Curator, William A. Neal Museum of the Health Sciences, West Virginia & Regional History Center

  • 14 Jun 2022 9:56 AM
    Message # 12816101

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    The West Virginia and Regional History Center is accepting applications for a Curator of the William A. Neal Museum of the Health Sciences.

    About the Opportunity

    The Curator manages the operations of the Neal Museum including administration, exhibitions, outreach, collections management, and development.

    We strongly believe in work-life balance and keeping time for things we love outside our work. WVU offers generous benefits, including:

    • 37.5-hour work week 
    • 13 paid holidays (staff holiday calendar)
    • 24 annual leave (vacation) days per year
    • 18 sick days per year
      (for when you’re ill, for when you need time to care for sick family, for your own, or your family’s, regularly scheduled medical appointments. Who is family for the purpose of this leave? A lot of people in your life including immediate relatives and in-laws as well as others considered to be members of your household living under the same roof)
    • WVU offers a range of health insurance and other benefits (this position is a benefits-eligible non-classified staff position)
    • 401(a) retirement savings with 6% employee contribution match, eligibility to continue health insurance, and other retiree perks. Looking for more retirement benefits information? Check out retirement health insurance benefits, retirement income, and FAQ’s.
    • Wellness programs

    Minimum Starting Salary $55,000

    Review of applications will begin June 2, 2022 until filled.

    What you’ll do:


    • Develops vision and leadership for the future of the Neal Museum in collaboration with WVU Libraries, the West Virginia and Regional History Center, and WVU Health Sciences Center.
    • Establishes organizational objectives and priorities, implements processes and policies for the continuous improvement and development of the museum, and evaluates the progress of the museum.
    • Liaises with representatives from the WVU Health Sciences Library; the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Public Health, and Pharmacy; and Health Sciences Center Administration.
    • Works collaboratively with the Pharmacy Museum and other creative commons spaces at the Health Sciences Center
    • Works collaboratively with Neal Museum Steering Committee
    • Liaises with HSC Facilities for changes and repairs to the physical exhibit


    • Maintains and updates core exhibit as needed and plans, designs, and installs rotating exhibitions in the museum space.
    • Conducts extensive and thorough research on exhibition themes.
    • Prepares digital content for display in the museum space.
    • Develops online exhibitions.
    • Executes all aspects of exhibition development and implementation in compliance with professional standards and best practices for museums.


    • Develops and presents public programming that reaches broad racial and ethnic demographic groups within the University community and beyond.
    • Designs tours and activities for K-12 students
    • Writes press releases and develops promotional materials for the museum
    • Writes articles, blog posts, and other publications that highlight the museum and its collections.

    Collections Management and Care

    • Assists with the accessioning, deaccessioning, and documentation of museum collections.
    • Oversees the care, maintenance and handling, security, and environmental monitoring of museum's collections following professional standards and practices.
    • Collaborates with WVRHC Rare Books Curator on incorporation of history of medicine book collection in exhibits and programming.


    • Builds and maintains relationships with current and potential donors.
    • Identifies, cultivates, and solicits new donors and supporters in collaboration with Library and Health Sciences Development Officers.
    • Raises support through preparation of grant proposals.


    • ·         Master’s in museum studies, public history, or a related field.
    • A minimum three (3) years of professional experience in the museum field.
    • Knowledge of or willingness to learn the history of West Virginia, the Appalachian region, and the United States.
    • Knowledge of or willingness to learn the history of medicine.
    • Ability to research and interpret historical themes.
    • Knowledge of curatorial and research practices needed to develop museum policies and exhibitions.
    • Knowledge of museum collection management practices and software.
    • Excellent writing and communication skills.
    • Ability to or willingness to learn to develop and create digital content.


    • Cover letter.
    • Curriculum Vitae.

    About WVU 

    At West Virginia University, we pride ourselves on a tireless endeavor for achievement. We are home to some of the most passionate, innovative minds in the country who push their limits for the sake of progress, constantly moving the world forward. Our students, faculty and staff make this institution one of the best out there, and we are proud to stand as one voice, one university, one WVU. Find out more about your opportunities as a Mountaineer at

    West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.