Curator of Collections – Saginaw Art Museum

JOB SUMMARY:

The Curator of Collections’ overall objective is to plan, schedule, conceptualize, design, coordinate, and otherwise oversee the 9 to 11 exhibitions per year associated with the museum. Additional responsibility for the development and implementation of related interpretive and educational plans. The Curator of Collections will also have responsibility for the overall management of the permanent collection. The Curator of Collections will serve as a lead docent and be responsible for the coordination and training of volunteer docents as well as facilitate educational programs for all grade levels.

REPORTS TO:  

Executive Director

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Responsible for all aspects of exhibitions, including establishing timelines, packing/shipping arrangements, installation/design and adhering to opening and closing schedule.
  • Responsible for the research and publication of the collection.
  • Participates in planning and scheduling of collections projects and attends planning meetings as assigned by Executive Director.
  • Oversees and participates in exhibition installation including moving Mila walls, painting, and installing artworks.
  • Responsible for management of volunteer docent program.
  • Responsible for various museum social media accounts
  • Responsible for all educational programing and interpretation related to the collections and exhibitions.
  • Responsible for outreach associated with the permanent collection and exhibitions at the Saginaw Art Museum including acting as a representative of the museum for internal and external community groups.
  • Handles information requests related to the collection.
  • Performs various clerical duties including data entry, correspondence, janitorial tasks, and other duties as assigned.
  • Required to work weekends, evenings and events as required, engaging the public at museum special events and providing tours/commentary on permanent collection and special exhibitions

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES PREFERRED:

  1. Bachelors degree in Art History or Museum Studies. Master’s preferred. Knowledge of 18th, 19th and early 20th century American or European art preferred.
  2. At least 3 years experience in a museum setting, with demonstrated research skills and knowledge of art history in addition to exhibition planning/execution and registration duties. Knowledge of AAM standards and best practices required.
  3. Familiarity with collection management and marketing/design software (PastPerfect, Adobe Suite).
  4. Must possess a high degree of proficiency in public relations skills along with the ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing. 
  5. Strong detail orientation with demonstrated ability to manage more than one active project concurrently and independently. Proven organizational skills needed to coordinate complicated collections projects and domestic and international exhibition projects.
  6. Ability to remain calm in a fast-pace work environment that frequently involves working under deadlines.

To apply or to inquire, please send cover letter and resume with references to Sarah Trew at, assoccurator@saginawartmuseum.org.

Posted on the MMA website 1/30.

        
 The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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