Curator of Collections - Ella Sharp Museum (8/1/2019)
Reports to: Executive Director
Classification: Full time, non-exempt
Department: Curatorial Affairs
Supervises: Contract employees, volunteers and department interns
Salary Range: Coordinator $14.50-$17.50/hr, 37.5 hours/week
About this position
Under the direction of the museum’s Executive Director, the Curator of Collections (CC) provides direction and guidance to the museum’s collecting efforts by connecting the museum’s mission and vision with the greater Jackson community through a robust exploration of historic themes, artistic ideas, and community needs. The CC is responsible for successfully shaping the direction of the museum’s collection while managing its care. This position is also part of a team that interprets and cares for the historic outbuildings on the Museum’s property. The CC works primarily M-F, 9 am—5 pm, one weekend per month, with evenings and weekends to meet staffing needs for special events and programs.
This position spends approximately 25% of the time planning for and developing collections, 25% of the time cataloging and processing collections, 20% of time caring for historic structures, 20% assisting with exhibitions and interpretation. The remaining 10% of the time is dedicated to all staff projects or any other duties assigned.
Representative responsibilities of this position include:
This position requires the ability to do one or more of the following throughout the day: sit, stand, and walk, to lift up to 30 lbs. occasionally, do close work in an office environment using a computer monitor and perform repetitive hand movements. Employee must be able to communicate verbally. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. All job applicants receive equal consideration for employment.
About the Ella Sharp Museum
The Ella Sharp Museum, founded in 1965, offers programs, exhibits, and experiences preserving community history, advancing art appreciation and understanding, connecting children with science and, through the Cell Block 7 Museum, explores Jackson’s prison history. Our 10-acre campus includes the Hadwin Center with exhibit galleries, program spaces, offices and a museum store; the Merriman Sharp farmhouse, a one-room schoolhouse, a log cabin, barn and other historic structures; and the Hurst Planetarium. Our mission focuses on providing opportunities to connect our community with history, the arts, and science. We received American Alliance of Museums accreditation in 1978 and have been reaccredited twice. One of the first small museums in the country to receive such distinction, the Ella Sharp Museum is one of only 38 accredited institutions in the state of Michigan.
How to apply:
Submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample, PDF preferred, via email to:
Applications will be accepted until August 1, 2019. Resumes will be reviewed upon receipt.
Posted on the MMA website 5/30/2019.