Website Pavek Museum


Work Location: Pavek Museum, St. Louis Park, MN

Reports to: President & CEO

Job Type: Full-Time, Salaried, Exempt

Salary: $55,000-$65,000 depending on qualifications

Job Purpose

The Curator works closely with the Pavek Museum team to install and interpret the collections and to plan and implement exhibitions that reflect the Museum’s commitment to preserving, interpreting, and sharing the history, science, and technology of electronic communication from the 19th Century to today. This position plays a vital role in developing, documenting, interpreting, and growing access to and use of the Pavek Museum’s collections through research, exhibits, education, and other forms of engagement.

Essential Functions

– Work collaboratively with colleagues across the Museum to collectively realize goals for exhibitions, collections management, education, and specialized projects.
– Conceive and implement exhibitions that promote the mission of the Pavek Museum. General exhibit responsibilities include writing, editing, and designing exhibition text (panels/labels/gallery guides/catalogues etc.), conducting research, and coordinating exhibition details with other staff.
– Perform collections management tasks in tandem with the Collections Manager, including but not limited to preparing condition reports, gift agreements, loan requests and contracts, work with the Collector Systems collections database, and manage rights and reproductions, including requests for use of materials held by the – Museum and external requests for materials to be used by the Museum.
– Work with the Collections Manager to provide strategic guidance on the Museum’s collections and future acquisitions and deaccessions.
– Research funding opportunities for exhibitions and collections projects and provide content for grant proposals and sponsorship requests.
– Represent the Museum and develop relationships with collectors, sponsors, members, donors, and the vintage/antique electronics community.
– Work with the Education Manager to develop educational programs and participate in public programs, hosting guests and community groups on visits to the Museum.
– Collaborate with colleagues to create exhibition- and collections-related programming in a variety of formats, including in person and virtual, and for a variety of age groups.
– Promote the Pavek Museum and its collections to local, national, and international communities through talks, lectures, public programs, and similar activities.
– Supervise curatorial interns and volunteers.

Additional Responsibilities:

– Willingness to travel (up to 25%), as needed.
– Other projects and travel as requested by the President & CEO.

Preferred Qualifications:

– 3-5 years of experience in museum curation or collections management.
– Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s Degree preferred.
– Demonstrated knowledge of vintage/antique electronics, electrical engineering principles, and scientific principles related to the technologies used in electronic communications.
– Demonstrated understanding of the individuals and entities that discovered, created, developed, and applied the fundamental innovations and technologies forming the basis of both wired and wireless electronic communication systems.
– Demonstrated understanding of the fundamental physical, chemical, electrical, and mathematical principles that are the basis of all electronic communications, including electromagnetic-wave and sound-wave propagation.
– Appreciation for the art, history, societal-significance, and business of communication via electronic means.
– Experience in interpretation planning for a wide range of audiences in a science center, museum, or heritage context, and an understanding of accommodating different learning styles in order to communicate effectively.
– Knowledge/experience repairing and conserving vintage and antique electronics an asset.
– Experience with Collector Systems or another collections database an asset.
– Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Good grammar/spelling is essential.
– Strong research skills required.
– Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail with ability to handle multiple ongoing projects in a fast-paced environment.
– Ability to take direction and work well independently and with a team.
– Professional demeanor and appearance, good judgment, discretion, and diplomatic skills required.
– Flexibility and the ability to adapt to changing priorities.
– Some medium to lightweight (15-30 pounds) lifting may be required.


– Museums: 5 years (Preferred)
– Curation: 5 years (Preferred)


– 401(k)
– Dental insurance
– Health insurance
– Vision Insurance
– Paid time off


– Tuesday-Saturday

Pavek Museum

Since 1988, the Pavek Museum has been Minnesota’s hub of electronic communication connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting, and sharing the history, science, and technology of electronic communication. A private, nonprofit organization, the Pavek Museum maintains a premier collection from the 19th Century to the present documenting the history and innovation of electronic communication technologies and presents its unique collection through exhibitions, tours, events, and youth, adult, and family programs.


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