Director or Curatorial Affairs - Ella Sharp Museum
Reports to: Executive Director
Classification: Full time, Exempt
Location: 3225 Fourth St, Jackson MI
Department: Curatorial Affairs
Supervises: Archives Coordinator, Exhibits Coordinator, Cell Block 7 Manager, Interns and Volunteers
Salary: $33,000-$38,000 with benefits
About this position
Under the direction of the museum’s Executive Director, the Director of Curatorial Affairs (DCA) provides leadership to the Ella by connecting the museum’s mission and vision with the greater Jackson community through a robust exploration of historic themes, artistic ideas, and community needs. The DCA serves as the museum’s chief curator, provides direction and guidance to the museum’s collecting efforts and exhibition program, and ensures the Cell Block 7 satellite museum is integrated with all areas of museum operations. The DCA is a member of the senior staff team that includes the Director of Learning and Engagement, Director of External Affairs, Director of Facilities, and the Accounting and Business Office Manager. This position is primarily 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday with occasional evening, weekend and holiday hours.
Representative responsibilities of this office include:
This position requires the ability to do one or more of the following throughout the day: sit, stand, and walk, to lift up to 30 lbs occasionally, do close work in an office environment using a computer monitor and perform repetitive hand movements. Employee must be able to communicate verbally. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
About the Ella Sharp Museum
The Ella Sharp Museum, founded in 1965, offers programs, exhibits and experiences preserving community history, advancing art appreciation and understanding, connecting children with science and, through the Cell Block 7 Museum, explores Jackson’s prison history. Our 10 acre campus includes the Hadwin Center with exhibit galleries, program spaces, offices and a museum store; the Merriman Sharp farmhouse, a one-room schoolhouse, a log cabin, barn and other historic structures; and the Hurst Planetarium. Our mission focuses on providing opportunities to connect our community with history, the arts, and science. We received American Alliance of Museums accreditation in 1978 and have been reaccredited twice. One of the first small museums in the country to receive such distinction, the Ella Sharp Museum is one of only 38 accredited institutions in the state of Michigan.
About Cell Block 7: Michigan’s Prison Museum
Operated in partnership with the Michigan Department of Corrections, the Cell Block 7 museum occupies two decommissioned buildings on the grounds of the still-active State Prison of Southern Michigan. Visitors tour the prisoner intake building then pass through to the 5-story tall cell block where they can enter individual cells and the main dining area or explore exhibits on prison history.
How to apply:
Submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample, PDF preferred, via email to:
Diane Gutenkauf, Executive Director,
Ella Sharp Museum,
Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2018. Resumes will be reviewed upon receipt.