Curator of Education and Exhibitions

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Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, MI is seeking a Curator of Education and Exhibitions for our truly unique Dennos Museum to lead & support all aspects of education outreach, programming, and curatorial work. Applications due by 10/4/2022

Starting Salary: $57,403.00

Benefits: Excellent benefits package, including 4 weeks paid vacation, medical, dental, paid sick leave, and tuition benefits. For more details about benefits, go to and click on Salaries and Benefits. This position is eligible for relocation pay and the total value of the compensation package is up to $89,212.47.

Position Summary

The Curator of Education and Exhibitions will provide comprehensive leadership and support in all aspects of education outreach, programming, and curatorial work at the Dennos Museum Center (DMC). The successful candidate must have broad-based knowledge of the visual arts, as well as excellent verbal, written, research, and exceptional organizational skills. In addition, the candidate shall be committed to working collaboratively with campus and community stakeholders, and must be able to demonstrate the ability to work simultaneously, and effectively, on multiple projects.


Bachelor’s Degree (Required)

Master’s Degree in a related field such as museum studies, arts administration, or art history (Preferred)

A minimum of 3 years related experience in a museum, gallery, or comparable visual arts setting (Preferred)

Essential Responsibilities

(Critical) Explores and implements creative partnerships and programming with local organizations and NMC to fulfill the DMC’s mission, including the use of Milliken Auditorium where applicable.

(Critical) Provides strategic leadership and innovation for the Museum’s docent volunteer corp, working in collaboration with an existing team of 25 trained docents. Leads, trains, and recruits additional DMC docents.

(Critical) Develops, implements, and evaluates all educational programming and tours for the general public, NMC students and faculty, and local K-12 in alignment with DMC mission statement and strategic plan.

(Critical) Assists and co-leads the conceptualization, scheduling, and implementation of semi-permanent and temporary (traveling) exhibitions in collaboration with the Executive Director, Registrar, and the Exhibitions Committee.

(Critical) Works with NMC faculty to connect Museum programming to classroom instruction.

(Critical) Embeds NMC diversity, equity, and inclusion values in curatorial and programmatic practices.

(Critical) Demonstrates a commitment to small team collaboration and resourcefulness.

(Critical) Assists in identifying, securing, and reporting external funding sources to support education and exhibitions.

(Very Important) Coordinates exhibition and program opportunities with the Store Manager.

(Very Important) Assists with installing museum exhibitions including: gallery preparation, installation of objects, and use of appropriate tools and machinery as needed.

(Very Important) Creates educational and program content in collaboration with the Audience Engagement & Communication Manager (social media, website, video, print, etc.); develops and engages target audiences together.

(Important) Serves as a spokesperson for the Museum’s programs, specifically with news media and the public as appropriate.

(Important) Cross-trained to open/close and support daily museum operations as needed.

(Important) Co-chairs the Museum’s Exhibition Advisory Committee.

(Important) Stays current with field-wide trends and best practices for museum professionals.

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