Curator Area of Focus: Underrepresented Communities -Virginia Museum of History and Culture

  • 29 Sep 2020 1:40 PM
    Message # 9272405

    Virginia Museum of History & Culture

    Division:                     Collections & Exhibitions                                                          

    Reports to:                  Senior Director of Curatorial Affairs                                           

    Position Status:          Full-time; Exempt

    Salary Range:               $45,000-$55,000 annual

    Position summary:

    As a member of the museum’s curatorial team, this position will focus on the acquisition, documentation, care, and access to VMHC collections representing the cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity of Virginia. The Curator also develops in-house and traveling exhibitions that engage diverse audiences in dialogue and the exploration of relevant issues and ideas, and that help VMHC realize its mission and business goals.

    Duties & Responsibilities:

    Collection Responsibilities

    • Build VMHC’s collections through the identification, appraisal, and acquisition of appropriate items that represent the rich demographic diversity of Virginia
    • Develop and sustain relationships with communities whose stories are under-represented by VMHC’s collections to create collecting opportunities
    • Promote and provide access to the collections through technology and related services for the collections, work closely with staff librarians, curators, and archivists to research and document collections
    • Support the physical management, care, and preservation of the collections
    • Serve as an institutional authority and spokesperson for VMHC with the public and media on specific aspects of Virginia’s history and material culture; engage in public outreach in the form of lectures, tours, and research assistance

    Exhibition Responsibilities

    • Research and develop ideas for exhibitions and programs that meet VMHC’s mission, community engagement and business goals, and leverage the collections
    • Provide content expertise as part of a core team that leads the collaborative development and implementation of exhibition projects
    • Work within a cross-functional team to oversee the care, upkeep, and refreshment of core gallery experiences
    • Collaborate with Guest Engagement Division staff to develop plans for exhibition-related programming, activities, and evaluation

    Project Management and Administration

    • Lead and serve on cross-functional teams and committees
    • Participate in VMHC institutional priority setting, and strategic and annual business planning
    • Develop and steward collection donor relationships in partnership with VMHC staff and trustees
    • Contribute to the development, writing, implementation, and reporting of grants; participate in the development of corporate and other partnership proposals
    • Contribute to the development and writing of articles, public relations, and external communications materials as needed
    • Keep abreast of developments in the fields of Virginia history, exhibitions, and museums; stay current with professional best practices
    • Perform other duties as assigned

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Necessary:

    • Knowledge of United States and Virginia history
    • Historical knowledge of cultural, ethnic, and racial groups within Virginia
    • Ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across cultures
    • Knowledge of principles and best practices of the care and maintenance of historical collections
    • Demonstrated ability to build partnerships and work with individuals and community-based organizations.
    • Broad knowledge of current trends in curatorship, exhibition development and community engagement
    • Understanding of museum ethics and standards for collections management
    • Exceptional communication skills and experience with the public, donor groups, press, external and internal stakeholders

    Education & Experience Requirements:

    A combination of experience and education that demonstrates possession of the necessary knowledge and abilities for this position is required as noted:

    • Advanced degree in a relevant field such as American history, African American studies, Latin American studies, Native American and Indigenous studies, Asian and Pacific Islander American studies, museum studies, or equivalent work experience required. Ph.D. preferred
    • ·         Demonstrated experience with collections research, development and documentation associated with museum objects
    • Three years of demonstrated experience developing exhibitions with broad community relevance and appeal
    • Demonstrated commitment to achieving equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace and the community

    Note & Special Requirements:

    Please include a two to three-page writing sample (e.g., exhibit script, grant application, article, blogpost) with your application.


    If interested in this job opportunity, please apply and upload your cover letter and resume to

    The Virginia Museum of History & Culture is owned and operated by the Virginia Historical Society — a private, non-profit organization established in 1831. The historical society is the oldest cultural organization in Virginia, and one of the oldest and most distinguished history organizations in the nation. For use in its state history museum and its renowned research library, the historical society cares for a collection of nearly nine million items representing the ever-evolving story of Virginia.

    The Virginia Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

    Last modified: 08 Oct 2020 10:56 AM | Anonymous
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