Museum Curator and Archivist -- Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

Division:                     I – Cultural Services
Sub-Department: Eyaawing Museum
Job Class                     OH-7
Reports To:                 Museum Director
FLSA Status:              Non-Exempt
BG Classification:      IC3
Salary Start:                16.56/hour
Prepared Date:            April 2009 (updated April 2014, January 2015, September 2015)


This position will serve as a Museum Curator and Archivist under the supervision of the Museum Director.  Responsibilities include the processing of muniment and other records pertaining to the museum collections, identification, documentation and cataloging of all collection objects, application of all strategies necessary for the preservation of the museum collection, curatorial activities related to exhibitions, and/or related programs.  Develop programing which help to educate Tribal members and the surrounding community members. Assist the Director with daily operation procedures. Maintain positive relationships with the Grand Traverse Band and surrounding communities.


  • Assist with awarded grant objectives, activities, timelines. 
  • Maintain and process collection documentation and management.
  • Conduct necessary preservation activities including photographing, cleaning, documentation of all incoming objects
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of historic preservation and exhibitions.
  • Researching and writing cataloging information as it relates to Eyaawing’s collections.
  • Acquire, store and exhibit collections, select the theme of design for exhibits
  • Properly maintain collection storage and work areas as outlined in Curator/Archivist manual.
  • Be able to give tours and presentations in a professional manner and relative to many types of audiences.
  • Promote knowledge and general support for the museum among scholars, collectors, artists and educators, as well as among other museums and the public
  • Assist with the development and implementation of programs that are beneficial to the museum and with the GTB mission.
  • Develop publications for marketing to draw in visitors to Eyaawing events; such as newsletter, flyers, rack cards, brochures, etc.
  • Maintain Eyaawing Museum and Cultural Centers social media sites
  • To attend workshops, trainings, seminars or complete internships as directed.
  • Follow the long and short range goals, objectives, policies and operating procedures for Eyaawing.
  • Network with other museums, cultural centers, institutions and other entities.
  • Assist with grant proposals and fundraising for Eyaawing Museum and Cultural center
  • Attend meetings as required and interface with various groups and individuals as needed.
  • Assist with the daily operating procedures for Odawa Gamik and Eyaawing Museum and Cultural Center
  • Assist as a NAGPRA representative for GTB and assist with contacting institutions receiving federal funding who may hold burial remains, funeral objects or objects of patrimony belonging or culturally affiliated with GTB, as described in the NAGPRA law.
  • Will require travel for training and flexible scheduling.
  • To successfully complete projects as assigned
  • Other duties may be assigned.


  • Must have research and writing skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a museum management team.
  • Appreciation of the specific topic of museum collections.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Basic knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting and cost control procedures.
  • Inventory management skills.
  • Proficient in word processing and other personal computer applications.
  • Ability to interact positively with the local, regional, national tribal agencies and organizations.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with all levels and all people and groups including students, staff, as related to job responsibilities.
  • Must have a pleasant, courteous and professional attitude and presence.
  • Must have the ability to resolve conflicts in a constructive manner.
  • Must have record maintenance skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated patience, tact and respect.
  • Exceptional detail and follow-up skills.
  • Ability to effectively establish priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to quickly evaluate alternatives and decide on a plan of action.
  • Ability to read and write legibly.
  • Must have the ability to work with minimum supervision, to begin projects independently (or as assigned) and to bring projects or assignments to successful completion.


Bachelor’s degree in Education, Public Administration, and Liberal Arts or in a related field is required. *

Related experience working in a Museum and Cultural Center desired.


Must have a valid Michigan Driver’s License and be insurable by the GTB insurance carrier.




General office equipment such as calculators, computers, modem, copies, fax, phone systems, etc.


Frequently involves sedentary work: exerting up to 10 pounds of force and/ or negligible amount of force to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.


The employee uses judgment in identifying and selecting the most appropriate procedures to use or in determining which of several established alternatives to use. Some deadlines involved, so there is time pressure on occasion.


A good deal of work is performed in an office environment, but it is important to realize that some of the work is on the floor and in the offices of the various properties an that you are expected to go on-site on a regular basis.


Native American Preference will apply. Must be willing and able to pass a background investigation and a drug and alcohol urinalysis as a condition of employment. Adherence to strict company policy in regard to confidentiality is a must.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.  Management retains the right to add or to change the duties of the position at any time.  * Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents in lieu of stated minimums require prior approval of the Director of Human Resources

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Posted on the MMA website 5/16.

 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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