Project Curator - The Henry Ford

(full time/temporary)

*This position is a grant-funded, full-time (40 hours/week), fixed-term position with anticipated end date of December 2020

As part of an institution-wide grant-funded initiative and to continue to move The Henry Ford’s digitization efforts forward, the Project Curator participates in the selection, research, and interpretation of collections related to the topic of entrepreneurship.  Collaborates closely with curatorial colleagues, the digital collections and content manager, and library, archives, and registrarial staff to ensure both the historical integrity of information related to the collections and the efficient integration of selected items into the existing digitization pipeline.  Reports to The Henry Ford’s Senior Curator.

1.      Working with curatorial and archival colleagues, selects items from across The Henry Ford’s extensive collections that address the topic of entrepreneurship.

2.       Practices a high standard of public history using the best scholarship to tease out these stories, using material culture and archival evidence as well as supplementary primary and secondary sources.

3.       Per specified deadlines, synthesizes research into user-friendly digital content for the diverse audiences served by The Henry Ford, to include blog posts, video interviews, expert sets, object narratives, and other content formats for The Henry Ford’s website or elsewhere as appropriate. 

4.       Helps integrate broad strategic institutional goals into a specific content creation plan for collections related to entrepreneurship.

5.       Coordinates, tracks, and reports on entrepreneurship digitization and content projects cross-functionally to ensure all work is completed and is included in both grant and internal status reports.

6.       Develops and maintains a broad understanding of significant American objects, stories, and lives that are relevant to the mission, strategic initiatives, and brand voice of The Henry Ford.

7.       Develops and maintains a broad understanding of The Henry Ford’s collections.

8.       Collaborates effectively in teams and contributes to the effective team management of all problems, issues, and opportunities.

9.       Acts as a team player and provides expertise within teams as appropriate.

10.    Other duties as assigned.


o    Requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in American history, American Studies, material culture, information studies, museum studies, or a related field.

o    At least 1–2 years’ training or experience working with historical material desirable. 

o    At least 1–2 years’ experience writing and/or creating digital content desirable.

o    Searching capability on museum collection databases essential.

o    Familiarity with standard cataloging theories and practice.

o    Familiarity with key digital content concepts such as content strategy, SEO strategy, social media, and analytics.

o    Accuracy and attention to detail; excellent research, writing, editing, coordination, and verbal communications skills. 

o    Adept with technology, including the Microsoft Office suite and familiarity with standard collections management systems. 


o    Proven ability to research and interpret American social and cultural history through material culture; experience in interpreting museum collections.

o    Proven ability to express ideas in an accessible, focused, user-friendly way.

o    Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a team.

o    Ability to work on multiple projects at a time. 

o    Ability to develop creative work in a variety of media. 

o    Ability to meet deadlines. 

o    Ability to respond to work requests with short notice.

Sitting:  Constantly 80%
Standing: Infrequently 20%
Walking: Infrequently
Lifting: n/a
Carrying: n/a
Pushing: n/a
Pulling: n/a
Climbing: n/a
Balancing: n/a
Stooping: n/a
Kneeling: n/a
Crouching: n/a
Crawling: n/a
Reaching: n/a
Handing: n/a
Grasping: n/a
Repetitive Motions: n/a
Eye/Hand/Foot Coordination n/a
May require long periods in front of a computer.

o    Creative thinking

o    Attention to detail

o    Problem solving

o    Simultaneous handling of multiple assignments

o    Pressures related to meeting deadlines

o    Intermittent or cyclical work pressures


o    Henry Ford Museum (indoors)

o    Greenfield Village (indoors and outdoors)

o    Office conditions

o    Collections storage (onsite and offsite)

o    Offsite (research-related or work-related travel)


Apply at 

Grant-funded, full-time (40 hours/week), fixed-term position with anticipated end date of December 2020.

o    Cover letter (indicate experience, skills, why you feel you are suited to this role)

o    CV

Posted on the MMA website 10/16.

 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.

Michigan Museums Association       313-334-7643       PO Box 5246, Cheboygan, MI 49721

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