles.
  4. Collaborates with OHS staff, community partners, advisors, designers, fabricators, and other contractors in development of OHS exhibitions and ancillary materials.
     

JOB DUTIES

  • Curates OHS exhibitions including researching and developing content, writing exhibit copy, identifying and utilizing OHS collections material in exhibits, locating and coordinating loaned collections materials, and advocating for visitor educational experience and content focus.
  • Develops, manages, updates, and evaluates temporary and permanent exhibitions in OHS gallery spaces including quality control.
  • Able to manage multiple projects at any one time.
  • Works with OHS museum staff on exhibit installation and deinstallation.
  • Works with Museum Director to research and propose exhibitions, coordinate exhibit schedule, and manage incoming traveling exhibitions.
  • Works with collections staff on collections documentation, artifact transportation, and artifact handling for exhibitions and events.
  • Collaborates with OHS staff, community partners, advisors, designers, fabricators, and other contractors in development of OHS exhibitions and ancillary materials. Manages administrative logistics - under Museum Director's direction - exhibition project advisory and team activities, as needed.
  • Use best practices in research, focusing on the study of collections and primary and secondary sources, and striving for the highest possible standard of scholarship that meaningfully adds to the study of Oregon's history.
  • Maintains punctual, regular and predictable attendance.
  • Expected to work a flexible schedule to meet deadlines - including evenings and weekends.
  • Works collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation.
  • Displays excellent communication skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills required in working with coworkers, visitors and volunteers and including the ability to communicate effectively and remain calm and courteous under pressure.
  • Respectfully takes direction from supervisor.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

This position does not supervise employees but may be responsible for the supervision of volunteers, contractors, and/or interns.

QUALIFICATIONS

Ability to perform essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of employee or others. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty 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.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

  • A Master's degree in history, museum studies or cultural studies is preferred
  • 3-5 years museum and/or gallery experience organizing, developing and installing exhibitions.
  • Demonstrated broad depth of knowledge in Oregon history and Pacific Northwest History.
  • Demonstrated experience in object handling according to museum standards.
  • Experience developing, implementing and managing exhibits and educational programs within a non-profit.
  • Experience with digitization and using content technology, such as Argus, preferred.
  • Ability to research, conceptualize, and write exhibit conceptual themes, storylines and text for a wide variety of audiences while maintaining the scholarly integrity of the content.
  • Experience in translating ideas, intellectual or otherwise, into 3-D form using material culture as the basis for the theme(s) being presented.
  • Ability to translate historical themes, concepts, and ideas for a non-academic audience using artifacts and other materials from the collection to illustrate the key points being made.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees within the organization.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

COMPUTER SKILLS

Successful candidate must have moderate computer job skills including logging on to systems, ability to communicate by email, ability to compose documents, enter database information, create presentations, download forms, and preserve/backup important data. In addition, expertise with Word, Excel, Argus, e-mail, and familiarity with general office equipment.

REASONING ABILITY

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

Acceptable documents to establish identity and employment authorization and the ability to pass a background check. Valid driver's license.

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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds unassisted. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Employee is required to use proper care and handling with fragile and/or large objects.

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.

While the noise level in the museum is generally quiet, the noise level in the production environment can be variable based on the materials and equipment utilized to create the exhibit. The employee may be required to work a flex schedule to meet the demands of the position.

 

Pay range: $58,000 - $63,000