Curator

New Orleans, LA Full-time

The National World War II Museum seeks a skilled, innovative, and collaborative professional to serve as a member of the Curatorial Affairs department in the Collections & Exhibits division.  The Curator is a vital member of the curatorial team and works closely with collections, archives, digitization, exhibits, and education staff members. The Curator participates in the research, proposal, and documentation of acquisitions; publication and presentation on the collection; and will serve as lead on exhibition projects, including the proposal and selection of exhibition themes. This position requires extensive knowledge of WWII material culture, strong written and verbal communication skills, precise attention to detail, and the ability to communicate and work with both scholarly audiences and the general public. A demonstrated team player, the Curator must be able to work independently and collaboratively with a small staff and vigorous work schedule under the supervision of the Senior Curator & Director of Curatorial Affairs.

Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate, propose, and organize new collections to expand and improve the educational and research potential of the Museum’s collections.
  • Develop opportunities for temporary special exhibitions in support of the Museum’s mission, preparing exhibition proposals 3-4 years in advance for review and approval.
  • Inventory, catalog, and document artifacts and archival items in the Museum’s collection management system (Ke EMu).
  • Work with members of Education to develop exhibition-related programs and educational materials.
  • Conduct and/or organize tours, workshops, and instructional sessions to acquaint individuals with the Museum’s collections.
  • Present on collections and exhibitions to the general public through gallery walks, print and online articles, media opportunities and other venues.
  • Provide support in the preparation of grants and other funding proposals to generate revenue in support of curatorial, collections, and exhibit initiatives.

Qualifications

  • MA in History, Museum Science or related field.
  • Minimum of four-year’s experience in a curatorial role at a history museum, cultural center, or similar institution.
  • Extensive knowledge of the American Experience during World War II with emphasis on World War II-era material culture; expertise in US Army and/or USMC operations and equipment preferred.
  • Thorough knowledge of cataloging procedures and standards with a demonstrated ability to work with computerized collections databases.
  • Thorough understanding of best practices for collection stewardship.
  • Exceptional research and verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong project management and organizational skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a proven ability to work well with colleagues, other employees, donors, lenders, and guests.

The National WWII Museum offers a competitive wage and benefits package which includes the following:

  • Competitive wages
  • Medical insurance – 2 plan options; Museum pays 75% of premium
  • Dental and vision insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • 401(k) – Museum matches 50% of employee contribution up to 6%; employer contribution fully vested after 3 years of employment
  • Life insurance and AD&D - $15,000 policy employer paid; additional life and AD&D available
  • Long term disability
  • Paid vacation and sick leave, 10 paid holidays per year
  • Free parking
  • Tuition assistance and professional development
  • Employee assistance program

 

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