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Museum Chief Curator

City of Mesa
Higley, Arizona
Closing date
Dec 9, 2023

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Position Type
Archivist / Curator / Librarian
Full Time
Museum Studies
Organization Type

First review of applications will be on Monday, August 28, 2023.

The Museum Chief Curator provides direction, oversight, and leads the museum's research, collections, engagement, interpretation, communication, and overall curation for the Research and Collections Division of the Arizona Museum for Natural History for the fields of natural and social sciences. Responsibilities include providing strategic direction of the Research and Collections Division, including collections management, strategy development, and implementation of Research and Collections policies and procedures of a general curatorial nature relating to the fields of Social Sciences (ethnology, archaeology, anthropology, community cultures) or Natural Sciences (paleontology, geology, biology); and providing curatorial expertise on exhibitions and programming. The Museum Chief Curator is responsible for developing scientific and museum networks within the region and nationally, to increase the scientific influence and prestige of its research, collections, engagement, programming, and communications.

The Museum Chief Curator also has responsibility for the overall Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program, and the Digital scanning program, to include CT scans, photogrammetry, and other Database management systems, and to act as the data custodian and liaison to the City's IT department. The Museum Chief Curator also supervises full-time, part-time, contractual, and volunteer personnel and may act in the stead of any absent curator. This class is also responsible for performing related duties as required.

General supervision is received from the Museum Administrator, who reviews work through conferences, meetings, reports, and overall results achieved. This class is FLSA exempt-professional.

Please refer to the link below for the full and additional information regarding assignments, preferred qualifications, and essential functions.

Qualifications & Requirements

Employee Values: All employees of the City of Mesa are expected to uphold and exhibit the City's shared employee values of Knowledge, Respect, and Integrity.

Minimum Qualifications Required. Any combination of training, education, or experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's Degree in a Social Science, Natural Science, or related field, such as Museum Studies, Anthropology, Biology, Geology, Paleontology, Ecology, or a closely related area. Extensive (5+ years) museum curatorial or equivalent experience.

Preferred/Desirable Qualifications. Ph.D. in a field of the Social or Natural Sciences and experience in responsible positions in a museum is preferred. May have been published in a professionally recognized publication and been credited within the publication. Good (1 - 3 years) experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), CT Scans, photogrammetry, or similar 3D spatial databases.

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