Assistant Curator of Exhibits and Collections

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The Assistant Curator of Exhibits and Collections will assist in the cataloging, preservation, and management of the artifact, book, ephemera, and art collections, and their integration into public programs. Performs exhibit-related research and supports the development, installation, and maintenance of exhibits.



  • Researches and develops concepts, content, and interpretive strategies for exhibitions.
  • Coordinates with the Curator of Exhibits and Collections to maintain and repair exhibitions.
  • Installs and de-installs artifacts in exhibits, as directed.
  • Supports events by interpreting exhibits or objects from the collections to event attendees.


  • Significant responsibility for ongoing maintenance of electronic artifacts records database: reviews current records, modifies/updates records, reviews inventory for proper accountability, ensures public access.
  • Researches history and background of artifacts in the collection to aid in collections management.
  • Registers, records, and assesses the condition of artifacts as they are accessioned. Catalogs artifacts in database. Brings early records up to current standards.
  • Identifies appropriate items for potential deaccession in accordance with collection policies and makes recommendations to the Curator of Exhibits and Collections. Researches and carries out appropriate disposal methods for objects identified for deaccessioning.
  • Assists in processing paperwork and packaging for shipping loans to and from other institutions.
  • Assists in stabilizing, repairing, restoring, and digitizing artifacts and books when needed.
  • Promotes the collections among staff and outside stakeholders. Assists in the integration of collections into public programming.
  • Supports grant submissions for exhibitions and collections projects.

Other duties as needed or required.


  • Commitment to Diversity – Eager to work effectively with other employees, partners, and participants without discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, family composition, marital status, or socioeconomic status. Committed to opportunities to support cultural diversity in the workplace.
  • Commitment to Service – Responsive to the needs and requests of the museum’s visitors, event guests, and organization partners. Extends courtesy, friendliness, and overall respect to others.
  • Interpersonal Communication and Teamwork – Listens well and is open to others’ perspectives. Develops strong working relationships and values them as critical to effective work.
  • Initiative – Demonstrates willingness to make significant contributions with little direction. Voluntarily starts projects. Exercises good judgment and independent actions when appropriate.
  • Flexible – Adaptable and responsive to change. Able to respond to requests promptly.



  • Relevant educational background, advanced degree not required
  • Strong interest in curatorial experience and willingness to learn best practices; direct experience with artifact and library collections is welcome.
  • Foreign language skills are desirable but not required, especially European languages utilized in our collection’s pieces: French, Italian, German.
  • Strong computer skills (Office Suite, Collections Database). 
  • Must be able to work independently and be self-motivated. 
  • Strong attention to detail is essential.
  • Ability to work occasional evening or weekend events.
  • Strong interpersonal communication and teamwork skills.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to stand/sit for at least 8 hours per day
  • Ability to move through and access all areas of the buildings and grounds including stairs, indoor/outdoor areas, and small spaces.
  • Ability to physically manipulate computer and AV components, office files, and similar equipment related to an office environment.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to use hand tools for exhibit building/maintenance.

SALARY: $40,112.00

Limited travel within the 9-county Metro area.

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The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the staff member assigned to this position. This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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