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Curator of Collections and Exhibitions

Idaho Division of Human Resources
Boise, Idaho
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Sep 29, 2022

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Curator of Collections and Exhibitions
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Curator of Collections and Exhibitions
$23.03 - $27.97 Hourly
Boise, ID
Job Type
Full Time
Idaho State Historical Society
Job Number
9/25/2022 11:59 PM Mountain
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The Curator of Collections & Exhibitions provides leadership and direction to Idaho State Museum interpretive planning, collections management and conservation, and exhibitions development. As a member of the Museum Program Manager Team, the Curator of Collections & Exhibitions will work in partnership with other Agency program managers. This position ensures that Museum exhibitions are consistent with the Agency's mission and strategic plan. This position is also responsible for overseeing the management and care of the state's permanent collection of historic artifacts. The Curator of Collections & Exhibitions works to ensure that all exhibitions provide an outstanding visitor experience, meet the interests of diverse audiences, demonstrate a high level of creativity, scholarship, and innovation and the Museum collections are appropriately cared for, are accessible to the citizens of Idaho and contribute to understanding and preserving Idaho's rich history.
Example of Duties
- As a member of the Museum Program Manager Team, shares responsibility or museum strategy, operations, and making recommendations to the Museum Administrator regarding museum actions that require policy level decisions;
- In consultation with the Museum Director and appropriate staff, develops policies and procedures for museum collections & exhibitions and interpretation, in alignment with the Agency's strategic plan and in accordance with professional standards set by the American Association of Museums;
- Cultivates relationships with professional colleagues, partner organizations, and the community to advance the Agency's and Museum's strategic goals.
- Maintains knowledge of current museum practice and standards for preservation and conservation of artifacts and exhibition design and implementation.
- With the Museum Administrator, develop multi-year exhibition schedule.
- Develop timelines, project goals, workplans for involved staff, implementation strategies and plans.
- Manages and provides professional oversight for museum permanent, temporary, and traveling exhibition projects including planning, budgeting, scheduling, and execution/installation;
- Curate exhibitions, including: developing proposals; identifying and locating artifacts and images; conceptualizing, researching, and interpreting collection materials and their historical context; developing exhibition narrative and walk through documents, contributing to the development of A/V and interactive experiences, and writing accessible interpretive label copy;
- Co-curates or works in consultation with outside scholars on Museum exhibitions;
- In consultation with the Museum Administrator, Museum Program Managers, and other appropriate ISHS staff including Development, Fiscal, and Marketing, evaluate exhibitions for effectiveness and impact, and contribute to public programming and tour activities to feature and highlight Museum collections whether on exhibition or in storage.
- Partner with the Agency staff and the Museum Collections Committee on collections acquisitions.
- Oversees all elements of the Museum Collections Management, including explaining museum collections donations procedures to the general public, working directly with donors to facilitate legal transfer of ownership of objects, determining the proper storage procedures for artifact preservation and conservation, preparing artifacts for exhibition and storage, assessing transportation and shipping needs for artifacts.
- Works with the Collections & Exhibitions team and other appropriate staff to determine objects to be added to the permanent collection and works with team to determine items to be deaccessioned.
- Provide oversight and consultation to the Capital Curation Program.
- Manage contracts with vendors for conservation, inventory, exhibition maintenance, or other special projects.
- Convenes and chairs the Museum's Exhibitions Committee and Collections Committee.
- Oversees the Collections & Exhibitions department budget;
- Serves as lead staff contact for borrowed/traveling exhibitions, maintains contract records, and works with the collections department on shipping, condition reporting, and installation of those exhibits;
- Works with the Division of Risk Management and collections department staff to secure fine arts insurance for borrowed/traveling exhibitions and artifacts;
- Maintains/manages/oversees permanent, temporary, and traveling exhibitions records including contracts, exhibition inventories, photographs of the exhibition, and permissions paperwork;
- Supervises contractors, staff, interns, and volunteers involved in exhibition development and preparation.
Additional Responsibilities
- Some amount of weekend and evening time spent in museum programming events and workshops;
- Provide support to agency public programs and outreach effort;
- Support the Mission, Vision and Values of the Agency;
- Support and demonstrate the Work Culture Standards;
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
- Planning and implementing projects
- Developing, promoting and gaining project support
- Interpreting and explaining specialized or complex material into information usable by the public
Preferred Qualifications:
- Experience developing timelines, project goals, work plans, implementation strategies in a Museum or cultural institution setting
- Experience supervising staff
- Experience with general museum collections policies, classification, registration and cataloging principles according to best practices with professional standards set by the American Associations of Museums.
Supplemental Information
To learn more about the Idaho State Historical Society, please visit our website at:
Working for the state offers the ability to easily balance work and life commitments, including benefits such as a flexible work schedule, PERSI ( retirement , medical/dental ( insurance , a wellness program ( and state-facilitated training ( .
Make a difference in your community and in the lives of the citizens of Idaho today by applying to be a Curator of Collections and Exhibit for the Idaho State Historical Society.
Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources at (208) 334-2263.
Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.
*Benefits may not be applicable for temporary or seasonal positions.
MQ 1-Describe your experience planning, coordinating, and implementing project. Typically this is met by approximately one year of work experience with responsibility for planning, coordinating, and implementing projects.
MQ 2-Describe your experience developing, promoting and gaining project support. Typically requires approximately one year of experience developing, promoting and gaining for a project.
MQ 3- Describe your experience interpreting and explaining specialized or complex material in a way usable by the public. This requires a background where the interpretation of laws, policies, procedures, rules or similar types of information were analyzed and communicated orally, in writing, graphically and /or on the web in a way that was usable by the public.
Extra Credit: Please describe your experience planning and implementing projects including timelines, project goals, workplans, implementation strategies in a Museum or cultural institution setting. Typically this is met through approximately one year of experience managing projects within a museum or cultural institute. Your experience must have included being responsible for the development of the projects as well as being responsible for assessing the projects toward goals and project outcomes.
Extra Credit: Do you have experience supervising others? This is typically gained by six months of experience with the responsibilities of supervising others, including performance management, assigning tasks, resolving conflicts, etc.
- Yes, I have at least six months of experience as described above.
- No, I do not have six months of experience as described above.
Extra Credit: Please describe your background that has given you good knowledge of the following: General museum collections policies, classification, registration and cataloging principles according to best practices with professional standards set by the American Associations of Museums to include: a. Chenhall System for classifying historical objects b. History research methods with the ability to collect, organize and compile history research data into a logical order. c. Artifact preservation methods. This is typically gained by a Bachelor's degree in History, Museum Studies, Anthropology, Archeology, Art, Design, Graphic Design, or a related field with at least 6 credit hours of completed courses focusing on museum curation, registration or collection management OR a year of experience working with collection classification, registration and cataloguing that covers all the areas listed above in a museum setting.
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