POSITION TITLE: Curator of Exhibits
WAGE RANGE: $16.00-$24.00/hr
BENEFITS: Simple IRA
HOURS WORKED: 40.0 (Mon-Fri) variable Saturdays
SUPERVISOR: Executive director
Plans, directs, and coordinates exhibit functions.
The curator of exhibits will produce both onsite and offsite exhibits that uphold the mission of Lane County History Museum and provide interesting and relevant material to the community. The ideal candidate will have at least 2 years of professional curation experience with demonstrated accomplishments in or knowledge of contemporary principles of equity and inclusion in museums. Further, the candidate will have a strong interest in local history and have the ability to work collaboratively with stake-holding community members. Exhibits should utilize both the museum’s in-house collections, as well as outside material.
The curator of exhibits is responsible for exhibit scheduling, budgeting, research, writing, graphic design, rentals, execution or overseeing of space preparation, installation and de-installation. The curator works with various LCHM staff members in different capacities from the planning stage to implementation, as well as collaboratively with community members and organizations. The curator of exhibits works with the Archivist and Research Librarian to access in-house research resources, as well as archival material for exhibit. The curator also works with the Collection Manager to access artifacts. Additional staff members may assist with installation and de-installation, or other labor intensive aspects, at the discretion of the curator and/or executive director.
Additionally, other responsibilities of the curator of exhibits include being a permanent member of the equity and inclusion committee, creation of digital exhibits in coordination with the graphic artist and webmaster, writing copy for exhibit press releases, writing articles for the LCHM Artifact newsletter, public speaking engagements and gallery tours, assist with special events, and assisting with general museum operations as needed.
At least 2 years of professional curation experience (demonstrated)
A Bachelor’s Degree in History, Museum Studies, Anthropology, or a related field
Knowledge of best practices in artifact handling
Knowledge of basic collection management and conservation principles as they relate to exhibit concerns
Excellent writing skills (demonstrated)
Excellent research skills
Ability to manage projects with thorough communication
Ability to keep a project and departmental budget
Ability to climb stairs and ladders and lift up to 40 lbs
3+ years of professional curation experience (demonstrated)
A Master’s Degree in History, Museum Studies, Anthropology, or a related field
Experience in graphic design (demonstrated)
Ability to attract, select, train, and oversee volunteers
Flexibility in using different media
Current drivers license