Position Title – Curator of African American History and Special Projects
Closes – August 13, 2021
Salary –$55,000 – $67,000
Job Type – Full-Time
Apply – Please send a cover letter, numeric salary requirements, CV/resume, three (3) examples of previous work on the topic of African American History, references to email@example.com with ‘Curator’ and your first and last name in the subject line. Incomplete application packet will not be considered. No phone calls please.
Summary – The Fredericksburg Area Museum (FAM) is seeking a Curator of African American History and Special Projects position that will be directly responsible for leading a citywide interpretive initiative for African American History in the City of Fredericksburg and at the Fredericksburg Area Museum.
In 2017, the City of Fredericksburg engaged the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience in a year-long study to conduct an initiative to better understand the community’s telling of their African American history. In response to this study, and the decision by City Council to remove a slave auction block from the public right away, the Fredericksburg Area Museum seeks to identify a Curator of African American History & Cultural Heritage that can lead the community through a city-wide interpretive plan for African American history. This Curator will provide professional subject matter expertise on the public interpretation of African American history by developing, implementing, and monitoring an ongoing comprehensive program for the identification, recording, and interpretation of resources through a variety of media—onsite exhibits, museum exhibits, publications, and digital.
The position works under the supervision of the President and CEO.
Primary Duties include, but are not limited to:
General Project and Management
Master’s degree (preferred) in museum studies, public history, or closely related fields and three-year experience in the collection, synthesis, evaluation, and presentation of historical data using multi-faceted approaches. OR five-years of curatorial, exhibit development, and public interpretation beyond a bachelor’s degree. Candidate must have demonstrated knowledge of Black history and cultural heritage, cross-cultural sensitivity, and a thorough understanding of museum ethics and best practices.
PREFERRED CANDIDATE CAN SUCCESSFULLY DEMONSTRATE:
The successful candidate will be a forward-thinking and dynamic individual who possesses a passion for preserving and sharing the past and a belief in the power of original documents/photographs/artifacts and the stories they embody to engage people in making personal connections to history through research, exhibit experiences, and educational programs. A creative imagination, the ability to recognize and deal with sensitive issues and diverse cultures, and a willingness to step outside the traditional curatorial role are highly desirable.
Additional requirements for this position:
We believe that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The Fredericksburg Area Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.
The Fredericksburg Area Museum (FAM) is looking for a highly organized, focused, energetic individual to fill the position of a contracted (1099) Curator of Collections and Exhibitions. Term of this contract is May 1 – September 30, 2021. The contractor commits to 24 hours a week, Monday-Friday (specific days to be negotiated) and works directly with the President and CEO. This contractor is responsible for the management and maintenance of all aspects of the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. Expert knowledge of PastPerfect V.5, Microsoft office, Excel, and PowerPoint required; Adobe Suites experience preferred. Contractor will have knowledge of the process of developing exhibits to include planning, design, fabrication, and installation. In addition, candidate will understand best practices and standards of collections stewardship as set forth by the American Alliance of Museums.
Education and experience requirements:
Bachelor’s Degree in Museum Studies, Public History, History, Historic Preservation, or equivalent; Master’s Degree in Museum Studies preferred. Minimum of 5-years curatorial and exhibition experience required.
Specific duties include:
Please submit cover letter, resume, three references, two writing samples, exhibition sample overseen by the candidate, and contract rate to firstname.lastname@example.org. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE!