Curator - Berrien County Historical Association (4/16/2020)

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to by APRIL 16, 2020.

The Curator serves as an integral part of the BCHA team, working with the Executive Director (ED) and Museum Operations Coordinator (MOC) to advance our mission within Berrien County and beyond. This position’s primary focus is programming and outreach initiatives followed by collections care and management. The curator is also integral to the implementation of the Strategic Plan.

Salary & Benefits: $32,500 (salaried) annual plus paid vacation, paid PTO, 401K, museum gift shop discount, and access to association memberships. In order to facilitate a healthy work life, the curator will receive their own office space.

NOTE: Health insurance and relocation expenses are not offered at this time.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required, with related or adjacent subject preferred; minimum of two years experience in museum field (combination of paid & unpaid/volunteer positions); experience in programming, public speaking, and collections care necessary; flexible schedule (including weekends and evenings) needed; experience leading employees/volunteers/interns

Accommodations: Reasonable accommodations can be provided, but candidate must be able to maneuver stairs and carry upwards to 40 lbs. Additionally, must be able to handle delicate and/or fragile artifacts and art pieces

Travel: 15% to 20%, including local, state, national, and possible international destinations

Skills: Required experience with Google suite, Microsoft Office suite, PastPerfect OR similar collections management system, and social media. Additional experience in Adobe suite, Point of Sale systems, power tools, and general knowledge of website backchannel preferred.

To Apply: A cover letter and resume emailed to Email and letter made attention to Rhiannon Cizon, Executive Director by April 16, 2020

Note: The break down for the position is as follows, with percentages approximate based on previous curators. This is not a complete list of duties and the ED may assign other as needed throughout the curator’s tenure.

Programming and Outreach: 40%
• Works with the ED and MOC to create annual programs calendar, including speaker series, Signature Event, large scale programs, and individual programming throughout the year
• Serves as a lecturer and/or guide on talks, tours, and other similar opportunities on a wide range of topics
• Works with local community groups to schedule programs and talks related to Berrien County history
• Serve as an interpreter or “reenactor” for specialty events if needed

Collections & Archival Care: 30%
• Process remaining backlog of collection items
• Issue letters of recognition to donors and provide updates if requested by them
• Process reports as requested for board meetings, annual reports, etc.
• Fulfill all research requests received by the public
• Work with ED on eventual move and reorganization of collections

Exhibitions Creation: 15%
• Work with ED to create a tentative exhibits schedule, including those based on BCHA collections, external travelling exhibits, and third party exhibits (i.e. art shows)
• Create vignettes style exhibit displays with community partners as needed

Other: 15%
• Serve as stand in for front desk as needed
• Assist with all fundraising events, including working events as needed
• Manage & train volunteers and/or interns as assigned by MOC
• Represents the BCHA in external meetings as assigned by ED
• Contributes to The Docket (monthly newsletter) and to social media, following standards set by ED for posting and distribution

Posted on 3/18/2020


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